Cockroaches are scavengers that have achieved pest status by exploiting foods that humans make available to them through, inefficient waste disposal, inadequate food protection, and poor general conditions of sanitation and hygiene.

The role that these scavengers play in the transmission of diseases to humans is perhaps the most significant aspect of their pest status.


Ants do look much like termites and are often confused by nervous homeowners. These insects belong to the order of Hymenoptera, which includes wasps and bees. In Australia many of the ant species are found in rainforests in the warm, high rainfall areas along the northern and eastern coast.Australia being a large and a diverse continent has habitat ranging from dry sandy deserts to lush tropical rainforest. There are almost about 23 of the 103 Australian genera, which are limited to Coastal Queensland and North-Eastern New South Wales and are not found anywhere else in Australia.

Ants are a social insects that live in a colony and in order to understand how to treat ants you must first understand how ants live.


Spiders can be divided into 2 categories:

  1. Webbing spiders; and
  2. Non-webbing spiders

Webbing spiders are spiders that create webs to catch their prey. These spiders include redbacks; orb weaving spiders; black house spiders; and daddy long legs just to name a few.

Non webbing spiders hunt or ambush their prey. Huntsmen; trapdoors; mouse spiders; and wolf spiders are some non webbing spiders.


Silverfish are teardrop-shaped and white to brown-grey or bluish-silver in colour, they can measure up to 12-19 mm in length and have three long bristles on the rear of their body.

Silverfish are capable of thriving in most climates, but prefer to dwell in dark, damp areas such as basements, attics, kitchens and bathrooms. Silverfish feed on carbohydrates, particularly sugars and starches, cellulose, shampoos, glue in books, linen, silk and dead insects may be food sources and they have even been found in unopened food packages. They are especially attracted to paper and damp clothing. So are commonly found in stored boxes in garages and shed.


A wasp is any insect of the order Hymenoptera and suborder Apocrita that is neither a bee nor an ant. This means that wasps are paraphyletic with respect to bees and ants, and that all three groups are descended from a common ancestor; the Apocrita form a clade.


Being social animals, rodents live in groups. Rats and mice often access cavities and spaces in buildings that provides them with food, warmth and shelter. Although they choose to live indoors primarily during the colder winter months, if the availability of food and shelter offered is generous they can take up year round occupancy. When indoors they may construct nests within wall voids, in roof voids, under floors and even within stored food. Rodents are regarded as pests for 4 main reasons:

  1. Eating stored food
  2. Contamination of stored food – via droppings, urine and hairs.
  3. Causing physical damage to buildings from constant gnawing
  4. Transmission of Diseases

The transmission of dieseases is alway the cause for greatest concern.


Fleas are an external parasite, they have mouthparts adapted for piercing skin and sucking blood. They survive by feeding off the blood of mammals and birds.

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