Pest Control 2019 Spiders, Ants, Cockroaches
With the colder months upon us, there is one unwelcome house guest in particular that is waiting to get into a nice warm home to raise their families. Rats and Mice will attempt to enter homes from now and continue throughout winter. This time of year is what the Pest Control industry refers to as ‘Rodent Season’. The fact is, rodents are breeding all year around – they breed just as much in summer as they do in winter. The difference in the colder months is that now our homes provide a fantastic warm place for rodents to continue to live during winter.
External conditions are starting to become less attractive for Rats and Mice. This image shows a Norway Rat (often simply called a brown rat) about to enter a home. These rats prefer to burrow, but have actually started to nest within the home due to the weather getting colder. These are warm blooded mammals, and the warmth of an insulated roof space or cavity is much more appealing than a hole in the ground outside in the cold.
Just like humans, rodents like to live in warm environments. Rats and mice find their way into a structure through small holes, make their way through the wall cavities and exploit almost any area inside your home. The roof void, wall cavities and other confined voids in and around your home make excellent nesting areas. Apart from being a nice warm place to nest this time of year, once in your home food and water is more easily accessed, often directly from your very own kitchen.
Apart from the obvious threat of disease, rats will also cause a lot of damage. Rodent’s teeth continue to grow throughout their lifetime, and if they do not continuously gnaw to keep them in check, their teeth will become too large and essentially useless to them. Interestingly, the name Rodent comes from a Latin word which basically means to gnaw.
Some of the damage caused by these pests will be noticeable and repairable, like this hole made in a wall by rats, giving them further access to wall cavities and other areas of your home.
Some damage, however, is a lot harder to spot, like these internal electrical wires that have been chewed back to bare copper.
In cases like these, you will most likely not notice anything at all until there are problems with your power, or even worse, a potential fire. Remember, rats and mice will always be gnawing on something, and it’s well documented that they have been the cause of many fires.
There are things that you can do around your home that will help make your property less attractive for rodents to live.
- Ensure all of your household garbage is in tightly sealed bins which rats and mice cannot access. This helps to restrict their access to food as much as possible. Rodents are opportunistic feeders – while they have their preferred food sources, they will still eat almost anything.
- Alter your building so that Rodents cannot gain entry. Look for access holes that rats can use, such as where pipes enter buildings, gaps under external doors, etc. Sealing these and other similar points will make it harder for rodents to enter. Using a gutter guard can also be helpful to stop them entering the roof via the gutters.
- Trim excess trees and shrubs from around the perimeter of structure especially trees that overhang the roof. This will both take away harbourage areas and make accessing the roof a little bit harder for them.
When all else fails, other control measures will need to be implemented. Here at Amalgamated Pest Control, we are the experts at assessing all of your options and presenting the available solutions to you.
What will you do for me?
If we are called to your home because you suspect or know you have a rodent problem, the first thing we will do is conduct a full rodent inspection. We look at all areas of known activity, internally and externally, including the roof void and the sub-floor. This inspection allows us to identify the rodent species, any nesting areas, travel routes, and where they are getting food and water from.
With this crucial information, we can than implement a control strategy best suited to the problem and the property. We will also provide you with important recommendations on things you can alter or fix to manage the environment and make it less appealing to rodents. Once management has been implemented, we will keep coming back to check the bait/trap placement until the problem is controlled. We will also point out all the proofing measures that can be undertaken to keep rodents out in the future.
Remember – if the rodents come back, so will we.
If you even think you may have a rodent problem, call us here at your local Amalgamated Pest Control today.
Well winter is finally upon us and while things may slow down for some pests in ‘pest world’ not so with many other.
During winter we get increased threats from rodents, but our favourite ‘general pests’ are still active. Termites keep munching, cockroaches keep on creeping and ants keep on crawling. This year there a new mosquito on the loose that is a spreader of chronic disease – and this mosquito doesn’t mind the colder weather. You might even discover that some of the favourite winter woollies that you pull out of storage may have been damaged by some ‘pest’ as well, nothing much you can do about that now – but there are things to do before you store the winter clothes away before next spring.
Winter Pest Checklist
Here’s a checklist of things to do this winter to keep you pest problems to a minimum:
Tidy the Clutter:
- Discover all the ‘hidden stuff’ you forgot you had – and re-stow it or throw it! If you have a lot of stuff – then its important to re-inspect/move it on a regular basis to discourage rats and mice from setting up an undetected camp.
- Remove Cardboard and Fabric. If you need a box – think of things other than cardboard. Plastic or metal containers are much better, this can discourage rodents and cockroaches.
- If you’re storing something a rodent would like – then put it in a sealed box or container that they can’t get in to.
Remove any food sources:
- Don’t encourage rodents to stay by giving them an easy meal. (for example, don’t leave uneaten pet food lying around). Ants are also attracted to left over food.
- Seal of entry points into the building. Especially for rodents you need to seal up any holes with small gauge mesh or similar material that a rodent cannot gnaw through, and seal the bottoms of doors with automatic weather seals or weather strips. A rat can gain entry through a hole as small as 12 mm in diameter and a mouse only needs a hole no larger than 6 mm in diameter. Don’t just look down – Look up. Often rodents get in via the roof, eaves or other less obvious entry points.
Rodent Traps: You can use snap traps to catch the odd rogue rat or mouse, but don’t use cheese as the bait – its really doesn’t work that well – things like peanut butter or cotton wool are far more effective. Inspect your home for any containers that hold water:
- This is really for mosquitoes. Make sure that water containers are emptied. This includes pot plant reservoirs. Make sure that water tanks are screened. Any container that holds water (where levels rise and fall) will encourage mosquitoes to breed. Keep an eye out for drains that hold puddles, car tyres and old buckets that everyone forgets about. Clean up the garden and make sure there is nothing around the house that holds permanent water that will rise and fall.
Screen your home:
- Make sure that all your windows and doors are properly screened so that you have a safe retreat from these mosquitoes and cockroaches.
Eaves and Walls: Check your eaves and brickwork for wasp nests and spiders. Wasps can be prevalent even during winter. Bins:
- Keep bins away from the immediate vicinity of the home. Keep them as clean as possible and wash them out regularly. Keep bins well sealed. They are a great breeding environment for flies and can encourage rodents.
Trees and Foliage:
- Foliage against the house can create a highway for ants, rodents, spiders and termites. Make sure that bushes and shrubs are kept well away from the walls. Trim off any tree branches that overhang the roof and gutters, yet another highway for ants and rodents.
If you believe or suspect that you have a winter pest problem, please contact Amalgamated Pest Control Dalby for further advice.
(07) 4662 3838
Many Dalby locals ask us, during this time of year if pests will start to disappear now that summers over. Pests will start to reduce in numbers as the weather cools down and the optimal temperatures for maximum breeding and activity have reduced. This however doesn’t mean that your property will be pest free from now until next spring.
Generally temperatures inside homes are much warmer in the cooler months than outside and there is food and water available in and around the home. This being the case what usually tends to happen is many pests will seek out homes for these reasons. Nice warm shelter in which to live and breed, very good accessibility to food sources and access to water is also available.
Common Autumn Pests
The most common pests that will look to move inside are rodents such as rats and mice. The home is an ideal place for these pests. Roof voids can be full of insulation which is an ideal warm nesting material which they can burrow into to make their nests. Many believe that cooler months such as late autumn – winter is rat season. Rats actually breed heavily all year round, the cooler months however they much prefer, as we would, to get inside and out of the cold. Obviously once they are in the roof they can have easy access to your food and garbage. Once inside your property rats and mice can cause a lot of damage. They consistently gnaw; they have too to keep their teeth from growing too long. They’ll gnaw on anything. Many fires are started by rats gnawing on wires. Diseases are another big problem and its not just rats. Mice carry as many diseases as rats and potentially spread very easily.
What other pests are active in autumn?
Cockroaches will still remain a problem especially German Cockroaches. Their environment is your kitchen therefore they will continue to breed just as fast as in summer and due to their rapid lifecycle can become a big problem very quickly. They rely on humans for survival; we provide them with the shelter, food and water that they need. Amalgamated pest control offers 12 months Service Warranty on all species of cockroach including German Cockroaches meaning you never have to deal with these pests again.
How can I reduce autumn pests?
Some of the things that any home owner can do which will help reduce the chance of these and other pests getting into your home this autumn and winter are quite simple:
. Reduce access to food. All pests need food. Keep food sealed, clean up spills straight away, clean up food crumbs get rid of food scraps into tightly sealed garbage bins and ensure bins, especially outside, don’t let your bin become so full that you can’t close it. Rats have an especially keen sense of smell and will smell garbage from a long way away.
. Reduce excess water. If you have any leaking plumbing or pooling water around the home have them repaired. Water accumulating in sinks, showers and baths don’t’ help either ensure you wipe them dry. Pests actively seek water for survival.
. Keep them out. Keeping out some pests can be done. To keep rodents out keep trees close to the home trimmed away from the roof. Make sure your roofing is in good condition, broken tiles and the like can allow rodents to slip in cracks and gain access. Gutters can be protected with a rodent resistant mesh covering. Any gaps/holes in the external wall such as where pipes enter or weep holes are present should be protected also with a rodent resistant material.
Some pests can’t be kept out with physical materials. Cockroaches, ants and spiders will always find a way into just about any home. A professional pest treatment will stop these insects living and breeding in the areas such as roof voids, sub-floors, wall cavities many internal areas of the home and Amalgamated Pest Control will give you a 12 month service warranty on these three pests which allows you too live all year around with no worries.
Contact Amalgamated Pest Control Dalby for a pest management solution for your property. We are professionals at what we do and can give you the best advice on how to keep the autumn pests and winter pests out of your home and away from your family.
(07) 4662 3838
Recently we were called to a local power station site where staff were being attacked by an infestation of aggressive bull ants. Staff were unable to work safely with a large number of these ants scattered throughout the site – the bite is extremely painful.
Bull Ant Characteristics
Bull ants are large, alert ants that can grow up to 40 mm They have characteristic large eyes and long, slender mandibles and a potent venom-loaded sting. They have superior vision, able to track and even follow intruders from a distance of 1 metre. Many species of bull ants have bright red or orange colours on the head or abdomen.
Bull ant nests are usually underground and often have hidden or small entrances. The nests can extend several metres below the ground. They attack intruders of any size that come too close to their nest. Bull ants also have well-developed vision and will follow or even chase an intruder a good distance from the nest. Usually the sight of large aggressive ants streaming out of the nest is enough to prompt a hasty retreat.
How do you get rid of ants?
In this case we were able to act quickly and perform a full ant treatment to the site using specific products that stop these pests in their tracks.
Bull ants can deliver a very painful stinging bite to an unwitting victim. If you or a member of your family are bitten, perform first aid immediately. If the victim displays signs of an allergic reaction or Anaphylaxis,
Call 000 immediately.
- Wash with soap and water.
- Apply and ice pack.
- Use pain relief to help reduce swelling – always get medical advice first.
If you’re concerned you have a bull ant problem or you wish for further advice or assistance, please contact your local team for further advice.
Call (07) 4662 3838
With the dry hot weather conditions in and around Dalby, we have seen an increase in brown snake activity. Recently we were contacted by terrified customer who discovered a baby eastern brown snake that had slipped under the door of an office building – the lady got a huge surprise when she looked under her desk to see the snake hiding away.
Fortunately, we were able to safely relocate the snake and recommend ways to stop other snakes entering the office.
Eastern Brown Snake Characteristics
The species is widespread throughout eastern Australia, from northern Queensland to South Australia, with isolated population occurring in central and western Northern Territory. Eastern Brown Snakes can be found across a wide range of habitats (excluding rainforest and alpine regions), however they seem to prefer open landscapes such as woodlands, scrublands, and savannah grasslands. In arid inland areas they inhabit watercourses and swampy areas that receive at least some seasonal flooding. The species can be particularly abundant in rural areas that have been heavily modified for agricultural purposes, and is also frequently encountered on the suburban periphery of many large towns and cities. These snakes can grow to around 1.5 meters in length.
How to reduce snakes entering your property
- Inspect all outside entry points including doors ways, windows and other gaps in the construction. Seal these areas with a weather proof product or fit larger items such as timber or a door seal.
- Keep grass areas short.
- Keep out door rubbish bins sealed.
- Store children’s toys off the ground.
If you or a family member are bitten by a snake, commence first aid immediately and Call 000. The initial bite can often be painless, but it is important to seek medical assistance as quickly as possible.
If you believe you have a snake problem or you wish for further advice or assistance, please contact your local team for further advice.
Call (07) 4662 3838
Possums: Where they are, how to remove them.
We regularly receive calls from concerned, (and often frightened), property owners who believe they have a Rodent problem after hearing strange noises coming from their roof void in the early hours of the morning.
After an inspection we often find the culprit not to be a rodent, (to the owners relief), but a native possum who has made their roof a home.
In our local area, there is both Brushtail and Ringtail possums.
The Ringtail, (Pseudocheirus peregrinus), possum is smaller with a gingerish coat, small rounded ears, and a narrow tail with a white tip. The Brushtail possum usually presents the majority of problems due to its tendency to enter and sleep in buildings.
The Brushtail, (Trichosurus vulpecular), possum is a cat-size animal with a grey coat, largen erect ears and a black bushy tail. The Brushtail possum usually presents the majority of problems due to its tendency to enter and sleep in buildings, urinate and defecate in the ceiling void
Brushtail possums are one of the rare native mammals that continue to share space with people in urban areas.
Brushtail possums are native, nocturnal marsupials and like all native wildlife, the brushtail possum is protected in Queensland. To capture and release a possum, a permit is required by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, (DERM).
How to remove a possum from your property
Possums can easily acces the roof void through area’s such as a broken tile, so we will first seal off these areas so the possum cannot return inside the structure.
We then install a Possum nesting box in a large tree near to the structure and place some roughly cut fruit such as bananas and pawpaw’s on top of the box to attract the possum to the new nesting site.
Possums are typically very happy in their new home, (possum box) and the home owner is relieved there is no more noise coming from the ceiling of a night time.
If you believe you have a possum problem or you wish for further advice or assistance, please contact your local team for further advice.
Call (07) 4662 3838
Increase in rat infestations this winter
Our technicians are constantly battling to control rats throughout the Dalby region with numbers rapidly increasing this winter season.
As the weather starts to cool into the winter months, the natural environment for rats are outside burrows in gardens, paddocks, soil areas and nesting in stored items and debris around properties.
Trees and shrubs become less inviting and rats choose to move inside premises – that’s inside your house to live and breed.
Rats and Mice will take up residence in areas such as roof voids, wall cavities, and internal areas. These areas provide both warmth and good access to food sources.
How to treat Rat and Mice Problems
When all else fails and pest control measures need to be implemented, Amalgamated Pest Control technicians will look at all the available options. The two most effective methods of control of rats and mice are:
- Rat Trapping: Using traps to physically trap and remove rats.
- Chemical Control: Includes a wide range of baiting techniques most commonly bait blocks used in Tamper Resistant Rodent Stations, (as shown below).
- These baits are secured inside the station and cannot be removed making them pet and child friendly. Where needed, tracking powders, gels and other baits may be used as required.
How to identify you have rats and mice
Some simple tell tale signs of rat infestation to look for around your property:
- Sounds – Scratching and shuffling noises in the roof.
- Droppings – Found in and around the building.
- Tracks – Run tracks or rub marks, (dark greasy marks), along walls or plumbing pipes.
- Gnawing – Damage to food packets in the pantry. Additional indicators would be holes in skirting boards or conduits, cables being stripped of insulation or cardboard/paper products being chewed.
- Visual sightings – Sighting of rodents scurrying around and sighting of rodents nesting material in stored boxes.
- Excitement of your family pet – If your dog or cat is acting strangely, for example excessive barking in a particular area of your home, they might be trying to tell you something.
- Sensors / Alarms – being triggered, particularly within 1 or 2 specific areas of the premises, can be an indicator of rodent activity within an area.
If you believe or suspect that you have rats or mice, please contact your local team for further advice.