Why are magpies swooping me?

Magpies scare many people at the best of times but when they swoop it can be terrifying and dangerous, so why do they swoop and what can you do?

The reason they swoop is to protect their nests when their young are in there, meaning that it will only happen during the breeding season, which is between August to early October. The male magpie swoops to protect its young and while most of the time they do not make contact that can still be scary, especially for children or the infirm. They will generally make a lot of agitated noise before they swoop so make sure you learn to recognise this.

However, sometimes they go beyond swooping and actually attack people, causing injuries that can be very serious. For this reason it is important to do everything you can to minimise the chances of being swooped.

This means being especially careful during breeding season, avoiding areas where magpies nest and moving fast if you hear them making noises. It pays to check your child’s route to and from school to see if there are any nesting magpies on the way. Many people believe that wearing a wide brimmed hat helps, but the reality is that the best way of avoiding it is avoiding the areas where they are nesting.

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Pest control and your new home

If you are about to build a new home you will realise that there are a million and one tasks that you need to take care of, from the all important, like getting a good builder, to the aesthetic, like choosing new finishes.

Making sure you do everything in the right sequence is vital when building, there are critical periods for most tasks, vital timings that need to be meet. Take pest control initiatives, these should be dealt with from the outset during the design phase.

That is because there are a number of fantastic pest prevention measures that can be built into your home, from physical and chemical barriers that prevent termite infestations through to fine grills that can be placed during the build to stop rodents from gaining access. There are a number of simple measures you can take during the build to reduce the chances of various pest infestations occurring.

These features are easy to put in during the build but incredibly difficult to retrofit once the house is finish which is why it is so important to think about the different pest control measures before you start building.

Give the team at BugBoyz a call, they have the experience and knowhow to ensure that your home is well protected from pests.

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How can I stop birds nesting in my trees?

We have amazing birds here in Australia but while they can make a beautiful view from your window having them nesting in your trees can turn from something picturesque into a nightmare, especially if it is breeding season.

The team at BugBoyz are the experts at stopping birds from nesting as well as removing any nesting birds but there are a few things you can do yourself to help stop birds nesting. Here are our top tips:

Get rid of any potential food sources. One of the reasons they will nest in your garden is because you have food they like nearby. Obviously you don’t want to pull up anything you like but if there is a food source that you can get rid of, do it.

You can place streamers or nets in your trees so that they can’t nest in there, place nets over the smaller trees before spring and you should be able to avoid getting any new nests.

You can frighten them by placing some kind of scare crow in the trees or garden. Alternatively you could use loud noises to scare them away.

Taking the noise approach one step further, if you want to get scientific you can find out what the bird’s predators are and play a recording of it, this may seem a bit crazy but it can

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How can I get rid of spiders?

There is no denying that we live in a beautiful country, the natural beauty of this land is unbeatable. However, while most of the nature here is stunning there are some aspects of our land that will kill you in minutes. It is no secret that we have some of the most deadly creatures in the world living here, especially our infamous spiders. The two worst are the funnel web and the redback but there are also a number of other spiders that can give you a nasty bite.

If you want to keep spiders away then you need the BugBoyz, we can take care of all your creepy crawly problems. There are also a few things that the homeowner can do to discourage spiders, here are a few of the best:

  1. Get a cat. Yes, cats are not only good at scaring mice away, they are also good at keeping the number of spiders down.
  2. Burn essential oils. There are a number of oils that deter spiders, including rose, citronella, lavender, peppermint, citrus and tea tree oils.
  3. Treat your windows with kerosene, this will repel the spiders. All you need to do is wipe it on with an old rag.

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How can I get rid of ants?

Ants can be a real pain, crawling all over your bench and getting into your food. If you want to get rid of ants then you need to give the BugBoyz a call, they can take care of your ant problem in no time.

There are also a few home remedies you can use to keep them away once the BugBoyz have taken care of the infestation.

  1. The first home remedy is to make up a mixture of vinegar and water in a spray bottle, use about three quarters water and one quarter vinegar. Spray this around your doors and windows as well as any other points they may be entering the house.
  2. If you do not want the smell of vinegar you could use soapy water instead. Ants follow chemical trails and the soapy water will destroy them, meaning that they will not be able to find their way back so easily.
  3. A third option is to use a Cayenne pepper mixture, as ants cannot stand this. Make up a paste using water and pepper and spread this along entrance points.
  4. A fourth natural remedy is sprinkling baby powder on the entrance points as this also plays havoc with their chemical trails.

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What diseases do pests carry?

A pest is an animal that interferes with humans, our homes or our food. They are animals that through accident or design have impacted on our lives. Apart from the other problems associated with pests, such as damage and discomfort there is another major problem with them: they often carry diseases that humans can contract.

Often the disease uses the pest as a vector to get to us, other times, we are simply collateral damage, either way this is something we want to avoid. So what pests have which diseases?

Probably the most famous of all pest diseases is the bubonic plague, which was carried by rats (well, technically fleas on rats). The plague wiped out around a third of the European population and while rats still carry it we are immune to it.

Rodents also carry Typhus, Salmonella and a number of other diseases, making them one of the most dangerous pests to have in your home, especially as they soil your food and walk across kitchen surfaces.

Mosquitoes are also a dangerous pest, they carry malaria and a wide range of other diseases.

There are also a number of diseases carried by a variety of different birds, including Salmonella.

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How bad are rats?

Of all the pests we have to contend with, rats rank right up the top as most hated. There are a number of well founded reasons for this, the most prominent being that they were responsible for the deaths of around a third of the population of Europe in the Middle Ages when the Bubonic Plague swept through the continent. This placed the rat at the top of the hate list, where it has resided ever since, but is our hatred of rats rational? Are they really such a bad pest?

The answer is yes, rats are one of the most odious pests and not simply because of the Bubonic Plague. The major problem with rats is that as a mammalian pest they carry more human communicable diseases than most other pests, disease such as  Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, Hemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome, Lassa Fever, Leptospirosis, Lymphocytic Chorio-meningitis (LCM), Omsk Hemorrhagic Fever, Plague, Rat-Bite Fever, Salmonellosis and Tularemia.

However, as anyone who has lived through a rat infestation will tell you, the psychological disturbance is bad enough. Having rats in your walls and on your cooking surfaces is depressing and it only takes a few days for you to begin to feel stressed.

Don’t put up with rats, get the Bugboyz to remove them fast.

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Are spiders attracted to my home?

Australia is well known throughout the world for its deadly animals. It is one of the first things a foreigner will mention, which is hardly surprising, we have some of the most deadly creatures in the world here. Some of the most deadly are spiders, and unlike other animals on the list such as jellyfish, you will find deadly spiders in your home.  What attracts spiders to your house? In general it is food and safety, but for each species there are different attractions that bring them into contact with people.

The funnel web loves water and they are often found near or in swimming pools or other open pools of water in or around homes.

Red backs like dark and messy spaces such as rubbish piles, wood piles, building sites and other urban situation.

Black house spiders, who feed on flies, are attracted to gaps and spaces where they can set up their webs.

The huntsman spider is generally attracted to small spaces where they can hide and can often be found in the cracks in floors, or hidden in the visor in cars and in shoes.

If you are worried about spiders being attracted to your home give the BugBoyz a call, they are the pest control experts and can help reduce spiders in and around your place.

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5 things you misunderstand about the cockroach

The cockroach is a creature that is surrounded in myths and rumours, it has a reputation that goes beyond most other animals. Here are 5 things you probably misunderstand about the cockroach:

  1. Cockroaches do not  infest only dirty homes. This myth has been around for a long time and shows no sign of disappearing. Cockroaches will  infest any home they can, they are just more obvious in dirty homes as there is more food around.
  2. They are not more tolerant to radiation than other insects. Despite the rumours that the cockroach will be the only animal to survive nuclear Armageddon, they are no more resistant than other insects.
  3. Cockroaches are not dirty creatures, they are actually fastidious about their own hygiene and spend many hours cleaning themselves. In fact, if a cockroach is touched by a human they will obsessively clean themselves.
  4. There are no albino cockroaches, if you spot a white one then it is in the process of moulting. It sheds its old skin and a new one grows.
  5. Cockroaches are not scared of light. They do run when lights are turned on but this is simply a safety mechanism to changing environment, they are not actually scared of light at all.

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3 signs of a termite infestation

Termites, even the word should send dread through you. These pests cost our country millions of dollars each and every year. The worst thing is that almost no insurance policy covers termite damage, meaning that the building owner has to bear all the costs themselves.

That is why it is vital that homeowners have protective measures in place. However, as no measure is one hundred perfect effective, it is also important to know what the signs of an infestation are, though these can be hard to spot. Here are the three key signs:

  1. Mud tunnels leading from the ground up your foundations or piles and into the building. Termites build these to transport them from their underground nests to their food source and if you spot mud tunnels you have an infestation.
  2. Discarded wings in or near your home in spring and summer. Termites send wing scouts out to find a new site for a colony, they discard the wings when they have found a good site. If you find these wings chances are you have a new infestation.
  3. A crackling or popping noise. Though quiet termites do make a sound, which is characterised as a popping or crackling noise. If you hear this when it is silent then it could be termites.

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