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Spring is in the air! In Gauteng, we have already received a few drops of much needed rain after the dry winter and so the spring flowers are finally starting to bloom into life! Unfortunately, they are not the only things that are starting to bloom. Spring is also the time of year when little...
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Firstly, what is a pesticide? A pesticide is any substance or mixture of substances (usually chemicals) designed to control, kill or deter living organisms such as unwanted pests.  This includes insecticides, herbicides and fungicides.   Things to consider when handling pesticides: What is the form (i.e. granules/ fog/ spray/ gel) of pesticide that is best...
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A group of researchers at the University of Florida may have found an alternative method of pest management for strawberry plants: The team decided to use an ultraviolet (UVC) light system to help prevent diseases in the plant. They found that UVC light helps in the control of Powdery Mildew, which is a fungus that...
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We have all been bombarded with information regarding how our actions are negatively affecting the environment. These effects have been so severe that we are changing weather patterns – resulting in GLOBAL WARMING. Even though Global Warming is a very serious issue and we have been experiencing the effects first-hand for the last 20 something...
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Small, furry, cute(?!) and sneaky. What’s not to like about rodents – right? Some people even keep them as pets! But – if rodents are not managed correctly – what can at first be a small, furry and cute pet can also easily turn into a PEST! Why do rodents become pests? Rodents are smart....
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One of the most important rules in Integrated Pest Management is pest species identification. Why is pest species identification important? Just as cats and dogs have different characteristics and behaviors, so too, do pest species differ! There are thousands of different  pest species.  Some of which include; cockroaches, mosquitos, flies and  rodents. South Africa has...
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Happy New Year! Shoo – I think we can all say that 2020 was not expected and that we are grateful to put it in the past! BUT, what better way to learn and grow than look at our history. So – we thought we could start this year strong on a short blog on...
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December may be the time where most people relax and take their well-deserved breaks, but it may not be the time that pests do the same as well! Whether you typically stay in a private home or travel to beloved friends and local family, you are bound to have an undesired interaction with a few uninvited guests. Below is a list of insect pests to look out for during your December holiday: Fish-moths (silverfish): As you...
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#1: Is this treatment safe for pets and children? Modern pest control treatments are generally safe, however it needs to be noted that pest management professionals may use a pesticide, which is a chemical that is designed to kill a small pest. Thus, non-target animals and pets would usually need to ingest a large amount...
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The battle against pests has been going on for centuries, and so it is not a surprise that there are some myths regarding successful DIY pest control methods. Simply searching ‘common pest control myths’ brings up a wealth of ‘knowledge’. Here we list the top 5 myths that we found interesting: #1: Pets eat Pests...
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