Is Your Business in a North Brisbane Commercial Pest Hot Spot?

To locate pest hot spots in your north Brisbane commercial business, you need to know a little about the pests that you can expect to regularly see.  How concerned should your business be about north Brisbane commercial pest control? Cockroaches, bed bugs, and rodents are all attracted to several types of businesses for varied reasons, and knowing why they appear will help you to get rid of them. Brisbane City Pest Control provides effective pest control services for all your pest control needs – read on to find out more about the pests that live in your part of Brisbane city!

What is a Hot Spot?

Commercial pest hot spots are places where pests are frequently found. Anywhere there is moisture and food enough for them to thrive and multiply. Unfortunately, in commercial buildings this is often places that we need to keep clean. The most common places they are found are:

  • Bathrooms
  • Kitchens
  • Dumpsters and bins
  • Storage areas

While not an exhaustive list, the businesses that are most pest-prone and tend to provide the most attractive living quarters to all kinds of pest species include:

  • Restaurants and cafes
  • Food processing facilities
  • Shopping precincts and grocery stores
  • Service stations
  • Waste management facilities
  • Accommodation and health care facilities

These businesses need to have solid pest control plans that are routinely maintained and keep a high standard of hygiene.  We can help you if you have noticed evidence of pests, however, it is best to prevent an infestation before it takes hold. Talk to us today about north Brisbane commercial pest control that includes a comprehensive pest prevention plan.

What Type of Pests are Typically Found in North Brisbane Businesses?


Cockroaches are insects that can pose significant health risks and can ruin a business’ reputation in record time. What business owners don’t often realise is that they can also cause damage to stock and property, as they like to eat items made of organic materials including books, cardboard, packaging paper or leather. Everywhere they travel, cockroach bodies leave a trail of bacteria. They leave behind droppings that resemble black pepper and dark smear marks, and pathogen loaded salivary deposits. They are often found in areas where food and water are easily accessible, such as kitchens or bins.


Flies can be a huge problem during the hot summer months, but they can also pose a health risk at other times of the year. Business patrons may accept the odd fly passing through, but they won’t tolerate the constant hum of flies over their meal (and nor should they) and are likely to exit stage left if they see a fly trapped in the refrigerated food case or bain-marie.  Flies spread disease, spoil food, and can even cause allergic reactions. Like cockroaches, they will often be found around food or anything particularly smelly, like bins or kitchens.


Finding rats or mice on your property can be distressing. And you certainly don’t want a customer spotting one. Rodents can pose a significant risk to your health and can cause immense damage to your property through gnawing on electrical wires, on the walls of the building, and any furniture. Their droppings and urine can also cause damage to the flooring and lead to stock loss, particularly with regards to any food or organic stock you may store. Rats and mice also reproduce very quickly, and so if you do not get them under control they will quickly take over.


Ants are a problem when they infest a building and contaminate food meant for humans. They live in large groups, so it is easy to go from zero to one hundred very quickly. In some severe cases, they can cause structural damage to buildings. Fun fact: There are over 1,200 known species of Australian ants and we are importing more all the time. As pest control experts we are able to identify common culprits, advise on the type of damage a specific species may be doing to your property, and the course of treatment appropriate to that ant species.

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs have once again become common in Australia as people travel again, and infestations can sometimes be hard to remove due to certain populations being resistant to commonly used insecticides. They can be incredibly uncomfortable and cause itchy spots on your skin, blood stains in your bed sheets, and a foul odour. Bed bugs can be found anywhere from people’s homes to hotels, hostels, aged care homes and even cinemas. They are happy travellers with their eggs being hard to spot and can be spread through bedding, clothing, and your shoes and they are rapid breeders – their population can explode in little over a fortnight. To completely exterminate them, multiple treatments need to be completed in line with the AEPMA Bed Bug Code of Practice.


Businesses and Suburbs Where These Pests Pose the Greatest Threat


Cockroaches, flies, and rodents pose the greatest threat in restaurants, because they are drawn to food and water. They are of particular concern in Paddington, Nundah, Sandgate, Strathpine, and Banyo, where sizable footpath dining and cafes help create the village atmosphere.

Food processing facilities

Rodents and cockroaches love food processing facilities at Narangba, Northgate, and Caboolture because of the easy access to food materials.

Grocery stores and shopping precincts

These types of businesses draw rodents, flies, cockroaches and ants due to the dumpsters and food waste facilities found in proximity. Suburbs where these pests are of greatest concern are at Chermside, Clayfield, Morayfield, and Kippa-Ring, with their sizeable shopping centres.

Accommodation and health care facilities

Here, bed bugs, rodents and cockroaches are the pests you need to keep under control. Taigum, Chermside West, Redcliffe, Caboolture, and Deagon all contain hospitals, health care centres, and aged care facilities, all of which need to maintain elevated levels of hygiene and sanitation. These pests are all high on the list for extermination.

Waste management facilities

These places need to keep all pests under control, but particularly rodents, flies, and cockroaches. Suburbs that have these facilities include Bracken Ridge, Nudgee, and Dakabin.


For excellent local north Brisbane commercial pest control services, contact Brisbane City Pest Control and get on top of your business’ unique pest control issues today.

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