Just because your business doesn’t handle food and/or beverages doesn’t mean you don’t need pest control. Commercial pest control services such as insect and rodent control are still necessary.

Start protecting your reputation and your bottom line better today. Read on and learn how.

Every Business Needs Commercial Pest Control

Pests are a threat to any kind of business – they don’t care what industry you are in. Bed bugs love hotels, and offices can quickly be overrun by nuisances such as antsrodents and cockroaches.

Termites can wreak havoc to any kind of business as well. Plus, they don’t care if your building is new or not.

If your business doesn’t have a cleaning service hired to clean spills and debris every day, you’re at a greater risk. Unwanted visitors also like to reside in storage rooms filled with cardboard boxes, so watch out.

Remove Risks From the Start With a Pest Control Plan

Your business’ reputation is nothing less than important, which is why it’s paramount to have an effective pest control plan before it’s too late. After all, recovering from news of an infestation, even after you’ve addressed the issue, can be extremely difficult.

The Costly Consequences

An infestation can not only disrupt your day-to-day business routine, but it can also affect your business’ finances greatly. Lost income, compensation claims and damaged inventory are just some of the costs that can hurt your revenue.

Call in the Big Gunns Now

Prevent significant financial losses by taking advantage of thorough and cost-effective commercial pest control services early on. Whether or not your organisation is a food business, getting pest control can safeguard your public image, your employees’ and customers’ health as well as keep you in business.

For top-notch commercial pest control, contact Bob Gunn Termite Solutions in Brisbane today. We offer FREE quotes for all our customers in Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan, the Redlands as well as those in the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast.

Spring is all about enjoying the great outdoors! However, whether you choose to relish the season inside or outside your home, pests can still easily ruin your mood. Thankfully, all it takes are a few steps to keep pests out of your property. Learn what to do. Check the spring pest control tips below.

Bob Gunn’s Spring Pest Control Tips

1. Keep Them Out

Not letting them in is your first line of defence. Check all screens for holes and windows and doors for gaps. Inspect packages and furniture before bringing them into your home as well.

2. Throw out Stagnant Water

Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water. This is why it’s important to dispose of objects or cover containers that gather water outside. You can also increase water circulation by adding a waterfall or fountain.

3. Always Clean After Yourself

Ants, cockroaches and rodents love crumbs and food spills, so see to it that there aren’t any by regularly wiping down your counters as well as sweeping or vacuuming and mopping the floors. It’s also important that your bin has a tight lid and trash is taken out on the regular.

4. Pay Attention to Your Fruits and Vegetables

See to it that any fruits and vegetables outside the fridge are eaten before they turn overripe, otherwise insects – especially fruit flies – will start to invade them.

5. Check Outside Furnishing

Inspect your outdoor furniture for spider webs, egg sacks and insects that may have turned them into their home. If you see one, remove it or have it removed by a trustworthy pest manager.

6. Put Wood at a Distance

Unless you want termites to gain free access to your home, ensure any stack of wood is placed at least 20 feet away from your house and above the ground.

7. Get Professional Help

Protect your home better by ditching the D.I.Y.’s and, instead, seeking assistance from a reputable pest control company just like Bob Gunn Termite Solutions. We’ll design you a pest management strategy and offer a solution that best fits your specific situation. Contact us today.

Like humans, pests need to shelter themselves and keep dry. This is why they persistently invade buildings even after countless efforts of being repelled. The HVAC system is one integral part of commercial properties that can be easily infested. Once pests begin to breed and live inside the HVAC system, you can expect several health risks, including allergies and respiratory problems.

Another reason why it’s paramount for facility management to properly maintain the system is because pests can invade its parts and cause massive damage. Some of them can even get trapped inside and die. Not only can this result in costly repair bills, but also in a problematic indoor air quality.

Pests That Can Invade HVAC Systems:

HVAC System Pest Control Tips:

  1. Clean and secure your ducts, vents and flues post-installation
  2. Inspect for any cracks and gaps
  3. Get an annual HVAC maintenance
  4. Have air-vent screens installed and clear outdoor units
  5. Keep cooling system free of vegetation and debris
  6. Change the filters on a regular basis
  7. Ensure exterior areas around the building are free of weeds and overgrowth

Seek the Help of Professionals

Effectively keep pests out of the HVAC system in factories, schools, retail stores, and other commercial properties by scheduling regular pest control treatment and maintenance. When it comes to seasonal pests, quarterly treatments are suggested.

At Bob Gunn Termite Solutions, we offer commercial pest control and can assist you with HVAC system pest control. Get in touch with us in Brisbane today and let us know about your needs. We look forward to hearing from you!

The only thing your business should warmly welcome are your customers, not pests. Whilst it’s highly likely that you already have an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program in place, the question is if your employees are familiar with the most common pests lurking in your commercial space.

Do your staff know the tell-tale signs of rats and mice? What about those of cockroaches?

When it comes to defending your business against pests, your employees are the front-liners. It’s important that they know your IPM program by heart so they can help detect and report pest issues. This, in turn, will enable you to resolve any arising issues quickly.

Why this matters, you might ask? Apart from being downright nuisances, pests can threaten the health of your customers, especially if it’s an infestation we’re talking about. E.coli, Salmonella, Staphylococcus, Shigella, Bacillus and Clostridium are just a few of disease-causing pathogens pests such as flies, rodents and cockroaches transmit.

What’s more, pests and poor pest control practices can cost your business annual audit points. A poor score can damage not only your reputation, but also your bottom line.

Avoid the risks pest pose and involve your staff on the front end. Follow the simple steps below and you’ll be on the right track in training them.

1. Be Proactive

Establishing daily sanitation routines is essential. A few practices to enforce include the following:

• Sweep and mop on a regular basis. Be careful not to leave out the space underneath machines, tables and beds.

• Wipe down equipment regularly.

• Wipe off countertops and sweep floors especially where food is present.

• Line and cover all trash cans securely. Dispose of trash every day and ensure garbage bins and dumpsters are cleaned regularly.

• Clean spills around the sinks of bathrooms and break rooms. Pests such as mice and cockroaches only need a minimal amount of water to survive for multiple days.

2. Always Inspect

Closely monitor every square foot of your commercial space. Ensure the following pest hot spots are regularly checked by your staff:

• Hidden, protected places such as wall voids (through access panels) and under appliances

• Food preparation and dining areas

• Staff locker rooms

• Storage areas and closets

• Laundry areas

• Loading areas where shipments come in and go out

3. See Something? Say Something.

Early and proper communication is a vital part of an IPM plan. Create a pest-sighting protocol that clearly defines the steps to be taken if a pest is spotted. This ought to include whom to report it to. Ensure every staff member understands and can implement the protocol as well.

To give your pest manager the best chance to come up with a customised solution to resolve the issue, your employees will need to record when, where and how many were seen at the time. What’s better is if you can catch one of the pests for later identification. Just remember to keep it in a container.

It’s paramount to be on the forefront when it comes to preparing for a pest problem. Properly and continuously educate your staff on pests and pest prevention practices. This will enable you to maintain a clean and healthy space not only for you and your employees, but also and especially for your customers.

Got a pest infestation? Call Bob Gunn Termite Solutions in Brisbane today. We offer FREE quotes for all our services.

We’ve all heard stories of insects ending up in someone’s soup and damaging a restaurant’s reputation (and business). Aside from resulting in an angry diner, complaints about pest sightings, dead insects or their random body parts in food items can easily get you penalised by the regulating authorities. These can even lead to the closure of your business, which is why, as a restaurant owner, you ought to always be on the lookout for such nuisances and prepared when there’s a pest sighting in your establishment.

Awareness Is Key

The first step to protecting your restaurant from creepy crawlies is by knowing what pests to watch out for and how to prevent them. Read on and discover the most common restaurant pests that can ruin your business.

1. Rats and Mice

Restaurants are a haven for rodents. Not only are there several food and water sources easily accessible to them, but a restaurant also provides them with warmth especially during Winter.

Widely known as food contaminators, rats and mice damage food, products, packaging and equipment through their gnawing, feeding and breeding. They also often carry illnesses which can easily be transferred through contact or their droppings, posing a threat to the health and safety of a restaurant. These illnesses include, but are not limited to, rat-bite fever, Salmonellosis, Leptospirosis and Murine Typhus.

2. Cockroaches

Apart from being particularly (if not the most) scary for most customers, cockroaches can establish huge infestations quickly and contaminate the area by releasing bio-waste like faeces, disgorged food and their own smell. They can also pollute indoor air with tiny parts of their exoskeletons.3. Flies

Different fly species are attracted to different kinds of food odours coming from kitchens. Take fruit flies and drain flies for example. The former like fermented sugary liquids and can gather in bars and kitchens. The latter, on the other hand, are attracted to sewage and rotting food.

Flies carry vector-borne diseases and harbour pathogenic bacteria. It is recommended to opt for professional pest control when it comes to their eradication as they’re often immune to regular cleaning chemicals.

4. Stinging Pests

Bees, wasps and mosquitoes are major threats and nuisances to restaurants with an outdoor dining or waiting area. Not only are these pests annoying, but they’re also very dangerous, considering their painful stings can trigger severe allergic reactions in some cases.

5. Ants

Proper ant treatment begins with the correct identification of ant species present as different types pose different issues for restaurants. Whilst some ants can be managed with baits, different methods are required by others. Tracing the ants back to their colonies is also necessary for effective treatment.

6. Stored Product Pests

Moths, weevils and beetles are some of the most common pests attracted to stored food products. They can arrive within your next food shipment and make a home in your restaurant’s cabinets, cupboards and shelves.

Stored product pests can breed and build huge populations rapidly and are known to leave their eggs and larvae behind, contaminating food items.

Apart from prioritising your establishment’s sanitation and cleanliness, the best way to prevent the pests mentioned above is by employing the services of a reputable pest manager—just like Bob Gunn Termite Solutions.

Let us help you protect the reputation and ensure the integrity of your restaurant. Commercial pest control for the food and beverage industry is one of our specialties. For enquires or a FREE quote, get in touch with us today.

It’s extremely upsetting to come across a cockroach infestation in our own home. Infestations are caused when we become negligent of our own home’s cleanliness, including the storing of food. If left alone, cockroaches can cause multiple serious health issues. The following are diseases cockroaches can cause among your family:

1. Salmonellosis

Cockroaches gather salmonella bacteria in their bodies by eating contaminated food, The bacteria then stay in their bodies for a month, and come out when they defecate or vomit on your food. Critical symptoms salmonellosis cause 12 to 72 hours after infection are diarrhoea, fever, and vomiting. As long as there’s a steady supply of fluids, one can recuperate from this disease in 4-7 days.

2. Typhoid Fever

Another one of the diseases cockroaches (and salmonella bacteria) cause is typhoid fever, which is fairly common in places with poor sanitation. Symptoms of typhoid fever are constipation, diarrhoea, exhaustion, head and muscle aches, high temperature and stomach pain. With the right medical treatment, one can recover in 3-5 days. However, failure to do so can prompt further serious complications.

3. Cholera

An acute diarrhoeal infection, cholera is brought about by the Vibrio cholera bacterium which spread when cockroaches defecate or vomit these on food or surfaces that get in contact with food. Albeit 80% of infected individuals don’t encounter any symptoms, the bacteria will be present in their excrement for 1-10 days. For the 20% of the individuals that do develop symptoms, ⅘ of them will experience mild to moderate symptoms while the rest will experience acute water diarrhoea that leads to severe lack of hydration. There are 28,000-142,000 recorded deaths per year because of cholera.

4. Dysentery

Another one of the serious diseases cockroaches cause, this is a sort of gastroenteritis which causes diarrhoea with blood. One can get it from consuming food or drinks with entamoeba or shigella bacteria, and poor hand hygiene. Indications of this disease include diarrhoea with blood and mucus, high fever, nausea, painful stomach cramps, and vomiting. The symptoms appear to be harsh, but recovery within a week without medical treatment is possible.

5. Leprosy

Cockroaches carry bacillus mycobacterium leprae which cause leprosy. It may not be highly infectious, but failure to treat this could prompt permanent damage to the eyes, nerves and skin. The harm could be as serious as disfigurement and deformities. Since this disease incubates for a long time, it may take up to 20 years for the symptoms to show up. Once can be treated by this with multidrug treatment/MDT.

These are just a few, but serious, diseases cockroaches can bring to your own home. You and your family will most likely get infected if you’ll let these pests infest it. If you feel that you have a cockroach control problem, call Bob Gunn Termite Solutions right away. For enquiries or FREE quote, get in touch with us today.

It’s highly advisable to check your home for termites every now and then, especially if your home has wood that comes in contact with the ground or if it has areas that are difficult to inspect.

Looking for possible termite infestation can be scary and can get a little dirty, but don’t worry! It’s easy, and it will allow you to do a thorough inspection all by yourself. All you need to check your home for termites are expendable coveralls, gloves, an electric lamp and a screwdriver to probe wood. Here are the things that you need to look for:

Image of termites

1. Mud Tubes

Subterranean termites turn soil with a good amount of moisture into nests. They also create “mud tubes” to connect the nest to a wooden food source. Therefore, mud tubes are a good indicator that there’s a termite infestation in your home.

2. Harmed Wood

Wood that looks “crushed” at structural joints is considered to be termite damage. If you’ll tap the damaged wood with the screwdriver, you’ll hear a dull thud. It can further be investigated by probing the surface with the screwdriver to expose tunnels.

3. Heaps of Wings

Once “swarmers” further develop, they shed their wings. The wings are often left scattered near windows or other light sources.

4. Buckling/Bubbling Paint or Brittle Drywall

When you check your home for termites, these are the areas that you’ll need to examine (Remember, termites are regularly found at or near ground level):

  1. Wooden parts of construction in basements and crawl spaces
  2. Window frames and sills (especially in the basement), subfloors, support piers, support posts, joists and wooden decks/porches
  3. Areas where concrete parts meet wood such slabs, steps or porches
  4. Cracks in bricks, cement or expansion joints where termites can slip through
  5. Wood debris and piles near the foundation including basement windows and door frames, fence posts and tree stumps

In case you weren’t able to find anything while you check your home for termites, Bob Gunn Termite Solutions can help you out even more. For enquiries or FREE quote, get in touch with us today.

With winter fast approaching, you can expect the common cold and other illnesses to disrupt your daily grind. Whilst focusing on staying healthy, why not think about the health of your home as well?

Here are the six major ways your home can get sick:

1. Mouldy Walls and Ceilings

Properties, especially those built on the coast or on permeable clay soil, are susceptible to moulds.

Moulds are signs that there is a moisture leakage somewhere. It could be linked to insufficient air flow, a leaky roof, moisture in the subfloor or an issue with draining and guttering.

If you’re unable to get up into or onto the roof or under the house yourself, hire a builder to do the job for you. Improved ventilation or new drainage corrects most issues.

2. Severe Cracking

Cracks more than five millimetres in width may relate to a home’s foundation’s movement – a costly problem to correct.

Tree roots sucking moisture from the soil causing it to dry up can cause cracks. Weak foundation or moisture issues in the subfloor area are possible causes too.

When you see severe cracking, contact a reputable builder right away. They will drop by, take a look at your problem and fix the problem for you.

3. Faulty Windows and Jamming Doors

Another sign that moisture is slowly destroying your home is when there are doors and windows getting stuck in a closed position or can’t be closed at all. It is moisture that causes the wooden frames to expand and contract.

When this happens, check for leaks and other symptoms of moisture. We also advise getting a professional to address the problem’s cause, as well as the faulty doors and windows themselves.

4. Rotting Wooden Decks and Balustrades

Wooden decks that are rotting can either be a sign of a dreaded moisture issue or termite infestation. Whilst this is a preventable problem, this poses a very serious safety risk to homeowners and tenants when overlooked.

Single wooden board replacements are cost-effective, short-term fixes. On the other hand, if you want a long-term solution, consider replacing the whole deck or balustrade instead.

5. Musty Smells and Water Stains

A musty smell can mean that your home is in trouble. Teamed with stains, mould or wet patches are sure signs that something isn’t right. These should be addressed right away as these can cause homeowners or tenants to get sick.

Causes of this can be poor ventilation or a hidden leak requiring attention. You can fix this by replacing the carpet, getting rid of the moisture source and improving ventilation.

6. Termites

Termites move quite fast, so if you see a trail of mud in the wood (or even concrete parts) of your home, call a pest inspector as soon as you can. Our multi-awarded team can help you out with this one.

Keep your eyes peeled for wood damage in and beneath your home, especially if you’re in a bushy area. Serious damage and an infestation can be prevented if termites are spotted early enough.

Think Your Home Is Sick?

Get your home back to full health before it’s too late. Now is the time to contact a property inspection expert for an assessment.

At Bob Gunn Termite Solutions , we can provide you with a thorough building and pest inspection as well as a termite treatment if necessary. Give us a call on 07 3286 9877 or send us a message. We look forward to hearing from you!

More and more fruit flies have been coming out since the start of the season. Fruit flies are those tiny winged nuisances that seem to multiply overnight.

An egg can become an adult fruit fly in just 8-10 days. What’s worse? They can lay 500 eggs in one go on organic materials, most commonly on fermenting fruits. They’re also known to lay eggs in the following areas:

  • Sink Drains
  • Garbage Disposals
  • Recycled Cans and Bottles
  • Damp Sponges

What Attracts Fruit Flies?

You can eliminate fruit flies by identifying the source of the infestation first. Yeasty and vinegary smells, as well as odours of decay, attract them. That’s why it helps to put items like tomatoes, potatoes and onions in the refrigerator until your fruit fly situation is solved.

You can find their breeding sites in things or places that are moist, semi-liquid or that have fermenting goo or gunk. These include:

  • Bins
  • Drip Pans
  • Trash Compactor
  • Scum in Drains
  • Filthy Buckets
  • Mops or Sponges
  • Mop Water in Cracks or Crevices

How to Prevent and Get Rid of Fruit Flies

Discarding the produce where the fruit flies are hovering around and resting on will not get rid of the problem. Here are a few practical tips to get rid of fruit flies:

  1. Shut all doors and window. Most screens are not effective as barriers since these pests can fit right through the openings.
  2. Spray and clean the bottom of trash bins, mop the floors and take your garbage out on a regular basis – twice a day, preferably.
  3. Clean out all drains using a bacterial foam or gel drain cleaners.

Need help with your fruit fly situation? Don’t hesitate to contact Bob Gunn Termite Solutions. We offer top-notch fruit fly treatments for homes and businesses in Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan, on the Sunshine Coast, the Gold Coast and surrounds.

Get in touch with us today on 07 3286 977 for a FREE quote! We look forward to hearing from you.

Rodents always make their way to the list of the most threatening pests in the food industry. Their activity in food establishments especially increases during the cooler months since low temperatures prompt mice and rats to seek shelter in warm areas with easily accessible food and water.

Do Not Underestimate Rodents
Pest control matters a lot in restaurant health inspections, which is why restaurateurs ought to have a plan to prevent rodent issues. In fact, a mere evidence of a live mouse or rat being discovered can lead to a food establishment being shut down until the problem is resolved.

Protect your business and reputation by keeping rodents out of your establishment and its online reviews. Here are a few steps on how you can keep rodents out of your restaurant.

1. Inspect or Get Inspected

Proper inspection starts with determining rodent hot spots and knowing what to find. The following are a few of the most common rodent hot spots and runways:

  • Stored Product Areas
  • Cluttered Offices/Back Rooms
  • Behind and Under Kitchen Appliances
  • Within Wall, Ceiling and Floor Voids

Signs of Rodents
In these hot spots, look for chew marks on walls, insulation and wiring, packages as well as pellet droppings that look like capsules. Grease or rub marks along walls are also another sign of live rodents. These marks are from their fur.

Secluded places such as roofs, wall voids and attics can also have rodent nests made of shredded material paper and cloth. Inspect for burrows outside your restaurant as well, specifically near areas where garbage is placed and along the side of your establishment’s foundation.

2. Block All Possible Entryways

Rats can fit through quarter-sized holes while mice can fit through holes with the size of a dime. For this reason, it’s important to seal off any potential points of entry. You can do this by…

  • Installing door sweeps
  • Sealing cracks
  • Removing gaps around utility lines
  • Getting rid of any low-hanging tree limbs that touch the building

Keep rodents out by also ensuring that products, before being brought inside your establishment, are checked for rodent warning signs. These include chew marks and suspicious holes. If there are any, refuse the delivery and inform your supplier as soon as possible.

3. Maintain Cleanliness

Keeping a clean establishment is one of the best ways to prevent pest infestations from happening. Here are a few steps you can take every day to ensure your building is pest-free:

• Repair leaky sinks and equipment immediately as moisture attracts rodents.
• Clean food debris and spills as soon as possible
• Make an established cleaning procedure for the start and finish of each shift.
• Never leave dirty dishes overnight.
• Cover trash receptacles always.
• De-clutter your office space and storage closets regularly—this is always forgotten.

4. Educate Your Employees

Much like running a great restaurant, pest management cannot be done by one person alone. For this reason, it’s important to teach your staff what to look for and who to tell before your issue becomes your customer’s. If everyone helps to keep rodents out of your restaurant, pest management should be a piece of cake.

Talk to a trustworthy pest manager —just like Bob Gunn Termite Solutions —today. We’re more than glad to discuss and address the concerns you have regarding rodents, cockroaches, flies, ants and other pests. For a FREE quote, you may call us on 07 3286 9877.

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