Other Pests

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”.

Insect 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.

Vertebrate Pests

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.

Notifiable Pests

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.

Wingless soldier fly

Wingless Soldier Flies

An old joke might call them ‘walks’, but would you be able to ID a wingless soldier fly?   Common name:  Wingless Solider Fly Scientific name(s): Boreoides subulatus (Family Stratiomyidae) Description: Female wingless soldier flies are long and narrow in shape, and may be over 2cm long, with slender legs of a similar span. The head has large eyes, short antennae, and is usually reddish brown. Some individuals are yellow between the eyes, or grade from reddish brown to grey

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Portuguese millipede


This invasive millipede has noxious secretions to defend itself and can swarm by the millions. They can appear in such numbers they have even caused train crashes! Would you be able to identify a Portuguese millipede?

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Antechinus image


These relatives of the Tasmanian devil resemble small rats, but are perhaps best known for their bizarre sexual habits. Would you be able to identify an Antechinus?

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Red spider mite image


These pests can form colonies of thousands and attack a wide range of plants – they can cover a lawn in fine silk netting and can swarm in numbers severe enough to kill a tree. Would you be able to ID a spider mite?

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Praying mantis image


Most people would recognise a praying mantis (although they can be hard to spot), but would you be able to identify a mantis egg case?   Common name:  Praying Mantis, also known as mantids Scientific name(s): Any insect in the Order Mantodea, with over 2,400 species in about 460 genera and 33 families. There are approximately 160 species known in Australia. Description: Praying mantises are well-known enough to need little description, and are named for their upright stance and folded grasping

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Red poultry mite image


These pests may be living under your very roof, but will only suck your blood out of desperation. Would you be able to identify a bird mite?   Common name:  Bird mite Common species in Australia include the tropical bird mite (AKA starling mite) and red poultry mite (AKA roost mite). Bird mites are sometimes mistakenly called bird lice (adult mites have eight legs, lice have six legs). Scientific name(s): Family Macronyssidae, including Ornithonyssus bursa (tropical bird mite) and Dermanyssidae, including

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