Cockroaches are known to be the most ancient insects to walk the planet, and they also happen to be the most stubborn to kill off. Cockroaches carry serious illnesses such as dysentery, typhoid, poliomyelitis and gastroenteritis as they can live on just about anything;  including fermenting products, septic dressings, hair, leather, wallpaper, faeces and rotting food. And, they often breed in unhygienic areas.

Many of the substances that cockroaches feed on are already contaminated, as this creepy crawly insect moves from one location to another. Not only can people get sick from the bacteria with which cockroaches contaminate our living areas, but some people are actually allergic to cockroach faeces;  inhaling it as small particles of dust, or ingesting it along with food (Planet Cockroach, 2012). Cockroach droppings can cause eczema and asthma, and the health risks are particularly high in homes containing children, the elderly or those fighting other illnesses.As a cockroach infestation in your home poses various health risks, it is important to establish the source of your cockroach problem and to ensure you take the appropriate steps to start getting rid of cockroaches in your home.


Termites are a species of wood-boring insect. They have symbiotic bacteria in their hindguts that enable them to break down plant cellulose to a digestible form, which means that they attack any wooden structure in your property. Even properties built mainly from brick or stone can still suffer from termite damage because structural supports are constructed of wood and cellulose-based materials, which are exactly the substances on which termites like to feed.

The Termite Troop are just a handful of termites gearing up to munch their way through the structural integrity of your home.

It is true what many experts say that one only begins to notice the signs of termites only after you already have a full infestation on your hands. That’s why issuing a yearly inspection from a pest control expert that will help protect your home against any potential termite damage.


Spiders are most likely to enter your home in the autumn in search of a warm place to spend the winter.

The best advice, in general, is to leave them alone. This can be difficult for the millions of people who have a real fear of spiders.

Majority of spider infestations are more of an annoyance – particularly their webs. However, on occasions, more serious situations can occur especially when it involves some of the dangerous spiders we have here in South Africa.


Fleas are some of the most annoying pests to deal with. They’re small enough to get around easily and agile enough to be called acrobatic.

Fleas generally prefer four-legged hosts to humans. However, if your family pet has fleas, it’s likely that your yard, house, and furniture will be targeted next.

Itching is a telltale sign of a flea infestation. You may even spot the little jumpers. On average, fleas are 2.5 millimeters long, making them visible to the naked eye. Their strong legs allow them to jump over 1 meter in distance.

The life cycle of the flea depends on environmental conditions. Fleas flourish in warm climates. The ideal temperature range is 80 to 90°F (26 to 32 °C) with 70 percent humidity. In these conditions, fleas have a life cycle of 18 to 21 days. If the weather isn’t ideal and there isn’t a host to feed on, flea larvae may remain dormant for months while waiting for better conditions to develop. On average, adult fleas live from several weeks to several months.


There are over 800 species of ticks found worldwide. Here’s how to get rid of them in your yard using proven, organic and natural techniques.

A blood feeding external parasite of mammals, birds and reptiles, ticks are important vectors of disease causing agents. They attach firmly to their host, feed slowly and may go unnoticed for several days while feeding. As a result, ticks transmit the widest variety of pathogens of any blood sucking arthropod. Some human diseases of interest include Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.


Bed bugs were once a common public health pest worldwide, but declined in incidence through the mid 20th century. However, bed bugs have undergone a dramatic, worldwide resurgence since they have now evolved resistance to common insecticides.

Bed bugs are one of the great travelers of the world and are readily transported via luggage, clothing, bedding, and furniture. To get rid of bed bugs, act at the first signs of infestation and use an integrated pest management approach involving prevention, sanitation, and chemical treatment. Bed bugs can be persistent, so you’ll need to demonstrate a greater level of persistence if you want to eliminate them.


Forty percent of all mammals are classified as rodents, but the rodents that most commonly become a nuisance in homes, garages, and yards are mice, rats, squirrels, and chipmunks. To get rid of rodents naturally when they’re indoors, seal off access to your home to prevent more from coming in, then set humane traps and spread natural repellents like peppermint oil where the pests travel.

To get rid of rodents naturally when they’re outdoors, minimize sources of shelter and food, then spray predator urine or other repellents around your garden to discourage the pests from visiting. The process may take time and perseverance, but can be much safer and more humane than using chemical poisons.


Snakes are one of the most feared reptiles on the planet and the funny thing is that only a handful of them are poisonous. There are so many different species of snakes, but they all have long cylindrical bodies that have no legs and a head. Snakes are almost pure muscle and this is how they can move/slither over all kinds of terrain. The pattern and colors of their scales and the shape of their head are dependent on the species of snake. While snakes are actually good to have around because they eat the bugs that can destroy crops and gardens, you definitely do not want a poisonous or a nuisance snake lurking around your house.