Summer Pests to Look Out For on the Sunshine Coast

Even the cleanest homes aren't immune to summer pests. Summer is known as "pest season" for a reason.

Unless it's your first day in the country, you know that summertime brings out a lot of bugs in Australia! Keeping an eye out for dangerous Australian pests is one of the easiest ways to make sure your home stays comfortable and safe.

You should watch out for these creepy crawlies as the weather gets warmer on the Sunshine Coast.

Cockroaches

The Australian homeowner's worst enemy, cockroaches are guaranteed to be unwanted guests. While roaches can strike at any time, the summer heat makes for ideal breeding conditions.

Cockroaches might be common, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't take them seriously. The organisms they carry can lead to everything from food poisoning to serious illness.

Spot cockroaches by looking for droppings around warm and messy areas, particularly kitchens and garages.

Ants

One of the more annoying pests, ants can become a serious problem before you know it. Larvae typically hatch in summer, so by the time you've spotted ants in your kitchen you might have a bigger colony than you realise. Killing the nest is the only way to get rid of ants entirely, so it's smart to call in professional pest control on the Sunshine Coast when you spot those annoying scout lines.

Flies

It's easy to dismiss flies as an unavoidable part of summer in Australia, but they can pose a real risk to you and your family. These buzzing pests carry a number of diseases, including serious conditions like dysentery and cholera.

While some kinds of fly pose less of a danger, it's worth getting a professional assessment to make sure your home and food is free of disease or infection.

Spiders

Some common house spiders (like the famous Daddy Long Legs) are relatively harmless, and can even help your home stay free of more dangerous pests.

However, others (like the Redback) are highly poisonous and even deadly. If you see a spider you can't identify in your home, it's time to call in a professional pest service.

While webs are a sure sign of spiders, make sure to monitor crevices and dark corners for harder to spot critters. Keep a close eye on outdoor areas like pools and gardens in the summertime, as spiders can pose a real risk to younger children and babies.

Termites

While termites aren't exclusive to summer, it's easiest for the cold-blooded insects to swarm in the warmer seasons. Scout termites often start building nests in the spring and summer, making it the best time to prevent a serious infestation.

Keep an eye out for winged insects or holes in nearby trees or your property, especially on humid days. Major termite problems can seriously devalue your property and cost you thousands of dollars, not to mention the safety risks to you and your family.

Don't delay getting help if you've spotted any of these pests in your home. Putting off dealing with an infestation only makes it more likely to become a serious risk to your home and family.

If you're unsure about a pest, a routine inspection is the easiest way to put your mind at ease, so you can get back to enjoying the summer. Contact us today on (07) 5441 5040 to find out how we can help you with your pest control on the Sunshine Coast.