Showing posts with label London Ontario. Show all posts
Showing posts with label London Ontario. Show all posts

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Mike Holmes: When the mice move in

Mice are known to eat away at batt insulation, including rigid foam.
HandoutMice are known to eat away at batt insulation, including rigid foam.
A lot of homeowners might be starting to notice some unwanted guests. No, not the in-laws. I’m talking about pests, and mice in particular.

Cold weather drives most animals and insects to find warmth, which could lead them straight to your house. And if they find a food source, they’re moving in.

What are the signs that you have mice? Mouse droppings. Little bits of chewed-up food packages. You might also be able to hear them in your walls or ceiling. They lurk in the cellar, the garage, pantry, kitchen — even bedrooms.

It takes just one mouse to make most people feel uncomfortable in their homes. And I don’t blame them.

Mice are known to carry diseases, bacteria, viruses and parasites. Breathing in small particles from their droppings, urine, saliva or nesting materials can make you sick. The particles can get into the air when you sweep or vacuum. That’s why you’re supposed to spray any area where mice have been with a disinfectant. It helps keep the particles from flying around, and then you can sweep or vacuum (remember to wear a disposable mask and gloves).

Mice can also contaminate surfaces in your home with their saliva or urine, which is almost impossible to detect. Next thing you know you could be drinking from a pop can that has mouse urine on the lid.

Some people might think that a couple of mice isn’t a big deal. But two mice in your home can do a lot of damage. In just six months, two mice can eat four pounds of food and leave 18,000 droppings. Plus, mice multiply fast. One female can have five to 10 litters of about five or six mice a year. Then those mice can start reproducing after only 30 days. Within three months six mice can multiply into 60. So if you’ve found one, there are probably more.

The worst part is the risk of contamination. Mice contaminate about 10 times more food than they eat.

These rodents are also destructive. They can chew through electrical wires and cause an electrical fire. They’ve been known to destroy rigid foam and fiberglass batt insulation. They can also gnaw through any wood in your home, including furniture, trim, cabinets, doors, even your home’s structure. Repairing all the damage they cause can be very expensive. And if you’re thinking of selling your home, a pest problem is usually a deal breaker.

How do you get rid of them?

I’ve heard of people using electrical devices that emit sound to get rid of mice. They usually don’t work. At first such a device might have an effect, but eventually mice get used to it.
Poisons aren’t always effective either. Plus, it’s a risk if you have pets; they could eat the poison or a poisoned dead mouse. When mice are poisoned they usually die somewhere inaccessible, like in a wall. It won’t be long before you start to notice a foul smell. And then how are you going to get a dead mouse out of your wall?

If you’re serious about getting rid of these critters for good, you need to call a professional. You don’t want to risk an infestation.

An experienced pest control professional can find where the mice are coming in. They’ll check for cracks and spaces around vents, wires, pipes, windows and doors. Then they’ll block their entry with mesh wiring, wood or spray foam insulation, or both.

Next, clean your house — including the garage and basement. Get rid of any clutter and trash. Mice love messy places, which make it easy for them to hide and nest. Store all food sources in sealed containers, including pet food.

To help stop mice from coming in, place weatherstripping around your doors; as a bonus, this will also increase energy efficiency. If your house has a chimney, get a chimney cap installed. Keep compost far from your home. Also move any firewood or mulch from around your home’s exterior. These are excellent places for mice to hide in.

All mice need is a little crack in a wall or foundation to get in. A sealed home is the only way to stop the problem. It’s also the most effective and humane. So check your home annually for cracks where mice can sneak in.

Catch Mike Holmes in his new series, Holmes Makes It Right, Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on HGTV.
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Thursday, 8 August 2013


One of the most common household bug infestation problems is the cockroach. Cockroaches hide in small nooks and crannies. An infestation of cockroaches can be dealt with, but it is first necessary to identify the kind of cockroaches living in your home. Many people don’t know that there are actually 5 different types of cockroaches that are categorized as pests. Knowing how to identify a cockroach will make treating the problem much easier.

1. Count the six legs of the specimen – a cockroach has 6 legs.
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    Check to see if your specimen has a hard exoskeleton
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    Look for thin, transparent wings. Thin, transparent wings belong to a cockroach while hard, opaque wings belong to a beetle. Do note, however, that cockroaches that are not yet fully mature will not have wings. 
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    Observe the long, flat, wide body of the insect. All cockroaches have a long, flat, and wide body.
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    Look for a set of long antennae on the front of his head.
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    Look at the brown or black color of the cockroach. German cockroaches and American cockroaches both have a reddish brown color. Oriental cockroaches have a black, shiny color. Brown banded cockroaches and a smoky brown cockroach, on the other hand, have a very dark brown color.
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    Measure the cockroach by placing the specimen on a piece of white paper in front of a ruler. If it is between 1.5 to 2 inches (3.8 to 5.0 cm) in length it is probably an American cockroach, the largest of the 5 pestilent cockroaches. If it is just slightly smaller, it is probably a smoky brown cockroach. Oriental cockroaches are about 1.2 inches (3.0 cm) in length with short, unusable wings. German cockroaches are small, only approximately 0.5 inches (1.3 cm) in length.
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    Look for any additional markings like stripes or color changes on the body of the cockroach. German cockroaches have 2 black stripes right behind it’s head, and brown banded cockroaches have light brown lines wrapping around it’s abdomen.
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    For Those Who Are Allergic to Fleas…..

    Fleas are common pests that we are all familiar with. Our dogs and cats can bring these insects into our homes where they lay eggs in the cracks and crevices and multiply quickly. Sure you can use flea shampoos, flea collars, or flea drops; however, if any family members or animals are allergic, you may want to have the house treated in conjunction with using drops.
    Fleas go through four life phases from egg, larva, pupa, to adult. The cycle begins when females lay eggs after feeding. In order to reproduce, the adult flea must be able to feed on blood. 20 or so eggs are laid each time, usually on the animal, meaning the eggs can fall off onto the ground. TIP; The area your animal sleeps in is likely the primary location of any eggs or developing fleas.
    Adult fleas may live for up to one year without feeding. They can remain fully developed inside the pupal cocoon for a long time until a blood source shows up. Here’s an interesting fact; in approx. 30 days, 10 female fleas within the proper conditions have the ability to multiply to over a quarter million different life stages. If they are hungry and multiplying after a dormant period, you may begin to see flea bites on your animals and potentially yourself! Not only are they a nuisance, but they can cause medical problems.
    Wikipedia: These can include flea allergy dermatitis (FAD), secondary skin irritations and, in extreme cases, anemia, tapeworms, and/or stomach flu. Fleas can transmit murine typhus (endemic typhus) fever among animals and from animal to humans. Also, fleas can transmit bubonic plague and any other disease from human to rodent and from rodent to humans. Tapeworms normally infest in humans in severe cases. Although bites are rarely felt, it is the resulting irritation caused by the flea salivary….SEE MORE

    Tips on How to Get Rid of Mosquitos

    1. New polymerized 30% DEET cream formulations provide excellent protection not significantly exceeded by higher DEET concentrations.
    2. Picaridin is odorless, has a pleasant feel, and doesn’t plasticize like DEET. Studies have shown it to be as fully repellent to mosquitoes as DEET and can also be applied on infants as young as 2 months.
    3. Choose a natural product, such as oil of lemon-eucalyptus, sold as Repel®. Repel is a 40% formulation of naturally-derived eucalyptus and has a pleasant scent and feel without any plasticizing properties. It is also effective at repelling ticks.
    4. Mosquitoes are attracted to sweat, but the act of sweating can mask more effective attractors of Mosquitoes, such as perfumes.
    5. Try garlic. If you have pets, then know that mosquitoes will go for them too. It’s not recommended to give a cat or dog “too much” garlic. However, before you go mixing garlic cloves in with your pets food you should check with your vet. The best way to feed your pets garlic would be to buy it ready made and specifically for pets and that will eliminate the chance of human error.
    6. Garlic powder from your local grocer sprinkled all through your yard may create a Mosquito repellent and go a little extra thick around the patio and porch area. This may protect pets, too. Read natural ways to repel mosquitoes and ways to repel other insects as well.
    7. Burn a citronella candle or torch. The smoke in the air may help keep away some bugs.
    8. Try a citronella plant in a pot on your porch to help. Another approach would be citronella incense coils.
    9. Dump or flush out any stagnant water sources in your yard. Examples of mosquito breeding grounds include old tires, driveway puddles, unfiltered fish ponds, empty flowerpots, and any item that can hold water for more than a few days at a time.
    10. Hanging sealed-clear-plastic bags of water with a small entry and placed around the area you wish to keep insect free will only capture flies, not mosquitoes, bees, wasps, or crawlers. Dryer sheets (rubbed on or hanging) have been proven in multiple controlled studies to have no effect whatsoever on the number of mosquito bites received.

    Big bugaboo – London Free Press

    pest control london ontarioThey’re creepy little biters and they’re everywhere — London, Bayfield, Exeter, Sarnia and Goderich.
    Bed bugs are hitchhiking into hotels, apartments and houses more and more every year.
    “It’s definitely increasing and it’s been increasing substantially over the last six to seven years in the London area,” said Ryan Sawyer, owner of Sawyer Pest Management.
    “People don’t understand where it’s going. It appears to be getting worse every year.”
    While bed bugs once were found mostly in hotels or high-density housing, Sawyer said he receives many more calls from residents of single-family homes, townhouses and condos about them.
    He has seen infestations so bad people were sleeping in their bathtubs and balconies to get away from the bugs.
    “When you go into some place and people are sleeping on their balconies . . . you really have to feel for people,” he said.
    Last month, a Sarnia police office responding to a call to assist a man in medical distress found bed bugs crawling on him.
    This month, Lambton County council passed a motion to hold a public meeting on the growing problem. A staff report is expected next month.
    Five years ago, Sawyer received one call a month from someone fearing they had bed bugs. Now, he gets two or three a day.
    The story is the same at the Middlesex London Health Unit, where calls about bed bugs have doubled in two years.
    Four years ago, the London Middlesex Housing Corp., pest control budget was $25,000.
    Now, it’s more than $300,000 — all because of bed bugs………..SEE MORE

    Bedbug Checklist

    bed bugs london ontarioHere are some quick tips to make sure your room (hotel rooms, bedrooms, living areas, etc) isn’t infested with bedbugs! Most people who end up having their home infested with bedbugs could have prevented it by looking for the signs below. If you have bedbugs (rather than looking for them), then check out our Bed Bug Treatment page.
    The first thing you can do is find reviews of the hotel you’re staying at by searching the internet. We can do that for you if you prefer, simply leave a comment asking us to check your hotel [include the name and address of the hotel in your comment] and we’ll post the results under your comment. Keep in mind that a report about one hotel does not mean the issue wasn’t isolated to one room, or that hotel management hasn’t since exterminated the bugs.
    When staying at a hotel, hang clothing in the closet that is farthest from your bed, place luggage on the folding rack usually found at hotels and always place your luggage in a plastic bag (hotel provided dry cleaning bags work great).
    When you inspect a room for bedbugs, make sure you wear disposable medical gloves! Bedbugs gorge on the blood of humans, so much so that they can easily pop with very little pressure. When a bedbug pops, it will splatter blood and you may be exposed!
    Picture of Bed Bugs, their eggs, shells and feces! This is a high resolution photo of what a bed bug infested mattress looks like including their shells, eggs and feces. You can zoom in on the picture if you need to.
    • After you arrive at your hotel, the first thing you should do is to spot check the bed. Peel back the bed sheets and check the mattress, running your fingers along the upper and lower seams. Make sure to check the mattress tag and plastic around the edges (see the picture above); bed bugs often hide there.
    • Check for tiny black spots (smaller than the size of poppy seeds) behind the headboard, translucent skins or actual bedbugs. Bed bug spots (fecal matter) are dark brown to black in color and stick to the surface. If it falls off, then it’s not a bed bug spot. You can also take a wet towel and wipe the spot to see if it smears and if so, then it may be fecal matter.  READ MORE

    National Geographic – Parasites attack and Ant

    Spring Pest Control Tips

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    Spring clean-up to prevent insects from entering home
    Homeowners are likely to start finding unwanted pests in and around their homes as we transition from the colder wet winter months to warmer spring months. The following are some simple steps homeowners can take to reduce their risk of pest control problems:
    Pest Control Tips In the Kitchen
    - Store food in airtight containers. Open packages of pasta, rice, and baking goods (i.e. flour, oatmeal, cornmeal) should be placed in the freezer and frozen for 72 hours, then placed in airtight containers, or thrown away to reduce the chance of insects infesting the pantry.
    - Always wipe down sticky containers. Bottles of sticky substances such as syrup and other sauces or condiments should be wiped down with warm soapy water to reduce the chance of ant infestation.
    - Throw away spoiled food right away. Items such as old potatoes, onions, and other vegetables should be checked for spoilage to avoid fruit fly infestation or attack from ants, crickets, earwigs, etc.
    - Freeze candy and chocolate. Put leftover holiday candy and other treats in the freezer to avoid attracting insects into your pantry.
    Pest Control Tips Throughout the House
    - Clean your doors and windows. Thoroughly vacuum and clean window and sliding door tracks to help prevent outside invaders such as carpet beetles, earwigs, silverfish and spiders.
    - Don’t let the bed bugs bite! After house guests leave, carefully inspect closets, drawers, and beds/sofas for bed bugs that may have inadvertently been brought in. Also, after you travel, carefully clean or vacuum all luggage inside and out, and then store it in tightly sealed plastic garbage bags.
    - Store away wool and fur-trimmed clothing. During warm weather months, wash and store away wool and fur-trimmed or -lined clothing in sealed containers or plastic bags to reduce the chance of moth or carpet beetle activity. READ MORE

    Pest Control for London On

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    Bed Bug Bites
    They’ve fed on people for thousands of years, and now, if the local health officer has his way, they’ll gnaw on the wallets of Ontario taxpayers.
    Bed bugs have been a nuisance for millennium but it was only last year Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews declared her government would spend $5 million to fight the insect, including $180,000 for the Middlesex-London Health Unit.
    The money was meant for a single year so health officials could teach citizens how best to prevent infestations and get rid of those that occurred.
    But with the next provincial budget a couple of months away, the local medical officer of health wants to make the funding permanent.
    Dr. Graham Pollett will ask the health board at a meeting Thursday to request the Health ministry include funding to combat bed bugs in the base budgets of the province’s health units.
    Pollett pointed to the success of a “bed bug hotline” as one reason to permanently place taxpayers on the hook for funding.
    “The hotline was opened in June 2011 and the number of calls SEE MORE

    Pest Control London On – Bed Bugs

    If you think you don’t need to worry about bed bugs in London, talk to the London International Academy boarding school students.
    Or better yet, take a close look at them.
    It won’t take long to find clusters of red bug bites on the students — whose parents pay $20,000 per year for accommodation at the Park Tower on King St. and pre-university courses at the downtown private school.
    “Right here,” said one teen yesterday, rolling up his sleeve to show where he was bitten the week before. “My neck,” said another, gesturing to a grouping of six angry red welts just under his chin.
    Many of the students have arrived during the past month to start school meant to prepare them for Canadian university. Their English is still spotty, but when stopped out front of their residence at 186 King Street Thursday, all were familiar with the term bed bugs.
    “Oh yes bed bugs,” said one boy, who declined to give his name or have his picture taken. “I’ve been here two weeks. I was bit three or four nights.
    “I don’t sleep well.”
    Another student said he had seen the bugs and killed some, but still he wakes up with bites “every night.”
    Inspectors with the Middlesex-London Health Unit are aware of the situation at the building, said environmental health director Wally Adams.
    He said a health unit inspector called out for something else in August noticed some bed bugs and ordered the building manager to “beef up integrated pest management measures.
    When the inspector returned Aug. 23, he was satisfied that the manager had complied. SEE MORE

    Green Pest Management

    Green pest management is a pest control strategy that sets pest action thresholds, monitors pest levels, takes steps to prevent pest problems and uses control methods that are organic (plant based) materials or materials of natural origin. Green pest management is an extension of integrated pest management and is similar in all regards except for the control methods. While both integrated pest management and green pest management choose the least risky pest control material, green pest management uses organic (plant based) materials or materials of natural origin.



    Green pest management (GPM) is the natural extension of integrated pest management (IPM). Pest management occurs in three primary arenas, first, the agricultural arena, second, the urban or structural arena and third the turf and ornamental arena. Green Pest Management programs and service providers can be focused on agricultural, structural, turf and ornamental pest control. A GPM service plan follows the foundations of an IPM service plan with the exception of the type of pesticide applied when necessary according to the IPM or GPM plan. GPM service providers (pest control applicators or pest control technicians) use naturally occurring and low risk materials as the primary pest control material instead of a synthetic pesticide when a pesticide is called for as part of an integrated pest management or IPM plan. These may or may not include materials listed on the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI)[1] Pest management at an agricultural setting would include a farm or garden. Pest management at an urban or structural site includes residences, either single or multi-family, apartment houses and condominiums, hospitality such as restaurants and hotels, all types of food processing and manufacturing, warehousing, and industrial sites. Turf and ornamental pest control occurs at recreational sites, such as a lawn, park, playing field or playground, and may include plants for human or animal consumption or plants for utility, such as playing turf, or decorative use, such as a rose garden.

    Government regulation

    Currently there are no regulations on the use of the term “Green Pest Control”. Indeed, any pest control company could advertise a “Green Pest Control Service”. Efforts to move toward a standard are being made by the pest control industry. Consumer should beware that the term green pest control is still too vague to carry much weight. The terms environmentally friendly and organic are regulated terms within the pest control industry.
    The government has regulation on exempt products. Exempt products comprise only materials that are on the EPA’s exempt list. These materials may include materials listed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as biopesticides. Biopesticides or biological pesticides are materials of natural origin or certain minerals.[2]


    Pesticides are used to control pests, some examples are avicideherbicide and insecticide. Green Pest Management usually deals with insecticides and herbicides. For Green Pest Management the preferred materials are of natural origin. Materials of natural origin may be either organic, such as plant oils, or inorganic, such as boric acid. Not every material of natural origin would be preferred. It must also be low risk. Some plant oils used include Rosemary, Wintergreen, Eugenol (Clove Oil) and other oils. They act as insecticides at some concentrations and as non selective herbicides at other, higher concentrations. These low risk materials are often known as exempt or minimum risk pesticides or “25b products.” The term 25b refers to the section 25b of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act or FIFRA. Due to the nature of the active and READ MORE

    Poisonous Spiders in Ontario

    Although most spiders inject venom into their prey, few are harmful to humans. Ontario is home to the very poisonous black widow spider. The more commonly seen yellow sac spider is far less venomous, and brown recluse spiders, not indigenous to Ontario, may only be spotted on extremely rare occasions.

    1. Black Widow

      • The female black widow is poisonous and the spider is noted for a red hourglass marking on the underside of its shiny black abdomen. Five different species of black widow inhabit North America, including Ontario.
        Black widows live under fallen trees or under rocks. They also like to inhabit secluded areas like sheds, garages, basements and crawl spaces. Firewood piles are a common home and people who are bitten by black widows often report they were moving firewood when the bite occurred.
        An Oakville woman was hospitalized by a black widow bite in 2009. She had been bitten while gardening and almost immediately suffered blurred vision, numbness and profuse sweating. Black widows inject a neurotoxin which affects the nervous system. Other symptoms may include fever, elevated blood pressure and dizziness. Less than one percent of black widow bites are fatal.
        The spider is rarely seen in Ontario, and only two other reported sightings occurred in 2009, one in Mississauga and one in Bolton. Even over the past several decades, reports of the spider were rare and occurred in London, Barrie, Bruce Peninsula and in the Georgian Bay Islands.

      Yellow Sac

      • The yellow sac spider’s habitat is mainly the northeastern United States, but it has also been reported in Toronto and the southern part of Ontario. It is a pale straw color with darker fangs. Inside the home, it often nests and resides in cocoon-like webs, hunting for insects at night. Outside, it is found near decks and porches. This spider has a one-year lifespan in Ontario, wintering inside homes.
        The yellow sac’s bite is sometimes confused with that of the brown recluse, but there is rarely any necrosis, and the symptoms are not as severe.

      Brown Recluse

      • The brown recluse has a violin-shaped marking on its thorax, which gives rise to this spider’s nickname, fiddleback.
        This spider is not accustomed to Ontario’s climate and may only be found after inadvertently traveling on goods shipped in from the mid-western and southern United States. In 2007, a man from Caesarea reported a spider bite with accompanying fever, extreme swelling and a lesion that are consistent with the symptoms of a brown recluse bite, but the spider was not positively identified. He was bitten after handling fruit.

    Recognizing Dangerous Household Bugs

    Not all insects are bad. However, you need to know, as well as teach your children, which ones are harmful.
    With warm weather comes the invasion of household bugs. However, some insects are worse than others are. While most bugs found in and around your home are harmless, others can be deadly. Tragically, 40 to 100 Americans die each year due to fatal insect bites.


    Mosquito bites cause more deaths to humans than any other insect. Although a mosquito bite hurts, it’s the germs carried by the insect that present the greater threat. If you live in an area highly infected with mosquitoes, protect yourself by staying indoors when they’re most active at dawn and dusk. Besides using insect repellent, be sure you don’t have any standing water around your house. Mosquitoes also tend to gather at ponds and around water puddles.

    Brown Recluse Spider

    Brown recluse spiders hide in dark, undisturbed areas, such as garages, so you need to take caution, turning on lights when reaching into darkened areas. Besides spinning their webs in garages, sheds and woodpiles, they hang out in cellars, and places that are dry. Inside the home, they gravitate to cardboard, so be careful about handling boxes or cleaning where you can’t see what’s there. Other dark places inside a home may include dressers, shoes, and even behind pictures and furnaces. If you spot one, call a professional exterminator.
    When you’re first stung by a brown recluse spider, you may not even know it. However, soon you’ll know something is wrong because you can get a high fever and extreme chills from a bite. Other symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, rashes, and intense pain in muscles and joints. If bitten, go to your local hospital emergency center immediately.

    Black Widow Spider

    Black widow spiders can be identified by a colored, hourglass-shaped mark on their abdomens. They’re to be taken seriously because of the strong venom (15 times greater than that of a rattlesnake.) Symptoms may include muscle aches, nausea, and labored breathing. Although most people bitten do not suffer serious harm, sometimes the bite of a black widow spider can be fatal to small children, the elderly, and the sick.
    Bites from black widow spiders are sharp and painful. If bitten, seek medical attention immediately. Just as the brown recluse spider, black widow spiders like to hide out in dark places. Over-the-counter insecticides aren’t effective, so again, you need an exterminator.

    The Common Housefly

    Surprisingly, the common housefly can be one of the most dangerous insects in your home. That’s because of all the germs it carries. Houseflies carry germs resulting in diseases such as typhoid, cholera, bacillary, dysentery, tuberculosis, anthrax ophtalmia, and infantile diarrhea. Check for holes in window screens and don’t leaves doors open. If you do see a housefly, swat it immediately.


    Just as brown recluse spiders, cockroaches also like to hide in dark quiet corners (such as in food pantries.) As some children are extremely sensitive to cockroach allergens, cockroaches have been linked with childhood asthma. Cockroach allergens

    Common Pests of Trees in Ontario – Ministry of Natural Resources

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    Seasonal Pest Control

    When the seasons change, so do the pests that come with them. For information, please continue reading below.
    Here are some of the pests that may show up during the different seasons in Ontario.

    Paper wasps are 0.7 to 1.0 inch (1.8 to 2.5 cm)-long wasps that gather fibers from dead wood and plant stems, which they mix with saliva, and use to construct water-resistant nests made of gray or brown papery material. Paper wasps are also sometimes called umbrella wasps, due to the distinctive design of their nests[1] or other regional variants such as Trinidad & Tobago’s use of Jack Spaniard.[2]
    Paper wasps like to stay in the attic during the winter months and/or walls, and they re-appear during the intial warm day period in March or April, staying until late fall.

    Carpenter ants are large (.25 to 1 in/0.64 to 2.5 cm) ants indigenous to many parts of the world. They prefer dead, damp wood in which to build nests. They do not eat it, however, unlike termites.[1] Sometimes carpenter ants will hollow out sections of trees. The most likely species to be infesting a house in the United States is the black carpenter ant (Camponotus pennsylvanicus). However, there are over a thousand other species in the genus Camponotus.
    Carpenter ants are more active during early spring inside the home, and sometimes continue into the summer. Look for them on the outside of your home, near trees and/or shrubs.

    The Little Black Ant (Monomorium minimum) is a species of ant. Members of the species are tiny and shiny black in color. These ants are usually found outdoors or in wood inside a home that causes it to decay.
    Workers are 1/16 inch in length and the queens are 1/8 inch in length. Also the Soldiers are 1/13 of an inch in length. There may be 100, 000 in one colony. They use recruitment to deal more effectively with large prey. They form colonies with multiple queens.
    Ants give birth to live pupa. Ant pupa laid by the queen can take just 10 days to mature. Winged ants may fly away and start a new colony if the current colony is overpopulated.
    Small ants are one of the most common problems we come across in the Summer. They often stay outside of the home in gardens and patio stone walkways.
    Carpenter bees (the genus Xylocopa in the subfamily Xylocopinae) are large bees distributed worldwide. There are some 500 species of carpenter bee in 31 subgenera.[1] Their name comes from the fact that nearly all species build their nests in burrows in dead wood, bamboo, or structural timbers (except those in the subgenus Proxylocopa, which nest in the ground). Members of the related tribe Ceratinini are sometimes referred to as “small carpenter bees”.
    Carpenter bees show up in the Spring and stay around well into the summer. Infestations cause woodpeckers to poke holes into trees attempting to eat the larvae. This damage is serious and harms the trees.
    Mud dauber (sometimes called “dirt dauber,” “dirt digger,” “dirt dobber,” “dirt diver”, or “mud wasp”) is a name commonly applied to a number of wasps from either the family Sphecidae or Crabronidae that build their nests from mud. Mud dauber may refer to any of the following common species:
    Mud dauber wasps are around all summer long. They like to be around water, shrubs, bush, and flowers to hunt for caterpillars and spiders. They can build up into large numbers around your home, although not usually aggressive.

    Yellowjacket is the common name in North America for predatory wasps of the genera Vespula and Dolichovespula. Members of these genera are known simply as “wasps” in other English-speaking countries. Most of these are black and yellow; some are black and white (such as the bald-faced hornet, Dolichovespula maculata), while others may have the abdomen background color red instead of black. They can be identified by their distinctive markings, small size (similar to a honey bee), their occurrence only in colonies, and a characteristic, rapid, side to side flight pattern prior to landing. All females are capable of stinging. Yellowjackets are important predators of pest insects.[1]
    Yellow Jackets start in the Spring and are easy to treat early. By late summer or fall however, they are more difficult to deal with.
    A mouse (plural: mice) is a small mammal belonging to the order of rodents, characteristically having a pointed snout, small rounded ears, and a long naked or almost hairless tail. The best known mouse species is the common house mouse (Mus musculus). It is also a popular pet. In some places, certain kinds of field mice are also common. This rodent is eaten by large birds such as hawks and eagles. They are known to invade homes for food and occasionally shelter.
    Mice are an issue more so in the Summer, gaining access to the home through the garage or attic.

    The mosquitoes are a family of small, midge-like flies: the Culicidae. Although a few species are harmless or even useful to humanity, most are a nuisance because they consume blood from living vertebrates, including humans. In feeding on blood, various species of mosquitoes transmit some of the most harmful human and livestock diseases. Some authorities argue accordingly that mosquitoes are the most dangerous animals on earth.[2]
    Mosquitoes come in waves, usually initially in the Spring, then the summer. The number of them depends on the temperature and rainfall.