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What About Ants ?
ANTS, like most creatures come in a variety of colours and sizes. They can use almost anything to create their homes. As an example of how creative these insects can be, Pavement Ants have been known to penetrate the building envelop setup colonies in basements insulation. The only thing they won't use to build their colonies is anything made of metal.
A common misconception people have about Ants is that there is a species called flying ants, when in fact; most species of ants have a stage in their colony growth that involves flying ants. Flying Ants are potential queens who, if able to mate, become queens of a new colony or satellite colony. The most common ants we deal with in Ontario are pharaoh, Carpenter and Pavement Ants. The species as a whole have different feeding schedules depending on the time of year, and availability of their food sources. You should never hesitate on dealing with Ant issue, as some are a danger to structure. As we have pointed out in our previous post Carpenter Ants have been known to determinate wood structures to the point of collapse. In short if you have a problem it is always wise to call a professional who can help identify the species, make recommendations to help win the battle.
Do you have these and wondered, why don`t I see them?
What a cryptic lifestyle, spending a majority of their time hiding together in cracks and crevices where they will not be seen or disturbed.
However, they become active at night, between midnight and 5:00 am. It is during this time, when the human host is typically in their deepest sleep, that bed bugs like to feed. Bed bugs are known to travel many yards to reach their human host. Bed bugs are attracted to CO2 produced by the host exhalations, and they are also attracted to body heat. However, bed bugs are only able to detect these host cues over short distances (about 3 feet away for CO2 and even less for heat). It is not well understood how bed bugs hiding in a closet are able to find a host located in a bed across the room. However, bed bugs are able to move very quickly, and it is thought that they do a lot of wandering around before they are able to locate their food.
Ideally, most bed bugs would like to aggregate near the host’s bed, on the mattress or in the box springs, when they are not feeding. However, this is not always possible in heavy infestations where bed bugs are crowded and many bed bugs have to seek refuge at distances several yards from the host. Once a bed bug finds the host, they probe the skin with their mouth parts to find a capillary space that allows the blood to flow rapidly into their bodies. A bed bug may probe the skin several times before it starts to feed. This probing will result in the host receiving several bites from the same bug. Once the bed bug settles on a location, it will feed for 5-10 minutes. After the bed bug is full, it will leave the host and return to a crack or crevice, typically where other bed bugs are aggregating. The bed bug will then begin digesting and excreting their meal. Bed bugs usually feed every 3-7 days, which means that the majority of the population is in the digesting state, and not feeding most of the time.
Tech source: http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/pdf/bb-biology1.pdf
Usually we think hard about the information that goes to our Blog pages, to ensure you are receiving great content. However in this case we are going to let the content speak for itself! By the way thanks Jackie, we appreciate your time.
To Whom This May Concern:
I would like to say a huge Thank you to your business and your fantastic employee - Darlene -
My mother and my Aunt are tenants at 30 West Avenue in Hamilton, Ontario and they recently were affected by an infestation of bed bugs.
Such a horrible feeling and both of these ladies were devastated by the idea that these horrible pests would infest their personal space. Both of these ladies are extremely clean with themselves and their apartments and could not understand how this happened to them.
When your wonderful employee Darlene took the time to explain how these little pests travel around and convince them that none of this was their fault and tell them that it was nothing that they had done or not done that made this situation happen to them.
Darlene was very patient with them and myself during the weeks that followed and was extremely patient with me every time I called her for any questions or requests. She truly made a horrible situation easier to handle.
I cannot tell you how happy she made us all when she told us that the situation was gone and we could finally put stuff back and the ladies could go back to living normal again taking the precautions that Darlene had told them about. Now they go nowhere without spraying themselves with the spray that they have purchased from Darlene.
Darlene is very personable and caring about her clients and extremely good at the job that she does.
Your business is outstanding and your employee is fantastic.
Thank you to you all for being there for us in our time of need.
Jackie Andrews, Helen Dolby and Donna Logie
Jackie Dolby Andrews
Have an AWESOME day!! :)
Carpenter ants are usually the symptoms leading to a much larger problem. Potentially they are a sign of Structural issues within the framing of your home or business. You know the saying,” an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” in this case that may be the truth.
Carpenter ants feast on wet wood, so you may have leaks from your roof, older windows, or worse if they are in the basement the foundation. Never take safety in a half measure speaking to a professional pest technician could get to the location of the problem.
How you may ask?
A qualified company can find the root of the Carpenter infestation and get to the bottom of your problem. This opens a door for inspections of the structure or other issues by the contractor of your choice.
So What Happened At The CCMA Awards?
The short answer is a picture is worth a thousand words, as they say back in the day. Usually on the pest Blog we write about tips, ideas, bug information or other topics related to the bug issues. This week is a little different as we pumped up about the CCMA Awards, as one of the presenters was a class act all on his own. This individual has accomplished many things in our business, including becoming a household name. So who are we referring too ? only one guy Bill The Exterminator of course. For a little background for our fans who may read this where his broadcast are not shown, this is a little bit about Billy.
Billy the Exterminator:
The show follows the professional life of Billy Bretherton, an expert in the field of pest control and the proprietor of Vexcon Animal and Pest Control in Benton, Louisiana, which serves the Shreveport-Bossier metropolitan area. Bretherton, a former Senior Airman in the United States Air Force, had previously been featured on theDiscovery Channel's Dirty Jobs series on the season 1 episode "Vexcon", and the season 2 episode "Termite Controller". Both previously and in his current show, Bretherton is known for his unusual fashion style, consisting mostly of Goth-like black garments (many of them leather) with large silver jewelry and steel studs and spikes in various configurations.
Billy Bretherton entered the United States Air Force at age nineteen intent on a career in law enforcement. However, his military entrance examination indicated that he had an aptitude for biology, and he was sent to study both biology and entomology. His extermination career began in earnest while stationed at Nellis Air Force Base inNorth Las Vegas, Nevada.
As you can see he has had an interesting life up to this point, but wait it does not stop there. He has now crossed the border into our great country for the new chapter in his life. Billy Goes North New Episodes Friday's at 9pm ET / 6pmPT on CMT (Country Music Television Canada).
AT this point that is where our company comes into play, as may or may not know we are HUGE FANS!. Once we heard about our favorite exterminator presenting at the awards we had to go, to show our support for not only the awards but Billy as well.
What happened next?
Why are you writing this?.
These are really good questions, with a simple answer we got to hang with our comrade in arms. Of course the his schedule was busy since there was a awards show and press everywhere, but the conversation was fantastic about the extermination business.
In all it was a great time had by all who attended the show, for us it was made extra special by meeting a really a pioneer in our field. With that we will see what happens next on the episodes of Billy Goes North every week, As us Canadian`s know our Country can have some challenging obstacles even for the best of the best. As for RATLAB maybe just maybe a new chapter is just around the curve for us as well......
So you have a Roach Problem.You have called the Pro`s and think that is it, problem solved right?
Not so as preparation is an important part of the process to reclaim your home or business. A simple rule of thumb is if you can minimize the clutter, you'll minimize the insects.The more preparation you do the better the results will be when your technician does what they do best, efficient treatments.
Many surfaces in our homes or businesses, such as counter-tops, tables, and bookshelves,storage racks or even a desk tend to collect clutter. Take some time to get rid of cluttered places in your environment.
Think of it as a chance to help out for a good cause, bug elimination.
Often these particular pests use any hiding place they can, they believe out of sight out of mind in the truest sense. The downfall, of course, is by the time they become really noticeable the numbers are in the 100`s, or even more in some cases.With a good plan and working together you and your technician can solve your problem with astounding results.
FIRE ANTS! REPORT IMMEDIATELY
Did we just say Fire Ants?
Be on the look out for these threats, as they could come to a area near you. How you may ask? well the first sighting was back in 1970, Dr. Gary Umphrey, a professor at the University of Guelph, first came upon the European fire ant – or myrmica rubra – in the 1970s in Meaford Ontario. Most recently on June 27,2016 on globalnews.ca a New-market family was dealing with a colony behind their home. This aggressive species will easily sting humans, pets and anything else in their path. The sting can be painful with irritation up to 4 inches around the affected area, and have been compared to a burning sensation.
What do they look like ?
Very small (approx. ½ cm), thin, reddish-brown in colour, a constricted waist with two segments, two backward-pointing spines on middle body section, that are only visible with a magnifying glass.
Getting rid of the nasty ant, not so easy.
Not only should they be reported immediately, but you really need to call a professional exterminator. Treatment is a complicated process, these types typically live in borrows that can be 3 feet deep. The exterminator will have to set up a control plan, and could use up to 5L of solution per treatment. Don`t try to solve this problem yourself, over the counter chemicals will not work. Over the counter chemicals are simply not sold in enough quantity, or high enough concentration to be effective.
The house mouse is the most common mouse that will enter your home. These rodents have some unique abilities that allowing it to thrive in your home, office or commercial space.
FACT: Mice can breed every 21 days having up to 10 pups.
FACT: The average mouse can squeeze through a hole roughly the size of a Bic-Pen
FACT: They will feed on almost anything they can scavenge, including those toast crumbs that just fell off your shirt.
The Not So Good Points
Mice thrive in messy cluttered conditions or were sanitation levels are below normal. Mouse droppings can be very dangerous, even healthy individuals are at risk for HPS infection if exposed to the virus. Any activity that puts you in contact with rodent droppings, urine, saliva, or nesting materials can place you at risk for infection when air born. The deer mouse another common rodent looks slightly different than the house mouse, has also some potentially dangerous health concerns. They too have been known to carry the Hantavirus. Rodent concerns are not for the faint of heart and a recognized Exterminator is always the best advice for your concerns. RATLAB is well known for the issues and the licensing when it comes to such issues, so if you have an infestation and need advice give us a call.