Showing posts with label pest control st. thomas ontario. Show all posts
Showing posts with label pest control st. thomas ontario. Show all posts

Thursday, 8 August 2013

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

Seasonal Pests

pest control london ontarioMany pests go into an inanimate state during the colder months but not all activity stops. In fact, for many people, winter brings out a variety of pest problems.
  • Rodents are extremely busy during the winter. Mice are the #1 pest problem when the temperature dips. The average female will have 4-8 pups per litter and will go into heat just weeks after giving birth. It is not hard to imagine a female having 40-50 offspring in just one year. Rats become a major problem on farms and in inner-city settings during this time.
  • Ants, such as Pavement, Odorous House and Pharaoh are seen in many homes with slab foundations. They will come up from the pea-gravel searching for food and water even during the coldest months.
  • Silverfish love warm, humid temperatures. So despite the fact that it could be 10-degrees outside, silverfish will be thriving in bathrooms or where there are hot-water pipes.
  • Spiders are a problem year-round for any client living near a lake, forest preserve or wooded areas.
pest control st. thomasAs Jack Frost lets go of his icy grip, many pests will “wake up” out of their deep inanimate slumber and make themselves a nuisance.
  • Flies can be seen in many homes during April and May. Flies will overwinter in attics or wall voids and will be one of the first pests you will see. Even as early as mid-March.
  • Ants love the spring. Carpenter Ants especially will make themselves known as they forage for food looking for any type of food to eat. They especially will be attracted to sweet-tasting food.
  • Single-cone wasps will show up as early as May if the temperatures outside are constantly in the 50′s or 60′s. The pregnant queens will find a nice location, such as an eave or soffit to begin building their nest.
  • Box elder bugs and Asian lady beetles are also waking up. They will overwinter under door stoops, under the bark of trees, in your attic or behind shutters. When there is approximately 12 hours of sunlight per day with mild conditions you will see them emerge. They will be busy laying eggs until June and then you won’t see too many of them until the fall.
pest control st. thomas ontarioIn northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin, summer is the peak season for many pests.
  • Single-cone wasps will show up in large numbers in June, baldfaced hornets in July (large cone-shaped nests in trees) and yellow jackets in August. Honey bees can be a nuisance any-time during the summer but they are not as common as the aforementioned stinging pests.
  • Carpenter ants will be out in great numbers foraging for food or looking for new nesting sites.
  • Mosquitoes will start in June (May if it’s warm for long stretches) and will be active through the end of September.
  • Spiders can be a nightmare for residents living on Lake Geneva, Lake Delavan, Lauderdale Lakes, Wonder Lake, Chain O’ Lakes, Twin Lakes, etc.
  • Clover mites will start out as blood-red dots on your door stoops, windows, siding, etc., and will turn a dark green as they feed on vegetation.
  • Millipedes, pill pugs and earwigs will turn up in large numbers starting in May, hitting their peak in June and July. Earwigs will be a problem until it snows.
pest control st. thomas ontarioAs the temperatures cool, many pests will look to move indoors or find other shelter.
  • Box elder bugs and Asian lady beetles are the most common pest in September and October.
  • Yellow jackets are very aggressive in September as the number of wasps looking for food becomes quite large.
  • Spiders will follow their food sources indoors.
  • Mice will become more noticeable in October and November.
  • Flies can be seen throughout a person’s home but especially on the 2nd floor.

Fall Pest Control Preventative Treatments

pest control st. thomas ontarioFall is the time of year when pests will try to take up residence and overwinter in your home. Rodents, carpenter ants, queen bees, carpenter bees, cluster flies, lady bugs, and spiders look for shelter. These pests can become established in your home and cause structural damage.
Rodents such as mice or rats will look to seek refuge for the fall and winter. They can reproduce at a rate of 4-7 pups per litter with a gestation period of 19 days. The female will typically produce 5 to 10 litters in her lifetime. The pups become sexually mature as early as 6 to 10 weeks old; therefore, populations can grow rapidly. These rodents gnaw on electrical wires, tear insulation, contaminate food and leave unpleasant odors. Preventive services to winterize your home will eradicate the problem.
When the temperature begins to drop in the fall months, ants will look for ways to seek shelter. Carpenter ants can establish colonies inside the walls of your home and remain active. They will create nesting galleries in wood, causing the homeowner serious structural damage if left untreated.
Typically a wasp, hornet or yellow jacket queen bee will overwinter in the wall voids and attic. Carpenter bees also lay dormant in the winter. In the spring they awaken. The queen bee will look to lay eggs and establish new colonies and the carpenter bee will drill holes in the wood of your home.
Some occasional invaders that can enter your home include lady bugs, cluster flies, and spiders. A thorough inspection, sealing structural gaps, along with conventional and/or organic treatments in the fall will help to resolve your pest control thomas pest control ontario
This is the time of year for fall clean-up around your home. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a way for a home owner to do some preventative treatments around their home. Some of these preventative treatments can include: cutting back trees and bushes from touching your home, sealing up cracks and holes around the foundation, keeping firewood away from the home and covering trash cans. Your professional pest control company can advise you on the best way to implement IPM and eliminate the problem with conventional and/or organic solutions. This will help ensure that new pests do not enter your home.

Fun for Bugs! What’s that Bug?