The Difference Between Wasps & Bees

It’s a lovely day, the sun is out and the birds and chirping away, your garden is in pristine condition and you go and check on the lavender that you’ve just planted. Near the beautiful plants you discover that there is a massive nest full of bees that continue to buzz around. Many people find it difficult to distinguish between bees and wasps, even though they may look very similar; the behavioural characteristics of the two are different.

Appearance wise, bees and wasps look almost identical, both are coloured with wings and dangly legs, however bees are wider creatures and also hairier.

Wasps are considered predators, and will eat fellow insects such as flies and caterpillars; wasps love beer and drinks that are high in sugar. Bees predominantly remain in areas that are heavily populated with flowers, as they sip on nectar and collect pollen.

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Wasps tend to be more dangerous than bees, and are more easily provoked. Even though bees can still bit and use their poison stored in their stingers, if you try to brush wasps away, it will sting you immediately. Both species are incredibly protective of their territory, and if they sense any disturbance, they will all defend themselves together.

 

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Honey bees are the only insects that produce food which is eaten by humans. Honey is made from the nectar that’s collected from trees and flowers, and is a food  used my millions of people around the world. Bees live in hives, and can hold up to 80,000 bees at a time. Bees are mostly at home in warm conditions, and thrive in areas containing orchards, gardens and woodlands.

Bees and wasps can be dangerous, and its important to eliminate the problem.

Cockroaches & The Harm They Can Bring

Cockroaches, these annoying brown and black insects may look like harmless pests just searching for food; however they can spread a range of diseases. These tiny creatures belong to the Kingdom Animalia, Phylum Arthropoda, Class Insecta and Order Blattaria.

Cockroaches are quite common around the world. 1943 was when cockroaches were first noted to cause allergic skin reactions, when crawling onto the skin of humans. Skin irritations aren’t the only heath issues that these nuisances can cause, there have been numerous studies linking cockroaches to asthma attacks.

 

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Asthma can be a serious life threatening condition, occurring when a person’s airways become inflamed and narrow, causing a struggle of breath. In 2007, Australia reportedly had around 10% of the population suffering from this extremely common disease.

Although there is no single cure for asthma, it can be controlled by taking medication and avoiding environmental situations where your asthma may exacerbate.

The debris from decomposing cockroaches is the perfect concoction to bring on serious asthma problems for those suffering from the condition. The size of a cockroach is able to be lifted into the air, while entering the bronchial tubes when you breathe. This causes an allergic reaction, otherwise known as asthma.

 

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It’s incredibly important; especially for those who are asthmatic suffers, to hire an experienced exterminator to do a thorough inspection of your home. If cockroaches or any other pests are found, than the right steps will be taken to eliminate them once and for all.

For a wonderful and through pest control service, contact your nearest pest control technicians today!

Facts You May Not Know About Ants

Have you ever been sitting down and felt something crawling on your leg? Fearing it’s a spider you shake your foot only to see a small insect running up and down your skin. Ants, those miniature creatures that you don’t know whether to love or hate them, I mean they’re not scary looking and not all are dangerous,  just slightly annoying.

There are more than 12,000 species of ants all around the globe, while Australia is known to have representatives of 10 subfamilies. This may seem unbelievable but ants are incredibly strong and can lift 20 times their own body weight. Most of the time they don’t cause any harm, however can be of a health risk of they come into contact with food.

Even through ants are living breathing creatures, they don’t have any lungs, oxygen is received through the many holes covering their bodies and air departs through that same way.

Ants are very social, living in colonies they can be made up of millions of creatures. That’s usually why you never see an ant by themselves most of the time they’re accompanied by others.

Some of the most famous ants around the world include Argentine Ants, native to Brazil and Argentina; they take a particular interest to sweet foods. These dark brown ants reside in wet areas close to food and enjoying living in backyards full of grass. Ants of these kinds are common household pests and often invade areas where food and water is present.

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Carpenter Ants are attracted to wood and can cause major damage to homes. These ants build their nests near damp wood such as near tree stumps. There are many different carpenter ants throughout America and can grow up to two centimetres long.

 

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Odorous house ants, mostly native to the United States are usually brown or black and don’t pose a serious health threat of any kind. The food of choice for these ants is mostly dead insects and sweets loaded with sugar. Odorous house ants prefer to reside in warm areas both inside and outside, such as inside buildings, in floors and walls.

 

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Why Rats Can Be Dangerous

Rats, you may not know it, but these creatures can cause some major trouble. Sure they may look like they’re up to no good and scare you from time to time when you least expect it, but did you know the amount of damage they can cause you and your family?

Rats are responsible for a number of diseases, including leptospirosis. By coming into contact with rat’s urine, this can cause damage to your liver and kidney. Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome is a viral disease and is transmitted by inhaling substances that contain rat urine or droppings.

 

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As well as causing illnesses, rats are also a nuisance to the structure or homes and can be incredibly destructive. These sneaky creatures love to bite on thermal installations in attics and roam around small and confined areas.

There isn’t much that rats don’t like to chew on, from plants to wires, roof tiles and more, it’s important to keep an eye out in your home and make sure that you’re checking to see if an issue is occurring. If you notice some wire that’s been eaten, observe it closely and if it progresses, get into contact with a pest control business to ensure no further damage is done.

Rats love to chew on wires, which could be of great concern to you and your family, as this could cause a fire to breakout. Some home insurance policies have multiple exclusions, one being rodent infestation, which could cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars if you’re not covered.

 

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There is only one definitive way to ensure your home is pest free; receiving an inspection by a qualified technician, in order to be 100% sure that your home safe for you and your family.

Many pest control businesses have effective techniques they use to guarantee that the problem doesn’t return. They’re highly trained in eliminating pests and will provide you and your family with peace of mind.

For a reliable and efficient service in the Ulladulla area, contact Connells Pest Management today, or for great service in the Griffith area, call Ashton Pest Control.

DIY Termite Baiting

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Getting rid of those pesky termites is our job but we are always happy to pass on our knowledge and experience to help out people when termites strike. One of the best DIY ways you can deal with termites is by termite baiting. It has a lot of advantages and is considered one of the most fool proof methods for delivering colony control and pest eradication.

Here are a few tips to tackle termites alone. If these don’t work for you or at all seems too much we are always here to help and provide a guaranteed pest removal service.

 

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1 Select the Right Bait

In our years of experience we have discovered that there are termite bait brands that are more reliable than others. When you’re dealing with something as important as the foundations of your home, price should be no deterrent.  Go for the top of the line baiting systems to ensure your termite problem is resolved quickly.  Speak to your local supplier and shop around for a quality product.

A huge part of your success weighs on the bait you choose to buy.

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2 Mixing Bait

Mixing your bait is of great important and is often the reason why DIY termite extermination attempts fail.  Bait must not be too moist or too dry or the termites or “white ants” wont go for it.  Make sure the water of liquid you are using to mix the bait is clean and free from contaminates.  Termites have a keen sense of smell and will avoid bait if it doesn’t seem quite right.

Make sure you follow the instructions to a T when choosing your liquid and mixing your bait to avoid wasting time and money.

3 Bait Placement

Once you have perfected the termite bait mix and are ready to set it around your home.   Firstly check which bait system you have.  Is it above ground? Is it below ground?  Or are you opting for a barrier treatment.  This step is crucial but often missed.  Don’t stress and start putting baits everywhere.  Sometimes less is more.

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In Ground Bait

If you know the route your termites travel along or any high activity areas try to place that baits here.  If you have access to timber that has already been eaten place your baits there.  Termites usually return to areas they have started to destroy.

If you have elected to use bait stations, make sure you don’t use a sealant that will repel the termites.

4 Place with Care

As experienced termite exterminators and inspectors we know to be careful around termites.  Try not to disturb their paths, routes or any insects themselves.  Termites will run if disturbed which may send them deeper under your home, into the walls and furniture and away from the bait.

5 Get Help

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At any point during baiting if you feel unsure, nervous or want to call in the experts make sure you contact us.  We have years of experience in termite baiting, termite inspections and general knowledge of the pests are are able to resolve any issue quickly and efficiently.

Damage to the foundations of your home isn’t something that you can ignore.  As soon as you suspect you have termites call in a professional!

 

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The Sneakiest Pest – Weeds

When most people think of pests they think of rats, spiders, fleas and termites.  But what about weeds?  They are the most common pest and destroy more than just your garden.  Weeds kill native plants, insects and even animals.  They sometimes go unnoticed because of their ability to blend in, or even more because of their ability to stand out with beautiful flowers.  Most people don’t associate flowers with weeds which is why they are the sneakiest pest of all.  Usually pest control companies don’t take care of weeds.  But luckily residents of Joondalup have Pest Control Joondalup who take care of wasps, possums, snakes, fleas and weeds!  They are the best company for any pest need.   Here are a few examples of weeds in Australia and why they need to be kept at bay.

Winter Grass

Winter Grass is a weed that hits many areas around Australia.  Controlling this weed is essential because it is a prolific seeder and will kill other grass and takeover whole lawns.  It flourishes in summer then dies right back in winter leaving dead and dry lawn.  It returns in the warmer months and produces even more seeds killing every other plant in its path.

Broadleaf Weeds

The most common broadleaf weeds are dandelion, cat’s ear, lamb’s tongue, chickweed and dock weed, the weeds are found in lawns and gardens.  Broadleaf weeds, like the name suggests, have broad leaves that hug the ground.  It is important to get onto these weeds as its easier to kill young plants than mature ones.  But you need to be careful as mowing or snipping these weeds only stimulates them and makes them flourish even more.  Its best to get a professional in to eradicate the problem.

Bindii

Bindii’s come under many different names and flourish all over the world.  They are a low growing weed that penetrate and area where grass grows.  The weed is often found on ovals or in backyards and is most often noticed when stepped on.  It has thin spiky needles that prick and stay in your feet or hands.  They are painful but not harmful and can usually be killed with a herbicide.

Patterson’s Curse

Patterson’s Curse produces a beautiful purple flower so is often left to flourish.  It needs to be brought under control as it is detrimental to both plants and animals.  It tends to overcrowd the environment it is in and suppresses and kills native vegetation.  It grows rapidly in fields and is poisonous to livestock, it also decreases the value of grain and hay it has infested.  The hairy leaves and stems also cause irritation to the skin of people who touch it and a lot of people are allergic to the pollen.

Capeweed

Capeweed is a sprawling, stemless herb that germinates during autumn and winter.  Like Patterson’s Curse it produces flowers, capeweed flowers are solitary yellow flowers with blackish purple central disc florets.   They look similar to daisies but spread much faster.  They compete with crops, are resistant to herbicides and cause nitrate poisoning in sheep.

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Introduced from Africa this pretty weed is a long stem with 6 pink flowers protruding from in.  Although it is poisonous to livestock it is often avoided by them unless there is no other grazing options.

Blackberries

Blackberries are delicious and a favored fruit by many Australian people, but if the plant is not controlled it has many negative impacts.  Blackberry bushes grow densely and restrict access to areas, this often happens around bodies of water preventing animals from drinking.  Blackberries reduce the growing capabilities of other crops and plants.  Blackberry bushes suck nutrients and moisture from the ground and are unpalatable for animals.  The bushes are also highly flammable once they die.

These weeds and many others grow fast and flourish in Australia.  They are harmful to native plants and animals and often are confused with flowers.  Although not all only have bad traits they still need to controlled and dealt with quickly to avoid spreading.

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Environmentally Friendly Pest Removal.

If you are passionate about the environment and care about animals it can be daunting to find out you have a pest problem.  Getting rid of huge cockroaches or disastrous termites is an easy decision to make,but when you are faced with snakes, birds, possums, bees or even mice it gets a little trickier.  It’s becoming  more common for people to attempt to get rid of pests on their own using cruelty free traps, but these don’t always work and the longer you let a pest take rule of  your home the worse it will become.

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Catching one mouse is easy but what about ten mice? Or a possum?!  Many people don’t know that there are strict laws protecting those pesky possums and the same goes for snakes, bees and many birds.  They can not be killed and must be safely removed and relocated to specific areas, no easy task!  When you are faced with creatures you need to remove but not harm you want a pest control company that can eliminate pests with minimum damage and disruption to you and them.

Luckily in today’s environmentally conscious world its much easier to find a pest control company that has the same ethics and values that you do.  Many of them offer extermination treatments that are safe for the family and your pets but still get rid of the nastiest pests.  Eco friendly pest control will eradicate all the pests a harmful company will but will also leave you feeling good and breathing easy.

Pest control companies not only safely remove pests they also can proof your home to stop pests from coming back.  

Bird proofing: bird proofing has become a popular option for those residing in Sydney.  Seagulls, crows and owls are noisy and can make a mess of your property.  Have them safely removed and re-homed as soon as possible.

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Snakes: Snakes can be scary and poisonous which is why it is always best to call in an expert to remove them.  Don’t try and set traps or bates yourself, this will only aggravate the snake or harm them, you never know it might be a protected, native creature.

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Bees: the number of bees is declining rapidly which is not good news, if you have a nest don’t touch it and DON’T harm the bees, we need them.  Simply call an expert to safely remove the hive and your family will be safe again.

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Of course most pests don’t need relocating or saving and more often then not you want them dead.  Termites, ants, moths, fleas and bed bugs need to be killed as do their eggs.  You want a fool proof pest control method, DIY methods don’t always work and you never want to risk the foundations of your home.  Environmentally friendly pest control services still have the big guns to solve any creepy crawly problem.  So for safe, ethical and effective pest removal and control, call the experts.

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Most common pests.

  • Termites
  • Spiders
  • Possums
  • Rats And Mice
  • Cockroaches
  • Birds
  • Bed Bugs
  • Moths
  • Flies
  • Fleas
  • Silverfish
  • Millipedes 
  • Bees & Wasps

If you are dealing with any of these call an expert, it you are dealing with something worse then this, definitely call an expert!

Do you need a pre-purchase building inspection?

So you’ve found your dream home or work place and are all ready to move in.   The excitement of investing in a new property is often unrivaled which is why it is easy to forget to check for pests. This eagerness and excitement is why it is so  mortifying to discover an underlying pest problem after you’ve moved in.  Luckily for Australians pest control companies reside in every town ready to deal with pests that affect that area.  If you live or work in Tweed Heads Coastline Pest Control are the team for you!

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Often the tell tale signs that there are pests such as mice, termites, silverfish or spiders in a building can not be seen to the naked, untrained eye.   Often by the time you know there is a pest problem it can be too late.  Termites in the foundations or mice in the walls can easily be hidden during a property walk through and even during the moving in process.  But after a few weeks, once you’ve settled in, you will start to see signs.  It might be droppings on the counter or cobwebs on the ceiling.  Slowly but surely the pest problem will reveal itself and then you will be in real strife!

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The always present chance of pests is why it is crucial to have a professional perform a building inspection before you move in, to avoid any heartbreak and mounting costs, moving home or office is pricey enough.  Commercial and home properties are both at risk of pest infestations  and living in Australia we have a lot of pests!

Real estate agents and previous building owners wont tell you if there is a pest problem, but a pest service will.

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Pre-purchase pest inspections will save you from any nasty surprises and ballooning costs.  You need to insure that you have a trained and qualified pest control service that can tell you of any infestations before you buy.  If you are lucky and there are no pests you will still receive sound advice of how to prevent infestations in the future and what the warning signs are for your property.  So there is no losing when you hire pest control experts.  Don’t let termites or wasps ruin your buying experience, before you buy a property ask yourself, do i need a pre-purchase building inspection?  The answer is always yes.

Dream home, or pest home?

Dream home, or pest home?

Antechinus: A Unique and Newsworthy Specimen

If you haven’t caught the news recently, the cute marsupial Antechinus has become a wonder of amazement, with habits that are quite amusing and apparently newsworthy for some media outlets.   So what is the fascination with this tiny marsupial? Are they dangerous to humans? Are pest control methods required?

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What’s with the buzz?

Those who haven’t heard about the mating habits of the Antechinus may be quietly amused to know that the Antechinus spend most of the last part of their existence mating, which actually breaks down their immune system and they die.  However when put in are more comical fashion it can be seen as a brilliant way to go out.

However what isn’t fully explained is that the changing food resources for the marsupials forces the species to breed. It is the male which dies not long after mating, but the females tend to live longer (even able to have more than one litter).

So in a way it’s not as quick and as comical as the media would suggest. There is a lot of people who may envy this tiny creature, however there’s more to the story.

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Most people who live city areas or high density areas may never see these type of marsupials, in comparison to those living in rural areas. Some rural people may even find these little critters be cute and interesting inhabitants.

Generally speaking these creatures don’t aim to live in your home, however they may end up finding a nice place in your home for their nest. However you don’t need to be too concerned as they won’t cause harm. However don’t be surprised if you find a nest in drawers, chairs and be wandering around in you kitchen.

Pest Control:

If you’ve noticed an influx of these mouse like creatures and think you need to find a pest control solution, take a step back for a second.

You can’t just go out and start buying poisons, these are protected. You cannot kill or harm Antechinus, instead you’ll need to with more humane control methods.

If you need help with eliminating Antechinus or any other pests, most pest control companies will be happy to assist, using the most harmonious methods.

Organic Pest Control: The Sprays,Powders, Pesticides

When we think of pest control we often go straight for the toxic solutions, not because we are evil, but because we believe this will be most effective. Despite some pest control methods posing threat to the environment, if handled by professionals, or high precaution, then things work out. However there are still questions raised about all different types of pest control, and the debate will continue on. If you’re concerned about the pests who are harvesting on your garden, and really want to try DIY organic solutions, there is no reason not to, it’s best to exhaust all methods possible. No one wants to be left looking at a garden they may have ruined themselves through pest control, but if you look at benefits that may come or organic options then why not have a go?

Organic pest control has many avenues, as people have studied long and hard on this issue, but lets just focus on the sprays, powders and pesticides. There are plenty of options when it comes to looking after your garden with organic products and here are some of them.

Diactomaceous Earth

-Diactomaceous is powder type substance that is created from fossilized water plants, diatoms. It has been around and about since the dinosaurs were on the earth, a part of the earths complex ecology.

-It is a mineral compound, and so a mineral based pesticide.

-To humans it is merely dust, so has harmful effects on us. However it is dust, and you probably shouldn’t inhale too much of it, because any sort of dust inhaled isn’t great.

-Insects however cope the full weight of the sharp edged dust, once a bug gets near it, it breaks down the outside layer of the insect, causing it to dehydrate and die. Usually this doesn’t take very long, about two days.

-It can be used in the control of adult flea beetles, thrips, mites,  cockroach, slugs, snails,carrot root flies, fleas, pillbugs, ticks. And more. 

 
 

Garlic Insecticide and Fungicide

-Garlic to most people is the best part of many meals, however it is quite the popular ingredient in organic pesticides (and fungicide)

– Lucky for us this pesticide is quite easy to make at home, it’s cost effective and clean. You can also easily buy bottles of this, so it can be even less effort.

-It repels most insects from getting into your garden and eating you beloved flowers. However it also repels some animal pests, which is an added bonus.

Bug Shooter (Lemon Based)

 

 -With such a quirky name you’d love to imagine what sort of mysterious compounds make up this natural insecticide.  However it’s base ingredient is in fact lemon oil, and you thought lemons were only for lemonade!

-Safe for indoor and outdoor use

-It is designed so that bugs or insects are killed almost instantly, so you have to make sure to spray them when you see them, and look carefully.

-Kills crawling and flying insects : Earwigs Flea beetles, Mealybugs, Mites, Rose chafers, Japanese beetles, Leafhoppers etc.

 

You could go on forever describing the organic pesticides on the market at the moment, and many you can make yourself. However this gives you an idea of what to look for if you want to go at the pests alone.