Common pests in Victoria include ants, bed bugs, cockroaches, fleas, rodents, spiders and termites.
Effective pest control involves correct species identification, and understanding the pest’s life cycle, habitat and morphology.
Ants - pest control
Ants are considered a pest when they infest buildings and surrounds. Pest ants can be controlled with good food hygiene, sprays, dusts and baits.
Bedbugs - pest control
Bedbugs are a relatively common pest in Australia. A combination of non-chemical and chemical treatments is typically needed to control bedbugs.
Cockroaches - pest control
Several species of cockroach are common in Victoria. Species identification will help you decide select methods of inspection and control.
European wasps - pest control
European wasps are a pest in Australia because they are far more aggressive than other wasps. In the urban setting methods to discourage wasps can be used as well as chemical treatment of wasp nests located near homes.
Fleas - pest control
The cat flea is the most common flea in Australia. The stage of the flea’s life cycle may determine which pest control method to use.
Rodents - pest control
Common rodent species that often need pest control in Victoria include the Norway rat, the roof rat and the house mouse.
Spiders - pest control
The best spider control method is to keep them from entering the home. If chemicals are used for control they must be suitable for the domestic situation and appropriate for the treatment of spiders.
Reviewed 10 December 2021