Irksome pests are a constant in any homeowner’s life – the inconveniences they bring ranging from irritating nuisances, to property damaging, to outright dangerous. These pesky critters come as unwelcome guests, disturbing our home life and routines with their bothersome presence.
North Brisbane’s temperate climate has particularly proved conducive for a handful of these troublesome pests to thrive. The mild and predominantly warm weather we enjoy, also favorable for them to multiply and set up camp in our backyards or even inside our homes.
Here are nine of the most common pests in the region and the potential harm they bring to our homes and properties.
1. Bees and Wasps
These flying insects may seem largely harmless and undisruptive if left at arm’s length, especially because they pose an important role in our local ecosystem as pollinators. However, the trouble comes when bees and wasps start to build their nests and hives too close to our homes.
Bees and wasps typically prefer building their nests outside, perched on sturdy tree branches out of harm’s way. Every now and then however, a stray colony will build their nests in open wall cavities and windows of your house – posing imminent danger to you and your family if the swarm were to be disturbed. These nest are often tiresome and high-risk to remove, requiring expert pest control services to manage.
2. Rats and other Vermin
Aside from their propensity to munch away at untucked away food, rats and mice pose a threat for being carriers of a handful of diseases that can be deadly to humans. These rodents can potentially contaminate your food and water sources with harmful pathogens if they are left unchecked for an extended amount of time.
Aside from the health risks they bring, these vermin may also cause exponential property damage – rats being known to chew through wall insulation and panels, in some instances even perilously cutting internet lines and electric cables with their teeth.
Termites are terribly insidious pests, their infestation sometimes going unnoticed for long periods of time. Nearly undetectable by the naked eye in its early stages, termite colonies can cause some serious structural damage to your home in the long-run.
These pesky critters are known to eat away at your wooden walls from the inside – jeopardizing the integrity and safety of your property by burrowing holes and rendering wooden walls and fixtures hollow and rotting below the surface.
Similar to rodents, stubborn cockroaches carry plenty of harmful diseases that may pose a risk to your wellbeing.
Thriving in damp and dark places, roaches spawn offspring with ease leading to a prevalence of cockroach infestations in even the most well-kept homes. Attracted to food particles and crumbs, cockroaches are naturally attracted to foodstuffs leading to higher risks of contamination.
These eight-legged critters are often feared due to their intimidating appearance, but it’s their predisposition to spinning their webs in air vents, house corners, wall cracks, and backyards that make them a particular nuisance.
Naturally seeking food, ants are prone to raiding your pantry and cupboard before setting up camp inside your home. What makes these small insects even more bothersome though is their stinging bite, intensified by their tendency to move together in small droves.
7. Bed Bugs
Prone to sneaking into your home undetected by hitching a ride on your clothes or luggage, pesky bed bugs have proven to be some of the most difficult pests to shake off. These small oval-shaped blood-suckers are known to reproduce exponentially, hiding in dark places and crevices out of reach in your home before striking.
Unwelcome bedfellows, bed bugs have been seen to particularly favor living under beds, in box springs and headboards, or tucked away in the corners of your sheets. Nocturnal critters, they’re sure to bring discomfort while you sleep and patchy and itchy rashes once you rise in the morning.
Known for their destructive feeding habits, these bristled insects will make your skin crawl. Silverfish appear as teardrop-shaped critters with a pallid grey color, immediately recognizable because of their long tendrils and antennae. Feeding on sugars and carbohydrates, these minute creepy-crawlies are known to feast on everything from wallpaper to cereal boxes to wall insulation and clothing.
With more residential spaces encroaching on their natural habitats, possums have shown a tendency to wander into suburban and commercial areas and wreak havoc. Seeking warm and dark spaces, these oversized rodents have been found to climb onto roofs and sneak into the ceilings of homes for shelter.
With their unwanted intrusion comes the destruction of roofing and insulation, as well as dangerous damage to live electrical wires and unsightly fecal matter. Still being a protected species in Australia, contact your local pest control service providers immediately for their assistance in addressing any unwelcome possum problems.
Pests are a dime a dozen in North Brisbane, the damage and inconvenience they bring varying from one case to another. With this in mind, it’s best to hand the task of pest control to the professionals. We cover this range of pest at home and commercial properties. For any pest control needs please contact us your local pest control expert or exterminator today.
Termites are some of the most insidious pests a homeowner may face in their lifetime.
Almost undetectable in the early stages, termite infestations can lead to some serious structural damage to your home in the long-run – as these pesky critters eat away at your wooden walls from the inside, and jeopardize the integrity and safety of your property by burrowing holes.
Termites have been seen to thrive particularly in North Brisbane in Australia, especially during the region’s hot and rainy summers – when wooden fixtures like door posts or window frames get damp and become susceptible to the attack of these nefarious pests. Most of the time, you may not become aware of an infestation until visible destruction has already been done and it’s too late.
The key to stopping termites dead in their tracks and keeping their destruction to a minimum is early detection. Having a keen eye for signs of presence from these malevolent colonies may help you stop termites from making any irreparable damage to your homes very early on.
If you notice any of these tell-tale signs of infestation, immediately contact your local pest control company. These experts will conduct a thorough sweep of your home, to look for any hidden termite colonies, and help you remedy your serious termite problem. Be on the lookout for these warning signs that your home may be under attack.
1. Visible Water Damage or Peeling Paint
Coupled with termites’ predisposition to damp and cold places, visible water damage can be a telling indication of moisture build-up and/or the underlying presence of a feeding colony of pests. This is a very visible early sign of termite infestation.
When you notice the bubbling or peeling of paint in some areas of your walls, be on the lookout for seemingly hollow or soft surfaces as termites may have already decimated the wood behind this layer, causing it to swell, stain, and discolor.
2. Pesky Mud Tubes
Mud Tubes are small and brittle vein-like tunnels that termites build to connect their underground nests and colonies to their food sources – in this case, potentially your home. Made of soil and wood debris, these enclosed environments are fairly easy to spot – mostly between 1/4 to 1 inch in diameter.
These intrusive mud tubes can often be seen crawling over flooring or snaking up concrete walls and foundations to reach wooden surfaces, enabling termites easy access to the property they can break down and devour. These invasive tunnels can be extremely troublesome, because if you destroy them yourself, a colony can easily rebuild it in a matter of a day.
3. Fine Frass or Termite Droppings
Frass or termite droppings come in the form of fine pellets often found in mounds beside compromised wooden fixtures which may have visible exit holes. The presence of these frass particles is a sure sign that your home has been compromised by termites.
Termites leave behind these sawdust-like mounds of fecal matter in their wake, as they consume your wooden walls below the surface. Be on the lookout for these powdery banks of frass because they’re an obvious sign that you have a serious termite problem on your hand.
4. Clicking Sounds
You heard that right! Termites may be some of the smallest critters but their swarms do emit quiet clicking sounds, produced when larger soldier termites repeatedly bang their heads against wood just below the surface.
Worker termites so produce low chattering sounds as they munch away at your hardwood floor or wall paneling. These minute noises may be hard to notice at first, but hold your ear close to any questionable surfaces and you just might hear their low mumbling sounds.
5. Tiny Discarded Wings
The sighting of Flying termites, or swarmers, is a serious sign of early infestation. Flying termites are pests that have left their colony in search of a mate to establish a new nest –which may spell disaster for your home.
As termite swarms are seen to congregate during times when there is much less human activity – hence the difficulty in spotting them – a more telling warning are small piles of discarded wings. When a termite sheds its wings it’s an indication that they’ve set up camp and decided to nest near or inside your home.
6. Hollowed Out Wood
Lastly, probably the most obvious sign of termite infestation is seeing hollowed out portions of wood. May it be your wall panels or your wooden cupboard or your baseboards, discovering wooden surfaces that have been gutted should immediately alert you to contact your local termite control and extermination expert.
It’s fairly easy for termite damage to go unnoticed for quite a long time, but what is vital to combat the irreparable structural damage of these malevolent colonies is early detection. Regularly inspect your property and keep an eye out for this tell-tale signs. Once you do see a couple of these warning signs, notify your local experts immediately.
We often say "Don't let the bedbugs bite" whenever we say good night. But the truth is that it's very difficult to not let the bedbugs bite, especially since they attack us in our sleep.
Bedbugs are a small, almost-invisible parasite that feeds on the blood of their host, typically humans or animals. Unlike most pests, bedbugs don't build nests, but they stay close together on one location instead. Over time, bed bugs scatter all over the room and they eventually settle in different cracks and crevices indoors. You might not even know it, but most of the time, bedbugs are spread by humans, as these pests that are the size of an apple seed loves to cling on our clothes, shoes, or luggage.
Since bedbugs are so tiny and that they are only mostly active at night, getting rid of them can get quite difficult. Even the most pristine houses and hotel rooms can have a bedbug infestation, as these parasites feed on blood.
So how do we find out if there's a bedbug infestation in our home? Even they are small, there are still telltale signs of a bedbug infestation.
1. Bedbug bites
The foremost sign of bedbugs is the bites on your skin. If you find yourself waking up one morning with red itchy welts on your body then it is most likely that you have bedbugs living on your bed. Though bedbug bites are generally harmless, they still bring us discomfort. Bedbugs typically bite on the exposed skin and they usually bite at night time.
2. Stained sheets
If you see tiny bloodstains on your sheets and pillowcases but don't really know where they came from, then it is most likely from bedbugs. Nymphs or the immature bedbugs need to feed on blood for at least five times. As they feed on their host's blood, it can leave small stains all over the sheets.
3. Brown spots
Do you see brown spots on your bed but can't recall where those spots came from? Then it could be because of the bedbugs' excrement. Dark spots may also be found on walls, clothing, and other spots near the bed.
4. Eggshells and skins
Nymphs need to shed their skins five times in less than a month before they reach full maturity. This could translate to seeing dry bedbug skin on your bed all the time. Eggshells, which are white transparent casings, are another sign of bedbug infestation which can already be in its advanced stages.
5. Musty odor
The last possible sign of a bedbug infestation is the must odor that their scent glands produce. People often compare this odor to something like coriander. If your room or house constantly smells like wet moldy clothes or a strong coriander odor, then it might be time for you to get rid of the bedbugs once and for all.
Bedbugs are fairly easy to exterminate. In the early stages of an infestation, a change of sheets and pillowcases, plus thorough vacuuming of the mattress will do the trick. However, an advanced infestation may require chemical treatment. Simply changing the mattress will not be enough, as it is possible that bedbugs also are living in other parts of your house. They will simply move on to your new mattress.
Professional extermination for bedbugs is still the most effective way to get rid of these parasites. Here at Termite and Pest Control North Brisbane, we'll put an end to your bedbug infestation in no time.
Got problems with other pests? We'll take care of those, too! Give us a call or leave a message to book your appointment today and you're on your way to a good night's sleep.