How to Check Your Home for Termites

It’s highly advisable to check your home for termites every now and then, especially if your home has wood that comes in contact with the ground or if it has areas that are difficult to inspect.

Looking for possible termite infestation can be scary and can get a little dirty, but don’t worry! It’s easy, and it will allow you to do a thorough inspection all by yourself. All you need to check your home for termites are expendable coveralls, gloves, an electric lamp and a screwdriver to probe wood. Here are the things that you need to look for:

1. Mud Tubes

Subterranean termites turn soil with a good amount of moisture into nests. They also create “mud tubes” to connect the nest to a wooden food source. Therefore, mud tubes are a good indicator that there’s a termite infestation in your home.

2. Harmed Wood

Wood that looks “crushed” at structural joints is considered to be termite damage. If you’ll tap the damaged wood with the screwdriver, you’ll hear a dull thud. It can further be investigated by probing the surface with the screwdriver to expose tunnels.

3. Heaps of Wings

Once “swarmers” further develop, they shed their wings. The wings are often left scattered near windows or other light sources.

4. Lastly, Buckling/Bubbling Paint or Brittle Drywall

When you check your home for termites, these are the areas that you’ll need to examine (Remember, termites are regularly found at or near ground level):

1. Wooden parts of construction in basements and crawl spaces

2. Window frames and sills (especially in the basement), subfloors, support piers, support posts, joists and wooden decks/porches

3. Areas where concrete parts meet wood such slabs, steps or porches

4. Cracks in bricks, cement or expansion joints where termites can slip through

5. Wood debris and piles near the foundation including basement windows and door frames, fence posts and tree stumps

In case you weren’t able to find anything while you check your home for termites, Bob Gunn Termite Solutions can help you out even more. For enquiries or FREE quote, get in touch with us today.

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10 Ways on How to Rodent-Proof Your Home

Wild rodents such as rats and mice are known to cause numerous health and sanitary problem when they infest your home. They tend to contaminate food, damage property and spread diseases. Without professional assistance, it can be very difficult to get rid of rats and mice once they have infiltrated and established. The most effective way to control a rodent problem though is prevention. Here are ten ways that you can follow on how to rodent-proof your home:

1. Block All Entry Points

This is the most important rodent-proof measure that you definitely need to follow: check the walls and the foundation to see if there are any potential entry points. Rodents can infiltrate your home by squeezing in through the smallest cracks, including joints around doorsills and windows, therefore you need to block them.

2. Don’t Feed the Birds

It’s fun to feed the birds. However, the seeds and ground grains are a treat not only to our bird friends but to our rodent fiends as well. If you can’t help it though, you can still keep your bird-feeders as far away from your house as possible.

3. Don’t Store Pet Food in Bags or Cartons

Rodents consider dry pet food as food from the gods. After buying pet food, transfer them to sealed, airtight storage containers and place them well above the floor to rodent-proof them.

4. Keep Garbage Bins Sealed

Garbage bins are treasure chests for rodents (or raccoons, or stray dogs and cats). You can either keep them tightly sealed with airproof lids, or keep these garbage bins as far away from your house as possible.

5. Keep Plants in Control

There can be outdoor hiding spots for rats and mice that can lead them to entry holes found on walls or the foundation. These are dense shrubs and plants are placed close to the house. For rodent-proof purposes, it’s best to have shrubs planted a few feet away from the house and keep the soil level low so that rodents can’t squeeze their way up behind the siding.

6. Keep Dry Food Goods Sealed

Food kept in bags or paper cartons can still attract rodents through the food’s scent. Furthermore, these bags or paper cartons can be easily breached by the rodent’s teeth. It’s best to keep these foods in tightly sealed plastic or metal containers and place them on high shelves or fridge to rodent-proof your food.

7. Keep Countertops and Floors Clean

You can invite rats and mice into your home with spilt crumbs or food scraps from countertops and floors. This also goes for uneaten bowls of pet food. A casual, but thorough, housekeeping can solve this.

8. Keep Doors and Windows Closed

Doors and windows left wide open can serve as an invitation to rodents, especially during cold seasons when they are seeking to find warm shelter. To rodent-proof your home, get into the habit of closing your doors and windows especially during the night time when rats and mice are most active. You can also at least place screen on windows for protection.

9. Get an Aggressive Pet

This can be a bit controversial since the presence of pet food can actually increase the likelihood of rodent infestation. However, a truly aggressive dog or cat with a reputation for hunting small animals can help catch these rodents for you.

10. Set Up Rodent Traps

Just a “just in case” rodent-proof measure, set up a few rodent traps around the house where you can see them. It’s easier to catch a few rats or mice at the start rather than dealing with a whole infestation later. This will also let you know if there are rats or mice that have already found their way in your home. If you’re really not into the idea of killing rodents, you can still use live traps to catch them. It’s best not to set them free outdoors so that they won’t come after your poor neighbours. Lastly, don’t place rodent poison baits around or outside the house because this can be mistakenly consumed by your pets.

If you think you’ve failed to rodent-proof your home and now you’re experiencing a drastic rodent problem, Bob Gunn Termite Solutions can help drive them away. For enquiries or FREE quote, get in touch with us today.

How to Make Sure Your Kids’ Rooms are Bedbug-Free

It’s important for parents to make sure that their kids are clean and healthy. They feel the need to make sure that their kids are spotless, free from any pests that might cling on to them. However, kids tend to carry bed bugs with them especially when an infestation occurs in their school. These bed bugs can cause serious health problems to your kids, even to the whole family. Plus, they’re very difficult to get rid of without the help of pest control professions. Here are easy, simple tips you can follow on how to make sure your kids’ rooms are bedbug-free:

1. Inspect your kids and their rooms.

Firstly, make it a habit to inspect your kids and their rooms, making sure that they’re bedbug-free. The signs that you need to look out for are small red bites on your kids. Also, check for yellow-coloured shells that these bed bugs leave behind on their bedsheets. By doing this, you’ll be able to detect the infestation early and tackle it before it becomes a larger problem.

2. Call the school.

Awareness is the key to tackling bed bug infestation. That’s why another tip you need to follow is to reach the school where your kids go to. They’ll be able to give you a heads up when there’s a suspected bed bug infestation in your school. By being aware of what’s happening, you’ll be able to take proper action early on to keep your kids safe and bedbug-free. One such action can be calling the pest control professional. More on that later.

3. Wash their clothes.

As soon as your kids get home from school, or even from any other public places, it’s important to wash their clothes in hot water. This will kill any bed bugs that have taken a ride on your kid’s clothes, keeping your kids and your home bedbug-free.

4. Call the professionals.

There are a number of bed bug treatments you can buy over the counter. However, they can be inefficient and also dangerous to your kid’s health. Rather than spend, spend, spend on these treatments, it’s best if you’ll call in a pest control professional like Bob Gunn Termite Solutions. Getting rid of pests like bed bugs require specialised treatment which we can determine and properly carry out. With our help, you’ll no longer have to worry about dealing with bed bugs again.

If you’re having a bed bug infestation in your kids’ room, and you finally want them to be bedbug-free, Bob Gunn Termite Solutions can take care of it for you. For enquiries or a FREE quote, get in touch with us today.

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Simple, Effective Ways on How to Keep Out Wasps

Similar to other insects, wasps have a vital role in the ecosystem through pest control and pollination. However, we tend to be scared of them and their venomous sting whenever we see them fly close by. Thankfully, there are a few facts to keep in mind, and some simple tips and tricks on how to keep out wasps.

1. Wasps are not only into sweets.

People usually think that sugary food and drinks are the only things that can invite wasps. That’s usually the case, but they also prey upon insects which they feed to their baby wasps. These baby wasps are carnivorous, so the mama and papa wasps also look for protein-based food like that slice of ham in your sandwich.

2. Always cover your food.

Simply placing covers on food helps keep out wasps. It’s the smell that attracts them, so it’s important to seal them by tightly closing the lids and caps on food containers until it’s time to serve them. If you don’t have food containers at home, you can also use mesh cloth to cover them. (Wasps can still smell them, but they typically give up and go away afterwards.)

3. DIY wasp traps are inefficient.

Remember what your mum always tells you: “Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet.” So, when you see a do-it-yourself project on traps (like beer traps) that they claim can keep out wasps, don’t try it. It will cause the opposite by luring them to you.

4. Don’t wave and run.

It’s common knowledge that you shouldn’t wave around your hands and run when you see them around buzzing. Movements do not scare and keep out wasps but instead trigger their threat alert that will make them sting you. Therefore, it’s best to stay calm and still when they fly around. (But don’t forget to breathe.) They’ll just pass by afterwards.

5. Wasps bring their friends with them.

Whenever a wasp finds a source of food, they send out signals to other wasps in order to share what they find. The best way to keep out wasps is to trap the first wasp that you see. You can use a cup or a glass in order to isolate them, and then let them go once you’re done eating.

If you are experiencing a drastic wasp problem in your home that needs further attention, Bob Gunn Termite Solutions can take care of it for you. For enquiries or a FREE quote, get in touch with us today.

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The 6 Common Restaurant Pests to Watch out For

Complaints about pest sightings, dead insects or their random body parts in food items can easily get you penalised by the regulating authorities. These can even lead to the closure of your business, which is why, as a restaurant owner, you ought to always be on the lookout for such nuisances and prepared when there’s a pest sighting in your establishment.

Awareness Is Key

The first step to protecting your restaurant from creepy crawlies is by knowing what pests to watch out for and how to prevent them. Read on and discover the most common restaurant pests that can ruin your business.

1. Rats and Mice

Restaurants are a haven for rodents. Not only are there several food and water sources easily accessible to them, but a restaurant also provides them with warmth especially during Winter.

Widely known as food contaminators, rats and mice damage food, products, packaging and equipment through their gnawing, feeding and breeding. They also often carry illnesses which can easily be transferred through contact or their droppings, posing a threat to the health and safety of a restaurant. These illnesses include, but are not limited to, rat-bite fever, Salmonellosis, Leptospirosis and Murine Typhus.

2. Cockroaches

Apart from being particularly (if not the most) scary for most customers, cockroaches can establish huge infestations quickly and contaminate the area by releasing bio waste like faeces, disgorged food and their own smell. They can also pollute indoor air with tiny parts of their exoskeletons.

3. Flies

Different fly species are attracted to different kinds of food odours coming from kitchens. Take fruit flies and drain flies for example. The former like fermented sugary liquids and can gather in bars and kitchens. The latter, on the other hand, are attracted to sewage and rotting food.

Flies carry vector-borne diseases and harbour pathogenic bacteria. It is recommended to opt for professional pest control when it comes to their eradication as they’re often immune to regular cleaning chemicals.

4. Stinging Pests

Bees, wasps and mosquitoes are major threats and nuisances to restaurants with an outdoor dining or waiting area. Not only are these pests annoying, but they’re also very dangerous, considering their painful stings can trigger severe allergic reactions in some cases.

5. Ants

Proper ant treatment begins with the correct identification of ant species present as different types pose different issues for restaurants. Whilst some ants can be managed with baits, different methods are required by others. Tracing the ants back to their colonies is also necessary for effective treatment.

6. Stored Product Pests

Moths, weevils and beetles are some of the most common pests attracted to stored food products. They can arrive within your next food shipment and make a home in your restaurant’s cabinets, cupboards and shelves.

Stored product pests can breed and build huge populations rapidly and are known to leave their eggs and larvae behind, contaminating food items.

Apart from prioritising your establishment’s sanitation and cleanliness, the best way to prevent the pests mentioned above is by employing the services of a reputable pest manager—just like Bob Gunn Termite Solutions.

Let us help you protect the reputation and ensure the integrity of your restaurant. Commercial pest control for the food and beverage industry is one of our specialties. For enquires or a FREE quote, get in touch with us today.

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Effective Integrated Pest Management for Businesses: Involve Your Staff

The only thing your business should warmly welcome are your customers, not pests. Whilst it’s highly likely that you already have an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program in place, the question is if your employees are familiar with the most common pests lurking in your commercial space.

Do your staff know the tell-tale signs of rats and mice? What about those of cockroaches?

When it comes to defending your business against pests, your employees are the front-liners. It’s important that they know your IPM program by heart so they can help detect and report pest issues. This, in turn, will enable you to resolve any arising issues quickly.

Why this matters, you might ask? Apart from being downright nuisances, pests can threaten the health of your customers, especially if it’s an infestation we’re talking about. E.coli, Salmonella, Staphylococcus, Shigella, Bacillus and Clostridium are just a few of disease-causing pathogens pests such as flies, rodents and cockroaches transmit.

What’s more, pests and poor pest control practices can cost your business annual audit points. A poor score can damage not only your reputation, but also your bottom line.

Avoid the risks pest pose and involve your staff on the front end. Follow the simple steps below and you’ll be on the right track in training them.

Be Proactive

Establishing daily sanitation routines is essential. A few practices to enforce include the following:

• Sweep and mop on a regular basis. Be careful not to leave out the space underneath machines, tables and beds.

• Wipe down equipment regularly.

• Wipe off countertops and sweep floors especially where food is present.

• Line and cover all trash cans securely. Dispose of trash every day and ensure garbage bins and dumpsters are cleaned regularly.

• Clean spills around the sinks of bathrooms and break rooms. Pests such as mice and cockroaches only need a minimal amount of water to survive for multiple days.

Always Inspect

Closely monitor every square foot of your commercial space. Ensure the following pest hot spots are regularly checked by your staff:

• Hidden, protected places such as wall voids (through access panels) and under appliances

• Food preparation and dining areas

• Staff locker rooms

• Storage areas and closets

• Laundry areas

• Loading areas where shipments come in and go out

See Something? Say Something.

Early and proper communication is a vital part of an IPM plan. Create a pest-sighting protocol that clearly defines the steps to be taken if a pest is spotted. This ought to include whom to report it to. Ensure every staff member understands and can implement the protocol as well.

To give your pest manager the best chance to come up with a customised solution to resolve the issue, your employees will need to record when, where and how many were seen at the time. What’s better is if you can catch one of the pests for later identification. Just remember to keep it in a container.

It’s paramount to be on the forefront when it comes to preparing for a pest problem. Properly and continuously educate your staff on pests and pest prevention practices. This will enable you to maintain a clean and healthy space not only for you and your employees, but also and especially for your customers.

Got a pest infestation? Call Bob Gunn Termite Solutions in Brisbane today. We offer FREE quotes for all our services.

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HVAC System Pest Control Tips

Like humans, pests need to shelter themselves and keep dry. This is why they persistently invade buildings even after countless efforts of being repelled. The HVAC system is one integral part of commercial properties that can be easily infested. Once pests begin to breed and live inside the HVAC system, you can expect several health risks, including allergies and respiratory problems.

Another reason why it’s paramount for facility management to properly maintain the system is because pests can invade its parts and cause massive damage. Some of them can even get trapped inside and die. Not only can this result in costly repair bills, but also in a problematic indoor air quality.

Pests That Can Invade HVAC Systems:

• Mice and Rats
• Cockroaches
• Spiders
• Snakes
• Possums

HVAC System Pest Control Tips:

• Clean and secure your ducts, vents and flues post-installation
• Inspect for any cracks and gaps
• Get an annual HVAC maintenance
• Have air-vent screens installed and clear outdoor units
• Keep cooling system free of vegetation and debris
• Change the filters on a regular basis
• Ensure exterior areas around the building are free of weeds and overgrowth

Seek the Help of Professionals

Effectively keep pests out of the HVAC system in factories, schools, retail stores, and other commercial properties by scheduling regular pest control treatment and maintenance. When it comes to seasonal pests, quarterly treatments are suggested.

At Bob Gunn Termite Solutions, we offer commercial pest control and can assist you with HVAC system pest control. Get in touch with us in Brisbane today and let us know about your needs. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Spring Pest Control: 7 Ways to Keep Pests out of Your Property

Spring is all about enjoying the great outdoors! However, whether you choose to relish the season inside or outside your home, pests can still easily ruin your mood. Thankfully, all it takes are a few steps to keep pests out of your property. Learn what to do. Check the spring pest control tips below.

Bob Gunn’s Spring Pest Control Tips

1. Keep Them Out

Not letting them in is your first line of defence. Check all screens for holes and windows and doors for gaps. Inspect packages and furniture before bringing them into your home as well.

2. Throw out Stagnant Water

Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water. This is why it’s important to dispose of objects or cover containers that gather water outside. You can also increase water circulation by adding a waterfall or fountain.

3. Always Clean After Yourself

Ants, cockroaches and rodents love crumbs and food spills, so see to it that there aren’t any by regularly wiping down your counters as well as sweeping or vacuuming and mopping the floors. It’s also important that your bin has a tight lid and trash is taken out on the regular.

4. Pay Attention to Your Fruits and Vegetables

See to it that any fruits and vegetables outside the fridge are eaten before they turn overripe, otherwise insects – especially fruit flies – will start to invade them.

5. Check Outside Furnishing

Inspect your outdoor furniture for spider webs, egg sacks and insects that may have turned them into their home. If you see one, remove it or have it removed by a trustworthy pest manager.

6. Put Wood at a Distance

Unless you want termites to gain free access to your home, ensure any stack of wood is placed at least 20 feet away from your house and above the ground.

7. Get Professional Help

Protect your home better by ditching the D.I.Y.’s and, instead, seeking assistance from a reputable pest control company just like Bob Gunn Termite Solutions. We’ll design you a pest management strategy and offer a solution that best fits your specific situation. Contact us today.

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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.