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
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.
Peel Health Inspectors issued conditional passes to two restaurants while ordering the closure of a grocery store for failure to adhere to hygiene and pest control standards. While Zam Zam Grocers was slapped with a red card closure order during a routine health inspection, the conditional pass was given to Doaba Sweets and Restaurant and Airport Bukhara. The grocery store was penalized for not adopting the necessary pest control measures besides violating other hygiene standards. In both the restaurants, there were insufficient pest control measures that are deemed as a critical risk for health and safety.
Chartwell Heritage and Glen Walia Sweets are others in a line of eateries to receive yellow cards for inadequate pest control measures.
Not only did Mississauga earn the third spot in the country’s rattiest cities, there has been increasing insect infestation in the recent months. A resident discovered an inchworm at High Park recently. Inchworm infestations have not been common since 2000 in Mississauga. Inchworms, also called cankerworms, are widely found in Lorne Park and White Oats Park as well as the surrounding neighbourhoods. Aerial spraying of pesticides was done in the western part of Toronto to address cankerworm infestation. In Mississauga, aerial spraying of pesticide was carried out ten years back to address gypsy moth infestation. The soil bacterium called Btk is the commonly used agent to kill gypsy moths and cankerworms.
A new bird control program is beginning in Saskatchewan that will use Falcons as a natural form of pest control against other “pest species” of birds such as pigeons. Rich Ensby, one of the only people with a commercial bird abatement license in the province explains that “Falcons are a natural predator to all species of wild bird and by increasing a predatory presence on most commercial properties that have a bird problem, we can disrupt the everyday habits and the regular feeding patterns of pest species of birds.” He also goes on to explain that owning a Falcon is a big responsibility due to their predatory presence and only people who are trained and licensed should be able to handle these incredible creatures.
Rat infestations are on the rise in Toronto, and according to some of the top pest control professionals, there is no end in sight. Rodent extermination companies claim that they are receiving nearly double the amount of calls that they were receiving just a year ago. The cause of the increase in rat infestations can be contributed to several factors such as warmer winters allowing for easier reproduction, construction sites providing ideal habitats and sloppy garbage disposal giving the rats an easy access to food. On top of this, some pest control experts claim that the rats are also becoming more clever, figuring out how to avoid traps and go more unnoticed as they roam around homes and businesses.
Spiders are a common household pest in Mississauga, but we all know that the spiders found in Mississauga do not even come close to comparing to spiders in Australia. Gavin Shill, a veteran pest control expert from Brisbane with over 17 years of experience knows exactly what we are talking about. On Monday May 8th, Shill received a call from a homeowner who was petrified by what Shill explained to be the “mother of all spiders”. When he arrived, Shill was also distraught by the spider when he tried to escort it outside with a broom and realized that it was about three quarters the size of the broom head, with a leg span of about 20 cm. He then went on to explain that Huntsman spiders are actually very friendly creatures and act as a form of natural pest control, preying on other common pests.