Potential Risks for Pest Infestation
Sheldon residents get their share of pest problems. The parks, bushland and the rural lifestyle that make Sheldon an attractive location are also the same things that make it attractive to some pests, including termites, rodents, ants, and more.
Spiders can be problematic because some species bite, which can be fatal if not given proper medical attention immediately. Even if the bite isn’t fatal, it can cause allergic reactions and severe infections to some people.
Having spiders in your home can cause problems because the sight of them gives the home an unhealthy vibe and because spider phobia is real and so can use major distress for some people. Spiders can be found in yards, gardens and quiet and undisturbed areas.
They eat other insects, but it is still not a good idea to let them thrive in your home. Some of the spider species you may encounter are: White Tail Spiders, Huntsman Spiders, Redback Spiders, Wolf Spiders, Daddy Long Legs, False Widow Spiders, Orb-Weaving Spiders and Brown Recluse Spiders.
Cockroaches are never welcome in both residential and commercial properties. They are dirty and spread bacteria to any surface they touch, causing food poisoning and many illnesses such as asthma, e. coli infection, cholera, etc.
Be warned when you see them more often than usual because you are more than likely facing a serious cockroach infestation. They can usually be found hiding in wall cavities, roof voids, under floor mats, food preparation areas and even your closet.
Here are some of the cockroach species that are native to Australia: German cockroach, American cockroach, Oriental cockroach and Smoky Brown Cockroach.
Ants are very common, but it doesn’t we must tolerate their presence in our home or place of work. An ant infestation, especially in the kitchen and pantries, is a health hazard.
If you don’t see live ants in the usual places, check the timber structures of your home and look for any damage or entry points.
There are species of ants, like the Carpenter ants, that feed on wood. If termites have been ruled out, ants may be the culprit that are feeding on it.
There are over a thousand species of ants in Australia. The most common found in homes are Argentine ant, Coastal Brown ant, Blackhouse ant, Bull ant, Black ants, Light brown ants, Fire ant, Dark brown ants, Pharaoh’s ant, White-footed house ant, Singapore ants and Carpenter ant.
Silverfish love moist areas or linen piles that provide hiding places. Some of signs of silverfish infestation include yellow stains on paper linings, shed skins and pepper-like faeces in store rooms.
They feed on books, wallpapers, and any items that contain starch. It is often difficult to see silverfish because they are very tiny and they hide their activities from humans.
They are nocturnal and can usually be found in damp areas such as attics, wall cavities and neglected spaces around the home.
These small and agile creatures have a blunt nose and large ears, and have either brown or grey fur. Because they have a short breeding cycle, rodents can multiply fast.
Rodents are active at night when humans are fast asleep. Once rodents take up residence in your property, you will see obvious signs of their presence, like rodent droppings, scampering noises, and gnaw marks on walls, furniture, etc.
Due to their small size, they can squeeze themselves through even the tiniest of openings, which means if these creatures find what they like in your property, i.e. food and water, they can easily find their way in.
As the weather becomes colder, expect rodent activity to increase as they seek for a warm place to stay. Rodent problems such be taken cared of immediately because they are dirty pests that can spread various diseases.
Also called white ants, termites are the worst pests that can infest your property. The property damage that they can cause could reach thousands, if not millions of dollars’ worth of repairs.
They feed on wood, which weakens compromise the structural integrity of a property in a short period of time.
There are definite signs of termite infestations, including clicking sounds from the walls, damaged timber walls, wooden furniture, etc., termite wings on windowsills, and more. If you see any of these signs, call a pest control specialist immediately.