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Abaxial: distanced from the axis; lower segment of the leaf

Abdomen: term related to insects, the rear or hind part of the insect

Abamectins: a biologically derived compound (organic) which assists in disrupting the nervous system along axons

Action Threshold : the point at which a pest infestation reaches a crucial point where immediate action is required to prevent the infestation from becoming severely damaging to the property

Active Ingredients: the element(s) within a pesticide formula which attribute its toxicity

AcuteToxicity: refers to the negative effects immediately following oral/dermal exposure or inhalation of a toxic pesticide

Adaxial: approaching the axis; the upper segment of the leaf (related – Abaxial)

Adult: an animal, insect or plant which is in its final stage of growth/maturity

Adulterate: to compromise the integrity of a solution by adding improper or unsuitable substances

Aerosol: Liquid particles which have been suspended within a very fine fog/mist which enables the transportation of diluted chemicals.

Aerial Applicator: reference to the individual/operator who makes use of a helicopter/aircraft to apply a chemical

Air Blast Sprayer: a machine designed for treatment of large tree crops. By making use of pesticides diluted within water ejected by a strong air current which reaches as far as 30m into a canopy. The tank utilized generally has a maximum capacity of 1500 – 3700 litres. General rule for application is 25% of usual wetting load of water / 380 litres per acre.

Alate: processing wings

Allomone: A chemical which aids the producing species while having an adverse impact on a different recipient species

Allopatric: referring to a species which occurs in more than one separate area. Therefore not adjoining in space.

Ametabolous: not subject to undergoing metamorphosis

Antennae: a pair of sensitive structures predominantly found on the head of adult insects. These are also often found during the stages of growth apart from the larval form.

Appendage: any structure or segment which is attached to the body of a creature / organism

Application Equipment: the tools/equipment utilized in the pesticide treatment application

Applicator Licensing: mandatory requirement for any pest controller servicing within Australia

Applicator: the individual responsible for the application of pesticides/insecticides

Apterous: term referencing an insect’s lack of wings

Aquatic: water dwelling

Arista: common term relating to ants which refers to the large bristle located upon the upper dorsal edge of the antennae segment

Arthropod: an invertebrate creature (belonging to the Arthropoda phylum). Legs are segmented and a hard exoskeleton is present (e.g. insects, spiders, millipedes)

Attractant: a chemical/substance which acts to lure a pest to an insecticide or bait/trap. These vary from pheromones, heat, light etc.

"We first used A1 Pest Control a few years ago when we noticed a few termites under a wine barrell in the rear yard of our home. We asked A1 Pest Control Sydney to pay us a visit to have a thorough termite inspection of our home. Bruce and his crew were on time, and very well presented. They explained how they would get rid of the termite infestation using a low toxic method and how their Thermal cameras worked, It worked very well and now we can sleep at night!"
Gary and Carol Harman
"We have been using Bruce form A1 Pest Control for over 4 years now. We bought our new house on the Hills Area, and moved in. our neighbours had problem with rodents and spiders so they are using A1 next door. I asked them if they could come over and treat our house too, as i didn't want to chase pest around our home. The service was not only effective, but carried out without any smelly fumes that we have experienced in our last house. They solved problem next door and I haven't seen a bug since."
Melissa Topper
"A1 Pest Control exterminators where great! I'm very happy to say that they solved a bed bug problem that I had after we had visitors from overseas visit us. I would recommend A1 Pest Control to anyone needing a safe and effective treatment of bed bugs"
Amanda Wu
"Bruce solved our commercial pest control problem in Castle Hill. Cockroaches were throughout our factory and they were completely gone after two visits from his exterminators. Just seeing one cockroach can lose us clients. I know now everyhing is ok, and our reputation is intact"
Raj Beri, Europa International
"Bruce from A1 Help us get rid of a bad spider infestation that have been troubling us for a while. It was done with low toxic spray and his crew even game me some cockroach and ant baits to get rid of them. I have recommended A1 to all my friends and family"
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