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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …