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Graham Solway


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Recognised as one of the world’s most ancient bugs, cockroaches have proven over time to be virtually indestructible!

They can survive in extreme heat and cold and are, therefore, well suited to the climate in Wagga Wagga and surrounding Riverina region.

There are native and pest species of cockroach, the pest variety being those that spread disease in your homes and business.

The cockroach is an omnivore (they eat a variety of food of both plant and animal origin) and are nocturnal by nature.

They thrive in warm, moist, dark areas situated close to food sources and when left unchecked, will reproduce at alarming speed. One egg capsule holds 38 nymphs!

Cockroaches carry disease causing bacteria and can spread salmonella, dysentery, gastroenteritis and diarrhoea among other debilitating illnesses. Their night journeys  deposit the bacteria carried on their legs and bodies on food and utensils as they feed and move about.

Cockroach control, followed by preventative measures, helps keep members of your family, business staff and clients safe.

The most prevalent species in Wagga Wagga and surrounding areas are the Brown Banded Cockroach, German Cockroach, American Cockroach, Oriental Cockroach and the Australian Cockroach.

How do I Know I Have A Cockroach Problem?

If you suspect you have a cockroach problem, contact Avanteguard for professional pest control advice and to book a cockroach inspection.

Tell tale signs include;

  • Cockroach droppings – this generally looks like a dust of black droppings less than 1mm wide and of varying lengths.
  • Smear marks will sometimes be detected on horizontal surfaces and at wall-floor junctions where cockroaches are active.
  • Shed skin – adolescent cockroaches known as nymphs will shed skins as they mature to adults.
  • Damage to food packaging and organic items including books and leather.
  • Musty odours are another sign of cockroach infestation.

How Do You Treat a Cockroach Infestation?

Avanteguard are skilled and professional technicians for commercial premises  who can provide a long-term cockroach solution and help reduce the risk of a re-infestation through our professional prevention methods.

Our understanding of the habits of cockroaches ensure we will develop an effective control program for your commercial property.

We employ safe, targeted treatments and can offer safe solutions to resolve your cockroach problem effectively and with minimal disruption to your business.

Products used can include spray and dusting powders. We will assess your property, determine the scope of treatment required and advise you on the best course of action to establish an eradication plan for long term effectiveness.

The use of ‘monitoring’ boards assists with detecting the movement and activity of the cockroach pest! ‘Sticky traps’ or ‘glue boards’ are placed strategically in the places cockroaches would normally hide and can effectively capture large numbers of adults and nymphs daily.

Sticky boards work best when used along with preventive and insecticidal applications. The main advantages of ‘monitoring’ include determining the areas with infestation, severity of infestation, and as a result forecasting what pesticide application is required for the numbers present.

Professional pest controllers will always approach cockroach infestation with assessment, cockroach control treatment, and follow-up. Due to the breeding cycle of cockroaches, a one off treatment approach will not fix the problem.

Do I Need Professional Pest Control for my Cockroach Problem?

We do recommend that to reduce the risk of contamination from cockroaches you take the following measures;

  • Keep all food in airtight containers.
  • Ensure garbage and compost containers are emptied often and are fitted with tightly closing lids.
  • Avoid leaving your pet’s water and food out.
  • Seal all cracks, crevices and gaps around pipes on the walls of your home.
  • Check bags, packaging and boxes before bringing them into your home or business – many infestations originate from introduced pests who have hitched a ride!

While you can prevent or reduce the effects of a cockroach infestation, once there are signs cockroaches are about the home products available from supermarkets will rarely eradicate the problem fully. Unless applied correctly and in the right places, cockroaches will avoid the treated areas and continue to breed prolifically. Just a couple of cockroaches can turn into huge numbers in a few weeks.

If used incorrectly, some products can also be downright dangerous! Take the example of a man who found himself with nasty injuries and the resultant property damage from an exploding cockroach bomb. Read the Sydney Morning Herald news article here.

The Avanteguard professional approach to cockroach control can provide a long-term solution to your problem and prevent an infestation in the future.

Call Avanteguard for an effective and reliable solution to cockroach infestation in your Wagga Wagga business and ask about our warranty and follow up.

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Why are rodents are threat?

Rodents can wreak havoc – doing incredible damage to property, agricultural interests and are a threat to the health of you and your family (including pets)!

Rodents found in and around Wagga Wagga and districts can carry disease through their bite and droppings and are a free ride, so to speak, for lice mites and ticks.

The carrier of any number of diseases, including leptospirosis, infectious jaundice and salmonellosis, rodents have also been linked to asthma.

They contaminate food with their urine, faeces and hair, and have, at times, decimated our agricultural industries.

Rodents can be highly destructive and will destroy furniture, stored items, electrical and telephone wires and structural elements of your home or business like floorboards.

Rodents are not a pleasant problem, nor an easy one to eradicate if you don’t take the appropriate measures.

The use of poisons if not used correctly is harmful to both humans, and pets and livestock. A pest control professional will eradicate your rodent problem through the use of baits, traps and tracking powders.

The specialist team at Avanteguard will also help you identify points of entry and recommend deterrents for long term solution.

How do I know I have a rodent problem?

The tell tale signs are droppings, but you may also hear scratching sounds in walls and ceilings, and scampering sounds as they forage.

The larger rodents, like rats, can also leave smears on walls and surfaces from their greasy coats.

What sort of rodents will I find in Wagga Wagga and the Riverina?

The House Mouse (Mus musculus)

The house mouse is one of the most common rodent pests found in Wagga Wagga’s homes and business. Because of their size they are sometimes mistaken for brown rats, but on closer inspection their big ears and tiny feet will help you distinguish them.

A single mouse can do damage in your home, however, the real threat is their ability to breed prolifically. An initial infestation of mice can quickly evolve into your home being over run by these pests.

Seldom seen during the day, due to their nocturnal nature, mice will build nests in your home. These are most often found in walls and can be there for quite sometime before they become evident.

Apart from the obvious sounds and droppings, mouse urine can be another tell tale sign you have mice in residence. An ammonia like odour lingers for days.

A pest removal company is the safest option for advice and treatment of a mouse problem.

The Roof Rat (Rattus rattus)

Sometimes known as the black rat, this type of rodent was the transmitter of deadly disease responsible for killing millions of people hundreds of years ago.

While the rat is still a disease carrying creature, most of the damage inflicted in the modern day is more direct. Once inside structures like your home or work building, they will nest and breed at a rapid rate. They will chew on paper, cardboard, wood and other materials in their search for food, and defecate and urinate as they go.

They are not overly selective about their source of food, and are just as happy eating your pet’s food as well. They are adaptable creatures, as indicated by survival in all manner of environments over the centuries.

The Norway Rat (Rattus norvegicus)

The Norway rat can be found in Wagga Wagga homes and businesses, sewer systems and burrows in and around garages and sheds.

Like their black rat cousin, they are extremely destructive and will chew anything. They love cereals, but will eat anything, including your pet food and will nest and breed prolifically if left unchecked.

How do I get rid of a rodent pest problem?

A professional rodent removal expert will use a combination of chemical and physical trapping methods, using baiting systems to attract the pests and contain the treatment so their is no risk to human or pets.

The Avanteguard pest control team are highly skilled and will eliminate the current infestation and help you implement safeguards so your structure will remain rodent free in the future.

You can take simple measures to help prevent access and a rodent friendly environment. These include removing overhanging tree branches, moving wood piles and compost heaps as far from your home as possible, sealing cracks and other areas of the home where pests can gain entry.

Book a pest control service with a qualified Wagga Wagga pest control service.


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Why are termites so hard to detect in your home or business?

Their ideal environment is somewhere that is dark, humid and protected – the places in most dwellings we wouldn’t normally access!

Termites behave covertly. They will generally not be detectable until damage has been done.

Signs of termites

Stealthy insects by nature, you will not usually know termites are attacking until the damage is done resulting in some tell tale signs.

The most obvious signs of termite infestation are;

Tapping or chewing noises behind walls. While this might sound like termites eating, it is the workers and soldiers communicating.
Papery or hollow sounding timber, or surfaces with a ripple like affect. Termites consume timber from the inside out and can consume everything up to the layer of paint on the surface.

‘Mudding’ can sometimes be detected on brick foundations or architraves but is generally underground or behind walls. These mud tunnels are constructed by the termites to ensure safe passage to their food source or to create a safe environment to protect their food source.

Power failures and a build up of earthen debris around power points.

What do I do if I suspect I have termites?

Contact Avanteguard, your Wagga Wagga pest control expert immediately. Not all termites are as destructive as others, however, early detection and implementation of the correct pest management strategy will prevent further damage.

In the case of termites, an immediate assessment is the best course of action.

What are termites?

Termites are commonly referred to as ‘white ants’, but are not ants. They are a social order of insect called Isoptera.

This pest has a social structure similar to ants and bees though, and lives in colonies with populations that number from hundreds to millions.

There are three varieties of termite (subterranean termites, damp wood termites and dry wood termites) and hundreds of species throughout Australia.

Wagga Wagga Termites

The most prevalent termite species in the Wagga Wagga region are Coptotermes acinaciformisCoptotermes frenchi and Heterotermes.

Termite castes each have a specific role to play in the colony hierarchy;

Queen & King:
The queen and king are the original winged reproductives (dealates). When a new colony is formed the pair will feed and care for the young until there are sufficient soldiers and workers to take over the duties of the colony.

The most abundant caste in the colony and prolific workers, performing all the tasks in the colony except defence and reproduction. Wingless, blind and sterile, this is the caste that does damage to timbers.

The soldier termite is the easiest caste to use to identify a species. Their role is to defend the colony. The soldier will discharge a secretion associated with defence that is a repellent to ants and other enemies of termites.

These are the future kings and queens of new colonies. Often larger, winged and able to see, the alates colonising flight will occur when humidity and temperature conditions outside mirror conditions inside the colony. This would normally occur in the summer months.

For the most part, the termite diet consists of cellulose.

As their name would suggest, subterranean termites, live in soil and do not usually attack sound dry wood, as they prefer damp, damaged timber. These termites have to maintain contact with soil or a reliable water source to obtain sufficient moisture to survive. They will attack living trees and seasoned timber.

The variety that attack sound, seasoned wood out of contact with the ground are known as “drywood” termites. Drywood termites are generally found in coastal regions and will attack dry, undecayed wood, including structural timber, the dead limbs of trees, ornamental and orchard trees, utility poles, posts and stored timber

Dampwood termites attack moist wood. They attack the underground parts of shrubs and trees, fence posts, baseboards, tree stumps, fallen tree branches and door frames in buildings. They are not subterranean but will nest in wood beneath the soil. The damp wood termite requires moisture from wood and, as a result, are often found in cool, humid areas along the coast.

What can I do to safeguard my home or business from termites?

Book an annual termite inspection with a qualified Wagga Wagga pest control service.

Wagga Wagga pest management experts can identify any potential problem zones that may be attractive to a hungry colony scouting a food source.


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