Pests, as stubborn as they can be, carry various risks to health, security and property. They do not make good housemates because they are nuisance and can scare our little children, who are primarily vulnerable to their threats. They indeed do more damage than events like fire, floods and weather disturbances combined. Why is it that we should control them, and what can we do to control them?
Undetected pest problems at home or in your establishment can cost you too. Pests like termites, rodents and mosquitoes can get you unprepared financially for certain emergencies like repairs and health problems (dengue, plague, hay fever, leptospirosis). In commercial establishments like hotels and restaurants, bed bugs, rats and cockroaches can scare the guests away and can put doubt on the cleanliness and orderliness of your services. The same cannot be said for food manufacturing companies plagued by filthy pests.
Because the presence of pests is always unwanted, it is imperative for the homeowner or business manager to take approaches in controlling their numbers and safeguarding the integrity of their property and comfort of their families or guests. If you are afflicted by pest infestation, what can you do?
First thing you got to do is to identify the signs of pest infestation. This can give you a hint on how they got into your property and how they sneak their way in. Here are a few signs to tell if your place has been infested:
Sawdust residue near wooden structures, damages to woodworks or wood getting rotten – This could be sign of termite or carpenter ant infestation.
Cracks on the walls, damages on the roof, window screens, fences, etc. – Many pests will exploits such damages and will use them as their entrance.
Presence of droppings, odour, eggs, blood stains and insect parts – Rats and mice leave their dropping of faeces and odour and cockroaches their eggs. You can tell the presence of bed bugs if you notice reddish spots on your bed sheets or if you suffer bites during your sleep. You can tell of fleas if you step on them and notice bloodstains on the floor afterwards.
Nesting materials and webbings – Webbings everywhere? You could have hosted some spiders somewhere. About nesting materials, you should look for shredded paper or cloth and damages on your objects. The nests of pets could not be far.
Chew marks or scratches – These are clearly evident on paper materials like old newspapers and boxes, cables, wires and insulation strips, on wood products, clothing and stored food items.
Having identifying the signs of infestation, you should make your place clutter free to discourage the pests from thriving in your property. This also includes removing their food sources (old paper and firewood) from the house and disposing food wastes and water spills immediately. Do also check your garbage bins are tightly sealed.
You should also make the necessary renovations like repairing damaged woodworks, roof structures, window screens and leaking plumbing. You should also think of replacing your wood structures with hardwood or treated wood too. You should also look into entrances of pests. Repair those cracks and seal and caulk those small holes on your foundation.
You might also consider using sprays, repellents and baits. Make sure you know where to put them so children and pets will not come upon and play with them.
Moreover, you should contact a pest inspections Sydney expert for routine inspection and management. You can save on doing cockroach pest control Sydney your own, but the service will be beneficial in the long run. This is a must especially for commercial establishments like hotels, food production facilities and restaurants.
Do not wait for pests to inflict hazards on your health or property. Before things can get beyond your control, you should take immediate pest control Sydney action.
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