When is a rock not a rock? When its a Grenade

North Queensland pest control professional Aaron Bonney, like most industry members, has come across some hair-raising situations in his time in business.

Recently, however, one such instance threatened to blow up in his face – literally!

Aaron, who conducts POD’s Pest Control, headquartered in the Townsville suburb of
Garbutt, had thought he had seen it all.

“But all of a sudden I realised I just about hadn’t seen anything!” he said.

POD’s not only almost blew up staff members, but a Government building to boot!

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Pests and Fish… Shane lures them all!

When he isn’t catching pests, Gold Coast-based Shane Gartner is catching fish!

Nothing so special about that, you might say.

There is, though, when the fish have been caught with lures Shane invented, made, patented and sell!

Shane, who with his wife Sue conducts Gartner Pest Control near Southport, is the man behind Pig Lures, known well to anglers, and the ‘go-to’ lures for catching all species of fish.

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New Health Legislation for Queensland

The Queensland Pest Management Act 2001 has been incorporated into the Medicines and Poisons Act 2019.

There will also be a ‘Departmental Standard,’ listing the qualifications required to apply for a licence or endorsement to undertake various pest management activities.

The Act has been passed into legislation and will commence on September 27 2021; the Act is difficult to navigate to find all the sections affecting Pest Management because they are scattered throughout the document.

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C’arn the Meat Ants!

Those pest controllers who have opened their own businesses know just how tough it is to come up with just the right name…it often isn’t as easy as “Joe’s Pest Control”.

Spare a thought then for those tasked with finding suitable mascots for sporting teams and the like.

When the list of names of local native animals and icons, birds, cats, colours, dogs and horses has been exhausted, what can you call a team?

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Termites Behaving Badly in New Zealand

New Zealand has there species of native termites – the two wet wood species – Stolotermes ruficeps and S. inopinus – and the drywood termite – Kalotermes brouni.

None of them form large colonies and are generally considered non-destructive so buildings in New Zealand have not been built to resist termite attack.

Unfortunately, not all termites got the memo!

If you find a specimen / damage that you think is related to termites, as with any pests, Garrards professional trained staff are happy to help and potentially guide you through any potential government requirements

Go to pages 26 and 27 of Vol 27 No 1 to read the entire article

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VectoPrime FG now available in Australia

Mosquito larviciding in many countries around the globe is generally based on short-residual biorational products using one of two active ingredients: Bacillus thuringiensis subsp. israelensis or (S)-methoprene. These larvicides can provide cost-effective solutions for control of single-brood floodwater mosquitoes. However, each of these active ingredients delivers optimal activity against different mosquito larval stages. As a result, multiple products are often used to manage changing scenarios

Valent BioSciences’ experience in developing value-added products with combinations of active ingredients via its proprietary BioFuse™ technology led to the industry’s most flexible mosquito larval control solution for single-brood mosquitoes: VectoPrime

VectoPrime™ offers abatement professionals superior operational flexibility with a wider application window across all instars and pre-flood. The ability to apply VectoPrime™ prior to flooding means you can plan ahead instead of having to react to changing environmental conditions, saving time and freeing up resources that would have been required for additional field surveillance and additional treatments. In addition, working with a single solution that kills all larval instars also allows you to streamline inventories and simplify replenishment.

In other words, you can start and end your week with the same solution.

Go to pages 4 and 5 of Pest Review 2020 Vol 26 No 1 to read the entire article

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Yellow Crazy Ants (Anoplolepis gracilipes)

Yellow crazy ants (Anoplolepis gracilipes) are one of the world’s 100 worst invasive species and are a direct threat to our World Heritage rainforest and tropical lifestyle.

Yellow crazy ants were first detected in the Wet Tropics south of Cairns in 2001. Through the Yellow Crazy Ant Eradication Program, the Wet Tropics Management Authority and its partners are working to eradicate these invasive pests from the Wet Tropics region.

Find out how on page 20 of Pest Review 2020 Vol 26 No 2.

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Jumping Insects

You go to a job to find a small insect, actually there are hundreds if not thousands of them when you really look closely.

The customer is fed up with the insects. It’s been treated but they are still there. Tiny little insects that… just jumped…

How are they doing that? They are too small to be fleas, are they even insects ?

We take a deep look into pre-insect pest causing problems on page 6 of Pest Review 2020 Vol 26 No 1.

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