Termites eating timber in Sydney home

10 Signs of Termite Infestation at Your Home

Termites are a destructive pest that can wreak havoc on your property in a very short amount of time. Not only can they cause thousands of dollars in damage, but they can contribute to the structural instability of your home, and they can do this all without you even knowing they’re there. We’re going to give you several signs that you may have a termite infestation, so you know how to detect and treat them before they do lasting damage.

10 Signs of a Termite Infestation

Fortunately, there are several signs you can keep an eye out for that’ll clue you into whether or not termites are causing damage to your home or property. We’ve rounded up several classic signs and outlined them below.

1. Flying Termites

Flying termites are a very good indicator that you have a problem developing. Known as alates or swarmers, both male and female termites fly around looking for a place to mate and establish a termite colony. Depending on the species, some swarm during the night to light sources, some swarm during the daylight hours but all drywood termites tend to be the most active right after any rains. If you notice them around your home, start to look both inside and outside for any possible nooks or crannies where they could settle.

2. Hollow or Papery Sounding Wood

Termites tend to eat wood or timber from the inside out, and they usually leave a very thin layer behind. It can even be just the paint on your walls. When you tap or knock on an area that has damage due to termites, you’ll get a hollow or papery sound. This is because all of the internal wood except for that thin layer is gone due to the termites eating it.

3. Doors that are Hard to Open or Tight-Fitting Windows

Tight-fitting windows are doors that seem to stick or be hard to open usually are the result of humid or wet weather that causes the wood to swell. However, did you know that it can also be a telltale sign of termites? Termites produce moisture when they tunnel and eat through the wood in these areas, and this can cause the wood that’s left to warp. In turn, you get sticky doors and hard-to-open windows.

4. Head Banging

If you sit in complete silence once and you hear a quiet clicking sound coming from your walls, this could be the worker termites head-banging. They use head-banging as a form of communication to warn the other termites of danger. They’re also very noisy when they’re eating, and you should be able to hear them if you put your ear to the wall. Additionally, one study showed that termites who got exposed to rock music ate at around two times faster than termites who didn’t get rock music!

5. Droppings

Did you know that drywood termites don’t use their droppings in their nest construction? Instead, they will push their droppings out small holes near the entrance of their nests. This is one of the main things that an exterminator will look for when they search for signs of a termite infestation. You can look for small black marks and a powdery, black substance along your walls or in any smaller cracks or corners. If you see it, you’ve likely found a nest entrance.

6. Discarded Wings

Once the male and female termites find a mate and a suitable place to start the colony, they shed their wings. They’ll crawl into their chosen spot and seal it off. Then, they’ll start the mating process to begin a new termite colony. These two are the king and queen of the new colony, and they’ll care for the young termites until the worker termites can take over this process. Once they do, the king continues to tend to the queen and grow the colony for as long as a decade.

7. Earthen or Mud Packing

As the termites work inside the walls of your home, they start to produce a mud or earthen-type packing. You’ll notice this packing in the joints or foundation of your walls the most. They shape this packing into tubes and use it as an added layer of protection for the workers and the colony as they continue to cause damage to your walls.

8. Hollow Wood and Sagging Flooring

When a termite causes damage, they do so by burrowing into the wood and creating a honeycomb pattern that is difficult to detect from the outside. As they continue to burrow in and eat more of the flooring, it compromises the structural integrity. Eventually, you’ll notice that your floors start to sag and sound hollow when you walk over them. If you don’t fix it, it could potentially lead to a collapse.

9. Tunnels in the Wood

Termite tunnels are commonly called galleries. While they’re difficult to see in your home, you want to check any wood or timber around your home for signs of these small tunnels. It’s a big clue that you have termites tunnelling through your walls and flooring in your house if you see it around your home. There are newer technologies that can help to detect these tunnels, but you really want to catch it before it gets to this point.

10. White Ants

There is no such thing as a white ant, and a lot of people confuse termites for them because they do look similar when the termites lose their wings. Termites are lighter coloured and their antennas are straight instead of bent like an ants are. Termites also secrete a lot thicker waste product than ants do, and a termite’s wings are the same size where an ant’s wings have one pair that is larger than the other.

Contact Dependable Pest Control for Termite Protection Today!

If you believe you have a problem with termites, you don’t want to wait. The longer you wait, the more severe the damage can be. Contact our professional and knowledgeable staff to schedule your termite inspection today!

Mouse eating a bread roll

How to Protect Your Home Against Mice

Mice are common pests here in Australia, and they can bring with them a host of diseases and bacteria, making them more dangerous to you and your family than you would expect based on their tiny stature. They can also cause some serious damage to your property. Of course, the best way to protect yourself is to not allow mice into your home in the first place, but that is easier said than done. Follow our simple advice to prevent mice from getting inside and get rid of them if they do.

Keeping Mice Out of the House

The first step is to stop mice from getting into your home. Mice can get through surprisingly small openings. In fact, a hole as small as 5 millimetres across is large enough to grant a mouse access. This is because it is large enough for them to get their jaws into. Once they can get that far, they make quick work of gnawing the opening until it is large enough for them to squeeze their body through.

Check for any areas where they might be able to get inside, like under doors or through gaps where old pipes used to be. Install weather stripping around your windows and doors to eliminate any gaps, especially if your home is older, as the frames may have warped over time. Use caulk to seal the areas around your piping, and cover any old pipe holes with metal siding. Wire mesh will also do the trick, so long as it is tightly woven and made from a durable material.

Keeping a Clean Home

Mice are known to hang out in areas with a lot of clutter because they offer lots of nooks and crannies where the mice can hide. Aim to keep your home free of clutter so that there are as few options as possible for the mice to make their homes. They like to use paper materials, like old newspapers or paper towels to build their nests, so don’t keep these types of items lying around your house.

In addition to somewhere to nest, mice also need a food source. They will eat pretty much anything they can find, so don’t leave food or dirty dishes out after you have finished eating. For food that you store in your pantry, use storage containers made of plastic or metal, rather than the food’s original cardboard box. Keep food packages off the floor as well to make them more difficult for mice to access.

When cleaning, don’t forget the areas under your refrigerator and stove and in the backs of cabinets, as these are common areas for crumbs to accumulate. Sweep and dust throughout your house regularly so that mice don’t find dust balls and clumps of hair to use in making their nests.

Other Mouse Deterrents

Having house pets can also help to prevent mice from taking up residence in your home, whether they catch mice or not. Often, just the smell of a cat or dog in the house can be enough to make mice think twice about moving in. Mice don’t like the smell of mint either, so sprinkle some mint oil around your house or plant mint in your garden.

For Help with Mice Infestations

If you have tried the above methods to no avail, it is possible that the infestation is already too severe for simple measures to be effective. If this is the case, or if you would prefer not to have to deal with the problem yourself, call Dependable Pest Control right away. We work with residential and commercial clients throughout Sydney and the Sutherland Shire and can deal with your mouse problem quickly and efficiently.

We’ll be happy to come out to your home or business for a free pest inspection, after which we’ll be able to give you a better sense of what it will take to get rid of your mice infestation. We are experts at what we do, so you can rest assured that your home is in good hands when you work with us.

Our service technicians will address the issue, as well as the root causes that led to the problem in the first place. We’ll offer advice and guidance to help you prevent mice from infesting your home again in the future. Reach out to us today for more information about our pest control services and to schedule your first appointment. Your house will be mouse-free in no time!

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Woman spraying spiders in a web

How to Get Rid of Spiders

Spiders are one of the most common fears for people around the world. Here in Australia, most of our spiders are harmless to humans, although there are some that are incredibly dangerous. Funnel web spiders, red backs and tarantulas can all pose a threat to you, your children and your pets, so it is important to get rid of these species right away. Even if the spiders in and around your home are not dangerous, they can still create quite a mess and make your home look like it isn’t well cared for. Follow these simple steps to get rid of spiders and stop them from coming back.

Get Rid of Noticeable Webs

This is one of the quickest ways to get rid of spiders, and also one of the easiest. Any time you find a spider web in or around your house, wipe it away with a broom. Don’t try to do this with your hand just in case the spider is hiding out nearby. You don’t want to get bitten! Of course, the spider may simply build a new web in the same spot, so just keep knocking it down each time. Spiders are clever little creatures and will quickly realise that this isn’t a safe spot to build a web, forcing them to find a new home or risk having all their hard work go to waste.

Remove Popular Hiding Spots

Spiders love dark, hidden areas, so do your best to avoid making comfortable hangouts for them. Remove any rubbish and other debris from your yard, including garden waste, old furniture, piles of firewood and anything else that creates a safe haven for spiders. If you must keep your garden waste, like for compost, store it in closed bags away from your home, fences and other objects. Discourage your children from leaving their toys outside, and don’t hang on to play structures and other outdoor toys that they no longer use.

Vacuum High and Low

Spiders love to hang out in hard-to-reach areas, like the top of cabinets and under furniture, so don’t neglect these areas when you vacuum. Don’t forget to vacuum behind your furniture as well. It may require a bit more effort to get access to the areas you need to clean, but it is worth the few extra minutes to protect your home and family from spiders. Finally, vacuum along your baseboards and in the corners where your walls meet the ceiling.

Fill in Any Gaps

Spiders can be quite crafty, so if there is a way for them to get into your home, they will find it. Common access points include under doors, around windows and even around pipes. Do your best to fill in any gaps you find. Weather stripping is great for doors and windows, and caulk is useful for sealing gaps around pipes. Once installed, check on your deterrents regularly to ensure that they are still functioning properly.

Hire a Professional

Even if you follow the steps outlined here, spiders can still be tricky to get rid of. If you have tried all of the above tactics and find that you still have a spider problem, it is time to call in the services of a professional exterminator. Here at Dependable Pest Control, we are familiar with all of the common spiders found in the Sydney metropolitan area, so we can help you rid your home of spiders once and for all.

If you are unsure if a spider in or around your home is dangerous, call us right away. We’ll be happy to provide you with a free inspection of your property so that we can determine the next steps. Of course, if you are bitten by a spider, even if you don’t think it is dangerous, you should call your doctor or visit the hospital right away. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

For all your spider and pest control needs, call DPC. We work with both homeowners and businesses throughout the Greater Sydney area, and we have the expertise necessary to keep your home or office free of pests for many years to come.

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Brush tail possum in roof of Sydney home

Removing Possums from Your Roof

Possums are quite common here in Australia, and they can cause serious damage to your home if they take up residence in your roof or attic. They are notoriously crafty and difficult to get rid of, and they are protected in New South Wales. You’ll need to carefully follow the requirements set out by the state regarding their removal to avoid having to pay hefty fines and penalties. Here’s what you need to know to do it right.

Heed All Regulations

There are several regulations in place regarding the removal of possums from your home. First of all, the method you choose must not harm the animals. Even if you do trap a possum in a humane manner, you must release it within 24 hours. When you let it free, it must be no more than 50 metres away from where you captured it. Finally, you’ll need to get a licence from the National Parks and Wildlife Services.

Coax the Possums Out

Possums are more clever than most people give them credit for, so they can be incredibly difficult to trap, especially when you factor in the requirement that you mustn’t harm them in the process. Instead of paying to buy or hire pricey possum traps, a better course of action is to try to get the possum to exit your roof or attic on its own.

Possums are nocturnal animals, meaning that they are typically awake at night and asleep during the day. Once the sun has started to set, watch for the possum to head out for the night. Once it does, seal up the point of entry, if possible, so that the possum cannot get back in the following morning.

Although possums sleep during the day, they still like it to be dark while they slumber. Try putting a bright light in your roof or attic for a few days. In many cases, this is enough to deter the possum from nesting there, as it will be difficult for it to get the rest it needs.

Stop Possums from Coming Back

Once you’ve gotten the possum out of your roof, you need to prevent it from getting back in. Do your best to witness the possum leaving so that you can find where it is getting in. Typically, this will be a gap in the wood under the eaves, often near a tree or structure that provides easy access.

You can cover the hole with wood or sheet metal to make it inaccessible. Although chicken wire is a more affordable option, it is usually not very effective. Because the possum can still see inside, it will try its hardest to get back in. Possums are much stronger than you might think, so they’ll make short work of a simple chicken wire barricade.

The possum will still need somewhere to live, so you’ll want to make your home the least attractive option. Trim away any tree branches that reach near your roof, and get rid of or move any objects or structures that provide access.

Possum boxes are a great housing alternative for your furry ‘friend’. You can purchase possum boxes from your local council, or you can build one yourself. When hanging the box from a tree, be sure that it is high enough above the ground that pets and other animals won’t be able to reach it. Leave a bit of fruit near the entrance of the box to encourage the possum to check out its new home.

Trust a Professional to Handle Your Possum Removal

If all of this sounds like a lot of hassle, you are not alone in that way of thinking. Rather than try to get rid of the possum on your own, let a professional handle the hard work for you. Here at Dependable Pest Control, we are proud to include humane possum removal among our services. We are fully licensed in New South Wales, so there is no need for you to worry about getting the proper permit.

We work with both residential and commercial clients throughout Greater Sydney, and we have a lot of experience dealing with possums and other common pests. When you call us, we’ll come out to your Sydney or Sutherland Shire home or business right away to conduct a thorough inspection. Then, we can provide you with a free, no-obligation estimate for the removal.

Our clients rave about our services and trust us to handle all their pest removal or extermination needs. In addition to possums, we can also assist with spiders, termites, cockroaches, mice, rats and other common undesirables. We welcome you to get in touch with us today to learn more about our services and how we can help keep your home or business pest-free.

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Mouse eating a bread roll in a kitchen

8 Signs Of Mice Infestation

It only takes a pair of mice to lead to a full blown infestation. Mice are able to give birth as soon as two months after they are born (which is about 20 days after the parents mate), and can breed up to ten times a year. They are rodent vermin known to carry disease, eat and infect food, and destroy the home. It is a pest problem you should get rid of immediately.

This is what you should look for.

Presence of Mouse Droppings

If you start seeing dark, shiny pellets that look like pointed chocolate sprinkles, in places chocolate sprinkles have no business being, you are looking at mouse poo. These droppings are most often found around food, under sinks, and in drawers and cabinets, and there will be more of them where the mice are feeding or nesting.
One adult mouse will leave 50-75 droppings a day. As the infestation gets bigger, the number of droppings will multiply, and you may see thousands, even tens of thousands, of them. Old droppings will be dry, dull, grey, and crumbly to the touch.

Pitter-Patter of Little (Mouse) Feet

Mice are nocturnal, i.e. most active at night, so if you are turning in for the night and hear what sounds like soft scampering, scraping, or scratching, you are likely hearing mice on your floor or in your walls. You may also hear the occasional squeaking.

Little Gnaw Marks

Mice are rodents and they need to gnaw on things to keep their teeth at a functional length. They can conceivably gnaw on anything, but it will most often be on food packages, drywall, wooden items, and wires. The holes they make will be small – around the size of a dime – and are relatively clean cut. The colouration of the gnaw marks or holes darkens as they age, the opposite of how mouse droppings change colour.
You may also see shredded paper, newspaper, and paper towels; mice use these types of materials to build their nests.

Strange Behaviour of Other Pets

If your cat or dog starts to act strangely, especially in particular areas, this may be a sign that there are or have been mice around. Since pets’ smell and hearing are much better than ours, they can better sense mice and will react. They may seem more alert than usual, bark at unseen things, or paw at small spaces, such as under the stove, fridge, or furniture that’s low to the ground.
If you witness unusual behaviour from your pets, take a good look around for droppings, gnaw marks, and other signs.

Little Pathways, Tracks, or Greasy Marks

If you see smudge marks along the bottom of your walls or little tracks that seem to form some sort of a route or pathway, you may have mice. The oily rub marks are left when mice brush up against surfaces. If they smear easily, they are recently made.
If you’re not sure you’re seeing footprints , or want to see if there are mice in a particular area in your home, sprinkle a little baby powder, talc, china clay, or flour where you suspect mouse activity. Make sure it’s a thin layer, not a dollop, which the mice may try to avoid. If little tracks appear in the powder the next day, you have your answer.

Odour of Mouse Urine

Mice pee a lot. Eventually, you may start to smell the acrid, musky scent of ammonia. The stronger the smell, the more mice you have, the closer you are to the mice or mouse activity, or both. Even after an infestation has been dealt with, you may still smell it for a while; it doesn’t go away quickly.
If you have a particularly large infestation, you may even see little mounds made of dirt, mouse urine, and mouse body grease. These are called “urine pillars”, and they can grow up to 4 cm tall and 1 cm wide.

Mouse Nests

Take a look around your home for nests – especially in your attic, at the base of appliances, in hidden or hard-to-reach corners, beneath cupboards, and anywhere you may have clutter or piles. Mice make their nests out of shredded paper and fabric, string, dried plant parts, dust, hair, and similar materials. If you see an anomalous mass made out of these materials – particularly if there are other signs of infestation – you are likely staring at a mouse nest.
One way you can check if the nest is still being used: stuff a wad of paper or throw a handful of dirt into it and check it the next day or day after that. If your renovation has been displaced, the mouse tenants have not vacated.

Seeing Mice During the Day

If you start to see mice in your home during the day, this could be a sign that the infestation is getting large, as mice are nocturnal animals. If there are mice looking for food during the day, it means that there is a lot of competition for food and they are being forced to forage at different times.

Time to Call in the Professionals

If you see any of these signs, call Dependable Pest Control as soon as practicable. You do not want to wait until these mice have destroyed your home or endanger the health of your children. Contact us today to discuss your mouse problem or to ask questions about mice infestation.

German cockroach in kitchen of home in southern Sydney

6 Cockroach Species Found in Sydney Homes

Cockroaches are a problem for every household at some point. Understanding this problem and finding solutions can be difficult though. Why? Well, asking your family, friends or neighbours about cockroaches will mean telling them you have cockroaches. Finding out about cockroaches will mean your family, friends or neighbours admitting to having had cockroaches. Most people will run a mile to avoid that conversation!

We understand the sensitivities and we want to help you out of that bind. We talk cockroaches all day long. It’s our job. In this post, we have gathered the information you need to identify your problem and begin resolving it.

Identifying the six most common species of cockroach

Here are six of the most common species of cockroach you are likely to meet:
American Cockroach (Periplaneta americana)
Australian Cockroach (Periplaneta australasiae)
Brown Banded Cockroach (Supella longipalpa)
German Cockroach (Blatella germanica)
Oriental Cockroach (Blatta orientalis)
Smoky Brown Cockroach (Periplaneta fuliginosa)

Read on to find out how to identify these little beasts. When you know what you’re dealing with, it’s easier to get the right support.

1/ German Cockroach (Blatella Germanica)

Definitely one of the usual suspects. Finding lots of little cockroaches when you switch the light on indoors? There’s a good chance these little guys are the culprits.
Identifying features
Only 12 to 15 mm long, these guys are small enough to fit into the tiniest crevices. Check for 2 dark stripes running the length of their backs to be sure you have identified them correctly.
Despite their name, these cockroaches are not confined to Germany. They are prevalent in kitchens and bathrooms the world over. Anywhere warm, humid and indoors, in fact.
These guys get out of control fast! Females lay about 40 eggs 3-4 times a year. The eggs hatch in a month and nymphs can mature in six weeks to six months.

2/ Oriental Cockroach (Blatta Orientalis)

These cockroaches are more likely to live in the natural environment around your house than in it.
Identifying features
These 20 to 25 mm cockroaches are dark brown or black and can’t fly. Their wings are underdeveloped (in males) or undeveloped (in females).
Favouring cool, moist environments, these cockroaches will turn up in cellars, drains and under decks.
Rubbish tips and leaf litter are their favourite hiding spots. They will carry germs from outside into your home unless eradicated.

3/ American Cockroach (Periplaneta Americana)

The American cockroach is one of the largest cockroaches you will ever see. And, as its scientific name ‘periplaneta’ suggests, it has spread around the globe. Americans may know them as ‘Palmetto bugs’.
Identifying features
They’re enormous! Huge! These shiny, reddish-brown brutes are 30 to 40 mm long with fully developed wings.
Similar to the oriental cockroach, this little creep likes dark, humid hideouts. Floor, wall and ceiling cavities are favourite haunts.
We’re sorry to say this, but these guys can fly! When it gets hot, they may take to the wing. It can be a shock if you thought cockroaches can only scurry.

4/ Brown Banded Cockroach (Supella Longipalpa)

These tiny cockroaches only measure 10 to 15 mm tip to tail.
Identifying features
Apart from being tiny, these little guys have yellowish-brown stripes across their bodies and may fly when it’s very warm.
Look for these cockroaches inside where it’s warmest. They will love the warmth in your attic or even the heat around the electric motors of your kitchen appliances.
Nocturnal creatures, you may only see them if you get up during the night. They will gravitate to the kitchen or any foodstuff with a lot of starch.

5/ Australian Cockroach (Periplaneta australasiae)

Not an Australian native species, despite its name. Very common in tropical and subtropical climates around the world.
Identifying features
They’re huge! Looks a bit like its American cousin (described above), if slightly smaller. Yellow streaks around its head and down its sides are a defining feature.
Sneaking inside at night after spending the day foraging in your garden, gutters, wall cavities or under your decks.
They can move! Despite their size, they can move very fast and they fly when it’s warm. They can also flatten their bodies into surprisingly small crevices.

6/ Smoky Brown Cockroach (Periplaneta fuliginosa)

Another ‘outside’ species that may be an unwelcome visitor to your kitchen or bathroom at night, the smoky brown cockroach won’t wait for an invitation.
Identifying features
Shiny and dark brown, up to 35 mm long, they have wings and move fast.
Similar to their Australian counterparts, they live outdoors in warm, dark hidey holes outside, like under tree bark. They creep into your home at night looking for food and warmth.
Despite their ‘free range’ habitat, they contaminate your home with bacteria from the decaying matter they feed on outside. Not to mention their own excrement and saliva!

What to do with a positive ID

If any of these cockroaches looks familiar, we suggest you get in touch. It pays to get rid of these unwelcome guests before they invite friends and family to join them.

Termites damaging particle board

13 Signs of Termite Infestation

When you discover a termite infestation, you need to act right away. Learn the signs of termite infestation so you can call a pest control professional to eliminate the problem before the critters gain a foothold inside your home.

Shelter Tubes

Termites need warmth and humidity to survive, as well as protection from predators. To protect themselves from those hazards, they construct shelter tubes during the night while they forage for food. They look like brown clay or earthen tubes that appear on the walls or joists of your home. Smaller shelter tubes less than 10 millimetres in diameter usually indicate that a small number of termites are on an exploratory mission to find food. Larger ones, many over 50 millimetres in size, indicate a regular pathway for huge numbers of soldier and worker termites. If you see these in your home—call your pest control professional right away. You have a major infestation, which has probably caused significant damage.

Underground Tunnels

Termites who live underground construct tunnels through the soil around your home to transport food to or defend their colony. Not as obvious as the shelter tubes, these tunnels may show themselves when you dig up dirt for your garden or construction project. Look for them in the top part of the soil.

Slits in Tree Trunks

Termites often set up shop inside the trunks and root crowns of trees. When workers form a swarm to colonise a new territory, they make a long lengthwise slit through the tree trunk. Before they go, they seal the hole, creating a scar.

Massive Packing

If you have termites that work inside the timber structures of your home, they may construct huge areas of packing along the walls of your home, especially near load-bearing beams or joists. They look like patches of clay along the walls—almost as if someone had applied patching plaster. If you see these structures in your home, they’re not decorative touches—they’re termite packing. Time to call the pest control people.

Flight Tubes

Termites ready for colonisation by preparing tubes to protect themselves from dry air and predators before they take off. Liken them to the tunnels you go through to get to your plane at the airport. Unlike those tunnels, though, these tunnels project outwards from infested wood. Like most termite construction, they are clay-like in appearance.

Tunnels in Wood

When termites infest wood, they leave the outside layer alone to protect themselves from predators and dry air. If you see tunnels in some of your home’s wooden structures, you can be sure that termites are at work. Small piles of what looks like sawdust also might indicate that termite trouble is afoot.

Tapping Sounds

If you hear a tap-tap-tap during the night, it’s probably not a ghost walking your halls. It’s something even more sinister—a major termite infestation. Soldiers tap their mandibles and heads against wood to warn other termites in the colony about imminent danger. Most likely, you’ll hear these sounds coming from your wooden subfloor.

Winged Workers

When a termite colony looks to colonise a nearby structure, its workers grow wings to fly to their next conquest. These wings, called alates, often stick to spider webs and are a tell-tale sign of a termite infestation. During swarming, too, termites often shed their wings after they’ve reached their new home. Look for piles of these wings on your home’s floors. They’re a sure sign that termites have invaded your home.

Musty Smell

Termites often leave a musty-smelling odour behind to identify themselves as a member of their colony. If the odour is at a detectable level, you probably have a significant infestation.

Moisture Issues

Even if the musty smell isn’t from an active infestation, though, it might indicate future trouble. Moisture problems in homes attract termites since these insects thrive in moist environments. Tackle the problem before it leads to an invasion.

Small Scars on Trees

Since termites like to nest in the centres of tree trunks, you may find small scars on the trees that indicate exit points for foraging expeditions. Eucalyptus trees, peppercorns, and oaks are termites’ favourite spots to nest.

Hollow Timber

Termites work from the inside of wood, not from the outside, since they need the protective shell to keep them safe from predators and dry air. If you find wooden structures with a hollow centre, most likely you have a termite problem.

Blisters or Stains on Paint

When termites enter—and eat—the inner core of wooden structures, the wood often becomes warped. The paint that covers the wood may blister as a result. Stains on your home’s paint may also indicate termite trails. If you see anomalies in your home’s paint, it’s well worth having a pest control expert over to check it out.

Keep Termites at Bay with Regular Pest Control

Because termites often conceal damage behind a wooden shell, it’s often difficult to detect when termites have invaded your home until you have a significant infestation. The best way to keep termites out of your home is with a regular pest control plan. To discover how you can form an impenetrable line of defence for your home, contact the pest control professionals at Dependable Pest Control today.

Red back spider in back yard

Common Household Pests in Sutherland Shire

Household pests are unfortunately a fact a life. Many people, no matter how clean they keep their home, may experience problems with various types of pests. This article will share the most common types of household pests found in Sutherland Shire, so that you can know what to look for if you have a problem.

Rats and Mice

Small rodents can ruin food, damage property by short circuiting wires and causing electrical fires, and even transmit disease. They can be a serious issue in the home. Baiting or trapping is the only way to guarantee a successful result.

Termites (White Ants)

If you see little piles of mud around any wood elements in your home, you may be dealing with Termites. These common critters chomp through wood like its candy, and can seriously damage human structures. Termite infestations should be treated as quickly as possible by a licensed professional. Do not disturb the termites as this can interfere with the treatment process.


As the story goes, cockroaches will be the only thing to survive nuclear war. They’re tough little buggers! There is no real way of knowing where the cockroaches are coming from because these little pests live and breed inside wall cavities, roof voids and under houses and come out to feed while you sleep at night.


Fleas love warm, humid conditions, which is unfortunately our climate here. They are often carried on pets, and can spread to humans causing itching and irritation from their bites. Flea infestations can escalate quickly, so it’s important to treat quickly.


Wasps are an important insect species. However, when they move into your home or neighbourhood, they can cause dangerous and painful stings, especially to small children. Therefore, you may need to consider removal. Wasps will defend themselves and their nest, so professional removal services may be best.


Where trees have been cleared in suburbs and neighbourhoods, possums have lost most of their natural habitat. This can lead them to take up residence in your home, causing damage. Possums are a protected species and require a permit for removal, so a professional service is usually the best option.

Spiders – Redbacks

Unlike other pests, spiders are rarely a recurring problem. However, they can cause trouble and be dangerous—especially to children and pets. Spiders tend to be most common throughout the warmer months but can be found hiding under pot plant rims and handles all year round. Common Redback’s are quite venomous and several hundred people in Australia require hospital treatment each year for Redback bites.


Some ants are beneficial to have around in your garden and lawn, but when they start moving inside they can become a problem. A serious ant issue may require baiting, which can eliminate the source.

Fabric Pests (Silverfish, Moths, Beetles)

Insects that damage natural cloth like wool and cotton are relatively common, and can destroy an entire wardrobe. Moths and beetles tend to go after keratin, a natural protein found in wool, while silverfish prefer cotton .Prevention is the best cure.

Do You Need Pest Control Services?
If you are experiencing problems with pests, Dependable Pest Control is here to help. We are an accredited member of the Australian Pest Control Association and maintain the highest standards of safety, conduct, and professionalism.

To learn more about our services or receive a free quote, contact Dependable Pest Control today.



All Termites have different behavioural habits and therefore may require different treatments eg: Baiting may not be the answer or a chemical barrier may not be the answer, identification is paramount.