Potential Risks for Pest Infestation
Though the residents of Lytton number less than 10, pests are still a problem. The area gets plenty of visitors, courtesy of Fort Lytton, mainly. In addition, Lytton is similar to other Brisbane suburbs in that the warm humid climate is perfect for many types of pests to thrive.
Lytton properties are at risk of termite infestation because of the warm, humid weather. These pests also enjoy heat and moisture, so they are common in the suburb, where 1 in 5 homes are affected.
There are plenty of signs of termite infestation. Clicking sounds within your walls, wooden floorboards, etc. Discarded insect wings on your window sills or doors. Hollow sound of timber when you tap on it. Doors or windows that wouldn’t close properly. Mud tubes, those pencil-width tunnels on the ground or your walls.
There are about 360 species of termites in Australia. The most common are: subterranean termites, West Indian drywood termites and giant northern termites.
Termites look similar to ants, so it is easy to confuse them. The difference is that termites prefer to stay hidden, so you would most likely signs of their occupancy rather than seeing them.
See one or two cockroaches? Find black pepper-looking droppings inside drawers, drawers or pantry? Discover oothecae, coffee bean-like egg casings? Smell a strange, musty smell when cockroaches are around? These are definite signs of a cockroach infestation.
Cockroaches are harmful because they carry pathogens that cause various diseases, including dysentery, gastroenteritis, tuberculosis, hepatitis, food poisoning, etc. They contaminate surfaces and objects that they touch, including food products, kitchen utensils, etc.
There are five species of cockroaches that commonly infest Australian homes and commercial properties: German Cockroaches, Australian Cockroaches, American Cockroaches, Oriental Cockroaches and Brownbanded Cockroaches.
Cockroaches thrive in warm, dark, moist areas like basements and sewers. They usually enter premises through drains and pipes.
Ants enter properties in search of nourishment. These pests are mostly attracted to most human food, especially sweets like honey, sugar, candy and syrup. They also need water to survive and to take back to their colony.
You will see many signs of ant infestation in your premises: an increase in ant population, small trails of sawdust around wooden beams, window ledges, skirting boards, etc., ants nest that look like piles of soil or dirt with a small depression in the middle; and ants in your pet’s food.
You can find out where ants are coming from. Use a flashlight to track ants that might be coming from behind or beneath the fridge, stove, microwave, dishwasher, sink or cabinets. You might also discover them in or around floor drains, behind wallpapers, and in crevice in cabinets and around walls.
Some of the most venomous spiders in the world are found in Australia. If you, your small children or pets like to spend time in the garden, you have reasons to be concerned.
Not all spiders bite, but for those that do, their bite can be fatal. Spider bites can cause severe allergic reactions in some people, so it is important to get medical attention immediately.
The most common Australian spiders are Hunstman 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 biggest species of spiders is the Giant Huntsman, with legs that can be as long as 30 cm.
One of the most dangerous is the Funnel Web spider. However, no deaths from spider bite have been reported since an anti-venom became available in 1980.
A silverfish infestation is a nuisance because it can cause significant damage in your home to your most-prized possessions. They feed mainly on items that contain starches, so they will go after glue, book bindings, paper, sugar, textiles and clothes.
You need to act fast if you discover silverfish in your property because they reproduce very quickly. They may look small harmful, but they are not easy to get rid of. If an infestation is not treated immediately, they can destroy your belongings and it will be more expensive to exterminate them.
Silverfish are very destructive and can cause significant damage to your wardrobe as they are known to love cotton, linen, silk, rayon and leather.
Rodents are social animals, so they live in groups. Rats and mice enter using small gaps in buildings that provide plenty of food and water.
Though rodents prefer to live indoors during the colder months, they can live inside all-year round if food and water are abundant.
Rodents may build nests within wall voids, roof voids, beneath floors, etc. It is also not uncommon to find them in stored food.
Having mice or rats in your property is harmful. Some of them carry pathogens that cause various diseases such as leptospirosis, typhus, and more. The best way to protect yourself against these diseases is to keep rodents away from your home.
Mosquitoes can be a real nuisance because of the constant biting and buzzing. In addition, mosquitoes are carriers of some of the deadly disease known to man.
These pests “find” humans through the carbon dioxide we exhale and our body heat. Mosquitoes are more attracted to people with a blood type O. If you wear dark clothing, perfume and scents, you are more likely to be attacked by mosquitoes.
Mosquitoes are known the cause the following diseases through their bites: Murray Valley encephalitis virus, Ross River virus, Barmah Forest virus and Dengue virus.