Bee leaving stinger on skin

What You Need to Know About Bee Stings

In Australia, bees claim about two lives annually. Whilst fatalities caused by bee stings are rare, bees hospitalise people more than any venomous creature.

Read on and learn what happens when you’re stung by a bee, and how you can tell whether you’ll get a severe reaction or not.

How Do Bees Sting?

Bees possess a venom sac and, at the end of their abdomen, a barbed stinger. They use these parts when they feel threatened or under attack, mainly to defend their hive from being destroyed.

Once the bee pierces the skin with its barb, venom is injected and pheromones are released. These pheromones can stimulate nearby bees to join the defensive attack.

Bee Venom

When injected into our body, bee venom can lead to itching, irritation, local swelling and pain that may last for hours. In spite of this, certain bee venom components have been utilised in cancer treatments.

How Our Body Reacts to Bee Venom

Whilst a single sting is almost always limited to the aforementioned local effects, there are people who develop an allergy to some bee venom proteins.

Anaphylaxis can be launched by our body’s immune system to try and protect us against the venom. It is a severe allergic reaction that can be lethal.

What causes life-threatening problems and hospitalisation is actually not the bee venom itself but our body’s allergy to it.

How Do I Know If I’m Allergic to Bee Venom?

You are unlikely to be allergic to bee venom if you haven’t been stung by a bee before. Otherwise, you can develop an allergy.

You may have an allergic sensitivity if you have gone through large local reaction from the sting, or symptoms separate from the site where you’ve been stung. These include swelling, rashes and itchy skin elsewhere, dizziness and difficulty breathing.

Get assessed by a doctor who will take a full history of your reactions. Blood allergy testing or skin testing can also help eliminate or confirm potential allergy triggers.

First Aid

What to Do When You’ve Been Stung by a Bee

Unlike wasps, bees leave their sting on the skin, dying shortly after. When you’re stung, get rid of the sting within half a minute. Doing so keeps the amount of venom injected to a minimum.

To flick or scratch out the barb, use a hard surface. This can be the edge of a credit card, fingernail or key. A cold pack may help relieve symptoms of a minor reaction such as local swelling and pain.

If you’re stung in the neck region, or you have difficulty breathing or experience any dizziness, light-headedness or wheezing, seek medical attention immediately.

Prevention

Bees play an essential role in the environment. If you see a bee, best leave it alone. Don’t try to swat it or step on it. Remember: bees don’t attack unless they feel their hive is in danger.

To relocate a hive on your property, call an expert. At Bob Gunn Termite Solutions, we are more than capable and glad to assist you with this. Contact us in Brisbane today. We offer FREE quotes on all our services.

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What to Do During a Home Inspection

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 you what you can to be there when the inspection is being conducted. You can follow the inspector while the inspection is being done and enquire 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 is according to John Bodrozic of HomeZada. 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.

Contact Bob Gunn Termite Solutions today. We’re more than glad to tell you about the other many benefits of home inspections as well as building and pest inspections. We offer these services in Brisbane, Ipswich, on the Sunshine Coast, the Gold Coast and surrounds.

Easter eggs on grass

Pest Control Tips for a Hassle-Free Easter Egg Hunt

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 for a FREE quote. Our friendly office staff is waiting for your call.

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How to Inspect Your Potential Home for Rats and Mice

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 a FREE building and pest inspection quote.

Bed bug bites on the box

Bed Bug Bites & Flea Bites: Appearance, Treatment, Prevention

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.

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How to Prevent Pests From Overrunning the Laundry Room

The laundry room is one of the many areas in long-term care facilities that are vulnerable to pest infestations. The warmth, food, shelter and moisture a laundry room provides are what attract pests.

If effective pest management is overlooked, the facility is left open to property damages, negative publicity and even possible lawsuits. The patients’ health and safety are also put on the line.

A Comprehensive IPM vs. Laundry Pests


On the bright side, steps can be taken even in the most sensitive healthcare environments. A key to helping prevent pests is an Integrated Pest Management plan that includes consistent sanitation, as well as regular monitoring and maintenance of pest problem areas—like the laundry room.

After a thorough inspection by a reputable pest manager, an IPM program can then be made and customised to suit the facility and its specific pest pressures, whether it be cockroaches, rodents, termites, ants or other unwelcome guests.

How to Avoid a Pest Infestation in the Laundry Room


If a place can’t provide pests with living essentials, an infestation cannot happen. Here are some tips and tricks to help eradicate and deter pests in the laundry room:

• See to it that exterior doors or windows (if any) fit tightly and door sweeps are installed to seal the door to the ground.

• Get the assistance of maintenance to cover any cracks and crevices. Take, for instance, rats. They can pass through holes as small as a quarter.

• Ensure floors are free from piles of clothing, litter and other debris. In the same way, laundry baskets or hampers should not be kept filled overnight.

• Sweep and mop the floor on a regular basis to avoid ants. It’s also important to empty lint traps often.

• Line and cover all garbage bins, making sure to empty these out every day. Remember to clean out their inside regularly as well.

• If the laundry room doubles as a storage for cleaning supplies such as mops and brooms, keep these off the floor, dry and organised.

• Keep an 18-inch gap between the wall and any storage racks.

• Ensure tiled ceilings are intact. Ceiling voids can be used by flies as their breeding ground and by rats and mice as a crawl space.

• Before washing, thoroughly check bedding, linens and clothing for pests or evidence of their presence. These include droppings, chew marks or shed exoskeletons.

Seek Professional Help Against Pests in the Laundry Room


It’s easy for bed bugs and other pests to become a full-blown infestation if left unchecked. To know which pests to look for, where to find them and how to prevent them from becoming a problem in any facility, partner with a trustworthy pest manager—just like Bob Gunn Termite Solutions. Contact us in Brisbane today for a FREE quote.

5 Practical Cockroach Pest Control Tips

Cockroaches don’t just scare the life out of everybody, but they can also contaminate your food with dangerous bacteria, trigger asthma, and worst of all, withstand attempts at eradicating them. It’s possible to address even the most stubborn cockroach infestations.

Cockroach in aircon vent

4 Easy Tips on How to Cockroach-Proof Your Car

An unclean car can easily become a haven for cockroaches (alongside spiders and rodents). On top of having small dark spaces, it’s a mess in general. These are two things these nuisances are attracted to the most.

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7 Things to Check Before Buying a Home

A home is one of the biggest investments you can make. It shelters you in a comfortable place that you can truly call your own.

However, for some families, their dream home can turn into a nightmare when they discover the real condition of their new abode.

Thankfully, there is a way to prevent this from becoming your own misfortune. Take advantage of inspections. These can save you from spending thousands of dollars on repairs discovered only after you’ve closed the deal.

Whilst not mandatory, a thorough inspection definitely helps. Read on and learn about the most important things to check before buying a home.

Electrical

When your inspector finds something wrong with the home’s electrical system, it’s time to book an electrician. It can be that the electrical box doesn’t comply with the city code anymore since it’s so old. With the help of an electrician, you can get reliable box replacement recommendations and estimates.

HVAC

A home’s heating and cooling system can be fixed with help from an HVAC specialist. They can tell you how much it will cost to fix a broken system and whether it’s better to replace it instead.

Chimney

Does the home have a chimney lacking flue liners or one that has crumbling bricks inside? A chimney inspector will help you and see to it that the smoke discharges properly.

Sewer and Septic System

A faulty sewer and septic system can break a realty deal. Whilst expensive to address, sewer issues can be pinpointed with the help of a sewer camera inspection.

A specialist performs this by inserting a digital camera into the sewer line and pushing it through the main line. Often times, the footage is recorded for you to see what and where the problem is.

Roof

If a seller doesn’t pay for a roof certification for an older roof, acquire one independently. Remember to consider the credentials of a company when it comes to looking for an inspector.

Also, veer away from a company offering roof repair. The conflict of interest may make the inspector biased, and you may end up spending for repairs you didn’t really need to make.

Foundation

Whilst a home inspector can identify the type of foundation your house is built on, a foundation engineer is able to inform you if it’s damaged or if the home is sliding.

Pests

Termites and other wood-destroying pests can be found throughout the country. However, they’re more common in areas with warm climates.

Determine if your potential home has termites, carpenter ants, dry rot and a range of other hard-to-find household pests before it’s too late. Contact Bob Gunn Termite Solutions today.

Bob Gunn Termite Solutions offers top-notch building and pest inspections alongside termite and pest treatments to put your doubts and worries to rest.

Request a free quote today. Our friendly office staff in Brisbane is waiting for your call.

Gutters clogged with leaves

5 Things That Attract Termites

What attracts termites? If you don’t know the answer to this question, then preventing termites from infesting your property would be virtually impossible.

Usually, homeowners go the extra mile to finish seasonal projects around the home to protect their house from pests. However, some of these jobs may actually do more than good, especially when it comes to termites.

Read on and determine whether you’re attracting termites to your property or not.

Firewood and Woodpiles

For easy access, most homeowners stack firewood on the stoop or against their home. This, however, can attract termites toward the home and give them an entry point. At Bob Gunn Termite Solutions, we recommend keeping woodpiles and firewood at least 20 feet away from the home and, if possible, keep wood elevated at least five inches from the ground.

Improper Drainage

Not everyone knows that cleaning the gutters is an essential part of termite prevention also. Termites are attracted to moisture. Water pooling brought about by clogged gutters can result in insulation being vulnerable to termites. You can prevent water from pooling by using downspout extenders and splash blocks to divert rainwater away from the foundation.

Excess Wood

Ensure you don’t leave stumps and dead trees in your yard as any rotting wood material can serve as termite fuel and eventually result in termites making their way to your home.

Mulch

Mulch is a garden staple and frequently utilised near the home and against the foundation. However, it can be a food source for termites and also retains moisture, attracting these destructive pests. What you can do is to minimise the use of wood mulch and keep it at least 15 inches away from the foundation. It also paramount to monitor existing mulch for any termite signs, especially beneath the surface.

Trees

Two other potential pathways for termites seeking a new nesting location are leaves and tree limbs that come in contact with the roof and home exterior. Tree limbs that get in the way of sunlight can also slow the evaporation of precipitation, enabling moisture to build-up.

Termites: A Serious Matter

Termites are detrimental to the health of any property and cannot be eradicated with mere do-it-yourself measures. If you think that you may have attracted a termite problem, contact our team in Brisbane for a thorough inspection.

With more than 25 years of experience in the industry, Bob Gunn Termite Solutions is more than capable of meeting your needs and exceeding your expectations. Request a free quote today.