Pests are always hanging around and often in the sneakiest places, but there are a few simple things you can do to help minimise their impact on you and your family. Even though as the seasons change so do the pests which inhabit our homes and gardens, these tips are useful all year round.

Cockroaches

Cockroach infestations can contaminate food and surfaces, damage stored food, and create health hazards for homeowners.  Pest control technicians use a variety of techniques against cockroaches including bait, fumigation, and heat treatment.  

Cockroach bait can come in three different forms including liquid, gel, and solid.  The toxins in the bait take advantage of the cannibalistic nature of cockroaches, and are also able to affect other roaches via secondary transmission.  The bait creates a cycle of cockroaches being infected and passing it on, giving cockroach bait a successful track record of exterminating cockroach colonies.

Fumigation involves the use of insecticides in a gas to exterminate cockroaches. A gas is introduced in an area to reduce the population.  

Heat treatment is an environment friendly and chemical-free option towards eradication cockroaches.  Dry heat, between 50°C and 60°C, is delivered in a portable container for a monitored period of time.

Mice

Mice are known to spread diseases such as salmonella and they have the ability to contaminate food and water supplies.  They are also capable of causing damage to property and creating fire risks due to their chewing on electrical cables.  Denying mice access indoors as well as access to food and water is the most effective way of preventing problems at home.  

Homeowners are encouraged to identify gaps located higher in their building, or their rooftop, not just those near the ground.  Those gaps need to be properly blocked because mice are good climbers, and are able to scale rough, vertical surfaces and walk along cables and wires.

Other mice deterrent tips include sealing holes around existing pipes with coarse stainless steel wire, fitting bristle strips to the bottom of doors preventing entry, fixing damaged roofing, and using wire mesh to seal gaps.  Also recommended is keeping grass mown short to reduce shelter and seeds for food.

Ants

Most ants enter a home in search of food, so they are typically found in kitchen cupboards or other areas where food is stored. Pest control specialists recommend clearing up food and liquid spillages immediately after they happen, storing food in airtight containers and bags, and sealing cracks and crevices in vulnerable areas such as doors or window frames to prevent against ant infestation.  Powerful insecticides are also an effective treatment method against ants.

Flies

Flies have the capacity to spread a range of diseases like Salmonella and E.coli. Denying flies access indoors by shutting windows and closing doors, using fly screens, covering food, and ensuring waste bins have tightly sealed lids are effective preventative measures against these pests.

Spiders

Spiders are known to enter homes in search of a warm place.  The general rule of thumb regarding spiders is to leave them alone; however, certain species of spiders in Australia can create more serious situations if left untreated.  Our Pest Control Technicians are experts in the field and understand what to look for to identify potential problem areas and offer an appropriate spider control method for your home.

Worried about pests or termites? Contact us for expert advice and solutions on how to get rid of pests in your home and garden.