Getting on the front foot of pest control

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Pest protection: For bugs such as termites, ants and cockroaches, an annual spray from a professional is recommended. Photo: Shutterstock.

Pest protection: For bugs such as termites, ants and cockroaches, an annual spray from a professional is recommended. Photo: Shutterstock.

The arrival of winter brings brings colder weather and often unfortunately, pests. When you heat your home to stay warm and comfortable, pests also move in taking advantage of your warm house. 

From termites and spiders, to cockroaches and mice, pests are not only a hassle around the home but can cause significant damage and end up costing you financially.

While simple checks can be done around the home to help detect any problems, pest management is more than simply checking and spraying for bugs. Quite often the problem isn’t noticeable or found until it is too late and damage has occurred which is why prevention is a much better alternative to treatment.

One of the major pest problems throughout the Central West is termites. A big concern with termites is that they don’t hibernate and are just as active in winter as they are in summer.

Termites can cause massive damage to your home both cosmetically and structurally, and the biggest issue is quite often you don’t even know you have a termite problem. The best solution to get rid of termites is to ensure under your house is dry and clean, remove any dead wood, leaves and other green waste from around your garden and have annual inspections done.

Paul Lewin from Bugman, located in Parkes, has over 20 years experience in the pest control industry. His own team of dedicated professional team of pest controllers have covered the Central West for 15 years and know the many issues bug and pests can cause in and around your home.

Paul said that inspections and prevention were the keys to eliminating a pest problem, especially when it comes to termites. “For anyone buying or living in your own home it’s important to have inspections done, especially when it comes to termites. Australian standards recommend that inspections should be done on a six to twelve month cycle, with high risk areas as often as every three months,” he said.

Winter issues: The arrival of colder weather can drive pests inside your home. Photo:Shutterstock.

Winter issues: The arrival of colder weather can drive pests inside your home. Photo:Shutterstock.

While termites themselves are tiny, large colonies can cause significant cosmetic and structural damage to your home. Paul said that it is important when doing a treatment that you eliminate the whole colony to eradicate the problem.

“It’s vital that we don’t leave any termites behind when solving an infestation. Once eliminated then monitoring systems are the best way to go,” he said. ‘They go in and around your home or building and the more strategically placed they are then the better they work”.

Paul and his team are fully qualified in all aspects of pest control and are passionate about providing professional and excellent customer service.​ “It’s about peace of mind for the customer. Termites can do a devastating amount of damage, and with these monitoring and interception systems you really can see the results,” he said.

Paul confirmed that inspections and treatments shouldn’t be limited to buildings. Your garden and trees are all natural environments and nesting areas for termites, ants and other pests.