Pest Spotlight: Wasps

Wasp

Scientific Name: Vespidae Common Names: Wasp Color: Most are black, white and yellow Size: ½ inch long FACT: Unlike bees, wasps do not make honey, but some species help in the pollination of plants. HABITS Wasps have four stages in their life history: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. Adult wasps have four sparsely veined, membranous … Read more Pest Spotlight: Wasps

Mosquitoes and You: How to Avoid Mosquito Bites

mosquito

Now that the temperatures have heated up, it means that summer is here and mosquitoes have returned. It is important to take personal protection measures against mosquitoes because not only do their bites can cause an itchy reaction, but they can also transmit potentially harmful diseases. Female mosquitoes are very choosy for their potential blood … Read more Mosquitoes and You: How to Avoid Mosquito Bites

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 DIY: Wasp Nests

Cleaning Up Deer Mouse Droppings

Mouse

Did you know that under perfect conditions, 24 mice can grow to over 2,000 mice in as little as 8 months or that a pair of mice can produce 18,000 fecal droppings or that over the past 100 years over 10 million human deaths have been due to rodent diseases that they can carry? Mice … Read more Cleaning Up Deer Mouse Droppings

DIY: How to Remove Ant Hills

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The joys of summer. People in Saskatoon, Regina, Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge, Brandon or Winnipeg all enjoy the heat and relaxing on a deck or patio. Lawn maintenance is an enjoyable past time and having green lawn challenges between neighbours becomes a great competition. The problem for many people is that they become infested with Allegheny … Read more DIY: How to Remove Ant Hills

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

Pest Spotlight: Carpenter Ants

Carpenter Ant

Scientific Name: Camponotus spp. Common Names: Carpenter Ant Color: Mainly black, but varies from brown and red Size: Up to 1 inch or 25 millimetres long (workers can be 3 to 13 mm), nearly 5 times the size of a typical pavement ant or black garden ant. FACT: In North America, lumbermen during the early … Read more Pest Spotlight: Carpenter Ants

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 Ask The Expert: How To Get Rid of Spiders?

5 Spring Cleaning Tips to Prevent Pests

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In Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, or any other part of Canada, spring is the best time of the year! The snow is melting, the trees are budding, and the days are getting longer. However, with all the warm weather come the pests. Many people do not realize that the leaves left over from winter become breeding … Read more 5 Spring Cleaning Tips to Prevent Pests

Pest Spotlight: Richardson Ground Squirrel

Ground Squirrel

Scientific Name: Urocitellus richardsonii Common Names: Gopher, Dakrats, Flickertail Color: Brownish – Grey Weight: .44 – .88 pounds, on average Length: 12 inches Fact: A Richardson Ground Squirrel’s aka ‘Gophers’, tail is constantly trembling, hence the nickname “Flickertail”. Habits Richardson Ground Squirrels are generally active during the day in spring and summer months. Females tend … Read more Pest Spotlight: Richardson Ground Squirrel