Frequently asked questions

At Cairns Pest Control Services, we've compiled answers to frequently asked questions relating to the products we use, our services, and some common misconceptions and myths about pests.

If you have a question that isn't answered here, please don't hesitate to contact our team.


Q. Are pest control chemicals safe?
Q. Is pest control safe during pregnancy?
Q. Is pest control safe for pets?
Q. What should I do if I'm allergic or sensitive to pest control chemicals?
Q. How long will the treatment take?
Q. How much will it cost and what services are involved?
Q. Do I need to empty the cupboards?
Q. What chemicals are used?
Q. Can I purchase products to do my own pest control?
Q. What can I do to help the exterminator?


About Termites

Q. How do I know if I have termites?

A. Since termites aren't out in the open building owners generally become aware of them when it's too late and damage has been done. Repairing damage is expensive, whereas early detection is a minor expense. The best option is to arrange for an annual termite inspection by our accredited QBCC licensed technicians.

Here are a few common signs you may have termites:

  • Hollow sounding timber
  • Papery timber
  • Tight fitting doors
  • Hard to open windows
  • Cracks in cornice or door jams
  • Termite mud
  • Termite wings

Q. Are termite treatments safe?

A. As with other pesticides used by our company, termiticides pose no significant hazard to humans, pets or the environment when applied according to label directions. The termiticides we use are tested extensively for adverse effects on health before entering the market. This testing is done by the manufacturer and through independent evaluation by Australian regulatory authorities.

Q. What is Termidor?

A. Termidor is a type of pest control treatment manufactured to target termites. The active ingredient in this termiticide is Fipronil. This ingredient works to disrupt the insect's central nervous system. It is very significant in its transfer action within the termite workings.


Termites: True or False?

1. In Australia, termites are only found in the South.
FALSE: Termites can be found throughout the country but will favour humid environments. There are more than 2300 species of termites of which about 350 occur in Australia. Of these, about 12 damage sound timber.

2. Termites must serve some purpose; they can't simply be agents of destruction.
TRUE: Termites are one of nature's great recyclers. They provide a valuable service breaking down dead wood into soil.

3. When forests are levelled, and trees are removed to make way for development, termites are destroyed or removed in the process.
FALSE: Most termites nest in the ground just beneath the surface. When their food supply is destroyed by development, termite colonies seek new food sources. This source usually ends up being the timber used in newly built homes at the same site.

4. Termites will attack a brick or block house on a concrete slab floor.
TRUE: Since most homes in Australia have timber frames, termites will use any flaw or crack in the concrete to make their way to the timber. Block homes are vulnerable because termites can gain access to timber parts of the structure through the blocks.

5. Myth: I have a lot of black ants; therefore, I will have no Termites.
FALSE: Black or green ants will not stop termite activity. termites have soldiers to protect their nest, galleries or workings.

6. Termites will leave my house alone if I leave timber in my yard.
FALSE: Timber in your yard will attract termites to your house. Termites forage for their next food source long before the first supply runs out—up to two years in advance. Leaving timber and tree stumps in your yard is definitely not recommended.

7. My house is safe because it's made from hardwood.
FALSE: All destructive species of termites eat hardwoods. They eat ALL timber. The termite genus Nasutitermes, in particular, is known for causing extensive hardwood damage but does not eat pines.

8. Despite the house being built with Termimesh or other control measures installed during construction, I still think I should get a termite inspection before buying it.

TRUE: The house is far from safe. Termites can, and do, penetrate any chemical and physical barriers. Regular termite inspections are your only safeguard for breaches to any installed barrier.