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Tips on Using Mulch in Your Garden

Termites are, unfortunately for some, a fact of life. They are pests that you definitely do not want in your home. However, if you look at the big picture, they are vital to our ecosystem, so preventing them from entering your home is, of course, the best thing you can do.

One preventative measure that will help you sleep easier at night is making sure that the mulch in your garden is not going to make a gateway for termites to access your home. Mulch does not necessarily increase your risk of termites, but if they are already in your soil, then it is best to follow these tips when applying mulch to your garden beds.

Keep a bare strip between your garden and house – It’s a good idea to have at least a metre between your house and garden beds. This keeps shrubs and trees from touching the home and also means any mulch you have on the gardens is far enough away that termites cannot easily access your home. Also, remember to leave an exposed area of the slab so that detection of termites entering the home is easier.

Don’t water the house – This sounds silly, we know. What we mean is, when you are watering your gardens, try to avoid getting too close to your home’s foundation. Keeping this area dry will make it less desirable for termites.

Keep mulch dry – Termites are not attracted to the mulch itself but to the cool moisture-filled cover it provides. If your garden has a tendency to stay wet after hosing or rain, keep the layer of mulch to a minimum and turn/rake the mulch every now and then to let it dry and aerate.

Be aware – Always be aware of the signs of termites in your home. If you find any mud trails or signs of termites inside, contact Bob Gunn Termite Solutions as soon as possible to get a termite inspection for your home.

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Are Termites Active in Winter?

The answer is…

YES. 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.

Book your Termite Inspection Now!

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

Do You Worry About Termites Damaging Your Home?

Homeowners, don’t wait until you can see the damage!

Prevention is better than cure.

Most of the time, you won’t notice that you have termites until you start to see some of the damage that they have already created. But how long have they been inside a wall without you noticing?

How can you make sure that you catch termites on time?

Easy, book an annual termite inspection with Bob Gunn Termite Solutions. We will keep your home safe and ensure that, even if these pests do invite themselves into your home, we will catch them before they cause too much damage.

Contact us today to begin a termite inspection routine in your area. We service Brisbane, Logan, Redlands, Ipswich, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast.

Warning Signs:

  • Cracking, bubbling or peeling paint
  • Mud tracks (tunnels) on external or internal walls
  • Flying termites — They swarm in large quantities and usually mean there is a colony close by
  • Timber appearing to be water damaged without any apparent leaks or sounding hollow when knocked

Our Process:

  • One of our qualified technicians will conduct a termite inspection in and around your home
  • We will report our findings to you and give you a choice of preventions or treatments that we recommend
  • Our team will carry out any services requested by you
  • Our office will design a full pest management program so you know when the property needs inspections and re-treatments.

Inquire about our termite prevention and treatments NOW!

07 3286 9877

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Do You Have Carpenter Ants or Termites?

No one wants to discover that they have pests in their home. When you do, however, it’s important to have them correctly identified. Without calling in a professional, you run the risk of damage being caused to your home. At Bob Gunn Termite Solutions, we have the knowledge and equipment to effectively identify and remove pests from homes. Read more

Termites to Be Used in Germ Warfare

The termite is such a clever little creature. It can wreak havoc on house and home and the amazing thing is you may never know they are there until it is too late. The repair bill can run into the thousands of thousands.

Whilst the idea of using termites for germ warfare is just a joke, you can imagine how harnessing its ability to conceal itself until the damage is far past repairable could be alluring in the field of espionage. Read more

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Mulch Can Place Pests Closer to Home

Mulch is a fantastic addition to the garden, especially in our climate as it helps keep much needed moisture for plants in the hot dry months. Moisture, however, is also a friend to a variety of different pests such as termites and other insects. Some of these pests, termites in particular, have a reputation for ruining homes. Read more

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Handling Wood Rot

Wood rot can happen to any part of the house that is made from timber and that has been exposed to the fungi that cause the damage. Wood rot happens after a certain exposure to air and moisture, which are essential to the growth of the rot-causing fungi.

Wood rot is quite difficult to control because once you see the wood rotting, the damage is irreversible. The only thing you can do is to prevent further damage by controlling the pests that eat the wood. Some rotting wood can still be saved if the damage is not yet complete. Read more

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The Life of a Termite

Termites are among the most destructive pests that can invade a house. Once their presence becomes obvious, there is no other option but to look for ways to exterminate them. Termite inspections can provide great help in removing these pests and keeping them away from the home.

Eliminating termites from the home is not simple. It is possible that a huge percentage of the termite population is hidden from sight. Learning and knowing about their characteristics and their life cycle, however, will greatly help in formulating an effective treatment. Read more

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Differentiating and Treating Subterranean and Dry Wood Termites

Termites are one of the most damaging pests that can infest your house. They can destroy foundations, walls, stumps, wooden floors and ceilings.

In order to protect a building against termites, it is important to know about these pests, their feeding habits and behaviour, in particular.

There are basically two types of termites: subterranean and dry wood termites. These two are quite different from each other.

When it comes to termite control and management, the type of termite must first be identified. After that, the appropriate treatment can be formulated.

Subterranean Termites

As their name indicates, subterranean termites live underground. They require a moist environment to thrive and to build tunnels from the ground leading to the wooden portions of the house.

Subterranean termites are the more destructive type because they have jaws for efficiently chewing through wood, enabling them to destroy wooden parts of the house faster. Eradication can be quite challenging since their nests are not easy to find since they travel from beneath the ground.

Dry Wood Termites

As opposed to subterranean termites, dry wood termites do not need moisture to thrive. They live inside the wood and do not need contact with soil. This means that there will be no mud tubes from the ground to the wooden parts of the property.

They can be airborne and arrive in the house through furniture that has been brought inside. Feeding is at a much slower rate than with the subterranean type, so they are much less of a threat than the subterranean termites.

Control and Management

Early termite detection is imperative in saving your house from massive damages. If you do not have a barrier system yet against termites, it is best to have one installed early as possible. This applies to any Australian house, and it is something that local councils encourage.

Bob Gunn Termite Solutions provides effective termite treatment from the start of construction or upon discovery of the infestation.

Termite Signs

There are obvious signs to tell you that termites are living in your home. You might see a mud tunnel from your garden to your house, or you may see actual termites crawling around wooden parts of the house. Squeaking or uneven floorboards can also be a sign of termite infestation in the house.

If you have spotted any of these signs, you should not waste any more time. This is a perfect moment to ask for expert termite inspections.

After an inspection, Bob Gunn Termite Solutions will provide you with possible solutions to your pest problem. You can choose the solution that will suit your budget and preference. Termites can be stopped by using physical or chemical barrier systems, a reticulation system as well as monitoring and interception systems.

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Termites: The Hidden Predator to Queensland Homes

There are many things that can reduce the value of a property. The environment can answer for a lot of those reasons. The blistering South East Queensland heat with its associated storms can wreak havoc. There is also no doubt that simple household maintenance not being carried out can become a larger problem.

The silent and stealthy termite is a major threat. These white ants are not like a rodent you can hear scurrying around after lights out. They burrow through the earth to find weaknesses in your slab or travel up poles and wiring to find suitable access. They can move right into your home without you being aware. Read more