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The good the bad and the ugly of pests

The good the bad and the ugly of pests

 

The good the bad and the ugly of pests
The good the bad and the ugly of pests

 

So when we often think about pests we think about how we can get rid of them and by get rid of them we mean yesterday.

 

But what if I was to tell you that not all pests are bad as some pests play a significant role in our ecosystem.

 

Below is some pest which are good, bad and ugly.

 

Good Pests:

 

Honey Bees have a significant part in our ecosystem as they go around pollinating flowers and fruit trees.

 

Bee Control Sydney
Bee Control Sydney

 

Green Lacewing are beneficial for your veggie and fruit crop as it feeds on thrips, whiteflies, moth eggs, aphids, small caterpillars and mites.

 

The good the bad and the ugly of pests
The good the bad and the ugly of pests

 

Lady Beetles are beneficial for your plants, veggie and fruit crops as it feeds on mites, aphids and mealybugs.

 

The good the bad and the ugly of pests
The good the bad and the ugly of pests

 

Bad Pests:

 

Grasshoppers will cause damage to fields, garden bedding and fruit and veggie crops as they can eat over half their body weight.

 

The good the bad and the ugly of pests
The good the bad and the ugly of pests

 

Termites although great from an environmental perspective but can cause serious damage when it comes to your home.

 

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The good the bad and the ugly of pests

 

German Cockroaches can multiply very quickly often as for every female German Cockroach you have she will have between 40 to 50 baby (nymph) Cockroaches.

 

The good the bad and the ugly of pests
The good the bad and the ugly of pests

 

White Tip Spiders can pack a nasty bite resulting in a skin inflammation called necrotising arachnidism which is a nasty skin and tissue decaying syndrome.

 

The good the bad and the ugly of pests
The good the bad and the ugly of pests

 

Ugly Pests:

 

House Spiders can be very big and believe me they are absolutely ugly.

 

The good the bad and the ugly of pests
Huntsman Spider

 

Rats are not only bad for our health when they run across our cooking utensils and food but they are definitely ugly and gross.

 

The good the bad and the ugly of pests
The good the bad and the ugly of pests

 

Flies are not only annoying but are really ugly and can cause serious illness when it comes in contact with our food.

 

The good the bad and the ugly of pests
The good the bad and the ugly of pests

Further Reading:

Pest Control Sydney

What should you look for when hiring a pest control company?

Redline Pest Control Products and Services

The good the bad and the ugly of pests

Pest Control Sydney Commercial

Pest Control Sydney Commercial

 

Pest Control Sydney Commercial
Pest Control Sydney Commercial

 

As a business owner we all know the stress that comes with owning a business.

 

The last thing that is on our minds after a 15 hour day is pests and the havoc that they can cause.

 

In an ideal world we would love for pests to disappear rather than multiply.

 

What is your responsibility when it comes to pest control in a food premises?

 

As soon as you see any pest in your food business you must always contact a trusted pest controller who will provide you with not only a pest service which eliminates pest but also provides an appropriate pest management program.

 

It is by Australian standards that anyone in the food sector is to not only be trained in safe food handling but also must be on a pest management program which controls the threshold level of pests that enter your premises.

 

So you have this beautiful restaurant with beautiful food in a great part of Sydney don’t ruin it by letting pests take over and scare your customers away.

 

We often get calls from commercial clients who have tried doing pest control on their own or with someone who was cheap but didn’t know what they were doing and they were still experiencing pests.

 

What are some risk that is associated with pests entering your food premises?

 

  • Customers getting sick or dying from contamination from urine or faeces and diseases that pests may carry
  • Loss of income
  • Loss of reputation
  • Bad reviews on your business
  • Fines
  • Your business could be shut down
  • You go on the name and shame website

 

When Redline Pest Control comes out to your commercial premises the technician will always ask you questions regarding what pests you are seeing and where you are seeing those pests, the technician will get you to walk around with them and show them where the problematic areas are.

 

Each Redline Pest Control technician will discuss the method of treatment that is to be carried out on your premises and will advise you on what you need to do in order to reduce the risk of pest infestations in the future.

 

Redline Pest Control doesn’t just provide pest control but will always be available for you at any time of the day and night if needed. We will provide you with helpful hints and if there is a pest that you can get rid of on your own will advise you of the method of treatment, not only does this save you money but it also builds our working relationship with trust that we are not just there to take your money and run.

 

Further Reading:

NSW Food Authority Website

Pest Free Business & What You Can Do To Get Rid Of Pest!

What services does Redline Pest Control Offer?

Redline Pest Control Products and Services

Commercial Hygiene & Pest Management

Good Pest Control For Your Commercial Business!

Commercial Pest Control & What Redline Pest Control Can Do For You!!!

Commercial Pest Control Sydney

Commercial Pest Control Sydney

Pest Control Sydney Commercial

Tips to keep Ants out of your home!

Tips to keep Ants out of your home!

 

Tips to keep Ants out of your home!
Tips to keep Ants out of your home!

 

From time to time we have all experienced Ants in our home at some point.

 

But what can you do to keep these pesky little Ants out and away from your home.

Ants can come to even the cleanest homes.

When Ants go foraging for food they leave pheromones for other Ants to follow, so if they leave pheromones for other Ants to come and also dine on the goodies that are laying in your home is there any natural ways that you can get rid of the Ants yourself?

The answer is yes you can help reduce the intake of Ants which are setting up home in your humble abode.

 

Tips to keep Ants out of your home!
Tips to keep Ants out of your home!

• Mix 1 part baking soda and 1 part icing sugar together and place in shallow lids or saucers. While the icing sugar will bring the ants to one place the baking soda will kill the ants.
• Citrus spray. When you peel a lemon, orange or other citrus keep the skin and put in a pot with 3 cups of water and 2 cup of vinegar and keep it on a low setting for around half an hour. Let the mixture set over night and pour into a spray bottle for the next time those pesky Ants decide that your kitchen is the place to be.
• Essential oils are great if you find the right one that works. Tea tree oil, peppermint oil and citrus oil works a treat. Rub the skirting boards near windows and door frames, the side of counters and benchtops. Not only does this make your home smell gorgeous it will also deter Ants away.
• Vinegar spray is also a great way to get rid of ants, all you need is a cloth vinegar and water. 1 part water to 1 part white vinegar in a spray bottle and spray away and wipe the surface not only will it get rid of your Ants but you are also cleaning naturally.
• Chalk and flour, draw or sprinkle lines around entry points in and around your home as Ants will not cross the line, for the chalk there is a component called calcium carbonate which is seashells grounded up and will repel not only Ants but other pest like slugs and snails.
• Honey, dishwashing liquid and water. Grab a saucer or a shallow lid place a small amount of honey in the middle and add soapy water around the honey.

So there you have some different ways to help eliminate Ants on your own. If Ants are still overwhelming you call us today for your free no obligation quote.

 

Further Reading:

Ant identification 

Natural ways to keep ants out of your kitchen.

10 Fun Facts About Ants

The big four pest that could ruin your summer holidays.

Tips to keep Ants out of your home!

What should you look for when hiring a pest control company?

 

What should you look for when hiring a pest control company?
What should you look for when hiring a pest control company?

 

What should you look for when hiring a pest control company?

 

When it comes to looking for a pest company or any tradesman to come to your home it is vital to always do your research on that company before coming out to your home.

 

Now I know I might be a little anal but do we really know who is coming through our doors, trusting them to provide the correct service or let alone our trusted valuables?

 

Unfortunately the pest control industry isn’t regulated and there are many cowboys that makes it hard for those companies who have set the industry standards high.

 

When researching a pest control company what should you look for?

 

When I use a tradesman I google that company, searching for reviews across the web seeing if they have positive or negative reviews. When reading reviews this helps me determine if the company in question is reputable and will provide the service that is right for me.

 

Go through their website and get a feel for what the company stands for by reading their mission, vision and values statement and any other information that they may have on their website. Do they have a section on their website that has the list of chemicals that they use? This will usually be under the MSDS section of their website.

 

What should you ask the person that you intend to hire?

 

So you have done your research now it is time for the phone call to see if their services are the right services for you.

 

What sort of questions should you ask the customer service agent?

 

  • Are you fully insured if something should go wrong?
  • What is your warranty period?
  • Do you hold the relevant qualifications for safe handling of chemicals?
  • Does your pest technician do refresher courses so they keep up to date with not only pest bio but safe handling of chemicals?
  • Are you a registered business?
  • How long does a treatment last?
  • How long will it take to spray my home?
  • Do you implement the integrated pest management system?
  • Is your chemicals safe for my family, pets and the environment?
  • What is the payment method?
  • What sets you apart from other pest companies? (I like to ask this question to hear what tradesman have to say)
  • What is involved in the treatment?
  • What pest are included in my treatment?
  • Will the chemical kill my vegetable garden or plants?
  • What do I need to do to prepare for pest control?
  • How often should I get pest control/termite inspections done on my home?
  • When will I start seeing results from my service?
  • What is the difference in a common cockroach and a German cockroach?
  • What is the difference of webbing spiders and ground dwelling spiders?
  • What if it rains on the day of the treatment?

 

When calling the pest control company that you have chosen your customer service agent should ask you questions regarding the pest in your home. The customer service agent should listen without interrupting you and identify pest over the phone such a bio of that pest and how an infestation can get out of control. Recommend a treatment plan that is right for your premises.

 

If you are just getting quotes for pest treatments ask them to send you via email the quote so you can compare what pest service you are getting and what is involved in the pest service.

 

Sometimes going with the cheaper pest company can end up costing you more in the long run so make sure that you really do your research on the company you choose.

 

Further Reading:

Dodgy Pest Controllers Preying on unsuspecting customers

MSDS

What services does Redline Pest Control Offer?

Redline Pest Controls Values Statement!

Why choose Redline Pest Control for your pest and termite services?

FAQ

 

What should you look for when hiring a pest control company?

 

Redline Pest Control Bio

 

Redline Pest Control Bio
Redline Pest Control Bio

 

Redline Pest Control Bio

 

Redline Pest Control is a family owned and operated Pest Control business.

 

Redline Pest Control has the best solution for your pest problems.

 

Redline Pest Control strongly believes that a good pest technician will provide you with a good thorough pest service which means there is no cutting corners, diluting chemicals or rushing in and out in 10 minutes. For a general pest treatment the service should take around an hour for a standard size home.

 

Unfortunately we get calls daily from customers who has hired a pest technician and they were only in their homes for a short amount of time. When the client calls the original pest technician they either answer and say they don’t have warranty even though they were promised warranty or they ignore their calls.

 

Redline Pest Control Technicians only uses synthetic pyrethroid products. Pyrethroid is a safe and effective chemical which has no odour and is completely safe for humans, pets and the environment.

 

Redline Pest Control is in no way the cheapest pest control company but we can guarantee that your home or business with be treated thoroughly with no cutting corners or diluting of chemicals.

 

Each pest technician that comes out to your premises will follow our three step rule:

 

  • Inspect the threshold of pests
  • Identify what pests that are in your home
  • Treat the pest which is in your home and making sure that your love ones and pets are safe

 

What is involved in a pest service?

 

  • Dusting of Sub floor
  • Dusting of Roof voids
  • Any crack and crevices around the house
  • Under fridges
  • Ovens
  • Dishwashers
  • Skirting board spray
  • Window frames
  • Door frames
  • Gel in all kitchen, bathroom and laundry cupboard hinges (if having a German cockroach treatment)
  • Outside treatment Spray
  • Garages / Sheds
  • Pergolas / Carports
  • Barge boards
  • Eaves
  • Perimeter of house
  • Fence line
  • Retaining walls
  • Clothesline
  • Bins
  • Garden beds/shrubs and bushes
  • Under furniture
  • Letterbox
Further Reading:

Redline Pest Control Products and Services

Residential pest control Sydney and what Redline Pest Control can do for you!

Commercial Pest Control & What Redline Pest Control Can Do For You!!!

What services does Redline Pest Control Offer?

Why choose Redline Pest Control for your pest and termite services?

Redline Pest Controls Values Statement!

The big four pest that could ruin your summer holidays.

 

The big four pest that could ruin your summer holidays.
Ant Control Sydney

 

The big four pest that could ruin your summer holidays.

 

Summer is well and truly here but what does that mean when dealing with pests this summer?

 

Whether we are entertaining in our homes, picnics at reserves or going to the beach you are guaranteed that you will encounter at least one of these pest if not all.

 

So what are the big four pest that will haunt us?

 

  1. Ants
  2. Stinging insect such as wasps and bees
  3. Mosquitoes
  4. Flies

 

Ants:

 

The big four pest that could ruin your summer holidays.
The big four pest that could ruin your summer holidays.

 

No one wants to go on a picnic or entertain in their home and ants are crawling all over the food that we have prepared.

 

Ants are attracted to sweet sugary substances and will make their way to your food source very quickly.

 

  • Not cleaning surfaces properly can bring an ant infestation inside very quickly.
  • Cleaning up spills on the floor is vital
  • Open lollies and biscuits to be stored in air tight containers.

Stinging insects:

 

Bee Control Sydney
Bee Control Sydney

 

Bees and wasps are always buzzing around at this time of the year.

 

What can you do to protect your family?

 

  • If you see a nest around your home contact a professional pest controller immediately.
  • If you are at a park, reserve or beach move away from the affected area.

 

Mosquitoes:

 

The big four pest that could ruin your summer holidays.
Mosquitoes Sydney

 

The dreaded flying insect which we all hate is the mosquito. Mosquitoes are that pesky little flying insect that loves to inject their saliva which has a substance that will anti-coagulate your blood so they can get their blood feed for longer period of times.

 

What can you do to protect your family from Mosquitoes?

 

  • Roll on some aerogard if you are outdoors.
  • Install fly screens
  • Keep screen doors closed
  • Plant lemon scented geraniums and cat nip
  • Eucalyptus oil, vanilla oi, camphor tablets work a treat.
  • Place pet bowls and kids pools upside down that way there is no water source.

 

Flies:

 

The big four pest that could ruin your summer holidays.
The big four pest that could ruin your summer holidays.

 

Flies can be so irritating from the moment you step out of your home they are buzzing around you making your squat them like a mad person.

 

Flies can be a serious annoyance when entertaining, flying on the food that you have prepared.

 

What can you do to protect yourself this summer from flies?

 

  • Install flyscreens and door screens.
  • Keep doors closed
  • Slap on some aerogard
  • Put covers over your food that you have prepared.

 

So there you have the four common pest which will annoy you over the summer.

 

Further Reading:

Natural Ways To Get Rid Of Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes in Sydney at its worse this summer

10 Prevention Facts for Mosquitoes

Natural ways to keep ants out of your kitchen

10 Fun Facts About Ants

Ant Control Sydney

Fly Control Sydney

Natural Fly Remedies For Prevention And Control

Bees Bees Bees!

Bee Control Sydney

Bees

10 Fun Facts About Bees

Wasps

The big four pest that could ruin your summer holidays.

Redline Pest Control Products and Services

 

Redline Pest Control Products and Services
Redline Pest Control Products and Services

 

Redline Pest Control Products and Services

 

When you think of pest control you often think are the chemicals harsh and will they affect my family, pets and the environment.

 

Back in the day the chemicals that were used were very harsh and often people were sick from them.

 

These days the chemicals that pest control use are human, pet and environmentally safe.

 

We often get asked what treatments do you provide and do you service our area.

 

What pest services do we offer?

 

  • General pest treatment
  • German cockroach treatment
  • Ant treatment
  • Termite treatments
  • Wasps treatment
  • Bee treatment
  • Large cockroach treatment
  • Bed bug treatment
  • Thrips treatment
  • Bird lice treatment
  • Bird proofing
  • Webbing spider treatment
  • Ground dwelling treatment
  • Flea treatment
  • Rodent treatment
  • Silverfish treatment
  • Carpet beetles
  • Creamy colour crickets
  • End of lease treatment
  • Store bought product pest treatment

 

Who do you service?

 

Redline Pest Control services the following:

 

  • Residential
  • Commercial
  • Industrial

 

What areas do you provide pest services too?

 

Below is the suburbs we service in Sydney and this includes the surrounding suburbs.

 

  • Blacktown
  • Penrith
  • Campbelltown
  • Inner west Sydney
  • Greater western Sydney
  • Outer west Sydney
  • Manly
  • Killara
  • Castle Hill
  • Seven Hills
  • Kellyville
  • Parramatta
  • Rose Bay
  • Bondi Junction
  • City
  • Bankstown
  • Liverpool
  • Epping
  • Mosman
  • Richmond
  • Canterbury
  • Alexandria
  • Fairfield

 

How long do we need to vacate our premises?

 

Redline Pest Control will ask you to vacate your premises for around an hour depending on how nice of a day it is, sometimes it could be more if the weather is cooler. This is just so the chemical that we spray has time to dry.

 

If you are having smoke bombs done you need to be out of the house for four hours and when you return open the windows and doors and stay outside for a further half an hour.

 

 

We have pets, what should we do?

 

Redline Pest Control always advises our customers to get their pets looked after or taken for a walk once the treatment has been put into place.

 

If you are have a smoke bomb treatment all pets are to be removed from the house including fish, birds and other reptiles.

 

Further Reading:

Services

What services does Redline Pest Control Offer

Why choose Redline Pest Control

Interview with one of our office girls

Pest Control Interview

 

What do you love most about your job?

 

I really love having a chat with our clients, hearing about what pest they have and educating our clients on the life cycle of each pest.

 

What do you dislike about your job?

 

The only thing I would say that I dislike about my job is hearing that their previous pest controller didn’t do their job correctly. I really hate hearing our clients upset and angry.

 

What is a funny storey that you have heard since working at Redline Pest Control?

 

Oh gee there is quite a few funny stories but my favourite would have to be Mrs Allan a widower from Parramatta who fell asleep watching tv with a bar of chocolate next to her. When Mrs Allan woke up she glanced down and saw a mouse nibbling on her chocolate she had such an awful fright that she had flung the mouse up in the air along with the chocolate and went darting into the other room.

 

What is your favourite pest?

 

Oh I would have to say the peacock spider the way it moves and the amazing colours that come from these little spiders is amazing.

 

What is your least favourite pest?

 

Ground dwelling spiders would have to be my least favourite. Something about them that creeps me right out.

 

If you have one word to described Redline Pest Control what would it be?

 

I can only chose one word now that is hard as we stand for so much but I would have to say reliable. Can I still say the rest?

 

If you could change one thing in the pest industry what would it be?

 

I would regulate the pest industry, there is too many cowboys out there trying to make a quick dollar from unsuspecting clients. It truly breaks my heart when I hear that our clients have been ripped off and still experiencing pests.

 

Further Reading:

Interview with George

Redline Pest Control mission statement

Dragonflies Sydney

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What is a dragonfly and are they dangerous?

 

Dragonflies are an insect which belongs to the family of Odonata suborder Anisoptera.  Dragonflies have elongated bodies with two very strong transparent wings with multifaceted eyes. Dragonflies can range in all sorts of colours.

 

Dragonflies are not dangerous at all even though they eat the prey they catch.

 

Dragonflies a voracious eaters and will continue eating if there is a flow in food.

 

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If you mishandle dragonflies they can turn around and leave a nasty bite but the bite will not inject any poison which is harmful to humans.

 

Dragonflies have impeccable sight just like flies do. Dragonflies have multifaceted eyes with over 30,000 individual facets and each facets creates their own image which is very fascinating if you really think about it.

 

Unlike most other insects dragonflies do not court their mates. The male dragonfly will forcefully mate with the female dragonfly and even though the male has male anatomy he doesn’t actually use that instead injecting his semen via his segment at the end of his body.

 

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Further Reading:

Pest Control

Termite Control

Ant Control

Spider Control

Commercial Pest Control

Ant Control Sydney

Ant Control Sydney
Ant Control Sydney

 

 

As warmer weather is about to hit Sydney so are ants. With over 15, 000 species of ants worldwide, there is roughly 1,400 species throughout Australia.

 

Yeah sure ants are annoying and can spoil our food but did you know that ants actually play a big role in our ecosystem.

 

Ants will move through the earth’s soil, turning it so that they create oxygen and allow water flow to reach plants and grass.

 

Have you ever wondered why a single flower has sprouted in the middle of your lawn, well Ants carry seeds deep down in the tunnel so they can feed off the elaiosomes that is part of the seed.

 

Ant Control Sydney
Ant Control Sydney

 

 

Where do Ants live?

 

Ants can be found almost anywhere such as grass and garden areas, subfloors and roof voids, wall cavities, cars believe it or not, dirt and any place where there is natural elements.

 

What are the most common Ants found in Sydney?

 

  • Black House Ant
  • Green Headed Ant
  • Argentine Ant
  • Singapore Ant
  • Coastal Brown Ant
  • Red Fire Ant (Newly Introduced)
  • White Footed House Ant
  • Pharaoh Ant
  • Pavement Ant
  • Garden Ant
  • Bull Ants
  • Carpenter Ants

How do you get rid of Ants?

 

Getting rid of Ants is very easy. Redline Pest Control technicians will inspect your premises to see where the issue arises and then depending where the issue is he will treat Ants appropriately such as.

 

  • Roof Void will be dusted
  • Internal interiors will be sprayed with non-repellent chemicals and a gel will be placed in areas such as kitchen and bathrooms
  • External areas will be sprayed with non-repellent chemicals

 

 

Further Reading For Ants:

 

Ant Control Sydney

Fun Facts About Ants