Active Pest Management are your No.1 pest control & termite specialists in Northern Rivers, locally owned and family-operated since 2010.

Before we were Active Pest Management, we each worked for other pest control operators for several years.

Jim was widely known as ‘The Bug Man’. He gained this reputation because of his encyclopaedic knowledge of bug behaviour – of their biology, life cycles and their detectable activity in peoples’ homes.

Tony worked in general pest control before he began specialising in pre-construction termite prevention, consulting one-on-one with local builders on new constructions and renovations.

Once we encountered each other in the industry, we agreed there was a gap in the market we could capably fill with our own pest control company – a company that:

  • makes the highest priority of personalised service – customers get to know us by face and name, year after year;
  • uses ‘environmentally smart’ products that capitalise on pest behaviour and biology rather than high toxicity;
  • is known and respected for being a hands-on operation i.e. the guys in the ads are the ones that show up at your door; AND
  • provides expert one-on-one consultancy for builders on pre-construction termite management systems and fully accredited installation.

Within 12 months, we initiated that vision in a new business partnership. Active Pest Management has now been in operation since 2010 and continues to grow.

Our customers can rest assured we are professionally qualified, fully licensed and insured pest control technicians with more than two decades of industry experience.

In 2013, our hard work was recognised when we became proud recipients of the Ballina & Hinterland Chamber of Commerce & Industry Business Excellence Award.


We are a locally-owned, family-operated pest control business based in Ballina. Our service area encompasses Tweed Heads on the Queensland border all the way down the south coast to Evans Head and inland as far as Casino.

We offer a full range of eradication, inspection and pest prevention services and strive for 100% customer satisfaction.

We gladly serve families, business operators, government organisations and construction companies with commercial and domestic pest control and termite management throughout the Northern Rivers and are proud of the relationships we have established with our many loyal customers.

Active Pest Management

Jim Burgess (left) and Tony Dunn (right) – co-owner/directors of Active Pest Management.

Active Pest Management, Northern Rivers

(L to R) Daniel Curren, Jim Burgess, Tony Dunn, Gerard Weldon, Kellie Dobrich, Samantha Hoey, Louise Wright and Lisa Humphries



As the largest supplier of pre-construction termite systems in the region, we have a strong relationship with the local building industry. We work with a number of award-winning builders and are active members of the Master Builders Association New South Wales (MBANSW).


We strongly support fellow business operators in the local region and are longstanding members of the Ballina Chamber of Commerce & Industry.


We support a number of local sporting clubs. Tony is past President of the Ballina Seahorses Soccer Club which we continue to sponsor, along with the Seagulls Rugby League Club and the Seahorses Rugby Union Club.


Australian Environmental Pest Managers Association

We keep up with the latest industry developments and announcements via involvement with the Australian Environmental Pest Managers Association (AEPMA). AEPMA represents professional pest managers across Australia, sets industry standards and provides information to consumers on urban pest control.