Why You Should Get A Pest Inspection Done Even If You’re Not Moving House
Do you know what’s living under your floors, or in your walls? We all know how risky it is to buy a house without first having a comprehensive building and pest inspection performed; it can end up costing you thousands if you find a termite infestation after you’ve moved in.
But if you’ve been living in your home for several years, or have never had the property inspected for pests, there could be problems brewing that you’re not even aware of. These issues could be affecting your family’s health, or building towards some nasty surprises and expensive fixes if ignored.
Some homeowners ‘play it safe’ by having a pest controller blitz the property with pesticides annually, or even bi-annually, regardless of whether there are signs of a pest problem. We are firm believers that prevention is better than cure, but many Australians, especially those with young families, are apprehensive about spraying poisons and chemicals around their home which is understandable.
Whilst the chemicals used by pest controllers and exterminators are deemed safe when used by a certified pest controller under the proper conditions, wouldn’t it be better to reduce the amount we spray in our homes if we could? There are many different forms of pesticides used in Australia. They come in solid, liquid, powder or spray form and can be specifically designed to target different types of pests. If you don’t know which type of pests are in your house (if any), it’s difficult to make sure you are using the correct approach and could end up covering your home in chemicals unnecessarily.
Alternatives to Heavy Pesticide Use in Your Home
Rather than a regular visit from a pest controller, get a pest and termite inspection done every few years, it could turn out that you don’t have anything to worry about. Or, if there is a problem you weren’t aware of, you can take measures to tackle it before it gets worse, the only thing worse than having termites eating away at the foundations of your home, is having termites and not knowing about it!
Sometimes the health impacts of the pesticides, poisons and chemicals you use to protect your home and family can actually be worse than those from the pests themselves, so if you can avoid unnecessary use of them, why not?
Green Pest Control and Pest Prevention
Sometimes it will be necessary to take affirmative action against pests in your home, but don’t reach for the rat traps and poison just yet! Manufacturers are making great efforts to design products that get the job done with little or no risks to humans health or the environment. Orange Guard have created a family-friendly spray made from edible plant extracts and water that actually outperforms other contact insecticides.
Of course, if your pest inspection uncovers that you already have a serious infestation problem, you will need to get a professional pest control company in to deal with that specific issue. But, at least you’ll be able to pinpoint what and where the problem is so they can eradicate it completely and in the best way.
Once they’ve solved your problem for you though, there are plenty of things you can do to prevent future problems that won’t risk your health or break the bank.
- If you have pets, be sure to clean their bowls once they’ve eaten, scraps of food so close to the floor can be an easy meal for many insects.
- Don’t throw food scraps out for birds or other animals, and if you have a compost garden, make sure it’s in a well sealed container, and pick up any fallen fruits from the garden too.
- Cockroaches need water daily to survive, and mosquitoes use puddles of water to breed, so anything you can do to reduce water gathering will reduce the appeal opportunities for these pests to thrive. Don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink that gather water, keep the base of the shower dry when you’re not using it and remove debris from gutters and other areas of the garden and house that can collect stagnant water.
- Keep your house as clean as possible - this doesn’t mean spraying chemicals over every surface three times a day! Just be sure not to leave crumbs and scraps out on benchtops and the dinner table and keep all bins tightly sealed. This goes for food as well, if you’re storing food in the pantry keep it in an airtight container.
- Seal up any cracks or holes in your home, they may look tiny to us but even the smallest gap can look like a huge door to tiny pests, especially ants. If you do have an ant problem, try spreading turmeric powder or fresh ground coffee beans along their trail first before hitting them with the chemicals to get rid of them.
If you’re concerned about whether you might need to get an inspection done at your home, you can book online here or give us a call on 07 5445 3111 if you’d prefer to have a chat first.