Reinforces It’s Rat Free Status with Rat Report Hot Line.
The province of Alberta has prided
itself for being rat-free for decades, but faced unusual infestations in
southeastern Alberta in 2012 and last year.Phil Merrill, Alberta
Agriculture's provincial rat specialist, says there were 16 confirmed
reports last year, including pet rats. Alberta Agriculture has set up a
toll-free number to report rats in an effort to keep the destructive
rodents out of the province. Rat inspector Bruce Hamblin says
municipalities are responsible for eradicating the varmints, but people
sometimes don't know where to call to report a sighting. "The new
310-RATS phone line is just a more efficient tool to help ensure Alberta
remains rat-free." The province is so serious about preventing the
rodents from getting established in Alberta that it is illegal to have
any types of pet rats. Alberta focuses its rat-control efforts
within a 29-kilometre-wide zone along the Saskatchewan boundary from
the central Lloydminster area south to the U.S. border. Municipalities
along this corridor get special grants from the province to monitor the
Norway rats live near people or
their structures. They can't survive in natural areas or survive winter
in farm fields. The rodents are not native to North America but were
introduced along the east coast in 1775 and spread slowly westward.
The toll-free number is 310-RATS (7287).
Canadian scientists discover a breakthrough
bait-and-trap for bed bugs
Simon Fraser University scientists have announced that they have
discovered the chemical attractants needed to create the
world’s first effective and affordable bait-and-trap for bed bugs. The
traps, which they hope will be commercially available next year, might
be able to capture enough of the bugs to eliminate a small outbreak,
said SFU biology professor Gerhard Gries.
Bed Bugs Can Transmit Parasite that Causes a deadly Disease
The bed bug may be just as
dangerous as its sinister cousin, the triatomine, or “kissing” bug. A
new study from Penn Medicine researchers in the Center for Clinical
Epidemiology and Biostatistics demonstrated that bed bugs, like the
triatomines, can transmit Trypanosoma cruzi, the parasite that
causes Chagas disease, one of the most prevalent and deadly diseases in
It's Spider Season
Arachnophobia spreading like a virus
As summer days get
shorter, and dusk brings dampness that clings
to every surface by dawn, natures most prolific insect predator is
showing up for photo opportunities.
More than half the recent photos sent to this web site for
identification include some of the thousands of species of Arachnids.
We receive so many spider photos we
publish only the best and most unusual.
Most submissions include the question: "Are they
Dangerous"? The most common example of an animal-based phobia
is fear of spiders, or Arachnophobia. This fear prompts many to scurry
for their digital cameras and snap a picture before the little creature
bites them and runs away.
Most of these fears are unfounded. Humans are not a food
source for spiders.
How to get rid of
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New Pesticide Tested for Medical
Marijuana Grow Ops.
Enterprises Inc. has
announced they have approval to
commence testing of
GlobalEx effervescent chlorine dioxide tablets for
use in the Canadian and U.S. horticultural and
agricultural industries. Matica intends to utilize
these cutting-edge chlorine dioxide tablets in the
quickly expanding medical marijuana and industrial
hemp industries for the elimination of mold,
bio-film and pests in controlled growing facilities,
eliminating the need for harmful or Health
According to Health Canada (MMPR) guidelines,
medical marijuana must not be treated before, during
or after the drying process with a pest control
product that has not been approved. Matica and
ChroniCare Canada Corp. have acquired medical
marijuana plants that have been specifically
infected with spider mites, a common pest associated
with marijuana plants, for the purposes of
conducting controlled trials using the chlorine
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has canceled flea and tick pet
collars containing an insecticide. This decision was reached as a result
of EPA’s risk assessment showing risks to children from exposure to pet
collars containing propoxur, an insecticide registered for use to
control ticks, fleas and a variety of insects and is used in industrial,
commercial and residential facilities. “This action is another example
of EPA’s efforts to protect children from pesticide risks,” said Jim
Jones, assistant administrator of the EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety
and Pollution Prevention. The action represents the solution to most
quickly remove the pet collars from the market. EPA’s risk assessment
found, in some but not all use scenarios, unacceptable risks to children
from exposure to propoxur pet collars
The pet collars are marketed by Sergeant's Pet Care Products, Inc. and
Wellmark International under the trade names including Bansect, Sentry,
Zodiac and Biospot. Flea and tick collars work by leaving a pesticide
residue on dogs' and cats' fur, which can be transferred to people by
hugging, petting or coming into contact with the pets. The major source
of exposure to these chemicals is from absorption through the skin after
directly touching the treated pet. Small children may ingest pesticide
residues when they touch a treated cat or dog and subsequently put their
hands in their mouth.
If you purchase a propoxur pet collar, read the label carefully and
follow all directions on the label to protect your family from exposure.
Do not allow children to play with the collar, and wash your hands
thoroughly with soap and water after handling.
Bug bite identification video
Automotive Wiring Attracting Rodents
years ago, automakers started using biodegradable, soy-based wiring
insulation. This was the manufacturers’ concession to going “green”
because the soy-based wiring degrades in landfills, unlike the older
petroleum-based, plastic-covered wiring. Unfortunately, the
manufacturers didn’t consider possible ramifications. Soy is food-based;
rodents are attracted to it, so they are even more likely to chew on
wiring that has a soy-based covering. Even worse, automakers are
starting to make other car parts, like seat padding, with soy-based
It's great for the environment but even better for hungry mice and
squirrels. They are drawn to it, therefore they are chewing and eating
it, And mechanics are also finding nests created in the upper plenums
(fresh air intakes).
What You Can Do
Some automakers are responding. Honda dealers now sell rolls of anti
rodent tape for wires, that can be used on any car, not just Hondas. If
you suspect a critter has gotten under the hood of your car, you need to
take action immediately, because he will be back. And he may bring his
friends and family next time.
Pesticides are regulated by Health Canada under
Did you know it's against the law...
- to use pesticides to control any pest
that is not listed
on the label.
- to use pesticides
in a manner that is not in compliance
with directions on the label.
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This bug was found in Rosedale, Chilliwack, BC. Angela..
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