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mousie1
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PostPosted: 25 Oct 14 19:18
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Well I just made contact with Amalgamated and Suburban Pest Control as a on the Body Corporate Committee and found whilst these two companies are nice and friendly on the telephone and appear to take all your details followed by a promise of a return phone call. Well you can imagine I still await any reply. We have 8 Townhouses so have to get a written quote first.

Why do these companies make statements that they will ring you back and discuss options when they never do. Out of frustration I went to the Amalgamated main website and they have both a feedback and general contact web pages to populate. I wanted to vent my concern however when you hit submit all the pages do not submit and end up in error.

I guess the Amalgamated site does not want to hear from any person at all if they conduct themselves this way.
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Regalrolls
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PostPosted: 09 Oct 12 20:54
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What is needed is better educated home owners, not better exterminators.
Cockroaches are not dangerous to human health unless you are cutting your body open or they are in plague proportions.
Cockroaches are actually quite clean, the usual control is Borax powder which they get on their feet and injest it when they preen themselves. Borax is not toxic to most animals unless eaten in large doses.
OTOH huntsmen spiders ( the big hairy ones you see on the walls ) eat cockroaches so if you leave the spiders alone they will knock off the cockroaches .
An adult female cockroach can fly several kilometers when she is ready to mate and they look for warm dry places near food to lay the eggs.
Chooks also eat cockroaches ( if they have access to them ) and in a lot larger numbers than spiders so I doubt that chooks would increase cockroach infestations even allowing for the fact that chooks also eat spiders.
The most dangerous spider in the Sydney CBD is the funnel webs which live in leaf litter. Chooks will quite happily gobble up Funnel webs by the hundreds if they are allowed to scratch around in the garden.
Cats ( if not over fed ) will also knock off funnel webs.
Big lizards also eat cockroaches by the hundreds but domestic dogs & cats have knocked off most of the bigger lizards.

In my house I have several huntsmen spiders on the walls and black house spiders around all the windows.
I rarely see a cockroach.
The cat gets locked up in the down stairs garage / laundry & workshop so there are no more mice or red backs.
I have built a "safe haven " for the blue tongues but the cat does get some of the smaller ones.
I don't have much in the way of slugs & snails in the garden between the blue tongues & chooks.
We put a possum box in a gum adjacent to the house which usually has a really big brush tail there.
Possums are territorial so one near the house will prevent having any in the ceiling ( dosn't stop them tangoing on the roof in hobnail boots though ). Catching them and moving them more than 100 meters or so is more cruel than running them over with your car as they will now be forced to fight to death to establish a new territory.
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MrsBirch





PostPosted: 20 May 11 16:42
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We used to use pest strips, moth balls, camphor blocks and sprays. Every time I saw something crawling I breathed a sigh of relief that the problem wasn't worse thanks to the precautions we were taking. As I became aware of the potential risks we reduced our chemical usage and noticed no real difference. We had some bugs with and without. Thinking back later, I realised cockroaches coincided with the keeping of chickens (once ours, the other two times neighbours). I remember a consumer magazine recommending baits as the most effective solution, and it seems to me a carefully placed bait ought to be the safer way to deliver poison where it is required. Regarding spiders, I haven't investigated to absolutely confirm the link but I know on a few occasions when there was a short term increase in spiders it happened after a neighbour had a pest treatment (noticed even before I had ever read that treatments can make spiders move next door). I've heard comments from people that they had little trouble doing nothing while they had friends or neighbours who were in a vicious cycle of bad infestations and re-treatments.
I think there is a place for well-trained experts to deal appropriately with specific situations. I don't think there is a need for most people to feel reliant on regular visits by businesses that might or might not have adequate expertise in the handling of poisons or the understanding of the biology of what they are combatting.
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mcoop





PostPosted: 04 Feb 11 07:17
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Seekew,
Ranger's job is to enforce council by-laws and issue fines (revenue).
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Platycat





PostPosted: 15 Jan 11 06:16
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I started seeing quite a lot of Roaches and bought some surface spay and some baits--and in a week I have not seen any at all.
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doneright





PostPosted: 11 Sep 09 06:49
Post subject: Pest Control

On the topic of pest control I am in the industry and find most P/Control guys are to lazy to move the fridge or microwave out to treat where the problem is.Do it right & you won't be back. On the topic of They run next door mmm they are running but dying as well.those won't be back.Use a small local company and the "KEY" is ask how long they have been around & make sure ther vehicle is sign written. there are a lot of weekend warriors trying to make a quick buck on the side that don't sign write their vehicles.They don't last.won't ever be a millionair ha ha.hope it helps.
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Ganges 12





PostPosted: 14 Jun 09 07:47
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Interesting about releasing them.

I had one in the roof and got in the possum man. After it was caught and the last hole in the roof patched I asked where it was to be released. He said had to be released in the area in which it was caught so I thought it would have been released into a large tree in the garden. Oh no. he just released it on the roof in the middle of summer. I know it eventually survived but the interesting thing was the number of birds that
suddenly were around and harassing it.
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lou2shu





PostPosted: 13 Jun 09 17:36
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We released them in a nearby park, attached to a school - figured that they'd be able to scrounge food that the kids leave lying around whilst they found a new home.

Possum soup didn't sound so appealing and they were so cute! My daughters wanted to adopt
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bigles2





PostPosted: 13 Jun 09 16:13
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possum soup yum icon_wink.gif
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Legless





PostPosted: 13 Jun 09 15:49
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and what did you do with the possums after you caught them?
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lou2shu





PostPosted: 12 Jun 09 13:08
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To No Service (12 May)

Buy a possum cage on Ebay (around $60 to get it to your door), catch all the possums you want (we bagged 6 in a week and a half) and have no more possum problem. We have had someone offer to buy it, but we stored it in the garage in case they come back. I believe the cages also catch rats.
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FreakyPete2





PostPosted: 12 May 09 22:04
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To Fairsfair: Chlorpyrifos is an organophosphate poison which is banned in the EC and restricted from household use in the US.The restrictions are because it is a strong neurotoxin, causes nerve damage, respiratory problems etc. Try hot water on the pesky little critters.
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Thing





PostPosted: 12 May 09 13:46
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Maybe they are not trained in catching & removing foxes.
If there are not an abundance of foxes then the cost of training people to catch them and dispose of them would see other people complaining to council that they are wasting $$$ training council staff to catch foxes when there isn't a high amount of them that justifies spending $$$ on their eradication...
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Seekew
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PostPosted: 12 May 09 11:58
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I'm looking out of my window into the backyard: suddenly, my eyes meet with a mangy fox, defiantly glaring at me. There's no way I'm going outside to meet up with that fox to remove it and there's no way I brought it onto my property. (Several neighbours have told me they regularly see foxes out our way). I ring my local council - Manningham - speak to the ranger about somebody coming out to remove this animal from my block. "No, we don't remove foxes" he tells me. "You have to get a pest control company out there" and then gives me a name. I wonder why he has a Ranger's job if retrieving wild animals from our 'burb is not part of his job? I am furious. Why do I have to fork out over $200 to a pest control company to have this fox removed? It's wild life for goodness sakes. Why don't our Councils give us some value for our rates besides just emptying our bins?
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mymazza





PostPosted: 12 May 09 11:08
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diddy, what planet are you from? FLIES will stay around where ever there is a smell good enough to hang around for. Another thing you should try are FLY screens!eusa_wall.gif
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