Pest Control Tips For Spring

Pest Control Tips for Spring

Pest Control Tips For Spring – The new season of Spring in Sydney is only a few weeks ago and many home owners will begin springtime cleaning both inside and outside getting their homes and yards ready to enjoy the warmer spring days.

Spring is not just a time for warmer weather, it is also a time where pests begin to wake up and may start entering your home.

While you are spring cleaning, don’t forget about things that you can do to help in preventing pests making your home theirs!

Externally

 

Pests usually make their way into your home from the external areas, these preventative steps will help ward off a pest infestation before it can become a problem inside your home.

1. Keep plants & mulch away from your home

Keep mulch away from the house &  plants, trees and bushes trimmed. This small adjustment will help prevent keep rodents, earwigs and many other insects that are attracted to flowers and leaves.

2. Tighten seals around doors and windows

Pests can easily can access to your home  through the smallest spaces and cracks as gaps around plumbing pipes, improperly sealed roof spaces, under window and also through various crawl spaces.

To ensure pests do not gain access to your home:

  • Fit screens to all windows
  • Repair Torn Screens
  • Repair holes or cracks
  • Seal holes to prevent mice, spiders and cockroaches from gaining entry.

3. Eliminate Sources of Still water

Pests such as cockroaches, flies and mosquitoes are attracted to containers that are filled with water.

To prevent moisture accumulating repair any leaking roofs soon as possible.

Check for:

  • Leaking Taps
  • Leaking Plumbling
  • Ensure gutters are clear of leaves and debris
  • Empty any vessel that could collect water

Internally

 

Once the external areas of the homes is secure there are a few things that  can be dome internally to prevent pests from entering the home.

1. Keep pet food and water off of the ground

If possible purchase pet food and water bowls that are elevated off the ground.  Pet food becomes an easy food source for rodents, ants and other insects.

2. Clear garages and attics all clutter

Pests such as spiders and silverfish create nests in cluttered areas. Cardboard boxes stored in the attic or garage is a preferred place for this pests to create their nests and webs.

Organise, clean and reduce the number of cardboard boxes you keep and maintain all storage areas.

Homeowners can reduce the risk of pest infestations during spring if you follow these simple pieces of advice.

If you would like to more about how you can protect your home visit Pest Busters , your leading & trusted providers in the pest control industry.

You can count on us that we will provide the confidence and peace of mind that comes from knowing that your home or place of business is protected with Pest Busters Sydney.

For more information or a free quote specially designed to suit your needs call us on 1300 130 567 or contact us via our website

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Keep your loved ones safe from pest borne diseases

Are cockroaches dirty?

 

Do cockroaches carry diseases?

 

Are rats & mice dirty?

 

Do rats & mice carry diseases?

 

Can I get sick from rat & mice droppings?

 

No one likes the sight or the knowledge that there home has been invaded by pests, however it is not just their appearance that causes alarm to many home owners. Protecting your home from pests & pest borne diseases is a major part of keeping your loved ones safe, which is why it is essential that when you do have a pest issue you call in the experts rather than trying any DIY pest control. Pest Control technicians are trained to look for active and potential pest issues that could arise in your home.

Pests live in conditions that we would consider unhygienic like sewers & garbage areas… No one would not allow our children to play in these places!

With this in mind no one would want pests living in our homes spreading diseases they may be pick up from their environments

With our busy lives we can sometimes we forget just how unhealthy it is to have these pests sharing our homes.

It is for this reason we are going to mention a few pests and the impacts they can have on our loved ones, to ensure you are keeping a healthy living environment.

Cockroaches

Many people consider cockroaches to be one of the ugliest pests around, however their appearance

Cockroaches are probably one of the worst offenders when it comes to causing illness and diseases. Cockroaches live and travel through sewers in their journey to your home. They enter the house via drains looking for food and a more comfortable living environment.

Cockroaches leave bacteria, pathogens and parasites as they scuttle across your floors, benches, inside your cupboards & near or on your food!

Cockroaches also leave droppings, urine and decaying bodies which break down and become particles of dust that we breathe which affects our lungs and causes allergies.

It has been proven that cockroach ‘dust’ is worse for asthma sufferers than normal dust, cat or dog hair.

Mice

Their appearance maybe less offensive in some people’s eyes but they are next in line when it comes to potential health risks.

Mice basically set up home inside your home and will constantly look around your home looking for food. Even if food is not readily available and sealed up tight they will still contaminate your home.

Mice dribble urine continuously, as they move around your home they are leaving drips of urine on all surfaces they cross.  This steady stream of urine means diseases they carry such as meningitis or salmonella are being left behind on your countertops, floors and inside the cupboards near or on containers, cans, shelves.

The scariest part of this is that as the urine dries almost immediate it is invisible to the naked eye, which means you could be cutting meat, vegetables, preparing baby bottles on urine stained surfaces.

Rats

The Bubonic Plague which killed over 50 million people in the 14th century was a disease that was spread by rats. Rats have strong and powerful teeth and will gnaw on pretty much anything to gain access to food and water.

There are several diseases which can be transmitted via rats

  • Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome
  • Hemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome
  • Lassa Fever
  • Leptospirosis
  • Lymphocytic Chorio-meningitis (LCM)
  • Omsk Hemorrhagic Fever
  • Plague
  • Rat-Bite Fever
  • Salmonellosis
  • South American Arenaviruses
  • Tularemia

Many of the these do not occur here in Australia however as overseas travel is common where these diseases can be a problem, it is essential that you are aware of the risks and take precautions to prevent contracting any of these illnesses. Knowledge is your best weapon, be aware, it just may save your life or that of your loved ones!

Diseases by rats can also be spread by inhaling evaporating rat waste. Be wary of droppings that are on dusty surfaces. There is a risk that illnesses can be spread through dust particles that become air borne during the cleaning phase.

What is the best way to clean up rat droppings?

Ensure you remove any rodent droppings as soon as possible using gloves and throw away all materials used to collect the droppings.

Place the droppings in a zip lock bag and dispose of immediately as there is a risk that diseases can be spread when dust in your home is contaminated by a rodent’s urine or droppings.

When it comes to rodents and the problems they cause, disease is one you really do not want to ignore. The tool to any rodent infestation is to be safe and responsible.

If you have a rodent infestation and need to clean up their droppings, air out the room and use a face mask. This will prevent you from breathing in any air borne illnesses associated with rodent droppings.

If you have a current rodent infestation, have it treated by a professional pest control. Pest Busters Sydney recommends waiting until you stop seeing activity or hearing noises then begin the cleaning process and seal up any entrance points.

Protect your loved ones with Pest Busters Sydney.

Further Reading:

 

Cockroaches

Mice & Rats

Rat Problems on the rise in Sydney

Early warning signs of a pest infestation

You can count on us that we will provide the confidence and peace of mind that comes from knowing that your home or place of business is protected with Pest Busters Sydney.

For more information or a free quote specially designed to suit your needs call us on 1300 130 567 or contact us via our website

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Chemical Vs Non Chemical Pest Control


Chemical Control:

All pest control technicians must be licensed to use registered pesticides. All  technicians hired by Pest Busters Sydney will be qualified to handle, use & store pesticides correctly.

Your technician will be able to answer any questions that may arise about the chemicals that may be used.

For your convenience Pest Busters Sydney has included a list of MSDS sheets of the chemicals that are used by our company.

Most chemicals that are used on pests include Insecticides, rodenticides and herbicides.

The labeling on these products give very specific information regarding which pests it is registered to treat, the dosage & dilution rates required and first aid instructions.

Non- Chemical Control:

Natural pest control covers an array of simple things, which the home owner themselves can carry out.  Research has found that these methods can be as essential as chemical treatment.

Some methods include:

  • Eliminating food and moisture sources
  • Ensuring correct food storage
  • Ensuring correct rubbish disposal
  • Keeping rubbish bins clean
  • Keeping premises clean by regular vacuuming
  • Repair leaking pipes, inside and outside
  • Keep gutters & drains clean
  • Removal of weeds from the garden
  • Keeping the grass short
  • Keeping firewood and stacks of wood away from the house
  • Repairing of any cracks and holes in walls
  • Removal of overhanging branches that may give access to the house
  • Using glue boards that will help monitor the extent of the pest problem
  • Using traps such as flypaper, wasp and mousetraps

If you would like to consider non chemical methods for eradicating pests in your home please contact us today and we will provide you with step by step instructions on eradication.

Please note Non Chemical solutions are not possible for all pests, however your consultant will be able to provide further information. 


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Early warning signs of a pest infestation

What are the early warning signs of a pest infestation?

Pest Busters Sydney has put together a simple and easy to follow guide that you can follow to see the early signs of a pest infestation.

In any pest infestation early intervention is paramount in ensuring complete eradication.

 Cockroaches

  • Tiny faecal droppings, smudges from regurgitated food and egg cases.
  • The cockroaches themselves, particularly if disturbed at night by suddenly turning on the lights.
  • Cockroaches seen during the day may – but not always – indicate a large population.

 Rodents

  • Droppings, half eaten food, gnaw marks, odour and stains from their urine.
  • Physical damage to electrical cables, furniture, books etc

Spiders

  • Webs or burrows/holes
  • Spiders

Wasps and hornets

  • The insects or the nests

Fleas

  • Cats and dogs scratching, small bites around the ankles on humans.

Possums

  • Noise at night, odours.

 Birds and bird lice

  • The birds noise, nests and droppings.
  • Bird lice that migrate to humans will leave an itchy, painful rash.

Bedbugs

  • Small bite marks in rows on the skin.
  • Minute, white eggs and adult bedbugs can be found in cracks and crevices such as in – springs of bed, in mattresses, furniture.
  • Sweet, musty smell.

Fabric pests

  • Damage to clothes, carpets, book bindings, linen etc.

Ants

  • Ant trails, ant nests.

Maggots

  • The smell!
  • Flies

If you have found any of the signs listed above be sure to call Pest Busters Sydney on 1300 130 567 or contact us using the contact us form

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