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Category: PPM Pest E-News

HUMANE RODENT SOLUTIONS – THE GORILLA TRAP

HUMANE RODENT SOLUTIONS – THE GORILLA TRAP

There is a great deal of current community debate over rodent management. The APVMA is undertaking a detailed review of the use of second generation anti-coagulant rodenticides which will result in future use restrictions. The AEPMA, with this market environment in mind, produced the AEPMA Code of Best Practice for Rodent Management for professional pest managers to follow. This Code recommends a hierarchical approach to rodent management with the lowest risk options considered first. i.e. Exclusion, Removal of food and […]

SHOULD YOU ADVERTISE OVER CHRISTMAS?

SHOULD YOU ADVERTISE OVER CHRISTMAS? Laptop computer with Christmas decorations

Is it a good idea to spend money on marketing when your business is closed for the holidays?    For those utilising online advertising, it’s not uncommon for pest control businesses to pause advertising at this time of year either because they are “fully booked out” or because they are closing for the Christmas period. But is this the right thing to do? Having a fully booked schedule weeks in advance is clearly a good thing. For many, being fully […]

CHRISTMAS BEETLE

CHRISTMAS BEETLE Christmas beetle image

Every year this insect emerges to defoliate eucalyptus and delight with their festive colours. But their numbers seem to have crashed in recent years. Would you be able to identify a Christmas beetle? Common name: Christmas beetle, washerwoman or king beetle (for some species) Scientific name(s): Anoplognathus spp., Family Scarabaeidae. Anoplognathus pallidicollis is the most common species in Eastern states. Description: Christmas beetles are large, slightly flattened metallic brown, yellow, green, or pink beetles up to 3 cm long. They […]

FALSE WIDOW

FALSE WIDOW False widow spider image

They closely resemble, and are closely related, to the notorious black widow and redback spiders. They’re commonly found inside houses, which gives rise to another of their common names, the cupboard spider. Would you be able to recognise a false widow? Common name: False widow, cupboard spider, dark comb-footed spider, and brown house spider Scientific name(s): Steatoda grossa, in the family Theridiidae Description: They are small spiders just over 1 cm in length. Females have black legs and a large, […]