Common Pests In Queensland

Queenslander homes were specifically designed to mitigate humidity and encourage airflow and are a distinct architectural structure unique to our region.

These buildings are traditionally made from timber with solid interior features. Most often have wide verandahs, gables and decorative character features. However, these unmistakable characteristics often come at a cost - proving irresistible to an array of pests, many of whom are incredibly destructive by nature.

Below we have compiled a list of the most common pests around Queensland:

1. Termites

Termites, or ‘white ants’, love Queensland’s warm subtropical environment. Termites garner their food source in trees, stumps and the timber in homes and cause an estimated $5 billion worth of damage to properties every year. Areas that hold moisture in Queenslander homes, like kitchens, bathrooms and laundries, are at an increased risk from termites, while also structurally damaging sub-flooring and beams in walls and ceilings. Once termites invade a home, they can go unnoticed for a prolonged period of time. By the time they are discovered, significant damage may have already occurred.

Regular inspections of your home and property by a professional will ensure you don’t end up with infestation causing significant damage to your asset and prevent a problem from getting out of hand.

2. Borer

Another pest that causes problems in the timber of older Queensland homes is the borer beetle, more specifically the Queensland Pine Beetle. This beetle tunnels into timber, leaving it structurally compromised and weakened. If you notice holes in furniture, skirting and floorboards, it is likely you have a borer problem. These holes can then store and capture water and where developing rot and fungi become a compounding issue - further weakening the timber.

As soon as you identified a borer concern in your home, it is important to have regular pest control treatments to contain the issue.

3. Rats and Mice

Older Queenslander homes quite often have small entry points in multiple locations throughout the building that allow vermin to enter. Rubbish and incorrectly contained household waste will attract rodents and, if untreated, will provide the perfect conditions for breeding. Rodents carry diseases, compromise electrical wiring through chewing, destructively gnaw walls and timber behind walls and can get out of control very quickly.

If you spot evidence of a rodents, it is advised that you immediately begin pest management to stop breeding and prevent the issue spreading. 

4. Fleas

We all love our pets and wouldn’t want them suffering - yet our pets become the primary host and source of warmth and food (i.e.: blood) for fleas, particularly during warmer months. In winter, fleas tend to lie dormant but can emerge from the soil in explosive numbers as soon as temperatures rise. Fleas also reside happily in upholstery and carpets, frequently hopping onto humans to feast, as the need arises.

Fleas are an established cause of allergic reactions in humans, especially children, so getting your home treated professionally is the most effective way to ensure a safe, flea-free space.

5. Cockroaches

Cockroaches are a disease carrying and common household pest perfectly adapted to our warm, humid weather. As well as being an unpleasant housemate to have around, cockroaches contaminate homes with their waste products. It only takes a small amount of cockroaches to quickly lead to an infestation. 

If you find cockroaches continually appearing no matter how many you rid your home of them, it is possible you have a serious infestation. Professional pest management is an effective, long-term solution for cockroaches.

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