Pest Removal & Control for Adelaide by Murrays https://murraypestcontrol.com.au Website by Elemento! Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:51:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.2 Huntsman Spider Horror Stories https://murraypestcontrol.com.au/blog/huntsman-spider-horror-stories/ https://murraypestcontrol.com.au/blog/huntsman-spider-horror-stories/#respond Tue, 07 Nov 2017 05:11:51 +0000 http://murraypestcontrol.basic.ap-southeast-2.elementohosting.com/?p=1567 Over the last 50 years, we’ve heard and also experienced our share of huntsman spider stories. Do you know why it’s called the “Huntsman Spider”? “Australian Huntsman spiders belong to the Family Sparassidae (formerly Heteropodidae) and are famed as being the hairy so-called ‘tarantulas’ on house walls that terrify people by scuttling out from behind…

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Over the last 50 years, we’ve heard and also experienced our share of huntsman spider stories. Do you know why it’s called the “Huntsman Spider”?

“Australian Huntsman spiders belong to the Family Sparassidae (formerly Heteropodidae) and are famed as being the hairy so-called ‘tarantulas’ on house walls that terrify people by scuttling out from behind curtains”

Source: https://australianmuseum.net.au/huntsman-spiders

“Huntsman spiders, members of the family Sparassidae (formerly Heteropodidae), are known by this name because of their speed and mode of hunting.”

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huntsman_spider

Recently we’ve noticed a number of stories in the new and online that both fascinate us, and terrify us all at the same time. (We’re not really terrified……we are pest controller after all. Although the guys in the office don’ think they are so friendly).

Australian Huntsman Spider Stories

So when we saw this article earlier in the year titled: “Pest control operator called to Brisbane home to deal with the ‘biggest huntsman’ he’s ever seen”

We were certainly intrigued. The article appeared on 9news.com.au: http://www.9news.com.au/national/2017/05/10/17/19/pest-control-operator-called-brisbane-home-to-deal-with-biggest-huntsman

An excerpt of the article is below:

A pest control operator has described a recent home call in Brisbane, where he came face to face with “the mother of all spiders”.

Gavin Shill, the owner and operator of a local Brisbane pest control business, received an urgent call by “petrified” West End home owners on Monday.

When he arrived at the property, Mr Shil, who’s been in the business for over a decade, said he was met with the biggest spider he’s “come across in all the years we have been doing pest control”.

“When we’re normally informed of big spiders they’re usually around half the size of this one,” he told 9news.com.au.

Mr Shil said the huntsman, likely a female, had a leg span of about 20 x 25 cm and covered about three quarters of the regular sized household broom he used to pick it up.

giant huntsman spider

So while it’s hard to really gauge the size of the spider in the photo above, an huntsman spider with a leg span of between 20 & 25 cm is very very large in deed.

Adelaide is certainly not short on huntsman spider, and while they can be scary, the are relatively harmless, and can be removed carefully outside with a jar or ice cream container.

Giant Spider Species

With this in mind, we thought it might be fun to post some photos and videos of the some of the worlds largest spider.

Goliath Spider

Size of a puppy?

large goliath spider

Source: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/terrifying-picture-shows-puppy-sized-spider-4479387

Giant Huntsman Spider

 

Exterminator Find Huntmans Spider Nest

 

Is it safe to pick up an Australian Huntsman spider?

We’ll let John Nurse answer this. We think he does a pretty good job answering it on quora:

Read John NurseQuora

“Peter has correctly identified the approved method for Huntsman removal by the male (well nearly always the male) of the human species -ie which Tupperware container (so you can make sure the little guy is safely inside) and the piece of cardboard. But that isn’t always possible.

Now this story goes back about 20 years. My wife (of the time) had dread fear of large spiders, and particularly the thought that they might drop on her in the middle of the night. One morning I was getting ready to head off to the airport for an overseas business trip. With ten minutes before the taxi was due to arrive, she told me that there was a Huntsman above the (not built-in) wardrobe in the bedroom.

The spider was perched too high and too far back to use the Tupperware capture technique. So I got a straw broom with the (vain) hope that I might flick it into a better capturing position. As might be expected, the result was that the spider scurried down behind the wardrobe.

As an honest man, of course, my first instinct was to say “I am really very sorry but the spider is still in the bedroom. I hope that everything will turn out just fine. I will be back in three weeks”.

My second, and prevailing, instinct was to grab my Tupperware and piece of cardboard, assemble them in Huntsman-carrying configuration, call out “I’ve got him!”, rush out the front door and fling the supposed arachnid into the bushes, before completing my travel preparations and hopping into the taxi.

Anyway, my virtual spider-catching technique proved successful. He was never seen again.”

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So while huntsman spiders look scary, they are a regular part of the eco system and should be treated with respect.

However if it’s simple to scary, you can call Murray Pest Control on 8388 1000 for fast and efficient removal. Our spider control service in Adelaide ensure we remove the spiders, and or the nest if we find one, and prevent them from coming back into the home.

Remember though, spiders are part of the environment and do their part by eating small insects and keep other micro monsters under control.

If you are unsure of the type of spider you have, certainly give us a call as Australian species such as Funnelweb and red back spiders are dangerous and venomous.

If you have a spider story (no matter how scary), we’d love to hear it. Simply add it as a comment below.

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THE CURSE OF THE CURL GRUB https://murraypestcontrol.com.au/blog/the-curse-of-the-curl-grub/ https://murraypestcontrol.com.au/blog/the-curse-of-the-curl-grub/#respond Mon, 11 Sep 2017 05:39:06 +0000 http://murraypestcontrol.basic.ap-southeast-2.elementohosting.com/blog/the-curse-of-the-curl-grub/ Spring is off to a slow start and looking outside it is still hard to imagine it will ever be warm again but let's be optimistic and say springs is here. So, in that case, it is time to start thinking about getting the garden back in order. Now if you’re like me your lawn…

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Spring is off to a slow start and looking outside it is still hard to imagine it will ever be warm again but let's be optimistic and say springs is here. So, in that case, it is time to start thinking about getting the garden back in order. Now if you’re like me your lawn would have taken a hiding this winter, too much rain and just too cold. That rain hasn't done me any favours and has caused havoc to my once pristine Sir Walter Buffalo lawn. But the state of my lawn could actually be caused by the invasive African Black lawn beetle and its larvae. African Black Beetles are attracted to a healthy lawn and if not dealt with, can take a once healthy lawn and transform it into a baron patchy waste land.

African Black Beetle was first reported in Wyong NSW in the 1920’s and has successfully made its way through Victoria, NSW, SA, Queensland, and WA by using an array of plants as its host, from grasses, potatoes, grain and numerous vegetables and fruits.

So how can you tell you have African Black Beetle? Luckily for us, the process is fairly simple, all you have to do is roll back a small section of lawn that you suspect is infested. A section about 30 cm x 30 cm should be ample. Using a garden trowel, slowly turn over the soil, it will not take long to discover the lawn beetle larvae.

The larvae are easily recognizable by their distinctive crescent shaped white bodies and brown to tan heads. Fully grown larvae will measure about 25 to 30 mm in length. You may also find in amongst the soil, the adult beetles and which are very easy to distinguish from other insects. As the name suggests the body colour is black and will appear to be glossy/ shiny. The adult beetle size will size vary from 10 to 14mm in length.

Once identified, the treatment process is very straight forward, use a good quality lawn insecticide like Yates Complete and follow that up with a good fertilise, and your lawn will back looking green and pristine in no time.

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Scientists used the term a perfect storm to explain the culmination of adverse meteorological factors that lead to a major weather event. It could be said that this has occurred to cause the current mice plague that is hitting Metro and Rural South Australia.

Over this summer and autumn we have seen unseasonal weather systems that have created the perfect conditions for breeding of not only mice but all manner of creatures from crickets and spiders to possums.

We have received an inundation of phone enquiries from clients reporting mice activity. Mice are experts in exploiting building defects and the making use of the tiniest of gaps.

It may surprise you to know that mice only need a 5mm gap (the same size as a biro) to gain entry to your home.

The first line of defence in stopping a rodent infestation is population control and followed up with exclusion.

So how do you know you have rodents in the first place?

Here are some tell-tale signs to look for:

  1. Noises in the roof – the rule of thumb on noises in the roof is dependent of the time in which you are hearing it. All the time = mice, noises at the same time of the night but every night or second night = rats, and hearing noises at sunrise and sunset = possums.
  2. Gnaw marks – rodents are habitual gnawers because their teeth are continually growing they need to file them down through gnawing.
  3. Rub marks - the underbelly of rodents has a build-up of grease which easily transfers to any surface they continuously come in contact with.
  4. Droppings – rodents are easily distinguishable by their droppings. Mice droppings are the size of a grain of rice and black in colour. Rats droppings are dark brown in colour and around 9mm to 14mm in length tapering at the end.

When looking to proof your home against rodents it is important to inspected these area for gaps large enough to allow rodents entry

  1. Garage roller doors – in most cases the roller door is recessed back from the door frame making a half inch gap that has the potential to allow rodents entry.
  2. Air vents to allow air flow under subfloor in a board floored home. This is one of the most common entry points used by mice.
  3. Perp joints in brick commonly found on concrete slab homes
  4. Air conditioner cables running through the wall. These are never sealed 100% making a prefect little highway for rodents.
  5. Boiler and hot water services where the pipe comes back into the wall.
  6. Overhanging vegetation- rodents love to climb and any vegetation that has made it to roof height a rodent will exploit to gain access into the roof void and from there it is easy for a rodent to find his way into your house.

 

Mice plague South Australia

Mice plague South Australia

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Murray Pest Control New CRM PinPoint

At Murray’s we are always looking for innovative ways to improve the way that we do business, with an emphasis on improving the experience for our clients as well as our staff.

With the continual improvement of CRM systems and tablet technology in recent years we have seen an opportunity to do just that. New technology has allowed us to improve the way in which we run our business, not only in the field but also in the back of house.

Over the last 24 months we have been developing our new CRM platform and this March we will see the rewards of all our hard efforts reach fruition. As of March the 1st we changed over from our old CRM (ServicePRO) and seamlessly transitioned to our all new custom designed Pinpoint CRM system.

One of the main efficiencies in the field is that the technicians can complete the report, run the client through any issues that they have found before emailing/printing the report and the invoice all while onsite direct to the client. They can even take all forms of payment either cash, Visa cards etc. without swapping programs or requiring extra equipment.

Our main goal in the field is to use the electronic tablets for an efficient and quick means of relaying information back to our clients. Electronic reporting enables us to produce an easy to read, customised report for our clients property, incorporating risk assessments, MSDS information, photos of any issues, and a more adept site map with a click of a button providing our clients with all the relevant information before we even leave their property.

There are huge efficiencies to be gained from changing CRM’S. One of the biggest downfalls of our old CRM software package was that we required two additional software packages to support it. One for all our enquiries and another for the accounting and financial reporting. The problem with that was the three software packages weren’t compatible and couldn’t satisfactorily transfer the information between programs. This meant we had to rely upon the clerks to manually data enter the information. Whereas with the new system we have been able to reduce the number of software packages we need, and therefore cut costs for technical support and it has been designed to integrate effortlessly with our other software and can transfer information without the need to double handle all the information and reduce the opportunity for human error.

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We have all been there, relaxing on a Saturday afternoon around the BBQ with family and friends waiting to enjoy the freshly cooked steak only to have it ruined by that distinctive low hum swiftly followed by that unforgettable stinging sensation and that insatiable itching that feels like it will never end. The pandemonium that ensues would be comical but what your left with is that strong unmistakable smell of DEET and your guests looking like they escaped from a mental institution as they sit on the edge of their seats, their eyes darting from left to right, up & down scanning the sky for the next bombardment.

Due to the severe weather that we are currently experiencing, we are in for an inundation of mosquitoes. So what can be done I hear you scream? Well first things first, we need to understand what mosquito's need to survive and thrive. The ideal location for mozzies are areas where there are no predators such as fish & birds. This allows the wiggleys (larval stage) to thrive and survive into adulthood. Their favourite habitats are septic tanks, puddles, pot plants, pets water bowls, old tyres and rainwater tanks as they are all ideal breeding grounds for mozzies.

Be on the lookout for wiggleys in any standing water, no matter how small. Around the garden cover up openings such as drains and tanks with fly screen mesh. One area which is normally overlooked is the little plant saucers at the bottom of your plant pot, add it to your gardening routine and empty them weekly or another great idea is to fill them up with sand. Also keep your ponds stocked up with fish.

The sad truth of the matter is, Mosquitoes are a nuisance that can never be entirely eradicated, but you can minimise their numbers by setting up a maintenance routine and by protecting yourself and your family.

Here are some helpful ways to protect yourself and your family.

  • Wear light-coloured, loose clothing outdoors (including during the day).
  • In spring check that your fly screens are fitted properly and do not have any large holes in them.
  • Use personal repellents.
  • Burn mosquito coils and citronella candles, remembering that they are only effective within a short range.

Hopefully this advice can let you sit back and enjoy the great outdoors. As always feel free to contact our friendly Service Centre team 8334 1000 for more information & advice.

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Veggie Wars https://murraypestcontrol.com.au/blog/veggie-wars/ Thu, 30 Jun 2016 08:18:06 +0000 http://murray.murray-pest-control.elemento.io/veggie-wars/ For those of us who love being out in the garden there is something very primordial and richly satisfying about growing your own food and providing for your family.  But equally, there is nothing more frustrating than seeing your hard earned efforts being devoured before your very eyes. It’s like the pests know exactly when…

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For those of us who love being out in the garden there is something very primordial and richly satisfying about growing your own food and providing for your family.  But equally, there is nothing more frustrating than seeing your hard earned efforts being devoured before your very eyes. It’s like the pests know exactly when you’re about to harvest your bounty and steal it just before you can reap your rewards. The saying ‘Just in time’ was coined by Henry Ford and the way the pest utilises this system would make old Henry Ford turn in his grave with envy.

The urban gardener’s main threat comes from insect pests like aphids, leafhoppers, thrips, slugs & snails. Most of these can be easily controlled with some home remedies that anyone can do in relative safety.

Aphids, Leafhopper and Thrips

Aphids, Leafhoppers and Thrips are three of the most common pests that we encounter in our veggie patch. They are all classed as sap-sucking insects with tailored made mouth-parts designed to feast their way through our leafy vegetables like lettuce and spinach. Aphids are easily seen by the naked eye; lift up any leafy plant and in most cases you will see them hanging out clumped to the underside of the leaf.

Aphids are unique in the insect world, like humans farm animals for food, ants farm Aphids for their honeydew. It’s this symbiotic relationship that keeps the Aphids protected from their main predator the ladybeetle.

Leafhoppers are clearly identifiable by their tent like body shape and resemble a small cicada, unlike the almost invisible thrips which are only approx 1.5mm in length.

Control

A safe and affordable way to eradicate your garden of aphids and leafhoppers is by wiping or spraying the infested leaves of the plant with a solution of water and dish washing detergent. Mix one liter of water with one tsp of dish washing liquid and for an added kick, add a pinch of cayenne pepper, chili or garlic powder. Then it is a simple process of spraying the infested area with the solution. If an infestation is really bad simply cut away the effected area.

Slugs & Snails

Snails and slugs are the thieves in the night, you come out in the morning to discover that you have large holes in your vegetable leaves and the telltale call sign of that shimmering silver trail to show you who it was.

Control

Keeping your garden bed clear of leaf lifter will help to reduce suitable sites for breeding.

Spending time once or twice a week in the mornings collecting them, then seal in a bag and place in the bin. This will help to reduce the population.

Another handy way is to use lures. Simply place cat or dog food in a bucket that you lay on its side, then the next morning you can collect up the snails and seal them in a bag, and place it in the bin.

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The Survivalist https://murraypestcontrol.com.au/blog/the-survivalist/ Fri, 13 May 2016 08:20:43 +0000 http://murray.murray-pest-control.elemento.io/the-survivalist/ With over 300 million years in the making, the Cockroach represents one of nature’s true success stories.  This remarkable little insect not only has survived all this time, but it hasn’t needed to evolve much from its original design. A key part of its success is its primitive makeup and their ability to quickly adapt…

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cockroaches-blog-art-258x184With over 300 million years in the making, the Cockroach represents one of nature’s true success stories.  This remarkable little insect not only has survived all this time, but it hasn’t needed to evolve much from its original design. A key part of its success is its primitive makeup and their ability to quickly adapt to an ever changing environment. Other species from that time couldn’t adapt quickly enough and became extinct, while the cockroach continued to thrive to this very day.

In Australia, none of the 400 native species of cockroaches are considered serious pests. For the most part they are happy living outside in the garden and only occasionally stumble into our homes. It’s the introduced cockroaches that are considered pests in Australia and of those cockroaches introduced only the German, American and Oriental cockroaches have truly made their mark.

These scavenging and survival experts have the ability to make some people run in fear at the mere sight of their shiny exoskeleton darting from one dark corner to another dark corner but there are things you can do to help avoid getting an infestation.

All animals need food, shelter and warmth to survive and breed, so by removing the availability of these you can reduce the chances of getting an infestation. Clean up spilt food and regularly clear refuse as this can provide plenty of food availability for all types of pests – especially as most human food is high in sugar and fats. Cockroaches do not need much in the way of spilt food or refuse to live and breed a family.

Dog and cat food is nearly always left on the floor all day and night where it is easily accessed by foraging cockroaches. Much like our food, it is high in proteins and vitamins and therefore is ideal for supporting cockroach infestations.

The boom in cash ‘n’ carry stores has caused an increase in the number of households who stockpile soft packaged foods like large sacks of rice, cereal boxes, biscuits, crisps, dog biscuits etc. to take advantage of the cheaper prices. The soft packaging allows these stockpiled foodstuffs to be easily accessed by foraging cockroaches and quite often the infestation will go un-noticed for weeks due to the slow turnover of ‘stock’.

Why are cockroaches a bad thing? One of the main reason is they spread germs. You only have to look where they inhabit, dark and dirty areas of a home, they love nothing more than rummaging in refuse and then traipsing these germs over any surface that they run across causing Salmonella, E. Coli etc. Cockroaches also constantly defecate leaving behind a trail of waste.

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Well if you search any religious texts from the Quran through to the Bible you won’t find any mention of rabbits delivering chocolate eggs, so if not from scripture then from where? One theory is that it was taken from the pagan Germanic festival celebrating Ēostre the goddess of spring and fertility. The Christians took this festival and reinterpreted it as the festival celebrating the death and resurrection of Jesus.

Easter falls at the end of the Christian season of Lent, where followers fasted for 40 days. Eggs and rabbits have long been a symbol of fertility and rebirth (new life) and for that reason eggs were one of the forbidden foods over Lent. During Lent people would often paint and decorate eggs in preparation to mark the end of the Lent and they would share them with their family on Easter Sunday.  In the 17th and 18th centuries the humble chicken and duck egg were replaced with toy makers manufacturing  toy shaped eggs as a gift for Easter. Then in the 19th century with the rise of confectionaries companies in France and Germany saw the first chocolate eggs come into production. It was in 1875 that John Cadbury first started to mass produce the solid Cadbury chocolate eggs, and then later moving into chocolate Easter Rabbits.

In other parts of the world, eggs aren’t delivered by a rabbit, in Sweden and Finland it is the Easter Witch. Here in Australia there is a strong movement away from the Easter Bunny as being the symbol of Easter because rabbits are considered as a pest and are the cause of considerable damage to wildlife, natural bush land and crops. Because of this the Australian marsupial the Bilby is taking on an increasing role as being the Australian symbol of Easter.

Rabbits were introduced to Australia with the settlers from the first fleet and were brought over as a source of easily transportable food. The rabbits have flourished in the warm Australian climate and are now found throughout Australia. In 1990, in answer to the increasing population and destruction that rabbits cause, The Foundation for Rabbit free Australia was formed to look at new ways to control and eventually eradicate then form Australia. So this Easter buy a Bilby.

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The Company We Keep https://murraypestcontrol.com.au/blog/the-company-we-keep/ Wed, 10 Feb 2016 08:27:40 +0000 http://murray.murray-pest-control.elemento.io/the-company-we-keep/ In most cases a pest infestation, whether it is rodents, insects or birds etc. is normally an indication of other underlying issues. Most pests are opportunists in nature, some will seek out harbourage while others seek to be close to their food source and sometimes it’s a combination of both. But whatever the reason, a…

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In most cases a pest infestation, whether it is rodents, insects or birds etc. is normally an indication of other underlying issues. Most pests are opportunists in nature, some will seek out harbourage while others seek to be close to their food source and sometimes it’s a combination of both. But whatever the reason, a good pest controller will look to resolve the underlying issues first before going down the track of introducing a chemical solution. Don’t get me wrong, looking at introducing chemicals as part of the solution is correct in a lot of situations but it should never be the first step in the process.

You need to look at the type of pests you are sharing your home with and what they need for survival. You also need to look at your house from their point of view, why are they there? How did they get there? And then look at rectifying these issues first.

Take for example a rat, why would they want to live here? Is there a food source nearby e.g. are there fruit trees nearby, easy access to a water source like a fish pond. Then look at the how are they getting in? Is there overhanging vegetation, is there a drain issue, is there a hole in a wall etc. The next step is to look at a solution to remove them, remove any rotten fruit, cover the fish pond over with mesh, cut back all overhanging vegetation and fix any holes in the wall of the house.

Let’s take a second example, the drain fly and look at the whys. Drain fly’s breed on fungi, algae, bacteria and sludge found in most sinks, and drains found around our homes. Now if we are being honest with ourselves most people will clean their toilets regularly, but we forget about our kitchen and laundry sinks and our laundry floor, bathroom floor and shower drains, it is normally these drains where the issues stem from. Human hair and oils collect in these neglected pipes creating the perfect environment for sewer flies to set up shop. Simply cleaning the drain traps and the pipes to just below the waterline with a brush as part of our monthly cleaning routine can minimise the chance of an infestation. By understanding the creepy crawlies we live with and understanding what they need, you can look at simply and effective ways to keep them out of your home.

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Smoke and Mirrors, Insurance & Termites https://murraypestcontrol.com.au/blog/smoke-and-mirrors-insurance-termites/ Mon, 04 Jan 2016 08:28:54 +0000 http://murray.murray-pest-control.elemento.io/smoke-and-mirrors-insurance-termites/ There is a lot of confusion when it comes to termites and the risk they pose to your property. The statistics show that if you live on mainland Australia you have a 1 in 3 chance that termites are already busy in your garden doing what they do best, disposing of leaf litter and decaying…

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With the chances of termite damage to your home being so high how can you protect your home and your pocket? The first question would be, is termite damage covered by household insurance? Insurance companies are well aware of these statistics and most policies will have a clause stating ‘loss or damage arising from insect or vermin are not covered by our insurance policy’. Often this will only be discovered when you try and claim for losses suffered by termites and your insurer denies the claim. Let’s be honest, when you are arranging insurance and the insurance consultant presents you with a 100 page document of T&C’s and says “Just sign here”, most people feel that they don’t have the time to read every clause and just sign the document. You then take your copy home with the good intentions of reading and scrutinising every page and paragraph before the cooling off period ends, but what normally happens is life gets in the way and we end up filing it away for when we might need it.

So if your insurance policy doesn’t cover termite damage what can you do? There’s an old adage “prevention is better than the cure”. Simply put, setting up a termite protection regime before you have a problem could save you huge amounts in repairs bills. Termite protection like liquid chemical barriers or monitor and baiting systems aren’t the latest must have gadget and we know that people would rather be spending their money on a holiday or big TV, but when you weigh up the risk and likelihood of getting termites it is better to be safe than sorry.  It’s a funny thing when you watch people grapple with spending not even 1% of the homes value on protecting it. We understand that termite protection isn’t as sexy as a big TV and it is something that you can’t show off to your friends but it is an essential part of protecting your family and your home.

Most companies will offer some form of warranty once a treatment is put in place, but as with all insurance policies there will be an ongoing yearly premium but unlike insurance cover you actually get something more than just the cover. Reputable Pest Control Companies will offer either three, six or twelve monthly visual termite inspections depending on the risk to your home. This is a huge benefit to the home owner, having a professional pest controller, who understands termite behaviour and ecology, inspect your property to minimise the risk. One of the key things a good pest controller will do, is educate the client and make them aware of things around the home that have the potential to attract termites.

With the majority of termite warranties, it will either be a timber replacement guarantee with a baiting system or a re-treatment guarantee to the area of concern with a liquid treatment. Click for more information

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