Ants are the most frequently encountered insects in and around the average home. They feed on a wide range of foods from those found in homes to the sugary excretions from plant bugs.
There are many species of ants which are pests of homes. Because they have differing food preferences, their identification is important to determine the best control method, particularly when baiting is used. The information below can be used as a guide to help you choose the right products for some of the most commonly encountered pest species of ants.
Cockroaches are the most common pests of houses, cafes, restaurants and other food preparation premises throughout Australia. Cockroaches eat a wide range of foods meaning most domestic and commercial situations are attractive to them. Cockroaches are nocturnal, hiding during the day usually in cracks and crevices in walls, kitchen cupboards, fridge motors, behind appliances, inside drains and furniture.
There are two main species of wasp which may be considered pests in urban areas. They are the European Wasp and the Papernest Wasp.
The European wasp is considered one of the worst wasps in the world. It is harmful to people and the horticultural and agricultural industries. The European wasp can sting several times when disturbed or agitated. It can also attack honey bees causing losses in honey production. The European wasp can be identified by its distinctive yellow and black banded abdomen. These wasps nest mostly in the ground, tree stumps, rockeries and roof spaces.
In most homes you will find spiders, but unfortunately their presence is not welcomed and ends in their death. Even when they are located in the garden, their role in pest control of plants is not realised by many homeowners. Spiders play a very important role in our environment by controlling pests that they prey on and should be regarded with respect. Spiders are important components of the environment and most spiders are not aggressive. Australia is the home to a number of spiders whose bite is toxic including the Sydney Funnelweb, Northern Rivers Funnelweb, Redback, Whitetail, Black House and Wolf Spiders.
There are many species of ticks but the most often encountered tick are the Australian paralysis tick and the brown dog tick. Both ticks can appear on animals as well as humans. The paralysis tick can cause the death of animals, particularly dogs and cats, and illness in humans.