Bug Blog

What are those Teeny Weenie Ants?

Fall is the time of year when Pharaoh’s Ant starts popping up in the kitchen, bathrooms and around the furnace, boiler and hot water heater. These ants will forage and search high and low for any source of food. People try and eliminate the problem using google remedies and DIY retail store solutions. However, the issue with most of these remedies is that they are rarely effective and can often lead to ants spreading through-out the house. I’ve listed a few DIY ant controls that really don’t work.
Cinnamon essential oil – this oil can be used to both repel and exterminate ants but the concentration of the cinnamon oil needs to be very high, as well as the placement on the oil needs to be broadcast sprayed. How long can you live in a house that smells like cinnamon, months?
Borax – borax is toxic to ants and will help kill the individual ant that consumes it but borax is toxic to pets and small children, and can be quite unsightly and messy.
Lemon juice – although the acid in lemon juice may mask the scent trails, it may repel them for a short period of time, but in the long run it has little to no effect.
Vinegar – the aroma from vinegar masks the scent trail, but once the liquid has evaporated it will no longer be an effective.
Chalk – again, it may disrupt an ant’s scent trail for a short period, but the ants will always find another way to search for food.
Cucumber Peel – leave it in the fridge
Solutions that work – clean up spills, vacuum, sweep, use air tight containers, seal cracks and crevices, and of course, the most effective solution to get rid of ants is to enlist the help of a pest control professional.

gogreenpestcontrol.ca Ladner Tsawwassen Delta B.C. Randy Bilesky


Planet of the Rats

There is a theory that a pair of rats could produce nearly half a billion descendants in just three years, however, the population will always be restricted by food and shelter, disease, natural predation and fighting amongst themselves. But the rapid rate of reproduction amongst rats usually comes as a shock. This is the reason why pest control specialists recommended prevention and identifying the initial signs of a rat problem. News about growing sightings of rats often makes headlines in local TV and newspapers. Climate change, weather and favourable ecological circumstances can often be responsible for rising rat populations. A female rat normally has six litters a year, up wards of 10 rat pups, but 6 pups is more common. Rats reach sexual maturity after 9 weeks, so the population can rise from two rats to around 1,200 in one year, with the possibly to grow exponentially. Rats breeding is characterised as quantity over quality. They create great numbers of offspring on the basis that at least a couple will survive long enough to produce their own litters. With adequate space and food they have the possibility of rapidly exploding in numbers.

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Halloween Spiders

Halloween is coming with all the ghouls, zombies, super heroes, creepy crawlers and spiders. Oh yes the spiders are out in force now getting fat for the winter. Oh their bites, spiders only bite as a defence mechanism but that bite can range from being just an irritation to causing severe health problems due to the fact that some species of spiders are venomous. Each spider species has its own strength of venom. When a spider bites you, the spider pierces the skin with its fangs, acting like hypodermic needles they inject the venom into your body, causing your body to react in a certain way. If you have been stung by a black widow or a funnel web spider, or you are in distress from some adverse symptoms it is extremely recommended that you visit a doctor straightaway or seek professional medical attention as soon as possible. The best way to prevent spider bites is to reduce the possibility of them biting you in the first place. Here are a few suggestions for keeping your house free of spiders: remove clutter in your house and garage, make sure boxes are kept off the floor, regular vacuuming especially in corners and under baseboards, and finally reduce moisture in your house.

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Red Fire Ants – History

Originating from South America, red fire ants arrived in Florida in the 1930s, attached to the lumber in a cargo ship and spread to other areas. There is an analysis that suggests the ecosystem in Texas and California was devastated by red fire ants, which wiped out two-thirds of local ants. The danger comes from the fact that they possess lethal venom. This is why they are called killer ants. Red fire ants form large colonies, growing in masses. One queen can live up to seven years and produce colonies containing up to 250,000 ants. The young queens leave the colony to mate. They do a mating flight from June to August, when the weather is warm. The new queens have wings and can ride on the wind to travel great distances. As they unleash pheromones, it arouses drones to follow them. Afterward, a new colony is made. The new queens dig many meters into the earth and begin to lay eggs. By spring, these ants could spread like fire.

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Rat Warning

Rats-rats-rats. Rats pass on diseases several ways, through a bite, scratch or other direct contact, although I have not heard of anyone being attracted by a rat. They can also pass on diseases if you breathe in dust contaminated with their urine, saliva or feces, or eat food soiled with their feces. Rats may carry diseases such as: Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, Hemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome, Lassa Fever, Leptospirosis, Lymphocytic Chorio-meningitis (LCM), Omsk Hemorrhagic Fever, the Plague, Rat-Bite Fever, Salmonellosis, South American Arenaviruses, Argentine hemorrhagic fever, Bolivian hemorrhagic fever, Sabiá-associated hemorrhagic fever, Venezuelan hemorrhagic fever and Tularemia. Fortunately, you can recover from these diseases if treated promptly. Rats spend their lives gnawing and wearing their teeth down, which grow more than 2 millimeters per week. If their teeth are allowed to grow without restraint, the rat’s incisors would grow in a spiral with an angle of 86 degrees. As a side note, rats don’t like to chew through steel wool or metal mess but they will pull it out to gain enter. Rats also leave greasy black smears along the routes they travel and when they push themselves through tight spaces.

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Mice like Milk Chocolate

A client that lives in a local apartment complex stated that the entire building was infested with mice, so he bought some traps to catch any that get into his apartment. The instructions on the box of snap traps recommend baiting the traps with peanut butter or chocolate. But what kind of chocolate, it appears that little is known if mice like plain, white, dark or milk chocolate. It has been shown that mice and rats are attracted to sweet foods, but how sweet. Mice feed mainly at night, making hundreds of visits to food sources per night, consuming up to 5 gm each time. A test was set-up to see which chocolate the mice would eat if they had a choice. So the results were not that shocking, the higher sugar content chocolates i.e. milk chocolate (56% sugar) was the most preferred next to white chocolate (53% sugar). The lonely dark chocolate sat untouched at 15% sugar. Also milk chocolate has the least amount of cocoa solids. Cocoa contains a bitter compound called theobromine. As the sugar content goes down and the cocoa content goes up in the darker chocolates there is more theobromine, which makes it taste bitterer. Mice obviously don’t like the bitter taste. Theobromine is also poisonous to some mammals, especially dogs and cats. Mice and other rodents are more tolerant of theobromine, but the mice maybe also trying to avoiding the chocolate with higher theobromine content.

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Entomophagy Pestaurant Coming soon

Pestaurant is a restaurant that serves edible insects that are delicious (so they say) and have health benefits. Entomophagy is a term used to describe eating insects; apparently millions have embraced this new, alternative source of food. I have to admit the idea of eating insects is unsettling but don’t be too quick to dismiss this option as sushi and raw fish was once foreign to us, not so long ago. There are many benefits to adding appetizing insects into your diet ranging from the nutritional significance to the effect on the environment. Here are several reasons why people have switched to an insect-rich diet.
– Edible insects are an extremely sustainable source of food, easily accessible and cheaper to produce.
– Edible insects are rich in essential fats that our body needs, such as omega fatty acids.
– Edible insects are extremely rich in nutrients, such as iron and potassium.
– Edible insects contain a higher percentage of protein than most meat, fish and chicken.
– Edible insects are environmentally friendly using less water to produce then traditional farming, with a very low carbon footprint.
So Go Green and through some crickets on your Caesar salad instead of croutons.

gogreenpestcontrol.ca Ladner Tsawwassen Delta B.C. Randy Bilesky


Climate change and Rodents

This last July 2017 was the 391th consecutive month with average global temperatures higher than the average for the 20th century. Global warming is normally thought of as creating greater numbers of extreme events including droughts, floods and storms damage crops and can cause food shortages. Flooding and other major climatic events are the highly visible effects of extremes in weather that are likely to increase with global warming. Even slight changes in temperatures can have a dramatic effect on the geographical area opening new areas to pests and diseases. Rodents are major urban pests in both buildings and in agricultural areas. They carry many diseases by being reservoirs (carriers) themselves and from the parasites that they carry, such as fleas, which also carry a number of human diseases. Rodent populations benefit from warm wet winters and springs, populations will increase if these conditions become more common. We are well aware of all the problems caused by rats, mice and squirrels.

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The Most Destructive Pest

Out of all of pests we deal with, rats are the most destructive pest for homes and businesses. It is estimated that almost 50% of electrical damage in homes and businesses are caused by rodents. Rats have a pair of endlessly growing incisor teeth in both their upper and lower jaw that require nonstop gnawing on objects to wear them down and prevent them from becoming too elongated. Rats are known to gnaw on electrical cables. This can cause a major fire hazard when they gnaw through to the copper and the wires short out. For an electrician to source any electrical problems in a house it can runs thousands of dollars, as well as days without electricity. Integrated pest management offers a real answer to managing rodent problems. Common-sense practices can help prevent and eliminate an infestation. Four core rules in integrated pest management included: 1) eliminating the opportunity for rats to enter your property through exclusion 2) removal of food sources and harborage 3) exterminating rats from your home or business 4) monitoring to ensure that the rodents doesn’t return.

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The mice are coming, the mice are coming

If there is one thing about mice in a house, is that they will always end up in the kitchen. And of course what will you find? Mouse droppings, they are one of the most common signs of mice in your kitchen and this will let you know you have a larger problem on your hands. Mouse droppings are about 3-8mm similar to a piece of rice with pointed ends and they can produce over a 100 droppings a night. Also, their urine is very stinky like ammonia and like their feces they pee everywhere. Mice tend to do most of their mischief at night but unlike rats they will scurry around during the day. Because mice like to stick to the sides of walls, they end up creating grease marks from the oil on their fur everywhere they go. Simple prevention guidelines include: sore dried food in airtight containers, put pet food and water away at night, seal holes around pipes, keep your countertops clean and no dirty dishes, clean up any spillages and finally take the garbage out regularly.

gogreenpestcontrol.ca Ladner Tsawwassen Delta B.C. Randy Bilesky