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Cockroaches

Cockroaches have changed little during the 400 million years they have been around. Most species are of tropical or sub-tropical origin. Although they are not social insects, they are gregarious or commonly occur in groups. They will feed on practically anything of nutritive value. Cockroaches are among the most important pest of households and commercial premises. Not only is their mere presence a nuisance but they are known to be…

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Book Lice

Book lice are commonly found where large amounts of paper are stored, such as libraries, stationary stores and paper warehouse. They have also been found around some compressed building material such as chip board. Appearance The adults are small 1 to 2 mm cream coloured, wingless insect readily seen moving over paper, and have a characteristic square shaped head. Book lice generally feed on small fungal growths that develop on…

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Spiders

Most spiders are more of a nuisance than a pest, but they do keep insect numbers down. of the spiders found in and around the Queensland homes and buildings, only the redback spider is considered an important pest. While there are other dangerous spiders in Queensland, they are not considered very serious. Appearance and habits Grey House Spider The Grey House Spider is commonly found in Queensland houses. They do…

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Dust Mite Control

Non-toxic mite control: Remove (if possible) any dust catching materials, e.g., textiles, furs, feathers, woolens, drapes, carpets, etc. and enclose mattresses in plastic or spray with enzyme cleaners as needed.. Keep windows and doors closed and as weather-tight as much as possible to avoid the entry of pollen and insects. Keep food products in glass containers and control all insect pests. Reduce the relative humidity below 70%; repair all plumbing/moisture…

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Spider Control

Life Cycles Grey house spider The female lays a lot of eggs which are then covered with silk to form small paper brown egg sacks. the female may produce 1 or 2 egg sacks. The young, or spider lings, hatch in large numbers and through the a number of moults, reach sexual maturity in nine months. There is usually one generation each year. White-kneed spider The eggs laid by the…

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Dust Mite & Flea Control

Dustmitex – our affordable, easy-to-use at home product. Control made by The Ecology WorksDust Mite and Flea Control is a specially formulated borate product made by the Ecology Works.  Simply mix it with water and apply to fabric, rugs and carpeting for long-lasting control over dust mites and fleas. Boron, a natural element essential for healthy plant growth, aids in the assimilation of calcium in the human body.  Borates have…

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Silverfish

Silverfish are annoying, insidious insects that damage bookbinding, wallpaper, rayon fabrics, starched clothing and sized paper, but cause little real damage. As they are nocturnal and slow breeders, they are usually discover through their damage – small irregular holes. Modern home construction has provided silverfish with an ideal environment, particularly in cavity-brick walls and ceiling insulation. Appearance and Habits The mature silverfish is 1cm long with two long slender antennae,…

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Fleas

Sound advice essential for complete flea control. Fleas are a major cause of irritation to domestic animals and pet owners. On-pet flea control products are often used with the expectation that they will be all that is required to control a flea outbreak. But unfortunately because of the nature of the flea life cycle there is a massive reservoir of eggs and larvae in the environment which may be hundreds…

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Pest Identification and Monitoring

The foundation of IPM is the accurate identification of the pest and ability to assess the population of that pest in the treatment zone. Technicians in general should be able to identify the pests they most commonly encountered to genus level and preferably to species level. A 10x (ten times) power hand lens and a copy of “Urban Pest Control in Australia” by P Hadlington and J Gerozisis, are particularly…

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Integrated Pest Management

The fundamental purpose of pest management is to maintain the pest population below a level which is the concern of to the client. This population level is called the tolerance level. The tolerance level will vary depending on the client, the pest species and the situation. For example one client may tolerate seeing a few cockroaches per day, while another will not accept any sightings. Most clients will tolerate a…

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Dust Mites

Dust Mite Allergy Cause of Allergies Dust mites themselves are not usually the cause of allergies in people. The protein that they produce in fecal pellets is really the main cause of allergenic reactions. Rhinitis, wheezing, coughing, itchy and runny eyes and constant congestion of the nose and ears are some of the more common signs of a dust mite allergy. If symptoms improve outside of living quarters or worsen…

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There’s More Than One Kind of Termite?

There are actually different species of termites that can destroy your home in different ways!! EEK and of course, the best way to prevent and control would be to identify the different types of termites. Here are the most common types of termites you might find. Drywood Termites: These termites are best known as “furniture termites” because just like their name, they dwell in dry wood and live above ground….

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Termite Biology

The Termite Colony: All termites are social insects (i.e. they work and live together in order and organised colonies and care for their young. Each colony is composed of at least one pair of reproductive termites (i.e. King and Queen), workers, soldiers, and juveniles. Winged termites (alates) often refereed to a flying ants may be present at certain times each year and usually swarm (leave the colony) in spring to…

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How to Kill Dust Mites

Dust Mite Removal A number of species of house dust mites have been found throughout the world. The most common one in the U.S. is the North American house dust mite and the European house dust mite are also problems. House-dust mites are found most often in damp places that are also associated with fairly constant occupation by people or pets. In addition to being found in houses, these mites…

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Dust Mite Test Kit by Aclotest

Our affordable, easy-to-use at home test kit. aclo test While it might be disturbing to think about it, you may be shocked to learn how many dust mites are living in your mattress and under your bed. Help is on the way.  We offer the Aclotest Dust Mite Detection Kit to help you determine if you have a dust mite problem and Ecology Works Dust Mite & Flea Control products…

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Mud Dauber Be Gone!

Although I don’t have any dispositions against the mud dauber alone, I do have a hatred for the nest that the mud dauber left behind on my porch this season. I was appalled! At first, I did not even know what it was. After some thorough research, I found out that it was a mud dauber nest that is filled with some nasty things. For those that don’t know what…

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Bedbugs

Bedbugs are wingless, bloodsucking bugs of European origin, and have rarely been seen recently. This decline is due to better hygiene standards, however they are still found in some flats, hotels, motels and boarding houses. Appearance and habits The adult is a flat, round, wingless insect approx. 4 to 5 mm long. Their colour varies from reddish-brown to to purple as a result of a blood meal. The well developed…

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Bird Mites

Each summer, householders complain of bites by a small insect or mite. They are however, bird mites commonly associated with bird nesting in or near houses (particularly under eaves) or roosting in trees nears houses. Appearance and Habits To the naked eye the adult male bird mite looks like a grey black spot about as big as a pin head moving across the floor. The mites breed on a number…

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Good Housekeeping Methods

Good housekeeping applies equally to homes, shops, offices and factories. It involves the management or organisation of practices that prevent or restrict the entry, survival and/or breeding of pests. Housekeeping methods are generally regular routine, client activities such as cleaning, checking stock on arrival for pests, building maintenance program, storage practices, hygiene and sanitation. Good housekeeping is an absolutely vital part of any IPM program and will ultimately determine the…

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Dust Mite Test Kit

Identify Allergens Allergen test kits are designed to identify dust mite allergens in the carpet that may be the cause of asthma and allergies. These test kits quantify and identify allergen sources. Allergen dust mite test kit are for people who want to – Find out what types of dust allergens are present in their carpet, furniture or ductwork of their home or office. Some one who has allergic reactions…