Did you know that even the cleanest of homes can have pest problems? You take pride in maintaining a clean home and this can be seen with your sparkling counter-tops, fresh-smelling rooms, clear windows and crisp linen. Pests can affect anyone and anytime, below are some of the pests that may already be in your home and may require domestic pest control.
These are small, compact beetles with rounded oval bodies. They are roughly 2-3mm long and their heads and legs are often hidden beneath their bodies. Although adult beetles feed outdoors on nectars or pollen, they often go inside houses to lay their eggs. Carpet beetle larvae are rather fond of wool, fur and silk and can often damage carpets, rubs, wool insulation and clothing.
These flies just appear out of nowhere and when they do, they come in numbers and can be very irritating. They are known to darken lamp shades, congregate around dark, damp places and have also been known to go inside the eyes, ears and noses of people within the vicinity. Drain flies are tiny with dark or grey fuzzy bodies and wings heavily covered with hair.
Arguably the most versatile of pest, they can be found just about anywhere depending on the weather conditions. Cool night often bring these pests inside your home and they often hide in the attics, basements, drainage and even between the walls.
These are bloodsucking parasites that live outside the host’s body. Most bites leave no ill-effects to humans, while some can result to severe allergic reactions, paralysis, tick typhus, and lime disease. Ticks often live in woody, grassy areas and will latch onto shoes, clothes and animal fur. They don’t fly but they are great hoppers.
These small insects are often confused with ants because they share some of the same physical features. They live in decomposing trees, stumps, and often make their way into houses or wooden buildings. Termites are often hard to control because they can have their nest as far as 100 meters from their main source of food.
These pests could be in your home already and you wouldn’t even know until an infestation has occurred. The bad thing about these pests is that standard over the counter and conventional DIY pest control methods no longer work. Professional exterminator services will be required to get rid of these pests even before they reach unmanageable numbers. Preventative pest control methods should be followed through after a treatment in order to prevent pest problems from coming back.
Termites vs. Ants - How to tell the difference:
Termites and ants are both pests that cause problems and damages to homes and buildings. However, both types of insects will look the same to an untrained person, and it can be difficult to distinguish one against the other. Here are some ways for you to differentiate termites and ants so that you will know what type of pest problem you are dealing with.
The first thing you should look at is the antenna. Termites have bowed and beaded antennae, while ants have elbowed antennae.
You will see eyes on ants, while none on termites.
Ants will have two pairs of thickly veined wings with the top larger than the bottom. Termites have two pairs of equally large wings that have very faint veins.
Ants have segmented bodies with very small waist. Termites, on the other hand, don’t not have segments like ants do, and they have broad waists.
Ants will have pointed ends on their abdomen, while termites have blunt ends.
Ants go through complete metamorphosis, undergoing egg, larva, pupa and adult stages. Termites, on the other hand, go from egg, nymph, to adult, skipping the pupal stage.
Ants are scavengers and some species are after only specific food types. They may eat their way through wood but only for nesting purposes.
Termites eat mostly plant tissue, going after wood and grass, they are voracious eaters and will often eat building and house structures until the place is no longer safe to work or dwell in.
Knowing the difference between termites and ants is important. Homeowners usually mistake the type of insecticide to address their pest problem, resulting in a poor pest management that yield very little results. What’s more, using the wrong type of insecticide damages the environment. It’s a natural tendency for homeowners to use more and more insecticides against pests when they see that a couple of spray is not doing anything. This releases chemicals in the environment, causing more harm than good to you and your family.
The problem is, since it’s not the right type of insecticide to use, it will not work on the insect no matter how much you apply. If you suspect that you are dealing with termites, you should contact a professional immediately.
Termites can cause thousands of dollars worth of damages to properties if not managed properly. Not calling for help or asking for one too late can potentially result in permanent damages. Pest control experts can help identify your pest, look at the extent of the damage done and come up with a plan to help solve your insect issues once and for all.
Getting rid of house Mice:
You know you have a mice problem on your hands when you hear small, rustling movements between walls or above your ceiling. Food will often have small bite marks on them and you may see mice droppings in areas they frequent. In some cases, you might also see some small mice tracks on surfaces and walls as the mice rub against them on their hunt for food.
Mice can cause health issues and property damages that can cost you thousands of dollars if not addressed immediately. Here are some residential pest control tips that you can use to help get you control and rid mice from your home.
Keep food tightly sealed
One of the reasons why your house might be a haven for mice is food. A meal for one person is enough to sustain 2-3 mice for weeks. Make it a point to tightly seal your food items and clean any scraps from floors, tables, and kitchen sinks.
Garbage can also be food for mice. Keep them away by cleaning up your garbage bin regularly and making sure that it is sealed.
If you are not fond of killing small creatures, then set up some traps to capture these pests. Use bait like bacon grease and peanut butter to lure them in and then set them free in an area away from your home. Make sure that you don’t leave any trail that will lead them back. Use gloves when setting traps to prevent the transfer of your scent. Human scent repels mice, making them think twice about ever going near it.
Other traps include glue traps, poison bait boxes and snap traps. When using snap traps, make sure that the bait is against the wall so that the mice won’t steal it. You should also practice caution when using poison bait boxes when you have kids and pets around.
Seal and Repair Holes
The best way to invite mice inside is having holes or gaps in your doors, windows and walls. As a general rule, if you can stick a pencil through a gap, then mice can get in. Repair screen doors and plug holes with steel wool as a temporary measure until you are able to have them sealed professionally.
Peppermint Tea Spray
Mice detest the scent of mint. Create your own repellent by making a concoction of strong peppermint tea. Put 4-6 peppermint tea bags in 2 cups of boiled water, and let them steep for 6-8 hours. Stir in 2 teaspoons of dishwashing liquid (to help it stick to surfaces) and place the mixture in a spray bottle. Spray it on areas where you suspect mice are entering your home, as well in places where you don’t want them to be.
Getting rid of mice can be done easily if you are faced with just a pair of them. Greater numbers signify an established colony that can be very difficult to eliminate. If you are facing problems with house mice, be on the safe side and call for pest control services.
Termites (aka white-ants) are all over Australia and cause millions of dollars damage to homes every year. The problem is so bad that insurance companies will not cover termite damage in your home. This means that if your house is infested with termites, you are going to have pay for termite control service and for any damages sustained.
Termite control or termite management is recognised as the most effective way of reducing your long term risk of infestation.
A termite monitoring and interception system lays out several monitoring systems which notify you of the presence of termites.
The systems are inspected regularly and as soon as termites become evident, chemicals are added which are specifically designed to kill off the nest.
If I have termites, what do I need to do?
If you are an existing home owner, it is recommended that you have a precautionary inspection to determine whether you have termites.
Simply having one termite inspection will not solve your problem forever. You will need to have a thorough termite inspection done at least once a year. The reason termite monitoring and interception systems are becoming so popular is because (installed and monitored properly), they are effective as an early warning sign of possible termite infestation. If you are looking at buying a new home then you will need a pre-purchase termite inspection.
This is also obligatory as no financial institution will give you a loan without a pre-purchase termite inspection.
A pre-purchase termite inspection will normally take between 1 – 2 hours depending upon where your house is located, how high it is off the ground, how wooded the surrounding area is and how accessible the roofing cavity is.
So what about other insects – do you treat them as well?
We offer a complete pest control service however there are some pests that require specialised treatment. For example, to treat fire ants, the pest controller needs to be registered with the state government.
We do treat all the normal household pest such as Bird Lice, Ants, Rodents, Cockroaches, Spiders, Fleas, Carpet Beetles, Clothes Moths, Lice, Bees, Wasps and Silverfish. Another pest that is now taking up residence in Australia in almost plague proportions are bed bugs.
If you think you have bed bugs then let us know and we will assess the situation for you. Depending upon the extent of the problem, you may need specialised treatment.
Pests and insects are a part of life. They can never be permanently eradicated. We will discuss with you a pest management solution that will enable you to be in control of what is happening in your home.
How Pest Control benefits Health and the Environment:
Are you hesitant about professional pest control because you are not sure what you can get for hiring exterminator services? You may be thinking that with all those over the counter insect remedies, there’s no need to get on, right? Contrary to popular belief, getting help for pest control has so many benefits, both for health and the environment.
Pests often leave behind wastes, droppings and dirt in their wake. You also don’t have to worry about dealing with sick pests that will soon die inside your home and pose threats to health and sanitation. Pest Control services will make sure that these pests are taken out and eliminated from your home.
Pests are vectors and carriers of diseases. They can cause illness through the droppings they live behind, from the parasites they bring with them or by simply touching the food that you eat. Other indirect threats that pests pose to human health is the constant use and application of pesticides that we use without any control.
Inhaling the fumes can cause respiratory illnesses, while direct chemical contact can result to dermatological conditions. These chemicals are also poisonous and there have already been reports of children and pets undergoing emergency treatment due to pesticide and pest poison ingestion.
The more pesticides people use, the more chemicals are released to the environment. These chemicals can leech into the ground and contaminate both soil and underground water reservoirs. These chemicals are also absorbed by plants and are not eliminated. Any crops that you eat from plants grown on contaminated soil will contain chemicals that can cause health problems.
Pest control companies have devised ways to make sure that the use of chemicals are reduced. Green formulations are also being used and developed for effective residential pest control without harming the environment.
Inconsiderate use of pesticides has resulted in so many health issues such as stunted growth and retardation, not to mention the increasing number of insect species that are growing more and more resistant to pesticides. Make the smart choice and hire professional exterminators for your pest problems.
Identifying Mystery Pests:
It’s already difficult to put a name on an insect you’ve only seen once, what more on a bug that you haven’t seen? Here are ways for you to figure out what type of bug that has been causing you problems.
Check Bite Marks
Biting insects have different chemicals that cause different skin reactions, resulting in bite marks that are almost always identifiable to that particular insect. These bite marks differ in terms of size, shape, and level of itchiness. Bite marks and their insect of origin can be classified as follows:
Bumpy, red and itchy – mosquito
Small and red – Pyemotes mites
Red, itchy marks on the scalp, groin or skin that is in contact with clothing – lice (head, pubic, body, depending on the species)
Large, red, intensely itchy – chigger mites
Red, small to large resembling mosquito bites – black fleas
Red, intensely itchy – biting midgets
Raised, small, itchy – bird mites
Red bumps with burrows, intensely itchy – scabies mites
Red halo – ticks, often with the insect found attached to the bite site
It’s very easy to obtain a simple specimen for mysterious bugs that are large enough to be picked using small tweezers, or by a gloved hand (never use bare hands as these pests can bite or have body chemicals that can cause skin reactions). Once you are able to catch one, place it in a small jar with alcohol to preserve the specimen for identification.
If your mystery pest is small and not usually seen during day time, small traps can be set to capture them. You can place adhesive traps close to areas where you think these bugs come from or you can obtain it directly from your skin, pillow,or bed, using tapes. Just apply the tape where bite marks are mostly seen on your skin, then carefully peel off.
Is Identification Necessary? Can’t I Just Spray Them Out
Yes, you need to identify your pests before you do anything to them. Insecticides or pesticides can only be used on the pest it was made for. Indiscriminate use of pesticides has resulted to mutant bugs that are resistant to these chemicals, with cockroaches as a prime example.
Your mysterious bugs should not be handled by you alone. If you need a fast and effective solution to your mystery bug problem, contact insect control professionals who are certified to use insect treatments safely. Licensed technicians are knowledgeable about different species of pests and employ regulated measures to get rid of them safely without causing any harm to you and to the environment.
Pre-Purchase Pest Inspections:
Before you buy a home, it is recommended that you have a termite inspection report prepared to make sure the property is not infested by termites or other timber pests.
Timber pests can travel 50 metres underground, so fencing checks are necessary in a thorough inspection. A thorough Termite inspection and report will inform you about any current infestation, previous damage, areas likely to be infested in the future and areas where additional inspections are recommended to maintain effective physical and chemical timber pest barriers.
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