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What can we help you with?

At Pestgo, we can help you with any pest problem, be it a mouse in the house, cockroaches in the kitchen or termites in your garage.

Our unique health-centred approach delivers optimal results with minimal pesticide use and minimal impact to the environment.  Any pesticides that are used are extremely low toxic and safe for your four-legged furry friends.  If sensitive pets with fins, feathers or scales are present, extra precautionary measures are taken to ensure their absolute protection.

We are fully licensed and insured and have the experience and expertise to help you resolve, or prevent, any pest problem.  We are particularly passionate about termites and our founder and termite expert, Rowan, with over 30 years in the industry, is well known and respected for his depth of knowledge.

We are proudly based in the beautiful Macarthur region and service all areas in the Camden, Campbelltown, Liverpool, Wollondilly and Southern Highlands areas.

We look forward to being of service.

common pests

Ants

Of the few thousand ant species that exist in Australia, only a few are considered pests. The small Black House ants and Coastal Brown ants that develop large colonies in and around houses are often of the most concern.

Ants live in permanent nests which may be in the soil, in timber, under pavers, in wall cavities or roof voids.  They may travel considerable distances for food – if it can possibly be considered food, there will be a species of ant that will want to take it back to its nest.

Severe infestations can nest around power points which offer easy and direct access to a nest inside the wall cavity.

Ant activity often increases during periods of high humidity and often new nests are established in areas where ants may not have been noticed before.  Some believe that you can predict the weather by ant activity, that ants are more active just before rain.  If you happen to notice ants carrying small white objects that look like grains of rice, these are their eggs, and they may be relocating the nest before a heavy rain.

In the warmer weather, you might see swarms of flying ants, leaving the nest to set up a new home.  But beware, they may not actually be ants at all!

Ant treatments vary according to the species and may include the judicial placement of specific ant baits, the use of pesticide sprays along trails, and/or application of dusts in crevices and weep holes.

If the ant population is getting too big to control yourself, it’s time to call in the professionals.  Contact us today for a free quote.

You can help to reduce ant infestations by:

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 Cleaning up food spills immediately

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Removing unconsumed pet food

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Changing pet feeding areas regularly

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 Sealing gaps, cracks and crevices

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Reducing foliage on or against structures

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Treating plants for sap sucking insects like aphids that live symbiotically with ants

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Having preventative pest control carried out regularly

Cockroaches

Because of their indiscriminate feeding habits, cockroaches come into contact with many disease carrying organisms.  They are also known to produce allergic reactions and, in some cases, asthma attacks.  Although there are many species, the two most common pest types are the small German cockroach and the larger American cockroach.

German cockroaches

German cockroaches are attracted to warmth and moisture and are often first seen in the kitchen.  Here, they could be residing in large or small electrical appliances such as the fridge, dishwasher or toaster.  They are also attracted to wet areas like the bathroom and laundry.

German cockroaches are often brought in with a new large appliance such as a dishwasher or washing machine.  When the appliance is unpacked, so are the cockroaches, which could just be in the form of eggs at that stage.

You’d be amazed at how many new dishwashers we have seen with a German cockroach infestation!

Treatment for German cockroaches is very different to that for other cockroaches.  Because they are infesting inside the home, and often in appliances or kitchen cupboards, a general pesticide sprayed around the skirtings is not going to be effective.

At Pestgo, we use a cockroach gel bait in preference to pesticide sprays, eliminating the need to empty cupboards, mop floors or leave the house during or after treatment.  It is also non-irritant and has no odour.  This method of cockroach control is extremely effective and can be used safely around people with asthma or breathing complaints.

Large cockroaches

Large cockroaches like the American cockroach generally live and breed outside the home, however they can also be prevalent in roof and wall voids and underneath the house.

Treatment for large cockroaches involves using a low toxic liquid pesticide targeted to known harbourage areas, cracks and crevices around the exterior of the home and under the house if accessible.

A fine mist of low toxic pesticide powder is used in the roof void.  If there is a large infestation this will result in a lot of cockroaches exiting the roof space but don’t worry, they will die.

Need help controlling cockroaches?  Contact us today to book in a service.

You can help to reduce cockroach infestations by:

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Sealing gaps, cracks and crevices

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Securing loose fitting windows and doors

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Installing fly screens

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Wiping down surfaces after preparing or cooking food

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Cleaning up food spills immediately

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Removing unconsumed pet food

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Repairing dripping taps and water leaks

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Cleaning rubbish bins regularly

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Discarding cardboard packaging from large appliances

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Discarding cardboard fruit boxes

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Installing Weepa Weep Hole Screens

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Having preventative pest control carried out regularly

Spiders

Except for some types of venomous spiders such as the Redback, Funnel-web and White Tail, most spiders are relatively harmless.  All spider bites, however, should receive prompt medical attention as blood poisoning or infection can result.

Spiders will often hide in dark crevices and emerge to feed when other insects are caught in their webs.  They will strategically place their webs to intercept insect flight paths.  Outside lights on at night attract insects so you might notice webs near these.  Another common harbourage for spiders is in the roof void, particularly in homes that have ceiling downlights as they emit light upwards into the roof space and therefore attract insects.

Treatment for spiders is carried out to cracks and crevices around the home where spiders and their prey inhabit, such as eaves, windows and fences.  For maximum effect, the roof void, sub floor, exterior, outdoor furniture, play equipment and garage are treated, with special attention being paid to known harbourage points.

If there are any problem areas inside the house, we can carry out a targeted treatment to these areas.  All pesticides used at Pestgo are low toxic and people and pet safe.

Contact us today to book in a spider treatment.

You can help to reduce cockroach infestations by:

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Removing visible spider webs and/or spiders

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Reducing leaf litter in the garden and around the house

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Reducing foliage on or against structures

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Installing fly screens and weather strips

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Turning off outside lights at night

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Having preventative pest control carried out regularly

Our Multi-Pest Service

Our most popular pest treatment, the Multi-Pest Service controls:

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Black ants

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Large cockroaches

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Webbing spiders (including Redbacks)

It’s the ideal preventative pest service or for when you’re seeing more than one common pest, for example, a few ants and some spiders.

Our multi-pest service usually takes around 1.5 hours to complete for a standard 4-bedroom home.

As with all our services, we start with a Health Risk Assessment.  We will then treat all harbourage areas, cracks and crevices as well as the roof void, sub floor, exterior, fences and garage.

For more information or a free quote, please contact us.

rodents

Rats and mice

As the weather becomes cooler and less favourable, rats and mice, part of the rodent family, move indoors to seek both shelter and food.  They actively forage for food at night so are rarely seen during daylight hours, however tell-tale signs such as droppings, gnawed food or other objects, and scurrying noises in the roof give away their presence.

The three most common rodents in Australia are the Norway Rat, the Roof Rat and the House Mouse.

Rats and mice have continuously growing, razor sharp incisors and so need to constantly gnaw on items to keep them down.  In the wild, they gnaw on bark, plants and seed shells but in the home, they can chew through doors, floors, windows and walls, as well as plastics, vinyls and other materials.

That scratching or grinding sound you can hear late at night or early morning could be a rat or mouse happily gnawing its way through an electrical wire!

The resulting damage from this may go unnoticed for some time but rodents have been known to chew completely through insulated electrical cables causing electrical faults and even fires!

If you see any evidence of rodents or you’re hearing noises in the roof, it’s time to act.  That’s because they’ve settled in and are unlikely to go away on their own.

There are many methods of rodent control ranging from chemical methods such as baiting to non-chemical methods such as trapping.  The trick is to place whatever method of control you use as close as possible to where you are seeing or hearing them.

So if you’ve tried to solve the problem and don’t seem to be getting anywhere, it’s time to call in the professionals.  Leaving a rodent infestation untreated can result in significant costs for repairs, not to mention sleepless nights and very unpleasant smells.

Contact us today for a free quote.

You can help to reduce rodent infestations by:

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Proofing (sealing) known entry points

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Removing all possible food and water sources

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Storing food in glass or metal containers

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Cleaning up around waste areas

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Placing rubbish bags in bins, not next to them

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Downloading our free report: 7 Tips To Keep Rats Out Of Your Home 

flying insects

Bees

At Pestgo, we love bees as they are very beneficial to us as humans and for our environment.  So wherever possible, we’d prefer not to kill them.

Unfortunately though, they are sometimes attracted to our homes as a safe place to set up a hive.  And once established, bees can cause significant damage, not to mention painful stings! 

Unlike wasps, bees are rarely aggressive in nature and are actually less likely to sting.  A bee can only sting once and dies after stinging as the stinger is barbed which causes it to be pulled from the bee’s body.

Swarm or established colony?

Bees swarming in a cluster around a tree branch is a natural occurrence that happens when a queen bee and several thousand workers leave the nest in search of a new home.  They will usually keep to themselves if undisturbed and move on within a few days.

Many amateur beekeepers will collect swarms in their local area as a community service.  The Amateur Beekeepers Association NSW has a service where you can search for beekeepers that will collect swarms.  Click here to find a local beekeeper.

If you see a lot of bees entering and leaving a hole in your wall or ceiling, you may already have an established colony hidden inside the cavity area of your house.  Bees are extremely productive and fast workers which means the longer those bees have been present the larger their hive is likely to be.

The most common areas we might find a beehive in the home are wall cavities, roof voids, chimneys, and anywhere else a cavity exists.  A beehive inside can cause several issues, including:

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Paint blistering and discolouring from the heat of the hive

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Reduced wall cavity ventilation due to the hive blocking vents

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Bulging and swelling of gyproc due to pressure from nesting material

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Increased ant and cockroach activity due to the honey being a food source

Treatment

Treatment for bees is not complicated but depending upon the access that is available to the area of infestation, the treatment can be difficult and sometimes quite dangerous due to the equipment needed to access heights.

The most common treatment includes the application of a low toxic pesticide powder into the cavity that the bees are infesting.  The powder is blown in under air pressure to distribute it to the far reaches of the cavity and to affect as many bees as possible.  If the cavity is easy to access and the powder is able to flow well through it, destruction of the colony will happen rapidly.

If the colony has been there for some time, there may be honeycomb, honey or bee larvae inside the cavity. 

That material if not removed may result in attracting other rodents, pests or even other bees which can smell the leftover honey.

A key point to remember is the longer the bees are there, the larger the colony hidden inside the cavity will become.   So if you think you might have a beehive in your home, call us and we’ll talk you through what steps to take.

You can help to reduce bee infestations by:

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Sealing cracks and crevices around the perimeter of the home

Wasps

Sydney is home to many wasp species but the 3 most commonly noticed ones are:

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 Mud dauber wasps

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Paper wasps

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European wasps

The mud dauber wasps (or simply mud wasps) are relatively harmless, however paper and European wasps can be extremely aggressive.

Unlike bees that can sting you only once, wasps can sting multiple times – and the sting is far more painful.

When a wasp stings an intruder, it releases a pheromone (chemical) to alert other members of the colony to come and join them in the attack.

The most important part of treatment is to identify the species of wasp.  All wasps are different in size, shape and colour, as are their nests.

If you’re seeing wasps and not sure which species they are, read on or call us and we’ll help you to identify them.

Mud dauber wasp

The tell-tale sign of a mud wasp is its nest.  Usually made from mud and clay, it often resembles one or more mud tubes.  The female stores spiders that she has paralysed and lays an egg in each cell.  The newly hatched young feed on the live spiders before they emerge.

A mud wasp nest will be in a sheltered place, usually high up like under an eave or in a door jam.  They may also set up in the folds of an item that is not used regularly such as an outdoor umbrella or a raincoat.

When left alone, mud wasps only use their stingers to paralyse spiders, which they eat.  Because they are a natural form of pest control and aren’t threatening to humans, it is recommended to leave them alone. 

Their nests can be removed safely with a broom or paint scraper.

Paper wasps

The paper wasp nest is also easy to identify.  It is constructed of a series of hexagonal cells.  Often the nest is hanging like a light shade from a strand, but it can also be clumped against the surface.  You will often see wasps around the nest.

Do not approach a paper wasp nest as they can be aggressive and attack if they feel the nest is threatened.

The nest can start very small and therefore be hard to see.  It is not uncommon for people to get stung walking under a tree branch or next to a shrub.  Like the mud wasp, paper wasps often seek shelter from the elements so under eaves or outdoor furniture is common.

The sting from a paper wasp is very painful and can be dangerous if a person who is stung happens to be allergic to them.

DIY wasp treatments can be dangerous and ineffective, often resulting in  an unexpected attack.  It is best to leave a paper wasp treatment to the professionals.  We have the necessary knowledge and experience, coupled with access to specifically targeted products, to eliminate the problem and any risk to  you or your family.

You can help to reduce paper wasp infestations by:

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Reducing foliage on or against structures

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Implementing measures to manage the spider population 

European wasps

The European wasp is an established pest in Australia.  A non-native wasp, it was first found in 1959 in Tasmania and has since spread across the country.  Numbers in some states are so bad that there are government funded eradication programmes.

European wasps are a significant problem because of the distance they will travel from their nest in search of food and the types of foods they are attracted to. 

They love all forms of meat, sweet food and drinks.  A human picnic is their ideal food source!

In Sydney, whilst they are not as common as paper wasps, they can often be mistaken for them.  Slightly smaller and more stout than the paper wasp, the most noticeable difference is the colour of their antennae – paper wasps have yellow, European wasps have black. 

Their nest, however, is very different to that of a mud or paper wasp.  It is made from chewed wood fibre and is usually built either underground or in cavities in walls, ceilings, logs or trees.

If you think you have seen a European wasp or its nest, leave it alone and call us immediately.

You can help to reduce European wasp infestations by:

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Not leaving food, drink or pet food outside

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Picking up any fallen fruit from trees

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Ensuring outdoor bins have tight-fitting lids

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Covering compost bins

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Covering food during a barbecue or picnic

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Not drinking straight from a can or bottle when outside, as it could contain a wasp – drink from a straw

 

Flying ants

As the weather warms up you might notice swarms of flying ants.  It is a common occurrence where members of the colony leave the nest and head off in search of somewhere to set up a new home.

It’s highly likely that the insects you have seen are not actually ants, but are in fact termites!

Every Spring, usually on the first very warm humid evening, winged termites (called alates) will leave the nest.  Ant alates do the same thing, although more often in the summer months.

So how do you know if you’re looking at ants or termites?

Winged termites look very different to winged ants, firstly because they are brown and not black.  They have long slim wings of equal length and a broad waist rather than a pinched waist.

Once they land, they will drop their wings and it’s very common to see alate wings in spider webs or other areas around the home.

If you see flying termites or their wings in or around your home, it means that there is a termite nest nearby.  Call us to book a termite inspection.

Fleas

A flea is a tiny dark brown insect that feeds on blood.  They don’t actually fly but instead can jump up to 150 times their own length enabling them to transit easily between hosts and the surrounding environment.

While the most common flea prefers to feed on the blood of cats and dogs, fleas can also feed on human blood.  Skin reactions to flea bites can appear within minutes or may be delayed over hours and even days.  People who are allergic to flea bites can develop lesions, itching or other symptoms.

The fleas you see on your pet represent only 5-10% of the total number of fleas in your environment.

The rest are in the egg and larval stages which can be found in your carpets, furniture, bedding and garden.

Fleas generally become a problem to humans when their preferred food source is not available.  For example, an outbreak can occur after a pet’s death or when people move into premises where a dog or cat previously lived.  This is because fleas in the early stages of development can lay dormant in carpets or undisturbed edges of floors for many months.  Once the house is reoccupied, the fleas then develop into adults.

Treatment

A professional flea treatment involves a low-toxic liquid pesticide being applied to all areas accessed by pets which may include flooring areas inside and/or garden areas outside.  This is to ensure that the product will be effective when the dormant fleas do finally emerge. 

Because all flooring and/or turfed areas are thoroughly treated, the product will take a while to dry.  You and your pets must stay away from all treated areas for at least 2 hours and possibly longer depending on the product label recommendation.

If pets reside at the home, you will also need to carry out the following:

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Machine wash all pet bedding and clothing on the highest setting

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Machine wash linen from any bed that your pet sleeps on

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Steam clean any furniture that your pet sits on

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Carry out all flea control measures recommended by your vet

Our feline friends are extremely sensitive

Certain pesticides are highly toxic to cats.  They are very sensitive to the pyrethroids commonly used in commercial pest control products because they’re unable to metabolize (break down) these agents quickly and efficiently due to their peculiar liver metabolism.

Unfortunately, feline pyrethroid poisoning is commonly caused by an owner applying a dog flea product to their cat.

Flea products made for dogs have a much higher concentration of pyrethroids than those made for cats.  Pyrethroid poisoning is serious and life threatening so if you are unsure which product to use, consult your vet,

At Pestgo, we always carry out a Health Risk Assessment before any treatment to ensure that we select the most appropriate pesticide to control the pest and be kind to your pets and family.

Let’s be kind to our pets

You may not know that fleas are the number one cause of skin disease in pets and can cause problems ranging from simple itchiness to weeping sores, scaly skin and a strong smell.

Some dogs and cats can develop an allergy to flea bites (known as Flea Allergy Dermatitis) where just one bite can set off a serious and painful reaction.

The kindest thing we can do for our pets is to maintain a year-round flea protection programme.

You can help to reduce flea infestations by:

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Placing your pets on a flea management programme as recommended by your vet

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Washing your pet’s bedding regularly

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Limiting visits by other pets to your property

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Limiting your dog’s interaction with other dogs in public places

termites

Found termites?

DON’T disturb them and don’t spray them! 

This might kill the ones you can see but will not kill the nest.  In fact, it will only make treatment more difficult and potentially more costly.

Call us now so we can help you.

Our termite services

Pestgo can provide the following services:

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Termite inspections

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Pre-purchase timber pest inspections

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Termite treatments

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Termite management and protection

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Termite reticulation system maintenance

Rowan Gregson is our termite expert and has over 30 years’ experience in managing termites.  He is an accredited Trainer and Assessor and certified Thermal Imaging inspector.  He is also an accredited installer of the major termite management systems.

To find out more about our termite management services or to arrange a free, no obligation quote, please contact us.

You can help to reduce termite infestations by:

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Keeping gardens away from the house and below weepholes

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Not storing timber next to the house

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Redirecting the hot water system overflow away from the house

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Having a termite inspection carried out every year

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Installing and maintaining a termite management system

termite inspections

A termite inspection is the first step in termite management

Australian conditions are particularly suitable for termites, supported by the common acknowledgement that one in three homes will be attacked by termites in its lifetime.

A termite inspection, also referred to as a Visual Termite Pest Inspection, is a crucial step in preventing serious damage to your home.

A comprehensive, professional termite inspection will:

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Detect any live termites and other timber pests on the property

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Uncover any previous termite activity or damage

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Identify any high risk areas that are attractive to termites (known as conducive conditions)

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Assess the degree of risk of future termite infestation

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Recommend appropriate termite management strategies

The Australian standard recommends that a termite inspection be carried out at least every 12 months and more often in higher risk situations.

Why every 12 months?  Because the less time that termites have to get established, the less damage they can cause!

After all, just because they’re not here today doesn’t mean they won’t be here tomorrow!

The inspection process

When a termite inspection is carried out, we inspect accessible areas of the home or building.  This includes the grounds, the exterior of the home, the subfloor if accessible, inside the home and in the roof void.  The garage and any other accessible structures are also inspected.

In each of the areas inspected, our inspector is gaining a knowledge of the risk factors, any previous activity and corresponding damage and is assessing what methods of control might need to be put in place to prevent any infestation in the future.

All termite inspections carried out by Pestgo are in accord with the applicable Australia standard.  A comprehensive report is provided which details the areas inspected and any conducive conditions such things as poor ventilation or drainage or inappropriately stored timbers.  It will also contain any recommendations for ongoing termite management.

Our inspections are extremely comprehensive and take at least 1.5 hours to complete.

So if it’s been more than 12 months since your last termite inspection, contact us today to book one in.

Pre-purchase inspections

Also called a Prior to Purchase Pest Inspection, this type of inspection, as the name suggests, is carried out prior to the purchase of a house or building.  The main purpose of this inspection is to inform the prospective purchaser of any existing or previous timber pest activity or damage on the property, as well as the future risk.

It differs slightly from a termite inspection because it also reports on the presence of other timber pests such as timber borers and fungal decay.

If you are planning to sell your home, we strongly recommend that you have a comprehensive termite inspection carried out BEFORE you list your home.  That way, if there are any issues, you can address these before putting it on the market.

The alternative could result in your prospective purchaser seeking to negotiate a significant reduction in price!

If you’re in you’re in the market for a new home, or looking to sell yours, contact us today to book in an inspection and avoid any nasty surprises!

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