Pest Control Mullumbimby termites and all pests
Moving inland from Byron is the town of Mullumbimby.
Termite wise it is a very active area with many homes built before it was mandatory to use termite protection during the construction phase. Most of these older homes have had renovations done at some stage and in almost all cases, no thought was given to termite protection or other vermin exclusion.
As with all areas within the Byron Shire, the other pest varieties that are found are quite consistent. Rats and mice are prevalent all year round but are seen more in winter when they are looking for shelter.
Cockroaches, ants and spiders more active in spring right through to winter.
It is interesting to note that many ant genera are found only in the warm, high rainfall areas along the northern and eastern coasts. In fact, out of the 101 Australian genera, 23 are limited to the coastal areas of north- eastern NSW and Queensland. This gives us a huge challenge in managing pest ants in and around the home in this location. The main ant as a pest is the black house ant and the white footed house ant. The white footed house ant has multiple queens and is a very tricky one to treat. The black house ant has one queen so identification of the ants is paramount to gaining control.
The termite species that are prevalent in this area are the Coptotermes spp and Nasutitermes spp which is a very damaging species of termite that can act very fast and is hell bent on consuming structural and finishing timbers. These two termite species have differing behaviours and nesting habits and both are very damaging termites.
A lot of homes in Mullumbimby are built on timber piers or other types of piers like brick and concrete. Even if the piers are not timber this does not make the houses any less vulnerable to attack as termites are more than capable of going up steel piers to gain access to the timbers within the home.
The further inland we go we find the situation doesn't change that much except probably more Nasutitermes are seen. Into Main Arm and beyond over to Wilsons Creek we can often see examples of these termites in trees. These Nasutitermes have arboreal nests (i.e. tree dwelling) and can be either really easy to spot or quite difficult depending on the size and orientation of the termite nest. If the termite nest cannot be found or reached then we need to treat the termite tunnels and other "leads" so the termites can transport the treatment (which they consume) into the nest.
For the other subterranean temite species, monitoring and baiting type systems work very well because baiting will take out the termite nest.
Given the Mullumbimby area has a long history with forestry and timber felling, the termite erradication approach we choose is vital in protecting the home in the long term. In the catchment areas of Wilsons Creek chemical treatments to the soil should be avoided.
We manage the pest and termite control in many homes and businesses in and around Mullum and we know we can deal with any pest situation you may find yourself and your property in.
Please call us now on 02 6685 4490 to find out more about how we can help you.
Proprietor: Michael Powell.