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Top 10 Worst Home Pests

Posted in Pest Advice on July 05, 2018

Learn How to Rid Your Home of NZ’s Worst Insects & Rodents

As NZ’s pest and plant experts we get frequent panicked phone calls from people about their home being infested by a certain type of insect or rodent - and nothing they’ve tried will get rid of it. And sadly, with our weather getting warmer and wetter, it’s creating the perfect breeding conditions for pests like ants, flies and cockroaches. Throw in a strong beech mast season and you’ll get a humbling dose of rats and mice to boot. If you’ve ever had ants take over your kitchen or worse come home from a holiday with a much-dreaded case of bed bugs, you’ll understand how hopeless it can feel when everything you try solves the problem for a day or two only for it to rear its ugly head again as if nothing has happened. The heartbreak and frustration we hear on these phone calls is real. The good news is that if you know what you’re doing, and what order to do things in, these problems are very solvable, and you’ll be on your way to a pest free future in no time. 

NZ’s 10 Worst Home Pests & How to Get Rid of Them



Harm Caused

Recommended Solution


Transmit disease, contaminate food, a nuisance.

Flies require continuous control as new flies arrive.

How to Get Rid of Flies In Your Home or Business


Contaminate food, a nuisance.

Effective control requires a multi-pronged approach.
Dealing with Ant Problems

Ants & Spiders in Vehicles & How to Get Rid of Them

Why Are Ants Ignoring Bait



Transmit disease, damage buildings, hunt NZ’s native birds and compete with them for resources.

Relatively easy to control if you know what you’re doing.

Easy 1-2-3 Steps to Rodent Control

Easy 1-2-3 Step Guide to Rodent Trapping

Bed Bugs

Bites, itchiness, pervasive infestation and easily transmissible.

Very thorough treatment required.
DIY1-2-3 Step Bed Bug Control Programme

How to Avoid Bringing Bed Bugs Home


Painful sting and harmful to the NZ environment. Can cause severe allergic reactions in some people.

Relatively easy to control if nests are found.

How to Control Wasps


Transmit disease, a nuisance.

Requires combined approach and persistence.
How to Get Rid of Cockroaches


Bite, transmit disease, a nuisance.

Effective control requires a multi-pronged approach.

DIY Flea Control Programme


Nuisance, some bite.

Relatively easy to eradicate.

How to Control Spiders

Ants & Spiders in Vehicles & How to Get Rid of Them


Damage wood and can threaten the structural integrity of buildings.

Easy to control where wood can be treated. Difficult where wood is inaccessible.

How to Get Rid of Borer


Bites, itchiness, a nuisance.

Relatively easy to control.

Mosquito Control


Here are a few other articles you might find helpful:

Identify what insect has been biting you

How to have a bug free summer

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