Welcome to the ultimate pest control guide from Allstate Pest Control, Adelaide’s leading family-owned pest control company.
Why is pest control in Adelaide so important? Between chilly winters, rainy springs and scorching summers, there is a different element for every Adelaide season, and unfortunately each one brings with it a different set of pests.
Whether it’s summer ants and flies or rodents seeking warmth in the winter, unwanted guests are a fact of life in South Australia – but fortunately there are people like us to evict them from your home or business, and prevent them from coming back.
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While they might be unpleasant to look at, pests can also spread disease, cause illness, damage homes and buildings, and sometimes even cause businesses to shut up shop. That’s why keeping them under control is essential for the health and safety of you and your loved ones, or the longevity of your business.
Pest-related health issues
As Adelaide pest controllers we see ourselves as guardians of your health. Common household pests like fleas, cockroaches, and mosquitoes can spread malaria, plague, and dengue. The common household cockroach can lead to breathing difficulties like asthma. For people with allergies, these small bugs can even prove deadly.
Termites or white ants are wood eating insects that silently feed inside the walls of your home, and can cause hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage before they are discovered. Rats, mice and possums also gnaw on walls, furniture and even through wiring – risking beginning an electrical fire.
Most home or business owners have spotted one or two pests before and probably thought nothing of it. But seeing just a couple of these creatures can mean that there are a lot more hiding away in the cracks and crevices of your building.
While pests endanger the safety of you and your family in the home, they are even more of a problem in the workplace. Pests don’t only risk staff and customer health – you are also likely to damage your reputation if a customer encounters any creepy crawlies that shouldn’t be there.
While pests can cause a lot more trouble than you would think, we’re not just here to bring you doom and gloom. Fortunately the right professional pest control will not only remove existing infestations, but can prevent many pests from cropping up in the first place.
The Allstate team are pest control gurus with a targeted approach that hits pests where they live and breed to ensure the treatment works. Combined with fast-acting treatments and a money-back guarantee, we’re proudly Adelaide’s leading independent pest control company.
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For more information on identifying pests and how to prevent them, keep reading.
Pest control for the home
Bees & Wasps
Rats & Mice
Pest control for business
Whether you’re running a small business or managing a large facility, businesses can be hugely impacted by the presence of pests. While food-based businesses are at higher risk, any business from office spaces to medical centres needs to carefully manage their pest control.
If a pest problem is ignored, it can quickly get out of hand, leading to illness among staff and customers, damage to property, damage to business reputation, and in some cases total business closure. Once pest infestation takes hold, it’s difficult and costly to rectify, which is why routine pest control programs are essential to mitigating your risk.
At Allstate we service our commercial clients with a Routine Pest Management Program, which focuses on prevention instead of reactive service. This not only reduces the headache of an infestation, but uses far less pesticides than if we had to eradicate pests already there.
We also offer the Allstate Online portal, to give businesses a 24-hour, multi-site overview of their pest service. This also provides you with direct communication to your pest technician, who can work around your business’s opening hours to ensure your business keeps running smoothly.
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Types of pests
Did you know that Adelaide has some of the most destructive termites in the world? These aren’t a pest that you can ignore. With one in five homes being attacked by termites, it’s essential you get an annual termite inspection to find any signs of an infestation before they do too much damage.
These pests are attracted by moisture, so make sure you regularly check your home for any water damage and fix leaking taps, showerheads, and air conditioners as soon as the leaks occur.
Unfortunately, termites can be almost impossible to notice until the damage is done. That’s why you should always get your home or business inspected professionally in order to protect your property.
Common ants may not seem worrying, but a colony of them can cause you some trouble. Ants are particularly fond of the Adelaide climate and will make nests in garden beds, lawns, under pavers, and even in cavity walls or roof spaces.
Once they find a way in, ants tend to contaminate food. A bad infestation can even damage electrical wiring and pose health risks, which is why it’s vital to prevent ants from entering your home.
Ants are attracted by food, so you can prevent them by cleaning up any spilt food or drinks immediately, rinsing out bottles and cans before recycling, and not leaving pet food out. If you notice ant trails in your home, follow the trail to find their entry point and seal it. If the problem persists, consider professional pest control.
Cockroaches are one of the most prolific household pests. In Adelaide, they are active year-round but are particularly bad in the colder season as they are attracted to the warmth and food found in buildings. Once inside your property, cockroaches multiply rapidly, and it’s very easy for a small cockroach problem to get out of hand quickly.
Like ants, these pests are attracted by food, so the best way to prevent cockroaches is to keep your home clean, store food in airtight containers, and empty garbage bins regularly. Another way to prevent them is a with a 6-monthly pest spray, which will kill and deter them.
A cockroach infestation can lead to serious health implications. These pests can spread diseases like salmonella, dysentery, typhoid, hepatitis, and tuberculosis, which is why if you think you have a cockroach problem you should get professional pest control treatment.
While most spiders don’t pose a threat, where there are small children and pets around, the more venemous species can be deadly. Spiders can also be a nuisance around the home and garden with their messy, sticky webs, and the dead insects they leave behind.
The best way to prevent spiders is by dusting and vacuuming regularly, removing visible cobwebs or egg sacs, and keeping your backyard tidy. For professional prevention, there are treatments that are safe for people and pets.
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Although it is nice to see birds drinking and feeding in your garden, they aren’t an animal you want nesting in your home. Even in cases where birds don’t make it beneath your roof, they can still cause problems; as more Adelaide homeowners install solar panels, there have been increased reports of damage from pigeons nesting beneath them.
These feathered creatures don’t usually come to your home alone. Like many other pests, they carry disease-causing bacteria that can lead to salmonella, ornithosis (which causes flu-like to pneumonia-type symptoms), bird fanciers’ lung (an allergic condition), cryptococcus (which leads to meningitis) and e-coli.
For pest birds, there are several removal, prevention, and cleaning options, for any situation.
With the possible exception of termites, bed bugs can be one of the scariest pests to infest a property. They are a nuisance in the home and can be a massive problem in hotels, motels, and other accommodation, causing a substantial financial impact.
These bugs are tough to see, and you won’t know that they’ve taken up residence in your bedroom until you wake with itchy, red bites that may turn into larger itchy welts. Once you know they’re there, they can also be challenging to remove, as female bed bugs will lay up to 3500 eggs in their lifetime.
Bed bugs can be transported into your home in second-hand furniture, including bed bases, mattresses, couches, dressers, wardrobes, and even picture frames. They will then be attracted to the nooks and crannies in mattresses, box springs, and curtains. To prevent a bed bug problem overtaking your home, you should inspect mattress seams and bedding, and vacuum your carpets frequently.
Without professional treatment you may believe that you have eradicated the bugs, but their tiny eggs can lay dormant for long periods, only to hatch when the weather warmsup and creates a new infestation. These resurgences of bed bugs are why it is essential to rid your home of bed bugs correctly.
Bees & Wasps
Bees are essential to our environment, but there are times when both bees and wasps can pose a danger. While they are generally peaceful, they will sting when they feel threatened. The sting of a bee or wasp can range from benign but painful to a life-threatening allergic reaction.
Bees and wasps don’t just create homes in the garden. Some of these pests even build their hives and nests inside wall cavities! These can house hundreds of insects that, if threatened, may swarm and sting all at once.
Even for those without an allergy, being stung by a swarm is dangerous. If someone (particularly a child) has not been stung before, an allergy may not be known and could result in devastating consequences.
Although some beehives and wasp nests may seem easy to remove, attempting to remove one is very dangerous. We encourage anyone with a wasp or bee problem to contact a licensed pest control service.
Rats & Mice
Rats and mice are one of the most despised pests in Adelaide homes and businesses. These rodents cause a lot of problems, from health issues to structural damage, and even fires.
There is a misconception that a rodent problem means your home is dirty. Often, rats and mice enter homes due to environmental conditions outside of your control, like nearby dense foliage, fruit trees, or neighbouring properties housing chickens.
Once rats and mice have made your house their home, they breed very quickly, and what seemed like a small rodent problem can turn into a major infestation. They are highly destructive pests and will gnaw on walls, furniture, insulation, leave droppings, and destroy electrical cabling.
Like most pests, prevention is better than extermination. Rats and mice enter homes through small holes in the perimeter of buildings, so make sure you seal up any holes inside and outside your property to prevent their entry. Rodents are also attracted by food and water, so don’t leave any pet food outside.If you do have a rodent problem, there are effective removal methods available.
Possums are becoming more common in the suburbs as urban development depletes their natural environment. They enter rooves through gaps in roofing and tiles, often after stormy weather dislodges them. The best way to prevent them is to make sure any access points are closed up.
It’s hard to mistake a possum in your roof. Unlike smaller rodents who scratch and scurry in ceilings and wall cavities, possums make loud thumping noises, usually during the night. So if you’re not getting a good night’s sleep, a possum may be to blame.
These pests are incredibly territorial and can become aggressive when defending themselves or being removed. There are also strict laws regarding the removal of possums, so it is essential to hire a trained and licensed service to remove them for you.
Sometimes you might know you have a pest because of mysterious, itchy bug bites on your skin. There is a broad range of these biting insects entering Adelaide homes, and along with being irritating they can spread diseases and risk your health.
Fleas are one of the easiest pests to identify, particularly if you have pets in your home. Fleas often come into your home on the coat of your dog or cat, then may begin to bite you too. They can be identified by their bites: small, dark spots surrounded by red, which are usually on your feet and lower legs.
Bed bugs are another pest that you may not see but can infest your home. The tell-tale sign of a bed bug is their bite, which is small, flat, or raised, red, and positioned in a straight line. These bites usually appear in the morning, and often around your neck and arms.
Bird lice and mites are another not-so-tiny problem pest caused by birds nesting in your roof. Once the nesting birds leave and the lice or mites have no food source, they will search for a new host, and it might be you. Bird mite bites are often mistaken for the bites of other insects, or even scabies, as they look like small reddish spots that become itchy and swell.
When the cause of a pest bite is unknown, the best course of action is to speak to a pest control professional, who can conduct an inspection of your property and uncover and treat the cause.
Can someone prevent all these pests?
Although many common pests in Adelaide can be prevented, many of the methods are time-consuming, and it’s easy to miss small cracks, gaps, and other problems in your property. If you’re ever in doubt and want to make sure you are protected, get an Adelaide pest control company to inspect your property and help you with the right prevention and treatment.
As a South Australian family-owned and operated business, we care about more than exterminating pests. Our main aim is to protect homes and businesses across greater Adelaide, ensuring that your property, family, or customers and staff are safe.
That’s why Allstate stays up to date on new pest control technology, ensuring that we use the most effective, fast-acting, and non-toxic treatments for every job.
We understand that not every person can afford the more extensive pest control treatments, so we offer affordable interest-free payments. We are also so sure that you will be satisfied with our service that we offer a money-back guarantee.
Our technicians are fully insured and highly experienced in controlling all pests in all types of home and commercial settings. With 24/7 emergency service, you can be assured that Allstate will be ready to help you when you need it.
Call Allstate today on 8371 1227.