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Pests come in many forms; termites, ants, cockroaches, fleas, rats, mice are just some of the long list of pests that can occur around the home. For smaller infestations, products can be bought that you can disburse at home yourself, however if you have a larger infestation it is advised to hire professional pest control experts.
The best form of pest management is prevention. If you wish to prevent any pests from infesting your home, you can schedule to have periodic “treatments” that will keep you home pest free. These treatments vary in the amount of time they last, so be sure to schedule this correctly with the professionals you hire. Homes in Australia are particularly susceptible to pest infestations, whether it be ants, cockroaches, termites or other pests. The results of these infestations can cause damage to your property, and also be detrimental to your health.
Pest control experts (exterminators) are experienced in doing the necessary investigations of your home, before they administer any treatments. Also, when checking for removing pests, they can decide which treatment to use, and find the best areas to target. There are varying methods of pest control, depending on the pest and level of infestation.
The most common pests in Australia include:
Chemical pesticides are effective, but can be dangerous if they come in contact with human beings. Therefore many people opt for organic methods of control. Natural pesticides are usually non-toxic to humans, and also better for the immediate environment.
To eliminate breeding grounds for pests, ensure that you have proper drainage, and waste disposal. Garbage creates perfect breeding grounds for many pests, providing food and shelter. To discourage them the disposal and collection of garbage in an efficient manner should help prevent infestations. Bad drainage, creating still and stagnant water sources, also creates breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Repairing your drainage system should help prevent this problem.
Many forms of pest control require that the exterminator locate the breeding grounds of the pest to administer treatment. Many pests live collectively, returning to their hives. Eliminating their breeding ground reduces the risk that there is another outbreak of the pest. Many pests such as ants, wasps and bees, require direct treatment on the breeding ground. Some other treatments work against the collective nature of the pest, using them to collect and store poisons unwittingly in the breeding ground, therefore eliminating the entire hive. As this is working with poisons, it is advisable to hire a professional exterminator for this work.
Poisoned bait is an old method of controlling many different types of pest, but is most commonly associated with rats. The main concept lies in the pest consuming the poison, believing it is a food source. The poison then kills the pest.
For rodent infestations, traps are another method that may be adopted. There are many different types of trap; some kill the animal by a quick-release mechanism that crushes the animal that has triggered the trap, and others capture the animal in a cage, where it can be released into the wild. For possums, bats or other such pests, the second option acts as a humane solution. Ask your professional for the best solution, as each individual infestation is different.
For treatment over large areas, poison sprays may be the most effective method of administering treatments.
When hiring an exterminator for your pest control, is is best to compare the quotes of several exterminators before deciding which is the best company for you. Requesting quotes from several local companies, you can compare serices and prices. Be sure to ask for a breakdown of the quote so that you know what you will be paying for.