Many Adelaide 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 3 pests which allows you too live all year around with no worries.
Contact Amalgamated Pest Control Adelaide 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.
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We have had an early start to the season. Last week we were working on the York and Air Peninsulas where locals of farming communities are reporting high numbers of mice for this time of year. Some people said it is worse than two years ago witch was a bad season.
Our office has also had a large amount of calls from residents in Noarlunga, Seaford, and Reynella to the Adelaide Hills, to the northern, eastern and western suburbs of Adelaide.
Home and business owners should be wary and seek professional advice to prevent these vermin causing damage to homes, stock and reputation of a business.
Rodents are well known for their activity in the winter months, but they can also be found in the warmer months of the year. When their normal food sources are depleted, they will search for new food sources and shelter, often at the expense of the homeowner. Rodents can also establish themselves at any home, despite how clean the home may be – they need food, water and shelter just like us.
Do I have a rodent problem?
A number of calls we receive from concerned customers are due to their home lighting no longer working and an electrician stating they have found chewed wires.
Rodents are well known for causing this type of damage to home wiring, which can result in a house fire, sparked by damaged wires in roof voids and within wall cavities.
Other signs that you may have a rodent problem include:
- Scratching sounds in walls and roof voids during the early hours of the night and morning.
- Gnawing on doors, skirting boards, books and food packaging.
- Rub marks – greasy marks on walls and skirting boards.
- Droppings and urine – strong repulsive odour around outside areas such as barbeque’s, sheds and indoor storage areas such as cupboards, drawers and under sinks.
- 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.
It’s also important to note that damage caused by rodents or vermin is typically NOT covered by your home insurance as it is seen as the responsibility of the property owner to protect the home.
Health Issues and problems
Rats are well known for spreading diseases, here are some of the most well known:
- Asthma is one of the most common diseases in the home caused by Rodent droppings.
- Salmonellosis – caused by infection with bacteria called Salmonella.
- Typhoid – a fever disease caused by the bacteria Salmonella.
- Hygiene – food contamination risk, stock and product loss.
How to avoid rodent infestations
- Ensure all of your household garbage is in tightly sealed in bins, which rodents cannot access – restrict their access to food as much as possible.
- Alter your building so that rodents cannot gain entry. Look for access holes that rodents can use such as where pipes enter buildings and gaps under external doors. Sealing these points and others similar will make it harder for rodents to enter. Using a gutter guard to seal the roof can be also be helpful in stopping them entering the roof via the gutters. Restrict their access to shelter as much as possible.
- Trim excess trees and shrubs from around the perimeter of the structure, especially trees that overhang the roof. This will take away both harbourage areas and make accessing the roof a little bit harder for them.
We advise our customers to make these changes to their home and consider the installation of a gutter guard solution.
If you believe or suspect that you have rats or mice, please contact Amalgamated Pest Control Adelaide for further advice.
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The warmer months of summer are well and truly on their way which means the pests are as well. As the weather starts to warm up the life cycle of many household pests will also start to speed up. Many pests can be encountered in your home from time to time, during summer the most common will be cockroaches, ants and spiders.
These three pests all have different habits and will exploit your home in various ways. They will live in your roof void, wall cavities, sub-floor, internal areas with food and water such as kitchens, bathrooms, laundry areas, externally in gardens, just about every area of your property.
Recently we conducted a number of jobs in Elizabeth, Modbury, Golden Grove through to Unley, Malvern, Marion, to Brighton, Noarlunga and Victor Harbor and beyond. These pests are certainly on the march and set on ruining your summer activities.
How do I get rid of summer pests?
The only sure way to eliminate these pests from living and breeding in these areas is to have a complete pest treatment done at your property. A complete integrated pest management plan for the big three pests; cockroaches, ants and spiders will protect your home, leaving you to live in a pest free environment and enjoy the summer season.
How can Amalgamated Pest Control protect your home from these pests?
- Inspection: In order to formulate our treatment strategy the first step is to inspect your property. It is necessary to find out exactly what the extent of the problem is, species of the offending pests and where they are living. Pests such as cockroaches are nocturnal. Often occupants of a property will be unaware of the full extent of the problem, as light breaks pests will retreat into voids such as the roof, sub floor and wall cavities. With this knowledge no pest in your home is safe, no targeted pests will survive.
- Treatment of ‘wet areas’: Areas that contain moisture / food provide these pests with the perfect place to live. By applying products in a very safe manner into the areas they are living, targeting them directly. Treatments will be directed into voids, cracks and crevices which keeps the treatment out of your environment and directly into theirs, providing excellent control and a very safe treatment method for you and your family. Other areas such as bedrooms, lounge rooms, studies etc will be inspected and treated as required.
- Roof Voids: The hot temperatures and darkness of a roof void provide a highly desirable place for all three of these pests. Our technicians will inspect the roof void and apply a treatment to this area eliminating this as a breeding site all together.
- Wall Cavities: Similar situation for pests as roof voids. Treatment is directly applied to these voids most of the time from the outside of the property via weep holes or vents. Many cockroaches will be in these areas prior to our treatment. It’s quite common for cockroaches to pour out of each of these weep holes by the dozen after our technician treats them. Our unique application tool allows a very effective application of insecticide to fill the voids and keep the pests out.
- Sub Floor: Treatments are necessary in this area. Below the house is dark, sometimes moist and there is a lot of organic matter cockroaches to feed on.
- External Treatment: The external ‘barrier’ treatment is very important. Providing a barrier for crawling insects such as ants and spiders. It is applied around the structure and can act like a first line of defence forcing insects to cross it in their attempt to enter your home. Tactical treatments area also applied to all known breeding areas of the external areas such as gardens, cracks in concrete, garbage areas, paved areas and the like which will eliminate breeding sites outside. Webbing spiders will be targeted also by treating the external walls and all areas these spiders may live. It is necessary to contact each spider and/or web to gain control. External ant nests will also be treated directly if found.
- Customer Involvement: Our technicians will also look for elements around your property that will make your place more conducive to pest infestation. Our technician will assist you in identifying such problems and provide you with recommendations on how to manage these. Things such as excessive moisture, food sources, cluttered items and places identified that pests could enter through could be some of these. Knowing the species of pest and their habits is key to gain complete control.
If you are concerned about summer pests at your property, please contact Amalgamated Pest Control Adelaide for further advice.
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Adelaide branch manager Phil Mellor gives an overview of the signs of termites in trees and how to control them.
If you are concerned about termites at your property, please contact Amalgamated Pest Control Adelaide for further advice.
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We are currently experiencing an increase in spider sightings in Adelaide and outer suburbs.
Following a spate of warm weather, this has created favourable conditions for spiders to breed and establish themselves in and around homes. Redback numbers are particularly high for this time of year and we are always eager to let our customers know to be on the look out for these pests.
The Redback spider is very common in South Australia and is well known for administering a painful bite to an unwitting victim.
Redback spider dangers
We recently completed a spider pest control treatment at a home in Panorama where the homeowner was concerned about spiders in the outdoor living areas.
Upon arrival, we quickly found a number of Redback spiders nested in and under children’s toys such as bikes, playground equipment and plastic infant toys.
Naturally, our customer was horrified and asked us to complete the treatment immediately to ensure the safety of their children.
Spiders can also cause health issues for household pets. Recently a Daw Park customer’s dog was bitten by a spider and required urgent veterinary treatment, fortunately the dog has recovered well.
What to do if you are bitten by a Redback
If you or a member of your family suffers a Redback spider bite, follow the DRABCD action plan and perform basic First Aid steps.
If severe pain occurs, call 000 for an ambulance immediately.
*For more information, read our last post on spider bites here.
How to remove Redback spiders from your home
We will conduct an inspection of the property to identify where these spiders are hiding, this will typically include areas such as:
• External walls.
• Behind gutter down pipes.
• Window and door frames.
• Pergola and carport roofs.
• Garden beds.
• Bin areas.
Other areas that are commonly a danger for small children’s hands and pets will include:
• Children’s toys.
• Swing sets, slides.
• Outdoor furniture.
• Dog kennels.
This type of pest control treatment typically takes around 1.5 hours to complete.
• Remove all webs from structures, under eaves and backyard equipment such as swings, trampolines.
• Store children’s toys in one location, preferably off the ground – always take care when handling toys after storage.
• Don’t leave shoes on the ground outside doorways – if you have to, hit them together on against a wall before fitting to your feet.
If you are concerned about Redback spiders at your property, please contact Amalgamated Pest Control Adelaide for further advice.
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Australia is home to some of the most unusual and deadly spiders in the world. Our parents always tell us not to touch spiders and let someone know if they see one in the yard or around the home. Unfortunately, every year children and adults are bitten by spiders and many don’t know what to do to ease the pain and preserve life of our loved ones.
We often find spiders under kid’s toys, on play equipment and around outdoor areas such as BBQ’s, pergolas and inside homes. Of course, we treat these pest problems immediately for our customers, but here we would like to share important information on what to do if you or your family and friends are unwittingly bitten by a spider.
Below is a list of the most common spiders, where they can be found and what to do if you are bitten – please stay safe!
Australian Spider Characteristics
Funnel-Web Spiders are potentially the most dangerous spider in the world and one of the most feared in Australia. The body length of the male is approximately 25mm in length and the female up to 40mm. They have a shiny dark brown to black head/thorax with a dark plum to black abdomen.
Both males and females of all species of Funnel-Webs are very aggressive and bites from either sexes are potentially dangerous, even fatal.
In Queensland, Funnel-Web Spiders tend to be more common in moist, cool rain forests, whereas in southern states they occur also in the drier eucalypt forest.
Occurs in all parts of Australia except Tasmania and are often referred to as the true Trapdoor spider. The name “mouse” comes from its burrowing tendencies. This species lives in tunnels (vertical burrows) in the ground.
Fangs are strong so bite is painful. Several bites have been recorded without serious effects. Localised swelling with some pain, burning or itchiness at the site of the bite have been recorded. No recorded fatalities from bites. Adults are normally considered the pest but should be considered as useful because they feeds on other insects.
More abundant in warm, dry areas. Occur under or amongst stones, logs, mallee roots, loose bark, in hollow logs, occasionally amongst foliage but always with some pare of the web in contact with the ground. Frequently around habitations in boxes, tins, farm machinery, sheds, outdoor toilets, around window sills and crevices in bricks.
Female bites are very painful and can cause illness or death. The bite is often felt initially as a mild sting, although some victims have reported a burning sensation around the bite area. In most cases, intense local pain is experienced about five minutes after the bite. The main indication of a Redback Spider bite is localized seating at the bite site. Other symptoms can include muscular weakness, lack of coordination, paralysis and tremors. Nausea, vomiting, local swelling, dizziness or fainting, fever and muscular spasms have also been recorded Male does not bite. Webs can be unsightly on structures. Adults are considered the pest.
White Tailed Spider
Found across Australian mainland, Tasmania and New Zealand. Can be found under stones, under bark, leaf litter and on bark of trees. Frequently enter homes and can be found on walls at night.
Bite readily and repeatedly. Bite causes discolouration, redness, blisters at the site of the bite, headaches, local burning, pain and itchiness. Bacterial infection and tissue necrosis are known side-effects of bite from this group of spiders.
The Brown House Spider has the same overall body
shape as the Redback Spider but does not inflict a dangerous bite. Recorded
symptoms include mild nausea and headache, pain and the formation of an
itchy red welt at the bite site.
Nothing worse than adjusting your sun visor and a huntsman drops on your lap while driving. This is a common and dangerous experience for most people.
Bark-dwelling, often found beneath loose bark of trees, suited to their flattened bodies. Emerge at night to hunt for food. Can enter homes during wet or unseasonal weather (especially at night when in search of food).
Can invade homes much to the horror of spider haters because of size and hairy appearance. Bites occur rarely and no known causes of fatalities exist.
If you keep your car in the garage, there are some basic signs to look out for to protect your vehicle from a spider infestation and you from an unwanted surprise.
For more information and to get your free checklist, visit Garage Lovers.
Black Widow Spiders
What to do if you are bitten by a spider
Some of the listed spiders pack a nasty sting while others can be deadly. The following out lines basic first aid steps – if in doubt, call 000 immediately:
- Follow DRSABCD.
- Lie the patient down.
- Wash with soap and water.
- Apply icepack to relieve pain.
- Seek urgent medical aid if patient develops severe symptoms such as anaphylaxis – Call 000 Immediately.
If you believe or suspect that you have a spider pest problem, please contact Amalgamated Pest Control Adelaide for further advice.
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There are over 3,500 species of cockroach worldwide, which have adapted to live in a wide range of environments. Out of all these species there are about 10 species that have adapted and prefer to live in the warm buildings of humans.
We recently conducted a number of unseasonal jobs across Adelaide, including Hectorville, Heathfield, Clapham, Panorama, Mawson Lakes and Unley.
Why are homes so attractive to Cockroaches?
The main reasons are food, water, shelter and warmth – just like us.
In your home regardless of how clean it is, there is always an abundance of food for cockroaches.
They have an omnivorous feeding habit and can virtually eat anything, consuming tiny crumbs, grease droplets, animal and human food. They have also been known to eat glue, cardboard, hair, leather and are exceptionally good scavengers.
The warmer it is, the faster they will breed and the more likely they are to thrive and can quickly become a large infestation. A lot of items in the home such as electrical items, ovens, stoves and the like are capable of providing a home for these pests.
What problems can Cockroaches Cause?
They contaminate food and food utensils with their droppings, regurgitation marks, cast skins, dead cockroaches and empty egg cases. People are often simply annoyed or scared by the sight of cockroaches.
Health Issues and Problems
Some people are allergic to cockroaches. Sensitive people suffer skin reactions and may even trigger asthma attacks. Allergen may be ingested where foods or utensils are contaminated or inhaled when faeces becomes part of the household dust.
Disease transmission is usually the main concern. The main reasons why cockroaches may be responsible for transmitting disease are that they often dwell in environments that support diseases harmful to humans such as grease traps, sewers and other polluted water sources.
Common diseases may be carried such as salmonella and other organisms causing gastroenteritis, dysentery, hepatitis and other human disorders. Organisms found naturally occurring in cockroaches include 40 species of bacteria pathogenic to humans, the eggs of seven species of worms parasitic to humans and several viruses potentially harmful to humans.
DIY Cockroach Control
Products purchased from supermarkets or hardware stores are typically expensive and have little or no long-term effect on these pests.
Many of our customers are also unaware of the dangers of some of these products such as bomb sprays.
These products leave a substantial amount of residue on living surfaces such as lounge furniture, bedding and kitchenware including plates and cutlery. These chemicals may cause serious health problems for your family and pets. If skin touches the residue or it is ingested – please consult your family doctor.
How to reduce the chance of an infestation at your home
Some simple preventative measures include:
• Ensuring all food is in tightly sealed containers, (including pet food).
• Use garbage bins with tight fitting lids.
• Frequent cleaning of the kitchen and regular vacuuming.
• Repair any water leaks or dripping taps.
• Seal any entry points such as gaps around windows and doors or where pipes may enter walls.
• Seal any ‘cracks and crevices’ that may exist in the cupboards of kitchens, bathrooms and throughout the home.
If you believe or suspect that you have a spring pest problem, please contact Amalgamated Pest Control Adelaide for further advice.
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Following our recent post, we have seen a sharp increase in rodent activity in Adelaide and the metropolitan area as a result of weather conditions that are favourable to rodents.
Our team has been conducting extensive rodent treatments in areas across Adelaide including Westbourne Park, Oaklands Park, Marion, into the hills areas of Stirling and Belair.
We recently responded to a call from a concerned customer in Modbury who reported a number of rodents running along their fence bordering the property – fortunately we were able to treat this problem quickly.
Why have rodent numbers increased?
The change in weather conditions has altered the timing of the traditional season for rodents as they move in seek of food, water and shelter, often at the homeowner’s expense.
Prevention is better than cure
It’s important that rodent activity is quickly controlled before these pests become established at your property. There are a number of signs that you may have a rodent problem which are detailed here.
There are two main solutions for controlling rodents humanly, which include trapping and chemical control solutions.
Effective rodent control will reduce and eliminate the likelihood of health issues and damage to property caused by these pests.
Dangers and problems
Rodents are well known to access the internal areas of the home including the roof void and wall cavities, behind the gyprock or dry wall, where they gnaw at electrical wires. Often the first sign of this activity are lights not turning on or power outlets not functioning, later confirmed by an electrician and followed by costly but essential repairs. This should always be checked and repaired by a licenced electrician to ensure your safety.
It is unfortunately common for house fires to begin as a result of this rodent activity with devastating results –contact your local licenced electrician immediately
Home Insurance – you’re not covered!
Home insurance typically does not cover any damage caused by rodents or vermin, as it is deemed the responsibility of the homeowner to protect the home from these pests. Regular maintenance and pest control inspections will help reduce and control rodent activity before it becomes a problem at your property.
If you believe or suspect that you have rats or mice, please contact Amalgamated Pest Control Adelaide for further advice.
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We are currently experiencing an increase in calls from concerned property owners who are discovering invasions of black ants at their properties as a result of the recent rain periods.
Black ants are seeking shelter and moving their eggs and colonies inside homes to escape the rain and take up residence at the home owners expense.
Our technicians have been performing black ant treatments in area’s across Adelaide, including Hyde Park, Rostrevor, Gawler, Stirling and Lower Mitcham.
We recently conducted a service treatment at a home in Lower Mitcham where we discovered large amounts of black ants moving in and setting up inside the roof void. Our customer immediately asked us to treat the area and stop these pests from entering the living areas of the home.
Black Ant Characteristics
Most ants that are found in homes nest outdoors and enter homes only to search for food or water or some where to live. Almost all ants are workers, wingless females that search for food and maintain the colony.
A small proportion of an ant colony are winged reproductive forms. These emerge periodically in swarms and fly away on mating flights.
How to treat black ant problems
An effective pest control treatment will typically include the use of slow-acting insecticides in baits which allows the ants to take the insecticide back to the colony and is the most effective humane method of eliminating ants.
Health issues and problems
Black ants not only cause a nuisance but pack a nasty bite if disturbed. They are not known to cause serious health issues, but if you or a member of your family are bitten, follow these basic First Aid steps:
- Wash with soap and water and apply an antiseptic if available
- Ensure that the patient’s tetanus vaccination is up to date
- Apply an ice-pack to reduce local pain and swelling
- Pain relief may be required eg. paracetamol or an antihistamine (to reduce swelling, redness and itch)
- The patient should seek medical advice if they develop any other symptoms or signs of infection.
For any patient who shows signs of anaphylaxis, call 000 for an ambulance, and have the patient taken immediately to the emergency department of the nearest hospital.
Products purchased from the supermarket or hardware stores are generally not effective in controlling black ants. These products are often costly and are not designed to correctly attack the biology of these pests.
You can help reduce black ant colonies at your home by following these simple tips:
- Remove sources of food and water from the outside area such as pet food and water bowls – clean and change these regularly.
- Seal gaps in window frames and door frames.
- Follow good hygiene practices in the kitchen – keep benches clean and remove garbage regularly.
This will reduce visitation of ants and help baits work more effectively.
If you believe or suspect that you have ants, please contact Amalgamated Pest Control Adelaide for further advice.