Potential Risks for Pest Infestation
A pest infestation in your home is a serious problem that poses a threat to you, your family and your property. Houses are simply attractive to pests because they have what pests need to survive – food, water and shelter. Homes and properties in Fortitude Valley are the same time – they can experience problems with ants, spiders, cockroaches, termites and other pests.
Cockroaches are another type of pest that is common in Australian homes. These pests are nocturnal, making it difficult to notice that you’re harbouring an army of cockroaches already. However, if you see a cockroach during the day, it could mean your home is already infested. You will smell a distinct, musky odour. You will also notice droppings and vomit marks on cupboards, drawers, etc. Cockroaches multiply fast, so if you notice signs of infestation, you have to address the problem before it gets worst.
These social insects are the most common pest problem in Australian homes. Once they have tracked a food source in your home, a swarm of ants will appear in no time. It’s easy to tell if you have an ant infestation because you will see them while looking for food. However, it is not easy to get rid of them all. Getting rid of just the ants you see is not effective in the long run. They have likely built their colony elsewhere, so other ants will go back again for food and water.
To totally eradicate ants, you have to find their colony, which is not exactly easy. You have to make sure they haven’t moved their colony to another site before they are completely exterminated. For this, you would need the expertise of pest removal specialists.
These silver-coloured, fish-shaped insects love to feed on materials that contain carbohydrates and starches. Silverfish are usually found concealed in in books, papers, clothing, carpets and even food items like coffee and sugar. Their feeding habits can damage property and belongings, particularly valuable ones like old books, photographs and garments.
Silverfish can enter your home through cracks and wall cavities, but they can also be transported to your home via cardboard boxes or books that have been brought in from outside. These pests may not be easily seen, so a thorough check may be needed to find them in between pages of books or crevices.
Rats and mice are probably the most annoying pest that could ever invade your property. Aside from their potential to cause damage – to your food and belongings – they also post a threat to your health since they are known to be carriers of pathogens that cause various diseases.
The reason why rodents invade homes is food supply, and once they find it in a home – they will make a regular visit. What’s worst is that they can build a nest in roof voids and other hidden parts of your home. One of the most effective ways to keep rodents away is to keep your house clean and tidy and to seal any crevice or crack in your house that may be used as entry point by these pests.
Spiders are probably the most feared of all the common pests out there. However, in reality most spiders are harmless and would rather avoid encounters with people. Some of the common spiders in Australia are: Red back, Black house spider, Huntsman, Funnel web, White tail, and Daddy long legs.
Also called white ants, termites are a major concern in Brisbane and other suburbs, with about 1 in 4 houses having experienced a termite attack. These pests can cause major structural damage to properties, which can cost thousands of dollars to repair. Even homes that are made of cement and steel are not safe. Any wood used in landscaping, roof trusses or furniture are food for termites. Termites will travel far away from their nest in search of food. They can gain access into your home through wall cavities, voids and though tiny cracks.
The constant buzzing can be annoying and the bites can be painful. Only the females bite and suck blood to feed the eggs they’re about to lay. The early stages of mosquitoes occur in stagnant water collected in small pools, watering dishes, plant pots, etc. People can have different reactions to mosquito bites, ranging from mild to severe inflammation. Aside from the fact that mosquitoes tend to put a cramp on outdoor activities, they can also spread various disease, including malaria and dengue fever.