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Pest control involves knowing as much as you can about the pest you have as well as the strategies that can be used to control that pest.
To learn more about the different types of pests, click on the applicable pests name below.
Pests are simply animals in the wrong place. In a forest, a termite is beneficial, but it’s a pest when it’s in your home.
Our world is home to a great variety of interesting animals. If you want to learn more about a particular pest, their lifestyle and habitat, then spend some time with the links in this section.
This general pest info section is designed to inform and educate you about a wide variety of pests around the world.
Fleas only inhabit warm-blooded animals and both male and female adults survive on blood meals. Adult fleas do not spend their entire time on the host and often drop off between feeds. When a flea infestation occurs in a domestic residence, the bites are usually observed on the ankles and lower parts of the legs as small red spots.
Bed Bugs are a public health pest that has plagued mankind for centuries. In recent times there has been a resurgence of this pest, in particular in hostels and hotels around the world; bed bug control must be an ongoing activity for many businesses and in some homes.
Rodents construct their nests close to areas where they scavenge for food and water, utilising soft materials such as shredded paper or fabrics. These nests are usually situated in wall cavities, roof voids or under floor areas and in the case of Norway Rats, in burrows, garbage tips and other similar sites. The adult female is capable of giving birth to 4-6 litters per year with each containing between 5-10 young. Because they become capable of reproduction just three months after birth, the mating of a single pair of rodents can result in a population of 400-700 within a year.
Generally not seen during the day the Silverfish will eat anything high in protein, starch or sugar. This includes cereals, books and numerous fabrics. Silverfish require a damp moist area to live in, and are consequently found in bathrooms and basements.
Wasps & Bees
Bees and wasps are most active in the warmer summer months, the time when humans can suffer from stings. Bee stings are annoying and painful for most, while a small percentage are severely allergic to bee stings to the point of being life threatening. Wasps are generally more aggressive when disturbed with a multiple stinging behaviour that is of greater concern. Unlike bees, the wasp sting can be withdrawn from the victim.
Ants are a community based insect that live in nests. Ants and their nests vary in size depending on the species. Ants generally become a problem when they are foraging for food or moisture when a large number of ants can converge to gather to transport the food back to the nest. Treatment will depend on the species and the position of the nest.
Spiders can be very beneficial around the home, eating many common insects around the house and garden. They can however pose a significant danger to pets and children. A spider bite on an adult person is typically painful at the time, resulting in swelling localised around the bite, however some spider bites can result in death.
Cockroaches are one of the most common insects found in homes, restaurants, food handling areas (German Cockroach), and they are perhaps the most despised and widespread pests known to man. There are approximately 3500 species of cockroaches of which only five or six species are pests of homes.
Termites (or 'white Ants' as they are often called) are not ants. Termites have a highly developed social organization, which, in many ways, resembles that of the ants and bees. All known species live in colonies, numbering from a few hundred to millions.
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