Frequently asked questions
Has any person onsite had an adverse reaction to pesticides?
In some cases we advise customers not to spray.
For example if someone onsite is hypersensitive to chemical. So let us know if you have any issues that we need to know about prior to making a booking.
What do I need to do to prepare for an interior spray?
You must be ready to leave at the booked time as the interior will be sprayed first.
Remove - Any person
Remove, cover or put in a cupboard or fridge open food, tissues, toilet paper and towels.
Remove ALL PETS in the spray area. It is VERY important that ALL pet food and water is covered or removed.
Fish tanks must be covered & pump switched off.
Keep people away from the area whilst spraying is taking place.
Ensure all loose items are secure or removed as mister will blow or tangle them
How long do I need to vacate the building for an interior spider, fly & mosquito service?
People must be prepared to leave the site at the booked time for ~ 3 hours during the ~1 hour spray and allow a 2 hour flush period before returning to the site.
What do you spray & how does the chemical work?
We generally use residual natural & synthetic pymethrins which in our experience give good knockdown & residual effect. These commercially available products have been available some decades now and preferred by pest control companies for there good results and saftey values. These are contact pesticides and the insect MUST come in contact with a sprayed surface. It is not an air treatment is a surface treatment.
Will the treatment be visible on the windows?
YES in most cases - If water is sprayed onto a window, a water mark will remain when the water drys and more so for chemical. When lights are on at night, insects are attracted to the light then spiders setup home around the windows, to catch the insects that are attracted to the light. Spraying around window edges is particularly important. Wind and drift will also be a factor. All efforts are taken to keep windows as clean as possible.
When do I remove webs?
Leave them in place for 30 days, then sweep them down with a broom. This is so that hidden, unsprayed spiders will return to a web and come into contact with sprayed web.
Will I see pests post service?
YES you will
Pest control is as it sounds "Control" not evaporation of pests - You will see them.
A reasonable and achievable expectation of a Spider, Fly and Mosquito service is load reduction
Visible insects may increase for the following reasons:
Flush out of insects
Chemically affected insects
Residual effect which is ongoing
Continual environment reinfestation
By regular treatments (annually is normally sufficient) over time, pests will reduce more and more.
How do I get the most from my interior or exterior pesticide treatment?
DONT USE A HIGH PRESSURE CLEANER POST SERVICE!!!! As you will remove the residual effect of the treatment. Do any high pressure cleaning ~1 week prior to the service and the chemical will get a better bond to a clean surface. Leave the window cleaning till after the spray. Windows can be cleaned immediatly, or if overspray doesn't bother you, leave it for more effect.
The mosquitos are BAD !! how well do treatments work?
Spraying alone WILL NOT eliminate all mosquitos.
Consider the following
Have achievable expectations It is not an air treatment it's a surface treatment
Let us know so the technician can offer further advice unique to your site.
Mosquito's are attracted to carbon dioxide as this is a likely blood source for breeding female mosquitos. If mosquitos emerge from a breeding site, YOU are the most attractive surface to land on. Mosquitos may not even land on a sprayed surface before landing on you. So eliminating breeding sites will always reduce bites.
Track down all mosquito breeding sites this can be
A bucket of water, pot plants, leach drains (most common problem in country areas) grey water on the ground surface, long green grass and weeds - harbourage
Use other methods in addition to spraying to combat pests such as:
Install insect zappers, wear clothing to cover skin, use a personal repellant with the highest level of DEET and/or use outdoor fogger, use timed sprayers.
The flys are BAD !! how well do treatments work?
Spraying alone WILL NOT eliminate all flies.
Consider the following:
Have achievable expectations, It is not an air treatment it's a surface treatment
Let us know, so the technician can offer further advice, unique to your site.
Chemical mode of action for flies is not contact. Flies must land long enough to regurgitate their food onto a sprayed surface, then draw it back in with a lethal dose (for flies, this is a tiny amount) to die. On extremely hot days, flies may grab onto a surface (normally in shade) and to conserve moisture they just sit there. As soon as regurgitation starts again, the action takes place.
Use other methods in addition to spraying to combat flies, such as:
Install insect zappers, use a personal repellant with the highest level of DEET, use timed sprayers, dont feed pets next to doors, remove pet feces daily, cover manure in gardens with soil, for my country customers, dont have livestock near your house, install liquid fly traps, have a fly net handy for the bad days, etc.
I have a cat or small dog, is the risk higher? YES PLEASE READ !!!
It is critical that you read and consider the following.
If you have any questions or concerns or cant follow our recommendations POSTPONE YOUR SERVICE.
If you own a cat or small dog you must follow the precautions below.
Dont allow your cat or small dog outside whilst spraying is taking place or for 1 hour after.
In relation to cats if you have long grass you must cut it to reduce the instance of unintended ingestion.
Cats are known to have a higher rate of adverse effect from pymethrins or pyrethroids.
Chemicals are also based on weight, so the smaller the animal the higher the effect.
It is very important for cats and small dogs, that ALL water and food including empty bowls and toys and bedding be removed or covered.
Be aware that a cat will also when feeling unwell, can eat grass and if this has been sprayed with chemical will allow pesticide to be ingested which is only going to increase the bad effects.
The way cats can be effected are breathing in chemical during application, dermal absorbtion whilst wet, followed by injestion while grooming or eating sprayed grass, food or water. Removing the cat from the spray area along with their food & water including empty bowls, toys and bedding is strongly advised, until all the surfaces are completely dry.
There is an inherrent risk when using pesticides if you are not willing to take this risk we understand just cancel your service.
We have cats at home and in the twenty years I've been spraying my own home have not had an adverse effect but we do take the above sensible precautions.
What do I need to do to prepare for any spraying at my site ?
Exterior only spray. (See the next question for if you are having an interior spray also) - You may remain inside whilst spray being carried out if it is an exterior only spray.
Give the spray a chance to dry for about 20-30 min before going outside so you don’t get dripped on.
No humans or pets can be in the spray area.Remove, cover or turn over pet food/water bowls including empty ones. Remove or cover dog toys and bones and alike.
Dogs/Cats that are in the yard will need to be removed away from the site or spray area. (indoor pets are fine) Other pets must also be away from spray area. Bird cages or hutches can be covered with a sheet or towel. Fish ponds to be covered with a tarp or alike.
Remove washing off the line. Shut windows and doors. Dog faeces to be removed from yard.
Any items that are of value that could be knocked over or caught on hoses should be removed prior to the service.