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Biting insects feed on humans and animals by piercing skin to tap into a blood vessel. They actively seek a food source by using their various senses such as heat, smell and sight to find a suitable host. Some insects make a quick feed and leave while others prefer to find hidden areas of the body to stay till they are gorged and can only drop off when they are swollen with blood.
Insects are thought to represent around 90% of the diversity of animal life on earth. There are over a million currently described species and an estimated 10 million species in total.
Insect stings are uncomfortable and can often be distressing particularly if you get stung several times. However, you can reduce the risk of being stung by getting rid of a wasp nest in or near your home, with the assistance of a pest control professional, whilst also taking some basic precautions when outdoors.
Food preparation businesses in the hospitality sector include hotels, restaurants, cafes, bars, sandwich shops and similar businesses that prepare food for customers to eat on premises or for takeaway. A key requirement for these businesses is to show that food handling and preparation processes are safe and to keep documentation to show this.
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for food safety uses a five-stage approach to pest control, focusing on prevention measures rather than a reactive regime. IPM integrates multiple control measures based on information gathered through inspection, monitoring and reporting, tailored to the circumstances of each site.
Pest control is an essential part of Good Manufacturing Practice in food processing from a hygiene, economic and regulatory viewpoint. Pests can carry a wide range of diseases causing organisms, including bacteria, viruses, protozoa and helminths that can cause harm to consumers and staff of businesses processing and handling food. They can also cause physical contamination of ingredients and processed products from, for example, droppings, shed fur and feathers, body parts, nesting material and damaged packaging.
The Food Retail sector faces threats from pests from multiple sources. Large stores can stock tens of thousands of products from multiple sources with complex supply chains, requiring efficient monitoring and control procedures for supplies brought onto the premises.
Termites find Fiji homes particularly appetising, but why is that? There are a number of things that can make your home attractive to a hungry colony of termites.
Pests are a public health and business risk. They can cause damage to buildings, fittings, furnishings and food products, transmit disease, cause unsightly marks and smells and affect customers in several ways, including illnesses, irritating bites, bad feeling and loss of custom.
Attics (lofts or ceiling cavities) are ideal environments for possums, rats and mice, who damage stored items and electric cabling by gnawing and possibly causing fires. They are also ideal environments for nesting birds that can spread disease, mites and fleas.
Why do wasps sting? Learn the reason for their attack and see our tips on how to avoid painful stings and useful wasp sting treatment