Potential Risks for Pest Infestation
Though there are no residents here, a hive of activity like a port is bound to attract different of pests. Here are the pests that should be watched at Port of Brisbane.
Here are the common cockroach species that affect Australian homes and businesses: German Cockroaches, Australian Cockroaches, American Cockroaches, Oriental Cockroaches, and Brown-banded Cockroaches. Some of the signs of cockroach presence are black pepper-like droppings, cockroach eggs that look like capsules, a strange odour, and of course, sighting of cockroaches.
A cockroach infestation shouldn’t be ignored because cockroaches are known to carry millions of bacteria in their body that can cause diseases. They can also contaminate food, utensils and different areas where they crawl around leaving droppings, shed skins, vomit marks, empty egg cases, etc.
The warm and humid climates in and around Queensland is conductive for ants, making them one of the most common pests both in homes and in commercial buildings and facilities. Here are four signs that you are dealing with an ant infestation: you see ants, and lots of it; sawdust trials; ant nests; and ants in your pet’s food. Ants are drawn to most types of human foods, but especially sweet foods.
They also go in search of water, not just for them, but also to take to their nests. You can use home remedies to get rid of ants, but these are at best temporary. Ants will return time and time again. The most effective way to deal with an ant infestation is having professionals deal with them
Rodents are social animals, so they live in groups. Rats and mice will gain entry through small gaps in buildings that provide them with food, water and shelter. Though they live indoors mostly when temperatures are lower, they can take up year-long occupancy if there are plenty of food sources.
There are two main reasons why homes and buildings attract rodents: shelter and food. If there are food scraps or waste that are left behind, these could serve as powerful lures for rodents. Indoors, rodents can build nests within wall voids, roof voids, beneath the floors and even in stored food.
Obvious signs of rodent infestation include rodent droppings, gnaw marks, noise in the roof or walls, and presence of tracks and nests.
Mosquitoes can be a real nuisance, with their painful bites and constant buzzing. In addition, mosquitoes are carriers of some of the deadliest diseases in human, including malaria and dengue fever. There are three signs that will tell you that you have a mosquito problem: buzzing at night, mosquito bites and larvae in stagnant water.
In a busy port such as Port of Brisbane, mosquitoes will most likely be a problem. These blood-sucking insects are attracted to the carbon dioxide that people exhale. Their ability to sense heat allows mosquitoes to find people. Mosquitoes also thrive in warm conditions.
A 2004 study reveals that there are certain blood types that are more attractive to mosquitoes. Blood type O 83% more likely to attract mosquitoes. If you want to avoid mosquitoes, avoid wearing dark clothes, perfumes and scents.
Spiders are one of those prevalent insects in Australia, so it’s not uncommon to see them in places like ports, especially if there are plenty of hidden, dark places to hide. If you see spider webs, egg sacs, flying insects that are food for spiders, and if see live spiders, then you most likely have a spider issue. If you see one spider, it usually means there are more of them that are hiding in dark cracks and crevices.
The spiders that are common 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. One of the largest species of spiders is the Giant Huntsman. One of the deadliest is the Funnel web. However, there have been no deaths reported in Australia since an effective anti-venom was introduced in 1980.