Pesticide Safety

Pesticide Safety

You can rest assured that Certified Pest Solutions only use the most up to date, low/no toxicity pesticides in all our treatments.  Don’t risk outdated high toxicity compounds such as organophosphates.  In addition, we provide further training to our pest controllers to ensure that they all know how to use these products in a safe fashion.

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Appropriate Personal Protective Equipment

Personal protective equipment, or PPE, is used by all of our pest controllers during treatment applications.  Depending what chemicals are being used and what pest are being treated for, PPE may include masks, googles, gloves or even full gowns.

Low Toxicity Products

Certified Pest Solutions only use the most up to date recommend low toxicity products. Pyrethroids in a diluted form, such as permethrin are very safe and effective insecticides.  After treatment, we will give you further guidance on ventilation periods and any other requirements or recommendations.  You can see more information about safe pesticide use in NSW here. Get in touch with us today for more information about the products we use.

 


Australian Snakes

Australian Snakes

Australia has many of the most venomous snakes in the world.  Some snake species contain sufficient venom to kill a large number of people.  That being said, deaths from snake bite in Australia are uncommon due to the improvement in medical care and timely and appropriate use of snake anti-venom when required.

Which Australian Snakes Are Venomous?

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There are six groups of snakes in Australia that are considered venomous.  These are the brown snake, the black snake, the tiger snake, the death adder, the Taipan and sea snakes.  Now none of these snakes should be taken lightly, in fact a bite from ANY snake in Australia requires urgent pressure bandage immobilisation and medical assessment in a hospital.  Do not try to attempt to identify any snake as there are hundreds of species and the coloring can be misleading.  For example, there are brown colored snakes that actually belong to the black snake family.

What First Aid Measures Can I Take If I Am Bitten By A Snake?

You will need to apply a pressure immobilisation bandage as shown here.  After the affected limb has been bandaged and immobilised, you will need urgent transfer to an emergency department by ambulance.  Do not wash the bite site, suck the bite site, or apply any chemical or any form to try and neutralize the venom.  Do not apply a tourniquet, the pressure bandage should be applied as shown here.  You MUST go to hospital even if you feel fine, as the symptoms of serious envenoming can be delayed in some cases.

What Can Go Wrong?

Australian snake bites should be treated seriously and as potentially life-threatening events until proven otherwise in a hospital.  Some of the things that can go wrong include internal bleeding, kidney damage and failure, muscle damage, paralysis and death.


Bees & Wasps – Flying Insect Stinging Machines

Bees & Wasps – Flying Insect Stinging Machines

Stings from flying insects such as bees and wasps are incredibly common in Australia.  This is particularly true in the summer months when people are more likely to be walking outside without shoes or gardening.  Fortunately, the majority of stings from these animals result in local symptoms only.  That being said however, in some individuals these insects pose a deadly force.

Bees

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Bees are not aggressive insects.  They will only sting if they feel they are under serious threat or

to protect their queen. Often stings occurs as a result of stepping or squashing a bee with your hand.  Bees can only sting once, and they die soon after stinging.  This is because as the sting is removed from the bees abdomen, it results in physical damage causing death.  So it really is true that a bee puts it’s life on the line when delivering it’s painful sting.

Bee stings tend to cause local pain, that resolves over a few hours.  After a sting, bees usually leave behind a barb which should be removed carfeull with tweezers.  Squeezing the barb between fingers can potentially result in more been venom entering the sting site. Local swelling is also common that can last many days.  The severity of the swelling depends how severely the body reacts to the bees venom.  Some

people who are allergic to bees can develop a serious life-threatening allergic response known as anaphylaxis.  During anaphylaxis, the throat can swell causing problems with breathing.  In addition to this, the blood pressure can drop dangerously low causing someone to pass out.

Wasps

Wasps can be aggressive, and if provoked that will actively go out and try to sting someone.  Wasps can sting multiple times, and do not dye after stinging someone.  They do not leave any barb behind in the skin like bees do.  The symptoms from a wasp sting, irrespective of the wasp species, tend to be very similar to bee stings.  The biggest issue is the risk of allergy which can be life-threatening.

Treatment

If you are stung by a wasp or bee, it is best to get appropriate advice from someone who specializes in this.  You can contact your local poisons control centre on 131126, they operate 24 hours a day 7 days a week.


Australian Spiders

A Guide To Venomous Australian Spiders

Australia is home to several venomous spider species.  Unfortunately there is a lot of misinformation in the general public regarding the toxicity of certain spider species, and this blog post will attempt to fix that. So which spider species should you worry about a lot, and which not so much?  Well in fact, most species can cause painful bites with localised symptoms such as redness, itching and perhaps a lump.  Spider bites can also become infected if they are not cleaned well at the time of the bite or soon after.  But which spiders can make us really sick in Australia?

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Funnel-Web Spiders

The Syndey funnel-web (Atrax robusta) is the most venomous spider in Australia.  It is perhaps the only spider in Australia that is capable of killing a human, however with improvements in medical treatment and the use of anti-venom; deaths are very rare.  The unfortunate issue with Australia’s most venomous spider is that it lives exclusively in Australia’s most populous city – Sydney.  Sydney funnel webs are very aggressive.   They have large, strong fangs that have been known to pierce items such as thin plastics and even aluminium cans.  They can inflict multiple painful bites, and tend to cling on.  If you have been bitten by a ‘big black spider’ in Australia, you should apply a pressure immobilization bandage to the affected limb as shown here. You will then need to get urgent transport to your nearest emergency department for further evaluation and treatment.

Red-back Spiders

Red back spider bites can result in local symptoms much the same as other non-venomous spiders.  In some cases, pain can become progressively more severe, moving from the bite site into the rest of the body over a period of several hours.  Other symptoms can develop such as goosebumps, sweating and vomiting.  Without appropriate medical treatment, the severe pain can last for many days.  If you have been bitten by a Redback spider and you develop significant pain or these other symptoms, you should visit your local emergency department for assistance.  Pressure bandages are NOT recommended for Redback spider bites.

A Quick Note About White-Tailed Spiders

Previously it was though that white-tailed spiders could cause severe ulceration at the bite site, termed necrotic arachnidism.  The most recent large scale studies have shown that this does not occur.  White tailed spiders are considered non-venomous, although their bites can be painful and result in a red lump that resolves over a week or two.  If you are bitten by a white-tailed spider you DO NOT need to see a doctor unless there are signs of infection or you have severe pain which is not responding to basic pain-killers.

Other Spiders

Other spiders such as common small black house spiders, huntsman spiders and orb weaving spiders are not considered venomous.  However they can all inflict painful bites that can result in infection.  It is possible that some other large black spiders in remote areas, such as the Mouse spiders can be very venomous.  As a general rule, if you are bitten by any large black spider in Australia (even if it’s not in Sydney), you should apply pressure bandage immobilisation first-aid and seek urgent medical care at an emergency department.

All Bites Can Get Infected

A bit from any spider can potentially introduce bacteria into the skin and cause infection.  After a bite from any spider, you should was the area with soap and water and apply some form of antiseptic.  Over the following week you should monitor the bite-site and if there are signs of infection such as increasing pain, redness or discharge then you should see a doctor.


The Story Behind Indian Mynas

Indian Mynas – A Pest Species

If you live in New South Wales, you must almost certainly be aware of Indian Mynas.  You may not know the name, but I’m sure you will soon know what we are talking about.  They are an incredibly aggressive bird species that were introduced into Australia.  They are destroying native bird habitats, and the government has stepped in. Do you recognize the bird in the above picture?  Yes, that is the notorious Indian Myna, and it is causing major problems.

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The Indian Myna bird was introduced into Australia and several other countries to reduce the number of insect pests in agricultural areas.  Much like the cane toad, it was the introduced species that ended up becoming more of a problem than the original pest.  In fact, in recent polls, the Indian Myna came out as the most annoying pest in the country.  That’s right, above the fox, feral cats and even the cane toad!

Indian Mynas Can Significantly Alter The Bird Populations Of Entire Suburbs

It may be hard not to witness the nasty behavior of the Indian Myna bird when going to your local park.  They are incredibly common and have been known to take over entire suburbs, displacing native birds species.  From destroying nesting sites and hollows of natives birds, to even causing native bird injuries and deaths; it’s all been a bit too much. There have any been case reports of this bird species attacking humans.

Now some communities are fighting back.  With the assistance of local councils, the government and trapping programs, the Myna population is some regions has been reduced significantly.  Many local councils have established a trap hiring process where members of the public can borrow traps to collect these birds and humanely euthanize them.  If you ae considering this, please note that the birds can also carry diseases which can be transmitted to humans.  Some councils recommend to wear gloves and even a face mask when handling the birds, but of course common sense should prevail and wash your hands after handling them.