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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.
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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
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.
fly causing havoc for B.C. cherries
'It's one of the fastest
spreading invasive pests that we know of,' says
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
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
unfortunately it doesn't
wait until the fruit is
overripe or damaged to
attack the fruit, which
is what makes this
particular pest so
means the flies can ruin
fruit before it is ripe.
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
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
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.