Archives for July 2014
Well winter is finally upon us and while things may slow down for some pests in ‘pest world’ not so with many other.
During winter we get increased threats from rodents, but our favourite ‘general pests’ are still active. Termites keep munching, cockroaches keep on creeping and ants keep on crawling.
This year there a new mosquito on the loose that is a spreader of chronic disease – and this mosquito doesn’t mind the colder weather. You might even discover that some of the favourite winter woollies that you pull out of storage may have been damaged by some ‘pest’ as well, nothing much you can do about that now – but there are things to do before you store the winter clothes away before next spring.
Winter Pest Checklist
Here’s a checklist of things to do this winter to keep you pest problems to a minimum:
Tidy the Clutter:
- Discover all the ‘hidden stuff’ you forgot you had – and re-stow it or throw it! If you have a lot of stuff – then its important to re-inspect/move it on a regular basis to discourage rats and mice from setting up an undetected camp.
- Remove Cardboard and Fabric. If you need a box – think of things other than cardboard. Plastic or metal containers are much better, this can discourage rodents and cockroaches.
- If you’re storing something a rodent would like – then put it in a sealed box or container that they can’t get in to.
Remove any food sources:
- Don’t encourage rodents to stay by giving them an easy meal. (for example, don’t leave uneaten pet food lying around). Ants are also attracted to left over food.
- Seal of entry points into the building. Especially for rodents you need to seal up any holes with small gauge mesh or similar material that a rodent cannot gnaw through, and seal the bottoms of doors with automatic weather seals or weather strips. A rat can gain entry through a hole as small as 12 mm in diameter and a mouse only needs a hole no larger than 6 mm in diameter. Don’t just look down – Look up. Often rodents get in via the roof, eaves or other less obvious entry points.
You can use snap traps to catch the odd rogue rat or mouse, but don’t use cheese as the bait – its really doesn’t work that well – things like peanut butter or cotton wool are far more effective.
Inspect your home for any containers that hold water:
- This is really for mosquitoes. Make sure that water containers are emptied. This includes pot plant reservoirs. Make sure that water tanks are screened. Any container that holds water (where levels rise and fall) will encourage mosquitoes to breed. Keep an eye out for drains that hold puddles, car tyres and old buckets that everyone forgets about. Clean up the garden and make sure there is nothing around the house that holds permanent water that will rise and fall.
Screen your home:
- Make sure that all your windows and doors are properly screened so that you have a safe retreat from these mosquitoes and cockroaches.
Eaves and Walls:
Check your eaves and brickwork for wasp nests and spiders. Wasps can be prevalent even during winter.
- Keep bins away from the immediate vicinity of the home. Keep them as clean as possible and wash them out regularly. Keep bins well sealed. They are a great breeding environment for flies and can encourage rodents.
Trees and Foliage:
- Foliage against the house can create a highway for ants, rodents, spiders and termites. Make sure that bushes and shrubs are kept well away from the walls. Trim off any tree branches that overhang the roof and gutters, yet another highway for ants and rodents.
If you believe or suspect that you have a winter pest problem, please contact Amalgamated Pest Control Brisbane for further advice.
1300 685 402
Despite the current cool weather we are experiencing, previous warm weather and heavy rainfall across the Brisbane area has created the perfect environment for mosquito breeding. Our outdoor lifecycle continually brings us into regular contact with these pests and in turn can put us at risk of contracting diseases and parasites that can affect our health. There are numerous potential health problems associated with Mosquitoes such as including Ross River Virus, Dengue Fever, Malaria, Japanese Encephalitis and Heartworm, (in dogs). Summer and autumn are when transmission of this virus are at its peak. During these periods, this pest can stay alive longer and potentially spread Ross River Virus. We have seen an increase in calls from customers still noticing these pests around their homes from residents in Brisbane, Boondall to Chermside, Banyo and Northgate.
How to get rid of mosquitoes’
The first step to managing mosquitoes around your home is in your own backyard. A lot of mosquitoes breed in fresh water. Their eggs are laid in fresh or brackish water and the larvae live in fresh water for a period of time until they pupate and eventually leave the water which they were born in as adult mosquitoes. The number one thing you can do is inspect your property for containers or reservoirs that can hold rain water. Mosquitoes will breed up in anything that can hold water. Even an old small container as pictured below can created a big problem for you. Removing items such as this so they can’t collect water is your first step. Things to look for that are similar could be bottles, cans, plants, watering dishes, tree hollows, open rainwater tanks, guttering, ponds, tyres and tarps. All capable of being fantastic breeding areas. Fish ponds can be a problem also. If you have a fish pond in your yard it’s a good idea to stock it with fish that will eat mosquito larvae.
How do you treat mosquitoes’?
Not all mosquitoes that are in your yard will have bred somewhere in your yard. They will fly in from neighbouring properties. It does become necessary to complete a treatment to the external areas of your home. Amalgamated Pest Control can provide good barriers to strategic areas around the outside of your home which greatly reduces the number of mosquitoes that will frequent your yard. Treatments are targeted at areas mosquitoes fly to and rest on when they first arrive in your property. If mosquito barriers are applied correctly it can last for up to six weeks I have provided many treatments for mosquitoes and have had great results and feedback from customers. A treatment such as this at the start of autumn will provide excellent relief from these pests through to the colder months when mosquitoes are not as much of a threat. There are also environmentally friendly treatments that can be applied to water sources such as ponds which are targeted directly at the larvae so that they can’t grow into adult mosquitoes.
If you’re concerned about mosquitoes at your home, call Amalgamated Pest Control Brisbane today.