Household pests are not just a nuisance; they can also cause serious damage to your home and health. We have compiled a list of the most common household pests in Australia and outlined the different risks associated with each pest.
Termites: With an average of one in four homes suffering from an infestation in their lifetime, termites are Australia’s most destructive pests. Costly repairs are often needed to fix the damage that termites do to buildings, and often these repairs are not covered by household insurance.
Mice: The constant gnawing and chewing of mice causes damage to furnishings, food, internal timber and cavity walls. Active all year round, these rodents are also known to spread disease as well as attracting snakes into homes.
Cockroaches: Preferring to live in warm, dark and moist areas of the home, cockroaches will usually emerge after dark to forage for food and mate. Known for their habit of contaminating food and surfaces with their droppings, there is also evidence to suggest that they are potential carriers of disease.
Wasps: With a large wasp nest potentially containing over 25,000 wasps, if these pests become a problem in your garden they can quickly enter your home through open windows and doors, potentially delivering a very painful sting. Wasps are often very aggressive, and they are known to be the most likely stinging insect to cause anaphylaxis.
Clothes Moths: These pests lay sticky eggs on clothing and the caterpillar larvae feed on clothes, carpets and upholstery, causing huge amounts of damage in the process.
Bed Bugs: These small, brownish coloured insects live on the blood of both humans and animals. Delivering bites that are often extremely itchy and therefore prone to secondary infection, bed bugs are notoriously difficult to find and should always be treated by a professional pest control company.
Flies: A very common Australian pest, flies are not just annoying – they can pose a health risk to humans, pets and even livestock. Flies spread diseases such as Salmonella and E Coli, and some species (such as March flies) can deliver a painful bite.
Ants: Ants enter houses in search of food and can build nests in walls and foundations, indoor potted plants and even cavities in toilets and sinks. Some species of ants pose serious health risks to people who are sensitive to their bites, and other species are known to carry disease.