Pest problems in Australian households are common, with most homeowners experiencing difficulties with pests at least a few times in their home. Proximity to the bush or parkland can increase your likelihood of some pests. Professional pest control companies can help with all pest problems, ensuring a permanent, safe and comprehensive solution. So what are the top ten household pests in Australia?
Possums are native to Australia and although they are not technically considered a ‘pest’, they do have a tendency to be annoying and frustrating creatures to home owners – as they are notorious for making a home for themselves in the roof.
Possums are territorial, so if you don’t properly address a possum problem you will have a recurring issue.
As they are Australian natives, it is illegal to kill a possum, and in most states they cannot be removed more than 50 meters from where you have caught it. They must also be relocated by professional pest control companies. A handy tip to limit the amount of space for the possum to get through is to seal off any spaces you may have in your roof.
Flies are a relatively harmless pest, however they can spread disease. Most homeowners don’t struggle with fly infestations, so fly screens and properly sealed food are usually the solution to any increase in flies.
Ants are a common pest; however infestations can be frustrating and contaminate food. Professional pest control companies should be used to ensure proper extermination of ant nests and populations.
Wasps are a scary pest, as their stings are dangerous. Large wasp nests are hazardous to remove, and amateur interference can result in severe trauma and even death. Wasp problems should be addressed immediately by professional pest control companies, who can neutralise wasp nests and remove effectively.
Mice are a common household problem, as mice love to nest indoors. Mice can spread disease in homes, plus give you a fright, so it is worthwhile seeking professional pest control services – especially if you notice nests or have regular sightings.
Rats can cause serious structural damage to homes, or even cause fires, by chewing their way through wood, wire and other integral parts of your home. Rats also carry disease, and if they bite a person or animal, immediate treatment is necessary.
Silverfish are a common pest problem, feeding on valuables such as books, clothes and paperwork. Silverfish generally exist in large populations, so it is necessary to call a professional promptly, to avoid damage to goods.
Spiders are a common, but generally harmless, household pest. Most spiders in Australia will not cause harm to humans, however some are dangerous. Spiders can be discouraged from living in homes by regular cleaning and plastic, rather than cardboard, storage containers.
Bedbugs feed on human blood, leaving skin irritations that are annoying and unsightly. Bedbugs live in carpets and bedding. Getting rid of bedbugs involves both professional control and regular cleaning.
Cockroaches disgust most homeowners, and can contaminate food. Cockroach problems should be treated by professionals, to avoid recurring issues.
If you have a problem with any of the above pests, or others, call us at Peter the Possum Man, an effective pest control company. Peter the Possum Man can deal with all domestic pest control problems, offering a comprehensive and permanent solution.