Monday, November 26, 2018

Bed bugs

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are small parasitic insects that feed on human blood by piercing the skin. They do not live on humans or burrow into the skin. They are very mobile, but only move short distances to feed, so are commonly found near food (blood) source​es. Generally, bed bugs are more of a nuisance pest than a serious health threat. There is no evidence to indicate that they transmit any infectious disease. Bed bugs can live up to six months at room temperature and can survive for long periods without a blood meal. They usually feed during the night, but bed bugs can be opportunistic feeders (feed whenever the opportunity is present). 

Image result for bed bugsWhat do they look like?

Adult bed bugs are 4–6mm in length, oval in shape and are dark reddish brown in colour. Juveniles are 1–5mm in length, depending on the growth stage and are cream in colour, becoming red to blackish after taking a blood meal. Adult females can lay up to three eggs per day, which hatch within 10 days (longer in cooler temperature). Eggs are creamy white and about 1mm in length.
Bed bugs have dorsoventrally flatten (thin) bodies, thus they can stay well hidden in narrow crevices and cracks. 

Where are they found?

Bed bugs are most commonly found on mattresses, particularly along the stitched edges where there are folds that help to conceal them. They are also found on bed frames, in bed side furniture, in photo frames, behind wall paper, in cracks and crevices or other areas of a room that will provide them with protection, such as carpet edges, behind skirting boards or between wooden floor boards.

Image result for bed bugsWhat are the signs?

-       -   Live bed bugs or cast skins
-       -   Eggs
-       -  Dark spots of bed bug excrement or blood. These can be found on bed sheets, mattresses, skirting boards or in cracks and crevices
-        -  You may also notice bite marks on your skin, although 1 in 5 people bitten may not experience a reaction and the bite may not be noticed for up to 9 days. Skin reactions include redness, swelling and wheals up to 2cm in size, itching and burning sensations. Humans tend to be bitten most often on the shoulders and arms, in distinctive lines. 

How are bed bugs spread?

Bed bugs can walk short distances to adjoining rooms or can be carried over greater distances in and on people’s luggage and belongings. This is how bed bugs are moved from infested premises to new premises around Australia and internationally. 

How can I eradicate bed bugs?

Calling in professional pest controllers is a crucial part of eradication. There are no chemicals out there in supermarkets that work against bed bugs. 

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Rodent Control


Most rodents are small animals with robust bodies, short limbs, and long tails. They use their sharp incisors to gnaw food, excavate burrows, and defend themselves.
Rodents have been used as food, for clothing, as pets, and as laboratory animals in research. Some species, in particular, the brown rat, the black rat, and the house mouse, are serious pests, eating and spoiling food stored by humans, and spreading diseases, and this is why it is important to call the professional at Proven Pest Control. We eliminate these pests for you.

The 3 pest rodents you need to be able to identify are:

Image result for rattus rattusRattus RattusRoof rat, black rat, fruit rat, tree rat etc. This rat is so common it has so many names! With a head and body length of 165-205mm, a tail length of 185-245mm and body weight of 95-340g. The tail is longer than the body which makes it easy to identify. It has relatively large eyes and ears and their colour ranges from black to light brown.
This species may have up to 6 litters of 5-10 per young annum.
They are frequently found in domestic dwellings where residents may be alerted to its presence by scratching noises in the roof. It may nest inside wall insulation or in boxes.

Rattus norvegicusNorway rat, brown rat, sewer rat, lab rat etc. These sturdy rodents have a combined head and body length of 180-255mm, tail length of 150-215mm, and weight of 200-400g. This rat is stocky, with scruffy brown fur, small eyes, short ears and a very short and fat tail.
This species may have up to 5-6 litters per young annum.
They are dominant in Europe and America but has not yet managed to colonise much of Australia. However, very large infestations have been found in poultry farms a long way from any ports.

Related imageMus domesticusHouse mouse. There is some confusion as to the exact species we have in Australia. House mice have a combined head and body length of 60-95mm, tail length of 75-95mm and weight of 10-20g. They have a slim body a pointed nose with quite large ears, and a fur colour of brown to grey.
They are “opportunistic” breeders, reaching sexual maturity at around 8 weeks old. They may produce 6-10 litters per young annum with 5-6 young per litter. The gestational period is around 19 days.
There creatures may live either indoors and outdoors, usually coming inside to avoid severe cold weather. Because of their small size, they can enter through almost any aperture. Experts say “if you can stick a pencil through a hole, then a mouse can". 
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Monday, November 12, 2018

Common Spiders in Australia

Spiders In Australia

Australia has some highly venomous spiders, including the Sydney Funnel-web, its relatives in the family Hexathelidae (mouse spider), and the Redback Spider, whose bites can be extremely painful and have historically been linked with deaths in medical records. Most Australian spiders do not have venom that is considered to be dangerously toxic. No deaths caused by spider bites in Australia have been substantiated by a coronial inquest since 1979, but Proven Pest Control have been helping to prevent this even more.

Redback Spider 

The Redback spider is a species of a highly venomous spider believed to only be found in Australia. The redback is one of the few spider species that can be seriously harmful to humans, and its liking for habitats in built structures, gardens, sand pits, outdoor furniture etc. has led it to being responsible for a large number of serious spider bites in Australia. Redbacks are not found inside unless you have walked it in or brought it in on something. Some people may only experience redness, swelling, and itchiness in the area of that bite, and others may experience nausea, diarrhoea, dizziness, sweating etc. This is why it is important not to take that risk and call Proven Pest Control now.

The Funnel-Web Spider

Funnel-web spiders are spiders that build funnel-shapedwebs, which they use as burrows and to trap prey. Three distinct spider families are known as funnel-web spiders, but they are all quite different. Some species are among the most deadly spiders in the world, while others are not harmful to humans. These spiders have a dangerous bite. While they are highly venomous, the male is 6x more toxic than the female. The following bite symptoms are: Intense pain at area of the bite, nausea and abdominal pain follow - the body also secretes heavily in several areas, profuse sweating is usually obvious, along with excessive saliva production, heavy coughing is also common. Virtually all major hospitals in Australia carry an effective anti-venom. Provided a pressure/immobilisation method has been applied soon after the bite and medical attention sought quickly, a few days in the hospital is the usual outcome with complete recovery. Do not move the victim as it spreads the venom. ALWAYS call an ambulance. To avoid this risk, call Proven Pest Control.

The White-tailed Spider

White-tailed spiders are spiders native to southern and eastern Australia, and so named because of the whitish tips at the end of their abdomens. Body size is up to 18mm, with leg-span of 28mm. The bite of a white-tail spider may cause burning pain followed by swelling and itchiness around the site of the bite. Ulceration and rotting of flesh was proven a myth many years ago.

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Monday, November 5, 2018

Cockroaches In The Kitchen

Cockroaches In The Kitchen
German cockroaches are the most common cockroaches in the world and are usually found in moist areas such as the kitchen, laundry, bathroom etc. They are small light brown (babies are black). Cockroaches will migrate from room to room as local populations expand. The key is making sure there isn’t anything around to enable them to sustain themselves once they arrive. The standing water in your kitchen sink and the leftover crumbs from last night’s dinner attract roaches, making it difficult to get rid of them, but Proven Pest Control is right at your doorstep to help.
Follow these simple steps to prevent a cockroach invasion in your kitchen:

-       -   Call the professionals at Proven Pest Control for a guaranteed fast, cost effective treatment.
-       -   Cleaning up your kitchen is the first step in preventing cockroaches from residing in your home

      Cockroaches love anything from soft flour to thick grease, and have been known to get into other food products. Having the ability to detect even the smallest of food particles, cockroaches may take over your microwave, refrigerator, electric wires and even your cabinets. Be sure to wipe down counter tops, and mop. Pests are not covered by insurance, so it is best to call Proven Pest Control as soon as you see one!

Cockroaches In The Yard
Cockroaches are usually associated with uncleanliness, especially if they find their way into a kitchen. Consequently, when contaminated food goes in, contaminated feces come out.

So, regarding cockroaches that have found their way indoors, unsanitary kitchen produces unsanitary cockroaches, but Proven Pest Control can solve that problem for you with our handy tips, and guaranteed to last treatments!

Clean or not, any home can suddenly become a playground for cockroaches.

Sometimes they wander in through loose-fitting doors and windows during weather extremes. Often, they’ve just inadvertently hitched a ride in boxes, grocery bags, firewood or furniture. Once inside, they will nest in furniture or appliances, or even spaces in baseboards, cabinets and floors are enough to provide safety. Humidity, which they like, is to be found in or under sinks.

Food is readily available - the tiniest breadcrumb fallen to the floor can be a whole meal for a cockroach, but don’t worry – we are here to help!

Have you ever wondered why cockroaches scatter from your pets food/ water bowl when turning on a light?

That is because pets food scraps are a massive attractant to cockroaches and many other pests such as crickets, beetles etc.

Being mindful to pick up your pets bowl after meals and washing them up daily is a key factor to a clean environment and won’t attract pests.

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Monday, August 27, 2018

Proven Pest Control Bankstown

Proven Pest Control Bankstown is your local Pest Control company operating in the Bankstown area and is part of the Proven Pest Group. Our Home office is located at 19 Leonard St, Bankstown, NSW 2200.

As your local pest control company for over 40 years, Proven pest Control Bankstown has effectively treated many homes and businesses in all aspects of pest management including; termites, rats, mice, ants and cockroaches.

The damage caused to Australian homes & businesses due to the lack of adequate pest control amounts to hundreds of millions of dollars per year. Make sure you are covered, call your local Proven Pest Control office today on 1300 08 25 52

Residential pest control is necessary for the well-being of your family and your home. Protect your health and your financial investment with pest management services from Proven Pest Control.

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We are a full service pest control company providing all pest services for homes as well as for offices and commercial premises. We provide all pest control services and treatments, from regular home pest maintenance treatments through to termite inspections and treatments.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Bees understand the concept of zero

Scientists have discovered honeybees can understand the concept of zero, putting them in an elite club of clever animals that can grasp the abstract mathematical notion of nothing.

By demonstrating that even tiny brains can comprehend complex, abstract concepts, the surprise
finding opens possibilities for new, simpler approaches to developing Artificial Intelligence.
In research published in the journal Science, Australian and French researchers tested whether honey bees can rank numerical quantities and understand that zero belongs at the lower end of a sequence of numbers.

Associate Professor Adrian Dyer, from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, said the number zero was the backbone of modern maths and technological advancements.

"Zero is a difficult concept to understand and a mathematical skill that doesn't come easily -- it takes children a few years to learn," Dyer said.

"We've long believed only humans had the intelligence to get the concept, but recent research has shown monkeys and birds have the brains for it as well.

"What we haven't known -- until now -- is whether insects can also understand zero."
As well as being a critical pollinator, the honeybee is an exceptional model species for investigating insect cognition, with previous research showing they can learn intricate skills from other bees and even understand abstract concepts like sameness and difference.

But bee brains have fewer than 1 million neurons -- compared with the 86,000 million neurons of a human brain -- and little was known about how insect brains would cope with being tested on such an important numeric skill.

RMIT PhD researcher Scarlett Howard set out to test the honeybee on its understanding, marking individual honeybees for easy identification and luring them to a specially-designed testing apparatus.

The bees were trained to choose an image with the lowest number of elements in order to receive a reward of sugar solution.

For example, the bees learned to choose three elements when presented with three vs. four; or two elements when presented with two vs. three.

When Howard periodically tested the bees with an image that contained no elements versus an image that had one or more, the bees understood that the set of zero was the lower number -- despite never having been exposed to an "empty set."

Dyer, a researcher in the Bio Inspired Digital Sensing-Lab (BIDS-Lab) in RMIT's Digital Ethnography Research Centre, said the findings opened the door to new understandings of how different brains could represent zero.

"This is a tricky neuroscience problem," he said.
"It is relatively easy for neurons to respond to stimuli such as light or the presence of an object but how do we, or even an insect, understand what nothing is?

"How does a brain represent nothing? Could bees and other animals that collect lots of food items, have evolved special neural mechanisms to enable the perception of zero?

"If bees can learn such a seemingly advanced maths skill that we don't even find in some ancient human cultures, perhaps this opens the door to considering the mechanism that allows animals and ourselves to understand the concept of nothing."

One of the problems in the development of artificial intelligence is enabling robots to operate in very complex environments, Dyer said.

"Crossing a road is simple for adult humans, we understand if there are no approaching cars, no bikes or trams, then it is probably ok to cross," he said.

"But what is zero, how do we represent this for so many complex object classes to make decisions in complex environments?

"If bees can perceive zero with a brain of less than a million neurons, it suggests there are simple efficient ways to teach AI new tricks."

The research was conducted in both Australia and France and involved many control experiments to validate the findings.

Study co-author, Dr Aurore Avargu├Ęs-Weber from the University of Toulouse in France, said: "The discovery that bees can show such elaborated understanding of numbers was really surprising given their tiny brain."

"Large brains are thus not necessary to play with numbers. This capacity is therefore probably shared by many other animals."

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Termites and what to look for.

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Hi Everyone,

Alex here just thought we'd cross over to live to a customer's premises.  Now we had a phone call couple of days from a very distraught customer, who had discovered termites on that property or termite damage.

Now they had another company come out around about three months ago to get rid of these termites, however they've now discovered that the termites having indeed moved to another part of the house and when we go in to look at the treatment done we could see why they've moved to another part of the house, so I'm going to show you some of the damage that's been done and what the customer noticed.

First of all when they came in and saw the termite damage so you can see here the damage or the mudding has done to be packed into the wall cavity there. Now that was once flush just like it is there and now the mudding’s pushed it out, the customer hadn't been out is he out here for about three or four months and this is the first time they'd actually seen this they will go around see if we can see inside the actual damaged area so you could see all this termite mudding.

Here now this is a storage cupboard underneath a set of stairs goes right up to the top there. The hot water system, was leaking down here which is one of the conducive, it's a conducive environment for termites the moisture is what drawn them to this little area here. You can see in there some mud shelter tubing happening in there.

The company that came out prior to us dusted this particular area and you can see you know you may not be able to see but in there they've packed in all this dust which is the incorrect way to actually treat the termites because you're just blocking up all the tubing there.

That's way too much dust; what they've done is they've tried to pump too much of the chemical into the into the tubes all at once instead of doing it over a period of two or three days. They’ve tried to do it in about 10 minutes and that's the wrong way to do things so all they've done is scare the termites off and they've moved into another part of the house.

What's happened is the termites themselves they've moved out of this little cupboard here and they've moved into the kitchen flooring in the subfloor now when they weren't there before so now not only do we need to treat that particular area under the kitchen subfloor,  but now we're going to have to do a full chemical barrier which should always be done as part of any treatment either a chemical barrier or a termite monitoring station setup.

That really depends on your soil, slope of the ground and certainly a few other more things like safety issues between doing a chemical barrier and your monitoring stations. Obviously if you're on earth on a steep slope you're not going to be able to do a chemical barrier because after chemical, first rain is just going to rush down that hill.  There have been cases where there's been a creek at the at the bottom of the hill and the chemical was actually runoff into that creek and the pest control operator has copped quite a nasty little fine from the EPA for poisoning waterways, so that's when we would consider using termite monitoring stations.

What I'm going to do now is I'm going to show you some of the conducive conditions that probably led to these termites entering the home particularly this this home and a few conducive conditions you might find throughout your property. So the first thing we notice is that the hot water system, it was obviously dripping against the wall here, the termites were attracted by the moisture and that's what's led them into the cupboard which is on the other side of that wall.

They've added a pipe here which still isn't good enough because it's not that far away from the slab itself all that moisture is just one big attractant to termites coupled with things like pieces of timber left on the ground all over the place. You've got quite a few trees here and shrubs but also, we've got leaking roofs which has led to timber rot.

 Timber in direct contact with the soil; these are all things that will attract termites. Termites don't know the difference between a tree and your house they have absolutely no idea difference between the difference of those two, so when you have things like garden beds up against your house, you are inviting them into your house.

It’s sort of leaving bread crumbs for them to follow from your house, so they might start here in the garden they'll come along the timber here and then they'll start to explore a little bit further out here. As you can see here we've got a leaking air conditioning unit which is dropping moisture straight in there, now on the other side of this wall is a large termite nest.

Some of those some of some things I used to do to explain it to the customers as simply as possible is that termite say your natural foragers in the bush, they find a dead or decaying trees and timber debris and they break it down scavenging those and breaking it down. In your home or in your garden, all your man-made objects, they don't know the difference between the two. You may have your landscaping timbers here they don't know that that's the landscaping too, but they think that's just a fallen tree branch so they're going to start attacking that.

Then they're going to scout a little bit further along and look for your moisture thinking that it's a creek, or it's sort of a mulch vegetation. Which they can then attack and then that obviously leads them into your garden beds and they come across your mulch, which to them is just bark and they're thinking: “well if there's bark around then there's a tree.”

They don't know the difference between a tree and your house so they'll get into your house and they'll start thinking, well this is the tree it's quite a bit of timber here let's set up camp here and that's when you start getting into problems.

It’s always important trying keep your gardens free of debris mulch and stuff even-even in that how its raised up here, you can see it's raised above the weep holes in too much it's just going to come straight through this straight through the soil here and enter the weep holes on the other side.

 Obviously all this sort of debris down here is no good, you're going to have timber here you probably kick this over and you'll find termites underneath. This is all attractants to them they don't know that this is all treated or painted Timbers they'll have a go at it anyway and if they don't like the taste of it they'll keep on searching and it's so close to the house they'll find your structural pine fairly easily.

 Also stuff like this makes it really hard for a pest controller to inspect your property or your property properly so when you do have an inspection or you just get your basic pest spray done make sure you're trying give us enough room so we can actually see down the side.  I mean we're not we're not supermen or anything which we don't have the x-ray vision or anything, you know it could possibly be Termites down there Redback spiders the whole lot.

 So if we're spraying either food yet your spiders or we're doing your termite inspections it's absolutely no way we're going to be able to see any sort of issues down this sort of area, so it's always good to keep this these sorts of areas clear.

 You can see up here you've got trees leading into the gutter in there no generally you won't probably get termites going up these little tiny branches and into you into your oozed it can happen but it's quite rare for that to happen but possums, rats, mice up climbing those trees and get straight into your gutters and into your roof voids.

 Again, more moisture obviously coming into summer you're going to have all your mosquitoes in there. Mosquitoes isn't something that we can really treat effectively, you could do just as a good of a job with stuff from Bunnings. So save yourself a bit of money if you're only concerned about mosquitoes, get rid of all that standing water and get some stuff from Bunnings and do it yourself.  

Really, it's not worth getting a pest controller out for just for mosquitoes everything else obviously yeah definitely spiders Redbacks, cockroaches, Termites always together get a qualified pest controller out to sort that out.

Now here's another issue, we've got leaking gutters. Again, during the winter, during the rain the gutters begin to leak create moisture down here in the garden beds and that's going to attract your Termites.

All this mulch it looks great, but all this is just attracting termites they just think that this is a tree bark that is falling down from it from a tree so they're going to figure it,  well there's a tree here somewhere we'll keep searching for it and next thing you know they're inside your house. Even in they've got the mulch built up above the of the weep hole to us is just going to go straight through there which they obviously have it's why we're here.