TERMITE INSPECTION AND PEST CONTROL IN BUCCAN
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Buccan is a low-density, semi-rural area in the city of Logan. Buccan covers an area of 18.2 sq km. It had 1,818 residents as of 2016.
Early European settlers tried to grow cotton on the land, but did not succeed. Eventually, sugar cane was successfully grown and harvested in the region. The location of Newstead Park, beside the Logan River, was one of the biggest sugar cane plantations in the area at that time. Dairy was also an essential economic driver during those years.
The properties are built on larger acreage bushland type blocks. Buccan Conservation Park lies in the suburb’s north and is a popular destination for hikers and bike riders. The Waterford-Tambourine Road stretches from north to south.
Though Buccan doesn’t have any formal town centre or shopping facilities, such services are easily accessible in the neighbouring suburbs of Logan Village, Waterford and Beenleigh.
The city of Logan, including Buccan, are a magnet for many types of pests because of its humid, subtropical weather all-year round. Our type of weather is perfect for an active lifestyle, but it also allows pests like termites, ants, spiders, etc. to thrive. Below are the pests that Buccan home and property owners can expect.
Silverfish is usually silver in colour, but some species can also be slightly brown or blue. They are shaped like a teardrop and have 3 bristles on their tail and 2 long antennae on their head. Their usual hangout is damp or dark areas. These include shoe boxes, cupboards, sheds, garages and walk in wardrobe. They feed on materials that contain sugars or starches, such as the glue in books, linen and clothing.
Treating silverfish infestations can be difficult because they are only active at night. To avoid an infestation, eliminate moisture in the dark areas of your home by installing proper ventilation. Repair cracks inside immediately as these are the favourite places for silverfish. Hire a professional pest control service if the infestation is severe.
Wasps pose a serious threat because they sting when threatened and the sting are painful and can cause severe allergic reactions to some people.
There are two main species of wasps that are of concern to Queensland homeowners and businesses: Paper Wasps and European Wasps. Paper Wasps are brown in colour with yellow markings across their body. They are aggressive and deliver a painful sting.
The European Wasps are much bigger than paper wasps and are often mistaken for bees. They deliver a very painful sting and can sting multiple times. Aside from being painful, wasp stings can be body to some people who develop allergic reactions to the venom.
Wasps are dangerous and should only be handled by experienced pest control technicians. Treating wasps and removing their nest can only be done safely by professionals.
The common types of rodents that invade homes and other structures are rats and mice. These pests can cause physical damage to properties and pose health risks. They are carriers of many types of serious diseases such as Salmonellosis, leptospirosis, Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome and more.
Rats and mice multiply quickly that a couple of them can turn into a family and into a full-blown infestation in no time. A rodent infestation is a serious health risk because of its potential to transmit diseases to humans plus the added issue of them bringing in other types of pests like fleas and ticks.
It is important to have your property regularly inspected for rodent control purposes to give you peace of mind that your home and family remain safe.
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Mosquitoes, the female variety, are killers. They are carriers of deadly diseases, such as Dengue Fever, Ross River Virus, Encephalitis, Barmah Forest Virus, and more. They also disrupt human social activities with their constant buzzing and biting.
In Australia, mosquitoes and mosquito control are taken seriously because of much we love the outdoors. A mosquito bite can cause itching, swelling and redness in the bitten area. You can prevent mosquitoes by avoiding going outdoors at dusk or dawn, the time when they are most active. If you’re going out, spraying an insect repellent on your body or wearing low sleeve clothing can help avoid mosquitoes.
To ensure a successful mosquito control, it is important to focus on getting rid of areas where they breed, including stagnant water in old tyres and bird baths; block drains and roof gutters; and open containers like jars, cans and bottles.
Cockroaches have ovals-shaped bodies that are oily to the touch. They come in different species and their colour ranges from brown to dark reddish. Male cockroaches are typically smaller than female cockroaches.
These pests are highly adaptable and can survive in any type of environment, though they prefer to live in warm conditions. They come out from hiding at night to search for food and water, which are usually found in bathrooms, kitchen sinks, kitchen cupboards and other areas of the home where food and water are easily accessible.
Their flat bodies allow them to easily move from one area to another through shared plumbing pipes. A home that is heavily infested with cockroaches will have a mild musky odours and sightings of their coffee bean-shaped droppings in areas like drawers, countertops and cupboards.
There are four species of cockroaches that are considered as major household pests: American Cockroach, German Cockroach, Oriental Cockroach and Tropical Cockroach.
These pests are black, dark brown, reddish or yellowish in colour, depending on species. The worker ants, the ones responsible for food gathering, are characterised as having large mandibles.
Because they are so tiny, ants can enter a home or any structure through the tinniest cracks. They can travel far from their colony in search of food and water. They leave a chemical trail behind that makes it easier for other ants to follow the trail leading to a food source.
Ants can be everywhere – inside your home, outside in the garden or lawn, in the walls or roof voids. A severe ant infestation can only be treated professionally in in order to address the source of the problem, not just the symptoms.
Termites are called silent destroyers because homeowners will never even know there is an infestation happening in their home unless the damage has become significant or noticeable, or a termite inspection is conducted.
These pests feed on wooden building materials such as hardwood, pine frames, trusses window frames and skirting boards, so it is possible for them to compromise the structural integrity of a building that can result in costly repairs.
Subterranean termites are considered as Australia’s most destructive species of termites. They build their nest underground and pose a serious threat to any wooden house or structure. Another species is the drywood termites, which feed mostly on hard and softwood timber such as homes, landscaping and old timber bridges. Their nests are built under home slabs or typically in the base of a tree root system.
Another species is the flying termites, or elates, or the future kings and queens of a future colony. These termites fly out of their colony when they are ready to reproduce. Swarms of elates are usually seen after rain in the afternoons and they will seek doors and windows.
If you are building a new home, renovating or buying a home in Buccan, 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 Logan area, where Buccan is located, is in the high-risk category for termite infestation.
Because Buccan 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 Buccan.
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