Friday, 9 August 2013

Honeybee Apis mellifera

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Honeybee hives have long provided humans with honey and beeswax. Such commercial uses have spawned a large beekeeping industry, though many species still occur in the wild.

All honeybees are social and cooperative insects. A hive’s inhabitants are generally divided into three types.
Workers are the only bees that most people ever see. These bees are females that are not sexually developed. Workers forage for food (pollen and nectar from flowers), build and protect the hive, clean, circulate air by beating their wings, and perform many other societal functions.

The queen’s job is simple—laying the eggs that will spawn the hive’s next generation of bees. There is usually only a single queen in a hive. If the queen dies, workers will create a new queen by feeding one of the worker females a special diet of a food called “royal jelly.” This elixir enables the worker to develop into a fertile queen. Queens also regulate the hive’s activities by producing chemicals that guide the behavior of the other bees.

Male bees are called drones—the third class of honeybee. Several hundred drones live in each hive during the spring and summer, but they are expelled for the winter months when the hive goes into a lean survival mode.
Bees live on stored honey and pollen all winter, and cluster into a ball to conserve warmth. Larvae are fed from the stores during this season and, by spring, the hive is swarming with a new generation of bees.

Thursday, 8 August 2013

HOW TO IDENTIFY A COCKROACH

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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Ever Seen a Bed Bug?

Check out this video from National Geographic.

Is it Bee Season?


Not that we have to worry about Killer Bees in Canada, but learning about them sure is fun! We all know that the wasps and hornets will be venturing out soon and I’m pretty sure every one of us has been stung! We are lucky they’re not killer bees, but bees can still cause problems for you home and backyard, especially if you have family members that are allergic.
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Carpenter Ant Pest Control


One of the most common questions people have is “How do I kill ants?” Over 12,000 of ant species exist and can sometimes be unsightly. Pest control is needed to keep them from getting into our food and damaging our homes. Carpenter and Fire ants can cause the most damage to your home, and they are considered the most destructive ants in Canada. Before attempting to kill ants on your own, contact a pest control specialist to determine what kind of ants are infesting the area since each species has it’s own method of survival. Take a look at this video on carpenter ants in action. Better the log than our home! Feel free to e-mail us for more info on bugs and pest extermination.
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National Geographic Cockroach Infestation


Providing pest control services in London, Ontario, Ryan and Sawyer Pest Management will work with you to customize and implement a program that protects your home or business from pest infestation. If you would like to book an appointment or have any questions for Sawyer Pest Management, please contact us at 519-661-6886