Other Pest Control

Fire Ants

Don't wait until you notice these pests. If you see ants wandering about, you should control them right away. Call Bettersafe if you see fire ants wandering in or outside your home. We're experts at controlling these difficult pests.

We start by inspecting your home to find where they're coming from. If their nests are all outside your home, we'll take steps to ensure they stay out. If ants are starting to nest inside, they need to be stopped before they can set up other colonies.

Rodents

Rats, mice and other rodents love trash, plain and simple. If you get your garbage under control, there's a good chance the rodents will be too. Most home invasions occur in the fall, not because of cooler weather, but because the seeds and plants on which rodents feed outside are gone. Get busy, too, because mice can bear as many as 48 babies in a year. And their babies begin mating at just five weeks of age. If not taken care of, an infestation is inevitable.

First, conduct a thorough inspection checking for all possible rodent entry points. Bettersafe can do this, and make your home or office rodent proof, as well as trapping and eradicating all of your unwelcome rodent guests. We also perform complete dropping clean-up preventing the spread of diseases.

Rodents are excellent climbers and are capable of gaining entry through holes around vents and around cables entering the building, through holes in gable vent screens, and through turbine and box vents on roofs. Many garage doors on homes allow enough space for rats to fit underneath, as well.

Bettersafe can assist with carcass removal if an animal should ever die within the structure of your home. After careful removal, our licensed contractors will repair the wall, ceiling or floor. Here are some tips for prevention:

  • Keep firewood stored as far from the home as possible and store it off the ground. During the winter, store only enough wood next to the house to burn every couple of days.
  • If possible, remove any piles of debris, stones, bricks, etc. If these are near the foundation of the home they serve as harborages to attract rodents. Once there, it is an easy step for rodents to enter the building itself.
  • Do not allow piles of leaves to accumulate next to the home's foundation. This also serves as attractive harborage for rodents - mice in particular.
  • Holes or cracks larger than one-fourth of an inch should be stuffed with steel wool or wire mesh and then sealed with caulk or foam, otherwise rodents could chew through to enter.
  • Install a good thick weather-stripping on the bottom of all doors to prevent rodents from entering. The garage door may prove difficult to seal completely, so the door from the garage to the house must be sealed tightly.

European Wasps

European Wasps are social insects that live in colonies containing thousands of individuals. Colonies are usually started by a single queen in the early spring, and is very small for the first couple of months. By midsummer, a colony located on or near a house is usually large enough to become a nuisance.

These wasps will aggressively attack when their nest is disturbed, and can inflict painful stings. Unlike the honeybee, which stings only one time and then dies, a single European Wasp can sting many times.European Wasps prefer to locate their nests in the ground, usually in an old rodent burrow or similar hole.

This wasp also commonly locates its nest inside the walls of a building by entering through cracks or holes in the outside walls. To prevent accidental stings:When working in a garden or flowerbed, be aware of numerous wasps flying into and away from a single point in the garden or to a hole in the side of the house. This will usually indicate a colony.

Be careful when using powered lawn equipment, such as edgers, trimmers, and mowers. Loud, vibrating noises disturb European Wasps and may send them into an attacking frenzy.

Stay away from European Wasp nests once you know where they are located. If European Wasps are seen entering and exiting a wall, DO NOT plug the hole. You will only forces the wasps to find another way out. Sometimes they might actually eat through an interior wall and enter the house.

Cockroaches

All cockroaches are omnivorous and will eat virtually anything people will and many things we won't. It thrives in warm, damp environments, such as sewers, steam tunnels, basements, crawlspaces, and boiler rooms. In Eastern states, it will also be found living and breeding outdoors.

The key to control is to find and treat these sources directly. In many cases, the services of a professional company, such as Bettersafe, are required. In NSW where this cockroach lives outdoors, successful control involves treating the attic, crawlspace, and exterior cracks in the home and finding and treating likely cockroach areas over the entire property.

Good basic prevention tips include:

  • Ensure the attic and/or crawlspace has sufficient ventilation. Research has shown that proper ventilation creates an environment unsuitable for cockroaches and other pests.
  • Make sure that all foundation and attic vents are equipped with tight-fitting screens.
  • Seal as many exterior cracks and holes as possible on the outside of the home.
  • Do not allow pet food to sit out overnight. Pick it up after outdoor pets are finished eating.
  • Store firewood as far from the house as possible, locating it off the ground, and covering it with a tarp or plastic.
  • Eliminate piles of lumber and debris where cockroaches could harbor.

Maintenance & Inspections

Bettersafe will provide extended warranty programs for the control of general household type pests in residential and commercial properties.

Maintenance programs are extensively used by major hotels, restaurants and clubs. Due to the high re-infestation rate of restaurants and clubs a more regular control program needs to be implemented. The quick life cycle of disease carrying cockroaches if left unchecked could result in serious food poisoning.