How often should I have a Pest Control treatment done?
This really depends on where your house is located and what pests are a problem. Generally it is recommended to treat once every 12 months but in higher pest pressure areas you should consider doing a booster treatment at the six month interval.
How long does it last?
As the old saying goes "how long is a piece of string?" In short it lasts a long time in a dark quiet cupboard that you never use, on the other hand it doesn't last anywhere near as long outside on exposed brickwork-for obvious reasons.
The goal of all treatments is to 'lay down' enough residual insecticide so that there is a very high likelihood that most pests will come into contact with some of the 'active ingredient' at some stage-causing their demise.
Today's pesticides do not last as long as the pesticides of old BUT they are more effective and a lot safer for you, your family, your pets and the environment.
Get an annual treatment backed up by a decent warranty/guarantee and you will be all good 99% of the time. Also remember its called 'Pest Control'-it's all about stopping infestations NOT eliminating EVERY pest from your immediate area (which of course is impossible to do).
Do you offer a warranty?
We offer full industry standard warranties and all pest treatments and they are also backed by our Money Back Guarantee where if we take a job and cannot get rid of your pest problem (even after we have retreated) we'll give you your money back-AND THEN DOUBLE IT!
Do I need to empty the cupboards in my kitchen?
No it is not necessary to empty cupboards as we apply a gel to areas that cockroaches are likely to visit.
Should I move anything or pack anything away?
Within reason, move as much as you can away from the skirting boards. Pack away toys, kitchen utensils, pet food bowls etc.
Is the treatment safe around my children and pets?
Yes they are safe but it’s best practice to remove humans and animals during treatment, particularly very young kids, allergy sufferers and pregnant women.
We only use the safest and branded products available.
Will there be an odour?
Most treatments are odourless.
I’ve found an old wasp’s nest on my patio, do I need to worry?
No - wasps don’t use the same nest twice, but there may be another nest close by. If you have seen wasps around and are concerned, best to call us and we can look after your problem.
What do I need to wash after the treatment?
In most cases there is no need to wash anything after your treatment.
After you treat the house, is it normal for us to see cockroaches, spiders and ants roaming around?
Yes, you may see some around. They will have come into contact with the treated area and will die shortly after.
Remember it is called Pest Control and is designed to prevent pest infestations. We live in a warm (and often wet) environment-ideal conditions for pests.
It is impossible to eliminate every pest from every environment. They are generally prolific breeders and generally provide an essential service for the environment.
Your pest treatment will in most cases 'tidy up' the pests that stray into your property-once they contact the residual insecticide.
Be patient and realistic!
What can I do to minimise pest populations around my home?
Do you leave crumbs on the floor and food out on benches overnight?
Do you leave dirty dishes in the sink overnight?
Poor hygiene and sanitation habits offer the ideal environment for pests. After all they are constantly searching for food so if you leave food out for them they will find it very attractive.
Many people have pets and many people leave food out for them all day-if you were an ant wouldn’t you find that an easy meal?
Similarly a German Cockroach will find a dirty kitchen extremely attractive. Couple this with a lack of suitable residual pesticide and you have a recipe for disaster.
Do you have fly screens on every door and window?
Do you check firewood and toys/furniture before bringing them into your house?
Do you have any overhanging branches or vines touching the sides of your house?
Is the yard clear of food and rubbish that might be attractive to pests?
Are there any items under the house that could attract pests?
Have you blocked birds and possums from entering your roof cavity and nesting?
Simple everyday household management can go a long way to lessening the chances of a pest infestation:
- Eliminate all food sources
- Adopt sound food storage practices-air tight and away from walls.
- Throw out old opened food packets.
- Empty rubbish bins regularly
- Reduce availability of water-remove the causes of dampness by fixing leaking pipes and fridges, ventilate clothes dryers
- Reduce availability of shelter-reduce clutter
- Maintain a high standard of cleanliness at all times
- Clean up after food handling / preparation must be immediate, thorough and regularly carried out.
- Dishes and utensils should not be left unwashed overnight.
- Clean up pet’s food bowls.
- Regular clean up around long term accumulations of stove grease, shelves etc
- Regular cleaning/mopping/vacuuming of shelves and cupboards will reduce the build up of food particles.
- Seal cracks and crevices around door frames, cupboards, pipes, tiles etc
- Ensure garden beds are at least 1m from your house.
Can't I just do my own pest control?
Of course you can! Major supermarkets and Bunnings carry a wide variety of domestic grade insecticides. Always ensure you read the label before application
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