It’s heading to fall and in Canada, that means it’s wasp season. In September, wasp nests are as big as they get, and with that comes a host of challenges for home and business owners. Wasps become increasingly more aggressive as the long warm days of summer start fading away. Here at GreenLeaf Pest Control, we handle around a dozen wasp nests daily in response to homeowners who wish to enjoy the last few pleasant backyard gatherings and barbecues before the cold weather sets in. The last thing anyone wants is a painful sting from an uninvited guest.
The Yellow Jacket, Bald-faced hornet, Mud dauber and Paper wasp are the most common species in Canada. Wasps are easily distinguished from bees by the narrowing between their front and middle section, which is absent in bees. These are the most common wasps in Northern America.
Imagine sitting in a restaurant, waiting in anticipation for your meal to arrive, just for a fly to land on it after you have taken the first scrumptious bite. What would you do? If you’re like most people, you would wave it away – after all, it is just a fly and you’re enjoying a spectacular meal. You might be less inclined to carry on eating if it weren’t a fly but rather a cockroach or rodent. But did you know that flies are at least twice as filthy as cockroaches?
Due to their abundance (uncontrolled, they would cover the whole planet 18 inches deep in just one season), their close association with people, and their ability to transmit disease, filth flies are considered a bigger threat to human welfare than most other household or commercial pests. Flies are known to transmit about one hundred animal and human pathogens, but emerging research shows they may be even more dangerous than we previously thought.
You’ve got that right! It’s that time of the year when the wife jumps on the bed and screams blue murder for you to come kill the eight-legged intruder in the corner. While it is nice to feel needed once in a while, one wants to maintain some sense of hearing by the end of the season… In this post, we’re going to explain the types of spiders that can be expected, and share some fascinating facts about the creepy crawlers – the good and the bad.
Not scared of spiders? That’s a good thing, because there are more than 35,000 named species in the world and many of them have made a home for themselves right here in Ontario. This time of the year, the doc spider is most common, and can be found in your summer home, cottage and campgrounds.
Canada’s ant population spans across 100 species (Main pest species for us in Ontario are: pharaoh, pavement, carpenter and acrobat ants), and some of them can cause serious damage to the structure of your property when they take up residence (see our latest article on carpenter ants also). Once they have established a colony, they can be hard to remove. Knowing the species you are dealing with is the best way to manage and control swarms of ants. In addition to expert knowledge of ant species, GreenLeaf Pest Control technicians know the appearance, nesting habits and behaviour of different types of ants, and that helps us to identify the best control methods to eradicate your little ant swarming problem, as well as carpenter ant infestations.
There are many little ant species, some as small as 1.5 mm in length, and others as big as 4 mm. They nest in decaying wood, cracks in cement and wall voids.
Once the warmer weather rolls around, and the cold winter makes space for springtime, ants also come out. That is why many Canadians have ant problems in March – most commonly, the carpenter ant, of the genus Camponotus, which consists of 1,000 species of carpenter ants.