Bug Blog

Dobson flies aka hellgrammites

This insect has a terrifying appearance with long, thin bodies similar to a stick insect. They are found outdoors near water and not indoors as they are incapable of reproducing indoors. The large pincers of the male dobsonfly are harmless but the female dobsonflies use their jaws for protection and can piercing the skin. Dobsonflies do not carry any diseases but they do emit unpleasant odors when threatened. They become adults in water after the larvae stage known as hellgrammites. Dobsonfly’s live under rocks in rolling rivers and streams, feeding on soft-bodied insects. Although hellgrammites are not aggressive, bites can pierce the skin and cause bleeding.

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The Engelmann spruce weevil

The Engelmann spruce weevil causes widespread damage to many kinds of evergreen trees. These weevils are dark brown with a prominent hooked snout of the weevil. The adults overwinter in debris beneath trees, and in the spring they ascend the vertical stem at the top of the trunk to feed and mate. Trees will lose up to three years of height growth in six weeks of feeding. This harmful pest attacks at least 20 different species of trees including the Sitka, white, and Engelmann spruce, as well as, the Mugho pine and blue spruce. A classic sign that an evergreen tree is infested with the white pine weevil is the shepherd’s crook in the new expanding leader. This damage generally appears in late spring to mid-summer. The first sign of attack is the presence of drips of resin discharging from minute feeding holes in May – June.

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Are we losing the battle to rats in Delta?

Rats are difficult to control and research because they are one of nature’s most impeccably adapted creatures, yet they are one of the least studied wildlife in cities. Rats are considered pests that spread disease, ruin our food, turn our homes into theirs and even mess with our cars. They live closely amongst us, in our homes and places of work, but usually do so without being detected or threatened by us. The challenge for researchers is finding suitable research sites for long enough periods to produce credible research. Notwithstanding the current rates of human development and climate change, researchers face issues studying the rodents. By 2040, almost 75 per cent of all people will live in cities supporting species like rats. We currently use poisons to control rats, but will they adapt, very little attention has been given to manage them in an ecological knowledge-based approach due to the lack of research.  

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11 Pest Control Myths Deflated

1) If you don’t see pests – you don’t have a pest problem. This is also called day dreaming.

2) Out of sight, out of mind. The pests that are hard to see or spot tend to be the toughest to get rid of.

3) Apply bug spray when the sun goes down. When you up and about, so are they. 

4) Cockroaches and bedbugs only live in dirty homes. Although these insects may prefer dirty and unsanitary places, they can thrive in clean places if they have access to food (including blood).

4) Cheese is effective bait for mice and rats. Yes, but there preference is for sugary foods such as peanut butter, cookies, and cereal.

6) Cats are the best pest control for rodents. Most cats are feed enough to keep the hunting genes at bay.

7) Ultrasonic repellants are safe and effective. No, the only thing that they are effective at is making money for the retailer.

8) Clean homes do not have pests. Bed bugs, cockroaches, ants, and rats can survive in spotlessly clean homes, just as long as they have a food source.

9) Mice and Rats are filthy. Rodents keep themselves shockingly clean, although they do carry a variety of illnesses.

10) Chestnuts keep the spiders away. Scientists have confirmed that this is only true at the current residence where Elvis Presley lives.

11) Retail stores have everything you need to get rid of your pests. Everyone wants to see if they can control their own pest infestation. Retail stores can be a good start, but in many cases these retail remedies exasperate the problem. Our government limits the strength, quantity and variety of chemicals available to retailers. Your local professional pest control operator is educated, licenced and insured to use the appropriate chemicals in limited and an effective manner using the integrated pest management technics.    

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North Delta Reporter Delta’s soap box derby a second-annual success

Delta’s soap box derby a second-annual success
45 kids competed to be the fastest soap box racer in the municipality
Delta’s second annual soap box racing derby saw 45 kids race down 6th Avenue in Tsawwassen on June 10. Go Green Pest Control’s Rat Rod Roxy cart, a blue 1930s Buick-inspired soap box racer, won best cart design. In total, more than 1,500 people came out to watch this year’s event, which raised over $15,000 for the Rotary Club of Tsawwassen. According to announcer Rick Lewall, this year’s event was a big improvement over the first derby thanks to bigger wheels and better brakes.

The dangerous trifecta of mice, ticks and Lyme disease 

Over the past three years our planet has been the hottest on record, and the changing climate helps many pests thrive, consequently negatively affecting our health. Field mice can carry Borrelia burgdorferi, a bacterium that causes Lyme disease, and they provide the blood meals for blacklegged ticks, also known as deer ticks, which can transmit the disease to humans. Field mice are typically considered outdoor animals but in suburban areas near forested land, they often nest inside walls and in garages. Warming temperatures and milder winters have increased not only the population of these mice but also its range. Rodent pressure is increasing. Mice used to seasonally enter homes primarily in the fall and winter months but now it’s a year-round problem. Warmer winters mean that more mice survive; it never gets cold enough to kill them. The dangerous trifecta of mice, ticks and Lyme disease is a problem for rural and suburban life, as well as, people living in concrete jungles. Rising temperatures may be introducing invasive species that might also transmit disease from blacklegged ticks.

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Plant Hopping Flea Beetles

Flea beetles are small jumping insects, similar looking to pet fleas, found in home gardens early in the growing season. These pests can cause big problems for many vegetable plants. They damage plants by chewing hundreds of holes in the leaves, which make them look as if they have been shot by fine pellets. When the population of these fleas is abundant, they can rapidly defoliate and kill complete plants. They like to feed on sunny days and will feed on an assortment of plants including beans, peas, cabbage, corn, eggplant, potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, lettuce and all seedlings. Flea beetles are known to transmit viral and bacterial viruses. Beneficial nematodes will destroy the larval stage, decreasing root feeding and preventing the resulting generation of adults from developing. Natural pesticides and botanical insecticides can be used to keep these hoppers at bay.

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Scratching Sounds in the Night?

One night, all of a sudden, you hear scratching above your head in the ceiling. Your house is infested with rodents. Is it rats, mice, squirrels, skunks or raccoons? Rodent infestation is more common then you may think here in Delta, in fact one in four houses have or have had rodent activity. Here is a list of common signs that you indeed have a rodent infestation.

1) Noises in the attic, walls or crawlspace i.e. scratching, screeching, clawing and thumping.

2) The smell of urine or the dreaded feces in the attic, crawlspace or, dread, on the floor or water heater. Rats and mice have little control of their bowels and leave dirty clues everywhere they have been. Most rodents are active a lot at night so look in the morning for new activity. If you detect the smell of death, then it’s likely one of the rodents has died in the walls, crawlspace or attic. Ona is a product you can purchase that will help with the smell.

3) Grease marks, yes rodents also can have greasy hair, as they crawl around they leave grease marking around cracks and holes. If you notice visible stains then rodents might be living with you.  

4) Rodents move around in groups. Once they find a protected area in your house they might set-up shop and build a nest out of any materials in the immediate area. Now they can begin breeding and populate the area.

5) If you see a rodent during the day, it is a sign that there may be several rodents in your home or yard and the competition for food can be fierce.  

6) May and June is typically the time of the year when rodents produce a lot of offspring. They carry and cause many diseases and illnesses, so contact a professional to irradiate an infestation as soon as possible.

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I Thought I Saw A Wabbit !

It’s that time of year where most of our furry four legged animals are reproducing. From mice to raccoons, Delta seems to be bursting with new life. A client spotted a patch of brown grass on their lawn and after investigating the dry patch; it turned out to be a rabbit nest foraged underneath the lawn. Rabbit mating season usually runs from March through late September, so now’s the time when people stumble upon nests of baby bunnies. Most predators won’t venture into an open space, so it’s actually pretty ingenious for a rabbit to build a nest for her babies in the middle of a yard, so it’s relatively safe. There are several precautions homeowners can take if they discover bunnies sheltering below the ground, including leaving a large ring of uncut grass around the nest, and isolate the area to protect the nest from children and pets. Rabbits will generally depart their nest in less than a month, although dens could form throughout the summer.

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Racers roll down 6th Avenue in Tsawwassen at Soap Box Derby – Delta Optimist June 12, 2017

Delta Optimist
June 12, 2017 11:38 AM

Racers line up at the starting gates at the second annual Soap Box Derby Saturday in Tsawwassen.

Delta Optimist
June 12, 2017 11:38 AM

Racers line up at the starting gates at the second annual Soap Box Derby Saturday in Tsawwassen.

The Rotary Club of Tsawwassen hosted, in partnership with the Corporation of Delta, the second annual Soap Box Derby Saturday.
Racers sped down 6th Avenue with Vanessa Costa (sponsored by Shpak and Co.) claiming the Grand Champion trophy. Rory Brown (sponsored by Swim Blue) took second place while Luka Wiesel (sponsored by South West Mortgage) finished third.
Directors Choice of best looking car – Rat Rod Roxy – Sponsor: Go Green Pest Control Corp
Best Costume – Jackson Yagin (dressed as a banana) – Sponsor: McDonald’s
Crowd Favourite – Teagan Reid (car was decorated as a shower) – Sponsor: Scott Reid Plumbing