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Australia’s most unwanted pests

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Australia is home to a diverse range of remarkable species of flora and fauna; more than 80 percent of which are found nowhere else in the world. While the country is popular for its diversity of native animals including kangaroo, platypus, koala, dingo, wallaby, and much more, it is also a fact that many species of pests, ranging from insects to small animals, are driven away from the wild and wreak havoc in cities and suburban communities. Not only do they make our homes ugly and filthy, but they also damage agricultural crops, wood, and other structures. Additionally, many pests are known to transmit a variety of contagious diseases.

Learn more about the most unwanted pests in Australia, their habits, and some of the things that you can do to get rid of them by reading this article. For professional assistance, feel free to give your nearest pest control expert a call.

  1. Flies

Flies are notorious carriers of several disease-causing bacteria including Salmonella. Their habit of hopping from rubbish and decaying organic matter may cause contamination to your food. Flies are more common during the summer during their breeding season. You can keep them away by installing screen doors and windows, cleaning up your home regularly, and covering all food sources that may attract them.

  1. Ants

While there are only a few species of ants that are known to bite, they can be very troublesome especially in large colonies. Once they swarm your food, it is no longer safe for consumption as they are known to spread diseases too. You may easily get rid of ants by regularly cleaning up food particles and by storing food in airtight containers.

  1. Rodents

Rodents have adapted to living with humans in cities and suburban communities. They often prefer to live in the attic, storerooms, and other dark spaces that are rarely visited. Traps are usually used to get rid of rodents. Barring entry points to potential hiding places and removing all food sources within their reach are effective methods too.

  1. Termites

Termites are known to be a common problem in Australia; affecting 1 in every 4 homes at one point or another. They destroy any type of woodwork as part of their diet. They are also able to construct mounds and extensive mud tubes in an instant. There are simple ways to get rid of them and avoid spending much for repairs and cleaning up; like using a wet cardboard trap or exposing them to sunlight. The use of chemicals is not advised and should only be performed by a reputable pest control company.

  1. Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are known to be able to survive up to a year without food. They usually feed on human blood during the night and crawl back to their hiding place unnoticed. New research also shows that bed bug bites causes not just itching but also anxiety, depression, and other mental health problems as well. The use of chemicals is not recommended to kill bed bugs. Rather, vacuuming and brushing your mattress every so often, and using a tightly-sealed mattress cover can prevent them from finding good shelter.

Note: this is a partnered post and consideration was received for its publication. CC-licensed image by Aleksey Gnilenkov.

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