ROVE BEETLES – What are they? and where do you find them?

Common name: Red and Black Rove Beetles Scientific name(s): Various Paederus sp. and some related species in the Staphylindae family. Description: Small, elongated, ant-like beetles with tiny wings, usually 1cm or less in length. Most species are black with a red thorax and a red band across the abdomen, and blue or green iridescence on the wing-covers. Geographic distribution: Found

COLONY CONTROL IN TERMITES – BAITS vs SOIL TREATMENTS

Termite baits are generally recognized as the most reliable method to achieve colony control, but what evidence is there that liquid soil treatments using a non-repellent insecticide can also deliver colony control? Whereas termite baits are generally regarded as the best option for delivering colony control, there is little evidence supporting claims that soil treatments

Redback spider bites: the facts

There have been no deaths in Australia from a confirmed spider bite since 1979, according to the Australian Museum. An effective antivenom for redback spiders was introduced in 1956, and one for funnel-web spiders in 1980. They are the only two spiders that have caused deaths in Australia in the past. About 2000 people are bitten each year

Cannibal Cockroaches

For some people, even the mention of cockroaches sends shivers down their spines. These crawling insects are synonymous with notions of dirtiness, and rightly so. Cockroaches are known for spreading diseases such as salmonella, and also triggering allergies and asthma!But did you know on top of these unhygienic ideologies cockroaches also portray another unpleasant characteristic?