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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!

Termite Prevention Tips Sydney

Termite Prevention Tips Sydney
Termite Prevention Tips Sydney

 

Termite Prevention Tips Sydney

 

Every homeowner’s worst nightmare is “you have termites”.

But what are somethings you can do around your home that can help reduce the risk factor of termites setting up home in your humble abode?

I have been researching on different ways that the average homeowner can prevent the risk of termites entering their home.

Unfortunately for homeowners insurance companies do not pay out claims for termite damage.

It is recommended by Australian standards to have a termite inspection yearly and if in a bushy area to have every six months.

 

So what are somethings you can do around your home to reduce the risk factor of termites.

 

  • Reduce humidity in your subfloor by installing a cross flow ventilation fan.
  • Go around your property and remove any timber landscaping post.
  • Remove timbers in subfloor.
  • Fix any leaking pipes in and around your home.
  • Remove any wood chippings in your landscaping area.
  • If you have a section for firewood or untreated timber I highly recommend that the firewood and untreated timber be removed from your premises.
  • Divert any water sources away from your home.
  • Have a day where you do some pruning of bushes and heavy foliage.
  • Get a ladder and check your gutters and remove any debris that maybe in your gutters.
  • Remove any dead stumps or trees from your premises.
  • Make sure that water overflow pipes and air-conditioning pipes are directed away from your home.
  • Seal any cracks and crevices in and around your home.
  • Remove any moisture in and around your home.
  • Replace or repair any damage shingles, fascia and soffits.
  • Do mini inspection and check for any changes in and around your home.

 

If you have found out that you indeed have termites please do not disturb them as  by disturbing the termites will cause the termites to move to another location in your home making it harder for the termite technician to ascertain how bad the termite infestation is in your home.

 

Further Reading:

Termites and Termidor

Ten facts about termites that you may not know.

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

Is your home protected from Termites?

Is it important to have a Termite Inspection?

Pre-Purchase Inspections Sydney

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.

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

Termite Alates Swarm over Sydney

 

Termite Alates Swarm over Sydney
Termite Alates Swarm over Sydney

 

Termite Alates Swarm over Sydney
Termite Alates Swarm over Sydney

 

What is an Alate?

 

The word Alate refers to pest that is of a form of a social insect.

 

These can refer to Termite, Ants, Thrips and Aphids.

 

Females are often referred to queens or Gynes and the males are often referred to kings or drones.

 

In the past few days Termite Alates have taken flight across Sydney.  This happens when there has been abundance of rain and then high humidity and heat. Alates are poor flyers with their wings being very fragile and often breaking away from their body. A female Alate will attempt to attract a male Alate when they have settled from their flight in order to make their own colony and will reproduce.

 

Termite Alates Swarm over Sydney
Termite Alates Swarm over Sydney

 

So what does that mean for homeowners across Sydney?

 

Sydneysiders are now at risk of termites potentially setting up house in their place of home or business.

 

No one wants to think that their home or business could be damaged by termites and let alone these days with the economy rising who can afford all the repairs that come with termites and the damage that they can cause.

 

So what can you do to prepare for termites?

 

By Australian standards it is recommended that each premises has a prevention barrier and regular termite inspections. For homes in really bushy areas the CSIRO recommends that you have 6 monthly termite inspections and for areas that are not so busy every 12 months.

 

Map supplied by CSIRO Australia.
Map supplied by CSIRO Australia.

 

Below is something you can do to reduce the risk of termites attacking your premises.

 

Termite Alates Swarm over Sydney
Termite Alates Swarm over Sydney

 

  • Remove all debris from your subfloor and external areas
  • Remove bark and wood chippings
  • Remove any logs and sleepers
  • Replace of wooden fences that have wood rot in them
  • Hot water tank overflow pipe will need to be drained further away from your premises
  • Ventilation system will need to be put in place for those who have subfloors with high humidity as dark, damp and moist environments are a dream come true for termites
  • Do mini inspections on your premises, go around check to see if anything looks abnormal like timbers warping, paint bubbling or blistering, saw dust like material, changes in the colour of paint, cracks that may appear, water leaks and mud particles or mud leads.

 

Unfortunately Sydney homeowners are often unaware of termites chewing through their premises until it is either too late as their house has significant damage or their premises collapsed to the ground.

 

I know that I am always saying in my blogs, across social media or even to our clients on the phone how vital it is to have regular termite inspections done and a prevention barrier put into place as your homeowners insurance company will not pay you out if termites attack your premises if this has not been done.

 

I often say that homeowners and investors get the raw end of the banana as not only do they have to worry about mortgage repayments, day to day living and if you have kids their activities but you also have to worry about protecting your biggest investment you will ever have against termites.

 

Further Reading For Termites:

Is your home protected from termites

Subterranean termites

Drywood Termites

Dampwood Termites

Termites in Kellyville

Termites Castle Hill

Is it important to  have a termite inspection

Termite Services

 

Termites Sydney

Out comes the cockies and other pest.

 

Out comes the cockies and other pest.
Out comes the cockies and other pest.

 

Out comes the cockies and other pest.

 

With the current weather becomes increasingly hot out comes those annoying pest that we all loathe.

 

I usually get pest control done at the end of spring closer to weather but I had found that over the past few days I had a large increase of large cockroaches and bees swarming around my house.

 

Anyone that knows me knows that I generally don’t have an issue with pest except pest that can contaminate my food and could potentially sting me.

 

Spiders don’t really bother me as much as I find spiders so fascinating with the way they spin their webs and the amazing patterned colours that each spider has.

 

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Like any other customer that Redline Pest Control services I had to make sure that I had done the following things in preparation for the pest technician so he could commence the pest treatment.

  • Weekly cleaning done
  • No clothes on the clothesline
  • Food in airtight containers
  • Grass cut short
  • My pet looked after for about an hour or so or until the chemical has dried
  • Moved furniture away from the wall
  • Pet containers stored away
So what treatment suited my needs for my property?

Redline Pest Controls pest technician carried out a General Pest Treatment plus a targeted Bee Hive Removal Treatment.

What is included in the General Pest Treatment and Bee Hive Removal?
  • Large cockroaches
  • All webbing spiders
  • Silverfish
  • Carpet beetles
  • Creamy colour crickets
  • Wasps
  • Bees
Would I get warranty if I wasn’t employed by Redline Pest Control?

Yes, Of course all services that we carry out comes with a 6 month warranty. The only time warranty won’t be provided is if there is a high infestation and it will require a second service with will be advised to you both over the phone and in person.

Do Bees even have warranty?

Yes, Bees do have warranty. If the bees do come back all you need to do is call us back and we will send out the same technician that came to your home the first time back to your home.

Further Reading On Pest

Cockroaches

General Pest Treatment

Bees

Webbing Spiders

Ground Dwelling Spiders

Termite Control Sydney

Termite Inspection Sydney

 

Out comes the cockies and other pest.

Is it important to have a Termite Inspection?

 

Is it important to have a Termite Inspection?
Is it important to have a Termite Inspection?

 

 

Why is it so important to have a termite inspection on your home?

 

 

For anyone who has either just bought their home or that has owned their home for a while now needs to know just how important a termite inspection is on your home.

 

 

First and foremost, when is a good time to have a termite inspection done on your home?

 

 

I always advise our clients that by Australian standards if you are in an area that is bushy or that is well known to have termites have an inspection every 6 to 12 months. If your area is not bushy you can have an inspection every 12 months.

 

 

What can happen if I don’t have a termite inspection?

 

 

A lot can happen such as extensive termite damage that can lead into the thousands or even worse your home will have to be demolished. Unfortunately no insurance companies cover the cost for termite damage and unless you have very deep pockets I would highly recommend that an inspection is vital for your home.

 

 

What can I do to reduce the risk of termites coming and setting up home at my house?

 

 

There are a number of things you can do to help reduce the risk of termites.

 

 

  • Keep a well ventilated subfloor and roof void as termites love moisture and humidity.
  • Fix leaking pipes and taps as you don’t want a water source for the termites.
  • Remove any wood debris such as wood chippings, sleepers, tree stumps etc.
  • Do mini inspections on your home to see if there is anything out of the ordinary.
  • Have regular termite inspections.

 

Is it important to have a Termite Inspection?
Is it important to have a Termite Inspection?

 

What are some signs that I have termites?

 

 

  • Mud particles protruding through the gyprock fibro or any other timbers in or around your home. Mud tunnels are created by termite faeces.
  • When your timbers have a warp or hollow shape to it.
  • When your walls or ceilings paint start to blister.
  • When your floors or ceilings start to sag.
  • If you have power outage due to termites eating through the electrical cables.

 

 

Redline Pest Control
Redline Pest Control

 

 

What should you do if you find active termites on your premises?

 

Is it important to have a Termite Inspection?
Is it important to have a Termite Inspection?

 

Please under no circumstances do not disturb them. Disturbing them only moves them from where you found them making it hard for any pest technician to pinpoint where they have moved to.

 

You see you may have found termites on one section of your premises but in reality that could be a sub nest and that the actual nest that the queen ls in could be on a neighbouring property.  Now if you have disturbed them how are we going to treat the termites if we can’t see the termites? Yes sure we can treat that area that you saw the termites but that would not fix the issue that you have.

 

Is it important to have a Termite Inspection?
Is it important to have a Termite Inspection?
Redline Pest Control
Redline Pest Control
Redline Pest Control
Redline Pest Control

 

More information on Termites 

What services does Redline Pest Control Offer?

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Redline Pest Control offers a variety of services and covers the following pest for residential, commercial and industrial:

Who does Redline Pest Control cater to?

We often get phone calls from commercial customers asking if we do pest control in their line of work or home.

Redline Pest Control caters to the following industries:

  • Food Services
  • Produce
  • Production & Manufacturing
  • Hospitality
  • Warehousing & Storage
  • Body Corporate, Strata & Real Estate
  • Transportation
  • Government
  • Health Care
  • Education
  • Retail
  • Country Clubs
  • Gym
  • Offices

 

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.

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