Sydney’s Most Common Pests & How To Tackle Them

Sydney has a range of wild life, some are friendly and others… Not so much. Let’s take a look at what Australia has to offer. Should you be looking for pest control Sydney, please check out the information on our home page.

Termites

There are 360 types of termite that exist in Australia and they are classified in three ecological categories as subterranean, drywood and dampwood. These categories are based on their feeding and nesting habits.

Research conducted in 2014 deduced that around 25% of Australian households will be affected by termites at least once! That makes them highly common and they’re pretty hard to tackle. On average termites cause almost $9000 in damages if left untreated.

Termites require swift action once you have discovered them. The longer you leave a termite infestation, the more extensive the damage becomes. Termites are often found in cities such as Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane & Perth.

Dependant on the extent of your infestation, DIY treatments are possible. Look for a product known as Permethrin dust or arsenic dust. However, you should consider using a pest control professional as a failed DIY treatment may cost much more in the long run.

Cockroaches

Cockroaches are rife throughout the city. They are hardened pests that are able to make a home out of warm, damp places (of which there are many). Cockroaches really like dirty kitchens, bathrooms and small wall cavities they can call their home.

The world health organisation warns that cockroaches are responsible for carrying some pretty nasty diseases that can affect humans, particularly if we eat food that cockroaches have come in contact with. Children are at a heightened risk to eczema and asthma as well as other diseases such as gastroenteritis, salmonella and dysentery.

There are a number of ways you can get rid of cockroaches including roach sprays, traps, bait boxes and poisons. You must take special care as the measures you take against cockroaches can be very harmful to children & pets who may accidentally come in to contact.

Mice & Rats

Mice and rats are another pest that are certainly a hazard to human health. Rodents harbour a number of diseases that are really unpleasant when we are exposed to them. This often happens in food preparation areas when areas are contaminated.

As well as the undesirable health hazards, rodents can cause extensive damage to your home / business / property. They have been known to chew through cable insulation & structural timber such as joists.

So do you have a rodent problem? The usual signs of a rodent problem are the appearance of droppings and a distinctive urine smell. A small number of these means you have discovered the problem early and you may be able to treat yourself. If you discovery a large number of droppings then you may need to seek professional advice. Another indication of a rodent problem would be unusual noises such as scratching. Rodents navigate through walls, under floorboard and in the ceiling. Hearing such noises is an indication that you may need to check out whats going on.

Spiders

Australia has a reputation for harbouring some of the most dangerous spiders in the world. Spiders are one of the most dangerous and intimidating insects that we may come in to contact with on a regular basis in urban areas.

Spiders such as the red back and funnel web do have a venomous bite however thanks to scientific progression in anti-venoms, fatalities are few and far between.

Spider infestations are normally harmless however for some they can be quite unnerving. Often they will create webs in corners, eaves, lofts away from possible disturbances.

We do occasionally attend spider infestations and will re-home the little critters when possible. 

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