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Pre Construction Termite Barriers

Pre existing slab cut out to reconfigure for new penetrations.

Pre construction termite prevention is an area we specialise in. Our Pre Construction Supervisor has 25 years of experience and knowledge in the building industry and is available to quote and consult on your requirements. We also have a dedicated Manager for Commercial and Pre Construction Projects to assist you in ensuring all works completed meet AS3660.1-2014 in accordance with AS2870-1996.

Utilising the latest technologies, products and methods to ensure your build passes certification is guaranteed when you use our professional team.

When are we needed?

This will depend on the type of foundations you are installing and it is best to email your plans through to admin@stevieredback.com prior to work commencing. At that time we will provide a quotation for the works and our Pre Construction Supervisor will be able to guide you best on the schedule of works.. As a general rule we will attend site before your concrete pour, after it’s boxed up but preferably before the reo mesh goes in.. though we can work around this. We are then back to site after the pour and before the framing goes on. If there is a reticulation perimeter required this will go in after the pour and be pumped off after the landscaping is finalised…. If a driveway is being added we need to come in before the driveway is poured to install a cold joint.

What products do we use?

Our installers are experienced at installing a range of products including Kordon and Term Seal. We are experienced at installing full perimeter, above slab under framing products and Penetration and Wrap products as well as reticulation systems and Block Wall solutions. All products supplied and installed by our team will have the necessary Certifications and Form 16’s provided for your Certifier.

Our dedicated team of pre construction installers are trained in a variety of products and their applications. On the job supervision and training is undertaken regularly to ensure the team are up to date with the latest information. By having this dedicated team for pre constructions work we feel that we are more able to meet the builders schedules which can sometimes be very last minute. We can provide services across the greater Brisbane region. Call our office on 1300 665 665 if you would like advice on your next project.

Pest Control Requirements for Commercial Kitchens

Commercial Kitchen

If you are setting up a Commercial Kitchen whether it be a Cafe, Restaurant, Nursing Home, Community Centre or Day Care Centre; our experienced technicians can assist you with the requirements of the Queensland Food Safety Laws/requirements.

Complying with the Federal Government Food Safety Laws, QLD government food safety laws and local council legislation is vital to ensure you don’t acquire a fine, are prosecuted or even have your business closed by the authorities due to non compliance.

If you need guidance we have a dedicated Project Manager to assist you in these matters.

Before you open your business we are happy to come in and quote on the requirements of your individual business and provide a Pest Control Program tailored to suit your business.

The service includes a Service Register which is kept on site and can be accessed by staff and management for ease of reporting and if you happen to be audited it can quickly be handed over to the auditor.

Each Service Register is personalised for your business and contains information on the areas of treatment. There are safety data sheets of the products used. Our Insurance and Indemnity information (as required by legislation) are included and we also provide a map of all Locked Bait Stations.

If needed, on request, we can also provide maintenance and hygiene reports on the current state of your kitchen.

If you’d like to arrange a free quote on your commercial pest control needs please call 1300 665 665 and we will be happy to send one of our experienced licenced technicians to assist you.

Termite Treatment

The only kind of house that should be eaten.

The treatments available for treating termites are varied and come in a variety of delivery methods from foams to dust but all must be applied by a licensed professional.

This is not the sort of thing you can look after yourself. A licensed experienced pest controller will apply the correct treatment for the species of termite you are infested with and the size of the colony and infestation you are experiencing.

If you do discover termite activity in your home the best course of action is to cover them back over and ring a professional. By subjecting them to the light you will force them to spread out looking for darkness again. This can split the colony and mean that when the treatment is applied it only kills off one section of the colony with the other half of the colony hiding safely in another location. By spraying them with any pesticide you may have on hand you are also risking a longer term problem. Although the spray may be effective in killing the termites you see it won’t knock out the whole nest.

It is our aim when called to a live termite infestation to ensure that the whole colony is killed. We don’t want anyone left behind to continue feasting on your home.

If you think you may have a problem… give us a call and we will assess the situation free of charge. You would then be advised of the cost to treat the infestation and one of our friendly staff would attend your site to treat the problem.

Call 1300 665 665 if you live in the greater Brisbane region and need a quote.

WHAT IS A TERMITE BARRIER?

Termite and Pest Control Treatments Brisbane

Termites are an important part of the natural ecosystem but unfortunately they aren’t selective in the wood they will devour. Termites eat wood! And our homes are built using wood. Either a little or alot… but there’s wood involved in some way in nearly every home in Australia. So how do you protect your home? For dwellings that are already constructed a post construction termite barrier is highly recommended. You can use baits and monitoring stations and these can be useful in advising if there is any termite activity in your area.. but they don’t stop termites from nibbling on your roof trusses or framework.

Pre Construction Barriers are installed as part of the building process and these are now required to have your building pass code. In my next post I will explain Pre construction barriers and how they factor into your termite protection for your home.

A Post Construction Termite Barrier is a chemical barrier that encircles your property to repel subterranean termites from your property. The chemical barrier must be complete and unbroken and cover the entire perimeter of your dwelling.

Our licenced staff install this in a variety of ways depending on the construction of your building, the soil type and risk factors involved. It can include a reticulation pipe which is filled with a termiticide such as Bifenthrin or Termidor and/or trenching and chemical flooding and drilling and injecting in a solid slab. The type of installation chosen will be the most effective method to repel termites for your construction and location and could include all or only one of these methods.

When we provide a quotation for a barrier we include in our quotation a plan of the dwelling and details of what method of installation will be employed for each section of the barrier being completed.

Do you need a Barrier?

A termite barrier is a large cost, but a larger one is rebuilding your home! Ultimately the choice is yours as to whether or not you need a barrier installed at your property.

When we attend a property to do a Termite Inspection we will give you all of the information you need to make an informed decision in this regard. You are advised of the factors that increase the risk of your home being eaten by termites and the measures you can take to minimise your individual risk. In some cases a few simple measures such as fixing a leaking plumbing issue and removing dead wood from your garden can decrease your risk factors. Ultimately though a termite barrier is the only sure way to ensure your property is completely protected and does not get eaten.

How much does a Barrier Cost?

Termite Barriers are difficult to quote without an inspection of your home. There are several factors that will be judged by our technician in working out your quote. These include: 1. The type of construction of your building. 2. The foundation type. 3. Soil Type. 4. Landscaping installed. 5. Surrounding Area 5. Prevailing Weather Conditions.

It is best to get a quotation drawn up by a qualified technician after a site visit to ensure there are no nasty budget surprises after the fact. We provide a free call out to quote in these matters and our technicians are available to quote within the greater Brisbane area.. North to the Sunshine Coast, South to the Gold Coast, East to the Bay and West to Ipswich and everywhere in between.

Installing a Barrier – How long does it take?

The installation of a chemical barrier to your property can take all day. However in the case of extremely large barriers such as commercial buildings a longer time frame may be necessary. We usually book our technicians for the full day at your property to ensure the job is completed and the highest level of care and consideration is given to your barrier installation. On the day of installation we will need access to power and water but it isn’t necessary for you to be there as we are only working outside of the home. In the case of attached properties such as duplex’s though an internal access may be required. This would be outlined at the time of quoting. All barriers installed by Stevie Redback Pest Control meet the Australian Standards and where appropriate all of the necessary Form 16’s and Certificates will be issued by our office.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact our office on 1300 665 665 and one of our helpful staff will assist you with your enquiry.

Worst Part of the Job….

I recently sat down with our Operations Manager, Allan Holland to discuss what he does and was interested to find out what he considers to be the worst part of his job..

Allan was quick to reply on this one… “Giving catastrophic news”. .. I questioned him further “What do you mean by catastrophic, Al?” He went on to detail a recent booking he went to for a customer where the client had purchased a new home without a Pre Purchase inspection being done.


“An investor bought a property knowing it had termite damage.. but not the extent of damage. He was told the property had a Cypress frame (ie termite resistant materials)…. during renovation our builder noticed termite workings in the roof trusses (he contacted us to ascertain if this was a current active nest? Did it require treatment to irradiate the colony?)”

During inspection although no live activity was located our operations manager discovered that the cypress frame turned into pine trusses (these were untreated).

During the inspection process it was necessary for Allan to stand on the top plates only as 16 trusses were destroyed and the centre beam where the roof changed directions was also heavily damaged. The builder was required to cease work immediately as this property has a concrete tile roof (which is very heavy, thus making this an unsafe work environment).

Allan then had to discuss these findings with the builder and the homeowner . ” The property was strong and well built.. a good solid build. The discussion moved to the roof… what is best to rebuild or demolish.. remove and recycle concrete tiles, re build and reinstall a colourbond iron roof.. the homeowner did have two very large yellow bulldozers at the front driveway as option three. . The builder provided costings on each of these options. Allan quoted a Barrier (termite chemical prevention barrier) which would protect the property in the future..

“It’s an occupational hazard.. being the bearer of bad news.” says Allan philosophically “But its still not nice to have to advise someone that a huge chunk of their property is no longer viable.”

What we are very good at is communicating all possible outcomes to allow customers to make executive decisions armed with costing of multiple solutions.

It should be noted “we did not do the pre purchase inspection of this building”. The homeowner thought he would do it himself…

We highly recommend the services of a trained and licenced pest inspection professional (such as us) to carry out a pre purchase inspection on any property you are planning on buying. You can call our office on 1300 665 665 to book in this service with any of our trained operators being able to provide this valuable service.

Knowing Rodent Behaviour and Creating Treatment Plans…

One of the interesting parts of a pest controllers job is knowing the natural behaviours of a creature. By knowing how a creature behaves; where they eat, sleep and how they approach new situations a pest control operator will know where to put a bait to either capture or kill the creature in question in the fastest and most economical way possible.

Rodents are particularly interesting and present a number of behaviors that need to be taken into consideration. Researchers in the Netherlands recently demonstrated that Rats are able to feel empathy for other rats. When a rat observes another rat receiving an unpleasant stimulus the observing rat exhibited a typical fearful response to avoid being detected by a predator. As well as observed behaviour researchers noted activity in the cingulate cortex of the brain of the observing rat (the same as in humans). How does knowing this help in eradication? Well it may be pertinent to ensure that traps are enclosed in boxes to ensure that rodents don’t observe the results and therefore become more wary.

Another interesting behaviour that must be considered when trying to treat rats and mice is Neophobia…. What is Neophobia? Neophobia is defined as a fear of new things. If a new thing is introduced into their environment (such as a locked bait station) rodents will be naturally highly cautious of the new object or bait and could take a little time to approach the bait. If there are several other more readily available sources of food the bait may take a long time to be ingested. There are several studies that have been performed on rats to measure their levels of Neophobia and it was discovered that the rats that inhabited landfill sites had the lowest rates of neophobia as their environment is constantly changing.

As well as taking into account behaviours a successful treatment plan takes into account the physiological characteristics of a creature and how to use that to their greatest benefit. For instance: rats do not have full colour vision but they do respond to ultraviolet light (which is invisible to humans). Because of this some baits have been formulated to use this to their advantage and help reduce Neophobia. As the urine of rats also reflects an ultraviolet light the bait will appear to be “safe” to the rodents planning on trying the new food source.

The weather will play a role in rodent populations and a monitoring program is in place to predict if a mouse plague is forecast. Plagues occur regularly only in the southern and eastern grain belts. Due to low rain fall the mice populations of these areas are not expected to grow to plague proportions next spring. However the populations of these areas do not effect suburban rodent population numbers. Suburban rodent population numbers are dependant on the food/water sources available. Which can be readily available and plentiful!

Although we don’t hear about the diseases caused by rodents in the news in Australia as prolifically as US and European reports, they are still an issue. Dealing with an infestation quickly is vital and this is where the behaviour of the creature needs to be known to get a quick result.

Poisoning is one of the most common ways that rodent problems are dealt with and it must be noted that any self treatment by homeowners Extensive research is being done into secondary poisoning and a lockable bait station is necessary to ensure the bait aren’t ingested by other animals. This however won’t always ensure that the baited rodent isn’t ingested by another animal (ie cat, dog or predatory bird)

Native Bees

Here is a hive of a native stingless bee of the family Apidae. These tiny bees are approximately 4mm long and all black, so tend to be mistaken for flies. There are 11 different varieties that look like this. This particular hive is on a property owned by one of our operators who has a passion for saving native bees. Due to world bee populations declining due to Hive Blight there is a concerted effort needed to “Save the Bees”. Bees are an integral part of our food chain as they pollinate all of the crops that we enjoy to eat… as well as providing us with honey, honeycomb and bees wax.

Native Bees aren’t very prolific honey producers but they still provide a vital role in the food chain and the preservation of many native species of plants and trees. There are 1700 species of native bees to Australia. They come in a variety of colours including Black, Yellow, Red, Metallic Green and even black with blue polka dots.

A few of the interesting native bees are the Teddy Bear Bee. This little chubby furry looking bee is unique to our generally thought of bee behaviour as it is a solitary creature. (Not hive creators like the honey bee we learn about in school) Each female builds an individual nest for herself in a small burrow in the soil. Though you can often find multiple nests in the same area. These bees are 7 – 15mm long and found all across Australia, except for Tasmania.

Another native bee with unique behaviours is the Dawsons Burrowing Bee. These are usually 20mm long with yellow face markings and a smooth red brown abdomen. They build nests in the arid mud flats of central WA and the only visible sign of their nests are mounds of clay on the ground.

So not all bees behave the same way the honey bee does but they all play a vital role in the environment. If you find a swarm of small black flies don’t spray them until you know they aren’t bees! If you aren’t sure or want us to come out to identify if you have an infestation of a creepy crawly or just a bee hive don’t hesitate to call. 1300 665 665. We will relocate any hives to licenced Apiarists we work with to ensure that the hive has the best chance of surviving and thriving!

Snakes in Suburbia

In suburban Brisbane we often have wildlife that wanders into our properties. As winter closes in rats and mice search for a warm place to set up home (often choosing our ceilings) and this will draw in snakes that see the warm ceiling as a perfect place to see out the winter months… especially if it comes with a ready food source… ie rats and mice… Allan recently found this beautiful snake in a homeowners roof and removed itm as the homeowner wasn’t keen on sharing their home with the reptile. Allan then found some bushland nearby and released the snake into the wild. Placing the snake in a hollow log so it could get used to its new surroundings and not immediately be eaten by a creature higher up in the food chain.

What can you do?

So what can you do about it? Well during the warmer months its a good idea to plug up any entry points… even rolled up chicken wire is great for this as it stops them gaining entry. Block any entry points in walls, brick work and around the roof line. This will mean when the cooler months roll around the rats, mice, possums and snakes won’t be able to gain entry to your roof. Trim branches and trees from around your home to minimise access to your roof for snakes and possums. Possums and rats and mice will gain entry via the powerlines.

Keeping your home clean and clutter free will also minimise the risk of vermin infestation. I have had success keeping mice out of my home when my neighbours had a big infestation problem by using peppermint essential oil in my cleaning products and pouring peppermint tea around my boundary line as mice don’t like the smell of peppermint.

Of course ensuring there is no available food for rodents will help keep them out of your home. Make sure all the food in your pantry is covered. Sealed containers are a good idea.. although I have seen rats chew through plastic, but if the food is harder to get to and the entry points are more difficult this will encourage them to move to your neighbour’s house which could be an easier target. When I had horses we had rats chew through plastic bins to get to the grain and salt licks. So if they are desperate enough they will chew through a storage container! But the idea is to make it as hard as possible for them to enjoy your home… encourage them to move on and maybe see if your neighbours house is more hospitable.

If possible install your compost in a location as far from the house as possible. If there are a lot of grass clippings in the compost this will raise the temperature of the compost and create a lovely warm home for rodents. Turning your compost regularly will deter rodents from setting up a home and breeding there. If you have a chicken coop try to minimise grain lying around as this will also encourage rodents. Planting Chilli, mint and citronella around your chicken coop will also help to deter rodents but of course if the coop is filled with grain and seed this will lure them in!

What to do if there are creatures in your ceiling?

Call your local pest controller to deal with rats, mice and other pests. For possums and snakes it is best to call a specialist in this field to relocate them safely. Identifying what creature has taken up unpaid residence in your home is the first step! Mice and rats will also usually make noises in your walls.. Possums are usually heavier and you will mostly hear them at dusk and dawn as they travel in and out of your roof leaving their dark daytime sleeping spot for their night time feeding on neighbourhood fruit trees. Snakes will generally be much quieter and usually only come in to feed on rats and mice.

Our operators are trained in the identification of termites and pests and will give you a treatment plan to deal with any infestation. If the problem is simple then the operator can usually deal with it on the spot with a simple treatment or bait system depending on the kind of pest your are dealing with.

Pest Control in the trenches in WWI

My little Terrier “Max” here he is kissing his brother our cat TK.

ANZAC Day (Australian War Memorial Day) was yesterday and it got me thinking about the issues that our soldiers faced during World War I. One of those problems was RATS! I hate rats! I’m blaming Stephen King and his book which was turned into a movie that I unfortunately saw as a teenager..many a nightmare was had due to that!

During WWI the problem of Rats in the trenches was a big problem. The rats were drawn to the battlefield due to the scraps of food that littered the trenches, the sewage and the many bodies that were buried almost where they fell.. often in quite shallow graves.

The rats feasted on the dead bodies, which there was a plethora of.. and not surprisingly they grew in size and numbers! The rats carried lice which was another issue the humans had to deal with. There were also reports of these rats biting the soldiers.

By 1918 Doctors identified lice as the cause of trench fever, which plagued the troops with headaches, fevers and muscle pain. This plague had reached considerable proportions before a concerted effort was organised to deal with it.

We slept in our clothes and cut our hair short so that it would tuck inside our caps. Dressing simply meant putting on our boots. There were times when we had to scrape the lice off with the blunt edge of a knife and our underclothes stuck to us.” (Elizabeth de T’Serclaes – a nurse on the front line)

The water in the trenches through which we waded was alive with a multitude of swimming frogs. Red slugs crawled up the side of the trenches and strange beetles with dangerous looking horns wriggled along dry ledges and invaded the dugouts, in search of the lice that infested them.” (unknown journalist)

So how did they deal with this problem? Well Terriers! So my little dog Max (above photo) might have been confisgated to aid in the war effort! Trains full of dogs were despatched to the front! The dogs along with poisons and the instigation of a competition. A reward was offered for every dead rat bought in by men in the trenches. In a single fortnight one army corps captured/killed around eight thousand rats. The men were rewarded with a halfpenny a rat compensation. You can see photos online of men with their haul of dead rats they were presenting to get paid for.

I’m extremely grateful that isn’t an issue we need to deal with anymore… First sign of a rodent at my place and I call for one of our operators quick smart!

What to do if you discover Termites?

Termite nest in a customers’ property.

As a homeowner it can be blood chilling to discover some termites in your home. Its usually during home renovations that the highest number of active termite nests are discovered and this Easter long weekend has been no different!

This morning the girls in the office took 6 phone calls of customers who have found live active termite activity over the break. Usually we would be lucky to get a few phone calls a week of live active termites!

Typically as a proud homeowner and in a panic many people do the worst thing you can do in this situation, says our Operations Manager, Allan Holland “Panic! When people panic they tend to uncover as much of the nest as they can and then they start attacking the termites they can see with an over the counter product like Pea Beau or Mortein, and although these products are great for the purpose they were designed they aren’t designed to eradicate the entire nest.

What this sort of action tends to do is cause the immediate ants to be killed and the rest to scatter in all directions making it harder to find them all. Usually the nest you have uncovered isn’t the main colony, it’s just a satellite nest. It is our aim to eradicate the entire colony utilising products designed to be carried back to the nest and wipe out the entire colony.

What Should you do?

If you discover a termite nest the best thing you can do is carefully cover it back over. On being exposed to light subterranean termites will disperse looking for darkness again. Next step? Call a licensed termite company to come out and assess the problem.

As part of that process our operators will identify the species of termite involved and knowing how that species behaves will give our operator all the information he/she needs to wipe out the colony. We will quote you on the price to treat the termites and advise you how to minimise the risk to your property in the future.

Step 1. Cover it back up! Make it dark again.

Step 2. Ring a licensed pest control company

A recent happy customer wrote:

” Just awesome, when we discovered termites I panicked, thinking it’s going to cost a bomb. Alan was fantastic , very knowledgeable it put my mind at ease. The goal cost was much less than thought and so reliable. Very happy ” Kelly Logen