Pest control in Canberra is a little bit different to other places, be it the explosion of spiders in spring or European wasp nests in summer, so it pays to use a local pest control company with experience.
Residential Reports offers a complete range of specialist pest control and termite services specifically tailored to the requirements of Property Managers. As termites become a more prevalent issue in Canberra, landlords are booking annual termite inspections to ensure their precious asset is monitored, and end of lease sprays are becoming standard in rental agreements.
We believe our “5 star” Property Management pest control treatments are the most comprehensive available in Canberra and nearby NSW.
Why does my rental property require termite inspections?
With the explosion of termites in the region a standard termite inspection must be carried out as part of a responsible property maintenance routine. The likelihood of tenants reporting a compromise on your building’s structure is low and termite attack can be fatal. Our no fuss comprehensive property management plans ensure the highest level of service for landlords with a polite, friendly and professional approach to managing tenants.
End of lease pest sprays
Most tenancy agreements in Canberra require an end of lease pest treatment when the property is vacated. Our Property Management plan includes a comprehensive treatment protocol and should be done after the building has been vacated, furniture is removed and carpets have been cleaned. Upon completion, our technician will issue a service statement which can be used as evidence for professing bond refunds.
Before we start any pest treatment we carry out an inspection and risk assessment, to determine whether there are any safety issues and discuss whether you have any particular concerns.
We only use products that are safe to using around the home. However, as people, children and pets need to be kept clear during the treatment and remain clear until it is dry, we always recommend leaving the home during treatment. This allows us to complete a thorough treatment without worrying about children and pets. When you get back, you will return to a clean, pest-free home!
We provide a pest treatment advice after the treatment, so you know what products have been applied and whether there are any specific instructions (all pest control companies are required to do this by law).
Sometimes customers have a specific pest control problem or a major pest infestation which needs a different, more specialised treatment than our general pest control service. With our knowledge of specific pest control problems in the Canberra area (such as European wasp), we also provide a range of specific pest control treatment programs to cover the common pests:
We tailor these pest control treatments to the specific problem we find at your property. These treatments are often specific to the pest in question and used specialised pest control products. Most importantly we try to determine the cause of the infestation, to prevent a re-occurrence – successful pest management is as much about prevention as cure!
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Specialised pest control treatment come with different warranty / service free periods and depend on the pest, nature and scale of the problem and any specific issues we may find on the property.
When you type in “Pest control Canberra” or something similar you will get a variety of companies come up in search results. With so many pest control companies out there all charging different prices, it is difficult to know which pest control company and what pest treatment to choose.
The pest technician needs to be licensed and insured to carry out the pest control treatment being requested. They are required to provide you with their license and insurance on request. Unfortunately, there a lot of “cowboys” in the industry (often charging the cheapest prices), who are not licensed or insured, so be careful! When you are protecting your home and family and insecticides are being applied, it’s important that you trust that the pest manager is knowledgeable, professional and will take their time to apply a comprehensive and safe pest control treatment.
Always ask for a quote and clarify exactly what their service involves, how long it will take (see “What to expect with a pest control treatment”) and what warranties or service free periods are provided. Of course, ask them to confirm they are licensed and insured. It should allow you to compare quotes and ensure you are getting the service you require and one that’s good value for money!
Don’t forget the importance of an annual termite inspection. By combining the termite inspection with general pest treatment, you will normally get a significant discount on the separate services.
Before starting the treatment, the pest technician should inspect the property (to confirm the nature of the pest problem and work out what pest treatment is required), discuss any issues with you, explain the treatment and carry out a risk assessment.
Before applying any product the technician should carry out a risk assessment. This involves assessing the property and surrounding properties for any safety or environmental issues that need to be considered before applying a product.
The duration of a pest control treatment will vary depending on the size of the property, construction type and level of pest infestation. For example a home with a sub-floor will take longer than a home on a concrete slab. But as a guide, for the typically modern 3/4 bedroom Canberra home on a concrete slab, a general pest treatment should take around an hour. If it is taking them less than 30 minutes you should be worried.
Typically the treatment will involve spraying the perimeter of the property, all surfaces, around doors, windows, other entry points, under the eaves, gutters and any foliage. This treatment is targeting crawling insects such as large cockroaches and ants, as well as web-spinning spiders.
A quality pest technician would spray inside the house as needed and choose the correct products and if the property has a particular problem with specific insect additional products such as gel baits, sticky boards, dusts and granules may be applied to the affected areas.
The roof void is a key area to inspect and treat. Typically pest technicians will blow an insecticide powder through the roof void to provide a fine layer over all the surfaces. This can be very effective at keeping pest numbers down.
If the house has a sub-floor, this area should be inspected and then treated with a spray and / or powder, as required.
Depending on your requirements, treatment of the garage, sheds & fences may also be included in the service.
Most pest control treatments will come with a warranty period, normally 6 months. To maintain the warranty, the homeowner needs to have met any conditions specified by the pest technician at the time of the treatment. If a pest issue covered by the warranty arises during the warranty period, the normal procedure is for the technician to come back and provide a supplementary pest control treatment to solve the issue (free of charge).
Some pest control companies may also include a “rodent treatment” as part of their service. Such rodent treatments only normally deal with low level / background rodent issues, dealing with a rodent problem will be a more involved exercise with additional charges.
It is important to note that, although the pest technician is “inspecting” your home, they are not specifically looking for termites and it is not a formal termite inspection. You should be very cautious about accepting a free termite check, this is not the same as a comprehensive professional termite inspection (which you should have a least once a year).
After the treatment the pest technician should provide you with a pest treatment advice, which specifies what products have been applied to what locations around your home and whether there are any specific instructions (all pest control companies are required to do this by law).