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.
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?
Stinging insect such as wasps and bees
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.
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.
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 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.
The cold hard truth about cockroaches and can it cause Asthma
Whether we like it or not cockroaches at some point will enter our premises and set up their cosy little living space.
Not many people realise that cockroaches can actually cause asthma.
Decomposing cockroaches, saliva, faeces and urine from cockroaches has just enough organisms for us to breathe into our bronchial tubes. With some people this can cause an allergic reaction that is also known as asthma.
Not everyone who has cockroaches in their home will develop asthma. Usually the people who are affected are people who are more sensitive in their bronchial tubes.
Unfortunately as the weather is getting warmer and warmer this makes the perfect breeding ground for cockroaches.
Cockroaches are a nocturnal insect and will often come creeping out in search for food at night and will scatter away once the light has been turned on.
Cockroaches is not just limited to causing asthma but they can also create other health issues which can make you severely sick or can cause death.
Studies have been done and while German cockroaches are on the top of the list for causing asthma this does not exclude the larger cockroaches.
German cockroaches will breed every five to six weeks and will have between forty to fifty baby cockroaches in each egg sack.
Large cockroaches have less than the German cockroaches with around 15 baby cockroaches.
So what can you do to avoid an infestation of cockroaches?
After every meal clean up and wipe bench tops down
Sweep, vacuum and mop floors daily
Remove any clutter in and around your home
Store all food in airtight containers
Clean out your pantry on a regular basis as crumbs can often fall on the shelves
Fix any cracks and crevices around your home
At the end of the day pack your pets bowl away so there is no food source
After shopping check bags and boxes for cockroaches or their egg sacks
Check your kids backpacks when they come home from school or when staying out over night
Fix any leaky pipes in and around your home
Also take the rubbish out each night
The cold hard truth about cockroaches and can it cause Asthma
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.
With spring comes nice warm weather and with that so does pest of all sizes whether it be your cockroaches right down to your wasps.
So what is involved in a residential pest control Sydney?
There is many different treatments to suit every client’s needs. Each home is different whether it would be the size of the house or experiencing different pest invading your premises.
German Cockroach Treatment:
With a German cockroach treatment the technician will firstly inspect your premises to see the threshold of German cockroaches which are in your premises. The technician will then do a skirting board spray and place gel in appropriate places such as cupboard door hinges, microwave, fridges/freezers, washing machines and other electrical appliances.
For German cockroach treatments a Redline Pest Control customer service agent will ask you what rooms you are seeing the German cockroaches in and how many you are roughly seeing each day. The customer service agent will then determine the level of infestation by your answers and will recommend which treatment is suited to your needs.
With an ant treatments we once again will ask if you are seeing ants inside, outside or both and where exactly are you seeing the ants.
For internal areas the technician will inspect and identify problematic areas where the issue of ants are. The technician will set up an ant baiting system using gel and will doing a window and skirting board spray, if you have ants along the wall he will also spray the affected walls.
For external areas the technician will also inspect and identify problematic areas where the issue of ants are. The perimeter of your premises will be sprayed alongside with any ant mounds and trails.
If you have an issue both internal and external both treatments will apply.
With rodent treatments we will ask you where you are experiencing the issue whether it will be internal, external or both. We will also ask you what times are you hearing the noise if you are hearing noises in roof void as this very well could be a possum. Rodents love their run paths and will often dart from place to place in a blink of an eye.
Bait will be placed in roof void if you are hearing noises, bait will be placed in cardboard bait stations and will be placed strategically behind furniture, fridges, washing machines, dryers and any other places that rodents will frequent.
When we bait outside for rodents we always try to look for places that the bait in cardboard bait stations can be strategically placed. If there is no place that the bait can be placed we will advise you that you will need to purchase lockable bait stations which is yours to keep and the best thing is they are reusable and all you need to do if you have a rodent issue again is to replenish the lockable bait station.
General Pest Treatment:
A general pest treatment is recommend to home owners roughly every 12 months to avoid infestations to the pest listed below.
We often get phone calls fromcommercialcustomers asking if we do pest control in their line of work or home.
Redline Pest Control caters to the following industries:
Production & Manufacturing
Warehousing & Storage
Body Corporate, Strata & Real Estate
So what sets Redline Pest Control above other pest control companies?
Redline Pest Control will always go above and beyond for each customer that we service whether the job is small or big.
We believe educating our customers is the key to success as by informing our customers the biology and lifecycle each pest has will help them prevent any further pest outbreaks.
Redline Pest Control only uses chemicals which are children safe, pet safe and eco-friendly.
We are confident in the service that we provide to our clients that we have a satisfaction guarantee that means if you are not happy give us a quick call or email and we will work with you to find the right solution that will rectify any concerns that you may have.
We have a special designated phone number for each of our clients so if you need advice for anything to do with the service you are about to have or service which has been provided all you have to do is call us and we will be more than happy to help you with your concerns.
All pest technicians that is hired by Redline Pest Control go through extensive training throughout the year to make sure that they are up to date on not only pest biology but how to use chemicals in a safe manner.
We believe that in order to be a leading expert in pest control we must provide not only a professional service but provide and honest service whilst holding our integrity.
Black House Spiders are from the family of Desidae, Black House Spiders are also known as Badumna Insignis.
What is a Black House Spider and what does it look like?
Well as you can see the Black House Spider is big and hairy but not all black house spiders are black, big or hairy.
The Black House Spider is a common spider that lingers in the corners of the walls in our homes just waiting to give us a fright.
The female Black House Spider is much larger than the male Black House Spider with it being 15-18mm and the male being 8-10mm. Black House Spiders have large abdomens with long luscious legs. Colour can vary when it comes to the Black House Spider, dark brown to black in colour, to blackish grey colour this is due to the hairs giving them a grey appearance.
What do Black House Spiders eat and will they bite me?
No, Black House Spiders tend to shy away from human contact. Black House Spiders will tend to feed on the liquid from its prey such as flies, moths, butterflies, beetles, ants, bees, mosquitoes.
Black House Spiders tend to set up house in tree trunks, old bark, cracks and crevices, rocks, and left debris. The female Black House Spider will rarely leave her web which is similar to the Funnel Web Spider. When building their webs, the Black House Spider will us small objects such a twigs, sticks and leaves.
I became interested in pest control when I had an outbreak of German cockroaches in my house, I had called a pest controller and when he had turned up I was asking his questions of what his day to day tasks were. Once he left I looked into how I could get into pest control and from that day on I fell in love with helping my customers get rid of their pest and termites.
What makes your day interesting?
Defiantly the customers I meet, I have met some interesting people who makes me laugh with stories they have told me. I remember one customer who told me that he had a mouse that he couldn’t catch and was really frustrated, he fell asleep on the lounge with chocolate next to him and when he woke up the mouse was eating the chocolate and the mouse had scared him.
What motivates you?
My motivation is helping my customers with their pest and termite issues that they have.
What sets you apart from other pest controllers?
I will always listen to the customer’s needs and wants and go out of my way to make sure that the customer is informed on what pest treatment they are having and how to avoid an infestation occurring, providing the customer with support during and after the treatment has been carried out.
Who is your targeted audience?
I would say that my targeted audience is both residential and commercial property market.
What is the most common complaint you hear from customers?
I always hear horror stories from customers who have had pest controllers come in and will spray a few areas and will be in and out within 15 minutes and they still have pest crawling around their home or place of business.
What are three positive things a customer would say about your work ethics?
My customers will say that I am honest, reliable and I get the job done right the first time.