Pest Spotlight: 4 Questions about Flies Answered

This pest spotlight features the pest we know as the fly. While Aussies are generally used to the presence of flies, and while this might make it seem like they are an innocuous nuisance, this is not the case. When it comes to flies, a household infestation is more than just a frustration. A fly problem can bring with it health problems like disease, and flies have the potential to contaminate surfaces and food. Flies can be a problem year-round, which is why it is important to be aware of them and to know where to go for pest control services when you need them.


What are Flies?

Flies are a type of insect, and they are of the order Diptera, a word of Greek derivation that loosely translates to “two wings”. This is because insects of the Diptera order fly using one pair of highly developed wings. This order is extremely large, with approximately 1 million different species of fly.

Flies have large eyes, a mobile head, and mouths that are designed for either piercing and sucking, or lapping and sucking, depending on the type of fly. In addition to this, flies possess pads on their feet as well as claws which both enable them to land on and cling to surfaces that are smooth. No doubt, the greatest asset of the fly is the feature they were named for – their wings. These wings have evolved for optimum maneuverability when they are flying, and due to this, they can fly at high speeds and rotate in the air with ease.

Flies are found all across the world, and on each continent except for Antarctica. While there are about 1 million different species, approximately 125,000-150,000 have been formally described. This means that while up to 150,000 species have been investigated intensively, there remain many different species that have yet to be formally studied.

What is the Life Cycle of a Fly?

The life cycle of flies is actually quite complex and is separated into four life stages. First is the egg stage, which is generally very brief. Most female flies lay eggs in any number from 1 to 250, and some lay further successive batches of eggs.

This is usually followed quickly by the larva stage, with eggs hatching into larvae after days, or in some cases, just a few hours. This stage is usually relatively long compared to the adult life of a fly. Most larvae develop in an environment that provides protection, such as fruit and vegetable matter and fungi, or else in a totally aquatic environment.

Next is the pupa stage, when pupae take on various different forms depending on their particular grouping. Pupae possess all of the external adult features of flies, such as their legs, wings, and antennae. However, in this stage, the pupae may be encased in some form of a cocoon, or in some cases, another type of matter like silk, or soil.

Later, an adult fly will emerge from the pupa. In this stage, the fly is born with colourless skin, and in taking its first breaths, it expands which begins to force blood around its body. The adult life of a fly is short, and during this time its only function is to mate, carrying on the circle of life.

When are Flies Considered a Pest?

Flies are considered a pest because they have the ability to carry and transmit disease and infection. This is both due to the fact that their bodies are covered with hair and because they frequently fly between areas of dirt and waste and places associated with food, like kitchens. Unfortunately, flies can transmit diseases such as dysentery and hepatitis, as well as salmonella. This is why the fly is actually a dangerous pest, as opposed to just an irritating nuisance.

How Can I Prevent a Fly Infestation?

The key to preventing a household fly infestation is the same as preventing infestations of ants, rats, and many other types of pests: cleanliness. Keeping a clean and tidy environment is critical for keeping pests like flies away because as shown by their life cycle, they are attracted to waste and dirt. Ensuring that your house is clean at all times can help with preventing a fly problem.

Further, making sure that you don’t leave doors or windows open, and that there are no holes in your flyscreens can help to keep flies out of your home. In addition, keeping food properly covered and stored away at all times can help to prevent flies from landing on and contaminating food.

When you do have a fly infestation, it is critical to contact the experts in pest control. That way, you can rest assured that your fly problem will be taken care of in the most professional, safe, and effective way possible.

Do You Need Pest Control Services?

Look no further than Infinity Pest Solutions. As a family-owned business, we can offer you professional pest control services, alongside exceptional customer service. We have a team of fully trained and licensed pest controllers, and they are ready to help with all your pest problems.

If you find that you have a fly infestation or a problem with another type of pest, then call us at 0402 945 187 or fill out our online contact form to get a free quote.

4 Reasons to Choose Pest Control Experts

When you have a problem with pests, it’s never a fun time. In fact, it can be irritating, confusing, and even distressing. Maybe you have an ant infestation in your home, but you can’t find out where or how the ants are getting into your house. Perhaps you have recently been travelling, and have unwittingly brought bedbugs back with you. From bedbugs and ants to possums and cockroaches, these are serious problems that can not only take a toll on your health but on your peace of mind, too. If you have a pest problem, you might be wondering what the best way to take care of the issue is. The answer is simple: call in pest control experts. When you use professional pest control services, you can rest assured that a specialised and licensed expert will get rid of the problem for you. Keep reading to discover four reasons to choose pest control experts, and where you can find pest control professionals in Melbourne. 

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Professionals have the Expertise

When you hire a licensed pest control operator, you can be guaranteed that they have the professional knowledge and expertise to do the job correctly. It might be tempting to head to the supermarket for a pest product or try to manage the problem yourself. However, the only way you can be guaranteed that the job is done the right way is by utilising the expert knowledge of professionals. These experts will be able to carry out tasks such as assessing the root of the problem by identifying where the habitat of the pest is. They will also have the expertise to come up with a personalised pest management plan for your particular situation, and carry out this plan using pesticides that they are trained to use. Using a professional for your pest issue means that you can rely on their training and expertise, giving you peace of mind and assurance that the job is done the right way.

It’s Safer

Using a licensed pest controller is also safer in many ways, than trying to tackle the problem on your own. When you have an issue like an infestation, the course of action to rectify this will typically involve pesticides. As we mentioned, experts in pest control are trained to use these pesticides safely, and that should be a critical consideration for anyone with a pest problem. Pesticides can be dangerous to humans and pets if not used or stored in the correct way, and that’s why we always recommend calling in the experts. They will be able to advise you of the best course of action to maintain safety, such as vacating your home during the treatment time, or removing or covering items like toothbrushes and towels (among other things) from the treatment area. Experts will also be able to answer your questions about the pesticide or pesticides they are using.

It’s More Effective

You might still be tempted to attempt to tackle your pest problem on your own. You could go to the supermarket or the hardware store and buy a product off the shelf that will potentially kill the ants, cockroaches, flies, or spiders that you can see around your home. However, one thing to remember is that the root of the pest problem is not always visible, and to treat just the symptom (what you can see) of a problem is not fully treating it. Pest control professionals will be able to treat your pest issue from its root cause, which is more effective. Further, the chemical products on the shelves in retail stores are not necessarily the same ones that the experts have access to. Rather, professionals use pesticides that are more effective for infestations and pest problems because they have the training and license to use them. This means that when you hire a professional, you are getting an all-around more effective solution to your pest issue than if you tried to fix it on your own.

It’s More Convenient

When you hire a professional, you can rest assured that your pest problem with be dealt with properly, efficiently, and safely. What could be more convenient than that? There’s no trial and error on your part, no traipsing to the shops or attempting to deal with the creepy crawlies and critters on your own. Instead, you can leave it to the experts and rely on their professional knowledge and training to take care of the problem for you. In dealing with your pest issue, the experts will ensure your safety and that of your family and pets and will be able to advise you on what to do to minimise any disruption to everyday life. Convenient. Safe. Efficient. What more could you want?

Do You Need Pest Control Services?

Look no further than Infinity Pest Solutions. We are here to help with all your pest needs, providing professional pest control services in the Melbourne area. As a proud family-owned business, we provide exceptional pest control and management, alongside the best customer service. Our team of fully licensed and trained pest controllers is ready to assist with all your pest problems.

So, when you need pest control, call us at 0402 945 187, or fill out our online contact form to get a free quote.

Facts About Possums, And What To Do If One Is Nesting In Your Roof?

If you live in Melbourne or the Mornington Peninsula, you would be familiar with possums. They are some of the most iconic animals to make residential neighbourhoods their homes in Victoria. They love living in leafy neighbourhoods and climbing on powerlines and roofs to get to destinations. However, all too often they can get stuck, or nest in residential house roofs, and this is where our pest control Mornington Peninsula team at Infinity Pest Solutions comes in. Possums are a marsupial species native to Australia and are protected by law. So do not worry, possums will not be harmed if you require pest control. Our service is removal and relocation.

There are two main species of possums that you will come across in Melbourne and the Mornington peninsula. They are the common brushtail possum and the common ringtail possum.

Brushtail Possums

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Brushtail possums are the larger of the two species of possums. If you have a tin roof on your house and have heard a ‘thunk, thunk, thunk’ noise making its way across the property overnight, chances are one of these animals was the culprit. You may also have heard piercing ghostly shrieks coming from the trees during the breeding season – also most likely a brushtail.

These possums can be found in regions all over Australia, but of course, prefer ‘bushland’ and other temperate forest regions. The abundant shelter, combined with native plant life, and vertical environments created by suburban neighbourhoods have proven to be a popular adapted home for the brushtail possum. These marsupials can grow to be around 55cm in size and have grey fur with a creamy white underbelly. The wild diet of a possum is vegetarian and consists of leaves, blossoms, fruit, and berries. However, many suburban possums have adapted to human food and will eat whatever they can find.

Ringtail possums

ringtail possum nesting in a roof

The smaller of the two species, with a length of 35cm; ringtail possums have a prehensile tail that is used as a 5th limb, making them adept climbers. The lighter weight and smaller size of these marsupials mean they are a lot quieter on rooftops and great at climbing along electricity wires. The diet and habitat of ringtails are very similar to brushtails, enjoying eucalyptus leaves, flowers, fruit, and berries. They are easily distinguished by their brown fur and a white underbelly. Possum families live in nests and are highly territorial. You will often see mother possums walking along with baby possums clinging to their backs.

Why remove possums?

Unfortunately, when possums crawl into the roof, they can damage the property by defecating and urinating. This leaves behind unpleasant odours and creates moisture, mould, and an unhygienic environment for the passage of bacteria and diseases. Possums scurrying in and out of the roof can also be noisy at night-time as well.

Possum pest control services – Mornington Peninsula

At Infinity Pest Solutions, our Mornington Peninsula pest control team offers relocation services for possums. We remove the animals from your building, seal the entry point and release the animal into the wild. Possums can’t be released more than 50m from the catch point; so it is essential that the access to your residential roof, walls, or wherever your possum has nested is sealed to prevent the possum from simply re-entering. We release it near the catch point to ensure it isn’t left in another possum’s territory and has adequate resources.

Possum Boxes

You might like having possums living near your property, just not within your roof or walls. Luckily, there are easy ways to relocate possums and give them shelter. They are possum boxes. These are wooden boxes that are about 25x25x50cm that you install by hammering them to a tree that can sustain their weight effectively. The boxes mimic the natural nesting site of a possum such as a tree hollow and have a hole for the possum to climb in; functioning as a suitable, comfortable, and protective nest (instead of your roof). If a member of our Mornington Peninsula pest control team is called, the possum can be safely relocated to the possum box. Given the territorial nature of possums, it is unlikely that others will visit your roof if one is occupying the possum box.

Contact our pest control Mornington Peninsula team

If you have a possum that has decided to make a nest in your roof or walls, do not hesitate to get in contact with Infinity Pest Solutions. Our expert Mornington peninsula pest control team has all the required permits to trap and relocate possums as humanely as possible, so you can get the possum removed from your house with no issues. Whether you live in Mt Eliza or Mornington Peninsula get in contact with our pest control services team today.

Give us a call on 0402 945 187  or fill out the contact form on our website for a free quote.

What Does Cockroach Extermination Involve and Why Is It So Important?

cockroach infestation

Cockroaches are hardy little critters, and once they get a foothold in your building, they can be extraordinarily difficult to remove. Luckily, we are cockroach extermination experts for all your Essendon pest control needs. You may have heard the stories about how cockroaches can survive nuclear blasts, and while it is true that they can withstand extraordinary levels of radiation (much more than humans), they are not impossible to exterminate from your property. However, the longer a cockroach situation is left unchecked, the more drastic, timely, and costly measures are required to get the situation under control.

Why exterminate a cockroach population?

So, why is it important to get a pest control service provider to complete cockroach extermination? Cockroaches breed rapidly, so a small issue can rapidly spiral into a larger one. Cockroaches carry diseases and bacteria that can lead to health concerns such as stomach illnesses, allergens, asthma, or respiratory issues. They love to target food, and will easily make their way into pantries, kitchens (residential or commercial) or any places where food is left out, contaminating and spoiling produce. This is especially important for hospitality venues; a cockroach infestation will violate health and safety guidelines and damage the company’s reputation if customers see cockroaches scurrying around the establishment. Severe infestations may have financial penalties if the business requires closing for fumigation or extended pest control measures.

The process of exterminating a large cockroach population requires professional experience and equipment. Therefore, it is important to get in contact with one of our Essendon pest control specialists as early as possible.

About cockroaches:

The most common species of cockroach you will find in Melbourne kitchens is the German Cockroach, this species had an extraordinarily rapid breeding time, a population of 2 can expand into hundreds within a matter of weeks. Over its 200-day lifespan, a single female roach can produce 200 nymphs. The bugs love to nest in or near electrical appliances such as servers, coffee machines, printers or even computers, where it is dark and remains warm. Open packets or easily accessible food will naturally attract a population, as cockroaches will consume almost any animal or vegetable material, including paper and fabric.

Most activity will occur around night-time or when the room is dark. Cockroaches are nocturnal, hence why they will usually locate dark spaces to nest (harbourage) within. In one of these harbourages, hundreds of cockroaches can be gathered within proximity, these locations must be targeted with pest control measures to reduce the population. If a harbourage is overlooked or not located, control measures may be ineffective, as the population will expand rapidly once again. If you see multiple cockroaches scurrying around your workspace in the open during the day, it is a strong sign that a larger infestation exists, as it most likely means a harbourage is full and the cockroach is looking for a new place to nest. In this scenario, it is time to get in contact with a cockroach extermination business.

How can I control a cockroach infestation?

What measures can I use to control a cockroach infestation? A combination of measures is required. Whilst we can provide insecticide solutions to stem population growth, it is essential to keep the environment hygienic and clean. Dirty dishes, cutlery etc. should not be left out overnight, and all food should be sealed. Garbage and paper-based recycling should be disposed of frequently and correctly.

What can a cockroach extermination specialist provide?

Our Essendon pest control specialists will utilise cockroach gel baits to place around your home or workspace, these gels are insecticidal, but simultaneously are a very attractive snack for cockroach populations. We place pea-sized gel drops in strategic locations near harbourages, food, or warm areas. Usually, this will be on or next to electrical goods, sinks, and cupboards. These gels will be ingested by the cockroaches and poison the cockroach’s system, causing them to die a few hours after ingestion. As mentioned, cockroaches will eat absolutely anything, including dead cockroaches and fecal matter. As the cockroach returns to the harbourage and dies, the other cockroaches will consume the dead one, passing on the gel to more cockroaches in the harbourage. This process continues cyclically until hopefully, the harbourage is extinguished. However, if this method is ineffective and the infestation is too large, more intense insecticidal measures may be required such as fumigating. However, this usually is not required if action is taken early enough.

If you think your place of residence or business within the Melbourne metropolitan area has a cockroach infestation and requires cockroach extermination, contact our Essendon pest control team. With an experienced and qualified crew (all trained urban pest management cert III), proven results, and a 6-month warranty on cockroach population control, we will ensure an effective extermination response and solution for you.

Give us a call on 0402 945 187  or fill out the contact form on our website for a free quote.

The Importance of Pest Control for Your Business

As experts in pest control in the Mornington Peninsula, we often find that businesses overlook pest control until it is too late. When left unattended, a small problem can easily lead to an infestation posing not only a health risk but a financial one. Prevention is the best approach to pest control, so it’s integral that you ensure your business takes appropriate preventative measures from the very beginning. Here, we’ve outlined the top three reasons to establish routine pest control and management for your business by exploring the true costs of not having preventative strategies in place.

Prevents physical damage and the need for repairs

Many don’t consider the risk of physical damage to the building’s structure that pests can cause, and too often the full extent of the damage is not discovered until long after the infestation has taken hold. If a pest infestation is not responded to quickly and appropriately, infestations can make a structure unsafe to live in.

Whether it’s possums creating an entrance to living within the building’s roof or rodents chewing holes in your building’s structure and electrical wires to create entrance and exit points while living within the walls, pests can easily damage the interior and exterior walls of the building. This leaves your building’s structure open to further damage from weather and mould. Other pests can be more difficult to see from the outset, like wasp colonies within wall cavities. Nevertheless, if a pest infestation takes hold, the costs are much larger than simply their removal from the property.


Ensures employee health and safety

To maintain a healthy office environment, your site needs to remain free from pests and the viruses and bacteria that they carry. The presence of insects like cockroaches can cause allergies and respiratory issues while also carrying bacteria that can lead to stomach illnesses and unsafe food environments.

Risks to employee health will lead to costly impacts like legal action or employees leaving the company and the costs of rehiring, which are much worse than the costs of being proactive with your pest management.


Protects the company’s reputation (particularly in the hospitality industry)

News of an infestation will quickly make a business an avoided site, both by employees and guests. This is particularly true for the hospitality industry, as news of a pest infestation in a local restaurant or hotel will quickly spread and deter new guests.

Word of an infestation can irreparably damage the business’s reputation, with a lingering inference that the business has unsafe or unclean practices and employees have poor food safety and handling skills. To avoid pests in the kitchen and office areas, remember to always store food in sealed containers and ensure the kitchen is regularly cleaned of any crumbs and rubbish that may attract pests is routinely removed from the office space.


Why you should choose a qualified pest control service like Infinity Pest Solutions

By choosing a reliable pest control business like Infinity Pest Solutions, you guarantee that your business is maintained appropriately and safely according to industry health guidelines. Our friendly team of professionals comes with all the necessary pest control licenses and certificates needed to safely inspect your commercial building. Our assessment will identify entry points and develop a customised plan to protect your business and surroundings through routine inspections and tailored management.

Our team values communication with structured reporting systems in place through our comprehensive and council-approved pest management folder. This complete folder contains a pest sightings log, management register, and reports with a collection of all MSDS for any used chemicals. With clear recommendations and discrete service visits that fit your business’s schedule, you can ensure that your employees are safe from the health risks of rodents, wasps, or cockroaches.


Looking for a trusted pest control service in Mornington Peninsula?

As experts in pest control in Mornington Peninsula, we know how integral it is to act fast at the first sign of an infestation in your business. As carriers of germs, many pests such as cockroaches and rats can breed quickly and severely contaminate workspaces and kitchen offices and close hospitality businesses. Thankfully, our friendly and reliable team offers a range of preventative services to ensure your site never reaches this point.

If you would like to find out more about our pest control and extermination services, give us a call on 0402 945 187  or fill out the contact form on our website for a free quote