Old Pest Library


Apart from Termites these are the pests that people fear most. A spider bite is often painful and can make a person very sick.

A White Tail spider, (commonly brought into the home from washing off the line) can cause severe ulceration from a bite. These cigar shaped spiders hunt other spiders such as Redbacks. Because they don’t spin webs, they can be difficult to locate around the home. White Tails can easily move from one side of a house to the other, within a few hours, usually during the night. A White Tail spider bite often goes undetected, often resulting in a lump which may develop an itch.

Redback spiders are the most dangerous corrmon spiders around the Perth Metro area. Not all Redback spiders have the distinctive red zig-zagged stripe around their huge abdomen. In fact, in the United States, the infamous “Black Widow” spider is exactly the same spider as the Redback, but without the red stripe. These spiders can cause serious illness or even death. Redback spider webs often “crackle” when touched pnd usually have dried leaves around the base of the web. They are often found in hot dry areas and under fumiture, window sills, and children’s outdoor toys.

The messiest webs found throughout Westen Australian homes belong to the common Black House or Window spider. These often have “funnel” shaped webs are found under fence capping, around window frames, brick piles and rockeries. A Black House spider bite can lead to headaches and vomiting.

Spiders are included in both our Pest Packages. We will use an electric dusting machine that fills the entire roof space with Coopex powder, which has no smell and will last up to 12 months. We will also spray a non-smelling and non-staining product
inside the house that will ensure long lasting residual control.

For the external areas of the home, we use a long lasting residual spray, which has an excellent flushing action and knockdown effect. We target all outdoor areas, every extemal wall, doorway entrance and window, as well as fence capping, furniture, clothes lines, pergolas, play equipment and sheds.

Outside, Silverfish are found under bark and litter. However, when they migrate inside homes they can become a destructive pest. Silverfish feed on paper, glue, silk, starches and fabrics and can live up to six years. Because they cannot gnp smooth surfaces with their scaly bodies, Silverfish are often found in basins, bath tubs and on and around ceramic tiles. They are commonly found in roof spaces and are associated with internal face brick surfaces. Silverfish can live up to a year without food. Silverfish are covered under both Pest Packages where the roof space is treated with Coopex powder.

Earwigs are found around the home under outside mats, logs, leaf litter and under pot plants. They favour damp confined spaces such as cavity walls and although nocturnal, are attracted to lights. Their food consists of a wide range of living and dead plant and animal matter. The forceps at the rear are not poisonous and are used for the capture of prey and for defence. Earwigs are covered under both our Pest Packages.

Carpet Beetles
Carpet Beetles perform an important role in nature by feeding as larvae on decaying animals whereby hair, fur, feathers, hide and wool are consumed. These Beetles lay their eggs so the larvae can feed on dry animal material of high protein content such as dry carcasses, insect remains and the remains of birds’ and mammals’ nests.  Adults are commonly found on flowers. It is the Larvae that cause most damage to carpets, blankets and other woollen fabrics in the home. Carpet Beetles are covered under both our Pest Packages.

Being a city of animal lovers and along with its sandy soils and hot climate, Perth experiences huge flea problems. Added to this is its healthy rental market whereby there is constant movement and changeover of pets. With the vacation of resident dogs and cats, any fleas left on the property will await new hosts. Fleas can lay dormant for up to a year in cocoons and will hatch when they detect movement and vibrations. Apart from their irritating bites, fleas can transmit disease and spread tapeworms. The Bubonic plague that killed millions of people throughout Europe was spread by fleas. Fleas are covered under both Pest Packages.

The Caterpillars of the White Cedar Moth have become a serious pest of Cape Lilac trees in Perth over the last few years. Their voracious appetite can leave the largest trees completely stripped of leaves. The adult Moth is grey-brown with black hairs covering its body is mostly active at night. It lays greyish coloured eggs in neat clusters, usually on the tree or in woodpiles. They can also lay their eggs under shade cloth and behind curtains. Eggs hatch as black-brown hairy caterpillars with a faint yellow stripe. They quickly grow, feeding at night time only on Cape Lilac trees only. They are sensitive to sunlight when small, and when larger, they come down to ground at dawn. Caterpillars are covered under both Pest Packages.

Slaters are also known as Woodlice, Sowbugs and Pill bugs’. They are crustaceans and are related to crabs, lobsters and prawns. They need damp conditions and will die if exposed to open and dry situations. Because of this, they tend to be active at night when the risk of dehydration is low. Slaters are introduced from other parts of the world. Large populations can damage new seedlings and ripe fruit. They are often found in concrete cracks abutting external walls in moist areas. Slaters are covered under both Pest Packages.

The millipedes found around Perth naturally occur in south west Europe. They were first recorded around Roleystone in 1986 where a shipping container was placed for a length of time. From there, the tiny eggs hatched and today, almost every suburb in Perth has reported active Millipedes. They congregate in large numbers and are quite mobile, especially after the first rains in autumn. Millipedes can damage melons, strawberries, tomatoes and potatoes and are attracted to external lights. Although not covered, Millipedes will die in numbers as a result of having one of our Pest Packages or alternatively, we offer a specific Millipede treatment.

Bees are social insects and carry out an important role in nature. However, they can become dangerous pests when nesting in and around the home. Bee stings can be fatal to allergy sufferers. Bees are becoming more of a problem in Perth with the metropolitan area expanding further into native bushland. This is compounded with the increase in the number of swimming pools which attract bees, particularly in the summer. Bees sting to protect themselves or their hive. Any interference with a hive or swarm of bees will cause the guard bees to attack. Bees, like dogs and horses can sense fear. Bees are covered under both Pest Packages.


The Wasps found around the Perth metropolitan area come in two distinct groups, Paper Wasps and Mud Dauber Wasps. Paper Wasps are more common in the hot summer months where they are commonly found nesting under fence capping, pergolas and eaves and around thick vegetation. Like Bees, they are attracted to swimming pools during summer in search of moisture. Paper wasps make their nest from wood and plant fibres mixed with saliva making a papery material often grey or brown in colour. They secrete a chemical at the base of the next to repel Ants. Paper Wasps are small in size than common Bees and are either black and yellow or brown and yellow. Mud Dauber Wasps are much larger than bees and are a bright orange colour. They are found around the hills and foothills areas of Perth where the Wasps are a huge nuisance making their large mud nests high up on the brick walls. All Wasps are covered under both Pest Packages.

The Crickets found in Perth are the Indian house Cricket. Crickets can annoy homeowners by seeking indoor shelter and “chirping” all night. They prefer high raked ceilings, roof voids and internal face brick inside homes. Outside, Crickets like to congregate behind hot water systems, between fence sheeting, under pot plants and metal plates and in brick piles. Because Crickets can inhabit similar areas to American Cockroaches, they can transmit disease. Crickets are covered under both Pest Packages where the roof void is treated with Coopex powder.

Throughout history, Rats and Mice have adapted to live with humans, sharing our food and shelter. They are responsible for huge losses of food and transmit disease to humans. Being basically social animals, rats and mice live in groups, in nests constructed of any soft materials available such as paper, fabrics and insulation. Outdoors, they nest in burrows adjacent to waterways and under buildings, rubbish and palms. Indoors, they may construct nests in wall voids, in roof voids, under floors and even within stored foods. Quite often, homeowners find a pile of empty snail shells, seed husks and stone fruit in their rood or sheds, indicating the presence of rats. Because Rats cannot regurgitate, they are choosy about the food they eat. Fast acting baits such as Ratsak are usually only consumed by a single rat from the colony. If the rat dies soon after, the other rats will avoid the bait. Termipest only uses slow acting baits ensuring the whole colony will consume the bait over time. A dominant Rat may have territory over 8 or so houses. Rodents are covered under both our Pest Packages.