Ants field procedures manual example.pdf


General Pest

Timber Pests
Field Staff Tier System
As the competency units are changing we have set the pathway to reflect these changes. Complete minimum licensing requirements. New staff orientation, covering Company Policies, including O.H. & S., risk management, Company documentation, communication and reporting requirements and security/confidentiality. Obtain Altis installer only certificate. Complete additional units of competency. Obtain Altis installer/treatment certificate. 3. Technician Inspector Complete additional units of competency Obtain Exterra Termite Interception and Baiting System certificate. Prepare and present pest management submission, including quotation Complete Certificate III (including elective units) Plus suggested unit BSBSBM407A – Manage a small team. Hold a Building Services Authority Supervisors Card. 6. Technical Manager 1. ANT SERVICE
The Problem
The Xxx Pest Control Service
The Warranty
Occupational Health and Safety
Operational Procedure
Inside the house
Application of gel baits
Application of insecticide dust
Application of dust
Roof void
Raked ceilings
Cavity walls
Under the house
Application of dust
Treatment alternative
Application of chemical
Booking Re-Treatments
The Problem
The Xxx Pest Control Service
The Warranty
Occupational Health and Safety
Operational Procedures
Under the house
Equipment Chemicals Application of dust Treatment alternative Outside Equipment Chemicals Application of chemical THE ANT SERVICE
Household Ants
This service will cover the following pest species:
The Problem
Household ants are an annoying problem to householders, as they often get into kitchen,
bathrooms and laundry cupboards and over bench tops. Ants may consume or
contaminate food and clothing. Ants can present a health risk, as they can physically
transmit diseases. Ants can be difficult to manage.

The Xxx Pest Control Service
The method of conducting this service and the associated warranties are unique to Xxx
Pest Control, as all services have been designed to deliver the highest-level of customer
satisfaction and best pest management outcome.

Inspection of the inside and outside of the house prior to any insecticide application and
the proposed treatment methods must be discussed with the client to ensure the best pest
management outcome.

The inside treatment should be limited to areas of activity and potential problem areas that
are not readily accessible by people or pets.

The use of liquid sprays inside the house should be a last resort and when used the
chosen product should not have any odour. This is not only important for people who may
have respiratory problems, but to allay fears by the client that dangerous chemicals have
been applied.

The client should be informed of the nature of any applied product and where requested a
copy of the MSDS supplied. Their concerns generally revolve around whether it is safe,
especially around children and pets, whether it will be disruptive to the household. Does it
require preparation on their behalf such as the need to empty cupboards or leave the
house during the treatment?

The roof void, outside and under the house (where accessible) are treated as standard

Assure the client that you are a fully accredited operator and may make
recommendations on how to avoid making the home attractive to ants.
The Warranty
This service carries a six (6) month Service Warranty.
It is the responsibility of the technician to perform as thorough a service as possible to
reduce the likelihood of re-calls which are inconvenient for both the company and the client
and an additional cost to the company. It should be explained to the client:
• To allow 7 days for the treatment to take effect. This time is required for the ants to contact the baits and transfer to the nest. After this time they should notice a distinct reduction in the number of ants within the home. • If the problem has not begun to reduce in 7 days to contact the service centre. • The warranty provides for an additional treatment within the six month warranty Communication
It is important to confirm customer and service arrangements prior to beginning any
In the initial discussion with the customer, confirm that they are indeed the client and that
the service arrangements are that which the customer is expecting.
If the customer details, service arrangements, the quoted price or the allotted time for that
service do not match the job details, call the office and the service and the cost will be
reviewed prior the start of any work.
Obtain information from the customer about the pest activity or condition in accordance
with this treatment manual.
Determine by pre-treatment inspection:
• Pest activity and habitation of pest • Risks - personal safety, non-targets and the environment. Inform the customer of your findings including the level of infestation, the intended treatment method (chemicals to be used and where) and the intended outcome. Also inform the customer of any recommendations to reduce conditions around the house that will continue to attract or harbour pests. Chemicals
The insecticides used to manage ants may take the form of dusts, granules or liquid
formulations and have a residual allowing them to work over a period of time. Once the
ants come in contact with the insecticide they will gradually be eradicated, however some
insecticides are slow acting to permit the active to be transferred back to the nest.
To work, the ants must feed on the bait containing the insecticide. This is the reason why
the customer may not see a change straight away and should wait the seven day period
before contacting the service centre.
The following are the only chemicals that are permitted to be used for control of ants inside and around homes: Equipment
The following equipment will be required to carry out an ant service in and around a house:
• Power drill with 12mm masonry and wood drills
Occupational Health and Safety
• The technician must wear surgical gloves but there is no need to wear any other safety clothes when applying Drax inside the home. • The technician must wear the following safety equipment when dusting the roof, under the house or applying other chemicals outside. o Half face respirator o Washable hat o Elbow length gloves o Overalls that button at the neck and wrists o Impervious boots Operational Procedure
The household ant service must be completed in the following order:
Inside the house
The service to the inside of the home must be completed in the following sequence:
• Other rooms (only if infested by ants) Equipment
Application of gel baits
• Identify the ant species and areas of activity. • Determine the available food sources or where food is being taken, to • Select the appropriate gel bait to match the ant species and apply to the • Place granular ant bait in the ant bait stations, and site them where children and/or pets cannot get to them. Application of insecticide dust
• Insecticide dust is used to treat voids or trailing ant entry points. • Voids under cupboards, vanity units and between the backs of cupboards and the wall linings can harbour ant colonies and are areas to dust. • Permission must be given by the homeowner to drill the cupboards, kickboards or back linings prior to drilling. • Drill 5mm holes close to the top of the kickboard at 300mm centres. • Inject insecticide dust through the hole with a hand duster (puffer) only. • Clean up the area drilled with a dustpan and brush or vacuum cleaner. Equipment
Application of dust
Roof void
• Before entering the roof void check for exhausts fans or ceiling vents, either close vents or turn on exhausts fans. This will prevent dust from the ceiling void entering the living area of the house. • Move to the point furthest from the roof access point, after partially or fully closing the access hole. This is to prevent dust entering the living area. • Apply the dust using a sweeping motion while moving back to the • Ensure to dust areas where ants are nesting such as joins in truss Raked ceilings
• Houses with raked ceiling having ant infestations that use the raked ceiling void as harbourage will require access for treatment. • The customer must be informed that if access to this void is necessary they will have to provide written permission to lift tiles or roofing iron and the cutting of any insulation or provide a licensed plumber to complete access. In some States building regulations require that all roof work only be carried out by a licensed plumber. • Notice must be given that although all care will be taken, no responsibility will be taken for broken or damaged roofing tiles or roofing iron. Cavity walls
• Cavity walls may be treated if infested or suspected of harbouring ants. • Drill a 12mm hole mid height in the suspected area. • A number of holes may need to be spaced along the wall area • Apply insecticide dust using the electric duster with a wall cavity nozzle. • Plug holes using mortar or other suitable sealants. Under the house
Application of dust
• Move to the point furthest from the sub-floor access point after partly or fully closing the access hole. This is to prevent dust escaping to the outside or attached living areas. • Apply the dust using a sweeping motion while moving back to the access • Ensure to dust areas where ants are nesting; joins in framing and flooring • If the sub-floor area of the house is not completely enclosed or if sub-floor area is damp or wet the treatment alternative below must be used. Treatment alternative
• If the sub-floor area is open or too wet thoroughly inspect the area for trailing ants or ant nests and if possible the entry point into the house. • Using this information select either a bait approach or an insecticide o Select a food bait to match that species feeding habits. o Ensure that non-targets do not have access to food baits or use bait o Apply only food bait. Do not apply any insecticide in this area. (Most insecticides have some repellence any will prevent ant feeding and move the ants to another area) o Inform customer of this approach and that this may require o Inspect the area thoroughly to identify areas where ants are trailing or nesting such as joins in framing and flooring timbers and also any brick/block work joints. o Using a hand sprayer apply a liquid formulation to all active areas and to all piers and support walls. (If a large volume is required a power spray unit could be used.) o Apply granular insecticide to areas where ants are working the soil or in areas that are too damp to apply a liquid formulation. Equipment
• Granular ant bait/ granular insecticide spreader Chemicals
Application of chemical
• Apply a liquid formulation around the base of the building and into all joints • In gardens attached to the building and where ants are active, check the ant species and use either a granular ant bait or a granular insecticide, applying at the label rate. In some areas the soil may need to be loosened to improve distribution. • Areas away from the base of the building where ants are nesting or trailing require treatment using either the use of Granular ant bait or a liquid insecticide formulation. • Do not treat areas that are not actively infested. • Take care not to allow the mix of Ant Bait (food) and any insecticide
formulation as the insecticides will kill or repel the ants preventing the Bait from working. • Ant baits (food) must match the species and the label listings. Documentation
• Complete the ‘Pest Control Advice’, Tax invoice/Receipt.
• Note any recommendation on the ‘Pest Control Advice’. • Ensure all details are correct and confirm with the customer before leaving the invoice and warranty with them. Payment at this time will save the client time and postage.
It is extremely important that details of any calls from a client are recorded on the job file,
so that any discussions or undertakings are available for future reference. However, if a
client calls to report a continuing problem with ants, ask the client;
• The extent of the problem and the location. Ensure that the problem is inside the • Has there been a change since the last service? • Is it within the six month warranty period? If not explain to the client that there is a time period in which the ingredient remains active. A further application may be necessary to reduce the numbers or remove the problem. • Has the seven day time period elapsed to allow the active ingredient to have had a significant effect? If not explain to the client that the ants must feed on the bait containing the insecticide and that it is important to wait the seven day period. Check the Pest Control Advice to see which areas and what produces were used, dusts, food type baits or liquid insecticides. • If food baits were used ask the customer if the ants are trailing to the bait. If so ask them to give this some more time (say seven days), as these baits work progressively in controlling ant problems. If ants are not trailing to the food baits book a re-treatment. • If the Pest Control Advice has Recommendations for the customer to perform, check with the customer if they have carried it out. • If they have not, inform the customer that the recommendations are there as part of the pest management service. Ask the customer to complete the recommendations and if after seven days they are still experiencing problems, they should not hesitate to call back.
Booking re-treatments.
• When booking re-treatments, ensure that information gained from the customer is recorded for the operator to note the booking on that recall. • When a customer calls for a second re-treatment, book the service in and inform
the field supervisor and or manager that this is a second recall.


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