Who Comes to Visit..?Unfortunately pests are animals and insects in the wrong place. If any of the pests living in your home were found in the bush, we would leave them undisturbed. Australia is home to many types of animals and insects, use our pest information as a guide to learn more or to find which pest is using your home as accommodation.
Despite its name, the Australian cockroach actually originated in Asia. These cockroaches are predominately brown and feature a yellow border around the head. They are winged and may fly. They feed on organic matter and are often found in or around greenhouses.
One of the most commonly found domestic cockroaches, the American cockroach is also one of the largest. This cockroach is a reddish-brown colour, has 2 wings and is generally found outdoors, however, they will still inhabit walls, subfloors and roof voids. They are most active during the summer months when they are most likely to fly. Prefers to eat organic matter but will also feed on food scraps, paper and clothes.
Bedbugs can be a problem in any household and require vigilante cleanliness to isolate them and keep them under control. Bedbugs often transfer from one building to another through clothes, luggage and furniture.
Another one of the most common domestic and commercial pests is the German cockroach. Although not limited to any specific area in your home, they have a preference for kitchens and bathrooms. Small, light brown body with 2 dark stripes on its head, this cockroach will eat anything organic. It is most active in the summer months and although it has wings it is not renowned for flying.
The Oriental cockroach is a medium-size cockroach that is deep dark brown to black in colour. They possess wings but cannot fly, nor can they climb walls or smooth surfaces. For this reason, they are often found in sinks and bathtubs. They love filth and are often found in cold, damp areas like underneath the kitchen sink, under the refrigerator or around drains and sewers. Feeds predominately on organic matter but will also feed on books and wallpaper.
The swarming of the honey bee colony is an annual event that usually occurs during spring when the weather is warm and there is no shortage of pollen and nectar. During this time a bee colony may increase dramatically in size and become over-crowded. The queen bee will leave in search of a new location for a nest, which, unfortunately, could be very close to your home. This can become a very serious problem that should be dealt with urgently.
Most active in the warmer months, the European wasp can still be seen year-round. Capable of stinging its victim more than once, each time injecting venom, causing a very painful reaction. This wasp's nest is often found in a wall cavity, the roof of a house and also underground. They are attracted to meat and things that are sweet. This wasp may potentially enter a can of drink and upon being drunk, will sting repeatedly in the throat causing mass swelling that could suffocate the victim.
Paper Nest Wasps
Very similar in size and shape to the European wasp. The Yellow Papernest and Common Papernest wasps are most active in the spring and summer months. The Common Papernest wasp usually nests in tree branches, window frames or house eves. The Yellow Papernest wasps nest is usually hidden. Its nest is grey and oval-shaped. These wasps are not aggressive towards people unless provoked. They can also sting more than once.
One of the most well known and poisonous spiders is the Redback. The female Redback spiders bite can cause severe illness or even death. These spiders can be found Australia wide and they love to hide under tables and chairs, especially outside. Females are easily distinguishable by their deep black body with a red stripe on the top of their abdomen. Males are rarely seen and not lethal to humans. Redbacks have messy webs that people can usually learn to identify.
Black House Spider
Generally black to grey in colour. They are commonly found in areas that provide shelter, food and security such as windows, fences, eaves etc. They have round, tunnel-like webs with an entry hole. The female will stay with the sac and guard it, only leaving the nest if forced to. These spiders mainly feed on insects that fall in their webs. House spiders are usually quite timid and will only attack people who attempt to move their nest. It has a nasty but non-lethal bite.
White Tail Spider
The White Tail spider is dark grey to black in colour and features a white mark on the tip of its abdomen. This spider can become aggressive when touched or threatened. They have an extremely painful bite that can cause ulceration and necrosis in some people. This varies greatly among individuals, however with many not affected in any way. Although mostly found outside, when inside, these spiders may take refuge on a bathroom wall or under furniture.
Daddy-Long Legs Spider
Have very long, skinny legs with a small body in comparison. The Daddy-Long Legs spider is often found in and around houses, under tables, television units, bookcases and in corners of rooms, where they will commonly spin their webs. Contrary to myth, this spider can bite a human but its venom is certainly not the deadliest of all spiders, at least not to humans. This spider feeds on insects and is deadly to other spiders, including the Redback.
The Norway rat is the largest of the pest rats. It has a blunt snout, small ears and a tail shorter than its body length. It can live for a year and have 6 litters in that time. Norway rats are widespread and can be found in locations that offer food and shelter. They nest in wall void and roof voids and other secretive areas with access to food and water. They eat all human and animal foods.
Roof rats are smaller and more slender than Norway rats. They have a pointed snout, large ears and tails longer than their body. Roof rats live for about a year and can have up to five litters in that time. Often found inside of buildings and around docks, these rats are more suited to cities. They generally nest in roof and wall voids. They like to consume fruit and vegetables.
The house mouse is small, has large ears, a pointed snout and a tail as long as its body length. They are darkish grey colour and live for about 12 months. They nest in cupboards, furniture, as well as the roof and voids in walls. They eat a variety of food and contaminate foods with their urine and droppings.