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What to Consider Before Contacting a Pest Control Company

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Pest Control companies protect your home from all sorts of bugs, rodents, and insects which could pose a threat to the health and comfort of your family. You will have to do some research as not all pest control companies are the same and services will vary between each one.

Pest Control Company in Australia

Pest control companies can help rid your home of unwanted creepy crawly critters.

Before contacting a pest control company, please consider the following points:

1. Choose a company based on their reputation, time in the community, and willingness to answer your questions.

You should be given a written proposal that gives you a detailed description of your pest problem. There should also be an indication of the treatment that will be employed and what chemicals will be used and in what quantities.

2. Not all companies will be able to handle your pest control problem.

This is true for less common pests, like bed bugs, or situations that require specialized equipment like termite applications and structural fumigation. Always ask if the company can handle your specific pest problem.

3. Never go with a pest control company based on price alone, a phone book advertisement, or a “deal of the week”.

Be wary of unsolicited sales pitches and never select treatment just because your neighbour’s home is being treated or because there is “leftover spray from another job”. Get a reference check before hiring any pest control company.

4. Don’t be pressured into making a bad decision that you’ll regret.

No pest problem requires an immediate solution. Most of the time, a delay of a couple of days or even a week or two won’t make much difference. Take all the time you need and make a good decision.

5. Never buy into the hype of “secret formulations”.

If a pest control company tells you that their products contain some special materials that no one else has, you should be thinking twice.

Types of Pest Control Available

Pest control is not just limited to what can be found in homes and commercial office buildings. For the most part, people are already familiar with common pests like ants, rodents, flies, and termites.  However, there are a number of invasive species not indigenous to Australia which have caused considerable destruction to the environment and natural ecology.

Cane toads

Introduced from their native South America to control the cane beetle, cane toads have become a major national menace since their limited introduction to the country via Northern Queensland in 1935. These amphibians damage sugar cane crops and are quick to multiply, numbering around 200 million.

Foxes

Foxes were introduced in the mid-19th century for the sport of hunting. It’s ironic to note that more hunting than ever is needed to quell the out of control population of around 7 million feral foxes. Some indigenous species have been rendered extinct by the predatory nature of the fox.

Rabbits

Released into the country as the same time as the fox, the rabbit’s propensity for eating native plants has resulted in the exposure of topsoil, which has made land susceptible to erosion. The use of Myxomatosis was used to reduce their population 600 million to 100 million until they became resistant to it.

Feral cats

Brought to Australia during the time of the convicts, cats continue to be a popular choice of pet and are adept at catching small animals. However, it is thought that the feral cat population has been a thorn in the side of the country’s native fauna.

The Indian Mynah and other bird pests

The Indian Mynah bird is another pest to Australia’s native bird population due to its prolific breeding habit. It was introduced in the country to control locust plagues. This bird has a habit of forcing native bird populations from their eggs and nests. Other similar avian species include common starlings and rock pigeons.

So pest control is not just limited to the creatures you find hiding inside your home, garden or office building. There are a lot of introduced species that were brought to Australia and released into the wild throughout the years. Because of their introduction, many of these have caused considerable damage to the environment and upset the fragile ecological balance.

 

November 7, 2013 |

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