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Keep Wasps Away With A Brown Paper Bag

Keep Wasps Away With A Brown Paper Bag | Pest Control |

Wasps are unwelcome guests. Household Hacker recommends using a brown paper bag to trick wasps into staying away.

Some species of wasps try to avoid a pre-existing wasp’s nest, so by crumpling up a brown paper sack to resemble a nest, they may be tricked into avoiding that location. This tip is hard to test and there isn’t much scientific evidence behind it.

However, some companies sell commercial fake wasp nests on Amazon, and the ratings on these faux nests are pretty high.

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Trial tests UK fly control for WA pest

Trial tests UK fly control for WA pest | Pest Control |

WA researchers are about to trial new technology to combat the destructive fruit pest, Mediterranean fruit fly (Medfly).

Department horticulture director David Windsor said the innovative technique could provide industry with a new means of controlling fruit fly and reducing the reliance on chemicals.

"Medfly is a serious horticultural pest in WA, attacking a range of cultivated fruits and some fruiting vegetables," Dr Windsor said.

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Eight Perth suburbs under Qfly quarantine

Eight Perth suburbs under Qfly quarantine | Pest Control |

The government has established a quarantine zone around eight Perth suburbs in an attempt to limit the damage of an outbreak of Queensland fruit fly that has ended WA's status as free from Australia's most damaging fruit pest.

The Department of Agriculture and Food WA has from Tuesday imposed restrictions on the movement of all home-grown fruit and vegetables from inside the quarantine area of Alfred Cove, Ardross, Booragoon, Winthrop, Willagee, Myaree, Melville and Attadale.

"Qfly attack a wide range of hosts and it is vital for Western Australia's horticultural industries, and also for those who wish to continue growing fruit and vegetables in their backyard, that we eradicate this pest," said entomologist Darryl Hardie.

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Top tips for keeping spiders out of your home

Top tips for keeping spiders out of your home | Pest Control |

Stopping spiders from getting into your house is easy than you think – just follow these handy tips and you’ll soon have far fewer eight-legged visitors.

*  Coat entry points with lemon

*  Clear debris from your home’s perimeter

*  Remove webs

*  Avoid using outdoor lighting

*  Seal cracks in your walls

*  Stink them out with essential oils

*  Scatter conkers around the perimeter of your home

If all else fails …

If you can’t beat them, spot them! Is that a spitting spider hanging above your TV? Is that a pink prowler in your bath? Remember, too, that it’s natural to have spiders around and they do lots of good by gobbling up other annoying insects. Try to teach children to respect them. Fear of spiders is learned, unlike fear of snakes, which is deep rooted. So give the arachnids a break, big them up to your family and celebrate their presence, if you can!

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Do wrist bands work to repel mozzies?

Do wrist bands work to repel mozzies? | Pest Control |

While slipping on a wrist band or sticking on a patch may be an attractive alternative, they’re unlikely to provide any substantial protection from biting mosquitoes.

A small number of wrist bands, bracelets and patches are registered in Australia as mosquito repellents. These are infused with botanical products such as citronella or peppermint oil. The vapour released purportedly keeps mosquitoes away.

Wrist bands containing botanical products provide very little protection. While topical formulations containing plant extracts may repel some mosquitoes, the vapours released from these wrist bands just aren’t strong enough to block mosquito bites.

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Ants cause harmful butterfly effect to rainforest

Ants cause harmful butterfly effect to rainforest | Pest Control |

YELLOW crazy ants are being blamed for creating a harmful butterfly effect to the Wet Tropics’ rainforests by attacking and killing native insects.

The impact on native species such as butterflies is just one of the many threats to the Wet Tropics’ World Heritage listed rainforests posed by the insects that has been high- lighted by local researchers.

James Cook University ecologist Dr Lori Lach and a team of students have found the acid-spraying pests are at least four times more likely than native green tree ants to search and destroy Cruiser Butterfly caterpillars

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How To Make Your Home Less Welcoming To Spiders

How To Make Your Home Less Welcoming To Spiders | Pest Control |

Spiders have plenty of benefits, but that doesn’t mean they’re always welcome guests in your home. Here are some easy ways to keep your home from being a spider’s paradise without the need for an exterminator.

- Keep Clutter from Building Up
- Secure Your Home’s Perimeter
- Clear Out Webs Inside and Near Outside Entryways
- Reduce Your Outdoor Lighting
- Drive them Away with Home Remedies or Pesticides

If you have older family members, young children, or pets that are in poor health, it’s better to be safe than sorry and keep these scary critters outside. Keeping spiders away also brings the peace of mind that nothing will crawl over your face while you sleep tonight — and that’s priceless.

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Pest Control Heathcote Sydney

Pest Control Heathcote Sydney | Pest Control |

Rats as well as computer mice will ruin the crop and stored item. Without pest control it might to loss much more things. Compare with bugs and also termites, each year 1.5 billion buck was ruined.

Pest control resembles seeing the medical specialist to take an unique treatment your bodily health need to detect the trouble and also recover the extent of the injury. The clinical specialist usage this information to provide an appropriate treatment. IPM is the Integrated Post Administration. It is the design for recuperating issues. With the aid of Integrated Article Administration, they determined the pest and also gathered substantial info about the invasion. It is extremely security, environmental effects and has a price of all the techniques.

Most of the time, pesticide application is the excellent one for recovering the troubles, various other circumstances they follow the non-toxic techniques are trapping, closing as well as minimizing the moisture. This is better than pesticides and then several types of chemical mechanical approaches and ecological methods are made use of to make the exact remedies.

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If you are from Australia, particularly from Sydney after that you can be able to discover lots of companies that will certainly give you the all-natural option to deal with the pests. The insect control firm of most of the established countries like the United States of The u.s.a, The United Kingdom, Australia prefer to offer importance to the Integrated Pest Administration (IPM) methods. Many of the insect control Sydney agency utilize the Integrated Bug Administration (IPM) strategy to spread all the all-natural products in your property. They do not motivate spreading any type of type of chemical products for the parasites.

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How Australia Is Stopping The Spread Of The Dreaded Mosquito-Borne 'Break Bone Fever'

How Australia Is Stopping The Spread Of The Dreaded Mosquito-Borne 'Break Bone Fever' | Pest Control |

Mosquito bites are a harmless part of summer for most Australians, but head to the northern tip of Queensland or further into Asia-Pacific and they become feared carriers of dengue fever and malaria.

Australia's safeguards against mosquito-borne diseases are an astounding, ongoing program spanning ports and airports in all states and territories that involve trapping, testing and, surprisingly, chickens.

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How to make natural cockroach repellent

How to make natural cockroach repellent | Pest Control |

Banish the creepy-crawlies with this easy to make organic repellent.

Scientists believe the ‘scuttle’ factor drives our reflexive disgust when confronted by a cockroach. Those of us in warmer climes know this is also a very sensible reaction to the tyranny of infestation. By the time you see one, they’ve already built a city and brought their relatives with them.

With German or Oriental cockies, there’s no getting around the need to call in the exterminators. Professional gel applications are particularly effective, however many of us still seek natural solutions.

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Ants, recommended to fight pests

Ants, recommended to fight pests | Pest Control |

If you are a farmer, you might think twice before you kill the ants because in a study by Biologist Joachim Offenberg at Aarhus University, he found out that ants can control pests efficiently and more cheaply than pesticides.

It was learned that ants could be used in a variety of climates and locations in alternate for pesticides for crops like cocoa, palm oil, citrus, and cedar. The used of ants as an insecticide is not new as the Chinese used them 1,700 years ago; as their farmers used that ‘ants insecticide method’ when they released ants in citrus groves. Farmers in Australia, Africa, and Latin America are also regularly using ants as an insecticide.

Co-creator of Plant Village and Ecologist David Hughes said that “It [the use of ants as an insecticide] has just been forgotten.”Hughes stated that most people still view ants as pests. In instance of fire ant, “We exterminate them even though they are good bio-controllers, because we don’t want them around,” Hughes explained. Hughes think for ants to be useful; farmers would have to find species that occur naturally and shift the environment to help those species become dominant.

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Ants were not just insect that must be step in and kill, these creatures has a role in our biological environment, they maintained biological balance for instance. And in this particular situation, the ants were not the pests but instead as a tool against pests. We just have to change are perception about ants. 

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Sydney CBD warned against rats incursion

Sydney CBD warned against rats incursion | Pest Control |

The Central Business District was warned for the imminent incursion of rats as the hot weather continues.

Rats supposedly will be seen at Flagstaff, Carlton, Fitzroy gardens, and Batman Park. The spring breeding cycle of rodents is starting and disease might infect the community of Sydney. The Department of Health stated that rats can become carriers of deadly germs and can spread dangerous diseases.

Exopest Operations Manager Peter Ferguson explained that “They’re [rats] shifting out of spots they are accustomed to living in, the hot weather will force a few out especially as Melbourne hits above 30C.” Meanwhile, WR Gay Pest Control Director David Gay said that “We do a fair bit of work in the city and like all great cities Melbourne has a rat population. What we’re seeing now is more food available, new growth on plants which rats will eat, they’re foraging and feeding, they seem to become more active and mobile.” He added that “There are times where breeding is more favourable and we’re starting to see it now.”

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Informing the Sydney CBD about the imminent influx of rats at the district is significant.  As for this situation, the people who are informing the public about rats incursion is doing a great job, they can spare them from dangerous diseases.

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International collaboration tackles Ross River virus

International collaboration tackles Ross River virus | Pest Control |

An international collaboration to discover and develop therapeutic drugs is set to find new treatments for Ross River virus.

The mosquito-borne virus is widespread across Australia and the South Pacific, and is responsible for the debilitating Ross River fever that strikes about 5000 Australians a year.

The collaboration involves Emory University’s Drug Innovation Ventures at Emory, LLC (DRIVE) and University of Queensland (UQ) commercialisation company UniQuest, through the Queensland Emory Drug Discovery Initiative (QEDDI).

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'Anti-malarial mosquitoes' created using controversial genetic technology

'Anti-malarial mosquitoes' created using controversial genetic technology | Pest Control |

Scientists aim to tackle malaria by creating insects unable to spread the parasite, but caution urged over unpredictable ecological consequences.

Hundreds of genetically modified mosquitoes that are incapable of spreading the malaria parasite to humans have been created in a laboratory as part of a radical approach to combating the disease.

The move marks a major step towards the development of a powerful and controversial technology called a “gene drive” that aims to tackle the disease by forcing anti-malarial genes into swarms of wild mosquitoes.

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Queensland-designed drones to combat yellow crazy ants

Queensland-designed drones to combat yellow crazy ants | Pest Control |

A collective of Cairns friends with a mutual love of drones has created the world's first unmanned aerial ant baiting system in the hope of eradicating yellow crazy ants.

Since their discovery there in 2001, yellow crazy ants have been found in more than 20 additional Queensland locations, from the suburbs of Brisbane to farmlands in the state's far north.

Their impact on native animals in other parts of Australia has been devastating. It is this devastation that Ash Smith and his group of friends hope to prevent with their newly-designed drone. The drone developed by Mr Smith and his friends is fitted with a hopper capable of carrying small ant baits that can be remotely dispersed into areas where other baiting methods are inefficient or unavailable.

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European wasps: How to track and control Adelaide's uninvited guests this summer

European wasps: How to track and control Adelaide's uninvited guests this summer | Pest Control |

With wasps known to scavenge for food up to 500 metres from their base, finding the nest can be difficult.

They are attracted to meat and sugary products, so the Local Government Association of South Australia recommends leaving a small food sample in a safe area. The wasp will take the sample and fly straight back to its nest. Nests look like grey paper mache and can be either found in the ground, under ledges or in trees.

"A lot of the time they will be holes in the ground and can look like a trapdoor spider's hole," Mr Rainsford said. "It is clearly identifiable as there will be a lot of movement and activity around the nest."

Once found, Mr Rainsford said it was best to call the local council or a pest controller to remove the nest.

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Canberra residents urged to report wasp sightings

Canberra residents urged to report wasp sightings | Pest Control |

The ACT Government is calling on residents to report early sightings of European wasps in their neighbourhood, after the territory experienced the biggest wasp season on record in 2014.

Pest management specialists are not expecting a further increase in wasp populations this year after a cold and wet winter. But Territory and Municipal Services said now was the time to report wasp sightings.

ACT pest and weeds officer, Jenny Conolly said numbers would remain low for now as European queen wasps are only just starting to come out of hibernation to look for suitable nesting sites to establish their colony.

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Australian scientists to vaccinate mosquitoes with another ‘mosquito virus’ to prevent disease transmission

Australian scientists to vaccinate mosquitoes with another ‘mosquito virus’ to prevent disease transmission | Pest Control |

A new virus, called Parramatta River virus, has been found in a mosquito in Australia that could be used to develop a vaccine against other mosquitoes that infect people with disease-causing viruses.

The new virus has been found to be safe for humans as it only infects mosquitoes. The discovery could lead to the development of a new approach to stop outbreaks of mosquito-borne disease in the country, according to a team of researchers from the University of Queensland and University of Sydney.

The Parramatta River virus could significantly protect humans from transmission of disease-causing viruses. A potential vaccine from the new virus may make it “harder for the human disease-causing 'bad' viruses to also infect that mosquito, thus stopping disease transmission,” according to Dr Jody Hobson-Peters, from UQ's Australian Infectious Diseases Research Centre, School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences.

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How the humble dung beetle could save your barbecue this summer

How the humble dung beetle could save your barbecue this summer | Pest Control |

For those sick of doing the 'Aussie salute' while juggling a stubby and barbecue tongs, help is on its way - in the form of a dung beetle.

As bush fly numbers soar after a warm spring, entomologists say we have weeks to wait before the hard-working dung beetles come to the rescue. The beetles' numbers are forecast to reach a critical mass by early summer, when they will make light work of removing the flies' favourite breeding ground - cow dung.

The industrious dung beetles lay their eggs in the dung, a food source for their young. While there are native dung beetles in Australia, these only feed on the hard, dry and fibrous dung of marsupials.

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NiE It Stings

NiE It Stings | Pest Control |

AS THE weather becomes warmer you’ll notice more bities on the move. Creepy crawlies dominate our backyards and you may encounter some that sting.

Homeowners are being advised to clean up yards and any areas where water may lie as humid weather following heavy rains provides peak breeding conditions for mosquitoes.

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How cockroaches could save lives

How cockroaches could save lives | Pest Control |

Cockroaches are usually associated with dirt and disease, but they are inspiring the design of new robots, prosthetic limbs and antibiotics.

Wise and beautiful are words not often associated with these creatures but their bad reputation is not always justified. Out of the 4,500 known species, only four are considered pests. Most don't live near human homes and they perform a vital ecological role, eating dead and decaying matter.

There is cockroach-related research in medicine too. Scientists had long wondered how roaches could spend their lives in dirty environments with no ill effects and it turns out they produce their own powerful antibiotics.

They might hold the key when it comes to developing drugs to knock out the most virulent bacteria that make humans ill, such as E. coli, MRSA and other superbugs resistant to many existing treatments.

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Ants trained to protect farmer’s crops

Ants trained to protect farmer’s crops | Pest Control |

In order to destroy bigger pests, the farmers in tropical forests have caught, cultivated, and trained colonies of ants to kill bigger pests.

Due to a studies made in Australia, Africa, and Asia the European farmers were encourage to use ants as an option against pests.

Dr. Joachim Offenberg of Aarhus University said that “Ants are great hunters and they work cooperatively. When an ant finds its prey, it uses pheromones to summon help from other ants in the nest. By working together, they can subdue even large pests.” 

Ants can fight pests by hanging their nests from carrier bags from trees in a tropical forest and feeding the colony sugar solution to help it to develop. The farmers then hooked up string between the trees to create a successful defence system. 

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It may sound funny to use ants as a protection against crops, but you have to read articles and studies that are stating and recommending that ants has the ability to do it; to kill large pests. 

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Medfly leaves as EK regains ‘fruit fly free’ status

Medfly leaves as EK regains ‘fruit fly free’ status | Pest Control |

The East Kimberly, Kununurra, mango growers have taken back their ‘fruit fly free’ status and is now competitive again in exporting fruits as the Mediterranean fruit flies leave their trees.

Due to the joint effort of community with the baiting and trapping program the flies are gone. Department of Agriculture and Food WA Kununurra Manager Noel Wilson said that "Everyone pulled together and helped this work really smoothly. Members of the community had people accessing their yards and baiting their trees.”

The Mediterranean fruit flies were detected in 2003 and they were suspiciously brought by a tourist with a fruit from Western Australia where the pest is widespread. Wilson insisted that it was important for travelers to know to not bring a fruits which is could be infected by medfly to north. He added that it was fortunate that the medfly were restricted to the caravan parks and not detected elsewhere.

The assumed total cost of the eradication program was $25,000 to $30,000 according to a shire official.  

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The effort of the community of East Kimberly to bring back their ‘fruit fly free status’ is amazing. They show that there is no problem that cannot be solve when everyone stands and help each other in solving that problem. 

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