Warmer weather brings an early outbreak of pests

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Spring has sprung early this year, and that brings with it a resurgence of pests early in the season. The ABC has reported that horticulturists in Sydney’s Botanical Gardens have seen an early outbreak of pests which have been triggered by the warmer weather- the average temperature was 19.5 degrees in July – 3.2 degrees higher than usual. Pest control experts have already had calls about spiders, cockroaches, ants and termites, which may soon be headed for your home or business. So what does this mean for you?

 

Spiders

One of the main pests which affect Australian residences and businesses is spiders. Spiders are the most widely distributed venomous creatures in Australia, with an estimated 10,000 species inhabiting a variety of ecosystems. Spiders will build webs around the external walls of your home, under leaves, on fascias, gutters, trees and plants in your garden – basically anywhere advantageous for them to catch insect meals. Due to the increased number of insects that come with warmer weather, spiders will start to build in numbers due to their being more for them to eat. Although a lot of spiders are not dangerous, they are certainly unwanted. Here are some helpful tips from the Better Health Channel to spider-proof your home:

 

  • Clear away trees, shrubs and bushes from around doors or windows.

  • Avoid the use of insecticides in the garden

  • Fit draught-strips to all doors as spiders may crawl in under doors.

  • Install flyscreens to windows and any vents, such as wall ventilation slots.

  • Don’t leave equipment or clothing (such as shoes) outside. If you do, shake out before you wear them or bring them inside the house.

  • Keep the windows of your parked car wound up

 

If you do find spiders in your home or business, call Forensic Pest.

 

Cockroaches

Cockroaches are a common sight in Australia, and many people don’t know what to do once they’ve got them. The German Cockroach is the hardest pest cockroach to get rid of and is the most troublesome in Sydney. It can be found anywhere in the home but is probably most common in the kitchen, frequently found inside cupboards, drawers and electrical appliances. As cockroaches tend to remain hidden in their nesting areas, it is often said that the sight of one cockroach in the open indicates the presence of at least 100 more. Wikihow offers some great preventative tips to avoid a cockroach infestation this Summer:

 

  • Empty your rubbish regularly

  • Fix dripping taps or leaks (cockroaches are attracted to water)

  • Seal both interior and exterior cracks in your walls

  • Keep your kitchen clean (wipe down benches to remove food debris) and ensure all food is put away

 

If cockroaches are becoming a regular site in your home or business, call the experts.

 

Ants

Ants are a regular feature in the warm Australian environment, but when they enter your home in search of food or water, or build a nest in your business or garden, they become a problem. Ants usually use pre-existing spaces in your walls or garden to make these nests, or take advantage of existing deterioration. Even if you spot a single ant walking along a kitchen bench top, this may be a scout for the rest of the colony, and indicates a forthcoming infestation. Here are some handy tips to keep ants out of your home:

 

  • Keep your kitchen clean (regularly clean cupboards, benches and floors)

  • Empty your kitchen bin regularly

  • Ants are attracted to any source of food, so clean your pet’s food bowl out regularly

 

If you find an ant infestation, call us for a tailored pest control solution.

 

Termites

Many insects are confused with termites, especially ants. Termites are sometimes referred to as ‘white ants’ because of their pale appearance. Termites usually begin their flight in late October, but due to the warm weather and increase in soil moisture, termite sightings have already been reported. Out of the 350 species of termite in Australia, only a few actually feed on wood. These few wood-eating termites cause an immense amount of damage to our homes, commercial buildings and other wooden structures, such as power poles and fences. Termites are a serious business, so be sure to take a look at our expert Helpful Hints on termite control.

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