Types of Pests We Can Help You With
WHITE TAILS & OTHER SPIDERS
A nocturnal spider that hunts at night called a White-tail Spider has a bluish black, cigar-shaped body (males about 12mm, females up to 18 mm long) and dark orange-brown banded legs.
White tails hide in the most amazing places. They also love curtains and crawl up valances and under the duvet into people’s beds. That’s why people get bitten in bed. They are commonly found hiding from the light in piles clothes left on the floor. They enter homes by different methods such as piles of firewood and washing from the clothesline. White-tailed Spider bites have been controversially implicated in causing severe skin ulceration in humans. And can cause initial burning pain followed by swelling and itchiness at the bitten area.
The common house fly is medium size, generally gray in colour the female is larger than the male.
The house fly and other types of “filth flies” can become a nuisance pest. They are also disliked for their potential to harm humans and animals. House flies, for example, can spread diseases such as food poisoning and dysentery.
Flies, including stable flies and mosquitoes can inflict painful bites while feeding on the blood of humans and other animals, and some species transmit disease. The habits of filth flies spread bacteria and other disease-causing organisms.
Filth flies often feed and lay eggs on garbage, manure and carrion before contaminating human foods and food preparation surfaces by landing on them. When feeding, house flies regurgitate their stomach contents onto food to liquefy it before ingesting it. They also may contaminate food and surfaces by defecating on them.
Wasps are a pest insect. They harm people as well as our bird life. They nest in plants or in corners of the house or garage. A wasp uses its sting for killing prey, but it can also use it very effective for defending itself. The sting has associated glands which produce venom. A sting can be very painful but it’s normally not dangerous. However some people become severely ill after being stung.
The most common introduced ant is the white-footed house ant. It often nest in walls and forages in houses for water and food, particularly for sweet items. They also contaminate food stored in jars and Tupperware containers. (They can walk around the threads of jars). Another introduced Ant is the Darwin Ant, which can be identified by squashing a few and quickly smelling them. They have a sweet pungent smell. These ants need to be dealt with urgently before they take control. They are well established throughout Christchurch.
Silverfish are small, soft insects without wings. Silverfish are not often seen by homeowners because they are nocturnal and can run very swiftly.
They prefer moderate temperature such as basements, laundry rooms and under sinks. Occasionally you can find them in bath tubs, seeking food or moisture. They also prefer vegetable matter, however when inside they will eat almost anything such as dried beef, flour, starch, gum, glue, cotton, linen, rayon, silk, sugar, moulds, breakfast cereals, wall paper paste, books and papers.