Potential Risks for Pest Infestation
Like other suburbs bearing almost the same name as Upper Mount Gravatt (Mount Gravatt and Mount Gravatt East), Upper Mount Gravatt is a very attractive location with its affordable homes, good schools, easy access to amenities, and major infrastructures. And just like these suburbs, Upper Mount Gravatt has also it share of pest problems.
Termites are the most feared pests out there because they can eat a whole house if given a chance. Before such as thing happens, it’s important to make sure your treatment barrier is up to speed and termite inspections are being done on your property at least once a year.
It’s important to be aware of the signs of termite action. One of the things you need to pay attention to is the presence of swarmers, These are winged insects that fly away from their colonies during a specific season. You will normally see them by windowsills. If you discover swarmers in your property, you should anticipate a termite attack.
Termites are always around, but they are most active during the hotter months from November to March, when they travel farther from their colony to look for food. The Brisbane area including Upper Mount Gravatt, is a high-risk are for subterranean termites. The hot, moist climate is the perfect condition for termites to thrive, so no home is completely safe from them.
The homes that are the most vulnerable to termites are those built near gum trees, as they trees can harbour termites especially the older ones.
There are many signs you might have white ants. Here are some of them:
- Damaged timber
- The smell of mould, mildew or rotting wood
- Clicking sounds coming from the inner walls
- Discarded wings
- Presence of frass, or the droppings of termites that appear as a white powdery substance
- Difficulty opening windows
- Mud tunnels in timber
If you notice any of these signs, it’s time to call your local pest control company.
As the weather stars to become cold in the Brisbane area, rodents will also start to come inside properties again, so be vigilant because they will find a way into your sanctuary.
Homes are a welcoming place for these pesky rodents because they have all the things they need: food, water and warmth. Even if you place rat baits in strategic places, they will not be defeated because they run in facts and a female rodent can give birth to as many as 12 baby rodents, every four weeks.
If see one rat, don’t think you can deal with it with a bait that you can buy at your local hardware store. Chances are there are more of them in hiding. These pests come in all shapes and sizes – from small house mice to bigger brown and black rats.
It’s best to call in experts because they can identify the rodent species in your home and recommend the most effective course of action to deal with them.
Cockroaches are not picky in terms of where to hang out, so there is still a risk of cockroach infestation even if your home is squeaky clean. They enter your home through small cracks and crevices as they search for food, water and shelter. They love almost any organic food and will travel by air or land to find it.
If you have ants, cockroaches are likely not too far behind. This is because ants leave invisible chemical trails that cockroaches can follow. Cockroaches also leave their own faeces trails which other cockroaches can follow. Cockroaches are active at night and typically hide out in dark, humid places when the sun is out.
The most likely species of cockroach to invade your home is the German cockroach, which is present in almost every region in Australia. The persistent German cockroach will contaminate your food and food preparation area with faeces, regurgitation marks, cast off skins, and odours.
A cockroach infestation is difficult to treat by DIY sprays and pest products. Once they are in your home, it’s hard to get rid of them because they are prolific breeders. For a successful treatment, call a pest control specialist.
Ants have certain behaviours that make it difficult to completely get rid of them from your home. They are so small that they can pass through tiny crevices in your home’s foundations, walls and entryways. Their main mission is to look for food and water, so they will send out worker ants to scout for them. Ants will most likely end up in your pantry or storeroom as they search for food and water.
Once these basic things are found, ants leave an invisible chemical containing pheromones back to the colony for other ants to follow. Ants have a keen sense of smell, so any sweet or greasy food will soon attract ants. A few ants can quickly become hundreds once other ants are informed of where the food is.
A colony can house hundreds of thousands of ants, making them difficult to dismantle without chemicals. Using water is not effective because the ants will just scatter and establish a new colony elsewhere.
The most effective treatment involves looking at all the factors of why ants are attracted to your home. The best person who can do this and recommend a proper treatment plant is a qualified pest control technician.