Pest Guide

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Ants

Ants cause problems most notable when they forage in buildings for food or water and when they construct nests. Many ants live in permanent nests, which can be found inside cavity walls, behind skirting boards, architraves, behind and under kitchen cupboards or subfloor areas. Outside nests can be found in gardens around paths and rockeries. Different species of ants prefer meats, fats, oils or sweet foods. Ants will search indoors for water during dry periods.

When desirable items are found, many species will recruit more workers to help gather the food and carry it back to the nest. This can result in large numbers of ants appearing over a short period of time. Many do this by travelling along defined trails.

Hygiene indoors and sanitation are very important as this will most likely determine the size of infestation eg in a kitchen. All areas should be kept free of crumbs and other food particles. Outdoor areas should be free of food sources eg pet bowls, un-rinsed drink bottles or cans.

Ants can never be totally eradicated from a site, although with professional treatment and the introduction of baits, liquid compounds, their numbers can be reduced & activity can be managed.

If Ants are causing you a problem call – iPest on 02-8502-1485 or send an email to info@ipestgroup.com.au for advice or a quote.

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Birds

Pest bird populations are growing. They are affecting many commercial and residential buildings such as airports and marinas. Industry sectors such as horticulture and agriculture are also increasingly affected.

Some pest bird problems include, nesting in buildings, gutters and downpipes. Birds can block gutters causing water to overflow leading to moisture problems in walls.

Pigeons and other birds can carry many other pests such as fleas, ticks and mites. They are also known to carry and transmit several diseases.

In many of these situations preventive measure are preferable. Bird spikes can be glued or screwed onto ledges, beams, window sills or anywhere where birds tend to land and roost. Open areas in roofs may be sealed or a professional bird netting can be offered. Sealing or closing off access points is recommended.

If Birds are causing you a problem call – iPest on 02-8502-1485 or send an email to info@ipestgroup.com.au for advice or a quote.

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Cockroaches

Cockroaches will eat almost anything dead or alive. They are predominately nocturnal and increasingly active at night when they search for food and water. They prefer to live together in tight cracks and crevices. They may contaminate food, utensils with droppings, dead cockroaches, moults and vomit marks or other surfaces they come in contact with. Substantial infestations will often emit an unpleasant odour. Cockroaches often dwell in unhealthy environments eg sewers, grease traps, rubbish. They can also carry disease organisms in their gut or on their outer body that can affect humans. Due to their co-habitation with humans the health threat has to be taken seriously.

If Cockroaches are causing you a problem – call iPest on 02-8502-1485 or send an email to info@ipestgroup.com.au for advice or a quote.

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Spiders

Spiders such as the funnel webs can be deadly, other spiders maybe toxic and poisonous such as the Wolf spider but some are relatively harmless like the St Andrews Cross. Most spiders are nocturnal and search for food after dark but when day breaks most spiders go back to their shelters. Spiders are carnivorous preferring to feed off of freshly killed insects or other arthropods. They are also known to eat each other if necessary.

Some wasps, birds and lizards prey on spiders.

A few sensible precautions

  • Wear gloves when gardening
  • Wear sensible footwear particularly at night
  • Don’t leave toys or clothes on the ground overnight.

If Spiders are causing you a problem – call iPEST on 02-8502-1485 or send an email to info@ipestgroup.com.au for advice or a quote.

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Possums

Possums naturally live in tree cavities. They emerge at night to explore and forage for food. During the day they take shelter. Possums enter roof voids through displaced ridge cappings, broken roof tiles or damaged eaves. Once in the roof they make noises at night where they urinate and defecate in the roof void. Once confirmed, entry points should be sealed so that there are no more possums in the roof void.

Possums are protected animals and must be caught with a possum cage trap and released next day into the bush with food and water.

If Possums are causing you a problem call – iPest on 02-8502-1485 or send an email to info@ipestgroup.com.au for advice or a quote.

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Rodents

Their large populations are probably due to their small size, short breeding cycle and their ability to eat/gnaw a wide range of foods. They are very adaptable, agile,  omnivorous scavengers that are often active after dark. Rodents can transmit disease through contaminating food or utensils with rodent urine or faeces. Rodents have been known to bite humans.

Rodents of greatest concern are the Norway rat, Roof rat and the Mouse. These animals often share their food and shelter with humans.

Outside they can nest in burrows, sewers, waterways, trees, garbage dumps, other place that provides food and shelter generally within 50 metres of the nest. Inside they may construct nests in sub floors, roof or wall voids.

Ipest specialises in Rodent baiting programmes, including the use of lockable baiting stations.

If Rodents are causing you a problem call – iPest on 02-8502-1485 or send an email to info@ipestgroup.com.au for advice or a quote.

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Silverfish

Silverfish are agile, nocturnal insects that prefer no light. They are wingless and have flattened slender bodies. They have a silvery fish like appearance with their bodies tapering to the rear. Whilst frequently found in roof cavities they can be found in wall voids or sub floor areas. They can feed on human food but they appear to like starchy materials and glue found in books, magazines, photographs, cotton linens and wallpaper. Where possible books, photographs should be stored in light airy conditions. In kitchens store food in tight containers and frequent disposal of crumbs and scraps is advisable.

If Silverfish are causing you a problem – call iPest on 02-8502-1485 or send an email to info@ipestgroup.com.au for advice or a quote.

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Fleas

Adult fleas are between 1 and 4 mm long, flattened from side to side, usually brownish in colour with piercing and sucking mouthparts. They have well developed hind legs for jumping. Flea larvae are small, legless and worm like with short antennae, chewing mouthparts and rigid hairs along the body.

They prefer warm, humid conditions and more often a pest in the summer months. Larvae also benefit from the warm humid conditions. Fleas that can bite by piercing or sucking, they may cause mild to severe irritation, which can transmit diseases.

Good hygiene is an important aspect in the fighting flea control. Eg thoroughly cleaning of floor areas and vacuuming of carpets.

If Fleas are causing you a problem call – iPest on 02-8502-1485 or send an email to info@ipestgroup.com.au for advice or a quote.

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Wasps

The European wasp can sting several times when agitated as opposed to a bee which can sting only once. The wasp sting is very painful. Both the paper net wasp and the European wasp are fast flyers. Paper Wasp build their nests upside down often from eaves or window sills. European wasp nests are found mostly in the ground, tree stumps, rockeries, wall cavities and roof voids.

If Wasps are causing you a problem call – iPest on 02-8502-1485 or send an email to info@ipestgroup.com.au for advice or a quote.

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Bees

Honey Bees can be a serious problem especially if they swarm to establish a new hive inside a wall cavity of a residential or commercial building. The venom of bees highly toxic, although they only sting once before the die, having swarms of them attack can result in death to humans. Correct identification is important as native bees do not sting. The native bee nests in trees and in hollow log sections of stumps.

If Bees are causing you a problem call – iPest on 02-8502-1485 or send an email to info@ipestgroup.com.au for advice or a quote.