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Common Signs of a Silverfish Infestation and How To Deal With It

Just like cockroaches, silverfish are skin-crawling creatures and fast-moving nocturnal pests. They love moist, humid, dark environments and feast on old papers, magazines, books, etc. They breed rapidly if the infestation goes unnoticed,

We at Knockdown Pest Control offer effective services to eliminate silverfish. Here are some signs that a silverfish infestation is present on your premises:

  • Silverfish’ food habits reveal the secret about their existence. You will find your magazines, books, and the old paper turned into tiny bits, clothes chewed, etc. Yellow stains are present around the damage.
  • People detect these pests fallen on humid places like a washbasin, sinks, bathroom floor. These creatures cannot crawl up easily.
  • Roofs voids or subfloors are also breeding places for silverfish, and you may spot them crawling around these areas.

Preventing a Silverfish Infestation

While silverfish establish their infestation slowly, once they reach that level, they breed fast and are difficult to remove. However, there are several measures you can take to limit them from reproducing in your home, such as:

  • Remove their food source, and that becomes the first step to get rid of them. Minimise dust and dirt in your surroundings by keeping all spaces clean and dry.
  • They love dark corners. So, vacuum your house, especially the dark places and corners, to reduce their number dramatically. Seal the vacuum bag contents before disposing it.
  • Do not leave any food particles on the floor and clean the floor regularly.
  • Use air-tight containers for edible items in your home. This will prevent food infestation by these pests.
  • High humidity levels are the favourite haunt of silverfish, though they can survive in any environment. Use various ways to control humidity in your house such as, using humidifiers, and sealing leaking pipes. You can also install air-conditioners or fans in humid places like the kitchen, spread cedar shavings in unused corners etc.

These measures can help prevent silverfish infestation on your property.

Hire Professionals For Silverfish Control

The above mentioned DIY measures to prevent silverfish are useful for a short period when you spot them. However, they cannot provide a permanent solution to eliminating them from your house and the surrounding environment. Silverfish live and breed in various dark areas you may not even think of. The more efficient way to get rid of these creepy creatures is to hire the services of the well-known pest control companies. We have experienced professionals to handle the silverfish pest control. You benefit by hiring us because:

  • We have experienced professionals for silverfish prevention and control.
  • We stick to agreed schedules.
  • We meticulously treat all areas of existing and potential infestation in your house.
  • We ensure that environmental-friendly products are used in silverfish pest control.
  • Our services are not only cost-effective but also carry the guarantees for the work done.

We make sure that the silverfish are eliminated from your property quickly and efficiently. For more information, call Knock-Down Pest Control today! You can reach us through our Contact Us form or call 1300 262 463, and we’ll be happy to assist you.

Cockroach Control

What’s Involved in Professional Cockroach Control Services?

Some people are petrified at the sight of a crawling cockroach, while almost everyone finds it disgusting. Cockroaches breed abundantly in unclean places and are carriers of harmful diseases. But that does not mean that spotless houses will not have a cockroach infestation. Cockroaches are very mobile creatures migrating from one place to another in no time.

Cockroach infestations spread from one property to another property in a short time. The outbreak can get out of control because these pests are very fast breeders. So if you see one cockroach, you can be sure of much more hiding in various places and breeding rapidly.

Generally, you will not see these creatures during the daytime. These are nocturnal creatures and emerge of their hideouts after dark. That is why you may not even have an inkling of their existence until their population multiplies dramatically. You cannot control their breeding unless you opt for preventive pest control services and hire trustworthy pest control professionals like Knockdown Pest Control.

As one of the most well-known companies in the pest control industry, our clients prefer us for our efficient and effective services. We have years of experience in handling cockroach pest control on a variety of residential and commercial properties, regardless of the scale of the cockroach infestation.

 

Cockroach Control – Methods and Procedure

  • Before starting the pest control treatment, our professionals carry out a detailed inspection of the property to identify the extent of the problem, the type of cockroaches, and their hiding places.
  • To eradicate the cockroach infestation and prevent them from breeding on your property, the professionals use a mix of products in their work.
  • Cockroach baits placed at strategic spots lure the cockroaches to come out from their hideouts. We spray subfloors and roof voids with insecticidal powder.
  • As an extended precautionary measure, they carry out cockroach control for the perimeter of the building, so that cockroaches from nearby properties do not spread into your property.

 

What You Can Expect

Cockroaches do not die within a day or so of the treatment, though the initial results are very effective in controlling the infestation.  It takes about two to three weeks to bring the infestation under complete control, and this is truer about German cockroach infestation. It takes some time for cockroach baits to show effects. Even multiple visits may become necessary in case of a severe German cockroach infestation to get rid of them completely.

 

Best Cockroach Control Solutions

We attach priority to the health of your family members and pets. Our company has extensive experience in handling a variety of cockroach infestations and ensure they use only safe, impactful, and environment-friendly products for our treatments. We are a customer-centric company and schedule the cockroach control work to suit your convenience. Our work guarantee ensures that the job is executed correctly the first time around

We make sure that the cockroaches are eliminated from your property quickly and efficiently. For more information, call Knock-Down Pest Control today! You can reach us through our Contact Us form or call 1300 262 463, and we’ll be happy to assist you.

Why Is It So Challenging To Eliminate Bed Bugs?

If you start ranking classic and almost invisible globe-trotting pests, bed bugs top the list. These miniature creatures pass through any country, state, region, border without detection. They travel most comfortably in your travel bags and suitcases as well the clothes you are wearing, totally free of charge.

 

Most regular travellers don’t realise that they may be bringing bed bugs into their home as these creatures stealthily crawl into your luggage in hotel rooms. You would not be aware of their presence until the infestation becomes widespread in your home. It is a classic case of an intruder that becomes a menace.

 

Some Things To Keep In View

 

We at Knockdown Pest Control offer effective bed bug removal services. Our team is here to help you eliminate them from your property. Contact us immediately if you notice any sign of their presence in your home. Here are a few pointers on why it is extremely tough to eliminate these critters:

 

  • Extensive Infestation– Bed bugs are flat and tiny and can even live in cracks the width of a credit card. Once they settle happily in a place, they start breeding at a rapid pace and build colonies. This poses a challenge to control and eradicate them. They occupy virtually every crevice and crack like seams of mattresses, headboards, bed springs, furnishings, backs of photo-frames, etc.

 

  • Difficult to Spot – While you retiree to your bed, they crawl out from their dens, get closer to you and feast on your blood. Their bites can cause rashes, red welts or a burning sensation. A few fortunate people may remain unaffected by their bites. You take become aware of their presence only when you find your sleep disturbed night after night.

 

  • Starving Them Does Not Help – Bed bugs can live without food for extended periods. Even if you are away from home for a month or so, the starving bed bugs do not die. Incredibly, they can survive without food for up to one and a half years. Their capacity to survive without food for so long makes them one of the most resilient creatures on earth.

 

  • Immune To Pesticides – Very potent pesticides may be able to get rid of adult bed bugs but not the nymphs and eggs. Maturing nymphs and eggs turn into adult bed bugs adding a whole new population of these pests to your home. Many commonly available pesticides do not affect adult bed bugs, and it is difficult to kill them.

 

 

 

  • They Are Permanent Residents – Their hideouts are many and intractable minute creases and crevices. So when pest control professionals spray these places, they remain untouched and unaffected. This is a real challenge to oust these unwelcome guests.

 

We offer expert bed bug control solutions for commercial and residential properties. For more information, call Knock-Down Pest Control today! You can reach us through our Contact Us form or call 1300 262 463, and we’ll be happy to assist you.

 

The Importance of Granny Flat Termite Barrier Installation

The popularity of the granny flats is on the ascent in Australia. Factors such as multiple applications, a private space for the elderly to live independently, and value addition to the property are some of the major benefits of installing this structure. A granny flat can be either an attached or detached addition to the original property.

 

Whenever you start to construct a granny flat, first consider installing a resilient termite barrier before going ahead with the rest of the project. We at Knockdown Pest Control offer excellent granny flat termite barrier installation services.

 

Why You Need a Termite Barrier

 

Soil is the natural habitat of termites. No amount of effort to kill them or treat the soil can help to get rid of these pests, and they ultimately return to the area. Therefore, it becomes necessary to build a physical or chemical barrier between the soil and the concrete slab and the wooden framing of the property. This barrier protects the granny flat you build on your property, from termites.

 

If you ignore to install this barrier, termites can destroy the granny flat and cause substantial damage to other features as well. Treating a termite infestation and carrying out related repairs are expensive and the problem can linger for a long time. Frequent topical termite treatments also become necessary to keep termites under check. This adds a significant amount to your pest control and granny flat maintenance costs.

 

Types of Termite Barriers

 

Before recommending a termite control solution for your property, the pest control experts examine the soil, view the granny flat plans, and analyse the site condition. You can choose between three different termite barrier solutions:

 

  • Physical Termite Barriers – This barrier is in the form of a physical sheet placed on the soil before pouring concrete on the slab. It protects the structure from termite attacks and moisture. Our professionals install the sheet in such a way that it seals all the gaps perfectly and prevents termites from breaching the barrier.

 

  • Chemical Termite Barriers – This barrier works the same way as a physical barrier to prevent termite infestations. The process involves spraying termite-preventive chemicals on the soil during the installation to form a chemically treated zone on the structure. The applied chemical sinks in and acts as a barrier between termites in the soil and the building material. It prevents the termites from accessing the granny flat’s foundation.

 

 

  • Reticulation Systems – In this technique, a termite barrier is installed around the foundation. It uses a network of underground pipes and a precisely controlled application of chemicals to prevent access for termites from outside your property. Physical and chemical barriers can wear off after some time, and termite infestations can reemerge. However, a reticulation system helps in regular termite control and avoids repeated digging to rebuild barriers.

 

Our experienced pest control team will explain the features and advantages of all these termite barrier systems and help you choose one that fits your requirements and budget. For more information, call Knock-Down Pest Control today! You can reach us through our Contact Us form or call 1300 262 463, and we’ll be happy to assist you.

The Importance of Pre-Purchase Pest Inspection

A commercial or residential property purchase is a significant investment decision and rarely taken without considering the pros and cons. First and foremost, you need to check that the structure is solid and safe. You also need to ensure that no legal issues exist in the property title.

While carrying out all these checks, many people tend to overlook getting a pre-purchase pest inspection. It plays a vital role in purchasing an expensive property. It is essential to hire the services of reputed professionals like the ones at Knockdown Pest Control to certify that the structure is not damaged and free of the existence of any pests at the time of purchase.

Our qualified pest inspectors provide pre-purchase inspection reports that enable you to make an informed decision while purchasing property in Sydney. The reports are prepared promptly so you are able to make your purchase decision within the property’s cooling-off period.

What Is A Pre-Purchase Inspection?

The standard building inspection process starts with a complete visual inspection followed by thorough checks on every feature and fixture on the property and its outdoor areas. In addition, pest control inspection is an essential aspect of the comprehensive building inspection too.

The pest inspection covers the assessment of active as well as deactivated termite, pest activity within and around the property and the potential for recurrence of pests on the property, in the future

Why a pre-purchase inspection is Important

A pre-purchase pest inspection is a crucial aspect of the property purchase process as it keeps you free of hassles in the future once you occupy the property. This inspection reveals the existence of any pest problems such as termites’ infestation that can pose a major headache later on, if it remains unnoticed for a long time.

Trained pest control professionals have the tools and expertise to identify potential problems correctly. Pre-purchase building inspectors may detect termite damage but lack the expertise of pest control experts.

A reputed pest control company uses advanced thermal imaging cameras to spot and analyse moisture-ridden areas or thermal inconsistencies in all the indoor and outdoor spaces on your property. They provide a complete report of the termite infestation and other pest activity, if any.

Other Benefits of a Pre-Purchase Pest Inspection

You need to know that termite damage is not covered by insurance companies, and any liability on that count after the purchase of the property is borne by you alone. A customised and detailed pre-purchase pest inspection keeps you alerted to the condition and potential problems while buying the property. Armed with this information, you may decide not to go ahead with the purchase of a property with potential pest problems, even at a discounted price.

If you want to know more about our pest control services, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at Knock-Down Pest Control today! You can reach us through our Contact Us form or call 1300 262 463, and we’ll be happy to assist you.

Expert Pest Control For Different Types OF Cockroaches

Expert Pest Control For Different Types OF Cockroaches

When you see a cockroach, however small, crawling on your dining table or kitchen counter, it can be extremely embarrassing and disgusting. But do not despair! At Knock-Down, we altogether eliminate these disgusting creatures. More importantly, the solutions that we use are so powerful that the cockroaches will not return to your property for a reasonably long time.

Since there are different cockroach species, each one needs a different pest control technique to eradicate them. We have the knowledge, skills, and tools required to handle this job expertly. Knockdown Pest Control provides cockroach control for different species of pests.

Types Of Cockroaches

Here is some information about the types of cockroaches commonly found in Australian homes.

  1. Brown Banded Cockroach

Tan to light brown in colour, brown-banded cockroaches, and measure 13-14 mm in length. Often mistaken to be German cockroaches, they have a small population and aren’t as common as the latter.

  1. Australian Cockroach

This cockroach species has its origins in Asia. The Australian cockroach measures about 30-35 cm in length and looks reddish or dark brown in colour. It has noticeable yellow/white markings down the sides of its wings and around the thorax. These creatures usually hide in gardens and subfloor areas.

  1. American Cockroach

Shiny reddish to dark brown, this large cockroach species can grow to 28-44 mm in length. They are also the most common pests in residential and commercial properties in the Sydney Metropolitan area. They can fly and have a longer lifespan than most other cockroach species.

  1. Oriental Cockroach

These cockroaches love to live in sewers and breed rapidly. Oriental cockroaches are medium in size and measure 20-24mm. in length. They could be either dark black or dark reddish brown colour. They too have a long life span.

  1. German Cockroaches

This is one of the most annoying cockroach species. It’s extremely small in size and reproduces at a fast rate. Orange or dark brown in colour, they measure 10 to 15mm. in length. They live in large numbers in crevices, kitchen door hinges, cracks as well as warm places like electrical appliances.

  1. Smoky Brown Cockroach

These cockroaches are of a mahogany colour, almost dark brown and are longish at 30-35 mm. You can identify them by their dark and shiny thorax. They live in fences and subfloor areas and feed on stored timber.

Other Facts

Cockroaches have amazing flexibility in moving in and out of residential and commercial properties. Anything from food, beverages, dead animal skins, leather, paper, etc. are good enough for them to survive. It is not easy to catch them as they are nocturnal and live in inaccessible places like crevices, cracks, sewers, hinges, subfloors, etc. They are carriers of all kinds of diseases, infections; contaminate. They contaminate the food and cause damage to our property.

If you have a cockroach infestation on your property, call us today. We are a proven company in this space and provide prompt and professional cockroach control services. If you want to know more about our pest control services, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at Knock-Down Pest Control today! You can reach us through our Contact Us form or call 1300 262 463, and we’ll be happy to assist you.

 

Why Your Commercial Property Requires Regular Pest Inspections

Why Your Commercial Property Requires Regular Pest Inspections

Insects seem tiny and inconsequential but can inflict heavy damage to your commercial property. Small holes or cracks are big enough for pests like cockroaches and termites to sneak into the indoor spaces of a building and damage the internal as well as external structure of your property.

Termites are the worst pests, as they destroy the wooden features of your property. Rats and mice are no less a menace as they gnaw through any substance like food, fabric, plastic, wood, and even thin metal frames. Also, they contaminate the environment with their faeces and urine and spread diseases.

We at Knockdown Pest Control attach importance to controlling pests and recommend to our customers to get commercial pest inspections done regularly. Our effective pest control solutions are available to property owners across Sydney to protect their commercial property from pest infestations.

Let’s Understand The Different Kinds Of Damages Pests Can Cause:

  • Hotels, restaurants, and food joints where a variety of food products are stored are the favourite places for pests as they can eat through food packaging, and contaminate the packaged items rendering them inedible.
  • Rodents expertly gnaw through electrical wiring, contributing to electrocution and fire hazards. Your electrical appliances too become inoperable.
  • Pests such as termites are enemies of your furniture, wood structures, and They bore through the materials, and you hardly get a hint of it until the damage becomes very severe.
  • The presence of pests on your property not only defiles the environment but makes your work places unhealthy for your employees too. This puts your customers, clients, and employees at risk of contracting diseases caused by pest infestations.
  • An unhealthy work environment on your commercial premises directly affects the reputation of your company in the industry. It has an adverse impact on your profitability and can eventually result in the closure of your business as wel. This is especially true if you operate in the hospitality and food industry.

Hire Experts For Commercial Pest Inspections

Our teams are trained and updated in pest control technology to identify areas of pest control infestation and pest nesting possibility. They can provide expert solutions to any pest control problem they locate on your commercial property.

You will find it beneficial to prevent pest infestations by opting for annual preventive commercial pest treatments on your property. Not only do we offer cost-efficient and result-effective inspection contracts but also structure custom Integrated Pest Management Programs as required. The purpose is to thoroughly eliminate, control, and prevent the incidence of pests on your property. Various businesses covered by our services across Sydney are:

  • Government and municipal offices
  • Corporate Offices
  • Retail stores and supermarkets
  • Restaurants and standalone food outlets
  • Hospitals and clinics
  • Schools and Churches
  • Hotels and motels
  • Food production companies
  • Warehouses and factories
  • Other commercial properties

We are a proven company in this space and provide prompt and professional commercial pest control services. If you want to know more about our pest control services, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at Knock-Down Pest Control today! You can reach us through our Contact Us form or call 1300 262 463, and we’ll be happy to assist you.

Why You Need Professional Rat Control

Australia has many native species of rats. These creatures are destructive and dangerous and their population grows very fast. So rat infestations can spread more rapidly than we imagine. They pose a threat both to your property and health. We at Knock-Down Pest Control provide custom rat control solutions and recommend regular treatments as these pests can cause a number of different problems.

Problems Caused By Rats

  • Rat-Bite Fever– You need to protect yourself and your pets from rat bites. A bacteria (Streptobacillusmoniliformis) is transmitted by a rats and causes Rat – Bite Fever. It occurs due to the exposure to infected rats or a food source contaminated by infected rats. It is potentially fatal if not treated in time.

 

  • Fatal Diseases– Rat droppings are a danger too. In addition to spreading bacteria and contaminating food, they trigger allergic reactions. Breathing-in particles of dry faecal matter is hazardous. Some of the diseases caused by rat droppings are leptospirosis, Eosinophilic Meningitis, Hantavirus, Salmonellosis etc.

 

  • Rats And Fleas – These two pests can play havoc by spreading diseases like Bubonic Plague also known as Black Death. Spread by the bite of an infected rodent flea, it results in headache, fever, and swollen lymph nodes. In the absence of timely treatment, death can occur in four days.

Rats are fast breeders and this can result in a full-blown infestation within a short span of time. They pose a danger to property too as they can chew their way through thin metal sheets apart from wood, plastic, electrical wiring etc. So preventing them from entering your property becomes vital. The answer is professional preventive rat control solutions.

 For guaranteed rat control Sydney services don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at Knock-Down Pest Control today! You can reach us through our contact us form or call 1300 262 463 and we will be happy to assist you.

Steps to Keep Termites Away From Your Property

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Termites are very tiny and almost invisible creatures but can cause significant damage to wooden features of your property. They are rated as the leading pest in Australia. Their presence on your property is often noticed only after extensive damage takes place.

It is critical to prevent termites from entering your property because it is extremely difficult to get rid of them once they enter. Here are a few tips from Knock-Down Pest Controlto prevent termites.

Tips That Can Help

 

  • Wooden structures of your property should be 6’ above ground level. This prevents subterranean termites from entering your property.
  • Avoid the use of wood mulch. If used, it should be far away from your home structure.
  • Termites breed easily in old wood and it is best to remove all dead trees, wood stumps etc. from the property. Firewood too should be stored at a distance from the house.
  • The gutters and downspouts should be dry since organic materials and moisture are likely to invite termites.
  • The ground in the outdoor areas should slope away from your house to avoid waterlogging.
  • Carry out regular plumbing maintenance on your property to ensure there are no leaks in the taps and pipes. Termites are attracted to moist and humid areas.
  • Tree in the front and backyard should be planted away from the house. Also trim trees regularly so that the branches don’t touch the exterior walls or roof of the house.
  • If you decide to add a deck or a porch, use a thick metal sheet between the new structure and the house.

 Termites pose a danger to your property and regular termite inspections are the best way to keep your house safe. It’s a good idea to hire experts like us for preventive termite control.

For guaranteed termite control Sydney services don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at Knock-Down Pest Control today! You can reach us through our contact usform or call 1300 262 463 and we will be happy to assist you.

 

Signs That You Have a Cockroach Infestation and What to Do About It

Cockroaches are omnipresent and you will find them in almost every part of the world.  They differ in size from very tiny, small, to medium, and large.We at Knock-Down Pest Controlprovide excellent cockroach control solutions, but always recommend that you call us at the first indication of an infestation.

Signs to Look Out For

Here are some signs that you have a cockroach infestation in your home:

  • A cockroach crawling around at night is anobvious sign of many more cockroaches and their eggs inhidden corners and areas of the house.
  • Cockroaches live in food storage areas, kitchen cabinets, kitchen sinks,and damp areas. They enter wardrobes too and crawl all over your clothes leaving an unbearable smell.
  • Once inside the house, they breed very rapidly and contaminateevery indoor space.
  • Their breeding grounds are often inaccessible. This makes DIY methods of controlling cockroaches somewhat ineffective.
  • Dead cockroaches and their discarded skins is a clear sign of their presence in your house.
  • Cockroaches crawl all over the house and leave behind droppings and a musty odour. It is necessary to clean every item in the kitchen and dining area as the cockroaches are disease carriers too.
  • Cockroach infestation can occur anywhere but these pests are commonly found in tropical and sub-tropical regions.

In case of a cockroach infestation on your property, it is urgent to get professional pest control done to get rid of the cockroaches and their breeding grounds. It is crucial to understand that heavy infestation needs repeated pest control service to remove every trace of their existence.

It’s best to call us in as soon as you notice signs of a cockroach infestation on your property. For guaranteed cockroach control Sydney services don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at Knock-Down Pest Control today! You can reach us through our contact us form or call 1300 262 463 and we will be happy to assist you.