Termite Reticulation System

Termite reticulation systems are installed in new homes and in extension and renovation projects. It is a series of pipes positioned around the home underground. The purpose is to ensure the home is protected against termites. Reticulation systems require top-ups of chemicals every three to eight years depending on chemical used.

Top ups of piping systems are managed through termiticide going in at a certain pressure to disperses and form a termite treated zone. Homes in newly developed areas such as Quakers Hill, Stanhope Gardens, The Ponds, Kellyville Ridge and Parklea will usually have a reticulation system in place.

There are various reasons which cause a termite reticulation system to be ineffective. One of them is topping up the system with a budget friendly termite repellant. This may cause the pests to just go around the barrier and not through it. The best protection for homes in and around Kellyville Ridge is a non-repellant termite chemical such as Termidor.

Termite inspections are recommended annually to ensure the system is still intact and working as it should. At the time of the termite inspection the reticulation system will be checked and signed off with documentation kept in your switchboard for easy access. Click here to book your termite inspection and reticulation top up today.

 

 What is a General pest control and do I need one?

A general pest control is key to reduce or eliminate insects and bugs. It is recommended to treat the home/commercial spaces every 6 – 12 months, as the chemical is most effective in the first 12 – 16 weeks. Costing can be found on our pricing pages.

There are external factors which can impact the longevity of a general pest control, including:

  1. Extreme heat
  2. Heavy rain & flooding
  3. Fires
  4. Disturbance of the treated areas (renovations)

 

Is a general pest control safe?

Generally speaking, you do not need to prepare the home for a pest treatment, however we recommend to try and clear any loose items restricting access to the skirting boards.

Chemicals used are AEPMA approved and to Australian standards, meaning they are not harmful to humans. We always recommend taking extra precautions and recommend you leave the property with any young children and pets for at least an hour post treatment to allow the chemical adequate time to dry.

However, it is recommend to not clean directly after the pest control treatment and to allow 7 – 14 days before mopping inside. Furthermore we ask you leave the chemical on the external of the home and window frames for as long as possible. External window cleaning is permitted after 24 hours of application. Afterwards, please do not hose down the windows as you will wash away the chemical – using a squeegee or paper towels with Windex is perfectly fine.

 

How is a the treatment applied?

All general pest controls are performed by our technicians at So Pest Off doing an initial assessment of the property and treating the problems identified.

A mixture of oil based, water based and gel based chemicals are used during treatments. Treated areas include:

  • Internal Spaces (skirting boards, hinges in cupboards for German Cockroaches)
  • Roof voids
  • External property perimeter
  • External door and window frames
  • Under eaves of the first storey
  • Garage/shed/kids cubby & play areas

The insecticide used has the highest impact on the following:

  1. Webbing Spiders
  2. Black Surface Ants
  3. Australian & American Cockroaches
  4. Silverfish
  5. European Wasps
  6. Household Flies
  7. Fleas/Ticks

 

Is there any warranty?

Warranty on general pest controls have varying factors and is available for 6 months on any infestation which is seen after 4 weeks of initial treatment. Although, spiders do not carry any warranty as they are driven by external factors, and they are needed to walk on the chemical, take it back to their nest/web for it to impact them.

Possum Removal So Pest Off

Have you seen or heard possums on your property? Possums need to be carefully removed from areas and released accordingly. It is illegal in Australia to kill a possum. Laws are in place to protect these species and removing a possum may hurt yourself. With different methods depending on severity of infestation, So Pest Off takes every possum removal job with a high level of care. Possums removed from roof voids need to be relocated within 150m from the home & near something they can climb immediately in order to survive.

Health Concerns

Possums while seemingly harmless, can bring havoc. Here are a few ways they do this:

  • Potential to transfer fleas and ticks to household pets.
  • Damage ductwork and installation in the roof.
  • Damage to roof tiles & architrave during entry.
  • Possum droppings can cause ulcers, skin conditions and mites.

Catch & Release

Possum removal is a slow game requiring patience. Our technician will be back onsite everyday until all the possums have been safely removed. Where there is a family of possums living in a roof void it may require multiple cages or one-way trap doors to be installed. Each day our technician will return on-site until possum removal is complete. After professional possum removal is complete there are some tips and tricks to ensure they don’t return. Some of these include:

  • Motion activated sprinklers
  • Motion activated lights
  • If you have a domestic pet, leaving their hair trimmings will deter the possum
  • Garlic in the roof cavity will deter them
  • Mothballs are another peeve of possums
  • Cover fruit & vegetables with chicken wire

Preventing Access

Possums hideout in tree hollows and due to a lack possums move into roofs through holes to make a home for themselves. Ensure to seal access points after possum removal. Our technicians will advise you on the best practice which includes sealing gaps, trimming branches, open vents and repairing roof tiles. Food is another source of attraction, especially where fruit and vegetables are growing in backyards. Cover compost bins securely to avoid entry.

Call So Pest Off today to book your possum/rodent inspection.

What are German Cockroaches?

German cockroaches are hard to gain control over due to the unique biology of the female particularly as they stop feeding when carrying their ootheca. IGRs (insect growth regulators) are key to stop the spread. They are the most common breed of cockroaches world-wide.

Where are they found?

 

What do they look like?

All cockroaches have a similar appearance which may make it hard to identify the specific breed. There are some key markers:

  • Light brown/tan
  • Two dark stripes on their back
  • 2cm – 3cm long

 

How do I know if I have an infestation?

First sign of an infestation is finding ‘droppings’. This looks like small dark pepper-like substances. Specifically stains on walls may look like mould/spray back from food, but is faecal matter.

Another key is to track when you see cockroaches. German cockroaches are nocturnal meaning they come out at night. Key messaging is “where you see one there are more”. German cockroach life span is 3 months. Specifically they reproduce every 60 days despite eggs being hatched every 28 days which is why following strict instructions is key.

 

Where are German Cockroaches most found?

  • Unit blocks
  • Closely built townhouses
  • Restaurants
  • Take away containers/bags
  • Homes with low cleaning standards

 

How do you treat German Cockroaches?

General pest control & gel baits are key. This comes in the form of a syringe which is applied in small drops where activity is seen after that sticky traps are left. Treatment includes door hinges, behind fridges and dishwashers, in laundry rooms and bathrooms.

Termite Inspections & Attacks

A termite inspection is the only way to protect your main asset – your home. Termites attack homes all year round, with 1 in 3 homes being attacked in Australia each year, and without protection they can cause irreversible damage to a home that is not covered by insurance. This means that by the time you have seen/heard the termites in your home the damage has begun.

Termites are seen more in the warmer seasons, this however doesn’t mean that they are the most active during these times. When you see termites it usually means the damage is already done, and they have been attacking your home in private and appearing as the weather warms up and the flowers start to bloom. One of reasons for this is due to the high heat, spring/summertime rains and moist conditions which termite thive on.

Are termites more active in the colder season? Termites are actually the most active and damaging during the autumn and winter periods. They attack homes during this time to feed and build their nests for the colder seasons, bringing damage that can be destructive for a home. Unfortunately the most common mistake made by home owners is when the assumption is made that due to the lack of evidence, there is no damage. When you can’t see termites is when you should be keeping up with your inspections and preventative treatment plans. Termites dig deeper in the wintertime and bury themselves within their nests and start to feed and colonise during these times to ensure the queen is reproducing at high numbers.

What are termite inspections?

There is a cost associated with termite inspections which may be a deterrent. Some home owners also assume that the area they live in makes it harder for termites to attack if they are not surrounded by dense forest areas. This unfortunately couldn’t be further from the truth. For a small cost of $220 + GST, you could be protecting your home from irreparable damage. Roof & balcony collapses from termite damage and both a very real and dangerous reality.

Annual termite inspections are highly recommended, and while this is the first step in the treatment plan, you shouldn’t stop here. So Pest Off will work with you to build a comprehensive protection plan.

Termite inspections are done in multiple steps:

  1. Visual Inspection; our technician will do a full visual inspection of the property including trees, fence lines, basements/subfloors, crawlspaces, internal rooms, and ceilings.
  2. Thermal Inspection; where there is any area of concern (which can include softening of wood, paint chippings, apparent termite damage, mud trails) a thorough thermal imaging inspection will be undertaken to identify the cause of concern.
  3. Invasive Inspection; if a termite mud is found, or significant damage is seen in the home, our technician at So Pest Off will gain your approval to do an invasive termite inspection. Invasive termite inspections can include drilling, removal of panels, creating manholes for entry between cavities, etc. This is to ensure that a full inspection is undertaken and no area is left with a question mark.

Where is at risk of termite attacks?

The Hills District is renown for taking the brunt of termite attacks each year. The top suburbs based on historic data within the Hills District council include:

  • Castle Hill
  • Annangrove
  • Pennant Hills
  • Kenthurst
  • Dural
  • Epping
  • Galston
  • Glenorie

Other areas in Sydney known for the highest termite attacks/termite inspection call outs include (in order):

  • Blacktown
  • Turramurra
  • Willoughby
  • Pymble
  • Frenchs Forest
  • Davidson
  • Manly
  • Cronulla
  • Balgowlah
  • Balmain
  • Leichhardt
  • Penrith
  • Windsor
  • Fairfield West

Should you delay a termite inspection?

Along with a minimum annual general pest inspection all home owners/property owners should be organising their annual termite inspection. While older homes are usually more at risk of being attacked due to lack of termite prevention systems, new homes must undergo  routine inspections each year.