Pest Spotlight: Cankerworms

spider and cankerworm

Now that it’s springtime, the bugs are starting to re-emerge. And among them – cankerworms. You’ve probably heard of these bugs, but how much do you know about them? Here in Canada’s prairies, there are two major groups of cankerworms: spring cankerworms and fall cankerworms. Fall cankerworms lay their eggs in the fall, whereas spring … Read morePest Spotlight: Cankerworms

Pest Spotlight: Fall Webworm

Fall Webworms

You may have been seeing them – unsightly webs in trees, in parks or around your home. These particular webs are surprisingly not caused by spiders, but instead, caterpillars. The most likely culprits: the fall webworm and Eastern tent caterpillar. In this blog we are showcasing the fall webworm. A bit of a description: Fall … Read morePest Spotlight: Fall Webworm

Wasps in Canada

Wasp

There are two main groups of wasps that we find here in Canada: social and solitary. Solitary wasps remain mainly on their own except to breed, whereas social wasps are found in a colony consisting of a queen, male drones and sterile female workers. The total number of wasps in a colony can differ depending … Read moreWasps in Canada

The Best and The Worst Fathers of the Animal Kingdom

Giant Water Bug

In nature, it’s not always the mothers taking care of their young – if you read our Mother’s Day blog you’ll know exactly what we mean by this. Some dads go above and beyond, on occasion taking sole responsibility for their offspring. However, others aren’t too keen about their fatherly roles. In the spirit of … Read moreThe Best and The Worst Fathers of the Animal Kingdom

Mothers of The Animal Kingdom: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Wolf Spider

Human mothers may invest a lot of time and money in raising their young, but that kind of devotion isn’t always echoed throughout the animal kingdom. In the animal world, some mothers go far above and beyond, giving up not just time but often their own food supplies in order to ensure that their child … Read moreMothers of The Animal Kingdom: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Ask The Expert: Do Bugs Live Through the Winter?

lady bug

QUESTION: I thought that bugs died in cold temperatures, can insects live through the winter season? ANSWER: Even though here in Canada we can experience some VERY cold temperatures in the winter, we know that bugs don’t all disappear forever—so where do they go? There are some bugs that overwinter, only to come to life … Read moreAsk The Expert: Do Bugs Live Through the Winter?