Here we have a range of frequently asked questions, many questions here are very general and can answer a range of questions related to their topic.
My home has just been treated for rats/mice. I still hear them. Is there a likelihood the treatment has not worked?
All anticoagulant rodenticides have an accumulative effect. The toxin builds up in the rodent’s body over a period of 3 – 10 days. The rodent has to consume a lethal dose of the poison bait before it feels any ill effects. It is not unusual, in fact most likely that you will the rodents making noises for several days after the treatment has commenced.
Where will rats/mice likely die?
It is somewhat unusual to find a dead or dying rodent. They usually return to their nest/burrow when the effects of the rodenticide begin.
Will there be a horrible smell when the rodent dies?
Occasionally rodents will die in confined spaces that cannot be accessed for removal. Under these circumstances, an offensive odour may be detected. The odour will usually linger for between 7 – 10 days, but will be more evident when the property has been closed up for any length of time, i.e. first thing in the morning or when you return home. It is advisable to open windows and ventilate your property as much as possible when you are at home to disperse the odour. There are specific deodorisers, designed to deal with such aromas.
Would the Rat/Mouse poison be harmful to my dog or cat?
Absolutely! Rodent baits can be harmful to your pet but large amounts would need to be consumed. The smaller the dog or cat, the more likely that poisoning could take place. Loose baits should never be used in open spaces. Locked bait stations should always be utilised in these situations.
I do not like killing any form of animal. Can I ignore a rodent problem?
No! With the many diseases rats carry, it is not acceptable to allow rodents to multiply.
Do electronic, sonic, ultrasonic or electromagnetic pest control devices work?
The pest control industry world- wide believes that the answer is No! There may be limited repelling capabilities on rats and mice although this does not seem to have been validated by any reputable testing authority. We have seen very healthy juvenile cockroaches nesting on activated ultrasonic units.
What is IPM?
IPM is a philosophy. Least-toxic Integrated Pest Management (IPM) emphasises non-chemical, or the least chemical means of preventing and reducing pest problems. These practices can drastically reduce or eliminate the use of chemical pesticides while reducing pest problems. IPM can bring other benefits as well, including reduced environmental
contamination, better indoor air quality, and cost savings. Residents find that effective pest control is possible without the use of, or less use of toxic pesticides, and that better practices can save money in the long run.
Can termites go through concrete slabs?
Termites cannot go through concrete, however they can go through a crack less than 2mm wide. They can come up through plumbing penetrations, expansion joints, and cracks in the slab. They can also come up the slab edge and easily chew through the brickie’s mortar.
I have found termites in my fence. Should I be worried that the termites may also get into my home?
YES! Termites continually have scouts foraging, and in time, may likely forage right into your home. It is estimated that one in four homes in Australia will has some active termite history. Don’t get your home eaten away, have a timber pest inspection carried out regularly.
I have active termites, how much damage can they do?
Subterranean termites do not usually create significant damage in a short period of time, but can cause horrendous damage over an extended period of time if left untreated. We recommend you take action as soon as possible to begin the control process.
We had an exterior pest treatment and it rained later that night. Will outside treatment materials wash away?
Once a liquid residual product has dried following application, the solvents and emulsifiers evaporate, leaving a durable residual that adheres to surfaces and is resistant to being washed away by rain. Naturally enough, over time repeated rain, wind and exposure to sunlight (ultra violet) will have an effect, as modern pesticides are designed to do just that.
How many descendants could 1 (one) female cockroach produce in one year?
Under optimum conditions, one female could theoretically produce 2 million offspring. Some cockroach species females do not need to mate in order to produce fertile eggs. This form of reproduction is called parthenogenesis and all the eggs produced will hatch into females.
How many descendants could 2 fleas produce in 9 months multiplying under ideal conditions?
Under Ideal conditions 2 fleas could produce up to 2 trillion descendants. This could riddle your yard and house with flea in a matter of weeks, look for the signs and get a pest