Pests in Sydney

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The Sydney Funnel-web Spider is believed to be limited to an area of about 160 kilometres from the centre of Sydney. Other species of Funnel-Web Spider are found in Eastern Australia, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. They are probably the most venomous aggressive spider in the world, all funnel web species are lethal to humans, not just the Sydney or Northern tree dweller. If they bite you it is usually a pretty deep injection but even a small grazing bite means get to hospital immediately.

The Sydney Funnel-web constructs its own burrow which may be over a foot deep or uses a suitable crevice in rocks or round house foundations. Sometimes, Funnel-webs may be found in colonies of over a hundred. The webs are white and often tubular rather than funnel-like with supporting lines running out to surrounding rocks and debris.

The spiders may take several years to reach maturity and live for perhaps 8 years or longer. When mature, the males leave their webs and lead a homeless existence. They tend to roam and often enter homes particularly during Summer after a heavy downpour of rain. They mate with a female for only one season and if not killed shortly after mating, die within a few months.

This spider is one of Australia’s largest and most easily identified. The body of a female Sydney Funnel-web spider measures about 35mm in length and the male about 25mm. The paired spinnerets at the end of the abdomen are particularly long, much longer than those of other large dark spiders. The male is of a more delicate build than the female and has 2 features which help identification. One is a little spur half way along its second leg on each side and the other is finely pointed feelers to transfer sperm to the female.

Both sexes are very aggressive and when approached, will rear up into a ready-to-strike position. Their massive fangs can penetrate a child’s fingernail. However, most people bitten by them are not injected with sufficient venom to cause any illness.Often it falls off the tips of the spider’s fangs as it makes a preliminary downward thrust. People bitten by the female may at the most suffer pain around the bitten area.

The venom of the male is 5 times more toxic than the female. Man and monkeys seem to be especially susceptible to the venom. For example, rabbits can be given very large doses of the venom with no apparent effect but a small dose injected into a monkey produces the terrifying symptoms seen in humans. In all cases where the victim has died, and in which the spider has been positively identified, it has been a male spider.

The venom contains a low molecular weight toxin called atraxtoxin which attacks the nerves of the body causing thousands of electrical impulses to be fired down them. The muscles twitch and there is a profuse flow of perspiration, tears and saliva. The venom also causes changes to blood vessels which can lead to shock and coma due to brain damage. All the evidence suggests that the effects wear off after a few hours. Provided the victim reaches hospital before serious illness has developed, he or she has an excellent chance of recovery. An antivenom to the venom of the Sydney Funnel-web Spider became available in 1980.

NORTHERN OR TREE-DWELLING FUNNEL-WEB SPIDER

(Atrax formidabilis)
The Northern or Tree-dwelling Funnel-web Spider is the most dangerous member of this species and near to the most dangerous in the world.They are found from northern New South Wales to southern Queensland, usually in heavily timbered areas which are rarely entered by man. A female may make her nest in a hole as high as 18 metres from the base of a tree. The venom from both males and females has shown to be more toxic than the male Sydney Funnel-web. The antivenom developed for the Sydney Funnel-web may be used effectively against the Northern Funnel-web.

Pest Control in Sydney - History of the Bubonic Plague
The Bubonic Plague hit Sydney in January 1900. Spreading from the waterfront, the rats carried the plague throughout the city. Within eight months 303 cases were reported and 103 people were dead. Quarantine areas were established. These stretched from Millers Point east to George Street, along Argyle, Upper Fort, and Essex Streets then south to Chippendale, covering the area between Darling Harbour and Kent Streets, west to Cowper Street, Glebe, along City Road to the area bounded by Abercrombie, Ivy, Cleveland Streets, and the railway. The area east from George Street enclosed by Riley, Liverpool, Elizabeth and Goulburn Streets, Gipps, Campbell and George Streets were also quarantined, as were certain areas in Woolloomooloo, Paddington, Redfern and Manly. Cleansing and disinfecting operations in the quarantine areas lasted from 24 March to 17 July and included the demolition of ‘slum’ buildings. Photographs were taken of buildings before demolition and inspectors took notes of other property destroyed. The photographs also include the interior and exterior of houses, stores, warehouses and wharves, and surrounding streets, lanes and yards, thus providing a fairly clear indication of the state of the city during and immediately after the Plague. Local residents were employed to undertake the cleansing, disinfecting, burning and demolition of the infected areas, including their own homes. Shovels, brooms, mattocks, hoses, buckets, and watering cans, were tools used to clear, clean, lime wash and disinfect. Not only buildings and dwellings were subjected to the cleansing operations but also wharves and docks were cleared of silt and sewerage. Cleansing agents used during the cleansing operations included: solid disinfectant (chloride of lime); liquid disinfectant (carbolic water: miscible carbolic, 3/4 pint water, 1 gallon); sulphuric acid water (sulphuric acid, 1/2 pint water, 1 gallon); carbolic lime white (miscible carbolic 1/2 pint to the gallon). Rat catchers were employed and the rats burned in a special rat incinerator. Over 44,000 rats were officially killed in the cleansing operations.
Sydney Termite Control
Arsenic trioxide was originally used in Sydney, Australia for treating termite infestations in houses at around. WA Flick Pest Control, (established in !918) first experimented with Arsenic dust to control termites. British methods of building construction had made it very easy for termite infestations to cause havoc in Sydney. Lead arsenate has been used, well into the 20th century, as a pesticide on fruit trees (resulting in neurological damage to those working the sprayers), and copper arsenate has even been recorded in the 19th century as a colouring agent in sweets. Various agricultural insecticides and poisons are still Arsenic based, but the use is declining. Low and non-toxic methods of termite control are used by most reputable pest control companies to solve termite and pest control problems in Sydney, Australia. Termidor termiticide and Exterra Termite baits are the highest recommendation for termite protection by Sydney?s premier pest control company, REDBACK PEST CONTROL Pty Ltd.
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List of Sydney suburbs

This is a complete listing of the suburbs and localities in the greater Sydney area in alphabetical order.
Sydney has about 38 local government areas, each consisting of several suburbs which are listed below:

A
Abbotsbury – Abbotsford – Acacia Gardens – Agnes Banks – Airds – Akuna Bay – Alexandria – Alfords Point – Allambie – Allambie Heights – Allawah – Ambarvale – Annandale – Annangrove – Anzac Village – Arcadia – Arncliffe – Arndell Park – Artarmon – Ashbury – Ashcroft – Ashfield – Asquith – Auburn – Audley – Austral – Avalon

B
Badgerys Creek – Balgowlah – Balgowlah Heights – Balmain – Balmoral – Bangor – Banksia – Banksmeadow – Bankstown – Barden Ridge – Bardwell Park – Barra Brui – Bass Hill – Baulkham Hills – Baulkham Hills West – Bayview – Beacon Hill – Beaconsfield – Beauty Point – Beecroft – Belfield – Bella Vista – Bellevue Hill – Belmore – Belmore South – Belrose – Berala – Berkshire Park – Berowra – Berowra Heights – Berrilee – Beverley Park – Beverly Hills – Bexley – Bexley North – Bidwill – Bilgola – Bilgola Plateau – Birchgrove, New South Wales – Birkenhead Point – Birrong – Blackett – Blacktown – Blairmount – Blakehurst – Bligh Park – Bobbin Head – Bondi – Bondi Beach – Bondi Junction – Bonnet Bay – Bonnyrigg – Bonnyrigg Heights – Boronia Park – Bossley Park – Botany – Bow Bowing – Box Hill – Bradbury – Brighton-Le-Sands – Bringelly – Broadway – Bronte – Brooklyn – Brookvale – Bundeena – Burraneer – Burwood – Busby

C
Cabarita – Cabramatta – Cabramatta West – Cambridge Gardens – Cambridge Park – Camden – Camden South – Camellia – Cammeray – Campbelltown – Camperdown – Campsie – Canada Bay – Canley Heights – Canley Vale – Canterbury – Careel Bay – Caringbah – Carlingford – Carlton – Carnes Hill – Carramar – Carss Park – Cartwright – Castle Cove – Castle Hill – Castlecrag – Castlereagh – Casula – Cecil Park – Centennial Park – Chatham Village – Chatswood – Chatswood West – Cheltenham – Cherrybrook – Chester Hill – Chifley – Chippendale – Chipping Norton – Chiswick – Chullora – Church Point – Circular Quay – Claremont Meadows – Clareville – Clareville Beach – Claymore – Clemton Park – Clifton Gardens – Clontarf – Clovelly – Clyde – Cockatoo Island – Colebee – Collaroy – Collaroy Plateau – Colyton – Como – Concord – Concord West – Condell Park – Connells Point – Coogee – Cottage Point – Cowan – Cranebrook – Cremorne – Cremorne Point – Cromer – Cronulla – Crows Nest – Croydon – Croydon Park – Curl Curl

D
Daceyville – Dangar Island – Darling Harbour – Darling Point – Darlinghurst – Darlington – Davidson – Dawes Point – Dean Park – Dee Why – Denham Court – Denistone – Denistone East – Dharruk – Dobroyd Point – Dolans Bay – Dolls Point – Doonside – Double Bay – Dover Heights – Drummoyne – Duffys Forest – Dulwich Hill – Dundas – Dundas Valley – Dunheved – Dural

E
Eagle Vale – Earlwood – East Balmain – East Botany – East Gordon – East Hills – East Killara – East Lindfield – East Roseville – East Ryde – East Sydney – East Wahroonga – Eastern Creek – Eastlakes – Eastwood – Edensor Park – Edgecliff – Edmondson Park – Elanora Heights – Elderslie – Elizabeth Bay – Emerton – Emu Heights – Emu Plains – Enfield – Engadine – Enmore – Epping – Ermington – Erskine Park – Erskineville – Eschol Park

F
Fairfield – Fairfield Heights – Fairfield West – Fairlight – Five Dock – Flemington – Forest Lodge – Forestville – Freemans Reach – Frenchs Forest

G
Galston – Garden Island – Georges Hall – Georges Heights – Gilead – Girraween – Gladesville – Glebe – Glebe Point – Glen Alpine – Glendenning – Glenfield – Glenhaven – Glenmore Park – Glenorie – Glenwood – Glossodia – Goat Island – Gordon – Gore Hill – Granville – Grays Point – Green Valley – Greenacre – Greenfield Park – Greenwich – Greystanes – Guildford – Gymea – Gymea Bay

H
Haberfield – Hammondville – Harbord – Harris Park – Hassall Grove – Haymarket – Heathcote – Hebersham – Heckenberg – Henley – Hillsdale – Hinchinbrook – Holsworthy – Homebush – Homebush Bay – Homebush West – Hornsby – Hornsby Heights – Horsley Park – Hoxton Park – Hunters Hill – Huntingwood – Huntleys Point – Hurlstone Park – Hurstville – Hurstville Grove

I
Illawong – Ingleburn – Ingleside

J
Jamisontown – Jannali

K
Kangaroo Point – Kareela – Kearns – Kellyville – Kemps Creek – Kensington – Kenthurst – Kentlyn – Killara – Killarney Heights – Kings Cross – Kings Langley – Kings Park – Kingsford – Kingsgrove – Kingswood – Kingswood Park – Kirrawee – Kirribilli – Kogarah – Kogarah Bay – Ku-ring-gai – Kurnell – Kyeemagh – Kyle Bay

L
La Perouse – Lakemba – Lalor Park – Lane Cove – Lansdowne – Lansvale – Lavender Bay – Leichhardt – Lemongrove – Leonay – Lethbridge Park – Leumeah – Lewisham – Lidcombe – Lilli Pilli – Lilyfield – Lindfield – Linley Point – Little Bay – Liverpool – Llandilo – Loftus – Londonderry – Longueville – Lucas Heights – Luddenham – Lugarno – Lurnea

M
Macquarie Fields – Macquarie Park – Maianbar – Malabar – Manly – Manly Vale – Maraylya – Marayong – Maroubra – Maroubra Junction – Marrickville – Marrickville South – Marsden Park – Marsfield – Mascot – Matraville – Mays Hill – McGraths Hill – McMahons Point – Meadowbank – Melrose Park – Menai – Menangle Park – Merrylands – Merrylands West – Middle Cove – Middle Dural – Miller – Millers Point – Milperra – Milsons Point – Minchinbury – Minto – Minto Heights – Miranda – Mona Vale – Monterey – Moore Park – Moorebank – Mortdale – Mortlake – Mosman – Mount Annan – Mount Colah – Mount Druitt – Mount Kuring-Gai – Mount Lewis – Mount Pleasant – Mount Pritchard – Mount Vernon – Mulgoa – Mulgrave

N
Narellan – Narellan Vale – Naremburn – Narrabeen – Narraweena – Narwee – Nelson – Neutral Bay – Newington – Newport – Newtown – Normanhurst – North Balgowlah – North Bondi – North Cronulla – North Curl Curl – North Engadine – North Epping – North Manly – North Narrabeen – North Parramatta – North Richmond – North Rocks – North Ryde – North Seaforth – North St Ives – North Strathfield – North Sydney – North Turramurra – Northbridge – Northmead – Northwood

O
Oakhurst – Oakville – Oatlands – Oatley – Old Guildford – Old Toongabbie – Orchard Hills – Oxford Falls – Oxley Park – Oyster Bay

P
Paddington – Padstow – Padstow Heights – Pagewood – Palm Beach – Panania – Parklea – Parramatta – Peakhurst – Pendle Hill – Pendle Hill South – Pennant Hills – Penrith – Penshurst – Petersham – Phillip Bay – Picnic Point – Pitt Town – Pleasure Point – Plumpton – Point Piper – Port Hacking – Potts Hill – Potts Point – Prairiewood – Prestons – Prospect – Punchbowl – Putney – Pymble – Pyrmont

Q
Quakers Hill – Quarry Hill – Queens Park – Queenscliff

R
Raby – Ramsgate – Randwick – Redfern – Regents Park – Regentville – Revesby – Revesby Heights – Rhodes – Richmond – Riverstone – Riverview – Riverwood – Rockdale – Rocks, The – Rodd Point – Rookwood – Rooty Hill – Rose Bay – Rose Bay – Rosehill – Roselands – Rosemeadow – Roseville – Roseville Chase – Rossmore – Round Corner – Rouse Hill – Rozelle – Ruse – Rushcutters Bay – Russell Lea – Rydalmere – Ryde

S
Sadleir – Sandringham – Sandy Point – Sans Souci – Scheyville – Schofields – Scotland Island – Seaforth – Sefton – Seven Hills – Shalvey – Shanes Park – Silverwater – Smithfield – South Granville – South Hurstville – South Penrith – South Strathfield – South Turramurra – South Wentworthville – South Windsor – Spit Junction – Spit, The – Spring Farm – St Andrews – St Clair – St Helens Park – St Ives – St Ives Chase – St Johns Park – St Leonards – St Marys – St Peters – Stanhope Gardens – Stanmore – Strathfield – Strathfield West – Strawberry Hills – Summer Hill – Surry Hills – Sutherland – Sydenham – Sydney – Sylvania – Sylvania Waters

T
Tamarama – Taren Point – Telopea – Tempe – Tennyson – Terrey Hills – Thornleigh – Toongabbie – Tregear – Turramurra – Turrella

U
Ultimo – Undercliffe

V
Varroville – Vaucluse – Villawood – Vineyard – Voyager Point

W
Wahroonga – Waitara – Wakeley – Wallacia – Wareemba – Warragamba – Warrawee – Warriewood – Warringah Mall – Warwick Farm – Waterfall – Waterloo – Watsons Bay – Wattle Grove – Waverley – Waverton – Wedderburn – Wentworthville – Werrington – Werrington County – Werrington Downs – West Hoxton – West Killara – West Lindfield – West Pennant Hills – West Pymble – West Ryde – Westleigh – Westmead – Wetherill Park – Whalan – Whale Beach – Wheeler Heights – Wilberforce – Wiley Park – Willmot – Willoughby – Windsor – Wingala – Winston Hills – Wollstonecraft – Woodbine – Woodpark – Woollahra – Woolloomooloo – Woolooware – Woolwich – Woronora – Woronora Heights

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Y
Yagoona – Yarrawarrah – Yennora – Yowie Bay

Z
Zetland

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