Our technicians are highly experienced in pest control applications, so you can be assured of the best service available. There are a variety of pest control treatment methods employed including:
- Liquid spraying (internal and external)
- Fogging machine
Below is some information on common pests that we can assist with. In addition, we can manage most crawling and flying insects. Our pest control technicians will firstly make an assessment of your needs and then, in consultation with you, decide on the most appropriate and effective treatment method available.
European Wasps/ Bees
Problems: risk of stinging
Active times: Spring
Tell tales: large amounts of bees or wasps around property
European wasps are more aggressive than native variants and when a nest is disturbed can swarm on the attacker. Wasps do not have a barb in their sting like bees and can therefore sting repeatedly. Wasp stings have several toxins which many people are hyper-sensitive to and can have severe allergic reactions. Bees are not as aggressive as wasps but can still cause problems with stinging. They create hives in tree hollows or naturally occurring voids. Bees have a barb in their sting which means a single bee can only sting once. People can also have strong reactions to bee stings in the same way as wasps. The best way to deal with wasps is to kill off the nest, using pesticides, and remove it. Bees can be controlled with pesticides.
Problems: severe reactions to bites
Tell tales: webs
Although spiders are not all bad we do, unfortunately, have some of the deadliest species here in Australia. In South Australia the ones to look out for are the red back, white tail and huntsman. Spiders are defined as a pest due to their bite and release of dangerous toxins into the body. Spiders are found both inside and outside of the house. Not all spiders are deadly or debilitating but, most can at least give a painful bite. It is therefore recommended to give these creatures some healthy respect.
Problems: food poisoning and disease
Life Span: 3-12 months
Active Times: mainly nocturnal
Tell tales: pepper-like specs in cupboards
Cockroaches are one the oldest known creatures having been around for hundreds of millions of years. They have the ability to get into very tight spaces and are mainly nocturnal so you may not even know you have a problem. If you have spotted pepper-like specs in your cupboards this can be an indication of cockroach infestation, they are the faeces marking nesting and courtship areas. They are mainly nocturnal and you are unlikely to see them in the day, if you do it could be an indication of a severe infestation. The main problems caused by cockroaches is food poisoning and diseases like typhoid, hepatitis and dysentery. They can cause allergic reactions in some people, often asthma sufferers, dues to allergens they produce.
Problems: property damage and disease
Tell tales: scratching noise
There are three rodents classed as pest within Australia, the Roof Rat, the Norway Rat and the House Mouse. Rats and mice can adapt very easily to domestic environments and so can quickly become a major problem. All rodents can cause extensive property damage and are prevalent disease carriers. They contaminate food, food preparation areas and utensils through contact with their fur, urine and faeces. You are likely to see House Mice and Norway Rats in and around your property, you are more likely to hear Roof Rats as they tend to live in the roof and wall span
Problems: noise nuisance
Active times: nocturnal
Tell tales: foraging noises
Possums are a native marsupial. They are well adapted to living in residential areas and will take advantage of loose tiles or sheeting to gain access to roof spaces for shelter. They can be a nuisance with foraging noises. Possums are protected under the Wildlife Act 1975 and can only be trapped by a licensed pest controller. They can only be trapped if they have entered the house and cannot be handled in any way if they are just nesting or foraging in your garden. The only way to keep possums out of your house is to make sure that all access points are secured after removal.