The Early Signs of Termites

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If you’re trying to figure out what signs of termites are (AKA have you got termites in your home?), here’s the lowdown on these pesky insects:

Subterranean termites live deep in the ground, though they come up to feed the frequently. They live in colonies that can have as many as a quarter of a million termites. Drywood termites live in the wood they eat instead of underground. They’re colonies are smaller, and it’s easy for them to be accidentally transported in crates and furniture from one area to another.

Termites can be a problem even in brick houses. They can creep into cracks as small as a 32nd of an inch wide. Drywood termites are common in the Gulf States, California, and the islands in the Caribbean.

Newer homes are less likely to have termites infestations, but termites could become a problem early on if the house was built near an existing colony. Houses older than 35 years are the most likely to see termite damage.

Signs of Termites in the Home Include:

Tiny wings scattered around the floor/ground (could also mean ants) left over from “reproductive swarms” where the queens and their concerts fly out of the colony to mate before burrowing into the wood to lay eggs.

Oval, six-sided fecal pellets near “kick-out holes” are signs of Drywood termites cleaning out their tunnels.

Shelter tubes (pieces of earth and wood stuck together with a glue-like secretion) are a sign of subterranean termites. They are usually found hanging from a girder or joist or clinging to a foundation.

Dark or blistered areas in your wood flooring that can be easily scratched with a kitchen knife is a sign of subterranean termites. If you knock on the wood, you’ll hear an answering tapping that means the termite soldiers are alerting the others to danger by banging their heads on the walls.

If one or more of these signs of termites exists in your home, you should call an exterminator immediately.  The sooner you catch the damage, the less you’ll have to pony up for repair bills later.

Integrated Pest Management: What Is It?

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According to the book Common-Sense Pest Control, integrated pest management is, “an approach to pest control that utilizes regular monitoring to determine if and when treatments are needed and employs physical, mechanical, cultural, biological and educational tactics to keep pest numbers low enough to prevent intolerable damage or annoyance” (p. 38).

OK, so what does that mean? Basically, integrated pest management involves monitoring your house and backyard, or any other area where pests are a concern for you, and taking action when the pest problem is likely to cause economic or aesthetic damage, or become a medical issue. A wide range of pest control treatments are possible, as mentioned in other parts of the site, and you should choose one that is going to be, “most effective and least disruptive to natural pest controls” (p. 38).

It is important to consider whether the cost of any particular pest management program will be more than the value of the damage. As attractive as a beautiful green lawn is, you must ask yourself whether preventing the damage is more important than exposing “your family and pets to the potentially health-impairing chemicals in conventional pesticides, or, alternatively, whether you’re willing to put the requisite time and effort into less-toxic alternatives” (p. 38). In the end, the decision is yours, but please consider all of the alternatives carefully. Read books such as Common-Sense Pest Control, discuss plans with your local pest control specialists, and of course, check web sites such as this one.

Types of Deck Lights For Your Home

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Thinking of decorating the exterior of your home? Then let me tell you the easiest way which can not only increase the look of your home, but also help in enhancing the exterior, and that is deck lights.

There are many types of deck lights for your home, many of which you can install yourself. Planning for a simple installation allows you to decorate the exterior of your home with ease. There are other advantages of installing deck lights, not least of all the security aspect, and these things need to be taken into consideration early on.

Let’s take a look at some examples of deck lights. There are accent deck lights, recessed deck lights, stair deck lights, etc. You just know one of these choices will be perfect – but how to you choose?

Types of deck lights for your home

Many of the home owners have different perception, well some of the home owners want the style to get installed in their home exteriors in the form of deck lights for your home which are more costly but mark my words more appealing when you install it. While some of the home owners believe in simplicity and like the simple things to be install in their home and so this article is meant to give you all the varied choices which can help you in getting all the knowledge which you are in need of at the item for going for types of deck lights for your home.

I know you might be thinking that if you could get such deck lights for your home which can help you in enhancing the look of not only the deck but also for all of the exteriors of your home than mark my words you are going for the same thing which you are in need of. Accent deck lights for your home are considered to be the best types of deck lights for those home owners of having fantasy of growing their whole of the exteriors home to be the best in their appealing factor. The functioning of accent lights that they focus of the thing where you have placed it. Not only that but you can also go for the color accent deck lights which can definitely give you the most appealing ambience which the home owners are in actual need of. You can not only install in your deck but you can install it on your lamp post and the railing which is installed in your home.

There are varied options of deck lights for your home which you can install in your home but another option which you can install in your home for the matters of installing deck lights for your home is stair deck lights. This type of deck lights are common in the market which you can observe in most of the houses too. The installation process of stair deck lights for your home is very simple and easy which the home owners can easily get comply of. It helps the members of the home to keep the safe feet on the stairs because of the light the visibility of the stairs is even better and thus a good option which the home owners can install in their home. Not only that but the structure of the stair deck lights are small in size but it comes in various types of shapes and styles which the home owners can go for in their home.

If you are having the plans for getting lower budget kind of deck lights for your home than you must go for such type deck lights which can help you in lowering down your energy consumption bills which can help you in saving up your money factor. Well, don’t worry but your option is being in my use, you can go for low voltage deck lights which are easily available in the market. The bulbs which are used in the as lights in it are low cost and thus are of halogen which only consumes 10 watts of power of your energy consumption, which can be definitely said as the saving up of energy consumption which is going to increase the efficiency of your home. Not only that but you can also go for solar deck lights which are just considered to be the alternative option for the use of low voltage deck lights for your home.

Finally, if you do have a pool, deck lights can complement the aesthetic beautifully. The site of your deck and pool lit up nicely can be breathtaking!

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What To Look For In A Pest Control Company

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Have you found suspicious holes in your framework? Finding mouse poop in with the utensils? Maybe you are trying to grow some prize winning tomatoes, but have an infestation of hornworm, or are finding that every time you go down to the basement there is a string of ants moving back and forth.

If you have these or any other pest problems, you have probably considered calling a pest control company to help deal with the situation. A lot of people will try to get rid of pests on their own first, but quite often this does not solve the problem in the long run. Most pests are prolific and reproduce in hard to reach areas. In this way, they are a lot like weeds; you have to address the problem at it’ root. The problem with pests is that they are living and the “roots” can be hard to find.

A pest control company should help you to address your pest problem right at the source, in such a way that it is unlikely to recur. Most pest control companies and operators are far from the stereotypical image that you may have in mind from pop culture; many are very knowledgeable operators with encyclopaedic references to many different kinds of pest. They can get rid of your pest problem in the shortest possible time and with the least amount of inconvenience to you and your family, but it’s important to know what to look for before you hire someone. Let’s take a quick look at some items to put on your checklist when you’re looking for someone to deal with your pests.

* Integrated pest management. You’ve probably seen something on television or in a movie where there is a pest problem and Bugs B Gone or some other fictitious company moves in and moves the family out for weeks or months to fumigate. Today’s pest control companies are very aware not only of causing the least amount of inconvenience, but also of using the least amount of chemicals to achieve the end. We’ll take a closer look at what integrated pest management is in another article, but for now look for a company that uses this approach as one of their basic methods.

* Guarantees. The very last thing you want is to pay some hard earned dollars and two weeks later find that the very pests that were supposed to have been taken care of are back again. Look for a pest control company that is willing to guarantee in writing that they will continue to work for the stated price until your pest problem is solved.

* Trade associations. Like many companies, there is no binding law governing a pest control company. The best way to make sure a pest control company is reputable is to check if they are members of trade associations; these associations generally have strict standards and will not allow membership from sketchy businesses.

* Flexible contract terms. Finally, check out the fine print between you and the pest control company. Because they involve living beings, pest problems can be tricky. You might find that you need more work done than you bargained for, and you want to make sure to keep the costs down. Good pest control companies will know this up front and it will be reflected in their contract terms.

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Security Screens – What Are The Benefits?

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Security screens for your windows and doors are an excellent investment in your residential property. Providing protection from a variety of intrusions, they’re an effective means of securing your home, enhancing its value, and making it a safer and more comfortable place for your family to reside.

Enhanced Security

Homes that lack security features, like security screens and doors, are top targets for thieves, especially if other properties in the immediate area are properly secured as this makes the unsecured property the most obvious target. By having quality security screens fitted to your doors and windows, you’re making it much more difficult for intruders to break into your home. In fact, many would-be burglars won’t even attempt to gain entry to a home that’s protected by security screens because it’s so difficult.

No Natural Intrusions

In addition to preventing unlawful intrusions from criminals, good security screens fitted to doors and windows are also capable of preventing natural intrusions into the home, like dirt blown in by the wind, as well as mosquitos, flies and other insects, not to mention the harmful UV rays that quality security screens block a high percentage of. A premium-quality security screen mesh from a leading brand like Crimsafe helps to prevent these natural intrusions that can put your family’s health and safety at risk while enabling you to keep your windows open to let the fresh outside air and breeze enter your home.

Enhanced Property Value

When homeowners invest in quality security screens for the doors and windows of their homes, as well as areas like enclosed verandahs, they’re making an investment in residential security that also has the effect of enhancing the financial value of their property. What’s more, these security products are also an excellent investment for landlords as they make their rental properties more appealing to prospective tenants because of their security and lifestyle enhancing qualities that have made them such a popular choice among Australian homeowners.

If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of installing security screens on your home, please get in touch with your local  Security Door and Screen installers. I bet they look forward to telling you on the many benefits that the premium-quality products in there security screen range have to offer you.

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Avoid Pest’s In Your Home While You’re On Holidays

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For many Australian families the Christmas and New year’s holidays mean going away to visit friends and families.

As we are packing up and heading off for some important family time what’s stopping the pest’s from moving in?

Here are our Top Pest Control Tips to protect your home while you’re away:

 

ANTS

  • Don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink
  • Ensure all food is in tightly sealed containers
  • Don’t leave dirty laundry in rooms or laundry floor
  • Ensure all water taps are firmly turned-off as excess water and dampness attracts a multitude of pests (e.g. ants, flies, termites).
  • Remove items away from external walls (e.g. firewood) building supplies, pipes, hoses. This deters concealed access by ants but is also quite relevant for subterranean termites.

 

FLIES

  • Keep all foods sealed in air tight containers.
  • Rinse out and wash all rubbish bins including waste receptacles or before re-lining them for ease of rubbish removal (even the wheelie bins).
  • If you leave before rubbish collection days, do not overload the rubbish bin with perishables (e.g. seafood remnants). Store these few items in a freezer unit and dispose of them when you return.
  • Remove all dog droppings and clean out the kitty litter trays just before you leave.
  • Again, if anyone is house sitting, notify them to only feed pets with enough food for immediate consumption as many fly species will locate the leftovers and deposit eggs/larvae into it.

TICKS AND FLEAS

  • Check everybody (adults, children & pets), including shoes and clothing when leaving risk areas (e.g. Bushland /long grassy areas). Ticks/Fleas are ideally suited to hitching a ride on the host.
  • Pay careful attention and brush yourself off before going into the home.
  • Before leaving, ensure your pet’s Tick and Flea program/treatments is up to date. Keep it marked on a calendar or set it on your phone alarm for easy reminders.
  • If anyone is house sitting, instruct them to keep your pet’s bedding area regularly cleaned and treated (for further information consult with your pest management technician).

Follow these simple tips and you won’t be faced with a pest control problem when returning home these holidays. Enjoy your break!

For reliable, quality Pest Control visit Exceed Pest Control at exceedpestcontrol.com.au

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Are Spiders Really The Pests?

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Spiders are classified as arachnids. These eight-legged creature have two body parts, and no wings or antennae. Two types of spiders exist: those that thrive in damp areas like basements, crawl spaces and those that like warm, dry, areas. Basically, spiders feed on insects, small spiders and other kinds of prey they can subdue. Spiders produce firm and elastic silk that is used to spin webs. The shapes and sizes of the webs vary from species to species. Some webs are fairly orderly looking while others are haphazard and messy.

How spiders reproduce

Female spiders lay eggs from which spider-lings emerge. A series of molts occur for the spider-lings to become mature adults. During mating, male spiders perform elaborate dances to woo their partners. However, the process becomes deadly when female spiders later feed on the male spiders.

How spiders feed on prey

A study done on spiders shows great deals of spiders have very poor vision. Contrary to this however the jumping spider has exceptionally clear vision. Spiders do not have chewing abilities but use digestive enzymes in their saliva to kill prey before consuming it. When they have killed their prey, they consume it in small amounts as their stomachs are quite narrow.

How spiders get into our homes

Spiders often enter our homes looking for prey. They enter through cracks or open poorly screened doors and windows. Some may get in by accidentally hitchhiking in boxes or outdoor items brought in our homes. They often camp on the walls in our homes. Naturally, homeowners hire pest control services to get rid of spiders oblivious of how useful they are. Removing them from our homes can creates a biodiversity imbalance.

It means a conducive environment for other pests to thrive is created. Spiders are natural predators that feed on mosquitoes, cockroaches, and other small insects. As such, removing spiders from our homes exacerbates the problem of having more of the other pests. Of course, when visited by a giant spider, most folks are not concerned with biodiversity imbalance. They quickly employ the quickest and easiest methods to remove the offending spider.

However it is becoming more common for people to adopt a live and let live motto. If such people happen to see a spider crawling on the floor, wall or dangling in the web, they will not rush to spray an insecticide. Instead, they let it go about its business unhindered. If you choose to live like this that’s great but a word of caution about touching spiders. While spiders do not prey on humans, they may bite if they feel threatened.

Some spiders carry venom that causes different reactions depending the species and the person. Symptoms of a spider bite include feeling a stingy sensation, swelling or a red spot that may require hospitalization. It is best to avoid touching spiders if at all possible, or you can always safely collect them and place them outside in your garden if you don’t want them in your home.

How spiders help indoors

The next time you rush to squash a spider, consider how these creatures can improve your life.

Spiders feed on pests

Spiders feed on ordinary indoor pests such as mosquitoes, roaches, flies, and moths. If left alone, spiders will catch and consume these insects, providing natural pest control to your residence. This will save the need to use insecticides to get rid of such insects.

Spiders kill and feed on other spiders

Naturally, when spiders come into contact with other spiders, a competition unfolds, one that leads to the winner feeding on the loser. This explains why the population of small spiders reduces while that of larger spiders increases. The most common spider known for this kind of behavior is known as the long-legged cellar spider more commonly called the daddy longlegs. It’s known to kill the black widow spider which is dangerous to humans.

Spiders help reduce spread of diseases

Mosquitoes, roaches, flies, fleas are known to transmit diseases to humans. Therefore, if spiders are around to get rid of such insects, you have less chance of contracting these diseases.

When and how to control spiders

Plenty of regions experience spider population booms during summer and in the early Autumn. When spiders hatch, you may notice them both indoors and outdoors. As such, in Spring the spider babies become mature and can be quickly spotted. Male adult spiders, on the other hand, are mobile and frequently scamper into homes looking for mates. If spiders numbers around your home are out of control, you can use a few of the following methods to contain them.

  1. Block any points of entry
  2. Prevent plantings, debris, trash and mulch from touching your house.
  3. Store firewood outdoors to avoid transporting spiders indoors.
  4. Apply some insecticide on areas you deem spiders to breed or build webs.
  5. Eliminate spider’s food source by controlling the other pests in your home that the feed on.
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How To Fight The Bite In Your Backyard

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Temperatures are not the only thing on the rise this summer. Mosquitoes thrive in the warmer and wetter summertime conditions, so populations can be expected to increase this time of year. Nearly all female mosquitoes feed on blood in order to produce eggs, and they are willing to risk your swats in order to get it! With more hungry mosquitoes flying around, it is important to protect yourself and your family from these biting pests. One way to fight the bite this summer is to cover all exposed skin with long sleeves and pants when you plan on spending time outdoors where mosquitoes may be present. If keeping completely covered isn’t practical, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control recommends applying mosquito repellents that contain the active ingredients DEET, pinardin, oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE), or IR3535.

Another way to fight the bite is by eliminating mosquito breeding sites from around your home. Mosquitoes require standing water to breed because their larvae are aquatic. If water is present for more than five days in a row, it has the potential to breed mosquitoes. Different species may prefer different types of water sources to lay their eggs, but most larvae can develop in stagnant pools that are less than half an inch deep. Many of the items commonly found in your backyard such as empty pots and bird-baths are ideal water-holding containers for mosquitoes. In addition, clogged gutters or even low areas in your yard can turn into water reservoirs that mosquitoes could breed in. So the key is to not let any water stagnate on your property. Inspect your yard frequently for low areas or items such as bottles, barrels, or other vessels that may hold water. Tip over any water containing items regularly to prevent larvae from making it to adulthood, and to reduce the number of mosquito breeding sites around your home.

While you can prevent mosquitoes from breeding on your property, you can’t control all of the conditions in your neighbourhood. Additionally, adult mosquitoes can travel significant distances to find a meal.

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Top Reasons For Yearly Pest Control Checks

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If you value your home, then you probably understand that there are some key things that you should do to ensure that your home is always in top notch condition and maintained well so that its value never depreciates. One of the key processes that should be adhered to are pest control checks. And when doing these, some people opt to have them done on a bi-annual basis, which is better although the best is to do them on a yearly basis.

Here are the reasons why you need yearly pest inspections:

They act as insurance

One of the best insurances you can get for your home is to have it checked yearly to prevent pest infestations. It can’t be denied that pests can massively set you back financially if they are not kept in check which in turn makes it a matter of great importance for you to have them checked and exterminated if there is need. If you want to prevent financial setbacks, you should consider hiring a home pest control company.

Prevention

The main purpose why regular pest inspections are carried out is for the purpose of weeding out pests before they become an outbreak. As the old adage says, prevention is better than cure. The thing with household pests is that in most cases, it’s incredibly difficult to notice them and they can spread like a wildfire without you even having an idea. By getting your house checked on a yearly basis, you will be going a long way in preventing the silent spreading of these pests.

Peace of mind

Your home, is your most valuable asset and it’s really fulfilling to know that it is safe from harmful elements that could cause a lot of damage like pests do. Apart from that, when you get residential pest control services, you would also be taking measures to ensure that you will always be in good health because having yearly checks for pests for your home, will also indirectly destroy any household pest associated diseases that can be a menace.

Save time

A pest check can take about 30 minutes to an hour. If you compare this with time spent in renovating a house that has suffered damage due to pests, you’ll see that it is actually less time consuming to have a pest control company check your home and deal with the pests than it is to wait for your house to be renovated after it has been damaged by pests. If time is a priority for you, then it’s vitally important for you to work with a pest control company that will ensure that all pests in your home are professionally dealt with as they should be.

If you are looking for a Pest Control company that you can partner with to carry out a great pest inspection, then feel free to visit Exceed Pest Control.

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Termites On Rampage On The Sunshine Coast – A Public Service Announcement

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Termites are on the rampage. The wet and humid weather on the Sunshine Coast has created the perfect conditions for accelerating Termite activity. If you haven’t had an annual termite inspection, or your property doesn’t have a current termite barrier, we strongly encourage you to get a pest professional out to your property immediately.

Our office has been receiving a large increase in the number of urgent calls from customers after finding active Termites in their home. We have seen holes in walls where termites have eaten through the Gyprock. Our pest technicians have also identified a large increase in the number of active Termite nests out in surrounding.

If you have been putting off your Termite inspection, or have never had a termite inspection for your home, there are a number of things you should know:

You may have voided your builders warranty.

If you’re the owner of a newly constructed home, your builders warranty may be void if you neglect to maintain annual termite inspections. What does this mean? Technically it means that your builder could get out fixing your home under warranty if there is a problem with your home, even if it were not caused by Termite damage.

Your building and contents insurance won’t cover you for termite damage.

That’s right, your major investment and belongings could be severely damaged by Termites and you won’t be covered by your insurance. Most people wouldn’t dream of owning a home without insurance. Yet there’s a moderate percentage of home owners that do not get annual termite inspection regardless of the fact that there is a much greater risk that a Queensland home will be damaged by Termites than by fire, flood, or natural disaster.

Termites are natures wrecking ball.

Their destructive powers would be awe inspiring if it wasn’t so threatening to people’s homes and investments. Termites (also known as white ants) are not only destructive, but they’re sneaky. They eat homes from the inside out, meaning they eat the internals of a home without leaving visible signs on the outside or living areas. Although Termites predominately eat wood, they have been known to eat through Gyprock. They also manage to find ways into steel framed homes to find wooden structures and furniture to eat.

What you should do if you find termites?

Leave them alone! Seriously, leave them alone. Don’t touch them, don’t try to kill them, just let them be and call a pest professional. You may think “They’re eating my home, why would I not try to kill them?” Good question. The answer comes down to how to effectively eliminate termites. Termites live in complex social structures, and are in constant contact with one another. They love to groom one another, and dispose of their dead, diseased and unwanted colony members by eating them (why not!?). The leading product on the market for Termites is Termidor, which exploits this fact and works through transference. Basically each Termite spreads the Termidor to any other Termite that it comes in contact with. Therefore, the effectiveness of your treatment will increase with the number of active Termites that can be sprayed directly with Termidor.

Does spraying active Termites protect my home?

Unfortunately, no, it’s not quite that simple. To effectively protect your home there needs to be some type of chemical barrier installed around your entire home. There are a number of different ways that this can be achieved, but they all have a couple of common requirements. For the barrier to prevent the ingress of termites, it has to be a complete and continual barrier. Think of it as a moat around a castle. The moat is rendered completely ineffective it there is even one land bridge (or tree bridge).

To find out more about termite barriers visit Exceed pest control at exceedpestcontrol.com.au