Author: RID Pest Control

RID Pest Control Shop A Docket Campaign Launched

RID Pest Control is undoubtedly Ballarat’s premier Pest Control service, we have grown to capture the largest market share in the region and have recently put additional resources into our continued growth which include marketing, additional units and employing more technicians.

We’ve just launched our latest marketing measure! RID Pest Control offers amazing savings via Shop A Docket coupons and offers.

Our offers will change every month so be sure to flip over your supermarket docket in the Ballarat area and see how you can save today!

Below is our first offer commending on December 29 2017.

 

Merry Christmas

From all of us at RID Pest Control we’d like to wish our wonderful customers a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and a SAFE & HAPPY NEW YEAR!

We look forward to helping you in 2018 and beyond!

Below is a our Christmas video shared on our facebook page – like us on facebook now

Termites & Global Warming

Termites and Global Warming

It is an established fact that termites cause more damage in dollar terms worldwide than the combined ravages of fire, flood, earthquakes, tornadoes and hurricanes combined.

Having come to terms with those statistics, we now have to contemplate the notion that termites are also responsible for 18% of the world’s methane output.

Many people mistakenly believe that Methane, (CH4) causes damage to the globe’s Ozone Layer, but the problem is even worse, because methane is responsible for Global Warming, and that is a far more complex and serious problem.

It’s believed that around 38% of the greenhouse gas effect is caused by methane, putting it second on the list of offending gases behind carbon dioxide. Methane breaks down in the atmosphere to form carbon dioxide, ozone, and water, all of which absorb heat. The temperature of the atmosphere rises, the ice caps melt, and before you know it, you’re pumping the South Pacific out of your cellar.

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Tip: What to do if termites start flying (swarming) around your home


Subterranean Termite Swarmers: What to do if they start swarming!

Don’t be alarmed…be informed.

BACKGROUND

From October through to late March, termite (aka White Ants) swarmers, more correctly named “Alates” will be noticed on those hot humid afternoons. Termites are normally white to almost transparent, wingless and totally blind, however Alates are specially produced ‘reproductives’ with a more black pigment, wings and eyes, and their single task is to find a mate of the opposite sex and set up a home in a decayed log or stump where the female can lay a couple of dozen eggs, raise the babies and then allow the new brood to take over the care and maintenance of the new colony. The queen then goes about producing literally millions of eggs for the next 20 to 30 years.

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What to do if you think you’ve found termites

If for some reason you suspect you have termites, there are some protocols that must always be followed.

If you have discovered crawling insects in your walls that are no more than about 6mm long, are creamy white to an almost transparent grey and some have darker brown heads, there is every chance it will be termites. Australian Termite Close Up

Just to confuse things, if the termites have been present for a couple of years or more, they may have become sufficiently established to create and release alates, or swarmers as they are more commonly known in USA. In this case, alates/swarmers have two pair of wings that are longer than the body, and the body will be dark grey to black.  If you have ‘flying ants’ appearing from inside your home you should immediately contact a qualified expert at RID Pest Control for identification, advice and treatment!

Termites look nothing like ants, despite the fact they are know colloquially as “White Ants”. Usually the activity will be accompanied by tell tale brown mudding material.

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DIY: Snails & Slug Repellents

Snails & Slug Repellents

Garden Snail

I guess snails and slugs have some purpose in the grand scheme of things, but when they start destroying vegetable crops, ornamentals and leaving silvery trails, it becomes difficult to see just what good they may serve.

There are a few natural DIY cures that have some success, although I once knew an organic vegetable grower who used to rise early and collect snails from his crops using a torch and a bucket, declaring this was still the most effective method of control.

Chalk

If protecting a small area, surround the area with a circle of powdered chalk. It has been suggested that snails and slugs will not cross the chalk.

Fizzy Drink

The owner of this suggestion insists that the brew must be Coca Cola. Coke poured into jar lids and dispersed around the garden will, because of it’s sugary content attract these molluscs. It seems the acids in the soft drink will destroy them when they slither onto the lids (It does this to snails and we drink this stuff?)

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We’re delighted to announce… a new website!

After a considerably busy winter for the team at RID pest control Ballarat and being well behind the expected launch of our shiny new website we’re pleased to unveil our brand new, information packed website.

We’ve launched a number of new pages from our previous website and we know our customers will enjoy reading the in depth content and details associated with the most common pests we seek to get RID of!

Some of the new website features:

  • Detailed pest information and pictures for better education and understanding of problem pests;
  • Easier to use and compatible with mobile devices;
  • Price guides – allowing you an up front idea of the expected service costs associated with your pest problem;
  • Quote form where you can request a quote quickly and easily.

Like always we love feedback! So let us know what you think by sending a message at the contact us page.