Wednesday, 9 October 2013

List of common household pests

Invertebrates

Mammals

Birds

Reptiles

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Pests that require Control!

Pest (organism)



Carpet beetle larvae damaging a specimen of Sceliphron destillatorius in an entomological collection
pest is "a plant or animal detrimental to humans or human concerns (as agriculture or livestock production)";[1] alternative meanings include organisms that cause nuisance and epidemic disease associated with high mortality (specifically: plague). In its broadest sense, a pest is a competitor of humanity.[2] In the past, the term might have been used for detrimental animals only, thus for example, causing confusion where the generic term 'pesticide' meant 'insecticide' to some people. It is any living organism which is invasive or prolific, detrimental, troublesome, noxious, destructive, a nuisance to either plants or animals, human or human concerns, livestock, human structures, wild ecosystems, etc. It is a loosely defined term, often overlapping with the related terms vermin, weed, plant and animal parasites and pathogens. It is possible for an organism to be a pest in one setting but beneficial, domesticated or acceptable in another.[edit]

Pests often occur in high densities, making the damage they do even more detrimental
Often animals are derided as pests as they cause damage to agriculture by feeding on crops or parasitising livestock, such as codling moth on apples, orboll weevil on cotton. An animal could also be a pest when it causes damage to a wild ecosystem or carries germs within human habitats. Examples of these include those organisms which vector human disease, such as rats and fleas which carry the plague disease, mosquitoes which vector malaria, and ticks which carry Lyme disease.
The term pest may be used to refer specifically to harmful animals but is also often taken to mean all harmful organisms including weeds, plant pathogenic fungi and virusesPesticides are chemicals and other agents (e.g. beneficial micro-organisms) that are used to control or protect other organisms from pests. The related term vermin has much overlap with pest, but generally only includes those creatures that are seen to be vectors of diseases.
It is possible for an animal to be a pest in one setting but beneficial or domesticated in another (for example, European rabbits introduced to Australiacaused ecological damage beyond the scale they inflicted in their natural habitat). Many weeds (plant pests) are also seen as useful under certain conditions, for instance Patterson's curse is often valued as food for honeybees and as a wildflower, even though it can poison livestock.
The term "plant pest" has a very specific definition in terms of the International Plant Protection Convention and phytosanitary measures worldwide. A pest is any species, strain or biotype of plant, animal, or pathogenic agent injurious to plants or plant products.[3]
Plants may be considered pests if an invasive species. Any prolific animal or plant may be considered pests.
The greatest importance as pests (in the order of economic importance) are insectsmitesnematodes and gastropods.[4]

Invertebrate pests

Insects


Caterpillars cause crop damage

Termites cause structural damage

Nematodes[edit]

Parasites[edit]

Gastropods[edit]

Some slugs are pests in both agriculture and gardens. Their significance is increasing drastically.[4] Deroceras reticulatum is a worldwide distributed slug pest.[4] Local importance slug pests include: Deroceras spp.,[4] Milax spp.,[4] Tandonia sp.,[4] Limax spp.,[4] Arion spp.[4] and some species ofVeronicellidae:[4] Veronicella sloanei.[5]
Land snail pests include:
Freshwater snail pests include:

Plant pathogens

Plant pests

Seagulls steal human food

Mammals

Birds

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Pest Control for Bed Bugs, a Professional Job!

Act quickly to avoid spread of bed bugs

MARILYN LINCOLN, Special to QMI Agency
It has been three months since I discovered bed bugs have invaded my condo townhouse. I have spent $700 on a pesticide company and still have the problem. I am a spotless housekeeper so this cannot be my fault. I am afraid to go to sleep at night because of the bites. My life has become a nightmare. My family and friends won't visit. When I first discovered the bed bugs I thought they came from one of the adjoining townhouses on either side of me. However, my neighbors had no signs of bed bugs but became very alarmed regarding my situation. The condo management has informed me that is my duty to get rid of these bed bugs before they spread. What more can I do? Please help. I am at the end of my rope.
When parents tucked their children into bed years ago the old saying was: "Sleep tight and don't let the bed bugs bite." Once thought to be eradicated after the Second World War, bed bugs are making a huge comeback.
Pesticides such as DDT were once used to control bed bugs, but concerns about health and the environment led to many of these pesticides being banned.
Bed bugs can originate from various sources. Some common places are infested furniture in hotels, motels and carried around in the luggage of travelers. They have made there way into libraries, hospitals and movie theatres.
No matter how clean you are, if someone brings bed bugs into your home they will spread quickly.
Bed bugs feed on blood not on trash. They bite exposed skin and leave behind small, red, itchy welts. They can cause serious emotional problems for people who can't get rid of them.
Bed bugs are big enough to be seen. They hide under mattresses and in the seams, in and around bed frames, along any cracks or peeling paint in the wall, picture frames, wooden furniture, behind baseboards, in carpets, behind wallpaper.
Once you discover bed bugs, time is of the essence before a huge infestation occurs. READ MORE about Bed Bug Pest Control
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Bed bug pest control
Marilyn Lincoln is a condominium owner, director and author of The Condominium Self Management Guide, 2nd edition. Send questions to marilyncondoguide@hotmail.com.