When thinking about pests in your area of Australia, quite a few may come to mind. Below are some lists of Australian Household pests that you may or may not have come across.
The dreaded cockroach
Common cockroach is smaller than the ones in North America
Comes from the same family as termites
The giant burrowing cockroach is native to Queensland and get up to 3 inches in length
There are 450+ sub-species in Australia
Some varieties use a hissing sound and some use vibration for mating
They are considered a pest because they can make asthma and allergies worse, they can spread disease and can crawl in the ear canal and cause problems. Pesticides are the best way to deal with them but even that is not foolproof.
Blood sucking ticks
Ticks can spread many diseases
The paralysis tick is common in Eastern Australia
Other diseases is tick typhus and tick spotted fever
The best way to avoid them is to stay away from them but if you can’t, then use deet spray, wear lights clothes that will make it easier to see them, wear long sleeves and pants and remove them as soon as you see them
The Leggy Millipedes
Over 12,000 species
Do not cause any health problems for people
They are not deadly
The best ways to control infestations is to make sure there is no food out that they could eat. If your garden has decayed plants in it you should remove them. They eat mold and mildew so make sure to take care all these issues. Use human and animal safe insecticides. This is one of the easiest pests to eliminate.
Silverfish do not bite
They like dark humid places
When they move they wiggle like a fish would
They eat adhesives like the binding of a book, or wallpaper
They are eaten by spiders but that is not a good method to get rid of them. In most cases, it is best to use an insecticide. It is best to get rid of them because even though they carry no diseases, they can be very destructive.
Those annoying Ants
The jumper ant is poisonous
The Yellow Crazy ant causes a lot of damage and bully native ants and take over
1,275 subspecies of ants in Australia
Ants will go a long way from home to get and bring back food
Eliminating ants can become a job. Caulk all cracks and crevices to stop them from getting in your home. Clean a lot to make sure they have no food source. Bait traps work to kill off the colony.
Don’t let the bedbugs bite
Bedbugs get into cracks and crevices
They are nocturnal but will come out in the day if need be
They multiply extremely fast
Their babies are transparent so you may not notice just how many there are
They can live for 1+ years with not food
Home remedies do not work. Hiring a professional is the best case scenario for killing them off. It is expensive but it is the only way that really works. It takes at least 2 sessions to kill them off. There are professionals that can do it by heat but that is even more expensive.
Mice or Rats
They nest in quiet places
They are known to spread disease
There is almost no space they can’t squeeze through
The best way to kill rodents is to bait a trap that has a deep well and put instant mashed potatoes in it. Rodents just love the stuff. You could call an exterminator if you do not want to do it yourself.
Those wood eating Termites
There are 350+ species of termites in Australia
In the wild they are a good thing. They help with soil nutrition
You need to identify what species it is because there are different methods of killing certain ones
There are things that can be done to take care of your termite problem. If it is a new building, use treated lumber. Call an exterminator to kill off the colony.
Australia has the most deadly spiders
There are 1000+ species that live in Australia alone
They like warm dry places
An exterminator might be needed if you have a lot of spiders. Salt water sprayed in the area where they live is also a deterrent if you cannot afford a pro.
The Stinging Wasp
They are necessary to pollination
The paper wasp is Australia’s native wasp
Wasps can detach there stinger so that they can sting many times
Locate the nest and destroy it. This has to be done before you use pesticides. You may want a professional because they will be more adept at handling the problem.
Australia basically has the same pests as every other country although some are more deadly. For that reason alone, maybe a professional should be called in most cases, just to be safe. But in all cases, just be smart about it.