• Head Lice (Nits)

    Scientific name Pediculis humanus capitis Appearance Head Lice are small wingless insects, pale in colour around 3mm in length or about the size of a small flea.  They are structurally similar to a flea as they are dorsally flattened (really thin) to allow them to move freely through the forest of hair on the human scalp.  When the louse has a blood feed it becomes dark reddish brown. The [...]

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    Hairy Caterpillar

    Scientific Names Family: lepidoptera Venomous Limacodidae (cup moths or Chinese junk caterpillars) Nolidae (gumleaf skeletonisers) Non venomous Arctiidae (tiger moths) Anthelidae (white stemmed gum moth) Eupterotidae (bag shelter moths) Lymantriidae, the tussock moths (mistletoe brown-tail moth and the white cedar moth) Notodontidae (bag shelter moth and processionary caterpillars) Appearance [...]

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    Scorpions

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    Dust Mites

    29 Dec 2015
    Dust Mites

    Scientific Name Dermatophagoides spp. Appearance Mites no matter which species are tiny creatures at around 0.1-2.0mm in length. They are related to ticks, spiders and scorpions (the class Arachnida). Without magnification it is nearly impossible to identify a mite in a domestic situation and identification is usually carried out through the symptoms and the environement. The mite 'breathes' [...]

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    Bed Bugs

    29 Dec 2015
    Bed Bugs

    Scientific Name Cimex lectularius Appearance The adult bed bug is reddish-brown in colour with an oval, flattened body around 4-5 mm long with 3 pairs of legs - the forelegs are very close to the head and the middle and hindlegs are about 1/4 of the way along the body leaving a large portion of the ticks abdomen 'unsupported'. The Bed Bug has a prominent piercing and sucking mouthpart in the form [...]

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    Paper Bark Wasps

    Sceintific name Ropalidia rowmandi Paper bark wasp or Paper bag wasp) Appearance Small yellow wasp with brown markings. Builds a nest which resembles a paper bag. The nest is made from small pieces of plant material woven into a bag type structure with siliva. The bag houses several combs where the queens lay their eggs. They are swarmers and each nest contains very large numbers of [...]

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    Mosquitoes

    29 Dec 2015
    Mosquitoes

    WARNING: Mosquitoes are dangerous and like any biting insect should be avoided.  Mosquitoes found in Queensland can transmit Zika Virus, Dengue fever, Australian encephalitis, Ross River virus disease and Barmah Forest virus disease. Scientific Name There are hundreds of species of mosquito but only 9 or so known types of mosquito in North Queensland that bite humans and can transmit vectors [...]

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    Brown Dog Tick

    Scientific Name Rhipicephalus sanguineus Appearance The adult Brown Dog Tick is pale reddish-brown around 3-5mm long. A fully engorged female Brown Dog Tick can be up to 12mm long. The colour alone cannot be relied upon for identification, the Brown Dog Tick does have an elongated body with a hexagonal basis capituli (see image below).The tick larvae have 6 legs while the adults and nymphs have 8 [...]

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    Fleas

    29 Dec 2015
    Fleas

    Appearance Fleas are wingless insects - reddish-brown to mahogony in colour between 1.5-8mm long.  They have long rear legs specifically designed for jumping - an adult flea can jump as high as 17-18cm vertically and 30-35cm horizontally. They have claws on their legs designed for latching onto hosts.  They have small basic eyes on a small head upon which is mounted some fairly impressive [...]

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    Paralysis Tick

    Scientific name Ixodes holocyclus (holocyclus meaning - complete circle) Appearance The Paralysis Tick is around 3.6-3.9mm (unfed) whilst a fully engorged female can be 13-14mm long.    At the larva stage the tick has 3 pairs of legs, at nymph and adult stage it has eight that originate from the front of it's body.  The Paralysis Ticks legs are very close to the head, it's forelegs and the [...]

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