Queensland Pests You Find in Spring

Spring is most definitely here in sunny Queensland, and it brings with it some pesky pests that we may not want to ruin our spring cleaning mojo. So what should you be looking out for as the weather starts to warm and the flowers begin to bloom? Bob Gunn Termite Solutions has got you covered below.

Termites

Alates (winged termites) begin to leave their nests to find a new home and start a new colony. They leave in swarms when the temperature warms up, usually around dusk. These alates cannot fly very far, but if the wind is strong enough, they can be carried for kilometres.

Generally, though, if you see a termite swarm around your home you can bet they have come from a nest not too far away. This presents two main causes for concern: (1) Is your home already housing a colony? and (2) Could your home now be at risk of a new colony settling in?

If you have seen flying termites around your home, especially if they are inside your home, please call a specialist in termite control to check your home for existing termite activity and to make sure that you prevent any new colonies taking place.

Birds

Spring is a time for new beginnings and we all know the fear of getting swooped by a mummy magpie protecting her new babies. This is inevitable as mother birds need somewhere to build their nests and lay their eggs. As cute as it may sound the last thing you want is a bird’s nest in your roof.

Apart from the noise and mess that baby birds and their parents make, birds can carry the bird mite, and once the baby birds leave the nest, those mites will still be in your house and will source their food somewhere else like you or your family. Make sure that your roof is safe from nesting birds by closing any gaps or holes that lead to your roof cavity.

Wasps

Wasps are another pest that will begin making nests. Check your eaves and under outdoor furniture. The most common wasps found around the Brisbane area are the mud-dauber and the paper wasp. If you find a wasp nest around your home and feel the need to get rid of it, call a professional to come treat and remove it as you don’t want to risk being stung in case of an allergic reaction.

Bees

Bees are also very active in spring due to the increase in flowers and therefore pollen. Hives become overcrowded and bee swarms will leave the hive to find a new home. They will swarm in a group and land temporarily on a tree branch, piece of furniture, or anything stationary.

Swarming bees should be left alone as they will move to a new location and if you disrupt them, they can become agitated and will sting. If the swarm is somewhere that is inconvenient to your everyday life, please call in professionals to help remove them safely. Otherwise, leave them be and wait for them to move on.

Insects and Rodents

The usual pests will also begin to become more active and infiltrate areas of your home. They are of course spiders, cockroaches, ants, mice and mosquitoes. A spring clean is a great idea to make sure there are no bugs already hiding in normally covered up spaces. Clean your pantry and kitchen to ward of cockroaches, ants and mice.

If mosquitoes are troubling you, look around your home inside and out for any areas that may be collecting water and dispose of it. Fly screens are an important barrier against flies, mosquitoes and any other flying insect you do not want in your home. Do a quick check of all your fly screens for any holes, tears or gaps in the seams.

Of course, if you really want to keep your home safe from termites, cockroaches, spiders, ants, mice and birds, then you should really be getting in touch with Bob Gunn Termite Solutions to give you a quote on the treatment that’s right for you.

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Are Termites Active in Winter?

Do Termites Sleep/Hibernate in Winter?

NO. Termites will remain active even in the colder months of winter!

Subterranean termites will burrow deeper into the earth for the warmth they need so this slows them down when it comes to finding new homes to eat.

But what if they have already made it into your home and you are unaware?

The termites that have already established a colony inside a structure will remain warm and generally be unaffected by the cooler weather outside. This means that they will still be causing damage to your home.

Let BOB GUNN TERMITE SOLUTIONS make your winter a little cosier by conducting an onsite termite inspection and put your worry in hibernation. Get in touch with us today!

What Bob Gunn Does to Help You:

  • Inspect your home for termites
  • Point out any concerning areas
  • Treat any issues that may be present
  • Remove the worry of termites in your home

Our Process:

  • Conduct a thorough inspection of your property
  • Our qualified technicians will give a recommendation that meets environment requirements and to solve any termite situations
  • You can choose which treatment to proceed with
  • Our office will design a full termite management program so you know when the property needs inspections and treatments.

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Call Us on 07 3286 9877 and Speak to Our Friendly Team

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Five Common Winter Pests in Brisbane

It’s a common misconception that pests disappear, hibernate, and/or migrate during winter. We may get relief from the incessant flies and mosquitoes that bug us nonstop during summer. However, there are other pests that you need to pay more attention to in the colder months.

Rodents in Winter

We know that mice and rats are the most common winter pests. They are just like us humans when it comes to winter. They want somewhere warm and comfortable with lots of readily available food. So how do we stop them from making that somewhere your home?

Warmth

We can’t keep our homes cold just to keep out the rats so we need to stop them from being able to enter. Cover your weep holes, clear trees and shrubs away from the roof and fit doors and windows with weather strips.

Comfort

Mice and rats will make almost anywhere they can their home especially if it’s cosy. Insulation, speakers, couches, boxes of clothes or just boxes in general. If you have stored items around your home, do a rearrange to discourage rodents out of their hiding places. Use metal or plastic storage containers rather than cardboard and give your furniture a once over to see if they are housing any mice families.

Food

If the food supply is limited, then they will find a more suitable habitat. Keep food stored in airtight containers and not in bags or boxes. Follow good sanitation in the kitchen by clearing away food messes, washing dishes and taking out rubbish regularly.

How to Get Rid of Rodents

Setting traps is one way to get the odd, adventurous mouse or rat (cheese rarely works, try peanut butter or chocolate), or you could put some poison rodent baits around your home (these can be very unsafe around children and animals). If you find yourself battling with more than you can handle, you should call in a professional pest control team to eradicate these pests from your home.

General Pests in Winter

Termites, Cockroaches, Ants and Spiders

Just like rodents and humans, most insects are also just looking for somewhere warm to ride out the winter. Many believe that these creepy crawlies slow down in winter and don’t cause as much of a nuisance, but this is not entirely true.

You may not see as many moving around outside, but you may be surprised to find that they have already made it into your home, breeding and eating unstoppably. This is especially true for termites. The most destructive pest in the world, the termite will continue to munch away on your home if it has already made its way inside.

Cockroaches, most commonly the German cockroaches (small ones), will still be seeking out refuge in the warm, tiny, dark areas of your home. And because they may not be venturing as far as normal due to the cold outside, their numbers can multiply even faster in your home.

Things may slow down outside in the cold winter climate, but inside your home insects will be kept warm and sheltered so they have no need to go anywhere else. An inspection in your home at the beginning of winter is a great idea to ensure that your home does not become the breeding ground for pests. Call Bob Gunn Termite Solutions today and schedule your next winter pest treatment.

Pest prevention tips for autumn

6 Tips to Keep Pests out of Your Home This Autumn

As the weather gets cooler and we all begin to favour being rugged up inside in the warmth and comfort of our homes, pests feel the need to do the same thing. In particular, rats and mice.

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Reduce Mosquitoes This Summer in South Queensland

Summer in South East Queensland is a beautiful time of the year if you like the heat. Thousands come from all over the country and, indeed, all over the world to experience our long, white, sandy beaches.

There is always plenty to do in and around the water. You can do everything from scuba diving to paragliding.

The summer also brings the rains and we get many storms. Rain and storm season ALWAYS means mosquitoes. Don’t be in any doubt of that.

Even just leaving a container of water around can be a great place for mosquitoes to breed. The simple task of rinsing your pet’s bowl and refilling it could reduce the amount of mosquitoes.

Increased Cases of Ross River Fever

The recent 2015 season has actually brought not quite so much rain as past years, which we are very grateful for.

This season has, however, brought a huge explosion of mosquito numbers. This increased population has certainly made its mark.

More than 380 Queenslanders have reported contracting the debilitating Ross River Fever in this first quarter of the year. The years prior reported 120 and 125 cases respectively.

Local authorities have conducted greater than usual amounts of public land spraying in an effort to control this outbreak. December 2014 saw the largest area of 4,400 hectares sprayed to deter this growth. It was the largest December spray in 16 years.

Steps You Can Take to Reduce the Swell

As already discussed, regular cleaning and refilling of large animal bowls will be the first thing to manage. You can also empty any containers lying around such as buckets under dripping taps and the bottom dish of your plants.

There are some plants you can grow in your garden that appear to assist in reducing mosquito numbers as well. Plants such as citronella, lemon balm, catnip, marigolds, lavender, geranium, rosemary, peppermint, pennyroyal, and basil all assist in masking the scents that attract mosquitoes.

If you bruise some of the leaves of these plants or pop the leaves and stalks of the plant into a large water burner on a regular basis, you will go a long way towards keeping mosquitoes away from your environment at least.

When All Else Fails

Bob Gunn Termite Solutions is able to come and treat large infestations. Our treatments can greatly reduce mosquitoes this summer in South Queensland. Contact us today.

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Ants Prefer Your Kitchen to the Outdoors in Wet Weather

Householders in South East Queensland have been battling an ant invasion over the past couple of months. Hordes of household ants marched in single file along window ledges, through tiny cracks in brickwork or any other avenue that gave them access to homes and other buildings.

Initially, this seemed a bit strange as there had been little in the way of good rain until just before Christmas, apart from a couple of thunderstorms. Read more

The Wet Season Means It’s Mosquito Season

Most Australians, no matter where they may reside, would be able to offer their own little trick to avoid being bitten by a mosquito or, even better, a way to stop the itching aggravation a mosquito bite brings.

Whether you do or don’t have a little trick up your sleeve is not as important as being prepared for the onslaught during the warmer and wetter months of the year. Wet season means mosquito season.

In January 2014, South East Queensland recorded a higher than average rainfall. This above average rainfall disturbed many, many dormant mosquito eggs. Read more

Warm, Humid Weather Attracts Mosquitoes

A mosquito appears to be able to live in just about any environment and cannot necessarily be pigeon-holed into one particular season of the year.

Having said that, warm humid weather attracts mosquitoes. The increased storm activity of South East Queensland is certainly creating very positive conditions for these pesky critters. Read more

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Tips to Reduce Issues With Mosquitoes After Storms

No one really likes mosquitoes, but each year they keep coming back. The wet season is particularly inviting for them especially if there are flood waters left behind. As we all know, the hot months here can really bring on some fantastic storms, and with that, damage and perfect conditions for these bloodsuckers to thrive. Read more

Pests Still Present in the Cold

The common belief for many is that, during the colder months, we don’t need to be concerned about pests in our homes. This, in fact, is not the case.

It is true that in summer pests are more active and will be higher in numbers, but they are still around in the colder seasons and can still cause an issue for you and your home. Read more