The number of cockroaches people see is usually a small percentage of a much larger population. All cockroaches are scavengers and spend most of their time in narrow cracks and spaces.
Cockroach feces will be visible during an infestation. It may resemble coffee grounds or black pepper, while larger roaches expel cylindrical droppings. There may also be an unpleasant smell.
There are a wide range of venomous, non-venomous, aggressive and also passive spiders living in our homes and surrounds. If in doubt, is always safest to err on the side of caution and seek professional removal advice, especially with infestations.
The most obvious signs of spiders are their webs and/or egg sacs - although some spiders live in burrows and other crevices. Any dark place is typically a good place for spiders to hide and reproduce. Spiders are more active as the temperature drops.
Summer is the most common time for ant infestation, and in our warm climate - some ants think it is summer all year long! Our climate is perfect for ants and the subsequent ant infestations that follow.
You may noticed growing numbers of wandering ants, seen them marching in a line, or found an active nest. Typically, once they have found food, they can be difficult to get rid of with regular household treatments!
Some supermarket and hardware products may help with small ant infestations, but as a rule of thumb, a small infestation is generally hiding a much larger one. You should employ the services of a professional.
Fleas can live on your pet’s body and go largely undetected until you or your pet is scratching, or your family starts to get skin irritations or rashes. The flea is the most common form of house infestation.
If your pet is scratching excessively, you may be able to see the fleas crawling on their coat. Otherwise, tiny black faeces are also a clear sign of fleas, and can quickly be spotted after using a flea comb. Fleas quickly spread to carpet, bedding, rugs and curtains.
Bed bugs hide in cracks and crevices - including mattress seams, sheets, furniture, behind baseboards, electrical outlet plates, and picture frames. They are NOT the company you want to be keeping when you go to bed.
The signs of bed bugs are not pleasant. Stains and dark spots on your mattress, all the way through to small blood spots are all signs of bed bugs. Sometimes, it is possible to spot them in your bedding.
Aside from thoroughly washing affected items, only a pest control professional can properly rid your household of bed bugs. They can be a huge risk to commercial properties such as hotels and resorts.
Subterranean termites live in colonies in the ground, building vertical tunnels that look like mud tubes above ground level so that they can search for food. Because subterranean termites will die if exposed to air for an extended period of time, the tunnels provide protection from the open air, allowing workers to carry food to the nest. Subterranean termites can form tunnels through cracks in concrete, so slab homes are not exempt from these termites. They need to stay in contact with the soil in order to survive. Subterranean termites food source is wood and other cellulose material.
We all fear finding termite damage. Hollow timber, pushing your finger through a window frame, tracks of dirt or mud - or something as extreme as a roof section or wall giving way. They all indicate the presence of destructive termites.
Rodent populations can reproduce and grow quickly, and spread disease throughout your home or workplace. Rodents can also be destructive when it comes to chewing through wires, timber, plaster and other materials.
Apart from a loud scream... you may spot droppings, evidence of nesting, scratch and rub marks, noises in the walls or roof, chew marks or simply seeing them within your property at different times of the day and night.
Without a doubt, professional rodent removal is your best option - because where this one, there are likely to be others, and the risk to health and property is simply too great.
Silverfish are a common pest species throughout Australia. They thrive in the high humidity of South East Queensland and can often be found in dark, damp areas such as some drawers, cupboards, kitchens and bathrooms.
If you notice unexplained damage to photos, clothing, books or other common 'soft' household items - you may have a Silverfish problem. You may also find evidence of their remains or droppings in areas where you notice the damage.