Tasmania’s Worst – 3 pests in Autumn

The morning air is becoming crisp in Tasmania as Summer is behind us and Winter is on the horizon. Does the colder weather mean our pest issues are behind us? unfortunately not! many pests breed throughout Autumn and Winter, but also seek shelter in our warm homes. So what pests might we see and how can we prepare?PORTUGUESE MILLIPEDESMillipedes have … Read More

Holy snake! Snakes in Tasmania

All snakes in Tasmania are venomous. The three species of snake you will find are: Tiger, Lowland Copperhead and White-lipped. The Tiger snake species is the top culprit for snakebites in the state, and second to the brown snake Australia wide.How to avoid snake encountersAs pest controllers, we often get calls from people who have come across snakes around their … Read More

Insect bite & Sting Identification

Insect bites and stings can be hard to identify yourself. Let’s take a look at common Tasmanian culprits.SPIDERS BITESSpider bite severity varies depending on which species has bitten you. Typically a spider bite is hard to distinguish from any other bug, its may be: Red, itchy & inflamed. Pain radiating from the bite. Blistered. Most Tasmanian spiders are harmless and … Read More

2020 PWAPM Excellence Award

Scorpion’s own Business Manager is a proud finalist!Pest control was once perceived as a non-traditional career choice for women in Australia and all over the world, however, here at Scorpion; we are working hard to change this marketplace perception. On the 10th of September 2020, the Professional women in Australian Pest Management association (PWAPM) sponsored by BASF Pest Control AU … Read More

Termites in Tasmania – Why you don’t need to worry

The 3 types of termites: Subterranean, dampwood and drywood termites.Does Tasmania have Termites? Yes! There are approximately 350 native and introduced species of termites in Australia, around 40 of which are destructive and invasive. But the good news is, there are no species of termite in Tasmania that are destructive to buildings. The Building Code of Australia requires that all new … Read More

COVID-19 Update – Infection Control training

The team at Scorpion have now completed the COVID-19 Infection Control Training module, which covers the fundamentals of infection prevention and control for COVID-19.Key learning objectives include: Understanding the basics about the COVID-19 virus, including how it is spread Describing what you can do to protect yourself and others Knowing what to do if you develop symptoms Knowing what to … Read More

Autumn Pests – Invasion of the Portuguese Millipede

DescriptionDistributionHABITATBEHAVIOURDark grey/Black in colour, 20-45 millimeters long. Smooth & Cylindrical in appearance.  Widespread in Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, NSW, Western Australia. Woodlands, Grasslands and suburban gardens. Introduced invasive species, often assembling in plague numbers. Breeding season between March and early winter.  Autumn Pests – Invasion of the Portuguese MillipedesPortuguese Millipedes were introduced into Australia in the 1950’s and have colonised Southern parts of Australia rapidly since … Read More

COVID-19 Update – We’re still open

Coronavirus COVID-19 UpdateDuring this challenging time, we want to provide you updates regarding our response to the COVID-19 outbreak.At this time, pest control operations will continue as normal.As the situation concerning the COVID-19 continues to develop, we felt it was important to communicate to you that we have already implemented preventative steps company-wide to address the concerns and minimize the … Read More

Meth Testing – What it is and why you need it

Meth Testing – What it is and why you need it”Experts reveal that a staggering 1 in 10 Tasmanian properties may contain methamphetamine residue.”Screening properties is a normal practice interstate, and soon will be the same for Tasmania, as a growing number of buyers and landlords are going beyond the scope of the usual Pre-Purchase inspection and including drug sampling … Read More

Doing our part – Eco Friendly Pest Control

Doing Our Part – Eco Friendly Pest ControlDo you really know what is being sprayed around your home?When most people hear “pesticide” their mental image is something like the old, highly toxic, organophosphate insecticides.Thankfully, pesticides have changed over the last few decades, thanks to the advance in technology and increasing demand for organic products. However many insecticides labelled as ‘extremely … Read More