Control for all provinces: British Columbia, Alberta,
Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick. Nova Scotia,
Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland
How to control, get rid of, eliminate, kill, exterminate,
eradicate or manage bed bugs, sow bugs, spiders, wasps, ants, rats,
mice and other pests. Bug identification.
As summer temperatures rise, the population of flying
insects increases. Many of these can be serious pests as well as
beneficial. We should consider avoidance rather than elimination
Avoiding a stinging incident
Stay away from honey bee colonies.
Because honey bees nest in such a wide variety of locations, be alert
for groups of flying bees entering or leaving an entrance or opening.
Listen for buzzing sounds. Be especially alert when climbing, because
honey bees often nest under rocks or within crevices within rocks. Don't
put your hands where you can't see them.
If you find a colony of bees, leave them alone and keep others away.
Do not shoot, throw rocks at, try to burn or otherwise disturb the bees.
If the colony is near a trail or near areas frequently used by humans,
notify your local office of the Parks Department, Forest Service, Game
and Fish Department, even if the bees appear to be docile. Honey bee
colonies vary in behavior over time, especially with changes in age and
season. Small colonies are less likely to be defensive than large
colonies, so you may pass the same colony for weeks, and then one day
provoke them unexpectedly.
Wear appropriate clothing.
When hiking in the wilderness, wear light-colored clothing, including
socks. Avoid wearing leather clothing. When they defend their nests,
Honey bees target objects that resemble their natural predators (such as
bears and skunks), so they tend to go after dark, leathery or furry
objects. Keep in mind that bees see the color red as black, so
fluorescent orange is a better clothing choice when hunting.
Avoid wearing scents of any sort when hiking or working outside.
Africanized honey bees communicate to one another using scents and tend
to be quite sensitive to odors. Avoid strongly scented shampoo, soaps,
perfumes, heavily scented gum, etc. If riding, avoid using fly control
products on your horse with a "lemony" or citrus odor. Such scents are
also known to provoke or attract honey bees.
Be particularly careful when using any machinery that produces sound
vibrations or loud noises.
Bees are alarmed by the vibration and/or loud noises produced by
equipment such as chain saws, weed eaters, lawn mowers, tractors or
electric generators. Honey bees may also be disturbed by strong smells,
such as the odor of freshly cut grass. Again, check your environment
before you begin operating noisy equipment.
When hiking it is best to keep your dog on a leash or under close
control. A large animal bounding through the brush is likely to disturb
a colony and be attacked. When the animal returns to its master, it will
bring the attacking bees with it. At home, be careful not to tie or pen
animals near honey bee hives. The animals receive numerous stings
because they can't escape the bees. If your animals or pets are being
stung, try to release them without endangering yourself.
Trying to Kill Bedbugs Inside Rental Car.
Police say a Long Island man set his rental
car ablaze while trying to kill bedbugs
inside the vehicle.Scott Kemery suffered first- and
second-degree burns in the incident Tuesday
outside an Eastport supermarket.
Police say the Bridgehampton resident poured
alcohol over the insects, then sat in the
car and lit a cigarette, setting off the
fled the vehicle on his own.Detective Sgt. Edward Fitzgerald
said someone told
Kemery that if he saturated the bedbugs with
alcohol it would kill them.
Two other cars were heavily damaged
from the intense heat of the fire.
uses gasoline to
exterminate bed bugs. House explodes and burns.
An attempt to kill bedbugs
with gasoline led to an explosion and house
fire Sunday, according to the Omaha Fire
only one person was taken to the hospital
Officials said the injured man was trying to
use gasoline to kill a bedbugs infestation.They said the vapors
were likely ignited
by the pilot light on the water
heater, causing the explosion.Two other people made it out of the
The fire department said the house was
severely damaged by the pressure of the
Health Canada Reminds Pet
Owners of Risks Using Flea and
April 16, 2015 /CNW/
- Health Canada continues to receive reports of cats and
dogs becoming ill from flea and tick treatments. As flea
and tick season approaches, Health Canada would like to
remind Canadians about how to safely use these pesticide
products on family pets, especially those applied
directly to the pets' skin. Improper use of these
products can potentially lead to adverse reactions in
cats and dogs. Skin irritation is the most common
symptom. Other reactions can be neuromuscular, such as
tremors, or gastrointestinal, such as vomiting.
What you should do
Pet owners using flea and tick control
Carefully read and follow the label
Use flea and tick control products
only on the animal specified on the product label –
dog products for dogs and cat products for cats.
Use only the amount of product
specified in the instructions based on the size and
weight of your pet. Do not apply products to animals
younger than the minimum age stated on the label.
Discuss any concerns about the use
of flea and tick products with a veterinarian or the
New Web Site For Kids
The National Pest Management Association has recently
published a web site to educate youngsters while they have fun playing a
number of games. Mysterious and
exciting, the world of pests challenges us to understand what attracts
them to our homes and yards. Test your pest knowledge and skills with
these learning games for kids of all ages!
How Safe Are The Pesticides Available in Canada?
Pesticides are regulated by Health Canada under
This bug was found in Rosedale, Chilliwack, BC. Angela..
is a giant water bug (Hemiptera: Belostomatidae), a.k.a. toe biter or
electric light bug. They are voracious predators on aquatic invertebrates as
well as the occasional tadpole or small fish, and can deliver quite a
painful ‘bite’ if mishandled. See nos. 1498, 1457, and 1378 for other
examples.Ed Saugstad, retired
entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.