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
Rabies are on the rise within several wildlife species in Ontario this year. In particular, several rabies infected raccoons have been found over the past few months, which is of great concern considering that there hasn’t even been one case of a raccoon with rabies over the past 10 years in Ontario. Rabies can be lethal if not treated quickly so wildlife experts are warning people that spend time outdoors and those who have pets to take the necessary precautions to avoid coming in contact with this disease. Jessica Morris, the Manager of Health Protection for Public Health Services says that the best way to prevent rabies is to get your pets vaccinated and to be careful when in areas that have a lot of wildlife, especially raccoons and skunks.
New research conducted in Japan has shown that American cockroaches reproduce even in the absence of males. The study shows that this species of cockroach can actually reproduce for several years without meeting a member of the opposite sex. In the study, the research team isolated 15 virgin female cockroaches for 3 years, which ended up growing into around 1000 cockroaches by the end of the study. The cockroaches reproduced through asexual reproduction, which until recently was thought to be a last resort method of reproduction for American cockroaches. So if you were wondering why cockroaches are so difficult to completely exterminate, their rapid rate of reproduction, even in the absence of males, is surely one reason. Call us to get rid of cockroaches for good.
Now that medical marijuana is becoming more readily available to Canadians, tougher regulations and controls are being put in place to ensure that the medical marijuana being distributed is safe to consume. One of the newest regulations will result in random testing of medical marijuana by Health Canada to check for unauthorized pest control products. This has been put into place as a result of two major medical marijuana producers doing a voluntary recall on some of their products after low levels of prohibited pest control substances were found. Licensed producers are only allowed to use 13 approved pest control products, which have been approved by the Pest Control Products Act (PCPA) in order to ensure consumer safety and quality-control.
Mississauga has recently ranked third place on a top 25 list put out earlier this month. Unfortunately, the list was for the “rattiest cities” in Ontario. This study was conducted by a large pest control company and is based on the number of commercial and residential rodent treatments the company did in each city. The data does not necessarily suggest that Mississauga has the third most rodent infestations per capita, but it does imply that Mississauga residents need to be more vigilant in their rodent prevention efforts. This is best done by eliminating any easy access points into your home, any easily accessible food sources and seal off any ideal areas where rodents can find shelter.
Over the next 3 years, Health Canada has proposed to begin phasing out a popular Neonicotinoid pesticide used in Agriculture. The name of this pesticide is imidacloprid and although it works great for killing agricultural pests, unfortunately remnants of it get washed into nearby water systems. Studies conducted by Health Canada have found that levels of this pesticide in nearby water systems have been as high as 11.9 parts per billion, much higher than what is considered to be safe at 0.041 parts per billion. These studies also concluded that there is a potential risk to birds and small mammals who feed on seeds sprayed by this pesticide, further solidifying Health Canada’s decision to ban this pesticide.
Illegal and horrific leg-hold traps have been found for a second time in recent months with badly injured raccoons caught in them. The city of Vancouver is offering a reward for anyone who has info on these occurrences as this is not only illegal but also considered archaic. These traps are not only terrible to use against wildlife pests, they are also dangerous to humans too. The most troubling part about the leg-hold trap found this month is that it was found in an area near a park that is frequently visited by young children and pets. An organization known as Fur-bearers has put out a $1000 reward for anyone who has information regarding the perpetrators of this horrific act.
Anyone who lives in Toronto is well accustomed to raccoons rummaging through their green bins on garbage day. They have become such a big nuisance in recent years that even Mayor John Tory has decided to wage a war on what he calls “raccoon nation” by releasing new raccoon-proof green bins to residents of Toronto. Although most Toronto residents see them as pests, they will be shown in a new spotlight as one of the featured animals on BBC series Planet Earth II. This well known documentary series has an episode titled “Cities” which will feature raccoons alongside 11 other city dwelling animals including Peregrine Falcons in New York and Hyenas in Ethiopia.