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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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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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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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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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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…