Possums: Control and Prevention

PEST CONTROL POSSUMS Possums are mostly arboreal marsupials. Two species of possums are encountered by pest controllers as occasional intruders in buildings, they are the Commong Ringtail and Common Brushtail Possum. Possums naturally live in cavities of trees. They shelter there during the day, and emerge to feed & explore at night. Possums enter roof

Rats & Mice: Treatment and Prevention

RODENT CONTROL The presence of rats and mice in buildings is usually regarded as undesirable from the viewpoint of food spoilage and contamination, physical damage and the transmission of diseases to humans. Rats and mice are responsible for enormous losses of food in storage, either by directly eating the foods or by rendering them inedible

Wasps: Control and Prevention

Wasps, particularly the papernest wasp are day-flying insects. The paper nest wasp congregate on the paper or mud nest mostly at night. The European wasp is now established in New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania and in time will occur throughout Australia. Each nest usually lasts one year, but in warmer climates the nest may

Spiders: Control and Prevention

SPIDER CONTROL There are hundreds of known spider species in Australia. Of these, there are only about a dozen or so species that are considered pests in the urban environment. Most spiders tend to be nocturnal, active at night and feed on almost any insect or other spider. Spiders are possibly one of the most harmful

Termites: Control and Prevention

Termites are insects belonging to Order Isoptera. They were often called “White Ants”; however, apart from their social habit of living in colonies as several forms of castes, in appearance they donot resemble true ants. Termites are mostly pale brown to white, have no constriction between thorax and abdomen, and have beaded antennae.  Reproductive forms

Silverfish: Control and Prevention

PEST CONTROL SILVERFISH Silverfish are very primitive insects that constitute Order Thysanura. In Australia, this rather small insect order is represented by only 28 described species. These pest species restrict their activities to relatively undisturbed areas such as bookcases, storage rooms and cielings, where they may damage paper, fabrics and other materials. Within buildings, silverfish

Mosquitos: Treatment and Prevention

MOSQUITOS IN AUSTRALIA Mosquitoes are members of ‘Order Diptera’. The bloodsucking habit of the female has given the group significant pest status; which in Australia is represented by over 270 described species that as adults have piercing, and sucking mouthparts. The blood sucking habit of the female has given the group significant pest status, which

Fleas: Treatment and Prevention

FLEAS IN AUSTRALIA Fleas are small, very specialised parasitic insects that belong to ‘Order Siphonaptera’. Adult fleas are bloodsuckers; the majority feeding on mammals (eg. dogs, cats, pigs) and some feeding on birds. Some flea species are very widespread and as a result of their biting habit, which may cause severe irritation, and their role

Cockroaches: Treatment and Prevention

COCKROACHES IN AUSTRALIA Cockroaches are insects belonging to the Order Blattodea. They represent a primitive and highly successful group of animals, whose origins extend back at least 300 million years. Typically, infestations of cockroaches develop in and around buildings, and other structures that provide food, shelter, and often the preferred conditions of temperature and humidity.

Bed Bugs: Treatment and Prevention

BED BUGS Bedbugs are one of the true  ‘bugs’; that is, they are insects belonging to Order Hemipterans. Although they do not seem to be involved with any serious disease transmission, the bites of the bedbugs can prove very irritating. They are nocturnal bloodsuckers at all stages of their development, so a substantial infestation can

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