TERMITE INSPECTION AND PEST CONTROL IN COOCHIEMUDLO ISLAND
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Coochiemudlo Island is a tiny subtropical island in the southern area of Moreton Bay. It bears the same name as the locality upon the island, which is located in the local government area of Redland City.
It had a population of 753 people as of the 2016 Census, which means there is little traffic and almost no noise pollution.
Located about 1 km from Victoria Point, Coochiemudlo Island features a natural cliff made up of iron-rich rock on its southwestern part. The southern, eastern and northern parts are all sandy beaches. The island’s western foreshore is covered with mangroves.
The dwellings consist of traditional 1950s fibro beach shacks, modern light-weight beach houses, Queenslander-style homes, and conventional suburban brick-and-tile houses.
Coochiemudlo Island, affectionately called Coochie by locals, is predominantly residential but is a major travel destination. Measuring only 5 sq km, visitors don’t need a car to go around the island.
Its peaceful vibe and amazing sceneries have attracted many artists whose works are available at the regular Coochie Markets.
Coochiemudlo Island is a paradise, surrounded by nature. However, these environments plus the beautiful subtropical climate of Queensland allow pests like rodents, mosquitoes, termites, etc. to thrive. This is why property owners need to be more vigilant to prevent any pest infestation.
Cockroaches are harmful. Their cuticle, guts and faeces carry pathogens that cause diseases. One cockroach is known to carry several million bacteria in their body. These include bacteria that cause food poisoning, gastroenteritis, dysentery, hepatitis, and more.
Our food stuff, food preparation areas and kitchen utensils can be contaminated by cockroach droppings, shed skins, empty egg cases, and vomit.
Australia deals with many types of cockroaches, including German Cockroaches, Australian Cockroaches, American Cockroaches, Oriental Cockroaches and Brown-banded Cockroaches.
Cockroaches can usually be found in warm, dark, warm areas such as basements, sewers and bathrooms. Cockroaches can be attracted by food crumbs in the kitchen bench or dirty dishes in the sink.
They are also drawn to warmth and moisture such as leaky pipes in the bathroom or kitchen. They can enter buildings through drains and pipes.
Ants are very common in both dwellings and commercial spaces. They thrive on Queensland’s warm, humid climate.
Ants are drawn to come in from outside because they love most human food, especially sweets like honey, syrup, candy and sugar. They also seek water to survive and to take some to their colonies.
Commercially available insect sprays can kill the ants that you see. But to get rid of them safely and permanently, call pest control experts.
Some of the deadliest spiders are in Australia. Luckily, no one has died of a spider bite in Australia since the 1980s when an effective anti-venom became available. We also have the biggest spiders, namely the Giant Huntsman, whose legs can span 30 cm.
The common spiders in Australia include Huntsman Spider, Funnel Web Spider, Redback Spider, White-Tailed Spider, Black House Spider, Common House Spider, Daddy Long Legs Spider and Garden Orb-Weaving Spider.
Spiders prefer to hide their activities from human, so they stay in dark cracks and crevices. This mean if you see one spider, there may be more hiding in their secret spots.
Silverfish can be destructive because they feed primarily on items found in your home that have starches such as glue, book bindings, paper, sugar, textile and clothes.
A silverfish infestation must be addressed immediately because these pests breed quickly. They are harder to eliminate when their population becomes out of control. Silverfish can destroy your home and personal items and it would become much more expensive to fix the situation.
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If you see one rat or mice, there is likely more that you’re not seeing because these pests are social animals. They will use gaps and spaces in buildings to gain entry as they search for food, warmth and shelter.
Rodents may not just come and go in your home. They may choose to occupy your home year-round, if food and shelter is adequate. And when they’re indoors, they may build nests within roof voids, wall voids or under floors.
Some species of rats and mice carry bacteria that cause harmful diseases, such a leptospirosis, typhus, etc. Keep rodents away from your home by storing food properly and conduct a thorough inspection of your property before winter to make sure there are no holes or cracks that can be used as entry points.
Another common pest in Queensland is wasps. People fear wasps can sting so bad. Wasps tend to retaliate when their hive is disturbed.
If there is a wasp, remain still and protect your face and neck as these are the likely places where they will bite. Don’t swat them because this will provoke them to attack.
Avoid wasps by properly disposing all food and drinks, especially cans of soda. Wasps love sweets, so never leave sugary drinks unattended.
In Australia, the common paper wasp is known for its extremely painful sting, which has a pain sensation described as caustic and burning and can last up to 15 minutes.
Mosquitoes (along with midges) are a nuisance in Queensland. Aside from that, mosquitoes carry some of the deadliest diseases known to man.
The carbon dioxide that people exhale attracts mosquitoes. If you’re a Blood Type O, then you are more likely to be bitten by mosquitoes. Dark clothing and perfume also attract these blood-sucking insects.
Places like Coochiemudlo Island are haven for mosquitoes because of the presence of bodies of water. Mosquito gravitate to still standing water found in water trays, ponds, drains, etc. and this are the places where they lay their eggs.
You can avoid mosquitoes by eliminating still standing water around your property, keeping your windows and doors closed, and staying inside during dusk and dawn hours because these are when mosquitoes are most active.
In Australia, there are about 360 species of termites and the most common ones are the subterranean termites and West Indian drywood termites.
Termites are often mistaken for ants, thus their other name white ants. They prefer to hide their activities, so you are most likely to see signs of their presence instead of seeing live ones.
With so many termite species, a pest control specialist should be called in to identify them and recommend the appropriate treatment to get rid of them safely, effectively and permanently.
If you are building a new home, renovating or buying a home in Coochiemudlo Island, 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 Redlands area, where Coochiemudlo Island is located, is in the high-risk category for termite infestation.
Because Coochiemudlo Island 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 Coochiemudlo Island.
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