Spring is most definitely here in sunny Queensland, and it brings with it some pesky pests that we may not want to ruin our spring cleaning mojo. So what should you be looking out for as the weather starts to warm and the flowers begin to bloom? Bob Gunn Termite Solutions has got you covered below.
Alates (winged termites) begin to leave their nests to find a new home and start a new colony. They leave in swarms when the temperature warms up, usually around dusk. These alates cannot fly very far, but if the wind is strong enough, they can be carried for kilometres.
Generally, though, if you see a termite swarm around your home you can bet they have come from a nest not too far away. This presents two main causes for concern: (1) Is your home already housing a colony? and (2) Could your home now be at risk of a new colony settling in?
If you have seen flying termites around your home, especially if they are inside your home, please call a specialist in termite control to check your home for existing termite activity and to make sure that you prevent any new colonies taking place.
Spring is a time for new beginnings and we all know the fear of getting swooped by a mummy magpie protecting her new babies. This is inevitable as mother birds need somewhere to build their nests and lay their eggs. As cute as it may sound the last thing you want is a bird’s nest in your roof.
Apart from the noise and mess that baby birds and their parents make, birds can carry the bird mite, and once the baby birds leave the nest, those mites will still be in your house and will source their food somewhere else like you or your family. Make sure that your roof is safe from nesting birds by closing any gaps or holes that lead to your roof cavity.
Wasps are another pest that will begin making nests. Check your eaves and under outdoor furniture. The most common wasps found around the Brisbane area are the mud-dauber and the paper wasp. If you find a wasp nest around your home and feel the need to get rid of it, call a professional to come treat and remove it as you don’t want to risk being stung in case of an allergic reaction.
Bees are also very active in spring due to the increase in flowers and therefore pollen. Hives become overcrowded and bee swarms will leave the hive to find a new home. They will swarm in a group and land temporarily on a tree branch, piece of furniture, or anything stationary.
Swarming bees should be left alone as they will move to a new location and if you disrupt them, they can become agitated and will sting. If the swarm is somewhere that is inconvenient to your everyday life, please call in professionals to help remove them safely. Otherwise, leave them be and wait for them to move on.
Insects and Rodents
The usual pests will also begin to become more active and infiltrate areas of your home. They are of course spiders, cockroaches, ants, mice and mosquitoes. A spring clean is a great idea to make sure there are no bugs already hiding in normally covered up spaces. Clean your pantry and kitchen to ward of cockroaches, ants and mice.
If mosquitoes are troubling you, look around your home inside and out for any areas that may be collecting water and dispose of it. Fly screens are an important barrier against flies, mosquitoes and any other flying insect you do not want in your home. Do a quick check of all your fly screens for any holes, tears or gaps in the seams.
Of course, if you really want to keep your home safe from termites, cockroaches, spiders, ants, mice and birds, then you should really be getting in touch with Bob Gunn Termite Solutions to give you a quote on the treatment that’s right for you.