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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.

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.