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.

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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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Rat Problems on the rise in Sydney

Pest Busters Sydney – Rats in Sydney

Rats in Sydney
Rats on the rise in Sydney

There is currently a problem with rats in Sydney and unfortunately the city is not alone. Suburbs throughout Sydney and Australia are all experiencing increased rat activity, and while there are many factors that are contributing to this problem the best way to decrease this type of activity is to provide tips on how to prevent rat infestations in and around houses and business

Rats in Sydney – Residents living in areas with known rat problems are concerned and rightfully so. Not only are these rats infesting abandoned homes, they are also becoming a nuisance around homes and buildings that are occupied and if left unchecked can cause a threat to the health of the people and their pets.

There are many reasons rats in Sydney may find a property appealing such as:

  • Unsecured rubbish bins
  • Pet food left outside
  • Bird feeders
  • Bird Aviaries
  • fruit & nut trees can also attract rats.

To successfully reduce the rat population home and business owners should be responsible for their own property which includes

  • Keeping lawns trimmed and clear of debris
  • Eliminating food sources
  • Blocking entrance points

At Pest Busters Sydney we understand that while this is a significant rat problem in and around Sydney and this is why we are encouraging everyone to learn how they can assist their community in the fight the against rats.

How can I Prevent Rat Infestations?

  1. Eliminate access to food
  • Keep garbage in metal containers with tight fitting lids.
  • Do not leave pet food outside for more than one hour.
  • Keep pet food in tightly sealed metal or glass containers not plastic
  • Remove bird and wildlife feeders.
  • Fallen fruits and nuts, including the pits of fruit trees, should be picked up daily.
  1. Eliminate hiding places and harbourages
  • Remove abandoned cars, furniture, and appliances.
  • Firewood & timber should be stored away from walls
  • Remove all overgrown brush, weeds, tall grass and plants that are near the house
  • talk and work with neighbours to prevent future rodent problems.
  1. Remove easy access to dwellings
  • Inspect the exterior of your home and garage for cracks and openings that a rat could squeeze through
  • Use a hardware cloth cover to prevent rats from entering through vents for crawl spaces, eaves, vent fans etc
  1. Rat Bait
  • Baits are best applied by professionals to ensure effective use and minimize risk
  • Always use lockable bait stations to reduce risk to children and pets.

Further Reading

Mice & Rats

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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Bed bugs

BEDBUG PEST CONTROL 

Vampires of the insect world

Need Help with Bed Bugs?

 

Bedbug pest control Sydney – Bed bugs are mostly associated with human beds where they are often found hiding during the daylight hours. Bed bugs come out to feed at night and are attracted to body heat. The bite of a bed bug itself is normally painless; however, about 80% of the population will develop an allergic reaction to the bite. The bite can cause general swelling that extends beyond the area of the bite leaving no red spot at the bite point.

 

What do bedbugs look like?

 

Bed bugs are flat, reddish-brown, oval and flat. They are about 5-6 mm long or about the size of an apple seed.  In the early stages of their life cycle, bedbugs are almost transparent until they start to feed. As they feed their bodies swell and appear to be red in colour due to the blood they have ingested. An unfed bedbug would usually be a cream colour.

The Young:

 

  • Small and colour-less.
  • General body appearance of adults.
  • Turn red or purple when engorged with blood.

Adult:

 

  • 4-5 mm long.
  • Reddish-brown in colour.
  • Wingless (oval structure in their place)
  • Flat, oval shaped body.
  • Body appears to be shiny.
  • Piercing/Sucking mouth parts.

Where can bedbugs be found?

 

Bed bugs can be found hiding in Cracks and crevices, the seams of the mattress, on sheets, furniture, behind baseboards, electrical outlet plates and picture frames. Bed Bugs are often found in hotels, where they can travel from room to room and in visitors’ luggage.

What do bedbugs eat?

 

Bed bugs preferably feed on human blood, but they can also use bats, poultry and other birds as hosts.

How many eggs can a bedbug lay?

 

An adult Bed bug under good conditions, can live over 300 days. Female bed bugs lay their eggs in cracks and crevices or on any rough surface. The female bed bug lays one to five eggs a day and may lay 200 to 500 eggs in her lifetime.

What is the life cycle of a bedbug?

 

The bed Bug cycle takes about 21 days from egg to adult. Nymphs go through 5 moults and require a blood feed before each moult. In the absence of blood meals, nymphs have been known to survive for 2 years.

Bedbug Pest Control SydneyWhat Impacts do bedbugs cause?

 

  • Bed bugs feed on the blood of humans and other mammals.
  • ​Bed bugs are not known to transmit any diseases.
  • The fear of bed bug infestations and their bites has known to lead to emotional distress
  • Bites may result in an itchy welt that can cause discomfort and may lead to a secondary infection

Do I have bedbugs?

 

The real answer to this and to know 100% for sure if you have bedbugs is to see the bug itself. Not all bites are caused from bedbugs and by presuming you have bedbugs, you could be giving yourself unnecessary stress!

It is not possible to provide a diagnosis simply by examining bites, the reason being is that simply that everyone reacts differently to bites!

If you are being bitten you should consider all possible causes of the bites also taking the following questions into consideration

  • Have you recently returned from travelling?
  • Did the bites start after you have come home?
  • Has anyone stayed over that has been travelling?
  • Do you have pets?
  • Have you seen or heard any birds nesting in or around the window seals/roof cavity/balcony etc?

Bedbug Inspection

 

If you believe you may have bedbugs you should inspect the areas marked in the image below looking for:

  • Rusty or reddish stains on bed sheets or mattresses
  • Dark spots, similar in size to this dot • which are bed bug excrement and may bleed on the fabric like a mark from a permanent marker or texta
  • Eggs & egg casings, which are about 1 mm, pale yellow skins that baby bed bugs shed as they grow larger.
  • Live bed bugs

Pay Special Attention to:

 

  • The seams of the
  • Bedbug Pest Control Sydney mattress, chairs and couches, between cushions, in the folds of curtains.
  • Mattress Base – Bed Joints especially where the bedhead and side rails meet – Bed slats – Bed legs etc
  • In drawer joints
  • In electrical outlets & appliances.
  • Under loose wall paper and wall art/pictures
  • Where the wall and the ceiling meet
  • Where the wall and floor meet

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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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Ants

ANT PEST CONTROL

Ant Pest Control SydneyBlack house ant – Bull ant – Carpenter ant –  Coastal Brown ant

Need Help with Ants?

 

Ant pest control Sydney – Ants are a group of small and highly specialised wasp and have one of the most advanced forms of social life among the insect world. They live in colonies that vary in sizes from a few to hundreds of thousands of individuals.  Ants are a unique and superior species that can administer and organise their colony, where each type of ant has a specific role to play.

What do ants eat?

 

Ants eat a variety of substances including insects, sweets, oils, vegetables etc, they carry food back to the nest where they share it among each other. Due to this process of the ants carrying food back to the nest the products Pest Busters Sydney use for ant eradication work so well.

There are many different species of ants in Australia and only a small number of these ant species have become pests in and around homes and offices.

How do ants get into the house?Ant
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Ants travel through unsanitary areas before they end up in your home and are known to carry disease organisms which can cause dysentery, smallpox and even salmonella.

Ants scavenge for food in kitchens, other food handling areas, garbage areas and even dog poo & an ant issue in your home should not be taken lightly.

Do ants bite?

 

There are  species of ants that can sting and bite, some of these stings can even be fatal!

What Ants are common in Sydney?

 

 

Ant Pest Control SydneyBlack House Ant

 

An Australian native which are often found in rural and urban areas. They are often a pest of domestic environments and will build their nest in cracks or gaps, beside pathways. They generally enter the home in search of food.

Like other ant species, they will nest underground and in voids, for e.g. roof voids or wall cavities. They prefer sugary liquids and will tend to also feed on aphids and other bugs on domestic plants to feed off their sweet secretions.

Appearance

  • 5-3mm long
  • Black in colour
  • Nuisance and scavenge in kitchens, garbage and dog excrement
  • Able to spread diseases such as salmonella.
  • Attracted to sweets

Habitat

  • Nest outside against paths, in rockeries and cracks & crevices.
  • Will nest indoors
  • Nests have been found in wall & ceiling cavities, doors & fences
  • Adults will usually run in distinct trails which can assist in finding nests.
  • Black droppings can sometimes be seen on floors, window sills and benches

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Ant Pest Control SydneyCarpenter Ant

 

Carpenter ants are large and are often mistaken for termites, as they prefer to live in rotting and damp wood. They are often found eating at night, so it might not be an ant that you would see during the day, but you may see or hear evidence of their activities late at night. The carpenter ant eats insects, sweets & meat.

Appearance

  • Largest ant found in homes
  • Black to brown in colour
  • Can also be dark brown to brownish orange
  • Mandibles have 5-8 teeth
  • : 2.5mm in length

Habitat

  • Nest in Decaying wood
  • Can be found nesting in soil

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Ant Pest Control SydneyBull Ant

Bull ants are well known in Australia for their aggressive behavior and their powerful stings. Their venom has known to induce an anaphylactic reaction to victims who have allergies to bull ant stings.

They have large eyes and long, slender mandibles. They have super vision which allows them to be able to track and even follow intruders from approx. 1 meter.

Appearance

  • 18-20 mm
  • Often black or red
  • Very aggressive

Habitat

  • Nests outdoors in soil, under logs or under rocks. They also build a unique, extensive tunnel system.
  • Found in bushy areas (they rarely enter buildings)
  • They give a very painful sting.
  • Able to sting repeatedly.
  • Feeds on other insects and honeydew from scale insects or plant nectar.

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Ant Pest Control SydneyCoast Brown Ant

Coastal brown ants often nest between pavers and along pathways and will throw out soils. They can also infest wall cavities, leaving piles of debris at the nest entrance. Nests can become very large.

 

 

Appearance

  • Golden brown to brown in colour
  • Two raised nodes on pedicel.
  • Sting present
  • Waist is 2 jointed.
  • : 1.5 – 2.5mm
  • Soldier has enlarged darkened head

Habitat

  • Infests houses
  • stores and gardens
  • Eat sugar to cheese, meat & bread
  • They prefer to feed on fatty foods

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What are the signs of an active ant infestation?

Ant pest control Sydney

  • Live ants
  • Ant trails either inside or outside your home.
  • Small heaps of dirt in the lawn or in the areas between footpaths
How are ants treated?

 

Pest Busters Sydney uses a product that is specifically designed to eradicate not just the surface ants but the entire nest of ants.

Internally

A low toxic bait is placed in areas where ant trails have been seen. The ants feed from the bait and carry it back with them to the nest which is designed to kill the colony and Queen.

Externally

External ant treatments are conducted with a product called Termidor. The benefit of this product is that as ants cannot detect that the spray is an insecticide they carry it back to the nest where the chemical is transferred among the other ants in the colony which in turn eradicates the entire nest of ants.

How can ants be prevented?

 

Ants usually come inside your home or business looking for food. They are attracted to sweet and sticky substances.

Internally

  • Clean up spills and food crumbs
  • Empty rubbish bins
  • Feed pets outside and wash their feed dishes daily
  • Store food in pest-proof containers
  • Rinse out jars and containers before placing them in rubbish/recycling bins

Externally

  • Keep trees and shrubs near your house trimmed
  • clear gutters and storm drains
  • Look out for new ant mounds or nests around your home
  • Keep garbage bags sealed
  • Keep the lid of the garbage bin closed
  • Seal around doors and windows where ants could enter

Ant Pest Control Sydney

You can count on us for ant pest control in Sydney 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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