While the hot and dry weather conditions in many parts of Canada have been good for curbing the surge of mosquito populations, the menacing wasps and yellow jackets are on the move across the country.
Wasps love the long, scorching days and muggy evenings of summer just as much as humans do. They thrive in this weather because it ensures better breeding conditions and higher survival rates for the insects they feed on. We’ve already seen a significant rise in wasp inquiries over the past few weeks, and as temperatures continue to rise, causing an increase in the number and size of wasps’ nests, we expect the number of wasp-related problems to rise substantially.
What most people get anxious about when it comes to stinging insects is the painful sting and bite they can inflict when feeling threatened, which is especially dangerous for those who have strong allergic reactions to their venom.
The number of domesticated bees in Canada and U.S. has been decreasing at an alarming rate. Untouched food stores and unborn larvae found in the abandoned hives indicate that bees are either forgetting the entrance to the hive or disappearing completely off the face of the earth.
According to the Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists (CAPA), Manitoba lost almost half (46 percent) of its honeybee colonies in 2013, followed by Ontario with 40 percent and New Brunswick with 37 percent – losses double or almost triple compared to the previous year. Either due to the pesticides, the Varroa mite, fungus, malnutrition, weather, beekeeping practices, pathogens, or immunodeficiencies, Canada is at risk of losing $2 billion worth of crops, which rely on bees for pollination.
If until now there was an ongoing debate surrounding the causes of this epidemic, a new report published last month by Friends of the Earth Canada confirms what some scientists have been trying to prove for years: that pesticides are directly linked to bees’ eradication.
House flies are one of the most prevalent insects that live within our homes, and although most people have come to accept their presence, they can be harmful to your family’s health. Most people understand the dangers of invasive pests like rodents and birds, but when it comes to house flies, people look at them as nothing more than a nuisance. However, this could not be further from the truth. Not only do house flies play hosts to a variety of deadly diseases, they are able to transmit these diseases throughout a home faster than most other invasive pests. Now that winter is fast approaching, and the temperatures are dropping, flies are looking for a warm place to stay. Make sure your family is safe this winter by keeping a fly-free home.
House flies may be a nuisance in your home, but they also are the hosts of many communicable diseases.
Bees are a critical part of our ecosystem, and maintaining their place in our lifecycle is vitally important. One out of every three bites of food humans consume exists because of pollination, which makes bees critical contributors to the human food supply. But when bees are on your Toronto property, an immediate threat exists due to the risk of being stung, especially if you are highly allergic to bee stings. Rather than trying to kill the bees, a bee removal service can relocate them to a space that is safer for the bees, and ultimately, for you.
If you have bees on your Markham property, under the eaves of your roof, or in your attic, it is important not to agitate them, especially if you know that you are allergic to bee stings. Depending upon the extent of an individual’s allergy, a bee sting can not only be painful, but can cause a whole range of reactions from minor inflammation to anaphylactic shock to death, in a short period of time.