Is Pest Control Safe for My Home?

Nobody likes to think that their property is providing a haven for pests, which is why pest control on the Sunshine Coast is such a popular choice.

Understandably, homeowners want to be reassured that any treatments that are carried out in order to eliminate or control pest numbers are safe for use around home occupants, particularly children and pets.

Thankfully, advances in pest control technology and options mean that the focus has shifted from the use of dangerous, generic control methods towards more of a preventative approach.

In most cases, pests can be effectively controlled with methods that are safe for long-term use in a range of properties.

If you're wondering if pest control is safe for your home, here we take a look at five safe pest control methods that are used in the industry.


Physical barriers

In many cases, it's possible to create physical barriers that prevent pests from entering your property.

Options such as pigeon netting, sealing small gaps in the fabric of your home, or mosquito netting are all simple, safe, highly effective ways of preventing pests from entering your home.


Tailored baits

Modern baits are often specifically designed to eliminate a particular pest whilst being safe for other species.

The termite bait used in the Exterra pest control system, for example, eliminates termites effectively but is as safe as table salt.

In addition, only a very tiny amount of it is needed in a bait station in order to eliminate large numbers of termites.

Contemporary bait stations are designed to be difficult to access if you're not the intended target, adding an additional layer of protection against unintentional ingestion by children or pests.


Acoustic barriers

Many pests are able to hear high- or low-pitched notes which can't be detected by the human ear.

Installing devices that emit sound at a frequency that's unpleasant for creatures to hear, but which can't be heard by human beings, can be a good way of discouraging unwanted pests.

Ultrasonic pest repellent devices, for example, can repel anything from rats to house flies.


Secure food storage

Obviously, pests are less likely to take up residence if there isn't an obvious source of food.

Ensuring that food is stored in air-tight and pest-proof containers means that even if pests do find their way indoors, they are unlikely to stay.


Eliminating habitats

In general, pests prefer dark, quiet areas where they can build their nests and breed with minimal risk of interruption.

Habitats such as log piles, old tree trunks, compost heaps, and unkempt areas of land are prime sites for pest invasion.

Similarly, garages, sheds or indoor space which are rarely disturbed can all provide a tempting environment for pests.

Regular cleaning, good home maintenance and a tidy yard can all be effective and safe pest deterrents from your home.

If you're got a pest problem or need more information regarding safe, effective methods of pest control, give us a call on (07) 5441 5040 and we will assist you with what you need.