Finding a Pest Manager
A recommendation you will find on every Venatic combined building and pest report is to engage a licenced Pest Manager for at least 12 monthly timber pest inspections and pest management systems as required.
To many people, unless they see evidence of pests, getting an annual pest inspection seems like a waste of money. The real danger however, is that some pests, like termites, can cause tens of thousands of dollars in property damage before you notice their presence or damage.
Signs of pest activity are often subtle difficult to spot to the untrained eye and without the right equipment; the best chance for early detection and remedy the presence of timber pests is to engage a licenced pest control technician for regular inspections and advice to minimise conditions conducive to timber pest attack.
You can find a reputable pest control professional by searching on google, reaching out to your community for referrals or request a referral from your Venatic inspector.
Ask to see their Licence
Anyone who uses pesticides in the course of a pest control business in Victoria is required to hold a licence issued by the Department of Health and Human Services.
A person who holds a pest control licence can have up to three different authorised listed on their licence.
- Pesticides (excluding fumigants) formulated for the control of arthropods, rodents, birds and fungi, which are used to control pests (other than pest animals).
This is for pests such as spiders, cockroaches, termites, ants, house mice, rats, fleas, mites, silverfish, flies, wasps, mosquitoes, bed bugs, beetles, bees and introduced birds.
- Pesticides formulated for the control of pest animals.
This is for pests such as rabbits and foxes in and around domestic and commercial buildings in urban areas.
- Pesticides in the form of fumigants
Primarily for specialised pest control, such as fumigation of furniture, machinery and clothing for quarantine purposes.
Who to contact if you have issues
Contact the Department of Health and Human Services on 1300 767 469 if you have concerns about licence details and/or people using pesticides without a licence or if you believe your pest control job was not performed safely.
You can also call this number if you want to know about the health effects of pesticides.
If you think you might be suffering from the side effects of pesticide exposure contact the Poisons Information Centre on 13 11 26.