Monthly Archives: March 2018

How to Keep the Vents in Your Home Pest-Free

Most homeowners are particular about keeping their home clean and pest-free. However, some areas are out-of-sight and so out-of-mind and vents are one of them. The air-conditioning ducts in your home can easily become a breeding-ground for pests, especially in the colder months. This is because they find the environment in the ducting perfect to build nests and breed in. The experts at Knock-Down Pest Control recommend these tips to keep your vents pest-free, regardless of the temperature outdoors:

  • Check the vents for gaps and cracks– Miniature pests can find their way into the air-conditioning and heating duct through cracks and gaps. Often, damaged or cracked vent systems can be the primary culprits, offering insects and rodents easy entry into the most comfortable and safe areas your home. Check the exteriors of the ducts and vents for signs of damage and get them fixed before the pests find them.

 

  • Hire pest control professionals– For damage hidden in difficult-to-reach places or within interior walls of your home, its best to hire experts like us for the job. We can identify these spots and fix them, or get you in touch with a competent HVAC professional who will fix the damage and plug the cracks and to keep your ducting pest-free.

 

  • Regular maintenance– This is a very important aspect of keeping your air-conditioning ducts pest-free. Over time, dust, particulate matter and debris can slowly build up in the heating system. This easily covers the damage to your vents and ductwork. It provides the ideal hiding place for rodents and insects to build their nests where there is steady flow of hot air. We also recommend that you install mesh screens behind the vents as this prevents entry of pests into the ducts.

The importance of Ventilation in Reducing the Risk of Termite Attacks

Regardless of how hygienically you maintain your home and immediate surroundings, pests have a way of finding their way into your home. Once an infestation has been treated and the pests have been eliminated, we at Knock-Down Pest Control recommend the use of preventative measures. Only an integrated pest control approach will help ensure that your property is well-protected from future pest infestations. The idea is to create an environment that is inhospitable for destructive creatures like termites and other pests.

How moisture attracts pests

Maintaining cleanliness, getting regular pest control done, keeping your home clutter-free are some of the ways in which you can keep pests at bay. In addition, it’s crucial to watch for moisture in your home’s foundation. However, pests such as termites are extremely destructive. These and silverfish breed rapidly in damp, warm spaces as do some species of ants, centipedes, and cockroaches. They thrive in damp and moist conditions which makes it important to ensure your sub-floor area and roof and attic areas are well-ventilated at all times. You need to ensure the soil around the foundation stays dry and can do this by:

  • Diverting water away from the foundation through proper downpipes
  • Conducting regular, scheduled checks to ensure no water is leaking from your house into the foundation
  • Ensure the sprinklers aren’t causing water pooling around the foundation
  • Ensure there is proper ventilation below your house- this prevents a build-up of moisture.

Install an efficient roof ventilation system- it helps prevent the build-up of moisture. You can install ducted exhaust fans or other eco-friendly air-conditioners in the attic areas. Following these pointers can go a long way in keeping pests away from your home.

For guaranteed pest control Sydney services don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at Knock-Down Pest Control today!

Are pesticides bad for human health?

Insects that look small and harmless can be very dangerous with the diseases they carry around. For example, even a tiny bite of a diseased insect can have fatal consequences. Imagine how strong the pesticides have to be in order to kill these insects and we can already have our answer to the question.

Can the pest control sprayers be toxic?

Sprayers are one of the most used pest control methods. It is very easy and practical use and they can be both odorous and odourless. These spray types do not carry too much toxicity risk. Care must be taken to ensure that there is no food, drinks, glasses or containers around when spraying, whether it is odorous or odourless.

After spraying is done hands must be washed at least twice and you should not touch your face with your hands without washing them first.

In addition, you should not stay in the sprayed environment, it may cause respiratory poisoning. No one should enter the room for an hour and the room should be ventilated for another hour.

Do other pesticides pose any toxic threats?

Compared to sprayers, proper pesticides are much more effective. Sprayers are only effective against the insects that are visible and around. However, when performed by professionals, pesticides can achieve a more thorough pest cleaning. We need to take a few precautions to avoid poisoning since these are more dangerous than simple sprayers. At least 3 or 4 hours have to pass before entering those places. The whole house has to be ventilated afterwards. Of course, all the food must be put in the fridge or in air-tight containers. Anything else around should be covered and washed with plenty of detergent and water afterwards.

If needed care is taken, no poisoning will occur. But if not, it can lead to very serious poisoning and even death.

What are symptoms of this kind of poisoning?

The most common and serious one is the respiratory poisoning. Staying in the same place while the pesticide is in use or not ventilating the house may cause this poisoning. The symptoms of this poisoning are; breathing insufficiency, burning sensation in the throat, headache, irritated cough, burning of the eyes and frequent vomiting.

What to do in pesticide poisoning?

First of all, the person should be taken to an environment that is rich with fresh air. Any ties or shirt buttons should be taken off to ease patient’s breathing. In cases of poisoning, the person should be fed yogurt. Even if they seem OK, they should be taken to a health facility or hospital without losing any time.

Pesticides can be responsible for the occurrence of lymphoma, leukaemia, brain cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, thyroid cancer, liver cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer.

According to experts, pesticides have a negative impact on the human reproductive system, such as an increase in the number of miscarriages, increased infertility, a decrease in men’s hormone testosterone.

Getting rid of cockroaches with natural solutions

Cockroaches are disgusting and terrible guests that show up at our houses. It can be very difficult to get rid of them completely. These insects, besides being disgusting, carry diseases that can poison your food without you noticing it. The most disturbing problem with cockroaches is that they are hiding all over the house and only get active during the nights when we usually sleep.

An easy way of completely removing cockroaches from your house is to hire a pest control service. Such professionals know what to do in order to get rid of the cockroaches fast and efficiently.

However, if you want to try out few natural solutions before hiring a pest control service, we are happy to make a few suggestions.

Where do cockroaches hide in the house?

Before talking about the ways of getting rid of this insect, we will talk about where they usually hide during the day. Knowing their potential hiding places will help you to get rid of them easier:

  • Kitchen and bathroom cabinets, spaces with cracks beneath and behind the furniture.
  • Inside wooden furniture
  • Next to doors and windows where they can enter the house
  • They can enter from water pipes, rain pipes meaning they will be hiding in bathrooms, laundries.
  • They love to hide behind fridges, ovens, mixers, microwaves and other white goods.
  • Cardboard boxes, places where food containers are stored and near pet food packages.
  • Near garbage bins

How to get rid of them?

Homemade pesticides are great for getting rid of cockroaches and keeping them out of the house. But before you apply them, do not forget and remember carefully that keeping your house clean and tidy is the most important factor to getting rid of these insects – they won’t be coming to a clean house in the first place.

  • Closing any gaps near the dishwasher, sink, bathtub and shower will limit the in and outs for cockroaches. Also, make sure to keep those places dry when not using.
  • Bottom of the furniture must be cleaned frequently. The space between the couches and the walls must be kept clean too.
  • Do not leave food crumbs or waste in the sink; that will attract cockroaches too.

Homemade pesticides

The scent of aromatic plants keeps cockroaches away. Place laurel and mint leaves where they are often seen.

Onion and boric acid work well together against these insects. It is a very cheap yet effective method and that is why it is very popular. Chop a medium sized onion and mix with half cup flour, some water, a tablespoon of sugar and 4 spoons of boric acid. This acid can be found in natural powder selling shops. Mix everything in a container and leave it where you are sure that cockroaches are walking around. Make sure your pets are kept away from this mixture as it can be toxic.

Carbonate and sugar also work very effectively. Mix carbonate and sugar in a container and sprinkle it around your house. Because of the sugar, the cockroaches will be eating the mixture but the carbonate will end up killing them.

How can we combat pests with natural methods?

We leave a lot of food outdoors in our house. Breadcrumbs, food remnants from the evening create feasts for insects. We should not be creating an environment which can be a shelter for insects. It is important to clean the house thoroughly including every corner of the house and close any cracks in the walls.

Pest control services are the best option in terms of getting rid of any type of insect at your house. However, there are some strong natural solutions that you can try.

A humid environment is also very much desired by pests. Leaking taps and wet floors will invite the insects to your house. That is why it is important to have a clean, non-humid house with no cracks.

How to prevent ants from entering your house

  • Cucumber: ants hate cucumber or its skin. If you put them to your house entrances ants won’t come in.
  • Lime: if you draw a line with an ordinary school chalk, ants will not cross that line.
  • Lemon: ants do not like lemons. You can put lemon in places where they might be entering your house.
  • Garlic: You can put garlic on the edge of your windows.
  • Baby powder: Baby powder kills ants by clogging their airways.

Cockroaches

Some natural solutions are better than using pesticides. Pests do not like the smell of some of the things we do. Examples of these smells are Mint – Garlic – Eucalyptus – Bay leaf.

Cockroaches consume almost any kind of food with few exceptions. What are they?

– Carbonate – Vinegar – Borax – Lemon

How to beat them

At home, you can prepare bait for the cockroaches. For this, boil the potatoes. Add egg yolk and borax. Mix and prepare small balls. Put them in the areas where they travel frequently.

MOSQUITOES

Things that mosquitoes do not like

  • Mosquitoes do not like garlic. If you consume garlic as food, mosquitoes will stay away from you because they will catch the smell of garlic in your blood.
  • People going to the Amazon forests start consuming garlic a week before they leave. Pests in the forests will stay away from those people because of the garlic smell on their bodies. Snakes, mice, and most of the insects hate garlic too.

Effective tips to get rid of the bugs in flowers.

Sometimes insects come to the plants in the house and these insects block the veins of plants and prevent them from blooming. You can apply a simple solution to this. Put a sweet spoonful of Arabic soap in a sprayer and add water to it. Shake it and then spray it on the plants. This mix puts off bugs.

Getting rid of rats

If there are rats in your house that means there is a big enough hole somewhere for them to get in. So check your house first and plug in those holes.

Materials required – gypsum, flour. Mix gypsum and flour in equal amounts. Flour is something rats like and they will not realize it is mixed with gypsum. Make small balls of the mix by adding some water and place them where you see them the most. This will block their digestive system and will force them to leave your house.