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

Disposing Of Your Unused Pesticides

Poulin's product - Super Strength 2

Unsure of what to do with that half empty bottle of pesticide? Here is what you need to know. Pesticides must be disposed of properly in order to help protect our environment and prevent accidents. Read the product label for specific disposal instructions. Pesticides leftover in the container need to disposed of at a safe … Read moreDisposing Of Your Unused Pesticides

Ask The Expert: How Do I Know I Have Voles?

vole trails in lawn

Voles are small rodents (6 inches in length or so) that are often mistaken for their rodent cousins, mice and moles. Voles have an ability to do significant damage to your lawn and garden, because they’re very resilient creatures that eat just about any plant material they come into contact with. They reproduce rapidly, and … Read moreAsk The Expert: How Do I Know I Have Voles?

Ask the Expert: What is Diatomaceous Earth?

Diatomaceous Earth

Question: What is Diatomaceous Earth? Answer: Diatomaceous Earth is a natural chemical-free powder that can be used to help control crawling insects indoors or outdoors. For those looking for a green product, this may be a good option to look into. Diatomaceous Earth is used for treating slugs, earwigs, sowbugs, cockroaches, ants, fleas, silverfish, bed … Read moreAsk the Expert: What is Diatomaceous Earth?

Everything You Need To Know About Rodent Bait

Placing rodent trap outside

1) How do rodenticides work? Most domestic rat and mouse poisons are anticoagulants; they affect the rodent’s blood, reducing the ability of blood to clot so that exposed rodents bleed internally and die. 2) How long does it take before they die? Rodents that have ingested a lethal dose of single feed anticoagulant bait will … Read moreEverything You Need To Know About Rodent Bait

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?

Ask The Expert: Do Ladybugs Bite?

asian ladybird beetle

We receive a lot of calls in the fall from people concerned about ladybugs taking over their homes and biting their family members. Ladybugs do not bite! If you are being bitten by an insect that looks like a ladybug, it’s actually an Asian ladybird beetle. Ladybugs, at this time of year, are already likely … Read moreAsk The Expert: Do Ladybugs Bite?

Ask The Expert: How Do I Know If I Have Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs in a mattress seam

QUESTION: How do I know if I have bed bugs? ANSWER: Are tiny bugs crawling on your bed and keeping you up at night? Do these bugs that have six legs, a small apple shape and bodies smaller than 6mm? Do you smell crushed coriander or do you see rusty brown blood spots on your … Read moreAsk The Expert: How Do I Know If I Have Bed Bugs

Ask The Expert: Where Do Bugs Go In Winter?

Cluster Fly

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 … Read moreAsk The Expert: Where Do Bugs Go In Winter?

Ask The Expert: How Do Pheromone Traps Work

moth face

QUESTION: How do pheromone traps work? ANSWER: Pheromones are natural compounds that are created in the body of an insect. Insects use pheromones to communicate with each other. We have isolated many of these compounds in the laboratory and use them to lure the insects into a sticky trap. These traps should be used in … Read moreAsk The Expert: How Do Pheromone Traps Work