Glossary of Home Pest Control Terms
Words and terms used in home pest control and their meaning.
|An animal with a jointed exoskeleton (exterior skeleton). E.g. crab, insect, spider, millipede.
|Food attractant. Some baits are lures only and contain no toxin. E.g. bait in NO Cockroaches Traps.
|The NZ Food Safety Authority (ACVM Group) have defined a bait station as A rigid, reusable device or container designed or adapted to physically contain baits in such a way as to allow unrestricted access by target pests while preventing or minimising spillage of bait and access of off-target species. Also to protect baits from the elements and extend their usable life. E.g. Kiwicare NO Rats One Feed Bait Stations and NO Mice One Feed Bait Stations.
|Flies whose larvae feed on decaying meat and protein. E.g. blue bottles, green bottles.
|The common term for crawling or flying insect, spider, or other arthropod found in homes.
|As a technical term and bug are an insect with piercing mouth-parts e.g. bed bugs, shield bugs.
|Total release aerosol fumigator which ejects its entire contents into space as a vapour which penetrates to all parts of the space. E.g. NO Bugs Super Bug Bomb, NO Fleas Bug Bomb.
|Wood-boring insect. E.g. common borer, two tooth borer, lemon tree borer.
|Animals such as rats and mice that live in close association with humans.
|Product for dilution before application. E.g. NO Spiders Total Protection concentrate.
|Addition of water (or other) to concentrate to achieve the required concentration of active ingredients for best effect.
|The ratio of concentrate to water. E.g. 20 ml per litre of water - 1:50.
|Do It Yourself.
|A finely ground, dry mixture containing a small amount of an active ingredient and an inert carrier, such as talc or clay. E.g. NO Wasps Eliminator.
|Using a vapour or gas to control insects, spiders and other pests in an enclosed space or volume. E.g. NO Bugs Super Fumigator.
|Product for fumigation. See fumigation.
|Place where pests hide, congregate, seek shelter and protection.
|A formulation of dry, ready-to-use, low-concentrate pesticides plus an inert carrier. The particles are larger than those making up dust. E.g. LawnPro Protect.
|Hazardous Substances and Noxious Organisms - a system for managing hazardous substances.
|Insect Growth Regulator - active ingredient that disrupts the normal growth and development of insect pests; breaking the insect life cycle. E.g. NO Fleas Total Protection.
|Flying or crawling arthropod possessing six legs. E.g. Cockroaches.
|Product for killings and control of insects. E.g. NO Bugs Super.
|Pests that have been brought into New Zealand. E.g. Argentine ants, rats, possums.
|Plural larvae. Immature stage (juvenile) of animal that undergoes metamorphosis to change to the adult form. E.g. woolly bears, fly maggots.
|Non-toxic bait or other attractant. Usually used to attract pests to traps. E.g. bait in NO Cockroaches Traps.
|Immature (juvenile) form of invertebrates which go through gradual metamorphosis. Nymphs typically look similar to but smaller than the adult form. E.g. bed bug nymphs.
|New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority.
|Preventing or eradicating a pest problem through elimination, isolation or minimising using condition changes, barriers, pesticides, or other methods.
|An interactive application to help in the identification of pests and provision of advice on pest control. E.g. Kiwicare Problem Solver.
|Long-lasting, persistent ongoing effect. Usually of a pesticide. E.g. NO Bugs Super, NO Spiders Total Solution.
|Ready to Use
|Product not requiring dilution before use. (RTU). E.g. NO Bugs Indoors.
|Product for control of rodents. Usually toxic bait for controlling rats and/or mice. E.g. NO Rats & Mice One Feed.
|Rats and mice.
|Ready to Use.
|Safety Data Sheet - Document providing safety information on a product in its sold form. Previously MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet)
|Also known as woodlice or pill bugs, these are members of the Isopoda group of arthropods. Usually found in leaf litter and rotting wood.
|Stored Product Insect
|SPI. Insect pests that eat or otherwise damage stored foodstuffs. E.g. pantry moth larvae, biscuit beetle, grain weevils, spider beetle.
|Creation of a whole that is greater than the sum of the parts. E.g. Piperonyl butoxide (PBO) is often used with pyrethroid insecticides; because it reduces an insect's ability to metabolise the pyrethroid insecticide the insecticide is more effective. The PBO is a synergist.
|Fine liquid droplets in the air. E.g. steam condensing at kettle spout, vapour from NO Bugs Super Fumigator and NO Bugs Super Bug Bomb.
|Referring to water-activated fumigators. These are fumigators that use water to create a vapour which penetrates into a volume without the need for aerosol propellants. Non-smoke fumigators. E.g. NO Bugs Super Fumigator.
|White ants (common)
|White ant is a common term for termites.