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What You Need to Know About Cockroach Bites

Cockroaches are nocturnal omnivores that can bite human skin. Whilst they rarely do so, a simple wound they’ve caused can last for up to a week.

Can All Types of Cockroaches Bite?

Yes, all cockroaches can bite. If they feel threatened, they choose to be offensive rather than defensive. It’s also important to note that some cockroaches are more likely to attack than others.

When their food supply is low, that’s when they attack. On the other hand, they’re unlikely to do so if there’s an existing food source such as a garbage bin or uncovered food.

Their timid nature doesn’t stop them from attacking humans while they’re asleep. Cockroaches go for places where food residue may be left behind. These can be the following:
• Mouth
• Hands
• Fingernails
• Feet
• Eyelashes

How Painful Is a Cockroach Bite?

The pain of a cockroach bite depends on the bitten person’s tolerance level. He or she may experience a slight twinge or pinch but the discomfort doesn’t last very long.

What Does a Cockroach Bite Look Like?

You can easily mistake a cockroach bite for a bed bug bite or a bite from other insects (mosquitoes, fleas, etc). However, there are a few differences which set a cockroach bite apart.

Compared to a bed bug bite, a bite from a cockroach is bright red in colour, 1-4 mm in width and is a little hefty. Also, there won’t be a series of bites as in the case of a bed bug attack. There will only be one wound.

Swelling and itching most likely occur. Once infected, the bite can lead to inflammation and outgrow in size.

What Are Some Cockroach Bite Home Remedies?

Wash the area thoroughly with a disinfectant as soon as you’re bitten. This will not only help eliminate bacteria, but this will also prevent contracting infection.

If swelling happens, apply an ice pack to reduce it. Take an antihistamine if itchiness begins. Warm water, lemon juice and Aloe Vera are a few home remedies that you can apply.

Remember to never scratch a cockroach bite as it can cut the skin, risking an infection.

How to Prevent Cockroach Bites

Practice good sanitation and you’ll find virtually zero cockroaches in your home. However, if they’ve started to infest your property already, it’s best to hire reputable pest control technicians.

For cockroach treatments that work, contact Bob Gunn Termite Solutions in Brisbane today. A Queensland pest manager multi-award winner, we adopt measures based on your specific situation and go the extra mile for our customers every time.

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Why Your Non-Food Business Still Needs Pest Control

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 ants, rodents 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 the 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.

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Six Ways to Tell That Your Home Is Sick

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!

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Fruit Fly Prevention and Eradication

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:

  • Shut all doors and window. Most screens are not effective as barriers since these pests can fit right through the openings.
  • Spray and clean the bottom of trash bins, mop the floors and take your garbage out on a regular basis – twice a day, preferably.
  • 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.

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    4 Tips to Keep Rodents out of Your Restaurant

    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 and 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.

    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.

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    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.