Our general pest management service protects your home against ants, cockroaches, web spiders and silverfish for 12 months.
The service protects you and your family inside your home, around the outside walls of the property, as well as in undercover areas, garages, sheds and bin areas.
Cockroaches are not only unsightly, but they can wreak havoc on your property if left unattended. Aside from making you jump, cockroaches pose a serious health risk as they are potential carriers of gastro-enteritis, dysentery and have also been linked to asthma.
They like to hide near food preparation areas, in kitchen cupboards, under sinks, behind the fridge and anywhere that is dark and damp, such as drains and with easy access to food. No matter how clean your house, cockroaches will invade! Cockroaches on the Sunshine Coast can become a real infestation problem and if you see a cockroach or two, there is a good chance that there are many more about. Usually not seen during the day
There are three main types of cockroaches that you will encounter on the Sunshine Coast, these are American, Australian and German Cockroaches.
- The American and Australian cockroaches have wings and can fly into your homes at any time though an unguarded window or door. They like to breed in bark, leaf mulch and palm trees.
- German Cockroaches are much smaller than the two species, however, they are fast breeders. They are attracted to food scraps, dirty dishes and poor hygiene, however, they can have entered your home via a storage container or the likes of. These are commonly found in cafes, restaurants and bars.
Preventative suggestions for Cockroaches
- Keep bins clean and sealed
- Keep areas liquid and crumb free.
- Keep all food in air tight containers
- Do not leave dirty dishes in the sink over night
- Cockroaches love warm places so keep areas like underneath fridges and around electrical items like televisions clean and free from dust.
- Food and dust often collects in and around sofas, be sure to vacuum these areas regularly.
- Seal gaps around doors and windows.
- Fix all water leaks in and around your home.
Ants are a common problem in properties right across Australia, so you aren’t alone when it comes to wanting them gone.
Ant control can be quite difficult because our buildings provide the ideal shelter, food, warmth and water that they require. You may see them in roof voids and subfloors, in your kitchen, along the edge of your building or in and around pet bowls.
Aside from being unsightly, ants love to feast in unsanitary areas and are known to spread germs back into your home.
Treating ants involves identifying the ant specie and what has caused them to enter your living space. After identifying the source of the ant problem, one of our friendly technicians will treat your home and advise of anything you may need to seal.
Preventative ideas for Ants
- Keep cupboards and countertops free of crumbs and food
- Keep opened food in sealed containers
- Place open foods in the fridge
- Place rubbish in bins with sealing lids
- As soon as your pet has finished eating store away pet food.
- Wipe clean and dry jars and containers before storing.
- Seal gaps around doors and windows.
Family Friendly Carpet Cleaning & Pest Control can help you get rid of spiders. We have an excellent knowledge of the different species of spiders on the Sunshine Coast.
We understand the behaviors associated with each spider and after a thorough inspection of your property, will treat accordingly.
Most common spiders encountered on the Sunshine Coast are;
- Red Back Spider – Indigenous to Australia, the Red Back is distinguished by its black body and red stripe, however they do not always have a red marking. They love sheltered crevices and holes in and around homes, under bins, pot plants, rockeries, garden beds, drains, tank stands and children’s play equipment. Their webs are distinctive by being unusually sticky and messy looking, usually containing several egg sacks. It is the female of the Red-back species that is toxic, inflicting a painful bite that can cause swelling, sweating, muscle weakness, nausea and vomiting. The venom is slow acting and there is an antivenin available
- Black House Spider – grows up to 15mm in body length and is a dark brown to black velvet in colour. They spin quite messy webs, generally secluded spaces like window frame corners, under eaves, gutters, in brick work, fences, sheds, toilets and in the garden, under rocks and bark. Whilst the bite is poisonous it is not lethal, but can produce symptoms including vomiting, headaches, dizziness and extreme pain around the bite site.
- Mouse Spider – grows up to 35mm in body length. Black in appearance, the male may or may not have a bright red head. The female is sometimes mistaken for the Sydney Funnel Web Spider. These spiders are ground dwellers creating burrows often over a mitre deep. The males can often be found wandering around in the day time on open ground, looking for a female. It is venomous and gives a deep, painful bite, known to cause severe illness.
- St Andrews Cross – The Abdomen is striped yellow and brown and this spider usually sits upside down in the middle of its web forming a cross. Commonly found in garden areas around your home primarily in summer. The bite of the St Andrews Cross is nontoxic
- Wolf Spider – around 15 -30 mm in body length and grey to brown in colour with a Union Jack on its back, this spider is a ground dweller with a burrow retreat. Generally found in garden areas with a silt lined burrow sometimes with a lid covered by leaf or grass. The bite is poisonous but not lethal, however can be painful. However the bite of a Wolf Spider can be lethal to your pets.
- Huntsman Spider – with a body length of up to 20mm the Huntsman’s legs may reach 45mm. It is a hairy spider, brown in colour with dark patches on its body. They like to live under the bark of trees, flat rocks or eaves and in roof voids, but they also like to wander into homes and can be often be found perched on a wall. The bite of a Huntsman is low risk, but can be a painful bite.
- Daddy Long Legs – They are brown in appearance with a small body and very long legs. They can be found in most homes throughout Australia, around cornices and skirting boards. The venom of the daddy long legs is supposed to be one of the most poisonous of all spiders however there is actually no scientific evidence to verify this. The fangs of these spiders are too small to generally penetrate the skin and it is not considered dangerous.
- Funnel Web Spider – 25-35mm in body length, the females grow larger than the males. They are shiny black with a purple-brown belly. It is a ground dweller and found in most soil areas along the eastern coast of Australia. Male Funnel Web Spiders will wander into shoes, clothing or washing left out and they can also get into swimming pools, being able to survive underwater for several days. It has a very aggressive nature when disturbed and can bite several times. The heavy rain will bring a Funnel Web out. They are very toxic and medical aid should be sought immediately, if bitten. There is an antivenine.
Preventative ideas Spider
- Clear debris and vegetation from your homes perimeter
- Always turn off outdoor lights as they attract other insects which in turn attracts spiders
- Always seal cracks in your walls, along the foundation of your home and around window seals
- Remove web from around your home with a vacuum or a broom
- Keep your home tidy.
If you think you have been bitten by a spider attempt to identify the spider and call the Poison Hotline immediately on 13 11 26.
Silverfish are capable of surviving in most climates but they do love dark, damp places like basements, kitchens, bathrooms garages and sheds. Paper and damp clothing are silverfishs favourite and you can almost always find them setting up home in any boxes you have stored in your shed or garage. White to brown grey or silver in colour and up to 12-19mm in length silverfish are nocturnal, fast moving pests. They may have infested your wardrobes and begun the process of destroying clothes long before you even realise that you have an infestation. These pests reproduce very quickly.
Silverfish feed on carbohydrates such as sugars, starches, glue in books, linen and paper. Whilst they are harmless to people, they certainly are very unpleasant house guests. As our weather here on the Sunshine Coast can become quite humid our homes can provide a perfect breeding ground for these pests.
Our Bed Bugs treatment varies depending on the strain of bed bugs in your home. Our expert technicians will come to your home and identify the type of bed bugs, treat your home, and step you through the process of how to eliminate any residual bed bugs from your linen and clothing.
Bedbugs are one of those things in life that we simply do not wish to talk about or admit to having infestations in our home. Bed bugs over the centuries has become a stigma due to myths associated with the bug, such as: only dirty, cluttered homes get bedbugs. Another misconception is that if you find you have a bedbug infestation you have to destroy all infested clothing and furniture. Totally untrue.
Over the past few years, Australia has encountered a rise in the infestation of the bedbug and as such, there has also been an insurgence of more myth, bedbug management devices and products. Like the myths, not all of these devices are effective in controlling these pests.
Bedbugs are small, oval shaped insects that live on the blood of humans or animals. An adult can grow to the size of an apple seed. They do not fly but they can move over floors, walls and ceilings quickly. They are a nuisance and do not restrict their breeding activities or infestations to beds alone.
There is a process in eliminating bed bugs, talk to our friendly staff to work out the best treatment for you.
Treating a home for fleas requires a separate treatment to the general home pest control as the biology of fleas is vastly different to spiders, cockroaches and silverfish. To effectively treat fleas, it is important to hatch all of the flea eggs lying dormant around your home. Once hatched, our 100% safe and effective treatment will eliminate the fleas from your home.
In Australia and on the Sunshine Coast, we have several species of fleas, with the most common being the cat flea which generally invade our pets and sometimes our own bodies, if the flea colony becomes out of control. It is the distress and discomfort of a flea bite that generally makes you aware of a possible infestation.
Fleas are wingless insects, 1.5 – 3.3mm long, with mouth parts adapted for piercing skin and sucking blood. Fleas feed off the blood of humans and animals, such as dogs and cats. Most flea bites on humans are on the lower legs and can become very itchy. Some people are more sensitive that others to flea bites and may suffer an allergic reaction.
If you have moved into an unoccupied house and find you have fleas it can be because fleas and their lava are often buried in carpets. They can lay dormant for long periods of time and only require slight vibrations from you or your pet to wake them and have them attach and start to feed.
If you think you have fleas mow your lawn, vacuum your carpets and dispose of the vacuum bag. Treat your pets and call Family Friendly Carpet Cleaning & Pest Control who will conduct a thorough treatment of the entire property to rid you of the flea infestation. All rental properties that have pets are required by their real estate agent to have an end of lease flea spray when vacating.
Our staff come to your home and install rodent baiting systems. The rodents are attracted to the bait, which they digest and then scurry away. Shortly after, your rodent problem is no more.
A significant force worldwide, dodents are arguably the most significant global pest for mankind. The tw0 most common pests are:
– the Black Rat
– the House Mouse
They are present on every continent, causing problems that range from damage and loss in food production to structural damage and disease transmission. Rats are known vectors of many human diseases such as leptospirosis, typhoid and even salmonellosis. Rodents harbour serious livestock diseases including several bacteria and viruses.
Thoroughly inspect the area to determine the extent of infestation and the type of rodent. Rodent management starts with good sanitation. Eliminate access to food and remove rubbish or clutter which rodents use as breeding or hiding places. Rodent-proof premises by sealing up areas where they can enter the building. Traps can also be used for smaller populations but are less effective for large populations.
Rodenticide baits placed strategically where rats/mice roam and seek food offer efficient control. Today’s rodenticides are anti-coagulants, causing death by inhibiting blood coagulation. This process takes several days. Anti-coagulants treatments fall into two categories, Single dose or Multi-dose
For single dose, rodents consume a lethal dose in a single feed, whereas for multi-dose, rodents must feed on the baits for several days before accumulating a lethal dose. The advantage of multi-dose is a significantly reduced risk of secondary poisoning of non-target species.