Whether you live in a rural or an urban area, one of your biggest concerns as a home and/or business owner will be pests. Many species of ants, termites, rodents, snakes, birds, and animals like to live wherever they can find human settlement because of the easy availability of food and also security. Although they may have their uses at times, most of them can be a source of trouble. Besides being a nuisance, pests can cause damage to properties amounting to millions of dollars. Termites have been known to eat up houses, and birds and locusts have been known clear a field of crops.
If you live in Australia, the pests most likely to give you trouble are termites, ants, bedbugs, fleas, cockroaches, wasps, millipedes, possums, rodents, spiders and birds. Among these, termites, rats and mice, ants and possums are the most harmful in terms of the harm they cause to property. Fortunately, there are many pest control companies that will help you get rid of these pests in the most eco-friendly approach.
In terms of property destruction, termites are probably the most harmful pests in Australia. Every year, termites cause to assets worth hundreds of millions of dollars. These destructive insects live in a huge colony of several million individuals. These colonies usually find home inside trees, walls and floors of houses, and are hard to see. It is estimated that 1 in 4 homes in Australia are infested by termites over at least once in their life.
After termites, rats and mice are the most damaging pests. Introduced by European settlers, these animals quickly adapted to the climate of Australia and multiplied. These ever-hungry creatures can consume food equal to 10 percent of their own body weight every day. They eat a huge amount of food, and produce a huge amount of solid and liquid excreta every year. In addition to that, rats are carriers of diseases that can be fatal to people.
After rats and mice, ants are probably the most damaging pests in Australia. They are also the toughest to destroy. These ubiquitous insects also live in colonies of millions of individuals. Although most ant colonies mostly live in trees and under the ground, some are known to seek out cavities in the walls, floors and ceilings of houses. They can usually be seen searching for food in the kitchen and bathroom.
Possums live in trees, but urban expansion has left them homeless in many areas. Because of this, they have adapted to living in roofs and cavities of homes in cities in South Australia. These cute little marsupials native to Australia are protected by law. However, they are considered as pests because of the damage they cause to properties and electrical equipment, and because their droppings and urines are unhygienic.
Pests were traditionally controlled by spraying chemicals, poisoning, burning, hunting and trapping. But these methods are considered to be inhumane and unethical today. The new eco-friendly techniques involve non-toxic insecticides for insects like ants and termites, accumulative anti-coagulant baits for rodents, and compassionate approach to keep away animals such as possums. To learn more about pest control methods, just visit your most trusted pest control company and conduct your own personal inquiry.
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