The Top 10 Pests Of The Gold Coast, QLD

Pest control in Queensland, specifically here on the Gold Coast, is not unlike that of many countries, except in Australia we may have more nasties to keep watch over than many places in the world. Plus the fact that it is important to make our visits to homes and businesses environmentally friendly so that we end up only poisoning the pests, and not the inhabitants.

So it is important to not just start spraying chemicals all over the place, hoping that a few bugs are killed, but to first assess the situation, determine the best solution for the situation and then use the best environmentally friendly method.

It is a known fact that pests most generally need specific conditions in which to live and be successful in their own right, and if those conditions are eliminated, the pests leave, as simple as that.

So it is an important pest control measure to;

– Identify the cause and the base factors for the pest infestations
– Treat those specific areas and change the living conditions so the pests don’t return

It doesn’t matter if the problem is residential, commercial, or industrial the severe attention to detail and knowing exactly what you are working with is the secret to successful pest control.

In terms of the potential damage they cause to homes (some say 1 in 3 homes will be affected at some time) the termite is THE #1 pest that pest controllers on the Gold Coast have to face day in a day out.

Another issue that a lot of people are unaware of is the growing threat of feral animals which happens when our urban areas encroach more and more into the bush. It is now commonplace to have to deal with and remove foxes, feral cats, possums, wild dogs, pigeons and other wild animals such as brush turkeys which seem to like your home or garage as much as you do.

Most commonly, however, the average local pest controller is going to be going up against ants, spiders, termites, cockroaches, fleas mosquitoes and rodents.

All of these pests are anti-people as they either carry disease or are destructive, or both. The mice and rats for example, carry Salmonella food poisoning, typhus and contaminate food prep areas with their fur, droppings and urine. Mice also like to nest in the walls of buildings between the drywall and the outer siding of a house, and they end up chewing the electrical wires and start fires.

The subject of termite control is one that most people are familiar with, but if they really get into your house it can turn into a real problem. They nest originally underground and like to make it into your house because of all the wonderful cellulose that they like to eat. Wood is full of cellulose.

Flying Termites

Cockroaches are the same as mice and rats as far as carrying disease, they just don’t chew the electrical wires. Ants are a problem too that needs always to be taken care of right away.

Swarming ants are unwelcome visitors in our kitchens;

Spiders actually have many good characteristics in nature, but their bites can be painful to humans and can get infected. Nearly all spiders in Australia are venomous, so they should be treated with a healthy respect. Let them stay out of your house however, as they should be managed in that way.

If you have pests or need a termite inspection to find out if you do have them, and what kind they are, have a qualified pest control person inspect your home or business today. Contact us for a quote today or call Luke Taylor on 1300 552 234

So, what are the Gold Coast’s top 10 pests? Here’s our list.

Be interested to hear what you think in the comments below.

1. Termites
2. Cockroaches
3. Spiders
4. Rats and Mice
5. Ants
6. Fleas and Bed Bugs
7. Mosquitoes
8. Wasps and Bees
9. Feral Dogs and Cats
10. Pigeons (aka “roof rats” or “rats of the sky”)

feral bees
Bees are an increasing problem for people on the Gold Coast

Feral pigeons are a real problems on the Gold Coast especially when they get into large commercial premises

If you are purchasing a home in you should ensure that a pest and building inspection report is arranged to ensure that it is free of these pest and is structurally sound of course.