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Everyone aspires to have a pest-free home, a place where you can relax and feel the comfort after working the whole day outside.

And we don’t want to encounter and be disturbed by such undesirable creatures or unwanted guests in our homes.

Giving us worries and stress about the danger they might bring to our health especially our children is what we expect from those creatures in our household.

What can we possibly do to control or eliminate their presence and infestation?

But before that, the first thing we should do is to know and be familiar with these household pests. 

What are the top 5 common household pests in Sydney?

    1. Cockroach
      is considered the most annoying household pest in Australia, when it starts crawling on your legs or running fast on your pantry and tables while carrying many diseases, this is such a horrible thing to think about!

The 6-legged insect with the oval-shaped and flat body with antennae, usually brown in color and has 1/2-5/8 inch in size feeds on food spills, left-over food in your sink, and garbage.   

In Sydney, there are 4 different kinds of cockroaches, this includes German cockroaches, Smoky-brown cockroaches, American cockroaches, and Australian cockroaches.  

They differ in the lifespan of female adults, incubation period, the number of offspring, and sizes. 

German cockroaches with light brown to tan in color and has 2 dark almost parallel stripes at their back are the most common type found in the kitchen, bathroom, or laundry areas of your home. It is easier to detect if there are cockroaches in your home, you may see some droppings, shed skin, egg capsules, and more evidently, the distinct smell from the pheromone they produce when they want to attract other cockroaches. 

Cockroaches prefer warm, humid places so Sydney is considered as a “cockroach heaven”. Their presence in your household may give you such anxiety as they are carrying many diseases through a simple bite. Typhoid fever, Leprosy, Salmonellosis, Dysentery, and Gastroenteritis are some of the life-threatening diseases. They may also cause some allergic reactions and may spread bacteria as well. 

    1. Rodents 
      are from the order Rodentia and class Mammalia, they are also considered as social animals. They are relatively small animals with long tails and sharp incisors. Different species of rodents such as Brown rats, Black rats, House mice are invasive pests usually found in many houses in Sydney. 

Did you know that rodents’ urine may determine important genetic information of their kind, which can give you the details of their sex, health, and identity?     

Yes, through their urine, its odour can recognize the species present in your home and their details. 

For instance, house mice through urinating, produce a pheromone which gives the signal to their relatives and show to other species of their territory. Often you see rats dwell underground where they build their nests or climbing your attic to the roof while gnawing your electrical wires of the structure. Better check your home to know if they are already invading the rooftop, and be able to act immediately on how to get rid of rats in the roof before it’s too late  

Rat-bite fever or Lassa fever, Tularemia, Salmonellosis, Leptospirosis, Lymphocytic choriomeningitis are some of the diseases rodents may transmit to humans. This is through contaminated food, rats may infest also food-related business through their rat bites, urine droplets, and feces or droppings to food products and/or packaging in grocery stores or restaurants.

    1. There are approximately 10,000 species of ants in the world, and 1,300 species and subspecies in Australia.

      Some of these are as follows, Yellow Crazy Ant, Banded Sugar Ant, Meat Ant, Argentine Ant, Bulldog Ant, Red Bull Ant, Black Ant, Green Tea Ant, Golden Tailed Spiny Ant, Fire Ant, Tasmanian Inch man, and Black House Ant. 

Ant has a small waist, with a large head and slender abdomen, and two pairs of jaws that are used for digging or carrying food and chewing. They feed on plants, animal substances, including nectars, honeydew, and fungi. 

Australian ants are often found in the city, parks, and gardens where they build their nests or colony and reproduce.   

Aside from the stress ants cause to humans especially to children, due to itchiness, swelling, and redness of the bitten skin, their huge colonies also cause more people concern. Imagine a single colony that can connect to another colony to form what they call “supercolonies”. Eliminating ants colony can be done through the assistance of professionals to avoid bigger problems or ant attacks. Carpenter ants also can damage your home structure such as your walls, windows, doors, or porches through tunneling in the wood.

    1. There are many different kinds of Spiders or Arachnids
      some of the commonly found spiders sharing habitats with humans are as follows: Mouse Spider, Common House Spider, White-Tailed Spider, the Black House, and Grey House Spiders, Redback Spider, Daddy Long Legs Spider, Garden orb-weaving Spider, Huntsman Spider, Wolf Spider, the Saint Andrew’s Cross Spider, Trap Door Spider, and Funnel Web Spider.

They are usually found everywhere in urban in Sydney, and they are very dangerous insects also since they have venom which contains toxic chemicals and may cause feel sick, phobia (Arachnophobia), skin infections, and some allergies. The venom may cause some reactions which vary on the species and to the victim being bitten, red mark and swelling and stinging sensation may also be felt. Avoid touching these arachnids when you see any of this kind. 

At home, the webs being weaved by spiders can irritate, as you may need to clean them regularly. Also, the presence of spiders indicates that there more insect problems you might have in your house, better check it out immediately. 

    1. Termites
      are mostly known for damages caused to human property; they can invade your household instantly, as thousands are working together and eating any wood in your home non-stop.


Furthermore, the destructive impact of termites on the structure of a home or an establishment makes these pests extremely dangerous.

Drywood termites, Formosan termites, Subterranean termites, and Dampwood termites are some of their kinds. Early detection through initial inspection should be done immediately once you see any of the below signs such as holes in the wall, hollow sound of the wood when tapped, peeling paint, and loosening tiles. you need to call Safe Pest Control Pty Ltd. to help you out in getting rid of termites properly.

SafePestControl is the expert in dealing with termite problems of infestation, whether residential or commercial premises. Also, here at SafePestControl, they offer a warranty on all pest control jobs including termite treatment, the damages termites might cause will be insured.

SafePestControl is also a long-standing member of the Australian Environmental Pest Managers Association (AEPMA) which assures you on safe and effective pest control to be implemented. 

SafePestControl is a trusted pest control company with almost 2 decades of experience and expertise in providing the best and cost-effective solutions to any household pest problems throughout Sydney. 

 SafePesControl Technicians are knowledgeable in handling all household pests, starting from careful inspection and searching of all possible entry points of the pest/s, then to accessing these areas to eradicate the nests and pests in your home. They will discuss with you the pest analytics and comprehensive treatment plan which is tailored-fit for your pest problem afterward.  

To get rid of these top common household pests in Sydney with ease, consult SafePestControl Technicians, Call 1300 119 085 now!