Paper Wasps: The Predator Wasp
The Pest Guys are your local Perth exterminators, and one of the areas we specialise in is making your home or business safe from Paper Wasps. These particularly nasty wasps are 10–15 millimetres long, have a brown body and black and yellow stripes, and they’re thinner than your typical bee. Sometimes referred to as ‘Predator Wasps’, Paper Wasps are the most common native wasp species in Perth.
Paper Wasps play an important role in the pollination of flowers in our gardens; however, they can be quite a nuisance. If you approach or disturb their nest, they will likely bite, and bites or stings can be painful, especially if an allergic reaction occurs. Like most wasp species they can sting multiple times, and a nest usually contains more than just one wasp.
They usually eat caterpillars, and won’t be lured out by the smell of raw or cooked meat – so you don’t have to.. Read More
The Importance of a Pre-Purchase Termite Inspection
Buying a house is one of the most exciting chapters of your life, and you’ll want to ensure you’re moving into a place that’ll last for years to come. Finding termites shortly after you move in can prove absolutely devastating, which is why a pre-purchase termite inspection is crucial for Perth home buyers.
Termites love those beautiful old Perth houses, especially where timber footings and framing are starting to decay, but don’t be fooled! It’s not uncommon to find termites, also (incorrectly) called white ants, in newer properties so it always pays to have an expert assess the house for potential signs of an invasion. It may be worthwhile booking a termite inspection in Perth with The Pest Guys.
What we look for
Termites tend to attack from the inside out, it’s hard for home owners to spot them before it’s too late. As experienced pest-controllers, we.. Read More
What to do if you have cockroaches
As the WA weather warms up, houses all over Perth are under threat from a cockroach invasion. These creepy crawlies are familiar to anyone lucky enough to enjoy a Perth summer, but their presence in your home should not have to be tolerated.
German cockroaches are a big problem here in Western Australia. They’re attracted to warmth and humidity, so it’s understandable they prefer our temperate climate and flourish in summer.
Here are some things to look out for if you suspect you’re on the brink of a cockie invasion:
Cockroaches often shed their skin in areas of the home where they’ve been residing (usually around food)
They’re very attracted to food, so you’re more likely to see signs of them around food scraps or rubbish bins
German cockroaches love areas of warmth and moisture, so check under sinks, in and around cooking appliances, and in that cosy.. Read More
Banish Bugs This Silly Season
As the weather heats up, Perth's nastiest pests emerge to make an appearance in large numbers. An insect invasion or cockroach crowd can really ruin the Christmas season. Let's face it, you have better things to do than fight off a horde of pests!
Now is the perfect time to consider a residential ‘Pest Off’ package for year-round pest protection, and in the meantime, we’ve put together our top tips for keeping the bugs at bay:
Red Backs, White Tails, Black House, and the occasional Black Widow like to hide in the cool dark corners of Perth homes and garages. The most effective action you can take is to regularly check these areas and tell children to stay far away from any spiders they see (and report them to an adult, of course).
There are numerous unproven home remedies you’ll come across, all claiming to keep the arachnids at bay. Using white vinegar or.. Read More
Protect Your Pets: How to Get Rid of Fleas
Any pet owner can tell you of the horror of finding your pet madly scratching at fleas. Unfortunately, by that time, it's too late to control the fleas, so you need to be in damage control model to eradicate any infestation before it spreads.
Fleas don't always rely on pets to get in to your home. They can travel on humans, on clothes, in your luggage, and especially in dirt if you are working on the garden. Luckily there are a few DIY methods which help to curtail and discourage flea populations.
1. Wash everything
Fleas love to hide their eggs in bedding and fibrous material. The first step, if your pet has fleas, is to wash them thoroughly with flea shampoo. Quarantine your pets so they can't spread the infestation and make sure they’re kept away from other flea-friendly surfaces until you've properly cleaned.
Wash all sheets, bedding, clothes, rugs, mattresses, and.. Read More
Do I Have Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are a common fear for most people, no doubt fuelled by the bedtime rhyme we all knew as children. If you think you’re sharing the bed with these nasty little pests, you should do a thorough check immediately to be sure. Getting rid of bed bugs is a challenge, and not something you can do properly at home without the aid of harsh chemicals.
The signs of bed bugs
You probably guessed that bed bugs are most commonly found on mattresses and sheets. They are also found hiding in cracks in the floor or walls, in the carpet, or in furniture. Bed bugs often travel on clothes or get brought in by pets. Bed bugs are nocturnal pests, meaning they feed at night and exclusively feed on blood. Human blood is their favourite meal, but they won’t say no to pets and other animals.
Bed bugs are about half a centimetre long with a flat oval shaped body and squat head. They have a large.. Read More