7 Common Household Pest Invasion Problems and How to Solve Them

by Darren K. Thompson

1. Termites: Every year billions of dollars of damage to homes in Sydney and the surrounding areas can be contributed to termites.

Do you suspect your home has been invaded? If so, it is important to have a professional inspection as soon as possible. When buying or selling it is often a condition of the sale to organise an inspection and provide a report on the current condition of the home.

The treatment is simple and will prevent the infestation spreading and will also help prevent further infestations in the future as well.

2. Mice: Mice are fast breeding, small rodents. They breed in close confines and spread bacteria throughout your home. They are capable of gnawing through the even the toughest materials and often do so in order to get to a supply of food.

A simple mousetrap, bait or poison is often effective to get rid of one or two mice but may pose a risk to children and pets. More serious measures might be needed if the mice have bred to infestation levels somewhere near your home.

3. Fleas: It only takes one flea to lay eggs on your pet or in your carpet and suddenly you have an infestation that is almost impossible to get rid of. They are capable of breeding at an incredible rate, so as quickly as you can kill them, there are thousands more in their place.

Diseases are spread by fleas. They cause severe allergic reactions, skin conditions such as rashes, and can even cause severe cases of anaemia in people and pets.

Treating your pet and its bedding is a great start, but if the fleas return a professional treatment may be the simplest, most effective option.

4. Spiders: Spiders are unpopular whenever they pop up unexpectedly in your home. There are several insecticide sprays available however care needs to be taken when using these.

5. Cockroaches: Nobody likes cockroaches. Not only are they notoriously difficult to kill, they love to breed in warm conditions, such as in your home. They communicate with each other by emitting pheromones, so if one cockroach finds a nice food source they can ‘call̵; thousands of other cockroaches, leaving you with a swarm in your home.

You can leave crumbs sprayed with poison, although care must be taken if you have children or pets. Poisoning has proven to be effective but again, if the numbers are too great this method will not be sufficient.

6. Ants: Ants are a generally a nuisance. If it wasn’t your food they were eating you could almost admire their determination and persistence. When one finds food it sends out a signal and soon it is joined by hundreds of others. They often return even after numerous spraying attacks.

Baiting is usually an effective way to handle an ant problem as the bait is taken back to the nest by the worker ants where it may be eaten by the queen ant.

7. Bees: Some people suffer severe reactions to bee stings and disturbing the bees hive will only cause the bees to defend their home.

Some insecticides may work, but use of these is not recommended. A professional would be able to safely your problem. If your problem is honeybees, see if a local bee keeper is willing to help by taking your unwanted hive for free.

Each of these pests is present in or near your home most of the time and normally they live harmoniously with humans. Many options are available to deal with these insects on a small scale, but when nothing you try works to get rid of them, it’s time to call in the professionals to get the job done quickly and safely.

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