TERMITE INSPECTION AND PEST CONTROL IN MANSFIELD
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Mansfield is a Brisbane suburb, with a population of 8,695 people as of the 2016 Census.
Located about 13.5 km south-south-east of the CBD, Mansfield features a medium-sized industrial estate on the northern zone, where an Australian Post mail delivery centre is also located. A portion of its eastern border is marked by the Gateway Motorway, which along with the Pacific Motorways, offers a doorway to the city, Brisbane Airport, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast.
Amidst the industrial and residential setting, Mansfield still boasts of bushland and parklands. Broadwater Park, the suburb’s largest public park, offers large open spaces with BBQ areas and children’s playground. Next to it is a large bushland reserve which follows the course of the Bulimba Creek, a tributary of the Brisbane River.
The housing options are varied – townhouses, one- and two-storey homes and split-levels. Most residences are houses and are more than 30 years old, though there are several that had been constructed in the 1990s. To tell the age of a Mansfield house, find where the location of the kitchen is. Older, highset homes are more likely to have upstairs kitchens, while the more contemporary two-storey homes will have kitchens downstairs.
Mansfield is another Brisbane suburb that experience pest infestation. Being vigilant and following basic hygiene practices around the home is the first weapon against pest attack.
Properties in Mansfield and the surrounding Brisbane suburbs are vulnerable to termite attacks because these pests thrive in our subtropical climate and abundance of bushland, especially those with plenty of eucalyptus gum trees.
If you think termites only build outside or near a water source, think again. Though it’s rare, it’s not unheard of to find a termite nest in the skirting boards of roofs. There have a few speculations as to why termites would make a home high above a house, but the most likely reason, and most accurate, is the roof offers to protection against termites. This makes a strong case on the importance of termite barrier and regular termite inspection.
Termites can be confused with black ants. Their main difference is that termites are subterranean, while black ants look for food on the ground.
If you discover a termite nest, don’t disturb it. If they are disturbed, they will scamper and hide and will return to their nest when it is safe. When you finally call a termite specialist, they will not be able to tell the termite species and recommend the proper treatment. You will also need the expertise of a professional to tell you whether the damage in your property is due to termites or fungal rot.
In Mansfield and nearby suburbs, the most common cockroaches are the German cockroach, Australia cockroach, American cockroach and Smoky Brown cockroach. The German cockroach is small and can usually found in the kitchen. The American and Australian cockroach are large and often hiding in sheds and garages. The Smoky Brown cockroach is bigger than the German cockroach and smaller than the American and Australian cockroach.
These pests are attracted to a home because of the potential for finding a steady source of food. Regardless of how clean your home is it can still be invaded by pests. Cockroaches multiply fast and in huge numbers.
They can be a problem because contaminate the environment and spread diseases through the bacteria and droppings they leave behind. Reducing the availability of food, water and shelter areas can help less cockroach population.
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The common species of ants in Mansfield are the small Black House Ant and the Coastal Brown Ant. The Black House Ant loves sugar and usually found in the kitchen and outside, feeding on the sweep sap of plants and trees. The Coastal Brown Ant prefers fats and is commonly found on outdoor paving and around the BBQ areas.
Most species of ants are harmless, but they can turn into a major nuisance because of their ability to quickly reproduce and contaminate food.
The hardest pest to control around the house are Black Ants. They are plenty in numbers and tenacious. The only effective method is to eradicate the nest. This job requires the expertise of professional pest removal specialist.
The Roof Rat and the Norwegian Rat are two of the most prolific rats found in properties in Brisbane suburbs, including Mansfield. The Roof Rat is small and dark and a very good climber. Compared to the roof rat, the Norwegian Rat is bigger with shorter tail, smaller eyes and ears, and shorter blunt nose.
Rats and mice are known vectors of germs and diseases, contaminate food, and damage property by chewing anything and everything. These pests can gain access to property through the smallest holes, so making sure even the smallest gaps in your home is sealed tight is one effective way to keep rodents away.
Spiders generally fall under two groups: Webbing Spiders and Ground Dwelling Spiders. Webbing spiders spin webs. The Redback spider, from the webbing group, is venomous and normally found beneath outdoor benches, tables and chairs. The Huntsman, big and scary-looking but not poisonous, is ground-dwelling and can be found inside sheds, garages and in the garden.
Spider infestation is best treated with the help of professionals. Indoors, the webs are sprayed, and roof void is given a dusting treatment. Outdoors, the webs and cracks and crevices that spiders occupy are also sprayed.
If you are building a new home, renovating or buying a home in Mansfield, you will need to consider what termite prevention solutions are available. Our company offers all types of solutions including physical and chemical barriers as well as reticulation systems. You can reach us on
High – Very High Risk
According to the Interim Termite Hazard Map by CSIRO, the Brisbane area, where Mansfield is located, is in the high-risk category for termite infestation.
Because Mansfield is close to the sea, the area is a good target by drywood termites, which need high moisture content in the timber they attack.
Throughout Queensland, the most commonly found termites are Subterranean termites and Drywood termites.
The West Indian drywood termite, is the world’s most destructive drywood termite. It is the culprit to massive economic damage to timber houses in Queensland, including properties in Mansfield.
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