Termites ... Spiders ... Flies ... Mice .... the in's and out's
The only way to identify a gene of termites is through identification of the soldier termite.
We have three main termites in OUR area:
Coptotermes are the most destructive termite in Victoria. These are the termites that are responsible for the majority of the horror stories you see and hear on the TV. The trained pest controller can easily identify the Coptotermes Genus. These guys mainly nest in the crown root of a tree. Although being the most destructive, they are vulnerable to all treatment systems, chemicals or dusting.
Nasutitermes are also a common subterranean termite in our area. These termites cause destruction and the soldier is easily identifiable. Nasutitermes build their nests, underground, normally against a tree or fence post in the form of a mound. This gene does not normally strike at baiting and monitoring stations, therefore leaving us, the pest controller, limited options in eradication.
The Heterotermes cause no significant problems to home owners. Heterotermes are not a social termite, meaning that once disturbed, they will go into hiding and take time for them to show themselves again. Heterotermes build nests similar to that of a Nasutitermes, building against a tree or post, but they don't build mounds but the CAN build their nest onto the side of an existing termite mound such as the Narsuititermes. Although soldiers look very similar to the Coptotermes, they are quite the opposite and are considered happy feeding on fence posts and old timber laying around. Very rarely do they attack a house, if they do, it's only superficial damage.
Not a hairy 'tarantula'!
In our neck of the woods here in country Victoria, the most common spiders we'll find are the huntsmen spider, although they are extremely creepy, they aren't dangerous.
- There are 94 known varieties of hunstman spiders in Australia
- The females are bigger than the males
- Their venom is not known to be harmful to humans
- The huntsmans front two legs are longer than their back legs
- They will hide behind the curtains to scare the living daylights out of you!
- They have flattened bodies so they can crawl into crevices, under rocks and under bark
- Leg joints twist to allow them to access difficult areas
- The female will lay up to 200 eggs at a time, she wont eat for 3 weeks and is extremely protective of her egg sack
- Huntsman spiders 'moult' their skin, you may find these around the house and mistake them for the actual spider
If you want to live without huntsman spiders, you'll love our spider, fly and mozzie treatment!
If you ever suspect a spider bite, contact your nearest hospital or go straight to a doctor.
Flies and Mozzies
Believe it or not, there are 7786 species of flies and mosquitoes in Australia!
Adults usually have short life span lasting only weeks. They feed on nectar, sap and free liquids in rotting organic matter and some solid foods. Some forms, with piercing sucking mouth parts feed on animal blood. Between mating and adults emerging, this can often only take a few weeks from maggot stage to adult flies.
For every ONE mouse you see, there are another 40 that you don't see!
- Unlike rats, mice are not neophobic. This means mice will eat baits straight away whereas rats will identify something new in their environment and will not go near it for months.
- It only takes 6 weeks for a mouse to start having babies, and having 6-10 litters per year, 5-6 babies in each litter.
- Surprisingly, the average life for a mouse is 1 year
- They will travel only 3 - 10 meters from their nest
- Mice spread disease through bite wounds and by contaminating food and water with their waste products.
- Mice can also spread disease thanks to parasites, such as ticks, fleas and mites.
- Mice will nurse babies that are not their own
- Contrary to popular belief, mice are actually quite clean, theorganise their homes into nest, food and bathroom areas
- Mice can see every colour except red