• Biting & Stinging Pests

  • There are lots of insects and creepy crawlies that bite and sting.  From Fleas and Ticks to bees and wasps this section of the library is full of information about the bugs that annoy and hurt humans as well as the animals we love.

  • Bedbugs are gross and disgusting insects.  Although they are not a known vector transmitter, an infestation can result in costly control and painful and irritating bites during sleep.  Some people have been known to be hospitalised when bed bugs get out of control in their homes.  Large red bite welts will appear - the bed bug uses its long piercing mouthparts to impale the skin of it's victim and feed on their blood.... Read More

  • The adult Brown Dog Tick is pale reddish-brown around 3-5mm long.  It is a parasite and one that causes great distress to pets and to pet owners.  Feeding primarily on blood the tick is a master of survival and will feed on multiple hosts including humans to ensure survival through each developmental stage.  The female lays around 5000 eggs and in warm environments has very fast development rates.... Read More

  • The Dust Mite is the leading cause of allergic reactions in the home.  Living in our mattresses, our furniture and our carpet, just 10 square metres of carpet flooring can support over 1,000,000 dust mites.  Humans will shed around half a KG of skin per year providing ample food for the dust mite who will produce around 20 faeces a day adding to the allergens in a home.... Read More

  • Fleas are an external parasite and a pest to humans and to their pets.  Fleas are flightless insects with extremely powerful jumping ability and mouthparts adapted to cutting/piercing the skin and feeding on the blood of the host.  A flea bite is painful and is also extremely itchy causing infections on the host.  Their scientific name SiphonAptera literally means wingless siphon..... Read More

  • There are several insects including moths and butterflies who have stinging hairs on their body.  The Hairy Caterpillar is one of them.  The primary role of the hairs is to ward off predators who would otherwise feast on the soft bodies of the caterpillar without resistance.  Hairy Caterpillars are commonly found in schools in swarms... Read More

  • Head Lice are the scourge of modern society. Just the mention of the words 'head lice" causes most people to immediately experience an itch to the scalp. Schools right across Australia are experiencing this pest in almost plague proportions. As the name suggests this pest resides on the human scalp and is spread mainly by head to head contact or hat to head contact... Read More

  • Mosquitoes are small fragile insects around 3-6mm long with log delicate legs.  All mosquitoes have 6 legs and are fliers with wings covered in scales.  Mosquitoes are easily identifiable however the different types of mosquitoes are not so quickly differentiated and extreme caution should be taken at all times in mosquito prone areas... Read More

  • Paperbark Wasps are small yellow and fierce stingers. They swarm-founders and build nests which can be cleverly camouflaged to look like the bark of a Tee tree which is where the name comes from...... Read More

  • The Paralysis Tick is sometimes called the Grass Tick or Seed Tick as it finds it's way to the ends of blades of grass in search of a suitable host. The common name Paralysis Tick comes from the fact that it can cause paralysis and even death to humans and is often fatal to domestic animals. It is said that a large number of deaths of children in the 1800's and early 1900's were misdiagnosed as infantile paralysis (polio myelitis) which was actually caused by the paralysis...... Read More