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What’s the difference from one pest control service to another? What I mean by this is, why is one property that has been treated may differ from another property with a similar problem?
The answer is that each property or building that is treated for a general pest control is different. The environment surrounding the property and also the condition within the property will have an impact on the outcome of each treatment.
Importance of Keeping Homes Clean
Homes with plenty of natural light and air flow will have fewer problems with most pests found in Australia such as silverfish, spiders, and cockroaches etc. if kept clean and tidy. Also, ones that have a well maintained garden are less likely to become infested with pests.
Pests of any kind are mostly scavengers and will always go for easy meals, so it’s important to keep a home or office clean and tidy. One of the main problems we see when doing a pest treatment in a home is over cluttering of un-used boxes etc that insects like to harbour in.
One of the main areas for insects, like spiders, is the garage. This is because there are always a lot of things that don’t get used very often, so these pests like to make these types of areas home.
Cockroaches, on the other hand, are mainly found around wet areas, so the kitchen is of the most concern for a pest controller when spraying a house. Attention to kitchen cupboards and food pantries is also a place to make sure is well treated.
One of the items in the kitchen that creates a lot of mess is the toaster. This is because the catch tray in the toaster is not very often cleaned out by the owner, and so small bread crumbs fall out in to kitchen cupboards, leaving an easy meal for cockroaches.
Residential and Commercial Pest Control
Each and every residential and commercial property will need a different approach by a pest control company when engaged to do a treatment.
Residential Pest Control
Customers should be asked what sort of problem they are having if any. This is usually first asked at the time of the booking, so that the pest technician has an idea of the job before they arrive. Once at the property a good and thorough inspection should be carried out to try and find any potential issues.
One area that is often over looked by pest controllers these days is the roof void. This area can be the home to a whole array of pests from cockroaches, spiders, lice, rats and mice, so it’s important to have a look at this area and also do a treatment.
Treating a Roof Void
To treat a roof void is very easy for a pest controller. A permethrin based dust is blown into the roof through the man hole cover. This is left to settle on the rafters etc and will be a great defence against pests. Rodent baits can also be placed into the roof void through the man hole cover at the same time.
The advantage of using a professional pest control company is that they will have a better understanding of the life cycles and habits of pests found around our homes and commercial premises.
Having a better understanding will mean that the correct products are used and more importantly they are placed in to the right situations. This in turn will give for a better outcome and also a longer lasting treatment.
Frequency of Pest Control Treatment
In most cases, a home should only need to be treated once a year, now this will also depend on the severity of the problem to start with. In some cases like with an infestation of any kind, a second treatment is usually required after the first treatment.
Where an infestation has occurred, the first treatment is used to eliminate the main of the problem. This will destroy all pests that are found within the home. Then a thorough clean-up is needed. After this, a second treatment is required to ensure the problem doesn’t re-occur.
Infestations of pests happen for a reason, and usually it’s down to poor hygiene. This is why a clean-up is needed after the initial treatment, then the products are reapplied to ensure a long lasting treatment.
Commercial Pest Control
With commercial pest control services, an initial treatment is carried out, and then ongoing treatments usually 3 more throughout the year are scheduled.
How often a commercial property is treated throughout the year will depend on what sort of property is to be treated. For instance, a restaurant will need to be treated on a 2 – 3 monthly basis. Ports are another area where a pest treatment is carried out, and this is usually on a daily basis, as imported and exported goods have to be treated before coming in to Australia and also before going out.
So each and every job has the potential for a different approach. This is where a professional company with good experience will be best employed to handle your pest control problems.