in Business - 23 Apr, 2019
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Asian House Geckos Invading Australia

Over the past few years, Asian house geckos are found to be growing in number in Australia. It is quite common to see one in every house nowadays. This species is one of the few that has successfully invaded the country and Brisbane pest control companies as well as biologists are worried that they are populating faster from suburbia and now moving on to bush land.

According to an expert handling the reptile collection in the Queensland Museum, there is nothing special with the arrival of the gecko in Brisbane. It was first found in 1983 at Brisbane wharves where they are hiding in shipping containers. They usually come through shipping and were able to withstand travels through automobiles, planes and trains. Nowadays, Asian house geckos can be found in every property.

The species has already spread in various territories – north of Australia, west of Australia, Queensland and Northern Territory. It has almost invaded Queensland save for the arid interior. Starting in the 80s, they have spread to places such as Camooweal, Roma and Emerald.

Globally, Australia is referred to as the land of the reptiles because of the number of species in the county and geckos are found to be very diverse. Native species of geckos alone reaches over 170 and there are those that look like the Asian house gecko. The major difference is the call because the latter seems to bark louder and more often.

Looking closely, the tails of the Asian species have small spines and their toe pads are of different shape. For those who wish to eradicate them, the effort might be futile and deemed unnecessary. A tropical biologist working for James Cook University, Conrad Hoskin, said that geckos are not threat to our homes and the kids even love them. He added that there is no need to kill the species because they are lovely to have around.

The only problem that might warrant Brisbane pest control is that the Asian house geckos are seemed to be a threat in the bush land for the native species. Their high population is consuming a large number of invertebrates and it could disrupt the ecosystems.