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South Africa: Working for Water programme gets cash injection

After a period of ten years, the Working for Water programme, which is the brainchild of the former minister of education as well as forestry and environmental affairs, Prof Kader Asmal, has taken a giant leap after the injection of R18.3m to the Northern Cape department of environmental affairs by the national government.

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Answer for Invasive Species: Eat Them!

With its dark red and black stripes, spotted fins and long venomous black spikes, the lionfish seems better suited for horror films than consumption. But lionfish fritters and filets may be on American tables soon. An invasive species, the lionfish is devastating reef fish populations along the Florida coast and into the Caribbean. Now, an […]

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Eco Friendly Pest Control

Want a safer way to get rid of unwanted pests such as ants, fleas, and even bedbugs?  Do Your Part and try something you may never have heard of before – Diatomaceous Earth. Diatomaceous Earth is made of fossilized remains of microscopic shells. That makes it all natural and it works by piercing the shells […]

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South African firms turn to green pest control

South African companies are making a substantial contribution to protecting the environment by introducing eco-friendly pest control agents in the form of Barn Owls to control rat populations. Many companies turn to traditional pest control agents to get rid of rats on their properties. However, after many years of using poisons and bait stations, Sunspray […]

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R9 million for waterweed research

The Rhodes Zoology and Entomology Department has been awarded a R9 million contract by the Working For Water (WFW) Programme of the Department of Water and Environment to continue its vital research into biological methods of controlling some of South Africa’s worst invasive waterweeds. South Africa loses nine percent of its precious water runoff to […]

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Getting Rid of Household Pests the Natural Way!

FLIES… place a handful of dried cloves in a bowl and sprinkle them with a few drops of clove oil, lavender oil, & citonella/peppermint oil. Recharge with additional oil from time to time. A great idea for fly control at this year’s Christmas lunch table too!!

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Natural Insect Repellents

Making human flesh unappetizing to mosquitoes, ticks, flies, and fleas is an age-old preoccupation.  The earliest insect repellents included smoke, mud, and various plant substances.  Our contemporary contribution is DEET (N, N-diethyl-meta-toluamide), a powerful insecticide found in over 400 repellents.  DEET can peel paint, damage rayon and spandex, and melt plastic.  Up to 56 percent […]

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Environmentally Safe Rodent Control

Rats and mice in the home are a real annoyance for homeowners, and even a danger. These uninvited creatures consume everything, from your organic tomatoes sitting on the kitchen table, to breadcrumbs underneath the refrigerator, spreading bacteria and pathogens in the process. They contaminate food and frequented areas with feces, urine, and hair. They carry […]

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Eco-friendly ant control

Ants are often used as an example to demonstrate the advantages of teamwork, but to most of us these little black insects are nothing more than an irritation and it seems like once they have invaded your home, they are almost impossible to get rid of. There are mainly three types of ants that can […]

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