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What Do I Do If I Find Termites? DO NOT PANIC. DO NOT DISTURB THEM OR ATTEMPT TO TREAT THEM YOURSELF WITH SPRAYS OR AEROSOLS. Call a Professional Pest Controller; disturbing termites or killing termites that you can see, will only cause the colony to move to another entry point in your property to continue their destruction.


 
Is it advisable to remove a tree stump nearby the concrete foundation of our house?
It is believed that roots grow out as far as branches do on most trees. Roots from the stump can lead termites through the chemical barrier (if barrier exist) to the structure. What this means is that the diameter of the stump will affect how far away it needs to be classified as "no threat". Four feet for every 6 inches in diameter is a rule that has been adopted by many pest control companies.

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A female cockroach can produce 35,000 descendents in one year. Do corrective treatment early before they infest your area and neighbors too. 


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General Household Pest Control

SOONER OR LATER, we’re all pestered by pests. Whether it’s ants in the kitchen or weeds in the vegetable garden, pests can be annoying and bothersome. At the same time, many of us are concerned that the pesticides we use to control pests can cause problems too.

How can pests be controlled safely?
When and how should pesticides be used?

The questions have no single right answer, but Sky Pest gives the information you need to make informed decisions. You should be able to control pests without risking your family’s health and without harming the environment.

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We will help you understand:-

  1. What steps to take to control pests in and around your home
  2. What alternatives to chemical pesticides are available, including pest prevention and non-chemical pest controls
  3. How to choose pesticides and how to use, store, and dispose of them safely
  4. How to reduce your exposure when others use pesticides
  5. How to choose a pest control company
  6. What to do if someone is poisoned by a pesticide

Did you know that these common household products are pesticides?

  • Cockroach sprays and baits
  • Insect sprays and wasp repellents for indoor use
  • Insect repellents for personal use
  • Termite control products
  • Rat and other rodent poisons
  • Flea and tick sprays, powders, and pet collars
  • Kitchen, laundry, and bath disinfectants and sanitizers, including bleach
  • Products to kill mold and mildew
  • Lawn and garden products such as weed killers
  • Swimming pool chemicals, including those that kill algae

PLANTS, insects, mold, mildew, rodents, bacteria, and other organisms are a natural part of the environment. They can benefit people in many ways. But they can also be pests. Apartments and houses are often hosts to common pests such as cockroaches, fleas, termites, ants, mice, rats, mold, or mildew. Weeds, hornworms, aphids, and grubs can be a nuisance outdoors when they get into your lawn, flowers, yard, vegetable garden, or fruit and shade trees.

Pests can also be a health hazard to you, your family, and your pets. It’s easy to understand why you may need and want to control them. Nowadays, you can choose from many different methods as you plan your strategy for controlling pests. Sometimes a non-chemical method of control is as effective and convenient as a chemical alternative. For many pests, total elimination is almost impossible, but it is possible to control them. Knowing your options is the key to pest control. Methods available to you include pest prevention, non-chemical pest controls, and chemical pesticides.

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Preventive measures are always cheaper than corrective measures, not forgetting the physical damages caused.
Urban areas are being exposed increasingly to pests and through them to pest-related diseases and a concern to the PUBLIC HEALTH PEST CONTROL, such as:

  • Emerging diseases - Dengue and chikungunya fevers are both serious diseases spread by mosquitoes
  • Allergies and asthma
  • Food safety and public health
  • Birds


Termite and other Wood Destroying Organisms Control

Important Information for Home Buyers

*How can a home buyer find out if the home they want to buy is not infested or damaged by termites? What should a home buyer do if there is evidence of infestation or damage?
New properties less than 3 years, prior to property erection the foundation before cement slabs are laid Post-construction Soil Treatment are mandatory. Hence, past termite treatments and termite protection records from the developer on the structure for at least the last three years is useful.

*What if a home buyer discovers damage or an infestation after getting a "clear" report from a Pest Inspection Report (PIR) and are penning on the S&P?
Unfortunately, it is entirely possible for this to happen even when the pest control inspector or the home seller has done everything correctly. The inspection report only evidence that is visible and accessible at the time of the inspection. If evidence of infestation or damage was behind a wall, or under a floor, it may not have been visible or accessible at the time of inspection.

Note*** also, that the infestation could re-occur due from pest colony migration, and newly formed colonies. Hence, past treatment records will assist the Pest Control Company to consider and make relevant judgment on top of the visual inspection conducted.

*What should a home buyer do if "visible damage" is reported on an initial PIR, and then the damage is repaired?
Any report of visible damage or infestation is an indication that termites have been or are present in the structure. Repair of damage may or may not have resolved the problem. Home buyers should investigate further to determine the status of the protection on the structure and determine if the damage repaired was a symptom of more extensive infestation or damage.

Key Points:
Don’t rely on the PIR alone
Be present when the PIR is done
Obtain documentation on termite treatment history and copies of protection

*What is a "clear" report?
A "clear" report is a report that states that no evidence of wood destroying organisms infestation or damage was visible and accessible at the time of the inspection.

*What does a "clear" report mean?
A "clear" report means that there was no evidence of wood destroying organisms infestation or damage visible and accessible to the inspector at the time of the inspection. It does NOT mean, however, that the buyer can be absolutely assured that there are no wood destroying organisms infesting the structure or that there is no hidden damage from termites or other wood destroying organisms.

Note*** it is very possible for termite or other damage or infestations to be behind walls or in some other inaccessible location even in structures that receive "clear" reports.
Such an infestation or damage may be hidden (therefore not visible and accessible), or may have been repaired by the seller and therefore not visible and accessible to the pest control inspector.


Termite Control Methods

INITIAL INSPECTION & REPORT
Requires a complete thorough inspection of the buildings and surrounds, and a detailed written report on areas inspected, evidence found of termite activity, high risk termite entry areas inaccessible to inspection and termite control options and limitations thereto.

Specific areas inspected should include accessible timbers within the crawl space in the sub-floor, roof void, interior, exterior, garden landscaping, fences, other timber structures and trees in the locality.

CHEMICAL SOIL TREATMENT
Treatment around the perimeter and sub-floor of a building to eradicate termites attempting to gain entry into the building through a treated soil area. There are several types of termite control chemicals registered by Pesticide Board for use in termite control as a soil treatment chemical.

Trench and treat soil around external concrete slab edge - a common termite entry point
Trench and treat soil around walls and piers in the sub-floor area
Use rod injection to treat soil along and around the external perimeter area of the building
Drill concrete floor along all expansion joints and cracks, and treat soil thereunder
Drill concrete floor around pipes and treat soil thereunder
Drill concrete patio areas and treat soil area therein - a high risk termite nest location


TERMITE BAITING
A system involves the installation and monitoring of termite bait stations. This method relies heavily on the termites "finding" and consuming sufficient bait, and in Termite Colony Extermination.

Termites have acute survival instincts. The location of a toxic food source if detected will be abandoned. Too much disturbance of the foraging termites (workers and soldiers) in a particular location will alert the termite colony to abandon the area. The termites appear to be gone, but may in fact be entering the building in other areas. Your home is a much bigger bait station.

With a termite baiting program, there can be no absolute guarantee of long-term protection of nearby buildings. There may be other termite nests nearby the building that do not find the bait stations. Your home is a much bigger bait station. Other termite nests may exist in trees, under concrete on-ground flooring and in-fill patios of neighboring properties.

If you find live termites or termite damaged timbers DO NOT disturb the area. DO NOT use spray can or insecticides on the termites. If sufficiently disturbed, the termites are likely to move elsewhere, and may not be rediscovered until further obvious damage has been done. The termite controller can introduce termite dust or termite bait directly to the live termites present in an attempt to eliminate the entire termite colony - as discussed in detail above.

Regular FOLLOW-UP INSPECTIONS are essential and should be carried out at least every 3 to 6 months where signs of termite activity have been located in the vicinity of susceptible buildings or timber structures. More frequent visits are required after Monitoring Stations are installed and baits are engaged.


Nemesis Termite Baiting System



The Nemesis termite baiting system is an Australian designed and developed termite baiting system aimed at eliminating a termite colony in a safe non-invasive way. Registered by Australian Authorities: Nemesis termite bait is a registered product under the requirements of legislation administered by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority a Federal Government instrumentality. The system uses a number of plastic bait stations for in-ground and above-ground installation where active termites have been located.

How it works:
The Nemesis bait contains chlorfluazuron as the active constituent, which acts as an insect growth regulator or IGR. The worker termites readily eat the bait and pass it onto other termites in the central nest as part of their mutual feeding and grooming process. Termites must regularly molt in their development from nymph to adult. The chemical prevents the termites from re-growing their external skeleton, resulting in the death of the termite. Termites cannibalize other dead termites thereby hastening the elimination of the entire colony.

When is it used?
Where live activity is found we recommend that an above-ground bait station containing Nemesis bait is positioned directly on areas of known activity. The above-ground stations are checked at 2 to 3 week intervals to assess levels of bait consumption by the termites. The bait is replenished as required. With sufficient consumption the entire termite colony will be eliminated. Bear in mind, there is always the likelihood that other termite nests will infest the building.

How does Nemesis system work?
Above-ground baiting of live activity found: An excellent initial strategy whereby the Nemesis termite bait is immediately placed into an above-ground station and onto or into the timbers where termites are found feeding. The Nemesis Bait is highly attractive to destructive termite species. This means termites readily feed on the Nemesis termite bait, taking it back to the central as part of their mutual feeding and grooming process.

Termites cannot avoid what they cannot detect:
Nemesis is specially designed so that the IGR chemical cannot be detected by the termites. They do not know where the deadly effect is coming from. The insect growth regulator active ingredient - chlorfluazuron - also stops the termite colony being able to reproduce as the Queen termite becomes affected and dies. Nemesis termite bait is replenished or In-ground bait stations if used should be regularly inspected for termite activity therein. Once feeding commences the bait should be replenished every 2 to 3 weeks. The termite colony loses whole generations of replacement members and gradually declines and finally collapses, particularly as the Queen is affected and dies.

The effects of the Nemesis Termite Bait are visible and can be tracked with some degree of reliability. The termite’s natural habits, food preferences, energy saving and feeding behaviour are all used against the colony.

In-ground monitoring of termite activity:
If live termites cannot be located, special in-ground monitoring stations can be placed either in the soil, through concrete or under pavement at strategically important points around a building. These stations can be inspected on a regular basis with the inspections tailored for intervals of approximately 2 to 3 months.

Regular inspections are essential:
It is strongly recommended that regular 3 monthly or 6 monthly house inspections are also carried out by your pest controller if your house/property is assessed to be at moderate to high risk of a termite infestation.

Termite Monitoring:
When the termite colony has been eliminated, the bait is removed and new timber inserts are put into place. The monitoring system then continues to provide an opportunity to detect termites foraging in the soil close to structures.

Several months to gain control ? Nemesis termite baiting may take several months to completely eliminate a termite colony even in favourable circumstances. However, in ideal circumstances termite baiting can be reasonably expected to greatly reduce the rate of timber consumption by the termite colony within one month after the termites begin to consume the termite bait. With sufficient bait being consumed it is virtually certain the colony will be eliminated in the medium term, but not always.

Additional system features:
The Nemesis bait system features stations that are opened by a special tool. The active ingredient of the Nemesis termite bait is securely contained below ground. The active ingredient has extremely low toxicity to humans and pets. The Nemesis plastic station is especially designed low profile permanent fixture for insertion in concrete pathing around the perimeter of a house.




 
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