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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

What can you do to help prevent termites in and around your home

What can you do to help prevent termites in and around your home

 

What can you do to help prevent termites in and around your home
What can you do to help prevent termites in and around your home

 

Unfortunately over the past few months we have been going out to homes across Sydney with extensive termite damage and high volumes of termites eating their homes away.

 

It is very unfortunate that termites will attack one in four homes but what does that mean for you and are you that one home that will be attacked by termites?

 

It is by Australian Standards that each home owner or property investor is responsible to have a termite inspection done every 12 months and if you are in a bushy area it will be 6 months.

 

Termite Prevention Tips Sydney
What can you do to help prevent termites in and around your home

 

It is also up to the home owner or property investor to make sure that they have an appropriate termite management system put into place.

 

So what are somethings you can do around your home that will help minimise the risk of termites making your home their home?

 

Regular termite inspections is a mustTermite management system put into placeRemove any timbers which are in subfloorRemove any wood chippings in your landscapingFix any leaking pipes and drains in and around your home
Replace or repair any damage to shingles, fascia and soffitsRemove any timber landscaping post or logs.

 

Reduce humidity in subfloor by installing a crossflow ventilation fanDivert water sources away from home

 

Remove any dead stumps or trees

 

Seal cracks and crevices in and around homePruning of bushes and heavy foliage is a mustGet a ladder and check your gutters and remove any left, twigs and debris that maybe in your guttersRemove any moisture in and around your homeCheck for any changes in and around your home
Water overflow pipes and air-conditioning pipes are directed away from your homeFirewood and untreated timber be removed from your premises

 

 

What can you do to help prevent termites in and around your home
What can you do to help prevent termites in and around your home

 

If you have found termites in or around your home 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 and what treatment is right for you.

 

Further Reading:

Termite Control Sydney

Termite Prevention Tips Sydney

Ten facts about termites that you may not know.

Termite Alates Swarm over Sydney

Is it important to have a Termite Inspection?

Termites In Kellyville

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

What can you do to help prevent termites in and around your home

Termite Control Sydney

Termite Control Sydney

 

Termite Control Sydney
Termite Control Sydney

 

Termites have a specific role in their colony and are separated into three groups:

 

Reproductives

 

  • Queen – can live up to 50 years and pump out millions of baby termites. She will never leave the colony
  • King – his job is to fertilise the queen and will not leave the colony except at the start of the colony
  • Alates – will form their wings and when the perfect conditions arise they will leave the colony to form new colonies. This is usually when the humidity is just right

 

Soldiers – they are the front line when it comes to an attack of some sought.

 

Workers – will carry out all work which is needed such as building the colony and will distribute food.

 

There are three groups that classify termites.
  • Subterranean – will usually build their colony underground, under patios and base of trees. Will build mud leads and underground tunnels.
  • Dampwood – will usually build their colonies in timber landscaping, damp subfloors or damp wood.
  • Drywood – will usually be found in tropical climates, will nest in drywood and does not need ground contact.

 

There is two different shaped heads in termites which are:
  • Mandibulate head
  • Nasute head

 

AppearanceTermitesAnts
Body segmentsTwo segmentsThree segments
AntennaeVery straight beaded antennaeAntennae’s are elbowed
EyesBlind except AlatesCompounded eyes
ColourCreamy whiteBlack and reddish brown
WingsEqual length wingsOne wing longer than the other

 

 

Further Reading:

Termite Control Sydney

Termite Prevention Tips Sydney

Ten facts about termites that you may not know.

Termite Alates Swarm over Sydney

Is it important to have a Termite Inspection?

Termite High Risk Map Of Australia

Is your home protected from Termites?

Subterranean Termites

Dampwood Termites

Drywood Termites

What is IPM?

 

What is IPM?
What is IPM?

 

What is IPM?

 

IPM is also known as Integrated Pest Management and any good pest controller will implement this technique in every job that he carries out.

 

So what is it and how does it work?

 

It all starts with a call that you make to us here at Redline Pest Control, your customer service agent will ask you a few questions and then will listen to your pest concerns and advise you of the appropriate pest treatment. When the technician arrives at your home the technician will inspect, identify and treat the pest which is in your home. The technician will also advise you on tips on how you can prevent pest from entering your home.

 

What are the basic rules when it comes to Integrated Pest Management?

 

Any pest company that has good values and care about the needs of their client will use IPM which consist of 5 basic rules which are:

 

  1. Inspection – Each technician from Redline Pest Control will go around your premises and inspect all areas even those areas which have no issues with pests.
  2. Identification – Redline Pest Control will identify any pest which they have found around your premises.
  3. Threshold of pest – Redline Pest Control technicians will determine the threshold level of pests which are residing in your premises.
  4. Control measures – To control and manage all levels if infestations of pests which are in your premises.
  5. Evaluation – Redline Pest Control Technicians will evaluate the effectiveness of each service which is carried out and will eliminate any pests in your premises.

 

What can you do once pest control has been carried out on your premises?

 

We have the big 4 things you can do in and around your home to help prevent pests from residing in your home.

 

Eliminate Entry Points:

 

Pests don’t need an invite to set up their home in your premises. Go around your premises and find any cracks and crevices and seal them up with some sealant. Fix any broken windows, tiles on your roof, flyscreens and any other items on your premises. If your home is an older home fix any repairs on the foundations.

 

Home Maintenance:

 

Set a day of the week where you have your big clean up where you are dusting, vacuuming, sweeping and mopping. You wouldn’t believe it but pest actually love dust, food scraps and other particles that they can find. Remove any clutter that is in your home as this gives the pests a place to hide themselves away and start breeding.

 

Landscaping Maintenance:

 

Always do mini makeovers in your yard by mowing on a regular basis, pruning trees and bushes. Remove any dead branches and logs.

 

Eliminate Water And Food Sources:

 

After preparing food in your kitchen always tidy up and wipe away crumbs and spilt liquids. Put your pet bowl away once they have finished eating and at the end of the night tip their water out and turn upside down. By eliminating water and food source the pest have no reason to set up home in your premises.

 

Further Reading:

What is IPM?

What is the Integrated Pest Management and how can you implement this system in your home.

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

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

Is it important to have a Termite Inspection?

What is IPM?

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

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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.

Ten facts about termites that you may not know.

 

Ten facts about termites that you may not know.
Ten facts about termites that you may not know.

 

Ten facts about termites that you may not know.

 

  1. Termites communicate by using their pheromones, each colony of termites have their own scent.
  2. If termites feel threatened they will start tapping away to let other termites know that danger is ahead.
  3. Termites are actually very beneficial to the environment as they break through plants and trees and turning it to new soil.
  4. Now this may sound gross but termites will actually feed off each other’s faeces.
  5. Termite soldiers and workers are blind, only reproductive termites can see as when they become Alates they will fly off in search for a new location to start breeding.
  6. Termites are in no way related to ants but are actually related to the cockroach.
  7. Termite queens can lay up to 30,000 eggs per day and can live up to 25 years.
  8. There is more termites on this earth than humans.
  9. Termites never stop to rest and will work day in and day out for the rest of their lives.
  10. Termite Alates will usually swarm for around thirty minutes and this is done in the late spring to summer often after a little bit of rain. With the humidity in the air it gives them just enough time to find a new home to start their colony.

 

Further Reading:

Termites

The importance of a termite inspection

Why choose Redline Pest Control for your termite services

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