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Can you believe that the first month of 2020 has already flown by!? And with those passing 31 days, how is your 2020 pest vision going?  If yesterday still feels like Christmas and you don’t know what has happened in between – we can help! We have decided to do a series of First Line...
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So…we did our research on the most popular pest predictions for 2020. And this is what we found…Climate change continues to be the #1 influencer for pest populations across the globe. Why? It’s simple really. Warmer temperatures = warmer winters = better survival = increased populations. In particular, we will experience increased populations of rodents,...
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Unlike the northern hemisphere, Christmas in South Africa is spent outdoors in the warm, summer sun. There is no such thing as a white Christmas. Rather, a pleasant, rain-filled (hopefully) one. But why does it seem like insects want to share in the Christmas festivities? Why do their populations proliferate around this time? Insects are...
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As we approach the rainy season, we thought it appropriate to chat about malaria; what it is and how it is spread. What does the word ‘malaria’ mean? The word ‘malaria’ comes from Medieval Italian – ‘Mal aria’ – meaning ‘bad air’. This description came from the early belief that bad-smelling air caused the disease....
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So, first of all – what is IPM? Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a knowledge-driven ecosystem approach to pest control that focuses on the long-term prevention of pests through a combination of control methods. This combination is physical, mechanical, cultural (working habits and processes), biological (using natural enemies), assessing pest behaviour and the cautious use...
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The word “rodent” comes from the Latin word “rodere”, which means “to gnaw”. This word is fitting since all rodents (which are 40% of all mammal species!) are characterised by large front teeth (incisors) that do not stop growing. This continuous growth forces them to constantly gnaw objects in the hope of grinding down their...
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