|Solving Your Pest Control Problems|
The team at Hills Guardian Pest Control follow a fail-proof procedure to ensure the correct infestation is identified. Our licensed team of Pest Control Technicians then trouble shoot the right treatment to provide a solution that will give you the best results and rid you of any imposters.
To ensure the issue won't reoccur, the team also investigate the cause of the problem, and from there can recommend a further treatment or offer professional advice to make sure your home is protected from this infestation in the future.
Part of this investigation is to search for any further infestations by exploring areas in and around your home and/or office space. Based on the outcome, our team will provide you with a solution that will enable you to manage your environment.
Depending on how involved you wish to be in the process, our team will happily talk you through the treatment and how it works, the success rate of this particular treatment in comparison to others and provide you with a care plan which includes information on how you can keep the infestation at bay and how regularly you need to get the area treated.
We are committed to working with you to eliminate your pest infestations.
Ants are social insects that live in more or less permanent nests. Colony sizes vary enormously and are mostly located in soil, wood and among rocks. In relation to their feeding habits, ants may be predators, perhaps with specific prey, or scavengers, which may have a specific diet. Being very common intruders in and around buildings, ants tend to be very familiar insects. They are commonly observed around foundations and in walls, roof voids, kitchens, lawns and gardens, the wood of decaying trees and rockeries. As a group, ants are considered by many to be among the most successful of all insects.
Most ants live in more or less permanent nests, but in adverse conditions a change of nest location is not uncommon. Typically, worker ants forage from the nest for food. Many do this by travelling in fairly well-defined trails, once a food source has been established.
|Bed Bugs||The activity of bed bugs in premises is usually detected by the irritation caused to sleepers. In infested premises, evidence of activity can include: live bugs hiding in cracks and crevices in furniture, behind skirting and architraves, among books, in bedding. The bed bugs have a tendency to 'test bite' which often results in a line of bites. For some people the bit is painless and there is no allergic reaction, however, many people react with local swelling.|
|Bees||Bees belong to the insect Order Hymenoptera, which includes wasps, ants and sawflies. In Australia there are four main bee families: Apidae, Colletidae, Halictidae and Megachilidae. Many of these bees are solitary nesters, while others may share a nest. Others are fully social species. Although some bees sting, they are not considered to be pests as they play an important role in the Australian environment as key pollinators of many native plant species.|
|Carpet Beetles||Widely known for the damage they may cause to a variety of materials of animal origin. A number of species are active in Australia. Adult carpet beetles are typically small (up to 5mm long) and oval or elongate-oval in shape. They produce droppings that are similar to coarse sand. Their activity is usually restricted to dark, undisturbed areas, where feeding may lead to the accumulation of droppings and cast skins. They are often found around windows, probably migrating out to find flowers, Their habit of feeding on flowers may facilitate their transport into houses by ‘hitchhiking’ on cut flowers and once indoors, they may look for an egg-laying site.|
|Clothes Moths||Clothes Moths are small (up to about 10mm long) and often yellow or gold to buff, with narrow wings that are distinctly fringed. They are widely known for the damage they may cause to woollens, fur, felts and other materials of animal origin. The caterpillar-like larvae tend to feed in dark, undisturbed places, where the sand-like droppings and sometimes cast skins may accumulate. Adults tend to fly when disturbed and shun light.|
There only 6 families of cockroaches found worldwide, consisting of 4000 species. Australia has representatives of 5 of these families but with only 428 species present. Half of the cockroaches in Australia can be found in the Blattidae family which includes both the native and introduced species. In dwellings and various utilities for waste disposal, people have created conditions that make food, shelter and often suitable temperatures available to these very opportunistic insects. Their wide distribution and close association with humans, coupled with the high frequency with which they carry human diseases, have given them a very high pest status in most parts of the world.
The most widespread and successful cockroach that coexists with humans in buildings. It is the most prolific breeder of all the pest cockroaches, taking as little as 40 days to develop from hatching to adulthood. Adult are light amber-brown, with 2 dark longitudinal dark stripes on the pronotum. They seek conditions that provide warmth, moisture and food. The vast majority of infestations are associated with kitchens or other food-handling areas, both domestic and commercial. Within such areas, adults and nymphs find cracks and crevices in which they hide during the day.
Some flea species are very widespread and as a result of their biting habit, which may cause severe irritation and their role in disease transmission, the group has justly earned a reputation of being extremely important in the medical and public health context. The interactions between flea populations and humans and their animals can be quite complex. In some instances, control may be difficult to achieve without the assistance and co-operation of the occupants of the building concerned.
Fleas prefer warm, humid conditions and hence are often a pest during summer. Fleas can slow and almost halt their growth and development at various stages in order to make the most of more favourable conditions when they occur. Flea pupae may remain as pupae for long periods, being stimulated to emerge as adults by vibrations. As vibrations may be caused by a larger animal that is likely to be a suitable host from which to obtain a blood meal, it is more efficient, from the viewpoint of the flea’s well-being and inclination to produce the next generation, to wait until its first blood meal declares its presence by causing vibrations. Hence the emergence of adult fleas often relies on warmth, pressure and/or vibrations.
Lice are small, wingless insects that are parasites of birds and mammals. They are usually 1.5-3.5mm long and spend their entire life history on the host, surviving only a short time if separated from it. Lice are very sensitive to temperature and tend to leave a dead or dying host to seek another. Temperature and smell probably play an important role in host detection. The spread of lice infestations is largely effected by close contact between hosts and potential hosts.
Adult mosquitoes are usually 3-6mm long, slender, long-legged, narrow-winged and equipped with piercing and sucking mouthparts. Mosquitoes are very good at finding and exploiting a range of water containments, including natural and artificial sources of temporary or permanent water. Lakes, streams, pools, swamps, dams, drainage pits, tree holes, septic tanks, may all serve as habitats. Adults may remain in close proximity to their breeding site but dispersion can be over several kilometres, depending on the species and many other factors.
The constant gnawing of rodents can be the cause of serious damage to a range of materials. Typically, they may damage doors, skirtings and other parts of buildings, upholstery, books, food containers or packaging and parts of equipment or machinery. The gnawing of wires and cables has caused the breakdown of telephone systems and short-circuiting, which may result in equipment breakdown, or at worst, very costly fires.
The house mouse is small and has rather large ears, and may live indoors or out of doors, sometimes entering buildings only when climatic conditions are adverse. House mice living indoors are usually a darkish grey colour, with lighter grey on the belly, while those living mainly outdoors tend to a more sandy or yellow-brown colouring (hence the references to ‘field mice’). Being such small animals, their access into buildings is probably easier than is the case for rats and a greater range of nesting sites is available to them. Typically, within buildings they may nest in wall voids, cupboards, roof voids, stored foods, furniture and many other locations. Outdoors they live in burrows.
Rats infest warehouses, factories, garbage dumps, shops, supermarkets, domestic premises, sewers and other locations that offer shelter and food. They may enter buildings just for food, reside in buildings during the colder winter months, or live in buildings all year round. Nests in buildings are mostly located in wall voids, roof voids and other parts of the construction that offer a secretive, undisturbed area for shelter and access to food and water.
Silverfish are primitively wingless and have a flattened, slender, scale-covered body. Most have a silvery appearance and because the body tapers to the rear, they are often said to have a fish-like appearance. Silverfish are agile, fast-running, nocturnal insects that generally shun light. They restrict their activities to relatively undisturbed areas, like bookcases, storage rooms, where they may damage paper, fabrics and other materials.
Most spiders are nocturnal. during the day they are seldom seen, unless they are sought or disturbed in their natural environments. When the light fades, spiders become active. They leave the protection of their burrows or shelters and go out in search of food or, in the case of web-spinning spiders, construct their webs to snare prey. As day breaks, most spiders seek the safety of their shelters again.
Wasps, particularly the papernest wasps are day-flying insects. They can be caught and destroyed more easily and safely at night, when they have congregated on the paper or mud-nest.
Wood borer are insects which damage wood by tunnelling at the larval (grub) stage for food or leaving an emergence hole on the surface of the wood after becoming an adult (beetle). These emergence holes ('pin holes') are quite visible and are usually the first signs of an active infestation of wood borer.