Dragonflies are an insect which belongs to the family of Odonata suborder Anisoptera. Dragonflies have elongated bodies with two very strong transparent wings with multifaceted eyes. Dragonflies can range in all sorts of colours.
Dragonflies are not dangerous at all even though they eat the prey they catch.
Dragonflies a voracious eaters and will continue eating if there is a flow in food.
If you mishandle dragonflies they can turn around and leave a nasty bite but the bite will not inject any poison which is harmful to humans.
Dragonflies have impeccable sight just like flies do. Dragonflies have multifaceted eyes with over 30,000 individual facets and each facets creates their own image which is very fascinating if you really think about it.
Unlike most other insects dragonflies do not court their mates. The male dragonfly will forcefully mate with the female dragonfly and even though the male has male anatomy he doesn’t actually use that instead injecting his semen via his segment at the end of his body.
The word Alate refers to pest that is of a form of a social insect.
These can refer to Termite, Ants, Thrips and Aphids.
Females are often referred to queens or Gynes and the males are often referred to kings or drones.
In the past few days Termite Alates have taken flight across Sydney. This happens when there has been abundance of rain and then high humidity and heat. Alates are poor flyers with their wings being very fragile and often breaking away from their body. A female Alate will attempt to attract a male Alate when they have settled from their flight in order to make their own colony and will reproduce.
So what does that mean for homeowners across Sydney?
Sydneysiders are now at risk of termites potentially setting up house in their place of home or business.
No one wants to think that their home or business could be damaged by termites and let alone these days with the economy rising who can afford all the repairs that come with termites and the damage that they can cause.
So what can you do to prepare for termites?
By Australian standards it is recommended that each premises has a prevention barrier and regular termite inspections. For homes in really bushy areas the CSIRO recommends that you have 6 monthly termite inspections and for areas that are not so busy every 12 months.
Below is something you can do to reduce the risk of termites attacking your premises.
Remove all debris from your subfloor and external areas
Remove bark and wood chippings
Remove any logs and sleepers
Replace of wooden fences that have wood rot in them
Hot water tank overflow pipe will need to be drained further away from your premises
Ventilation system will need to be put in place for those who have subfloors with high humidity as dark, damp and moist environments are a dream come true for termites
Do mini inspections on your premises, go around check to see if anything looks abnormal like timbers warping, paint bubbling or blistering, saw dust like material, changes in the colour of paint, cracks that may appear, water leaks and mud particles or mud leads.
Unfortunately Sydney homeowners are often unaware of termites chewing through their premises until it is either too late as their house has significant damage or their premises collapsed to the ground.
I know that I am always saying in my blogs, across social media or even to our clients on the phone how vital it is to have regular termite inspections done and a prevention barrier put into place as your homeowners insurance company will not pay you out if termites attack your premises if this has not been done.
I often say that homeowners and investors get the raw end of the banana as not only do they have to worry about mortgage repayments, day to day living and if you have kids their activities but you also have to worry about protecting your biggest investment you will ever have against termites.
Last week I was outside playing with our dog and kids when I noticed these really big holes in my lawn. Naturally I was curious to know what made these holes. Upon closer inspection I found out that the holes actually had wolf spiders in them. Yelling out to the kids to take the dog and themselves inside while I frantically called one of our technicians to come out and treat our lawns for wolf spiders.
So what is a wolf spider and where do they live?
Wolf spiders are a ground dwelling spider and will make burrows in your lawn or garden bedding. Wolf spiders are also known as wanders and will often go wandering throughout the night in search of a mating partner or a new home. Although wolf spiders are not poisonous as such it can lead to a nasty bite. If you are allergic to their venom it is highly recommended that you seek medical attention straight away.
Wolf Spider found in Sydney
What is involved in a wolf spider treatment?
Firstly the Redline Pest Control technician that comes out to your home will inspect all areas both at the front and the back checking for any holes that may be on your lawns or garden bedding, the will check all areas that are very leafy and if you have wood debris on your property. As the technician is inspecting what he has found he will then spot treat those holes as he moves onto the next hole. Once the technician has spot treated the affected areas he will then blanket spray the lawns for any holes that may have been missed or for wolf spiders that may have escaped the spot treating.
As wolf spiders are a ground dwelling spider it is difficult to eradicate as your neighbours could possibly have these spiders on their lawns and could potentially reinfest your lawns if they don’t treat their lawns.
Natural way of getting rid of a light infestation of fleas.
Has your dog or cat been out to play and come home with friends, The dreaded flea?
Did you know that not every time your pet brings fleas home do you need to treat for fleas.
For light infestations you can kill fleas naturally.
So what are somethings you can do to get rid of these annoying little blood sucking parasites.
Place salt or bicarb soda on the carpet as this will make it hard for the fleas to gain momentum and jump around. It will also dry out flea eggs which have not been vacuumed up.
Vacuuming all areas of your premises and then taking the vacuum outside and empty the contents into the rubbish bin.
Wash all pet bedding and if your pet sleeps into the bed with you also wash your bedding.
Once bedding has been washed place into a tumble dryer or leave in the sun.
If you have a dehumidifier place it in the affected rooms so it dries out any moisture as fleas love moisture.
Giving your beloved pet a bath with tea tree oil or soft shampoo will see the fleas jump off your pet and into the bath.
Making your own flea collar for your dogs is a great way to keep fleas away. All you need is your dogs collar some tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil, lavender oil or citronella oil. Rub the oil along the inside and outside of the collar and wait for it to dry. ( warning you do need to dilute the oils to 1 part oils 9 parts water. You need less than 1% of oils)
Grab a shallow dish and put some washing detergent in the dish add water. The fleas will be able to jump in but will be unable to jump out due to the slimy texture of it. This will cause the fleas to die.
Repeat vacuuming and cleaning every day until fleas have disappeared.
Natural way of getting rid of a light infestation of fleas.