Pest Control News Archive
12 Mar 2018 – Milder winters, good amount of moisture and warmer summers invite bugs of many kinds including the carpenter ant. These ants are larger than other types of ants and can damage wooden furniture. These ants can enter the home through holes or cracks in foundations, air-conditioners, heating ducts, cables, tree branches near windows, firewood or porches made of wood. Carpenter ants are infamous for their preference for anything wooden. They burrow into all kinds of wooden furniture at home to build their nests. The tunnels these ants create are deeper than the ones made by termites. The most commonly encountered carpenter ants in Canada are the red and black ones. Closing entry points, getting rid of decaying wood, spraying household chemicals are some ways to prevent an ant infestation. Large infestations are best addressed by professional pest control service providers in Toronto.
10 Feb 2018 – City Housing Hamilton (CHH) is forced to spend a fortune on controlling vermins in Hamilton. Apart from the 150% increase in rat sightings in the area, residents are making frantic calls to professional pest control services in Toronto and Hamilton for bedbugs and cockroaches as well. According to officials, more than a thousand treatments for cockroach and bedbug infestations have been done in Hamilton until September of 2017. CHH had a pest control budget of 1.3 million in 2017, which was 11% of its maintenance allocation. Compared to eight years back when the budget for pest control was $300,000, there has been a phenomenal increase in the budget allocation for getting rid of vermins. Bedbugs are the most serious concern for Hamilton residents with many having to replace carpets for a high cost to get rid of them.
10 Jan 2018 – Allergic reaction to wasp stings was responsible for three deaths in Manitoba. Although stinging and biting insects cause allergy symptoms in people sensitive to these insects, the former are more of a concern. Stinging Insects inject venom into the body when they bite which can cause anaphylactic shock in some people, leading to death if not treated immediately. Biting insects also cause allergic reactions but are rarely life threatening. Cockroaches and dust mites are insects that do not bite, but yet can cause allergy symptoms and can trigger asthma attacks in vulnerable groups of people. Instead of skin rash or redness, these insects can cause wheeze, runny nose and itching eyes, throat or mouth. Calling professional pest control service providers in Toronto and other areas is the best way to get rid of allergy causing insects.
Rats are a growing concern for Oshawa residents with some complaining about not being to use their backyard! At least 40 rat related calls were received by Councilor Amy McQuaid-England. The Councilor wants to step up the efforts to control the menace with a number of measures including appropriate disposal system and tracking rat calls. The city council is also looking at setting aside a budget for a comprehensive rat extermination program in 2018. Professional pest control service providers in Toronto and Oshawa believe successive warm winters and rains that drove the rats out of their underground homes are some reasons for the rat menace. Besides, the increasing construction activity in Oshawa could also have displaced some rats which are moving over to the backyards of neighbors.
20 Nov 2017 – Biopesticides are increasingly gaining the interest of researchers and pest control providers world over. A major breakthrough in this regard was achieved recently at the University of Hertfordshire by virologists Dr Robert Coutts and Dr Ioly Kotta-Loizou. The researchers are focused on the potential of a fungus called Beauveria bassiana, a new generation of environmentally friendly biopesticide. Found naturally in plants and in soil, the fungus injects its spores into bugs and kills them without affecting the environment in any way. The new generation of biopesticides may also be effective in fighting household pests including termites and other bugs.
This comes as great news for professional pest control service providers in Toronto who focus on using environmentally friendly pest control agents.
15 October 2017 – A recent investigation by CityNews of over 44 campus establishments in Toronto found more than two hundred food safety violations in college cafeterias. City News examined more than nine hundred reports of food safety inspections carried out in post-secondary campuses between 2015 and 2017 from Public Health’s database. Glendon College, Osgoode Hall and York University have come under the scanner for the most hygiene violations and inadequate pest control. Glendon college has had a troubled past with pest control issues with mice and cockroach feces being found in its cafeteria. Mice droppings were found also in Humber College’s Residence Cafe.
22 September 2017 – Wasp stings are getting more frequent. A Whitehorse pest control service provider says he received twice as many calls this summer than in the previous years. Yellow jackets, hornets and honeybees are the most common species in Toronto. While bees are usually harmless and do not attack unless provoked, wasps tend to be more aggressive.With the temperature drops in winter starting September onward, wasps become lazy and most of them tend to also get killed by the sudden frost. It is right in the middle of these two seasons that wasps become more active and aggressive. As the queen gets busy laying more eggs, the now-grown wasps are out and about scavenging for food in parks, schools, shopping centers and eateries.