Redback spiders live well in gardens and they love hiding behind items such as boxes and other unused articles you have moved outside the house.

Seeing a swarm of flying ants outside – hundreds of thousands of them – is the stuff of nightmares. But rest your fears as some of these insects may be flying ants, especially if you see them during the summer months.

Whilst you use your car for transportation, rodents see it as a pantry and even a new home.

Today, the insulating material in cars is soy-based, making wires especially tasty to rats, mice and other rodents. The closed hood also provides them with excellent shade for nesting.

You’d want to protect your vehicle’s wiring the most as having the insulation chewed off from wires causes short circuits. Without a doubt, these lead to an arm and leg’s worth of restoration.

After the repairs, rodents may go back to work and cause the same issue all over again, which is why it’s important to prevent them early on.

There are several methods that can prevent these critters from causing mayhem to your vehicle. Combine any of the following techniques to effectively keep rodents out of your car engine:

1. Leave the hood up

When it comes to nesting, dark places attract rats and mice the most. This idea may discourage them to nest, but may not be practical in all cases.

2. Keep pet food out of sight

Rats love dog food and will stuff lots of it into the glove compartment, air cleaner or other vacant spaces in your car.

3. Remove or block potential hiding places near your car.

If there are shrubbery and vines nearby, cut them down as rodents can turn them into their hiding place. Also, if you have a garage, seal off rat-sized entrances to the building.

4. Block small passages to the engine compartment.

Put traps around your car or on top of the tires since rodents climb on them to get into the engine. You could also use wire screen to block engine openings.

5. Do not leave your car unused for a long time.

It helps to take your vehicle out for a drive once in a while and check if rodents have been doing electrical or mechanical work.

When to Call a Professional

Whilst you can use old-fashioned snap traps, cage traps and glue traps for the rodents that get through, it’s more advisable to take advantage of the services of a fully licensed pest manager — such as Bob Gunn Termite Solutions.

With our top-notch, environmentally-friendly pest treatments, we’ll protect your vehicle from destructive vermin and ensure they never come back.

Contact us in Brisbane today. Our friendly office staff is waiting for your call or book online to get discounted prices for your pest control service.

In this day and age, the idea of living in a nifty rental is especially appealing to a lot of millennials in Australia. If you’re one of them, and if you’re one of the lucky people who have found a potential new home, don’t sign the lease just yet.

Your new abode can already be the home of tiny critters gnawing through kitchen cabinets at 4 am and hanging out behind appliance in broad daylight. That’s right—rodents. Tick everything off in this checklist before signing a lease to save yourself from moving in with rats and mice.

1. Check for Any Droppings in Corners

Rodents will either defecate or urinate in areas where they feel safe and corners are one of these.

2. Identify Flag Holes, Gaps, and Cracks as Small as a Quarter of an Inch

Gaps in the moulding, jagged crevices under the sink and around the pipes are rodent entryways. Look for these and see to it that maintenance fixes cracks, fills holes and nails down any loose baseboards before rodents start emerging from the woodwork.

3. Look for Rodent Nests Behind Large Appliances

Rat and mice nests are commonly under stoves and refrigerators as these appliances both produce moisture and heat. Food debris can also gather near them. For these reasons, it’s essential to inspect these areas thoroughly.

4. Ask Your Neighbours

Mice and rats don’t target just one unit, they usually invade an entire building. Just to be safe, coordinate with your property manager and reach out to your would-be neighbours (even past residents) to determine if the building has previously had rodent issues.

5. Hire a Reputable Building and Pest Inspector

Simply don’t have the time to inspect your potential home for rodents? Easy. Take advantage of the services of a building and pest inspector you can trust—just like Bob Gunn Termite Solutions. While our team is at it, we’ll also check for unwanted surprises, like other household pests and termites. Contact us today in Brisbane. For discounted pest control service, book online.

You don’t want clothes moths in your home. These pests are not physically harmful to humans, but they can bring a lot of damage to clothing and other materials made of textile, fur, wool or mohair.

In the natural environment, they are very useful as they feed on items that will otherwise be turned into unprocessed waste if they are not around. But sometimes they find their way into human habitation where they can destroy precious belongings.

Once spotted in the home, it is imperative that strategies are formed to remove them from the premises.

Physical Characteristics

Clothes moths are grey-brown in colour and are typically found in humid and warm regions such as Queensland and the northern part of New South Wales. The common clothes moths in Australia are the common clothes moth (Tineola bisselliella) and the case-making clothes moth (Tinea pellionella).

These pests can manage to hide very well, so it is rather difficult to spot their presence. Usually, you only know they exist as you see evidence of their presence through the items they have chewed on.

The clothes moth’s life stages consist of the egg, larva or caterpillar stage and the adult stage. Of these stages, the larva stage is the most damaging as this is when the insect is feeding on fabrics, fur, animal fibres and wool kept inside wardrobes and cabinets. The feeding stage is important for it to turn into a pupa and metamorphose into a moth.

These pests are typically found in dark places such as cabinets in the bedroom or bathroom, cupboards and wardrobes where they can effectively hide, but they can also feed on upholstery and carpets. They can infest homes, commercial establishments, shops and other businesses that involve textiles and fabrics.

Treatment and Management

Because of the damage that clothes moths can cause inside the house, immediate treatment and management are called for. To ensure the complete removal of clothes moths in the premises, it is best to contact a reliable pest control service to take care of the problem.

In terms of DIY, you can protect your home from clothes moths by applying chemical protection to your drawers and cabinets. If you can, keep the humidity inside the house at a minimum to discourage the propagation of clothes moths.

Regular cleaning of the premises will help a great deal in keeping the place free from these pests. The techniques should work for small infestations, but if the problem is massive or you don’t want it to worsen early on, a professional service is required. Bob Gunn Termite Solutions helps in treating and managing clothes moths in your property.

Protect your precious closet from these pesky intruders. Click here and to get discounted price for moth control services today.

Wood rot can happen to any part of the house that is made from timber and that has been exposed to the fungi that cause the damage. Wood rot happens after a certain exposure to air and moisture, which are essential to the growth of the rot-causing fungi.

Wood rot is quite difficult to control because once you see the wood rotting, the damage is irreversible. The only thing you can do is to prevent further damage by controlling the pests that eat the wood. Some rotting wood can still be saved if the damage is not yet complete.

At the first indication of wood rot, you have to act fast before the pest reaches infestation level that can carry out big structural damage to the house.

Preventing Wood Rot

The spores that carry the fungi will get to the wood no matter what. So if you are working to prevent fungal wood rot, the best thing to do is to keep the wood from moisture. Fungal growth is activated by moisture, so if you keep the wooden parts of the house dry, they can be protected from such infestation.

If there is already evidence of wood rot caused by fungi, make sure to address the problem right away. Repair the rotting wood as soon as possible.

Repairing Wood Rot

If wood rot is already happening in the house, check if the wood can still be salvaged. The rotting part needs to be removed. If the damage is big enough, such as the entire window sill, there is no choice but to replace the wood.

After removing the rotten part of the wood, apply a wood hardener, which penetrates into the wood fibre to give it added structural strength.

Professional Pest Control

If there is already an uncontrollable infestation going on, or if you simply do want a thorough and highly effective method to get rid of the fungi, you should consider seeking the help of the best pest control company.

Bob Gunn Termite Solutions can provide the service you need for wood rot problems. Our inspectors are highly skilled in identifying all sorts of wood rot and insect damage to properties.

We will have to evaluate the types of wood that are exposed or are potentially in danger of fungal attacks. Once the problem has been identified and evaluated, we will then formulate the most appropriate solution.

Find out more about our company’s pest control services today.

Black Ants in a Nutshell

The common black house ant is small (2.5mm – 3mm) and attracted to sweet food. The worker ants enter homes usually under doors, or around windows and will leave long trails between their nest and the food they are collecting.

They are found in urban and rural areas of Australia and like to nest against paths, stonework, under logs and can also nest between walls and in roofs. If they are nesting in your home, you will most likely find a pile of black droppings on floors or window sills as the worker ants are tasked to take the mess (rubbish) from their nest and dump it somewhere in order to keep the nest clean.

How to Get Rid of Black House Ants

The best thing you can do to prevent them is to starve them. Don’t leave food or drinks lying around for them–drops of water, crumbs, the works. Cleaning all spills and regularly taking out your rubbish will also keep these ants from finding your home a desirable habitat.

  • Keep kitchen benches clean and clear of food and crumbs
  • Store foods in airtight containers in the pantry or fridge
  • Sweep or vacuum any crumbs and spills off floors regularly
  • Keep areas dry, especially the kitchen and bathrooms

How To Eradicate a Colony

Because ants live together in colonies, and the eradication of the queen will destroy the colony, using their foraging instinct to take the contaminated matter back to the nest is an excellent control mechanism. Barrier treatments to keep the ants separated from the food source are also successful, and often a combination of the two will provide the perfect solution.

Our team at Bob Gunn Termite Solutions are trained, experienced and licensed to advise on the best method for ant control. Call us today in Brisbane and we will offer a solution that suits your individual circumstance.

A group of small dots on your skin can either be bites from bed bugs or fleas. One difference between flea bites and bed bug bites is that flea bites are most commonly found on lower parts of the body like elbows and knees. On the other hand, bed bug bites are usually around the neck, on the arms and face—the upper parts of the body.

Differentiating flea bites and bed bug bites can be challenging. That’s why we’ve provided you with their common symptoms and differences below.

Seeing signs of these pests in your home? Contact us for a property inspection.

Bed Bug Bites

As previously mentioned, bed bugs usually bite on the upper half of the body, such as in hands, arms, neck and face. Their bites are small with a dark red spot in the centre of the skin’s raised area.

They often show up in a line or are clustered. Don’t scratch them as they get worse this way.

Bed bug bites may cause blisters, swelling and irritation of the skin. Other risk factors of bed bug bites are hives or rashes.

Bed Bug Bites Treatment
Bed bug bites usually disappear from 1-2 weeks. In case they don’t go away and cause hives or infections, seek medical attention immediately.
Whilst steroids have been considered effective in bed bugs bites treatments, antibiotics can be used if an infection occurs.

Bed Bug Bites Prevention
Prevent these pests in your home by cleaning your house and furniture on a regular basis, especially beds. You can also treat your indoors by hiring the services of a reputable pest control company—just like Bob Gunn Termite Solutions.

Flea Bites

If you are a pet owner, watch out for fleas as these nuisances often live on animals. Common symptoms of flea bites include red marks and intense itching. These marks on the skin will appear on skin folds such as ankles, elbows and knees, waist, armpits. They will also show up on feet or lower legs.

If you’re allergic to hives, then you’re likely to develop hives or rashes on your skin. Flea bites can also often cause blisters and swelling. Severe cases of the former can result in infection.

Avoid scratching the affected areas in case you’re bitten by fleas. These pests usually die after two weeks, but leave the skin in a problematic condition.

Flea Bites Treatment
Washing flea bites with soap and water helps. To provide relief, use an itch cream on the skin. Bathing in hot water can trigger itching so it’s best to avoid this.

Flea Bites Prevention
To prevent fleas, always keep your floors and carpets clean and wiped. Regularly bathing your furry family members and getting them checked for fleas are also essential.

Bed Bug and Flea Eradication
Completely clear your home from fleas, bed bugs and other pests with help from Bob Gunn Termite Solutions. We create pest management plans that are suited to your specific needs. Call us today in Brisbane for a FREE quote.

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Easter is almost here! This means communities and families are coming together to plan a delightful Easter egg hunt for the young ones.

However, before beginning to hide the Easter eggs, it’s essential to walk the egg hunting area as there can be potential hazards to the children. Below are a few pest control tips to follow before the Easter egg hunt.

Fire Ants

When building their nests, fire ants prefer open, sunny areas. Unfortunately, your yard is one example. That’s why it helps to go over your property and look for signs of ant hills before sending the kids out searching for eggs.

Whilst distinguishing between various ants can be hard, a trained pest control technician can tell the difference and recommend the best way to eradicate them. Fire ants should be taken seriously as their bite can lead to grave consequences.

Bee and Wasp Nests

The atmosphere can be cooling down by now but buzzing insects like wasps and bees are still out and about. Often times, you’ll find their colonies in obscure places like under a deck or railing and sometimes even laying on your lawn if they’ve fallen off a tree.

Stings are painful and for children, they’re worse. Get a bee control expert right away if you suspect that there’s an unwanted bee or wasp population on your property.

Other Pests

A range of other insects, small rodents and snakes are fond of hiding in the grass, rarely making themselves known. Hire the services of a reputable pest control company to survey your land and search for signs associated with any of these creatures.

Your egg hunt should be free from hazards for everyone, and pest control can get rid of any of those risks early on.

Bob Gunn Cares About Your Pest Problem

Pest control is important all throughout the year, not just on Easter. Bob Gunn Termite Solutions knows this which is why, regardless of what holiday it is, we’re more than glad to solve your pest problem for you. Contact us in Brisbane today. Our friendly office staff is waiting for your call or book online to take advantage of discounted prices.

After finding a potential home and hiring a trustworthy home inspector, the next step would be, of course, the inspection itself. As a home buyer, you’d think you can sit back and relax as the inspector does his job. Wrong.

You also have a role in this vital step that will greatly affect your decision to purchase the property. Read on and discover what you should do during a home inspection.

Be There if You Can

Do what you can to be there when the inspection is being conducted. You can discuss the outcome of the property with the inspector while on-site once he has finished the inspection so you can learn more about your home-to-be. If you can’t be there for the inspection, you should meet with the inspector to discuss the report comprehensively.

Ask

Don’t hesitate to ask about potential problems or how to maintain parts of the home. However, try not to get in the way of the inspector. Don’t begin to inspect the house yourself, either; you might alter the findings.

Think Ahead

Another important thing to remember is that “an inspection is only a snapshot in time on the day of the inspection”. This means that if you’re buying a property in the middle of autumn, think of how the house might perform in various conditions, like summer or winter.

After the Inspection

Once an evaluation is completed, the inspector will give you a report on his findings. If there are a lot of deficiencies noted, do not panic. Home inspection reports are detailed, so they can often indicate 50-100 issues, most of which are small.

The great thing about inspections is that it will help you make informed decisions on whether to back out of a realty deal or not. You also have the option to try to negotiate with the seller to have him or her make the repairs or lower the price if there are more issues you’re not comfortable with.

We’re more than glad to tell you more about the other many benefits of home inspections as well as building and pest inspections.

Contact Bob Gunn Termite Solutions today.  At Bob Gunn, we are happy to organise a Building Inspector to be onsite at the same time as the Pest inspector. The good news is that you will have independent reports from both the Building and Pest prospective. Both reports will be done by two separate inspectors. We offer pest inspection services in Brisbane, Ipswich, on the Sunshine Coast, the Gold Coast and surrounds.

 

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