Ticks are blood-feeding parasites that feed off animals and human blood. Ticks latch on to shoes or clothes and work their way around until they find exposed skin.
Ticks are attracted to people during outdoor activities, gardening or bush walking. Once the skin has been exposed, they insert their feeding tube into your blood, inserting small amounts of natural anaesthetic, causing irritation or mild allergic reactions, which is why most people don’t recall having a tick bite.
Ticks are active during the warmer months such as summer, which is when their eggs hatch. Female ticks can lay up to 2500 eggs at a time that will hatch within 40-60 days.
These are some of the effects you may see from a tick infestation:
If you've experienced any of these, or suspect you may have a tick infestation please contact us so we can exterminate your pest problem.
Fleas are a common pest problem for those who work closely with animals or have pets. Fleas may also be carried on other, especially hairy, animals like rabbits, foxes, rats, mice and livestock such as pigs. Fleas are most likely found in and around pet bedding, carpets and even outdoors in sandy soil.
Fleas prefer warm and humid conditions and throughout this time their compressed body enables them to weave in and out of the fur, hair or feathers of their hosts. Their long legs enable them to jump great distances, with most fleas being able to leap to a height of up to 18cm, or horizontally up to 33 cm.
Silverfish are attracted to cool, damp places and are hard to spot. They generally prefer eating foods containing proteins and carbohydrates, live under dead leaves and are commonly found in the basement and/or attic causing extensive damage.
Silverfish roam around the house during the night-time and will eat their way into almost anything, including paper, book bindings, wallpaper and clothing, kitchen or bathroom doors, and storage boxes.
Bed bugs are the same size as an apple seed varying in colour from light yellow to brown and feed off blood as their only source of nutrition. Bed bugs bite humans who cause major distress with their feeding habits. They feed on blood at night when we are asleep, causing swelling and skin irritation. It may cause skin allergies and in some cases, major reactions.
Bed bugs are known to be found in beds, skirting boards, broken plaster, timer floorboards, furniture, luggage, carpet, and basically anywhere around the home. The more Australians travel and international travellers visit the country, the more chances there are of a bed bug infestation in Australian hotels, motels, inns and homes (including AIRBNB).
There are some tell-tale signs that you can easily use to determine if you have a bed bug infestation: