Early warning signs of a pest infestation

What are the early warning signs of a pest infestation?

Pest Busters Sydney has put together a simple and easy to follow guide that you can follow to see the early signs of a pest infestation.

In any pest infestation early intervention is paramount in ensuring complete eradication.

 Cockroaches

  • Tiny faecal droppings, smudges from regurgitated food and egg cases.
  • The cockroaches themselves, particularly if disturbed at night by suddenly turning on the lights.
  • Cockroaches seen during the day may – but not always – indicate a large population.

 Rodents

  • Droppings, half eaten food, gnaw marks, odour and stains from their urine.
  • Physical damage to electrical cables, furniture, books etc

Spiders

  • Webs or burrows/holes
  • Spiders

Wasps and hornets

  • The insects or the nests

Fleas

  • Cats and dogs scratching, small bites around the ankles on humans.

Possums

  • Noise at night, odours.

 Birds and bird lice

  • The birds noise, nests and droppings.
  • Bird lice that migrate to humans will leave an itchy, painful rash.

Bedbugs

  • Small bite marks in rows on the skin.
  • Minute, white eggs and adult bedbugs can be found in cracks and crevices such as in – springs of bed, in mattresses, furniture.
  • Sweet, musty smell.

Fabric pests

  • Damage to clothes, carpets, book bindings, linen etc.

Ants

  • Ant trails, ant nests.

Maggots

  • The smell!
  • Flies

If you have found any of the signs listed above be sure to call Pest Busters Sydney on 1300 130 567 or contact us using the contact us form

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Ants

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Ant Pest Control SydneyBlack house ant – Bull ant – Carpenter ant –  Coastal Brown ant

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Ant pest control Sydney – Ants are a group of small and highly specialised wasp and have one of the most advanced forms of social life among the insect world. They live in colonies that vary in sizes from a few to hundreds of thousands of individuals.  Ants are a unique and superior species that can administer and organise their colony, where each type of ant has a specific role to play.

What do ants eat?

 

Ants eat a variety of substances including insects, sweets, oils, vegetables etc, they carry food back to the nest where they share it among each other. Due to this process of the ants carrying food back to the nest the products Pest Busters Sydney use for ant eradication work so well.

There are many different species of ants in Australia and only a small number of these ant species have become pests in and around homes and offices.

How do ants get into the house?Ant
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Ants travel through unsanitary areas before they end up in your home and are known to carry disease organisms which can cause dysentery, smallpox and even salmonella.

Ants scavenge for food in kitchens, other food handling areas, garbage areas and even dog poo & an ant issue in your home should not be taken lightly.

Do ants bite?

 

There are  species of ants that can sting and bite, some of these stings can even be fatal!

What Ants are common in Sydney?

 

 

Ant Pest Control SydneyBlack House Ant

 

An Australian native which are often found in rural and urban areas. They are often a pest of domestic environments and will build their nest in cracks or gaps, beside pathways. They generally enter the home in search of food.

Like other ant species, they will nest underground and in voids, for e.g. roof voids or wall cavities. They prefer sugary liquids and will tend to also feed on aphids and other bugs on domestic plants to feed off their sweet secretions.

Appearance

  • 5-3mm long
  • Black in colour
  • Nuisance and scavenge in kitchens, garbage and dog excrement
  • Able to spread diseases such as salmonella.
  • Attracted to sweets

Habitat

  • Nest outside against paths, in rockeries and cracks & crevices.
  • Will nest indoors
  • Nests have been found in wall & ceiling cavities, doors & fences
  • Adults will usually run in distinct trails which can assist in finding nests.
  • Black droppings can sometimes be seen on floors, window sills and benches

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Ant Pest Control SydneyCarpenter Ant

 

Carpenter ants are large and are often mistaken for termites, as they prefer to live in rotting and damp wood. They are often found eating at night, so it might not be an ant that you would see during the day, but you may see or hear evidence of their activities late at night. The carpenter ant eats insects, sweets & meat.

Appearance

  • Largest ant found in homes
  • Black to brown in colour
  • Can also be dark brown to brownish orange
  • Mandibles have 5-8 teeth
  • : 2.5mm in length

Habitat

  • Nest in Decaying wood
  • Can be found nesting in soil

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Ant Pest Control SydneyBull Ant

Bull ants are well known in Australia for their aggressive behavior and their powerful stings. Their venom has known to induce an anaphylactic reaction to victims who have allergies to bull ant stings.

They have large eyes and long, slender mandibles. They have super vision which allows them to be able to track and even follow intruders from approx. 1 meter.

Appearance

  • 18-20 mm
  • Often black or red
  • Very aggressive

Habitat

  • Nests outdoors in soil, under logs or under rocks. They also build a unique, extensive tunnel system.
  • Found in bushy areas (they rarely enter buildings)
  • They give a very painful sting.
  • Able to sting repeatedly.
  • Feeds on other insects and honeydew from scale insects or plant nectar.

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Ant Pest Control SydneyCoast Brown Ant

Coastal brown ants often nest between pavers and along pathways and will throw out soils. They can also infest wall cavities, leaving piles of debris at the nest entrance. Nests can become very large.

 

 

Appearance

  • Golden brown to brown in colour
  • Two raised nodes on pedicel.
  • Sting present
  • Waist is 2 jointed.
  • : 1.5 – 2.5mm
  • Soldier has enlarged darkened head

Habitat

  • Infests houses
  • stores and gardens
  • Eat sugar to cheese, meat & bread
  • They prefer to feed on fatty foods

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What are the signs of an active ant infestation?

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  • Live ants
  • Ant trails either inside or outside your home.
  • Small heaps of dirt in the lawn or in the areas between footpaths
How are ants treated?

 

Pest Busters Sydney uses a product that is specifically designed to eradicate not just the surface ants but the entire nest of ants.

Internally

A low toxic bait is placed in areas where ant trails have been seen. The ants feed from the bait and carry it back with them to the nest which is designed to kill the colony and Queen.

Externally

External ant treatments are conducted with a product called Termidor. The benefit of this product is that as ants cannot detect that the spray is an insecticide they carry it back to the nest where the chemical is transferred among the other ants in the colony which in turn eradicates the entire nest of ants.

How can ants be prevented?

 

Ants usually come inside your home or business looking for food. They are attracted to sweet and sticky substances.

Internally

  • Clean up spills and food crumbs
  • Empty rubbish bins
  • Feed pets outside and wash their feed dishes daily
  • Store food in pest-proof containers
  • Rinse out jars and containers before placing them in rubbish/recycling bins

Externally

  • Keep trees and shrubs near your house trimmed
  • clear gutters and storm drains
  • Look out for new ant mounds or nests around your home
  • Keep garbage bags sealed
  • Keep the lid of the garbage bin closed
  • Seal around doors and windows where ants could enter

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You can count on us for ant pest control in Sydney that we will provide the confidence and peace of mind that comes from knowing that your home or place of business is protected with Pest Busters Sydney.

For more information or a free quote specially designed to suit your needs call us on 1300 130 567 or contact us via our website

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