In the Hills District Sydney, the main pests are termites (white-ants), ants, rodents, cockroaches, spiders, fleas, bird lice (mites) , pest birds, funnel-web spiders, red-back spiders and garden spiders
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Low and non-toxic methods of termite control are used by most reputable pest control companies to solve termite and pest control problems in Hills District, NSW Australia.
Termidor termiticide and Exterra Termite baits are the highest recommendation for termite protection by Hills District’s Local pest control company, Modern Pest Control Services (NSW) See more facts on Hills District pest control and termite control at www.modernpestservices.com.au
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Hills District Termite Control
Termites in the Hills District Region
Termites are often but incorrectly called "white ants". The workers have soft whitish bodies, are wingless, sterile and blind. The reproductive stage is winged with compound eyes. They are social insects like ants and bees. Only a few of the more than 300 species found in Australia are responsible for structural timber damage.Termite
Approximately 30 kinds of termites are known in the region. Only a few cause extensive damage to sound timber. The two species that do most damage are Coptotermes frenchi (most important) and Nasutitermes exitiosus.
C. acinaciformis can cause severe damage but is not common. Heterotermes ferox may sometimes be found feeding on weathered paling fences. Porotermes adamsoni nests in living eucalypts and only attacks damp wood.
The CSIRO has indicated that termites may be scarce or absent from originally treeless plains, such as the Hills District area, but winged adults can fly in and establish nests once conditions are favourable.
Many householders worry unnecessarily when they find termites in loads of fresh firewood. These termites are unlikely to pose a hazard to buildings as they are unable to survive on their own in small dry pieces of wood or to invade structural timbers. Others could be small colonies of dry wood or damp wood termites that do not attack buildings. It is possible that large blocks of firewood, or intact logs could harbour a Coptotermes nest which would be difficult to detect. It would be unwise to stack large timber next to the house or to a fence if it is likely to contain termites. Only chopped firewood should be stacked so that termites, if present, will soon dry out.
Termites generally occur where houses have been built among the trees of original eucalypt woodland. Small eucalypts regrown from stumps can house colonies of Coptotermes frenchi, as they commonly nest in tree trunks and stumps. Coptotermes acinaciformis and Nasutitermes exitiosus are also associated with trees.
Termites can also be present where no original eucalypts remain. Adult termites of Coptotermes frenchi fly from nests and can set up new colonies eg. in old railway sleepers or thick layers of wood chips (at least 15 cm deep).
Coptotermes frenchi and Nasutitermes exitiosus can establish new nests if the winged adults discover a damp area in the house, such as a shower recess or where the hot water system has leaked. They survive because water is readily available. Porotermes adamsoni also can thrive in damp situations but will not attack dry, sound timber.
In the past, control of termite infestations in the NSW has been accomplished by the use of organochlorine pesticides. These pesticides were used extensively in agriculture and for urban pest control in the 1960's and 1970's. Their use has been progressively phased out in the majority of Australian States/Territories due to their environmental persistence and ability to accumulate in the food chain.
Modern Pest Control Services in Hills District - Red Fire Ants
A potential pest for Hills District
Recently a serious new pest that has been detected in Hills District- the Red Imported Fire Ant (RIFA).
These nasty pests are destructive to the environment and have the potential to destroy agricultural production.
The national program which is in its second year is being overseen by the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries. 1.4 million dollars has been made available for allocation among the states and territories to fund approved surveillance proposals.
Fire ants look very much like ordinary house or garden ants. They are:Fire Ant
• Reddish-brown in colour on the head and body, with a darker abdomen; and
• Come in a variety of sizes within one nest, ranging from 2mm to 6 mm. This is a distinguishing feature of fire ants.
Their nests look like dome-shaped mounds up to 40cm high. Mounds will not always be evident, but are usually found in open areas such as lawns, pastures and along roadsides.
Fire ants will cause a nasty sting, which can causes a small blister to form at the site of each sting after several hours.
If you think that you have seen one of these ants or ants nests, do not disturb or touch them. Contact me at Best Pest Control at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ants are social insects which live in nests. The nests vary in size depending on their age and the species of ant. They are generally found in the ground, in wood or under rocks, although ants can also nest in walls, fireplaces, under paths and in buildings. They are most active from October to March.
Ants are a very successful insect group with over 1200 species occurring in Australia. All species can be beneficial to the environment. Some eat insect pests such as termites, their nests improve the soil, they quickly recycle nutrients back into the soil and they are food for a wide range of native birds, reptiles and other small animals.
Although ants are environmentally important, some can also be pests to people. Their nests and the ants themselves may be considered unsightly and they may kill or damage seeds or seedlings. Some ants bite or sting, eg. the bull ant. Ants can also cause damage to houseplants, nursery plants and crops by the cultivation of sap sucking insects such as scale and aphids. Ants use the honeydew produced by these pests as a food source and in turn protect the sucking insect from attack by predators.
Ant species in Hills District
The most common species of ant in Hills District are:
The Black House Ant ( Iridomyrmex glaber) and White Footed House Ant
(Technomyrmex albipes) are small black ants 2.5-3mm long. They nest in rockeries, near or under paths, in wall cavities and in potted plants.
They eat a variety of foods and are attracted to sweet substances. They give an annoying bite but do not sting.
Meat Ants ( Iridomyrex purpureus) are 12-14mm long and are red/purple and black. They like sunny areas and often build large gravelly mounds. They feed mainly on animal material, and honeydew. They can bite but do not sting and rarely enter houses.
Sugar or Carpenter Ants ( Camponotus species) are 5-15mm long, they have orange/brown bodies, black abdomens with an orange/brown band and black heads.
They nest in decayed moist wood or sometimes in the soil. They feed on dead and live insects, honeydew, household waste and are attracted by sweet food. These ants do not sting and rarely enter houses.
Bulldog or Bull Ants ( Myrmecia species) have red bodies and black abdomens. They are about 20mm long. These ants can cause a painful sting. They rarely enter houses and are usually found in the garden or bushland areas.
Argentine Ants ( Iridomyrmex humilis) Are about 3mm long and are light to dark brown in colour. They do not have the formic acid smell ants usually have and they are very active in their movements.
Sanitation is important in preventing infestations by ants. Inside the house, pet food bowls, dirty dishes, food crumbs on the floor, benches or tables and sap sucking insects on indoor plants can all attract ants. Outside the house, unemptied rubbish bins, food and old drink cans also encourage ants. Keeping these areas clean and controlling sap sucking insects indoors will greatly reduce the chance of ants becoming a problem around the house. Placing pet food bowls in a tray of water may lessen the problem.
Close-up photo of a Fire-Ant
Chemical control may be warranted if a persistent infestation of ants causes a problem/nuisance. See our web-site for useful tips at
How you can tell the difference and what to do about them.
What is the difference?
Though bees and European wasps are of a similar size and shape, you will easily be able to differentiate between the two by their colours.
European wasps are bright yellow and black with bright yellow legs. They are predominantly black on their front half, with bright yellow markings and predominantly bright yellow on their back half with black stripes and black dots between the stripes, down each side of the abdomen; (sometimes joining the stripes). European wasps also have longer, thicker antennae than bees.
Bees display a dull shade of yellow or a golden brown colour. They also have black stripes around their body, however bees do not have the black dot characteristics of the European wasp. Unlike the European wasp that has yellow legs, bees have black legs. This is probably the easiest way to differentiate between the two.
European wasps can nest in various cavities, walls, ceilings and trees to name a few. However the most likely place for a European wasp nest to occur is in the ground. These nests are easily sighted due to the constant European wasp activity above the nest. However the nest holes could be well hidden amongst vegetation.
Bees often nest in tree or wall cavities and can nest in compost bins and cavities such as old suitcases. Bees, like European wasps, are not aggressive and will go about their day to day duties unless they feel threatened or are under attack. Try to avoid the flight path of swarming bees and wasps. Both bees and wasps are best left to their own devices.
What do I do if I discover European wasps or bees on my property?
If you have European wasps or bees nesting on your property, (private or leased), it is your responsibility to have them removed. It is recommended you call a pest control company to exterminate the problem swarm. If you have your own protective clothing the best time to exterminate a nest is early in the morning or late in the afternoon. These times will ensure the majority of the colony will be in the nest.
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Brown trap door spider
Brown trap door spider
Funnel web spiders
Funnel web spiders
Mouse spider Missulena species
The female spider is dark brown to black and very stout. They are 20-30mm in body length with a broader head than that of a funnel web. The male is smaller, 12mm long with a blue-black body. It has bright red fangs and fang bases and a red cephalothorax (first half of body).
The male can be very aggressive and can deliver a painful bite. The mouse spider's burrow is vertical with an oval entrance and two doors.
Brown trap door spider Misgolas (Dyarcyops) species
These spiders are often confused with the funnel web spider. Female spiders are 25-35mm in length, males are 20mm. Mature males have a small spur on their first pair of front legs. Both male and female spiders are dark brown, occasionally black in colour. The female has a honey coloured pattern on its head.
Most Misgolas species build burrows on level ground, slopes or banks. They have no door to their burrow entrance.
These spiders can inflict a painful bite but it is not fatal. The brown trapdoor is common in the Brindabella Ranges and their burrows may be seen in road cuttings.
Spider Information: This is some information on some spiders commonly found in the Hills District region. All spiders should be treated with caution. Most species, with the exception of the funnel web, are not aggressive. The vast majority are harmless and play an important role as insect predators.
The following spiders do not construct webs and commonly NSW it in their burrows or hunt down their insect prey. Burrows are built in the ground, at the base of trees, shrubs, rocks or fences and vary in depth, the amount of silk material used, the number of side tunnels and the type of entrance. Some spiders construct a door at the burrow entrance, which can be a plug or hinged door.
Funnel web spiders : Atraxand Hadronyche species Although not common in the NSW, regular sightings of funnel web spiders do occur. The female measures approximately 30mm in body length, males about 25mm. Both spiders are shiny and black. Mature males have a spur on the second pair of front legs. Females are seldom seen, as they spend most of their lives in burrows with funnel-like silken entrances, located in crevices, under rocks or logs, usually in a cool, damp site. The bite of the male funnel web can be fatal, but an anti-venom is available. Male spiders are highly aggressive and when disturbed they will rear up with their fangs exposed and bite repeatedly.
Funnel web spiders are usually found on the ground around rubble, firewood, tree stumps, rockeries, tree roots, ferns and fence posts. When bringing material such as this into the NSW from areas where funnel webs are common eg. coastal areas, carefully inspect the material for spiders before transporting.
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Hills District Suburbs & Postcodes
Astoria Park 2153
Balcombe Heights 2153
Baulkham Hills 2153
Bella Vista 2153
Canoe Lands 2157
Castle Hill 2154
Forest Glen 2157
Lake Parramatta 2151
Middle Dural 2158
Model Farms 2153
North Parramatta 2151
North Rocks 2151
Norwest Business Park 2153
Rogans Hill 2154
Round Corner 2158
Rouse Hill 2155
Roxborough Park 2153
West Pennant Hills 2125
Winston Hills 2153
GERMAN COCKROACH INFORMATION SHEET : German Cockroaches are the world's most successful and prolific cockroaches because of their extremely fast breeding habits and ability to adapt to almost any environment. They will eat anything that humans do and will also eat wallpaper, curtains, leather and any other organic material. They are always found indoors and tend to stay where food and water are freely available, such as kitchens, pantries and bathrooms, etc. They cannot fly and carry their egg capsules (Ootheca) until maturity, unlike the other pest species.
IDENTIFICATION : The adults are 10-15mm long and are tan to medium brown coloured with 2 parallel dark stripes on the head section (Pronotum). The nymphs are very small, dark and beetle-like when they first emerge from the capsule and within a few weeks grow more slender and lighter coloured. They have a light stripe down the centre at this stage of their development. Signs of infestation include cast skins, dark regurgitation and faecal droppings in corners and door hinges of cupboards. Their droppings are tiny and resemble fly-specks. They are often confused with the Brown-banded Cockroach which is lighter in colour, lives outdoors or indoors in dry environments and can fly.
PREVENTATIVE MEASURES TO ENSURE PERMANENT CONTROL : Once you have employed a professional pest control company such as Modern Pest Control Services to control German Cockroaches in your environment, there are certain things that you can do in order to get a faster, more permanent result. We have used our professional equipment and insecticides to get to the places that you would not normally even think of, let alone carry out. Once we have gone there are three measures that you can do to achieve this result. These 3 things are;
1. KEEP THE AREAS WHERE COCKROACHES HAVE BEEN FOUND SCRUPULOUSLY CLEAN.
This involves keeping the floor and other areas free of food scraps and grease. Washing up should not be left overnight and food should never be consumed in any place other than the meal area. Cardboard and paper are notorious for harbouring German Cockroaches. Do not store these for any period longer than necessary.
2. FILL OR BLOCK OFF ANY CRACKS AND CREVICES THAT PROVIDE HIDING AREAS FOR COCKROACHES.
This may be done with a caulking agent such as "No More Gaps." Dripping taps should have washers replaced as this may provide water that they can drink.
3. USE COCKROACH
Doing this will break their life cycle and hasten their demise. Remember to close off the infested areas as much as possible when using bombs to keep as much of the smoke contained. -Sheets may be used when pinned to doorway frames when doors are absent. Always read and take note of the instructions on the label. In badly infested situations, (i.e., when cockroaches are sighted in numbers during the day) repeat this treatment in a further month.
Remember that cockroach control relies upon a conscientious effort from both the pest control operator and the client. Success definitely doesn't occur overnight but following these few instructions will get you very good results within one month of our treatment and guarantees that you won't be living with these unwanted guests in the future!
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