Potential Risks for Pest Infestation
Gumdale experiences its share of pest problems every year. The combination of factor such as age, geography, climate, etc. makes the area susceptible to pest attacks.
Termites thrive in Gumdale, thanks to its age and surroundings. Because Gumdale is an older suburb, the original pre-construction chemical protection may have expired. Before all the housing developments, Gumdale was a bushland, so termite nests may have been disturbed and scattered in all directions.
Gumdale and the surroundings are identified as one of the hotspots for termite attacks in Queensland. Even new developments with termite barriers still need to be inspected at least once year, especially those located in termite hotspots like Gumdale.
Ants live in colonies, which can live for a long time. Their nests can be located anywhere. It is so easy for your home to be invaded by ants because they can enter through tiny cracks and crevices. If you notice that a couple of ants can suddenly multiply in big numbers, it’s because ants leave an invisible chemical path that other ants can follow.
Ants are harmless compared to other pests, but it is still important to prevent ants from invading your home.
If you see one spider, it means there are likely more of them that you’re not seeing. Spiders hide in dark cracks and crevices. The most common spiders in Australia are Huntsman Spider, Funnel Web Spider, Redback Spider, White-Tailed Spider, Black House Spider, Common House Spider, Daddy Long Legs Spider and Garden Orb-Weaving Spider.
The Giant Huntsman is one the largest spider species in Australia, with a leg span of 30 cm. One of the most lethal spiders is the Funnel Web spider. Their venom can kill, but there have been no reported deaths due to spider bite in Australia since an anti-venom was developed in 1980.
Wasps have a painful sting, which can cause a serious medical condition for those who develop allergic reactions. It is important to identify if you have a wasp nest within or near your property because they can be harmful to your health and home.
Like other pests such as ants, termites, wasps live in nests. Wasps love sugar and protein-based foods including pet foods. When you find a wasp hive, don’t disturb it because it can be dangerous. Removing a wasp hive requires the expertise of professionals.
There are various cockroach species, but the German cockroach is the most common in the Brisbane urban areas. Since cockroaches can multiply very quickly, they can cause a major problem in a property.
Cockroaches are resilient, making them difficult to exterminate. They can easily adapt in any environment and can usually be found in the smallest and darkest cracks and crevices in both dwelling and commercial properties.
Cockroaches are carriers of various pathogens. In fact, they have been identified as the cause of more than 30 diseases, including gastroenteritis and salmonella.
You can easily identify if there is a cockroach infestation because you smell a foul odour, especially in dark and moist areas around a property. You will also see their fecal residues, carcasses, egg cases and body parts.
Rats and mice are rodents that can adapt to any type of environment. They can squeeze themselves in tiny spaces. Their excellent muscle memory allows them to remember spaces through their body and muscle movements.
Like cockroaches, rodents are prolific breeders. They are a threat to human because they carry different kinds of diseases. Rodents prefer to live indoors during the colder months. However, if food and shelter is in abundance in one property, they can occupancy that property for a long time.
When indoors, rats can build nests within wall voids, roof voids and under the floors. If there is a rodent infestation, expect to see droppings, gnaw marks, nests as well as hear scampering noise in the ceiling or walls.
Silverfish is a nuisance because these tiny pests can cause massive destruction to personal belongings. They feed on items that contain carbohydrates and starches, including glue, book bindings, papers, sugar, textiles and clothes.
Silverfish reproduces very fast and are hard to get rid of. Silverfish infestation should be taken seriously because they can cause damage to your home and personal belongings. Getting rid of silverfish will become more expensive if you wait until doing something about the infestation.
Hearing birds chirping as you wake up in the morning is a good way to start your day. However, it’s a not all roses when it comes to birds. There are bird species that can be problematic because they can destroy the structure of a building and spread various diseases. Birds will look for spots to build nests for their young.
Bird proofing your home, particularly your roof and your solar panels, can keep your home and health safe. Bird proofing keeps birds from establishing nests in your property. Each bird problem is unique.
Experts will be able to identify your specific bird problem and customise a solution that is effective and long lasting.