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Wild dog populations expected to increase without dog trapper

Wild dog populations expected to increase without dog trapper | Pest Control | Scoop.it

South Australian pastoralists have been left to manage wild dogs by themselves after funding for the state's last dog trapper was cut in April.

 

Wild dog trappers are now not funded in South Australia, with pastoralists told control methods would be delivered through local area plans coordinated through the Bite Back program.

 

Wild dog numbers have been increasing in South Australia, with the population now firmly established south of the dog fence.

 

Funding cuts for NRM boards have come under fire by pastoralists who have seen levies increase while services decrease. Livestock South Australia said pastoralists were "paying more for less" while pest management problems got worse.

 

 

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Resistant varieties the key to aphid control

Resistant varieties the key to aphid control | Pest Control | Scoop.it

Developing aphid-resistant cereal varieties may be the only way to combat Russian wheat aphid in the long term.

 

The aphid, first found in South Australia in May, has been detected across Victoria including in the Wimmera and Mallee and as far east as near Echuca.

 

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority has issued two permits for emergency chemical or off-label use to control the Russian Wheat Aphid.

 

Agriculture Victoria statewide specialist chemicals Steve Field said grain growers had to be careful about grazing withholding periods and spraydrift when using the chemicals.

 

 

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Mouse plague hits hard

Mouse plague hits hard | Pest Control | Scoop.it

Farmers in southern NSW and throughout the Riverina are battling a mouse plague.

 

Wagga has had an increase in the pitter patter of little feet in recent weeks. No, our birth rate has not increased.

But the amount of mice and rats entering Wagga homes has.

The start of winter has brought with it an influx of bold mice entering homes seeking warmth and food.

 

Numerous residents and businesses have reported sightings of the four-legged rodents inside their homes or sheds. Mice have been walking over the top of traps, avoiding bait and playing their own cat and mouse games to avoid being captured.

 

Alert Pest Control (Riverina) Pty Ltd’s Kerry Steinmetz has noticed an increase in call-outs for mice and rats in the past six weeks, particularly in Kooringal, Glenfield Park and Estella.

 

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GM insects trialled to control medfly 

GM insects trialled to control medfly  | Pest Control | Scoop.it

GLASSHOUSE trials started last week in South Perth, of an imported, genetically modified, biological insect pest control with potential applications for fruit and vegetable growers and WA's livestock industry.


While the first-in-Australia Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA) trial is restricted to GM Mediterranean fruit fly, commonly known as medfly, the gene-engineering technique is being tested on other insect pests overseas.

 

According to the Grains Research and Development Corporation, diamondback moth infestation can cause yield losses up to 80 per cent and outbreaks in Australia have been increasing for more than a decade due to rapidly developing insecticide resistance.

 

The technique involves a genetic modification to bring about a hereditary change and inserting a fluorescent protein genetic marker for traceability and to gauge effectiveness - similar to GM canola.

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Tiny pest poses huge threat to SA’s grain industry

Tiny pest poses huge threat to SA’s grain industry | Pest Control | Scoop.it

Farmers have been urged to keep a close eye on their emerging crops after the detection for the first time in Australia of the Russian wheat aphid at several sites in the Mid North.

 

The exotic pest, which poses a major threat to the state’s $1.6 billion grain industry, has been found at several farms near Tarlee, prompting an investigation into the source and the launch of a control program.

 

SA Agriculture Minister Leon Bignell said farmers needed to be aware of the threat to their crops.

 

Biosecurity SA chief executive Will Zacharin said it was important farmers keep an eye on crops to help determine the full extent on the spread of the aphid and report it to the Exotic Pest Plant Hotline.

 

Grain Producers SA chairman Garry Hansen said it was fortunate the insect was detected early where there are crops emerging across the state and Australia so producers can put management plans in place.

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In defence of mosquitoes, Darwin's unsung urban planners

In defence of mosquitoes, Darwin's unsung urban planners | Pest Control | Scoop.it

You might imagine a world without mosquitoes as some kind of nirvana, devoid of itchy bites and self-inflicted arm slaps. More seriously, their absence could spell the end of malaria and dengue fever. But anthropologist Tess Lea says they're actually an integral factor of life as we know it.

 

It's easy to despise the humble mosquito. On top of being a general nuisance, they kill between 600,000 and 700,000 people every year, infect around 200 million more, and cost billions of dollars in lost productivity.

 

Other than humans killing other humans during wars, most years, the mosquito wins as deadliest creature on the planet.

 

But to anthropologist Tess Lea, author of the new book Darwin, mosquitoes aren't all bad. In fact, she describes them as the unsung urban planners of her home town.

 

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Cockroaches Are Infiltrating Homes Because Of The Weather

Cockroaches Are Infiltrating Homes Because Of The Weather | Pest Control | Scoop.it

When it comes to insects, few inspire quite the same level of hatred as the common cockroach.

 

While ladybugs are met with adoration, flies with irritation and lice with despair; it's really only the cockroach that can prompt even the mildest of men to happily bludgeon something to death with the back of a Havaiana.

 

"When we're talking cockroaches, the large ones you typically see are the Common Shining Cockroach or the Australian Cockroach," Price told The Huffington Post Australia.

 

"They have been invading homes more often recently, say over the last couple of years, we've certainly had more reports of that happening. And it has a lot do with the weather conditions."

 

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When termites invade, who you gonna call?

When termites invade, who you gonna call? | Pest Control | Scoop.it

Steve is now the proud owner of Victoria’s only termite detection dogs, Buster and Bella, who were specially-trained at a canine school in Brisbane for six months — at times with Steve — before he bought them back to work in his pest control business.

 

“Before I even got Buster home he’d paid for himself in the first month in bookings,” the 44-year-old says.

 

Steve says humans are able to detect termites in a home with about 70 per cent accuracy — tapping walls and looking for mud trails — but Bella and Buster are 98 per cent successful.

 

“There’s times the dog has indicated a termite and I’ve peeled the carpet back and found nothing, but then I look under the house and there’s early indication of termites moving in,” he says.

 

Steve says the damage it can wreak on a house can take as little as three months. He advises to avoid leaving timber lying around the house, (“they love garden sleepers”) and to fix leaking taps or hot water systems, which pool water.

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Bed bugs might love some colours, avoid others

Bed bugs might love some colours, avoid others | Pest Control | Scoop.it

A new study claims to have discovered that bed bugs have colour aversions, which could be useful information for Australians wanting to keep the pests away.

 

Results varied depending on the age and sex of the bed bugs tested, but overall the critters avoided the colours white, yellow and green, the study published in the Journal of Medical Entomology reported.

 

The researchers were less definitive about how the findings would directly relate to bed bugs being attracted to certain coloured sheets. They pointed out that the colour of one’s sheets would probably not completely protect a bed from infestation, but they did not want to rule that possibility out either.

 

What they were more certain about was that the insight into bed bugs’ favourite colours would help the design and effectiveness of traps for the critters.

 

 

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Pest control companies charged £1,600 to treat houses invaded by moths

Pest control companies charged £1,600 to treat houses invaded by moths | Pest Control | Scoop.it

One of the mildest winters on record has meant that Britain is overrun with the insects who love to munch through our clothes.

 

But it seems as well as ruining our clothes, they can also eat a big hole in our bank balances. A female adult moth can lay around 40 eggs over three weeks before dying.

 

Once laid in your favourite dress, suit or cashmere scarf, the larvae will use your fabrics as their lunch.

Rentokil, which charges £1,587 to rid a three-bedroom house of moths, denied it is cashing in on the insect invasion.

For this amount Rentokil offers a ‘heat-pod treatment’ – a 6ft by 8ft tent that contains a rack that heats clothes up to 132F (56C), sufficient to kill the larvae.

 

The pest control firm says it will also carry out two spray treatments, and this will take about four hours during subsequent visits. Figures released by Rentokil show that inquiries about moths between December 2015 and March 2016 rose by a fifth compared with the same period the previous year.

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Scent trick gets moths out of the closet

Scent trick gets moths out of the closet | Pest Control | Scoop.it

Transgender moths are the latest weapon in the war to save our woollies.

 

Scientists have found a way to force the fabric-munching pests out of the closet by making them sexually confused.

 

The trick is to lure male moths and cover them in a pheromone "perfume".

 

The scent signal delivers a message that says: "I am female".

When female moths get a whiff of the pheromone they lose interest in breeding. As a result they fail to lay eggs which would under normal circumstances hatch out into hungry larvae.

 

In scientific trials the "gender re-assignment" treatment - called Moth Population Control Assist - disrupted the life cycle of clothes moths enough to reduce their populations by 90%.

 

Inquiries to the pest control specialists about moths from members of the public received between December 2015 and March 2016 increased by 20 per cent compared with the corresponding period the previous year.

 

Mr Cross added: "Common clothes moths can cause significant damage to fabrics (made from natural fibres) within properties if left untreated. Moth larvae usually feed on hair, feathers, wool and fur. They are often found in dark, hidden areas where clothes are stored, behind or below furniture.

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Corella pest control efforts turn to citizen science project 

Corella pest control efforts turn to citizen science project  | Pest Control | Scoop.it

A citizen science project is trying to work out the most effective ways to manage rampaging flocks of corellas across parts of South Australia.

 

University of SA researcher Philip Roetman said the project was gathering the collective knowledge of people across the state to help develop a better understanding of why some areas had severe problems and what worked best to mitigate the issue.

 

"We are now mapping the distribution sites across the state and this information is available on the project website. Further results will be made available around the middle of the year," he said.

 

Agriculture has really favoured this species, it's been able to capitalise on the cropping land and grain that often remains after crops have been harvested, it certainly provides a great resource to being the birds into some of these southern areas," Adelaide regional ecologist Jason van Weenen explained.

 

"They're very smart parrots so it makes it particularly difficult to have a really good effect in moving them on."

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Red Back Spider Control Services To Prevent Spiders

Red Back Spider Control Services To Prevent Spiders | Pest Control | Scoop.it

When the climate is getting chilled outside, spiders look for a cozy place where they can have shelter. The homes of human beings are the suitable places to provide a warm atmosphere. Spiders crawl from outdoors to enter your indoors, looking out for the necessary warm ambience which they get only in a person’s abode.

 

Every home has crevices and cracks, and many other openings to welcome spiders to share your living space. Local spider repellents will not prove to be highly beneficial to get shot of the venomous insects. You should give a buzz to the pest control provider of Perth which has been successful in notching a top position in the pest industry. With red back spider control services and spider treatments, you will be able to discourage the breeding of spiders inside your living space.

 

The best way to eliminate the eight-legged malicious insect pests is to make use of power-packed pest products. If your home has plants and pets, using the pesticides of the pest control agency will not be baleful to any living beings. The pest measures which are used and sprayed are environment-friendly. The pest technicians will apply eco-friendly sprays and repellents on the nasty crawling insects with a purpose to end the lives of the insects without a hitch.

 

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Call to catch hundreds of Far North cane toads

Call to catch hundreds of Far North cane toads | Pest Control | Scoop.it

A call  to arms has gone out across the Far North, with every able bodied citizen asked to help advance the latest weapon in the war on cane toads.

 

To eliminate competition, tadpoles find and eat eggs of their own species by sensing cane toad toxins and Prof Capon’s small team has been able to use the same chemicals to entice them into the traps.

 

“If people have large numbers of toads, they can contact us to find out if it’s practical to deliver them to us,” Prof Capon said.

 

“People living in Brisbane can drive them to us – they have to be frozen – and if there is a way to have them freezer freighted down from Cairns, we’d be keen to get them as well.”

 

 

 

 

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Banyule Council declares war on 'plagues' of Indian myna birds

Banyule Council declares war on 'plagues' of Indian myna birds | Pest Control | Scoop.it

Banyule City Council will lobby the government to declare the introduced species a pest.

 

A council in Melbourne's north-east will lobby the government to declare the Indian myna bird a pest, as the tiny birds wreak havoc in backyards across Melbourne.

 

Banyule City Council is calling for a nationwide approach to tackling the problem, which they say is out of control. Cr Langdon told Tom Elliott on 3AW Drive they need to be declared pests. 

 

"They are becoming more plague proportions in suburbia, they really should be declared a pest," he said.

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Nation formulates Russian wheat aphid response

Nation formulates Russian wheat aphid response | Pest Control | Scoop.it

After a series of sightings of Russian wheat aphid in South Australia, the nation's biosecurity sector is formulating a response to the incursion.

 

Executive director of Biosecurity South Australia Will Zacharin said there had been confirmed sightings of the aphids at a number of locations in the state’s Mid North, around Strathalbyn, south of Adelaide and in the Upper South East near Bordertown.

 

Mr Zacharin said the South Australian government had issued a front line response emergency permit for the use of chlorpyrifos, the insecticide that is used to control the pest in other countries, over 20,000 hectares.

 

Mr Zacharin urged the entire industry to closely monitor crops for the pest. “It is really important to have surveillance, so we are calling on farmers and agronomists to keep an eye out.”

 

 

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Russian wheat aphid spreads across SA after first detection in Australia

Russian wheat aphid spreads across SA after first detection in Australia | Pest Control | Scoop.it

More sightings are reported in South Australia of the Russian wheat aphid, which agricultural authorities consider to be the world's worst wheat pest.

 

Reports have now been received from properties at Palmer, east of Adelaide, and Bordertown in the south-east of the state.

 

The first detection was in the Tarlee area of the mid-north this week and was the first sighting of the pest in Australia. Plant Health Australia (PHA) warned in a report four years ago that if the aphid reached Australia there was a high risk of its spread across its grain belt, ultimately affecting Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia.

 

Crop experts predicted more than two decades ago that the pest could cut Australia's cereal production by as much as half if it became established.

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Kangaroos and pest animals to be fenced out of far south west New South Wales farms

Kangaroos and pest animals to be fenced out of far south west New South Wales farms | Pest Control | Scoop.it

Graziers in far south west New South Wales say they are losing more than a third of their pastures to kangaroos and feral goats.

 

They're planning to build a 1.7 metre high fence around multiple properties as a humane way to deal with pests that have been forced south to escape dry conditions in Queensland.

 

Pastoralist Angus Whyte said he had been forced to destock his sheep and cattle because of grazing competition from other animals.

 

He said he didn't want to eradicate kangaroos but their numbers were out of control. "We've changed our ecosystem so significantly so we really need to bring them in to balance," Mr Whyte said.

 

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Bugs: friends or foes?

Bugs: friends or foes? | Pest Control | Scoop.it

Natural Resources Kangaroo Island will be hosting a workshop to help islanders strike the balance between an environmentally-friendly garden and a pest-free one.

 

Natural Resources Kangaroo Island sustainable production program manager Grant Flanagan said that the workshop would help farmers better understand the three methods of pest control (biological, cultural, chemical) and how best to integrate their use to prevent problems from occurring and to reduce control costs.

 

“Integrated Pest Management is perhaps best known and most widely applied in the horticulture industry and has recently been successfully applied in broad acre cropping and grazing situations,” he said.

 

“It’s not necessarily about spraying less, it’s about spraying the right product at the right time and protecting the beneficial insects that work for you, as well as using the insecticides,” he said.

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Nightmare on street elms: Orange's iconic trees under attack from beetles

Nightmare on street elms: Orange's iconic trees under attack from beetles | Pest Control | Scoop.it

Orange's iconic elm trees are under attack. Not from chainsaw wielding lunatics, but from xanthogaleruca luteola, otherwise known as the elm leaf beetle.

 

Discovered in Victoria in 1989, the elm leaf beetle has spread around eastern Australia decimating regional populations of the trees. Taking advantage of our love for the motor car, the beetles have been able to spread themselves far and wide. 

Because it’s a pest that until recently was absent from our elms, the beetle has been happily chewing its way around Orange.

 

“The Victorian government has been dealing with the beetle in their gardens for decades and have well researched and effective methods of control for Australian conditions,” Mr Gillespie said.

 

"If anyone is concerned about their trees we can give the trees a stem injection of a systemic insecticide or a probe injection into the soil."

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Mice-hunting pigs creating havoc for Queensland farmers

Mice-hunting pigs creating havoc for Queensland farmers | Pest Control | Scoop.it

It is not an uncommon problem but two pest animals have combined to pose a high risk of damage to farm machinery in parts of Queensland's grain growing areas.

 

Significant numbers of mice and feral pigs on the Western Darling Downs are causing havoc for farmers, who are planning to invest in costly control measures to curb the issue.

 

Mr Taylor said he was seeing large holes in paddocks he was trying to get ready for winter planting and it could cause serious machinery damage if the holes were accidentally run over..

 

The Warra grain farmers said the pest problems all come at a time when they were looking to the skies for rain and hoping they had enough to allow them to plant a decent winter crop.

 

 

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Sensible ways to remove pests out of your property

Sensible ways to remove pests out of your property | Pest Control | Scoop.it

Insects and bed bugs are available todayas a number of people residing in earth. Therefore, effective steps should be taken into consideration so that you can resolve the issues on time.

 

Probably, there are no better ways to know what the best services are for removing the pests so instead of doing it on your own; you can hire the professionals who know how to deal with such awful situations. So, companies understand that there is nothing much better than pest control Hawkesbury services to provide efficient solutions to the people.

 

Putting stop mark into the pests from intruding in your home/office/commercial places is the first course of action in controlling pests.

 

One of the greatest methods to maintain pests is to abolish the significant stuffs from the property as they might be the reason for their survival. 

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Rodents sink their claws into Gympie residences

Rodents sink their claws into Gympie residences | Pest Control | Scoop.it

Gympie's rodent population is attracting attention with pest management services fielding increased calls for assistance from increasingly desperate homeowners.

 

A flourishing rat population is giving Gympie residents a headache, chewing through electrical wiring in roofs and grounding vehicles by munching battery terminals and building nests in engine bays.

 

"The rodents bred up and I think there was an overflow into the summer of 2015-2016." Heavy rainfall in January has not helped the situation, either.

 

"The grass was able to grow and provide a lot of feed for rodents," Mr Pratt said. The damage caused by the rodents is often what drives people to ring pest control businesses in a bid to regain control.

 

Electrical wiring, car battery terminals and even nests in vehicle engine bays themselves have been reported as targets.

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Stirling councillors put end to planned corella cull

Stirling councillors put end to planned corella cull | Pest Control | Scoop.it

CITY of Stirling have put a stop to a planned cull of corellas, a feral bird species given to gathering in large flocks.

 

A motion put forward by Councillor David Michael stated the City should immediately cease the cull of corellas in favour of a statewide solution and non-lethal methods.

Cr Michael said the plan to cull the troublesome feral native was “cost shifting” and would “waste money”.

“This is not the City’s duty, these birds fly all over ,” he said.

“These birds don’t just hit an imaginary brick wall when they fly out of the City of Stirling.”

 

Councillors voted to “urgently” refer the matter to the WA Local Government Association (WALGA). After 2013 funding cuts, the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) handed the feral native animal culling responsibility to local governments.

 

The council document stated “most local governments” including Stirling rejected the subsidy program because “the management of wildlife populations should rightly be the responsibility of DPaW”. The culling of the species was stopped, causing an increase in population.

 

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Cane toad numbers surging in Darwin

Cane toad numbers surging in Darwin | Pest Control | Scoop.it

Darwin is experiencing a surge in cane toad numbers and residents should expect to see more activity over the next month, an environmental group says.

 

Head of BioDiversity Watch Graeme Sawyer said the spike in cane toads could be attributed to the Territory Government cutting funding to one of his group's programs.

 

"It is pretty simple, it is just the Government cut the Frogwatch program two years ago now ... so there has really been no coordinated effort to do the broad scale management like there used to be," Mr Sawyer said.

 

Cane toads are widely considered one of Australia's worst environmental pests. They were introduced in 1935 to control pest beetles in sugar cane and began colonising much of northern Australia. They were first seen in the Northern Territory in 1984 and were first detected in Darwin in 2004.

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