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Sunday, October 9, 2016

Cockroaches: there’s never just one.

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If you see a cockroach, whether it’s in your food prep area or office, chances are there are many more hiding nearby.
 There are a few reasons for that:

Cockroaches are nocturnal

Pest Control DaptoThey’ll hide in dark places when it’s light and venture out from their hidey holes when it’s dark. Not just responding to natural daylight hours: they can adapt to internal lighting regimens, so inspections during the times when your premise is unpopulated can very enlightening.

Cockroaches are thigmotactic

That means they enjoy living in cracks and crevices. Cockroaches cluster in these areas for security and prefer for three sides of their bodies to be touching something around them. They’ll spend up to 75% of their life in these harbourages.

Cockroaches are gregarious

They will utilise aggregation pheromones to attract other cockroaches to suitable harbourages in order to increase breeding opportunities.
It’s for these reasons that if you see a cockroach out in the open, chances are you have a bigger problem than what you may think. Cockroaches can destroy equipment and food stocks, cause cross contamination and put you at risk of Salmonella, Dysentery & Gastro-enteritis.

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We provide many pest control treatment solutions to fit your needs and budget, including one-time and yearly programs like our Budget service and our Premium System. 
We can treat a large variety of pests found in Dapto, including spiders, ants, termites, fleas, ticks, roaches, bed bugs, rodents, and other invaders.

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Monday, August 15, 2016

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We provide many pest control treatment solutions to fit your needs and budget, including one-time and yearly programs like our Budget service and our Premium System. 
We can treat a large variety of pests found in Dapto, including spiders, ants, termites, fleas, ticks, roaches, bed bugs, rodents, and other invaders.
For more information, visit our website at: www.provenpest.net/dapto

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Preventing Insects and Pests in Newcastle

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So even though you did your best to keep pests out of the home, they have somehow made their way in but how should you deal with them? Booking a pest control service in Newcastle is a great start, in the meantime, wwe have a list of the most common pests and how to get them out of your home once and for all!

Ants - Ants are among the most common to get into the home and although the hot water trickdoes work, it is only a temporary fix for a larger problem. The most effective way to remove an ant infestation is to sprinkle boric acid or powder around all the entrances to your home as the ants will feed on them and die. You should also dust affected inside surfaces with a concoction of boric acid and an equal amount of flour or sugar. To keep ants away, you should clean surfaces and floors as well as taking trash out daily as ants will feed on anything and everything.

Bees and Wasps - Bees and wasps are perhaps the most dangerous in this list and should be treated with caution. At first, they will be attracted to your home via sugary foods in the trash and will nest near buildings or in bushes. There are now products available to kill nests when sprayed at night time but nests should not be moved unless it is a potential threat. Once sprayed, make sure a professional comes out to remove the nest efficiently and effectively.

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Pest Control NewcastleCockroaches - Cockroaches are known for hiding in spots that are warm and humid and are rather good at it. To start, a good first step is to seal any openings around pipes with duct tape. The key to removing cockroaches is to practice good sanitation as they feed on pet food, crumbs and even wax; if there is nothing for them to eat, they have no reason to hang around. If you are struggling to remove roaches, you can now purchase baitballs.

Pest Control NewcastleFleas and Ticks - These are common with pets and their owners especially in the summer and can become a huge problem if not treated correctly. With fleas, the best way to keep them at bay is to wash your pet (and their bedding) regularly and comb them carefully. 

You should also vacuum all carpets and furniture remembering to dispose of the waste efficiently as eggs can sit in the vacuum starting the process all over again. If the situation gets beyond your control, you should contact your vet and possibly a professional pest removal service.

Ticks can be dangerous as they can carry Lyme disease so as a result, need to be removed as soon as possible after being spotted. The best way to remove them from a pet is by using tweezers, it is important the the whole tick is removed. If you are struggling to remove the tick, make a visit to the vet.

Mosquitoes and Flies - Mosquitos breed in standing water so this is the source that needs to be removed; all empty cans and bottles should be disposed of, gutters should be cleared and pools drained. Cutting grass and weeds is also important.

Pest Control NewcastleHouseflies are extremely common and affect thousands of people each and every year in the hot summer months. It is important to seal all trash bags, bins, and litter as this will cut off their supply. Make sure that you are closing all doors that are close to trash cans as leaving them open is practically inviting them into your home. To remove, you can immobilise them with a mixture of dishwashing detergent and water; once they have fallen, you can then remove them from the house! 

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Controlling RATS AND MICE in Homes - Pest Control Wyong

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Rodents are the most common mammals in the world, both in numbers and in species.  Australia has more than 60 species of native rodents.  These natives rarely invade homes but some do cause problems in agriculture.  

There are also three introduced rodents:
            Rattus norvegicus        the sewer or brown rat
Rattus rattus                the roof or black rat
            Mus musculus              the house mouse.

It is theintroduced rodents that cause problems in urban areas particularly in the Wyong area
These are known as commensal rodents – those that live with or near people and depend on humans for at least part of their food or shelter.  They are often attracted to houses for food and shelter as the weather cools in autumn/winter.

Pest Control WyongRodents prominent incisor teeth grow continuously.  ‘Rodent’ is derived from the Latin ‘rodere’ which means ‘to gnaw’.  Gnawing is a natural and necessary survival behaviour of the rat and mouse.  Rats and mice enjoy gnawing wires – a potential cause of fires in Wyong homes.

Rodents contaminate our environment with their urine and droppings and by spreading disease.  Rodents are known to be vectors of over fifty disease organisms including the causes of plague, leptospirosis, murine typhus and food poisoning.


Rodent species

SEWER RAT                        Rattus norvegicus                       
Originated in Central Asia.  Large, aggressive, adaptable and sly. 

ROOF RAT               Rattus rattus
A native of the forests of equatorial Southeast Asia.  It was the most common rat in urban areas in Europe during the outbreaks of plague.

HOUSE MOUSE      Mus musculus           
Believed to have originated in Central Asia.  Mice adapted to structures associated with the storage and transport of grain, with their provision of shelter, warmth and food. 

Sewer Rat
Roof Rat
House Mouse
Tail / body
12mm Pointed
Weight (g)
340 – 460
150 - 250
13 – 30
Intake /day (g)
15 – 30
10 - 20
2 – 4
Food preference
Fruit, nuts
Offspring / year
40 – 60
Gestation (days)
18 – 21
Litter size
4 – 10
4 – 8
5 – 6
Lifespan (mths)
5 – 12
5 - 18
12 – 24
Home range (m)
8 – 30
8 – 30+
2 – 10



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Possums in Wyong - Pest Control Wyong

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The possum is an Australian native marsupial. It is a protected species and cannot be trapped or eradicated without a licence in Wyong.

Whilst possums are one of our best-loved creatures, in the city they can cause extensive damage to ceilings and electrical wiring. They can also be very annoying, running over roofs at night and destroying gardens and other vegetation, Peter Sheild (part of Proven Pest Control Wyong) is well known for providing sensitive solutions to urban possum problems."For many of us sharing our property with a possum is a fact of life. These animals can cause damage in roofs and gardens, but they are also protected, so they must be dealt with sensitively." said Mr Shield.

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 In their natural environment possums sleep in tree hollows, but because there are very few natural harborages in suburban areas, they invade the ceilings or homes, and may cause considerable damage to ceilings and electrical wiring.

Treatment involves blocking entry points, which may require a number of visits to complete. One-way exits or cages are then placed in the roof and serviced regularly until the ceiling is clear of possums. Caged possums are released on site in accordance with the conditions of our wildlife control licence, recognising that possums do not survive relocation.

“Often we are asked to quote on a possum problem in a building with an open sub-floor. People rarely believe that possums can access a ceiling space via a sub-floor. However, from experience, we know that in most structures this is possible, especially in the Wyong area. 

If possums are currently using roof entries and these are blocked, they will soon find their way in via the sub-floor. Before rectifying the possum problem we advise that sub-floors be possum proofed first. A Full-grown brushtail possum only needs a gap the size of a tennis ball to squeeze through,' added Mr Shield
Pest Control WyongBlocking should be robust, and long lasting strong mesh must be used. Chicken wire is not sufficient and it is important to ensure good sub-floor ventilation is maintained. We suggest clients consult a professional builder or carpenter to ensure the work carried out will be of suitable strength. Possums can be very persistent and will try and burrow under, and eat through your sub-floor blocking. It is Imperative that the work carried out to sub-floors be strong enough to halt the possums at this level.

 'Possum boxes are also an option to encourage possums not to nest in roofs. Boxes are usually secured to nearby trees and at a height that keeps them out of reach of domestic cats and dogs. As well as providing an alternative home, possum boxes mean that they can still live in surroundings they are familiar with," concluded Mr Shield. 

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Controlling termite nests in trees, posts and stumps in Newcastle

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Termites can nest almost anywhere in Newcastle

They are mostly single site nesters, however they can build secondary nests within buildings that may survive for years isolated from the ground. Termites commonly establish nests within the root crown of a tree, in old sleepers used for garden bed edges, in timber garden posts and in timber piers under houses and sheds.

There is often no visible external evidence of nests, I find termite nests mainly in the bases of trees and timber house piers, but nests can also be located high up in tree trunks many metres off the ground. Old timber railway sleepers are also very vulnerable. 

Termites put their nests under the bottom of the sleeper, in the ground. If they are used for retaining walls they will nest behind the sleepers in the soil. The drilling of these sleepers usually does not reveal termites and the only way to cheek them is to remove each sleeper and look for a nest. From their nests in trees, the termites make subterranean tunnels extending over 50m to reach limber in buildings. 

Often such infestations are not detected until extensive damage has been done, when there is an infestation in a house or shed firstly look for any trees or timber fence posts and then inspect them for any mudding or flight holes that indicate termite activity. I also check tree stumps that are situated within about 50-60m of the affected building, then commence a drilling program to test drill any trees, stumps or posts.

Proven Pest Control in Newcastle use a machine called an Atom borer that affixes to a chainsaw motor and then use 16rnm or 18mm drill bits to drill. I have two bits, one 40cm long and another about 60-80cm long. Depending on the size of the tree, I drill one to three holes at a 45-degree angle down past the centre. If I feel a hollow in the tree I leave it for about 5-10 minutes and then check for active termites using either a temperature probe, or a piece of grass which the soldier termites will cling to.

 If there is no activity, the holes are left open for 1-3 days and then checked. I often find the termites have totally mudded up the hole giving me an indication that there is a nest somewhere in the tree. Often the nest will be either below the drilled holes or well above, and the early plugging of the holes will allow the termites to continue undetected.

Termites do not like air entering the tree and will usually travel either down or up from the nest and mud the hole out. This indicates that there is a nest somewhere in the tree, post or stump- After this time the hole can be sealed using gap filler or commercially available plastic plugs. I often recommend that the tree and stump be fully removed if the nest is large and a lot of the centre of the tree trunk has been eaten out to accommodate the termite nest.

If the owner wants the tree preserved then I obtain a signed authority to pump termiticide into the tree trunk advising the owner that the tree may collapse after the nest is treated, or that the tree may also die due to the termite damage.

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Termidor for Ants - Revolutionary! - Pest Control in Newcastle

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Termidor is well known for its effectiveness on termites. Nowadays, more and more pest managers are turning to Termidor for ant control.

Michael Parke has been a technician with Proven Pest Control in Newcastle for 5years and has plenty of experience in controlling pest ants in residential premises. Michael is a great Termidor fan having used it for many years to control termites. 

Termidor has changed the way he approaches ant control and he has now adopted it as his lead product for ant control, "Prior to the registration of Termidor for ants, we had to use products that required large volumes of water" said Michael. 'This meant we had to make up a mix in our bulk tank, then drag a hose around the property applying sufficient quantities of product to get a good result. It took a lot of time and was often disruptive to the property owner, on top 01 that, some of the products we had to use were smelly." 

Pest Control NewcastleWhen applying Termidor, Michael only needs to use small volumes. "I just make a mix in a knapsack and then walk around the properly applying the Termidor to mounds, nests and ant trails, and to the edges of structures," Michael says there are considerable time savings with Termidor, adding that, "Termidor is just quicker and more convenient to use, and is a lot less invasive for the client because we don't need hoses. 

The biggest time saving of all is that we don't get call backs because it works so well.

"I put the effectiveness of Termidor down to its' transfer effect' where the ants take the Termidor back to the nest, eliminating the colony.

Michael places a lot of value on the ability of Termidor to control both ants and termites in the Newcastle

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area. 'Using Termidor means that we can carry one less product on the back of the truck, that’s really convenient for us, saves us money and simplifies our operation. "Termidor is a product we can rely on, not only did it revolutionize termite control, but it has also revolutionized ant control?

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