TERMITE INSPECTION AND PEST CONTROL IN AMBERLEY
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Amberley, a suburb of the City of Ipswich, is the location of Australia’s biggest air force, the RAAF Base Amberley. A weather observation station of the Bureau of Meteorology is also located here.
The Fassifern Valley, part of the Scenic Rim, is located to the south of the suburb. To the west is the Jeebropilly coal mine in the Moreton Basin.
As of 2016, Amberley had 253 residents.
The area was originally used for farming, specifically dairy and cattle raising. Today, Amberley is a thriving suburb, though its agricultural history is still visible.
The suburb’s humid, subtropical climate is a magnet for many types of species. This almost perfect weather is conducive for termites, spiders, ants and other destructive insects to thrive.
There are signs that will let you know that you may be dealing with a cockroach infestation: strange odour, droppings, cockroach eggs that look like coffee beans, and sightings of live cockroaches.
Harbouring cockroaches in your home is dangerous because one cockroach can carry several million bacteria in their body. These bacteria cause a variety of diseases including gastroenteritis, dysentery, tuberculosis, hepatitis, and more.
The most common cockroaches in Australia include the German cockroaches, Australian Cockroaches, American cockroaches, Oriental Cockroaches and Brown-banded Cockroaches. These pests love warm, dark, wet areas, basements and sewers.
One of the ways that cockroaches gain access to a home is through drains and pipes. They can be drawn to food crumbs or waste on the floor or kitchen, and dirty dishes in the sink.
Keep your home clean and don’t leave food in the open to ensure that you’re not attracting cockroaches.
As one of the most common household insects, we tend to almost ignore the presence of ants. Ants like all kinds of human food, but especially honey, syrup and other sweet foods. They also need water to survive, so they will seek water to drink that they can also bring back to their nest.
Here are some signs of an ant infestation: seeing ants, lots of them; sawdust trail; ant nests and ants in your pet’s food. There are many remedies to get rid of ants, like insect sprays. However, if you’re dealing with a serious infestation, it is better to call professional pest control experts for help.
Some of the most venomous spiders in the world can be found in Australia. If you have pets or small children, spiders are a big concern.
There are many signs of a spider problem: when you see spiders and/or spider webs and egg sacs. If you see flying insects, expect to see spiders as they are the main prey of these eight-legged creatures.
The most common spiders in Australia include Huntsman, Funnel Web, Redback, White-tailed, Black House, Common House, Daddy Long Legs and Garden Orb-Weaving Spiders. These insects usually hide in dark, crevices, where there is low foot traffic.
Australia is home to the biggest spiders in the world, the Huntsman Spider, as well as one of the deadliest, the Funnel Web. Despite its size, Huntsman is general harmless.
Spider venom can kill, but there has been no death in Australia since an anti-venom was introduced in the 1980s.
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Silverfish don’t pose health risks to humans and pets, but they are annoying pests that are capable of destroying your personal belongings. Their food is mainly items that contain starches, so they are attracted to glue, book bindings, paper, sugar, fabrics and clothes.
Here are some signs of silverfish infestation that you should watch out for: shed skins, droppings, damage on paper, clothing, etc. that is obviously caused by silverfish; and seeing live silverfish.
Silverfish should not be ignored. They multiply fast, so a few silverfish can become a serious infestation in just a few weeks.
Rodents are social animals, so they live in groups. They enter structures in search of food, water and shelter. Rodents prefer to stay indoors, especially during the winter months, if there is sufficient food source.
Signs that you may be dealing with rodent infestation: rodent droppings, gnaw marks, noise in the roof or wall voids, and rodent nests. Rodents are harmful because, like cockroaches, they carry pathogens that can cause all kinds of diseases.
To keep rodents away, check your home for holes or gaps and seal them if you find any. These holes can be used by rodents as access points, especially as they become active as winter approaches. Keep your food in containers with tight lids so as not to attract rodents.
Mosquitoes are a real nuisance with their constant buzzing and biting. On top of that, mosquitoes are carriers of some of the deadliest diseases known to man, including dengue fever, malaria, Murray Valley encephalitis virus, Ross River virus, Barmah Forest virus, etc.
These pests gravitate towards humans because of the carbon dioxide we exhale. They can zero in on a person using our body heat. However, some people can be more attractive to mosquitoes than others because of their blood type.
People with type O blood are more likely to attract mosquitoes that people with a different blood type. Mosquitoes are also attracted to dark clothing, perfume and scents, so avoid these things, especially at dusk or night when mosquitoes are most active.
Termites are one of the most dreaded pests because of how destructive they are. They aren’t a threat to human health, but they can cause significant economic impact.
There are generally two types of termites: subterranean termites and dry-wood termites. Termites mainly feed on wood, but they also have an appetite for books, paper, insulation, swimming pool liners, filtration systems, and more.
If you discover a termite infestation in your home, call a licensed pest control specialist immediately to treat the problem. With termites, the longer you wait, the more extensive the damage becomes. Termites feed 24/7, so a small infestation can turn serious in a matter of a few months.
If you are building a new home, renovating or buying a home in Amberley, you will need to consider what termite prevention solutions are available. Our company offers all types of solutions including physical and chemical barriers as well as reticulation systems. You can reach us on
High – Very High Risk
According to the Interim Termite Hazard Map by CSIRO, the Ipswich area, where Amberley is located, is in the high-risk category for termite infestation.
Because Amberley is close to the sea, the area is a good target by drywood termites, which need high moisture content in the timber they attack.
Throughout Queensland, the most commonly found termites are Subterranean termites and Drywood termites.
The West Indian drywood termite, is the world’s most destructive drywood termite. It is the culprit to massive economic damage to timber houses in Queensland, including properties in Amberley.
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