Posted on February 7, 2008 in Articles, Pest Control by James - Rid Pest Control10 Comments »


Most people are repulsed by cockroaches inside the home, and not without due cause, as they are disease carriers of the highest order.


Outside the home, gardeners also often come across cockroaches under rocks, logs and in mulch. Unfortunately these roaches are undeservedly tarred with the same brush as their indoors cousins and usually end up under a well placed boot.

Australia has in excess of 400 native roaches and very few could ever be considered pests. Most pest species are imported, the Australian Cockroach and couple of others being the exception.


Posted on February 7, 2008 in Articles by James - Rid Pest Control4 Comments »

Frequently mistaken for rodents, bandicoots are small, omnivorous marsupials, found throughout Australia.

Once extremely common in suburban backyards, land clearing removed their natural habitat and refuges, and for many years there was a drastic decline in the population and distribution. In recent times there has been a small resurgence, and once again they seem to be a presence in coastal areas of NSW.clip_image002

Bandicoots are able to live in a wide variety of habitats, ranging from rainforests to wet and dry woodlands and coastal heath land. They are seldom seen during the day and mainly forage at night.

The long-nosed bandicoot (Perameles nasuta) is the most common and widespread throughout NSW, particularly in coastal areas and either side of the Great Dividing Range. This species is also the most common in the Sydney area. They are perhaps best known for the conical snout-shaped divots they leave in suburban lawns. These holes are sometimes blamed on rabbits.


Posted on January 14, 2008 in Industry News by James - Rid Pest Control2 Comments »

Termidor Dust

A new product has been released for use by professional pest controllers in the fight against active termite infestations.

Termidor Dust is the culmination of over 10 years research in Australia to find the perfect termite nest elimination product.  Termidor Dust is applied by professional Pest Control Operators directly on to the termites, either inside your house or onto activity around the yard (trees, fences etc).

Termidor Dust is also ideal for use in treating active termite hits in bait stations.

After treatment, the termites become contaminated by the dust and carry the dust particles on their bodies and eventually back to the nest via the transfer effect.

Extensive Australian research has shown that it can take as little as 2 to 4 weeks for total termite elimination.


Contact Rid Pest Control today to find out more about how this product can assist you with termite infestations.


Posted on January 6, 2008 in Spiders by James - Rid Pest Control1 Comment »

There are two different species of insects in Australia that are known as Daddy Long Legs.

Both are Arachnids, but only one is a spider.

The most common is from the family Pholcidae that belong to a group of about 12 Australian species known as “Tangle Web Spiders”. Logically, the group name comes from their tendency to construct irregular webs with no apparent pattern.

These spiders, also called Cellar Spiders, and are probably the most commonly seen spiders inside Australian homes. They are often found around humans in houses, garages and sheds. They can usually be found living in their webs in the corners of rooms of houses, and more often than not, in bathrooms.

They have two distinct parts to their bodies, separated by a narrow waist, eight eyes and eight long spindly legs.


Posted on December 16, 2007 in Termites by James - Rid Pest Control2 Comments »

If for some reason you suspect you have termites, there are some protocols that must always be followed.

If you have discovered crawling insects in your walls that are no more than about 6mm long, are creamy white to an almost transparent grey and some have darker brown heads, there is every chance it will be termites. termite-pic-blog-1

Just to confuse things, if the termites have been present for a couple of years or more, they may have become sufficiently established to create and release alates, or swarmers as they are more commonly known in USA. In this case, alates/swarmers have two pair of wings that are longer than the body, and the body will be dark grey to black. See our web site for identification details.

Termites look nothing like ants, despite the fact they are know colloquially as “White Ants”. Usually the activity will be accompanied by tell tale brown mudding material.


Posted on December 10, 2007 in Articles by James - Rid Pest Control2 Comments »


Order Orthoptera

Crickets, grasshoppers, katydids and locusts as a group of insects can be easily distinguished by strongly defined chewing mouthparts and enlarged hind-legs that have been designed for hopping or jumping.Grasshopper

There are few places throughout Australia where the noise of crickets and grasshoppers is not one of the background choruses of spring and summer nights. Many species in this order can sing by stridulation. For most species rubbing modified portions of the forewings together produces sound. The sound is a “love-‘song” produced by the male to attract a mate.

Crickets are usually nocturnal, though cicadas are more likely to be found during daylight hours. The tree cricket is a predatory insect, others like the mole cricket feed on roots and burrow in the soil.


Posted on December 8, 2007 in Pest Control Products, Polls by James - Rid Pest Control13 Comments »
Please note that this post includes two consumer polls which are open to anyone who would like to have an input. We would appreciate your input into this, please vote in the two polls below.
Pest controllers are constantly asked if those plug in the wall sonic, ultrasonic, electromagnetic etc devices really work.

The manufacturers and retailers all claim they do work. They allege that feral rats and mice will pack up and leave, yet it will cause no harm or bother domestic cats and dogs (or pet rats and mice for that matter) . What marvelously clever devices that know how to frighten and annoy bothersome pests but recognize our beloved pets and leave them alone!


Cockroaches do initially respond to electronic pest control devices by becoming slightly agitated and move around more than usual, but there has never been any evidence to support that they endeavour to escape from the sound waves. These observations include devices that emit uniform frequency as well as changing and pulsing frequencies of ultrasound.

Most pest controllers are able to tell of personal  experiences where cockroaches have been found clustered around these devices, seeking out the warmth they generate.

Rodents merely adjust to the ultrasound (or any new sound) and eventually will ignore it. At best, ultrasonic waves have only a partial or temporary effect on rodents.

The University of Newcastle (Australia) and many USA universities have studied and flatly rejected ultrasonic sound as a practical means of rodent control. Ultrasound has not been shown to drive rodents from buildings or areas, nor has it been proven to cause above normal mortality in rodent populations.


Posted on December 8, 2007 in Articles by James - Rid Pest Control3 Comments »

Order Psocoptera

BookLice - PaperLice

Structure, Appearance and Characteristics

Psocids or Book Lice (also known as known as Paper Lice, can often be found crawling in large numbers over stored papers, books, walls, furniture, and other materials in damp, warm, undisturbed areas in buildings especially during the spring and summer months. They can be readily introduced into a new habitat on furniture, boxes, books and paper.

They feed on microscopic mould and mildew associated with high-humidity conditions. Outdoor species are also known as Barklice since they are found under tree bark or leaves.

They can be found on walls, in cupboards, in stored foodstuffs, in wall voids and behind electrical power outlets.

Psocids do not bite humans or animals, spread disease, or damage household furnishings. However, skin irritation may occur on sensitive individuals and some animals. Psocids are less than 1 mm – 10 mm in length, but Booklice are less than 5 mm in length. They most active during daylight hours. Females are wingless, whereas males have two clear membranous pair of wings. They have a large head, a flattened body with medium to long thread like antennae that is often at least half their body length and six, short stocky legs. They have chewing mouthparts and the mouthparts are held downwards when at rest.

Colouring ranges from almost colourless through grey to light brown, and the young are almost colourless.


Posted on December 8, 2007 in Articles, General Pests by James - Rid Pest ControlComments Off

Order Diptera

Phorid flies, (family Phoridae) also known as humpbacked flies, are small and very much resemble fruit flies in appearance, however the Phorid fly lacks the red eye colour that is the classic trademark of the Fruit fly (Tephritidae) and Vinegar Fly (Drosophila melanigaster).


Phorid flies are up to 4mm in length, fitting into the “small” category of flies.

Color: Black through to tan brown with black eyes; small head; a severely arched (humpbacked) thorax when viewed from the side. Phorid flies are found throughout the world.


Viewed with the naked eye, the most recognisable and a significant characteristic is their tendency to run rapidly across surfaces instead of immediately flying when disturbed. All other species of flies will immediately take flight.
Phorid flies are commonly found in homes and commercial facilities where food is prepared and served. They are also significantly important pests in food storage areas and hospitals. Because these flies frequent unsanitary and filthy conditions, they are a potential health concern when they occur in food facilities and hospitals. The main concern is their ability to spread disease-causing bacteria onto food products.

There have been reports of Phorid fly larvae have been discovered in the open wounds of patients in nursing homes and hospitals.

Several species have the common name of the coffin fly, because they breed in human corpses, and can even continue their life cycle within buried coffins. For this reason they

are important in forensic entomology in determining time of death.


Posted on December 6, 2007 in Termites by James - Rid Pest ControlComments Off

Termites And Global Warming

It is an established fact that termites cause more damage in dollar terms worldwide than the combined ravages of fire, flood, earthquakes, tornadoes and hurricanes combined.

Having come to terms with those statistics, we now have to contemplate the notion that termites are also responsible for 18% of the world’s methane output.

Many people mistakenly believe that Methane, (CH4) causes damage to the globe’s Ozone Layer, but the problem is even worse, because methane is responsible for Global Warming, and that is a far more complex and serious problem.

It’s believed that around 38 % of the greenhouse effect is caused by methane, putting it second on the list of offending gases behind carbon dioxide. Methane breaks down in the atmosphere to form carbon dioxide, ozone, and water, all of which absorb heat. The temperature of the atmosphere rises, the ice caps melt, and before you know it, you’re pumping the Pacific out of your cellar.

Termites release an estimated 80 billion kilograms of “Greenhouse gas” per year.

Considering that there is an estimated 240 quadrillion termites scurrying about the planet, that’s 60 million of those insect pests for every man, woman and child, and that the billions of tiny, burrowing Isoptera are “letting ripevery second of every day.

There are more than 2000 different species of termites and the amounts of methane produced varies considerably between species, with some producing no methane at all. Methane is produced in termite guts, by symbiotic bacteria and protozoa, during food digestion.

The primary impact of humans on termite methane is reduction of emissions through termite habitat destruction. Many of the most important methane producing termite species are found in tropical forest areas, huge swathes of which are destroyed each year for logging, agriculture and housing developments. Additionally, in North America and elsewhere colonies of termites are regularly exterminated due to the threat they pose to wooden structures.

It is estimated that tropical forests, grasslands, and savannahs of Africa, Asia, Australia, and South America regions contribute approximately 80% of global termite emissions.

Who would have thought that having annual termite inspections, installing termite baits and monitors and all other available strategies would assist in minimising our “Carbon Footprint?

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