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February 2018

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What To Look For In A Pest Control Company

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Have you found suspicious holes in your framework? Finding mouse poop in with the utensils? Maybe you are trying to grow some prize winning tomatoes, but have an infestation of hornworm, or are finding that every time you go down to the basement there is a string of ants moving back and forth.

If you have these or any other pest problems, you have probably considered calling a pest control company to help deal with the situation. A lot of people will try to get rid of pests on their own first, but quite often this does not solve the problem in the long run. Most pests are prolific and reproduce in hard to reach areas. In this way, they are a lot like weeds; you have to address the problem at it’ root. The problem with pests is that they are living and the “roots” can be hard to find.

A pest control company should help you to address your pest problem right at the source, in such a way that it is unlikely to recur. Most pest control companies and operators are far from the stereotypical image that you may have in mind from pop culture; many are very knowledgeable operators with encyclopaedic references to many different kinds of pest. They can get rid of your pest problem in the shortest possible time and with the least amount of inconvenience to you and your family, but it’s important to know what to look for before you hire someone. Let’s take a quick look at some items to put on your checklist when you’re looking for someone to deal with your pests.

* Integrated pest management. You’ve probably seen something on television or in a movie where there is a pest problem and Bugs B Gone or some other fictitious company moves in and moves the family out for weeks or months to fumigate. Today’s pest control companies are very aware not only of causing the least amount of inconvenience, but also of using the least amount of chemicals to achieve the end. We’ll take a closer look at what integrated pest management is in another article, but for now look for a company that uses this approach as one of their basic methods.

* Guarantees. The very last thing you want is to pay some hard earned dollars and two weeks later find that the very pests that were supposed to have been taken care of are back again. Look for a pest control company that is willing to guarantee in writing that they will continue to work for the stated price until your pest problem is solved.

* Trade associations. Like many companies, there is no binding law governing a pest control company. The best way to make sure a pest control company is reputable is to check if they are members of trade associations; these associations generally have strict standards and will not allow membership from sketchy businesses.

* Flexible contract terms. Finally, check out the fine print between you and the pest control company. Because they involve living beings, pest problems can be tricky. You might find that you need more work done than you bargained for, and you want to make sure to keep the costs down. Good pest control companies will know this up front and it will be reflected in their contract terms.

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Security Screens – What Are The Benefits?

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Security screens for your windows and doors are an excellent investment in your residential property. Providing protection from a variety of intrusions, they’re an effective means of securing your home, enhancing its value, and making it a safer and more comfortable place for your family to reside.

Enhanced Security

Homes that lack security features, like security screens and doors, are top targets for thieves, especially if other properties in the immediate area are properly secured as this makes the unsecured property the most obvious target. By having quality security screens fitted to your doors and windows, you’re making it much more difficult for intruders to break into your home. In fact, many would-be burglars won’t even attempt to gain entry to a home that’s protected by security screens because it’s so difficult.

No Natural Intrusions

In addition to preventing unlawful intrusions from criminals, good security screens fitted to doors and windows are also capable of preventing natural intrusions into the home, like dirt blown in by the wind, as well as mosquitos, flies and other insects, not to mention the harmful UV rays that quality security screens block a high percentage of. A premium-quality security screen mesh from a leading brand like Crimsafe helps to prevent these natural intrusions that can put your family’s health and safety at risk while enabling you to keep your windows open to let the fresh outside air and breeze enter your home.

Enhanced Property Value

When homeowners invest in quality security screens for the doors and windows of their homes, as well as areas like enclosed verandahs, they’re making an investment in residential security that also has the effect of enhancing the financial value of their property. What’s more, these security products are also an excellent investment for landlords as they make their rental properties more appealing to prospective tenants because of their security and lifestyle enhancing qualities that have made them such a popular choice among Australian homeowners.

If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of installing security screens on your home, please get in touch with your local  Security Door and Screen installers. I bet they look forward to telling you on the many benefits that the premium-quality products in there security screen range have to offer you.

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Avoid Pest’s In Your Home While You’re On Holidays

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For many Australian families the Christmas and New year’s holidays mean going away to visit friends and families.

As we are packing up and heading off for some important family time what’s stopping the pest’s from moving in?

Here are our Top Pest Control Tips to protect your home while you’re away:

 

ANTS

  • Don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink
  • Ensure all food is in tightly sealed containers
  • Don’t leave dirty laundry in rooms or laundry floor
  • Ensure all water taps are firmly turned-off as excess water and dampness attracts a multitude of pests (e.g. ants, flies, termites).
  • Remove items away from external walls (e.g. firewood) building supplies, pipes, hoses. This deters concealed access by ants but is also quite relevant for subterranean termites.

 

FLIES

  • Keep all foods sealed in air tight containers.
  • Rinse out and wash all rubbish bins including waste receptacles or before re-lining them for ease of rubbish removal (even the wheelie bins).
  • If you leave before rubbish collection days, do not overload the rubbish bin with perishables (e.g. seafood remnants). Store these few items in a freezer unit and dispose of them when you return.
  • Remove all dog droppings and clean out the kitty litter trays just before you leave.
  • Again, if anyone is house sitting, notify them to only feed pets with enough food for immediate consumption as many fly species will locate the leftovers and deposit eggs/larvae into it.

TICKS AND FLEAS

  • Check everybody (adults, children & pets), including shoes and clothing when leaving risk areas (e.g. Bushland /long grassy areas). Ticks/Fleas are ideally suited to hitching a ride on the host.
  • Pay careful attention and brush yourself off before going into the home.
  • Before leaving, ensure your pet’s Tick and Flea program/treatments is up to date. Keep it marked on a calendar or set it on your phone alarm for easy reminders.
  • If anyone is house sitting, instruct them to keep your pet’s bedding area regularly cleaned and treated (for further information consult with your pest management technician).

Follow these simple tips and you won’t be faced with a pest control problem when returning home these holidays. Enjoy your break!

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