If you’ve just had a pest control treatment or are looking to book a treatment soon, here’s what you’ll need to know for after.

Different outcomes for different pest treatments

Ants, Cockroaches, and Silverfish

As silverfish encounter the treatment, you may see an increase in pest activity. This is normal as the pests are being driven from their usual hiding places. Our technical pest team can reassure customers that this activity will reduce over several weeks if the treatment was applied properly and recommendations were properly followed by the customer.

The same can be said for cockroaches. An occasional cockroach may be sighted over time; however, the treatment is still effective during the warranty period and we ensure that if the treatment was applied properly that breeding will not occur in your home.

Rats and Mice

Rodent treatments may take a little longer. The full effects of a rodent treatment may take up to one month to be seen. Signs of rodent activity should lessen and eventually cease after a few weeks.


Spiders are immediately affected by our treatment. Some spiders who may have recently come onto your property will not be eradicated immediately, and if still alive, are capable of biting people and pets. Please allow a few days to see the full effects of the treatment.

Pests do not immediately disappear

We would like to debunk the myth that the pest immediately disappears following a treatment. This is not always the case. As we’ve mentioned, homeowners may see an increase in pest activity after an ant, cockroach, silverfish or rodent treatment (spiders are generally flushed out immediately post-treatment). We recommend not to worry and to action the recommendations provided by your technician. You can also find these recommendations in our residential pest brochure.

Cleaning ‘wait’ period after treatment

Our technical pest team recommends waiting approximately 5-7 days before cleaning your home. However, if it is imperative that you clean within the waiting period, it is recommended to leave 10-15cm around any skirting boards in your home to avoid washing away any products. Exteriors of windows and doors (where treated for spiders) should be given 1 to 2 weeks before cleaning off the residues.

Do I need a follow-up treatment?

As we are controlling and managing the pest problem, the increased pest activity will subside if all recommendations are followed and the treatment has been applied properly. However, a follow-up treatment may be needed. If so, it will be recommended by your technician on-site. For example, we generally recommend follow-up treatments for German cockroach infestations due to the pervasive nature of the pest.

If pest activity has not subsided after a few weeks, please contact your local branch at Call us at 1300 270 019.

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