Pest Control - Information on Pest and Termite Control
Pest Control is as old as agriculture itself due to
the need of farmers to keep their crops free from pests.
Over the progressing years pest
management has become a mutli-billion dollar industry.
Elders Pest Control Technicians are hand-picked operators
that are fully licensed and have the backing of an ISO9001
Quality Endorsed Company.
Elders are also Environmentally
Endorsed and Occupational
Health and Safety Endorsed and require our Technicians
to carry our Risk Assessments on every service call.
Integrated Pest Management
Gone are the days of toxic chemicals or fumigants
being used. Much has changed in pest
control methods. At Elders, pesticides are replaced
by non-chemical means of control. Greater emphasis is
placed on localised detection of pests and that is why
we utilise fully trained pest
detection dogs. It's a process called Integrated
Pest Management or IPM and combats pest control
problems from several different angles including measures
pertaining to physical, cultural, biological and chemical.
1. Physical means of pest
control primarily involves the actual prevention
of the pests' existence in a particular area. Physically
preventing their ingress through physical barriers such
as weather-strips on doors, fly-screens on windows,
covers on drains, and the sealing of any cracks and
crevices where pests may harbour.
2. Cultural means of pest
control deals with things like hygiene and best
practice methods for maintenance. Its' focus is to minimise
the 'conducive-ness' of the environment so that pests
don't necessarily want to live there. Most common methods
of cultural pest maintenance involves regular cleaning
of the area - an unsanitary environment is an ideal
spot for pests.
3. Biological control methods are less commonly
used and involve natural biological processes and materials
that can provide control with minimal impact on the
environment. The focus is on 'beneficial pests' that
will eat or kill the target pest. Such practices can
have side-affects such as the introduction of the cane
toad in Australia to combat cane beetle.
4. Chemical methods of pest
control are generally only used when required. Most
modern chemicals are derived from plants or naturally
occurring substances and minimal (if any) affects on
humans and other warm-blooded animals.
Pest Control Industry
The Australian pest
control industry has an abundance of contractors
and service providers all claiming to be 'specialists'
of some sort. This is due to the relatively low barriers
to entry to the pest control trade, resulting in hundreds
one-man-band operations who simply do not have the resources
to maintain up-to-date knowledge on best practice methods
of control. And approximately 65% of the Australian
industry is uninsured. Many of these pest control operators
do not distinguish between residential
pest control treatment methods and conduct the same
service in both environments. They compete on the cheapest
price which is desired by some consumers, particularly
in the low-end commercial sector. But like anything
in life, you get what you pay for and this is usually
a lot of trouble and wasted money.
Contact Elders Pest Control
Elders Pest Control is Australia's premium pest
control firm so call us today on 1800-ELDERS
(1800 35 33 77) or take a look around our website www.elderspestcontrol.com