The Deadliest Pests Found in Nambour Homes
While the untrained eye may think all pests they pass are venomous, poisonous and life-threatening, only a few actually hold the title of being a deadly critter. In Australia alone, we're home to around 66 species that can end in human fatality, many of which are pests that can even reside inside your home. Luckily, however, here at K.C.S we care deeply about you and your family's safety, so we've created a list of 3 far too common, deadly pests to watch out for on your Nambour property and the signs that an infestation is underway.
Red Back spiders
Red Back Spiders (also known as Black Widows) are typically one of the first pests to come to mind when thinking of deadly Australian critters, and there's a good reason for it. Red Back's are historically known for causing the highest rate of antivenom administration in Australia than any other creature, as alongside their potent venom they regularly reside around humans.
Red Back's are responsible for 2,000 to upwards of 10,000 bites per year - many of which can easily be prevented by regularly checking in moist, dark places, such as under a toilet seat or fridge. Look out for a red stripe on a small black, glossy body, as these critters are common along the Sunshine Coast and aren't afraid to bite.
Funnel Web Spiders
Although Funnel Web Spiders may be less common than its Red Back relative, it is far more deadly. Funnel Web Spiders are considered the most dangerous species of spider on the planet, with one bite of venom being able to kill an adult human in less than an hour. However, don't worry too much - due to advancements in antivenom and fast first responders, the chances are extremely low, but that doesn't mean you should take the risk. Look out for funnel-shaped webs and glossy dark brown-black bodies under sheets, cabinets and couches. Keep in mind that even though this critter is far less common in Nambour than in more southern areas, they still lurk around.
After reading about the two previous deadly arachnids, it might be shocking to see something as small and as common as a mosquito on this list, but the fact is that these guys are far more deadly than any other pest. Mosquitoes are considered the most dangerous animal worldwide (with roughly 2.7 million fatalities annually) due to their ability to transfer diseases such as Malaria and Zika. On the Sunshine Coast, the most common diseases spread by mosquitoes are Ross River Virus, Encephalitis, Dengue, and Barmah Forest, with hundreds of cases of infection each year. Unfortunately, however, the recent flooding has increased mosquito populations so it's vital to protect yourself and your family by avoiding mosquitoes as much as possible.
If you believe your Nambour home has a risk of boarding deadly critters, don't worry, K.C.S has you covered!