Occasional Pests & Invaders

Apart from the usual household pests that we find, there is also a number of other creatures that may be causing a problem in your home, garden, office or establishment.

Millipedes

Also called "thousand leggers", millipedes have between 30 to 90 pairs of legs.

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The species with the most legs are the Illacme plenipes, with more than 333 pairs of legs.

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Centipedes

Sometimes called "hundred-leggers", these critters have between 15 to 177 pairs of legs,

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depending on the species. An interesting fact is that centipedes always have an uneven numbered pairs of legs.

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House Crickets

House crickets are commonly found in houses, surviving indefinitely.

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They are easily identified by loud chirping, which is caused by rubbing their front wings together in order to attract females.

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Stink Bugs

Stink bugs are notorious for secreting a smelly odour when disturbed or crushed.

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Stink bugs are mostly herbivorous, feeding on plant juices with their piercing and sucking mouthparts. Other stink bug species use these mouth parts to drain fluids from caterpillars and other insects.

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Ladybug

Also known as lady beetles or ladybird beetles, they are generally beneficial insects.

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Some, however, have a reputation of staying in structures during winter, becoming a nuisance (There are 475 different species of these insects which can be found worldwide).

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Silverfish

This insect is known for its silvery appearance and fish-like shape and movements.

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These creatures have no wings, but are fast runners. Rarely seen by humans, they hide themselves well and cause damage that might not even be noticed until it's too late.

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Pillbugs (Roly-Polies)

This pest is the only crustacean that has adapted to live on land.

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Their bodies are oval in shape and they have seven pairs of legs. Their most recognisable trait is their backs, which are divided into seven hard individual plates. They are also referred to as roly-polies.

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Occasional Pests & Invaders

Whilst a wide range of DIY and off-the-shelf products are available to get rid of occasional pests & invaders, a large infestation may require professional pest control to ensure the problem won’t reoccur.

Pest articles

World Food Day: Fighting Pests for Food Security

World Food Day: Fighting Pests for Food Security

World Food Day (16 October) provides an occasion to highlight the plight of 870 million undernourished people in the world. There are many threats to global food supplies, including population growth, food prices, climate change, food waste and land pressures. But one...

How Ant Infestations Start (And What to Do About It)

How Ant Infestations Start (And What to Do About It)

If you’ve woken up to find your home suddenly crawling with ants, you’re not alone. This time of year is prime time for ant infestations as the warmer weather urges worker ants to get busy foraging for food and water to sustain the colony. Like any other insect, ants...

Food Safety: A Global Public Health Threat

Food Safety: A Global Public Health Threat

In a year, An estimated 1 out of 10 people will fall ill after eating contaminated food, with diarrheal diseases being the most common illness (WHO). The food sector today faces many challenges that may leave food vulnerable to contamination and other hazards, as it...

5 Hallmarks of an Audit Approved Pest Management Programme

5 Hallmarks of an Audit Approved Pest Management Programme

For any company that handles food or beverage products – whether it’s a restaurant, food truck, producer, exporter, manufacturer, supermarket, caterer, or retail food store – ensuring food safety is becoming increasingly important. Ever-tightening policies and...

The 6 Tell-tale Signs of a Rodent Infestation [Infographic]

The 6 Tell-tale Signs of a Rodent Infestation [Infographic]

Rodents are nimble pests, often staying out of sight and undetected as they settle into buildings and homes where they can breed safely away from threat of predators and scavenge for food and water under the cover of darkness. Signs of a rodent infestation will often...

5 Common Hotspots for Rodent Infestations

5 Common Hotspots for Rodent Infestations

Whether you run a restaurant, a corporate business or an industrial facility, or even if you’re a homeowner – your property is at risk for a rodent infestation. And if you see one rate, there are likely many more hiding out of sight. Inspect these six popular rodent...

World Pest Day: Imagining a World without Pest Control

World Pest Day: Imagining a World without Pest Control

6 June 2019 is World Pest Awareness Day, a worldwide campaign that aims to raise awareness of the important role pest control and pest management plays in protecting public health and property. Pest infestations are considered a global threat for many reasons far...