The Damage That Pests Can Do

Controlling and deterring the invasion of unwanted pests in any home in Australia can seem like a full-time job.

The warmth and heat of the sun are not just for supplying us humans with a much-needed injection of nature’s Vitamin D. Pests also love Australia’s climate.

Most of them will enjoy living outdoors and would more than likely choose to live there provided they have a steady source of food and water and good protection from predators.

During a really hot, dry season, wet monsoonal weather and cold winter nights, pests, just like humans, will seek the protected comfort and warmth provided by living indoors.

The problem with some pests such as mice, rats, termites and moths is that they can cause so much damage that repairs can sometimes run into the thousands.

Bob Gunn Termite Solutions has put together a list of evidence you may find when unwanted visitors abound—so that you know when to call in the Big Gunns!

Rats and Mice

Rats and mice produce similar evidence of their existence.

You may notice marks around holes or on your walls, which are caused by them constantly rubbing their bodies against them.

The discovery of small elongated droppings is an obvious giveaway. In extreme cases, you may discover what are called urine pillars, which are exactly what you think, small piles of fur, debris, dirt, grease and…urine. These can grow as high as 4cm!

Scratching noises, tracks or footprints and that certain odour are all evidence of invasion.

These pests can chew through all forms of fabric and packaging, rendering its inside useless. In more dangerous cases, they have been known to cause fires after chewing through electrical wiring.


Statistics say that termites live in one of four homes in Australia. The horrifying news is that any damage they cause is not insurable.

Things to be alert to are windows or doors that may suddenly become tight and hard to open. Whilst this may be due to extra moisture in the air, it could mean that the “mud nest” excrement of these little critters is swelling the frame.

This excrement causes swelling, which may cause cracks in your cornices or door jams.

You may knock into a skirting board one day with your broom or vacuum head and go right through it.


The moths themselves are not so much the problem as the larvae that grow from moth eggs. The larvae silently feast on your favourite winter coat at the back of the wardrobe.

Moths may also lay their eggs on soft furnishings, curtains, and carpets.