Archives for July 2014
Well winter is finally upon us and while things may slow down for some pests in ‘pest world’ not so with many other.
During winter we get increased threats from rodents, but our favourite ‘general pests’ are still active. Termites keep munching, cockroaches keep on creeping and ants keep on crawling.
This year there a new mosquito on the loose that is a spreader of chronic disease – and this mosquito doesn’t mind the colder weather. You might even discover that some of the favourite winter woollies that you pull out of storage may have been damaged by some ‘pest’ as well, nothing much you can do about that now – but there are things to do before you store the winter clothes away before next spring.
Winter Pest Checklist
Here’s a checklist of things to do this winter to keep you pest problems to a minimum:
Tidy the Clutter:
- Discover all the ‘hidden stuff’ you forgot you had – and re-stow it or throw it! If you have a lot of stuff – then its important to re-inspect/move it on a regular basis to discourage rats and mice from setting up an undetected camp.
- Remove Cardboard and Fabric. If you need a box – think of things other than cardboard. Plastic or metal containers are much better, this can discourage rodents and cockroaches.
- If you’re storing something a rodent would like – then put it in a sealed box or container that they can’t get in to.
Remove any food sources:
- Don’t encourage rodents to stay by giving them an easy meal. (for example, don’t leave uneaten pet food lying around). Ants are also attracted to left over food.
- Seal of entry points into the building. Especially for rodents you need to seal up any holes with small gauge mesh or similar material that a rodent cannot gnaw through, and seal the bottoms of doors with automatic weather seals or weather strips. A rat can gain entry through a hole as small as 12 mm in diameter and a mouse only needs a hole no larger than 6 mm in diameter. Don’t just look down – Look up. Often rodents get in via the roof, eaves or other less obvious entry points.
You can use snap traps to catch the odd rogue rat or mouse, but don’t use cheese as the bait – its really doesn’t work that well – things like peanut butter or cotton wool are far more effective.
Inspect your home for any containers that hold water:
- This is really for mosquitoes. Make sure that water containers are emptied. This includes pot plant reservoirs. Make sure that water tanks are screened. Any container that holds water (where levels rise and fall) will encourage mosquitoes to breed. Keep an eye out for drains that hold puddles, car tyres and old buckets that everyone forgets about. Clean up the garden and make sure there is nothing around the house that holds permanent water that will rise and fall.
Screen your home:
- Make sure that all your windows and doors are properly screened so that you have a safe retreat from these mosquitoes and cockroaches.
Eaves and Walls:
Check your eaves and brickwork for wasp nests and spiders. Wasps can be prevalent even during winter.
- Keep bins away from the immediate vicinity of the home. Keep them as clean as possible and wash them out regularly. Keep bins well sealed. They are a great breeding environment for flies and can encourage rodents.
Trees and Foliage:
- Foliage against the house can create a highway for ants, rodents, spiders and termites. Make sure that bushes and shrubs are kept well away from the walls. Trim off any tree branches that overhang the roof and gutters, yet another highway for ants and rodents.
If you believe or suspect that you have a winter pest problem, please contact Amalgamated Pest Control Sydney for further advice.
1300 127 748
One pest you don’t want in your house or worse still in your bed is Bedbugs. The scary thing about these parasitic pests is that the thing that usually gives them away. That is the irritation that they cause to sleepers. Their bites cause irritation and can even cause allergic reactions.
Bedbugs are often picked up and transported to new places as a result travel activities.They are a major pests of hotels, motels, hostels, planes, trains, boats and private homes and apartments. With people travelling the world and country every day in large numbers Bedbugs are very easily transported around in personal belongings undetected until they start feeding on their next victim.
At present, we are treating these pests almost every day and are finding that they are definitely on the increase in domestic properties. A bad infestation was treated by one of our technicians in Surrey Hills last week. The owner of the home had been overseas and must have brought them back in her luggage. It’s unclear where exactly she picked them up. Could have been any of the hotels she stayed while overseas, she even could have picked them up from the plane. When luggage is stored together, this could and often is the case. She didn’t notice them until around a week or two after she returned to Australia.
The picture below shows the bedbugs hiding, as they do, under the bed ensemble. The fact that they spend most of their time hiding makes them an extremely hard pest to find and treat. There are dozens of bugs in this corner alone of all different life cycle stages. The thing with these pests is that they have to feed to grow. That means a blood meal. Not such an appealing insect when they are living in and around your bed.
How do you get rid of bedbugs?
In pest control, Bedbugs can be one of the hardest pests to effectively treat and control. Bedbugs are very elusive and usually nocturnal. They have a very fast reproductive capability, allowing their populations to grow very quickly and can survive for long periods without feeding. Bedbugs lodge themselves into dark cracks and crevices often going unnoticed in their hiding places such as the folds of mattresses, coils of springs, upholstery of chairs, cracks in furniture, and other many other similar items which may be stored close to a host. They lodge their tiny eggs into similar hiding places making them very hard to detect also. When inspecting for a potential bed bug infestation, our highly trained Bedbug Management Technicians are looking for several tell-tale signs, live Bedbugs, eggs, faecal spotting, blood smears on linen and furnishings, moults, and bite symptoms. These indicators can be very hard to identify to the untrained eye, which is why if you suspect you have a Bedbug infestation at your residence, don’t try to treat it yourself, this will often be near impossible to do so effectively, call in the experts. We have a vast understanding of this pest and will develop an integrated pest management strategy which will effectively manage your problem.
Where do bedbugs live?
When treating a Bedbug infestation, it is essential to identify every hiding place in the residence that the Bedbugs are using. Such an inspection will take some time to complete. If all hiding places aren’t found, it is very unlikely that the treatment will be successful. Once all these locations are identified and the full extent of the infestation is known, the treatment plan can be put together. More often than not, more than one treatment will be required to control this pest using a combination of both chemical and non-chemical methods. At Amalgamated Pest Control we physically remove as many eggs, young and adult bedbugs as possible using specialised vacuum technology then carefully, and effectively, apply treatment directly into the harbourages of these pests. These methods ensure both your safety and the bedbug infestation is controlled extremely effectively. In most cases we will offer a service warranty which helps you rest easy knowing that if the bedbugs come back, so will we.
If you suspect you have a problem with Bedbugs, call Amalgamated Pest Control Sydney and let us provide you with a guaranteed gone solution.