Fleas

Fleas are a common household pest especially prevalent when you or neighbouring properties have pets. Flea bites to some people and pets can just be an irritation, but for others the bites can cause an allergic reaction and result in rashes.

A common indication of a flea infestation is if your pets are excessively scratching and grooming themselves. This is caused by the discomfort caused as the adult fleas feed on the pet’s blood. A thorough examination of the pet and its fur should be conducted by the homeowner or veterinarian. People also may experience bites which leave behind itchy marks.

Fleas can also be a challenge for homeowners and tenants who move into a new home which has a pre-existing flea infestation.

Fleas are approximately 2-10mm in length depending on the species. Their bodies are flat and without wings. They can jump great distances. Fleas will emerge from the pupal stage at different temperature, humidity and vibration. The vibrations of a host walking past often trigger the emergence of the adult flea, enabling it to immediately find a host and begin feeding. After feeding on the host, the female flea is ready to mate and lay eggs. Fleas are parasites that feed on the blood of any warm-blooded body. This is how they transfer diseases, as they can transfer hosts between cats, dogs and humans.

What to do if you think you have fleas
Here’s a list of things to do to assist us in controlling a flea infestation within your home:

Vacuum carpets, furnishings, cracks in the floorboards and upholstered furniture just prior to us arriving and carrying out the treatment, and if possible do not vacuum for a period of 7 days after our treatment.
Consult a vet and treat your pets as soon as you can, preferably on the same day as our treatment.
Get professional help. Contact Tarneit Pest Control for a complete home flea inspection and treatment. Tarneit Pest Control technicians are skilled, experienced professionals – they are state certified, fully licensed and insured applicators and are required to participate in regular training programs to maintain their proficiency as some of the best technicians in the industry. They understand the habits of different types of flea and can offer the most appropriate and effective solution. All our treatments are safe for your family and pets!

Why Choose Tarneit Pest Control

Quick Same Day / Next Day Service (when possible)
We Provide Safe, Family Friendly Control Methods
Knowledgeable & Certified Technician
Comprehensive Treatments to Control the Flea Infestation!

Spiders

Spiders are very beneficial for our ecosystem. There are a wide variety of spider species, with only a select few considered urban pests.

They grow exponentially. Spiders create a silken sac into which they lay their eggs. Each sac contains about a hundred eggs (this varies with the species). The sac may be attached to something, concealed in the web or carried on the body of the female. If you spot a sac fixed somewhere in your home, that’s a sign that there will soon be more spiders.

Spiders are usually nocturnal creatures and come out at night when they hunt for food and feed on insects and other spiders. Spiders can tend to become livelier when the weather becomes colder, as they emerge from their hiding places in search of a mate. Some die as autumn ends, but others go into hibernation till spring.

Controlling spiders must be done regularly in order to stop minor spikes in the spider population from escalating into full-blown invasions. Spiders can be tricky to keep at bay, and certain species prefer hiding places that are difficult to locate. When spiders go into hiding they can be very difficult to find, so it is important to have regular treatments done in order to keep the population under control.

If you would like to know more about our spider control services, give Tarneit Pest Control a call on 0484548841

Wasps

The European wasp, Vespula Germanica, is an established pest in Australia. This non-native wasp was first found in Australia in 1959 in Tasmania. By 1978 they were also known in Victoria, South Australia, New South Wales and Western Australia, and are now firmly established in the Sydney area.

Identification

European Wasps are a stout wasp with a bright yellow and black banded abdomen, and a pair of black spots on each yellow band.
They have two pairs of clear wings with the first pair larger.
They have black antennae and fly with their legs held close to the body.

Habitat

European Wasps are found in large communal nests, normally only visible as a small entrance hole.
They are normally built either underground or in cavities in walls, ceilings, logs or trees.
The nests are made from chewed wood fibre and can be found in ceilings, wall cavities, logs, tree trunks and soil.

Distribution
The European Wasp is a native of Europe, North Africa and Asia Minor.
They are now firmly established in metropolitan Victoria, including area around Werribee, Tarneit, Truganina, Hoppers Crossing, Point Cook, Wyndham Vale, Derrimut, Manor Lakes, Altona Meadows, Laverton.

Life history cycle

European Wasp colonies are started in spring by a single fertilised queen, which lays an egg in a number of cells in the nest.
These hatch into grub-like larvae and are tended by the queen for a number of weeks.
They become the first batch of workers that take over nest construction and rearing of the larvae while the queen concentrates on laying eggs.
The nest grows throughout the summer until a batch of males and new queens are hatched in the autumn.
These mate and fly off to start new nests.

Danger to humans

European Wasps are more aggressive than bees and will attack when their nests are disturbed.
Unlike bees, wasps can sting more than once, and do not die after stinging.
The sting causes a burning pain and swelling. If stings are multiple, a more severe systemic reaction may occur.
In some individuals, wasp, bee and ant stings can cause an allergic reaction (anaphylaxis), but this is relatively uncommon.
Effective treatment is available, which involves known bee/ant/wasp sting allergy sufferers carrying a special kit when outdoors. Immunotherapy or desensitisation is also available, and can reduce the severity of the allergy.
Seven deaths over a twenty-year period attributed to wasp stings have been recorded in Australia, mainly amongst known allergy sufferers who were not carrying their preventative medicine with them.
A cold pack may be used to relieve the pain of the sting.
If there is evidence of a more severe reaction or the sting victim is known to be allergic to wasp and bee venom, medical attention should be sought immediately.

For any concerns or for eradication please call Tarneit Pest Control 0484548841

Bees

Identification

Honey Bees are one of the most recognisable insects and are the most commonly domesticated bee species in the world. They are somewhat variable in colour but are usually brown with a banded dull yellow and brown abdomen. The head, thorax and abdomen are densely covered in hair. The legs and around the eyes are also hairy. These highly social insects live in large hives dominated by a single queen. The queen is larger than workers or the male drones, and is responsible for egg laying and for controlling the hive using pheromones. The majority of the hive is made up of worker bees that build and maintain the hive, and collect nectar and pollen to feed the developing bee larvae.
Native bees and wasps and some flies can look superficially similar to honey bees. The only native bees to form large social hives are the stingless bees (Tetragonula and Austroplebia). These bees are very dark coloured, and are much smaller than honey bees (less than 5mm long), and do not sting. Other solitary native bees and wasps may look like honey bees, but are not aggressive, and do not have a barbed sting. Some flies are excellent mimics of honey bees, but have only one pair of wings and not sting.

Habitat
Honey Bees live in urban areas, forests, woodlands and heath. Honey bees have successfully established feral hives throughout Victoria.

Distribution
Honey Bees are found throughout Victoria and Australia including Werribee, Tarneit, truganina, Hoppers Crossing, Point Cook, Wyndham Vale, Derrimut, Manor Lakes, Altona Meadows, Laverton.

Danger to humans

Honey Bee stings are barbed and, when a person is stung, the sting (with venom gland attached) will stick in the skin and tear away from the bee. This injury kills the bee, but the venom gland continues to pump venom through the sting, so it should be removed as soon as possible. Do not squeeze it as this will force more venom into the wound. The sting is best removed by scraping it out with a fingernail.

Most Honey Bee stings cause intense local pain and swelling. However, if a victim is allergic to bee venom, a sting may cause more general symptoms. Most seriously, these can include difficulty breathing and collapse. If a person is known to be allergic to bee venom, the sting should be removed and a pressure immobilisation bandage should be immediately applied. Seek medical attention.

If you find a swarm of bees, do not approach it. Contact your local pest control company Tarneit Pest Control on 0484548841

Possums

Possums

Possums are marsupials which are active at night and have become well-adapted to urban environments.

There are 23 different possum species found in Australia and are a beautiful part of our native fauna. The common brushtail possum is the second largest of the possum species.

Where do possums live?

Possums live in trees. However, due to the growth in urban areas, there has been a significant loss of their natural habitat. This forces them to take up residence in cavities inside and in between buildings and in roof voids. You can also find them scouring through waste and compost bins in search for food, creating an overnight mess on your property. This is why the need for possum control is growing.

When are possums active?

Possums are nocturnal. This is why their screeches and pattering of feet are mostly heard at night.

Why are possums troublesome?

Possums can feed on the vegetables, fruit, flowers and new plants in or near gardens. Male brushtail possums can become a nuisance with their loud, rough-sounding calls. They also give off a strong smell which can create anxiety for some. Dogs sometimes become nervous if there are possums nearby, and incessant barking can be stressful for the people around them. Possums can also affect your home structurally. If holes appear in your roof, possums are able to crawl in and potentially trap themselves. In addition, possums have been known to dislodge tiles and bend sheets of iron gaining access to roofs, causing secondary damage from water entering the roof cavity and internal area of the home during a downpour.

Do you have a possum problem?

If any of the following applies to you, we recommend you contact Tarneit Pest Control immediately on 0484548841:

You are hearing unusual noises coming from the roof cavity.
You are finding plants and seedlings damaged and occasionally completely destroyed inexplicably overnight.
A new stain appears on the ceiling inside the house, or a pungent smell starts to emanate into a room.

Do I need professional possum relocation services?

The answer is yes. Possums tend to seek warmth, food, water and shelter in buildings and, especially, on roofs. They are a protected species in Australia, so there are very precise rules governing what you can and cannot do to them. Those who kill or harm them face the prospect of paying heavy fines. Tarneit Pest Control can remove possums by returning them to their natural habitat. The Australian government recognises the threat to crops posed by possums, but they have outlined possum moving and trapping regulations. Tarneit Pest Control promises that we strictly adhere to these regulations. We first conduct a home inspection to identify all the points through which the possum is gaining entry to your home and then seal all of them with materials designed to be possum-proof to ensure the animals can no longer enter the house. Temporary one-way doors can be installed so possums cannot re-enter once they exit, and cages set up to trap the animals and then remove them. Our methods are designed to be as stress-free as possible for both you and the possums. All possum removal or relocation work is carried out to individual state or territory legislation and can vary depending upon the type of construction of your home.

Preventative measures:

Natural sprays – There are some natural ways to keep possums from eating seedlings and vegetables including, chilli spray applied to seedlings or netting the area to physically exclude them.
Cleaning up pet food bowls – Possums sometimes will feed on cat/dog food that has been uneaten and left outside, this can encourage their return as they learn the bowls are magically refilled each day, ensure to place any uneaten food inside or in an area that is not accessible to possums.
Repair/cover holes – Occasionally a possum will find its way into your roof void through an easily identifiable hole. When the possum is out, simply repairing or covering the hole will often stop its re-entry. Be ready for the fact that some possums will put up a real fight to get back into their home and may explore and even create another access point.
To learn how we relocate possums, call your local pest controller, Tarneit Pest Control on 0484548841

Termites

TERMITES
They are not really white and they are not really “ants” but these insects are often referred to as ‘white ants’. Although termites play an important role in nature, a few species attack man-made wooden structures and objects, earning themselves a reputation as the most destructive timber pests known to man.

Subterranean termites usually have to maintain contact with the soil to obtain sufficient moisture to survive. They live together in a colony and are divided into various castes, each with a specific duty.

Worker termites are by far the most numerous of the castes. They forage for food, care for the young and build the nest. The workers are responsible for damage to timber caused in their search for food, which consists mainly of cellulose, sugars and starches present in the timber.

Protection of the colony is the duty of a relatively small number of soldier termites. Nature has equipped these soldiers with physical and chemical weaponry to help them repel invaders.

A further caste consists of the reproductive termites responsible for the propagation of the species. These reproductive termites grow wings and are known as alates.

Once a year, usually in early summer, on a warm and humid evening, they swarm from the nest. After a short flight, these males and females shed their wings prior to mating. Most of these potential “king and queen” termites either fall prey to birds, lizards, ants or spiders, or die of exposure before they can find a suitable location. But, if they find a suitable environment, a new colony will result, which, after many years, may contain over one million termites.

Whenever termites leave the soil in their search for food, they construct mud tunnels to protect them from predators and also to ensure that a high level of life-sustaining moisture is maintained within the workings.

DO NOT DISTURB

If you uncover termites, try to put things back as they were. Ripping out flooring boards, architraves, etc. may kill the few termites in those timbers but in doing so you have lessened the chances of an expert effectively treating the main nest. They will re-group and probably choose to attack another section of the structure.

Control your anxiety; waiting another few days before treatment makes little difference to the extent of the damage.

Termite Risk Factors for Melbourne and regional Victoria including areas around Werribee, Tarneit, truganina, Hoppers Crossing, Point Cook, Wyndham Vale, Derrimut, Manor Lakes, Altona Meadows, Laverton.

There are a variety of factors that can render your building at risk of termite infestation. These include:

The presence of well-established gum trees within 100 metres of your premises.
Use of softwood and other landscaping timbers such as mulch and sleepers that are attractive to termites.
Automatic watering systems, timber landscaping and particular building design can all allow hidden termite entry.
Though city living may seem to offer some measure of protection, built-up areas can also present risk, as termite infestation can spread from house to house.

IF YOU FIND TERMITES

STOP, Call Tarneit Pest Control on 0484548841

If disturbed, termites’ survival instincts will prompt them to abandon the area, which may initially seem like a good thing. However, instead of departing completely, they will simply move to other areas in the building, causing more damage.

If you find termites in or around your premises, it’s essential that you do NOT disturb them and promptly contact Tarneit Pest Control to get professional assistance. Tarneit Pest Control has years of practical experience protecting buildings in Melbourne and regional Victoria from termites. Phone 0484548841 to arrange for a termite inspection, or to obtain professional advice on how to best protect your home or business and eliminated termites.

RODENT CONTROL

RATS AND MICE

Rats and mice clearly cause a lot more problems than you think. They terrorize your pets, spread diseases throughout the house putting yours and your family’s health at risk and their bite can be fatal, infested with rabies. And so, you will have to battle with caution.

Did you know rodents are neophobic? That’s right, which is exactly why rodents also tend to remember their way around the house pretty well and will keep returning the moment they have found a suitable space for them to utilize as their own home.

Being social creatures they might also invite their friends and family over for visits. To add to it they procreate rapidly….they can have up to 2000 babies a year! So you can be absolutely sure of finding yourself among a larger congregation of rodents in your home than you anticipated.

And yet…..yet all is not lost when you spot a rodent at home because to us getting rid of rats and mice isn’t a problem at all.

With years of experience, Tarneit Pest Control will bring you the best technology for mice and rat control in Melbourne to eliminate all traces of the rats and mice that were once in your house. We have a dedicated team of professionals trained to understand the nature and biology of rats and mice and bring you a comprehensive and effective rodent pest control plan to eradicate them completely from your premises.

Ant CONTROL

Ants pest control

No homeowner who has faced the problem of ants in the home needs to be reminded of how big of a nuisance these little pests can be, the best way to control them is by the ant pest control. Be aware that winter is the prime time for ants to try and make their move indoors.

Two things are certain – homeowners have plenty of opportunities to find ants in and around their living spaces, and there are plenty of ant varieties to be found. But ants aren’t just irritating. From food contamination to property damage, ants can also pose a significant health risk to your home and family.

Ants are largely attracted to moisture, so in attempting to keep those out of your home during the winter, homeowners could do well to pay close attention to the snow and ice building up around the house.

Where to check to prevent ants in your home

The key is to focus on the main areas where ants are likely to try and make themselves at home.

Kitchen

The kitchen is a prime target for ants due to the presence of both food and moisture. To help keep them out, try to:

Stay on top of crumbs and spills, including on floors and countertops, behind small appliances and inside the microwave.
Store sweets (sugar, honey, syrup) in re-sealable containers, and often wipe them down.
Rinse out all soda and juice containers before disposal.
Always keep an eye out for leaks and excess moisture around the sink.
Bathroom

The kitchen isn’t the only meeting spot for ants – excess moisture in the bathroom attracts them as well. Be careful with leaks and drips around all sinks, tubs, and toilet seats.

Outdoor

The closer ants get to your home, the more likely they are to move in. Excess moisture is again likely to be a big drawback here, so it’s very important to repair leaks from areas like downspouts, drain lines and air conditioning lines. Some ants even nest in wood, so be sure to keep any stacked firewood at least 20 feet away from your house.

Following these basic guidelines should keep things clean and dry, and also trying some high standard ant pest control help you avoid ants in your home. But if you think they might already have found their way in, don’t wait until you have a big problem to take action. Please give Tarneit Pest Control a call on 0484548841 and leave it to the professionals.

Insect CONTROL

BED BUGS

Bed Bugs will ruin your night! They are trouble creating pests that dwell in bed, sofa, couch, furniture, toys, blankets, and several other household commodities. Bed bugs don’t just spread in the residential space, but can also spread in your office as well! As bed bugs occupy small crevices, it can be tricky to identify and eliminate these creatures. If you suspect that your property is infested by bedbugs, call the experts at Tarneit Pest Control to handle the job for you.

HOW DANGEROUS BEDBUGS ARE?
Bed bugs feed on human blood and also target different mammals, causing potential dangers for your pets. Bed bugs may also transmit disease. Once you go into deep sleep, the bed bugs attack in the darkness and ruin your night, leaving you sleepless! Your kids and pets could be in trouble while playing with toys or accessing any other household commodities.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I FIND BEDBUGS IN MY HOME/OFFICE?
If you find bedbugs in your property, you must be smart enough to take appropriate preventive measures against the infestation of these bed bugs. In case, you are not sure how to deal with bedbugs, you can consult Tarneit Pest Control on 0484548841 who deploy proven methods and help to eliminate the bed bugs from your property as quickly as possible.

COCKROACHES

Cockroaches are identified as a high-risk pest! Sights of this pest are quite disturbing. These pests easily infest residential, commercial and any other space. The cockroaches breed rapidly when they find a suitable condition. These pests are highly resilient and have resistant power to several insecticides. If you notice cockroaches roaming around your property, contact the pest control experts at Tarneit Pest Control who can eliminate the threat successfully. We will look around your property, determine how serious the infestation is and devise the most effective strategy to eliminate their presence completely.

HEALTH CONCERNS CAUSED BY COCKROACH:
Cockroaches are nocturnal and remain active during the night. They emit an unpleasant odour and contaminate the food they come into contact with. They also pose a serious threat to human health as they transmit pathogens and spread the allergens. The pests invade human dwellings and are commonly found in the kitchen, bathroom and any other place with a suitable source of food.

HOW TO ACT?
There are certain things you must learn before you take steps for Cockroach pest control. The list includes the major health concerns related to Cockroach infestation and the symptoms of the infestation. You must also be aware of different species of cockroaches found in Australia. DIY techniques can only provide a temporary solution for your cockroach problem. Hiring our professional pest control experts is the best way to eliminate the pests completely from your surroundings.

HOW CAN WE HELP YOU WITH COCKROACH CONTROL?
At Tarneit Pest Control, we dedicatedly provide cockroach pest control Melbourne for residents and offices. We use gel-baiting method in which the bait gel is applied to crevices, cracks, hinges, below the sink, drawers and other potential entry points. This bait gel will poison and kill any cockroaches that fed on it. If the infestation is serious, we will spray powerful insecticide on the affected areas.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment with us, give us a call on 0484548841