The Top 10 Common Pests in Australia –
How Many Are In your Home?
In Australia there is an abundance of wildlife much of which is beautiful but also potentially dangerous. Beyond the beauty and danger the vast wildlife also yields lots of pests which must often be dealt with. If you live in Australia you might know that pests have made their way into your home right away and how to get rid of them in such instances.
A few of the common signs are damage to furniture and living spaces as well as damage to landscaping and garden areas. Below are the top ten most common pests in Australia.
Termites are very common in many parts of the world and Australia is no exception. Without a doubt termites are the most destructive pests in the whole country. These wood eating critters can cause widespread damage and breed outdoors and indoors. Termites breed from their nests in flooring and walls, the best way to get rid of them is to call a qualified and licensed Exterminator who can use chemicals to kill them and prevent them from nesting.
Certain pests are a bother during certain times of year, but mice may show up in your home any time of year. Mice breed in safe and warm spots such as basements and attics and in the cavities of walls. The best way to keep mice out of your house is to keep it tidy and never leave food and dirty dishes out so as not to attract them with the scent of food. If you don’t, the mice will try to get into your dry foods and damage your furniture and you will be susceptible to the many diseases they carry.
Cockroaches are less common when temperatures are on the cold side. They are just like mice in that they live in the smallest of spaces, in drains and kitchens and bathrooms. They feed on any food that can be found and are nocturnal. Cockroaches also carry many diseases, preventing cockroach infestation is best done by keeping your house clean and neat and not leaving food out, getting rid of them is best done by an exterminator and chemicals that can be effectively used.
Wasps can be a huge problem in the outdoor area of your home and garden and can also enter your home if you leave your windows open. Larger nests can be home of over 25,000 wasps, wasps can be found in the walls of a home, in bushes and underground. An exterminator or pest control expert specialist is the safest and most effective way of getting rid of them.
#5 Textile Pests
Sometimes you might find moths in your home and they are a real nuisance. Moths are attracted to clothes made of cotton and wool and will lay their eggs on them. When the moths lay their eggs on clothes, they cause a lot of damage as the moths eat through your clothes, carpets and upholstery. If you have moths you can buy products to help catch and kill them or also call an exterminator with the know how to effectively get rid of them.
In Australia, black rats are quite common. The presence of black rats is revealed by teeth marks on cables, smear marks on floors and droppings. Rats are very dirty and spread diseases and will get into your food cabinets and their sharp teeth can cut through plastic containers. Mouse/rat/ raps of many different kinds can be setup in your home to catch and kill them.
Flies are everywhere and will buzz around your home or anywhere there is open rubbish. They lay their eggs in your trash, waste and food and carry diseases that will ruin your food. Don’t let your trash pile up and keep the surfaces and floors in your kitchen and home clean and never leave food and food waste out so that the flies cannot lay their eggs and breed.
#8 Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are bugs that live in mattresses but will also live other types of furniture and in curtains and under carpets as well in the crevices and cracks of your walls. These bugs feed on human blood, getting rid of them may sometimes require an exterminator or simply just the application of the appropriate chemicals and sprays.
Ants come into living spaces searching for food, in general however their nests are more often found in gardens and warm, dry soil. The best way to keep ants out of your home is to give them nothing to feed on.
Silverfish are pests that will thrive in just about any climate and prefer dark and damp areas like bathrooms, basements, attics and kitchens. They also breed and live in storage boxes in garages and sheds and are attracted to damp paper and cloth. Removing food sources, caulking cracks and crevices in your home, vacuuming often and dehumidifying your home are the best way to get rid of them.