Common Domestic Pests and Ways to Control Them

Common Domestic Pests and Ways to Control ThemCreepy, nasty and filthy pests that roam about in a household at night looking for food and shelter can be the worst nightmare of any homeowner. Quite a number of them even spread a great variety of diseases which makes them nothing but nuisance to domestic premises. Given below are some of the most common pests found in the homes of Australia and methods that can be used to keep them at bay:


These dirty critters are the most unattractive insects and stay active mainly at night. They usually linger in warm and damp areas like kitchens, bathrooms, basements, drains and heating pipes. Cockroaches can eat almost anything that they find, such as boxes, cardboard, paper, and of course, food stuffs. Boric acid is highly effective against these bugs and spreading it around their activity grounds can help to deter them away.


Ants can occur almost anywhere in and around a house, but their most common dwelling places are damp locations, crevices in walls, places close to heating systems, basements, etc. They generally live in large groups known as colonies and go about looking for food items in kitchen, pantry and cupboards. There are many natural repellants which can be used for keeping ants at bay, such as cream of tartar, coffee grinds, garlic, chilli pepper, paprika, cinnamon and cloves.


Termite is another notorious member of the household pests’ community in Australia. They are extremely disliked for just one particular characteristic – their insatiable hunger for wood. These tiny insects love to chew on anything made with wood, such as furniture pieces, wooden floorings, foundations of houses, and windowsills. They can often go undetected for years and continue to inflict damage on property. Since it is very difficult to get rid of termites after they have invaded a household, it is generally recommended to contact professional firms dealing with pest control in Melbourne to take care of termite infestations.


Rodents like mice and rats generally appear during autumn and winter months, and their favourite nesting grounds are walls, roofs and cupboards. While moving around and searching for food, they also chew through electric wires, skirting boards and plaster. One of the best ways to prevent their entry is by sealing up holes between indoors and outdoors, which can be used by them for gaining access to the household. Spraying their activity grounds with a mixture of water, garlic, cayenne pepper and horseradish can keep them away.


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