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Managing Pests Safely

Switching to common-sense pest management

Summer is the time we all experience a greater number of creatures taking up residence in our homes. Who hasn’t had a few cockroaches, flies or mosquitoes come to visit? If you’ve got pets then fleas and ticks may be unwelcome visitors too.

By flowing simple common-sense pest management techniques you can achieve good long-term control of pests without exposing your family to hazardous residues left behind on benches and floors after pesticide treatments.

1. Outsmarting cockroaches
2. Living with spiders
3. Natural pet care – fleas and ticks
4. Frequent flyers – flies and mozzies
5. Antidote for ants



Prevention is better than cure PDF Print E-mail

As the old saying goes ‘prevention is better than cure’. The trick to common-sense pest management is to get on top of pests early before they get out of hand, so you can avoid the temptation of reaching for a can of pesticides or having the house ‘sprayed’ in desperation.

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Outsmarting cockroaches PDF Print E-mail

Image Observation shows that cockroaches like to gather together in cracks and crevices, warm dark places, and any areas where there’s water and food scraps. Kitchens are their favourite place along with bathrooms and laundries. Anyone with a dishwasher will know it’s the perfect five star cockroach hotel.

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Living with spiders PDF Print E-mail

Living with spiders Australia is home to some venomous spiders like funnel webs and red backs, which must be avoided, but many spiders are harmless and play a beneficial role in the environment.

Our fear of spiders often leads to their demise. They get whacked with a rolled-up newspaper or magazine, when putting them outside could easily solve the problem. Identification is the key here.

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Natural pet care PDF Print E-mail
pet care Pets are much-loved members of the family these days and often spend time indoors, lolling around on the furniture close to their human companions.

Pets, like humans, need good diets, clean water and plenty of exercise as a foundation for good health. For the pet’s sake as well as your own, it’s best to avoid hazardous chemical treatments and to opt for natural pet care whenever possible.

The last thing you want is for your pet to be covered in hazardous chemical pesticides while you’re playing and cuddling up, especially if you have children. Pets do present challenges though with freeloaders like fleas and ticks, which need to be well managed.

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Managing fleas PDF Print E-mail

Fleas use your pets as a source of food (blood) and to hitch a free ride around the house and garden.  Adult fleas lay their eggs on ‘fluffy’, which then hatch into larvae and fall off into the surroundings like carpets, cracks in floorboards, soft furniture and in the garden.

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Managing fleas on pets PDF Print E-mail

pet care Fleas are generally more of a problem over the warmer months of the year, so be sure to start your flea programme early before the really warm weather begins. This is very important if your pet has a flea allergy because even small numbers of fleas causes them a lot of distress.

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Flea products for pets PDF Print E-mail
A number of commonly used pesticides in flea treatments are currently under review by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA).
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Fleas around the home PDF Print E-mail

If you manage fleas on your pet, then you should be able to successfully deal with fleas inside your home without using pesticides. If you don’t have pets, but have a flea problem perhaps because the previous occupants had pets, then you should be able to permanently resolve flea problems without using pesticides.

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Managing ticks PDF Print E-mail

pet care Pets and people are at significant risk from tick bites and, especially from the native Paralysis tick Ixodes holocyclus, which can cause paralysis and kill pets. Paralysis can also occur in small children.  Pets can also be affected by the introduced cattle and bush ticks, but to a lesser extent.

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Frequent flyers – flies and mozzies PDF Print E-mail

frequent fliers Flies and mossies are a part of the ‘great Australian outdoors’ but they have been known to wreck a BBQ and prevent a good night’s sleep. Luckily they are usually only a problem over the warmer months.

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Antidote for ants PDF Print E-mail

antsAnts are a source of fascination for children who love to watch their processions to and from colonies. When they’re outside most ants won’t create too many problems if you stay out of their way and they are a beneficial part of the environment. They are also great forecasters of rain, moving their colonies to higher ground if they sense it coming. Inside they can be annoying and some bite or sting and can do damage if they nest in walls.

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