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

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 more Bed Bug Lookalikes

Arachnophobia: The Fear of Spiders

Spider at Night

Arachnophobia 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 … Read more Arachnophobia: The Fear of Spiders

What Are Sow Bugs, Anyway?

sowbugs

What just moved out of the corner of your eye…? A small, flat, grey/black bug that maybe looks like a tiny armadillo? This is likely a sow bug! Sow bugs are actually crustaceans, which have segmented body plates, 7 pairs of legs and they can roll up into a ball when disturbed or touched. Sow … Read more What Are Sow Bugs, Anyway?

Pest Spotlight: Fleas

Flea

Scientific Name: Siphonaptera Common Names: Flea Color: Reddish Brown Weight: Average approx. .19mg – .34mg Length: Adults range from 1.5mm – 3mm long FUN FACT: Flea circuses were extremely popular in the nineteenth century. These circuses featured fleas dressed as humans or pulling miniature carts, chariots, or cannons. Fleas were selected to be in circuses … Read more Pest Spotlight: Fleas

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 Caterpillars

5 Unwanted Hitchhikers

Hitchhiker

Over the holidays we opened our homes to friends and family from all over the globe. Many guests came bearing gifts, food, or wine, but some may have carried in a few unwanted guests! Several pests are hitchhikers and will latch on to an unsuspecting host to get a free ride right into your home. … Read more 5 Unwanted Hitchhikers