Is my pet inviting pests to my home?

The beloved family pet, there is nothing quite like having a cat or dog, bird or (for some at least) rat but is owning a pet the path to pests?

There is no simple answer and obviously it really depends on what kind of pest we are talking about. Pets and fleas go hand in hand and you can be sure that if you own a dog or cat you they will get fleas at some point. The thing with fleas is that as long as you get on top of the problem straight away you can prevent them making the transition from your pet to your home.

With other pests you will find it is rare for your pet to bring them into the home and with dogs and, especially, cats, you will find that they actually help keep some pests, like rodents, birds and possums, away from your home. That is a definite plus.

In the end, having a pet doesn’t place you at any great risk of pests as long as you ensure your pet is well groomed and looked after and on the flipside, they are actually quite good at deterring other pests from coming near your home.

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I saw a rodent. Now what?

If you just saw a rodent running through your home then you need to act quick. Not only is a rodent infestation unhealthy but it is also extremely stressful. In no time you will be finding droppings all over your bench, discovering packs of food that have been opened and eaten and hearing them running through the walls and in your ceiling. A rodent infestation is extremely unpleasant and you can get sick if you eat any food that has been tainted by their droppings.

Bugboyz can handle it no problems. We are the rodent experts, not only can we get rid of your rodent infestation but we can make sure that they never come back. We will perform a Mice & Rat treatment that can be specifically tailored to your needs and budget. Our treatment  covers most of the accessible areas in the home, such as the interior, exterior, roof void, out buildings and boundaries of the property and when we are done there won’t be a rat or mouse anywhere in sight.

The longer you leave an infestation the harder it is to remove, if you spot a rat or mouse, get on the phone immediately. Act quick and nip it in the bud.

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How dangerous are spiders in Australia?

Aussie is a great place to live, we have got a stunner of a country, it is hot and beautiful. Unfortunately we are not the only ones that think so, it seems that spiders love our country just as much as we do. We have more dangerous spiders here than anywhere else in the world.

The two big names in deadly spiders are the Funnel Web and the Redback, they are two of the most deadly spiders on the planet. Their venom can kill in minutes. That is why it is important that every Australian, no matter how young, knows what these spiders look like and where they are most likely to run into them. The best way to protect yourself is through knowledge.

As well as the two killers there are also a number of other spiders in Australia which are very dangerous. While their bite will not kill you they can cause serious pain. In this list of dangerous but not deadly are the mouse spider, the trap door spider, the white tail, the huntsman and the recluse. However, with the right knowledge and some help from a skilled professional you can keep your home and garden safe from spiders.

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How dangerous are mice and rats to my health?

There is a very good reason that humans have an in borne repulsion to all things rodent. The rodent has evolved to live alongside humans eating their scraps and waste. This close proximity has caused the deaths and illness of hundreds of millions of humans. Rodents are the most deadly mammalian pest ever.

There are two key health issues concerning rodents. The first is that they carry diseases that humans can catch. Historically the most famous is the Black Plague, a disease which killed around a third of the European population during the Dark Ages. In Australia rodents only carry one disease we can catch, Lymphocytic choriomeningitis or LCMV. LCMV causes a  viral infection of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord and of the cerebrospinal fluid and is not something anyone would want although admittedly it is rare for people to catch it.

By far and away the most dangerous part of a rodent infestation is the potential for people to get sick due to their faeces. Rodents climb all over our food and cooking surfaces and they poop everywhere. People can get very sick if through food contamination, which is why it is vital that any infestation is dealt with quickly and thoroughly.

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How can my home be harmed by termites?

Your home will be one of your major investments, if not your major investment. However, unbeknown to you, it could be being eating from the inside out right now.

Termites are one of the most destructive pests in Australia, causing millions of dollars worth of damage each and every year. It is estimated that between a quarter and a third of all buildings will be infested with termites at some point in their life.

Termites eat wood from the inside out, meaning that the damage is not apparent until it is too late. They actually eat the cellulose in wood, which is the material that gives it its strength. Depending on the seriousness of the infestation a home can be critically damaged within a few months and it is not unheard of for some buildings to be considered unrepairable after only a year or so.

Wood is the most common structural material in most homes and the termites will weaken this to the point where the beams are no longer fulfilling their vital function. Often they will eat through wooden floors, doors and wood panelling, leaving it weak and fragile.

A bad infestation can turn your asset into a burden in only a few months. Act fast, act before the termites infest.

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How can I make my home pest free?

So you want to keep your home pest free. Well the best thing you can do is get the team at Bugboyz to give your place the once over, once we have finished your home will be locked up tighter than Fort Knox.

There are also some other good tricks that you can put into practice yourself to make sure that the nasties do not come crawling and scurrying back in. Here are the three best ways to keep pests away from your home.

  1. Keep it clean. Yes, this sounds like your mum talking but pests love dirt and filth, if you keep your home clean then you will not only keep your mum happy but you will keep the pests away.
  2. Seal it up. If you seal up your place you make it harder for the pests to get in. Use sealant, chicken wire, wood and whatever else to seal up your home.
  3. Keep it dry. Several of the most annoying and destructive pests love moisture, including the termite and the silverfish. By keeping your home dry by using a dehumidifier and making sure there are no leaks or drips you can reduce the chances of pests infesting your place.

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Getting rid of pest birds.

Normally birds are fine, we have some extremely beautiful birds in Australia and their song can be a pleasant dawn chorus. However, when birds gather in large numbers around or even in your home, they can quickly go from being pleasant companions to a downright nuisance. Birds are especially problematic if they start living in your attic or under the eaves of your home, they are noisy and prolonged inhabitation can cause sickness and disease.

You have to be careful dealing with birds though as there are a number of stringent laws that regulate how people can remove them. The best thing to do is use a professional pest control company as they have the knowhow and equipment needed to remove the birds safely, legally and effectively.

Generally speaking the pest controller will use nets and traps to capture the birds, then they will take them out into the countryside where they will release them. This is the best for you and the bird.

They can also help you ensure that you do not get any unwanted inhabitants in your roof or on the surrounding trees using a variety of different non-harmful tricks. With good help you can keep your home bird free.

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Do termites eat anything other than wood?

There are actually several thousand species of termites and they eat a wide range of different plant types, from termites that eat grasses through to termites that eat trees. The termites that we have a problem with are the tree eaters.

Termites have an almost unique ability to digest cellulose, which is the material that gives plant cells their strength. They developed this hundreds of millions of years ago by partnering up with a number of microorganisms, bacteria and the like, that live in their guts. The termite gained the ability to digest cellulose and the microorganisms got a good place to live and an endless food supply.

This incredible ability means that while the termites we worry about eat wood, you will find that other species of termite eat other wood and plant based materials in your home, like books, wallpaper glue and building paper.

The real concern though are the wood eating termites, while having a book eaten is annoying, having several million termites eating your home is a disaster.

Because termites eat from the inside out, you will not even notice them eating your house until it is too late. That is why it is vital that you have preventative measures in place.

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Are ants actually a pest issue?

Termites, rodents and cockroaches are obvious pests, they damage your homes and your food, causing stress, financial damage and potential illness, but are ants actually a pest issue? Sure they can be a nuisance crawling all over your bench but is there actually anything serious about having ants in your home?

The answer is that while ants do not carry diseases, as rodents and cockroaches do, they can still spoil food. Ants often have a powerful and unpleasant odour that means that if they have got into your food you will want to throw it away. For many people having ants all over your food is also off putting and they feel uncomfortable eating something after ants have walked all over it. The reality is that even though ants are relatively clean creatures the thought that they have been walking all over your food (and often through your food) is enough for most people.

The good thing is that with professional pest control ants can be banished from the house with ease. Don’t throw out anymore food unnecessarily, get rid of ants and you won’t wake up to them crawling all over your bench and tramping through your pantry. Banish ants for good.

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All about silverfish

Silverfish are strange creatures. First, despite the name, they are not fish. You had probably already guessed that but you can never be too careful. Silverfish are small grey (almost silver) insects.

The silverfish is an annoying pest, rather than a disgusting one. You do not find them in your food but rather you will see them in your books and other cellulose based items like glue, wallpaper paste, book bindings, paper, photographs, starch in clothing, cotton, linen, rayon fabrics, wheat flour, cereals, dried meats, leather and even dead insects.. Silverfish eat the sugar and starches that are found in paper and if left untreated they can do a huge amount of damage.

Often silverfish will attack books and photo albums that haven’t been looked at or opened for years, meaning that the damage is invisible and will not be spotted until it is too late. That is why it pays to sporadically check your possessions so you can make sure that they are not being quietly destroyed by these pests.

Fortunately with professional help you can banish the silverfish from your home with ease. It is also important that you keep your home dry as silverfish thrive in moist conditions, which is why purchasing a dehumidifier is a good idea.

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