Termite Prevention in Sydney

Signs, Tips & Advice

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Termites eat through various types of timber,creating serious trouble from a structural standpoint. Statistics suggest that one in every four homes will have some sort of termite presence each year. These are persistent and destructive pests, so it’s important to guard against them well.

Safe Pest Control are the experts when it comes to dealing with termites. We offer a warranty on all our work,including any potential threat that termites can pose to your home. By contrast, insurance companies won’t insure you for termite damage. The absence of this coverage leaves you and your home at risk of an infestation if you don’t regularly have a pest spray carried out.

Here are a few ways of identifying signs of termites:

  • Mud tunnels
  • Blowholes in trees
  • Earthen packing
  • Flight tubes
  • Excavation of wood
  • Noise
  • Presence of alates
  • Tree nests
  • Collapsed timber

By doing a quick search on the internet, you can find the most dangerous Australian spiders:

1) Sydney Funnel Web Has highly toxic venom that is produced in large amounts. Rated as the deadliest spider in Australia and possibly the world.

2) Redback Spider These are found right throughout Australia. The Redbacks don’t discriminate either and can be found in either rural or city areas.

3) Mouse Spider There are eight species of this variety and they can often be found near waterways, rivers, lagoons etc

4) Trap Door Spiders If you get bitten by one of these some of the symptoms you will experience could be some minor pain, nausea, lethargy or malaise.

5) White Tailed Spiders

6) Australian Tarantulas These can also be known as whistling or barking spiders as they are known to produce sounds by rubbing their front limbs against their jaws. They mainly feed on insects.

7) Recluse Spider The reputation of this spider has been greatly exaggerated in Australia. Their existence ‘Down Under’ has only been noticed in the last 20 years but in South America they are known to inflict serious bites.

8) Huntsman These spiders are widespread throughout Australia and are one of the bigger spiders you are likely to encounter. Huntsman spiders can have up to 15cm leg span. They look menacing, however, are unlikely to be a danger to humans.

9) Common Garden Orb Weaver

HOW TO GET RID OF SPIDERS

If you are looking to get rid of spiders then here are a few recommendations Safe Pest Control can give you. As is the case with many pests around the home, clutter is usually the number one reason for finding spiders both in and outside of your house or place of business.

HOW TO PREVENT SPIDERS

You can do many things in order to prevent spiders from infesting your home. Spiders usually like to remain in outdoor areas, however it is common for people to find the nasty little buggers indoors too. One of the first things you should do to prevent spiders is to turn off any outdoor lights you have. By leaving the lights on you are inviting the spiders to find ways of entering. Do you have vegetation directly outside your residential or commercial property? If you do and you are finding spiders inside your home regularly then it could be time to remove it. Vegetation, such as shrubs, trees and various plants provides the perfect hiding spot for spiders who will then seek to move closer to your home when seeking warmth or food. Are you finding plenty of cobwebs? That means that spiders are present. Simply grab a broom or vacuum and remove the cobwebs. By leaving them unattended the spider or spiders will continue to build their web, lay their sacs and breed. If you have taken all these measures and are still finding spiders around your home or business, then give a professional exterminator such as Safe Pest Control a call. Headed by Milad Bahrami, Safe Pest Control are one of Sydney’s leading companies in the industry and members of the Australian Environmental Pest Managers Association with a wealth of experience in dealing with spiders and various pests.

Signs Of Spiders In Your Home

The first one is obvious – if you are finding cobwebs then you definitely have a spider issue. Secondly, egg sacs are an indication that spiders are breeding and therefore you may have an infestation issue on your hands. Some spiders may prefer a damp and cool climate and as such we advise you to check places such as basements and sheds. Finally, spiders do have a major usefulness – they eat other insects! If you do have a variety of pests around your home then this is another sure sign that spiders are lurking.

Safe Pest Control can arrange termite insurance for our clients, covering up to $100,000 of any potential damages. For just $360, you can protect yourself for 5 years with a $100,000 TimberSecure Termite Insurance Policy.

While this type of insurance represents some comfort, better still would be guidance on how to prevent such damage from ever happening in the first place. Fortunately, we provide that too. Here are some tips and techniques, depending on whether your home or property has already been built, or if it is still in the planning stages.

  • For homes on concrete slabs, ensure that the slab has 75mm of concrete slab edge exposed.
  • Physical termite barriers can be added during the construction phase, surrounding your home and preventing underground entry by termites.
  • For homes not yet constructed, a reticulation system can be built which will provide a network of pipes spraying chemicals in the soil to repel invading termites.
  • Chemical barriers can provide a similar, although not permanent, type of protection surrounding your home, and can be applied at any time.
  • Termite bait stations can be installed around your property, to provide you with early warning signals when termites have begun making a push toward your home.
  • Ensure that drainage and ventilation systems are functioning properly, without leaks. Do not allow moist basements or moist soil close to the exterior of your house.
  • Remove all forms of loose timber from the outside of your house. Wooden boards should not lean against the structure, and other food sources (dead leaves, garbage) should also be kept away from the exterior surface.
  • For your gardens and fences, use timber that has been treated for termites. Ensure that a 50mm gap exists between the ground and all timber fences and posts.
  • Remove dead trees, climbing plants and bushy gardens from your property.
  • Ensure that drainage and ventilation systems are functioning properly, without leaks. Do not allow moist basements or moist soil close to the exterior of your house.

These methods are effective in keeping termites away from your property, and giving your home a long and healthy structural lifetime. For all termite prevention and treatment services, contact Safe Pest Control today. We at Safe Pest Control are members of the Australian Environmental Pest Managers Association provide prompt service, backed by excellent equipment, years of experience and an unwavering commitment to professionalism

FAQS ABOUT TERMITES

Termites are generally classified as one of the most successful insects in history. They have a presence on almost every continent on earth except Antarctica and their colonies can span from a few hundred to several million.

There are over 3000 species of termites on earth, however, a third of those are found in Africa while in Australia there are over 360 different types of the little buggers.

While spiders do carry poisonous venom, no one has died from spider bite in Australia since the early 1980s. If anything is susceptible to spider bites, it’s various insects.

The fact they love eating wood ensures that termites can cause plenty of damage to unprotected homes and wooden structures.

No. They have a habit of remaining concealed when they are doing their dirty work. That means they can excavate through wood and leave a thin layer on top so you wouldn’t know they were there because there is no visible damage on the surface. Of course not all termite damage is hidden. There are many occasions when you will see timber beams, trees and supports with some sort of termite damage. Interestingly, less than 200 species of termites can actually cause damage.

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