Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of termite protection plan can you provide?
Eco pest control Gold Coast provides various termite protection plans depending on your property, the termites, location and extent of the infestation. It includes live spraying, physical and chemical termite barriers, termite baits, and a termite reticulation system. We use Termidor for chemical barriers, and Sentricon, Exterra, and Trelona bait stations.
Are termites covered under home insurance?
No, termites are not covered by a home insurance policy. The reason is that termite infestations are preventable. Nonetheless, 1 in 3 homes will be affected by termite infestation throughout their lifetime. In essence, you must be vigilant to keep termites out of your home.
What insects are covered under your general pest control?
- Black and brown ants
- Australian, American, and German cockroaches
- Flies, fleas, and ticks
- Rats, mice, and possum
- Huntsman, white-tailed, and redback spiders
- White ants and termites
- Centipedes and silverfish
- Bees and wasps
How long can a termite live?
A queen termite can live for up to years or more. The queen also lays over 40,000 eggs per day. That is 15-25 eggs per minute. So, the longer she remains on your property, the more challenging it will be to get rid of the colony.
Can I treat termites myself?
No, you cannot. Termite treatment requires specialized equipment and techniques that only trained professionals can attempt.
What methods do you use to get rid of ants?
We use fast-acting gel baits and spray treatments to control ants by directly targeting the colony and nest.
Can you provide cockroach control guarantees?
Yes, our cockroach treatments come with a 30-day guarantee against reinfestation. Contact us if you continue seeing cockroaches within the month for follow-up care at no charge.
Why do I have so many spiders inside?
Spiders may enter homes seeking shelter or prey on other insects that find their way indoors. Our perimeter sprays help block their entry points and web removal reduces desirable hiding spots.
What’s the most effective way to control fleas?
Flea elimination requires treating your home as well as your pets with products that kill fleas and eggs to break the life cycle across both environments simultaneously.
How long does mosquito misting protection last?
Our mosquito barrier treatments provide relief for 2-3 weeks normally. Call us when you notice increased mosquito activity again for a re-application.
Do you use natural pest control methods?
Yes, we have all-natural, plant-based treatments available for indoor/outdoor pest control needs, including diatomaceous earth to eliminate bed bugs.
Will spray treatments harm my garden plants?
No, we use insecticides specifically formulated for outdoor use around ornamentals and gardens that will not damage your plants or lawns.
What’s the most effective termite treatment option?
For severe infestations threatening structural integrity, Termidor chemical soil treatments provide the most comprehensive wood-destroying insect protection.
How often should homes be inspected for termites?
We recommend annual termite inspections to catch problems early before extensive damage occurs within structural elements and wood framing.
Do you provide rodent exclusion services?
Yes, sealing entry points in the foundation and exterior prevents new mice and rats from getting inside to complement our humane trapping services.
How can I prevent pantry pests?
Sanitation is key – clean up any spilled grains/foods and use airtight containers to deprive pantry moths and beetles access to food sources. Insect growth regulator treatments in your cupboards will kill larvae.
What’s your bed bug treatment process?
We use targeted steam heat and chemical spot treatments across infestation sites, follow up again in 10 days to eliminate newly hatched nymphs, and provide ongoing monitoring/retreatment until elimination is confirmed.
How often should commercial kitchens have pest control done?
Food handling environments should have preventative pest control services done every 2 months. Grains, oils and food debris attract German cockroaches, drain/fruit flies, and rodents.
How do you get rid of drain flies?
A bacteria-based foaming agent applied deep into pipes reduces organic matter layers where drain fly larvae develop. Bleach cleans visible surfaces they stick to.
Why might I still see spiders after your service?
Eliminating exterior web-building spiders typically requires a few cycles as they recolonize the outer property. Indoors, clean neglected corners to limit retreat spots and continue trapping wanderers.
What’s the fastest way to kill bed bugs?
Heat remediation using equipment that warms infested materials to lethal temperatures for bugs immediately stops spread and provides quicker control than relying solely on topical treatments.
Does a termite baiting system work?
Yes, chemical and biological baits effectively attract and eliminate termite colonies. It interrupts their life cycle to halt wood damage but requires consistent monitoring as the technology aims to control vs totally exterminate.
Should I be concerned by occasional ant trails?
Lower risk workers following certain paths periodically is normal ant behavior. We recommend treatments when you observe wings (swarmers), multiple nests indoors, constant ribbons on countertops, etc indicating heavy infestation levels.
How often will your technician visit for a full home treatment?
Expect 2 appointments spaced 2-3 weeks apart – an initial spray treatment inside & out followed by a second protection boost before renewal periods. We’ll also provide additional service calls at no extra charge if issues persist in between.
What can I do to minimize the odors from skunks near my home?
Along with removing attractants, commercial-grade neutralizers or dispersants with enzyme additives help break down lingering musk compounds. Avoid aggressive cleaning attempts which further embed smells.
Will mice eventually stop trying to enter my property?
By sealing all possible foundation/exterior entry cracks and gaps, removing food debris attractants, and setting traps, mouse pressure can eventually subside as they relocate elsewhere for resources when your home becomes inhospitable. However, neighborhood rodent populations fluctuate seasonally.
Why is annual pest control service recommended?
Like weeding a garden, ongoing preventative care stops pests before they gain foothold rather than allowing infestations to build up between sporadic treatment attempts after major issues arise. Staying on a regular contact interval better breaks life cycles.
How can I make my home less appealing to pests?
Pests seek food, water and shelter. Proper sanitation and waste containment limits attraction and access. Sealing cracks/adding screens also deters entry. Outdoor lighting/landscaping tweaks make areas surrounding homes less favorable harborage spots.
Will pesticides used outdoors harm my pets?
We selectively apply exterior treatments close foundation walls with precision tools, avoiding broadcast spraying across wider areas. Once dried per labels, residue poses very minimal risks to health with normal pet activities in treated zones.
How can you tell if termites are active inside?
Warning signs include new tiny pinholes in drywall, blistered paint not due to moisture issues, layers of discarded wings or mud tubes tracing structural elements. Get a trained inspection if you observe these issues. Live termites inside confirm active threats.
Do your technicians have licenses for commercial pest control?
Yes, our service team maintains necessary Department of Agriculture commercial certification for restaurants/hospitality/industrial site pest elimination in addition to standard residential credentials.
How long after treatment is it safe for my family to reenter?
Indoor sprays dry in under an hour normally. Avoid contact with visible moisture. Reentry once residues are dry per product instructions ensures safety for people and pets and allows targeted insecticides to work effectively when not wiped away.
I’m pregnant/have allergies/health issues – what precautions should I take?
Notify your technician about any medical sensitivities, high-risk household members, or related concerns beforehand so we can customize our pesticide selection & application methods to limit exposures per doctor recommendations.
How can I child/pet-proof areas after pest control?
Keep children & pets out of treated rooms entirely while wet. Once dried, washing toys/bowls/bedding eliminates traces. For added caution, relocate pets when service occurs and thoroughly ventilate indoor spaces rather than confining remnants.
What warnings should I look for regarding DIY pesticide use?
Note label hazards like “Danger/Warning” not just ingredient lists. Wear waterproof gloves, full skin coverage, protective eyewear and a respirator mask when handling commercial concentrates, especially indoors. More is NOT better!
Can your termite treatments damage nearby trees/plants?
No, modern solutions have minimal risks to most ornamentals when labels are followed. We strategically inject barriers to create protection while avoiding widespread soil saturation near prized vegetation. Let us know any landscaping concerns.
If termites live underground, why are they in my house?
Termites are active foragers that aggressively look for food sources. They can also make their way in through space large enough for their tiny bodies.
What can I expect during a basic pest inspection?
A typical home pest inspection involves thorough visual examination of both interior living spaces & exterior perimeter of the structure looking for evidence of current or potential infestations, then tailored recommendations for preventative care or elimination measures as needed.
How does your company safely dispose of pesticides?
We follow hazardous waste guidelines to properly contain and turnover old product stocks for regulated disposal rather than pouring excess materials down drains risking environmental contamination.
How can I prepare my home before your first pest service?
A few key steps will allow optimal access for assessments and better chemical penetration. Pick up clutter blocking visual inspection in corners. Pull out furniture/appliances from perimeter walls if able. Have gates unlocked and pets indoors/confined off treated areas during appointment times.