What is Pest Control?
Pest Control & Pest Inspection Explained
The term pest control covers a very broad range of services; this can include pest control of spiders, black ants, termites, rodents, possums, birds, snakes the list goes on. Depending on where you live and the environment of your home pests could include the control of even larger animals or microscopic creatures.
This is to illustrate that the term Pest Control is a generic term and that the consumer seeking pest control services will need to first determine the species of pest that is to be controlled, the determining of the pest causing the problem would normally first require a pest inspection. Further this begins to demonstrate that pest control is not usually a one step process.
Pest control is very rarely characterised as a one time fix all solution, while certain situation may lend them selves to a one time solution, most instances will require, investigation, preparation, application and then maintenance.
It is important to recognise that pest control is often referred to as pest management for a reason and that is similar to recognising that just as any building will require maintenance to keep it in good condition, effective pest control will require ongoing management. Depending on the degree of difficulty and type of pest, the management may be very technical and costly or may involve a routine inspection once a year.
In order to ensure you get the best results from your desired pest control solution it is important to ensure you are using a pest control service that is familiar with your location and an expert on the species of pest that requires control. It is important to recognise that the pest inspection service that provides the identification of the pest problem may not necessarily be the best service to provide the pest control management. For example, in case where rodents are identified as a pest causing damage to a building an inspection service that specialises in termite treatment may not be as effective or as good value as an inspection service that specialises in treating rodents.
Investigate different pest inspection and pest control services and seek to clarify their areas of expertise, qualification, professional memberships and insurance. Be cautious of free pest inspection services as these may not be as thorough as a paid inspection and or they may have higher fees when actually engaging their pest control service.
To view pest control services in your area please search our directory here. Follow the advice above to help with your selection process, seek real life testimonials and check that they are members of the Australian Environmental Pest Managers Association (AEPMA).