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DIY Termite plan

8 key areas to check for termites around your home 

  1. Yard – Check
    1. Trees for nests
    2. Base off trees for live termites under bark
  2. Stumps
  3. Under landscaping timbers
  4. Timber retaining walls
  5. Every part of the external wall – check
    1. every weep hole
    2. Behind anything that obstructs your Termite Inspection
  6. Internal – Check
    1. All skirting boards for soft or spongy timber
    2. Timber window + door frames
    3. All internal walls for discoloration (in particular behind ‘wet areas’ | Showers, Laundry and kitchen areas)
    4. All ceilings for discoloration
  7. Roof void – SAFETY first
    1. Rather wait to winter.
    2. Make sure someone is home (In case you fall through)
    3. Do not enter if you have Solar you could come into contact with live cables.
    4. Wear a mask so you reduce the risk of breathing in pathogens
  8. Sub-floor
    1. Wear a mask so you reduce the risk of breathing in pathogens

9 common conditions that attract termites to homes in the Noosa or District region

South East Queensland is active termite country due to the prolonged warm wet summers.

  1. Moisture pooling against external wall/s and in sub-floors
  2. Timber stored against wall exterior and or in sub-floor
  3. Built on or modifications to original slab
  4. Leaks in plumbing, roof and or shower
  5. Timber in ground and home contact
  6. Gardens/mulch built up against external walls
    1. Built over current termite protection system
    2. Covering weep holes
  7. Stored items against the external walls
  8. Untreated areas under decked or sub-floor areas
  9. Gaps in brickwork below ground level of your home.

Preparing for your DIY Termite Check

It is safer to assume that there are Termites somewhere on your property and its your job to find them.

This mindset could save you $1000’s

Remember termites usually travel 30cm and below the surface and form extensive tunnel networks. There are a few termite species that make nests in trees.

  1. Set aside 2 hours
  2. Put your Termite Check “tool kit” together
    1. Ladder (To get into your roof void)
    2. Mask
    3. Sturdy screwdriver
    4. Good quality torch
    5. Moisture meter (If you have one to check for moisture in your walls)
    6. Mud map of your home so you can keep dated notes
  3. Understand your current Termite Protection around your home
    1. Check your meter box for a durable notice
    2. Understand the type of system you have
      1. You can take a photo and email to our office and a Technician will check it for you and advise (No charge if you live in the Noosa Shire)
      2. If you can’t read it check your Certificate of Installation (Should be with the original build documents)
    3. Date it was installed (Chemical treatments have a limited life span

5 Steps to checking your home

  1. Inspect
    1. The AU Standard has always recommended having a professional termite inspection of your home at least once a year.
    2. Some homes are at more risk then others so more regular inspections are recommended.
  2. Treat – if you find live termites:
    1. In your home:
      1. Cover the live termites and call our office 07 5472 0141 for Termite assistance.
      2. Do not try treat them yourself – you may just move them somewhere else in the home
    2. In your yard:
      1. You can self treat termites yourself if you follow the label directions and wear the correct PPE. Purchase Bifenthrin or Fipronil Termite Chemical from:
        1. Sauers Produce Cooroy | (07) 5442 5933
        2. Bunnings Noosaville | Hovex 1l Ultra Lo-Odour Termite Concentrate I/N: 3010162
  3. Protect
    1. Plan to protect your home from future termite damage
  4. Insure
    1. If your home qualifies for TimberSecure $100 000 Termite Damage Insurance we would strongly recommend taking this insurance.
  5. Repeat
    1. Termites are relentless. It’s important to understand that termite management is not a one time event.
    2. Even if you have a new termite system installed you will still need to keep the termite inspection happening on a regular basis as the conditions around your home may change from year to year.

Cooroy Termite & Pest Control have been providing termite solutions for over 20 years. Our team of technicians and office staff are well trained in our termite management processes. When you need more information give our friendly office a call and we’ll gladly help you.

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DIY Termite Check (Noosa & Districts)

You can Take Control over the termite risk to your home.

Don’t let termites into your home. They cause more costly structural damage to homes in Australia then Fire & Flood.

The ‘Foot print’ of any home is huge (From a termites point of view) and it takes only the tiniest gap in your termite defense system to let them in.

We see people spending thousands every year on (For the most part) preventable termite damage.

Why RISK Termites causing damage to your home?

For most of us our home is our biggest lifetime investment, and although it make perfect sense to plan to keep termites out, most home owners don’t. Unfortunately, ignoring the risk doesn’t mean your home is not at risk

Taking logical steps to reduce termite risk protects your family and your finances.

What to look for?

For most of the time Termites remain unseen, travelling under ground, within the heartwood of trees and deep in the timber structures of homes.

  1. ‘Flying Ants’
    1. When the atmospheric temperature and humidity are just right we experience ‘Flying Ants’. These are the young breeding termites (Budding King’s and Queens) breaking away from their established colony to start their own colony.
  2. Termite mudding (See Termite Infestation)
  3. “Paper thin timber” skirting timbers, window frames etc
  4. Termite mud nests in yard or trees
  5. Suspicious mud structures in roof void or subfloor
  6. See our DIY Termite plan

Be proactive & prevent Termite damage

It is safer to assume that there are termites in every property in South East Queensland. Taking pragmatic steps to manage your termite risk plan will give you control.

  1. Regular Termite Inspections
    1. At the least annually
    2. If you are not prepared to invest in the professional services of experienced Termite Technicians the conduct them yourself – you will be surprised what you will find.
    3. If you have Professional Termite Inspections annually then we recommend that you have them during the winter. This ill give you time to have your home made ready for the main Termite Season (Spring, Summer and Autumn)
  2. Treat Live Termites in your yard/trees
  3. Maintain a current Termite Protection Program around your home
  4. Take out TimberSecure $100 000 Termite Damage Insurance

If you have termites in your home.

  1. Give us a call 07 5472 0141
  2. We will send a qualified Termite Inspector to advise you and give you options to take action.
  3. Depending on your unique circumstances our Termite Technicians have a suite of treatment options in their ‘tool box’

Request a Full Visual Termite Inspection

Call our office and speak to one of our helpful ladies on 07 5472 0141

 

 

 

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The country girl with a big heart

Deborah Daybell has worked at Cooroy’s Lifeline charity shop for 22 years and organised the popular annual Denim and Country Sale for 13 years. That’s a long haul and yet, amazingly, she remains as helpful and good-natured as ever.

So, what keeps her going? What fuels her enthusiasm?

Deborah Daybell – 22 years of friendly service at Cooroy Lifeline

 

Her answer is straightforward and honest. “I just like it when people get a really good deal,” she says. “Like when they pick up a brand new R.M. Williams shirt (which usually retail at over $100) for only $25!”

Deborah’s friendly, giving spirit may have a lot to do with where she comes from. She grew up in Mount Isa, where her mum worked at a drug rehabilitation centre, and she definitely still feels a strong connection to country districts and people. This, she explains, is a major reason why she wanted to create a sale that dealt specifically in good quality country clothing – which is often pricey in the shops. She says she is constantly amazed at the quality of some of the clothing that is donated to them. “Just the other day, a woman walked in with four pairs of brand new Wranglers,” she says.

With this kind of quality, it’s no wonder the sale did so well this year, with shoppers coming from as far afield as Brisbane and Bundaberg. They made $71,000 in total ($41,000 on the first day) and didn’t have much stock left over at the end. Deborah says it helped a lot that they were able to use the refurbished Cooroy Memorial Hall again which meant that everything was more spacious and organised.

Not surprisingly, Deborah helped raise funds for the Hall refurbishment by holding a Mega Raffle. With the help of her other Lifeline volunteers, they sold $4,000 worth of tickets outside the front of the IGA – and this amount was then matched by Council.

Preparations for next year’s sale are already well underway with 80 cartons of clothing collected already, including good quality leather jackets, boots, bags, belts, Driza-Bone, etc. Once again it will take place in May (7th, 8th and 9th), backing onto the Fusion Festival. Last year, Deborah got students from NDHS involved (upcycling denim) and they will be back next year, doing something different.

Meanwhile, there is still plenty of life in the Lifeline shop which celebrated 25 years in Cooroy last year. Over the years, Deborah has overseen a large expansion in the premises, as well as surviving a fire which burnt down the butchery next door. She has also witnessed a lot of change in the town and remembers toddlers coming into the shop who are now going to uni!

Like all charity shops, Lifeline relies on donations. They have two bins in the carpark opposite the Cooroy Library or people can drop items at the shop. Lifeline also offers a helpful service in which they drop a bin off at your house. You can fill it at your leisure and then they will collect it when you’re ready.

All the money from the Lifeline shop and the Denim and Country Sale goes to Lifeline’s Suicide Prevention Line (13 11 14), helping to support the counselling centre.

Deborah emphasises that she couldn’t do any of this work without all the amazing volunteers that give their time so generously. Lifeline is always on the lookout for more volunteers so anyone interested should pop into the shop, where they will be assured of a warm and friendly, country welcome.

 

A Cooroy Termite & Pest Control community initiative

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Emergency Black Ant Control

Black Ants are a nuisance and can make a real mess of things.

Most of us will automatically invest our valuable time and money buying retailed ant poisons and spray the affected areas, only to have the ants return in greater numbers within a month.

Why does this happen? (See article at the bottom of this page)

You can now save your time and money.

Let one of our fully qualified and experienced Black Ant specialists take control of the infestation at your property. Our technicians are up to date with the latest Black Ant treatment methods.

The elimination of established colonies requires a plan. this plan will depend on the environmental conditions unique to your home and yard. As you can appreciate Black Ant pest control is a process not a one time event.

Our technicians will develop an exclusive pest plan for you. This will include anything that you can do or change yourself to manage the ant pressure. (It is always cheaper to do what you can with out having to employ the services of a pest technician and relying on chemicals alone.)

Because Black Ants are a social pest and can build large networks of colonies, treating them is not a one time event. You have no control over the colonies building numbers of ants in your neighbours yard or adjacent bushland.

Call our office on 5472 0141 and book your Emergency External Black Ant control

For more information about the invasion of Nuisance Black Ants read https://www.cooroypestcontrol.com.au/5-things-know-nuisance-black-ant-explosion-noosa/

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A craftsman at work

“One day when I retire I’ll sort out these photos,” says 81-year-old Campbell Burdon with a wink and a smile.The photos he’s referring to (a whole drawer full) provide a fascinating historic record of the two decades Campbell spent working as a construction manager in the film industry. Many of the films he worked on are Australian classics such as The Man from Snowy River (1 & 2), Ned Kelly (starring John Jarratt), Moby Dick (starring Patrick Stewart), Anzacs (the TV mini-series starring Paul Hogan), Robinson Crusoe (Pierce Brosnan), Noah’s Ark (Jon Voight), The Echo of Thunder (Judy Davis) and Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles.

On these films (and others), Campbell and his team were responsible for building all the sets and, as shown in the photos, some of them involved some truly mammoth construction projects. For example, on Noah’s Ark they had to build the ark! On Moby Dick, they had to build Captain Ahab’s ship, the Pequod. We are talking about a full-size wooden ship!

‘‘We built the Pequod over a metal frame housing ballast tanks,” Campbell explains. “To make it rock they filled the tanks with compressed air.”

On another set (for a film set in Adelaide called Disappearance), they had to build the entire main street of a town. Amongst the beautifully crafted buildings is the aptly named “Burdon’s Lumber Yard” – a nod of thanks from the producer for all Campbell’s quality work.

Walking around Campbell’s home in Cooroy is like being in a museum of movie memorabilia.

“Crocodile Dundee’s hat,” he says pointing casually to a hat hanging on his office wall – the very one worn by Paul Hogan in Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles. His office also boasts a beautiful desk which belonged to Captain Ahab on Moby Dick, as well as plenty more items of interest.

Campbell’s magnificent model ships

It was his work on Moby Dick that piqued Campbell’s interest in ships – an interest that continued to grow and would eventually lead him down a new path in his carpentry career. Over the last 4 years or so, Campbell has started to build model sail ships. The ships are works of art – carved out of solid wood (mostly camphor laurel from trees felled by his neighbour), with even the sails made from beautifully sanded and varnished wood. The attention to detail is outstanding – lifeboats, rigging and all. To date, Campbell has made at least 25 of these wonderful ships – some given as presents to friends and family, but many still on display in his home.

When asked if he’s ever considered selling his ships, Campbell explains that the main reason he has never tried is because they are not that easy to transport (heavy, with fragile masts and sails). He would be happy to sell them as long as the buyers come and collect them!

Whether he sells his ships or not is of no real concern to Campbell. He makes the ships because it is something he loves to do. This is more than just a pastime – it is a passion.

“When I start one, I can’t stop working on it!” he says.

 Don’t expect Campbell to be retiring anytime soon. He still works one day a week doing maintenance and repairs at Yandina Station. On his other days, you’ll find him in his workshop, plying his craft, and loving every minute of it.

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This is a

Cooroy Termite & Pest Control and Cooroy RAG Community initiative.

Article written by Ian Pugh

(A big thank you to the team at Cooroy RAG for their continued support for this initiative)

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Plan Bee

Pete Velenski’s involvement with native bees (also known as stingless bees, bush bees or sugarbag bees) goes back more than 20 years. Back then, Pete had a land clearing business and would often come across hives in hollow trees and logs.

“We started to relocate them,” says Pete. “Otherwise they would be turned into mulch which wouldn’t be good.”

Not good at all, especially considering the important role these bees play in our eco-system with the rapid decline in pollinators becoming a real problem around the world. To date, Pete estimates he has rescued and relocated well over a hundred native beehives. Considering that each hive usually houses between 3,000 and 7,000 bees (and sometimes more), that is a lot of potential pollinators!

Pete retired from land clearing some time ago but his bee work is still going strong. These days other land clearers call him when they come across hives and he goes out and rescues them.

“We have to get to them quick,” he says, “before parasites get in and destroy the hive.”

The bees are relocated to a variety of locations – often to farms as they are very popular with farmers, especially those farming macadamias, blueberries, mangoes, avocados, lychees and strawberries. Macadamia farmers are especially keen because native bees are small enough to get right down into the flowers (unlike the bigger honey bee) and this can lead to improved harvests and bigger fruits.

Pete also places hives on people’s properties, including many around Cooroy, Pomona and further afield. A lot of people think these bees prefer native vegetation, but they actually thrive even more (and produce more honey) in areas near urban gardens because of the flowering plants all year round. Native bees play an important role in pollinating both native and exotic plants, including a lot of vegetables and herbs.

Pete also has a number of hives at his place in the suburbs of Cooroy, including many still in their original logs and stumps – one of which he rescued when Cudgerie Estate was being cleared some 18 or so years ago.

He is also very involved in the propagation of native bees and builds high quality “bee boxes” which the bees clearly thrive in. Pete warns that there are a lot of cheap boxes out there which he refers to as “bee coffins” for good reason. He recommends that people should only buy boxes if there are bees supplied with them.

Pete has spent a lot of time perfecting his boxes which he builds in his impressively equipped workshop. To create ideal conditions for the bees there are a lot of factors to consider. For example, his boxes have thick walls (made from long-lasting cypress pine) so that they are well insulated (like being inside a log). The ideal temperature for the bees is between 18 and 37°C, hence the reason native bees only occur naturally in the warmer, wetter areas of Australia.

Pete Velenski with one of the native bee boxes he makes

“If the temperature is not right the bees remain dormant,” Pete explains.

He also supplies polystyrene covers to prevent the boxes from getting too hot.

Pete’s boxes consist of three sections that come apart. This enables the owner to remove a section (when the hive is full) and use it to start a new hive. When Pete sells a box it comes with the bottom section “choc-a-block” with the comb, bees, brood, etc.

The boxes also have a place on top to attach a container to collect the honey, but this only happens when all three sections are full. A typical native beehive will only produce approximately 1kg of honey a year, which probably explains why it can cost up to $400 a kilo! Generally called “sugarbag honey”, the taste is unique and delectable.

Look out for Pete at events like Cooroy Fusion, the Gympie Show and the Cooroy Landscape open day and anyone interested in the propagation of native bees can contact Pete on 0422 878 992.

You’ll be hard pressed to find a more knowledgeable, bee-friendly man.

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This is a

Cooroy Termite & Pest Control and Cooroy RAG Community initiative

Article written by Ian Pugh

(A special thanks to Cooroy RAG for their continued support for this initiative)

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Cooroy Memorial Community Hall | Cooroy Pest Control staff community project

Cooroy Pest Control’s staff decide to help protect Cooroy’s “grand old lady”. The Cooroy Memorial Hall & School of Arts

Cooroy Pest Control technician, Geoff Arscott, will never forget the day he was underneath the Cooroy Memorial Hall doing a routine Termite Inspection.

“There was a tap dance class going on above my head,” he explains. “And all I could see was dust falling from the floorboards.”

There was a good reason for all the dust – termites! The floorboards were badly infested and a whole section under the stage had already been eaten out. It was a disaster waiting to happen.

Needless to say, shortly after Geoff’s discovery, the hall was closed down and, after a thorough inspection, it was decided that an extensive renovation was necessary before it could be declared “fit for business” again. This is perhaps not that surprising when one considers how long the building has been around. It was originally constructed in 1910 – although it only officially became the Cooroy Memorial Hall in 1926. That’s more than 90 years of dances, weddings, church services, school concerts, public meetings, club activities – the list goes on!

Something had to be done and a major fund-raising drive was launched which resulted in the building receiving an “extreme makeover” inside and out. After a lot of work and community input, it was reopened with much fanfare by Noosa mayor, Tony Wellington, in April 2018 and has now resumed its role as the town’s community hub.

But what was to stop the termites returning to this newly-renovated building?

This was the question on the minds of some of the Cooroy Pest Control (CPC) technicians and office staff as they enjoyed their weekly meeting at Circa coffee shop, situated across the road from the hall. It was the beginning of a discussion that would ultimately lead to a community project, initiated and implemented by the CPC technicians.

“What impressed me,” says Shane O’Donnell, co-owner of CPC, “is that the whole idea came from the staff. It’s something they decided they wanted to do and, without any discussion, they agreed to do the work out of office hours. Honestly, we were blown away by this. And, of course, we were more than happy to supply the equipment and materials for the job.”

One of the best defences against termites is the Exterra Termite Interception and Baiting System – a very effective barrier which is also environmentally-friendly as it doesn’t use any poison. On a Friday afternoon, after work, the CPC technicians (Geoff, Paul, Dave, Ethan and Dale) installed an Exterra system around the Memorial Hall building. They were joined by Ken from Ezy Concrete Cutting who drilled the holes for all the in-concrete stations and also didn’t charge for his services.

One of the main reasons the Exterra system is so effective is because all the stations around the building are monitored regularly for termite activity. As part of the deal, CPC will monitor the system and treat termites as they reveal themselves at no cost to the Memorial Hall.

“Working on (community) projects like this is a great team-building exercise,” says Geoff, who worked as a fireman in the UK for over 20 years. “The whole thing wasn’t planned as a team-builder but when we were there (doing the installation), you could definitely feel the camaraderie. There was a lot of humour flying about!”

So Cooroy’s “grand old lady” is back in business and a new chapter has begun in the long life of this important community meeting place. Even the tap dancers are back, tapping away with confidence – secure in the knowledge that their dance floor is now a termite-free zone.

Cooroy Pest Control is contracted to provide the following services annually and the staff provide their time at no cost.

  1. Exterra Termite Protection Program – Monitor, maintain system 9 weekly
  2. Termite inspection – Every 6 months
  3. Commercial internal pest control – treat kitchen and hall for pests every 3 months
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“I opened the cupboard and screamed! The whole of the inside was just this massive termite mud nest.”

“I opened the cupboard and screamed! The whole of the inside was just this massive termite mud nest.”

Elona’s story | Cooroy

Elona was going through a tough time. A few years earlier, she had unexpectedly lost her husband (aged only 49) to a brain tumour. Now she was struggling to keep her company afloat and the banks were not cooperating. The last thing she needed was for anything else to go wrong but, unfortunately, that is exactly what happened.

 

“I had decided to take a week’s break – to get away from the stress,” Elona explains. “It was my first holiday in five years. When I got back I noticed a small pile of dirt in the corner of my shower. I knew that wasn’t a good sign but nothing prepared me for what I was about to discover.”

 

Elona describes how the bathroom backs on to the laundry and that in there is a cupboard that she doesn’t go into very often.

 

“I opened the cupboard and screamed! The whole of the inside was just this massive termite mud nest. I couldn’t believe it. I just burst into tears! I literally just stood there and cried. I didn’t know what to do. I thought why me?

 

Further investigations revealed a lot of hollow-sounding skirting boards but the full extent of the damage was only revealed when the technicians from Cooroy Pest Control came to take a look.

 

“I think it was one of the worst they’d seen,” says Elona. “They were taking photos of it for their records!”

 

The damage was extensive. The back wall of the shower had to be replaced, as did the laundry cupboard, skirting boards and more. The repair work cost over $4000 and the insurance company would only pay for some water damage from the shower. Elona was lumped with the bill for all the termite damage.

 

“When the builder opened up the wall it was just caked with mud,” says Elona. “Those termites were very hungry!”

 

Cooroy Pest Control managed to track the colony down to a tree stump at least 60 metres away from the house. They set up baiting stations which cleared the house and killed the colony, including the queen.

 

Elona explains that they hadn’t thought too much about termites because most of the house is built on steel poles with only one small section on a slab.

“I remember they sprayed that area when they built the house. And that whole section is surrounded by pavers. But that’s obviously where they got in – from underneath. At least they didn’t get into the roof because that would have been even more serious!”

 

“I wouldn’t wish this experience on my worst enemy,” says Elona, clearly relieved that it is now all behind her. “I honestly thought I was going to lose my home. I really would advise everyone to have their home inspected regularly. I keep my home clean and yet this happened under my nose. You never know what is going on in places you can’t see.”

 

Thank you for your very personal story Elona.

Kind regards Shane Cooroy Pest Control

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“3 mistakes I don’t want you to make! If you own a home in the Cooroy or Noosa area this is my experience with termites”

Jennie’s story

Anyone who knows Jennie knows she is a caring person. After all, this is a lady who volunteered at a local aged-care facility for 5 years and has been a volunteer at the RSPC Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre in Eumundi for the last 10 years. When birds, possums or any other wildlife are found injured in the area, it’s Jennie who gets the call to collect and deliver “the patients” to the rehab centre.

For someone who cares so much about the environment it is perhaps ironic that the massive blow received by Jennie and her husband, in recent years, did in fact come from nature – in the form of a termite attack on their home in Cudgerie Estate. It has been a gruelling experience and a huge wake-up call but it’s a story that Jennie would like to share in the hope that it will prevent others from making the same mistakes they did.

“When we bought our house 14 years ago there was a Brisbane-based pest company that would come up and do annual termite inspections,” she explains. “But, with Russell and I both working then, it became difficult to tee up convenient times for the inspections. And it was this that led to us making our biggest mistake – something we still regret today. We cancelled the regular annual inspections.”

“It was probably about two years after cancelling that I noticed a bit of paint ripple here and there. I didn’t really think too much about it, which was my second big mistake!” Jennie admits. “It was only when I knocked my elbow against a wall in our ensuite and my elbow went straight through that I realised we had a big problem. Although I didn’t know how serious it was until Paul from Cooroy Pest Control came to do an inspection.”

“We were devastated. It turned out that every room in the house, except two, had been affected by the termites. They had got in everywhere – eaten the frames in the walls, eaten the skirting boards. They were under the carpets – it was a right mess! If we had only got an inspection done when I first noticed the paint rippling – it would have saved us a fortune.”

“Our third mistake was putting off an inspection because we thought it was going to be very costly. We thought we couldn’t afford the expense. As it turned out, the cost was peanuts compared to what we now have to pay to fix everything. People need to realise that regular inspections are not expensive. I don’t think people realise this. They try and do it themselves but I don’t believe they can do it thoroughly.”

Jennie and Russell have since had an Exterra Termite Interception and Baiting System installed by Cooroy Pest Control.

“It gives us peace of mind,” says Jennie. “And we think the cost is absolutely reasonable. We also like it because it is environmentally friendly. It doesn’t use any poison which is important because of all the wildlife in our garden. Paul and his team monitor the system every 8 weeks – and it is working because they have found termites in the stations quite a few times. If they weren’t getting stopped by the system they would be back in our house!”

 

On behalf of the team at Cooroy Pest Control thank you for your story Jenny and we’ll see you in a couple of weeks – Kind regards Shane

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5 things you should know about the Nuisance Black Ant explosion in Noosa

  1. What do they look like?

Small black ants, with leads often inches thick with ant numbers. When alarmed they tend to raise their rear end.

  1. Where do we find them?

Established populations in the Noosa area, Sunshine Beach through to Eumundi. Associated with well-watered gardens, golden palms and bushland near water.

We can’t miss them in our gardens or on our homes. If we work from our fence line in towards our homes, we often find steams of foraging ants tracking from neighbouring bushland and or our neighbour’s yard along fences, following any man-made structures, walkways, garden edging to our home, then up walls and often into our roof voids kitchens and bathrooms. Ants are always looking for something to eat, to drink & somewhere to build a nest.

  1. What are they eating?

These ant colonies can build into millions of individual ants populating whole neighbourhoods.

The South East Queensland sub-tropical climate has delivered a prolonged warm wet humid season. This ideal weather has accelerated the development of scale, mealy bugs and aphids. (Common garden sap sucking insects that feed on sweet plant sap and produce honeydew)

The HONEYDEW is a significant food source for these Nuisance black ants, so much so that these ants actively tend to and ‘Farm’ the sap sucking insects (Even transporting them and protecting them).

  1. Why are there so many?
    1. There is an abundance HONEYDEW producing insects on garden plants | delivering a huge food source for the ants
    2. The ants social structure is designed for rapid growth | Satellite nests multiply out from established nests.
    3. About 50% of the ants in a colony can reproduce allowing for rapid expansion
    4. Able to rapidly split nests to form multiple satellite nests often in trees, palms, under leaf litter, roof void and for some reason electrical equipment.
    5. These Nuisance black ants are not known to exhibit TROPHOLAXIS (This slows conventional pest management practices where the active in liquid insecticide treatments is passed from one ant to the next)
    6. The worker ants feed the colony by producing a sterile egg (Trophic Egg). There is no real evidence that the active in insecticides does in fact infects the Trophic Eggs, therefore limiting contamination of the nest.
    7. There is some evidence that DIY home treatments stimulate the Nuisance black ant populations to multiply, triggered by the die off of numbers of the workers required to maintain the colony.
  1. What can I do?
    1. Treat for scale, mealybug & aphids
    2. Trim plants, bushes and tree branches away from your home. Ideally no vegetation should touch the external walls. When plants touch walls of your home they can be used as a ‘bridge’ by ants to gain access into your home.
    3. For small infestations treat trails of Nuisance black ants with Selley’s TALON ant killer gel. You can find it at Woolworths, Coles or Bunnings. (Be aware that using this gel to control larger ant colonies will be very costly and time consuming with no guarantee of success.)
    4. Engage a professional pest control technician to conduct a thorough and systematic treatment and provide a Technicians Report outlining a management program designed for your home, based on the environment, construction type of your home, the pressure from the established ant colonies and your expectations.

Ants have become one of the primary pests infesting homes in recent years and depending on the size of the established populations they are near impossible to control using DIY chemical treatment or natural deterrents.

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