Bed bugs and how to avoid bed bugs hitchhiking their way back to your home
When you think of bed bugs you think gee they must go to the nastiest of homes but that is not true.
Bed bugs will hitchhike in your bags and luggage when you have stayed overnight in a hotel or someone who may have had an outbreak of bed bugs.
Bed bugs are a nocturnal parasite which feeds on the blood of their host. A typical feed for bed bugs usually will last between two to five minutes.
Bed bugs can travel around 100 feet each night and will often spread by cracks, crevices, pipes, under doorways and being transported through luggage, bedding, mattresses and clothing.
Like German cockroaches bed bugs breed at a rapid rate often infesting a room within just two weeks.
So what are somethings you can do in order not to bring these blood sucking parasites home with you the next time you sleep out of your home.
Check the room that you are staying in, lift up the bed to see if there is any bed bugs along the seams, blood marks, dark excrements, check drawers and wardrobes.
Travel lightly. Don’t over pack as when you have too many bags and items this will be a perfect hiding ground for bed bugs.
Never put your luggage directly on the bed, couch or floor. These days most hotels have a luggage stand or you can use the bench tops or tables to open your luggage. Always put your luggage up high as bed bugs tend to stay closer to the ground.
If you are lucky to have a dryer in your room pop all of your clothes even the ones that you didn’t wear into the dryer for around an hour.
Never pick up couches, mattresses and other upholstered items from the side of the road as this could potentially have bed bugs and other pests.
When you return home unpack your luggage in the laundry and wash everything in eucalyptus oil that you have taken with you then place in the dryer once finished. Do not leave the washed clothes in the laundry take them and put them away immediately.
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.
What makes a good pest technician and how do we know that we are getting the treatment that we pay for?
Yes sure there are companies in the pest industry who will do almost anything to get you to go with them but what are they offering and will they fix the issue at hand.
Don’t be scared or intimidated when it comes to choosing the right pest controller. What I always recommend is jump on to Google and see what reviews are being posted about the company that you have in mind in Pest Control Sydney.
Redline Pest Control goes above and beyond to make sure each client is informed of how the treatment works, the threshold of pest which is at the clients home or business and will eliminate any pest which you may have.
It is unfortunate that there is several pop up companies who will advertise very cheap then will either disappear, provide no warranty or even worse they will not fix your pest issue forcing you to call another company and lay out more of your hard earned money.
Redline Pest Control is Sydney’s leading pest controlcompany offering clients a 6 month warranty on most pest services they provide.
So what sets Redline Pest Control apart from other pest control companies?
Each technician which is employed by Redline Pest Control goes through extensive training workshops not only to help them understand the biology of pest and their thresholds but to listen to what the client is saying in regards to their pest issue. (We have heard many horror stories where pest technicians have gone into client’s homes or businesses and not listen to what was the issue at hand and done a completely different treatment).
Field technicians are not the only one who goes through training, each staff member in the office will also commence training on pest and termites. Imagine if you call a company and the office admins have no idea what you are talking about, you will be very disappointed and will call the next person which is listed in Google.
Redline Pest Control will always have a solution for any pest that arises in your home whether we advise you on how you can eliminate them on your own or by recommending a treatment that is right for your pest issues. (I don’t know of many companies that will let you know that there is a do it yourself treatment).
A good pest control company in Sydney will always make themselves available to their clients by providing an after hours phone number for any questions they may have of their past service, upcoming service or emergencies.
What are some prevention tips that you can do around your home or business?
Flyscreens that have holes or not on properly on will need to be replace or fixed.
All doors in and around your home or business to be sealed so no insects can gain entry.
Take out the rubbish each night that way no pest will have a breeding ground.
Any trees or plants that is in direct contact with your home will need to be pruned.
Any cracks or crevices in and around your home must be sealed.
Clean gutters from any twigs and leaves.
Make sure that any gutter drain is diverted away from your home as this will attract termites.
Subfloors and roof voids are to be well ventilated.
Water and food bowls for pets to be put away once finished.
Check to see if you have any plumbing leaks in or round your home.
Seal all food in air tight containers or in your fridge.
Do mini inspections in and around your home for pest and termites.
Remove any timbers, stumps and wood chippings as this will attract termites.
If you have a subfloor make sure that there isn’t any debris as this will attract termites.
Have regular Termite Inspections every 6 to 12 months to avoid termite damage to your home.
What we ask of our clients before we come in and provide pest control?
All we ask is if you can do the following task before we come and provide pest control.
Do your weekly clean before we come.
All food to be put away in airtight containers or in the fridge.
All grass areas to be mowed short.
A quick pruning of any bushy areas or over hanging trees.
No washing to be on the clothesline.
If you have pets arrange for them to be out of the house for around 2 hours or until the chemical has dried. If you have reptiles or birds just place a towel or sheet around their enclosure.
Once the pest control has been carried out for you and your kids to go out for around 2 hours or until the chemical has dried.
We often get asked what separates Redline Pest Control from other pest control companies my answer to this is communication with our clients. Without communication we believe that we are unable to provide an honest service. Now I know when I am speaking with a client it may seem as though I am asking a lot of questions regarding their home and what pest they are seeing. This is so we can determine which is the best pest and termite service that is right for your home or business. Redline Pest Control doesn’t believe in charging our clients a service they don’t need.
Redline Pest Control will always find a solution to any problem which arises in your premises whether it be friendly advice over the phone, advice on how you could eliminate pest on your own or whether you need a treatment to get rid of the pest that is in your home or business.
Redline Pest Control will always provide before and after advice to our clients whether it be questions regarding the treatment that they had or tips on how our clients can keep pest away.
Why choose Redline Pest Control.
Redline Pest Control will always ask you questions before going around your premises and inspecting the threshold of pest or termites that is in your premises.
All technicians hired by Redline Pest Control will have up-to-date knowledge of both pest biology and how to use chemicals in a safe manner for not only our customers but also the environment.
Redline Pest Control promises to deliver a pest free environment for your premises whether it would be your commercial business home or investment property.
Redline Pest Control aims to set the highs industry standard for quality safety and customer service by educating our customers on the life cycle of a pest and what damage it can to your premises.
Redline Pest Control always provides an honest service while holding integrity and being professional at all times.
Redline Pest Control will send you a friendly reminder each year to advise you that it is that time of the year to have your termite inspection or pest treatment done.
Redline Pest Control will send you a link to your customer portal where it will have your service report and receipt so you will never have a paper trail again.
Why choose Redline Pest Control for your pest and termite services?
Every day Redline Pest Control gets asked a bunch of questions whether it be from email enquiries or over the phone.
Redline Pest Control understands that each of our customers have concerns when it comes to pest control on their homes.
What areas are treated when having a General Pest Spray and how long does it take?
Depending on the size of your home it can take anywhere from:
• Unit: 45 minutes to 60 minutes • Single storey home and villa: 60 minutes to 90 minutes • Double storey home and townhouses: 90 minutes 120 minutes
Skirting boards spray spraying under all furniture dusting of the roof void and any cracks and crevices.
Perimeter spray around your property around door frames and window frames gutters and fascia boards Fence line garden beds scrubs bushes or any ornaments on your property close line bins and letterbox dusting of the sub-floor and in the crack in crevice.
How long do I need to leave my home for once the pest control has been done?
Redline Pest Control recommends that you leave for one to two hours depending on the weather that way the chemical has time to dry. If you are having a rodent treatment, an outside ant treatment or spider treatment you do not have to leave your home.
Are the chemicals harmful or toxic?
No, the chemicals we use are not only human and pet safe but it is also eco-friendly.
Is there an odour or smell once the pest control has been done?
No, there is no odour or smell once we apply the chemical to your home.
I have kids and pets if they touch a skirting board a few hours later will the chemical harm them?
No, once the chemical dries it will not affect humans or pets what so ever. We use non toxic chemicals.
I have pets, what should I do with them?
If you have a dog ask a neighbour or friend to look after it for around one hour or take the dog on a walk for an hour. If you have birds, reptiles or fish put a large damp sheet around their enclosures. If you have a cat the cat will usually go hide somewhere in the neighbours yard, if your cat is an indoor cat you will need to take your cat somewhere for an hour.
Do I need to prepare my home for pest control?
Yes, Redline Pest Control ask each of our customers to do the following:
• Do your weekly clean • Put all plates, cups, utensils and pots and pans away • Put all food away in appropriate places • If you could move furniture away from the walls so we have access to your skirting boards, if furniture is to heavy don’t worry about trying to move it as we don’t want you to hurt yourself. • If you have clothes on the clothesline please remove them • If you have pet bowls please empty them and put them away • Close all windows so the treatment will have more of an effect on your property.
When will I start seeing results from the pest control?
You will start seeing results almost immediately and will continue to see results up to 6 months. With most pest the initial time period of pest dying is up to 6 weeks after that the chemical acts like a barrier stopping them from entering your home.
When is a good time to have pest control on my home and how often should I get pest control?
Redline Pest Control does pest control all year round, we usually say to our customers to have a general pest treatment once a year. Sometimes depending on your location you may need pest control every 6 months or so. A lot of our customers do get pest control done around spring time once it starts to warm up.
How often should I have a Termite Inspection done on my home?
Redline Pest Control recommends that every home should have a Termite Inspection done every 12 months and every 6 months if you live in an area which has a lot of trees and bushes.
How long does a Termite Inspection take?
Every home is different and therefore the time will vary from home to home but we do ask our customers to leave around a 2 hour period for us to perform the Termite Inspection. Larger homes can take up to 3 to 4 hours depending on size.
Do I get a report for my Termite Inspection?
Yes, each property that has a Termite Inspection receives a comprehensive report which is either handed on the day or emailed over to you within 48 hours of having the Termite Inspection done.
I have had a Rodent Treatment, will I see dead rats or mice in my home?
It is really hard to say as each treatment is different. Around 9 out of 10 rodents do die outside as they go searching for a water source as the bait we use has a thinning agent in it causing the rodents to become dehydrated. There is that 1% that a rodent does die inside, this is due to your home having a water source. If the rodents do die the bait we use coagulates their blood and you may smell an odour for around 24 to 48 hours.
Will the bait used for Rodent Treatments affect my kids or pets?
No, we strategically place baits where children and pets cannot get to. For any rodent treatments which are outside or in certain parts of your home where bait needs to be applied we have lockable bait stations which children and pets cannot get into.
What if it rains the day of my treatment?
If it is raining the day of your treatment you will receive a call from one of our customer service representatives to advise you that we need to reschedule your appointment. If you are having a rodent treatment or German cockroach treatment only the service will still go ahead. If it rains an hour after we have done the treatment we will organise a time to come out and re spray the external areas of your home. Anything over an hour you need not worry as the chemical has already set it.
Do you offer same day Pest Services?
Yes, depending on availability on that day. It is best to book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Do you have a warranty on Pest Control?
Yes, we offer a 6 month warranty on most pests and depending on the level of infestation. To get a better idea on warranty speak to one of our customer service representatives.
How can we pay you for the Pest Service?
Redline Pest Control takes all major credit cards and cash on the day of treatment.
Grab a flash light and check along the mattress seams, cracks and crevices in and around the bed, skirting boards, behind dressers, paintings, windowsills and any other furniture.
Vacuum all areas of the affected room including the mattress. Once finished empty the vacuum bag into a plastic bag and dispose of it in your outside bin. You need to vacuum several times over the next week or so.
Do a good clean on your room and remove any clutter that bed bugs may hide in.
Clean out your wardrobe, dresser and bedside tables as bed bugs love to hide in furniture too. With the clothes that you have removed from this furniture wash those in hot water with eucalyptus oil than put these clothes in a tumble dryer to dry. If you don’t have a tumble dryer you can put them on the clothes line. Once dry put in large plastic bags and put in a sunny spot or you can even freeze these items for 20 minutes to an hour.
Steam clean all cracks and crevices around the affected room.
If you can put your mattress outside in the sun for 2 – 4 hours. (it must be a 30 degree plus day for this to be effective)
Wipe down all surfaces in the affected room with eucalyptus oil diluted with water.
Redline Pest Control listens to what your needs are and finds an appropriate action plan to eliminate the source of any pest that is in your home or business by using the integrated pest management approach for prevention, treatment and eradication of any pests which are in your home or business.
A good pest controller will correctly identify all pests and advise you on an action plan on how you can keep those disgusting little pest out of your home or business. Redline Pest Control believes in client communication and educating our clients on how to prevent an infestation by having an understanding on pest biology and their behaviours.
The Integrated Pest Management method consists of 5 basic rules which are:
1. Inspection – A thorough inspection of your home or business even in those areas which don’t have any pest problems.
2. Identification – Will correctly identify all pests that are in your home or business.
3. Infestation Levels –Redline Pest Control will determine the level of infestation of any pest that is in your home or business.
4. Control Measures – To find a measure to manage all pests that are in your home or business.
5. Evaluation – Redline Pest Control will evaluate how our services has eradicated all pest which are in your home or business.
What can you do once you had your pest control done?
ELIMINATE ENTRY POINTS We all know that pest do not come knocking on the door and waltz in, they do however creep in through broken window frames, broken tiles on your roof and cracks and crevices on the foundations of your home or business. Inspect your home or business and carry out any maintenance repairs which may be needed.
ELIMINATE FOOD & WATER SOURCES Pests love a home or business which has food or water source available. Once finished in the kitchen clean all dishes and wipe down all bench tops. Avoid any water source you may have by regularly changing your pets water, or draining the water from your sink, fix any water leaks you may have in or around your home.
HOME MAINTENANCE Regular cleaning of your home goes a long way. Pests thrive on dust, food scraps and crumbs. Regular vacuuming and dusting of furniture will help control pest by eliminating their food source. Clean up clutter in your home as this is a good place for them to hide and breed.
LANDSCAPING MAINTENANCE By regularly mowing your lawn, sweeping falling leaves and branches, cutting back branches which overhang your roof, pruning your bushes and over grown plants you will help eliminate pests from entering your home.
We have all heard the term “sleep tight and don’t let those Bed Bugs bite” for some people that is exactly what happens when falling asleep.
So you have had a restless night tossing and turning as your flesh is been bitten. For those who have been bitten we know that those bites are painful and itch like crazy.
Bed Bugs feed on their host’s blood at night time while they are asleep as they are nocturnal. Fortunately for us humans Bed Bugs do not transmit any diseases. Once your room has Bed Bugs it can be tough to get rid of those pesky little buggers. Bed Bugs can live over 600 days without a blood meal and can reproduce over 10,000 offspring in their life time. Bed Bugs have an amazing sense of smell and will crawl out of their hiding spaces once they smell the presence of blood.
Bed Bugs hate the heat as it speeds up their life span causing them to die so they go in search of new hiding spaces.
Bed Bugs love a dusty and unkempt room and usually thrive on these conditions. We need to educate ourselves on the importance of hygiene and how we can prevent an infestation occurring.
Redline Pest Control uses the integrated pest management program when dealing with Bed Bugs.
Bed Bugs and how to get rid of them.
Redline Pest Control will ask that customers wash all their Fabrics, sheets and clothes in hot water than put in a tumble dryer, if you don’t have a dryer hang on clothesline before we get there, that way the room is ready for the treatment to begin.
What do we do when we inspect for Bed Bugs? Well we grab our UV flashlight and comb over mattresses cracks and crevices, bed frame cracks and crevices, bed skirtings, curtains, carpet, rugs, furniture, pillows, bedside tables, tall boys, dresser drawers, power points, window frames, door hinges, behind picture frames which are hung on the walls, alarm clocks and any other electrical products.
Redline Pest Control will spray and wipe down all surfaces, IE, tall boys, bedside tables, window frames and sills. We have a steamer and we steam every inch of the affected room/s, we add a special chemical which is designed to eliminate Bed Bugs to our steamers. We also ask the customer to vacuum once we leave and 14 days after the treatment has been carried-out.