Termites – Frequently Asked Questions
Dont Touch! The first stage of a termite treatment requires minimal disturbance to the termites. To allow for your best chance of colony elimination, you should try and avoid touching, spraying or cleaning an area where you suspect you have active termites. You should call and arrange a Termite inspection, so that you can get a professional opinion to protect your property.
Termite problems are typically noticed by finding damaged timber, live termites, or an occurrence of “mudding”. Termites use mud shelter tubes to protect themselves from our environment, and other predators. They are well constructed, and will not “blow away”. Mould staining on walls or ceilings can be another indication of significant Termite activity.
AS 3660 states that Termite inspections should be carried out at an interval no greater than 12 months. Some higher risk properties may require inspections every 6 months, or even 3 months in extreme circumstances.
A typical installation of a treated zone, with a modern termiticide such as Termidor, will provide adequate in-soil protection for a minimum of 5 years.
Your House insurance will not offer cover for termite damage. However, after an inspection, Richards Pest Control can offer you a $100,000 warranty, on behalf of our insurer, from as little as $100 a year.
Yes. “Flying termites” are actually “Alates”. These are the reproductives of a termite nest, the young kings and queens. They are released during a “Colonising Flight” with the intent to create new nests. They are generally seen on a humid afternoon, swarming out from a tree or other high point. If a king and a queen get together in a suitable place for a nest, a new nest will be formed.
Yes. Richards Pest Control technicians are fully licenced with Queensland Health, and QBCC, and insured by Rapid Solutions Pty Ltd. We also offer the skill and knowledge that comes with operating for 60+ years in the Pest management industry.
General Pests – Frequently Asked Questions
Richards Pest Control makes every effort to provide a great service with a high amount of safety. The preparations used are of a low toxicity to humans and pets. We ask that any food or water that is on the ground for pets be lifted or covered. You do not have to leave your house while the treatment takes place.
Depending on the pest population and pest type, there is a few things you can do to help make the treatment more effective. If you have tiled or wooden floors, you can mop before the treatment. This will allow the preparation to easily bond and provide long term residual control. Mopping after the treatment should only occur once the preparation is dry, and has bonded to the surface. If you are having a flea treatment, you should consider having your carpets cleaned beforehand. This removes eggs from the carpet, resulting in a faster, more effective treatment.
You don’t need to empty your cupboards for a pest treatment. With a range of gels and sprays, we are able to safely get into those areas and provide a treatment. If your infestation is severe, emptying the cupboards allows us to be even more thorough, and gives you opportunity to clean some of the things out that are assisting the pest in breeding.