Ants are known to live in structured nest communities located underground, in ground-level mounds or, in trees. Carpenter ants nest in wood and can be very destructive to your property.
Ant communities are headed by a queen or multiple queens, whose sole purpose is to lay thousands of eggs that will ensure the survival of the colony. Male ants have one duty, to mate with the queen and after time, may die. The "working" ants who find food, care for the queens offspring, work on the nest and protect the community are known to be the wingless female ants that never reproduce.
Ants communicate and cooperate by using chemicals that can alert others to danger or lead them to a promising food source. They typically eat nectar, seeds, fungus, or insects. Some species have diets that are unusual such as army ants who prey on reptiles, birds, or even small mammals.
Ant infestations can range from mild to severe and it is advised for a professional pest control treatment for any degree of ant infestations.
Ants can be found active all year around, with numbers often increasing during periods of high humidity. Besides their nests, you will most likely find them crawling in your kitchen cupboards, kitchen counter, bins, front or backyard doors, bathroom/s, in your walls, pathways of the home and basically anywhere they can find food or water.
Ants are considered pests because they cause a nuisance to our customers. How? By contaminating food items and infesting common areas. They can also administer painful bites, especially fire ants, the jack jumper ant, and the bulldog ant.
Depending on the species, ants are capable of causing damage to wall cavities, electrical equipment, and roof voids. Ant control preserves the value of your property.
Rats and mice are found mainly in the cooler months. Homes and buildings are ideal for rats and mice as they provide food, warmth, water and shelter. They cause extensive damage to doors, skirting boards, books and especially food containers with droppings and fur.
A rodent nest is usually made of rags, paper and cardboard. Rodents are mainly heard of at night with their squeaking and clawing. Rat borrows are found next to waterways and buildings.
Our professional technicians at Termiticidal are trained to address current infestations but can also provide a secure rodent bait, preventing future infestations. The baits are secured in lockable bait stations placed out of reach of children. In roof voids we secure the bait with wire to avoid rodents dragging them out.
Rats can be very stubborn once they manage to get into your property and it's crucial to get rid of them before they spread diseases, soil food and damage the property. Rats can harm pets, humans and their environment which include:
The most common signs you can look for to distinguish if you have a rat or mice infestation include:
Termiticidals technicians are licensed to exterminate feral animals. Depending on the severity of the situation, our technicians will guide you and provide you with advice on what steps to take next.
Spiders can be a particular nuisance in the home. Our buildings and gardens are ideal for spiders because they provide food and shelter. Spiders are most active at night when they go hunting or feed on insects. They are attracted to warm, small and dark spaces such as wall cracks, corners, air vents, and in the eaves of your home.
Other species prefer to stay closer to the outdoors, weaving their webs in your garden or near your outdoor lighting fixtures. Most Australian spiders are venomous but are not considered to be harmful to humans. Red-back spiders, funnel web spiders and mouse spiders however, require immediate attention.
These are some of the most common, dangerous and poisonous spiders found in Australian houses and backyards:
Neglecting to fix a pest problem can lead to health issues caused by diseases that spread by common pests such as cockroaches. Cockroaches thrive in warm, humid and unhygienic conditions, spreading a range of bacteria and disease-producing organisms to humans.
The most common varieties that have been found are German, American, Australian, Brown-banded, Oriental and Smokey Brown cockroaches.
The most common areas where cockroaches live are confined spaces, near the refrigerator, cracks in walls, pantry, stacks of magazines and newspapers, card board boxes, below sinks, water heaters, drains and grease traps and gardens.
People often mistake different species of cockroaches:
There are some simple things that can be done around the home to help prevent a cockroach infestation:
In most cases, those who try to kill their cockroaches without a professional treatment don't realise the disease has already been spread throughout the property. When killing a cockroach it lays its egg, which increases the chance of another cockroach developing and it hasn't solved the problem long term.
Our Termiticidal Technicians are professionally trained and will determine the type, source and extent of the infestation and use registered insecticides to control the cockroaches.