Your home is most at risk of attracting a termite swarm and forthcoming termite damage

High risk Termite season is upon us

The months between November and February, where we experience the warmer weather is when your home is most at risk of attracting a termite swarm and forthcoming termite damage.

While termites are active all year round, the summer months encourages the flying termites to find a new home (hopefully not yours), find a mate and begin building a termite nest.

What you may not know is that thousands of eggs can be produced each day, once these termites mature the majority go searching for food for the newly established colony – this food could potentially be your home.

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Management of an impending termite attack

· Maintain a cool and dry home, ensuring all exposed timbers are treated and not left on the ground in your backyard, i.e. clean up any leftover materials from your recent home renovation.
· If, in the process of cleaning up timber you come across a termite nest DO NOT DISTURB THEM, they will spread – call a termite inspector immediately.
· Swarms of flying termites to and from your property – call a termite inspector immediately.
· If you have found Termites, wings or termite bodies within your home or in nearby grounds (within a couple of hundred metres) – call a termite inspector immediately.
· Did you know that a single termite nest can have as many as four swarms per Summer? Stay on the lookout!
· Swarms are attracted to light, so in the event of a swarm turn off your home lights in the hope they will go somewhere else.
· Swarms occur in the evening, around six o’clock is the prime time, whereas flying ants (which won’t destroy your home) generally swarm during the day, are smaller than flying termites and are black in colour instead of brown.

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TERMITE SWARMING SEASON HAS BEGUN!

When termites swarm, they leave their colony in search of a new home, the unfortunate news is that new home could be yours.

Expensive replacement costs can be completely avoided with regular a regular termite plan, call Termicide today.

When is termite season? Subterranean termites “swarm” as the weather begins to warm, usually at the beginning of spring after a rain event. They are a group of termites looking to begin their own, new colony. Not all termite species swarm at the same time, but for a swarm to occur, the weather must be warm, often following a rain.

Another factor that triggers swarming – the maturity of a colony. There is no specific age at which a termite colony swarms, but subterranean termite colonies typically do not produce a swarm until they are at least three years old.

The purpose of termite swarming season is to begin new colonies. As a colony matures, it begins to produce alate nymphs that will develop into swarmers with wings. Swarmers fly from the colony then pair up with a mate as they search for a suitable location to start a new colony. After their wings drop off, a pair will mate.

Contact us today for more information on protecting your home this termite swarming season.

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Termites remain active during winter

Termite activity is generally more noticeable during the warmer months, leading many of us to believe that this is the only time they need to really worry about an infestation. While seasons and temperatures do tend to affect the habits of these wood-eating pests, the truth is that termites stay active all year long regardless of the weather outside, and they will still target your property if given the opportunity. This is because a termite colony’s ultimate goal is to gain access to food, shelter, moisture and a comfortable climate, which your home provides year-round.

In heated buildings such as your home and the soil adjacent to heated basements, tunneling and general activity may be little changed. During most of the year, queens lay eggs at a steady rate. The number of eggs produced by the queen varies depending on the species, and the age of the queen.

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However, winter brings some changes in the daily routine of subterranean termite colonies. In cooler climates, subterranean termites typically move deeper into the ground during the cold season to access the warmth they need to survive. Foraging tunnels may be somewhat deeper for those species that travel near the soil surface, and food sources that are exposed to cold temperatures may be abandoned. While subterranean workers will forage closer to their nests during the winter, they will remain active (although likely not quite as active as during warmer months).

The further north you live usually means warmer winter temperatures and egg production is continuous throughout the year, although there are seasonal fluctuations. For termites living in temperate regions, which have low winter temperatures, predominately in the southern states, egg production is often suspended during the cold months.

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The extent of damages caused by termites in the winter months depends entirely on the type of termite, size of colony and proximity to wood, so it’ important to be on the look out for any activity and contact Termicide today for your termite inspection.

Time to get behind Termicides ‘Captain Risque’ for the Great Endeavour Rally

Termicides Captain Risque’ ready for the 2016 QLD Great Endeavour Rally

Termicides director and rally driver extraordinaire Paul Jeynes and partner Angela Buckland have made the final touches to their latest Great Endeavour Rally vehicle, lovingly named Captain Risque.

Paul and Angela will be looking to improve on their solid 3rd placing in the 2015 event while raising donations for the Endeavour Foundation. For this event team Termicide will be switching roles with Paul as the navigator and Angela behind the wheel in what is shaping up to be an amazing event!

To show your support for team Captain Risque please click this link and look up the team under car number 404.

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4-14 June, 2016 Ipswich to Uluru

The 2016 QLD Great Endeavour Rally is a once-in-a-lifetime event, as the 10-day journey from Ipswich to Uluru visits the red centre of Australia, taking in world-renowned Alice Springs. We will attend the famous Finke Desert Race, where you will also get to follow the route of the toughest off-road courses, the Finke Desert Race track, before ending the Great Endeavour Rally with a stunning sunrise over Uluru.

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Termicide & Termiglass. The Natural Solution.

2016 Super Endeavour RallyTM: Red Centre & Lake Eyre Adventure

4-21 June, 2016 Ipswich to Stanthorpe

The Super Endeavour Rally will cover the Great Endeavour Rally: Red Centre Adventure and then head south to extraordinary Lake Eyre, before heading back to Queensland via the edge of the Simpson Desert, and the Birdsville Track. The 18-day adventure will visit the heart of Australia and see some of the greatest places on earth!

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5 More Proven Tips To Keep Pests Out of Your House

We Give You Another 5 Proven Tips a Try!

We have received such positive feedback from our initial 5 tips to keep pests out of your house, we just had to get all the tips from our most experienced Pest experts!

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Termicide Tip 6 – Gaps inside your home. Some cracks and gaps will be visible only from inside your home. Check in, under and behind kitchen cabinets, refrigerators, and stoves, as well as between the floor and wall juncture and around pipes, floor and dryer vents. Seal any gaps found, especially those of 1/4 inch or greater.

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Termicide Tip 7 – Drains. Sink and floor drains often accumulate gunk and debris which can attract pests and provide an ideal breeding site, especially for small flies. Inspect and maintain all sink, tub, basement and laundry room floor drains.

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Termicide Tip 8 – Recycled Material. It is preferable to store recyclables outside and away from your home. If this is not possible, ensure that all containers are thoroughly rinsed and that the recycling bin has a tight-fitting lid. All recycling and trash containers should also be rodent proof and cleaned frequently.

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Termicide Tip 9 – Stored Foods. If opened bags and boxes cannot be completely closed, the food should be put into a resealable bag or plastic container to keep from attracting stored product (or “pantry”) pests that invade the kitchen. Use older foods first and clean out stale or uneaten foods to help keep attractants down.

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Termicide Tip 10 – Cleanliness. The cleaner your home, the less attraction it will have for pests, the less chance a pest will have to live and breed – and the less likely it will be that you would need to go on the defense and pull out a can of bug spray or contact us, your pest control professionals.

 

 

 

 

 

5 Proven Tips to Keep Pests Out of Your House

Give Termicides 5 Proven Tips a Try!

Let’s be honest, it’s near on impossible to completely rid your home of pests. Reality is, some pests will find a way into your house. The following tips are all about making it as hard as possible for them to enter your home, so please see what we have to offer and feel free to contact us for an obligation free quote!

Mulch can make shelter for unwanted pests!

Termicide Tip 1 – Mulch and Plants. Mulch, such as wood chips and pine straw, provide ideal shelter for pests. Instead of using these in areas that touch your foundation, place less pest-attractive ground cover, such as rock or stone. Trim back any tree branches or shrubbery that touch your home to eliminate pest “bridges” to the house.

Pests have easy access through broken windows.

Pests have easy access through broken windows.

Termicide Tip 2 –  Windows and Doors. Because pests can wiggle through tiny cracks and gaps, inspect and repair any warped or broken windows and doors, and those that simply don’t fit well; repair rips or tears in screens. Use screen mesh size of at least 200 holes per square inch; these are generally available at home improvement stores such as Bunnings, Masters, Mitre 10 etc.

You would be surprised what some pests can get through!

You would be surprised what some pests can get through to enter your home!

Termicide Tip 3 – Gaps and Cracks. Inspect the entire exterior of your home for other cracks, crevices and gaps through which pests could enter. Check for foundation cracks, loose siding, missing roof tiles, and gaps around incoming utility lines, including pipes, electric and cable wiring. Seal any openings with copper mesh, coarse steel wool, sheet metal or mortar.

Rubbish free zone is a great start!

Rubbish free zone is a great start!

Termicide Tip 4 – Rubbish free zone. Keep yards, patios, decks, and garages free of litter, weeds, and standing water. Ensure garbage cans have tight-fitting lids, and clean the cans and area regularly to remove debris and spills, on which pests can feed.

Review your lights to ensure you use the less attractive variety.

Did you know that by changing the location and type of lights you can reduce your chance of pests?

Termicide Tip 5 – Review your Lights. To reduce flying insects around doors and windows, replace standard mercury vapor lights with high pressure sodium vapor or halogen lights. Bulbs that have pink, yellow or orange tints will be least attractive to the flying insects. Although it is common to place lights on exterior walls near doors, it is better to place the light farther away, using pole lights when possible, with the light shining toward the door for safety.

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Has the Autumn weather delivered unwanted Mud Wasps and Ants?

Follow our three steps to cure the influx of Mud Wasps and Ants.

The Summer that seemed to last a little longer this year is now behind us as we move into the more usual Autumn season.

In Autumn you may encounter mud wasps after rain and ants will be busy organizing nests on higher ground.

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If your home is being affected, we suggest taking the following three steps –

  1. Click HERE to visit the Australian Bureau of Meteorology for all your inclement weather updates (remembering that these pests come out after rain).
  2. Click HERE to visit Termicides Pest Guide.
  3. Click HERE to get a quote from us here at Termicide or call us on 07 5563 3003 so one of our knowledgeable and friendly staff can assist you.

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Uncover Termicides 2016 Endeavour Rally Plans

What you need to know about the 2016 Endeavour Rally

Paul and Angela have entered the Endeavour Foundation Rally again this year.

This year they will be driving ‘Captain Risqué’, an eye catching machine totally re-built by Paul and is sponsored by Termicide Pest Control.
If you or your business is interested in supporting the event please contact Termicide to speak with Paul or Angela for the full run down and click on this link to visit the 2016 Endeavour Rally.

Termicides Paul and Angela at Yamba on the 2015 rally.

Termicides Paul and Angela at Yamba on the 2015 rally.

 

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2016 entry Captain Risque!

2016 QLD Great Endeavour Rally: Red Centre Adventure

4-14 June, 2016 Ipswich to Uluru

The 2016 QLD Great Endeavour Rally is a once-in-a-lifetime event, as the 10-day journey from Ipswich to Uluru visits the red centre of Australia, taking in world-renowned Alice Springs. We will attend the famous Finke Desert Race, where you will also get to follow the route of the toughest off-road courses, the Finke Desert Race track, before ending the Great Endeavour Rally with a stunning sunrise over Uluru.

Termicide & Termiglass. The Natural Solution.

2016 Super Endeavour RallyTM: Red Centre & Lake Eyre Adventure

4-21 June, 2016 Ipswich to Stanthorpe

The Super Endeavour Rally will cover the Great Endeavour Rally: Red Centre Adventure and then head south to extraordinary Lake Eyre, before heading back to Queensland via the edge of the Simpson Desert, and the Birdsville Track. The 18-day adventure will visit the heart of Australia and see some of the greatest places on earth!

Register today to book a place as we are Raising Dust and Dollars® supporting people with a disability on more great roads ahead.

 

 

Here's a look at last years rally completed by team Termicide.

Here’s a look at last years rally completed by team Termicide.

Stay tuned for more rally updates!

Stay tuned for more rally updates!

Put an end to your Cockroach invasion over the cooler months.

Receive the full brunt of a Cockroach invasion as things cool down?… Your not alone!

Cockroaches will still be a problem in cooler months, particularly German Cockroaches. They will continue to breed in winter just as fast as in summer and can become a big problem around the house very quickly.
While some pests will start to slow down in numbers as the weather gets cooler, that doesn’t mean that you don’t need to worry about pests such as the Cockroach until springtime.
In Autumn/Winter, temperatures inside are much warmer than outside – and there is food and water available in and around the home, so many pests will sneak inside during these seasons.

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Termicide offers a 6 month warranty on all of our pest sprays, which eliminate Cockroaches, Ants, and Spiders. Our Technicians can also take care of any rodents sneaking around your house, with a 6 month warranty offered on this service also.

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Scratching in the walls and ceiling?

The cooler temperatures give us rodents rats and mice

The most common pests found around the home in this time of year is rodents such as rats and mice, who particularly enjoy being in roof voids with insulation for nesting and plenty of things to chew on. Rats and Mice can also cause damage to wiring, and are carriers of numerous diseases.

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In Autumn/Winter, temperatures inside are much warmer than outside – and there is food and water available in and around the home, so many pests will sneak inside during these seasons.

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Termicide’s ten tips to help you on your way

Clean the crawl space.
Look around the inside and outside of your crawl space.
Check the outside of the house very thoroughly.
Check the spare room to see if you have any activity in there.
Trim back any trees with branches near the roof to slow down roof jumping.
If you only had a minor infestation, set a few traps.
If you have a bad infestation and they are in the walls, leave a few exit points so they can get out and don’t die inside the house.
Clean the garage, and the back bedroom.
When you’re done and you think you have fixed your rodent problem, replace the failed insulation and vapor barrier in the crawl space.
Look for problems with your garage door.

 

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Termicide offers a 6 month warranty on all of our pest sprays, which eliminate Cockroaches, Ants, and Spiders. Our Technicians can also take care of any rodents sneaking around your house, with a 6 month warranty offered on this service also.

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