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.
It is that time of the year when pest control becomes increasingly important. Insects and vermin seek out the warm humidity of our homes, bringing along with them a variety of problems, ranging from damaging our belongings, to polluting air quality and spreading disease. Thankfully, much can be done to ensure that our homes, accommodation establishments, restaurants and food processing plants are sanitary, as unsanitary conditions provide the ideal habitat for pests in search of water, food and nesting sites, according to a recent article in the Food Magazine.
How often would you take the bus or train if you knew that the chance of sharing your seat with bed bugs, cockroaches, or fleas was pretty high?
An older study of London’s public transport found that the average train carriage can contain up to “1,000 cockroaches (living behind lighting panels, ceiling panels & under the door), up to 200 bedbugs (in seat fabric), and up to 200 fleas.” Buses are typically less infested by insect pests, with the average bus holding up to 500 cockroaches, up to 50 bed bugs, and up to 50 fleas.
Not even wild animals can say no to a safe place to hide and the promise of a meal inside trains and buses. Just earlier this month, a raccoon was found beneath a seat aboard a GO train at Union Station in Toronto. Luckily, the animal wasn’t aggressive, and the Burlington Animal Services was able to remove it shortly after passengers reported its presence on the train.