Common Domestic Pests

Rats/Mice

Scampering and scratching sounds in the walls of your home at night, signs of gnawing or chewing, or damaged food packages can mean you have an infestation of mice or rats. Other signs include droppings and urine, burrows or holes in and around foundation walls, or tracks on dusty surfaces. Mice and rats are prolific breeders. Tackle the problem of occasional invaders right away to avoid a severe infestation.

Biting Insects - Fleas

Fleas are a parasite which feed on the blood of warm blooded animals, including humans. They pierce the skin, inject an anti-coagulant chemical into the host to prevent blood clotting and suck out the blood some passing straight through their rectum in order to lay their eggs.
A flea bite can cause acute irritation, infection and transfer of other parasites, such as, tapeworms. Fleas often enter a building on dogs and cats, and are commonly deposited in carpeted areas, in the garden, yard and under the building. Flea eggs can take several weeks to more than 12 months to hatch - generally during hot humid weather causing an instant infestation of plague proportions.

Wasps

The wasps most commonly seen in the garden and around the home are the worker wasps. They are about 1-2cms in length, have a distinctive black and yellow striped body and are shiny in appearance. Strangely, wasps are sometimes mistaken for honey bees or hover flies, but they really look quite different. Honey bees have orange and brown stripes and are covered in brown fur. Hover flies, although they are the same colour as wasps, are easy to distinguish by their hovering flight.

Ants

Ants are among the most prevalent pests in households. They are also found in restaurants, hospitals, offices, warehouses, and other buildings where they can find food and water.

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