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.