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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

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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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DIY | Free termite advice

Termite system research

Question: How do I get an understanding what termite plan I need for my home?

Trying to understand what termite system is right for my home and how often I need to conduct termite inspections is very difficult to discern what is salesmanship and honest advice.

Every termite product supplier and pest control company is vying for my business. All claim to be ‘the best’? I’m not sure how so many can be the best at the same time?

How do I get simple easy to understand termite advice.

Answer: If you live in the Noosa and surrounding districts simply email your questions to customerservice@cooroypestcontrol.com or call 07 5472 0141 and Karlee will get either me or one of our technicians to call you and have a chat.

For more information check:

Australian Environmental Pest Managers Association

AEPMA _Code_of_Best_Practice_for_Termite_Management.pdf

Termite systems (Once a home has been built)

There are two basic termite system options available for homes requiring their termite system to be updated

  1. Baiting systems
    1. See video
  2. Chemical systems
    1. See video

Within both these options there are a host of supplier options.

One thing to consider is neither is better than the other, however:

  1. Termite Baiting systems apply to:
    1. All homes qualify for baiting systems
    2. Infill slab homes (Common in older Noosa and Districts homes)
    3. Resort style homes
    4. Split level homes (Where split level termite system has failed)
    5. Built in Queenslanders
  2. Termite Chemical system apply to:
    1. Homes where a continuous chemical treated zone can be installed | 50mm below the footing up to the finished ground level, uninterrupted.
    2. Chemicals have a limited lifespan | Check the label rate for the chemical you select.
    3. Choice of chemical is important. (Repellent or non-repellent)

Termite inspections

It is safer to assume there are termites everywhere in South East Queensland. The majority of the termite activity will be below the surface and you will not know they are there.

You can conduct your own termite check or have a professional conduct a Full Visual Termite Inspection.

The conditions around you home change over 12 months and Termites are always looking for new food source. therefore we recommend checking for termites regularly and employ the services of a qualified termite inspector at least once a year.

Give our office a call 07 5472 0141 if you need further information.

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How to prepare your home for termite season (Noosa & Hinterland Districts)

What are termites?

An insect commonly referred to as White Ants.

Termites are not ants.

Timber damaging termites that are common to the Noosa and Hinterland Districts are predominantly subterranean (Build tunnel networks underground).

There are some species that will build Mud Nests in trees and or on posts.

Termites are social creatures, living in a nest with fertile ‘kings’ and a queen that continue to build the colony with worker and soldier termites.

Termites eat 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

When is the termite season?

Termites are more active in the warm wet times of the year although we are regularly called to peoples homes who have found termites in their home during the cooler months.

Noosa and the Hinterland Districts is prime termite country.

What to look for?

  1. Mud nests in your yard of up trees/stumps
  2. White looking termites under logs or mulch in your yard
  3. Termites love damp and timber (That gives you a clue where to look)
    1. Start with walls behind showers etc.
  4. “Flying termites” leave the nest warm, humid weather and fly off to form new nests.
  5. Soft ‘paper thin’ areas in the decorative timbers of your home.
  6. Discoloration in internal walls (A termite nest in the wall will retain humidity and cause a ‘damp’ patch on the surface of Gyprock
  7. Mud trails
    1. Visit Cooroy Pest Control YouTube Channel
    2. Its your home so its worth educating yourself on what to look for with termites. Termite protection is not a one time event, its an ongoing process.
  8. Mud nests in roof void or subfloor area.

How to prepare your home for the termite season.

  1. Best done every winter (Well in advance of the termite season.)
  2. Have a professional termite company conduct a Full Visual Termite Inspection. (07 5472 0141)
  3. Check the full perimeter of your home for:
    1. Leaking taps, gutters, down pipes | have repaired. (See more infomation…)
    2. Clear away all timber stored against external wall or from under the subfloor.
    3. Keep flower beds and mulch away from external walls.
    4. All ground levels should be 75mm below weep holes.
    5. Don’t let water pool against you home or in the subfloor
    6. Look for any timber that is in direct contact with the ground and your home. This is a common way termites enter homes.
  4. Check your meter box for what is called a durable notice and understand:
    1. What termite protection your home has
    2. Confirm that its current
    3. If you are unsure and you live in the Noosa Shire email a photo of the system and one of our technicians will advise you | No charge
  5. Write down your findings/questions
  6. Call and let us know

Cost of termite control

Termites in a home

We are often asked how much does it cost for termite control. We have always been upfront with our pricing. See pricing

If you have termites in your home then the technician will have to conduct a termite inspection to establish:

  • Extent of infestation in the home
  • Species of termite
  • Case of infestation
  • Termite control plan and price
    • Because every termite infestation is unique to every home

Termites in a yard or tree

How much does termite control cost for termites I’ve found in my yard or trees

Starting from $330 (Inc GST) – this includes a follow up check 30 days after the treatment to the live termites | If the first treatment did not eliminate all the termites at the control point we will re-treat at no cost to the homeowner until all termites are eliminated from the treatment area.

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

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