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.

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Practical Pet Pest Control

This summer, you know you and your loved ones are not the only ones who’ll be soaking up the sun. Your fur babies will be too. On the downside, ticks, fleas, mosquitoes and other pests can ruin a nice summer day in no time, especially for cats and dogs that can’t really protect themselves like you can.

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Homeowners Should Be Making This a New Year’s Resolution

By this time, you’ve probably finished listing all your resolutions for this brand new year. However, before implementing the changes you want to make to better yourself and your home, check to see if pest-proofing is on your list.

We know pest-proofing might not be the first thing that comes to mind when it comes to New Year’s Resolutions, but believe us when we say that, if done properly, it can save you a lot of money, time and frustration during the year.

Protect your home from unwanted guests and avoid damage or infestations all year round by following these five tips from Bob Gunn Termite Solutions:

1. Stow Holiday Decor Properly

Pack holiday decorations with care. To keep pests from infesting them whilst stored, place them in durable plastic containers with secure lids.

2. Maintain Cleanliness in the Kitchen

Since food attracts pests to home, it’s paramount to clean the kitchen after every meal, throw away garbage on a regular and keep food in airtight containers. It also helps to avoid storing food items in the back of the pantry for too long.

3. Seal Cracks and Crevices

Sealing the gap between the door and floor by installing door sweeps (especially on exterior doors) will remove the space for bugs and rodents to enter your home. Sealing cracks and crevices on the outside of the home is also essential. This includes areas where pipes and utilities enter.

4. Store Firewood in the Proper Place

A number of pests deem woodpiles as their favourite hangout. Avoid any pests from hitching a ride indoors by storing firewood at least 20 feet away from your home and brushing it off before bringing it in.

5. Mind the Outdoors

Pest-proofing your home’s exterior in the winter months is just as important as doing so in any other season. Remove dead branches, bushes or old, fallen leaves from the yard if there are any. Don’t forget to clean out leaves and other gutter debris as well as repair loose shingles to avoid stagnant water as this could result in ice dams.

When to Call a Professional

Pest-proof your home at the beginning of each season to prevent seasonal pests from paying you a visit. For pest occurrences you can’t handle, it’s best to contact a fully-licensed pest control professional—such as one from Bob Gunn Termite Solutions.

Get in touch with us today and let us know how we can help you. Our friendly office staff is waiting for your call.

A family baking Christmas treats

8 Tips to Keep Baking Supplies Free From Pantry Pests

It’s the holidays! You know what that means. In the next few weeks, friends, families and loved ones will be coming together in kitchens to make delightful holiday feasts.

As you whip out your baking needs, our team at Bob Gunn Termite Solutions advises you to be wary of pests in the pantry. Merchant grain beetles and Indian meal moths are just some of the insects that could have sought shelter in your kitchen pantry.

Pantry pests can tear through thin packaging, access food supplies with ease and contaminate most baking ingredients. These include flour, nuts, chocolate and dried fruit.

Preventing pantry pest infestations is fairly easy. The key is to exercise proper food storage and observe good sanitation. Read on for more pantry pest prevention tips.

1. Spills and crumbs attract pests, which is why it’s important to keep floors, counters, cabinets, pantry shelves and sinks clean.

2. Place a bay leaf in dry good canisters. Its pungent smell repels several pantry pests.

3. Ensure that the food you buy is in perfectly sealed packages.

4. Once packages are opened, transfer ingredients into sealed glass or Tupperware-type containers with tight lids before stowing them in the cabinet.

5. Check expiration dates before using baking ingredients and inspect already opened items before adding them to a recipe.

6. Throw trash on a regular basis in sealed bins.

7. Seal cracks or holes around water pipes and the stovepipes.

8. Check for leaking pipes and clogged drains. If there are any, address them right away.

When to Call a Professional

If an infestation has already taken root, then it’s definitely time to get in touch with a reputable, licensed pest technician—such as one of our team members at Bob Gunn Termite Solutions.

Contact us in Brisbane today to learn how we treat pesky pantry pests. Don’t forget to ask for a quote as we offer them for FREE all year round.

Spider in car

3 Ridiculously Easy Ways to Spider-Proof Your Car

Whilst spiders are amazing creatures (and even friends) to some people, the majority still perceive them as their worst nightmare. In fact, in a recent survey conducted by a US-based pest control company, spiders are the second most frightening pest next to snakes.

There has been a rise in spider sightings in cars for the past few months, with some leading to vehicular accidents. If you’re one of the people who get freaked out by spiders, this can happen to you.

Keep these eight-legged creatures as far away from your car as possible with these basic DIY tips from Bob Gunn Termite Solutions:

1. Observe Cleanliness

Messy places attract arachnids, which is why it’s important to not eat inside your vehicle. When you eat in your car, crumbs can be left in your vehicle’s interior, attracting small insects that are prey to spiders.

Deter spiders by vacuuming your car’s floor and upholstery regularly. Wiping down plastic surfaces in your vehicle is also a big help.

2. Remove Junk

Do you best to limit the items you keep in your car. What you can do is to schedule a “car date” to de-clutter your vehicle once a week.

Spiders make their webs in the dark and love to hide in any man-made mess. Keep your car tidy to not make it a building site option for spiders.

3. Take Advantage of the Power of Scents

There are various smells that spiders don’t like. These include tea tree, peppermint and eucalyptus oils as well as citrus peels. Use air freshener sprays with any of these scents to help spider-proof your vehicle. You can also drop a bit of essential oil onto cotton balls and place them in your trunk and glove compartment.

When to Call a Professional

When you feel like you can’t handle the arachnids in your vehicle (or in your home for that matter), it’s time to employ the services of a fully licensed and qualified pest manager — such as Bob Gunn Termite Solutions.

With our top-notch, environmentally-friendly pest treatments, we’ll protect you and your loved ones from eight-legged creepy crawlies and ensure they never come back.

Contact us in Brisbane today. Our friendly office staff is waiting for your call.

Rodent in a car

5 Ways to Keep Rats, Mice and Other Rodents Out of Your Car Engine

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.

Houseplants on a window sill

How to Get Rid of Bugs in Houseplants

Plants can do wonders for a home’s interior. Not only can they add colour, but they can also give that extra hominess to your décor. Many homeowners add houseplants to their living space for these particular reasons.

What most don’t know, however, is that they’re bringing unwelcome guests inside their home as well. The following are the most common bug problems of houseplants:
• Aphids
• Mealybugs
• Spider Mites

Ensure your houseplants are free from these insects and other creepy crawlies with these tips from Bob Gunn Termite Solutions:

1. Shower Your Houseplants Occasionally for Prevention.

For small plants, you can use the sprayer head at the kitchen sink and the showerhead for bigger plants. It’s important that you don’t have the water turned on full blast since this could ruin your plants. Lukewarm water is also advised.

2. Wipe off Any Insect That’s Present With a Cotton Swab.

When only a few bugs are present, a cotton swab soaked in alcohol can be used to wipe off any aphids, scale insects and mealybugs.

3. In Problematic Situations, Submerge the Plants in a Tub of Water.

Doing this for about 30 minutes can make any insects float, allowing you to skim them off easily. Remember to enclose the pot in a plastic bag to secure the potting medium in place during the process.

Whilst systemic insecticides formulated for homeowner use can be utilised to manage most houseplant pest problems, it’s still best to seek the help of a fully licensed and qualified pest control technician.

When you feel like your pest problem has gone out of hand or you want to prevent pest issues early on, contact Bob Gunn Termite Solutions in Brisbane today. We have the treatment that works best for your plant and one that’s right for your environment.