Pest Control News Archive
Below you can check out some of our interesting pest control news updates from the past. We cover a broad range of topics from the obvious pest control, to bed bugs, cockroaches, ants, mice, rodents, bees, wasps, various bugs, and wildlife to name a few. Fee free to explore our website for more great pest control content.
Pest Control News Archive
Mountain pine beetles and Asian Long-Horned Beetles are no strangers to Mississauga. In 2014, a combination of a raging ice storm and beetle infestation resulted in the axing of five thousand trees from Malton’s Wildwood Park; a total of seven thousand trees were totally removed in that year. Being an invasive species, the larvae of the Asian Long-Horned Beetle go into the trees and chew the branches, ultimately destroying the tree’s health. The Mountain pine beetles are native to North America and have destroyed half of the pine trees in British Columbia. Warmer climates and their ability to quickly move over to other trees to start colonies make it difficult to manage their population.
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A recent study from the University of Toronto focused on how humans are contributing to the evolution of pests including bedbugs, cockroaches, insects, and birds. The researchers reviewed 192 studies and concluded that almost 134 species of birds, reptiles, and other bugs across the world have been impacted by human action and are becoming increasingly resistant to chemicals used to control them. The old methods of controlling bedbugs with insecticides do not work anymore, according to the review study by co-author Marc Johnson who is a biology professor at the University of Toronto. They also uncovered that different breeds of mosquitoes evolved when people took shelter in London underground during World War II, which were totally unlike the above-ground mosquitoes.
Wasp and bee stings caused at least three deaths last summer in Manitoba. The months of July and August are when wasps become aggressive and go farther to look for food. Bees and wasps tend to sting when their nests at ground level are disturbed while lawn mowing or cleaning. Wasp and bee stings cause nearly a hundred deaths in the U.S. annually. Wasp and bee stings are more lethal than many spiders, jellyfish or snakes. A recent analysis based on data collected from 13 years in Australia show that bee and wasp stings resulted in close to 42,000 people being hospitalized in the duration of the study. Of all the fatalities that occurred in this study, at least 50% were due to anaphylactic shock that causes severe breathing problems, systemic failure and shock due to allergic reactions.
The brown snake that measures about 35 centimeters in length and prefers to live in areas that has long grass can soon become extinct. Called the most urban species, the brown snake is only found in the Greater Montreal area according to expert biologists. With the ongoing boom in construction activities in Montreal, the snake’s survival is under threat. Even as the government of Quebec mulls over the decision to list the brown snake as an endangered species, biologists like Pierre-Alexandre Bourgeois are working on conserving the species. Adding extra open spaces to conservation areas is one such approach that the biologist and his team are taking. The other is to install hibernation sites in Montreal’s nature parks so the snake can find its way to its underground home.
Grassland birds are fast disappearing in Canada according to the Living Planet report released recently by the World Wildlife Fund. The report reviewed more than 900 species of birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals and found grassland birds were the most endangered species. Across Canada there has been a 69% decline in the numbers of grassland birds and 55% in Manitoba. Mccown’s longspur and sage grouse are some species that have been listed as federally endangered species. Baird’s sparrow and Sprague’s pipit are some of the species that are particularly at risk in Manitoba. An 80% decline in the numbers of Bobolink species is also a worrying factor. Climate change, construction and harsh pesticides are some of the causes behind the vanishing species.
Slimy and slithery creatures are at risk according to the World Wildlife Fund Report of 2017. A conference at Manitoba recently focused on the plummeting numbers of amphibians and reptiles in Canada. The WWF report indicated a 34% decline in amphibians and reptiles from 1970. More than 600 turtles were injured recently while crossing roads in Ontario. New construction projects in Southern parts of Canada tend to displace many species of reptiles and amphibians which then have to move away. Out of eight species of turtles, seven are at risk. Climate change is another serious threat to many species of reptiles and amphibians. While some species including garter snake can survive various climatic conditions, some like the hognose snake are sensitive to climate change.
Climate change in Ontario is getting more real with warmer winters giving rise to rat population overgrowth. Last year, record warm temperatures were reported from coast to coast in Canada. Ontario experienced the warmest winter in December 2016. This led to the burgeoning rat population in Ontario. Some pest control services in Ontario report receiving 26% more calls this year for addressing rat issues as compared to 2016. In areas including Waterloo and Cambridge, there was a 115% increase in the number of inquiries as compared to the 60% increase in 2016. Hamilton received more than four hundred and fifty rat complaints in 2017. Field mice population is also said to be increasing at an alarming rate in Southern and central Ontario.