We are often asked if there are any tips and tricks for homeowners to follow that help in preventing or reducing the likelihood of unwanted pests their homes. The only real trick to saving money on pest prevention long term is by performing regular pest and termite inspections. There are a number of pest companies around that provide affordable pest control services which should always be considered before attempting do it yourself methods.
Having said that, detecting a problem early is far better than rectifying and repairing damage caused by years of undetected infestations.
Here are 3 simple ways in which you can protect your home from pest infestations.
1. Prevent entry into your home in the first place and this can be done by fitting Rubber door stops. Beneath your doorways are ideal and easy entry points for pests.
2. Remove any vegetation away from the property. Overhanging trees or vegetation against the wall edge of your home is often where ants, termites, cockroaches and spiders gain entry into the property. Wood piles should be stored up and elevated above ground and Any timber or old furniture that might be stored under or around the home should also be removed.
3. Do not locate Vegetable gardens right up against the wall edge of your home or build them so that they cover up the weep holes in the brickwork. Your veggie garden will require regular watering and this consistent moisture will most certainly attract termites.
4. Repairs and maintenance should be routine around your home not only to detect any activity early but to also spot and repair any leaky piping or faulty plumbing that’s producing high moisture areas, especially against the side of the property – this includes hot water systems
5. When renovating what you really want to avoid is not having the correct and proper prevention barriers in place when adding decks or laying concrete slabs these are areas that pest target, so, be sure to have a professional provide guidance on the best control systems to suit your extension so that it remains protected long term.
So How Do Pest Prevention Specialist Treat Common Infestations Any Differently to Regular Home Methods?
Firstly, homeowners should not be attempting to perform treatment themselves. DIY products are not effective, they are not long term, they do not eradicate the problem entirely and these products are typically more harmful to the environment and your family’s health and well-being.
Silverfish typically breed in the roof void, but you will typically only spot them in your clothes drawer, or wardrobe. Pest professionals will use a machine and dusting method that permeates the roof and wall cavities, which fixes the problem entirely. Home remedies include Mothballs which will deter them for a short while but not eradicate them.
Despite the fact that your home may be as young as 6 years old, regular termite inspections are crucial in a good preventative plan. Your termite barrier may have a 20-year guarantee, but that guarantee is subject to annual termite inspections. If you have a termite problem no store-bought product will effectively eradicate termites but actually exacerbate the problem. For most homes, the best form of prevention will be either a chemical full perimeter barrier or a termite baiting system, but it depends on the construction type of the house
Rodents are unfortunately more common in certain areas and are more active in the winter months where they gain access to your home through cracks in the floor, gaps in the brickwork, or even garage doors that don’t close properly. The best prevention for rodents is to prevent entry by sealing cracks, using perimeter seals etc however a professional pest control service will recommend 2-3 weatherproof baiting stations which are highly effective and a very safe way of preventing unwanted rodent infestations.
20years ago many people considered Possums and bees as pests. Today they are protected and may not legally be exterminated or harmed in any way.
Changes to the environmental law means that bees are a protected species and they must be removed by a professional beekeeper who will relocate the hive so there is no need to call a pest prevention specialist.
The same goes for Possums, they are a protected species so any removal/ relocation methods must be performed by a licensed professional. A professional pest control service will manage the relocation of unwanted possums for you.