Fact or Fiction: Bed Bugs Can Transmit Human Diseases

Bed bug

FICTION Bed bugs have been tested on transmitting over 45 different human maladies and none have been shown to be able to transmit to humans. This includes virus’s, bacteria’s, spirochetes, etc., that may come in contact or ingested with the bed bug. Research has shown that even mechanical transmission of any of these disease-causing agents … Read moreFact or Fiction: Bed Bugs Can Transmit Human Diseases

Ask The Expert: Fruit Flies

Fruit Fly

These small (1/8th inch or 3mm) mainly red eyed, golden brown to dull brown insects are usually found in the spring and over the summer months buzzing around any fruit or vegetables in your home. Most likely, you have brought them home with your fruits and vegetables purchased at a grocery store. The eggs, larva … Read moreAsk The Expert: Fruit Flies

How To Prevent Mice From Coming Into Your Home This Fall

Deer Mouse

To prevent mice from entering your home, your shed, your garage, your car, or any other location in your yard, the primary key is to stop them before they can get in. Inspect and seal any openings, cracks or crevasses from the outside into your home or location you’re trying to protect from mice. Make … Read moreHow To Prevent Mice From Coming Into Your Home This Fall

The Nuisance of Cluster Flies

Cluster Fly

It’s September and the evening temperatures are falling. It’s the perfect condition for Cluster Flies to start moving into your home, shed, attic, garage or business. Cluster Flies are often mistaken for house flies. However, Cluster Flies are larger, darker and move more slowly. Like many other pests, Cluster Flies overwinter in warm locations. Also … Read moreThe Nuisance of Cluster Flies

Spiders In Your Yard

Spider in Jar

You may be noticing more spiders and webs lately. Environmental conditions such as the changing weather play a major role. When weather is hot and dry, there could be the reason for more spiders in and around your home. As more prey insects are present increases in spider predators also increase. Certain spiders that are … Read moreSpiders In Your Yard

Where Do Cockroaches Hide?

german cockroaches on sticky trap

Cockroaches are year round pests that hide 75-90% of their time. They are nocturnal; they come out at night and feed in the dark. A cockroach needs very little to live. A little warmth, a little shelter, and a little moisture, and a small amount of food are all that is required for a cockroach … Read moreWhere Do Cockroaches Hide?

How To Catch A Mouse

House Mouse in grass

Once house mice take up residence indoors, virtually any techniques used to control them are effective, including baited and un-baited snap-traps, windup multi-catch mouse traps, glueboards, and anticoagulant rodenticides. Their inquisitive nature makes them easy to catch. Often times, a rodent infestation is underestimated, so be sure to use a sufficient amount of devices for … Read moreHow To Catch A Mouse

Carpenter Ants: Decaying Wood Outside Will Invite These Ants into Your Home

Carpenter Ant Damage

Carpenter ants…is there any other type of insect that causes as much destruction as these guys? Not really, as carpenter ants are at the top of the list for the “home destruction over time” category! The state of your home and the safety of it from carpenter ant damage really does begin with the area … Read moreCarpenter Ants: Decaying Wood Outside Will Invite These Ants into Your Home

Bed Bug Lookalikes

bed bug

No one wants to get bed bugs and a positive identification is crucial in order to protect yourself and your belongings from bed bugs. Always keep a sample of the insect pest and bring it to us at Poulins to identify and provide a treatment program. But sometimes people bring in samples to our office … Read moreBed Bug Lookalikes

Meet The Indian Meal Moth

Indian Meal Moth

At this time of year in Canada, the prevalence of Indian Meal Moth seems to increase as this pest is present in stored grains, dried fruits, nuts, cereals and various processed foods. The larvae can be seen inside packaging that has or has not been opened in pantries and other food storage areas. The larvae … Read moreMeet The Indian Meal Moth