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Essential Oils that Pests Hate

Essential Oils that Pests Hate  

The very mention of essential oils flashes the image of natural beauty therapies and deeply relaxing spa sessions. Many of you can relate to it, isn’t so? What if we tell you that the essential oils that you add to your beauty regime for tackling the concerns of skin and hair can be very good pest repellent. 

Yes, the scope of essential oils goes far beyond treating your beauty concerns and sensitizing your mood. The smell that feels soothing fragrance to your nostrils is an intolerable odour to the pests you wish to get rid of. Don’t you feel like using it in the favour of your property? 

How if you may ask, let us get the answer for you here. 

 

Understanding Essential Oils

Essential oils are chemical compounds (the essence of the fragrance associated with the plant it is derived from) extracted from different parts of a plant (like fruits, and flowers). The extraction of the concentrated liquid happens via distillation or steaming mostly. 

The use of different types of essential oils is common for making cosmetics, personal care products, perfumes, air fresheners, and food/beverage flavouring agents. 

Some examples of popular essential oils used commonly are Tea Tree, Lavender, Rosemary, Cedarwood, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Lemon, Rose, and Clove essential oils. There are others but these are used popularly for a range of purposes. 

 

The Scope of Essential Oils As Pet Repellents 

Many types of research have been conducted so far to establish whether or not essential oils cast deterring effects on pests. Reportedly,  Arthropods and Insects react sharply to these and hardly can withstand the strong smell for long. Other than just repelling and impacting their digestion, even the death of pests on the consumption of the oil is possible in some cases. 

Recently, more studies are being conducted to understand its scope as a “green pesticide” as it doesn’t harm crops, house plantations, pets, and humans other than the creepy pests. 

DEET is an effective mosquito repellent as studies indicate the fact that certain essential oils can do the job of it quite well. There is a rising trend for encouraging the use of essential oils as green pesticides more than synthetic ones for their ecological benefits. It is not harmful to our environment. Organic farmers are being encouraged to use it. 

 

Deadly Combination for Different Pests

COCKROACHES

Peppermint, Tea Tree and Eucalyptus essential oils mixed together with water and sprayed at roach infected zones can help you immensely with the issue. For every 3-4 ounces of water add 5 drops of all the three essential oils. Make the solution in the quantity you need. Make a small batch. Dip cotton balls in the solution and keep them at places where you suspect their activities more. 

 

ANTS

Peppermint and Lemon essential oils are deadly combinations for chasing off the creepy little ants marching fearless across your property. Take half a cup of water and add 10-15 drops of peppermint oil and half the number of drops of lemon oil. Spray it areas you suspect insects are trekking joyfully. You can also try tea tree oil. 

 

MOSQUITOES

Make a solution using Lemongrass, Tea Tree, Peppermint and Citronella essential oils to prepare your natural mosquito repellent. Mix 12 ounces of water with 15 drops of Lemongrass and Citronella each with 10 drops of Peppermint and Tea Tree oils. 

Spray into the air with windows and doors closed. 

 

SPIDERS

Spiders are known to react sharply to the odour of Peppermint and Spearmint. You can take either of the two and 15 drops of it to around 12 ounces of water. Spray it at areas they are living in on their web. 

You can also use eucalyptus, Cedarwood, Citronella, and Lavender oils. 

 

Summing up 

Tea Tree oils, Eucalyptus oils, Peppermint oils, and Lavender oils are a few essential oils that find common applications in most solutions effective for repelling maximum pests possible. 

Use them to chase them off. But, if the infestation is too deep to deal with home-based tactics, call for pest controllers immediately. 

 

Two Little Creepy Pest Species in Australia: Smaller in Size but Seriously Annoying“, read our previous blog.

 

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Two Little Creepy Pest Species in Australia: Smaller in Size but Seriously Annoying

Two Little Creepy Pest Species in Australia: Smaller in Size but Seriously Annoying 

Australia is blessed naturally with jaw-dropping natural wonders and attractions. The thriving professional culture of the dynamic cities here with an impressive quality of life and great outdoor lifestyle facilities make Australia rank among the best places on earth to live. But, every good thing comes with a few challenges as well. 

Australia owing to its vast and versatile resources attract not just humans but pests of all kinds to its continent. It is true that pest problems are not restricted to any geographical limits. It is a problem people deal with worldwide. Nevertheless, Australia is the home to arrays and also some of the world’s worst and hardly spotted creepy crawlers. 

Are the Non-Deadly Pests Also A Source of Concerns? 

Maybe not all these pests are direct threats to humans but cohabiting with them under the same roof or in close proximation to them can be challenging. Pest infestation always puts elderly people and children at risk. We all are vulnerable to it irrespective of age but they are the worst sufferers along with our furry friends (pets at home).  

In addition to it, the financial issues that start arising for attending to the damages caused by pest infestation severely tax both the physical and mental health of the people. 

The financial, mental, and physical stress of cohabiting with pests is too much to not take steps for their relocation or total eradication from the area (if necessary). 

The list will contain a lot of pests that the continent harbours but the blog here sheds light on two small-sized but utterly annoying ones. 

So, Who Are These Little Two Creepy Nuisances? 

Spiders

The world hail Australia as the “spider capital”, something not to feel very proud about. Over 2000 species of spiders find Australia their “home sweet home”. Though non-aggressive creatures, spiders crawling inside the home are not a pleasant and safe scenario. They play a crucial role in maintaining the eco-balance but inside houses and offices, they are the pests. 

Hideous as they are to most people, dark hideouts are their comfort zones. They enter inside through gaps in flooring, windows, cracks and crevices. 

Some common household spider posts are Huntsman Spiders, Funnelweb Spiders, White-tailed Spiders and Mouse Spiders. The largest spider is the Eastern Tarantula found in Australia. 

Spiders don’t bite unless provoked or they feel threatened. But, tolerating their presence for this cannot be a sensible decision. Erase the threat by calling Al-Maani Pest Control to chase off spiders from your property via expert spider treatment services.  Also, get rid of the creepy-looking cobweb they build at your place. 

Termite

Any property owner hates them like anything for obvious reasons. Causing around $700 million worth of damages to households annually across the continent, these pests are pretty expensive! 

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Giant Northern Termite wears the crown of being the most destructive termite. Coptotermes happen to be the most hated termite in Australia due to their property devastating tendencies. 

Termites feed on wood and harvested crops. There are three types of termites namely Dry Wood, Subterranean and Damp Wood.

Reports show that 1 in every 3 houses in Australia is infested with termites. Termite infestation needs immediate expert attention or the damages will be too expensive to bear. They lay around 2000 eggs each day! 

We, at Al-Maani Pest Control, are just a call away. We start the pest treatment process the moment you approach us to ensure no further damage to your property happens.  

Check our previous blog “An Overall Glimpse of Australia’s Pest Situation

 

An Overall Glimpse of Australia’s Pest Situation

An Overall Glimpse of Australia’s Pest Situation 

Different types of pest harbouring in Australia cost the continent billions of dollars annually. The massacre is prominent in the production spheres and irreparable environmental damage besides risking the lives of innumerable native species across the continent. 

 

Pest Population in Australia

The Flora and fauna of Australia are indeed iconic, and versatile adding more to its thriving biodiversity. Sadly, it also is home to arrays of troublesome pests that can prove to be quite dangerous to its delicate ecosystem balance. 

 

Not all pests indeed pose threats to humans and nature like bees. Nevertheless, several pests are fairly harmful or maybe deadly at times. 

 

Usually less dangerous yet menacing pests that keep the pest controllers in Australia preoccupied are cockroaches, mice, possums, spiders, insects, ants, etc. Venomous spiders are also not uncommon. These pests dwell across a variety of atmospheric conditions and environments. 

 

The Colossal Calamity 

Pests cause huge damage to us, ruining our food production and leading to food crises in extreme cases. Who in Australia needs a reminder of the precarious situation during a rat plague

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It completely jeopardizes our natural cropping system, and adversely affects the quality of living across the continent. Rural or urban, the signs of the massacre are vividly prominent everywhere when a rat plague hits us here. Besides damaging our agricultural produce and food production, it parasites our livestock and brings health hazards to humans. 

 

The Consequence

The accessibility to and availability of food is seriously compromised as they damage our agricultural produce. The noticeable gap between the shortage of supply and the usual damage leads to a compromising food security situation. 

 

Plus, stored products insects and pests contaminate and waste finished products (instant edible food items) in food storage units, food stores, and outlets. 

 

This results in food inflation, which further puts the people in a miserable situation. Reports also indicate that it causes a shift to the usual food preference of the population. 

 

Food premises happen to offer ideal living conditions for pestering creatures to live and reproduce. Local eateries, restaurants, and food outlets are some of such places where pests can easily multiply if left uncontrolled. It can cast a severe impact and cause utter consequences to the health of the consumers. 

 

Pest Control & Urban Dwellings

The design and construction of the building play crucial roles in launching a proper pest control attack on the nuisances. Both the external and internal layout along with the building construction material has to be such that discourages pest harbourage of any kind via ensuring the blockage of their access. 

 

The design and planning of the pipe system and drain (the gutter),  vents, and windows need special attention. Proper and timely maintenance of the building after construction and occupancy adds to the protection against pests initiative further. 

 

Pest Infection, Pest Treatment, and Pest Disinfection by professional pest controllers right from the onset of the issue help minimize the damages significantly. On-site review, consultancy and pest prevention measures beforehand ensure eliminating the scope of infestation ever. 

 

Wrapping up

The encouraging factors that are prominent are hassle-free food accessibility, humid atmosphere, negligence of people in keeping clean messed up hideouts at home/offices/shops, etc. 

 

Pest control tactics might not be spectacularly effective in combatting the rat plague, but they can minimize and sideline other aggravating pest situations considerably. 

Mouse Plague: A Terror to Australia“, a blog to read.

 

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Mouse Plague: A Terror to Australia

Mouse Plague: A Terror to Australia

Mouse plague might sound unusual and peculiar to some as it doesn’t happen anywhere except in China and Australia. In the year 1993, Australia faced the worst-ever mouse plague. The plague caused huge damage, an approximate estimation reads around $96 million worth. 

Rodents, especially rats, bring serious losses and heavy damage to food crops in several nationals across the world. In the continent of Australia, it takes a devastating form when a mouse plague occurs and also all through the other times of the year. 

The house mouse or Mus domesticus poses a serious threat and is a menace to agriculture in Australia. They heavily damage the agricultural crops across the length and breadth of Australia when a mouse plague strikes.  

Mouse plagues are common in grain-growing parts of this continent. The very first mouse plague occurred in 1904. The plague keeps striking the continent once every 7 years.

On-farm impacts

On-farm impacts encompass the following

  • Heavy damage to crops at almost all its stages, including sowing, tillering, and harvest. 
  • It also damages and contaminates stored grain. 
  • Rats and mice transmit diseases to livestock, by gnawing them. 
  • In piggeries and poultry sectors, the rodents contaminate their food adversely affecting their health and rates of production. 

Off-farm impacts

The adverse impact of rats and mice infestation is also noticeable outside the farm industry.

  • Rodents damage an extensive range of intensive animal holding facilities, like electrical equipment, insulation, and infrastructure. 
  • Expenditure incurred for recruiting labour to clean up the mess caused by rodents 
  • Expenses incurred for hiring mice and rats pest control experts
  • Losses incurred due to the spoiling, and contamination of eateries and food retail outlets, food storage facilities, accommodation venues, corporate venues, academic institutions, healthcare facility units, 

 

Stages of Mouse Plague

It is observed that mouse plagues develop in 4 stages. 

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Stage 1 

Also known as the low phase, here the density of rodents is less than 10 mice/ha in all habitats.  

Stage 2 

A rapid increase in the abundance of mice is noticed here. The range might read from 10 mice/ha to 100 mice/ha in all habitats.  

Stage 3 

This is the most frightening phase where the population of mice peaks. The phase generally comes around winter when the abundance is at its highest. The count surpasses 1,000 mice/ha in all habitats.  

Stage 4 

The density relaxes and somewhat crashes to the lowest point here at this phase. Better known as the decline phase, the rodent density sharply declines to even less than 1 mouse/ha in all habitats.  This stage might stay persistent for up to 2 years 

It would be interesting to note that the density of rodents (rats and mice) is at its peak in autumn and early winter. It indicates the fact that the damage to farm and off-farm sectors typically is extreme during the sowing time of the winter cereals. On the other hand, it is during the month before harvest in case of summer crops.

Wrapping up

Rodent (rats and mice) abundance management practices in Australia generally is more reactive. The Government distribute massive amounts of poisons to kill the mice during mouse plagues. More concrete plans and measures are necessary to control mouse damage. 

 

Better pest control management all throughout the year might help to avoid the abundance reaching the stage where it becomes a mice plague that threatens the food supply and quality of life across Australia. 

Check our latest blog “Can Pests Disbalance the Ecosystem?

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Can Pests Disbalance the Ecosystem?

Can Pests Disbalance the Ecosystem? 

Every creature has the right to live in this world as they all contribute to the ecosystem in some way. We humans, presumably the most intelligent of them all with limbs and legs, build and mark our territories to live a life more securely, comfortably, safely, and systematically. 

Rodents, Insects, Arachnids, and Pest Birds have the right to live. But, trespassing our personal space and threatening our safety is not acceptable to us, the humans. It is not a crime to ensure our well being if we have the solution to chase them off without mercilessly killing them. 

Sometimes, it is true, we have to devise and adopt ways to eradicate them. But, that also is a necessity. Their increasing population can negatively impact the harmonious balance of our ecosystem. Bedbugs and German Cockroaches are headaches and can be dealt with harshly if necessary without impacting the environment. 

Rodents, especially Rats, cast a considerable negative impact on our ecosystem. They are the culprits behind the decline and deterioration of arrays of native and endemic floral species. The little nuisances devour the seeds and fruits of several endemic plants before these get the scope to reproduce. The native and endemic wildlife also gets affected because of rats. This void in the ecosystem is not good for our environment and our sustenance. 

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The growing number of rodents mercilessly destroys the crops and hugely cause post-harvest losses. They often have been responsible for rural household food crises at moderate levels. Also, they damage stored food items via defecation and urination. Needless to say, it affects the health of humans and livestock by transmitting diseases. 

Insects and Arachnids living in their natural ranges at an optimal concentration is not much of a threat. Their excessive growth and increasing tendency to interfere with the personal space of humans can upset the balance, which signals danger. Some insects are a threat to our crops. Some are threats to humans and livestock due to their venom. 

Reports say insects are responsible for destroying 10% (developed nations) to 25% (developing countries) of gross national product annually. The insect-free world is not desirable as it will affect other lives. But, their excessive growth is not beneficial either. 

Everything in our ecosystem is in a delicate balance, which if disturbed can cause a threat to our survival and sustenance. Pest control hence becomes necessary to avail of on time. 

 

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