Last winter was not too bad, but this year is expected to ring in more typical winter temperatures. Cold temperatures mean that rats, mice and other rodents will seek shelter your home. In fact, mice, rats, and squirrels are expected to invade homes in droves this winter, searching for a warm place to spend the frosty season. That’s why you should practice ethical pest prevention now to avoid issues later.
Once inside a structure, mice and rats can be much more than just a nuisance. Bacteria-laden and armed with continuously growing teeth that are remarkably efficient on gnawing on just about any material, rodents can spread a large number of diseases to both humans and pets, compromise the structure of a building, and even start fires by chewing through wires.
In addition to the damage they cause, rats also carry nasty diseases, such as Hantavirus and Salmonella that can cause harm to your family.
Rodents carry serious diseases, which they transmit through the hair, skin cells, droppings and urine they leave wherever they go. Without proper rat control efforts in place, rats can contaminate food stores and cause considerable damage to your property.
Rats are persistent little creatures and when they gain access to your business or home, they will damage structures, spread disease and contaminate food. The damage they can do to your home, can end up costing you thousands of dollars in repairs by:
Having rats in the home is a problem, but the can also present risks even if they are outside, since children play outside.
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.