There are roughly 62,000 different species of bugs in Australia. Unfortunately, some of these bugs find their way into our homes.
And once they’re inside, it can be difficult to get them back out again.
That’s why we’ve put together this guide to help you recognize the seven most common household bugs in Australia and learn when to call the pest control company.
So let’s get started!
Termites are one of the most common household pests in Australia, and they’re also one of the most expensive to get rid of. Because of this, termites are one of the most destructive pests in the country, both when it comes to your property and your wallet.
Termites build their home in any type of wood, which makes your house an ideal nesting place.
If you have termites in your home, you’ll notice these some or all of these warning signs:
- Hollow-sounding wood
- Warped door and window frames
- Tunnels in your home’s wood
- Small, black termite droppings
Termites can look similar to ants. So if you see any of these bugs or notice any of these signs, you should call an exterminator right away.
Spiders can find their way into your home through small cracks around your doorframes, window frames, and walls. While many spiders are simply a pesky annoyance, some can be extremely dangerous.
You know you have at least one spider in your home if you start seeing webs in the corners.
Make sure you break any web you see (both inside and outside) right away. This might discourage the spiders to build their homes somewhere else.
But you don’t want to be living with dangerous spiders. Give a professional pest control company a call if you can’t get rid of them on your own.
While fleas usually hitch a ride on your dog or cat, they can hop over to humans who interact with those animals as well.
Once a flea gets inside of your home, they’ll infest your furniture, carpet, clothing, etc. A single female flea can lay hundreds of eggs in her short lifetime, so the infestation can get out of hand quickly.
And they’re very hard to get rid of.
The best way to deal with a flea infestation is to prevent it in the first place. Check your pets for fleasbefore they come inside and give them regular flea treatment.
- Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are another tiny pest that can multiply fast. They are also hard to spot, so you might not see them until it’s already too late.
These bugs live in or near your bed. Once you fall asleep at night, they’ll wake up, bite you, and feed on your blood. While not necessarily harmful, these bites can become itchy and annoying.
The best way to find bed bugs is to look for the following things:
- Bloodstains on your sheets
- Dark spots (bed bug droppings) on your bedding, mattress, and wall
- Shed skin on your mattress or bedding
- A musty smell
Unfortunately, these bugs can survive for an entire year without feeding. Getting rid of them can be a difficult process, which is why you should leave it up to a professional.
Cockroaches like warm and damp areas, meaning they’ll most likely hang out in your bathrooms or kitchen. Since they’re nocturnal, you won’t see them during the day, but you might hear them as they search for food at night.
Cockroaches also carry a number of harmful diseases, including Salmonella, Dysentery, and Gastro-enteritis. Their droppings can also cause asthma, especially in children.
To prevent cockroaches from gathering in your home, always clean up after yourself. Don’t leave food lying around, even if it’s only crumbs.
Most wasp infestations take place outside your home but still on your property. However, wasps can infest the walls of your house.
In some cases, a single wasp can get inside your home through an open door or window. They can then build a nest in an out-of-the-way place where you won’t notice it for a long time.
Wasps are more dangerous than bees.
Unlike bees, a wasp won’t die after it stings you. This means it can sting you multiple times. Not only that, an infestation of wasps can make coordinated attacks.
These stings are more painful than normal bee stings, and they can be dangerous or even fatal if you have an allergic reaction to them.
Don’t try to deal with a wasp infestation on your own. It’s always safer to call a professional instead.
Ants come into your house in search of food. If they find any, they’ll be happy to build their nest somewhere on your property and stick around for a while.
Ants aren’t usually harmful, but they can be very annoying.
You can handle small ant infestations on your own by blocking any entrances and sealing your food. But large or stubborn infestations may warrant a professional exterminator’s help.
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There are a number of common household bugs in Australia, and some of them can be dangerous. If you spot signs of any of these pests, you should call a professional pest control company right away. Trying to deal with the problem on your own can result in serious injuries or wasted money.
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