Monday, August 27, 2018

Proven Pest Control Bankstown

Proven Pest Control Bankstown is your local Pest Control company operating in the Bankstown area and is part of the Proven Pest Group. Our Home office is located at 19 Leonard St, Bankstown, NSW 2200.

As your local pest control company for over 40 years, Proven pest Control Bankstown has effectively treated many homes and businesses in all aspects of pest management including; termites, rats, mice, ants and cockroaches.

The damage caused to Australian homes & businesses due to the lack of adequate pest control amounts to hundreds of millions of dollars per year. Make sure you are covered, call your local Proven Pest Control office today on 1300 08 25 52

Residential pest control is necessary for the well-being of your family and your home. Protect your health and your financial investment with pest management services from Proven Pest Control.

Proven Pest Control Bankstown

We only use environmentally friendly products that are safe for your family.

We are a full service pest control company providing all pest services for homes as well as for offices and commercial premises. We provide all pest control services and treatments, from regular home pest maintenance treatments through to termite inspections and treatments.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Bees understand the concept of zero

Scientists have discovered honeybees can understand the concept of zero, putting them in an elite club of clever animals that can grasp the abstract mathematical notion of nothing.

By demonstrating that even tiny brains can comprehend complex, abstract concepts, the surprise
finding opens possibilities for new, simpler approaches to developing Artificial Intelligence.
In research published in the journal Science, Australian and French researchers tested whether honey bees can rank numerical quantities and understand that zero belongs at the lower end of a sequence of numbers.

Associate Professor Adrian Dyer, from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, said the number zero was the backbone of modern maths and technological advancements.

"Zero is a difficult concept to understand and a mathematical skill that doesn't come easily -- it takes children a few years to learn," Dyer said.

"We've long believed only humans had the intelligence to get the concept, but recent research has shown monkeys and birds have the brains for it as well.

"What we haven't known -- until now -- is whether insects can also understand zero."
As well as being a critical pollinator, the honeybee is an exceptional model species for investigating insect cognition, with previous research showing they can learn intricate skills from other bees and even understand abstract concepts like sameness and difference.

But bee brains have fewer than 1 million neurons -- compared with the 86,000 million neurons of a human brain -- and little was known about how insect brains would cope with being tested on such an important numeric skill.

RMIT PhD researcher Scarlett Howard set out to test the honeybee on its understanding, marking individual honeybees for easy identification and luring them to a specially-designed testing apparatus.

The bees were trained to choose an image with the lowest number of elements in order to receive a reward of sugar solution.

For example, the bees learned to choose three elements when presented with three vs. four; or two elements when presented with two vs. three.

When Howard periodically tested the bees with an image that contained no elements versus an image that had one or more, the bees understood that the set of zero was the lower number -- despite never having been exposed to an "empty set."

Dyer, a researcher in the Bio Inspired Digital Sensing-Lab (BIDS-Lab) in RMIT's Digital Ethnography Research Centre, said the findings opened the door to new understandings of how different brains could represent zero.

"This is a tricky neuroscience problem," he said.
"It is relatively easy for neurons to respond to stimuli such as light or the presence of an object but how do we, or even an insect, understand what nothing is?

"How does a brain represent nothing? Could bees and other animals that collect lots of food items, have evolved special neural mechanisms to enable the perception of zero?

"If bees can learn such a seemingly advanced maths skill that we don't even find in some ancient human cultures, perhaps this opens the door to considering the mechanism that allows animals and ourselves to understand the concept of nothing."

One of the problems in the development of artificial intelligence is enabling robots to operate in very complex environments, Dyer said.

"Crossing a road is simple for adult humans, we understand if there are no approaching cars, no bikes or trams, then it is probably ok to cross," he said.

"But what is zero, how do we represent this for so many complex object classes to make decisions in complex environments?

"If bees can perceive zero with a brain of less than a million neurons, it suggests there are simple efficient ways to teach AI new tricks."

The research was conducted in both Australia and France and involved many control experiments to validate the findings.

Study co-author, Dr Aurore Avargu├Ęs-Weber from the University of Toulouse in France, said: "The discovery that bees can show such elaborated understanding of numbers was really surprising given their tiny brain."

"Large brains are thus not necessary to play with numbers. This capacity is therefore probably shared by many other animals."

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Termites and what to look for.

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Hi Everyone,

Alex here just thought we'd cross over to live to a customer's premises.  Now we had a phone call couple of days from a very distraught customer, who had discovered termites on that property or termite damage.

Now they had another company come out around about three months ago to get rid of these termites, however they've now discovered that the termites having indeed moved to another part of the house and when we go in to look at the treatment done we could see why they've moved to another part of the house, so I'm going to show you some of the damage that's been done and what the customer noticed.

First of all when they came in and saw the termite damage so you can see here the damage or the mudding has done to be packed into the wall cavity there. Now that was once flush just like it is there and now the mudding’s pushed it out, the customer hadn't been out is he out here for about three or four months and this is the first time they'd actually seen this they will go around see if we can see inside the actual damaged area so you could see all this termite mudding.

Here now this is a storage cupboard underneath a set of stairs goes right up to the top there. The hot water system, was leaking down here which is one of the conducive, it's a conducive environment for termites the moisture is what drawn them to this little area here. You can see in there some mud shelter tubing happening in there.

The company that came out prior to us dusted this particular area and you can see you know you may not be able to see but in there they've packed in all this dust which is the incorrect way to actually treat the termites because you're just blocking up all the tubing there.

That's way too much dust; what they've done is they've tried to pump too much of the chemical into the into the tubes all at once instead of doing it over a period of two or three days. They’ve tried to do it in about 10 minutes and that's the wrong way to do things so all they've done is scare the termites off and they've moved into another part of the house.

What's happened is the termites themselves they've moved out of this little cupboard here and they've moved into the kitchen flooring in the subfloor now when they weren't there before so now not only do we need to treat that particular area under the kitchen subfloor,  but now we're going to have to do a full chemical barrier which should always be done as part of any treatment either a chemical barrier or a termite monitoring station setup.

That really depends on your soil, slope of the ground and certainly a few other more things like safety issues between doing a chemical barrier and your monitoring stations. Obviously if you're on earth on a steep slope you're not going to be able to do a chemical barrier because after chemical, first rain is just going to rush down that hill.  There have been cases where there's been a creek at the at the bottom of the hill and the chemical was actually runoff into that creek and the pest control operator has copped quite a nasty little fine from the EPA for poisoning waterways, so that's when we would consider using termite monitoring stations.

What I'm going to do now is I'm going to show you some of the conducive conditions that probably led to these termites entering the home particularly this this home and a few conducive conditions you might find throughout your property. So the first thing we notice is that the hot water system, it was obviously dripping against the wall here, the termites were attracted by the moisture and that's what's led them into the cupboard which is on the other side of that wall.

They've added a pipe here which still isn't good enough because it's not that far away from the slab itself all that moisture is just one big attractant to termites coupled with things like pieces of timber left on the ground all over the place. You've got quite a few trees here and shrubs but also, we've got leaking roofs which has led to timber rot.

 Timber in direct contact with the soil; these are all things that will attract termites. Termites don't know the difference between a tree and your house they have absolutely no idea difference between the difference of those two, so when you have things like garden beds up against your house, you are inviting them into your house.

It’s sort of leaving bread crumbs for them to follow from your house, so they might start here in the garden they'll come along the timber here and then they'll start to explore a little bit further out here. As you can see here we've got a leaking air conditioning unit which is dropping moisture straight in there, now on the other side of this wall is a large termite nest.

Some of those some of some things I used to do to explain it to the customers as simply as possible is that termite say your natural foragers in the bush, they find a dead or decaying trees and timber debris and they break it down scavenging those and breaking it down. In your home or in your garden, all your man-made objects, they don't know the difference between the two. You may have your landscaping timbers here they don't know that that's the landscaping too, but they think that's just a fallen tree branch so they're going to start attacking that.

Then they're going to scout a little bit further along and look for your moisture thinking that it's a creek, or it's sort of a mulch vegetation. Which they can then attack and then that obviously leads them into your garden beds and they come across your mulch, which to them is just bark and they're thinking: “well if there's bark around then there's a tree.”

They don't know the difference between a tree and your house so they'll get into your house and they'll start thinking, well this is the tree it's quite a bit of timber here let's set up camp here and that's when you start getting into problems.

It’s always important trying keep your gardens free of debris mulch and stuff even-even in that how its raised up here, you can see it's raised above the weep holes in too much it's just going to come straight through this straight through the soil here and enter the weep holes on the other side.

 Obviously all this sort of debris down here is no good, you're going to have timber here you probably kick this over and you'll find termites underneath. This is all attractants to them they don't know that this is all treated or painted Timbers they'll have a go at it anyway and if they don't like the taste of it they'll keep on searching and it's so close to the house they'll find your structural pine fairly easily.

 Also stuff like this makes it really hard for a pest controller to inspect your property or your property properly so when you do have an inspection or you just get your basic pest spray done make sure you're trying give us enough room so we can actually see down the side.  I mean we're not we're not supermen or anything which we don't have the x-ray vision or anything, you know it could possibly be Termites down there Redback spiders the whole lot.

 So if we're spraying either food yet your spiders or we're doing your termite inspections it's absolutely no way we're going to be able to see any sort of issues down this sort of area, so it's always good to keep this these sorts of areas clear.

 You can see up here you've got trees leading into the gutter in there no generally you won't probably get termites going up these little tiny branches and into you into your oozed it can happen but it's quite rare for that to happen but possums, rats, mice up climbing those trees and get straight into your gutters and into your roof voids.

 Again, more moisture obviously coming into summer you're going to have all your mosquitoes in there. Mosquitoes isn't something that we can really treat effectively, you could do just as a good of a job with stuff from Bunnings. So save yourself a bit of money if you're only concerned about mosquitoes, get rid of all that standing water and get some stuff from Bunnings and do it yourself.  

Really, it's not worth getting a pest controller out for just for mosquitoes everything else obviously yeah definitely spiders Redbacks, cockroaches, Termites always together get a qualified pest controller out to sort that out.

Now here's another issue, we've got leaking gutters. Again, during the winter, during the rain the gutters begin to leak create moisture down here in the garden beds and that's going to attract your Termites.

All this mulch it looks great, but all this is just attracting termites they just think that this is a tree bark that is falling down from it from a tree so they're going to figure it,  well there's a tree here somewhere we'll keep searching for it and next thing you know they're inside your house. Even in they've got the mulch built up above the of the weep hole to us is just going to go straight through there which they obviously have it's why we're here.

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.

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