Top FAQs for Pest Control: Your Essential Guide

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Pest control is crucial for a clean and healthy home and business, but there are a few common concerns and questions that people often have. To help demystify the world of pest control, we've gathered the top most frequently asked questions about this service to help you understand how it works, what you can expect, how safety is addressed, and more! 


1. How Does Pest Control Work?

Pest control involves the use of various methods and treatments to manage and eliminate pests such as insects, rodents, and other unwanted creatures. Common techniques include the use of traps, pesticide application, and integrated pest management strategies. The choice of method depends on the type of pest and the severity of the infestation.

2. What Types of Pests Can Pest Control Address?

At JAE, our pest control services are designed to tackle a wide range of common household pests. We can effectively treat infestations of ants, cockroaches, spiders, rodents, bed bugs, borer, fleas, silverfish, flies, carpet moths, wasps, and many more. Whether you're dealing with a minor nuisance or a full-blown infestation, pest control experts, like JAE, can tailor their solutions to your specific needs.

3. Is Pest Control Safe for My Family and Pets?

Safety is a top priority during any pest control treatment. Most treatments are designed to be low-risk to humans and animals, however during the treatment, it's recommended your family, including pets and children, leave your home. It’s best to stay away and out of the treated area for at least four hours after the application. The pest control products used can be toxic to fish, so if you have an aquarium with fish inside, ensure it's covered thoroughly to protect your aquatic pets.

4. How Long Does a Pest Control Treatment Take?

The duration of a pest control treatment can vary depending on the type of pest, the size of your property, and the chosen method. Typically, for a standard two-story house, the process takes around two and a half hours. Remember, thoroughness is key in pest control, and allowing enough time ensures that pests are effectively targeted and eliminated.

5. Do I Need Regular Pest Control Services?

Regular pest control is often recommended to prevent infestations. The frequency of treatments depends on your specific situation. Some homes may require treatments every 6 months, while others can manage with an annual service. Discuss your needs with a pest control professional to determine the right schedule for your home.

6. Can I Perform DIY Pest Control?

While some very minor pest problems can be addressed with do-it-yourself (DIY) solutions, it’s generally not recommended to attempt pest control as a DIY project. Pest control involves handling toxic substances and a deep understanding of pest behaviours. It's a complex process that requires professional knowledge and experience to be effective. Safety is also a significant concern, as mishandling pest control products can have serious health and environmental consequences. It is best to leave pest control to the professionals who have the expertise and necessary equipment to ensure a safe and effective treatment.

7. What Happens After Pest Control Treatment?

After the treatment, it's essential to follow the guidelines provided by your pest control professional. These may include keeping the treated area well-ventilated for several hours, cleaning surfaces such as food preparation benches, and, in some cases, avoiding entry for a specified period. It's also essential to address any issues raised by the technician to prevent re-infestations. This may include rubbish or garden waste disposal, repairs to dripping, leaking taps or plumbing. 

8. What if I see a pest post-treatment?

It's entirely normal to see pests in the initial days following the treatment. Often, there's an initial surge in pest activity after the first application. Certain treatments require pests to come into contact with treated surfaces, and some pests might emerge from untreated areas, such as within the wall framework. Rest assured, the treatment will effectively handle this in time. If you don’t see a decline in your pests in the timeframe discussed with your pest control technician, get in touch with them to discuss the next steps.

9. How Do I Choose the Right Pest Control Provider?

When selecting a pest control exterminator, consider their reputation, experience, and customer reviews. It's also essential to verify that they are trained and qualified.

JAE has been around for over 50 years, so there’s no doubt we have the experience and expertise to do the job. JAE pest control technicians are certified with NZQA and Australasian qualifications. This in-depth theoretical and practical training assures the processes and methods employed by JAE technicians are safe for our clients and their properties.

Pest control help

If you're dealing with a pest problem or you’re interested in preventive measures, reach out to your local JAE branch today! They’ll provide you a customised solution to rid your property of pests safely and efficiently or establish some preventative measures. No matter what size your pest control problem is, the team at JAE can take care of it for you!

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