Pest Prevention Guide

Pest Control Melbourne - Dawson's

The Complete Guide to Protecting Your Home from Pests

If you were to ask the average Australian whether they felt safe within their property, majority of them would say yes based on their ‘sense of security. What most people don’t realise is that they have dangers hiding in plain sight in their properties. Some of the most critical hazards are from pests that lurk around the property and that can potentially infest your home. The reality is Australian properties face an everyday threat from unwanted pests. According to The Daily Telegraph, damage from termites cost the Australian public $1.3 billion. In a statement from’s Abigail Koch, she said that  “Pests cause more damage to homes than natural disaster, theft and burglaries combined and insurance companies do not cover pests.”

It is important to know about the potential dangers that may be lurking around your property. The team from Dawson’s Pest have provided insight into the types of pest infestations that could threaten the safety of structure, hygiene and people within your property.


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How Can Pest Infestations Affect Your Property?

The main ways pests can affect the safety of your property include:

  • Food Safety
    When pests come into contact with food, they can transmit harmful bacteria that cause foodborne illnesses.
  • Disease and Virus Transmission
    Pests can carry diseases and viruses such as Hepatitis A, Salmonellosis, Shigellosis and Trachoma. Exposure to pests that carry the viruses or diseases will greatly increase the risk of infection.
  • Structural Hazards
    Pests can create structural hazards in your home that could make the property more susceptible to fire or affect the stability, thus increasing the risk of injury.

What Are Some of the Pests That Could Threaten Your Property?

There are several types of pests that can affect the safety of your property. We have highlighted a few of the common pests to look out for.

Common Causes for Attracting Unwanted Pests

  • Hoarding
    The impact of hoarding goes beyond collecting physical objects. Hoarders are unable to comprehend the danger of their situation and they are unable to change their behaviour accordingly. Hoarding creates health and fire hazards. It often leads to pest infestations from cockroaches and other vermin within the property. In this video, you can see one family’s plight with hoarding and pest infestation in their home.
  • Leaving food around
    Pests are always on the lookout for a food source, small actions such as food and drink spills can start to attract unwanted pests to your property. Preventative action is the best way to deter these pests from infesting your property. Take actions such as cleaning up any food or drink spills immediately, ensuring food isn’t left out in the open.
  • Rubbish & filth
    Keep items such as rubbish, compost, sewerage or faeces away from your property. These will attract unwanted pests that can carry disease and viruses that can infect the people within your property.
  • Moisture in your property
    One of the most overlooked causes for attracting unwanted pests into your property is the moisture that is in your property. Pests are seeking water and food sources in and around your property. Leaks from plumbing or the home’s water systems, water holes near your property or recent rainfalls can attract pests to your property.
  • Clutter
    It is important that you minimise clutter around your property. Pests may hide under old newspapers, boxes and other clutter.
  • Openings in the property
    Cracks and holes in your property’s windows, foundation walls, plumbing and vents make it easier for unwanted pests to enter your property. Look into sealing options to fill in holes and cracks that will prevent pests from entering your property.
  • Neighbours
    You might find that you are doing everything right, but pests are still affecting your property. Speak with your neighbours about how to control pest issues within the community. You can also consider hiring a pest control business to treat the perimeter of your property.

Take Action Today and Protect Your Property and Your Loved Ones

Pest infestations pose serious health risks to your property. It’s in your best interest to nip it in the bud before it escalates to become a serious issue. You can also refer to this helpful resource from the Australian Government’s Department of Health. Take action today and protect your property and your loved ones from the risks presented by pest infestations.


Contact us now on (03) 9222 2266 or Request a Call Back to book your same day service or to discuss a range of solutions suitable to protect your home and family.

Why Choose Dawson’s Australia


Your home is your most important asset – keep it protected! With over 60 years of experience in the industry, you’re in safe hands with Dawson’s Australia.


All treatments are carried out by professional, licensed pest services technicians. We always adhere to Australian standards and use only the highest quality products to ensure your pest problem is treated thoroughly.


Our professional pest technicians are trained not only to treat the pest problem but also to look at the root cause. They will take the time to understand your concerns and provide feedback and recommendations on how to minimise pests in and around the property.


All of our professionally trained and experienced technicians take the utmost care when carrying out treatment at your home or business and will work with your family to accommodate any needs.

We Offer Same Day Service to All Suburbs for All Pests


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