• Brush-tail Possum

    more information about the Brushtail coming soon.   See Ringtail Possum See Possum Exclusion Program

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    Ring-tail Possum

      Appearance About the size of a small cat, the Ring-tail possum is grey - striking white patches behind the eyes and under the belly.  The Ring-tail has distinct brown-orange flecks or tinges on it's limbs and tail.   The underneath of the prehensile (able to grasp) tail is bare but has fur on top with a white tip.  Usually the tail is carried in a coil when not in use as an [...]

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    Possums

    4 May 2016
    Possums

      Possums. They are cute and cuddly looking but for anyone who has a problem with the antics of possums at night can attest to the pest nature of this native Australian marsupial.  There are around 23 known types of Possums in Australia - the most likely candidates for using your ceiling or roof as a runway are the Brushtail or Ringtail Possums.Pseudocheirus peregrinus or the "False Hand[...]

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    Black Rat (Rattus rattus)

    Scientific Name Rattus rattus Appearance The black rat is also known as the 'ship rat' or the roof rat.  The black rat is the smaller of the two main rat species in Australia.  It has a more pointed snout (nose) and this rat has large prominent naked ears.  An adult will be 16-20cm long and weight around 300 grams.  The main feature of this rodent is it's tail.  It is longer than the body [...]

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    Oriental Cockroach

    Scientific Name Blatta orientalis Appearance The Oriental cockroach is dark redish-brown to black, a medium size cockroach at around 20-25mm. The male is very different in appearance to the female with blackish-brownish wings covering about 3/4 of the abdomen.  The female is shiny black and has rudimentary or reduced wings that can be seen as 'wing stubs'.  As with most cockroaches, the female [...]

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    German Cockroach

    Scientific Name Blattella gemanica Appearance The German Cockroach is one of the smallest cockroaches (13-16mm) that infest human habitats but is the most successful and widespread of all the species that live around humans. They are pale brown in colour and have two dark stripes on the pronotum. The male German cockroach is a lighter brown than the female and has a more slender abdomen than the [...]

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    Brown Banded Cockroach

    Scientific Name Supella longipalpa Appearance The Brownbanded is a small cockroach compared to other types at around the same size as German Cockroaches (13-16mm) and as the name suggests they have pronounced bands and colouration across the wings of the adults and bodies of the nymphs. Often mistaken for a German Cockroach due to it's size similarities it can be easily distingued by looking at a [...]

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    Scientific Name Periplaneta australiasiae Appearance The Australian Cockroach closely resembles the American Cockroach. Large dark reddish brown winged cockroach approximately 32-38mm long with yellow markings on the pronotum (the shield between the head and the abdomen) along with yellow stripe on edge of forewing. There is no distinguishable size difference between the male and female and both [...]

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    American Cockroach

    Scientific Name Periplaneta americana Appearance The American Cockroach is the largest of the home infesting cockroach - at between 52-55mm long it is a large insect. The adults (both male and female) are reddish brown and have light marketing on the thorax with a light yellow border on the pronotum. The male and female are fairly identical in size, colour and shape with the female having a [...]

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    Green Ant

    27 Dec 2015
    Green Ant

    Scientific Name Oecophylla smaragdina Appearance Also known as the Weaver Ant, the Green Ant is typically Green bodied with a large round Green abdomen. The Green Ant is ferociously protective and will defend and guard up to 100 metres from their woven nests. When in attack or defence mode, the Green Ant will raise it's abdomen in an aggressive stance and inflict a nasty bite. The soldiers will [...]

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    Meat Ant

    27 Dec 2015
    Meat Ant

    Scientific Name Iridomyrmex spp. Appearance The Meat Ant or Gravel Ant is a very large species of ant at around 14mm long. It is typically red and black and has very large mandibles. Lifecycle Like most ants, it undergoes a complete metamorphisis during it's development taking around 38-44 days. The Queen produces eggs which hatch into larvae that looks like a whitish coloured grub. The larvae are[...]

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    Carpenter Ant

    Scientific Name Camponotus spp. Appearance The Carpenter Ant does not get around with a tool belt and a hammer! The Carpenter is a very large ant between 7-12mm long with varying colours from very dark black to chocolate brownish depending on the species. They have a very smooth rounded thorax with a circle of tiny hairs at the end of the abdomen. The workers have very large mandibles, given the [...]

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