Termite Control Canberra uses the latest treatments, bait stations and equipment to control termites before they are a problem.

What do they look for in a termite inspection?

What do they look for in a termite inspection is structural and moisture issues can include standing water on the roof, pooling water around the foundation, wood mulch close to the foundation, and wooden deck supports that touch the soil. A termite inspector looks for visible signs of termite infestation, including wood damage, mud tubes, buckling of the walls, spongy soft to the touch spots on and around door frames.

Included in the termite inspection may also include the following.

The inspection could include a checklist that is started from room to room that would include checking the roof, supporting beams, around door frames and leaking plumbing in the wet areas. Leading into the garden the inspector would be looking along the fence line for fence damage and trees in the yard and garden beds and pergola stirrups to see if the wood touches the ground.

Report that gives a follow up


The termite inspector would put together a report on what his findings and recommendations for the property. The report would also have recommendations on problem areas that could attract termites in future and if live termites are found there would be an action plan that would be discussed in detail with the owner.

LIVE Termites Stage 1 – the “chase out”

One of the recommendations would not only get rid of the termites commonly called the “chase out” where the termites are dusted and as they are very social would rub up against each other killing them off and eventually killing the Queen termite.

Stage 2 – Installing a termite barrier

After chasing the termites out there is no guarantee the termites would not attack the property again and then consideration would need to be given to install a termite barrier to protect the property and stop the termites gaining entry.

There are 2 main termite barriers which are commonly used the first is a chemical barrier where a small shallow trench is dug that encircles the property and under the piers and chemicals are inject into the ground in close proximity and the soil is replaced and you would not even be aware that the barrier has been installed.

We use a product called Termidor which has a $2M 8-year assurance that gives the owner peace of mind.

Bait stations are the other commonly used barrier where stations are dug into the earth and pieces of wood are inside the station and then the bait stations are supposed to be checked regularly to see if the termites have taken the bait.

The trouble is that these stations are often forgotten to be checked giving no assurance that the termites have not invaded the property.

A1 Pest Control Canberra are termite experts and offer both visual and offer state of the art thermal image termite inspections and termite barriers if we can help you with termite or other general pest problems please call TODAY 0407 065 413

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What Are Termites Attracted To and Why Termite Damage is Preventable?

Great question, what are termites attracted to and why termite damage is preventable.

Let’s start to talk about termite habitat:

Termites are attracted to warm, dark, moist areas where the Queen termite can eat, live and then start to lay hundreds of live termites in her nest while the worker termites key objective is to look for timber to feed the Queen and the workers start mud tracts to lead to the food source.

Any damp areas within your home are likely to attract termites, particularly places where there’s plenty of wood.

• Don’t store wood piles and lean it close to the house or garage
• If there are leaky taps or pipes fix them and pay special attention to the garden tap outside that is close to the house
• If you have posts for pergola in contact with the soil or fences that are not treated the termites have a field day with this.
• If you have taken down a tree grind it into the ground as this is the perfect termite fodder.

I have talked about case studies where people have put the key in the door and the door has fallen backwards on the floor as the termites had eaten all the doorframes! Or the homeowner that thought they had termites and took down the sheeting and disturbed the termites and they scattered.

The home owner was smart enough to call in a pest control company (US) and although they had left the bedroom which is fine BUT you can’t be guaranteed that they will not return so you could very well replace the sheeting only to have the termites return.

We inspected in the roof void and here they were alive and well.

Why Termite Damage is Preventable?

As you can see there are many things you can check to ensure to minimize attracting termites and also having a termite inspection on an annual basis is a good practice to get into but the one thing that deters termites is a termite barrier we use termite chemical barriers as it has $2M 8 year assurance and NO other company can give that guarantee.
Ring our team today on 0407 065 413.

Now you know what attracts termites and why termite damage is preventable.

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WHAT ARE TERMITE SWARMERS AND SHOULD YOU WORRY?

If you see ants with wings they are called termite swarmers or alates and really they are an unwelcome visitor to any property owner. When you see these insects it is a sign that the colony is in close vicinity to the property or worse still the property could already be infected with termites.

What are termite swarmers? Termite swarmers are winged termites whose main role in life is reproducing and creating new termite colonies. They look for a suitable mate to be the future termite kings and queens will swarm and find suitable locations for their own colonies.

Emerging from tubes built by worker termites, termite swarmers range in color from yellow to black depending on the species. Like many other flying insects, termites are attracted to light and are often seen swarming around exterior lighting or window sills.

If you have seen what you believe to be termite swarmers at your property or elsewhere in your garden, it is highly recommend that you contact an expert pest control like A1 Pest Control Canberra as soon as possible.

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TERMITES IN FARRER EVEN THOUGH OUR COMPETITORS SAID SHE DIDN’T HAVE TERMITES!

Funny story we detected live termites in a property and the landlord got another quote and was told there are “NO” live termites there!

One of the team members went back out to show the customer where the termites were and the customer declined the offer of getting a pair of overalls on so we offered to make a video.

Still she was unconvinced that we would not be using an old video so the technician got a piece of paper with a red circle on it and then took a the VIDEO.

Low and behold the pictures are what we captured along with opening up the mud track and live termites climbed onto the paper.

With live termites now shown the response of the customer was “we will think about it!” No disrespect there is NO time to THINK about it as they are inside the home there will be NO home left to think about!

LIFE LESSON people cut back on the wrong things and just imagine had we not gone back to the property to make the customer aware! What about a pest company that tapped around threw his hands up and said NO LIVE termites!

If you want a more thorough termite inspection contact OUR team we are termite experts and if we are not sure we will use thermal imaging T3i the latest technology. Don’t leave your property to chance.

Call 0407 065 413

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HAVE A LAUGH BUT KNOW YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR…

Do you know how every picture tells a story? For me this picture says it all because its meaning is you get what you pay for.

We know we are not the cheapest pest control you can get and we are not the most expensive either BUT what happens when we go to your property you are getting quality products and service.

There are some of our competitors that use products that are of a lesser quality and we can nearly guess that your problem will not be fixed and will have the same problem over and over again.

Also we are aware that people use cheaper products and still are expensive BUT know that we use Termidor for termite barriers as it’s the ONLY product on the market that will give $2M 8 year assurance on the termites NOT coming back – that is how certain they are.

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DON’T GET CAUGHT UNPROTECTED!

We get call outs all the time for either pre-inspection or for general inspection looking for termites. That is fine for those that we write reports for saying that there are “no termites” that is all that the owner wants to see on the report for peace of mind and especially if they are selling the property.

There are times though that we find termites and we inform the customer that there are live termites in their property.

TERMITES FOUND – WHAT NEXT? – THE CHASE OUT

We discuss the plan in detail of what needs to happen first including discussing the barrier and if there are live termites we chase them out first.

We do this with either Termidor foam or we use a dust where we treat the termites and as they are social insects that they rub up against each other and the dust is transferred from one termite to the other killing all the termites as they make their way back to the nest.

LEARNING CURVE

We recently had a client that did not want the barrier put down and only wanted the live termites chased out that was nearly 12 months ago this week we were called back and the woman now wants the barrier put in but she has had builders in who are replacing gyprock and beams as the termites had returned again.

The builders cost for replacement was $80K and she needs to pay this out of her own pocket as it’s not covered by insurance. For the cost of the barrier seems small in comparison to the damage that termites can do.

WHAT WE RECOMMEND

We use mainly chemical barriers as this gives the owner $2M 8 year warranty against the termites returning NO other treatment will give this assurance.  We recommend that either a visual or thermal imaging be performed annually to protect your property. Please call our team on 0407 065 413

 

 

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TERMITE PROTECTION STARTS WITH AN INSPECTION Call 0407 065 413

Imagine this. you have or are buying a property and you see it has had a visual termite inspection but what jumps out at you on the report is one or more of the following.

• Not able to gain access to the subfloor
• Wet weather could not access the roof etc.

Termites gain access when dirt meets wood if they can not gain access through the dirt they build mud tracks that can reach up to 7 feet tall to gain entry to your home.

Do you take a gamble and hope like hell there are no termites in the areas that were not able to gain entry?

Let me tell you something, you may gamble that there were no termites in that area but recently we have been called in where people DO find termites 6 months after moving in to their property OR a potential buyer orders a thermal image inspection and finds termites which delays the sale as the buyer negotiates to factor this treatment into lowering the price or at worse walks away from buying the property altogether.

Thermal imaging can pick up termite body heat and movement through walls, floors and under the house it will even pick up house faults like leaking pipes behind walls this saves you thousands of dollars.

CALL OUR TEAM 0407 065 413 or visit our website A1 Pest Control Canberra

 

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Possum Catcher Pest Control Canberra Call 0407 065 413

There has been a larger than ordinary possum calls outs this winter. Many reasons for this as Canberra expands to make way for buildings and housing destroying possum habitat and food source they are heading into suburbia and that is when it becomes a problem.

Who would blame possums for wanting to keep warm in Canberra winters!

Our team is one of the few pest control companies that are fully licensed by TAMs to trap and release possums. As a bonus, we will also repair minor entry points of the possum when it is a small job with easy access.

We will not set traps over the weekend as we do not work on Sunday to release them which would be cruel.

As you can see in the video possums are protective and also territorial and they normally travel in pairs and will regularly, fight with their partners or fight over food but believe me they are a big pest especially while you are sleeping.

RING OUR TEAM TODAY 0407 065 413 or go to our website A1 Pest Control Canberra

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HINTS AND TIPS TERMITE PROTECTION

Reduce the risk of a termite infestation in your home:

• Repair any water leaks and moisture issues. Water-damaged walls, leaks in roofs, bathrooms and sink areas create favorable conditions for termites to flourish.

• Clean gutters and repair downspouts. Keep gutters clear and free-flowing to avoid clogs which may eventually lead to water damage.

• Drain water away from exterior walls and foundation. Ensure all drain lines, such as air conditioner drainage lines, release water at least 30.48 cm or 12 inches away from the foundation.

• Trim back shrubs and landscape plants from exterior walls. Shrubs and plants can trap moisture, which is critical for termite survival. Over-grown plants can provide a hidden avenue for termites and prevent thorough visual inspection.

• Keep ground cover below the bottom of the exterior siding. Ground cover, such as mulch and pine straw, that has built up over the bottom of wall coverings, provide a hidden avenue for termites. Ground cover should be at least 15.24cm or 6 inches below the bottom of exterior wall coverings.

• Monitor irrigation systems. Ensure sprinklers are adjusted properly to spray away from foundation and walls.

Ensure you have a comprehensive termite inspection by a professional termite company. At A1 Pest Control Canberra, our inspections can use the state of the art thermal imaging to see pests before they can do damage.

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YOUR EATERY COULD POTENTIALLY KILL PATRONS

Unfortunately, some food places put profits before people and risk not only their reputations but can make some ill or at the extreme kill their patrons.

The Health Department can step in and serve Provisional Improvement Notices (PIN) serving the notice on the food premises to correct what the Department stated was wrong this PIN can stay in place and the eatery remains closed until the issue is addressed.

THE ANSWER IS SIMPLE – PEST CONTROL

Regular pest control services every 3 -6 months to eliminate pests problems and prevent infestations where food can become contaminated and make people sick.

The pest technician will give a report which is kept and presented to any Health Department officials who do random checks on eateries.

CALL 0407 065 413 Let our team help you.

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FREE Pest Control Tips – Canberra Call 0407 065 413

A1 Pest Control Canberra takes pride in doing a little extra for their customers which comes as a nice surprise for customers that have not used our services before.

I have noticed not just with the pest control industry but services that I have hired to do the odd jobs around the home or have something fixed the tradesman will first give you a 4-5 hour window that they may come around to do the job.

This is highly impractical for those that will need to take a half day off from their job and sit and wait for the tradesman, many times though there is no courtesy call to even say “I will be there in 30 minutes!” More often and not you need to cool your heels and just wait for them to turn up.

When they eventually do turn up one eye is on the clock the other on the job that they are doing. Sound familiar?

When pest control is required and using larger franchise companies they too also run the same way and I suppose when comparing ourselves as a family owned and operated pest control company I think we can take a bow.

Pest Control Tips will help you by:

  • Better preparing you with tips before we arrive.
  • Ensuring that we know if you have pets so we can advise you what to do on the day of the treatment.
  • Educating you on the pest problem that you have.
  • Tips to get more for your money after we have gone.

If you have any general pest problems or need a termite inspection please reach out for pest control tips when booking in your treatment with A1 Pest Control Canberra.

Call Bob 0407 065 413

 

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“TERMITE PEST CONTROL CANBERRA 3 TIMES LUCKY!”…

I have been telling a few horror stories of what has happened when property owners do not have regular termite inspections here is another story of 3 strikes and your out – please read on.

Bob and the team were called out to O’Connor (Nth Canberra) and its not the first time that we have found live termites in their home but the owner thought that by us chasing the termites out that would be enough to get rid of his problem – wrong!

The termites had attacked the house in the opposite direction and again we mentioned the termite barrier to be installed asap to protect the house from further invasion but we got “I will think about and give you a call”

3 months now past and we got another call same address HELP the termites have been found in another area of the home and “we want them GONE for good when can you do the job!”

Finally, common sense prevailed and not we are installing a chemical barrier with 8 year 2 million dollar assurance that the termites WILL NOT be back!

We have worked out that the damage done the termite barrier would of saved them money if they got it done the first time before any further damage was done.

Book a Termite Pest Control Inspection TODAY Call Bob 0407 065 413

Please look at the damage termites can do in the older video below the story was picked up by Current Affairs.

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A1 Pest Control Canberra – Termite Specialists

Why do we call ourselves termite specialists? I guess it has to do with the fact that we go over and beyond what is expected of a pest control company that we take pride in our work and want to help everyone of our customers get protection from the damage that termites can do.

It’s the fact that we invest in our own education that keeps us a step in front of the pack so we are aware of any changes in technology or new treatments that have come onto the market place that give better safer results we would want to know that too to pass onto our customers.

Many times we are called in and amazed at those that have come in before us and stated that there are “NO” termites and have just taken the inspection money and run where on closer inspection its very evident that there are termites.

Perhaps the other company didn’t go all the way under the house to check for evidence of termites or otherwise they would not of missed the mud tracks left by the termites?

Or they inspected the property on a wet day and was not able to gain access to a roof due to weather on the day, who knows all we know if there is one area that is miss or overlooked its like giving termites the keys to the house!

Our mission is to save you money and to use not only the tools we use visually, but to offer you newer technology like thermal imaging that detects moisture, body heat and movement of termites but also alerts you the owner of potential plumbing and electrical issues as well.

Weather does not prevent us from checking on roofs and checking under the house as the thermal imaging can detect through all surfaces.

I also know that we use only superior products like Termidor that give a $2million dollar 8 year warranty and we feel that alone gives the customers peace of mind when choosing a termite specialist.

We always choose people over profits and this also sets us aside from our competitors who will use a cheaper product and increase the price.

If you are looking for Termite Specialist who does pre-construction, commercial and domestic property contact Bob on 0407 065 413 or email Bob@a1pestcontrolcanberra.com.au

 

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VIDEO A1 Pest Control Canberra – Termite Talk

Its strange what you come across in the pest control business – just when you have thought you have seen it all up pops something that you may have read about but not ever seen for yourself.

Did you know that termite King and Queen only fly once and that is to find where they will make their new colony. Once there the wings fall off the Queen’s whole purpose is to produce thousands upon thousands of termites daily.

How interesting is that!

Listen to the story here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZyrrinp6Fs&feature=youtu.be

The soldier termites go out and find the soft sap wood that they know that the Queen loves to eat and the termites build their mud tracks straight to the soft wood.

Only last week Bob and his team were called out to a property when they had cut the tree down in their backyard and did not grind the stump down. The family decorated the bare stump with gnomes and pot plants not knowing that there was a colony of termites busily eating away at the soft
wood.

The pest control team started their investigation and opened the stump to reveal not just one Queen but another 8 Queens – you see there is only one fertile Queen the others are her replacement should something happen to her, the soldiers are infertile and their job in life is to feed the Queen and to protect the colony.

Bob followed the mud tracks into the house silently eating away the door frames of the newly renovated bathroom.

Anyway, I hope you got to have a good look at the video and then get back to us if we can help you with a termite inspection either visual or with our T3i thermal imaging to ensure that we can identify if you have termites and if you have devise a plan on how to best treat the problem.

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Discovers 9 Queen Termites

A1 Pest Control Canberra Discovers 9 Queen Termites!
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Today we sent the team out to Kambah for a termite inspection on a tree that was cut down last year and the stump had been decorated with gnomes.

We found the colony and in the royal chamber there were 9 Queen Termites. This will mean after the chase out we will be doing a barrier around the house to protect the home from the termites.

While the inspection was taking place the woman next door is also wanting a termite inspection. A lot of our days lately are on termites and advising courses of action to take.

FACTS ABOUT TERMITES.

1) there is only 1 Queen termite who’s main purpose is to lay up to approx 30,000 eggs per day! The other 8 we found today are to ensure the colony lives on should something happen to the Queen.

2) a Queen & King will only fly once and that is to find a place to start a new colony and then will shed their wings and never fly again.

3) a Queen termite can live up to 50 years of age in her lifetime lay 165 million eggs. The worker termites only live around a year but are easily replaced by the Queen.

4) worker termites are there to feed the Queen and find food sources for themselves.

5) The only way to successfully kill a termite colony is by killing the queen. She never leaves her chambers you have to find a way of getting to her.

Killing all the workers is not enough as she can quickly replace them.

Call Bob TODAY for all your pest needs 0407 065 413

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TERMITE TREATMENTS – DON’T PAY TOO MUCH

Termite Treatments – Don’t Pay Too Much
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As a business of course we will charge you for our services but there is a BIG difference to paying for one of our services and paying through the nose.

Only last week we called out to quote on a termite barrier and another pest company do a quote on bait stations before I tell you the cost I need for you to know the difference between the two treatments.

BAIT STATIONS Vs TERMITE BARRIERS

BAIT STATIONS
Bait stations is when the pest control manager places the barriers in the ground with wood in the barriers to attract the termites and then check the barriers every 12 weeks to see if there are any termites that have been attracted to the stations.

TERMITE BARRIERS
Termite Barriers are when we dig a trench and dig 200 mm out from the footings and 70mm wide x 100mm deep if there are concrete paths we drill holes 12mm holes 200 apart and then add Termidor.

This protects the whole property and we give 8 years 2 million assurance against termites coming back in that time which I think gives anyone peace of mind.

Back to my story, Bob attended a property in Ainslie a suburb of Canberra and found live termites in both the fence line and they had built mud tracks into the home eating away at a new bathroom and we prepared a report that had our plan of treating the termites and laying down the barrier.

The homeowner was given our quotation and he nearly fell over as our quote was $6,000 less than the quote for given for the bait stations! That is a huge difference in the cost, needless to say we got the job.

*It is in our opinion that bait stations that we have seen that are installed are rarely get checked leaving your property unprotected and giving you a false sense of security as you can see the bait stations, whereas the termite barriers is more cost effective using quality chemicals and giving the property owner 8 year 2 million dollar assurance gives the home owner peace of mind and is a more cost effective method in dealing with termites.

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A1 Pest Control Canberra – Advanced Termite Inspections

A1 Pest Control Canberra is a family owned business that was founded by Jenny Jordan and Bob Waters in November 2011. Pest Control is in their veins as Jenny’s brother Bruce Gow has worked in the business for over 35 years!

Since the beginning Bob has used his background in customer service that has surpassed his client’s expectations with being able to book an appointment at the time the client wants but also has his staff deliver education on how to prevent insects and pest from returning to how to get the most out of your treatments.

Jenny and Bob started humbly and the staff were and still are family members “until recently due to the expansion of the company we ran out of family members” says Bob!
Luckily also Jenny Jordan has a marketing background and is the person how promotes the company.

Bob saw the need for more thorough Termite Inspection instead of using the usual visual methods of tapping and evidence of termite activity which really is not inclusive since access may not be possible due to weather conditions or the size of the entry area which would prevent inspection. Bob seeing the benefit of thermal imagining invested heavily in education and accreditation of Thermal Imaging.

Bob states that using the imaging technology gives him the edge over his competitors as it picks up not only body heat from the termites it also picks up moisture and maintenance problems for the home owner long before that it is seen by visual means. This saves the home owner thousands of dollars by treating areas before they become a problem.

With Bob’s attention to detail and a mass of satisfied repeat customers A1 pest control  Canberra continues to be in demand for residential, commercial and government contracts like DHA (Defence Force Housing) Schools, Construction, Real Estate agencies

A1 Pest Control Canberra uses only environmentally pet and family safe chemical treatments

Bob Waters 0407 065 413

http://A1PestControlCanberra.com.au

13 Cosgrove Street
Canberra ACT 2605

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TERMITES IN CANBERRA – GET A TERMITE INSPECTION

Over these last 2 weeks we have been getting more call outs for termites and that is a good thing as no longer people are chancing it with a visual image and are insisting on thermal imagery for more accurate reports.

Let’s face it, the human eye can not see inside beams and posts and many times pest control managers can not get on top of the roof due to wet weather or hard to crawl in spaces and they write this on their reports. BUT tell me how do you know that the very spots that were not checked did not contain the termites you wanted to discover before they did damage.

You see with thermal image camera it also can pick up moisture which is a food source for the termite and this could save you as a intended buyer to see this as a plumbing problem before you sign on the dotted line.

Although Bob and his team do visual and thermal imagery inspections thermal is by far the more thorough of the 2:
– detects body heat of the termite
– movement
– moisture within walls and your roof.

Please call Bob 0407 065 413 for all your pest inspections.

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GET RID OF POSSUMS OR RATS YOUR ROOF

Spring is the time that you may get possums in your roof they return to where the source is and use the space to shelter and raise their young.

While it may not cause too much trouble with just a few in the roof it may will cause you many sleepless nights when the whole family start fighting or mating.

Also with all of the building that is now happening in Canberra there are many times when builders seal the entry not knowing that there is a possum in the roof and its not too long that the possum die and the smell becomes unbearable.

We have had clients and this isn’t pleasant where maggots drop from the light fittings where the possum has died.

WHAT TO DO WHEN A POSSUM DIES IN YOUR ROOF

Only yesterday (Sunday) Bob took a call from a home owner where it was a slight smell then the smell got increasingly worse as the body of the possum decayed.

We can also get this happening when people throw baits in the roof when they think that it will kill the rodent and it does but they can not escape and die.

1) Ring Bob 0407 065 413
2) The team will remove the dead possum/rat
3) Put an odour bag up that will absorb the smell NOT mask it.

Problem solved!

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A1 Pest Control Canberra, Get Rid of Termites, Spiders & Creepy Crawlies

What I love about our pest control company in Canberra is that we are a family owned business that has customers that think enough of us that they write reviews to tell others of their pest control experience that they got from Bob and his team. One of the main things that stand us apart from our competitors is our customer service and how we spend the time to update and educate our customers.

We are an Australian company not sold out to overseas companies like some of our competitors that are playing on the fact that they use to be wholly Australian owned and now owned entirely by overseas companies – which is sad.

Services that we provide:

  • Termite Thermal imaging inspections – access or weather is never a problem
  • Termite barriers with $2million 8 year assurance policy
  • General pest treatment – both family and pet friendly
  • Possum removal
  • European Wasp removal
  • Dead rat removal – with odour bags that don’t mask the smell they absorb the odours
  • Bed Bug detection and removal
  • End of lease – we will even return the key to the agent!

We are there when you need us to be this may mean that you need us to not to disturb your day to day work routine so we will work outside normal 9-5 work hours which is ideal for our e-commence clients.

Customer service is the name of the game and many of our competitors will give a 4-5 hour window of when they will be there. A1 Pest Control Canberra will be there at an appointment time. Also another thing is that all staff has had Police checks.

If we can be of assistance for any pest control needs please call Bob 0407 065 413 or contact us through our website contact form at http://A1PestControlCanberra.com.au

 

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