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2017 Brent Heness Pre Purchase Inspections

BHPPI

TERMITES & PEST SERVICES

TERMITES                                    COCKROACHES                                     SPIDERS

There are over 300 different species of termites in Australia, but only a handful cause problems to properties:

  • Coptotermes acinaciformis

  • Coptotermes frenchi

  • Mastoternes darwiniensis

  • Cryptotermes spp. (native)

  • ‘West Indian Drywood Termite’ Cryptotermes brevis (introduced)

  • Heterotermes ferox

  • Schedorhinotermes intermedius

  • Natsutitermes fumigatus

  • Natsutitermes walkeri

Of these species, it is the Coptotermes species that are of major concern in Australia. If you suspect you have found termites do not touch them. Call Us ASAP.

Find out more about termites here:   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Termite

Do cockroaches spread disease?

Different forms of gastroenteritis (food poisoning, dysentery, diarrhea, etc.) appear to be the principal diseases transmitted by german cockroaches. These disease-causing organisms are carried on the legs and bodies of cockroaches, and are deposited on food and utensils as cockroaches forage.

 

Signs of a COCKROACH infestation

  • As cockroaches are nocturnal, often you many only see one or two cockroaches. But when you see one or two, you know there will be a lot more hiding in the cracks and crevices. If you are seeing cockroaches during the day, the chances are you have a significant infestation.

  • Other signs of an infestation,  there will often be a characteristic cockroach smell.  include old "skins" left behind when cockroaches moult and empty egg cases

 

It is suggested that bites of spiders will almost kill you instantly or can cause the affected limb to fall off. Luckily for us that is not true. Two spiders that should be avoided, are the Sydney Funnel-web (Atrax robustus) and the Redback (Latrodectus hasselti) because their bites can be painful for some time.
Are those two to be worried about? Since 1956 nobody died from a Redback bite and since 1980 nobody from a Sydney Funnel-web bite, mainly because of the development of an antivenom.
But if in doubt, leave the spider where it is and walk away. 

concerned not sure what spider it is call our friendly staff.if you are bitten by a spider see this site it might help identify the spider so you can get the correct treatment.

https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/spider-bites

              WASPS                                       RODENTS                               HOUSE ANTS

Standard Common Name

Paper wasps

Identification:

Paper wasps have a small head, with medium sized eyes and medium length antennae. The body is slender, with a very narrow waist. There are two pairs of brown-tinted wings, with the first pair larger. The abdomen has some yellow/orange bands, but is mainly black. Recently, the introduced Asian Paper Wasp (Polistes chinensis) has been reported from several inner city suburbs of Sydney. This closely related species is larger than the native Polistes and tends to have more distinctive yellow and brown bands.

Size/range:

approximately 2.2 cm

Paper wasps are found throughout Australia.

 

  • RODENT BEHAVIOUR 

  • Is it active during both day and night, and is it relatively fearless around humans?

  • Is it an agile climber, often seen in fruit trees, scaling fences and electrical wires or the roof of a house?

  • Have you found a nest in your roof, made of shredded materials such as paper or insulation. 

Diseases

Rats are known to spread deadly diseases. Vermin including rats, for instance, carried the fleas through Europe that resulted in the Bubonic Plague. To this day, rodents can still spread plague and its many variants. Yet that’s only the beginning. People who are bitten or scratched by rodents can contract rat-bite fever. This illness involves chills, fever, joint pain, and rash. In addition, rats also transmit hantavirus, Lassa fever, salmonella, leptospirosis, tape worms, hemorrhagic fever with renal failure, and typhus. Many of the diseases or conditions spread by rats can be deadly.

The black house ant, Ochetellus glaber, is a species of ant found in both urban and rural areas in Australia. This ant has a prominent node (petiole), which is a distinguishing feature from the white-footed house ant. This ant is slightly smaller and stockier than the white-footed house ant with adults usually growing to 2.5 mm to 3 mm long.

 

Habits

 

Infesting home and buildings in search of food and water, black house ants are especially attracted to sweet foods but also eat honeydew which is excreted from sap-sucking insects, as a result they are known to tent to aphids and bugs on domestic plants. Black house ants can be aggressive towards other species of ant if disturbed. They are omnivorous, feeding on other insects pet food worms, as well as vegetation.

 

Habitat

 

Black house ants usually nest under dry timbers logs or stones. The species can commonly be found in gardens.

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