The Gold Coast, Australia, the home to some of the world’s deadliest creatures, and some are not so deadly.
Gold Coast is located on the Eastern Seaboard of Continental Australia, having a reasonable sub-tropical climate with temperatures ranging between 35°c degrees in the midst of summer to approx 2°c celsius degrees in the middle of a winter evening. Winter which is approximately Late June to Early August each year. The Gold Coast has at the time of this article, 550,000 residents and hosts a large tourist population each year as a world class surfing destination and for its beautiful beaches.
As the writers of this article are a pest control company who deal with all range of issues, here are a list of what you will commonly expect to find in a typical Gold Coast and South-East Queensland household.
With White Tail Spiders, luckily we do not get too many people who call us about this sort of pest, but they can be a major nuisance and cause major damage if bitten (New Zealand doesn’t get white-tails). When bitten, you must seek urgent medical treatment, as they can eat into the flesh and leave major scarring. The white tail spider is distinctive with its white mark on the back of its body.
Cockroaches, the spawn of many peoples existence. Though you can suffer fear from the dreaded cockroach, not all cockroaches are dangerous. You have a number of types that live on the Gold Coast, including Australian Native (Periplaneta australasian), American (Periplaneta american) and the German Cockroach (Blattella germanic) (see below). Though the Native Australian and American types can fly in through the windows, they can also breed in warm household cavities in the colder months.
German cockroaches will still survive the winter inside a home. The Australian and American look quite similar in colour and general shape, whereas the german cockroach is a lighter brown and smaller in size. The German cockroach is considered dangerous as they are known to be carriers of multiple diseases such as Dysentry. Coli, Diarreah, they also known when scared or threatened to omit a terrible odour. They are also know to be scavengers, eating items such as plastic coating on electrical wires, toothpaste and even each other if the opportunity exists. If you find german cockroaches, a specialised treatment is required as they are resilient to predominantly most types of pest control treatment. Call us for advice on (1300 438 449.
Ants are very common on the Gold Coast and the whole of Australia. Have you ever seen ants coming out under the cracks of a wall in your home? Find that is only in summertime?Well that is the case because ants are breeding there all year long but are quite strange in their behaviour. The major food source is sugar and starch products, so are known to attack sugar in the food cupboard and even food for pets. Call us if ants are a problem on 1300 438 449
Termites, or also known as “White ants” are considered one of the biggest problems for Gold Coast, Brisbane and South-East Queensland residents in the form of “pests”. They are a small insect that travel underground and enter your home silently and secretly and eat and damage the timbers in a property. Considered one of the most “successful pests on earth”, sheerly due to the size of colonies, capacity and magnitude, they are also considered the most costly. They generally enter homes from underground (subterranean) and are unseen until damage has been caused. This damage has caused homes on the Gold Coast to be condemned and can total in cost tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars. This is because you first have to eradicate them (please do not use insect spray if you find a nest!), then you have to fix the damage, finally, you have to keep a full time protection around the property from further attack. Statistically, one-in-three homes are considered to have termites in them which is considered that it will increase with the onset of global warming. Hetero, Masto, Macro, Copto, Schedo, Nautilio, and all different types of ‘Termes’ that affect the Gold Coast area. Some are worse than other with speed and ability. Call us if you find evidence of damage or activity, as first we will always recommend a full termite inspection and protection, as there is no proper QUICK FIX, as the termites will come back if the house is not fully protected. Call today on 1300 438 449 or email email@example.com
Snakes are considered deadly in Australia, with a number of species being more predominant on the Gold Coast than others. Please note: if you do see a snake, please stay well away, or stay still as they are more scared of us, than we of them. The Eastern Brown snake is considered a very dangerous snake, due to its higher level of aggression so please refrain from getting close. Other snakes are the Python (or carpet snake). Not considered dangerous but has been known to still cause major problems. We have snake handlers that we can connect you with, so call us today on 1300 438 449. or you can find them at Snake Catcher 24 hours 0401 263 296
This article is considered an indicative guide only and not to be considered as expert onsite or online advice. With all intentions present, at the time of writing was done in good faith, and some errors may be present so consult a professional expert before procceding with any further action, works or decision.