TERMITE INSPECTION AND PEST CONTROL IN CAMIRA
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Camira is a residential suburb in the city of Ipswich, located about 25 km from the Brisbane CBD, close to Springfield Lakes. As of the 2016 Census, it had 7,415 residents.
Camira is about 8 sq m in total size, with 19 parks covering almost 7% of the total area.
The suburb borders the Green Military Camp and Carole Park, a suburb that is predominantly an industrial area.
Camira is described by residents as a hidden gem with its older homes and big back yards at affordable prices. The residents are young families and elderly couples, which can easily access various amenities, including schools, public transport, restaurants, hotels and shopping centres.
It offers the peach of country living, complete with the common sight of friendly kookaburras, while having all the amenities of city living right at your fingertips.
Camira offers quiet, wide streets, a good neighbourhood and parks. It is also close to bushland with an abundance of gum trees. The sight of greenery and gum trees is perfect for nature lovers, but they also attract different types of pests.
These highly social insects build their nests where individual ants work together to collect food, take care of their young, and defend their nest. A colony may house a few ants to tens of thousands. A colony has a queen, workers and soldiers. The ants we normally see are worker ants.
Ants become a problem only when they gain access to homes and structures in search of food and water, or when they form their nest in buildings or gardens. Nests are usually found in walls and foundations, indoor potted plants, small spaces between fittings and walls. But unlike termites, they don’t usually cause structural damage.
Some species of ants like fire and can deliver a painful sting and are designated as a Category 1 restricted pest under the Biosecurity Act 2014.
There are three common cockroach species in Queensland: American Cockroach, Australian Cockroach and German Cockroach. All these species are found in homes and structures in towns and cities. However, American Cockroaches are usually found in compost heaps, sewers and industrial buildings.
Australian Cockroaches are introduced, possibly from Asia, while German Cockroaches are common in Queensland households. Cockroaches are nocturnal, searching for food scraps in the kitchen or dining areas. They lay their eggs, which look like brown egg capsules, in concealed spaces, like crevices and among folds of clothing.
Mice are small furry rodents that build a nest for themselves in warm and dry areas. Houses offer an ideal environment for mice as there are many places where they can reside comfortably, and food is easily accessible. They are inquisitive and will venture in different places in search of food. Because of this trait, they can easily be caught by traps using a variety of food.
Rats are much bigger than mice and they have also easily adapted to environments close to humans. Their nests are found in isolated parts of the homes or buildings, such as garages, wall and roof voids, outhouses, etc., especially those with access to food and water. They prefer human and pet foods.
The main concern with rats is that they carry fleas and ticks, which they can transfer to humans and cause illnesses. Rats are suspicious creatures, so they can evade newly laid traps and baits.
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These wingless insects are usually found in dark spaces in buildings and structures. They are fast and agile and can quickly run and hide when disturbed. Silverfish feed on stuff that contain starch such as cotton, silk, paper, book bindings, synthetic fibres and the surface coating on old photographs.
Silverfish are regarded as household pests because of their consumption and destruction of personal property. They can also contaminate food but are not known to spread diseases.
Most of the species of spiders found in Australia are harmless. Only the Redback and Funnel-web spiders are potentially lethal. Even so, effective anti-venom is available to a save a patient’s life. Redback spiders prefer to live close to humans and spin webs in dry, sheltered areas, such as rocks, logs, shrubs, piles of junk, sheds and outdoor toilets. Funnel-web spiders prefer damp, cool and isolated environments such as under rocks, under rotting logs, crevices, rot and borer holes in rough-barked trees.
The Black House Spider and the White Tail Spider are also known to bite. Black house spiders are timid and bite infrequently. Nonetheless, their bite is painful and causes localised swelling. The bite of white-tailed spiders can cause localised irritation, such as a stinging or burning sensation.
Spiders are regarded as natural pest controllers because they feed mainly on insects and bugs. This helps reduce insect population.
Termites cause billions of dollars in damages to Australian homes every year. Houses that border on the bush and other heavily wooded areas are most susceptible to termite attacks. They pose little risk to the health of humans, as they feed mainly on cellulose, the primary component of wood. Termites found in nature play an important ecological role, but termites indoors are bad news.
Wood is the main building materials of many contemporary homes, and one house can feed a termite nest for years. This is why they are attracted to homes, where they will immediately attack any wood that they find.
There are many commercial solutions available to help prevent termites from entering your property, but there is little practical step you can follow aside from regularly inspecting your home for termites and making sure no loose wood is left in the proximity of your home.
If you are building a new home, renovating or buying a home in Camira, 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 Camira is located, is in the high-risk category for termite infestation.
Because Camira 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 Camira.