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Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a way of pest control where chemicals should be used as the last resort. IPM is about thinking outside the box to remove pests using a method which is least harmful to the environment by knowing and understanding the pest, its biology and behavior you can determine the most effective...
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Silverfish – as the name suggests – are metallic silver insects that move fast across surfaces in a swimming motion. They thrive in highly humid areas such as cupboards and bathrooms (which tend to become steamy and more damp in winter) and feed on just about anything from book pages, wallpaper, clothing and even glue!...
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Pest birds (e.g. starlings, doves, pigeons, seagulls) are a significant health risk to humans. They carry harmful diseases, insects, and parasites. Not only this, but they can cause tremendous physical damage to property and to YOU as well (have you ever tried to shoo a seagull away from its lunch? Things can get aggressive, fast!)....
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It is a common misconception that all pests hibernate and disappear in late autumn and winter months. Although pest activity is somewhat lower than in the summer months, they can still be problematic. Its important to know what sort of pests to look out for in autumn so you can identify and deal with the...
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Did you know: The name Cockroach comes from the Spanish term Cucaracha (deriving from the Latin ‘blatta’), which means “an insect that shines the light’. We find this strange because cockroaches usually hide from light! Cockroach fossils have been found dating back more than 200 million years! Cockroaches are CANNIBALISTIC! Yes, you may know that...
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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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The festive season is upon us and it’s a time for family, friends, travel and relaxation. Here are some things to remember when it comes to pests and traveling to different places: Always check the online reviews! This is where people that have been there before you leave comments about their experiences at that particular...
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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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We wake up in the morning and it is still dark. There is an icy frost on the grass and our first point of contact is the kettle. Winter is here and (other than COVID restrictions keeping us at home) people are staying at home to seek the warmth instead of venturing outside. Just as...
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