It is that time of the year where Pests and insects are coming out of hibernation. Yes, that means your home gave them shelter from the cold and now it is time for them to show you who’s the Boss. Considering that South Africa does not have a full four seasons in the calendar year. Yes, autumn and spring are merely light transitional seasons which we experience with winter and summer being the more dominant ones. We will look at various species of pests, there habits and how you can possibly control the situation.


PEST – Ants (carpenter) – Black, one-half to three-quarters inch long.

HABITS – These ants normally nest outdoors in trees, but some nest in structural wood that is moist and decaying. They do not eat wood but excavate it for nesting space, causing considerable damage. The ants feed on dead insects, pollen and household foods such as cookie crumbs, fruits, meat scraps and other sweets.

CONTROL – Try to find the nest even though this is difficult. Look for sawdust dropping from a beam. If the nest cannot be found or ants persist, call an Eco-Smart Pest Control.


AntPEST – Ants (house) – Black, brown or red, usually wingless. They live in colonies with a complex division of labor.

HABITS – Attracted from outdoors by greasy or sweet food.

CONTROL – First step is to find the nest by watching where they are coming from or where they are going after feeding. Apply insecticide to window frames, baseboards, cracks, around electrical outlets, and plumbing where ants may enter. If nothing helps call Eco-Smart Pest Control.


bed bug picture

Bed bug identification

PEST – Bed bugs – Squat, oval and chestnut brown.

HABITS – Bedbugs are active only at night. During the day they hide in cracks and crevices in walls, floors, beds and furniture. Many live close to sleeping areas and attack humans. Their bite causes itching and burning sensations and a colorless lump. They enter the home on second hand articles or through wires, plumbing and luggage.

CONTROL – Treat cracks and crevices in floors, walls, seams and bottoms of mattresses. Be aware that bed bugs are one of the most difficult insects/pests to control by yourself. For professional assistance contact Eco-Smart Pest Control.


PEST – Flies (house) – Four-winged insect with dark longitudinal stripes on middle body.

HABITS – House flies are strongly suspected of transmitting disease. They breed and feed in large numbers in dumps, sewers, garbage, manure, grass and weed clippings and other decaying matter.

CONTROL – Do not allow materials where they breed and feed to accumulate. Keep trash can clean and tightly covered. Use window and door screens to keep them from entering home. For large numbers of flies in home, use aerosol spray labeled for flying insects. For professional assistance call Eco-Smart Pest Control.


PEST – Mosquitoes – Biting insects that suck blood from humans.

HABITS – Mosquitoes breed any place there is still water: old tires, drain spouts, a child’s wading pool, street basins, etc.

CONTROL – Drain all water containers to prevent breeding. Eco-Smart Pest Control can help you stop them in their tacks.


PEST – Silverfish (Fish moths) – Wingless with silver scales, long feelers and bristly tails.

HABITS – Silverfish thrive in damp, dark places. They damage books and other paper products when they eat materials high in protein such as the starch in glues and pastes of books. Silverfish are active at night and hide during the day.

CONTROL – Eco-Smart Pest Control is your best solution to prevent these pests from infesting your home.


TermitePEST – Termites – Pale social insects with soft bodies and wings.

HABITS – Termites destroy wood. They eat through wood leaving no exterior indication that they are present until the structure gives way. Wood in contact with soil is particularly susceptible, but termites sometimes build mud tunnels over obstacles to reach wood.

CONTROL – No insecticides available to consumers eliminate termites. Eco-Smart Pest Control knows just how to handle a termite situation. Call the Best for the Pest.


PEST – Wasps and Hornets – Large winged insects with black and yellow stripes.

HABITS – Usually seen near houses where they make a nest in a cavity of a wall. They can be seen drinking nectar from flowers and the juices of ripe fruit. As a defense, they deliver a painful sting.

CONTROL – Exterminate nest at night when wasps are less aggressive. To protect yourself, best contact Eco-Smart Pest Control.

Eco-Smart Pest Control

We offer green solutions to your Pest Infestations, Tree Care and Lawn Care needs. The green protection is a system to utilize only the highest quality of environmentally friendly methods and materials through our eco-smart elimination.

  • We do fumigation of grain and other dry commodities
  • Fumigation of building and warehouses
  • Fumigation in restaurants against cockroaches
  • Control of rodents and similar pests.
  • Termite control in gardens, buildings etc.

HACCP Food Safety Principles are applied on food premises.

For an obligation free quote;


Aaron: 076 509 4708 (West Rand)

Louis: 083 259 4805 or (East Rand)


Eco-Smart Pest Control services all areas within Gauteng such as, West Rand, East Rand, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Randburg, Fairland, Krugersdorp, Alberton, Benoni, South Hills, Sandton, Fourways, Dainfern, Douglasdale, Bryanston, Parkhurst, Centurion, Steeldale, Oakdene, Glenvista, Meredale, Ormonde, Mondeor, Eldorado Park, Klipspruit West, Bedford View, Bezuidenhout Valley, Randpark Ridge, Northgate, Northriding, Lazer Park, Rustenburg, Kempton Park, and many more.

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