Pests in the News
Pest Control Blog from Kiwicare. New Zealand's premier manufacturer and supplier of pest control products.
Undoubtedly, there are some domestic cats that are good mousers. But most domestic cats are too well fed and only ‘play’ with mice. Few cats, even the good mousers, will tackle a fully-grown rat.
Rodents have incisor teeth that are continually growing. As they gnaw they wear the teeth down and sharpen them. Rats and mice gnaw things other than food including wiring and other plastics in vehicles.
As many of you will be aware there are more rats and mice causing problems in homes and buildings this year (2017). Rodent numbers are high all over New Zealand and DoC will be doing their bit in the forests to protect birds.
Have you found strange looking flies, dead, but still clinging to vegetation or other objects? They could be 'zombie' flies.
This year (2016) has seen an explosion of many insect pests in New Zealand. In particular the heat and humidity in Auckland and the north has been suitable for a great increase in cockroaches.
Late Summer / Early Autumn is the time to Prevent Cluster Flies.
The wet weather is influencing the levels of many pests in homes. Pests, some of which would not normally be regarded as a problem, benefit from the warm wet conditions and have a population explosion.
There are some other risks from bugs with which we might be a little less familiar; dust mites cause asthma and skin rashes and reactions.
All spiders produce venom but few in New Zealand are able to bite humans and cause any harm. Those that can include the Australian Redback, and white tail spiders and the native katipo.