Don't forget the annual inspection

ANNUAL INSPECTION: Michael Comfort from Border Pest Control conducting an all-important property inspection using a thermal camera. Picture: BORDER PEST CONTROL
ANNUAL INSPECTION: Michael Comfort from Border Pest Control conducting an all-important property inspection using a thermal camera. Picture: BORDER PEST CONTROL

Pest control should be a part of home maintenance just like mowing the lawn or cleaning out gutters.

AT WORK: Michael Comfort conducting the annual external spider treatment.

AT WORK: Michael Comfort conducting the annual external spider treatment.

And if you live in a steel-framed home don't be caught out thinking you're immune from termite infestations.

They are two of the key messages from Border Pest Control's Michael Comfort.

"Pest control is asset maintenance – it's just as important as cleaning your gutters," he said.

The Albury-based business treats education as an important issue as well as recommending an annual inspection and broad-spectrum spray (commonly known as the spider spray) of residences annually as a minimum.

Another important issue is for those with a steel-framed homes to remember they were not immune to the wrath of termites.

Mr Comfort said it was important to remember that inside steel-framed homes was a lot of internal timber, such as skirting boards, and his business had seen recent cases of termite damage and invasion inside homes less than a year old.

Also, it was important to get a qualified pest and building inspection completed before purchasing an existing home.

"A lot of people are being caught out,” Mr Comfort said.

With summer approaching, a spider spray of your house, inside and outside, may also be an important aspect to consider.

Mr Comfort said if rain arrived in October to November, mosquitoes could also present a problem. 

However, if the drought conditions persisted, grasshoppers and other insects could become more abundant, which meant spiders had a rich food source and could populate.

Barry Walsh, who is the managing director of another local business Pestpac, said termites were a major pest in the area and can go unnoticed for quite some time.

"Termite damage is not covered under your insurance so prevention is key," he said.

"New termite colonies are continually being built and in few short years can accommodate over a million termites and properties that have previously never had a problem are now in striking distance." 

He said each year, lifestyle and environmental factors brought different challenges for the home owner in protecting their family from various pests.

These include:

  • An increase in flying insects means more food for webbing spiders, which in turn means more food for ground spiders such as whitetails;
  • European wasps are drawn to protein so something as simple as leaving wet dog food out will attract them;
  • Bush cockroaches live in moist gardens over the warmer months, this makes the perfect breeding ground for them;
  • Bed bugs can be easily transferred from place to place in a suitcase.

"Having a general pest treatment and termite inspection carried out annually will minimise risk around the home and property," Mr Walsh said.

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