Ant Control

The ant related products sold in supermarkets typically fail to do the job properly, most adults in this country think it’s difficult to control ants.

Even though they follow the same procedure as homeowners, have you noticed that professional pest control companies always seem to manage to do the job when they use professionally available products?

Professional grade ant control products like as best indoor ant killer are now available to consumers in every State except Alaska, Connecticut & New York – they’re just not available in your food supermarket.

This means that over 99.9% of people can resolve their own ant problems for a fraction of the cost of calling a local bug man.

Not only can we sell you the products that will do the job.

We can train you too.

In just a few simple steps we can explain how to use the professional ant control products like the professionals do.

Approach 1

Treat with all products ensuring death to whatever type of ant you have.

Costs a little more, but removes any chance of error.

It’s an all-out attack on the ants.

If you follow our instructions when using these products, we stand by your results with our 100% money back guarantee.

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Approach 2

Determine what type of ants you have and order the correct type of product for them.

This is the most value for money approach.

It is a precision strike.

If this method sounds like the one you want to go with, look through our pictures below, take your time to click the ant picture and read the pages we have describing them in detail.

When you are sure you have correctly identified your ants, simply order the product listed alongside.

If you follow our instructions and if you can guarantee the type of ant you have, we will guarantee results with our 100% money back guarantee

Cockroach Control

Cockroaches are a problem because they contaminate your home and can transmit diseases like gastroenteritis and dysentery. They like warm, damp conditions and will feed on rubbish bins, kitchen cupboards, drainage areas and sewers. Large infestations often create an unpleasant smell.

Termitrust will identify the cockroach species and provide a pest management regime for their control. Our cockroach treatments ( make sure to read advion roach gel reviews) prevent juvenile cockroaches from developing and destroy the breeding cycle.

American Cockroach

This is one of the largest of the cockroach species. Adults are typically 40mm long, are reddish-brown and have a border around the head area. This cockroach flies, particularly in warm weather.

The American cockroach is mostly found in dark, warm and moist locations like unoccupied dwellings, rubbish dumps, sub floors and roof areas away from human activity. They have a preference for decaying organic waste and can survive for months without food.

German Cockroach

German cockroaches are small, light brown, flat insects with two dark stripes at the front of the head and will eat almost anything including built-up cooking grease.

They are usually found in warm areas containing food and moisture, such as the kitchen, pantries and cupboards, under sinks or near water heaters. If sighted during the day, these cockroaches are probably part of a very large local population.

Cockroach Management

The key to long-term management of cockroaches is to make the environment less attractive to them, by reducing sources of food, water and shelter.

To make life harder for cockroaches you should:

  • Maintain rigorous hygiene, that is, cleanliness in the house and remove all food scraps
  • Thoroughly clean all surfaces in food handling and preparation areas
  • Tightly seal all containers especially in pantries and cupboards
  • Remove breadcrumbs from the toaster
  • Empty rubbish bins regularly
  • Remove accumulations of cardboard boxes
  • Clean the floor under and behind your fridge
  • Regularly turn mulch piles
  • Install screens to vents, especially over septic tanks, to increase air flow


Acaris Company

“We will be a leader in the allergy market by providing creative and innovative solutions for the diagnosis and management of allergies and in so doing provide an improved quality of life for allergy sufferers. Our objective is to achieve a lead position by being the first to provide integrated environmental allergen avoidance and monitoring systems.”

“We will create shareholder value by exploiting our expertise in protease technology, establishing Acaris as a centre of excellence and developing products and services beyond the healthcare market.”

Acaris is a private healthcare company providing innovative solutions for diagnosis, control and avoidance of allergy-related conditions for both healthcare and industrial sectors. Established in September 1999 and located in Cambridge, UK, the Company is developing a pipeline of products for the detection of allergens based on its patented technologies. The ActivAllergy range is designed to monitor and control exposure to indoor allergens. Acaris endorsed its technology and markets by entering into a strategic alliance in October 2002 for development of a new range of products to detect and monitor hazardous biological agents used in industrial environments. The Company’s objective is to establish itself as a leader in providing allergy management solutions to meet global market needs in this growth sector.


A significant number of allergens, whether in indoor or industrial environments, are protease enzymes. Exposure to these allergens can sensitise susceptible individuals to result in allergies like eczema, rhinitis and asthma.

Acaris has developed and patented robust and widely applicable technologies for the detection of protease allergens based on protease enzyme chemistry. This is being used as a platform in a number of allergy-related monitoring and control areas where exposure to allergens presents a health hazard.

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Ant and Termite Control in Newport News

Ant control

For the best in Newport News ant control, you can rest easy knowing that Mares Exterminating is a simple phone call away. For many of us, ants are a simple nuisance that, in small groups, simply disappear on their own. However, when left to their own devices, ants can form a very well-organized, efficient, and extensive colony, doing great damage to your property and even presenting potential health risks to those living in the home.

With over thirty years experience in the industry, we specialize in helping you eliminate ants from your property for good, stopping the source of the problem rather than just dealing with the symptoms. A member of the National Pest Control Association, we’re 100% committed to customer satisfaction, and are fully licensed and insured for your protection. In fact, we take great pains to find technicians that are not only skilled and courteous, but have passed rigorous training and background checks before becoming members of our elite team.

When quality Newport News ant control is your first priority, it pays to make Mares Exterminating your first line of defense. We understand the business, inside and out, and make every effort to eliminate your problem with a minimum of expense or inconvenience. All of our solutions are safe, non-toxic to humans and pets, and designed to deal with your pest problem in a humane yet effective way. Call today to schedule your free consultation, and get rid of your home’s ant infestation problem for good!

Termite control

When you need Newport News termite control, you can’t afford to hesitate, or to put off the treatment you need to vanquish your property of pests for a single day. At Mares Exterminating, we’ve seen firsthand for over 30 years the amount of damage a termite colony can do, eating through the internal construction of your home, sometimes even threatening the stability of support beams and other structural necessities. Since termites reproduce at a rapid rate, the sooner you deal with the issue the better.

However, eliminating the presence of a destructive colony is only part of the battle. Since these particular pests often return to a previous place of residence, unless the appropriate steps are taken, you might find yourself playing host to an all new set of intruders in less than a year. That’s why we employ methods that not only rid your home of termites, but deter them from coming back in the future, making your residence an unwelcome one.

If you’re starting to suspect that you need Newport News termite control experts working on your side, a quick call to Mares Exterminating is all it takes to help you start down the path towards a fast and easy resolution to your problem. Our results are always 100% guaranteed, and our employees are carefully screened and thoroughly background-checked to ensure confidence and safety. Call today, and see why we’re the area’s number one answer to pest control nightmares!

Air Quality

The primary causes of indoor air quality problems are pollution sources that release gases or particles into the air. Inadequate ventilation traps the pollutants in the home. Once in the air, these pollutants can be inhaled and may trigger allergic attacks like asthma and rhinitis in susceptible individuals.

The most common indoor pollutants are:

  • Allergens from house dust mites
  • Allergens from pet (dog and cat) dander
  • Mould spores
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Allergens from insect and animal pests (cockroaches, mice and rats)

High temperatures and humidity levels in the home can also help to increase concentrations of some biological pollutants such as dust mite allergens and mould spores. Improved ventilation in the home can help reduce these effects. Simply improving the flow of air through the house by opening windows can aid the removal of allergens.

The use of dehumidifiers can help to control moulds and dust mites, which need humid environments to thrive. Some dehumidifiers incorporate electrostatic or HEPA filters, carbon filters and anti-fungal or anti-bacterial filters to prevent build-up of microbes in the dehumidifier.

Air purifiers, which filter the air of harmful pollutants, can help improve air quality. The critical factors affecting performance are capacity in relation to the room and the use of HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filters, which remove very fine particles such as allergens.

Cleaning disturbs dust. When cleaning, try to avoid making allergens airborne. Vacuum cleaners with high-filtration HEPA filters prevent fine particles escaping to the air, and commercially available electrostatically charged dusters bind dust particles to prevent them being redistributed. Wet dusting will have the same effect, although this will increase the humidity in the home and may make dust mite problems worse.

Visit Acaris

Acaris is a private healthcare company taking a leading position in the provision of innovative solutions for the control of allergies.

Allergy Control

The number of people with allergies is increasing. It is estimated that over 50% of people in the UK suffer from allergies of one kind or another, and allergy is the sixth leading cause of chronic disease in the US.

Allergies involve an inappropriate immune response. Exposure to a variety of substances, which may not cause any reaction in the majority of individuals, can result in sneezing, coughing, wheezing and itching in sensitised people. The substances causing these reactions are called allergens. They can include, for example, house dust mites, pet hair, pollen and fungal spores.

Controlling allergies involves not only taking medication to counter the symptoms of allergy, but also controlling exposure to the allergens that trigger allergies in the first place. One of the most significant environmental triggers for allergic reactions is house dust mite allergen. This can cause rhinitis, eczema and asthma. Over 85% of asthmatic children have been found to be sensitive to house dust mite allergens.


ActivAllergy Mite-Alert is available in the UK through:

  • Medivac Healthcare Limited.
  • Omni Nutraceuticals.
  • ActivAllergy Mite-Alert Kit Formats

The following kit formats are available:

ActivAllergy Starter PackActivAllergy Starter Pack

The starter pack kit includes the mini vac (a hand held device to vacuum up the dust sample), 2 disposable tests and the batteries to get you up and running in no time. Also included are comprehensive instructions on how to use ActivAllergy!

Price: £24.95

ActivAllergy Refill Pack

This refill pack contains 5 disposable test cartridges. (A new cartridge is needed each time you conduct a test.)

Price £29.95

ActivAllergy Combined Pack

Save £5 when you buy the combined pack; this includes the starter pack and the refill pack of 5 disposable tests.

Price: £49.95

Read more about allergy, allergy products and allergy treatment in our article.

Mite-Alert / Background Information

Background Information

House dust mite allergen (HMDA) is a common environmental trigger for asthma, rhinitis and eczema. Over 85% of people with asthma are sensitive to this allergen. The ActivAllergy philosophy is that if you can find specific “hotspots” of high allergen levels in your home, then you can take appropriate steps to remove these allergens and provide a healthier and safer indoor environment.

Many people have high levels of dust mite allergens in their homes. Dust mite allergens are proteases, chemicals that dust mites and all living organisms produce to help them break down and digest proteins. Dust mites use proteases to help digest their main food source – human skin. These proteases are excreted by dust mites, and can cause or trigger asthma and allergic reactions when inhaled.

While many people try to reduce allergen levels in the home, a big problem is knowing exactly where allergens are located. Dust mites thrive in warm, dark, humid environments such as beds and soft furnishings but until now, there has been no easy and reliable way of detecting dust mite allergen “hot spots”.

ActivAllergy Mite-Alert is an easy-to-use monitoring system designed for home use that enables testing for levels of house dust mite allergens. Results are available within fifteen minutes – alerting users to the exact location of problem allergen levels. Wherever high levels are found, recommended methods can be used to reduce them. ActivAllergy Mite-Alert also allows verification that allergen levels have actually been reduced once these measures have been taken. With routine monitoring a healthy home environment can be maintained.

For the first time, ActivAllergy Mite-Alert provides allergy sufferers with a simple device that allows them to complement their medication with an environmental monitoring and control regime to minimise potential suffering from allergic reactions.

Learn more about allergies in our next articles.


Effective Pests Control Methods at Home

Pests are a real pain for homeowners, they have been around for ages and is the primary concern you should have when moving to a new home. There are pests are are very difficult to eliminate and home remedies or sprays are not enough, there are different pest control methods you can use like traps, pesticides, sprays, but now there are modern techniques that are far easier and quicker with more effective results.

Electric Devices

First you need to identify where is the point of entry of those pests, with the help of electric devices you can locate the homes of pests within home buildings. These makes it easier for expert to locate those pest trap them and kill them, this makes the process easier and faster.


Today there are other forms of pesticides beings used. Sprays used to be the main form of pesticides but now there are dust and gel forms for different types of pests, which can be very effective.

Organic Pest control

Now more people are conscious to the harm that chemical products cause to the environment and even their family so they prefer to use organic pest control products. For example some types of plants are being used to get rid of pests from properties or keep them away.

Fumigation is another very common way of pest control being used by professional companies that have been proven very effective.

A pest control service company may use:

  • Non Chemical pest control
  • Chemical pest control
  • Biological Methods

The method used may depend on the type of pest that is being fight, however if the company is going to use any type o chemical they will tell you in advance you can know if you will need to move your family away from home for one night while the pesticide makes its job.

What is important is that if you encounter any type of pest around or in your home you should call the pest professionals so they can identify the intruders and eliminate them completely so you can feel safe at home with your family and kids.

Rodent and Spider Control

Rodent control

Rodents live in the same environments as humans making rodent management solutions important and popular. They eat our scraps and live in our buildings and can produce many litters of offspring each year. Their numbers build up because we are often careless about hygiene and in winter they will move indoors.

They often carry disease so rodent control is important to your family.

Rats and mice are most active at night and not often seen during the day. They chew objects to keep their incisor teeth short and this can include electrical wiring creating dangerous situations in the home.

As they can detect chemicals in food, they can also become ‘bait shy’ making home solutions ineffective. Professional rodent control solutions are the only reliable way to control these rodents.

Termitrust carefully inspect your home to determine the reasons for any build up with attention given to:

  • The need to block entry points
  • Attention to hygiene and sanitation
  • What baits to use

To make life hard for rodents you should:

  • Refrain from leaving scraps of food inside or outside your home
  • Refrain from leaving dirty food utensils out overnight
  • Refrain from providing hiding and nesting places under and around the house
  • Remove overhanging branches from your home
  • Keep your gardens snail free because snails are a dietary delight for rats
  • Clean up fallen palm berries

Spider control

Some spiders have dangerous bites but the most common problem for home owners is usually their webs.
The first step towards spider control is to identify the species and extent of the problem with an inspection of your home.

Direct application of chemicals to the web locations is better than general pest control spraying. Spider removal is also an option.

To reduce spiders you should:

  • Change the type of outdoor lighting to reduce insect numbers and therefore the proliferation of spiders
  • Clear and dispose of all garden rubbish to reduce nesting opportunities – hunting spiders use less webs than others
  • Check inside garages and sheds to keep breeding down
  • Use plant pots without a lip around the top rim

Sporobolus Grasses

Sporobolus is a genus of grasses that are emerging threats for the Cape York Region. There are four declared Rat´s tail grasses that crews are currently controlling and monitoring, all four grasses are very similar in appearance, if you need help with identification drop us in a sample.To access documentation on collecting and preserving plant specimens got to our Useful links Tab and Click on ‘Collecting and preserving plant specimens’

American rat’s tail grass (Sporobolus jacquemontii)

American rat’s tail grass is very similar in appearance to giant rat’s tail grass and even the experts have difficulty differentiating the two. Both are clumping grasses that can invade pastures and replace more productive types of grass. American rat’s tail grass is a declared class 2 pest plant under Queensland legislation.

Giant Parramatta grass (Sporobolus fertilis)

Giant Parramatta grass looks very similar to another weedy sporobolus grass, giant rat’s tail grass. Sporobolus grasses are aggressive, can reduce pasture productivity and cause significant degradation of natural areas. Giant Parramatta grass is a Class 2 declared pest plant under Queensland legislation.

Giant rat’s tail grass (Sporobolus pyramidalis and S. natalensis)

Giant rat’s tail grass and other weedy sporobolus grasses are aggressive grasses that can reduce pasture productivity and cause significant degradation of natural areas. Giant rat’s tail grass was originally introduced around the early 1960s in contaminated pasture seed. Giant rat’s tail grass is a Class 2 declared pest plant under Queensland legislation.

Parramatta grass (Sporobolus africanus)

Native to South Africa, Parramatta grass is similar in appearance to giant rat’s tail grass and experts have difficulty differentiating the two. Both are clumping grasses that can invade pastures and replace more productive types of grass. Parramatta grass is a declared Class 2 pest plant under Queensland legislation.

Read more in the next article.


Pest Control Experts

When insects and other unwanted visitors invade your home and you rush to ask where and how to get rid of house flies?! You need fast and reliable pest control services to eliminate the problem before it gets worse. Insects and bugs can make your indoor living space unsanitary, and often, spraying store-bought repellent won’t rid you of the problem for good.

For thorough, effective pest control in Newport News, call in the experts at Mares Exterminating. We’ve battled our fair share of insects in the past and have the tools and experience necessary to nip pest invasions in the bud.

At Mares Exterminating, we place a heavy emphasis on customer satisfaction, and we pride ourselves on our:

  • Prompt response times
  • Reasonable rates
  • Courteous, dependable pest exterminators
  • Don’t suffer with unwanted pests when help is only a phone call away. Contact Mares Exterminating, and get ready to bid your pest problems farewell.

Ant control

Ant control is a common issue for homes and gardens.
Common ants grow to about 3mm and can live in large colonies. They are commonly found around cone shaped sand piles in pavements, lawn edges and gardens. Ants also nest within structures, entering through small openings in window frames, doors and cracks. They are most active in summer, the time we are most often called on to carry out ant exterminations.

We offer a range of ant treatments depending on the type and location of your problem.

To limit ant infestations you should:

  • Rinse and remove all food containers before disposal
  • Clean all surfaces, particularly for food containing sugar
  • Tightly seal containers
  • Clean pet areas and use water moats around pet food
  • Keep areas dry by eliminating standing water, fix leaking taps and increase ventilation
  • Elevate plant pots and eradicate aphids
  • Seal concrete paving joints
  • Fill joints, cracks, crevices and electrical pipe conduit entry points
  • Weather strip doors
  • Remove trees and shrubs from touching the house, and remove rotting wood
  • Refrain from stacking objects against the house

Trust the pest control experts

We have an extensive range of services that includes:

  • Termite and timber pest inspections
  • Pre-purchase inspections
  • Building pest inspections
  • Termite control and treatments
  • Non-toxic termite monitoring, baiting and elimination systems
  • Control of all general pests including ants, cockroaches, rodents, spiders, wasps, birds and mosquitoes

Bird Management

Termitrust is aware that bird control is an extremely sensitive area of pest management. Birds are beautiful animals but sometimes, due to the activities of humans, they become pests in various situations.

Problems Associated with Birds

Birds tend to roost and nest in all types of buildings; whatever the design. This is usually a seasonal occurrence when the breeding cycle commences.

Bird droppings can deface buildings, walkways, air conditioning units, hand railings and other highly visible items, which do not simply look unattractive but can contribute to health problems.

Birds are hosts for bird lice and bird mites, and the latter become occasional pests of humans. Once the young have left the nested areas these external parasites also leave in search of food.

Bird droppings harbour diseases such as Histoplasmosis, Cryptococcosis and Aspergillosis fungus. When the spores become airborne they can be inhaled by those nearby. The symptoms can develop into a serious illness. Pigeons are the main offenders because of their roosting habits.

The control of birds must be treated responsibly and with caution. We, as humans, have created the environments that are conducive to bird infestations, harbouring and roosting. As a consequence, there are many control and preventative measures that can be implemented. As such, each method must be considered in terms of appropriateness for the specific situation.

Control Methods

Bird baiting: This is a controlled exercise that must be conducted by a professional. This requires the pre feeding of birds for up to 14 consecutive days then on the final day an immobilizing agent is used to pacify the birds where they can be readily removed from the site.

Trapping: This method must be carried out in a controlled environment where the birds cannot be disrupted by daily activities. Suitable feed is placed at the target area and then, gradually, over the ensuing week or so different cage components are introduced until completion. Once the bird has entered the cage it cannot escape until removed by a Termitrust pest technician.

Shooting: Due to some bird species being classified as pests or vermin, it is legal to set up a culling program to alleviate the current infestation at a site. This procedure is considered as a final action when other options cannot be implemented.

Preventative Methods

Bird spikes: Can be installed along framework, walls, pipes and other items to control birds from roosting.

Bird netting: Come in different sizes depending on bird species. This is used to prevent birds from coming into unwanted areas.

Bird wire and coils: Similar to bird spikes preventing birds from roosting on wider ledges. This system can also be electrified to induce a shock.

Daddi long legs: These are long, think, wavy, stainless steel rods used in situations such as lights, air conditioning units and other flat surfaces.

A Termitrust representative will explain all options and provide detail regarding all alternative methods applicable to your requirements.


Why Pest Control Services are a Necessity for living Safely in your Home

Pest Control should  be an essential piece of your requirements for living safely at home. Its common for householders to have recurring pest control problems despite many efforts to keep the house clean and free of clutter.

Homeowners usually try to clean up pests on their own by using sprays and other products, unfortunately this does not solve the problem, the sprays may drive away the pests for a while, but then they comeback even more, because overtime they get used to the spray so it becomes inefective. Whether you live in a residential house, apartment or condo you are exposed to get infested with unwanted pests.

However you should not have to accept living with pests nor should you because these insects that cause health harm to your family. The good news is that there are various ways to control pests without having to use harmful chemicals. Certain pests can be completely eliminated but they sure can be managed and get under control, but you should know your available option to control the situation.

This is when you should call your pest control service, they have the trained staff that can inspect your property and identify what are the kind of pests that are causing the problem and where is their point of entry in to your property. Once they have identified  the type of pest and point of entry they can remove and clean them with the most adecuate method. The company will also give your the best tips and tricks that you should follow to avoid the formation of new pests and how to prevent them from spreading, what measure you should take.

Some pests are very stubborn and can multiply very fast, the professional pest company will tell you if a re-treatment is necessary to eliminate them completely. They should tell you this in advance after making the inspection so you can know if there would be extra charge or not. The professionals are trained with the use of special equipment and even harmful chemicals but without exposing your family to any risk whatsoever.

The company will have a specific plan to undertake pest control measures on your property, depending on the size of your home, the kind of pest, chemicals they may need to use they will  charge you accordingly. This is good because you will not have to incur in any further expenses due to you having to handle unexpected problems.

Always when looking for a pest control company ask for the treatment that they offer and its charges, what products they will be using, what risks are there for your family, should they leave for a day? What guarantee do they offer in case the pest persist?

The company may offer you a periodic maintenance to keep your house pest free, you may or may not needed depending on how severe the pests are, ask for the cost and keep at hand their phone in case you need them again down the road.

Simple Pest Control Strategies You Can Do at Home

Like it or not pests live around our house, we have deal with rats, mosquitoes, bees, termites, ants, roaches, spiders and many more even with our best efforts to clean up our house and use insecticides to keep pests away they still come back. They are difficult to eliminate.

These pests are a serious risk to our family health, did you know that the predator number one on earth that causes the most number of deaths are Mosquitoes, yes as incredible as it sounds lions, cocodriles, sharks and snakes are cause little harm compared to the amount of deaths that mosquitoes cause every year, because they can transfer an infection from one person to another.

The most usual illnesses that pests cause are dengue, malaria, typhold, dysentery, allergies, hantavirus and leptospirosis. These diseases can be fatal and very dangerous to our health thats why you should get rid of pests as soon as you identify them or you see them at your home. Its even better if you already saw pests in your neighbourhood and you take preventive measures to keep them away from your home.

Start by checking outside of your house for any cracks, rodents, inspects and other smaller pests can crawl them easily. Check for any broken screens on windows, vents and replace them to prevent any more intruders from entering.

Also you should know that is important to keep your house clean every day, avoid leaving drty dishes on the sink and vaccum crumbs. Store your food properly, never leave any food out in the open where it may attract inspects and other intruders into your home.

Keep your house surrounding clean such as your lawn to keep pests away. Clean artificial ponds and other water containers on a regular basis to prevent mosquitoes in them. Make sure that you also throw away rotten fruits and vegetables since they are attractive to pests, even fallen leaves are food sources for them to hide.

But more importantly is that if you identify any kind of pest you should call a professional pest control team in Houston or your local town and ask them for a quote. Let them do their job and eliminate those pests from your home, follow their advice to keep the pests away from coming back and you will be fine.

Rubber Vine Survey and Control and Other

Rubber vine (Cryptostegia grandiflora)

Rubber vine is spreading on land beyond the containment line within CYP and our program is designed to survey and control infestations north and south of this line. An initial aerial survey of the area from the Kendal River Catchment right across the Cape including the Lakefield National Park access road up to the Port Stewart access road was conducted. This survey has given the group the ability to target strategic infestations north of the containment line. Crews in partnership with landholders have undertaken control works on strategic outcrops of rubber vine north of the containment line.


(Hymenachne amplexicaulis) Hymenachne has a limited distribution within CYP, located mostly within the Cook Shire with an isolated outbreak found within the NPA. CYWAFAP have been controlling this weed in conjunction with Far North Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils and the funding has been provided through the Defeating the Weed Menace Program. There are several issues in the control of this weed within the region, mostly related to safety due to estuarine crocodiles being present in the waterways. Control methods used included hand pulling and chemical applications from small vessels and an Argo all-terrain vehicle.

Ophiomyia camarae

Ophiomyia camarae is a herringbone leaf-mining fly that contributes to reducing the spread of lantana. The fly favours lantana growing in sheltered areas where humidity levels are high. Damaged Lantana plants can become defoliated, causing plants to become stunted and produce fewer flowers and seeds. Over the past 6 years CYWAFAP have worked with the Tropical Weeds Research team in Charters Towers on releasing and monitoring the bio control at several different sites around cooktown.

Parkinsonia survey and control

(Parkinsonia aculeata) Parkinsonia on Cape York Peninsula is currently confined to the west coast. The infestations are relatively small and contained, but the potential exists for Parkinsonia to spread throughout the entire marine plains area on the west coast of Cape York. Historically, work has been undertaken on the Pormpuraaw floodplains treating mature seed bearing trees. Follow-up treatment on seedlings is undertaken by the rangers group at Pormpuraaw to ensure that these areas are not allowed to develop mature trees, treatment is again being undertaken to remove new seedlings. This year Parkinsonia has been controlled on the last large scale infestation on Aurukun south lands. A survey undertaken using both aerial and ground survey methods and mapping was carried out using moving map technology through PDA’s. Once surveyed and mapped, training and control work was undertaken.

Questions You Should Ask Your Pest Control Houston Service Provider Before an Inspection is Made

When you move to a new home you are very excited to live in a clean and beautiful place with all your family, however there always comes a time when you have to deal with pests in your home and to get rid of those you use some home remedies such as insect sprays, vinegar and water solution to clean floors and every keep your food safe.

Unfortunately even with the every day effort to keep your house clean and free of bugs and insects some pests are stubborn to leave and you need to make a major cleanup operation before it gets out of hand and your food and health gets in the hand of those insects and rodents.

What you should do is hire a professional pest control service provider in your local area like Houston or anywhere you live in.  But here are some important questions you should ask your insect control provider before the inspection:

During the Pest Control Inspection, will i be able to live in home? is it safe?

What you need to keep in mind is that depending on the area that needs to be covered and the severity you may need to move out of home for 24 to 36 hours. You need to know this beforehand so you can arrange and organize your family to stay away from home for a night.

What should i do before you the inspection service starts?

Depending on what area is going to be covered most control services will ask you to remove furniture and carpets for indoor or cover your plants and flowers if you want to get outdoor pest control. A professional service will tell you what you must do before they start.

What follow up measures i have to take after the pests are clean up?

After the clean up you dont need another control operation, but you do need to take care of the cleanliness of your home to prevent any new pests from appearing again. However the pest control houston provider will tell you if another follow up cleaning operation is needed or they may offer you a maintenance follow up so you avoid any pest from appearing again.

Usually a follow up is not required and a regular maintenance clean up may not be necessary, but you should keep the contact info of the company at hand, so when you see that insects are getting out of hand you can contact them immediately.

Allergy Triggers

In general, triggers are the things that make asthma or other allergies worse. Avoiding triggers is an important way of controlling asthma.

The most common indoor environmental allergens triggering asthma and other allergic conditions like eczema and rhinitis are listed below.

House Dust Mites

House dust mite allergens are important allergens in asthma and rhinitis. A large proportion of asthmatics are sensitive to house dust mites and their droppings. These allergens are believed to play a role in the development of asthma as well as triggering asthma attacks. Recent research has shown that children exposed to high levels of house dust mite allergen during the first year of life are statistically more likely to develop asthma in childhood or during their teens.

House dust mites are distantly related to spiders. They are almost invisible to the naked eye, being only 0.3mm long. Mites are most commonly found in dark, warm and humid areas of the home, such as bedding, carpets, upholstery and curtains. Their favourite habitat is the bed where, during the night, they thrive in the warmth and humidity from the body and the ready food supply of dead skin cells.

A bed may harbour thousands of mites. Dust mites produce allergens in the form of protease enzymes, which can attack the protective lining of the nose, throat and lungs. Moving around in bed makes the allergens airborne and easy to inhale. This stimulates the body’s immune system, triggering the symptoms of asthma and rhinitis.

Cat dander (hair, skin etc)

It is estimated that around 50% of children with allergic asthma are sensitised to cats. Symptoms due to actual sensitisation to cat allergens may not appear immediately, but take months to develop after initial close contact with the animal. Most people will know if they are allergic to cats, as asthma symptoms can be intense and develop rapidly when they are exposed to cat allergens.

Cat allergens come from the skin, saliva and urine of the animal and are deposited around the home. Lack of ventilation in the home will make exposure worse. Individual cats may produce differing levels of allergens so it is possible to be affected by particular cats and not others. The allergens are very persistent, lingering in houses where no cat has lived for years. They are also very fine and lightweight, so they are easily made airborne and inhaled. Cat allergens may be carried on clothing and so can be found in houses without cats, in schools and other public buildings.


The main pollens that cause allergic reactions like hayfever, rhinitis and asthma are usually grasses or tree pollens but also some weed species such as docks, plantains and ragweed. Each plant species has its own pollen producing-period throughout the year. In Britain in the spring (February to April) tree pollens such as birch and hazel are high, and during the summer (May to September) pollens from grasses and weed species are high. Fifty per cent of asthmatics are allergic to pollens of one sort or another.

Dog dander

Generally, the problems associated with dogs are similar to those due to cat allergens, but fewer people tend to be allergic to dogs.


Moulds send out millions of small spores that are spread in the air and these can trigger allergy symptoms. Indoors, moulds and mildew thrive in areas with increased humidity, such as damp cellars, kitchens, bathrooms and conservatories. They can be seen as black or coloured patches around window frames, refrigerator door seals, on damp walls and on shower curtains or in shower cubicles. They can also be found on stale bread and in the soil of houseplants. They most commonly occur in the home during the winter months when moisture and condensation is highest.

Indoor exposure to mould spores may also result from dry or wet rot. These are often present in old damp buildings such as churches or old halls. Flood-damaged houses may also suffer from serious mould problems while drying out.

You may also be exposed to spores outside during the autumn when moulds and other fungi are producing fruiting bodies such as mushrooms and toadstools.


In some areas in the USA, Japan, Taiwan and parts of France, cockroach skin particles and droppings have been shown to cause asthma and other allergies. In inner city housing in the USA cockroach allergens have been shown to be the major cause of asthma. Generally, allergic reactions to cockroach allergens are found in warmer climates, as the insects do not survive well in colder climates.

Monitoring Allergens

A significant number of allergens, whether in the home or in industrial environments are protease enzymes. Exposure to these allergens can sensitise susceptible individuals resulting in allergies like asthma, rhinitis, eczema and occupational asthma. House dust mite allergen, one of the most common causes and triggers of allergies is a protease excreted by the house dust mite.

Avoiding exposure to the allergens that cause allergic reactions is an important way of controlling symptoms, but up till now there has been no reliable way of monitoring allergens in the indoor environment. A new product, ActivAllergy Mite-Alert, is a device based on protease chemistries that measures levels of house dust mite allergens in the environment. This new tool can be used to alert allergy sufferers to levels of allergen that are high enough to trigger allergic reactions.

Allergy Barriers

Barriers, such as mattress and bedding covers are designed to contain allergens and prevent them from triggering a reaction in susceptible individuals.

House dust mite allergens are a major cause of allergic reactions such as asthma, rhinitis and eczema, and barriers that prevent exposure to these allergens can help to reduce the incidence of allergic reactions.

The mites love warm humid environments such as beds, carpets and soft furnishing. We spend around 30% of our time in bed, and our beds are the ideal breeding ground for house dust mites. Perspiration, together with body heat, and a ready supply of food from shed skin, create the ideal growth environment for the mites.

Mites excrete allergens, which accumulate in the bedding and can be easily inhaled during sleep. Barriers like mattress, pillow and duvet covers can prevent these allergens from escaping. They can also prevent skin flakes, which feed the dust mites, from getting into the mattress and bedding.

A wide variety of barrier covers are available from different suppliers at widely differing prices. The important factor, when buying covers is the pore size. A pore size of 10 microns or less is needed to provide an effective barrier against dust mite allergens.

Cape York Sustainable Futures Inc And More

Cape York Sustainable Futures Inc.

Cape York Sustainable Futures Inc. (CYSF) previously Cape York Peninsula Development Association Inc (CYPDA Inc) was formed in 1987 to provide an independent forum to promote the development of Cape York Peninsula, an area covering 137,000 sq. kms. in one of Australia’s most remote regions. Our group is apolitical, cross-sectional and considered a pioneer of community driven representation.

It provides an open forum for debate and is the only organisation in the Peninsula to which everyone can belong and where everyone can have their say, with members coming from a cross section of the community including Indigenous people, pastoralists, small business owners, tourism operators, agricultural, community organisations, conservationists and local government.

CYSF advocates for enhanced quality of life through the most appropriate means for Peninsula residents and lobbies governments to enable legislative change in order to achieve this goal for the Cape York community.

We focus on building a cohesive empowered community with a vibrant diverse economy, strong social infrastructure that will help create a wealthy community and one where effective management of the environment provides for now and the future generations.

Pond Apple Survey and Control

Pond apple has spread throughout the east coast of CYP and on to some of the islands located within Torres Strait. The group has undertaken several programs for the management of this weed within our defined area. A survey encompassing the entire east coast of the Cape was completed in June 2008. This survey was undertaken with an R44 helicopter and covered approximately 900 kilometres of coast line. This survey has given the group the ability to target strategic infestations along the coastline.

Roadside spraying program

Road side priority weeds

CYWAFAP implements an effective roadside spraying program, the roadside spraying program is great chance for our pest officers to look for new emerging weeds. A high number of pest plants are transferred through vehicle movements, please make sure you encourage everyone to use the wash down at Lakeland and or other designated wash down areas. Gamba grass, Sicklepod/

Wasp and Mosquito Control

Wasp control

Growing to about 15mm in length, Paper Wasps should not be confused with their more aggressive look-a-like, the European Wasp. Paper Wasps have orange antennae, not black, a more slender body and nest above ground.

Adult wasps are attracted to water and sugary substances produced by many flowering plants. Wasps are most prevalent in summer and many die in colder weather.

Termitrust offers wasp control and wasp removal solutions, depending on the type of problem you are experiencing.

To limit wasp problems and infestation you should:

  • Keep children and pets away from wasp nests
  • If wasps are prevalent, make sure drinks & other beverages are served in clear glass or cups as wasps often enter open cans and bottles, and can be very harmful if swallowed
  • Keep areas dry by eliminating standing water, fixing leaking taps, removing all sources of free water (particularly important in hot weather)
  • If possible, reduce the number of flowering plants in the garden, as many wasps are nectar-feeders and this will encourage them to go elsewhere for food

Mosquito control

Mosquitoes are not only a nuisance because of biting, they are known disease carriers so mosquito control solutions can be most important for your family.

Mosquitoes lay eggs where they can find water in gutters, pools, puddles, wetlands and wherever water is present. The female needs to eat protein for her eggs to develop and, as we all know, human blood is a good source.

Termitrust will identify breeding sources and provide mosquito control and mosquito treatments as well as giving recommendations about future pest control.

To reduce mosquito numbers you should:

  • Screen windows, doors and water tanks Empty all containers that might collect water such as pot plant saucers, guttering, tins, tyres and other potential reservoirs
  • Use a repellent in the open environment, especially at dusk
  • Wear long sleeves if mosquitoes are present