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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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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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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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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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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…