Pest Control in the Home

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Summer is the time when people come out to play - and, unfortunately, so do mosquitoes and other hot weather bugs. But blood sucking critters aren't the only pests around the home that you need to be aware of.

Termites are the biggest concern for home owners - many times, your home is being damaged and you don't even know it. Home insurance doesn't typically cover loss or damage caused by insects or vermin so the onus is very much on homeowners to protect themselves. Often people discover termite nests and think they're doing the right thing by getting rid of them without professional assistance. Termites, when disturbed, will simply pack up shop and move to another area. The best thing to do if you discover termite activity is to call a professional pest controller and have them taken care of properly. They'll eliminate the problem and put in place preventative measures so termites won't come back - and if termites do begin to return, the professionals will be notified promptly so they can act fast.

Cockroaches have a reputation for being dirty creatures that would survive an atomic blast. Whether the latter is true or not, they are certainly germ-carriers due to the places they go and the bacteria they carry into your home. Again, professional pest controllers can treat your home for cockroaches, but there are some things you can do. Stomping on them as soon as you see one is great, but a good quality barrier spray will deter them from entering your home, and cockroach baits placed around your perimeter will control them. Minimise litter and food around your home so there's nothing to attract them.


Spiders in the home range from the small and inconsequential to the large and scary. Some are poisonous, some aren't, and all their webs help control other insects such as moths, flies and mozzies. However not everyone likes having eight-legged creepy crawlies taking up residence in their house. If you don't appreciate having spiders in your home, you can keep them at bay by removing all webs, and keeping on top of it. Spiders use different types of webs to catch different types of foodi but one thing's certain - no webs mean no foodi, and they'll soon die (or move next door). Commercially available sprays will kill spiders, and professional pest people can help with stronger solutions if you have a few more than you can safely control.


Rats and mice can infest homes, nesting in wall cavities and eating through food packaging in pantries. You can set traps that will catch them alive (leaving you to dispose of the live rodent), or traps that will kill them swiftly and, usually, cleanly. Some people prefer bait that will be eaten by the rat or mouse and cause them to move away from the home in search of water, where they'll die. It's important to remember that rats and mice can breed quickly and as their teeth grow continually, they'll chew everything from electrical cables (causing fires) to wood. You can help prevent rats and mice by minimising entry points to your home (sealing all gaps and holes), storing foods in containers and not their original packaging, and if you have pets, clean their food as seed etc will attract pests.ii

It's easy to take control of pest problems in your home, either by contacting professionals or doing something as simple as keeping your home free of clutter and litter. Start today before it gets too hot, and enjoy a pest-free summer.