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Look Out for Large Ants

Look Out for Large Ants

Most pest ant species in New Zealand are small (less than 3 mm). Carpenter ants (Camponotus sp.) are much larger ants (6-12 mm) and although they are not established in...

Think Outside the Box

Think Outside the Box

Home owners in New Zealand contend with several pests such as German cockroaches, bed bugs and some stored product pests, that exclusively live indoors.

Ant Activity in Winter

Ant Activity in Winter

We tend to think of ants being active and annoying us only in the warmer months of the year, but ants can be a pest even in cold winter months.

Warm Weather in Winter Wakes Wobbly Cluster Flies

Warm Weather in Winter Wakes Wobbly Cluster Flies

In certain parts of New Zealand the weather has been unseasonably warm and sunny over the last few days (written 11th July).

Pyrethrum, Pyrethrins, Pyrethroids - What’s the Difference?

Pyrethrum, Pyrethrins, Pyrethroids - What’s the Difference?

If you look at the ingredients of insecticides you might be forgiven for being confused by what the difference is between pyrethrum, pyrethins, pyrethroids and permethrin.

Top 10 Worst Home Pests

Top 10 Worst Home Pests

This is a, not too serious, attempt to list the top 10 worst pests in the New Zealand home and rank them for overall importance by the harm they can...

Ankle Deep in Mice

Ankle Deep in Mice

In order to emphasise the breeding capacity of the house mouse I have often used the 'story' told to me by a scientist working for one of the largest pest...

Diseases from Rats and Mice

Diseases from Rats and Mice

Zoonoses are diseases caught from animals. Wild rats and mice carry several diseases that can be passed on to humans. Rodent droppings and urine can carry serious disease.

Do Rats and Mice Need Water with Their Bait?

Do Rats and Mice Need Water with Their Bait?

This week I have received several queries from people asking whether it is necessary to place water out with rodent baits.

Scared Rats and Inquisitive Mice?

Scared Rats and Inquisitive Mice?

In general rats are regarded as neophobic and mice neophilic.