Queensland Cockroach Crisis: Pest Controllers Issue Warning as Temperatures Rise

Queensland Cockroach Crisis: Pest Controllers Issue Warning as Temperatures Rise

Queensland Cockroach Crisis

Australia is experiencing some extreme heatwaves, according to sciencealert.com. This reality may not be changing any time soon, and it is a reality that pest control experts fear might bring another unexpected wave: a wave of roaches.

Wave of Cockroaches

Yes, it is true that there may be a wave of roaches approaching. The cockroach population is going to skyrocket by 30 percent according to Jimmy Whelan at Guard Pest Control an Australian pest management company.

The species that homeowners have to worry about are the following:

  • German cockroach
  • American cockroach
  • Australian cockroach

The thing that all these roaches have in common is their resilience. They are able to survive through hunger and extreme temperatures, making them especially equipped to continue living through this heatwave.

Why are Cockroaches Rising in Population?

Both homeowners and business owners have to fear this rise, but some are wondering why it’s even happening in the first place. It would be great to pinpoint one specific reason the roach population is growing so rapidly, but this cannot be done.

Nature is a strange and complex phenomenon. Experts are pointing to some of the following reasons as to why the cockroach population is growing so quickly in Australia:

  • Humid summers create the perfect environment for these creatures to procreate. This summer was especially humid for Australia.
  • Rapid breeding seasons from September to June and January through March.
  • Australia’s rich, natural land provides nourishment to these creatures, which also contributes to their growth.

Cockroaches

Of course, these aren’t all the reasons why these insects are growing so quickly, but they are some of them.

Why are Cockroaches Making Their Way Into Homes and Businesses?

This is the million-dollar question. If the roach population was growing in Australia and stayed outside, most people wouldn’t care so much. The only thing that would change is that birds, rodents, and other mammals would have more of them to hunt in the wild, but the reality is they are eyeing homes and places of businesses.

Cockroaches are making their way into homes in alarming and overwhelming ways. Why do you suppose this is happening? The following are some reasons that may answer that question:

  • Australia is dealing with one of the worst fires in a long time. This fire is displacing not only people but also insects, such as roaches making their way into homes for safety.
  • The heatwave that the country is going through also caused a major drought, which is depleting the land of resources. This is another reason roaches are attempting to find resources, homes, and businesses.
  • Many homeowners do not inspect their homes for leaks, holes, cracks, and other entrances that roaches can use to gain access.

 

These are just some reasons why roaches are making their way into homes through Jimmy Whelan from Guard Pest Control also points out that cockroaches are like any other pest: they need water. This means homeowners and business owners need “moisture meters to assess moisture levels in walls. Pests are attracted to moisture and humidity.”

Cockroaches Control

What can you do to protect yourself from this rise? That is another hard question to answer. Of course, there isn’t much that can be done to fix the heatwave, and hopefully, the fires are controlled soon enough, but homeowners and business owners can still take active steps to keep their properties safe.

For one, a full inspection is vital to effectively seal the property to prevent these insects from gaining access in the first place.

Second of all, it is important that property owners realize that roaches might already have made their way inside. You can never be sure because roaches are excellent at hiding, so you are going to need professional help. Having a full pest inspection and making sure this becomes routine should help squash infestations before they become worse.

Hopefully, this information helps enlighten Australians and helps keep everyone as safe as possible. Cockroaches are not only a nuisance, but they also carry bacteria that can cause sicknesses, not to mention allergic reactions in those who are sensitive or have respiratory issues.

Brisbane City Council Sprays For Mosquitoes

Brisbane City Council Sprays For Mosquitoes – Will It Help Home Owners?

Council Targets Mosquito Hotspots

Brisbane City Council Sprays For Mosquitoes

The Brisbane City Council recently set a plan in motion to manage the alarming mosquito population spike in the city and surrounding areas. Some entomologists are actually describing it as an invasion with millions of mosquitoes settling in the area in such a short period of time. The plan involves spraying insecticides over the pests’ hotspots as well as their breeding sites. The importance of these drastic measures became evident as millions of mosquitoes moved into the city proving to be quite a nuisance to the residents. The health risks involved also played a major role in motivating the city authorities to commence with the eradication steps. The one question on everyone’s mind however is what this means to homeowners in the region and whether or not it will help.

When Did The Mosquito Problem Start?

In order to understand the aim of this project, it is first of all very important to understand what the problem is. Brisbane is in all essence a mosquito hub. With the many water bodies, the warm temperatures and occasional heavy rains, mosquitoes have the perfect environment to survive and reproduce. The saltmarsh mosquito in particular is one of the most significant species and is especially drawn to the saltmarsh regions in Brisbane after which the species is named.

The mosquito problem is usually exacerbated by changes in weather patterns. In this case, rainy seasons and occasional storms like the recent ones caused an increase in mosquito population. These favorable conditions also prompted the migration of new mosquito species into the area.

Will The Spraying Work?

So back to our question; will the spraying work for homeowners in Brisbane? The most likely answer is yes. This is not the first time that the country has waged war on the pesky pests. With their perennial presence, the authorities have had no choice but to carry out these mass eradication projects on a regular basis. Therefore if the results of the previous mass sprayings are anything to go by, then this one should be just as effective and subsequently
beneficial to the area’s residents.

3 Key Benefits That Home Owners Can Expect

1. Reduced mosquito presence

The pests are not referred to as pesky for gags and laughs with their annoying buzzing and constant presence making them a nuisance to the residents. It therefore goes without saying that one of the main improvements to look forward to is their general absence both indoors and outdoors.

2. Reduced risk of mosquito-borne diseases

In addition to being annoying, mosquitoes pose a major threat to human health. Many species found in the Brisbane area are known biological vectors of different diseases. By getting rid of the pest, the city council will be contributing significantly to the prevention and control of the associated
diseases.

3. It will allow home owners to enjoy professional pest control services

Working with professional exterminators is without a doubt a major benefit to homeowners. They possess specific skills, equipment and of course knowledge that gives them an advantage. Residents can therefore look forward to more effective eradication, that what they would have handling the problem alone. The Council has awarded contracts to several local pest control companies to manage the spraying in mosquito hotspots. Local exterminator, Nicholas Favreau from Pro Pest Control Brisbane said “the spraying will definately help the local residents who live in areas prone to mosquito breeding. The humidity from recent rains has really increased the problem in low lying areas, he added.

4. Reduced cost of personal pest control

Finally, by handling the eradication themselves, the council is saving homeowners in Brisbane a lot of money. Getting rid of mosquitos at a personal level can be taxing on your financially. You have to invest in nets, window screens, insecticides, mosquito repellants and so much more. The residents therefore have a lot to look forward to with the Brisbane City Council doing most of the heavy lifting.

Brisbane City Council Spraying

Is it safe?

Another question popping up in relation to this project is whether or not the mass eradication is safe for the environment.

According to the officials involved in the project, the spraying is completely safe. It is reported that since mass spraying was adopted as an eradication strategy for mosquito control, the council only uses environmentally friendly chemicals. These are meant to target both the mosquitoes as well as larva in water without affecting other organisms in the water.

Key Areas Targeted By The Spraying Project

Some parts in Brisbane have been affected more than others by the mosquito invasion. As a result, a majority of the council’s efforts have been focused on these areas. They include: Brisbane Airport, Wynnum North, Murarrie, Hemmant, Fisherman Island, Tingalpa Creek, Tinchi Tamba, Norman Park

Bottom line

In conclusion, there is no denying the fact that this project could not have come at a better time for Brisbane homeowners.