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Mould is a major threat to your home, health and overall quality of life. You should take proactive steps to prevent mould from growing in your home before it becomes too large a problem.

Mould has been known to cause health issues of all types, including a weakened immune system, allergies, severe asthma, nausea and lung disease.

It is also a major eyesore to any home and can bring down the value of your home considerably if you’re looking to sell it.

Thus, we have put together this guide to help you prevent a mould infestation in your home.

Mould is both dangerous to your home and an eye sore to look at.

1)     Prevent moisture build up

Mould needs moisture and humidity to survive. As such, the first thing you should do is to prevent the build up of moisture.

You can do this by first finding all places where mould builds up – do you have pipes that leak? Do you have a basement prone to flooding? Is there condensation around windows? Are your gutters clogged?

Fixing leaky pipes, unclogging gutters and making an effort to dry the wet areas around your home will do much to stop mould from growing

2)     Improve airflow

Mould thrives in areas with poor airflow – basements, rooms without windows and the like.

Without proper airflow, mould can grow on the floor, on windows and on the ceiling.

To improve airflow, keep windows and doors open as much as possible. You can also use fans to circulate air throughout the home.

By allowing fresh air to enter and move about your home, you are actively making your home cooler and making it harder for mould to grow

3)     Monitor humidity

Humidity can occur in the summertime and it is deeply unpleasant – the hot, damp conditions make us sweaty and uncomfortable.

Reducing humidity involves improving airflow and eliminating moisture. However, you should also consider using air conditioning or buying a dehumidifier for your home.

Make sure to keep your AC and dehumidifiers clean, or else they themselves will begin to produce moisture.

4)     Stop mould growing on plants

Plants need to be kept watered, so they naturally attract moisture. Thus, plants will regularly attract mould.

You should reduce the risk of mould on your plants by allowing soil to dry before watering it again. Consider adding a sprinkle of Taheebo tea, cinnamon, apple cider vinegar or baking soda to your soil, which act as natural anti-fungal agents.

Your house plants are another place where mould can grow. Monitor these plants closely and take steps to prevent mould growth.

5)     Be careful of bugs

Where mould occurs, pests generally follow – this is because many breeds of bugs thrive under the same type of conditions mould does.

Dedant Building and Pest Inspections can assess both the existence of bugs and mould on and in your property.

Give us a call on 07 3807 0122 or contact us on website to find out more.

As we move toward June and the start of winter, it is worthwhile to be mindful of winter pests that can lurk around your home in the cold months.

When seasons change, various animals change their behaviour to cope with these conditions. Preparing early for changing seasonal conditions will make keeping your home pest free that much easier.

As such, we have put together this blog to help you know what types of pests to prepare for before winter begins.

1)     Mice and rats

Mice and rats are warm blooded animals. That means they will seek out places of warmth and shelter that have food.

Unfortunately, your home fits that description purposefully.

These rodents will hide in your walls, near warm pipes, in ceiling insulation or in areas like basements.

Rats can spread disease, eat away at electoral wiring and even raid your kitchen if left unchecked.

To treat a mice or rat infestation, consider getting baited traps. Alternately, you may wish to get a cat, which are very good mice catchers.

2)     Bed bugs

Bed bugs, unlike many other forms of insect, do not hibernate during the winter. Instead they remain active.

Bed bugs also are attracted to a similar temperate range as humans. Thus, our bodies are their favourite host. Once they attach to humans, they suck our blood and cause itchy bites.

They attach themselves to clothes such as jumpers or hide in our bags. They are most known for attaching themselves to blankets and doonas and living in our beds, hence their name – bed bugs.

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What bed bugs look like.

3)     German cockroaches

German cockroaches are a breed of cockroach that like to find warm places to procreate in the winter.

Your home, which is both warm and containing plenty of food, is a prime place for this breed of cockroach to hide.

German cockroaches are an introduced species not native to Australia, but they are a particularly difficult try and get rid of.

However, getting rid of them is an absolute necessity. Cockroaches spread disease and can contaminate the food in your home.

4)     Termites

Termites are active all year round, so you must be as vigilant against them in winter as you are in summer.

These pests will eat away at the wood within and around your home if left unchecked. If any termites are found, do not disturb them and instead contact pest control experts.

5)     Overwintering pests

Overwintering pests are those that will use your home as a place to hibernate in the winter.

Although they are not active during this time, they will become active once the weather heats up again.

Such overwintering pests include flies, ladybugs, moths, mosquitos, caterpillars, stink bugs and crickets.

If you see any of pests hibernating in your home, it is best to remove them before they awaken and continue to threaten your property.

While ladybugs don’t need to worry about snow here in Australia, they will still hibernate in the cold

Contact us today

Dedant offers comprehensive pest control services to deal with any infestation you might have.

Contact us on our website or call today on 07 3807 0122 to inquire.

Your pre-purchase building inspection is so important to get right, as it allows you to make note of faults you might not have otherwise seen. At Dedant, have 3 pre-purchase building inspection steps that we follow, to ensure we do the job right.

By knowing these faults, you can make an informed decision about purchasing a new house. Because buying a home is so expensive, you’ll want to make a careful decision about the final purchase.

With this knowledge, you may wish to negotiate down the price or compel the seller to fix it. Alternately, you may choose not to buy the house at all.

At Dedant Building and Pest Inspection, we conduct a comprehensive inspection that looks at structural issues, moisture issues and pests.

These three things can all have a major impact on a house you’re looking to buy.

Looks like a perfect home, right? Well maybe not. A pre-purchase inspection can reveal hidden flaws.

Looks like a perfect home, right? Well maybe not. A pre-purchase inspection can reveal hidden flaws.

1)     Structural issues

The first of our building inspection steps is to examine structural issues.

Structural issues are examined and found through a visual inspection of the home and surrounding area, provided they are able to access it.

These structural issues that can influence the safety and price of the home include a damaged roof, cracks in the walls, uneven floors, timber rot, rust stains, distorted windows etc.

Even minor problems can become major concerns very quickly. It is vital that you know as early as possible where these issues are.

2)     Moisture

Dedant conducts moisture detection using Ultrascan.

While a pre-purchase building inspection does not directly look at plumbing, scanning for moisture can reveal a lot about the quality of the plumbing. If moisture is detected, this could be a sign of a problem.

Common plumbing and drainage problems include leaking pipes, blocked gutters and defective showers.

Also, moisture can come from other sources, like from cooking in the kitchen or inadequate ventilation.

Furthermore, areas where moisture is likely to build up, such as kitchens and bathrooms, are inspected for any potential damage.

An example of rust.

3)      Pests

Dedant scans for pests using Infrared Thermal Imaging. This technology allows us to see termites and other pests that might be crawling inside your walls or otherwise hidden.

These pests can cause long-term damage to your home and even threaten your health. Certain pests can carry diseases.

If any pests are found, we will let you know the best treatment to get rid of them. Dedant offers a general pest treatment which treats spiders, cockroaches, silverfish, ants and wasps.

Furthermore, Dedant can install a chemical barrier to protect your home from termites.

Though these, and any other pest control services, are a separate service and not included in the cost.

If you’d like to inquire about a Pre-Purchase Building and Pest Inspection, call Dedant on 07 3807 0122 or contact us on our website.

If you’re thinking about buying a home in Logan, you should know about our 5 tips that can help you make the right decision on your purchase.

1)     Be honest about what you can afford

One of the worst things you can do is purchase a home that is beyond your means to pay for.

Buying the wrong home can lead you to slave away paying off an expensive mortgage for your whole life. Or worse, it can become too costly for you to pay at all, forcing the bank to repossess your home.

Affordability is not a matter of borrowing the max amount you can borrow. Instead, you should consider just how much you ca afford to pay every month.

Plan a budget based around your home loan repayments, with enough left over for emergencies and maintenance. That way you can have a great home while still enjoying the life you want.

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John Davison Place, a street in the Creastmead suburb of The City of Logan.

2)     Know your zoning and overlays

Knowing your zone and overlays is very helpful when purchasing a home.

“Zoning” is the way that the government controls how land can be used. As such, zoning laws determine how large buildings can be and where they can be placed.

Meanwhile, “overlays” are more specific and relate to specific elements of the land such as vegetation, heritage, character values or risks (erosion, bushfires etc).

If you’re looking to modify or build on a property, knowing what zoning laws and overlays apply to the area will let you know what you’re allowed to do to on your own land.

3)     Look at the area of the home

The home you want can vary based on your lifestyle. Thus, you should make sure the area your home is in caters to that lifestyle also.

For example, if you are a family with young children, you may want to position yourself near a school.

However, if you’re a professional who works in the City, you’ll want to buy a home as close as possible to the CBD.

If you’re someone who does not own a car, you would be wise to buy a home somewhere that has ample public transport within a short walking distance.

Living near public transport is an important consideration when buying a home.

4)     Negotiate as much as possible

Buying a home is the biggest investment that many people ever make. As such, you should not be afraid to negotiate as hard as you can.

You should begin with a reasonable, lower end offer on the price of the home. If this price is not accepted by the seller’s agent then gradually work your way up until a compromise is reached.

Set yourself a maximum price cap and do not go over it.

5)     Book a building and pest inspection

One thing that can influence the price of the property is the existence of any flaws.

Such flaws include a termite infestation, degraded fencing, damaged roofing, bathroom mould and poor paintwork.

These flaws are generally exposed by a Pre-Purchase Building and Pest Inspection.

After finding these flaws, you can either decide not to buy the home, force the seller to amend these issues or compel them to lower the price of the home.

Dedant offers quality Pre-Purchase Building and Pest Inspections from $350. This inspection can save you thousands of dollars when buying a home in Logan.

To book with Dedant, contact us on our website or call us on 07 3807 0122.

Getting advice on a building and pest inspection in Brisbane can be difficult. It is difficult to know what questions to ask.

Consequently, we have created a list of 5 questions for to ask a pest inspector over the phone, to help you find the a dedicated professional.

1) “What are your qualifications?”

You never want a trades-person who is not qualified. Dodgy tradies are a real problem and you should always be on the lookout.

One of the easiest ways to determine a legitimate pest inspector from a fake is to ask for their qualifications.

All building inspectors must have completed their Residential Building Inspectors Course. Prior to completing this, they will have already had 5+ years of experience.

Furthermore, only a licenced Pest Controller can conduct an inspection. These licenses come from the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC).

Only once you’ve verified an inspector has all these things should you continue.

2) “What is involved in the inspection process?”

The process can vary significantly depending on the service you seek. It is important to know exactly what steps are involved in the inspection process.

For example, Pre-Purchase Building and Pest Inspection involves a visual inspection for structural defects, moisture detection and a thermal imaging scan.

Inspectors will then tell you what will be inspected – the interior, roof space, exterior, sub floor and roof exterior, as well as structures within certain bounds of the property.

Thermal imaging, sometimes used in building inspections.

3) “What is the cost and how is this determined?”

Knowing how cost is determined can help you get a fair price for the service.

For example, Dedant Building and Pest Inspections start charging $350 for a Pre-Purchase Building and Pest Inspection.

However, this can vary depending on the size of the property.

4) “What will happen after the inspection?”

The specifics of what will occur after an inspection is completed will vary from contractor to contractor.

However, you can be sure to receive a report on the status of your home.

This report will contain the findings of the inspectors. Quality reports, like those provided by Dedant, will contain photographs and a summary for quick reference.

Make sure your property is accessible and free from obstructions before pest inspectors come.

5) “What can I do to prepare my home?”

You should also ask what you can do to prepare your home for the inspection.

Generally, you will be asked to remove any obstructions to the home to allow inspectors to easily access it. Also, you should ensure distractions such as pets are kept away.

However, every inspection is different and you should always ensure you make the process as easy for inspectors as possible.

Contact us today

If you are looking for a Building and Pest Inspection in Brisbane, look no further than Dedant Building and Pest Inspections.

Dedant offers a range of services conducted by fully licensed and experienced professionals. See our website for more information.

For more information call us on 07 3807 0122.

As we move toward June and the start of winter, it is worthwhile to be mindful of winter pests that can lurk around your home in the cold months.

When seasons change, various animals change their behaviour to cope with these conditions. Preparing early for changing seasonal conditions will make keeping your home pest free that much easier.

As such, we have put together this blog to help you know what types of pests to prepare for before winter begins.

1)     Mice and rats

Mice and rats are warm blooded animals. That means they will seek out places of warmth and shelter that have food.

Unfortunately, your home fits that description purposefully.

These rodents will hide in your walls, near warm pipes, in ceiling insulation or in areas like basements.

Rats can spread disease, eat away at electoral wiring and even raid your kitchen if left unchecked.

To treat a mice or rat infestation, consider getting baited traps. Alternately, you may wish to get a cat, which are very good mice catchers.

2)     Bed bugs

Bed bugs, unlike many other forms of insect, do not hibernate during the winter. Instead they remain active.

Bed bugs also are attracted to a similar temperate range as humans. Thus, our bodies are their favourite host. Once they attach to humans, they suck our blood and cause itchy bites.

They attach themselves to clothes such as jumpers or hide in our bags. They are most known for attaching themselves to blankets and doonas and living in our beds, hence their name – bed bugs.

winter pests

What bed bugs look like.

3)     German cockroaches

German cockroaches are a breed of cockroach that like to find warm places to procreate in the winter.

Your home, which is both warm and containing plenty of food, is a prime place for this breed of cockroach to hide.

German cockroaches are an introduced species not native to Australia, but they are a particularly difficult try and get rid of.

However, getting rid of them is an absolute necessity. Cockroaches spread disease and can contaminate the food in your home.

4)     Termites

Termites are active all year round, so you must be as vigilant against them in winter as you are in summer.

These pests will eat away at the wood within and around your home if left unchecked. If any termites are found, do not disturb them and instead contact pest control experts.

5)     Overwintering pests

Overwintering pests are those that will use your home as a place to hibernate in the winter.

Although they are not active during this time, they will become active once the weather heats up again.

Such overwintering pests include flies, ladybugs, moths, mosquitos, caterpillars, stink bugs and crickets.

If you see any of pests hibernating in your home, it is best to remove them before they awaken and continue to threaten your property.

While ladybugs don’t need to worry about snow here in Australia, they will still hibernate in the cold

Contact us today

Dedant offers comprehensive pest control services to deal with any infestation you might have.

Contact us on our website or call today on 07 3807 0122 to inquire.

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Spiders are among the most bothersome and disliked pests that you can find in your home. As such, many people often want to know how to remove spiders from their home.

In truth, while they may creep out and disgust many people, spiders are an important part of the ecosystem. They eat smaller bugs like ants, flies, mosquitoes and moths that can transmit diseases.

Regardless, it is completely understandable not to want them around your home. Thus, here are 4 ways you can keep spiders from your home.

1)     Destroy any webs you find

Spiders construct webs to catch and eat their prey. These webs become an eyesore and a hindrance in your home.

As such, you should take a broom or vacuum and destroying any webs you find around your property.

By doing this, you are instinctively warning the spider that the area is not safe, which will force them to move on.

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Spiderwebs can be big or small. Regardless of size, you should destroy any found in your home.

2)     Get rid of hiding places for spiders

Spiders love having places that they can hide in. They will take advantage of any nook and cranny they can find.

As such, you should get rid of any cutter in or around your home. Chaotic piles of strewn items are perfect places for spiders to hide.

We have previously published a blog about this very subject. Read it here.

Likewise, you would also benefit from sealing up any cracks or crevices around the home, which spiders may enter through or hide in.

3)     Turn off the lights

Bugs are attracted to light. Spiders, meanwhile, are attracted to bugs.

Lighting in and around the home, particularly at night, draws a great deal of bugs. This causes spiders to build their webs close to these same sources of light in order to catch as many bugs as possible.

Keeping light usage to a minimum will both save you electricity and make your home less of a target for bugs and spiders.

remove spiders

The redback is native to Australia and is one of the most dangerous on Earth. If you see one, call an expert immediately.

4)     Contact the experts

If you see a spider in your home and are concerned, you should immediately contact a pest control expert who can remove spiders that are found.

Australia is home to some of the most dangerous and venomous spiders on Earth, so it is better to be safe than sorry when dealing with any arachnid.

Dedant Building and Pest Inspections offer General Pest Treatment which will kill spiders along with a host of other creepy crawlies.

Contact Dedant Building and Pest Inspections through our website today or call us on 07 3807 0122.

Rats can be a major household hassle if left unchecked. As such, you will want to remove rats as soon as you find them.

This is because rats are carriers of disease, can eat your food and damage your home.

As such, we’ve put together a list of top 4 tips to help you get rid of rats you find on your property.

1)     Get a cat

One way to help get rid of rats and mice is to get a housecat.

Cats are carnivores and love to hunt wild prey, such as rats and mice. For thousands of years, humans have used cats to hunt for rodents and they are still great for this purpose.

Along with the bonus of 24/7 pest control, adopting a cat also gives you years of companionship

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Cats have been used bu humans to hunt pests for thousands of years

2)     Rat Traps

Traps are a relatively cheap and effective way to catch rats.

They can be left in an area for a long time if necessary but should be checked often. This is because a dead, rotting rat can attract bugs and other pests.

Traps come in many forms – snap traps, live traps or glue boards.

Glue boards are the least effective trap, as it is essentially a board with a sticky substance on it. Rodents can pull themselves free from this trap. It is not recommended you use these.

Snap traps are wooden/plastic boards with a metal spring loaded bar that snaps down quickly when pressure is put on the pad. These humanly kill the rats.

Live traps present a hole for rodents to climb into. Once they climb through this hole, they find themselves in a box that closes shut. That way, the rat is trapped but still alive.

After this, you can release the rat somewhere away from your home.

Set traps in areas where rats might be, including hidden areas and near crevasses where rats may be hiding. Make sure to keep children and pets away from any traps.

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Rodents are among the most destructive household pests.

3)     Rat Bait

Bait is another may to deal with rats and can compliment your trap strategy.

Adding bait to traps will make rats more likely to get caught.

Alternately, use poisoned rat bait. This does not require you to use traps at all.

Instead merely leave the poisoned bait out there and the unsuspecting rodent will eat it and die.

Make sure to not expose pets or kids to this poisoned bait.

4)     Contact the experts to remove rats for you

If you are not confident about doing these measures yourself, Dedant can install safe and locked bait stations to catch and kill these pests. These are effective against rats and will help keep kids and pets safe.

Not only that, but Dedant is able to determine exactly what type of rat is on your property and the most effective pest control method.

If you believe you might have rats, call now on 07 3807 0122 or contact us on our website.