Pest Control Advice for Recent Immigrants to Australia

If you are planning to emigrate to Australia from a country that has a cooler climate, you may not be ready for Australian pests. The tropical and sub-tropical climate of Australia means that you may encounter pests you have never seen before or larger versions of pests from your native country. Below is a guide to some common Australian pests.


There are more than 300 species of mosquito in Australia. As a new arrival, it is likely that this will be the first type of pest that you notice. If you do not take the proper precautions, you may find yourself covered in itchy red bites. Mosquitoes are often found near standing water. If you have a pond or fountain on your property, you should ask a pest management service to treat the area to reduce the number of mosquitoes.


Spiders in Australia can be quite a bit larger than those you may find at home in a cooler climate. Some spiders, such as the Sydney funnel-web, the Redback and the Mouse spider, are venomous. However, there hasn't been a death related to a spider bite in over 36 years. If you are concerned about spiders in your home, you should contact a pest management company who will be happy to come and remove them from your property.


Possums are an iconic Australian animal. If your property has trees in the yard, you may notice a family of possums among the branches. These small, nocturnal animals do not pose a direct threat to you, but they may sometimes seek shelter in your attic or the wall space of your home. When this occurs, they can cause real damage. Possums are protected under Australian law, so you should not harm or kill a possum which has entered your home. Instead, you should contact a pest management company who will be able to trap and humanely release the possums.


Termites are very common in Australia. Termites will seek out wood before burying themselves deep within it. If termites enter the wooden fabric of your home, they can quickly create a colony, causing severe damage. To prevent termites, you should treat the wooden surfaces in your home with anti-termite treatments and avoid stacking wood outdoors.

If you would like further information about the various pests which can be found in Australia, you should contact a pest control team today.