We are now at that time of year when some days feel like Spring is in the air, but then we get a southerly reminder that Winter is not over just yet.
In the pest industry winter is our quietest period, although we still have enough work conducting termite inspections, which we recommend at least every 6-12 months. We are also busy with pests such as rats & mice, who being warm blooded, love to enter our homes in the colder months. Other year round pests include German cockroaches, carpet beetle, stored food product pests & bedbugs.
Tick treatments have also become a year round problem in recent years. We used to only get calls in Spring & Summer, but it seems that the grass ticks are appearing earlier & the adult paralysis ticks stay around for longer. This may be due to factors such as climate, less back-burning of foliage & vegetation & a resurgence in population of possums & bandicoots, due to reduction in fox numbers from baiting.
Sydney's northern beaches are particularly bad for ticks, especially suburbs with dense foliage, such as Avalon, Clareville, Newport, Narrabeen, Elanora Heights, Whale Beach & Palm Beach.