Have you detected a pest infestation in your home? Perhaps you’ve seen the first signs of pests scouting for food and shelter?

Often, the first line of defence is to use a supermarket bug spray, trap or insecticide… But, stop and think! If you have pets at home, you need to be aware that not every method is safe for your furry friends.

Our team at Jim’s Pest Control love our animals too, so here’s some pet-friendly D.I.Y advice to manage those pesky pests.


Does it ever feel like you’ve unleased a full can of spray on a track of ants, only for them to reappear days later? That’s because the product you’re using is only killing the ants on the surface, and not treating the hundreds still in the colony. Certain sprays can also be detrimental to your pet’s health if ingested.

The best way to protect your home and deter ants is to remove all things that entice them. Avoid leaving food particles on surfaces, ensure all food is stored correctly, and remember to lift your pet’s food bowl off the ground while they are not eating (ants just LOVE leftovers).

Why not try one of these natural alternatives:

  • Make your own ant spray – a simple mixture of soap, peppermint oil & water. It won’t kill them, but it will repel them naturally.
  • Alternatively, place crushed mint leaves, teabags or cloves near areas where the ants seem most active. Ants detest these natural morsels, and so do your pets!


When spotted, most of us instinctively reach out for an insecticide to quickly dispose of these undesirables, however many insect sprays can be toxic to your pets, especially in liquid form.

Remember, NEVER use bug-spray if your pet is in the room. Allow them to enter only when the spray has completely dried or evaporated. Cockroach traps or baits are another alternative, however make sure you purchase the non-toxic brand and keep them out of reach. Surface cleanliness (in the kitchen & bathroom, especially) is one of the best deterrents against cockroaches, as well as blocking up any access points to small, dark and moist crevices in the floors & walls.

Rats & Mice

Rodents cause many problems throughout Australia. Instead of killing rats and mice with store-bought baits, we recommend the use of traps to capture them. Baits are very harmful to animals as they contain highly toxic substances which act as anticoagulants (blood thinners) causing internal bleeding. All mammals (including humans, cats & dogs) will be affected in the same way if congested, so it’s important to keep them out of reach. If using traps, place them in an area where rats and mice frequent, but make sure neither your fur children or human children can access them.

If the problem persists beyond your control, we have the experience and products that have been specifically formulated to reach the fastest and safest solution. Be it ants, cockroaches, rodents, or all of the above, we can carry out a treatment that destroys the problem at the source, while still maintaining a safe home for your pets.