There are a lot of pests out there! They don’t all fit into one of the big groups of pests (ants, cockroaches, spiders, etc), so articles on these more occasional pests all get grouped here under “Other Pests”.
One of the pest insects that gets a bit personal are lice, including head lice and pubic lice. Check out our article on all you need to know about lice.
There are always some insects which homeowners may view as pests, either because they are unwanted intruders in the house or just don’t know what they are. Two insects that commonly fall into this category are click beetles and ant lions (which are the larval stage of lacewings).
Other Arthropod Pests
One of the smallest arthropod pests are the mites, which include dust mites, bird mites, spider mites and rodent mites. Bird mites and rodent mites might be the causes of bites in the bedroom, but there are some other pests which could be the cause of unexplained bites in the bedroom.
Millipedes, particularly the Portuguese millipede can be the cause of major infestations and large scale house invasions. Another multi-legged occasional pest is the very fast moving, house centipede.
One group of arthropod pests that are feared in a similar way to spiders are the scorpions and with good reason, as some can give a very nasty sting.
There are a range of vertebrate pests, other than rodents and birds. Many are native animals such as the Antechinus, but some are introduced pests, such as the infamous cane toad.
Federal and state governments carry out continuous border checks and some monitoring inland, for various invasive pests, which should them become established in Australian, could cause significant and economic harm. Such pests are called notifiable pests, in that if you spot a potential notifiable pest, you should alert the relevant government authority in your state.
More information on other types of pest.