Bugs & Pests

Pests & Bugs

Termites

There are many different termite species within Australia and proper identification must take place to ensure the most effective treatment for eradication and control of each species. Different methods target different genes. Coptotermes Genus are the most destructive termite. These are the termites that are responsible for the majority of the horror stories you see and hear on the TV. The trained pest controller can easily identify the Coptotermes Genus. These guys mainly nest in the crown root of a tree. Although being the most destructive, they are vulnerable to all treatment systems, chemicals or dusting. Nasutitermes Genus are also a common subterranean termite. These termites cause destruction and the soldier is easily identifiable. Nasutitermes build their nests, underground, normally against a tree or fence post in the form of a mound. This gene does not normally strike at traditional methods that the Coptotermes are responsive to. Heterotermes Genus cause no significant problems to home owners. Heterotermes are not a social termite, meaning that once disturbed, they will go into hiding and take time for them to show themselves again. Heterotermes build nests similar to that of a Nasutitermes, building against a tree or post, but they don't build mounds but they CAN build their nest onto the side of an existing termite mound such as the Narsuititermes. Although soldiers look very similar to the Coptotermes, they are quite the opposite and are considered happy feeding on fence posts and old timber laying around. Very rarely do they attack a house, if they do, it's only superficial damage.

Mice

For every ONE mouse you see, there are another 40 that you don't see!  It only takes 6 weeks for a mouse to start having babies, and having 6-10 litters per year, 5-6 babies in each litter.Mice spread disease through bite wounds and by contaminating food and water with their waste products. Mice can also spread disease thanks to parasites, such as ticks, fleas and mites.

Flies & Mozzies

Flies can survive in all habitats where people can survive. Flies are pests because they easily reproduce and have been known to carry over 100 different kinds of disease causing germs. Most flies live an average of 21 days, a female fly can lay up to 600 eggs in her short life.
Mosquitoes (Mozzies) are blood sucking insects that are responsible for the transmission of many diseases throughout the human and animal population, one of the more well known recently being the ‘Ross River Virus’. Mozzies can cause quite a bit of discomfort to family members with consistent biting and also the beloved family pet. The discomfort of the bite can vary from each individual and also the spread of disease depends on what the particular mosquito at the time is carrying. The life cycle of mosquitoes is variant depending of the breed, a female mozzie can lay up to 100 eggs at a time.
Bug R Off Pest Busters are currently adding an additive in all Fly and Spider treatments to boost the effectiveness of our treatments for the eradication of insects and to leave a residue for when insects and bugs come into contact with it they will die.

Spiders

In amongst the list of some of Australia's most deadliness spiders that we often get contact about are the common 'Redback spider' and 'White-tailed spider'.
Redback spiders are found in many habitats, including urban areas. They often hide in dry , sheltered places like garden sheds, under houses, mailboxes and under toilet seats. The female produces the most venomous bite and identified to be up to 1 cm bigger than the male.
White-tailed spiders typically like the environment in roof cavities and  are night hunters. They also tend to hide in bedding and in clothes left on the floor which are often the more common areas they can be found, the homeowner coming across them when they are disturbed.

Ants

Ants are social insects which means they live in large groups or colonies, depending on species a colony can consist of millions of ants. Ants defend themselves by biting or stinging and effect each recipient differently. In mature colonies a queen ant can lay thousands of eggs each day!

Cockroaches

Cockroaches are found all over the world, there are however 3 main species found in Australia. Cockroaches eat a wide range of foods, including rotting garbage, spills or faecal matter to name a few, they spread alot of diseases to humans including salmonella and gastroenteritis (gastro). When cockroaches are present they will vomit and defecate on food and it is thought that disease is then transmitted to humans when they unknowingly eat this food. Recent studies also indicate cockroaches can also cause allergies.
Female cockroaches lay between 10 to 40 eggs at a time and can lay approximately 30 batches of eggs in their lifetime which on average they will live up to 12 months, These insects are coldblooded and thrive on warm, humid conditions.

Wasps & Bees

Although there are hundreds of wasp and bee species around the world there are only few that are seen as pests here in Australia.
Unlike bees that can only sting once wasps can sting multiple times. The sting can have symptoms such as burning pain, raised lumps, redness and local inflammation. In susceptible people which is around 1 in 10 or if a person is stung multiple times an allergic/anaphylaxis type reaction may occur. A queen wasp can lay around 100 eggs per day.
Bees live in colonies and are known for their role in pollination, producing honey and bees wax. Depending on the specie the lifecycle can vary from anywhere between from 9 months up to 4-5 years.

Fleas

Fleas are small flightless insects, they live by consuming the blood of their hosts. Adults are up to 3mm long and usually brown. They lack wings and have mouthparts adapted for piercing skin and sucking blood which is what causes the itch. The hind legs are adapted for jumping which enables them to leap a distance of somewhat 50 times their body length.
There are over 2,500 species of fleas, the life and breeding cycle depends on species. The total number of eggs produced in a females lifetime varies from one hundred to several thousand.



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