Most Common Australian Pests

Beyond Australia’s abundance of beautiful, yet potentially dangerous wildlife, our country also yields a large variety of pests which tend to disrupt and sometimes even cause damage to our homes. There can be all sorts of pest issues, listed below are some of the most common Australian pests.


Large wasp nests can be home to over 25,000 wasps, which can be a huge problem in the outdoor area of your home and garden. If you leave your windows open wasps can enter your home and build nests on the walls and other areas. Wasps can also build nests in bushes and underground.


Able to thrive in just about any climate, Silverfish still prefer dark and damp areas like bathrooms and kitchens. Storage boxes in garages and sheds, as well as damp paper and cloth, are also attractive areas to live and breed. The best way to rid your home of Silverfish requires removing their food sources, caulking cracks and crevices in your home, vacuuming often and even dehumidifying the house.


Black rats are quite common in Australia and their presence is generally revealed by teeth marks on cords and droppings. Rats are extremely dirty and spread many diseases. Mouse and rat traps of many different kinds can be setup in your home to catch and kill them.


Termites are unquestionably, the most destructive pests in the whole country. These critters have a very expensive appetite and can cause widespread structural damage to your house. They can breed indoors and outdoors, and most problematically in flooring and walls. The best way to get rid of them is to call a qualified and licensed Pest Controller who can use chemicals to kill them and prevent them from nesting and creating further damage.


Ants nests are more often found in gardens and warm, dry soil, however they tend to venture into our living spaces searching for food. Prevention is the key to keeping ants out of your home, remove all food sources so they have nothing to feed on.


Mice can be a pest all year round and usually breed in safe and warm environments like sheds and in wall cavities. The best way to prevent mice trespassing in your house is to keep it clean and tidy, never leaving food and dirty dishes out, otherwise, mice could destroy your furniture, eat your food and you will be susceptible to the any diseases they may be carrying.


More common in warmer temperatures, they can live in the smallest of spaces, such as, drains, kitchen cupboards and bathrooms. These nocturnal creatures also carry many diseases, therefore preventing cockroach infestation is vital to your health. Keep your house clean and neat and don’t leave food out!

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are nasty little critters that survive on human blood and generally reside in mattresses, however are also found living in other types of furniture, as well as, curtains, under carpets even in crevices and cracks in the walls. Properly eliminating bed bugs requires a professional Pest Controller, sometimes a simple application of the appropriate chemicals and sprays might do the trick.


Flies are everywhere and will buzz around your home laying their eggs in your rubbish and food and possibly spreading diseases. Prevention simply requires that rubbish is disposed of properly and that surfaces and floors are kept clean and free from food so that the flies cannot lay their eggs and breed.


While great natural bug catchers, spiders, if venomous, can pose a serious threat to all that live in the home, including pets. They also have the nasty habit of leaving webs all over your ceilings. To stop spiders from entering your home, it is recommended that all windows and doors be sealed properly, any plants or foliage that is situated close to the house be relocated and rubbish and food scraps removed regularly to reduce their food sources, flies for example.

So how can you get rid of these pests once and for all in order to enjoy a clean and healthy home?

Your best bet is to call a pest control service like Jim’s Termite & Pest Control on 131 546 or book online for a free, no-obligation quote.


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VIC:  Pest Control Melbourne – Pest Control GeelongPest Control Mornington Peninsula
NSW:  Pest Control SydneyPest Control Newcastle – Pest Control Wollongong
QLD:  Pest Control BrisbanePest Control Gold CoastPest Control NoosaPest Control Townsville
SA:  Pest Control AdelaidePest Control Mt BarkerPest Control Adelaide Hills
WA:  Pest Control Perth
ACT: Pest Control Canberra 

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