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Pest control comes with homeownership as an important part of house maintenance. Employing a good, reliable pest control service will not only make sure that you and your family are kept safe, but will also be an investment in the longevity of your property and landscape. In the following sections, we will go more in-depth on the importance of keeping your home safe and free of pests, and pest control in general.

Tips & Tricks To Keep Your Home Pest Free

The best way to ensure that your home is free of pests is to make it as clean and free of clutter as possible. This can include regular deep cleaning, especially in areas that food is stored; and try not to leave food out in the open. 

Cockroaches especially need water to survive, so making sure that they don’t have a source of readily available water will keep them from staying around your property. 

Making sure that the lawn is kept neat and trimmed, along with your plants and trees will help to cut down on pests.

It would also be a good idea to clean out storage areas outside regularly, such as sheds and woodpiles. To avoid rodents, make sure that all food is put away, and that any pet food is kept in an air-tight container to avoid attracting these rodents and pests.

Pest Control In Your Home

The following are pests that can be damaging to your home, your health, and the well-being of your family. It is important to know what the signs and symptoms of these pests may be, and how to eliminate them.

White ants, or more commonly known as termites can be a huge threat to the structure and sustainability of your home or property; as they feed on the wood in your home. They can enter your home through cracks in concrete slabs, walls, and through areas that are near plumbing and electrical conduits, and through the soil in some cases. To ensure that your home is free of termites that enter the soil, the soil may need to be treated every 5 – 10 years.

Cockroaches similar to rodents, can carry diseases and make life miserable for those who suffer from allergies. They can quickly infest the home or property, and thrive in warm, humid conditions.

Bed Bugs are similar to fleas, as they are considered to be a wingless parasite that feed on warm-blooded animals and humans. They are often introduced into the house from pets and generally will build their home in bedding and furniture; which is where their name is derived from. They can cause an allergic reaction sometimes, and they look like irritated welts.

Ants- these highly aggressive pests can be found both inside and outside of your home. As they are attracted by scraps of food, they can generally be found in kitchens, especially around trash cans and doors. They nest under paving, roofing, and within the walls of your home or property.

Rodents (mice and rats) can be a serious health risk as they can be carriers for lice, fleas, and other diseases. (Remeber the black plague, that was carried by rats). By chewing through electrical wiring and other structures, they can also be a threat to the integrity of your home.

Fleas are considered to be a parasite, as they feed on warm-blooded animals and humans. they will often enter the home by latching onto a pet and will lay eggs on the carpet.

Silverfish generally reside inside bathrooms, kitchens, and basements; and although they do not pose a health risk, they can cause damage by feeding on paper, wallpaper, and clothing.

Pest Control Outside Your Home

You don’t only have to be aware and cautious of pests that can find their way inside your home, but should be on the lookout for pests outside your home as well. Some common ones are:

Wasps should not be confused with bumblebees, and they are very aggressive. They have a painful sting that can be harmful to some people who are allergic. Their venom can cause a very harmful allergic reaction to some people and pets. Wasps can build their nests underground, as well as around the home in wall cavities and woodpiles.

Snakes are found around the home, and although some varieties will avoid contact with humans and pose no threat, some can be dangerous with a venomous bite. If you come across a snake on your property, it is best to let a pest control expert deal with it, as they will possess the necessary tools and skills to take care of them.

Possums generally will build their homes in ceilings, chimneys, and building eaves. They can be noisy and can cause structural damage to your home and garden. Additionally, if they do build their home in your ceiling, their waste can cause staining and damage to your ceiling.

Ants- these highly aggressive pests can be found both inside and outside of your home. As they are attracted by scraps of food, they can generally be found in kitchens, especially around trash cans and doors. They nest under paving, roofing, and within the walls of your home or property.

Spiders can be found both inside and outside the home, and you may find them trying to get inside more often when the weather outside starts to become colder. They tend to build their webs around the home or garden, and while many of them are harmless there are varieties of spiders that have a venomous bite that can be harmful to humans and animals.

Rabbits are not harmful to humans or animals, but they do breed extremely fast and can cause significant damage to plants and crops on your property. Also, they tend to make their homes underground by burrowing and in this way they can cause damage to the soil around your home.

Birds can be a nuisance around your home, especially during breeding season before they find a nesting area. Similar to possums, they will build their nests in and around roofs and gutters. They can be very noisy, and can damage the appearance of your home with their droppings. They can also carry lice and diseases that can cause health damage to humans and animals.

Pest Control Treatments

Pest control in Australia entails using pesticides that are sprayed both inside and outside of your home. Generally, a pest control professional that knows what they are doing will use pesticides that have the least amount of toxicity.

This process will last for around a year before needing to be re-applied. In addition to spraying, pest control professionals will also use traps for bigger rodents and pests. In most cases, you will not need to leave the home during the pest control process. However, animals should be kept away from treated areas for at least 30 minutes until the area is completely dry.

What Does Pest Control Services Cost?

Although there may be a higher upfront cost, it should be viewed as an investment into the health of yourself and your family, as well as the integrity of your property. Most pest removal and prevention services will charge around $100 per hour of work. This cost may be adjusted by the size of your property and the type of pests that you have.

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When choosing your pest controller, there are a couple of things that you may need to consider. They should be fully licensed and have the appropriate insurance; additionally, they should have a license to use pesticides.

During your consultation, it would be wise to make ask if they use either non-toxic or toxic-free chemicals during their process. As per the Australian standard AS 3660, if they are performing a termite inspection and treatment both should be compliant with this standard. According to this standard, a full inspection must be carried out before beginning any termite treatment.

As with any type of work like this, you should ask for a written physical copy of the quote, and this quote should be charge and obligation-free. Lastly, ask if there is any warranty that is included from your pest controller. If you are planning on buying a new home, it would be wise to hire a pest controller to perform an inspection before purchasing the home.

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