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There are more than 980 species of bats in the world! Of these, 6% live in South Africa. Bats are extremely sensitive creatures and so they are a great indicator of biodiversity. They are very important pollinators of flowers, dispersers of seeds and they consume large numbers of insects (including the irritating mosquito) every day....
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Did you know? Sumerians (the people of southern Mesopotamia) were one of the first people recorded to use chemicals as a form of pest control. Around 4 500 years ago, they used Sulphur compounds to control insects and mites. A few thousand years later (3 200 years ago), the Chinese used mercury and arsenical compounds to control...
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A pantry is always a main attraction for any pest. Ants, cockroaches, fruit flies, and even rats… the list goes on. One of the most common pest problems in a pantry is a beetle infestation. The absolute horror of going through the pantry and realizing you have been sharing your food with a nasty little...
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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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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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Attending school should be filled with adventure and new, exciting experiences. Students and teachers shouldn’t be concerned about fighting pests; the diseases that they carry and the damage they can do to their property! Abundant food Pest infestations in schools has become a very real threat in recent years. Schools have an abundant supply of...
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Integrated Pest Management is a well-known method in the commercial industry to manage pests; however, this method is not exclusive to structural pests. IPM also plays an important part in our forests and the conservation and protection of our trees. Forest IPM is used to manage pests in a forest environment to prevent damage in...
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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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Wherever we go, we provide water, food and a nice comfy home for our self in order to survive. The problem is, we don’t seem to provide it only for our species, but other species as well. Pests such as rodents, flies and cockroaches follow us for the elements of survival that we provide. Thus,...
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