Pest Control

Pest Control

With over 23 years experience in carpet & upholstery cleaning our company has continued to grow due to our expertise in cleaning, attention to detail and customer service.

Austech Carpet Steam Cleaning and Pest Management Brisbane has been providing commercial and domestic pest control and pest management services to the Brisbane area for over 20 years.

Austech Carpet Steam Cleaning and Pest Management Brisbane BSA licensed pest technicians can tackle a number of pest problems, specialising in the treatment of cockroaches, fleas, ants, bed bugs, spiders, wasps, rats & mice, carpet beetles and silverfish both inside and outside of the home.

Austech Carpet Steam Cleaning and Pest Management Brisbane will not only treat your home, we will also provide you with a 12 month service warranty even on ants and spiders, so if you have a problem with any of these pests, Austech Carpet Steam Cleaning and Pest Management guarantees to retreat the problem areas free of charge (conditions apply).

Most people in Brisbane have experienced problems due to pests in their homes. In most cases, these pests are tolerated because homeowners are unaware that there are both environment and chemicals methods for the control of these unwanted pests. At Austech Carpet Steam Cleaning and Pest Management Brisbane we will take the time to talk to you about all your options when it comes to pest control and management.

Most household pests can be controlled, or at least significantly reduced by some basic procedures carried out by the house owner. Even when our chemicals are used, some basic procedures will complement the work carried out by our technicians which ensure that your home will be pest free for a longer period of time. We can provide this information to help you when we perform our initial inspection to your home.

CockroachesFleasAntsBed BugsSpidersWaspsRats & MiceCarpet BeetleSilverfish
Cockroaches have been present on our earth for over 300 million years. They are the most common of pests in houses. Many human diseases have been found in and on the bodies of cockroaches. These include organisms which cause food poisoning, gastroenteritis, dysentery, hepatitis and tuberculosis.

Cockroaches are nocturnal, hiding during the day in cracks and crevices in walls and even in furniture. It is important that computers and microwave ovens be protected, as some cockroaches nest in these warm pieces of equipment, often resulting in expensive consequences.

For over 300 million years cockroaches have been present on earth. They are the most common pest of houses and restaurants throughout Australia. Their wide distribution and close association with humans, coupled with high frequency with which they carry human diseases in and on their bodies, have given them a very high pest status.

Cockroaches inhabit sewer systems, drains and composts used for the garden. Some will come in contact with animal and human faeces as well as contaminated food and transfer these organisms on their bodies and in their faeces to food which is being prepared for human consumption.

Cockroaches can carry several million bacteria on and inside its body, such as disease organisms like salmonella and other organisms causing gastroenteritis, dysentery, tuberculosis, hepatitis, typhoid fever and many other human disorders.

Some humans are allergic to cockroaches, their extract, can bring about positive skin reactions and allergens. The dried faeces becomes part of household dust and when inhaled or ingested where foods are contaminated may cause asthma attacks for asthmatics.

Cockroach Species
Australia has over 400 native species of cockroaches which are of no concern to the homeowner. Over the last 200 years 6 species have been introduced to Australia which is the most often encountered household pest.
German Cockroach (Blattella germanica)
This cockroach is the most prolific breeder of pest cockroaches having 3-4 generations a year and taking as little as 40 days to develop from egg to adult. This species seeks areas that provide warmth, moisture and food, generally in kitchens, bathrooms and laundries. When German cockroaches are seen in other parts of the house, its likely there is a dense infestation in the building.
American Cockroach (Periplaneta americana)
This type of cockroach lives both indoors and outside depending on conditions. They are probably the largest cockroach that infests dwellings usually living in wall cavities, roof voids, subfloors and around drains and sewers resulting in potential spreaders of disease organisms. The female may lay up to 50 egg cases which contain 10-25 eggs. From egg to adult takes 6-12 months depending on conditions and will live for at least 6 months.
Australian Cockroach (Periplaneta australasiae)
This species of cockroach is similar to the American cockroach in appearance but slightly smaller. This species favours warmer climates, mostly live outdoors but will infest wall cavities and roof voids. The female may produce 20 egg cases containing 20-24 eggs. They require 6-12 months for nymphal development and live for 4-8 months as adults.
Brown-Banded Cockroach (Supella longipalpa)
This species is a smaller sized cockroach with males having full wings but females only short wings. The egg cases may contain up to 18 eggs. The eggs have a short development period of 2-4 months usually living for about 6 months as adults. Their habitat is mainly in wardrobes and furniture. The Brown-Banded cockroach is very active and if distracted it will scatter itself throughout the building making it difficult to control.
Smokey brown Cockroach (Periplaneta fuliginosa)
This species of cockroach is often regarded as an outdoor cockroach they prefer to eat on plant material but still will be found in roof voids of houses, walls and sub floors. They will live for 6-12 months, during that time the female will lay about 20 egg cases each containing about 26 eggs. They are fully winged and capable of flight. This species is not often encountered in kitchens or other rooms of the house.
Oriental Cockroach (Blatla orientalis)
This type of cockroach is a major pest of buildings in reasonably cool conditions. It is relatively sluggish and usually located at or below ground level in buildings. Its prime food source comes from decaying organic matter as well as starches and sizing of wallpaper. Books may also be attacked. Adult lifespan is usually about 3-6 months. Females produce up to 14 egg cases containing up 16 eggs. Nymphal development may require 6-18 months.
Detection and Prevention
Cockroaches need food and water and shelter to survive. Cockroach control can be achieved by two very important methods:

  1. High level of hygiene
  2. Application of insecticides
All fleas have sucking mouth parts used to draw blood from their host, which means they can transmit diseases to humans and animals, thus making them important pests to control for both medical and veterinary reasons. You can successfully control fleas even if pets share your home by treating both your pets and home at the same time.

Fleas are small but vary in size (1.0 – 4.0 mm long) usually brownish specialised parasitic insect that belongs to the order Scphenaptera. They are blood suckers, the majority feeding on mammals (e.g. Dogs, cats, pigs). There are many species of fleas some having particular preferences for hosts. When drawing blood from their host, they can transmit diseases to humans and animals.

Fleas become pests when humans and animals share the same home or populated area.
The adult female may lay hundreds of eggs in her lifetime about 4-8 eggs are laid after each blood meal. The eggs hatch in 4-10 days entering the larva stage. After about 12-20 days the larvae pupate in silken cocoons which are often covered with debris. In 7-10 days the adult emerges and seeks a blood meal from the host which starts the whole cycle over again.

The life cycle can last for several months depending on the availability of food. Flea pupae can remain dormant for several months and will emerge from their cases when new vibration occurs. The adult flea then seeks blood meals from the legs of those nearby.

Flea species that are pests in domestic situations:

Cat Flea (Ctenocephalides Felis)
This is the most common pest flea attaching not only to cats but to dogs, rats, humans and other mammals.
Dog Flea (Ctenocephalides canis)
This type of flea is similar to other fleas having a wide range of hosts. It has been encountered much less during recent years.
Human Flea (Pulex Irritans)
This species of flea is becoming much less associated with humans since the advent of the vacuum cleaner and other aides for better house cleaning. It will attach itself to dogs, pigs, rats and mice.
Oriental Rat Flea (Xenohsylla Cheohes)
This type of flea most favoured host is the roof rat. This is the principal vector of bubonic plague and marine typhus which claimed millions of human lives during the middle ages (The Black Death).
Flea control can be effective and successful if well-directed application of chemical insecticides and the procedures that the client undertakes to make the environment less suitable for the development of fleas. If animals are still present on the premises they must also be treated.
Ants belong to Family Formicidae within order Hymenoptera- the group of insects that include ants, bees, wasps, saw flies, and wood wasps. There are about 3000 known species of ants in Australia.

Ants are social insects which live in a nest. They have several ‘castes’ with specific duties for the survival of the colony. A colony consists of a Queen, a King which dies soon after fertilising the Queen and the workers. They are the most frequently encountered pest in and around the home feeding on a wide variety of foods.
Ants can also carry disease organisms which can cause dysentery or pathogenic bacteria (Salmonella).
There are four stages in the life cycle of ant’s, egg larva, pupa and adult.

There are many different species of ants, which infest our homes, the most common being the white-footed house ant. These are black ants about 2.5-3mm long with pale feet. They nest in cavity walls, rockeries and behind kitchen cupboards.

Infestations can be reduced significantly by limiting food particles in rooms and cupboards of the house. Food left outside for animals can attract ants which then go in search of more food.

Don’t let the bed bugs bite! Bed bugs usually obtain their host’s blood a few hours before dawn, and then return to their hiding places in cracks and crevices in furniture near beds and in parts of mattresses. Discarded skins of young bed bugs or tiny excreta are often found on bed sheets and when the infestation is heavy, a bug-like odour maybe present.

Bed bugs have not been linked with diseases of mankind but often cause severe irritation as a result of their bites. Adult bed bugs are 4-5mm long oval- shaped bodies and rusty brown in colour. Before laying eggs the female must have a blood meal during egg laying. She glues the eggs to surfaces near where she resides such as on surfaces of walls and furniture. It is therefore important that when bed bugs are discovered that a thorough inspection be carried out prior to a chemical treatment.

Most homes are visited by spiders, but unfortunately most that are spotted by homeowners result in their death. Believe it or not, spiders actually provide an important role in our environment by controlling other pests that they feed on. Male funnel web and female red back spiders are very poisonous, and naturally we assume all other spiders are toxic and aggressive, but this is not the case. Most spiders are not aggressive and most are harmless. We will identify which species are poisonous to humans and treat your home accordingly.

Ground-Dwelling Spiders

They live in holes in the ground with silken web material.

Sydney & Northern Rivers Funnel-web Spiders
They are very poisonous. They have a life cycle of three to five years some females living longer. The male is smaller than the female and more toxic. It is more active in late summer and autumn when it is seeking a mate.
Sydney Brown Trapdoor Spiders
They inhabit drier situations in enclosed areas. They are not toxic or aggressive, but bites are painful.
Mouse Spider
They live in holes in the ground. These spiders can be mistaken for a Funnel-web they are not aggressive but they are toxic. Their fangs are strong and bite may be painful.
Wolf spiders
They are found in most parts of Australia where they live in holes in the ground. Their bites can also be painful and are regarded as toxic.
Orb Weaving Spiders
Orb weaving spiders construct webs made from two types of silk. One type is for the main part of the web structure which is designed to catch flying insects. The other type forms guy ropes which are attached to structures or vegetation. Each night both the central sticky area and the dry silk need replacing. All Orb weaving spiders are non- poisonous to humans and not aggressive.
Red back Spiders
Make loose untidy webs among leaves, rubbish, under and around houses in tins, tyres, roof voids of houses. The female red back is extremely poisonous and their bites painful. The male red back is very small and harmless.
Black House Spider
Is dark brown in colour and its natural habitat is in the bark of trees. They help to control flies and mosquitoes around the house. They usually sit in the centre of their web which is often found around window sills and guttering of buildings. The bite of this poisonous spider can cause pain, nausea and sweating but is not lethal.
White Tailed Spider
This species of spider is a poisonous spider, whose bite is painful and can cause blistering and necrosis. They are easily identified by a white patch at the end of its abdomen. The spider is a wanderer and a hunter.
Huntsman Spider
Huntsman spiders are not poisonous and their bites are very rare. They are a larger spider usually 25-35mm in size. They often enter houses where they are seen on walls. They are a useful spiders feeding on insects.
Calling out a technician is highly recommended for controlling your wasp problem, as being the safest and most effective means of control.

European wasp stings particularly those from a whole swarm often require medical treatment/attention. Wasp nests are often found in roof cavities, old tree stumps, landscape garden material etc. The most common wasp encountered in SEQ is the paper-nest wasp, a social insect with female, male and worker castes living in a papery nest. They are often found under eaves of a house or in the garden the nest is attached to the surface by a small strong stalk.

Rats and mice are mammals characterised by being warm blooded and covered with fur. Rats like mice, beavers and squirrels are rodents. All such animals have chisel like front teeth especially suited for gnawing. There are many different types of rodents. The three rodent pest of the house in Australia, all introduced species are the Norway rat, the roof rat and the house mouse.

Being social animals rats and mice live in groups requiring food and shelter which is provided in buildings particularly during late autumn and winter. The nests are usually composed of paper and other soft materials such as insulation batts.

Rats and mice are mostly active at night and eat a wide variety of foods. Because of the diseases they carry contaminated food should be destroyed. Rats and mice can also cause physical damage to a house by gnawing at timbers and electrical wiring, sometimes causing house fires.

The presence of rodents is often detected from their damage, odour and faecal droppings, being most active at night you can often hear them running around in roof voids.
Once the rodent activity has been detected we recommend quick professional control.

Carpet beetle is a common insect pest living in carpets and cupboards, they feed on woollens, feathers, silk, furs and hair. They also feed on dried meat products, cereals and dried insects. Carpet beetle may even be found in roof cavities, where rodents and possums have died. Most household insects cannot tolerate dry conditions. Carpet beetles can even live in the less humid conditions of inland Australia.

We recommend urgent control when detected. They can cause considerable damage, especially to woollen carpets. Through vacuuming especially behind and under furniture should be carried out on a regular basis.

Silverfish is a small wingless insect found in cool damp places and in roof voids. It is a common household pest feeding on starchy materials such as books, wallpaper, clothing and foods.