The Indian Meal Moth, a Grain Feeding Pest

Indian Meal Moth

The Indian Meal Moth (IMM) Plodia interpunctella, can enter the home via a wide variety of foods and animal feeds. The IMM can be mistaken for a clothes moth as they are flying around as adults. The main distinction between the two is that the IMM has two toned wings unlike the clothes moth. Identification … Read more The Indian Meal Moth, a Grain Feeding Pest

Pest Spotlight: Bed Bugs

Bed Bug

Scientific Name: Cimex lectularius Common Name: Bed bug Color: range from yellowish –white – 1st instar to a brown to reddish-brown, adult stage Size: 4 – 5 mm long (3/16 inch) FACT: Bed bugs do not transmit any known human diseases. Some people will react to the saliva from the bite and have an allergic … Read more Pest Spotlight: Bed Bugs

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 Ask The Expert: How Do Pheromone Traps Work

Pest Spotlight: German Cockroach

German Cockroach

Scientific Name: Blattella germanica Common Names: German cockroach Color: Varies from light brown to tan Size: 13 to 16 mm long FACT: German cockroaches have wings but do not use them to fly! HABITS German cockroaches are becoming the most common household insect within the United States and Canada. This pest typically infests kitchens and … Read more Pest Spotlight: German Cockroach

DIY: Live Trapping

Rabbit

Sometimes you want to do it yourself and that’s great, but it’s important to remember that trapping live wild animals without the proper training and experience may lead to failure. You may not catch the animal you are trying to. The professionals at Poulin’s know animal biology and trapping techniques to catch any nuisance wildlife … Read more DIY: Live Trapping

Pest Spotlight: House Mouse

House Mouse

Scientific Name: Mus musculus Common Names: House Mouse Color: generally gray-brown with a gray stomach Weight: adults weigh between 17 – 25 grams Length: up to 20cm, nose to tail FACT: The house mouse often lives in close association with humans and therefore is termed one of the “commensal” rodents along with Norway rats and … Read more Pest Spotlight: House Mouse

5 Tips For Catching Mice and Rats

Rat

Each fall mice and rats are on everyone’s mind as when the weather changes these pests are trying to get into your house, business, cottage, camper, shed, garage or any place they can survive the winter with a food source. Getting on top of mouse/rat proofing your place today will make sure there are no … Read more 5 Tips For Catching Mice and Rats

What Is A Vole and What Do They Do?

Vole Damage

Matted pathways or yellow grass tunnels on your lawn is the characteristic sign that voles have been traveling, searching for roots of plants, grass and seeds. Many people will want to control this pest as it enjoys eating the succulent plants and vegetables in gardens during the summer months and causes a great deal of … Read more What Is A Vole and What Do They Do?

Pest Spotlight: Cluster Flies

Cluster Fly

Scientific Name: Pollenia Common Names: Cluster Fly Color: Non-metallic gray with golden hairs Size: 5/16 inch long FACT: Cluster flies are not related to livestock production. They do not develop in manure or manure pits. They are not interested in food, do not develop in garbage and are not a sign of unsanitary conditions. HABITS … Read more Pest Spotlight: Cluster Flies

DIY: Removing Wasp Nests

Wasp Nest

As summer moves into August a very busy pest has been growing its nest size slowly over the months of June and July. As the flowers and other natural food sources start to disappear, the move from the natural sugars and nectars from these food sources dry up and the need for proteins and carbohydrates … Read more DIY: Removing Wasp Nests