PESTS WE TREAT
Complete Pest Control is exactly that - complete! We offer a comprehensive pest control service to treat household pests, such as bird lice, ants, rodents, cockroaches, spiders, fleas, carpet beetles, clothes moths, mites, bees, wasps and silverfish - along with termites and the ever-increasing bed bug population in Australia.
Pests and insects are a part of life. They can never be permanently eradicated. Talk to us about a pest management solution that enables you to be in control of your home.
There are many treatments available to protect your home. Please contact us for a free no-obligation onsite appraisal.
Termite is the common name for numerous species of social insects that can infest timber to cause damage to wooden structures. Termites are sometimes referred to as 'white ants' because of their creamy colouring and ant-like appearance, however they are not ants.
There are more than 350 species of termites in Australia. Of this number, there are about 20 species that can cause structural and domestic damage. However, in nature, they assist in the recycling of organic matter and nutrients back to the soil.
Ant nests are generally found in the ground, wood or under rocks, although ants can also nest in walls, fireplaces, under paths and in buildings.
A thorough inspection is required before any ant treatment is carried out. Look for all ant entry points in cracks and crevices in and around the kitchen, bathroom and laundry areas. Outside the home, look under windowsills, doorways and pot plants, in paving cracks, near fences, around trees, gardens and garbage bins.
Complete Pest Control can inspect your subfloor, under insulation batts in the roof void and in wall cavities.
Sanitation is important in preventing infestations by ants.
Bed bugs are usually introduced in old mattresses or furniture, so we will inspect any that have been recently brought into the premises before we chemically dust these areas.
While we won't spray the mattress or linen, we'll treat skirting boards and around furniture, especially around the bed.
Blankets and sheets should be stripped from the bed and washed in hot soapy water, while mattresses should be discarded or left outside in the sun.
For heavy infestations, you'll require Pyrethrin gassing treatment.
In Australia, there are four main bee families but they are not considered pests. Although some bees sting, they play a very important role in the Australian environment as key pollinators of many native plant species.
Contact Complete Pest Control control to exterminate a problem swarm.
Lice are small, wingless insects that are parasites of birds and mammals; short-lived and usually host-specific. Some species have adapted to live and feed on humans, such as the head louse, with eggs known as 'nits', and the body louse.
Bird lice or, more correctly, mites are commonly associated with the pigeon, sparrow and starling. They are a blood-sucking parasite of these pest birds and can become a problem for humans when they're separated from their host.
When the mites leave the nest in search of a new host, they often travel down wall cavities and through ventilators into bedrooms. They attack humans leaving an itchy rash when can become a secondary infection after scratching. They can only survive two to three weeks without a feed from their usual host.
Complete Pest Control will dust the nesting and roof void with Permethrin insecticidal dust. Wall cavities can also be dusted through the vents inside bedrooms.
There are six families of cockroaches worldwide, containing 4000 species. Australia has representatives of five of these families but with only 428 species present.
Inspection is a very important part of cockroach control. Cockroaches tend to harbour in areas such as:
- Cracks and crevices around kitchens, bathrooms and laundry areas. In commercial spaces, watch the meal preparation sites
- Behind hot water heaters
- Inside electrical appliances such as ovens, refrigerator motors, microwaves and stereos
- Door hinges
- Behind wallpaper or ply veneer boards
- Drains and plumbing
- Roof voids
Cracks and crevices in all of these areas are treated with insecticidal dusts to flush out the cockroaches and/or in conjunction with residual sprays such as Diazinon or Chlorpyrifos. Heavy infestations may require a misting or gassing for a faster kill.
We don't treat food preparation areas, utensils, clothes, bedding or other unsafe areas.
Globally, you'll find 16 families of fleas, with about 2380 species. In Australia, we have 90 different species from nine of these families.
Flea infestations require multi-faceted treatment plans. Individual pet problems and fleabites aren't enough of a clue to how wide the infestation could be. Complete Pest Control uses both chemical and natural treatments and recommends regular examinations for pets. Catching fleas early helps lead to eradication.
Flies can be treated with general household sprays, however, it is the hatching of fly larva nearby that could be causing large summer swarms.
Complete Pest Control will use a general pest treatment to treat homes before you move in, but once you're living there, we will dust the roof void, behind refrigerator motors and in crevices in the kitchen and bathroom.
A spray is applied to the skirting boards, subfloor fences, eaves, footpaths and perimeters of the house and outbuildings. Any other pest harbourage areas are also covered.
Management of maggots is achieved in most circumstances by removing any carcasses or faeces that have been left lying around. Most registered insecticides will kill maggots as they are soft bodied. Once the area is cleared of maggots and their food supply, we shouldn't need to treat the area again.
Disinfectant and deodorant are recommended options to prevent maggots in future.
There are many treatments available to protect your home. Please contact Complete Pest Control for a free no-obligation onsite appraisal.
This is one of the largest insect orders in the world and includes many familiar insects such as mosquitoes, midges, sand flies, houseflies and blowflies. Many species are capable of disease transmission.
Some local councils may treat mosquito-infested areas, while fogging is most likely used to kill a disease-infected adult mosquito population.
Basic precautions can be taken to minimise contact with mosquitoes.
- If you are outdoors in mosquito-prone areas, wear covered clothing, footwear and socks
- Common mosquito repellents sprayed on uncovered skin can be effective, but do not use repeatedly on young children
- Window and door screens are helpful
- Try a mosquito net over your bed to avoid these insects biting you
- Keep containers empty of water around your home, such as pot plant bases or guttering, to help prevent breeding. Apply thin mesh over water tanks or small ponds to prevent mosquitoes from entering
- Common insecticidal sprays, mosquito coils and electric traps can be useful in deterring mosquitoes, especially at dusk when they're more likely to bite and you're often outdoors in the warmer months.
In Australia, a number of rodent species are agricultural pests. Two species, the house mouse and black rat, were introduced around the time of European settlement. House mice are found throughout agricultural cropping areas and around sheds and farmhouses. When conditions are favourable, their numbers can increase to plague levels. Black rats are found throughout temperate and tropical Australia in human-modified environments.
To treat rodents, Complete Pest Control uses:
- Baits - often using brodifacoum and bromadiolone. While the black rat prefers moist foods (we use liquid baits), sewer rats prefer dry foods (we use cereal baits)
- Traps - snap boards and sticky traps should be used as a backup for baits or for safety reasons. They should be placed just out from skirting boards, with the bait facing inwards. We use cocoa sprinkled on fresh bread. Tie the bread onto the metal with some cotton thread. Tugging will set off the trap
- Gassing - is used in outdoor burrows, ships and grain silos by the use of fumigants
- Proofing - this means the blocking of entry points by physical means such as bird wire, metal sheeting, steel wool or door seals
- Contact Dusts & Gels - such as Bromatrol dust or Fentrol gel may be used once it is established where the activity is situated. You can determine this by the use of talc as a tracking dust
- Prevention - good hygiene and a limited supply of food and water is the best for preventing rodent infestations
Rodents are repelled by the smell of mint, camphor and pine tar. Cats and dogs (especially terriers) are helpful for hunting small numbers of rodents in the early breeding stages.
There are only four families of silverfish found worldwide, consisting of about 370 species. In Australia, just two of these families are represented with 28 species present.
Keep areas uncluttered and clean. This will limit the possible number of crevices and breeding areas. Cold areas will also deter silverfish. Freezing can kill silverfish but will not necessarily kill their eggs.
Complete Pest Control can use non-toxic Borax or Boric acid and sugar solution to kill silverfish.
To capture silverfish, leave a whole peeled potato or a wet cloth with plaster on it overnight next to the areas known to harbour silverfish. Early the next morning, quickly dispose of the potato or cloth with the silverfish attached.
Female spiders may reproduce up to 300 spiderlings (baby spiders) per hatching, two or three times per year, depending on their species. The spiderlings are then distributed en masse via gusts of wind on parachutes of web or they crawl to their new home. When Complete Pest Control treats your home, we pay attention to all the potential spider harbourage areas including webs.
Spiders directly exposed to a pest control spray will definitely die after a short period of time, ranging from just a few hours to a couple of weeks.
It is not possible to eliminate all spiders on your property. Spiders play an important role in our food chain and it is much more environmentally responsible to concentrate on keeping spiders from entering the premises rather than killing them.
No pesticide residue available on the market today will kill spiders when they crawl over it. Instead, you'll find a reduction of the spider population in your area.
While we can't eliminate all spiders on your property or assure you that webs will not re-appear after treatment, we guarantee all potential harbourage areas will be treated and spiders will die after being contacted with our spray.
Australia is host to more than 12,000 species of wasp, ranging from the tiny insects barely visible to the naked eye to wasps capable of taking large prey, such as spiders and cicadas.
To resolve your wasp problem you must locate and destroy the nest. To find the nest, place some food (eg. meat or pet food) in an easily seen spot. Wasps will take their food directly to their nests, so note the direction they're flying.
A wasp may be scavenging for food up to 500m from the nest so you may need to relocate the food bait closer each time until you find the nest. You may need to notify your neighbours.
Wasps build nests in sheltered locations, including retaining walls, tree hollows and wall cavities and are often underground.