Top 5 Common Pests in Perth

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Pests and insects are a common problem for many homes and businesses in Perth. Our warm climate provides the perfect environment for common pests such as spiders, cockroaches, ants, rats, mice and mosquitos to breed and wreak havoc. The last thing you need is a pest infestation disrupting your daily activities and causing costly damage to your property. Enlisting the help of professional pest control services is a surefire way to protect your property from common Perth pests and insects. First, let’s get you up to date and take a look at the most common pests you may encounter in your Perth home.


In Perth, most termites are extremely small and can often be confused with common household ants. If you’re a property owner, it’s crucial to learn about the types of termites you may be dealing with.

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Common types of termites in Perth

  • Drywood Termites
  • Flying Termites
  • Coptotermes Lacteus (Milk Termites)
  • Dampwood Termites 
  • Heterotermes Termites (Type of Australian Subterranean Termite)
  • Coptotermes Termites (Type of Australian Subterranean Termite)
  • Nasutitermes Termites (Type of Australian Subterranean Termite)

Termites are one of the most aggressive pests that continue to cause significant damage to Perth properties each year. These small yet powerful insects often swarm during warmer months and, once choosing a building of their liking, pose a serious threat to home and business owners.

Whether your property is old or brand-new, wooden structures like door frames, roofing timbers, window sills, and floorboards are heavily susceptible to termite infestations. Wooden structures then decay over time as termites eat away at the organic compound found in wood, known as cellulose. 

Termites not only have a huge appetite for homes but for your wallet as well. As most Aussie insurance companies do not cover termite damage, it’s imperative that termites are tracked and eliminated early before it becomes a costly problem.

At Swatapest, we offer the highest levels of protection against future termite attacks with any of our termite treatment options. Our expert team will provide your home with a quality Termite Management Program to suit your home and protect you for years to come.  


Small but mighty, there are over 1,200 ant species found Down Under, with some of the most irritating ant species living right here in Western Australia.

Common types of ants in Perth

  • Fire Ants
  • Black House Ants
  • Bull Ants
  • Coastal Brown Ants
  • Argentine Ants
  • Pennant Ants
  • Black African Sugar Ants

Ants are a determined pest. Infestations can occur rapidly, with just a single ant finding nutrients in your home and leaving a trail to alert the rest of the colony to assist. 

Black house ants are one of the most common species of ants in Perth and certainly have a sweet tooth. If you have any sugary substances like lollies or old fruit lying around, it’s best to properly dispose of them to prevent an ant infestation in your home. 

Besides ants being an ongoing nuisance in Perth homes and outdoor spaces, they’re also rather cranky. Fire ants are one of the most aggressive ant species we find in Perth. Common to gardens, outdoor landscapes and even indoors, fire ants are known to attack in large numbers and produce a powerful, poisonous bite. Unlike typical black house ants, fire ant bites often cause severe reactions that require immediate medical attention. If you come across fire ants at your home or business, keep yourself and your pets at a distance and leave it to our Swatapest ant control experts to safely remove them.

Are you sick of finding a trail of ants in your home or business? As Perth pest control experts, we get right to the source of the ant infestation using the latest ant pest control technology and eco-friendly techniques. Explore our professional pest control services today or contact our experienced team to march all ant species out of your Perth property for good!


Spiders are extremely common pests found in almost all Perth homes.

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Common types of Spiders in Perth

The most common spiders we find as your Perth pest control experts include:

  • Redback spiders
  • Black house spiders
  • Whitetail spiders
  • Huntsmen spiders
  • Daddy long-leg spiders

Although common spiders like black house spiders and daddy-long-legs can provide practical benefits around the house, such as eating insects in the home, office, and garden, some can pose a severe threat to you and your pets. 

The most common poisonous (dangerous) spiders in Western Australia are the White Tail (Whitetip spider) and the Red Back Spider. If you encounter these spiders in your home or business, do not attempt to remove them yourself.

It’s essential to keep an eye out for these poisonous spiders and prepare to eradicate them safely with professional pest control methods. At Swat-a-Pest, we provide professional spider pest control in Perth, which is the safest and most effective pest control method for families and pets.

Mice & Rats

Rats and mice are common pests in Perth and can cause various problems. Perth’s most common species of rats and mice are the Norway Rat (brown rat), House Mouse, and Roof Rat (black rat). These species can cause property damage, contaminate food, and spread disease. If you’ve heard scurrying, scratching or squeaking coming from your roof, floorboards, crevices or within your walls at night, there’s a solid chance you have rodent roommates that need relocating.

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Common types of rodents in Perth

The Norway Rat is a large rat that can range in size from seven to nine inches, with a tail slightly shorter than its body. It is usually greyish-brown in colour with a blunt muzzle and small ears. They are known for their destructive behaviour, as they can gnaw through wood, plastic, and other materials. These rats can be found living in sewers, yards, and buildings.

Usually found in homes and buildings, the house mouse is much smaller than the Norway Rat, measuring up to four inches in length and usually grey or brown with a pointed muzzle and large ears. They’re known to be a costly pest by chewing on furniture, wiring, and other materials.

Finally, the Roof Rat is a black rat that can grow up to seven inches. It has a pointed muzzle and large ears and can live in attics, roofs, and walls. These rats are known for their climbing abilities and can cause damage by chewing on electrical wiring and other materials.

If you believe you may have a rat or mouse infestation, be sure to contact our professional pest control team to help you safely and effectively remove the pests from your home or business.


Cockroaches are among the most prevalent pests in homes and businesses across Perth. Found in virtually any space they can crawl into, cockroaches are infamous as a massive pest problem to business owners and homeowners alike.

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The German cockroach (Blattella germanica).

Common types of cockroaches in Perth

The most common types of cockroaches we find in Perth include; 

  • German cockroaches (blatella germanica)
  • Brown-banded cockroaches
  • American cockroaches 
  • Native Australian Cockroach

Our warm, humid conditions in Perth grant the perfect breeding ground for cockroaches. They usually frequent household spaces like kitchens and bathrooms where they spread their bacteria as an open invitation for their cockroach friends to join them. Everyone deserves a safe, clean home, so we focus on eradicating cockroaches and any chance of infestation without using nasty chemicals and pesticides. Contact us today to discuss the best cockroach control plan for your home or business.

Commercial Pest Control Perth

When it comes to protecting your commercial property from Perth pests, it can be tricky to know where to begin once they’ve already moved in. Whether you’re visiting a business or own one, a pest infestation doesn’t provide a great first impression to customers. 

Although a rogue cockroach or a fly on the wall may seem harmless to some, the real problem lies much deeper. That’s why crucial to enlist the help of pest control professionals to help keep your business safe from common Perth pests like spiders, cockroaches, ants, rodents, termites, and even fleas. 

Our team have a wealth of experience conducting commercial pest control treatments with eco-friendly pest control options readily available. As Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) certified operators, our pest control services have been designed to exceed industry guidelines for food and hygiene standards. We’re confident that our thorough treatments will eradicate pests within your premises. Our commercial pest control services are frequently employed by restaurants, hotels and other commercial entities. From cockroaches in cafes to termites in strata complexes, we’ve dealt with it all. 

Leave it to Perth’s Pest Control Experts

With over ten years in the pest control industry, our Swatapest team proudly caters to residential and commercial properties of all sizes providing quality pest control services across Perth. We don’t take shortcuts; instead, we go above and beyond to create long-term results that won’t harm pets or our environment! 

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