GOSNELLS is the bed bug and cockroach capital of WA, snakes are creating chaos in Currambine and buzzing bees and termites are troubling Armadale residents.

Possums are the predominant reason for calls to pest controllers in Darlington, while spiders are the most feared creepy in Canning Vale and Lynwood residents want more wasps nests removed than people in any other WA suburb.


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Meanwhile, ants are the problem pest in Port Kennedy and flea infestations have sparked a flurry of calls for help in Baldivis.

That’s according to a suburb-by-suburb analysis of requests from homeowners using the Hipages smartphone app or website to find a pest controller.

Ian Johnston, a veteran of 44 years in the industry, said the termite problem was “getting worse every year in WA”.

Despite popular belief, he said older-style timber homes made from hardwood were less likely to be infested with termites than modern homes built on a concrete slab because “termites like darkness and dampness, and that’s concrete”.
Veteran Perth snake catcher Steve Smartt said tiger snakes were already being seen and dugites were expected to come out of hibernation once the weather warmed.

“Already two dogs have been bitten and died from tiger snake bites in Canning Vale. This year could be absolutely flat out. They come out of hibernation and they’re going to want to eat, and eat pretty bad,” Mr Smartt said.

“We’re going to see a big increase. All the land clearing and development means they’re forced into people’s homes and backyards.”

A surveillance and trapping program for the European wasp, which the Department of Agriculture and Food has described as a serious threat to WA, will continue during spring and summer.

And residents in metropolitan Perth and the South-West have been urged to take extra precautions to avoid mosquito-borne viruses over the spring and summer months.

Department of Health environmental health hazards scientists Dr Michael Lindsay said many parts of WA enjoyed below-average numbers of mosquitoes last summer but higher numbers are expected this year.

Hipages chief executive David Vitek said the number of pest control job requests surged in spring.

“Australians are not the only ones thriving on the warmer months and this is when most of the pests start to be active,” he said.