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How can I prevent the infestation of bed bugs in my home?

Preventing bed bugs can be quite difficult as they are extremely mobile. They are easily transported through luggage, clothing and furniture. Once they are in your home, you can expect them to multiply quite quickly and spread throughout your entire house. While they don’t jump or fly, they can crawl long distances.


Inspect your mattress and bed regularly for signs of an infestation and get professional advice if you think you have bedbugs.


Avoid buying second-hand mattresses and carefully inspect second-hand furniture before bringing it into your home.


Keep your bedroom tidy and remove clutter.


Bedbugs aren’t attracted to dirt, so they’re not a sign of an unclean home, but clearing up any clutter will reduce the number of places they can hide.

How can I tell if I have bed bug bites?

While bedbug bites are typically painless, they are known to be quite itchy and irritated. Some people may even react to bedbug bites with symptoms showing within minutes of the bites or up to a week or two after the fact. Bedbug bites can last a few days and you will notice the following symptoms:


Can cause itchy red bumps on the skin, usually occur on exposed areas such as the face, neck, hands or arms


Often occur in lines across the skin


May cause a rash or fluid-filled blisters in more severe cases


Can become infected with bacteria if scratched


If your bites are uncomfortable and itchy, you can buy a mild steroid cream (such as hydrocortisone) or antihistamine tablets to relieve the itch or see your health care professional.

How can I help treat my home for a bed bugs infestation?

Wash infested clothes or bed linen at 60 degrees, or put them in a dryer on a hot setting for 30 minutes.


Use a vacuum cleaner with a hose to suck up any bugs you can see – dispose of the contents of the vacuum cleaner in a sealed bag.


Consider throwing away heavily infested mattresses or furniture.


How does Blast treat for bed bugs?

There are many ways our Blast technicians will treat for bed bugs. We will assess your infestation and facilitate an effective treatment plan for your home.


Chemical application


Steaming


Rapid freeze


Heat treatment


Fumigation


Encase mattresses in plastic covers, for fumigation purposes and stop any spreading of the bed bug


What happens if termites are found?

If termites are detected at your property Blast Pest Management will use the following methods to eliminate the pest problem in your home:


Dusting the workings of the colony to get colony control with a fipronil dusting termiticide.


Foaming the workings of the colony to get colony control with a fipronil foaming termiticide.


Chemical injecting the workings or nest of the colony to get colony control with a fipronil liquid termiticide.

How can I prevent pests on my before they become a problem?

There are plenty of ways you can prevent pests in your home and office without having to call the professionals.


Clean up food spills immediately


Empty trash frequently


Seal food containers


Remove unconsumed pet food


Change pet feeding areas regularly


Seal cracks and crevices


Fix leaky taps and pipes


Cut back plants and trees that are touching the house


Keep doors shut

How does Blast treat for ants?

There are a number of ways Blast will treat for ants. Our technicians will assess your pest problem and facilitate a treatment solution for you.


Spray external areas, directly apply on affected areas with a undetectable transferrable bait


Apply ant sand or granular bait to nests


Apply gel bait to ant trails internally


Apply a liquid bait to safe areas


Powder application in roof space and wall cavities


Fumigation with space spray to affected rooms

How does Blast treat for rodents?

There are a number of ways Blast will treat for rodents. Our technicians will assess your pest problem and facilitate a treatment solution for you.


Lockable bait stations in approved areas around the property internally and externally


Cardboard bait stations in roof space

How does Blast treat for spiders?

There are a number of ways Blast will treat for spiders. Our technicians will assess your pest problem and facilitate a treatment solution for you.


Perimeter spray with a quick knock down affect


Spray web and remove web 7 days after treatment


Powder application in roof space and wall cavities


Direct aerosol spray to spider


Fumigation with space spray to affected rooms

How does Blast treat for cockroaches?

There are a number of ways Blast will treat for cockroaches. Our technicians will assess your pest problem and facilitate a treatment solution for you.


Bait gelling in and around effected areas


Perimeter spray with a quick knock down affect


Internal spray in all accessible areas using one of two proven methods;


a quick knock down product combined with a growth regulator to stop any cockroaches reaching maturity or

an undetectable spray to effect and kill without the cockroach knowing.


Space spray which will draw cockroaches from the cracks and crevices


Powder application in roof space and wall cavities

What common pests should I watch out for?

Termites


Snakes


Possums


Rats & mice


Cockroaches


Ants


Spiders


Bees & wasps


Flies


Bugs, beetles & moths

Where can I go for more information about damage pests can cause?

For more information about the diseases common pests carry as well as what damage they can cause to your property, you can visit:

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/publications/publishing.nsf/Content/ohp-enhealth-manual-atsi-cnt-l~ohp-enhealth-manual-atsi-cnt-l-ch5~ohp-enhealth-manual-atsi-cnt-l-ch5.3

What can I do to stop unwanted pests from calling my home, their home?

Clean-up food scraps immediately


Wash dirty dishes immediately


Empty trash regularly and keep bin lid closed


Maintain seals, silicones and grout


Vacuum regularly


Fix all leaking taps and pipes


Ensure good ventilation


Store food off the ground


Place food in sealed containers


Treat pets for pests regularly


Remove uneaten pet food


Replace worn flooring


Keep roof spaces and sub-floors free from debris


Keep lawn, trees and shrubs maintained


Keep doors shut and use fly screens


Good hygiene

How can I ensure my home is pest free?

Call Blast Pest Management 1300blastpm


Blast will investigate the existent of the problem


A report will be provided prior to commencing work


Treat pests


Proof the dwelling


Advise on problem areas to eliminate attracting pests


Regular check-ups (treat if required)

When should a full coverage knock down non-residual product be used?

Fields


Crops


Building sites


Concrete areas


Fence lines


Play grounds


Fields


Crops


Building sites


Concrete areas


Fence lines


Play grounds

What does unwanted foliage mean?

Unwanted foliage is the termination of any living plan matter. The products used in unwanted foliage will only be used in areas where all foliage need to be killed. The chemical used in unwanted foliage management will transfer to the root system of the weed for a quick knock down effect. Unwanted foliage is non-residual which means it will only kill off what is there and additional treatment will be required for future growth or crops.

What are the top tips for weed management

In most cases weeds must be actively growing to be vulnerable to herbicide treatment.


Weeds need to be identified prior to starting treatment.


For the best results, it is important to not mow the lawn application and to wait 48 hours to mow the lawn after application.


It is important to use the correct herbicide, application and spraying equipment for each type of weed.


Protective wear must always be worn when dealing with chemicals.

What herbicides does Blast Pest Management use?

In most cases weeds are generally only susceptible to one herbicide so it is important to the correct products and applications to ensure control of each specific weed. Common mistakes made by other businesses dealing in weed management include using incorrect products and dosage to save costs. Blast Pest Management use the following herbicides to manage weeds:


Broad Spectrum: These work on a wide variety of weeds.


Selective: These work on a narrow range of weeds.


Contact: These destroy weed tissue at or near the point of contact rather than spreading around the weed. Even coverage is required on application.


Stystemic: These move through the weeds circulation system and can be injected into the weed.


Residual: These can applied to the soil and destroy the root uptake. They remain active in the ground for a certain length of time and can control germinating seedlings.

I have already failed a health and safety inspection, what do I do now?

If you have failed a health and safety inspection due to hygiene issues, it’s not too late to call Blast Pest Management to amend all defects and ensure you get the passing result. Don’t risk the safety of your staff, customers and the reputation of your business, call Blast Pest Management today!

Where can I find more information on food safety?

For more information on the importance of food safety and why your business needs a bacteria free kitchen, go to www.foodsafety.com.au.

What process does Blast Pest Management follow to eliminate pests?

A Blast Pest Management technician will inspect your kitchen, restaurant, storage areas, refrigeration, disposal areas and toilets for the presence of pests.


You will be provided with a detailed report and quote for job requirements and Blast’s recommendations on how to treat pests.


You will be advised on what areas (if any) need special attention; access points or exposed food will be primary locations to look at.


The Blast Pest Management technician will use commercial grade equipment to steam clean the kitchen areas. Chemicals will be used to remove food sources and sanitise all food preparation areas if required.


If required, Blast Pest Management will complete a pest treatment service.


Precautions will be taken to ensure cracks, crevices and other access points are treated to prevent future infestations.


This treatment will be repeated monthly or when required.

How to spot if you have termites

There are three key signs to look out for that will tell you if you have a problem with termites.


Termite wings: Termite wings can be found near closed windows, doors and other home access points.


Mud trails: Mud trailed can be seen wherever the ground meets your house or other possible food sources such as trees or the shed.


Wood damage: Wood damage can be found below and behind surfaces like walls, floors and more.

Who could be affected by termites?

Everyone! If you are a home owner, renter or simply standing under a timber framed structure, you are at risk. Australia caters for hundreds of species of termites with certain colonies eating as much as 7kg of timber per day.

How do I know if I have a problem with beetles, moths, weevils or mites?

If you suspect you may have a problem with beetles, moths, weevils or mites, it is also worth knowing where these pests may be hiding. Stored product insects can live in dried products and will leave traces of where they are living, look out for:


Damage to store product, live or dead insects (small beetles and moths), larvae, pupae or silken webbing on food storage bins on shelves


Infestation, holes, larvae or webbing on the outside of packets or bags


Larvae, pupae or silken webbing in food harbourages in cracks and crevices around shelves or on machinery


Larvae, pupae or silken webbing in food spillages


Larvae, pupae or silken webbing on beams and window sills


Indications of the pests in insects traps or rodent stations

How does Blast treat for flies?

There are a number of ways Blast will treat for flies. Our technicians will assess your pest problem and facilitate a treatment solution for you.


Spray external areas, best to use a non-residual bait


Clean and dispose of and fly attractant matter


Powder application in roof space and wall cavities


Direct aerosol or spray for quick kill


Fumigate large infestation using specialist equipment

How does Blast treat for fleas?

There are a number of ways Blast will treat for fleas. Our technicians will assess your pest problem and facilitate a treatment solution for you.


Vacuum regularly


Treat pests regularly


Wash pet beds regularly in a hot machine wash


Seal cracks and crevices


Cut back plants and trees that are touching the house

How does Blast treat for birds?

There are a number of ways Blast will treat for birds. Our technicians will assess your pest problem and facilitate a treatment solution for you.


Wiring and spikes


Netting


Trapping


Baiting


Ultrasonic repellent


Repellent gel


Shock

How does Blast treat for bees & wasps?

There are a number of ways Blast will treat for bees and wasps. Our technicians will assess your pest problem and facilitate a treatment solution for you.


Certain bee species can be removed alive without chemical application


Freezing aerosol application


Quick knock down spray application


Powder into cavities and roof spaces


Space spray


Removal of nest

How does Blast treat for silverfish?

There are a number of ways Blast will treat for silverfish. Our technicians will assess your pest problem and facilitate a treatment solution for you.


Vacuum all accessible areas including under furniture


Internally spray all floors and skirting boards with a quick knock down affect while adding a growth regulator to insure all stages of the life cycle is eliminated


Powder application in roof spaces, wall cavities and cracks and crevices


Use a furniture approved aerosol to spray affected furnishings


Fumigation with a space spray to large infestations

How does Blast treat for bed bugs?

There are a number of ways Blast will treat for bed bugs. Our technicians will assess your pest problem and facilitate a treatment solution for you.


Temperature control techniques, using hot or cold to kill off bugs


Vacuum carpets and heat wash blankets, sheets and curtains


Internal spray in all accessible areas using a quick knock down product and using bed bug approved aerosols in necessary areas


Space spray which will draw bed bugs from the cracks and crevices


Powder application in cavities, cracks and crevices