If you’re allergic to mosquito bites, you’re reacting to the female mosquito’s salivary proteins which she excretes as she feeds on your blood. If you don’t know whether or not you are allergic, the following information and advice may help you to protect yourself from mosquitoes and manage the bites. A severe reaction is often called Skeeter Syndrome.
Termites, the bane of all homeowners! Who doesn’t dread the thought of these secretive little wood-munchers silently tunnelling into the vital timber framework of their homes? Termite attacks on buildings usually stem from a nest underground. The pests build mud galleries to hide and enable them to travel unseen over walls or piers to attack timber and timber products in buildings.
In Australia, the flesh-eating, mysterious affliction known as Buruli (or Bairnsdale) ulcer is spreading from Victoria’s Bellarine Peninsula over to the Mornington Peninsula and is on the march to bayside Melbourne.
Common Rodent Entry Points and Harbours
Whether you think tiny little mice are adorable or you scream in fright at the sight of one – even if you have a pet rat and love it to bits – one thing is for sure, you don’t want pest rodents to get into your house or building. One of the best preventative measures to take if you have a rodent problem is to work out how the hell they’re getting inside.
Cockroaches were a thriving species when dinosaurs were alive – some 300 million years ago – so if you think you can eradicate them from your home with a bit of insect spray alone, you might have to think again. Roaches, like diamonds, are forever.
Of the thousands of Australian spiders, the bite of only two can kill you. These are the funnel-web and the redback. Despite this fact, spiders of all kinds tend to elicit fear responses and phobias in some people, and visitors to our country show quite a lot of unnecessary worry about being bitten.
Mention the word ‘hornets’ and people will usually gasp and run for cover. They’re even included in the Bible where God sent a hornet to drive out his enemies from Canaan, so they had a bad rap even then.
There’s no need to put up with nuisance, disease-carrying flies in your house. There are some very simple measures you can take to both rid your house of flies and to stop a small fly infestation from becoming a major one.
With more than 3,000 types of mosquito in the world, we humans are lucky they don’t all like to bite us and drink our delicious protein-filled blood. Most mosquitoes feed on nectar and whatever is available, but of the types that bite people, there are two nasties, Anopheles gambiae and Aedes aegypti. These both pass on deadly diseases to people.