There is nothing worse than seeing those tiny holes in your beams or decking or worse bespoke piece of furniture, miniature craters created by unforgiving pests who have no value for your hard-earned furniture or items.
If you are unsure of what I am talking about but have a funny feeling in the pit of your stomach then check out this link to see clear indications of an ‘abused’ item that has been used as a buffet table for annoying bugs and insects.
They are smaller than the head of a match but cause damage 1000 times worse.
I can confidently say that my hubby has a joy for all things DIY, this doesn’t go to say that he is good at any of the tasks and projects he takes on, but the enthusiasm is right up there. He recently purchased, yes bought with money, a table for our front foyer that had been severely eaten by woodworm. Why you ask, well this was my exact question as well.
He put it down as a challenge, saying he wanted to restore it and give it a second chance at life. Now I am all for upcycling an item, but did we need to buy one that looked like a toothpick parade had exploded all over it? To cut a long story short, he worked his magic, more than usual I might add, and it looks great, the holes were treated and filled and it’s looking well.
Of course, not everyone may be so lucky so if you can have a say in the purchasing, I highly recommend you to.
What are termed pests?
A pest is referred to as something, usually a plant or animal, which causes harm to humans or their belongings and lifestyle, you can read here for a more in-depth explanation of what a pest is, but essentially if you don’t want it there it is regarded as a nuisance.
When something ‘invades’ an area or object the evidence is clear, from forestry where bugs ‘eat’ their route through the bark and wood to plants such as weeds or shrubs that not only look terrible but if uncontrolled can damage and devalue properties.
Then there is my ultimate annoyance, insects, and more specifically mosquitoes. Coming from a hot country I know all too well how they like to visit homes, create spots and bumps up and down your body, and leave before the sun rises. No need for them in the circle of life, simply sucking blood and moving on, terrible things.
I also was not one of those children who would build a sand fort for the ants to move in and play house, nor was I the kid who dug in the dirt for worms or beetles. Anything that moves or creeps, or worse makes a buzzing sound, and I whip out the bug spray and swatter like a trained professional.
Thankfully as times have changed and preventions and precautions have evolved we can manage and maintain the pests, and if done correctly eliminate them from an environment altogether.
Firstly, knowing when to call the professionals for help with your situation is always better to be earlier rather than later I like to advise, there may be just a few, or those few are the tip of the iceberg which you don’t want to see.
If it is really bad the first company you come across in the phone book would be my aim, but if you have a minute, do some research and homework on who comes recommended, and choose a company that will be your go-to phone call for years to come.
5 Things to look for in a pest control company.
- Certification. It may seem an obvious question but ensure that whoever you choose they have been certified and trained to use the chemicals and pesticides they’ll be bringing into your home, and are licensed to transport and use them legally and safely. If there’s an issue when asking this should raise a red flag and its best to look elsewhere.
- Contact details. These are easily found on company websites and or business cards so should you have any further issues or need another service they are easily reached, an unlisted number is not a good indication.
- Service. They are happy to have an initial consultation and explain the services they offer, customer service is always key and a vital part of building a trusting relationship, especially if you are letting their team into your home. You want to feel comfortable and relaxed, not suspicious that what they’re saying doesn’t seem to add up.
If you are in a predicament that needs attention and cannot be avoided any longer, then have a browse at http://www.termitesgonetownsville.com.au for a look at what solution will be best for your pest issues and how to go about it the quick and efficient way to get the job completed the first time around.
- Pressure. A reputable business will not need to pressure you into signing on the day or hook you into a deal where you get more than one service if paying upfront. There are firms out there who, unfortunately, operate this way so be vigilant.
- Registered legally. Any pest control business that is working with and applying hazardous chemicals will have these ingredients registered and approved by FDA regulations, as well as the Departments of Agriculture.
There are other factors to consider when shopping for a pest exterminator, insurances, and warranties all play a role. For instance, a termite solving problem where work is carried out should come with a minimum guarantee of up to five years, be sure to check these finer details before signing any contracts.
And lastly, be sure to communicate throughout the process, if everyone is happy and on the same page there can be no surprises. Children and pets should of course not be on or near the premises, and when it’s all done and dusted, you can happily get back to cookie baking on Sunday mornings.