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Corona Virus update

At Cooroy Pest Control our priority is always serving our customers and the communities we operate in.  We believe it is our role and responsibility to do our best to ensure we can continue to provide the best service, while doing everything we can to keep our customers and our team safe and healthy.

We wanted to share some of the things we’re doing to ensure everyone who uses our services or works with us is safe, as well as do our bit to prevent the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19.

Firstly, we are following the advice of the Australian Government and World Health Organisation, and their recommendations for minimising the spread of this virus.

Over the past week we have taken a range of precautionary measures.

 

  1. Our Technicians will wear gloves, shoe booties & if requested by the customer paper face masks when entering inside a home or commercial property.
  2. Our Technicians will keep the recommended distance of 1.5metres and no shaking of hands.
  3. We have asked any team members displaying flu like symptoms to refrain from coming to work.
  4. We have asked team members to wash their hands frequently both in the office & when out on jobs and avoid touching the face.
  5. Exterra customers – The monitoring & baiting will continue as normal as techs are mostly only on the outside of your home checking the stations.


Cancellations

If you wish to cancel your appointment please give us at least 24 to 48 hours so we can arrange other work for our technicians.

Over the coming weeks we will continue to monitor the situation closely and act quickly on the advice of health authorities.  We appreciate your patience and your support as a customer.



 

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PRESS RELEASE AIR 160

AIR 160 & Corona in China

After the Coronavirus outbreak, Chinese health authorities conducted several tests, in which disinfection technologies were evaluated on their ability to control this lethal virus.

The AIR 160 was found to offer a reliable and continuous disinfection of the air and is able to effectively eliminate the Coronavirus.

What to expect from the AIR 160

UV-C disinfection – which is at the heart of the AIR 160 unit – was found to be very effective against this lethal micro-organism.

A green light was given to this technology to combat the Coronavirus in areas where an outbreak of Coronavirus could have detrimental effects.

The AIR 160, was chosen as one of the preferred disinfection systems by the authorities and the operators.

This is due to the fact that the AIR 160 offers a pre-treatment, which removes larger particles from the air, which makes it earier for the UV-C light to target the smaller particles (such as viruses)

Simple to set up, maintain and easy to service.

 

AIR 160

Air Purifier

 

A word on the technology

UV-C light has proven to be very effective against viruses, which are too small to trap & collect in an absolute filter.
UV-C technology does not change the composition or offers no odour to the air.
An overdose of UV light does not exist and problems caused by mutagensis or cell wall repair of micro-organisms adapting to the UV disinfection treatment are non-issues.

Vectothor Air160 Brochure

 

Chinese authority

 

Summary 

The AIR 160 offers reliable and continuous disinfection of the air and is will effectively eliminate airborne Coronavirus.

Detailed information on the AIR 160 is available on request.

Call Cooroy Termite & Pest Control on 07 5472 0141

*Limited stock available in Australia due to worldwide demand.

 

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How much does a pest control service cost?

 

We have found that the quickest way for our customers to understand how much their pest control will cost is by offering 4 main service options.

We have always been upfront with how much pest control costs, with price guides on our website.

As you will understand our office staff can’t determine the exact size of your home so we will give you a simple price range and your technician will be able to discern the right price when he is at your home.

 

 

FAQ

Q: “How do your office staff work out the cost of pest control over the phone?”

A: We ask the following questions to understand what service to recommend and estimate how long our technician will be at your home.

  • What pests are you concerned about
  • How many bedrooms & bathrooms
  • Any other sheds/buildings you serviced
  • Built on slab or up on stumps

 

Recommended re-treatment period

 

Pest control is not a one time event.

Its a process.

We are dealing with living organisms.

Your Technician will make his professional recommendations on when you should plan to re-treat your home. He will consider his recommendations on the following:

  • Finished floor surfaces
    • Chemical treatments to hard floors will be cleaned off relatively quickly and lasts longer on carpeted floors
  • The construction type of your home.
    • There are many conditions at homes that encourage certain pest problems. These are often unique to specific homes e.g. One home may have no ‘fly screens’ while another may have trees and bushes right up against the external walls.
    • All of these conditions are taken into consideration.
  • Size of pest problem
    • Pests that have well established colonies (Like ants) can take more then one treatment to control.
  • Pest
    • Not all pests are equal. 
    • Some pests have colonies that may not be located on your property (Like ants) and some pests like webbing spiders may not come into contact with chemical active once your home has been treated.
  • Pest pressure from neighboring properties/bushland 
    • This may be an issue as neither you or your technician have control of these areas.

 

If you would like more information either check out our pricing our website or call our office on 07 5472 0141

 

 

 

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Ants

Overview, identify & treatment 

Scientific name:

Family: Formicidae

(The family name is derived from the Latin word for ‘ant’)

Overview

“Did you know ants can carry more that 3 times their own body weight?”

There are many species, sizes and shapes of ants.

Three castes in each colony | Queen, workers and males

  • Queens are fertile & lay the eggs
  • Workers feed, defend & maintain the colony
  • While the males job is simply to mate with Queens

 

Identify ants

  1. Elbowed antennae
  2. Appears to have 3 segments (Because of narrow waist)
  3. Front wings are longer that the rear

 

Ants vs termites

Concerned home owners may mistakenly confuse ants for termites

Termites have:

  1. Straight antennae
  2. Looks like 2 body segments (Have a fat waist)
  3. Wings are equal in length

 

Common ant species to the Noosa & Hinterland Districts

On or in buildings

  • Australian Black Ant
  • White Footed Black Ant
  • Coastal Brown Ant
  • Carpenter Ant

In the yard ants

  • Green Headed Ant
  • Bulldog Ant
  • Funnel Ant

 

How to control ants

“Control the colony & you control your ant issue.”

Cooroy Termite & Pest Control technicians have a ‘Tool Box” of chemical active formulations for the treatment and control of ant colonies (And other pests). Your technician is trained to design an ant management program specific to the environment around your home.

Depending on the design of your home, the conducive conditions/environment unique to your home, your technician will design a treatment program considering:

  • species of ant,
  • home design,
  • conducive conditions and
  • the ant pressure from surrounding bushland or your neighbors properties.  

 

Ant Control

We are often asked “does pest control get rid of ants?”. The answer is yes, however depending on the environment and the conditions that attract and support ant populations on a property; many serious ant infestations require a structured treatment process rather than a one time event.

Many of the “do it yourself pest control and ant treatments” focus on treating the worker ants. For some species this can work, however, most species need focus on eliminating the nest.

Key points:

  • The objective is to eliminate the Queen/s and where possible remove the nest/s
  • Identification of species is key to the planning and development of an effective SmartGuard Ant Control treatment
  • Most building will require the building owners participation in the implementation of an effective SmartGuard Ant Control solution, in particular in removing conducive conditions that may be attracting of facilitating ant into the building.
  • Pest control technicians should use a combination of modern treatments from sugar based gels and liquids, and non-repellent sprays.
  • Pyrethroid sprays should be avoided as they act as a repellent and could just move your ant problem elsewhere.
  • Some ants will increase egg production if they feel threatened or disturbed.
  • Most ant control work will require more than one visit to the site.
  • High ant pressure sites may require more frequent treatments per annum until the pressure has been moved away from the building.

SmartGuard Ant Control & Protection Program

What can I do to control ants?

“Attract a few and you can end up with a colony”

  • Exclude ants | Ants only need a tiny gap to get access to your home. Follow the trails and seal those areas
  • Keep surfaces clean | Ants will look for oils, carbohydrates and sweets 
  • Treating workers with surface spray can work against you | See article
  • Keep vegetation off of external walls | Ants will use bushes, branches and vines to get access into your home and sometimes into you roof void.

 

If you need advice or assistance in controlling your ant infestation call our office on 07 5472 0141

 

 

 

 

 

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DIY | Prepare my home for termite season | Weep holes should be 75mm above finished ground levels

DIY | Prepare my home for termite season

  • Conditions conducive to concealed termite entry into homes
  • Base of weep holes should be 75mm above finished ground levels

 

Hi my name is Shane O’Donnell & in this series of Blog Posts I will be highlighting common issues or conditions around homes that attract termites or increase the risk of attracting termites. Many of these conditions can be easily corrected and often for very little cost.

 

We are often asked how and why termite damage is caused. There are many conducive conditions that attract and or give termites access into a home. The DIY series of articles are designed to help you identify areas of termite risk around your home and how to rectify those areas.  

 

Check the weep holes around the perimeter of your home. There should be 75mm from the finished ground level to the base of all Weep Holes.

Weep holes are installed above the termite protection system. If termites have access to the weep holes, its and easy passage way to the timber structures in your home.

 

This is an example of sufficient space between base of weep hole and finished ground level

Example: This is an example of sufficient space between base of weep hole and finished ground level

 

 

Common issues are:

Mulch / garden beds covering Weep Holes:

  1. DIY | Clear away all mulch and or garden beds that cover the Weep Hole opening. This is essential.

 

 

Garden bed should be 75mm below base of weep hole

Example: Garden bed should be 75mm below base of weep hole

 

Concrete patio or foot paths abutting external walls 

  1. If you are having concrete patio/extension/footpaths added to your home
    1. Plan for the finished levels to be 75mm below weep hole.
    2. If this is not possible then employ the services of a professional termite technician to provide you with a termite protection solution | Well before any concrete is booked to be poured.
  2. For areas where the concrete has already been poured you will need to employ the services of a qualified termite technician to work out a solution (If required)
caused some damage

Termites could be entering this home at the base of the weep hole and no one would be wiser until they have caused some damage

 

 

Timber deck abutting external wall/s

  1. The Pole plate (The timber bearer usually bolted to your external wall) should have a Termite Fabric or Mesh product between external wall and timber ‘Pole Plate’ | the reason for this is to stop termites coming up piers and making their way under the deck and into your home through weep holes.

 

If you have any questions give our office a call on 07 5472 0141

My wife and I have been working with the Cooroy Termite & Pest Control team for 10 years now. We have been providing termite solutions for our Noosa & Hinterland Districts communities.

Many of the termite jobs we go to could have been prevented had the home owner had a better understanding of termite behavior and what increases the risk of attracting them to a home. Termite damage to homes across Australia cost home owners hundreds of millions in repair work every year.

Shane O’Donnell – Termite Technician

Cooroy Termite & Pest Control

 

Other articles in this series

DIY | Timber in contact with the ground & my home

DIY | Water pooling against the external wall or into the sub-floor of your home

 

 

 

 

 

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DIY | Prepare my home for termite season | Timber in contact with the ground & my home.

DIY | Prepare my home for termite season

  • Conditions that attract termites
  • Timber in contact with the ground & my home.

 

Hi my name is Shane O’Donnell & in this series of Blog Posts I will be highlighting common issues or conditions around homes that attract termites or increase the risk of attracting termites. Many of these conditions can be easily corrected and often for very little cost.

 

Check the perimeter of your home (& under your sub-floor / decks, if you have them) for any area where there is timber in contact with the ground.

Common areas are:

Timber piers in contact with the ground

  1. DIY | Dig soil away and expose steel stirrups – there should be at least 75mm between base of timber pier and finished ground level.
  2. Employ the services of a professional builder to redesign the piers.

Timber pier in ground contact | Termites can enter buildings through the center of the pier

 

Maintain debris away from base of timber pier

 

DIY | Self treat piers in ground contact with termite chemical| See article we wrote a few years ago. Really good article.

 

Shadow walls (Timber palings that cover the sub-floor opening)

  1. DIY | Take time to redesign the original installation to ensure that no timber – Even if it is treated timber – is in ground contact.
  2. You can employ the services of professional home maintenance service like Phill at Under 1 Roof Home Services
Shadow wall' providing conditions conducive to concealed termite entry to this home

“Shadow wall’ providing conditions conducive to concealed termite entry to this home

 

Shadow wall

Timber in ground contact

 

Timber stored against the external wall or in my sub-floor

This stored timber could act as a bridge for termites to get access week points in the mortar

This stored timber could act as a bridge for termites to get access week points in the mortar

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stored timber against your home will not only attract termites but help them conceal their entry as well

Stored timber against your home will not only attract termites but help them conceal their entry as well

 

Timber retaining walls in ground an home contact

Termites could access the home with no visible evidence from behind the retaining wall.

Termites could access the home with no visible evidence from behind the retaining wall.

 

If you have any questions give our office a call on 07 5472 0141

My wife and I have been working with the Cooroy Termite & Pest Control team for 10 years now. We have been providing termite solutions for our Noosa & Hinterland Districts communities.

Many of the termite jobs we go to could have been prevented had the home owner had a better understanding of termite behavior and what increases the risk of attracting them to a home. Termite damage to homes across Australia cost home owners hundreds of millions in repair work every year.

Shane O’Donnell – Termite Technician

Cooroy Termite & Pest Control

 

 

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How to prepare my home for a Termite Inspection and Pest Control

See our Coronavirus policy

Preparation information for my Termite Inspection & Pest Control Service

Termite Inspection Preparation

– Remove loose items leaning up against exterior of home
– Move furniture away from internal walls (if safe to do so)
– Lift loose items up off floor
– Keep animals re-strained
– We are required to take photos for the report
– Move any pictures you don’t want in the photos
– Interior access is required to all buildings/rooms included in the report

Internal Pest Control Preparation

Internal treatment areas include skirting boards, inside roof void & gel to wet areas in home.

– Lift loose items up off the floor (e.g. clothing, toys)
– Keep children/toddlers/babies OFF Treatment (until Dry)
– Keep all pets OFF wet Treatment, suggest put cats in cat box till treatment dry
– Suggest mop your floors the night before
– Suggest refrain from mopping for a week after treatment, to make it last
– Clear bench tops of food items, suggest put them into pantry cupboard
– Cover birds and fish/reptile tanks before treatment

External Pest Control Preparation

External Treatment areas include under eaves, around windows, external walls & along the ground.

– Keep children off treatment until dry.
– Move loose items, toys, bikes, hanging clothes, edible plants, pet water & food bowls away from exterior walls
– Remove clothing off clothes lines
– Shut windows and doors
– Some run-off can occur | Wait 24hrs to clean away
– Safely secure pets away from external spray area until dry

Sensitivities

– Please Inform our staff when booking
– If Pregnant or respiratory sensitivities (including babies and crawling children)
– We recommend you leave the home for 4 hours
– For internal webbing spider treatments |ventilate your home 15min before entering

Helpful Tips and Tricks

– Maintain a clean environment as excessive stored items in a home or against the exterior of a home provide breeding grounds for all manner of insects

– Keep your external walls and roof clear of vegetation | Ants and other insects will use this as a bridge to enter your home

– Keep up with regular pest control treatments and annual termite inspections of your home. The Sunshine Coast of Qld has some of the highest instances of termite attack.

– Keep your pets treated for fleas and wash their soft bedding/blankets and toys regularly to help manage flea breeding grounds

– Cut back all foliage touching the exterior walls

FOR GERMAN COCKROACH TREATMENT ONLY

– German Cockroach Treatments | EMPTY ALL drawers & cupboards in kitchen

If you have any queries please call our office on 07 5472 0141

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How to prepare my home for a Termite Inspection

See our Coronavirus policy

Termite Inspection Preparation

– Remove loose items leaning up against exterior of home
– Move furniture away from internal walls (if safe to do so)
– Lift loose items up off floor
– Keep animals re-strained
– We are required to take photos for the report
– Move any pictures you don’t want in the photos
– Interior access is required to all buildings/rooms included in the report

If you have any questions please call our office on 07 5472 0141

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How to prepare my home for a Pest Control Service

See our Coronavirus policy

Preparation information for my Pest Control Service

Internal Pest Control Preparation

Internal treatment areas include skirting boards, inside roof void & gel to wet areas in home.

– Lift loose items up off the floor (e.g. clothing, toys)
– Keep children/toddlers/babies OFF Treatment (until Dry)
– Keep all pets OFF wet Treatment, suggest put cats in cat box till treatment dry
– Suggest mop your floors the night before
– Suggest refrain from mopping for a week after treatment, to make it last
– Clear bench tops of food items, suggest put them into pantry cupboard
– Cover birds and fish/reptile tanks before treatment

External Pest Control Preparation

External Treatment areas include under eaves, around windows, external walls & along the ground.

– Keep children off treatment until dry.
– Move loose items, toys, bikes, hanging clothes, edible plants, pet water & food bowls away from exterior walls
– Remove clothing off clothes lines
– Shut windows and doors
– Some run-off can occur | Wait 24hrs to clean away
– Safely secure pets away from external spray area until dry

Sensitivities

– Please Inform our staff when booking
– If Pregnant or respiratory sensitivities (including babies and crawling children)
– We recommend you leave the home for 4 hours
– For internal webbing spider treatments |ventilate your home 15min before entering

Helpful Tips and Tricks

– Maintain a clean environment as excessive stored items in a home or against the exterior of a home provide breeding grounds for all manner of insects

– Keep your external walls and roof clear of vegetation | Ants and other insects will use this as a bridge to enter your home

– Keep up with regular pest control treatments and annual termite inspections of your home. The Sunshine Coast of Qld has some of the highest instances of termite attack.

– Keep your pets treated for fleas and wash their soft bedding/blankets and toys regularly to help manage flea breeding grounds

– Cut back all foliage touching the exterior walls

FOR GERMAN COCKROACH TREATMENT ONLY

– German Cockroach Treatments | EMPTY ALL drawers & cupboards in kitchen

If you have any queries please call our office on 07 5472 0141

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DIY | Prepare your home for termite season | Water pooling against the external wall or in the sub-floor of your home

DIY | Prepare your home for termite season

  • Conditions that attract termites
  • Water pooling against the external wall or in the sub-floor of your home

In this series of Blog Posts I will be highlighting common issues or conditions around homes that attract termites or increase the risk of attracting termites. Many of these conditions can be easily corrected and often for very little cost.

Check all your taps, hot water system over flow and air conditioner condensation pipe and any sub-floor spaces you may have (Including under your deck)

Check all taps

  • Have leaking taps repaired
  • DIY or
  • Call The Plumbing Group on 1800 074 567 (We have used this plumbing company for years and find their technicians to be excellent and they always seem to have a technician available in the area for emergency jobs – very convenient)

Check the hot water overflow

  • Ideally it would be plumbed in

Example: Hot water system overflow pipe | Plumbed in

  • If not ‘plumbed in’ you can attach a piece of hose pipe and direct the moisture away from your sub-floor and or external wall (Be careful you don’t create a trip hazard)

Example: Hot water overflow pipe | Not plumbed in | This will cause water to drip against eternal wall

Check the Air Conditioner condensation pipe

  • Ideally it would be plumbed in
  • If not ‘plumbed in’ you can attach a piece of hose pipe and direct the moisture away from your sub-floor and or external wall (Be careful you don’t create a trip hazard)

Example: Air-conditioning condensation pipe | Not plumbed in | Will cause moisture to pool against external wall

Check the sub – floor of your deck / home for water pooling due to:

  • Look for evidence of leaks in  your home from under your sub-floor
    • DIY check your sub-floor often
  • Example: Leak in home found when inspecting the sub-floor

    Example: Leaks found during routine check of sub-floor area

  • Employ a Professional Termite Inspector to conduct a Full Visual Termite Inspection at least once a year | Call our office on 07 5472 0141 if you require this service
  • Rain water run off into sub-floor
    • Re-direct rain water run off
    • Install acquitted drainage to keep Sub-floor free of water pooling
  • Broken or blocked rain water down pipe
    • Repair clean yourself or
    • Call Phill at Under 1 Roof Home Services (See their website) or 0414 989 377 (My wife and I use Phill’s company for our own property)
  • Broken or blocked gutters
    • Repair clean yourself or
    • Call Phill at Under 1 Roof Home Services (See their website) or 0414 989 377 (My wife and I use Phill’s company for our own property)

Termites are relentless.

So are we.

Call our office on 07 5472 0141 if you require more information or advice.

My wife and I have been working with the Cooroy Termite & Pest Control team for 10 years now. We have been providing termite solutions for our Noosa & Hinterland Districts communities.

Many of the termite jobs we go to could have been prevented had the home owner had a better understanding of termite behavior and what increases the risk of attracting them to a home. Termite damage to homes across Australia cost home owners hundreds of millions in repair work every year.

Shane O’Donnell – Termite Technician

Cooroy Termite & Pest Control

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