Residential Pest Control Service in Adelaide and Surrounds

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Qualified and Licensed Professionals

Aardvark Pest Control technicians are qualified and licensed by the SA Health Commission to apply and administer pesticides as per approved safety standards and procedures. All pesticides that may be applied under or around the premises have passed detailed and stringent scientific investigation by state and federal authorities. Full approval is given for their use according to state regulations. The health and safety of your family and pets are of the highest priority, so we work with you to find the right solution that suits your individual circumstances.

Residential Pest Control Services

Servicing Adelaide and the surrounding areas, Aardvark Pest Control provides one-time solutions and ongoing residential pest control management services to keep pests at bay.

Our trusted pest inspectors are experienced in dealing with all manner of pests and will conduct an on-site inspection before commencing any work.

Termites

Termites, or white ants, are a serious problem for any homeowner. They are social insects that build large nests in soil and wood and if left untreated, can cause great damage to unprotected structures and woodwork. More often than not, their habit of keeping themselves well concealed often results in their presence being undetected until timbers are severely damaged. Once termites have managed to infiltrate a building, they not only limit themselves to wood, they also damage paper, cloth and carpets.

Termite Treatment

If you suspect a termite infestation in your home or garden, don’t hesitate to call our highly skilled pest inspectors. A detailed on-site inspection will be conducted utilising our fibre optic detection system. If termites are found, we will devise an action plan tailored to the location of the nest and your property.

There are several effective termite management systems available:

  • A chemical soil barrier can be applied under and/or around the building in a similar fashion to a preventative chemical soil termite management system. Chemicals can be applied to the sub‐floor areas of infested buildings or external perimeters as required. These can be liquid formulations and/or insecticidal dust. 
  • Insecticidal dust can only be used by licensed professional pest controllers. Our pest controller will apply a small amount of insecticidal dust containing a chemically active ingredient into the area infested by termites. The insecticidal dust settles onto the termites, who then carry the dust back to their nest. The termites clean themselves of the insecticidal dust and ingest the active ingredient. Grooming is a social activity, so the active ingredient is spread throughout the colony. If enough of the active ingredient is ingested, then it is possible to eliminate the colony. 

 

  • Monitoring and baiting systems concentrate termites into a bait station and then feed the termites a palatable food containing an active ingredient. The termites collect the bait, return it to the colony and spread the active ingredient throughout the colony. If enough of the active ingredient is ingested, then it is possible to eliminate the colony. 

Termite Prevention and Control

The first step in protecting a building is to prevent termites from gaining access. This is achieved by placing a termite management system under or around the building. Termite management systems are designed to deter termites or bring their presence out into the open. A termite management system can be physical or chemical in nature and includes:

  • Physical barriers: Barriers can be placed under concrete slabs, foundations and within cavity walls. Physical barriers are made from metal, crushed rock, or other materials that termites cannot chew through, and in which any gaps are too small for termites to move through. Most of these products have to be installed by professionals that are licensed by the manufacturers.
  • Chemical barriers: These are installed in new and existing structures, but can only be installed by licensed pest controllers like ourselves. There are two types of chemical barriers - in‐soil and in‐plastics. In‐soil chemical barriers are formed when the chemical is applied to the soil under or around the foundations of a building. In‐plastic chemical barriers are plastic sheets containing a chemical. These chemicals are typically installed like physical barriers during the construction of the building.

  • Termite monitoring and baiting systems can also be utilised for the control of termites.
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Rodents (Rats and Mice)

Finding rats or mice in your home can be distressing. They transmit disease and pose health risks in kitchens or where children play due to the urine and droppings that they leave behind. Their natural gnawing habit can also cause great damage to your furniture, furnishings and equipment. Rodents multiply rapidly and if undetected or not treated promptly, the infestation can quickly occur.

Treatment of Rodents

Having rodents in your property is a sign they are attracted to something. Look out for signs such as droppings, damage to fabrics, furniture and food storage, shredded paper or cardboard and a strong ammonia-like smell. If you suspect you have a rodent problem, not only will we safely and humanely eliminate them, but we also offer advice for future prevention. At Aardvark Pest Control, we can:

  • Safely destroy nests
  • Eliminate rodents using rodenticides
  • Block entry points to deter rodent access
  • Set up humane traps and bait

Ants

Ants are mainly a nuisance pest rather than a health problem. Ants cause problems primarily when they forage in buildings for food or water and when they construct nests in buildings and gardens. When searching for food, they are attracted to a wide range of foodstuffs. They will also search indoors for water during dry periods. When desirable items are found, many species will recruit fellow nest mates to help gather the food and return it to the nest. This can result in large numbers of ants appearing over a short period.

Treatment of Ants

An ant infestation requires professional treatment to completely control the problem and can take the form of:

  • Bait stations. These are strategically laid out around ant pathways. Ants will take the bait back to the nest, which should effectively eliminate the entire colony. This process uses fewer chemicals but may take several days to see results.
  • Insecticidal dust and sprays are used when instant eradication is desired. Treatments are applied directly to the ants and the ant nest. In some cases, the use of both bait and chemical treatments are recommended.

Cockroaches

Cockroaches are known carriers of diseases such as salmonella, dysentery and gastroenteritis and exposure to this type of pest can cause significant health risks. They are hardy insects and their ability to rapidly breed makes professional treatment a necessity to effectively control and eradicate any infestation. Cockroaches are mostly active at night, so it is sometimes easier to spot the signs rather than sighting the insect itself. Signs may include:

  • Unusual smells
  • Black/brown cylindrical droppings about 2mm
  • Brown, irregular smear marks in areas close to the water
  • Shed skin

Cockroach Treatment

Our professional pest controllers can quickly and safely eliminate cockroaches from your home without causing a risk to you, your family or your pets. We use specialist traps and non-toxic sprays and dust to target areas where cockroaches hide. Once the infestation has been cleared, our knowledgeable team can offer advice on proofing your home to prevent re-occurring infestations.

Moths

There is a range of moths that can be found inside or outside the home. The good news is that they don't pose a health risk, but they can cause significant damage to clothing, leather, fur carpets and other soft furnishings. If you notice holes in your clothes or household fabrics, or spot larvae or cocoons, chances are you have a moth problem.

Moth Treatment

Moths can be effectively treated using a specialist spray and fumigation methods. Regular vacuuming, cleaning of wardrobes, drawers, suitcases, and frequent washing of soft furnishing can also deter and break the life cycle of moths.

Possums

About the size of a cat, the common ringtail possum is grey with white patches behind the eyes and on the belly and orange‐brown tinges on the tail and limbs. Almost exclusively tree‐dwelling, possums live in forests, woodlands, rainforests, dense scrub and suburban gardens.

Urban expansion is putting pressure on native habitats, reducing the amount of natural environment for possums (and other animals) to live in. Many species of possums have proven capable of living in urban environments. Houses and other buildings make ideal habitats offering a warm, dry environment close to an almost limitless food source thanks to our gardens and compost bins.

Possum Treatment

When possums are living in the roof of your home, the most humane and practical way of removing these highly territorial animals is to provide alternate housing. This can take the form of nest boxes placed in trees near the building. Shining a bright light in the ceiling for several days will help deter them from coming back. After the possum is no longer on the roof, have the roof repaired to prevent re‐entry.

Moths

Pigeons are a common carrier of diseases and pose a real health risk to the community. Pigeons are known to carry salmonella and other fungal infections that can lead to diseases such as meningitis. Their nests also play host to small bird mites that can bite humans and cause skin irritations such as dermatitis. As well as spreading disease, their droppings and feathers look unsightly on your property and their noise and flapping can be a disturbance.

Pigeon Treatment

To avoid a pigeon infestation, we recommend refraining from feeding birds to keeping rubbish bins covered. By not feeding the birds, you will discourage them from nesting, as they will stay as long as food is available. Our pest control experts can also employ the use of netting to safely remove birds without harm.

For a free quote on any of our residential pest control services, call Aardvark Pest Control today on 08 8376 0599.