Repellent VS Non-Repellent Solutions

Repellent vs non-repellent

Pest control involves understanding the biology of pests being treated. While both have their pros and cons, your pest controller will provide the treatment course most recommended. Mixing two treatment options is not recommended. DIY sprays purchased in stores are made up of a different chemicals and can have adverse effects to your treatment. Higher grade chemicals such as Termidor are generally non-repellent and highly recommended for termite and ant treatments. Reason is to kill the nest and the queen in both situations. German cockroach treatment recommendations are non-repellent solutions also to stop them breeding at such high rates. Both repellent and non-repellent chemicals are effective for different pests.

What is a repellent?

Pest management has replied on repellent insecticides for many years. Hence the active ingredients are now being found in common household pest products. This chemistry can have a rapid knock down of insect numbers and can flush out of a harbourage area. In the short term these applications can look like a successful treatment. As a quick knock down has limited effect on longevity it may require re-application.

What is a non-repellent?

Non-repellent insecticides are undetectable to the target pests. This allows insects to come into contact and interact with the treated surface or bait matrix. Therefore it will allow the insect to carry on with its natural behaviour, and in doing so, passes on the active ingredient to other members of insect colonies or populations. Furthermore the main benefit of these non-repellent options for professional pest operators is the ability to control larger insect numbers over longer periods due to a greater impact on the population. In the short term, as these non-repellents are taking effect, some pests can be present after the insecticide application as it slowly controls the population.



Clients are always asking us “Do I Need A Pest Control?”

There are a few factors to consider when deciding when to book your pest control, and we want to make it a simple choice with a few tick-box questions:

1. Has it been more than 6 months since your last pest control treatment?

2. Has it been more than 12 months since your last termite inspection?

3. Have you just moved in and want a thorough treatment before you enjoy your home?

4. Are you moving out and need an end of lease treatment?

5. Did you see a spider on the wall, spend all night looking for it, can’t find it and now want to run away?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of those questions, then the answer is yes – you need to book in for a pest service. 


What insects are treated?

A ​general pest treatment addresses the following insects:

1. Webbing spiders

2. Australian & American cockroaches

3. Fleas & Ticks

4. Surface Ants

5. Household flies/fruit flies


What is the warranty period?

It is common to see increased activity up to 14 days after the first treatment. Some household pests are easier to bring under control whereas others may require further treatment. Warranty periods start 5 weeks after the initial pest control treatment and are for infestations that occur after this time. Please note there is no external warranty due to factors outside of our control.

Cockroaches – you can never completely eliminate cockroaches entering a property permanently. This doesn’t mean the solution did not work – they will come into contact with the residual chemical and soon die. If 5 weeks after the pest control treatment there are multiple instances of live cockroaches internally please contact So Pest Off. Warranty periods are 3 months internally for infestations. An infestation is where 5-10+ live cockroaches are seen inside the home at any one time.

Spiders – webbing spiders are covered in your general pest control. You will still see webs formed after the treatment as we cannot stop spiders coming to the property. We strongly advise to not clean down any webs as the chemical residue is evident and the spider will die after returning to a web. Spiders are also triggered by environmental factors such as extreme heat and heavy rain. Warranty period for spiders is 3 months internally.

Ants – like all pests ants are irritated after an initial treatment and you will see increased activity for 3 – 4 weeks post treatment. While they are not covered by a general pest control warranty period, if they come into contact with the chemical they will die. For full ant treatments or infestations please contact us to organize a targeted treatment quote.

German Cockroaches – due to their breeding rates and cause of infestation there is no warranty provided. So Pest Off will provide the best treatment plan and course of action to eliminate German cockroaches from your property after a treatment.

When planning a general pest control treatment visit we are always asked “What to expect before & after a pest control?”. There are a few steps you need to take to help us and protect you and your loved ones. We will make sure to let you know of these before our visit, and provide you with a fact sheet for after treatment management.

Before Your Pest Treatment

1. Move all kids toys to a higher location; especially outdoors – don’t forget your fur baby items as well

2. Pack away all open foods and drinks in a safe location (fridge or cupboards)

3. Move your furniture away from the edges of the wall

4. Allow clear access to the side of the property, under house access & roof access

5. Vacuum and mop the day before as you will not be able to directly after treatment

6. Plan you day; you will need to be out of the property until the solution is completely dried for your safety, including pets. We can lock up behind ourselves and send you an automated message once we are done

After Your Pest Control

1. Any foods/drinks that were left out will need to be thrown

2. Avoid the urge to do a deep clean for at least 3 weeks as the solution needs time to work; this doesn’t mean you cannot vacuum or mop, but avoid cleaning the skirting boards and only mop up to 6 inches away from the edge of the wall

3. Pests do not disappear immediately after treatment – allowing time for the solution to work is key. You will see a decrease in the amount of visible pests in the days and weeks coming. Do not clean down spider webs that are around the property, as spiders that come to the web will take the chemical with them and die later.

4. Once the solution has dried it is safe for you and your family/pets to return.


1 out of 3 homes in the Hills district are at risk of attack. Only 30% of homes in NSW have active termite protection in place, leaving a majority of homes open to risk of attack.

Annual termite inspections and ongoing termite protection can save you well over $100,000’s in potential damage.

Termites cans literally eat their way through floorboards at a rate of 2×4 in one month. The climates in Australia make for perfect termite breeding grounds with high humidity and rainy seasons. At the first sign of suspected termite activity, you should seek professional assistance to rule out potential termites.

What types of termites are there?

We have 5 different types of termites in Australia and being able to understand how their colony works will help understand the type of damage it can cause.

  1. Swarmer; winged termites that swarm and mate, and return underground to start a new colony
  2. Worker; these make up the majority of the colony and are responsible for the highest level of damage as they use home structures for food
  3. Soldier; these are the termites that protect the colony at all costs, by fighting off ants and other invaders with their mandibles pinching their prey.
  4. King; The kings only job is to reproduce with the queen and build a bigger colony
  5. Queen; Her job is to reproduce – the queen can lay one egg every 15 seconds.


What can an inspection show you?

Termite inspections are our speciality at So Pest Off. With a three step process we can highlight any potential threats to your home and through thermal imaging and a visual inspection So Pest Off can show any previous activity & damage, live termite activity, or no termite activity. So Pest Off is able to use the highest level of chemical strength to give you piece of mind with a Termidor Accreditaiton.


What are the types of termite protection you can have for a home?

  1. Reticulation System; alternative to chemical spray. Pumping controlled chemical through pipes will protect your home. Initial costs for reticulation systems are high but ongoing costs are relatively lower than other options. Not all homes suit reticulation systems and as professionals and experts in the field we can inform you which option is best for you.
  2. Baiting system; this is a non-chemical termite treatment option. Termite baiting stations are place around the property of the perimeter at between 2 – 3m intervals in the soil. These attract the termites to the baits where the termites eat the timber pieces acting as growth inhibitors. This leads to the eventual destruction of the colony. Baiting is done above ground directly near the nest. Termite baiting systems are usually the most costly option, but are also one of the best types of protection for your home. Similar to reticulation systems, the initial cost is high but the maintenance costs are relatively low. x
  3. Termite dusting; dusting is a form of live termite treatment options and needs highly skilled termite professionals to treat. Used for termite treatments where large numbers of live termites are seen. Dust is applied directly to where activity is seen coating the termites which allows them to carry this dust back to their nest.
  4. Chemical soil treatments; this is a preventative measure to deter any termites from coming into the home. One way is to is spray directly onto soil areas around the house and another option is to drill into concrete and inject directly in.