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 more

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 more

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 more

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 more

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 more

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 more

DIY: Wasp Nests

Large wasp nest

Wasps are very aggressive insects when the summer moves into August and September. Wasps lose their natural food source, flowers nectar as many plants stop flowering. Wasps then look for high carbohydrate and sugary snacks to feed on. Where do they find them? In your backyard on your deck when you are having a pop … Read more

Ask The Expert: How To Get Rid of Caterpillars

Forest Tent Caterpillar

QUESTION: Why are there so many caterpillars on my tress and how can I get rid of them? ANSWER: All across western Canada we are seeing outbreak levels of Forest Tent Caterpillars. These caterpillars emerge from their egg sacs in May and turn into large golden brown moths in July. The adult female moths lay … Read more

Ask The Expert: How To Get Rid of Spiders?

Spider Web

QUESTION: How do I keep spiders out of my house? ANSWER: In with your spring clean-up, it’s a great time of year to pest proof your house. Some suggestions are: Install screens and weather stripping on windows and door sweeps on doors. Fix any cracks in siding and walls, especially where pipes or wires enter … Read more