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Mount Cotton is a locality in Redland City, named after a mountain that is in the area.
Originally dominated by poultry farms when it was first settled by Germans in the late 1860s, it has now become a residential suburb, though there are still several poultry farms operating in Mount Cotton. These homes are set amidst a verdant stretch of native bush as a backdrop.
Picturesque Mount Cotton is a semi-rural suburb recognised for its verdant bushland, bucolic lifestyle and highly-regarded winery.
One of the major sites in Mount Cotton is Venman Bushland National, where people can nature walk and most likely catch a glimpse of various wildlife, including wallabies, possums, sugar gliders, owns, and more.
Mount Cotton is also home to the award-winning winery, Sirromet Wines, as well as restaurants and stunning views.
As much as it is attractive and pleasant to live in a suburb like Mount Cotton where there is lush nature and plenty of wildlife, it could also be a cause for concern because the very environment that residents enjoy could also be what attracts common pests, such as termites, spiders, ants, etc.
Ants are attracted to Queensland’s warm humid climate, making them one of the most common household pests. Most people tend to ignore ants in their property and only begin to freak out when they become a nuisance.
Ants would come to your house as they are attracted to most type of human food, especially the sweet ones like candy, sugar, syrup, etc. They also need water to survive, so they will seek water out not only for themselves but would also take back to their colonies.
Ants shouldn’t be ignored. You can easily spot if you have an ant infestation going on. Your first sign is as simple and as obvious as seeing an increase in ant population. You might find them anywhere in your home such as kitchen or dining room and even your garden. Watch out for sawdust trails. Carpenter ants will eat wood, thus the presence of small trails of wood around wooden beams, window ledges, skirting boards, etc. could be a sign you’re dealing with Carpenter ants. If you see piles of soil or dirt with a small depression at the centre, usually in your lawn or pavers, they are ant nests. Lastly, you have an ant issue, if you have pets, and they are having to fight ants for their food.
There are simple steps you can do to keep ants away from your home like making sure you don’t leave spilled food overnight and storing food stuff in containers with tight lids. But it is best to call for a professional pest controller if you’re dealing with a serious ant infestation.
Once fleas hitched a hike onto your pet and gain access to your home, it’s only a matter of time before your whole family is itching and scratching.
It’s easy to determine whether you have a flea problem as the signs are obvious. If you see your pet scratching, check for fleas or scabs from flea bite especially in the areas around the ears. If see a flea or two, it doesn’t mean an infestation. But if you see fleas hopping around your pet and/or furniture, then it’s time to treat your pet and home. Check your pet’s bedding and look for flea droppings, which look like salt and pepper specks. Finally, if any family member is getting tiny itchy bites after lying on the couch or bed, then you might have a flea infestation.
Termites earned the name “silent destroyers” because they may be hiding and multiplying in your basement or garden without you seeing any signs of their presence. These pests need four things to survive: food, moisture, shelter and optimal temperature. Unfortunately, Queensland’s climate and all homes, whatever building materials were used, provide all the ideal conditions for termite infestation.
The termite species to watch out for are subterranean termites, which build their colony in the soil, and drywood termites, which live within the wood they consume such as walls and furniture.
The eucalyptus trees that are all around Mount Cotton are attractive to termites. They eat dead plants and trees as well as the dead parts of living trees. Termites eat 24 hours a day, so imagine the damage they can do in a short span of time once they gain access into your home.
If you suspect a termite infestation in your property, call a pest control specialist to investigate and identify the termite species and recommend a long-term treatment and prevention solution.
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Several species of spiders can be found all over Australia. One of the most common is funnel-webs, which live in and near the rainforests of South East Queensland and Northern New South Wales. It can also be found in Brisbane suburbs that are near dense bush, such as Mount Cotton.
The make funnel-webs are usually active from November until at least late March or early April, with summer approaching combined with the occasional rain. During this period, it is best to be on alert for large black spiders during or after a rain episode. Be careful of funnel-webs as their bites can be deadly if not treated immediately.
Spiders only need a tiny crack or crevice to get access in your home. Once they take shelter, they multiply rapidly. Spiders do not consume human food; they eat other bugs. However, they can still contaminate your food just by crawling on them.
Be careful when using spider pesticide products, especially if you don’t know anything about spiders. Call a qualified pest control specialist who can identify the species of spiders in your home and recommended the right pesticide to treat them.
No matter how you keep your premises clean, rodent will enter your home and cause all sorts of damages and hazards. When you hear noises like tiny feet scuttling on your rooftop or ceiling, it’s most likely caused by a rat or mice. Other tell-tale signs of rodent infestation are when you see tiny droppings in your kitchen cabinets, sheds and storehouses, and a pungent smell in those areas.
If you suspect rodent infestation in your property, call pest control professionals to remove these pests immediately.
If you are building a new home, renovating or buying a home in Mount Cotton, 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 Mount Cotton is located, is in the high-risk category for termite infestation.
Because Mount Cotton 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 Mount Cotton.
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