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Pest Identification

Please select from the sections below for information about pests.

You can also use our Visual Guide to see whether your pest matches any that we have listed here. Please use our Free Quote form for help, or call us for a chat.

They are not really white and they are not really ants but these insects are often referred to as ‘’white ants’’. Although termites play an important role in nature, a few species attack man-made wooden structures and objects, earning themselves a reputation as the most destructive timber pest known to man. When termites leave the soil in their search for food, they construct mud tunnels to protect them from predators and also to ensure that a high level of life sustaining moisture is maintained within the workings.

If you uncover termites in your home DO NOT DISTURB them, try to put things back as they were. Ripping out flooring boards, architraves, etc may kill the few termites in those timbers, but in doing so you have lessened the chances of an expert effectively treating the main nest. They will regroup and probably choose to attack another section of the structure.

Control your anxiety; waiting for another few days before treatment makes a little difference to the extent of the damage.

Long term termite protection can be gained by the application of the chemical or physical barriers, or both, to prevent termites from penetrating the structure. The aim is to keep timber away from soil contact and to ensure termites have to build a mud tube out in the open where it can be seen during a regular careful inspection.

Before you buy a home, office or factory, have an expert inspect it. The cost of a full report is minimal compared with the expense of repairs.

Bull ants are large, alert ants that can grow up to 40 mm. They have characteristic large eyes and long, slender mandibles and a potent venom-loaded sting. They have superior vision, able to track and even follow intruders from a distance of 1 metre. Many species of bull ants have bright red or orange colours on the head or abdomen.
There are about 90 species of bull ants in Australia with diverse behavior’s and life cycles. Nine bull ant species have been recorded in Sydney, but there may be more as yet undiscovered. Some of the smaller species are known as jumper ants after their habit of aggressively jumping toward intruders.

Bull ant nests are usually underground and often have hidden or small entrances. The nests can extend several metres below the ground. They attack intruders of any size that come too close to their nest.

Ants are very community minded citizens of the insect world. They have kings, queens, and immature stages back in the nest. The ones you usually find foraging through your kitchen, your garden and around your back door are the workers and maybe some soldiers.

Some ants have painful stings but mainly they are pests because so many of them turn up uninvited to your home.

Meat Ants, also known as Gravel Ants, build large nests underground and often place sand, gravel, pebbles or even bits of dead vegetation on the upper (mounded) surface of the nest. They are aggressive towards intruders, attacking other invertebrates, which they may eat, and driving off much larger animals by sheer weight of numbers.

In Australia there has been an increase in the number of bed bug infestation by 5000% since the year 1998!
Bedbugs are small, wingless insects found all over the world. They are nocturnal parasites, which mean they rest during the day and are active at night. They feed on the blood of humans. Bedbugs prefer to hide in bedding and on mattresses where they have ready access to a source of food.

Their bite is painless but becomes itchy and swells into a reddened wheal. Unlike the random pattern of bites made by mosquitoes, bedbugs tend to leave orderly rows.

Bees can be of great concern to parents with small children, as bee stings are extremely painful. Clearly, people allergic to bee stings must be constantly vigilant as a severe reaction can lead to death.

Wasps

As regards to wasps there are two main pest species in Australia, and an expert need identify these. They can often be seen buzzing around backyard pools, or birdbaths. More dangerously, they are very attracted to soft drink cans. A number of very painful and potentially dangerous situations have occurred when children drink from a can a wasp has entered. Unlike bees, wasps can sting again and again, each sting delivering excruciating pain.
If a nest is discovered, it is best not to touch it. Disturbing a wasp nest can encourage a very dangerous swarm of insects that could swarm for days.

Scavengers of the world, they eat almost anything, almost anywhere. They are survivors. Some of the 3000 species are pests and are carriers of diseases affecting humans. They all have flat bodies, enabling them to hide under bark, in crevices or run under doors. Cockroaches avoid light and prefer warm, moist situations close to food sources. They have also been known to produce allergic reactions in humans and in some instances, severe asthma attacks.

German Cockroach -  Adults 20-25mm and honey coloured. Prefers warm kitchens or storerooms inside buildings.

American Cockroach – Adults to 55mm and a deep red/brown in colour. Prefers moist areas like drains, both inside and outside. Readily flies in warm climates.

Australian Cockroach – Adults also to 55mm, red/brown in colour with pale egde to thorax and wings. Enters buildings at nights from gardens and debris. May readily breed inside kitchens and laundry appliances.

The Problem

Cockroaches have aggregation characteristics which builds a more suitable environment to inhabit. They favour cracks and crevices for harbourages where they can contact the top and bottom surfaces with their body. They do not leave their harbourages except for food, water and mating.

Solving The Problem

Control should be targeted at their harbourages since they stay in these areas for large amounts of time. Chemical treatments into cracks and crevices are also valuable since prolonged contact with treated surfaces will yield a high mortality rate. Applying proper hygiene measures can also be useful, forcing the cockroaches to travel further to find food and water, which increases the chances of contacting treated surfaces outside harbourage areas.

Fleas have no friends; they are parasites of warm blooded animals, particularly dogs and cats. Throughout the ages they made life miserable for both man and beast. Although there are over 2000 species of flea, the most common is the cat flea. Despite its name, (and preference) it is adaptable and is found living on both cats and dogs. Occasionally they will bite humans when desperate for a blood meal to provide protein for egg production.

The bite of a flea has certain features:

  • It is extremely itchy.
  • A red, swollen wheal develops within half an hour of the bite.
  • After a day or so, the wheal (lump) may develop into a blister or small wound.
  • The legs and feet are often targeted.
  • Secondary infections caused by scratching are common.
Some people may become hypersensitive (very sensitive) to bites.

The real problem with both rats and mice is that they contaminate more food than they eat. Many diseases can be transmitted by both rats and mice, and their gnawing of cables and wires can cause electrical fires.
There are a number of species of these rodents in the major population centres in Australia. During winter, most rodents move indoors for both shelter and food. In commercial premises, these can be year round problems. In rural Australia, mice can attain plague proportions given certain climatic conditions.

Nests are often found close to where they scavenge for food and water. The female will give birth to 4-6 litters a year, which will contain 5-10 young. These young can reproduce three months after birth, so it is calculated, that within one year, a single pair of rodents can be responsible for as many 400-700 pests.

Silverfish are small, soft, wingless insects often found in the home. They are nocturnal and move quickly; occasionally they are found in bathtubs as they cannot climb smooth surfaces. Their preferred diet is vegetable matter with a high carbohydrate and protein content. However, indoors they will feed on almost anything, including dried meat, flour, starch, paper, cotton, linen,  silk, sugar and breakfast cereals.

When it comes to spider infestation, an expert will identify the dangerous varieties, like White Tails, Red Backs or Funnel Webs – as well as the scary but less harmful Huntsman. Whatever the variety, a lot of people are very concerned about spiders in the house. There’s the worry they may bite children and cause a life-threatening reaction, as well as the anxiety spiders induce in a lot of people. Cobwebs are also unsightly.

Use and download our PDF (880k) Spider Chart for identification.

Australia is home to a number of timber borers, some causing serious damage, and some not. If you are concerned about having borers in your home, it is best to ask an expert to identify the variety – and recommend correct eradication procedures.

Borers can cause more anxiety amongst homeowners than other pests, because the tell-tale borer dust is a sure sign borers are, or have been in the wood. The most prevalent borers are Lyctid, Longicom and Anobiid borers. They can enter your home by a variety of sources.

 

Visual Guide

Select any image below for a closer look, then use the simple navigation to view more.

  • Termite
  • Termites
  • Termite close up
  • Termites In Redwood
  • Termites building on stumps
  • Termites building around ant caps on stumps
  • Bulldog Ant
  • Black Ant
  • Australian Meat Ant
  • Meat Ant
  • Argentine Ant
  • White Footed Ant
  • Bed Bug
  • Bee
  • Bee Swarm
  • European Wasp
  • European Wasp Nest
  • Paperwasp Nest
  • Paperwasp
  • American Cockroach
  • Australia Cockroach
  • German Cockroach
  • Flea
  • Mouse
  • Silverfish
  • Trapdoor Spider
  • Borer
  • Bird Lice
  • Carpet Beetle
  • Clothes Moth