The arrival of winter brings brings colder weather and often unfortunately, pests. When you heat your home to stay warm and comfortable, pests also move in taking advantage of your warm house.
From termites and spiders, to cockroaches and mice, pests are not only a hassle around the home but can cause significant damage and end up costing you financially.
While simple checks can be done around the home to help detect any problems, pest management is more than simply checking and spraying for bugs. Quite often the problem isn’t noticeable or found until it is too late and damage has occurred which is why prevention is a much better alternative to treatment.
VNJ Pest Management Services have been servicing the Hawkesbury area for 20 years and provide inspections, treatments and prevention systems for a range of clients including domestic, commercial and industrial properties.
VNJ proprietor, Nigel Andrew, has over 30 years experience in the industry and said the biggest problem people face with pest control is being proactive rather than reactive, “You want to stop the problem before it starts. Your home is your biggest investment so you should protect it with an annual check-up”.
“Australian standards recommend that inspections should be done on a six to twelve month cycle, with high risk areas as often as every three months,” he said.
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For anyone buying or living in your own home it’s important to have inspections done, especially when it comes to termites. While tiny themselves, large colonies can cause significant cosmetic and structural damage to your home.
Pest inspections and treatments shouldn’t just be limited to buildings. Your garden and trees are all natural environments and nesting areas for termites, ants and other pests. Careful checks of garden beds and plants is vital but remember while trees may look healthy on the outside, they may have internal infestations which is why professionals are required.
When dealing with treatments, safety concerns are something that are always raised with Nigel saying that you need to ensure that any pest treatments used in your property are guaranteed safe, especially if you have pets.
“Animals can often get into places they shouldn’t and could get sick from any baiting, and they also may have adverse reactions to any sprays. You need to make sure that any pest control service provider you hire uses treatments that are safe for your pets,” he said. It is also important to check you home for any nests. Many bugs and pests will enter a form of hibernation over winter so while you may not see any pest activity, they can still be infesting your home.
Eradicating nests or groups of pests can be much simpler than trying to eliminate individuals, which makes winter a great time to get your pests under control. Make sure you check any warm, dark areas for unseen infestations and get on the front foot of the problem before it escalates.