Potential Risks for Pest Infestation
Like other Brisbane suburbs, Red Hill properties are not completely safe from pests. This is why it’s recommended that homeowners remain vigilant for signs of pest infestation, so their numbers are not allowed to further multiply.
Termites is the number one most potentially destructive pests in all of Queensland, with the annual cost of termite attacks reaching into the tens of millions. According to studies, one in 10 homes in the state will experience a termite attack in a year.
All houses can be attacked by termites, regardless of its style, its building materials and how old it is. Even houses made of bricks and concrete are vulnerable. You can find termites in fences, retaining walls, outbuildings, and even composite bins.
If you see termites or a termite nest on the grounds of your property, don’t disturb them. If they are disturbed, they will simply stop activity at that location and disappear underground only to re-appear in another site – even inside your home.
Cockroach can spread diseases to people, contaminating the home by leaving behind droppings and bacteria such as salmonella and toxoplasmosis. It is important not to ignore cockroaches because they can multiply fast. For example, five German cockroaches can lay 300 million baby cockroaches after 12 months. The most common cockroaches that can infest Australian homes are the reddish brown American cockroach, the dark reddish brown Australian cockroach, and the amber-coloured German cockroach.
Many spiders spin webs to catch insects for food. There are some that do not spin webs to catch prey while others do not spin webs at all. Webbing spiders are usually found in residential buildings because of the abundance of food supply. Redbacks build their webs near the ground while other spiders will make webs on walls and gutters.
Spiders, in general, can help control pest population, but they are also considered as pests. Their webs can make a home unsightly. The poisonous ones can pose a health risk as their small size allow them to go unnoticed until they bite you, and that bite is toxic and can be fatal if not treated immediately.
Ants are the hardest to control because they come in large number and are persistent. They can be found in any type of property, including residential and commercial properties such as offices and restaurants. A swarm of ants that you see in your kitchen or pantry is a health risk that must be avoided.
Unlike other pests, it’s easy to know if you have an ant problem. They are usually found on kitchen counters, floors or cupboards where food is prepared and stored. If you don’t see live ants, it doesn’t hurt to check the wooden structures of your home like the skirting boards and look for damage or access point.
Silverfish thrive in moist areas or linen piles that allow them to hide from people. You have a serious infestation when you see yellow stains on paper linings, cast skin and pepper-like feces in store rooms.
Though they’re not harmful to your health and safety, silverfish can cause significant damage to your property and belongings. Silverfish love to feed on wall papers, books, and any items with starch and sugar. They are not easy to detect because they like to hide in the dark. Silverfish are nocturnal and will usually be found in attics, wall cavities, and neglected areas around the home.
Wasp sting is painful and can be dangerous to people with allergic reactions. If you spot a wasp, there is likely to be a nest in your garden or somewhere near your property. A European Wasp nest during the summer months can have thousands of wasps.
Don’t attempt to remove a wasp nest by yourself. If wasps are provoked or feel threatened, they will attack and sting you to defend themselves. Let a qualified pest technician do the job of wasp removal in your premises.
These creatures with a blunt nose and large ears are usually brown or grey in colour. They have a short breeding cycle which allow them to multiply fast. Like many other pests, rodents are active at night to try to avoid humans. Once they gain access into a property, they build nests and this is where you will notice signs of activity at night.
Because of their small size, they can squeeze through even the smallest of opening, which means they can easily find their way inside your home. As the weather becomes cooler, rodents will be most active looking for a place to stay warm. Having rodents in your home is a health risk because they carry pathogens that cause various diseases.