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Do fake wasp nests help?

Yes and No!  These nest supposedly deter wasps from building a nest near them because of the territorial nature of these pests.
If the nests are placed early in the season when overwintering females wasps are looking for a nesting site, they may be effective.  Placing the nests later in the summer where you don't want wasps will have little or no effect because wasps are no longer looking for a nesting location.

Some people claim wasps will still build new nests in the spring close to the fake wasps.
Try it yourself but don't waste time and money placing them in mid to late summer.


Fruit fly causing havoc for B.C. cherries

'It's one of the fastest spreading invasive pests that we know of,' says expert.

An invasive fruit fly species that feasts on cherries and berries before they ripen is on the rise this year across B.C. because of the warmer weather.  The spotted-wing drosophila first showed up in B.C. over five years ago, and has quickly become a threat to crops — especially cherries.

"People think of the vinegar [fruit] fly that appears in late summer on our soft fruit when we bring your peaches in. This one is very similar to appearance to it," said Hugh Phillip, a retired entomologist in the Okanagan. "But unfortunately it doesn't wait until the fruit is overripe or damaged to attack the fruit, which is what makes this particular pest so insidious." This difference means the flies can ruin fruit before it is ripe.   Read more.
 


 How to Avoid Bee Stings

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 of pollinators.  

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.

Pet safety. 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.



Man Burned 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 blaze.  He 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.


 Man 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 Department. Firefighters said only one person was taken to the hospital with burns. 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 home uninjured. The fire department said the house was severely damaged by the pressure of the blast.
 


 

 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!  http://www.pestworldforkids.org/games/


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How Safe Are The Pesticides Available in Canada?
Pesticides are regulated by Health Canada under the Pest Control Products Act, and are among the most stringently regulated substances in Canada. The Pest Management Regulatory Agency is the branch of Health Canada that administers the Act on behalf of the Minister of Health.
Read more about the regulatory process on this
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1513  This bug was found in Rosedale, Chilliwack, BC.  Angela..
This 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.


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