About The Pest
Out of 4,000 species of cockroaches about six are pests in Australian homes and businesses.
They are nocturnal creatures coming out at night or after human activity has ceased for the night. During the day they will hide in cracks and crevices, warm areas near motors of appliances
Studies have shown that disease organisms are present on the cockroach body. Results show that this is positive for at least one or more food poisoning bacteria to be transmitted to humans.
Termites are often called "White Ants". However they do not resemble true ants.Termites belong to the order Isoptera.
Termites are mostly white to pale brown. The soldiers and workers are blind, sexless and wingless and have thin cuticles. They have a King and a Queen and once she gets going can lay up to 1000 eggs per day. Some colonies can have up to a million termites in it and can cause a lot of damage to sound timbers.
In Australia about 3000 species of ants are known.
Ants are a social insect that live in a nest or colony. Colony sizes vary enormously and are most likely located in soil, wood and among rocks.
Ants are mainly scavengers and are common intruders in and around buildings. They are regularly found around foundations and in roof voids, kitchens, lawns and gardens.
Ants are considered a nuisance pest. But beside this they can present a health risk also. As ants scavenge over dog excrement, garbage bins and other sources of disease organisms, their potential to spread disease to humans should not be overlooked.
Rats and Mice are a serious pest of humans. These animals have adapted to live very close association with humans, sharing their food and shelter.
Throughout history rats and mice have been responsible for transmitting disease to humans even causing death.
They are scavengers and mostly nocturnal animals.They mainly feed at night unless there is little disturbance or there nest is highly populated. In their travels,they tend to move and feed under or near cover,seldom eating in open places.
Bedbugs are a true bug. The adults are 4-5mm long with a rusty red coloured oval shaped body.They are nocturnal creatures and to this date they have not been associated with any disease transmission, however the bites from a bedbug can be very irritating. The are mainly found in sleeping quarters of hotels, motels , backpackers etc. In homes they usually are located in the bedroom.
Fleas are small and bloodsuckers to majority of feeding mammals , dogs, pigs, cats etc
Fleas often become a pest to humans with their bites especially in domestic residences to people ankles and lower legs. The irritation which can persist for days is due to the injection of saliva , which acts as anticoagulent.
Adults fleas can grow to about 4mm are usually brownish and equipped with piercing and sucking mouthparts.
The main pest with these critters is the European wasp. The usually nest in the ground or the bottom of a tree and are bright yellow and black in colour. When disturbed they can sting several times , and the sting is quite painful. Usually a problem from January to March.