Frequently Asked Questions About Pest Control

Termitrust strongly believes in the value that the pest control industry brings to our community, industry and agriculture. We take a holistic approach to pest control and are committed to providing a highly professional service which provides clear benefits to our residential and commercial clients.

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We know there are many misconceptions and myths about pest control. The information below is unbiased, factual and hopefully helps you make an objective decision about pest control. Please click on one of the links below to read further. 

Why Use A Pest Controller?

How Often Should I Have My House Checked For Pests?

How Much Does It Cost To Get Rid Of A Pest Problem?

What Types Of Treatments Are Used?

Are Pest Control Sprays Safe Around My Children And Pets?

Is There Any Odour When You Spray For Pests?

What If I See A Pest After A Treatment?

Are White Ants Different From Termites?

Are Termites Really A Problem?

Is Termite Damage Is Covered By Home Or Contents Insurance?

Why Should I Have A Termite Inspection By A Pest Controller?

How Often Should I Have My House Inspected For Termites?

 

Why Use A Pest Controller?

A licensed pest controller is trained in a lot more than just applying chemicals. To be licensed they must pass a TAFE standard course including detailed modules in pest identification, breeding habits and biology. Their qualifications provide the knowledge and ability to use a range proven methods to stop pest activity and reduce the potential of future infestations.  

As a starting point they inspect your house to look at any environmental factors triggering the infestation. They know how and where to check for breeding areas and entry points. Once they know the extent of the problem, they will help you select the most appropriate treatment.

Many of the treatments used in residential pest control are also used in hospitals, restaurants, cafes and food manufacturing plants.

If a chemical treatment is required a pest controller will use only the minimum amount required to do the job, in the areas where it will be most effective. The treatments are designed to have an immediate impact and also provide ongoing protection. Any chemical treatment has to be approved and registered by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) and applied only at the rates and strengths stipulated on the approved label.

Based on their experience and knowledge a pest controller will recommend what you should do to avoid or minimise further problems, for example blocking off access points or controlling moisture level.

 

How Often Should I Have My House Checked For Pests?

Generally a yearly inspection for termites and other pests is the best way to minimise pest infestations from developing. Depending on the type of pest and environment more regular treatments may be required.

 

How Much Does It Cost To Get Rid Of A Pest Problem?

This will vary greatly depending on the type of pest and the level of infestation. Most pest control companies will give you a price for a standard pest treatment but make sure you understand exactly what you are getting for that price. A good pest controller will explain this for you.

 

What Types Of Treatments Are Used?

Treatment is a general term use to simply describe the many methods and options available to a licensed pest controller.

Options include gels, pastes, baits, granules, dusts, mist sprays or water based liquid sprays. The type of application used is determined by the type of pest, infestation severity and the access to the problem area. In some situations more than one type of treatment may be required.

 

Are Pest Control Sprays Safe Around My Children And Pets?

Yes. We only use the safest, latest and fully tested products available. The treatments are also used in hospitals, schools, child care centres, food manufacturing and many other sensitive situations. Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) are available available on request.

In the interests of being extra careful and for full peace of mind there may be certain situations when we ask you to vacate the house during treatment. For instance if very young children, someone who is pregnant, or allergy or asthma sufferers are present.

This is fully discussed and explained with you in advance and we will seek your permission before applying any treatment.

 

Is There Any Odour When You Spray For Pests?

Generally no. Most treatments are odourless.

 

What If I See A Pest After A Treatment?

Our treatments will see a strong reduction in the level of pests although total elimination may take several days.

It's not unusual for pests to move about after a treatment. For example cockroach gels or baits are designed to encourage movement towards the bait.

 

Are White Ants Different From Termites?

No. Termites are commonly called white ants even though are a not an ant at all. Worker termites are white in appearance and both termites and ants are insects - these are the only similarities.

 

Are Termites Really A Problem?

Over 34,000 homes each year are attacked by termites with an average damage cost of approximately $10,000.00.

 

Is Termite Damage Is Covered By Home Or Contents Insurance?

No. Just about every insurance company excludes termites (vermin) from their home and contents policies. The risk of termite damage is so high, insurance companies refuse to cover it. It's worth checking your own policies.

 

Why Should I Have A Termite Inspection By A Pest Controller?

Detecting termites really is not easy if you don’t know what to look for, where to look and haven't had experience. Pest technicians are trained in termite detection and are experienced at inspecting many different types of homes.

Too often with houses that have not had termite inspections, the first sign of termites is only after there is significant damage to cupboards, floorboards or even wall/roof timbers.

 

How Often Should I Have My House Inspected For Termites?

Australian Standards recommend at least every year for homes south of the Tropic of Capricorn and every 6 months for north of the that tropic.

 

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