Calls for pest controllers soar as flooded scary critters seek refuge in our homes

He added that it was important not to use too many pesticide sprays in an effort to get rid of insects, as it could do more harm than good.

“You might be using them to kill pests, but beneficial insects could be collateral damage – these include insects that benefit frogs or lizards that use them as a buffet,” he said.

After weeks of heavy rain, many people find unwelcome guests.Credit:Nick Moire

Richard Kingsford, from the University of NSW’s Center for Ecosystem Science, said that while heavy rains could cause significant problems for biodiversity in the short term, they could also have long-term benefits.

These include more successful breeding seasons and a greater abundance of food sources. But he added that the more intense and frequent the droughts, fires and floods, the less time ecosystems will have to recover.

“The question will be, ‘Can plants and animals develop the resilience to cope with [more frequent and extreme events] event?’ We really don’t know that for sure,” he said.

Professor Kingsford added that climate change posed increasing risks to already endangered species, whose status was caused by human activity.

“Where you can control these [anthropogenic] threats, we will see a rebound in any part of the environment,” he said.

Over the past three weeks, WIRES has received over 550 lone bird rescue and advisory calls in flooded areas of NSW, an increase of 20% on the same period last year. Rescues ranged from flightless waterlogged birds and fledglings abandoning hollow tree nests that had filled with rainwater to displaced seabirds that had been blown off course or simply exhausted by high winds .

But if you think the wet weather has brought more snakes into your home, then Andrew Melrose from Engadine, who works for Shire Snake Catchers, has news for you.


“It’s just social media and scare campaigns,” he said. On the contrary, the snake populations have rather decreased due to the wet weather.

“If someone is really speaking out on Facebook, you get a viral image, and everyone thinks there are thousands of them. [of snakes]said Mr. Melrose.

“This [the rain] caused a lot of trouble with the breeding of female snakes; they didn’t have enough time to feed, especially the red bellies… They are very thin after giving birth, and normally they would have better weight and better condition, but they couldn’t hunt or eating through their pregnancy.”

The thing people should really worry about, Mr Dallow said, will be the hot summer of 2023.

Termites thrive in moist environments, and the relentless rains of the past few months have meant homes have inevitable moisture issues, and termites love it.

“As soon as we get warmer weather, a lot of the termites will go crazy,” Mr Dallow said.

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