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Ants

Common Urban Pest Ants

There are over 3,000 species of ants in Australia and most are difficult to identify without a microscope and Specialist knowledge. There are some very effective baits for some pests species while others require control using sprays. Call Affordable Pest Control so that the most effective control methods can be recommended.

Agricultural pest Ants can impact on orchards and gardens by protecting honeydew producing insects such as aphids and scales. These sap-feeding insects can damage trees if allowed to increase in numbers, and the protection they gain from predators and parasites by the presence of large numbers of ants allowing them to increase to economically damaging levels.

When am I likely to see these pests?
Usually from late spring to early winter.

Termites

What do termites look like?
Termites are small, soft bodied, social insect that feed on wood, grass,dead leaves, bark, humus, fungi or the dung of herbivores. They are commonly known as white ants, but are not related to true ants. Workers have no eyes and the antennae are beaded. There is no constriction of the abdomen (as in ants, bees and Wasps).,

What damage can Termites do?
There are more than 2,300 species of termites of which about 350 occur in Australia, and of these 12 damage sound timber.

Termites also recycle organic materials and aerate the soil. They are an important part of the diet of other animals and their activities provide hollow logs, which are used by birds and mammals nesting.

When am I likely to see these pests?
Year round, but they tend to be more active under warm conditions. Termites activity are often revealed by the presence of mud channels or galleries in places where timber touches the ground.Untreated pine and karri timbers and to be more susceptible than jarrah or treated pine.

Moist soils, such as round leaking taps or gutters and also garden beds, will make areas more susceptible to termites activity.

What if I find termites? This is not necessarily cause for concern as termites are ubiquitous, and have an important ecological role in the environment. If termite activity is associated with building structures (house, shed, pergolas etc), leave this undisturbed and contact Affordable Pest Control. Termites damage is more likely to be slow and steady, and significant damage will take weeks rather than days. Termites accidentally collected with firewood will soon perish once removed from the parent colony.

Where do I seek advise?
Seek advise from Affordable Pest Control. Drywood termites nest within wooden structures and do not require contact with the ground. Drywood termites are hard to detect and damage is often significant prior to detection.

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Spiders

Spiders

Daddy long legs: Found in thin, tangled webs attracted to ceilings and upper walls or corners of rooms, sheds and caves, these spiders grow to about 9 mm with thin, long legs (up to 50 mm).

Redback: Black and brown (pea shaped abdomen) medium sized spiders with medium scarlet-red to orange-yellow stripe on the back ( and under sides) of the abdomen. The stripe is sometimes broken and outlined with fine white markings. They are found all over Australia in dry open forest to shrub land habitats, often associated with rocky areas, logs, stumps or low shrubs, and commonly occur in urban situations. Seek medical advise if bitten.

Wolf spider: Also known as lawn or garden wolf spiders, as this is where we often encounter them. Most wolf spiders are wanderers and some build burrows, either with or without a trapdoor entrance. Species range in size from 1-8 cm across the legs and are distinguished from other ground dwelling spiders by their large eyes used for hunting at night. Most wolf spiders are typically drab brown/grey with variegated black or fawn patterns on them. They are not dangerous to humans, although one species can cause a painful bite, and cause blistering skin lesions and infection. Always wear gloves when gardening.

Silverfish

Silverfish

Silverfish: Cause damage by eating foods or other materials that are high in protein, sugar, or starch. They eat cereals, moist wheat flour, paper on which there is glue or paste, wallpaper and book bindings, starch in clothing, and rayon fabrics. They are frequently found trapped in sinks and bathtubs, in book cases, around closet shelves, behind skirting boards and window and door frames. The adult silverfish is about 2 cm long including long tail filaments. The most common house species is covered with smooth glistering silvery scales.

Control: A range of silverfish bombs and sprays are available from supermarkets and hardware stores. For further assistance, contact Affordable Pest Control.

Moths

Moths

Stored product moths in WA generally refer to 3 major pests - the Indian meal moth, the Mediterranean flour moth and the tropical warehouse moth. The Indian meal moth is found in home groceries, has a wingspan of 15 mm and is the parent of the pinkish-white grubs found in raisins, dates and figs, and sometimes biscuits, powered milk and chocolate. They contaminate foodstuff with webbing. Larvae grows to 17 mm long, have dark head and 3 pairs of legs. The moth lays eggs on or near foodstuffs.

Control: All products should be destroyed. Undertake regular clean outs including vacuuming shelved in the pantry and stored product areas.For further assistance, contact Affordable Pest Control.

Cockroaches

Cockroaches

What do cockroaches look like?
There are only a small number of pest cockroaches in Western Australia. They are differentiated on size, shape and colour.

German Cockroach
About 12 mm long, beige to light brown with two dark stripes on the back of the head. It is the most wide spread and successful cockroach and is commonly found in food storage areas. It seeks warm moist conditions and prefers to roam at night. German cockroaches rarely fly.

American Cockroach
The adult body is 30-50 mm long and brown with a yellowish band behind the head. It lives in warm, moist, dark conditions like sewers, walls, roofs and sub-floor voids, around hot water pipes and heating implements. This cockroach readily flies

Brown-banded cockroach
Adults are 13-14 mm long, pale brown with very pale bands across the thorax and abdomen. Unlike other pest species it can live in dry situations and may be active throughout the building rather than being restricted to the kitchen and damp areas.

Native Australian black cockroach
The native Australian black cockroach grows up to 35 mm in length and are black with white margin and wingless. It is primarily an outside species, but is found inside in the summer months, probably due to the cooler and damper conditions.

What damage do cockroaches cause?
Cockroaches can carry disease organisms like salmonella, they may contaminate food and drinks with their droppings, or cause electrical shorts and fires in electrical equipment.

When am I likely to see the pest?
All year round dependent on the species but especially during the warmer months.

What if I see a cockroach?
High levels of hygiene are required for effective control. Avoid leaving food and water over night, store food in tightly closed containers, store garbage in tightly closed containers, fill cracks and crevices that can act like shelter, clean ovens, cupboards and shelves and avoid dropping crumbs and spilling sweet drinks. Use surface spray, baits or dust chemical control.

Where do I seek advice?
Contact Affordable Pest Control.
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Rats and Mice

Rats and Mice

What do rats and mice look like?
There are different types of induced rats and mice. Brown rats are grey-brown above and white or grey below, with a head and body length of 240 mm and a tail of 200 mm. Black rats are dark grey/brown and slightly smaller than brown rats, with a head and body length of 190 mm and a tail of 230 mm. Mice are light brown and black above and white to pale below; head and body length of 60-95 mm and a tail of 75-95 mm.

What damage can rats and mice do?
Rats and mice can cause considerable losses to agriculture in spring and summer by eating recently sown and/or germinating seedlings, seed heads and maturing cereals, canola, lupins and stored grain. They also damage electrical wiring, buildings, farm machinery and foodstuffs.

When am I likely to see this pest?

Rats and mice can be present at any time, but they can be more often found inside buildings in cold wet months.

What if I find rats and mice?

Rats and mice can be trapped or baited. When numbers are small, use spring-back type traps, and set them undercover at right angles to walls, with the trigger adjacent to the wall. Bait with vegetable oil, peanut paste or pumpkin seeds. Poisoning, using baits containing anticoagulants, which are available from retail stores are used for lager infestations. Make sure you observe recommended safety precautions and be careful of secondary poisoning of pets if they eat affected rats/mice. Control can also be carried out by Affordable Pest Control.

Where do I seek advice?
Affordable Pest Control.

European Wasp

European Wasp

What does a European wasp look like?
With distinct bright yellow and black markings, yellow legs and black antennae, the European wasp is slightly larger than a bee.

What damage can European Wasps cause?
They are a serious pest in orchards and vineyards in summer and are attracted to raw meat at barbecues and pet bowls. European wasps can enter opened beer or soft drink cans resulting in life-endangering stings to the inside of the mouth and throat. Additional to being agricultural pests, European wasps are serious environmental pests and can impact on human health.

When am I likely to see this pest?

Mainly from December to June. They gravitate to meat in pet bowls and barbecues.

What if I find a European wasp?
Detection of wasps relies on reports from the public. European wasps have not yet established in Western Australia, so call Affordable Pest Control. Nests are shaped and sized like a soccer ball, and are usually found underground, or in wall cavities, roof voids and hollow trunks.

Fleas

Fleas

What does a flea look like?
Fleas are parasitic, wingless insects that feed on warm blooded animals, and are known for their ability to jump. The different species are commonly named for the host they favor e.g. cats, dogs, rats and human fleas. A blooded meal is needed before the female can lay eggs. The eggs may be laid on the host animal, but they fall to the ground. Usually the eggs are laid at night, so they tend to be in the nest or lair of the host animal. In a short time a legless larva emerges which feeds on organic material in the soil and nest.

Once the Larva completes its development it forms into a pupa, an inactive stage. Larvae and purae can occur deep in the pile of carpets, and in cracks and crevices in the floor or in open soil. The adult flea can remain inactive inside the silky pupal cocoon for a long time, until a host is detected, which also explains the sudden appearance of fleas in dwelling that have been empty for long periods. The dormant flea detect the vibration of the new occupants and are stimulated to become active and seek a host.

What damage can fleas cause?
Fleas are not generally associated with disease transmission in Australia, but it’s best to locate and treat the host animal. If the source of the infestation is not treated, the problem will continue. Dogs often show they have a flea problem by frequent scratching, but cats can carry heavy infestation without obvious signs. The eggs of cat fleas have a sticky coating which sticks to the fur. Hundreds of their pearl like bodies may be shed whenever the animal shakes or grooms itself.

When am I likely to see this pest?
Anytime of the year.

Bees

Bees

What does a honeybee look like?
Bees are a dull shade of yellow or golden brown colour, have black stripes around their body and black legs. Worker bees are 13-17 mm long, while queen bees are much bigger.

What damage do bees cause?
BEES ARE BECOMING MORE OF a problem in the summer months as residential areas extend into native bushland. Swimming pools attract bees, particularly in hot weather, and they will also be located around taps. Bees sting to protect themselves, so avoid them and walk away quietly. Bees can establish their nests in wall cavities, roof voids and occupy tree hollows where they stop native birds nesting. Swarms can arrive at a property and settle on low trees and shrubs. These swarms can be the size of a football and can present a significant human health risk.

When am I likely to see this pest?
Large numbers of bees are seen during the spring and summer months when nectar and pollen are abundant or they are looking for water. Swarms are frequent in Spring to January.

What if I find a bees nest?
Don’t take any risks with swarms or nests - contact Affordable Pest Control or exterminate bees nests.

Bindii, jo-jo or onehunga (weed control)

Bindii, jo-jo, or onehunga weed

What does Bindii look like?
A winter growing annual bindii produces a seed capsule protected by spines and is well known to many householders. Bindii is similar to carrot weed (cotula australis) which flowers in winter, but it flowers later and has no flower stalks.

What damage can Bindii cause?
It is impossible to walk on a badly infested lawn in bare feet. Bindii also takes away nutrients from the soil resulting in problem areas in your lawn.

When am I likely to see weeds?

Plants first emerge with the winter rains in May and germinate for several months. Flowers appear in the spring and continue to form at the base of the leaves until early December.

What if I find Bindii?
Bindii can be sprayed with product available from nurseries and hardware stores from mid-June to late September. The smaller the plant the easier they are destroyed. Delay spraying until a full emergence has appeared, but not for too long as flowering begins in spring and once the seed spines have formed the lawn will be prickly and uncomfortable for the rest of the season. It is better to spray twice than to wait too long. Note: Drift from spraying can cause damage to other plants such as roses and grapevines. Follow instructions on label. For further assistance, please call Affordable Pest Control.

Doublegees

Doublegees

What do Doublegees look like?
Doublegees have long spreading stems with smooth oval to triangular green leaves. Inconspicuous red-green flowers form in the leaf axils soon after germination and quickly produce viable seeds.

What damage can Doublegees cause?
Treading on a doublegee with bare feet is very painful. The weed has high levels of oxalic acid, which can cause poisoning to sheep. However, the main concern is that it competes strongly with cereal crops and legumes in early growth stages, causing significant reductions in yield.

When am I likely to see this pest?

Spring and summer.

What if I find Doublegees?
Doublegees are declared in parts of the state - check the declared plants web page. If you find doublegess in these areas report it to the nearest Department of Agriculture office. When buying hay, check that it doesn’t contain doublegee or other unwanted weeds to your property and always treat weed infestations when they are small to ensure they don’t become established.

Contact Affordable Pest Control for additional assistance.

Portuguese Millipedes

Millipedes

What does a Portuguese Millipede look like?
These pests have a smooth, cylindrical body, with adult millipedes ranging in colour from slate-grey to black. Juveniles, are light brown with a darker stripe along each side. Adult millipedes range from 20-45 mm. They can occur in large numbers, especially after rain, and curl up into a tight spiral when disturbed.

What damage can they cause?
Portuguese millipedes are nuisances in autumn and spring when they invade houses and gardens, and can occasionally damage crops such as melons, strawberries, tomatoes and potatoes. They are attracted to light at night, but cause no harm in small numbers and do not breed inside.

When am I likely to see this pest?

Following rain from April onwards with another peak in activity in September/October.

What if I find a Portuguese Millipede?
Turn off lights close to buildings, and close curtains, blinds and doors to minimize escaping light. Physical barriers can stop millipedes from entering houses. Also clean away decaying leaves, other garden litter and compost near the house to reduce areas where they might shelter. Biological and chemical control methods are also available. For more information, please contact Affordable Pest Control.

African Black Beetle

Black Beetle

What does an African Black Beetle look like?
The adult is shiny black and cylindrical, slow moving, around 15 mm long and can fly. Larvae are soil dwelling, 25 mm white curl grubs with 3 pairs of legs on the thorax, a prominent brown head with black jaws. Pupae are straw coloured, cylindrical and 15 mm long.

What damage can an African Black Beetle cause?
These pests cause significant economic damage to horticultural crops such as young vines, olives and potatoes. They can affect young ornamental trees, such as blue gums and young thin wooded plants such as proteas. They attack newly sown pastures and lawns, particularly kikuyu, couch and tufted perennial grasses such as perennial.

When am I likely to see this pest?
Mid-summer through to winter.

European House Borer ( EHB )

What does a European house borer look like?
The adult is brownish-black and slightly flattened, arranges from 8-25 mm in length, with antennae about half as long as the body. The larvae live in dead limbs of living or dead pine trees and in untreated pine products. The adult beetle emerges from infested trees. People often confuse the native longicorn beetles (15-50mm in body length) with EHB (8-25 mm), but native longicorn beetles are generally bigger and have relatively longer antennaes. EHB has only been detected in seasoned untreated pine in Western Australia. The larvae live within timber from 2-12 years.


What damage can a European House Borer cause?
EHB can destroy structural timber by tunneling and weakening its strength.


When am I likely to see this pest?
Generally the larvae are not seen. The most visible evidence to indicate that untreated pine is affected, is the presence of oval shaped exit holes running with the woodgrain and frass (a mixture of fine wood dust and excrement). You may hear a soft scraping sound as EHB larvae eat through the timber.

The adult beetle emerges from the timber between September and March.

What if I see a European House Borer?
Take a preferably live specimen and call Affordable Pest Control immediately.

What do drywood termites look like?
Drywood termites are exotic pests that appear similar to other termites (white ants) but the entire colony is contained within the timber being attacked. It is impossible to protect timber against attack using barriers we use against native termites.

The material ejected from the timber is a granular frass/excreta (about 1mm in size like grains of sand, not fine dust), and can be seen especially under furniture or wood panelling. Look for damage to furniture without the evidence of the normal termite workings or galleries.

What damage can they cause?
Drywood termites are very destructive timber pests in building, roof, timber and furniture. They attack lower density timbers such as pine, spruce, native hoops pine, cedar and the sapwood of hard woods, including eucalyptus species. They are most likely to occur in wooden objects imported from other countries, especially southern Africa, southern USA Hawaii, South America and South East Asia.

What if I find a Drywood termite?
Submit samples of granular termite frass, termite solders or termite wings to Affordable Pest Control.

Where do I seek advice?
Contact Affordable Pest Control..

Pest Control Calendar

Monthly guide to pests, disease and weed control

Summer
Spiders, Ants, Cockroaches, Termites, Bees, Wasps, Lawn Beetle, Rats and Mice

Winter
Cockroaches, Termites, Rats and Mice.

Autumn
Cockroaches, Termites, Rats and Mice.

Spring
Spiders, Ants, Cockroaches, Termites, Bees, Wasps, Millipedes, Rats and Mice.

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