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.

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.

Barbecued meat on a grill

7 Tips to Avoid Bugs on the Barbie

Friends having a barbie


Spring and summer bring the perfect weather to enjoy a good ol’ backyard barbecue party with family and friends. However, as the months get warmer and warmer, more and more pests come out from hiding too.

Ants, mosquitoes, wasps and flies are just some of the nuisances that can ruin the fun. Avoid these and other bugs on the barbie with the following tips from Bob Gunn Termite Solutions:

1. Wear Light-Coloured Clothing and Use Neutral Food Containers and Plates


Insects such as bees and mosquitoes have impressive visual perception. Red, orange and yellow attract bees (even though they cannot actually see the colour) while black, blue and red attract mosquitoes. Flower-looking patterns are also bug magnets. Keeping everything plain and in light colours prevents winged insects from landing on your food (and you).

2. Don’t Put on Cologne, Perfume and/or Fragrant Lotion


The olfactory sense of insects is, more often than not, as strong as their sense of sight. Apart from the smells of food, they are easily drawn to the scents of perfumes and colognes (and even sweat!). Avoid the bugs by swapping fragrances with spray repellents, preferably those with DEET or menthoglycol.

3. Take Advantage of Candles


A lit candle’s heat irritates flies. Use this to your advantage. Light up a candle near your plates and see the number of pesky flies hovering nearby reduce. It’s simple but it works! Just make sure to secure the candles from being knocked over, especially by little hands.

4. Keep the Bin Away


Never set up your barbie within 50 feet of a rubbish bin. Ants and other insects swarm around trash and often surround the bin.

5. Prioritise Cleanliness and Sanitation


Wipe spills right away. Similarly, fallen pieces of food or crumbs should be picked up or swept away and thrown in a (faraway) bin immediately. Maintaining the cleanliness of your area goes a long way in preventing bugs from disturbing your barbie.

6. Cover Your Food and Drinks


The only sure way of keeping insects from landing on your food and falling in your drinks is by covering your edibles and beverages at all times—a self-explanatory tip.

7. Build a Barrier


Make a “moat” for your table by placing a saucer filled with water under each table leg. This makeshift moat will keep ants from climbing up for sure.

If this is not possible, rub cinnamon or talcum powder with a cotton ball around the area where the food will be. You can also apply it on the table legs and the bare table (if you’re using a tablecloth) just for added protection. Wipe off any excess cinnamon or talcum powder.

When to Call a Professional


Follow these tips and have an awesome, pest-free barbie this season. If you think that the bugs have become unstoppable, however, it is best to call a pest control company that offers a range of cost-effective solutions—just like Bob Gunn Termite Solutions.

For your pest control needs, contact us today. We offer free quotes to clients in and around Brisbane.

Protect Your Garden From Rodents - Woman Digging in a Vegetable Garden

How to Protect Your Garden From Rodents

Horticulturists are faced with a broad range of challenges on a day to day basis. These may include unfavourable weather, defective irrigation and, on a larger scale, current economic conditions. The most mundane yet biggest problem that most of them have, however, is perhaps safeguarding their crops against rodents.

If you’re a horticulturist or simply a gardener, you’re in for a treat. Bob Gunn Termite Solutions has provided you with the following tips on how you can protect your garden from rodents:

1. Determine what kind of pest is lurking in your garden. Faeces, mounds of soil and tunnels are a few signs that something has chewed an opening into your property.

2. Inspect your yard and garden closely and identify the spaces which attract rats and mice the most.

3. Ensure you don’t have a water source or pet food waiting for them. Rodents can also turn wood piles or ground covers into their homes. In fact, merely owning a garden is enough to lure them in.

4. Once you’ve determined what rodents are on your property and the reason why they’re there, devising a control and management plan is necessary. Our team can help you with this one. We implement eradication solutions that are based on each pest’s biology and habits. This ensures that no harm is done to the environment and to other animals in the vicinity.

5. Make your yard less attractive to them.

6. Isolation is typically a key in controlling rats and mice. Cover potential entrance holes, install fences such as electric ones and use hardware cloth to prevent animals from tunnelling under the wall and getting into your garden beds.

Whilst you can utilise deadly tactics such as traps to protect your garden from rodents, it is imperative to leave rodent control in the hands of those who know best. Let Bob Gunn Termite Solutions address your pest issue for you. Contact us in Brisbane today and worry about one less thing when it comes to your crops, garden and home.

Types of bees: Honeybees depositing nectar

Identifying the Different Types of Bees

Bees, if not for their pollinating or honey-making capability, are known for their stinging mechanism. That’s why people treating them as pests comes as no surprise. What a lot of humans don’t know, however, is that not all of them are aggressive (nor are all of them designed to make honey).

Checking for bed bugs

How to Check Your Hotel Room for Bed Bugs

Hotels, inns and other establishments in the hospitality industry are very much prone to bed bugs. With hundreds of guests going in and out, infestations come as no surprise.

If you’re a constant traveller, it’s important to protect yourself from these blood sucking pests—of course, unless you want an unpleasant bed bug situation to hold you back from the main purpose of your trip.

Clueless on how to examine your hotel room for bed bugs? Bob Gunn Termite Solutions has got you covered.

Ensure your stay is bed bug problem-free by following these steps:

1) Once you enter your room, don’t unpack immediately. Instead, place your luggage in the bathtub. Avoid the luggage rack or valet as there might be bugs present from the previous guest’s luggage.

2) Equip yourself with some useful tools for inspection. Use a penlight or flashlight (or that of your phone) and a credit card.

3) Completely remove the cover and check the sheets’ surface.

4) Expose the mattress, removing the linens including the blanket from the bed. Start with the corners as this is where bed bugs like to hide. Look for:
• Live bugs about 4mm long
• Rusty or reddish stains
• Dark brown blood spots
• Eggs and eggshells about 1mm in size as well as pale yellow skins (shed by nymphs)

5) Use a credit card to get underneath the mattress’s folds and, with a flashlight, examine the darker hiding spots.

6) Don’t leave any corner of the mattress unchecked.

7) It’s crucial to check the headboard and the nightstand as well—all the cracks and crevices.

8) Inspect framed pictures hanging on the wall.

9) Check the seams and folds of any upholstered furniture in the room.

10) Examine the curtains thoroughly.

If you find any sign of bed bugs or live ones, notify the front desk immediately. Look for another hotel or simply request to be moved to a new room that’s far away from your current room. While you’re at it, encourage your hotel to hire the services of a reliable pest control company, just like us at Bob Gunn Termite Solutions.

Hantavirus causes breathing problems

Hantavirus Facts You Need to Know

Rodents, such as deer mice, white-footed mice, rice rats and cotton rats, have been known to carry hantavirus. Exposure to infected rodents or their urine, saliva or faeces can cause diseases like hantavirus haemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS) or hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS). With a mortality rate of 38%, HPS can be fatal.

Here are some things you need to know about the rare yet deadly virus:


1. Anyone can contract HPS, even healthy people. That is why it is important to stay clear of mice or rats more so rodent-infested areas.

2. Hantaviruses are airborne. Once inhaled, they dwell in the lungs and occupy one’s capillaries, or tiny blood vessels, breaking them. Then, fluid fills the lungs, leading to HPS in some cases.

3. Early symptoms are much like those of influenza or pneumonia. These may consist of fever, headaches, chills, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhoea or abdominal pain. Late symptoms include coughing with secretions, shortness of breath and low blood pressure. These happen 4 to 10 days after the initial phase of the illness.

Hantavirus Prevention


Whilst taking extreme care in cleaning up rodent excretions and nesting materials helps in preventing hantavirus, the best way is still by keeping rodents out of your home. Don’t risk your loved ones’ health and yours. Instead, seek the help of a professional pest control company—just like Bob Gunn Termite Solutions.

With more than 25 years of experience in the industry, we are more than capable of ridding you of your rodent issue—or any pest problem for that matter. Contact us in Brisbane today! We offer quotes FREE of charge.




Reference:
• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (n.d.). Signs & Symptoms | Hantavirus | DHCPP | CDC.
• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (n.d.). Facts About Hantaviruses: What You Need To Know To Prevent the Disease Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS).

A swarm of flying ants

Why Flying Ants Day Happens

Seeing a swarm of winged insects – 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.

What are these winged bugs? Is there a “Flying Ants Day” in Australia? Why does it happen and how can you deal with it?

What Are Flying Ants?

These are fertile male and female ants that are ready to reproduce and build a new colony. When this phase of their reproduction cycle hits, they take flight in the form of a swarm and breed mid-air.

However, you need to take a closer look since those winged insects that look like flying ants could be flying termites, and vice versa. It is common to mistake one for the other, especially from afar. How are flying ants different from flying termites?

Here is how these two insects differ:

Flying Ants

• Bent antennae
• Their abdomens are narrow
• Unequal length wings, with the fore wings much bigger than the hind wings
• Wings are as long as, or slightly longer, than the body and have dark veins
• They don’t readily shed their wings

Flying Termites

• Straight antennae
• Straight abdomen
• Wings are of equal length and much longer than their bodies
• Wings appear with indistinct patterns
• They shed their wings readily

When Is Flying Ants Day?

Flying ants swarm commonly occurs during summer, and factors such as weather, humidity and wind conditions must be ideal for it to happen. There is no sign that triggers flying ants to swarm.

A swarm is massive to ensure breeding between male and female flying ants is successful, and accordingly the establishment of a new colony. A huge number of ants in a swarm will die within a day because of birds that prey on them for food.

When to Call the Professionals

Flying ants can enter your home or place of business through visible cracks and crevices. Seal them to prevent these pests from invading your space. Also, always keep your doors and windows closed, or install a fly screen so you can open them and let the air in during the hot months.

If you suspect an ant infestation, seek the services of a professional pest control company. Contact Bob Gunn Termite Solutions to help you identify and control your ant problem. Call us today to request a FREE quote.

Cockroaches trigger asthma

Cockroaches and Asthma

Nobody likes cockroaches. They are creepy, sneaky, dirty, and have way too many legs. We all wish we didn’t have to come across them scuttling away when we turn the kitchen lights on. However, they’re a fact of life that are sometimes very hard to get rid of.

We know they bring dirt and diseases into our home, which is why we do our best to keep them away. But did you know that cockroaches can also be a cause or trigger for asthma sufferers?

There has been numerous studies conducted on the correlation between asthma and cockroaches which show that some asthma sufferers are susceptible to a reaction from breathing in the excrement and dust from decaying cockroaches.

An asthma attack can be triggered by non-allergic factors such as exercise or the cold, and others are due to an allergic reaction in the bronchial tube caused by things such as cat dander or pollen. Some asthmatics can also have an allergic reaction to cockroaches.

German cockroaches are one of the most common causes of the reaction and are also the most common cockroaches to infest a home.

If you are someone with asthma or you have an asthmatic child, you should get your home checked and treated for cockroaches regularly to make sure your family is safe. Sometimes, by the time you see one or two, there is already a problem. Also, the longer you leave the infestation, the harder it becomes to eradicate.

Bob Gunn Termite Solutions can help! We assist residential customers by providing them with pest management solutions tailored to their individual requirements.

Gain some peace of mind with our 12-month warranty on cockroach treatments. We can also help rid your home of a multitude of pests including black ants, cockroaches, spiders, silverfish, moths, termites, mice, rats, wasps and bees.

Call now and speak to one of our friendly office staff for an appointment.

DIY pest control

DIY Pest Control: Is It Really Working for Your Home?

How much are you spending on DIY pest treatments? Are the bugs not going away?

Have you fallen for the advertising traps of off the shelf pest control treatments? Just because they say it’s the same or just as good as professional-grade treatments, does not mean it’s true.

Why? Well, let’s look at a few of the reasons.

The products that you are buying off the shelf at your local Woolies or Coles are NOT the professional-grade chemicals and pesticides that are available to qualified technicians. They also do not contain binding agents that make them a residual pesticide, ensuring that it won’t wash away or wear off in a few weeks.

Besides the fact that the products are not the same, the application process will not be the same. Our qualified technicians have been trained and have experience in how to apply these pest treatments correctly and in the places that need it the most.

It may appear cheaper in the short term, but how much are you really spending? Just one treatment from Bob Gunn Termite Solutions comes with a 12-month warranty. So you only need to pay for one treatment every 12 months.

Enquire about our Services NOW!

Wouldn’t you much prefer to get a professional to come and spray your home once and rest assured that your home is safe from all those creepy crawlies? It will save you time, money and sanity knowing that it’s done. Plus, you will get a friendly reminder of when it’s next due.

Call our office on 07 3286 9877 for your free quote and speak to our friendly team today.

What Bob Gunn Does to Help You:
  • Save you money
  • Save you time
  • Protect your home for a longer period
  • Reduce your time and stress levels
Our Process:
  • Determine the pest problem and the possible cause
  • Our qualified technicians will give a recommendation that meets environment requirements and will effectively solve the pest situation.
  • You choose which treatment to go ahead with
  • Our office will design a full pest management program so you know when the property needs inspections and treatments.

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