Pest Control Brisbane
With it’s sub-tropical weather patter generating warm temperatures and high rainfall, Brisbane is a pest haven! Annual or twice yearly pest treatments are vital to keep your home or business pest free and annual termite inspections are a must. Here’s all you need to know about pest control and the key pests in Brisbane.
Popular Pest Control Treatments in Brisbane
A general pest spray once a year is generally good to keep cockroaches and most insect pests at bay for at least 6 months. For for homeowners in Brisbane an annual pest spray may be sufficient, but a spray every 6 months is guaranteed to keep your home pest-free.
The pest treatment will include a comprehensive pest spray around the perimeter of the building to stop the pests coming in plus targeted treatments inside the home. Treatments to the roof void and sub-floor (if you have one) are also critical as these are key pest hiding areas.
It is often a good idea to combine a pest treatment with your annual termite inspection as you can often get a good discount.
Annual termite inspections in Brisbane are essential. They will provide 3 key pieces of information
- Do you have active termites on your property or in the building?
- Are there any signs of termite damage?
- Are there any building issues or environment conditions that may make a termite attack more likely?
In their report they will provide a list of actions to make your home less attractive to termites and if you don’t have termite protection in place, they will also recommend installing a termite management system to protect the home from termite attack.
Some termite inspectors will also use thermal imaging cameras or other termite detection devices, some may even have a termite detection dog. These can be very useful bits of equipment, but ultimately it is important to choose an experienced termite professional you can trust.
It’s also important to make sure that the inspector does a thorough inspection job. Typically a termite inspection should take 1.5 -2 hrs for a standard house, but it can take a lot longer for larger houses, especially if they have a sub-floor.
Although termite inspections will determine whether you have termites, termite damage or conditions conducive to termite attack around your home, in order to prevent a termite attack it is necessary to have termite protection measures in place.
All new buildings should have termite protection features installed during construction, but these are often insufficient to completely prevent a termite attack. Also, as homes get older such measures are often made ineffective due to landscaping or additional building work. That is why it is strongly recommended that all homes should have a termite management system installed around the building. These termite managements systems will either be termicide treatment to the soil or the installation of a termite baiting system around the perimeter of the building.
The type of termite treatments will depend on the situation at the property and the construction of the building. eg. The type of treatment for a Queensland on a sloping block may well be different to a new home built on a concrete slab.
Find a Pest Control Company in Brisbane
Not surprisingly there are a large number of pest control companies in Brisbane. Whether you want your local pest professional or want a larger company to help you out, there are lots of options to choose from.
It is important to choose an experienced pest professional you can trust. Always check to make sure they are licensed and insured to carry out the work being requested.
If you’re looking for a pest control company near you, click on our pest control company locator below to find pest companies providing the services you are looking for in your area.
Key Pests in Brisbane
Outdoors coastal brown ants (also called big headed ants) can cause a problem where they dig up soil in between pavers. They can also find their way indoors looking for food.
Pest managers will generally use a combination of spray and bait products to eliminate ant problems. The objective is to eliminate the nest to get lasting control and where that isn’t possible prevent the ants entering the home.
Outdoor ant problems often require regular treatments as ants can always re-invade from surrounding areas.
Birds nesting in and around homes and businesses can cause a nuisance – not only do their droppings make a mess and damage buildings, but they carry diseases and parasites… and can make a lot of noise!
The main pest birds in Brisbane are pigeons and the Indian myna.
Homeowners also need to be aware that birds can cause significant damage to solar panels and their droppings can decrease the output from the panels. Bird proofing solar panels and getting the panels cleaned annual is a great way to protect your investment.
Biting midges are a significant problem around some of the coastal areas of Brisbane, especially the mangrove areas.
As the larvae develop in the mud, they are very difficult to control.
However, a outdoor spray to vegetation around the home to target the adults can significantly reduce the size of the problem. Such treatments will also reduce mosquito populations for several months.
Cockroaches are everwhere in Brisbane, especially the large cockroach species, such as the American and Australian cockroaches. These cockroaches generally live outside, under houses, in drains and rubbish and come inside looking for food. When it’s warm enough, they are capable of flying!
The German cockroach which is a small cockroach species only lives inside, most commonly in kitchens. It is a big problem in the food industry.
The type of treatment a professional pest manager will use depends on the species of cockroach present. For large cockroach species, spraying the outside of the building (to prevent them entering) and spraying or dusting other hotspots are the key activities. Occasionally cockroach baits may be used as well. For German cockroaches, which are smaller and a lot more difficult to control, the main treatment involves the use of cockroach baits. When using baits it may take several days to reduce the population and with German cockroach treatments, more than one visit may be necessary to eliminate the problem.
To prevent a cockroach problem developing, good housekeeping / hygiene is essential – clear away dirty dishes and food spills, and make sure garbage is but in sealed bags and placed into bins away from the building.
Fleas are generally only a problem in the spring and summer months, as the flea larvae require humid weather conditions.
Most homeowners struggle to eliminate a flea problem using “flea bombs” as to completely eradicate a flea infestation, it is necessary to treat both indoor and outdoor areas where the pet has been resting. A pest professional will know all the places to look and apply the correct products.
In terms of preventing a flea problem, the best action is to keep the pet flea treatments up to date.
There are number of flies that cause for homeowners and businesses in Brisbane. The main group are the filth flies, which includes the common housefly and the drain fly, but there are also the drain flies which are small flies found in kitchens and bathrooms.
Filth flies and housefly problems occurs if there is garbage, pet faeces or manure around for them to lay their eggs on – the maggot love any organic matter! So to prevent filth fly problems around your home is it vital to eliminate fly breeding spots. A professional spray to surfaces to target fly resting places and the use of fly traps will eliminate any remaining adults.
Drain flies are the small flies that you can find in bathrooms, laundries and kitchens. They typically feed on rotting fruit or vegetables or in the slime in drains. If you have a problem with these annoying flies try and find any rotting food and clean out the drains before calling your pest professional. They can breed in the smallest of food sources in cracks and crevices, so you need to look everywhere!
The house mouse is a common indoor pest in Brisbane. They will often nest inside in wall void and behind or indeed inside furniture. They carry diseases and parasites, which can be transferred when they urinate on surfaces and food.
Rodent control needs knowledge and expertise to eliminate the problem safely. Simply throwing bait into the roof often won’t work as it is important to place the bait in the correct foraging sites.
Safety is also important to protect children, pets and native wildlife. You pest manager will know where to place the bait to avoid accidental poisoning and in many cases will use lockable bait stations.
Mosquito problems in Brisbane are found across the city. There are two groups of mosquito, one group tend to breed in small pools of water, the other group are the saltwater mosquitoes which breeding in tidal areas (but can fly long distances).
To keep mosquito numbers down at your property eliminating mosquito breeding sites is a great first step – eliminate areas of resting water, plants pots, drains, gutters, etc.
A professional mosquite treatment will involve fog your outdoor areas and treating the surfaces where mosquitoes land and rest. Although no treatment can deliver 100% control of mosquitoes, these fogging treatments can reduce the mosquito number significantly to allow you to enjoy your outdoor areas for up to 3 months.
There are two pest rats in Brisbane, the smaller roof rat and the larger sewer rat. Rats typically live outdoors coming inside to find food, although roof rats in particular will take up residence inside homes. They carry diseases and parasites, which can be transferred when they urinate on surfaces and food.
Although it is tempting to use baits from supermarkets, they are very toxic to humans, pets and non-target wildlife like possums. As such, it is always best to pay a pest professional to carry out the treatment to ensure the baits are placed in the best locations to deliver results and prevent accidental ingestion. Pest Professionals will use lockable bait stations in most areas.
Rats can also be difficult to control due to their intelligence and the neophobic behaviour – they are frightened of new things. To eliminate a rat problem quickly using a rodent expert will get the quickest results.
Some people correctly point out that spiders are “beneficial” in that they do help eliminate insect pests. However, the bites from these spiders are health threat to your family and pets.
Black house spiders create dense funnel shaped webs around windows and door frames and under eaves. Redbacks make messy fish net-like webs, often containing leaves, in dry cracks and crevices, and even in downlights.
Treatments for web-building spides such as the black house spiders and redbacks involve a “spider spray”, where the outside of the building, obvious webs and spider hiding places are sprayed. Sometimes insecticide dust may be blown into cracks and crevices. These treatments can be quite long lasting, typically 6 months or longer in protected areas.
Treatment for white tail and huntsman spiders is more difficult. These hunting spiders tend to wander and don’t have any webs where they rest. A comprehensive surfaces spray treatment can work well, although any spiders walking across a treated area may not die immediately, so they may still find their way inside.
However, if you have a standard spider treatment which targets redbacks and black house spiders, this will also eliminate other insect pests, making your home far less attractive to these hunting spiders as there will be no food for them to eat.
Both white-tail spiders and huntsman spider like to rest in tight spaces and in nature they will often rest under logs or under the bark of trees. Whey they come into your home, clothes on the floor and under bed sheets are similar so keep your clothes off the floor and check your bed before jumping in!
Termites are major concern for homeowners in Brisbane causing millions of dollars of damage each year. There are several termite species in Brisbane and with the warm year round temperatures allowing the termites to keep active with a voracious appetite, they are capable of causing significant damage in as little as 6 months.
Although making your home less attractive to termites is something all homeowners should do, termite inspections and termite treatments are jobs for trained, experienced, licensed and insured termite professionals.
In Brisbane, homeowners should have a professional termite inspections at least once a year and a termite management system should be installed around and under the home to prevent termite attack.
Weather in Brisbane and what it means for pests...
The sub-tropical climate in Brisbane means there is plenty of warmth and moisture – ideal for insect breeding! This is why one or two pests can quickly turn into an infestation.
Termites in particular need moisture and with the year round warmth they are active throughout the year, ready to much through your home! They tend to have their mating flight on warm humid nights in spring and early summer.
The sub-tropical climate is obviously ideal for mosquitoes and homes near coastal areas and mangrove mud flats are likely to suffer from biting midge problems especially around the full moon.
Although day time temperatures are warm throughout the year, night time temperatures, especially in the west can be quite cool. This means that rodent problems tend to become more common in Winter when rats and mice come inside looking for warmth and shelter.