Theoretically, it takes A LOT of wasp venom to kill a man – studies estimate that a lethal dose is approximately 10 stings/pound for most mammals – but in many cases, people die after far fewer. Such is the tragic case of La Prairie mayor Lucie F. Roussel, who died last month after being stung by an estimated 15 wasps while at her summer cabin in Stratford, Que. 51-year-old Roussel was doing yard work near her lakeside cottage when she inadvertently stepped on a wasps’ nest and was stung multiple times by the angry swarm. Although she had no known allergic reactions to wasp venom, and doctors say it is extremely uncommon for someone to die as a result of insect stings directly, it could be possible for the amount of venom she received to kill someone with an underlying health condition.
Although deaths from venomous insect stings are still very rare in Canada – according to Statistics Canada, 40 people died from bee, wasp, or hornet stings between 1999 and 2011, with an average of 3.3 Canadians/year – life-threatening, allergic reactions from insect bites are on the rise.
Winter’s frigid temperatures usually spell the end of bird problems in and around the home. Most will surrender without a fight, but some birds will struggle for survival no matter how cold it gets, and may choose your home as a safe refuge. For bird lovers, this can be a blessing, and those who provide the necessary tools for their survival will be rewarded with a surprising and fun experience as winter bird watching right on their property. But when those birds turn from lovely creatures into pesky pests, putting your property and health in danger, it’s time to consider preventative and treatment options to deter them from landing, roosting, and nesting.
Following are some simple tips you can use to prevent and remove birds safely and effectively this winter.
A quick walk through any urban environment and you will see a variety of urban bird control and management tactics.
There is little value to having a wasp nest in your Markham yard, under the eaves, or in your attic. Wasps are not honeybees, obviously, and are more of a threat than a help. One way of telling the difference is that wasps are narrower in the body and are more prone to attack you. They are nasty, mean, warmongering pests that will cause the quality of your life to decline as long as they are around.