Does your business need Pest Control Management?

Pests cause a lot of damage to local businesses, even before the infestation escalates.

By having our experts inspect your business premises for pests on a regular basis, you can be sure  the early signs of an infestation are spotted early.

This helps you to take action when there is a pest problem on the property, so we can prevent the infestation from growing or even happening in the first place.

The most common sign that you have a pest infestation is when you see pests on your property regularly.

Pests can infest any part of your business, including classrooms, kitchens, offices, restaurants, garden and hotels among others, so it’s best to remain vigilant and check everywhere regularly.

Using preventative measures can stop an infestation from happening, however one type of pest control method is not going to work on all pests.

This is why you have to call in the professionals, who have the knowledge and experience to deal with all types of pests.

If you can’t find the source of the infestation, you need to seek expert pest control advice.

Finding the source of an infestation can be very hard. Our experts assess your property to locate and eliminate the source of the pests.

Being in close contact with pests on a regular basis is a massive health risk to your staff, customers and yourself.

Therefore it is vital you take the right step to take to protect your reputation, your revenue and your business.

Heavy rainfall encourages cockroaches to seek warmer, drier places to breed and feed.

Although cockroaches usually hide in drains, behind stoves and fridges, in bathroom and kitchen cupboards, and under floors of older houses, heavy rainfall often encourages cockroaches to seek warmer, drier places to breed and feed.

Cockroaches can carry many disease-causing germs on and in their bodies. Because their natural homes include rubbish, dirt and filth, they readily pick up germs from these areas.

They then walk over food, cutlery, crockery and cooking equipment, benches, tables and other places in the home and pass the germs on to us.

Diseases carried by cockroaches, include bacterial diseases, salmonellosis, shigellosis, viral gastroenteritis, and hepatitis A.

Our expert pest control technicians recommend keeping food in containers which have tightly fitting lids, storing food handling equipment and containers up off the floor where possible, and filling in small cracks and crevices (holes), in which cockroaches could hide.

Rainfall creates the perfect breeding conditions for the mosquito

Mosquitoes thrive in cool, dark and damp places such as rain water in discarded refrigerators, car tyres and tins, and in septic tanks/leach drains, water storage tanks, protected corners of effluent ponds and natural bodies of water.

Mosquito bites are more than merely annoying; they can result in the transmission of many serious diseases among humans and other animals. Scratching itchy mosquito bites can break the skin and lead to secondary infections.

If a mosquito takes blood from a person or animal infected with a virus, then the virus will grow inside the mosquito. If it later bites another person or animal, it may pass on some of the virus germs, and that person or animal may catch the disease.

This cycle can go on and on, infecting lots of people and animals and causing a disease outbreak with lots of sick people, and many people all over the world have died as a result of diseases transmitted by mosquitoes.

Within Australia such diseases include the Ross River Virus, Murray Valley encephalitis (also called MVE), Barmah Forest virus disease, Kunjin virus disease, and an increasing number of cases of Dengue fever in Queensland.

Shoo, Fly, Don’t Bother Me

When flies land on things like food scraps, manure, faeces or dead animals they pick up disease-carrying germs and germs. The germs are carried on their hairy bodies and legs and in their stomachs.

Those same flies land on you and your family; on food, cups, knives and plates, spreading those same germs and particles.

When you eat that food or use these articles when eating food, you become sick.

Germs from a fly’s legs and body, and stomach get onto food while it is eating, and some of these germs will be left behind on the food after the fly has gone.

Diseases caused by germs and parasites from flies include bacterial diseases, salmonellosis, shigellosis, trachoma, viral diseases and hepatitis A.

Should you have any cuts and sores on your body, disease-carrying flies can land on them and cause them to become infected.

Flies can also carry a germ which causes the serious eye disease trachoma.

As flies are attracted to the salt in the tears (moisture) from people’s eyes and can pass on germs which cause other kinds of eye infections, such as pus eyes.


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Does your prospective property have termite tenants?

Sadly many people are still falling in to the trap of buying a new home or investment property without first undertaking adequate pest inspection. This mistake is all too common in the areas Federal Pest Control cover, and is causing heartache with new owners being left with costly hidden problems with their new property.

In Queensland it is standard for contracts of sale to include a building and pest condition report.

However, sellers are not legally obliged to fix every issue raised by pest inspections prior to the sale of a property.

This means while a major termite infestation could result in the termination of a contract of sale, this is only IF the infestation was both obvious and known to the seller at the time the price was negotiated.

Fortunately Federal Pest Control offer pre-purchase inspections of prospective properties, to be conducted before you finalise the purchase of any property.

Our expert technician will identify which (if any) termite management system has been used on the home and the maintenance requirements of the system.

A Federal Pest Control tech will also be able to tell you if the property is in an area where there is risk of termite attack.

Every member of our team is local to the area they service, with local expertise and an intimate knowledge of the characteristics of pests in the area, especially termites, allowing them to provide you with tailored expert advice and localised professional solutions.

While a building inspection is not a warranty against future defects, when a homeowner installs Federal’s Comprehensive Termite Management System, they are eligible to be granted a $100,000.00 Timber Replacement Warranty providing them with total peace of mind as well financial security.

It’s important to note that unfortunately the average home owner’s insurance policy does not cover termite damage.

Federal Pest Control also recommend you make it a condition of your contract that you are satisfied with the outcome of our inspection.

As REIQ’s chief executive Antonia Mercorella says;

“Termite damage should be caught by the building and pest inspection, which is why it is so strongly recommended that all buyers get their own building and pest inspection done.”

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History of Termites Protection in Australia

Termites and Buildings
It is conservatively estimated that termites infest and cause damage to 1 out of every 5 houses in Australia. This ratio includes houses in Melbourne and Sydney and Perth where the incidence of termite infestation is much lower than that which occurs in the warmer subtropical and tropical areas of Queensland. Furthermore, destructive species (Schedorhinotermes. SPP in the S E QLD area and Mastotermes in the tropical north) of termites are prevalent in Queensland that are nonexistent or very rare in the Southern Sates, this means that a termite infestation in Queensland can be much more serious issue than it might be in Sydney or Melbourne.

Older “Queenslander” style houses and the new slab on ground construction
Before the invention and widespread use of chemical pesticides during the 1950s houses in termite prone areas like Queensland were built to minimise the risk of termite infestation by raising the floor high off the ground using piers made from termite resistant timbers. This gave rise to the style of house called the “Queenslander”. Steel caps (ant caps) were placed on top of the piers to force the termites to make large mud structures over the caps before they could gain access to the house. Home owners regularly poured sump oil around the base of the piers and were easily able to inspect for signs of termites as they were able to walk freely around under their house.

During the Late 1950s and early 1960s builders realized that these new pesticides we so effective and long lasting that it would be possible to build houses in Queensland with concrete slabs poured on top of a layer of pesticide and that these houses presented little risk of termite infestation. The chemicals used we called Organic Chloride and they had the advantage of crystalising in the soil structure and remaining active and effective termite barriers over very long periods of time. The new style Slab on Ground style homes were superior in many ways to the old timber floored homes and the added advantages were that they were cheaper, faster and easier to build. Pretty soon everyone stopped building the traditional Queenslanders and hundreds of thousands of the new slab on ground houses were built.

The dangers of Organic Chlorides discovered
During the 1970s and 1980s disturbing facts were beginning to emerge regarding the unwanted side effects of these Chlorinated Hydrocarbons(Organic Chlorides) to people and the environment. Widespread use of their use in agriculture and industry were phased out first and slowly during the early 1990s successive pesticides were withdrawn from use in Queensland until in 1995 the last remaining organic chloride chemical was withdrawn for the protection of buildings in Queensland.

The building industry was in unenviable position even if they had the skills to build the older style Queenslander homes the public were demanding the cheaper slab on ground style homes for a few years the only protection available to homes was the very ineffective Organic Phosphate Chemicals some newer unproven synthetic pyrethroid chemicals and a hugely expensive stainless steel mesh to replace the pesticide barrier under the slab.

The re-emergence of termites as the largest risk to homes
Because of the effectiveness of the organic chlorides a whole generation of homeowners never had to give a second thought to the dangers of termites to their home and now the new homes being built were not only lacking a reliable termite barrier but the knowledge of how to reduce the risk of termite infestation to homes had been lost from the general publics awareness.

New methods of protection
New methods of deterring termites had to be introduced and many new products were introduced to the market, even today the industry is still trying to reach the previous levels of protection from termite infestation that the older style pesticides provided and the unfortunate fact is that it’s probable that we will never see another method that will be as effective and maintenance free as the old Organic Chloride chemicals.
The Monolithic slab
Probably the most important development since 1995 is the adoption of forward thinking home builders and designers of the “monolithic slab design”. In this design the slab floor is poured in one piece on top of the ground, all the penetrations through the slab are sealed to prevent termite entry and the entire perimeter of the slab edge is visible.
Theoretically the slab itself forms an impenetrable barrier to termites. Any termites gaining access to the building are easily betrayed by the presence of mud shelter tubes on the exposed slab edge.
It is important to remember though that as good as this development was is still has many serious shortcomings. Most importantly:

  1.  At least 75mm of the slab edge must be visible around the entire perimeter of the building
  2. Although the slab is design to resist cracking under normal conditions any soil movement under the slab may cause it to crack
  3. The system does not prevent termites from accessing the home over the exposed slab edge
  4. The system does nothing to deter termites
  5. The system is easily compromised. (for instance by covering the slab edge with a garden bed)
  6. The slab edge needs to be regularly inspected for signs of termite attack

Other important developments
Following the relative success of the monolithic slab important innovations have been developed these are:

  1. Non repellent termiticides
  2. pre-impregnated termiticidal blankets
  3. Termite interception and colony elimination systems.

Termite Inspections
Just as the changes in construction methods from the “Queenslander” to the slab on ground style home has provided challenges to the way we protect our buildings from termites these changes have also presented many challenges and limitations to the inspections of homes for termite activity. To compound this problem Insurance companies are very specific about the wording and limitations that are required in any report. Any termite report that does not contain these limitations has undoubtedly been prepared by someone who is either uninsured by choice or uninsurable due to their lack of qualifications or previous negligence.

Termites are secretive by nature and often only the slightest signs betray their presence. In Australia we are very lucky to have some the world leaders in termite detection and inspection. These respected industry experts produced two Australian Standards dealing with termite and timber pest inspections. These are:

  1. AS4349.3 Inspection of buildings Part 3 Timber pest inspections
  2. AS3660.2 Termite management Part 2 SECTION 3 Inspection and detection

A termite inspection carried out by a suitably qualified person following the guidelines and using the equipment specified in either of these Australian Standards will alert the property owner to any risk areas and report on the presence of termites in the house to the extent that it would be reasonable to expect that a qualified and competent inspector would be able to discover them.

In Plain English this means that although there are limitations to the report the information contained in the report is based on the careful and diligent observations of a qualified person following the guidelines of the most experienced and knowledgeable people in Australia and although the report has limitations it does not in any way absolve the inspector from not reporting on any risk or termite activity that would be discoverable by a qualified person following the guidelines set out in the Australian Standards

Specific answers to comments

Firstly there is a termimesh system in place. I thought that was the system to hold the white ants at bay. The object of the report surely was to report on its barrier and the presence of white ants

It appears there is a perception that the termimesh system installed to the house is actually an full stainless steel mesh system where in fact according to the notice provided by termimesh all that has been installed is plastic collars over the penetrations and there has been a chemical treatment to the perimeter and the main component of the termite protection is the monolithic slab forming an impenetrable termite barrier. I know this client is important and needs to be treated gently but we need to make him aware that he has no barrier around the perimeter of the building and very little protection from termites. What he decides from that point is 100% his decision but at least from that point onwards there is no repercussions to you.

I guess one way of looking at it is that it is much easier for you to help him take responsibility for the termite protection or lack thereof for his properties now before a problem arises than it would be for you have to deal him after there was an infestation with him still believing  he had a house with a full stainless steel mesh protection system.

Or to put it this way if he has 20 houses and he believes they all have “a system that will hold the white ants at bay” it is almost certain one of those houses will get termites in the next 4or 5 years. At that point he’ll probably be screaming at you saying I thought this system was supposed to keep them out.

There seemed to be a lack of getting into places to see if the ants were present with so many cop outs that you would say “what is the point of having an inspection if they don’t inspect!”

 I hope I covered that above if you think it needs to be addressed further let me know

All they seemed to want to do is sell us a chemical barrier system. Why would I do that if there is already a system in place?

Guilty as charged, although its not a chemical barrier we want to sell him. But I think we can address these concerns with the revised front cover sheet which I’ll send for your comments. It is true we do like push people towards installing an Exterra system for 3 main reasons

  1. It’s good business for us
  2. It’s excellent value for the property owner
  3. Most Houses on the Gold Coast have seriously deficient termite protection.

HOWEVER I fully understand your position and the delicacy required so we will make sure you are comfortable with the way we approach these issues before we do anything

Kind Regards
Andy Lamont

Termite Facts — Termite or Ant?

How to tell them apart!

There are three easy ways to tell the difference between termites and ants just by looking at their bodies

1. Number of Distinct body sections:

Ants have 3 distinct and easily seen body sections

– Although not technically correct its useful to call these body parts the head, the thorax and the abdomen.

Ants have three body sections

Termites have elbowed antennae







Termites look to only have 2 body sections:

This is because termites don’t have a constriction between their thorax and abdomen so even though they have a head, a thorax and an abdomen they look as if they only have 2 body sections.

The difference between ants and termites

2. Antenna:

Ants have elbowed antennae:

Photo of the elbowed antennae of an ant

Termites have bead like, flexible antennae.

The beaded antennae of a termite


3. Wings of the winged reproductive castes:

These fly out of the nest to create new colonies.

Termites have 4 wings of equal size, while Ants have a pair of forewings and a smaller pair of hind wings.

How to tell ants and termites apart


Now that you can tell them apart you are probably thinking “So how do I  if termites might be attacking my home?”

Read Next: 5 Signs of Termite Damage

5 Signs That You’ve Got Termites

1. The most common sign is damage to the skirting boards.

This is often discovered during the routine cleaning and vacuuming of the floors when the vacuum cleaner bumps against the skirting board and makes a hole.

2. Unexplained mud inside the house.

Even small pieces of mud inside the house can be a sign that termites are infesting the house. Because termites always need a moist environment to work they use the mud to seal off their galleries to prevent the dry air entering.

3. Distorted paint surfaces

Termites will often eat the timber from the inside right up to the paint without breaking through. Often the only visible sign is a distortion in the painted surface

4. Sagging timbers and doors that no longer open and close properly

5. The sound termites make, people often here this late at night when everything is quiet.

Now that you know what signs to look for how do you find termites?

Read Next: How Do I Find Termites?

Mosquito Control

Australia has more than 300 different species of mosquitoes. They are a small blood-sucking insect belonging to the family of flies called Culicidae. Mosquitoes are known to carry and transmit diseases although only a small number of species are considered a major concern in Australia. It is their persistent biting that is a major disruption to people across Australia. This can affect people’s outdoor lifestyles to a stage where their control is essential.

Recent developments in technology have made it possible to significantly reduce the mosquito and biting insect populations around your home. Call us today and we will arrange to have one of our biting insect specialists to visit your home and design a tailor made solution for your home.


Basic precautions can be taken to minimise contact with mosquitoes.

  • Try to avoid areas known to be infested with mosquitoes.
  • If you are outdoors in mosquito prone areas, wear long sleeved clothing and long pants. Wear covered footwear and socks.
  • Common mosquito repellents sprayed on uncovered skin can be effective (but do not use repeatedly on young children).
  • Screens on doors and windows will prevent them from getting in-doors.
  • Mosquito nets over you bed are a popular barrier against biting.
  • Try and empty any water in open containers or objects around you home such as pot plant bases or guttering to help prevent breeding. A thin mesh can be applied over water tanks or small ponds to prevent mosquitoes from entering.
  • Common insecticidal sprays, mosquito coils and electric traps can be useful in deterring Mosquitoes around your home, especially at dusk when they are more likely to bite and a popular time for us to be outdoors socialising or relaxing.





Termite Control – Termite Baiting

Eliminating the Threat of Termites – Termite Baiting and Colony Elimination

Let’s face the facts termite protection is not cheap. So if you are going to make a substantial investment in protecting your home and eliminating the termite threat you want to be sure you have made the right choice.

If your home has subterranean termites or you realise there is a good chance that it will if it is not properly protected, you may have been told the only way to stop termites is an invasive process that requires the application of hundreds of litres of toxic spray under and around your home.

Until recently, the almost exclusively used method of termite management was the application of a chemical termite barrier. The application of such a barrier to your home would typically involve spraying large volumes of toxic and environmentally persistent chemicals around and under its foundation in close proximity to you and your family.

This no longer has to be the case as this archaic practice can now be replaced by a new strategy that radically changes they way you should be protecting your home from termite attack. The ground breaking solution is the installation of locked termite baiting stations filled with a termite bait that contains a few grams of an active ingredient less toxic than table salt.

Formulating termite baits that work is not a job for a backyard operation. One product stands clear worldwide as the leader in termite interception and baiting and that product is Exterra. Many companies are able to install an Exterra system but only a chosen few have been awarded “Exterra Quality Preferred Operator” status and only those companies can offer Exterra’s $100, 000 Timber Replacement Warranty.

We are proud to have been awarded “Exterra Quality Preferred Operator” status by Exterra and you can relax in the in the knowledge that you have made the right choice.

The advantages of this solution doesn’t just stop with environment friendly features, Exterra’s greatest advantage compared to chemical barriers is its ability to eliminate the actual source of your termite problem – the termite colony itself.

The Exterra System represents a true paradigm shift in termite management. Conventional approaches to termite management can be likened to treating the symptoms of a disease but not the actual disease. Exterra in many ways is akin to treating the actual disease. Exterra even offers the possibility of curing the “disease.”

The Exterra Termite Interception and Baiting System is a systematic, multi-step termite management method. Australian field trials have clearly demonstrated the effectiveness of the system in controlling subterranean termites in Australia.

More information:

How EXTERRA Works:

EXTERRA Brochure:

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