Changes to Aus Standards - What you should know.

As trained, insured and qualified timber pest inspectors,  Pest Control Technicians are obliged to carry out all works, including Termite Treatments & Inspections, in accordance with the Australian Standards. The Standards ensure the industry is kept up to date and operational in line with the changes in technologies. Although deemed voluntary, in Australia, they form part of the law and are considered to be the "benchmark of acceptability", in other words, the bare minimum you should expect from your Pest Controller or Pest Control Company. 

Standards are voluntary documents that set out specifications, procedures and guidelines that aim to ensure products, services, and systems are safe, consistent, and reliable
— www.standards.org.au
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In December 2017, A new Australian Standard, AS3660.2:2017 Termite Management Part 2: In and around existing buildings and structures was published. Although, the majority of the changes introduced in this new Standard relate to the way in which, we the pest controller, report our findings and document the use of chemicals, there is one major change that will affect clients as well. This major change is the banning of Arsenic Dust or more specifically the use of 'Any dust bearing the pesticide registrar’s label warning ‘DANGEROUS POISON’ shall not be used in an occupied structure'. 

In years gone past, Arsenic Trioxide was commonly used in the treatment of live termites and termite colonies. Although effective in treatment and elimination of Termites, the use of Arsenic poses many health threats, both short and long term, to not only the technician applying the dust (with ongoing exposure), but also the occupants of the property.  The main concern, the residual chemical present, which remains, long after the termites have been eliminated. A quick google search for Arsenic MSDS, and you will find further confirmation of a very hazardous chemical in case of ingestion or inhalation with Carcinogenic Effects.  In the past, this stuff was applied to the timber in the walls, floors, skirting boards in a customers home. 

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Over the past 2 decades, we have seen a major change away from the use of Arsenic based dust products, to new products containing active ingredient Fipronil, proven to just as effective and much safer for use in your home to treat termites. Products such as Termidor, Manufacturer by BASF, have changed the way the modern day pest control technician can safely treat Termites within the homes of their clients. 

For more information in relation to Termite Treatments or Products, Contact Multipest on 07 3390 1353 or info@multipest.com.au

Its Cockroach Breeding Season

With the warmer months now well underway, Queenslanders are enjoying the many wonderful outdoor activities our beautiful state has to offer. Unfortunately with the return of the warm, humid weather also comes the return of the dreaded and disgusting cockroach. Sydney is presently experiencing cockroaches in plague proportions due to more humid than usual weather. Our warm conditions this side of the border will soon see them scurrying into Queensland territory. 

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Just in case you weren't already disgusted by these 6 legged disease carrying creatures, here's a few  more reasons. 

Ten facts you probably don't know (and don't want to know) about cockroaches.

  1.  Every seen a cockroach scurry off when you turn the light on in the middle of the night? They move fast right. Actually a cockroach can run up to 80 cm in a single second. 
  2. If you have ever tried the old 'drown them' trick, this would have been unsuccessful. Cockroaches can hold their breath for up to 45 mins. 
  3. Ancestors of the cockroach date back to the jurassic period. 
  4. Safety in numbers. Where there is one cockroach, there will be many, many more. 
  5. No space is too small. A full sized cockroach only requires the tiniest of gaps to squeeze through. Even a pregnant 
  6. Cockroaches are thigmotropic, meaning they like feeling something solid in contact with their bodies, preferably on all sides. Gives new meaning to the invasion of personal space.
  7.  Not even decapitation will stop these creatures. Well not instantly anyway. A cockroach does not require its head to breathe, instead using the spiracles along the sides of its body.  Eventually it will succumb to dehydration, however this may take a FEW WEEKS. 
  8. No food source is off limits. They will literally eat everything and anything they can. 
  9. As if they weren't terrifying enough, on top of their impressive list of skills, speed and ability to get into the smallest of spaces, they also fly. 
  10. Cockroaches build up resistance to chemicals. This means that the manufacturers of Pest Control Products are constantly testing their products to ensure they remain effective in the war against cockroaches. 

So what can you do the stop the cockies from setting up shop at your home or workplace? Cleanliness is key. Washing up as soon as you are finished your meal, clean up crumbs and food scraps,  regularly remove rubbish from the home. 

On top of this, call in the experts and have a professional pest control treatment carried out. Qaulity Pest Control technicians have access to top quality products, that can provide your home with up to 12 months protection against cockroaches as well as other annoying pests such as spiders, ants, cockroaches, rodents and many more.