Protect Your Home From Termites

Protect your home from termites today.  Australian Standards recommends every home should have a termite management system in place.  Termite management systems can be a physical barrier, chemical barrier or monitored bait system.  More information can be found on termite management systems on Queensland Building and Construction Commission site here

Protecting your home from termites is one of the most important investments you can make.  If termites are located in your property, the experts at DedAnt can spot kill the termites and recommend a termite management system.   If your home contains any structural timber – like a timber frame, timber trusses in the roof, timber flooring or a deck – termites could eat it away until it collapses.

That’s why a relatively small investment in vital protection for your most important asset is so worthwhile. And why you should insist on the best treatment available.

How does a chemical barrier protect your home from termites?

DedAnt Building and Pest Inspections uses Termidor product for chemical barriers. The barrier is installed by an accredited technician generally around the perimeter of a building.  The barrier will last for 8 years and is installed with a warranty.  See more information on the warranty and product here.  DedAnt is an accredited Termidor installer.

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4 Tips For A Clean Home

With Coronavirus keeping us all in doors, everyone has a bit more time on their hands now. Having a clean home is more important now than it has ever been.

By spending so much time in your home, you might start to notice every little fault. Every stain, every bit of clutter and every odd smell will suddenly become very apparent to you.

If you’re looking for something to do that is both productive and helpful, you might consider developing new habits to keep your house neat and spotless.

As such, we have come up with four tips you can practice to have a neater, clean home.

1)  Purge the clutter

The first thing you should do if you have a messy or cluttered house is get rid of unused items. These take up vital space.

It has been said that we only use 20% of the stuff we own and 80% of the stuff we own is either unused or kept for purely sentimental reasons.

You don’t need to get rid of every bit of the remaining 80%, but you should definitely start from there.

Clutter can make your home less appealing and more likely to spread illness.

2)  A place for everything

One of the main reasons people have clutter is that they just leave things around the house and never bother to put them anywhere.

You might leave your shoes on the ground somewhere or leave cups in the lounge room or books just put down wherever you were reading them, never to be picked up again.

If that’s the case, then you should make sure you have a place for all these items. Get a shoe rack, make cupboard space dedicated to cups and get new bookshelves to put all your books in.

Once you make this space, dedicate yourself to always putting these items in their correct spot.

Bookshelves can be a vital way to save space in the home.

3)  Get proactive

Another big reason people have messy or dirty houses is because they allow problems to get too large.

Often, grass gets too long to mow or there’s too much grime in your shower to bother cleaning or a mess is simply too time consuming to clean up, so we simply will not do it.

That’s why it’s so important to get proactive and address these problems before they start.

Mow your grass before it gets too long and spray shower cleaner every few days to stop grime from building up.

Although it can be annoying at first, building these good habits up will help you stop problems before they start.

4)  Annual pest inspections

Not only are pests like termites a major risk to your home, they can be a major cause for mess as well.

For one thing, they leave black track marks in their wake called “mudding” which is their droppings.

They can also build nests inside your home which can become disgusting eyesores.

Termites can also eat through cardboard boxes or wooden bookshelves, which can ruin your attempts to make good use of space.

Getting annual pest inspections can prevent pests like termites from ever becoming a risk.

Book with Dedant Building and Pest Inspections now – we offer quality services at an affordable price.

Call on 07 3807 0122 or contact us on our website.

By following these tips and booking your annual pest inspection, you can have a clean home in no time.

Real estate and Coronavirus

The effects of COVID-19 have profoundly impacted industries like real estate, building inspection and pest control. While the lockdown is expected to last for at least a few more months, it is worth asking – what is the link between coronavirus and real estate?

To examine what could become of industries like real estate, as well as building and pest control, we must first look at what the current situation is.

The current situation

The real estate industry is fortunate as compared to other industries, as it has not had to fully shut down.

Similarly, businesses closely tied to real estate, like building and pest inspection companies, are still operating also.

Many industries have had to change because of coronavirus and real estate is no exception. Agents have taken to using virtual tours to sell homes.

In the building and pest inspection industry, businesses are taking careful steps maintain health and safety such as staff-only inspections.

Given the current economic situation, low consumer confidence and high unemployment, both these industries have seen downturn.

Sites like these are common all over the world – completely empty streets

Shifting priorities

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it clearer now than ever before that our homes are our most important possessions.

Most people are now confined to their homes. For some people, this is a blessing.

However, for others this may cause a yearning to move somewhere new once restrictions are lifted.

Real estate websites are recording a double digit increase in the amount of people looking at homes to buy.

Home inspectors who conduct pre-sale and pre-purchase inspections are no doubt holding out for a wave of new buyers.

For others, spending so much time stuck inside may bring attention to faults in their home. Such faults include rot, dilapidation and damage from pests such as termites.

The future

One thing is clear, once restrictions are lifted everyone will be eager to get out and experience all the things they’ve been missing.

Given the record low interest rates and a surge in people seeking new places to live, this suggests that industries like real estate will bounce back strong.

And whenever real estate is strong, the building and pest inspection industry is strong too.

The housing market will bounce back. It’s just a matter of time.

Don’t wait.

Now, more than ever, it is important to have a clean and safe home.

Dedant Building and Pest Inspections is still open for business. If you have a termite infestation that needs treating or require a barrier, act now.

Contact us at our website or call on 07 3807 0122.

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How to spot a dodgy pest inspector

If you think you’ve got a pest infestation in your home, such as termites, you should immediately contact a termite inspector. However, one thing you can’t afford is a dodgy pest inspector.

However, knowing which pest inspector to contact can be difficult.

Just googling “pest inspector” can give you thousands of pages of results, some legitimate contractors and others who will fleece you out of your money for sub-standard or even no work at all.

As such, we have put together a guide that will help you avoid dodgy pest inspectors and find quality contractors.

 Check for reviews

Reviews can often be a good way to determine the quality of a tradies’ service.

Google can be a handy tool for this – Google will feature the reviews of any business you search up, like so.

Many glowing reviews and a high score suggest the business is quality.

Searching online is one of the easiest ways to find reviews for a pest inspection service

Request to see licenses

If you’re still unsure after checking online reviews, you can ask about the licenses the business has.

For building inspections, they must have finished the ‘Completed Residential Building Inspectors Course’ certification. Prior to getting this certification, a person must be a licensed builder with 5 years’ experience.

Inspector must be licenced by the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC). See more information here.

Pest Inspectors require additional training. For qualified pest inspectors like Dedant they are have attained a Certificate IV Workplace Health & Safety, Termidor HE Accreditation Training, Termatrac T3i Accreditation, Asbestos Training, Meth Testing training and other relevant training in this field.

A dodgy pest inspector would not have such a wealth of training and qualifications, by comparison.

By assessing the qualifications of a prospective pest inspector, you can determine whether they offer high calibre service.

Make sure to get a quote in writing or digitally so you have a record of what service you are getting for what price.

Get a written quote

Getting a quite in writing is a vitally important way to protect yourself.

If you rely solely on a verbal quote you may run in to trouble if a disagreement occurs. It will then become a matter of your word versus theirs.

By getting a quote in writing, you have evidence of what work is being done, for what price. There is no ambiguity.

For pest inspections you can trust

If you want to avoid dodgy pest inspectors, there’s one name you can trust in South East Queensland.

Dedand Building and Pest Inspections has provided quality services since 2009. They are fully licensed to conduct pest inspections, treat termites and build termite barriers.

Dedant has a 4.6/5 average on Google reviews and they are more than happy to provide you with a written quote.

Give Dedant a call today on 07 3807 0122 or contact us on our website.

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Moving into a new house? Plan a sustainable garden.

More people than ever are embracing green living. If you’re looking to live a greener, cleaner life, you should plan a sustainable garden.

With this garden you can build an edible landscape and literally enjoy the fruits (and vegetables!) of your labour.

Why Sustainable gardening?

Building a sustainable garden where you can grow fruits and vegetables has so many benefits.

By growing your own food, you know it is safe and healthy for your family to eat.

In the long-run, sustainable garden may even save you money. Eventually you will find that you recycle your produce into self-made compost and avoid spending hundreds of dollars a week on grocery.

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What your sustainable garden may look like.

Building your sustainable garden

Coming up with a plan to build a sustainable garden takes thoughtful use of space, resources and specific plants.

Choose a space that has quality soil with good sun exposure and access to plenty of water. Your crops are plants should be suited to the season and climate.

If you don’t choose the right plants, they will not be healthy and will attract pests. Growing native, climate-appropriate plants will also make your garden easier to maintain.

Look out for pests

One of your biggest concerns should be dealing with pests, such as termites.

Choosing to incorporate plants like chili into your garden can be a natural deterrent to pests without using pesticides. Chilies also have the benefit of being edible and delicious.

You should keep your garden some distance away from your property – termites move from the soil of your garden to your home.

Hiring a qualified pest inspector to assess your property annually is vital to ensuring the long-term health of your garden.

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Ants, termites, snails can destroy your garden overnight. Be diligent against them

Sustainable gardening as part of a thriving property

A sustainable garden is a great way to make a new house into a home that you love.

Alongside this sustainable garden, you should think of other ways you can make your home safer and more comfortable.

When planning to buy a home, quality pre-purchase building and pest inspection is essential.

With the peace of mind that your home is safe and pest free, you can be certain that your sustainable garden is growing in the best environment.

Dedant Building and Pest Inspections offer unbeatable service at reasonable prices for areas in and around Brisbane, Logan and the Gold Coast.

Call now on 07 3807 0122 or contact us through our website.

 

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How Termites Get Into Your House

If you’ve kept up with our blogs, you probably know by now the dangers of a termite infestation. However, many people still wonder how termites get into a house in the first place.

We’re going to explore the many ways termites can enter into your home.

Piles of wood

Piles of lumber or firewood can attract termites. If these piles of wood are close to your home, a termite can easily travel from a piece of wood to your home.

Without food, termites cannot travel too far. Make sure to keep piles of wood away from your house, or stored safety somewhere termites cannot get to.

Dead trees and foliage

Termites love dead and decaying trees because they are easier for the termites to chew through.

Leaving dead trees in your yard is a sure-fire way to invite termites into your home. This applies to stumps as well. You should remove any dead trees or stumps from your yard as soon as possible.

Tree branches

Even living trees pose a risk of housing termites.

This is because termites go from tree branches to anything that the branch is touching. If you have a tree that has branches touching your room, termites will move from the branch to your roof and then go into your home.

Keep trimming branches and leaves so that no extremities touch your home.

The branches of this tree house the walls of the house. This majorly increases the risk of a termite infection

Clogged gutters

When your gutters become clogged and overflow with rainwater, this can dampen your room and cause it to rot.

This rot attracts termites and gives them a point of weakness they can chew into.

By keeping your gutters unclogged, this allows for water to travel through pipes easily and not damage your roof.

Cracks in concrete

Termites cannot eat through concrete. However, they are small enough to be able to fit into small cracks and holes in concrete.

Termites find tiny cracks in brick mortar, in the concrete foundation of your home or in concrete blocks and travel through them.

Around air conditioning units

Termites thrive on moisture. Air conditioning units create a lot of run-off moisture. As such, termites are attracted to this moisture and create colonies nearby.

The house frame

It is well known that if your house has a wooden frame, termites can eat away at it and erode the structural integrity of your house over time.

However, even if your house has a metal frame, this will not make your house termite proof. Termites travel up through the metal frame and eat other wooden parts of the house.

The timber frame of a house. Termites love to eat through the insides of these frames and leave them hollow.

What to do?

If you think you might have termites, contact an expert immediately. Do not try and handle the problem yourself.

Dedant Building and Pest Inspections do inspections, spot treatments and chemical barriers all to a high standard at an affordable price.

Call Dedant on 07 3807 0122 or contact them on their website.

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Types of Termite Barriers

Termite barriers are your main defence against an infestation of these troublesome pests. However, there are many different types of termite barriers and it’s important to know the facts.

Types of termite barriers

There are two main types of termite barriers – physical and chemical barriers.

Both prevent termites from invading your home but do so in very different ways.

Physical Barriers

Physical barriers are built into the design of the property to prevent termites from entering your home. This barrier generally consists of mesh webbing that is places underneath the slab of the house.

With a correctly built barrier, termites will be unable to get into your property without climbing out into an area of the property that is clearly visible. This gives you the opportunity to call an expert to exterminate them.

For information on how to spot a termite infestation, see one of our previous blogs.

If you’re buying a home that is not newly built, many homes will have a physical termite barrier.

However, over time these physical barriers can degrade over time, becoming less effective and allowing termites to move through cracks in the slab of your home undetected.

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Termites in action, chewing through wood. They can do major damage to your home.

Chemical Barriers

Chemical barriers are different as they are not permanent fixtures of a house.

Instead, chemical barriers are installed by experts who dig a trench around the perimeter of the property and spray the perimeter with a chemical substance.

Depending on the chemical used, these barriers have different effects – some chemicals ward off termites while other barriers kill termites.

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Protect yourself with a termite management system

Which is better?

Ideally, having both barriers is preferable. However, if you can only get one. Dedant recommends you use a chemical barrier.

Not only is it less costly than installing a physical barrier, but it is far easier to keep a chemical barrier at maximum effectiveness. A damaged physical barrier can be costly to replace, but a chemical barrier can be replaced by experts much easier and with less hassle.

Dedant is an accredited applicator of Termidor, which is undetectable to termites and works by slowly poisoning termites, allowing the poison to spread to other termites which wipes out the infestation at the nest. That way, the termites will not come back.

This product has a $2 million dollar warranty and provides 8-year long protection from termites.

If you believe you may have a termite infection, contact Dedant today. We offer termite treatments and barriers, as well as inspections.

Call Dedant on 07 3807 0122 or contact us through our website to book now.

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5 DIY tips for keeping out termites

At Dedant, we have written extensively about the dangers of termites. Given the dangers of these pests, we are sharing our DIY tips for keeping out termites.

1)     Fix leaky plumbing and gutters

Termites rely on moist soil to survive and thrive. A leaky pipe that can cause water to pool up under and around your house.

Termites build colonies in the moist soil near your house and then begin to eat the wooden fixtures of your homes. Get a plumber to ensure your pipes do not leak.

Even if you’re not a handyman yourself, keeping your gutters clean and free of leaves will also prevent moisture from building. This will also stop mold from occurring.

2)     Store excess wood away from your property

If you have a building project involving wood, it is not unusual to have excess planks of wood lying around afterward.

Do not leave piles of wood near your house. Termites will seek these out and then move from the wood pile to the external walls of your home.

Store your excess wood in a shed or under a tarp away from the external walls of your home.

3)     Tend to your gardens

Keep your garden clean, tidy and free of rotting tree stumps. Termites are attracted to wood rot.

You should also regularly clean your garden to make sure there are no dead or rotting plant matter on the ground.

A backyard full of loose, rotting plans matter gives termites a moist environment to thrive in. Cleaning your garden is a job you can do yourself.

 

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Your backyard is the most common place for termite colonies to form. Keep it as clean as possible. Inspect regularly.

4)     Avoid cardboard

Cardboard attracts termites. As such you should seek to avoid using cardboard as much as possible.

Most of the cardboard we use is in storage containers and folders. Use plastic or metal containers and folders for storage instead.

5)     Keep good air circulation

Keeping good air circulation is vital to prevent termite infestations. With poor air circulation, condensation can build up and seep into the wood, creating a perfect environment for termites.

Opening windows and running ceiling/exhaust fans is an easy way to keep air circulation going and prevent the build-up of moisture.

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An open window increases air circulation and makes your home less habitable to termites

Always consult an expert

While these tips for keeping out termites are useful for prevention, if you see or suspect a termite infestation your first point of contact should be to an expert.

Dedant offers affordable, quality termite inspections and treatments.

Call now on 07 3807 0122.

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