The warm weather and increase in humidity create perfect breeding weather and will see all kinds of pests crawling out of the woodwork (literally). Here are some of the most common pests you will find active in the Australian summer.
You need only be a few days into summer before you can figure out for yourself, summer is the season of the mosquito. They begin to become more active in the spring as the weather warms up, before reaching peak activity in summer. Hot and humid weather is the idle breeding ground for mozzies.
Mosquitoes are perhaps the worst pest of all. At best, they will leave you covered in annoying, itchy bites. At worst, they can transmit the deadliest viruses known to man, such as Malaria, AIDs, Dengue fever or the Zika virus.
Ants are one of the most common pests in Australia, with well over a thousand species and subspecies! Each species has their own unique breeding, eating and nesting habits and each have their own unique ways of being dealt with. The solution for one breed mightn’t work on another.
They are certainly not shy and will always be ready to storm your home for any scraps of food that have been left out.
Voted as the insect you would least like to run into down a dark alley, wasps are highly aggressive and territorial. They are all the worst parts of the bee, without doing any of the important pollination work their cousins carry out.
Wasps work hard to provide for their queen during spring and early summer, but once the breeding season is over by late summer, they find themselves with nothing to do. Wasps will then spend their newly found free time drinking as many sugary substances as they can, often getting drunk off fermented fruit! Drunken wasps become far more aggressive and will go out of their way to find something to attack.
Ticks and Fleas
The heat of summer will likely see both you and your pets spending more time outdoors. This provides ample targets for ticks and fleas. Fleas are a nuisance for our furry friends, but far more worrying is the bite of a tick.
The bite of an adult tick causes serious reactions in both children and adults. Numbness, weakness and even fainting are symptoms of tick venom. Ticks can also spread diseases such as Lyme disease.
If you are dealing with an infestation of pests this summer, call CDI Pest Management on 1300 737 826 today!