FEBRUARY 2019

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Antlion larvae

ANTLIONS

The larval stages of these insects lurk underground, hollow venomous jaws ready to kill anything that falls within range. But their adults are delicate flying insects that look nothing like their young. Would you be able to identify an Antlion?

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OPERATING IN A COVID ENVIRONMENT

Pest professionals should always follow the official Federal and respective State Government advice regarding COVID-19. The following article provides pest managers with the latest information, points to consider and links to gain further information.

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Mobile phones

USE TEXTING TO BOOST BUSINESS – PODIUM

The team at Podium share helpful insights on how to start effectively communicating with your customers using text messaging.   Seven ways to start texting your customers today   Is your business ready to start texting with your prospects and customers? If so, you’re on the right track – 90% of consumers prefer texting to…

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PEST PULSE: COVID-19 SURVEY

How is COVID-19 affecting pest control businesses? In our quick Pest Pulse survey on 30 March, 2020, 201 pest managers responded to tell us how the pandemic was impacting them and their businesses. 

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Click beetle

CLICK BEETLES

With over 800 species in Australia alone, these insects are often found inside houses and are a favourite with children. Would you be able to identify a click beetle?

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Mealybug

MEALYBUGS

Mealybugs are a common problem for gardeners. Also called unarmoured scale insects, their waxy cuticle and habit for hiding around the joins between stems and leaves make them difficult to control with insecticides. How would you control a mealybug infestation?

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Yellow Crazy ant

FIGHTING EXOTIC ANT INCURSIONS

Dr Ben Hoffman, Principle Research Scientist with CSIRO, has been at the forefront of invasive ant programs for many years. Here he provides a summary of the current status of four active control programs tackling red important fire ants, browsing ant, electric ant and yellow crazy ant.

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ARE YOUR FLEA TREATMENTS UP TO SCRATCH?

Summer is peak flea season – with the warmer temperatures and increased humidity a flea infestation can get quickly out of control. It has long been best practice to incorporate an insect growth regulator with adulticide in any flea treatment. However, new understanding on how Sumilarv impacts the various life stages provides pest managers with…

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