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Spring Pest Control in Sydney

Peoples threshold of what they can deal with around their home as far as pests are concerned varies greatly from person to person, for the most part though, we don’t want to share our homes with cockroaches, ants, or spiders.

Pest Control Sydney is about to really ramp up again, as it does every year. As the temperatures rise combined with the wet weather that we have been receiving insects and other pests like spiders are beginning to become a lot more active.

Aside from termite related jobs, the most common pest control treatments we carry out at our customers homes and businesses are treatments for either cockroaches, ants, and spiders or a combination of these pests at the same time. These three pests are going to be the most encountered pest in your home. Treatments for these pests are usually referred to as a ‘general pest treatment’. Many businesses will vary what is in their general pest treatment, but all should include these three pests.

Do I Need Pest Control?

At some stage I believe that most homes and businesses at some point will require some form of pest control treatment for one pest or another. From my experience and what my colleagues and I come across over years in pest control it is much better to have a proactive approach to pest control rather than a reactive approach.

Customers, whether they be in homes or businesses that have a proactive approach to managing the presence of pests on their properties will generally have little to no pest issues. Sure, they may see a spider here and there, a cockroach from time to time but their homes are protected against infestations from these pests which is the important point. The simple fact is that structures that have been treated properly with modern responsible pest control methods are treated where it counts. Where pests live and breed meaning that in treated homes, infestations usually cannot occur.

Pests such as cockroaches have an extremely rapid breeding cycle, they spend much of their time hiding and are nocturnal. You may be seeing one or two now but there will surely be many more than what you think hiding in your walls, roof and other voids, under your house – anywhere where is dark and safe for them. Seeing a few cockroaches on a regular basis can indicate that you have an infestation on your hands or there is one on the way. Even the cleanest of homes can easily become infested. Be proactive and have no infestations is my recommendation.

Ants will exploit almost anywhere in your home. Effective treatments with modern technologies will keep ants out!

How do you Perform a General Pest Treatment?

Every treatment begins with a discussion with the home occupant. Solving a pest problem requires pest managers to put their detective hat on and the first part of the investigation needs to start by understanding what you see in your home, where you see it, how often you see it.

We will use this information and perform an inspection or assessment in which we will look for evidence of the pest. Different pests in your home leave tell tale evidence of their presence which the average person may not notice.

Managing pests daily and having a strong understanding of pests, their habits, harbourages, life cycles and range of movement we can piece together the puzzle and, with the information gained from having a chat and performing an inspection, your pest manager will understand the level of activity in your home and be able to select the best and safest products to use. And the most effective, environmentally friendly, and safe treatment methods to tackle your problem.

The focus of a general pest treatment should be selecting treatment methods that get products to the areas where pests live and breed in your home. Apply treatment to their environment. Focusing on voids such as wall cavities, in the roof, under the house and confined voids that are accessible within the home. These are the areas favoured by cockroaches, ants, and other common pests. Treating these areas not only removes these pests from these areas in your home, but it also stops them being able to live and breed there in the future meaning that during the service warranty period, infestations in these favoured areas won’t occur.

Weep holes are utilised in pest control by applying a powder like product to fill the external wall cavities. This may force out hundreds of cockroaches much to the surprise of customers.

Another focus of our treatments will be cracks and crevices. Pests that have natural predators are generally good at hiding. If you think like a cockroach, squeezing yourself into a crack makes it extremely hard for a predator such as a bird to see you. Treating cracks and crevices inside and outside your home is key. Internally we would focus on rooms where food and water are abundant such as kitchens, bathrooms, and laundries. Infestations would usually begin here for obvious reasons. All living things need food and water. Outside the home we are looking for cracks in concrete paths or paving, cracks in walls and other similar areas.

Treatment of ‘entry points’ is also vital to keep pests out. An entry point could be the small gap between the window frame and the wall or a pipe that comes through the wall that has a gap around it. Basically, anywhere a pest can gain entry to the structure that is reasonably accessible should be treated.

For spider control, pest managers rely on contact with the spider or the spider’s web. This means that during the pest treatment the pest manager will be basically on a seek and destroy mission. So, if you are about to have a pest control treatment or thinking about it and the treatment will include or is for spiders, don’t go de-webbing before we get to your home. It’s best to do that job several days after the treatment to maximise the control of spiders from the pest treatment.

Don’t remove spiders webs

before your pest control.

Spider pest control is most

effective with webs in place.

Is Pest Control Safe?

Yes, pest control treatments are safe to perform. When performed responsibly pest control is safe for your family, your pets, and the environment.

Pest control treatments, products and training has come a long way over the years. You can be sure that when our service technicians arrive at your home not only will they have the experience to resolve any pest problem you have but it will always be done in a way that has no impact on you, your family, or your pets health and ZERO impact on the environment with our pest control.

Want to Know More?

If you have questions about Enviro-PCS Pest Control’s range of services and experience, feel free to get in touch. Leave your details on the Contact Us page and we’ll be sure to give you a call to discuss any pest related issues you’re having.

Termite Inspections Sydney

What is a termite inspection and why do you need one? This is a question that you should be asking yourself if you own property in Sydney. It is often a question far from most people’s mind until it is too late.

Termites are insects that live in highly organised and structured colonies, and in the case of the most destructive subterranean species often in exceptionally large numbers. Due to their nature, there is often not many obvious signs that they are attacking a structure. If attacks to structures are going unnoticed, eventually major damage will been done to the structure leading to potentially dangerous structures, and expensive repair bills. This alone should be reason enough to ensure that regular termite inspections are undertaken at your property.

While performing pest control in Sydney, we see termite attacks on structures that are inspected every year or more frequently. In these cases, the attacking subterranean termite colony has not had the chance to cause enough damage to require an expensive repair bill. We also will be contacted by people who have not had inspections in years or have never had an inspection. In these cases, a lot of the time the repair bills will be quite large as the offending colony has been eating the structure unnoticed for long periods of time.

So, what is a termite inspection?

A termite inspection is a visual inspection to the readily accessible areas of your home for evidence of termite damage and / or termite workings or damage. It is the first step in the subterranean termite management process and should be the minimum measure homeowners should take at the least annually to keep their home safe from expensive repair bills.

A termite inspection allows the inspector to determine the status of their home and take the most appropriate actions in consultation with the homeowner to protect their home based on the detailed information of the findings and risk of subterranean termite attack. The risk of termite attack will vary greatly with the geographical location (pressure from subterranean termites), construction features and environmental conditions that make the home more attractive to termites.

A termite inspection will also locate and make recommendations in relation to environmental conditions found that termites are attracted to such as drainage and moisture issues. And construction features that make the structure conducive to attack such as patios and paths attached to the structure or timber structures in contact with the soil and attached to the main structure.

Schedorhinotermes attacking a timber sleeper that is attached to the structure

During the inspection we access all accessible areas of the structure. External, Internal, sub-floor (if that is the construction) and roof void.

Once the inspection is completed, a report is written that will include pictures of termite damage found, termite activity found, environmental conditions that were found and pictures of what may obstruct the inspection such as insulation in the roof void for example.

Here is an example of a typical roof void inspection obstruction, insulation.

Standard tools for a visual inspection will include a bright torch, 3.6 meter step ladder, measuring tape, moisture meter, probe or knife and timber sounding tool and required PPE.

A moisture meter will allow the inspector to pick up excessive moisture in timer and in walls. This could indicate a water leak of some description – highly conducive condition for subterranean termite attack or in some cases if there is enough activity, active termites.

Moisture Meter allows the inspector determine if existing conditions are conducive to the infestation of termites

Non-standard tools that can be used and should be available are movement devices, such as Termatrac or Thermal Imaging Cameras. These tools can be highly valuable to an inspector to investigate further any concerns that the inspector may have in relation to the property without getting invasive straight away and cutting holes or drilling holes in walls.

Thermal Imaging Inspection showing an obvious anomaly within the wall. Picture left, all appears normal. Right – turned out to be termites in the wall

Do you know if termites are in your home?

If you have not had a termite inspection at your home in over 12 months or have not had one for many years, the chances are that you have no idea if termites are currently eating your place. You should arrange to have an inspection completed by a credible and qualified pest and termite inspector.

Enviro-PCS conducts termite inspections day in day out, our inspectors are all qualified for the work that they do, have many years experience and have support from senior technicians and supervisors. We use the latest technology where we need to and work to industry best practices and Australian Standards.

Take the first step in protecting your investment from these destructive pests and arrange your inspection today.

How to get Possums out of the Roof

One pest that we deal with regularly while performing pest control in Sydney are Possums. Possum removal is very common throughout Sydney and the species of possum commonly found throughout Sydney are the Ringtail Possum and more commonly the Brushtail Possum.

Possums naturally live in trees. However, in an urban environment roof voids are a great substitute for trees.

On most possum inspections, removals, and exclusions that we perform the species that we find in roof voids are brushtails and occasionally, ringtails.

Possums in your roof can cause you a lot of discomfort. They make a lot of noise at inconvenient hours. A lot of customers we visit that have possums in the roof for the first time are woken up by what they initially think is an intruder in their home.

How Do I know Possums are in my Roof?

Noise is the big indicator. Possums are nocturnal so they are active at night and sleeping through the day. As they become active for the night you will hear them as they move around your roof cavity, as they are quite large, the noises you may hear as they walk around will be kind of a thumping noise They hiss a lot also which you may hear. Quite different to rats they make hardly any noise when moving around and with rats you will tend to hear a lot of scratching and gnawing.

Possums also have a distinct scent which you may notice, you may even see urine stains on your ceiling.

Droppings are they key indicator that we will use to confirm that it is a possum that is in your roof. Possum droppings look vastly different from each other which look completely different from rat droppings.

Identification of the animal in your roof can be easily done by somebody experienced with pest control in Sydney.

What Can I Do if I have Possums in the Roof?

Most people who have possums in their roof want them out. Possum removal is usually a priority fro those with unwanted squatters in the roof. This must be done properly and carefully as our native wildlife must be protected from serious harm. It is against the law to harm a possum. This must be considered seriously when dealing with possums. Licences and permits are required if you intend to harm a native animal. Some methods of excluding or removing possums can cause harm.

The way a possum should be excluded or removed is in the way that will cause the least harm to the animal.

What can I do if I do not have a Licence or Permit?

Provide a new home for the possum. Possum boxes can be constructed or purchased and then placed onto a tree or structure at least 4 meters above the ground to protect the animal from predators. To entice the animal into the box you can obtain some of it is nesting material (if it is safe to do so) and place some tasty fruits inside to entice it in.

Block the possum’s entry holes to your roof.  If you are going to attempt to exclude the possum from your roof you must first ensure the possum has exited the roof before you block the hole and consider that there may be more than one possum in there to start with. Assess how many possums are in your roof. Assess your roof to find out how it is getting in.
Observe the possum/s leaving the roof at night and when they are out block the hole with suitable materials before the possum returns.  The possum will have to find an alternative place to live. Maybe the possum box you installed. When we install possum boxes, we will block up holes at night once the possum leaves. This greatly increases the chances of the possum finding and living in the box.

Installing a one-way door. One-way doors can be installed that allow the possum to exit but not get back in. For this option, you still will need to block entry points and there are options as far as doors go. You are best to speak to a professional possum operator however for the best way to approach this.

Although no licences or permits are required to perform the above options, it is highly recommended that you contact somebody experienced in dealing with possums. They will have a keener eye for possible entry points and see what you may not, and often, help you resolve the issue quicker.

What do you Require a Licence for?

If the possum needs to be trapped to be removed from the roof space, then a licence or permit is required. Trapping is defined as harm to the possum under legislation.

The general process should be followed as such

  1. Confirm that the pest on the roof is possums.
  2. Assess the roof space for their entry point/s.
  3. We will generally set the trap catch the possum and hold it for less than 24 hours in a safe place, covered with breathable material.
  4. After capture and before release is when the repairs need to take place to exclude the possum. This may take some careful and committed organisation if the roof has repairs that require another trades person as the possum must be released on the property and cannot be held for longer than 24 hours.
  5. Release the possum after sunset and in urban areas are released back on the property from which they are captured.
You should leave trapping to experienced and licensed people. The trapping process is quite stressful for the possum.

Are you Still Concerned about Possums?

If you have questions about possums, our people have many years’ experience with pest control in Sydney and dealing with possums correctly. Get in touch if you would like help or advise on this topic.

Cockroach Pest Control Sydney

Not many people think about cockroaches in the homes this time of year. It is cold, you do not see too many of them in your home or backyard, so most people do not think that there is much point of having a pest control treatment until the weather gets warm again.

The health issues surrounding cockroaches are well documented and known. If you haven’t had a pest control treatment in your home in over 12 months, odds are that there will be cockroaches living in and around your home right now.

Why Should You Have Pest Control Treatments In Winter

Here are a few reasons why it is a good idea to have pest control treatments done now.

  1. Although you may not see them, cockroaches are still around. Every day we get into roof voids and sub-floors of homes whilst doing rodent inspections or termite inspections in Sydney and we see cockroaches in these areas. Cockroaches may make their way into your home while your asleep and leave little evidence that they were there. If you have not had pest control done at your place for over 12 months, you should book in a treatment now.
  2. We are over halfway through winter which means before you know it, spring will be here. Why wait until you start to see cockroaches to have them treated? Enviro-PCS can treat your home for these pests and will offer our Pest Control Service Warranty that will protect you right through the summer months. Just ask our friendly team when you call!
  3. German Cockroaches! If they find their way into your home in winter, they will still breed fast and become a big problem, even in winter. Their preferred environment is a residential or commercial kitchen, an area that pretty much has constant warmth, plenty of food and water. We still seeing homes, units and commercial businesses that have low to high German Cockroach infestations in the middle of winter!
  4. Modern treatment techniques and technologies backed by strong Service Warranties mean that your home can be treated in Winter and keep cockroaches from living in your roof, sub-floor, wall cavities and inside your home all year round.
  5. In several weeks’ time, everyone will be trying to book in their pest control treatments as from about the end of August into September is when Pest Control in Sydney starts to ramp up. It is quite common for customers not to be able to get their preferred appointment time or day simply due to demand.
This cockroach monitoring station was placed in a customers kitchen in late June 2020.

How to Prevent Cockroach Infestations

  1. Keep your house or business clean. Good sanitation is the number one way to prevent most pests, including cockroaches.
  2. Don’t leave food out overnight. Wash dirty dishes daily. Wipe up crumbs and spilled food, even in cabinets and pantries. Clean kitchen counters with disinfectant spray every night. Cockroaches love grease and spilled food on, in, under, and behind your appliances.
  3. Store all food in sealed containers. Cockroaches can fit inside the openings of typical cardboard packages that food comes in.
  4. Empty the garbage bin regularly. Make sure your bins have tight fitting lids.
  5. Cockroaches are nocturnal and feed at night. Vacuuming the house regularly is ideal not only to remove spilled, crumbs and other potential cockroach food sources but also to remove cockroach feces, body parts, and egg cases.
  6. Seal up rid of entry points and cracks and crevices. Seal around pipes and cavities. Make sure windows and doors are secure and have weather-stripping if needed to stop pests sneaking under your doors.
  7. Remove anything cockroaches can use for shelter, such as stored cardboard and paper.
  8. Call a professional pest control technician If you think a cockroach problem or if you have not had any pest control inspections in more than 12 months.

Still Concerned About Pests?

If you think your concerned about potential cockroaches or any pest activity in your home Enviro-PCS staff and technicians are more than experienced to be able to advise and help you on what you can do to protect your property.

Every day, our people are performing pest control in Sydney and can easily pop into your place to provide some advice.

Winter Pest Control Sydney

Rats and Mice are everywhere right now in Sydney. Home and business owners tend to see an increase of activity inside their premises every winter.

The fact is that rats and mice are continually active all year round but as the weather gets cold, they want to get inside where it is warm and who can blame them.

A fantastic place for rats and mice to live during winter is in your roof void. These areas are often full of insulation providing an ideal location for rodents. The insulation provides fantastic relief from the cold exterior and most concerning for the unsuspecting building occupant a great place to nest and continue their rapid breeding cycle through winter. While performing pest control in Sydney we commonly find rodents in roof voids during winter.

Left: A typical roof void is full of thermal insulation. Right: Rats burrow into insulation .

Problems with Rats and Mice in Buildings

It is very well documented the problems that are associated with rodents. Here are a few of the issues with rodents living in your home:

  • Rats and mice can spread over 35 diseases either directly (contact with rodent, rodent droppings, urine, or saliva) and indirectly (ticks, mites, fleas living on the rodents).
  •  They cause damage to structures.
  • They are ruin your food through consumption and contamination.
  • Damage of electrical wiring leading to potential fires or electrocution risks.
While performing a Pest Control Inspection we found that rats have been gnawing on the plastic junction of the electrical wiring.

DIY Pest Control – Rodents

If you are looking for some DIY Pest Control solutions, In relation to rodent control to the best form of rodent control is absolutely prevention.

  1. Inspect and Seal – Look for areas that rodents can exploit to gain access. Check your external walls, the gaps under your external doors and if it is safe to do so, your roof You want to prevent their entry as best as possible. If they cannot get in, that is half the battle won.
  2. Remove Food Access – Ensure that your garbage bins have proper sealed lids, do not allow your garbage to overflow. Keep pet food in a sealed container and keep your home as clean as you can. Do not encourage rodents through access to food. It is quite common that rodents are encouraged into homes due to pet food access.
  3. Gardening – Keep vegetation trimmed, mow your grass regularly. If you have trees/branches overhanging your house or roof, trim them back so rats cannot have easy access to your roof.
  4. If you have a lot of cardboard or paper stored in your house or garage, get rid of it. This will be ideal for nesting materials.

Enviro-PCS regularly performs Pest Control Inspections in Sydney to concerned business and home owners to help them reduce the likelihood of rodent infestations. For more tips or if you’d like us to perform a Rodent Risk Assessment, get in touch.

Professional Control

If you have a problem with rats or mice in your home or property and require removal and control of these pests, the best advice is to use a professional.

We have access to an abundance of control methods, products, and systems to best manage rodent problems in any situation and ensure that a re-infestation does not occur. In many cases it will be more cost effective to use a professional in the long run.

Enviro-PCS is well equipped not just with products but more importantly years of experience in managing rodents in Sydney in just about any situation you can think of providing guaranteed results.

Pest Control Sydney

Rats, mice, cockroaches – pests are just as active as ever all over Sydney right now.

A few main factors that are contributing to high pest activity in Sydney are:

  1. People are home more in the current environment and noticing unwanted creatures creeping around their homes
  2. Less people are in CBD areas causing pests like rats to search further for food and ultimately entering houses more readily
  3. Winter is the time of year when just like humans, pests like rats and mice like to get inside to keep warm

The major pest that is being found by Enviro-PCS Pest Control Technicians right now though are termites. Every week, we are undertaking multiple termite treatments in Sydney

Termite Control is not restricted to summer like many pests, termites are attacking homes all year round.

Why are we finding so many termites right now? Weather conditions from February through to about April encouraged increased activity levels from late summer through the autumn months. Termites were extremely active in this period, searching for food sources and attacking homes.

Below are some pictures showing examples of how termites can get to your home.

Termite shelter tube found on foundation wall and bearer
Termites have used the electrical cable to travel up to and attack the flooring timbers below a home

Don’t take the risk when it comes to pests like termites. You really need to be having at the very least annual termite inspections.

Termite Inspections when performed to Australian Standards will allow you piece of mind that your home is not currently being eaten by these highly destructive pests. You will be advised of what conditions around your home make it more likely to be attacked by termites and what to do to make your property less attractive to termites.

You will also be provided with options to protect your home and reduce the pressure of attack from termites that will be practical, cost efficient and effective.

If you’re looking for pest control in Sydney, call Enviro-PCS to speak with one of our termite experts about your home.