Common Pests Treatments

Effective pest management for your home or business in Geelong

How the work is undertaken


Ants and spiders
Firstly, we will come to your property for an initial consultation where will we discuss the issue with you before investigating the source of the pests by looking for existing nests, etc. We have 14 years’ experience tracking down the source of pests, so you can rest assured that we know what to look out for.

 The complete exterior of your property will then be sprayed – if ant nests exist the spray will stir them up, in which case a heavier spray will be applied.

Finally, we handle internal fumigation of the roof ceiling with insect power, and the remainder of your property’s interior will be sprayed, including skirting boards, windows, vents, etc. If there are nests within walls or cavities, a bait will be applied and the ants will carry it back to the nest. 

Note: It is recommended that the house be vacated for up to 4 hours while treatment is being carried out. 

Rodents
We will initially inspect your property to determine where the rodent is gaining access, and if applicable, seal any holes. If the rodent is in the property, bait will be placed in lockable, sealed plastic containers, ensuring that no pets or children can access it. Extensive rodent baiting will also be placed in roof areas, as rodents like to nest in insulated areas during colder months. We will also inspect the garden to check if there are any trees overhanging, allowing rodent access to the roof.

Bees and wasps
Where possible, bees or wasps and their hive will be safely removed and taken to an apiarist. If this isn’t possible (such as in cases where they are located in a wall cavity), they will be fumigated. 
Note: European wasps will be fumigated. Do not attempt to undertake bee or wasp removal yourself, as once they become agitated they will swarm and attack. Talk to the professional team here at Academic Pest Control and let us take care of your wasp issue safely and thoroughly.

Pest control solutions


If you are in the unfortunate situation that you are experiencing an infestation, call in our experts today. When it comes to controlling and eliminating pests, we are the team you can count on. 

Our range of pest control services in Geelong includes eliminating: 
  • Spiders
  • Ants
  • Wasps
  • Bees 
  • Rats 
By offering a prompt and advanced pest control service, we can help protect businesses from nasty infestations. Call us today for a quote on our services or for any inquiries.

Spider control in Geelong


Spiders are air-breathing arthropods that have eight legs and appendages with fangs that inject venom. There are currently 40,000 known species of spider, with the number always set to increase. They come in many sizes, shapes and colours, and even produce a variety of different webs. They have the capability to produce silk that can be used to make webs from several different glands in their system. We offer expert services for spider control in Geelong should you have an infestation.
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Why are they considered a pest?
Spiders are usually considered as pests due to the harm that they can cause to humans. Death is rare, but pain, rashes, irritation, headaches, nausea and vomiting are commonly attributed to spider bites in the home in Australia. Besides harming you, they can also be considered a nuisance due to the excessive webbing they can make around the home.
Where can they be found in Australia?
Spiders can be found throughout Australia, though there are different species that can be found in different states as well.
Where are they usually found in the home?
Spiders can develop their nests inside and outside the home. Depending on the species, they can be on rooftops, under tiles, in underground burrows and basically anywhere where they feel they can reproduce in safety.
Typical signs of an infestation?
The typical signs of a spider infestation are numerous amounts of sightings of the actual spiders and a build-up of webs in and around the house. Also, frequent sightings of small hatchling spiders are a common sign.
Common types of spider
  • Redback spiders
  • Male and female Sydney funnel web spiders
  • White tail spiders
  • Male and female mouse spiders
  • Black house spiders
  • Wolf spiders
  • Trap door spiders
  • Orb weaving spiders
  • Huntsman spider
  • Daddy long-legs spider

Bed bugs


Bed bugs are light brown to reddish-brown, flattened, oval shaped and have no hind wings. Their front wings are useless and reduced to pad-like structures. Bed bugs have segmented abdomens with microscopic hairs that give them a banded appearance. Adults grow to 4–5mm in length and 1.5–3mm wide. Newly hatched nymphs are see-through, lighter in colour and become browner as they moult and reach maturity.
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Location in Australia
Bed bugs are located throughout Australia.
Location in the home
Even though their name might suggest the bed, bed bugs can actually be located anywhere in the home. The bed is just a common place to find them because it provides the right temperature, time of day and habitat for the bed bugs to consume and reproduce.
What time of year are they found?
They can be found all year round.
Food
Bed bugs are parasitic insects and will feed on the blood of the host they attach to, i.e. the person sleeping in the bed.
Why they are a pest
Bed bugs can leave irritating red rashes all over the body of the host they attach to. Since they reproduce in large numbers, there are always numerous marks on the host. Keep in mind that bites can take in excess of one week to appear and some people will react differently to the bites. So even if a red rash doesn’t appear, an infestation is still highly likely.
Prevention
Prevention is quite hard because bed bugs can be located anywhere around the home. Detection is your best defence. Hot Tip: DO NOT just think you can wait until they leave - bed bugs continually reproduce and if their food source leaves, they will tend to migrate and spread further around the home.
  • Black house ant
  • Red imported fire ant

Fleas


Fleas are insects approximately 1.5 to 3.3mm long. They are agile, usually dark coloured, wingless insects with tube-like mouthparts adapted for feeding on the blood of their hosts. Their hind legs are long and well adapted for jumping: a flea can jump vertically up to 18cm and horizontally up to 33 cm. This is around 200 times their body length!
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Location in Australia
Fleas are located in all states around Australia.
Location in the home
Fleas are tricky to find around the home due to both their size and their manoeuvrability. They are quick and extremely adaptive so they can be at many points around the home without the owner even knowing. If pets are present, they are a good warning sign of an infestation.
What time of year are they found?
Fleas are found all year round.
Food
Adults feed on blood and the larvae eat a "flea diet" consisting of dried blood.
Why they are a pest
Being a parasitic insect means that fleas aren’t just attracted to your pets, they are also attracted to other mammals as well, including you. They latch onto the host with a drilling tool as their mouth and begin to ingest blood from the victim. 

Irritating red marks are left on the victim and an itchy sensation occurs. They can also cause pets to scratch themselves unconsciously to the point of skin deterioration.
Prevention
The flea is an extremely adaptable insect and, with this capability, it makes prevention rather hard. Check pets on a regular basis for any signs of infestation. Also, check yourself regularly because some bites might not be felt.

Rat control in Geelong


An adult rat will usually weigh between 100 and 500 grams, measure about 24cm (excluding tail) and be brown/black with grey fur. Its tail is usually longer than the head and body together. We offer fast and efficient rat control to help you with any infestation.
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Why are they considered a pest?
They are unsanitary and their droppings have been implicated as potential health hazards. They can multiply quickly, and will do significant damage to your home and furniture through their gnawing activities. They will also contaminate food and other materials through the droppings they leave behind. Not only are rats destructive, but they have also even been implicated in causing house fires after chewing through electrical cables.
Where are they usually found in the home?
Rats are either terrestrial or arboreal in nature, although rats preferring one habitat are capable of inhabiting others. They build their nests outside the walls of homes or in various clumps of vegetation and may also construct their homes beneath the edges of sidewalks or patios. They are capable of living in trees as well as in elevated areas of human homes such as attics, rafters, eaves and on roofs.
Where can they be found in Australia?
Rats can be found all over Australia.
Typical signs of an infestation
  • Scratching noises - in the walls or ceilings as rats scurry around.
  • Droppings – rats leave large, dark droppings particularly along walls, in cupboards or under sinks.
  • Distinctive smell – rats leave an ammonia-like smell that will be particularly strong in more enclosed areas such as under cupboards.
  • Damage – rats have teeth that grow continuously and will gnaw on wood, plastic, cables and other hard materials to keep their teeth shorter.
Get a fast and affordable rat control service in Geelong from Academic Pest Control.

Wasp and bee control in Geelong


Common wasp
The common wasp is a social insect with bold black and yellow bands. Adult workers can grow to between 12mm and 17mm long. Queen wasps grow as large as 20mm long.
Location in Australia
The common wasp is located nationally around Australia.
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Location in the home
The common wasp will build nests outside of homes, usually under eaves, balconies or in nearby trees.
What time of year are they found?
The common wasp will only be seen during the warmer months of the year.
Why they are a pest
Wasps are considered pests due to the harmful sting they can cause to humans. The issue is that wasps rarely sting, once they usually sting multiple times which can cause people to react in different ways.
Food
Common wasps feed on nectar and sweet fruit. They collect insects, including caterpillars, to feed to their larvae.
Prevention
Prevention can be easily maintained through the correct disposal of food sources and constant awareness of wasp population growth. DO NOT try and dispose of a nest without the correct cautionary procedures. 

Call us for expert wasp and bee control in Geelong.

Ant control


Ants form colonies that range in size from a few dozen predatory individuals living in small natural cavities to highly organised colonies that may occupy large territories and consist of millions of individuals. These larger colonies consist mostly of sterile, wingless females forming castes of "workers", "soldiers" or other specialised groups. Nearly all ant colonies also have some fertile males called "drones", and one or more fertile females called "queens". The colonies are sometimes described as superorganisms because the ants appear to operate as a unified entity, collectively working together to support the colony. 
Different species of ants are attracted to different types of food, some of which include sugars, meats, fats, and oils. They also tend to come indoors at times in search of water during dry seasons (September – March). When desirable items are found, many species will recruit fellow nest-mates to help gather the food and return it to the nest. This can result in large numbers of ants appearing over a short period of time. For expert ant control in Geelong, call Academic Pest Control today.
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Why are they considered a pest?
Around the house, you can find ants building nests in walls and foundations, in potted plants (indoors and outdoors), in enclosed areas and even in cavities in toilets and sinks. In almost all cases the nests are built in previously deteriorated areas or in between objects such as rotten wood. They rarely attack solid structures as they tend to take advantage of weakened areas.
Where can they be found in Australia?
Ants can be found across Australia; however, it depends on the species of ant and the habitat which they preside over. For more detailed information on ants and their distribution, check the CSIRO website for accurate scientific information.
Where are they usually found in the home?
This depends on the type of species of ant. They are usually found near a standing water source or in moistened areas. Click on an ant species to see specific habitats around the home.
Typical signs of an infestation
The typical signs of an ant infestation include:
  • Frequent sightings of ants inside the house and at home entrances.
  • A build-up of ant activity in the garden such as dirt mounds etc.
  • In some cases, damage to the structure of the home (timber areas, cracks in brick walls).
Common types of ants around the home
  • Argentine ant
  • Odorous house ant
  • Coastal brown ant
  • Carpenter ant
  • Australian bull ant
Call Academic Pest Control for fast and affordable ant control services.

Cockroaches


Cockroaches are insects of the order Blattaria or Blattodea, of which about 30 species out of 4,500 in total are associated with human habitations. About four species are well known as pests. Cockroaches live in a wide range of environments around the world. Pest species of cockroaches adapt readily to a variety of environments but prefer warm conditions found within buildings. Many tropical species prefer even warmer environments and do not fare well in the average household. Cockroaches are mainly nocturnal and will run away when exposed to light. A peculiar exception is the Asian cockroach, which is attracted to light.
Cockroaches are generally rather large insects. Most species are about the size of a thumbnail, but several species are bigger. The world's heaviest cockroach is the Australian giant burrowing cockroach, which can reach 9 centimetres (3.5 in) in length and weigh more than 30 grams. Cockroaches have a broad, flattened body and a relatively small head. They are generalised insects with few special adaptations, and may be among the most primitive living insects. The mouth is on the underside of the head and includes chewing mandibles. They have large eyes and long, flexible antennae.

The first pair of wings are tough and protective, lying as a shield on top of the hind wings. All four wings have branching, longitudinal veins and multiple cross-veins. The legs are sturdy with five claws each.
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Why are they considered a pest?
Cockroaches are one of the most common household pests in Australia. They have no set patterns in their feeding and travelling patterns. They feed on anything from human waste to dead human skin cells and are attracted to proteins, sugars, starches, meats and dairy (any discarded food). They passively transport microbes on their body surfaces including those that are potentially dangerous to humans. They can then spread those germs through their droppings, regurgitation and crawling all over our personal items including utensils used for preparing foods. The bacteria that they spread are linked to food poisoning, dysentery, and gastroenteritis. Cockroaches can also trigger allergic reactions like asthma, bronchitis, and dermatitis.
Typical signs of an infestation
Cockroaches are nocturnal, so if they are seen during the day, this is normally an indication that you may have an infestation.
Where can they be found in Australia?
Cockroaches can be found across Australia; however, it depends on the species of the cockroach and the habitat which they preside over. All cockroaches are susceptible to Hovex solutions.
Where are they usually found in the home?
Cockroaches crave warmth, food sources, moisture and hiding spaces. They are often found in the kitchen, behind and under stoves, refrigerators and other kitchen appliances, behind washing machines and near hot water systems. They are also nocturnal, so are generally seen at night.
Common types of cockroaches around the home
  • American
  • German
  • Australian

Mice


Mice are small rodents that mainly live with humans, causing damage to stored food, housing structure, electrical wiring, and furniture. They can grow to between 75 and 100mm in length and they vary in colour from white to grey and light brown to black.
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Why are they considered a pest?
They are unsanitary and their droppings have been implicated as potential asthma triggers in children. They can multiply quickly and will do significant damage to your home and furniture through their gnawing activities. They will also contaminate food and other materials through the droppings they leave behind. Not only are mice destructive, but they also have even been implicated in causing house fires after chewing through electrical cables.
Where can they be found in Australia?
Mice can be found all over Australia.
Where are they usually found in the home?
Mice are usually found in hard-to-reach places in the home. These include roofing and ceilings and behind appliances such as fridges and washing machines. They can also be found wherever food sources are, so wardrobes and pantries are a perfect location for them.
Typical signs of an infestation?
  • Scratching noises - in the walls or ceilings as mice scurry around.
  • Droppings – mice leave small, dark droppings particularly along walls, in cupboards or under sinks.
  • Distinctive smell – mice leave an ammonia-like smell that will be particularly strong in more enclosed areas such as under cupboards.
  • Damage – mice have teeth that grow continuously and will gnaw on wood, plastic, cables, and other hard materials to keep their teeth shorter.
  • Nests – mice build nests with shredded material such as newspaper and fabrics. These will tend to be in hidden places such as behind fridges. Nests will often contain young mice.

Silverfish


Silverfish are nocturnal, flattened insects typically 13–25mm long. Their body tapers at the end, giving them a fish-like appearance. The newly hatched are whitish, but they develop a greyish/silver colour with a metallic shine as they get older. Silverfish completely lack wings, they have long antennae and move in a wiggling motion that resembles the movement of a fish. Silverfish typically live for two to eight years.
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Location in Australia
They are located all over mainland Australia.
Location in the home
They inhabit moist areas, requiring a relative humidity of between 75% and 95%. In the general household, they can be found in basements, bathrooms, garages, closets, and attics.
What time of year are they found?
Silverfish can be found all year round.
Why they are a pest
Silverfish are considered a household pest due to their consumption and destruction of property. Although they are responsible for the contamination of food and other types of damage, they do not transmit disease.
Food
Silverfish consume matter that contains polysaccharides, such as starches and dextrin in adhesives. These include glue, book bindings, plaster, some paints, paper, photos, sugar, coffee, hair, carpet, clothing, and dandruff. Silverfish can also cause damage to tapestries. Other substances that may be eaten include cotton, linen, silk, synthetic fibres, and dead insects. They can even go a year without eating.
Prevention
Prevention is hard because silverfish can go so long without consuming food and yet they can consume almost anything. For ideal prevention, look at the product below.

For expert advice on pest management, call Academic Pest 
Control today on 0418 511 350.

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