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Natural way of getting rid of a light infestation of fleas.

Flea Control Sydney
Flea Control Sydney

 

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.

Further Reading:

Flea Control Sydney

Fleas

 

Dead carcasses and the blow fly!

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Monday I had a frantic call from a concerned client saying there was an unusual amount of blow flies swarming in her home and she didn’t know where they were coming from.

 

I asked her the usual questions like can she smell something decaying, was there any meat left out, does she have pets as maybe it is the food that they might not of eaten, to check to see if there was any animals on her property that may of passed. Nothing I asked was occurring so I asked one of our technicians to do an emergency job to investigate why this customer has blow flies in her home.

 

John arrived at the client’s home in Parramatta and searched the lawns, subfloor, and interior and made his way up to the roof void where he instantly smelled a decaying matter. Upon further investigations of the roof void he had found dead rodents in the roof void.

 

John removed two dead rodents but was unable to get the third rodent as it had slipped into the wall cavity. John advised the customer that he was putting the odour eliminating bag in the roof void and that it will suck up any bad smells that was in the roof void.

 

Our client had used a different pest controller to do a rodent treatment and when she had tried to call that pest controller he no longer had his phone in service.

 

Usually when pest controllers bait for rodents they will use bait that has a thinning agent in it so it coagulates the blood stopping it from releasing a bad smell.

 

Unfortunately for our client the bait that was used was a stock standard bait that you could get from the local hardware house which doesn’t have this thinning agent in it.

 

Needless to say our client was so happy that the blow flies have since disappeared and that we have found the source of the issue.

 

Further Reading:

Rodents

General Pest 

German Cockroaches

Ants

Redback Spiders

Ground Dwelling Spiders

Termites

 

Green Lacewings Sydney

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What is a Green Lacewing and what is its purpose?

 

Green Lacewings area transparent insect and is from the family of Neuroptera with roughly 623 or so species in Australia.

 

Green Lacewings are native and common throughout Australia.

 

Green Lacewings are a delicate insect with transparent wings with biggish gold eyes. Their wings are a lace like appearance and are roughly 15mm to 20mm long. Green Lacewings have long antennas.

 

Green Lacewings are nocturnal and are attracted to light and will sometimes fly inside at night to be close to the light. Green Lacewings are not very strong flyers.

 

If you see a Green Lacewing you do not need to fret as this is actually a good bug to have as they eat whiteflies, aphids, ants, moth eggs and small larvae from other insects. Green Lacewings are also known to feed on nectar, pollen, and honeydew.

 

Once Green Lacewings mate the female Green Lacewing will deposit her eggs in soil, vegetable crops or on stalks that the female has made until the larvae are ready to hatch from the eggs. The larvae will then seek out insects that have a soft body for them to feed on.

 

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Mosquitoes in Sydney at its worse this summer

 

Mosquitoes in Sydney

 

Mosquitoes in Sydney
Mosquitoes Sydney

 

Mosquitoes in Sydney

 

You’ve heard of the expression slip slop slap which is usually referred to the good old Aussie sun but with the buzzing, biting and scratching which seems to be the norm with Sydneysiders experiencing the worse mosquito outbreak this summer it looks as though we need to take to the expression of that famous Aussie lingo and apply it so we reduce the risk of being bitten alive by those pesky Mosquitoes.

 

With Sydney having a very warm spring and summer starting off with a lot of rain makes it ideal for mosquitoes to breed.

 

Even though Mosquitoes often bite at dawn to night they are known to also sink their Proboscis (mouthpiece almost like an elongated snout) in to our skin for feeding.

 

We often don’t feel the actual bite itself but rather the itching and localised swelling afterwards.

 

Unfortunately Mosquitoes can carry a range of human viruses and diseases such as Dengue fever, Yellow Fever, Malaria, Murray Valley Encephalitis, Ross River Virus, Kunjin Virus, Barmah Forest Virus and many more.

 

With over 30 species of Mosquitoes here in Sydney it is vital for us to try an eliminate water sources which is around our home.

 

If you have areas where there is stagnant water such as pets drinking bowels, pot plant saucers, non-draining gutters, tarps, bird baths etc you will need to tip the water out on a daily basis and refill as when the mosquitoes lay their eggs in these areas and it will take roughly about 10 days for the larvae to hatch and turn into adult Mosquitoes.

 

Mosquitoes are around 3-6mm long and have 3 basic body parts which consist of the following:

 

1. Head – The head is where the Mosquitoes sensory system is located. The Mosquito eyes are compounded, antennae’s and the Mosquitoes proboscis which is their elongated snout which is used for biting into flesh.
2. Thorax – The thorax is the segment where the mosquito’s heart, legs and wings are attached to.
3. Abdomen – This segment is where the excretory organs and digestive system lie.

 

Here is 10 ways you can prevent Mosquitoes in Sydney from entering your premises.

 

1. Make sure that all windows have fly screens.
2. Any doors have fly screens and kept closed.
3. Burning citronella has its benefits as the strong smell mask any attractions the Mosquito has in finding you.
4. Plant marigolds, horsemint, ageratum, lavender, basil, lemon thyme and catnip as they have a potent smell which repels Mosquitoes.
5. Buy repellent sprays or roll ons from any good camping or supermarket stores.
6. In an oil burner put oil of lemon eucalyptus as this will ward of Mosquitoes.
7. Mosquitoes are attracted to dark and bright colours, try wearing colours which are softer or dull colours.
8. Put a Mosquito net over your bed when you sleep at night draw the net around you.
9. Eliminate any water source in and around your home as this will attract the Mosquitoes.
10. Garlic oil diluted with water, spray on your grass after you have had rain, spray around any fountains you have on your property and you can even spray yourself if you don’t mind the smell.

 

Further reading on Mosquitoes in Sydney

 

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Mosquitoes Sydney 10 Prevention Facts

 

Mosquitoes Sydney

10 Prevention Facts for Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes Sydney

 

It is mosquito season and just about everyone will experience a Mosquito bite this season.

 

Unfortunately with the high humidity and downpour of rain we have had it makes it the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes to breed.

 

Sydneysiders are in for a real treat getting bitten left right and centre.

 

What can you do to prevent mosquitoes flying in to your humble abode?

 

1. Make sure that all windows have fly screens.
2. Any doors have fly screens and kept closed.
3. Burning citronella has its benefits as the strong smell mask any attractions the Mosquito has in finding you.
4. Plant marigolds, horsemint, ageratum, lavender, basil, lemon thyme and catnip as they have a potent smell which repels Mosquitoes Sydney.
5. Buy repellent sprays or roll ons from any good camping or supermarket stores.
6. In an oil burner put oil of lemon eucalyptus as this will ward of Mosquitoes.
7. Mosquitoes Sydney are attracted to dark and bright colours, try wearing colours which are softer or dull colours.
8. Put a Mosquito net over your bed when you sleep at night draw the net around you.
9. Eliminate any water source in and around your home as this will attract the Mosquitoes Sydney.
10. Garlic oil diluted with water, spray on your grass after you have had rain, spray around any fountains you have on your property and you can even spray yourself if you don’t mind the smell.

 

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