When you live in Queensland, pest control is a prevalent part of your life. Pests love the hot, humid weather that Queensland offers year-round which is why you’ll often find them infiltrating your home. Some pests are easier to manage, like minor ant or cockroach problems whereas others need to be handled with more care.
There are various approaches to pest control, preventing them from happening in the first place to removing them yourself or calling in some help from professionals. To break it down we are going to be discussing the do’s and don’ts of pest control to help you claim your home back in no time.
What Are Considered to be Pests?
So, what is considered to be a pest in your home? Pests are organisms that spread disease and cause destruction. They are usually insects or animals that are known to be harmful to humans directly or human concerns. Pests are a bad addition to any property because they can spread detrimental diseases and bacteria throughout a home which in turn can cause allergic reactions and even damage the structural integrity of a property.
In particular, mice and rats are known for gnawing on electrical wires which becomes a serious fire hazard in the case that the gnawing causes an electrical malfunction. When it comes to pest control, some of the common pests we encounter in Queensland homes are:
Health-Related Issues Caused by Pests:
hosts to a range of disease-causing germs that they spread throughout your home that can cause serious illness in humans and pets. Rats and mice are commonly known for the diseases they carry and since they multiple at rapid rates it’s important to know and stop them before the infestation gets out of control.
Mice host a range of diseases, such as Leptospirosis, which can cause severe kidney and liver damage. Rats are also dangerous as their bites and scratches commonly spread disease and cause rat fever. Although you may think they are harmless, cockroaches are another pest that can impact your family negatively. Their droppings are dangerous to household pets and have also been found to cause asthma and eczema in children.
Discovering pests in your home shouldn’t be something to be embarrassed about, it is a common occurrence in the majority of Queensland homes. To help prevent them or remove them once you notice them, we’ve compiled a list of Do’s and Don’ts to help keep your family and home safe.
The Do’s of Pest Control:
At the first signs of a pest invasion, it’s important to do some research. Researching will help you understand what you’re dealing with and the best options to remove the pests. Different pests also require different handling or pesticides. If you’re having trouble finding out how to deal with the pests in your home, you can reach out to our team. We are able to come and inspect your property to understand the situation and then provide an action plan to remove them from your property.
Take Preventative Measures:
The ultimate way to keep pests at bay is by preventing them from infiltrating your home initially. There are numerous simple ways you can prevent pests that are also extremely cost-effective. The first thing you can do is search your property for any water sources by inspecting pipes and drainage systems. Insects love to gather around water sources so by removing any stagnant water you are removing any potential breeding grounds for them.
Another easy prevention method is to inspect the walls of your home and seal up any holes that pests may be using to slip in and out of your home. Also making sure food is stored in airtight containers also makes it difficult for pests to access which avoids cross-contamination.
Seek Professional Help:
An important thing to remember is that you don’t have to try and remove pests yourself before calling in professionals. If you’re unsure how to remove pests from your home, we are always only one call away. In some cases, pesticides commonly used in the pest control process can be harmful to pets and people so it may be better to leave in in the hands of professionals. Contacting our team at South QLD Restoration makes pest removal fast and easy so you can take back your home as soon as possible. Professional pest control also helps contain serious pest invasions, not just minor ones.
The Don’ts of Pest Control:
Don’t combine Removal Solutions:
When it comes to pesticides, more doesn’t always mean better. Always keep pest control solutions in their original packaging to prevent any mix-ups from occurring. This is also a safety precaution in the case of an accident the original packaging will tell you how to best handle the situation. It’s also imperative that you refrain from combining products because this may cause a chemical reaction that could be detrimental to your family or pets.
Don’t Lay Traps or Place Chemicals in Open Places:
When you have children or pets living in the home it’s important to ensure you don’t put chemicals in open places or leave traps out. If ingested or accidentally touched methods of pest control can cause serious harm. A simple way to avoid this is to close off any rooms that have been sprayed with chemicals to pets and children. If traps are needed, make sure they are out of reach to avoid any accidents.
Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late:
What would you rather deal with, a couple of pests in your home or a full infestation? Small infestations are definitely easier to deal with! Identifying pests at the earliest possible stage would make for a super simple removal process. Waiting on the other hand will just cause the problem to worsen and make pest control a relatively difficult process, not to mention you’ll be living with pests in your home for longer!
If you’re after a team of experts to help you with pest control, reach out to our team today. We have years of experience handling a variety of pests ensuring a quick and efficient removal process. For more information on our pest removal service, click here.