Cockroaches: Life Cycle and Control

The cockroach is amongst the most resilient insects. They are known to survive in harsh environments and can survive on very limited resources. Roaches can also go for up to one month without food (Source: It is this ability to survive in harsh conditions that makes cockroaches that hard to get rid of. Cockroaches feed on both human and pet food leaving an offensive odour wherever they have been. Although they do not cause […]

New Zealand Summer Pests

Like autumn and raking leaves, summer seems to go together with pests. And just like clockwork, summertime is nigh, which makes it the perfect time to start preparing for those nasty intruders. Research actually shows that about 67 percent of homeowners are more concerned about pest infestations during summer. Most pests reproduce during this time of year because of the higher temperatures experienced. As a result, pest population’s balloon and they seem to be everywhere […]

Wasps – Control in Your Home

Although important in some instances – such as farming where they control the population of other harmful pest insects – wasps are very dangerous when they show up at your home. Wasps are dangerous because they sting. And unlike bees that only sting once, wasps can sting repeatedly. To some people, this sting could be lethal causing serious symptoms that could be fatal. Different wasp species come in different colours and sizes. There are a […]

Flies – Life Cycle and Control

Here are some basic steps you can take to control Houseflies in your home:

Mosquitoes – Pests in Your Home

You will never know peace when mosquitos invade your home. They sting painfully and the noise from their flapping wings will keep you up all night. In addition to the ruckus and pain, some mosquitos also transmit dangerous diseases such as Malaria, West Nile Virus, Yellow Fever, and Filariasis. Mosquitos belong to the group Diptera similar to other true flies – flies that have a single pair of wings. They are identified by their long, […]

Ants – Control in Your Home

Ants are tiny insects that move in large numbers to areas where food has been identified. They will not set up their home there but will move back and forth until they transport all the food into their nest. They generally do not bite (with some exceptions) or carry any disease natively. They are, however, capable of contaminating your food through contact as they cover a lot of ground while foraging which exposes them to […]

Fruit Flies: Pests In Your Home

As their name suggests, fruit flies are attracted to fruit – rotting/fermenting fruit to be more specific. They are, however, not restricted to fruits as their only source of nutrition but will also feed on other fermenting organic matter. With the ability to lay up to 400 eggs at a time combined with quick development into adulthood, one fruit fly can lead the charge for a full blown infestation. The most noticeable signs of a […]

Silverfish – Life Cycle and Control

The name might mislead you into thinking that these insects are related to fish: far from it. They actually got this name from their silvery colour and the fish-like appearance of their movement. Silverfish, otherwise known as fishmoths are small wingless insects that feed on starches, sugar, dextrin in adhesives and other carbohydrates/polysaccharides. Although capable of surviving most environments, Silverfish prefer to live in moist areas such as bathtubs, sinks, attics, and showers. If left […]

All About Mosquitos

In addition to the annoying noise their wings make as they fly, mosquitos natively carry and will transmit a number of diseases to humans, including malaria, Murray Valley encephalitis virus, Ross River virus, Barmah Forest virus and dengue fever (1). They feed on blood from animals (humans included) and it’s during this feeding process that they deposit harmful micro-organisms into the host’s blood. The sting is very painful and causes an irritating rash that can […]

New Zealand Indoors Summer Insect Pests

Summer means warmer temperatures and warmer temperatures mean more bugs. Bugs reproduce at a higher rate during summer making them a bit more difficult to manage. Insects make your home uncomfortable to live in. They may not cause any harm to you, but just having them around is enough to annoy you – maybe even embarrass you in front of a guest. Controlling insects is quite a challenge and especially so because they are tiny […]

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