10) FLIES

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Coming in at number 10 is the fly. House flies, Drain flies, Fruit flies, Phorid flies… Some jobs are too big for a fly swatter! In 2017 we did just over 1,500 fly jobs.

9) WASPS

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Number 9 is one of the most feared pests out there, the wasp! Many people have an allergic reaction to a wasp sting and having a nest outside your home could mean life or death. We took on over 2,600 wasp nests and lived to tell the tale.

8) BEETLES

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Beetles are a bigger problem than you may think. They’re in your carpets, your cupboards, on your food, and taking over your trees. With over 2,900 beetle jobs, these guys come in at number eight.

7) PIGEONS

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Number 7 is the pigeon. Pigeons have acidic droppings which can ruin car finishes, marble, limestone, statues, and many other surfaces – pigeons also carry diseases. We had over 4,000 pigeon jobs to take care of in 2017!

6) SOW BUGS

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Sow bugs hide out in basements and crawl spaces, really anywhere dark and moist. These guys are typically harmless and are more of a nuisance than anything else. This pest comes in at number 6 with over 5,700 jobs done!

5) COCKROACHES

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German Cockroaches, American Cockroaches… They both found their way to Canada! Cockroaches tend to remain hidden in dark areas – under cupboards, behind cabinets, inside wall voids, etc. They come out at night to search for food and water. With over 6,400 cockroach jobs, this was our 5th most popular pest for 2017.

4) ANTS

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Number 4 is the ant! Pavement ants, Carpenter ants, Pharaoh ants, Allegheny Mount ants… There are many different types of ants and many different problems they can cause. We took on over 8,500 ant jobs!

 

3) BED BUGS

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They’re creepy, they’re crawly… they’re the third most popular pest we had to deal with in 2017… the bed bug! Bed bugs are a very common problem to encounter, anyone can get them. We had over 9,900 cases of bed bugs in 2017!

2) RATS

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Number two on our list is the rat! Rats can pass through any opening larger than ½ an inch. They are highly intelligent rodents and can be tricky to catch on your own. In 2017 we completed over 15,900 rat jobs!

1)  MICE

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The number one pest that we dealt with in 2017 is the mouse! Mice breed year-round and populations can grow very quickly. A lot of people underestimate their mouse problem and think they may be dealing with only one or two, when in reality that is rarely the case. In 2017 we completed over 62,700 mouse jobs!

At Poulin’s Pest Control, we’re experts in the elimination of pest problems.  If you want to take care of the pests yourself we carry a number of products to assist you, and if you need our help, our technicians are standing by.  Remember – there’s no foolin’ with Poulin!

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no-bedbugsBed bugs can survive almost anywhere. People who travel or work in an area that is known to have bed bugs should know that it is possible for them to bring the bed bugs home. The following points are recommendations to prevent bed bugs:

  • Wear shoes that can be brushed off.  Before leaving the office, when entering your house or car, use a stiff brush to remove any possible bed bugs that could be on the shoes. Be sure to brush the small cracks and crevices on the shoes, where bed bugs could hide.
  • If jackets are worn to work, be sure to use a coat hook or closet to hang them up.  Try to avoid leaving them on a bench or on the floor.
  • Purses and backpacks should not be placed on the floor or around the baseboards.
  • Install 2 –sided tape on the underside of work chairs to prevent bed bugs from crawling on the chair. Inspect these areas weekly for bed bug activity.
  • Upon arriving home, change in the bathroom. Shake the clothes worn to work in the bath tub. Inspect the clothes to see if bed bugs could be hiding on them. Check cuffs on pants, collars on shirts, belt loops, zipper covers, etc.
  • Use compressed air to blow bed bugs that may be under collars, cuffs on pants, belt loops or other hiding areas. Use precautions doing this as it could blow bed bugs to other areas. Do this in a bathtub and if any bugs are present be sure to wash them down the drain.
  • Unpack your suitcases out doors or in a garage. If both areas are unavailable, unpack your suitcase in the bathtub.
  • Have garbage bags ready and sort the clothing into appropriate washing colours and place in garbage bags. Seal the bags tight and leave them in the bath tub until you are ready to wash them.
  • Vacuum all shaving kits and suitcases. Be sure to focus on the zippers and seams of the suitcase. Be sure to discard the vacuum bag when completed.
  • Have a monitor program at home, with insect monitors under the bed. Wash bed covers regularly. Inspect the mattress and box spring for activity.

If you are dealing with bed bugs in your home and need assistance, contact Poulin’s today.

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To our valued business associates, customers and friends, all of us here at Poulin’s Pest Control wish you happiness and peace this holiday season! Cheers to 2018!

Happy-New-Year

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Insect Night Spider MoonArachnophobia is one of the most common phobias plaguing the human species. People with arachnophobia experience fear and unease when they believe they are in the presence of spiders. The sight of cobwebs or spiders themselves can cause a person with acrophobia to have panic attacks, scream, cry, or even faint.  This phobia affects around 3.5 – 6% of the population and there is still much debate on whether the fear of spiders is a result of an evolutionary need to protect oneself from venomous creatures or something we learn to fear by observing how others react around them.

Spiders have gotten a bad reputation, only being seen as creepy crawlies hiding away in dark corners, preying on unsuspecting insects and sucking the life right out of them.  Movies like Arachnophobia, Eight Legged Freaks, Tarantula, or Kingdom of Spiders aren’t doing these little guys any favors either! There is a lot more to the spider than what we see on the movie screen! Here are some spider facts that you may not know:

  • In other cultures, including Cambodia, Costa Rica, and South America, spiders are included in some traditional foods. Fried spiders are a popular tourist snack in Cambodia!
  • Spiders are not insects, they are arachnids – other arachnids include ticks, scorpions, and mites.
  • Spiders are found all over the world, except on Antarctica.
  • One species of spider, the Bagheera Kiplingi – which is found in Central America, is actually a vegetarian!
  • Most spiders feature 4 sets of eyes. The pattern of how they are arranged though will depend on the species.
  • The largest spider is the Goliath Bird Eating spider of South America – this spider can have a body length up to 12 inches along with fangs measuring around 1 inch! The Huntsman spider is the world’s largest spider by leg-span, this spider’s body can also reach up to 12 inches long with a leg span reaching a massive 6 inches! The goliath has a heavier body mass than the huntsman thereby awarding it the title of world’s largest spider.
  • A common house pet is the tarantula! Owners of these pets claim tarantulas are intelligent and very affectionate. Tarantulas can live 10-20 years.
  • The wolf spider is the only spider in the world that will carry her babies on her back! The egg sac remains attached to the mother wolf spider until the young are ready to hatch. Once hatched, the babies move onto the mother’s back and hitch a ride until they are ready to survive on their own.
  • Spiders take approximately 60 minutes to spin a complete web.
  • Spiders eat insects and are a source of natural pest control. Spiders can help rid your home of sow bugs, mosquitoes, flies, moths, and roaches.
  • The myth that you will eat 8 spiders in your sleep throughout your lifetime is false! In 1993, Lisa Holst, a columnist for PC Professional Magazine, wrote about how gullible people are to believe the facts received in e-mail chain letters. She created a list of made up “facts” which included the spider stat – proving her point when the entire world picked it up and spread it as fact. Unfortunately, no one has been able to confirm that the article, or Lisa Holst herself, actually exist. The question still remains if this stat – and origin story –  is true or false, but we say false.
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Photo courtesy of Victoria Rutkowski

Photo courtesy of Victoria Rutkowski

QUESTION: Where do bugs go in winter?

ANSWER: Insects can adapt to survive many different climates and changes in weather conditions.  Insects will go through behavioral and/or physiological changes to adapt to cold temperatures and increase their chances of survival during the winter.  Many insects maintain a low level of activity during winter months while other enter a hibernation state.

Insects also survive through winter with partial dehydration and reduced feeding, which reduces the chances of excess water in their bodies freezing.  Some insects can survive in certain stages of growth that are more protective from the elements, such as eggs in an egg sac or pupae in a hard cocoon, both of which do not require food or water.

Overwintering insects will seek out dry, protected areas such as bricks, wood piles, and mulch as they can provide shelter in cold weather.  The lights and warm air coming from your home can also attract many insects to overwinter inside your house.

Some common overwintering pests to watch for in your home are:

  • Cluster Flies: These flies do not present any health hazards.  They are slow moving flies that hatch in late summer and early fall. They can be present in very large numbers and are difficult to eradicate once inside a home.  These flies are usually located in attics, window frames, and wall or roof cavities.
  • Asian Lady Beetles: These beetles produce an unpleasant odor when frightened or crushed and can stain surfaces.  They have also been known to bite humans.  Asian Lady Beetles enter homes in winter months by the thousands through any crack, crevice, or opening and gather in warm places once inside.
  • Boxedler Bugs: These bugs become a nuisance when they enter homes in the fall.  They will crawl into houses from the ground level but can also fly to higher elevations.  They enter through chimneys, electrical wiring cut-outs, doorways, and windows.  They will congregate in warm places in a home.
  • Stink Bugs: Stink bugs are highly attracted to light. External and interior lights should be reducing during times of heavy stink bug movement. They search for shelter in late summer and become a nuisance inside homes.

At Poulin’s Pest Control, we’re experts in elimination of pest problems.  If you want to take care of the problem yourself, we carry a number of products to assist with many pest problems, and if you need our help, our technicians are standing by.  Remember – there’s no foolin’ with Poulin.

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