Protect your Canterbury home or business with effective rodent control and other pest management services

You may have tried to eliminate pesky rodents, flies, ants or other pests yourself and had disappointing results.  You can be confident in the pest control techniques used by Pest Free Professional Control.  With over 30 years in the pest control industry, Roger and his team will treat your home or business like it’s their own, taking the utmost care while pest elimination treatments are being applied.  Your precious belongings will be covered, and the right amount of treatment will be applied in a way that is both effective and safe.

If anyone from your home or business has allergies, or if you have pets that need to be considered, be sure to let the team at Pest Free Professional Control know so they can tailor a solution that minimises chemical use, risk and disturbance.  Some pest control programmes require large amounts of strong chemicals that might kill all the pests but could potentially put your family members or pets in harm’s way.  Roger’s team work differently, identifying the pests and using only the required chemicals needed to eliminate them, thus reducing risk to your loved ones.

Relax knowing you have chosen a member of the Pest Management Association of New Zealand, to manage your pest infestation.  Many local authorities, companies and government departments now require that pest control companies they utilise are members of the association as it identifies those pest control professionals that go the extra mile, working safely and efficiently, and to a code of ethics.

Contact us today to find out how we can take care of all your pest control services in Christchurch and wider Canterbury, such as wasp nest removal, insect control, white tail spider treatmentsborer treatmentrat controlflea control, and more.

Targeted pest control services available throughout Christchurch and Canterbury

Your home or business is as unique as you are and your pest control needs are too.  The Christchurch-based exterminators at Pest Free Professional Control can provide an individualised pest control program to solve your pest problems effectively.  A wide range of clients are located throughout Christchurch and as far afield as Ashburton and Timaru, including:

  • homeowners
  • property managers
  • small to medium sized businesses
  • food manufacturers
  • offices
  • restaurants, cafes and bakeries
  • franchisees
  • warehouses
  • transport companies
  • storage facilities

Whatever your situation, the experience Pest Free Professional Control provides will put your mind at ease so call us today for your tailored pest control treatment.

As with all successful pest management, understanding of the pest to be controlled is critical. Correct identification and knowledge of their life cycles and habits play an important part, as well as respect for the environment that they are being treated in.

Pests are survivors and techniques for controlling are ever-changing. Your Pest Free Professional Control specialist is skilled in all treatments and only uses the latest and safest controlling agents. Combined with our modern integrated control methods we can deliver SAFE and EFFECTIVE pest control.

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Rats and Mice

Rodents (from the Latin rodere- to gnaw). This habit of gnawing, which is necessary to control the size of their incisor teeth, causes all sorts of problems with water pipes and electrical wires in buildings. With their ability to spread diseases, these pests need to be kept under control. There are three main types - Norway Rat (Rattus norvegicus), Roof Rat (Rattus rattus) and House Mouse (Mus musculus). These animals are well adapted to living in very close association with humans.

Flies

The term fly refers to those insects which belong to the order Diptera (di=two,ptera=wings), characterised by the presence of only two wings. There are 150,000 species worldwide. The disease-causing organism that flies may harbour is enormous. Many flies such as the house fly and blow fly can efficiently transmit diseases to humans via their hairy bodies that carry disease organisms and sponging mouth-parts that often involve vomiting in the eating process. Other adult flies such as the biting midge and mosquitoes can transfer diseases through their feeding habits of biting and sucking blood from other mammals.

Spiders

Spiders belong to a group of eight-legged invertebrates known as arachnids (after Arachne, a skilled weaver in Greek mythology). Unlike insects they have eight legs, their body is divided into two parts, not three, and has no antennae. Spiders are grouped into two categories- webbing and hunting. With the exception of Orb-web spiders (Uloboridae), which have no venom glands, all spiders are venomous. However, just 1% of the world's spider species are able to inflict humans with a significant bite. In New Zealand, only the Katipo and Australian Redback can truly be considered poisonous. The White-tailed spider has a bad reputation, having been linked to causing necrotic ulcers, though this has yet to be proven.

Ants

Ants belong to the insect order Hymenoptera and the family Formicidae. They are generally beneficial insects acting as scavengers and waste recyclers and soil aerators. However at times they become a problem by invading buildings while foraging for food and water, constructing nests inside wall and roof cavities, and spoiling food in pantries. There are over 11,000 species worldwide, with around 35 or so found in New Zealand, though only 15 species are native and the rest being introduced from abroad. Not only do ants outnumber the world's population, they also outweigh the combined weight of all of mankind! Correct identification is the key to proper ant control.

Cockroaches

A close relation to termites belonging to the insect order Blattodea, they represent a primitive and highly successful group of animals whose origins extend back at least 300 million years. Contamination of food, annoyance or fear, odours, allergic reactions, bites and disease transmission are the reasons why they are considered pests. There are 3500 species worldwide, however only approximately 10 species are considered pests, the most common being the German cockroach which originated from North Africa.

Fleas

Fleas are small very specialised parasitic insects that belong to the order Siphonaptera. There are 2380 known species worldwide. Adult fleas are blood suckers with the majority feeding on mammals. They inject their saliva which acts as an anticoagulant and causes various degrees of irritation between individuals. This is why with people living in the same house, only some will be showing bites. Fleas are capable of lasting up to a year when in the pupa stage; this is the reason why people returning to houses that have been vacant for some time can experience a high level of flea activity. The three main types are Cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis), Dog flea (Ctenocephalides canis) and the Human flea (Pulex irritans). The Oriental rat flea is the principal vector of the Bubonic Plague.

Bees and wasps

Bees are one of the world's most useful insects, but as the hive size increases they can swarm looking for a new site to build a nest. If caught early enough, they can be relocated. Wasp nests begin to show up in early summer and are commonly found in the ground or in wall and roof cavities. The honey bee is regarded as New Zealand's most dangerous insect. Extreme care should be taken when dealing with bees and wasps.

Silverfish

Very primitive insects that constitute the order Zygentoma, these agile, fast-running, scale-covered insects are totally wingless. The silverfish is the only insect that moults as an adult, is nocturnal and generally shuns light. Within buildings, they are found anywhere, usually in roof and wall voids as well as sub-floors. They will feed on most types of human food but seem to prefer starchy materials, wallpaper, books and photos. These are often found in the bath as they are unable to climb out due to the smooth surfaces.

Bed Bugs

They are insects belonging to order Hemipterans, all have piercing and sucking mouth-parts, and most suck sap from plants. A small proportion of the bugs are ectoparasites of animals including those belonging to family Cimicidae. One of these is the Bed bug (Cimex Lectularius) which originally lived on bats in caves. Bed bugs have been around for hundreds of years, and have made a resurgence in the last decade due to people travelling more, as well as the reduced amount of pesticides that are being applied due to modern pest control methods used today. Although they do not seem to be involved in any serious disease transmission, the bites of bed bugs at night can prove very irritating and unbearable at times. Often found in the accommodation sector, but also now being regularly found in homes, on planes, boats and trains, the bed bug is a great hitch-hiker and travels around in people's luggage, on furniture and in clothes. Controlling bed bugs is best left to an experienced operator.

Textile Pests

These are fabric pests which include carpet beetles and clothes moths which cause damage to products of animal origin. In both cases, the damage is caused when carpet beetle and clothes moth are in the larvae stage. Normally found in dark undisturbed areas such as under furniture and in wardrobes, they will cause significant damage to carpets and clothes.

Stored Product

Insect pests of stored food products, which include a large range of beetles, moths and weevils, are pests often brought in with cereals and grains that are already infested. These pests will often show up in the pantry or other areas where food is stored. These pests are very small and in some cases are not that easily noticed.

Borer

Wood boring beetles are those that attack untreated timber. There are two types of borer: green timber and seasoned timber borer. Borers attack timber because they need food and require sugar. The main pest borer to houses and structures are seasoned borers, mainly Anobium (Common house borer). Borers require a certain amount of moisture, so often show up on the cool side of the house or in the sub-floor area. Small holes appearing in timber, with fine sawdust at the exit point, is a good sign that borers are active. As the damage to the timber is being done in the larval stage, CO2 propellant gases and borer bombing to kill adult beetles does little in the way of controlling them. A long-term timber treatment is required to achieve the desired result.