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by Jason Neale
Keeping Pests Away From Your Home
Owning a home these days can have its ups and down, and this is magnified when you have a pest problem. Most homes encounter termites at some stage and will have to have a termite treatment done to bring the problem under control. But termites aren’t the only pest to worry about in and around the home. There are cockroaches, silverfish, ants, spiders, bed bugs, wasps and rodent such as rats and mice. All of these pests can do potential damage to a home, so keeping your yearly pest treatment up to date is an important part of keeping those pests away from your home.
Nobody likes the idea of cockroaches running around the home, but more importantly they can get into food if containers aren’t securely closed. ere are different ways to treat pests, but the most important thing to remember is use a professional pest control company to treat your home or commercial premises. There are so many people that have their homes treated by an unlicensed pest controller and this can lead to all sorts of trouble.
The Importance of Using the Right Equipment
As with all trades its best to use a company that has the right equipment to handle the job properly. When you see a cheap pest control advertised, it’s hard not to book. But the thing to remember with a cheap job is that there comes some pit falls, the main one is the job will not be done correctly and the customer, in general, doesn’t even know if the job is being done right or not. Usually it becomes apparent a few weeks down the track when the company has got the money and won’t come back. But this can be avoided by using a company that has been around for some time, and in most cases, the savings is only a few dollars. So don’t risk it just get the job done right the first time.
General Pest Control Gold Coast
A general pest control Gold Coast would come with a warranty of some sort. The most popular one that pest controllers give out is a twelve month warranty. But don’t be fooled by this; some pests will not be covered under the warranty and the first the customer gets to know about it is when they ask the company to come back for a respray and they won’t. The only way a warranty of any kind can be given for any type of pest treatment is when the pest controller is there to see the job. Knowing the environment that the treatment is to be done in is the most important aspect of being able to give a warranty period of any kind. For instance, if a pest controller goes out to a restaurant for a cockroach treatment, it would be hard for them to put a 12 month warranty on this type of job. In this situation, a service program would be implemented for 2 to 3 visits per year, depending on the size and condition of the business. The same goes for pest treatments being done in a house; the environment and condition of the house will determine on the warranty that can be placed on it.
Cleaning Up Premises
With the condition of a home or business, it will depend on the type of treatment that is needed. If a house has been neglected and there is food scraps all around, then it may require 2 treatments. The first one would be classed as an initial treatment, then a clean-up of the premises would be advised before the second treatment is done. This is why it is important to listen to the advice of your local pest control company. By doing this, it will ensure the pest treatment is backed up properly and can then have a full guarantee placed on it.
The most common pest treatment that customers get wrong is termite treatments. They just don’t understand the importance of regular termite inspections. Termites, or white ants as they are also known, can do a lot of damage in a very short time, resulting in thousands of dollars’ worth of damage to a home or business. After a barrier treatment has been done, the pest controller would then explain everything that has been done to protect the home. They would also explain what not to do to prevent any more attacks from termites, so listening to your pest control company is very important to help keep those home wreckers out. That is exactly what they are, home wreckers or destroyers. There are also many species of termites in Australia, but only a few pose a threat to homes, so hiring the services of a professional company is very important.
With pests such as rodents i.e. rats and mice, they can cause a number of problems around the home. They can gnaw their way through electrical cables and wires causing costly repairs. Treating them can be difficult at times. Finding out where they are entering the property from is the best way to eradicate them. The entry points need to be blocked off and then baits laid to kill them. If rodents are found inside walls, for instance, finding the entry point so that traps can be laid is important. This is to ensure they don’t go back inside the wall cavity and die, as this can lead to a bad smell throughout the home from the corpse. To prevent rodents from dying inside walls, stick pads can be used. These are very sticky pads that are laid outside the entry points, so when the rodents come out looking for food they will be permanently stuck to the pad and can be disposed of. This method is most popular in a commercial situation, most home owners don’t want to have to pick up a rat or mouse especially if it isn’t dead. There are all sorts of ways to treat a rodent problem, and the best way is to hire the services of a reputable pest control company that will back up the service with a warranty.
The most common pest found around the home is the cockroach. There are also many species of cockroach found in Australia. The most important part of a treatment is knowing how to effectively treat them. The first thing that should be done is an inspection of the areas to be treated and try and determine where the problem is. This will tell the pest controller what sort of pesticide to use and where to put it. For long term success, the roof void should always be dusted at the time of any treatment. This will help to eliminate any pests that are harbouring up there, and this can include spiders, ants silverfish, bird lice, and cockroaches. Doing a dusting of the roof void is treating many different areas of pest management, resulting in a better long term solution for the customer.
Other areas to be treated when dealing with cockroaches is in the kitchen and under appliances such as fridges, dishwasher and microwaves. These can all be harbouring places for cockroaches. They can breed at an alarming rate if not treated early. The dishwasher would have to be the biggest culprit for harbouring cockroaches as they are just not cleaned enough by the residents of the home. A cleaning tablet should be put through the dishwasher at least once a month to keep the drain pipes clean and free from food scrapes. The dishwasher, along with the fridge and microwave, should be pulled out once a year and be cleaned. Firstly, vacuuming all the loose particulates that may have collected under them and then be wiped down with a clean cloth. This is the best way to keep this area clean and to keep these pests out of the home.
Your home doesn’t have to be a breeding ground for pests. Some good advice from a trained pest control technician and regular cleaning and maintenance is the best way to keep those pests out.