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Rodents. Have they moved into your home yet?

While winter often brings with it gloves and scarfs, it also brings something else. Rodents.

During the colder winter months, rodents such as rats and mice are on the move, often into a nice warm home. If homeowners aren’t careful, before you know it, they will be moving into yours and settling in.

The kitchen and bin areas of the home are high value targets for rats and mice, often providing them with warmth, food and water. While it might be great for them, this is not the case for you. Not only do they transmit diseases and can carry in other vermin such as fleas, ticks and lice; they can also be responsible for structural damage, and have even started fires in the home by chewing through electrical wires. These are problems that can go unchecked.

While having just one rodent doesn’t sound like a serious problem, it can soon become a much larger issue. A mouse’s gestation period is about three weeks long. At the end of these three weeks, they can have a litter of 3 to 14 strong. This can occur 5 to 10 times a year, and their breeding cycle is not limited to a certain season, with breeding occurring through the year.

The following steps are recommended to help prevent picking up an unwanted boarder:

  • Seal cracks and install weather strips at the bottom of exterior doors
  • Trim any branches that overhang the home
  • Plant any vegetation at minimum of 12 inches away from the house
  • Keep the interior of the house clean
  • Store all food, pet food and food scraps or garbage properly in sealed containers
  • Don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink or pet food out freely overnight

A single mouse in the house can soon become a colony if left unchecked.

How we control ant infestations from the source

Most people think that ant infestations are one of the easier general pest problems to control.  Over the counter, DIY treatments are readily available for consumers but unfortunately they aren’t always effective in managing the problem.

Ants are social critters that live in colonies.  Spraying the ants that you see trailing through your home or garden might kill the visible ones but more often than not the colonies will stick around.  They might even sense the danger and split off into separate colonies making the problem harder for you to control.  You may even risk trapping the ants inside your house if you apply an over the counter barrier on the inside of your home without doing a proper investigation into the problem.

Fortunately, you can avoid these problems and control the ants easily by contacting a professional.  A professional inspector, will be able to pinpoint exactly where the colonies are and eradicate the problem from the root.

Our technicians use a special method which is undetectable by ants.  Rather than using a repellent that ants can sense and learn to stay away from, we use anti-repellent.  Anti-repellent cannot be detected by ants so it is slowly spread to the entire colony, thus eradicating the problem from the source!

If you need help getting the ants out of your pants, give contact APM Solutions via Facebook or at 07 3828 2020 for a FREE quote!

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How to Control Common Household Pests

Common household pests can quickly spread if the conditions are right.

While termites are often regarded as the most destructive; other common household pests can be quite irritating for us humans to live with. They can also lead to much bigger problems if left uncontrolled. The following is a list of 4 common household pests and how you can manage them:

  1. Cockroaches

Cockroaches are one of the most common household pests for us living here in Australia. They can usually be found living in cracks, cupboards or underneath some appliances. In regards to diet, they eat almost anything available from scraps to garbage, decaying matter or sewerage – hence; the best way to help keep cockroaches away is to ensure a clean and tidy home. Take special care to maintain bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms where dampness can build up easily and become a comfortable home for cockroaches.

  1. Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are one of the more vicious pests as they feed off human blood. Often, people only realise they have bed bugs when they notice the small bites on their bodies. Bed bug bites appear as large or small, itchy red bumps on the skin.  While they aren’t known to transmit diseases to humans, they can still cause distress to those affected. The best way to deter bed bugs from settling in your beds & furniture is to maintain a high standard of hygiene throughout. If you do find bed bugs, try to keep your home as sterile as possible by steaming carpets; washing all bedding in hot water etc. until you can have a professional assess and effectively control the problem.

  1. Ants

Ants, just like all other pests are in search of food and water. Once they find a good food source, they won’t hesitate to keep coming back to it. Just like humans, they eat similar foods which is why we commonly find their trails through our kitchens.  The best way to deter ants from coming into your home is to make sure all food is properly sealed and crumbs/spills are cleaned right away. Doing a general pest spray once a year is also highly recommended. This will help prevent the problem before it begins as it can be difficult to control afterwards. If you do decide to use a DIY pest spray; make sure to follow the trail and target the full colony not just the ants you see.

  1. Silverfish

These slinky critters feed on materials high in sugar, starch and protein and flourish in a dark and cool environment. They can often be found hiding in cupboards eating away at our clothing, blankets and books or we can find them in sinks & bathtubs while they seek moisture. The best way to avoid a silverfish infestation is to use mothballs inside closets and store seasonal clothing and blankets in plastic bags.

Leading into the Australian summer, a combination of the heat and summer storms create the perfect environment for these and other household pests. If you are experiencing trouble with any of these common pests or want to ensure a pest free summer; contact APM Solutions at 07 3828 2020 for a competitive quote on an inspection or general pest control treatment to protect your home today!

Is your property smoke alarm compliant?

Are you a first time investor and not sure if your smoke alarms are compliant in your rental property?

Not to worry, we’re here to help. Currently, property owners are required to install smoke alarms in all domestic dwellings.

They must also abide by the following:

  • The smoke alarms must comply with Australian Standard 3786-1993 and be installed outside sleeping areas with one on each level of the dwelling
  • The smoke alarms must be replaced before the end of their service life (smoke alarms are required to have a recommended service life of at least 10 years under normal conditions of use)
  • All smoke alarms must be tested and cleaned and any flat or nearly flat batteries replaced within 30 days before the start or renewal of a tenancy.

However, during February 2016, the Queensland Government moved to mandate the installation of photoelectric, hard wired smoke alarms in all bedrooms, living areas and escape paths in every Queensland dwelling. This was in response to the 150 deaths caused by house fires since 2004 and in particular, the 2011 Slacks Creek fire which claimed 11 lives including eight children.

Once the new legislation is passed, landlords will have five years to implement the below at their investment properties:

  • All dwellings will have to install additional smoke alarms in every bedroom, between areas containing bedrooms, in any hallway servicing bedrooms and in any other storey of a residential dwelling.
  • All the smoke alarms will need to be interconnected and either hard-wired or powered by a 10-year lithium battery
  • All installed smoke alarms will need to meet minimum performance standards with photoelectric type smoke alarms acting as the performance baseline. Photoelectric smoke alarms detect visible particles of combustion and therefore react faster to smoldering fires.  They are also considered to be more reliable and less likely to produce false alarms, such as food burning during the cooking process.
  • If replacing an existing smoke alarm, homeowners will be required to purchase and install a photoelectric smoke alarm.

Click here for more information on smoke alarms or visit the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services website.