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TERMITES

Termites currently attack 1 in 3 homes and this rate is increasing. Whether you suspect that you may have termites or know that you do, Ecosafe Pest Solutions can solve your termite problem quickly.
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"I think I have found Termites what do I do now?

If you have found termites or something that you suspect may be termites contact us now to arrange a FREE professional assessment along with a termite treatment plan and free quote.

"How do I know if I have termites”

To answer this question, you'll need a thorough termite inspection that meets the minimum requirements set out in the Australian Standard for termite treatment, AS 3660.

The fee for this detailed termite inspection ranges from $190.00 and $250.00 (not including Thermal Imaging inspection) depending on the size of your property (GST excluded).

If this inspection does reveal the presence of termites, then the cost of the inspection is discounted from your termite treatment.

GERMAN ROACHES

The German cockroach is one of the most common roaches found in apartment houses, restaurants, and hotels. German cockroaches (eggs included), are "brought in", usually on man's belongings, luggage, boxes or packages. All it takes, is bringing in one egg capsule, six months later you do have an infestation.

German Cockroach Appearance:

Adults are 1/2 inch- 5/8 inch long, light to medium brown with 2 dark distinctive stripes behind the head. The young (nymphs) are wingless, smaller and much darker in colour, with a light stripe on their backs.

German Roach Diet:

Will eat anything, will stay close to food and water source.

Habits and Biology of German Cockroaches:

Females produce one egg capsule every 3-4 weeks. Each capsule contains 25-45 eggs. The female will carry the egg capsule with her until it is ready to hatch. The young(nymphs) will be able to breed in as little as 36 days. Adult German roaches can live up to one year These roaches are mostly active at night .

If they are seen during the day, it is usually because their hiding places are overcrowded due to a large population or there is a shortage of food and water supply.
Any crack or crevice located near a source of food and/or water is prime harborage, and they spend about 75% of their time in such harborages.
First instar nymphs require a crack of about 1/32" whereas, adults require a crack of about 3/16" in width.

Infestations are generally found in kitchens and bathrooms, but can inhabit other areas if there is a heavy population or you have run them into each other with the repellent effect of insecticides.

COCKROACHS

There are 428 species of cockroach in Australia and a number of introduced species have become pests. The two most significant pest cockroaches are the German cockroach and the American cockroach.

Cockroaches live and feed in unhygienic places such as sewers and drains, or feed on garbage that may be contaminated. These insects are cold-blooded and thrive in warm, humid conditions. This is why buildings in the northern parts of Australia are particularly prone to infestations.

However cockroaches will make their home wherever they find food, moisture and shelter.
Lifecycle

A population of cockroaches can build quickly if not kept in check. A female cockroach lays between 10 and 40 eggs at a time. On average, the female can lay around 30 batches of eggs in her lifetime. The hatched young look the same as adults, only smaller and without wings. Very small nymphs hatch from the egg capsule and then develop through a series of nymph stage to become adults. Depending on the conditions and type, a cockroach can live for up to 12 months.

AMERICAN COKCROACHS

The American cockroach is the largest of the pest species. It is red-brown, with fully developed wings that cover the abdomen, and it will fly in warm conditions. The American Cockroach has a great potential for producing offspring.

Because of the large size of both adults and nymphs, people are less tolerant of this species, and the cockroaches also find fewer places inside to hide in the daytime. When established in homes they are normally found in wall voids or behind cupboards, in underfloor areas or in roof spaces.

Normally they enter living rooms, kitchens and bathrooms when they are foraging for food and water. They are most associated with the areas around homes or buildings. Common areas where they are found include gardens, around garbage, inside drains and in outhouses such as sheds or garages.

American cockroaches can coexist with German Cockroaches with no negative effects on either cockroach population.

BROWN-BANDED COCKROACH

A single brown-banded female cockroach has the potential to produce about 250 offspring. But, because of the longer time that it takes nymphs to grow into sexually mature adults, large populations are not produced as quickly as those of the German cockroach. In addition, because the egg cases are glued to objects in the environment soon after formation, they are susceptible to drying out, attack by fungi and other factors that contribute to produce a low hatch rate. This translates into a much lower potential for offspring production than for the German cockroach.

They are often found dispersed through the house behind picture frames and in light switches and furniture. Because they require less water than German cockroaches, they often survive in drier locations that are unsuitable for German cockroaches. They frequently occur in locations at eye-level or above such as in cabinets, around closet shelves, behind pictures, in warm areas near motors of refrigerators, electric clocks, timers and television sets. Other favourite habitats are around the braces of kitchen chairs and tables, around objects on the wall and in shower stalls.

ORIENTAL COCKROACH

The oriental cockroach is found in the cooler areas of Australia. They are dark brown or black and may be found under floors, in sewers and drains, and around garden rubbish.

A single female oriental cockroach has a much lower potential for producing offspring than either the German or the brown-banded females. They are more sensitive to lack of water than other cockroaches and like cool, damp locations. Look for oriental cockroaches in dark, damp basements, crawl spaces, areas between soil and the foundation, underneath sidewalks, in sewer pipes, floor drains and any other cool, moist place. Outside, they sometimes aggregate near or under garbage cans. Economic and health impacts of cockroaches.

Cockroaches are a health hazard. They carry bacteria on their bodies from sewers, drains and garbage areas and then transmit it to you and your family by visiting your kitchen and bathroom areas. Feeding in such areas as sewers, drains and garbage areas brings them in contact with disease organisms including salmonella and other organisms associated with dysentery, typhoid, hepatitis and tuberculosis.

Ingested bacteria can survive in the cockroach's digestive system, sometimes for months or even years, and are passed in its droppings. It is thought that disease is then transmitted to humans when they eat cockroach droppings on contaminated food.

COCKROACH ALLERGIES AND ASTHMA

People can become allergic to cockroaches and their faeces. This allergic reaction is a worldwide phenomenon, with sensitivity to cockroaches ranging from 23–60% of the population tested. Cockroach allergens are present mostly in settled dust, rather than air, as the particles are large and do not remain airborne unless disturbed. There seems to be a particular association between cockroach allergens and asthma but they can also cause rhinitis and dermatitis. The allergens are potent sensitisers of children and exposure to cockroach allergens early in life has been found to be a predictor for the development of asthma.

ANTS

Ants are mainly a nuisance pest rather than a health problem. Ants cause problems primarily when they forage in buildings for food or water and when they construct nests in buildings and gardens. When searching for food, they are attracted to a wide range of foodstuffs. They will also search indoors for water during dry periods. When desirable items are found many species will recruit fellow nest mates to help gather the food and return it to the nest. This can result in large numbers of ants appearing over a short period of time.

Ants can be a nuisance when attempts are made to establish plants through direct seeding. Workers will forage for the newly planted seeds, removing them to their nests and causing reduced germination.

Some ants build nests in walls and foundations, or indoors in potted plants, enclosed areas, and even in cavities in toilets and sinks. In almost all cases nests are limited to pre-existing cavities or spaces between objects or in rotten wood. Ants will seldom attack solid structures. Thus they generally will not cause structural damage to buildings but will take advantage of existing deterioration. A few species will occasionally attack electrical wiring and cause extensive damage.

Outdoors, nesting activity can result in excavated soil being deposited in gardens and on brickwork. In most cases this causes little property damage but some species can form large numbers of chambers close to the surface. These chambers can cause soil to become soft and uneven, causing serious problems when found in some types of pastures or crops.

Several species of ants pose serious health threats to people who are sensitive to their stings. In extreme cases hospitalisation may be required. Other species are known to carry diseases. Fortunately these cases are uncommon in Australia.

REDBACK SPIDER

The female of the Redback spider is the one that can kill. The female Redback is approximately 10mm long, and is all black, except from the large red stripe on the abdomen. They are common in urban habitats such as garden sheds, under steps or logs and around swimming pools or piles of rubbish. They build webs in dry, sheltered sites, often with the upper part of the web hidden from sunlight.

BLACK HOUSE SPIDER

The other is the black house spider which leaves unsightly webs around windows and doors. Black house or window spiders are shy, and are quick to hide in the retreat at the back of their webs if disturbed. Webs are often made in the corners of windows, and may have a funnel-shaped retreat in which the spider shelters.

FLEAS

There are approximately 70-80 species of fleas in Australia (Order Syphonaptera), the most common being the cat flea and the dog flea. They are 1-6mm in length and black or brown in colour. The cat flea is far the more common species, with this parasite being found upon both dogs & cats. People often refer to "grass fleas "or "sand fleas." It is incorrect to assume that these fleas just live in the grass or sand. They are usually cat fleas that their pet has deposited on the ground. All fleas are blood-sucking parasites and they need a living host in order to survive.

Fleas are wingless insects with a laterally flattened body, hairy with hooks on their legs to move easily through and to grip onto the fur of their hosts. They have very powerful hind legs that have a rubber-like resilin in their joints. When they compress these legs and release them, they are catapulted into the air, by as much as 20cms up & 35cm horizontally-150 times their own length! That is comparable to a person jumping onto Ayres Rock.

Life Cycle

A female flea can lay up to 25 eggs in a day and over 800 in a lifetime. The eggs hatch between 5 & 14 days becoming larvae. These are blind & leg-less and feed upon organic matter such as dried blood from the host. After 2 to 3 weeks the larvae are fully grown, spin a silk cocoon and become pupae.

When a stimulus in the form of vibration or heat is sensed, the pupa emerges as an adult. This can take from 2 or 3 weeks normally, or over a year to happen. This explains why people returning from holidays & entering their houses are attacked by large numbers of fleas. An adult flea can survive for over 4 months without a blood feed.

BED BUGS

Bedbugs have recently undergone a dramatic resurgence and worldwide there are reports of increasing numbers of infestations. Bedbugs are wingless insects, roughly oval in shape and 4–5mm long.

They move quickly and can hide in narrow cracks and crevices, making detection very difficult. They are rust brown in colour and change to a deeper red brown after feeding.

Bedbugs shelter in a variety of dark locations, close to where people sleep. These include under mattresses, floorboards, paintings and carpets, behind skirting, in various cracks and crevices of walls, within bed frames and other furniture, and behind loose wallpaper. Bedbugs tend to stay in close contact with each other and heavy infestations are accompanied by a distinctive sweet sickly smell. Blood spotting on mattresses and nearby furnishings is often a tell tale sign of an infestation.

Economic and health impacts of bedbugs

Bites from bedbugs often cause localized skin reactions resulting from the saliva injected during feeding. Some people will suffer a great deal of discomfort often with loss of sleep from persistent biting. The most commonly affected areas of the body are the arms and shoulders. Reactions to the bites may be delayed; up to 9 days before lesions appear. Common allergic reactions include the development of large weals that are accompanied by itching and inflammation.

It has been suggested that allergens from bedbugs may be associated with asthmatic reactions. Bedbugs have been implicated in the transmission of a wide variety of infectious agents.

BIRDS

The presence of birds is usually welcomed, as they are indicative of a diverse environment and are pleasing to most people.

In Australia all native birds are protected and every precaution must be taken to ensure they do not suffer any harm.

However, in urban environments when large populations of certain species are present, problems can arise from fouling caused by bird droppings and spreading of diseases. They can also nest in locations that may result in severe damage.

RATS / MICE

Rodent infestation and its effects on Humans

Rodents are a big problem for pest controllers here in Australia. There are three species that cause major problems in homes and commercial buildings. They are the Roof rat, Norway rat, and the house mouse. Rats and rodents cause many problems for property owners. Destruction of goods, physical damage from gnawing, and disease concerns are all effects of rodent infestations. Disease spreads easily with rodents.

The Black Death was spread by rodents on ships, causing the biggest plague in history. Rodents carry fleas and ticks that also carry dangerous diseases. Also, rodents are also able to reproduce at a staggering rate, having multiple litters each year. Left unchecked, a small rodent problem can turn into a catastrophe.

Rodents inspection: Where will I find rodents and what do they eat?

Rodents are found in a variety of different areas inside and outside the home. The roof rat seldom burrows and can be found outdoors nesting in vines and trees. Keeping your property clean of possible nesting sites can prevent a introduction of rodents onto your property. Move woodpiles away from the home and keep grass cut short. Inside the home, wall cavities and cupboards are areas common homes for these pests.

Rats and mice are omnivorous feeders, meaning they can eat anything. Rats and mice usually feed at night but are known to feed during the day if they are secluded and safe. Inspection of property is important to find their nesting area. Any droppings, tracks, or gnawing marks could signify a rodent problem. Some rodents will get in your pantry and gnaw directly into a box of food. Keeping food and trash waste in a secure place can cut down on rodent food sources. Seeking out a professional to identify these factors makes it easier to eliminate the problem in the long run.

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