How are Insects helpful to humans?

What roles do Insects play in our lives?

Are insects important to humans?

What products are produced from insects?

Most people are disgusted by the insect world but did you know insects play a beneficial part in our lives?

A range of fruits, vegetables, seeds, flowers and other plant matter that we have become accustomed to as stable foods actually rely on insects to pollinate them.

Humans over the years have also used materials created by insects, such as silk, beeswax, shellac and of course honey!

In nature insects also have an important role in the food chain as they are the food of large and higher ranking animals on the food chain. Reptiles, birds and some mammals rely greatly on insects for their food source.

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Bedbugs hitching a free ride right into your home.

What Is A Bedbug?

Adult bed bugs are brown to reddish-brown, oval-shaped, flattened; Adults grow to 4-5 mm long and 1-3 mm wide.

Their flat shape enables them to readily hide in cracks and crevices. The body becomes more elongate, swollen, and dark red after a blood meal. Bed bugs have a beaklike piercing-sucking mouthpart system.

The adults have small, stubby, non-functional wing pads. Newly hatched nymphs are nearly colourless, becoming brownish as they mature.

Nymphs have the general appearance of adults.

Their bites and their presence can be traumatic, painful and treatments require a drawn-out process as well as an extensive pest control regiment.

Where Do Bedbugs Come From?

Research has proved that bedbugs do not fly (unless they are hitching a ride on an aeroplane) not do they jump, which leaves many people who have been infested with bedbugs wondering just how they managed to find their way into their bed.

Bed bugs are now a problem worldwide with homes, hotels, movie theatres, libraries and even offices being infested

How is it possible for bedbugs to be in these areas when there are no beds, it’s quite simple, they are latching onto people and are being transported into places we would never have previously seen bedbug infestations.

Unlike ticks or fleas, bedbugs cannot jump and they cannot fly, but instead they hitchhike a ride on clothing, bags & even laptops.

Where Can Bedbugs Be Found?

The most common places that could expose you to a bedbug infestation

  • Airports
  • Hotel rooms
  • College Dorm rooms
  • Used furniture which has been exposed to bedbugs
  • Sleeping in someone’s bed
  • Overseas visitors staying over
  • Students regularly moving from one premises to another

 Travel Guide Before & During Your Flight

  • During the booking process ask the airline representative what steps the airline take to keep bed bugs out of their passenger areas.
  • Once on the flight, inspect your seating and surrounding areas ensuring you look for shed bed bug skins/shells, reddish brown streaks or spots and bed bug eggs
  • Use your own travel pillow
  • If you see any signs of bed bugs, notify the cabin crew immediately.
  • Carefully inspect your luggage once you leave the baggage claim.
  • Keep your suitcases covered in plastic and off the floor when you travel.
  • When you travel, take a small flashlight to help you look for bed bugs.
  • When you return from a trip, wash all of your clothes – even those that have not been worn – in hot water to ensure that any bed bugs that may have made it that far are not placed into your drawers/closet.

Have you found an active infestation?

The first detection of bedbugs is usually the bites. As bedbugs are nocturnal pests, they can be very difficult to see during the day as they are in hiding.

It is not uncommon for bedbugs to infest adjacent or neighbouring properties as they can crawl through the wall space and begin breeding.

When bedbugs bite they inject a saliva with an anticoagulant property. This numbs the area so the host is not aware that they are being feed on until after they wake up and find the bite marks.

Many people do not have a reaction to bedbug bites, however other people do, and prolonged scratching can cause infection. 

Did you know that bedbug feedings over a long period have cause anaemia?

Bedbugs are the vampires of the insect world, while you are not going to turn into a bedbug if you are bitten, their bites can cause a person a lack of sleep, anxiety and itchiness!

If you are being bitten call the experts and get your home treated as soon as possible, because the longer you leave an infestation untreated the harder and more expensive it will be to treat.

Don’t Waste Your Money

There are many products and gimmicks out there that claim to either prevent or eradicate bedbugs. While these products may help ease your mind, you will not be able to obtain a complete eradication.

We have had  customers who have spent thousands of dollars on doctors, specialists, biopsies, gimmicks, cure all treatments have not been able to eradicate the issue.

How Are Bedbugs Treated?

Internal:  We use a chemical application to all affected areas; this may be done to one room or the entire house, just depending on the level of infestation.

If more than one room is affected, we would recommend that you treat the entire house.

The areas treated will include:

  • Bed – Slats, bedframe or ensemble
  • Mattress
  • Draws
  • Power points
  • Behind pictures
  • Carpet and edges
  • Floor boards
  • Behind electrical equipment
  • Anywhere deemed necessary

How do bedbug treatments work?

For the bedbugs to die they need to come in contact with the chemical application, which when they have done so can take up to 10-12 hours to die.

Tests have proven insecticides that “try” to eradicate instantly fail as the bedbugs just run move on to other rooms.

As bedbugs are nocturnal which means they sleep during the day and are awake at night, it can take time for them to come across the chemical application.

Heat Treatments – Why they are not recommended.

For heat or steam to be effective against bedbugs the temperature needs to be between 65-75 degrees for a sustained period. Apart from the risk of fire, burns from the heat and steam areas such as cracks and crevices may not penetrate the heat, deeming the process inadequate.

Heat and steam can also damage furniture and has the potential of causing mould from the moisture left behind after steaming.

Numerous houses across the world have burnt to the ground after DIY heat applications for bedbugs.

How does freezing kill bedbugs?

Any item for freezing should be placed loosely into a bag, and as always, this must be done in the infested room prior to removal.

The amount of time in the freezer would be dependent on the size of the item; the larger the item, the longer in the freezer.

If the freezer is operating at or around -200C, then two hours at this temperature will kill all stages.

However, for the average household freezer, studies indicate that 10 hours will be required .

Dense items may take several days for the centre to cool sufficiently to kill the bugs and the longer an item is kept frozen, the more likely the bugs will be destroyed.

Naylor and Boase suggest that 10 hours of freezing is required per 2.5kg of dry weight of laundry.

Preparing for a bedbug treatment

Internally:

Before you begin to treat for bed bugs, Sydney’s Best pest Control recommends

  • Wash all clothes, shoes, bags, etc, in wardrobes, cupboards in hot water and eucalyptus oil.
  • Place in a hot dryer. If you cannot place in a Hot dryer, FREEZE THE CLOTHES
  • Place in plastic bags and wear your clothes in and out of the plastic bags for the next 6 weeks. We understand that this is difficult, but 6 weeks is a good indicator if the little bed bugs are gone.
  • 2nd treatments maybe be required but not before 4-6 weeks. This enables any live bed bugs and eggs that have hatched to come across the insecticide.

We believe any further treatments within the 1st 3 weeks to be too soon as the insecticide application is still present

Note: If you intend on taking your clothing to the dry cleaner you do need to make them aware that you have a bedbug issue at your property so they can keep your clothing away from other customer’s clothes. Bedbugs can spread via clothing.

Disposal of furniture:

There is no need to throw away your furniture. All furniture can be treated successfully. So many times, I have had customers call me up saying; we have thrown away all our furniture!

By throwing away bedbug infested furniture you are in fact creating a greater hazard for those around you. Many people will throw away their bedbug infested mattresses and furniture into the street, people may pick it up and thus transfer it into their homes. If you have made your mind up and want to throw the furniture away, do the right thing and mark on it that it has bedbugs!

What to expect after a bedbug pest control treatment

Bed bugs will decrease over the next 6 weeks.

You can expect a 50% reduction in the 1st week and this will continue to decrease over the next few weeks. It is quite normal to still see and get bitten by bedbugs during this time and If after 6 weeks you are still getting bitten or seeing bed bugs this is the indication that the follow up treatment is required.

If you are not getting bitten, but you feel see or think there are bed bugs, give us a call to discuss.

If you have not prepared as per above instructions, chances of 2nd treatments will be much higher

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During this  holiday season…

our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have made

our progress possible.

Without you we don’t have a business

It is in this spirit that we say…

Thank you and best wishes for the holidays and Happy New Year.

The entire team at

Sydney’s Best Pest Control 

 

Our office will be closed from Sunday 25th December & will reopen Wednesday 28th December 2016

 

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It is that time of the year again where we deck the halls, party long into the night and spend quality time with family & friends.

Sydney’s Best Pest Control love this time of year, and we hope that you do too.

We would like to take this moment to say we hope that your Holiday is filled with wonderful sights and sounds of the season, and you are surrounded by your loved ones.

We also hope that this Holiday season is pest free.

We would like to offer you some Holiday decorating pest prevention tips!

  • When bringing yourchristmasmouse Holiday decorations out of storage, unpack the boxes in the garage, or outside if possible. This will keep any unwanted guests that are hiding in these boxes escaping into your home.
  • Thoroughly inspect your decorations and Christmas lights for any damage caused by insects and rodents. Ensure you also check inside them (if possible) as you don’t want to scare off any visitors with bugs on the Christmas tree!
  • If you are using a live Christmas tree, make sure you check that it is bug free. You can try to shake the tree outside before bringing it inside.
  • When the Holiday season is over, consider buying hard plastic bins with tightly fitted lids to store your holiday decorations. Plastic bins will protect your decorations from insects and rodents than cardboard boxes as they are not as easy to penetrate. It will also help protect your favourite decorations from possible water damage or serious temperature fluctuations.
  • Wash your Holiday linens and your Christmas tree skirt before storing it away for the rest of the year! Remember certain pests would prefer dirty linen

If you find that you do have insects in your home, often vacuuming them up can be the first line of defence. If this is not effective and you find you have a large infestation that can’t be handled on your own give us a call!

Our office will be closed from Sunday 25th December and will reopen Wednesday 28th December

What Attracts Bedbugs?

Where Do Bedbugs Come From?

Having bed bugs can be an extremely traumatic experience. There is nothing worse than waking up in the morning to start your day only to find small red bumps and rashes on your skin. Their bites can be serious business and can lead you to a doctor’s appointment . That’s why we don’t take any chances when it comes to your home or business.
What Attracts Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are highly attracted to carbon dioxide, which we breathe out, which is why they are able to find us in the dark during the night. They are extremely difficult to get rid of once you have them. They usually come out to bite you during the night when you’re sound asleep. You usually won’t be able to feel their bites until the next day when you start scratching and noticing that you’ve been bitten.
Did you know that bed bugs have nothing to do with how clean your home is? They have been found in some of the top hotels in the world. Even  government offices or known famous people have had them at one point. It’s a common misconception that there is a relation to cleanliness when the truth is that any of us can get them at any time. They simply travel from place to place and they don’t discriminate based on how clean or dirty you are.
They have been found on trains, cabs, in cars, in homes, offices, hotels, schools and just about everywhere. While, it’s definitely important to maintain a clean environment to prevent ample hiding places, it has nothing to do with getting them in the first place.
Trying to remove them on your own is extremely stressful, tedious and chances are you will not be able to find all of them or their eggs, which means the problem will not go away.
The reason why they are so hard to remove is that they have very agile bodies that can slide into the tiniest crevices in your home, such as around your kitchen, around your baseboards near your bed and even in the cracks in your floor. They can virtually be anywhere and they can live for an entire year without food, which makes them extremely difficult to deal with.
So call a professional bedbug eradicators, call a pest control!

 

 

life_cycle_of_bedbugs_bed_bugs As the life cycle of a bedbug changes it may be even the smallest bedbug latches onto your clothing, crawls inside your bag or laptop and gets a ride to a new location in which it goes in search of a new host, because of this bedbugs can often go unnoticed until there is a more severe problem when people are waking with bites and start to see blood splatters on their sheets.

Since it has become apparent bedbugs can be picked up just about anywhere it is important to know the most common places that could expose you to a bedbug infestation

 

  1. Airports
  2. Hotel rooms
  3. College Dorm rooms
  4. Used furniture which has been exposed to bedbugs
  5. Sleeping in someone’s  bed
  6. Overseas visitors staying over
  7. Students regularly moving from one premises to another

 

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If you have a problem or suspect you have been exposed to bedbugs do not delay, give us a call on 1800 819 189 or email us any suspected bugs you believe may be bedbugs.

Sam Yehia

Sydney’s Best Pest control

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Fleas are parasites that feed on humans and other warm-blooded animals. It causes discomfort and irritation to both pets and people.

Essential Facts About Fleas
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Adult fleas spend most of their time on the animal,not anywhere else and these are what we usually see. They lay all of their eggs (up to 50 per day) on the pet. However, the eggs soon fall off the animal into the carpet, furniture, and wherever else the pet rests, sleeps or spends most of its time.
After hatching, flea eggs develop into tiny, worm-like larvae. Larvae remain hidden deep in carpet fibres, beneath furniture cushions and in other protected areas. The larvae feed mainly on adult flea faeces (dried blood) which accumulates, along with the eggs, in pet resting and activity areas. Then the larvae transform into pupae within a silk-like cocoon. Pupae remain inside the cocoon for 2 to 4 weeks, sometimes longer. 
Treatment 
1 Remove pet food and water dishes, cover fish tanks and disconnect their aerators.
2. Remove all toys, clothing, and stored items from floors, under beds, and in closets, so that all areas will be accessible for treatment.
3. Wash, dry-clean or destroy all pet bedding.
4. Vacuum! 
5. Insecticide application with the use of a Pest Control.
6. and lastly Treat your pet!

summer-time

 

We now hear Christmas songs and when you checked on your calendar the months ends now in “ber” and it only means one thing – Summer is almost here!

You probably find yourself spending more and more time outside of the house and while you get out of the house comes pests and invasive insects that would love nothing more than to get INTO your home!

So what are the common pests we have in Sydney:

Cockroaches -nowhere in the house is safe and from these guys, although the kitchen is always a good spot because they are always looking for food.

Mosquitoes – they are most active during this season.

Huntsman spiders -they seek shelter after the rain and they’re helpful keeping other insects down indoors.

Pantry Moths– these are tiny, nearly-invisible eggs come into your house in food packages, and they can hatch into larvae which later turn into moths that wreak havoc on your foodstuffs. 

Silverfish – They like eating silk, linen, paper, cardboard and damp clothing.

Possums–  which are a native in Australia and feed on almost anything they can find including insects, leaves, flowers, nectar, fruits and even small mammals, birds and reptiles.

Bedbugs– they measure only 8.02 centimetres so you may not even see them if your home is infested. But you will certainly feel their effects! Bed bugs love to hitchhike on people and are usually introduced to your home by travelling on your clothing or luggage.

So the best way to get rid of them or prevent them from going inside your house are the following:

  1. Block their entry to your home. Check, repair and seal off any openings where they can gain access.
  2. Clean, vacuum on a daily basis.
  3. Eat and store your foods properly.
  4. Store firewood as far away from the building as possible.
  5. Keep your attics well maintained and sealed.
  6. If you have to bring in anything clothes, luggage, toys thoroughly wipe it down first. When you check into a hotel, place all luggage in the bathtub before unpacking. This allows you to get a clear view of any critters approaching your belongings.
  7. Lastly, use a pest control service to your home and regularly spray for bugs and rodents common to your area.

For more information on seasonal pests and some great safety tips for summer click here

Let us help you, by protecting your health, your home & your food!

Call us today on 1300 760 045 to get a no obligation free quote or visit our website

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Book lice or paper lice are not true lice.

While they somehow resemble lice in size and shape they only feed on fungi or moulds. If you find them in grain or other stored food products, it’s an indication of high humidity which encourages mould growth. They may also be seen under wallpaper, in furniture, along the sides of the windows, rugs, cupboards and closets but mostly in books.

They don’t bite nor transmit disease or damage food or fabric and they can be very annoying when in large numbers.

They are found inside our homes and are wingless and very tiny, less than 1 1/6 of an inch long. While their back legs are thicker than the other four and resemble the legs found in jumping insects, book lice do not jump but run about rather very quick.

They don’t do really much damage which is actually a misunderstanding to common households!

Adult book lice range in colour from translucent white to grey or brown. Females can produce about 60 eggs during the warm summer months and their life cycle (from egg to adult) can be completed in less than one month. When cool temperatures prevail, female book lice produce fewer eggs and the time required to complete their life cycle is over three months. Females deposit their eggs singly and often conceal them by covering with debris. Book lice undergo simple metamorphosis, that is their nymphs look just like adults except that they are much smaller and sexually immature. The common house-infesting book lice normally have four nymphal stages.  Egg incubation period approx. 21 days, but can ‘overwinter’.  Nymphal period 24-65 days.  Nymphs will moult 2-4 times. And their total life span is 24-110 days.

Control and treatment can be done by homeowners without really calling a pest control company.
 
The best way to control book lice is to eliminate moist environmental conditions.
  • Reducing the humidity in our homes will eliminate the mould on which the book lice feed.
  • Ventilate closed rooms and attics.
  • Regularly vacuuming cracks and crevices with a narrow vacuum tip also can be a good method to physically remove these insects from their hiding spaces.
  • Food sources that can not be removed should be sealed in containers.

 

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Bed bugs are becoming a significant problem in Australia and around the world. Bed bugs are easily spread and difficult to treat, which is resulting in a rapid growth in the number of bed bug outbreaks. 

But did you also know that the bedbug is listed in the top 10 animals for the weirdest & most violent mating habits?

The male bedbug in fact stabs the female in the abdominal region with his sharp genitalia and inseminates her directly in her body cavity. 

However as the male bedbug is not the most intelligent creature, he will attempt to mate with another male! 

Unfortunate though for the innocent male bedbug this mistaken identity & having his abdomen speared by a males needle like member will cause its death. 

Only the female bedbug has evolved to grow defence cells against the bedbug insemination process.

Interesting…

I have even included a video of this process.

 

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Seriously, if at all you’re not happy with our pest control, we are more than happy to refund your money, but at least give us a chance to rectify the issue.

If you do not tell us that we have gone wrong somewhere, how are we to know, but I will tell you, we will only have solutions to your problem.

Do not expect any excuses from us here at pestcontrolsydney.com.au

There is always away to make sure we deliver on what we have stated or promised. I GUARANTEE YOU THAT and our policy on warranties is hassle free, no jumping over hurdles or asking a million questions.

How about if I tell you, we do not ask for payment when we start our termite baiting job, whether we use Exterra, Agenda, Sentricon termite bait. We only ask for payment at the end.

WHY? Well because we want to make sure that you are comfortable the termites are gone. Many pest control companies will want their money at the beginning even before they start.

How about if the bait fails? They have your money! Try getting it back and wait for it, the excuses, but hang on we want more money, because this did not work, we have to do this now and it will be $……….

We believe when what we have explained on the phone aligns with customer expectation, you have a happy customer.

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