Potential Risks for Pest Infestation
Brisbane and surrounding suburbs are under constant threat of pest infestation because of the climate, environment and other factors. Caboolture has many residential, commercial and industrial buildings that can be attacked by rodents, termites, bed bugs and other pests.
Also called white ants, termites are closely related to cockroaches. They are very social pests, and a colony can house several million termites. Though they are blind, they work 24/7. Termites live long, with the queen capable of living up to 25 years and the workers up to four years.
The species of termites that cause the most damage to homes are subterranean termites. Another species, the drywood termites, are generally not a threat. Termites have great survival skills but will not survive out in the open. They are attracted to moisture, so they are more likely to invade a house where the soil is always damp. Leaking taps, air conditioning drainage or irrigates garden beds will attract termites. Their food source is cellulose, which are found in trees, logs and plants. This is why timber walls and roof frames are more likely to get eaten by termites.
Did you know that for every cockroach you see, there could a hundred more in hiding?
And did you also know that cockroaches are attracted to toothpaste?
One of the most common pests in homes and buildings, cockroaches can be found in areas where there are plenty of food, water and shelter. They can spoil food, kitchen utensils and furnishings, and are vectors of various diseases like gastroenteritis and dysentery. Their droppings are known to cause asthma.
The common species of cockroaches are German, American, Oriental, Australian and Smokey Brown cockroaches. They shelter in moist areas such as kitchens, bathrooms, BBQs and trash bins.
There’s no doubt that it’s a hassle to deal with rodents in your house. Rats and mice can spoil your food gnaw through your entire house, and spread various diseases. They can infect humans with diseases through their saliva, mites, fleas, feces, or direct contact. Rodents are prolific breeders, so as soon as you see signs of their presence, immediately take steps to prevent an infestation.
Some signs of rodent infestation are presence of droppings, strong odour around the house, chewed off holes, clothes or furniture, nest, and noises at night. Avoid rodent infestation by always keeping your house clean, sealing all cracks and holes around your house, monitoring your house for the presence of rodents, and placing traps.
There are many species of spiders that can be found in Australian homes and buildings, including Black House or Widow spider, Branded Orb spider, Brown Trapdoor spider, Funner-web spider, Huntsman spider, Redback spider, Tropical Huntsman spider, White-tailed spider and Wolf spider.
Most spiders are non-threatening, but there are those that bite and inject the victims with toxin such as the Redback and the funnel-web. You can probably deal with a spider and two you find in your property. But if you are dealing with several, it’s best to call a licensed pest technician who can identify the spider species and know the best spider control treatment.
Silverfish can survive without food for up to a year.
These pests generally don’t pose a threat to humans, but can be a nuisance around the house. They can spoil food and destroy belongings, particularly clothing and curtains.
Though wingless, they move fast, making them difficult to capture and eradicate. They are especially active at night and hide during the day in cracks and crevices, or among cardboard and paper. You will find them in the clutter around your house, where there are usually paper, fabrics and clothing, which they like to eat.
Silverfish thrives in high humidity because they survive on moisture. Their preferred locations are those that are hardly disturbed including roof voids, wardrobes and stored cartons. Because they are hidden, silverfish infestation often goes undetected for a long time.