Thursday, October 5, 2017

Five New Peacock Spiders

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Good news everyone, there are five new peacock spiders

The world of Peacock spiders – those stunningly coloured arachnids only found in Australia – just got a little larger.

Scientists have discovered another five species and sub-species of peacock spiders in Western Australia, bringing the total tally up to over 60.

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One of the researchers behind the discovery is Dr Jurgen Otto, who calls himself “Peacockspiderman” on YouTube.

“In most peacock spider species — and the new ones are no exception — the males are strikingly coloured, and the patterns and colours are very distinctive, making it easy to distinguish one from another,” Dr Otto told ABC News.

Two of the new fancy-looking males are called Cristatus and Electricus

“Cristatus has a pattern on its back that resembles the Union Jack and in addition has eight plumes of white setae (hairs) at its back that no other peacock spider has,” Dr Otto added. “Electricus stands out by its striking pattern of parallel red lines that make it look like a circuit board, and trigonus can be easily recognised by the white crown at the tip of its abdomen that is not present in any known species.”

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Although Dr Otto hasn’t uploaded shots of these new beauties onto his YouTube channel yet, you can still enjoy some his other fantastic peacock spider videos.

Going by view count, the fan favourite is Peacock Spider 7 – Maratus speciosus. Just look at this marvellous creature. He knows how to get the ladies!

Male peacock spiders have great hair and amazingly coloured backs which they flash to prospective mates, along with wild hand gestures and some slick dance moves.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Termites and Termidor in Castle Hill

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 Termites and Pest Control in Castle Hill

Proven Pest Control in Castle Hill, services the entire Hills District where termite pressure can be exceptionally challenging.

Our Technicians know how important it is to professionally install reticulation systems to residential, and commercial buildings. Our Termite Specialists only instal quality reticulation systems and use a combination of both physical and chemical barriers for termite protection of all buildings.

 Our Castle Hill division is a long time Termidor user and it is the only product we use to provide the chemical barrier for underslab and perimeter treatment. Prior to the introduction of Termidor we used products such as chlorpyrifos and bifenthrin to provide the chemical harrier against termites. They worked to a point, but what we found was that termites would come rip to the chemical harrier and then move on to somewhere else. 

Termites that approached the treated zone were repelled and not killed. You couldn't have full confidence in the protection of the property or the surrounds. If there was an eventual crack in the slab, an external breach of the perimeter, or if the services areas weren't protected properly, termites could enter.

Termidor however made a real difference. 

Pest Control Castle HillWhen we started using Termidor we found that we were getting colony elimination. The termites weren't getting pushed to another area of the property, or next-door. When the termites reach the treated area they take the Termidor back to the nest eliminating the colony. It is the 'Transfer Effect' of the Termidor - it gets rid of the termites - not just repels them, using Termidor for our underslab and perimeter use has taken us to a new level of protection. We can have total confidence, and so can our clients, that the property is protected. Since using Termidor I have not had to claim against my insurance.

Termidor is backed by the research and manufacturing capabilities of BASF The other thing I like about Termidor is its quality. There are some imitation products in the market, and I have seen how they mix, but they just don't mix as well as Termidor

If I use an imitation or inferior product. I just can't be sure that I am getting the correct amount of product, to the right place, in the construction project_ I can't see why anybody would take such a risk just to save a few dollars, Termidor is part of a termite management strategy that Proven Pest Control Castle Hill employs.

Proven Pest Control send out annual reminders to all our clients as well as reminders for retreatment after eight years, we can't emphasize enough how important it is to do an annual inspection, or have a pre-purchase inspection for those considering the purchase of a new property. 

Termite Treatment Castle HillWe have visited properties where timber has been stacked against the house for example, or where the protective soil barrier has been disturbed by digging or some other construction activity. Termites have then penetrated, arid the property owner has no idea their house is under attack. 

In these situations we first treat the termites with Termidor Dust so the termites take it back to the nest and eliminate the colony. The colony is usually gone in about two weeks, though if I am dealing with Coptotermes that may take four to six weeks. When I am sure the colony is gone, I retreat the perimeter with Termidor to restore the soil barrier and re-establish the protection. Proven Pest Control's confidence with Termidor helps us sleep at night.

Pest Control Castle Hill

We provide many pest control treatment solutions to fit your needs and budget, including one-time and yearly programs like our Budget service and our Premium System. 
We can treat a large variety of pests found in Castle Hill, including spiders, ants, termites, fleas, ticks, roaches, bed bugs, rodents, and other invaders.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Cockroaches: In integrated cockroach management - Castle Hill

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In integrated cockroach management for Pest Control in Castle Hill

Cockroaches are major pests of many commercial and domestic establishments. The first step to achieve effective control is a regular inspection for evidence of cockroach infestation, followed by treatment and environmental management, To be effective, the first two steps should be carried out by a Proven Pest Control Pest Management Professional (PMP).

Inspection; The Proven Pest Control Technician in Castle Hill has the training and the experience to know what to look for and determine the best treatment method. The PMP can identify the species and source of infestation as well as where the cockroaches are hiding and breeding. 

Treatment: The PMP will selectively apply treatment to the habitats where the cockroaches live and breed. 

Environmental Management: Cockroaches can be difficult to control so any treatment approach would be greatly assisted when environmental management issues are also addressed.

Treatment approach 

The majority of cockroach treatments involve the use of residual liquid sprays, gel baits and to a lesser extent, dusts. Most liquids used for cockroach control over the last 10 years  have  been Synthetic pyrethroids. Synthetic  pyrethriods  are  repellents so once a cockroach encounters the insecticide, it becomes more excited and active. The PMP's clients may even see more cockroaches during the day, indicating that the insecticide has affected the cockroaches. 

More recently non-repellent residual insecticides that pests can't detect have been introduced. These are relatively slow acting and allow the cockroach to have more contact and transfer the insecticide back through the colony. Non-repellent insecticides (such as Arilon) can be used in conjunction with gels and baits for improved control. This is a major benefit over the synthetic pyrethroids, which tend to repel cockroaches away from the gels.

Pest Control Castle Hill Arilon is a non repellant insecticide. It is a 20% WG (water dispersible granule) formulation of indoxacarb designed specifically for the pest management industry. As shown in Figure 1, it has a strong affinity to attach itself to insects for excellent performance. Non-repellent cockroach gels such as Advion Cockroach Gel (also containing indoxacarb) attract cockroaches to feed on them_ The gel is placed where the pest will come into contact with the insecticide. As is their natural behaviour, they will continue to preen and groom.

Pest Control Castle Hill

We provide many pest control treatment solutions to fit your needs and budget, including one-time and yearly programs like our Budget service and our Premium System. 
We can treat a large variety of pests found in Castle Hill, including spiders, ants, termites, fleas, ticks, roaches, bed bugs, rodents, and other invaders.

             For more information, visit our website at: