Top 5 Places Termites are Found

 

Termites can be found in any home at any time.  While this might sound daunting, termites just like all other creatures follow a pattern of behaviour based around getting their basic needs of food, shelter and moisture met.  This knowledge, combined with our years of experience in the industry has allowed us to compile a list of the top 5 places termites are found around the house so you can keep an eye out between regular inspections:

  1. Warm & Moist Areas

Termites love to nest in warm and moist areas so they tend to pop up near bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms or anywhere else there is moisture build up.  Their nests are usually found in hard to spot places behind large appliances like fridges or washing machines.

  1. In the garden

Homes that use mulch are at high risk of attracting termites as mulch provides the perfect food source.  Gardens and plants that border your house and/or cover weep holes are commonly act as bridges for termites to enter your home.

  1. Inside Walls

Once inside, termites love to hide inside wall cavities.  This is where they can often do the most damage while going completely unnoticed for weeks or even months.  They nest between walls and slowly eat the timber leaving behind only the paint.  Thermal imaging in a great tool our inspections use to help identify live termites in-between walls non-invasively.

  1. Subfloors

Subfloors can act like termite incubators and the damage created can result in severe loss of structural integrity.  It is most common in slightly older homes that don’t have enough ventilation.  The lack of ventilation allows moisture to build up therefore attracting the termites.

If you suspect you there are termites hiding around your home, DON’T WAIT!  Call 07 3828 2020 to book an inspection today or click here to request a free quote!

How we control ant infestations from the source

Most people think that ant infestations are one of the easier general pest problems to control.  Over the counter, DIY treatments are readily available for consumers but unfortunately they aren’t always effective in managing the problem.

Ants are social critters that live in colonies.  Spraying the ants that you see trailing through your home or garden might kill the visible ones but more often than not the colonies will stick around.  They might even sense the danger and split off into separate colonies making the problem harder for you to control.  You may even risk trapping the ants inside your house if you apply an over the counter barrier on the inside of your home without doing a proper investigation into the problem.

Fortunately, you can avoid these problems and control the ants easily by contacting a professional.  A professional inspector, will be able to pinpoint exactly where the colonies are and eradicate the problem from the root.

Our technicians use a special method which is undetectable by ants.  Rather than using a repellent that ants can sense and learn to stay away from, we use anti-repellent.  Anti-repellent cannot be detected by ants so it is slowly spread to the entire colony, thus eradicating the problem from the source!

If you need help getting the ants out of your pants, give contact APM Solutions via Facebook or at 07 3828 2020 for a FREE quote!

Everyday Maintenance: How to help your home handle summer storms

Summer storms are a fact of life for us here in Queensland.  While we can’t control mother nature, there are things we can do to help protect our homes against storms and minimise potential damage.  These are our top maintenance recommendations for storm season:

  • Ensure your gutters, drains and downpipes are all clear so that any sudden and heavy rainfalls can flow through smoothly.  This will help reduce the risk of flooding
  • Fix any existing termite damage to avoid it getting worse. Termite damage can significantly weaken a structure and if you add severe wind rain that may occur during a storm, what might have been simple reinforcement could quickly become a much bigger problem.
  • Seal areas around the property and house that may be susceptible to moisture collection. Termites love heat and moisture so by eliminating potential nesting areas, you reduce the risk of attracting them to your home.
  • Make sure you know how to safely turn off utilities.   In an emergency situation, you may need to switch off things like power, water and gas so familiarise yourself with the location of the main switches and how to control them safely.
  • Secure loose items around your property and make sure any overhanging tree branches near your house or powerlines are removed. This will help reduce any damage that might be caused from strong winds or lightning.  If you need to report a tree growing into a powerline, click here.
  • Seek professional help.  If you live in a storm prone area or think your home may be susceptible to damage, get a professional to inspect your home and assess its structural integrity.

Contact APM Solutions on (07) 3828 2020 if you would like a quote for a building or termite inspection or click here.