Pest Control News Archive
18 August 2017 – Toronto residents are reporting more skunk and raccoon sightings this year. According to the Animal Services department of Toronto, there were 72 calls regarding injured or dead skunks in 2016. But in 2017, the department has already received 339 calls for skunks. The department reports a rise in raccoon population as well. Some areas in Toronto have more than hundred raccoons per square kilometer. Experts believe that while the population of skunks has not dramatically increased, the rise in sightings at this time of the year can be attributed to the baby season. Being den dwellers, skunks tend to burrow underneath porches or sheds. Many professional skunk removal services humanely remove them by allowing them to escape through a one-way door.
July 11 2017 – Lady Bugs To The Rescue!!! Sounds odd but it’s true when it comes to pest control. Lady Bugs are one of the best natural and environmentally friendly pest control options available when it comes to getting rid of invasive pests like aphids that can do a lot of damage to plants. So good at pest control, in fact, that the city of Regina is releasing 300,000 ladybugs in the city to wage war against these invasive pests. Pest experts say that by doing this the need for pesticides in the city will be reduced. Other Canadian cities should learn from Regina, who even released a herd of 100 goats in May to graze on an invasive weed and once again reduce the need for chemical treatments.
June 21 2017 – Early this week was quite possibly one of the craziest pest infestation stories we have seen in a while. For about the past 10 years or so, one Toronto homeowner says she was living with bees in the walls of her home. She never realized how severe the infestation was until one of her friends pressed his ear against a wall and heard how loud the buzzing was. When the local Toronto pest control company came in to remove the Italian honey bees, they found an infestation that had grown to around 100,000 in population. Due to depleting bee populations in the wild, the pest control company carefully removed and relocated the bees to a bee farm making it an environmentally friendly pest removal at its best.
May 15 2017 – When you think of wildlife invasion issues in Toronto, what normally comes to mind is squirrels, opossums, raccoons and maybe the odd fox or coyote, animals that are not usually considered to be a serious threat to humans. On the night of May 14th, there was another wildlife species that gave quite a scare to residents in a Scarborough neighborhood. At around 10pm a black bear was spotted making its way through backyards, rummaging through garbage bins and even banging on one residents door. After about 4 hours of tracking the animal and trying to get an available officer from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources to handle the situation safely, Toronto Police felt that they had no choice but to shoot and kill the black bear in order to maintain public safety which they see as a top priority.
April 15 2017 – Toronto city council has approved a new bylaw which will become effective on July 1st protecting tenants that have pest complaints. This new bylaw will require all property owners in Toronto who manage a property that is minimum 3 storeys high with at least 10 units to respond to any tenant pest complaints within 72 hours of receiving the notice. All pest related issues will need to be inspected by a licensed pest extermination company and will require that tenants are informed with a written notice upon completion of the inspection. The bylaw will also disallow landlords from renting properties that have an ongoing pest infestation until it is handled accordingly. Hopefully, this will help Torontonians as a whole in the constant battle against pest infestations.
March 15 2017 – Whenever you find a pest infestation in your home, it is almost always advisable to call in a pest control professional. There are several reasons for this, most importantly that a pest control company will know exactly what treatment should be used to safely exterminate each type of pest. A 21 year old man in Maine learned this the hard way as he burned down his house, killing his dog and two cats, in an attempt to get rid of an ant infestation. As he was killing ants with wooden matches, one of the matches ignited combustible materials in the basement which quickly spread flames throughout the house. This is an extreme case of a do-it-yourself extermination going wrong, but nonetheless, you are always safer calling a pest control professional who will safely and effectively rid your home of pests.
February 1 2017 – Health Canada has recently announced that they are going to take tougher action against the importation of unregistered pest control products. Unregistered pest control products have been allowed to enter Canada in small amounts in order to let travellers bring insect repellent with them into the country. The problem is that online retailers took advantage of this allowance, which resulted in them selling these insect repellents to Canadian consumers online. Health Canada will now put stricter restrictions on these products, banning all online sales of unregistered pest control products and making it more difficult even for travellers to bring them into the country.
January 12 2017 – Just like Pestend Pest Control Toronto, pest control companies in Vancouver have been very busy this winter. One pest control professional says he is about 60% busier than the same time last year to be exact, and it is primarily to do a sudden increase in rodent infestations all around Vancouver. While many people think there has been a spike in the rodent population, pest control professionals agree that the increase in rodent infestations is primarily due to the unusually cold weather in Vancouver this winter. When it is this cold out for an extended period of time, rodents need to find a warm place to live right away or they will die. Burrowing into the frozen ground is not an option so instead they look for any man-made shelter that they can infiltrate.
December 24 2016 – There have been several complaints recently regarding the sudden spike in rat populations in Peterborough ON. Long time resident, Margaret Lewis, claims that she has seen more rats in a 2 day period than she has seen in the city over the past several years. Lewis presumes that the sudden increase in rat populations could be due to a new bylaw which requires cats to be put on leashes when outdoors. As a result, rats have been able to roam freely without worrying about being killed by cats. To curve the recent spike in rat populations, Peterborough’s health unit has provided some advice to make local homes less attractive to rats, which includes not piling wood in your backyard, keeping grass and weeds trimmed and storing bird feed in tightly sealed metal containers.
November 22 2016 – Rabies cases have been on the rise in Ontario this year, specifically in the Hamilton area. In total there has been 246 cases of rabies found in Ontario in 2016, compared to 86 cases in the rest of Canada. The outbreak was first discovered in a raccoon last December that was diagnosed with rabies after fighting two dogs in Hamilton. Since this outbreak was reported, several initiatives have been taken to control the issue, including the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources airdropping approximately one million baits containing an anti-rabies vaccine. Hopefully this and further initiatives get the rabies problem in Ontario under control.
October 24 2016 – Pestend Pest Control Toronto has been featured on CBC News this October 2016, regarding a relatively unknown bug turning up in droves around North York and Etobicoke. Known as boxelder bugs, these little nuisance pests have been appearing on peoples homes to soak in the sunlight. Once the door is opened, however, these bugs fly inside so they can secure a warm place for the cold winter months that are coming. We alerted CBC News that we have never seen so many of these bugs before but assure Canadians that they are not a threat to humans or the structure of a home. Call us today for a free pest control estimate in Toronto and surrounding areas.
September 22 2016 – A giant wasps nest was discovered in a vacant loft space in Peterborough ON this week. No one has lived in this loft space for several years, which is what allowed the wasps to build such an incredible structure without being disturbed. It is described as being much bigger than a barrel and has an intricate tunnel that leads to the outside of the house. Pest control professional Gary Wilkinson accidentally discovered the giant nest while he was treating a woodworm problem so that new tenants can move into the home. It is expected that a nest this size can house anywhere from 6,000 to 10,000 wasps.
August 23 2016 – Rat populations have surged in recent years across Nova Scotia by as much as 20% in some regions of the province. One of the main reasons for this surge is the weather experienced in recent winters. Last year, for example, was a very mild winter which allowed most rats to withstand a season that normally kills off large numbers of them. The winter prior to that had a lot of snowfall, which again, allowed rats to stay out of the fierce winter winds by taking cover under the snow. So with this surge in rat populations, it is important for homeowners to be on high alert by making their property rodent proof. Some quick ways to do this are keep piled up wood away from the home, seal any small holes leading into your home and make sure any bird feeders around your property do not spill too many seeds that they can feed on.
July 29 2016 – Fanshawe college in London ON recently had to call in a pest control company to exterminate bed bugs from their library. This has students for the upcoming school year worried, and for good reason. Bed bugs are much more resilient than they used to be as the new generation of these nasty pests is resistant to most extermination products on the market. On top of this resistance to pesticides, people have a lot more stuff in their homes these days than in the 70’s when bed bugs were nearly eradicated from North America, giving them many more areas to hide in a home. Pest experts warn that DIY bed bug treatments just won’t cut it and may in fact make the problem worse. It takes an experienced bed bug exterminator to know which combination of treatments will be required to eradicate bed bugs from a home.
June 9 2016 -The largest biological threat that Western honey bees face is infestations of the Varroa mite which can wipe out an entire bee colony in a short period of time. One of the main efforts to eliminate this threat has been to selectively breed strong western honeybees, but this has not yielded a satisfying solution. As a result, new research has begun to understand how eastern honey bees, who were the first to have contact with the parasite, deal with the problem. The new findings suggest that it is actually larger number of weak bees in the colony that help the colony as a whole survive by attracting the mites and thus being expelled from the colony before the mites spread to healthier parts of the colony.
May 24 2016 – With the summer fast approaching, and the threat of the Zika virus on everyone’s mind, researchers at the New Mexico State University are working hard to determine which types of wearable repellents work best. The study is looking at two mosquito species that can carry the virus. These two species are attracted to different scents, and consequently, are also deterred by different scents. As a result, it is very difficult to determine what is the optimal solution for repelling mosquitos since different species have different preferences. Preliminary results, however, are showing that citronella based bracelets have minimal effect on mosquitos while OFF clip-on devices are great at both repelling and killing mosquitos.
April 7 2016 – A team of Canadian and Mexican researchers have successfully designed and tested a new low-cost, environmentally friendly mosquito trap aimed at combating mosquitoes carrying dengue and zika viruses. This trap, known as an “ovillanta”, is made of recycled tires and uses a non toxic milk based solution to lure mosquitoes in. The mosquitoes then lay their eggs on a floating wooden strip which can be removed for further study, and ultimately to destroy the eggs. During a 10-month study in urban areas of Guatemala, over 18,000 mosquito eggs were collected and destroyed, about 7 times higher than previously used traps, and no new cases of dengue were reported in the area. These traps are also much cheaper than traditional control methods of targeting larvae in natural ponds and killing adults with pesticides.
March 29 2016 – Recent research at the Florida Atlantic University found a gene called translin we share with fruit flies, which shows how drug and caffeine use negatively impacts sleep and contributes to the development of obesity, diabetes and other chronic disorders. Researchers were able to suppress translin in hungry fruit flies that could not sleep and this allowed them to fall asleep as if they were full. This research showed that translin is a regulator of the metabolic state which when negatively impacted is directly related to the development of obesity and cardiovascular disorders among others.
February 15 2016 – Multiple research studies have been done to test one of the most popular insecticides called Neonicotinoids that are used in most commercial bed bug extermination products. Researchers found a strong resistance to this insecticide in bed bugs, which were previously exposed to Neonicotinoids compared to bed bugs that were never exposed to it. The bed bugs that were previously exposed to this insecticide were hundreds of thousands of times more resistant than bed bugs that were not exposed to it previously. This leads researchers to predict that a non-chemical techniques will most likely need to be developed in the near future to get rid of pesticide resistant bed bugs.
January 16 2016 – Scientists have used CRISPR to treat muscular dystrophy in mice. It was reported in Science that researchers successfully cut out a defective gene in mice that is known to cause Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) which is a sever genetic decease also known to occur mainly in human boys. The genetic disease causes muscles to deteriorate resulting in a premature death around the age of 25. CRISPR is one of the greatest modern achievements of humanity and is the future of gene editing and genetical disease cures. Mice are helping us figure our natures mysteries, and for that we thank them, despite the fact that we do not like them in our homes and businesses.
24 October 2015 – Case Western Reserve University Researchers have discovered a proven way to control how a cockroach moves. By electrically stimulating neurons in the cockroaches brain, researchers are able to make the cockroach move slower or faster, go left or right, and jump. These discoveries can be important for further advancements in robotics, and self-driving automobiles.
28 September 2015 – Did you know that wasps can be purchased to be used by farmers as a last resort for fighting parasites which are destroying their crops and endangering their livestock? Wasps are nature’s violent pest control agents. They are known to inject various types of pests like horseflies, various worms and other plant and livestock threatening pests with their eggs. The eggs then hatch and eat these insects from within. Although these wasps can be expensive for farmers to afford, sometimes they have no options if they wish to save their crops and livestock.
17 August 2015 – Believe it or not, the best time to stop the spread of weeds for the next weed season is Now. We know it’s tough to plan ahead but many popular weeds like chickweed, bluegrass, and henbit as well as others, sprout as soon as the temperature starts to drop. This is why it is important to spray appropriate herbicides to stop them in their tracks at the end of summer. Waiting for next spring will make it much more difficult to exterminate these stubborn weeds, and much more costly as well.
30 July 2015 – An ongoing insecticide resistance by mosquitoes is making it increasingly difficult for scientists to find an effective way to control deadly disease spreading mosquitoes around the globe. Leading scientists in the field have found that certain detoxification enzymes present in mosquitoes increased in activity when insecticides were used on the mosquitoes. This threat is a serious one as it can lead to a potential outburst of malaria and dengue amongst other diseases, and science simply doesn’t have an answer yet.
24 June 2015 – What if there was a natural alternative to pesticides that targeted specific pests but left others harmless? What if we could design a natural chemical that will kill certain type of moths but leave other moths and bees for example unharmed. The solution… pheromones a natural alternative that makes male insects think that the chemical is a female. Males follow the scent of the pheromones, leaving the real females unfertilized.
20 May 2015 – Canada, along with the world, continues to struggle with rapidly decreasing bee colonies. According to researchers the dying bee colonies are the outcome of mass pesticide use by gardeners and farmers alike. Almost all fruits and vegetables we grow in Canada are sprayed with harmful pesticides that are killing our bees. It is our responsibility to help bees recover by not spraying harmful pesticides and to contribute by growing flowers that bees pollinate.
6 April 2015 – According to a recent publication in the scientific journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, scientists found that pests do not become quickly resistant to pesticides in biodiverse environments where various species of life thrive. This can explain why pests are becoming resistant to pesticides fairly quickly in rural and urban Canada. Simply put, due to the destruction of natural habitat, which is required for biodiversity to persist, pests are able to become more resistant to pesticides.
11 March 2015 – Many Canadian schools including kindergartens, elementary schools, high schools and collages have been made alert of the potential threat bed bug infestations in their schools pose to their students and other residents of their communities, after a bed bug was discovered on a shirt of a student from Holy Heart High School. The school immediately called the Department of Health and Community Services to conduct a bed bug inspection. The bed bug exterminators brought in bed bug dogs who inspected the entire school. No other bed bugs were found at that time, and a follow-up was scheduled to ensure no other bed bugs remain.
12 January 2015 – Most Torontonians love having indoor plants because they are beautiful decorations but as some of us already know indoor plants are perfect hiding places and habitats for a multitude of pests such as bed bugs, fleas, flies, moths and spiders. If you notice pests living in your plants consult us and we will offer professional advice and optimal solution for your unique pest infestation.
28 November 2014 – Leading neuroscientists in the United States NYU Langone Medical Center proved that by feeding mice diets that are low in calories not only controls their weight but more importantly stops the activity of roughly 900 various genes that are in charge of aging and memory formation in the brain of mice. Their research strongly suggests that eating food with less calories has a direct correlation to aging in mice. New trials are starting on humans.
31 October 2014 – A study by the University of Iowa found that urban areas are having an issue with the biodiversity of certain insects / pests even when there is an abundance of trees that these insects / pests use to feed on. In particular two specific tree types were studied, black walnut trees and black cherry trees, and two types of pests that live amongst these trees – fruit flies and wasps. The fruit flies feed on the walnuts and cherries and the wasps feed on the fruit flies. Both of these insects / pests were inadequate and research suggests that even though there may be areas with plenty of trees in a city; roads, highways and buildings make it difficult for insects to get around, creating a negative impact on the biodiversity of insects in cities.
01 October 2014 – New research from the University of Chicago, shows that rodents such as mice have a specific self-defence mechanism in their stomachs that gets activated only when mice get sick. These findings are interesting to researchers because they can potentially be used to help humans suffering from Crohn’s disease. When animals get sick they reduce food & water intake to preserve energy, but this can speed up infection and make matters worst. However, research shows that mice produce a sugar L-fucose, which cannot be used for energy creation, but serves as a coating for the intestines, in essence protecting the animal from bacterial attacks! Reference: Science Daily 01 October 2014
11 September 2014 – According to new research study which was led by the Wildlife Conservation Society showed that in agricultural landscapes, where large populations of leopards hunt at night, the main meal for these wild cats are domestic cats and dogs. The study showed that 87 percent of the wild leopards diets were made up of domesticated dogs and cats. The study proved that 39% of the leopards menu consisted of dogs and 15 percent of cats. We are really glad we do not have to conduct business in these areas of the world. Source: Wildlife Conservation Society 01 September 2014
26 August 2014 – According to the Globe And Mail, Canadian bees are in great decline in Canada. According to the Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists (CAPA), 58% of the bee colonies in Ontario did not survive this past winter. It is predicted to only get worst. One of the main reasons for the decline is over pesticide use, cold and long winters and weak queens and viruses.Source: The Globe And Mail 26 August 2014