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Dunwich is a small town on the western side of North Stradbroke Island. It lies within the Redland City local government area, administered from the bayside town of Cleveland.
As of the 2016 Census, Dunwich had a population of 864 people.
Dunwich, along with Amity Point and Point Lookout, makes up the three towns that make up North Stradbroke Island. It serves as the gateway to the island via ferry and water taxi.
Originally known as Goompi, Dunwich was first settled in 1872 as a pilot station and military post. Fishing was an essential industry and is still is, with fishing communities still remaining in the island.
Dunwich is a small town rich with history as evidenced by heritage-listed sites still standing there, including the Dunwich Cemetery, Dunwich Convict Causeway, Dunwich Public Reserve and St Mark’s Church and Dunwich Public Hall.
It is also teemed with local indigenous history, which you can fully appreciate at the Terra Bulla Leaumeah reserve. It is full of history of the Noonuccal people, one of three Quandamooka peoples, who traditionally lived on Minjerribah, in Moreton Bay Area and in mainland Brisbane regions
The subtropical climate that Queenslanders enjoy is the same thing that allows many types of species to thrive here. The good news is there are simple and effective ways that property owners can use to prevent pest infestation. And if an infestation does occur, there are pest removal specialists that can help in exterminating highly destructive pests.
Termites are silent destroyers because these pests can hide and thrive in your home or yard without any instantaneous signs of damage. They feed on cellulose-based plant materials, which, unfortunately, can be found in all types of homes. However, termites also eat other materials such as paper, plastic and drywall.
Each species of termites has their own dietary preferences. Subterranean termites love softwoods, but may also consume most species of wood. Dampwood termites thrive on moist, decaying wood. Drywood termites only need a little moisture in the wood they consume, so they can be found mostly in attics.
Termites are a very real threat in all of Australia because a subtropical climate is the most optimal living conditions for them.
When a colony has fully developed, winged, swarming termites leave their home to mate. After mating, these termites find a new breeding site and build their own colony. The couples lose their wings and become kings and queens. Those who don’t fully develop become workers, soldiers or reproductive.
Termites are a constant threat to homes. You can prevent termite infestation by eliminating moisture conditions and termite food around your home. In addition, regular annual termite inspection is highly recommended.
There are various species of cockroaches, including species that invade human dwellings and become pests. These pest cockroaches carry pathogens that cause various diseases because they are mostly found near waste deposits or in the kitchen, where there is food.
Cockroaches can enter a building in many ways, from the outside through openings such as cracks, vents, sewer and drain pipes. They can also be brought inside through products we bring from outside such as groceries, boxes, etc.
Human dwellings offer the best living conditions for cockroaches as these places have an abundance of food, warm, water and nesting sites. They reproduce quickly and can be active all year round.
Since they are only mostly active at night, the couple of cockroaches you see during the daylight means there are multiple of them in hiding and they have been forced out due to overcrowding, which could mean an infestation.
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Ants, because they are so tiny, can enter through the tiniest of cracks in search of water and sweet and greasy food. They leave behind an invisible chemical trail that other ants follow once a food source has been found.
An ant nest can be built anywhere – in lawns, walls, stumps and even under house foundations. These colonies can contain up to 300,000 to 500,000 ants and these colonies can be uprooted and relocated immediately when they are threatened. Colonies can survive for a long time. Worker ants can live seven years, while the queen ca live up to 15 years.
Most home ant remedy can kill the ants that you see, but home remedies are not a one-size-fits all solution. Different species of ant require a different solution.
Rat control can be difficult because of their biology and habits.’ They are naturally suspicious of anything new in their environment, including traps and other rat control devices. This behavior leads to build nests in hard-to-reach places such as attics, burrows, under concrete and porches, wall void, roof voids, etc.
Rats can be a menace because they carry and transmit a number of major diseases. They can also introduce other disease-carrying insects to your home, including ticks and fleas. Mice, on the other hand, invade buildings in search of food, shelter and water. One mouse can contaminate more food than it can eat.
They their oversized teeth to gnaw anything the see. Aside from the disease they carry, rodents’ habit of chewing can cause significant damage in and around the house.
Rodents breed all-year round and this is their way of maintaining their population. Handling rodents on your own is not advisable. Contact a professional pest services company for safe and effective identification and removal.
Silverfish are teardrop-shaped insects that are white to brown-grey or bluish-silver in colour. They have three long bristles on their read.
Like cockroaches, they are highly adaptable. They can survive in most climates, but they best thrive in dark, damp places such as attics, basements, kitchens and bathrooms. They feed on paper and damp clothing, which are typically found in stored boxes in sheds and garages.
They love food with carbohydrates, especially sugars and starches. So personal belongings with those materials are especially vulnerable to silverfish attack. These items may include cellulose, shampoo, glue in books, linen, silk and dead insects.
Silverfish are active at night. They are fast and secretive, which make them hard to eradicate. Silverfish infestation may go unseen for a long time before you start noticing damaged papers, clothing, photographs and other personal belongings.
These eight-legged creatures have different types, each with their own features, habits and preferences. They have three or four pairs of eyes, but some species have bad eyesight. However, there are species like the jumping spiders with exceptional eyesight.
Some spiders prefer damp areas, so they often hang out in basements, crawl spaces, etc. Others thrive more in dry, warm areas like subfloor air vents, upper corners of rooms and attics. Spiders love dark areas and feed on other insects, which make them natural pest controllers.
Spiders gain access into a home or building in two ways: entering through openings in doors or windows, and through cracks and crevices around door and window frames. They enter buildings primarily in search of prey. Spiders can also enter by hitchhiking on items from outside like boxes, grocery bags, etc.
If you are building a new home, renovating or buying a home in Dunwich, 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 Dunwich is located, is in the high-risk category for termite infestation.
Because Dunwich 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 Dunwich.
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