Austech Carpet Steam Cleaning and Pest Management Brisbane BSA licensed pest technicians can tackle a number of pest problems, specialising in the treatment of cockroaches, fleas, ants, bed bugs, spiders, wasps, rats & mice, carpet beetles and silverfish both inside and outside of the home.
Austech Carpet Steam Cleaning and Pest Management Brisbane will not only treat your home, we will also provide you with a 12 month service warranty even on ants and spiders, so if you have a problem with any of these pests, Austech Carpet Steam Cleaning and Pest Management guarantees to retreat the problem areas free of charge (conditions apply).
Most people in Brisbane have experienced problems due to pests in their homes. In most cases, these pests are tolerated because homeowners are unaware that there are both environment and chemicals methods for the control of these unwanted pests. At Austech Carpet Steam Cleaning and Pest Management Brisbane we will take the time to talk to you about all your options when it comes to pest control and management.
Most household pests can be controlled, or at least significantly reduced by some basic procedures carried out by the house owner. Even when our chemicals are used, some basic procedures will complement the work carried out by our technicians which ensure that your home will be pest free for a longer period of time. We can provide this information to help you when we perform our initial inspection to your home.
Cockroaches are nocturnal, hiding during the day in cracks and crevices in walls and even in furniture. It is important that computers and microwave ovens be protected, as some cockroaches nest in these warm pieces of equipment, often resulting in expensive consequences.
For over 300 million years cockroaches have been present on earth. They are the most common pest of houses and restaurants throughout Australia. Their wide distribution and close association with humans, coupled with high frequency with which they carry human diseases in and on their bodies, have given them a very high pest status.
Cockroaches inhabit sewer systems, drains and composts used for the garden. Some will come in contact with animal and human faeces as well as contaminated food and transfer these organisms on their bodies and in their faeces to food which is being prepared for human consumption.
Cockroaches can carry several million bacteria on and inside its body, such as disease organisms like salmonella and other organisms causing gastroenteritis, dysentery, tuberculosis, hepatitis, typhoid fever and many other human disorders.
Some humans are allergic to cockroaches, their extract, can bring about positive skin reactions and allergens. The dried faeces becomes part of household dust and when inhaled or ingested where foods are contaminated may cause asthma attacks for asthmatics.
Fleas are small but vary in size (1.0 – 4.0 mm long) usually brownish specialised parasitic insect that belongs to the order Scphenaptera. They are blood suckers, the majority feeding on mammals (e.g. Dogs, cats, pigs). There are many species of fleas some having particular preferences for hosts. When drawing blood from their host, they can transmit diseases to humans and animals.
Fleas become pests when humans and animals share the same home or populated area.
The adult female may lay hundreds of eggs in her lifetime about 4-8 eggs are laid after each blood meal. The eggs hatch in 4-10 days entering the larva stage. After about 12-20 days the larvae pupate in silken cocoons which are often covered with debris. In 7-10 days the adult emerges and seeks a blood meal from the host which starts the whole cycle over again.
The life cycle can last for several months depending on the availability of food. Flea pupae can remain dormant for several months and will emerge from their cases when new vibration occurs. The adult flea then seeks blood meals from the legs of those nearby.
Flea species that are pests in domestic situations:
Ants are social insects which live in a nest. They have several ‘castes’ with specific duties for the survival of the colony. A colony consists of a Queen, a King which dies soon after fertilising the Queen and the workers. They are the most frequently encountered pest in and around the home feeding on a wide variety of foods.
Ants can also carry disease organisms which can cause dysentery or pathogenic bacteria (Salmonella).
There are four stages in the life cycle of ant’s, egg larva, pupa and adult.
There are many different species of ants, which infest our homes, the most common being the white-footed house ant. These are black ants about 2.5-3mm long with pale feet. They nest in cavity walls, rockeries and behind kitchen cupboards.
Infestations can be reduced significantly by limiting food particles in rooms and cupboards of the house. Food left outside for animals can attract ants which then go in search of more food.
Bed bugs have not been linked with diseases of mankind but often cause severe irritation as a result of their bites. Adult bed bugs are 4-5mm long oval- shaped bodies and rusty brown in colour. Before laying eggs the female must have a blood meal during egg laying. She glues the eggs to surfaces near where she resides such as on surfaces of walls and furniture. It is therefore important that when bed bugs are discovered that a thorough inspection be carried out prior to a chemical treatment.
European wasp stings particularly those from a whole swarm often require medical treatment/attention. Wasp nests are often found in roof cavities, old tree stumps, landscape garden material etc. The most common wasp encountered in SEQ is the paper-nest wasp, a social insect with female, male and worker castes living in a papery nest. They are often found under eaves of a house or in the garden the nest is attached to the surface by a small strong stalk.
Being social animals rats and mice live in groups requiring food and shelter which is provided in buildings particularly during late autumn and winter. The nests are usually composed of paper and other soft materials such as insulation batts.
Rats and mice are mostly active at night and eat a wide variety of foods. Because of the diseases they carry contaminated food should be destroyed. Rats and mice can also cause physical damage to a house by gnawing at timbers and electrical wiring, sometimes causing house fires.
The presence of rodents is often detected from their damage, odour and faecal droppings, being most active at night you can often hear them running around in roof voids.
Once the rodent activity has been detected we recommend quick professional control.
We recommend urgent control when detected. They can cause considerable damage, especially to woollen carpets. Through vacuuming especially behind and under furniture should be carried out on a regular basis.