Is my cat/ dog safe?
Generally speaking, the short answer is yes. Your cat or dog does not need to leave completely. Just give the products time to dry before letting your cats and dogs have free rein through the treated areas (about 30 minutes to an hour for outside treatments and 2-3 hours for inside treatments).
Do I need to empty my kitchen cupboards?
No, it’s not necessary to empty cupboards in most cases. For example, if we are carrying out a general pest service no liquid sprays are applied to these areas as management practices have changed over the years. If this is required, we would advise you of this at the time of booking your service.
What do I need to do prior to the Pest Control treatment?
Dependant on the service type(s), the following preparation may be required:
- Access to room edges is necessary to spray along skirtings. Therefore clothing articles, magazines, toys etc. should be moved off the ground.
- All food items should be cleared from bench and table tops.
- All clothes need to be removed from the clothes line
- If you have a dog or cat, please ensure food and water bowls are covered. Bird cages and fish ponds should also be covered.
- All windows closed
- Move cars out of the garage and driveway. We need to position our service vehicle in the driveway to carry out external treatments.
- Room to place a ladder beneath roof manhole entry point(s)
Will the spray you use stain my carpet?
No, the emulsion we spray does not stain. It’s a water based residual spray that doesn’t contain strong solvents which might affect colouring or finishes.
Will the spray affect humans?
No, it will not affect you. The chemicals we apply are registered to be used in hospitals, schools and public places.
Is it safe to stay in my premises while you spray?
It is quite safe for you to be home during most services we provide, however, some people prefer to leave and run some errands for a short period. There are certain services, however, that may require you to vacate for a short period of time. Some of these services may require a re-entry period of 3 hours or so. This will be discussed if applicable at the time of booking your service.
My child suffers from asthma. Is it safe to stay?
To avoid triggering an asthma attack, we recommended that he/she is not present while the treatment is carried out and return after a 2 – 3 hour period.
What if I touch areas that have been sprayed?
Sprayed areas are of some concern while still wet. But once the carrier, which is water from the tap, has evaporated, the active constituent adheres to the surfaces and will not harm you. Should you come into contact while it’s still wet, wash with soap and plenty of water as soon as possible.
Will the gel / paste that is applied to the inside of cupboards contaminate my food?
No it will not. The gel / paste is only applied to areas where insects congregate or harbour, like cracks, crevices or hinges.
Will I see cockroaches, spiders or ants after the treatment?
Yes, it’s possible that insects may wander in from outside. Chances are that they will have crossed treated areas and will die shortly after.
How often should I have a Pest Control treatment done?
Regularly at intervals of no more than twelve months. Shorter periods may be recommended, according to environmental conditions and target pests.
Do I need to wash everything after the treatment?
In most cases there is no need to wash utensils or surfaces once the treatment is carried out. Only where we are carrying out certain methods where we apply ‘space spray’ applications. We would advise you of any special requirements when making a booking.
I’m renovating. When is it best to do the pest control?
We suggest that the pest control is done after all trades people have completed their jobs (painting, carpet laying, landscaping and final clean up). Preferably one or two days prior to moving in. Furthermore, as we know, some renovations can take longer than expected, and you may wish to have a treatment during this period. This can be discussed at the time of the booking.
I’m planning to have my carpet cleaned. Will that affect the Pest Control treatment?
It’s best to do the pest control after carpets have been cleaned or vacuumed.