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I have been cleaning a friends apartment and discover after several visits in and out, that his place is infested with bed bugs? My concern is did I bring them home on my cloths? I didn’t sit down on any anything but I did remove his bed sheets etc because they were soiled. What should I do?
The bedbug query – Unless you physically removed some of the items from the infested premises and placed them in your vehicle or took them home with you, there is very little risk that you inadvertently brought bed bugs into your home. If you did take the soiled bed sheets home with you and they were not immediately laundered, you need to be on the lookout for signs of infestation. In addition to the information available on the Pestcontrolcanada pages, you might check out the publication at Click here for more recommendations.
How do find a supplier of parasitic wasps for birchleaf miner control? From Mississauga, Ontario
The Birch leafminer query – Of the two species of parasitic wasps (Lathrolestes nigricollis and Grypocentrus albipes) introduced for control of the birch leafminer, only L. nigricollis has become widely established. At the level of individual release sites, L. nigricollis has lowered pest density from 50 to <5% of first generation leaves being mined. (Click here.) These wasps were introduced into parts of Quebec and Newfoundland in the 1960s and 1970s and parts of Alberta in the 1990s; Click here for full details. I do not believe that these wasps can be provided to individual homeowners.
What is the reasoning behind a consumer, like myself, not being able to by or ship to Canada Termidor insecticide? Please let me know this because I can’t find an explanation. I’m assuming Canada’s pest control would have a reasonable explanation for something like this.
When will big and little brown bats in my region, central-northern sakatchewan/manitoba give birth?
Both big and little brown bats give birth in late spring- early summer (usually May-July).
From Dunlop, New Brunswick – Is it normal to have velvet mites in New Brunswick?
These mites (family Trombidiidae) are widely distributed in Canada, including New Brunswick.
From Noelville: Is there anyway to find out where insects are getting into the house. Every year we are infested with house flies, ladybugs and mosquitoes. They have to be getting in somewhere. Can a Pest Control company find out how they are getting in so we can can fix it?
Short of hermetically sealing one’s home, it is nearly impossible to keep all uninvited ‘guests’ from dropping in for a visit. You can minimize their intrusions by ensuring that all doors and windows fit tightly and if opened for ventilation, have tight-fitting screens. Any gaps between their frames and the house structure should be filled, as well as any cracks in the foundation. If any pipes, vents (such as from a clothes dryer), etc. penetrate a wall, any gaps around those should be filled with caulking or expandable foam.
From Surrey; I had ants coming into my suite and I used the borax recipe online, put some cotton swabs along their trail. In a few hours there were hundreds of them soldiering back and forth along the same trail, truly gross! But anyway, within 6-7 hrs they were all gone except for a few lingering around. I cleaned everything up but I still have a few hanging around and I don’t know where they’re coming from and why they haven’t gone home. I put out a few more cotton balls with the borax solution and they’re not attracted to it. I’m killing them one by one but I want to solve the problem and make sure they’re gone for good. Can you tell me why there’s still some hanging around and suggest what I can do? Thank you so much!
The ant problem – I’m assuming that the bait being use is one of the borax/sugar solutions commonly encountered on the internet. Not all ants are attracted to sugar and other sweets, some seek protein sources instead. That being the case, I suggest that a peanut butter/borax mixture be tried as well – Click here for details.
From Sturgeon County Alberta: So, I have a big concrete step that is starting to separate and now have cracks and Bees under there. I am sure it’s a nest/hive. I can’t see it, but I know there is an issue. We have children with allergies to bees. What should I do? I was thinking of filling the cracks with a spray foam, not sure if this will work? Any ideas?
The bee problem – The expanding foam should work if all crevices/holes that allow access to the space under the slab are filled. However, I really would like to see an image or two of the bees in question, if that would be at all possible. Please Click here to find out how to send in your photos.
From Johannesburg South Africa: Where can I get predators of Checker Beetle to eat Bark Beetle or what can I spray for Bark Beetle?
The use of checkered beetles (Cleridae) for bark beetle control may not be particularly effective, and I will have to do some digging to see if there is any commercial source for them as control agents (I’m doubtful at this point). Also, control measures will depend to some degree on the particular species of bark beetle involved. For some, the only recommendation is the cutting down and destruction of infested trees.
From Ramore Ontario: On Sept 19,2017, in Ramore Ontario, P0K 1R0 the skies were filled with millions of miniature moths. If you would inhale you were certain to swallow a few. Yes there were lots! They would land on us. When we went into the house they would come in. They survived the winter indoors and outdoors also. Are they clothes eating moths, are they destructive? They are about ¼ inch long (or less), 1/8 inch long when wings are closed. They are a silver color with darker edging. As soon as you touch them they turn to dust/powdery smudge.
These do not look like clothes moths, but I hesitate to attempt a specific i.d. as tiny moths such as these are for the most part, very difficult to identify; several families often are lumped together under the rubric “microlepidoptera.” see Family Elachistidae (Grass Miner Moths) | Butterflies and Moths of North America for an example.
From Langham Sask: What are the common springtime flies in our house? Every time this season, these flies are the first for a few weeks and then we do not see them until same time next year. Our house is clean, it is -5C outside, some are outside and some in our house. Where do they hid in the house for 10 months to appear every March?
Thank you for the reply.
My best guess would be that these most likely are cluster flies. These are not filth flies like house flies; their larvae feed on earthworms. These flies usually enter buildings or other shelter during the autumn, and then emerge from their hiding places with the return of warm weather in the spring. Click here for more detailed information.
From Edmonton, Alberta: I was away for two weeks and when I came home noticed two tiny worm like bugs on my white bed sheet, and after removing them I found a third smaller worm. I looked up carpet beetle larvae and they did not match the images (they lacked rings and instead were a uniform dark brown/rust color). They moved like an injured inch worm. I squished them in toilet paper and threw them in the toilet before I thought to take a picture. I’m not from Alberta so not familiar with what is and what is not normal for this time of year. Any ideas?
From Camrose: I have had a silverfish infestation in my apartment since the day I moved in 3 months ago. The exterminators have been here twice and I have sprayed Raid in between times. I continue finding them.
My question, are the little white pieces of fuzz that are the same shape as they are that I am picking up off of the carpet the young ones?? I have been picking up these little pieces of fuzz with my fingers thinking it was odd shaped lint and why would lint always look about the same. PLEASE PLEASE HELP. I am an old woman and have not had to deal with this before.
How to get rid of grain weevil, found them near dry beans ? They are about 3 mm long, found some live and dead ones. Thank you, waiting for your advice. Anita
I suggest placing any beans or other seeds that are infested or suspected to be infested in a deep freezer (at least -18°C) for a week and then discard them. In the future, keep all dry food products that are susceptible to insect infestation either in a refrigerator or in sealable plastic, glass, or metal containers.
Hi I had a question about pesticides available for farmers. We have a land in Northern Ontario and was wondering if Cyanide or other strong poisons can be available to farmers to get rid of some raccoons in our land. Thank you for your time. Kian.
Poisoning wildlife is a dangerous control method that is illegal in many parts of Canada. Killing non target animals and secondary predator poisoning could result in serious legal problems. Poisoning animals is very cruel and unacceptable by most organizations like the SPCA and the Canadian Wildlife Federation. Please, please, please do not use poison to solve your problem.
More information: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/sheryl-fink/canada-must-stop-poisoning-predators-pets-and-other-wildlife_a_23246909
Hi, this is Michelle from just north of Grande Prairie, Alberta. We have been fighting these moths from late September and on. There are holes in clothes (including the kids’ clothes) and I have found larva on knit socks and in balls of wool yarn. The larva are brown with little hairs coming out one side. Can you tell me what this is and what I can expect their eggs and cocoons to look like? How can I eradicate them? Thanks, Michelle
Adult clothes moths lay almost invisible eggs on wool, fur, silk and feathers and other items of animal origin. The eggs develop into larva that feed on the items and cause damage. The adult moths do not feed. You should empty your closets and areas infested. Laundering will kill the larva but many items cannot be washed in hot water and dried. Freezing will slow down the damage but will probably not kill the eggs and larva. If you don’t hire a professional, spraying pesticides is not a simple solution. Read the tips we have published here: http://pestcontrolcanada.com/pantry-pests-2/clothes-moths
4641 How do you get rid of Boxelder bugs? How much would it cost to get rid of them? HELP!!
Boxelder bugs can be a real nuisance but fortunately they are harmless to humans and cause no damage to structures. Getting rid of them can be almost impossible unless the host boxelder tree is removed. See this page for more information on how to deal with the problem:
Can I bring Lamdastar ultra cap9.7 and / or Cypermethrin in from the US to spray these cluster flies with that have taken over my mobile home I use for a hunt camp and getaway.I am in Ontario close to US border so would just drive down and pick up if it is legal to do so..Can not get an answer at your 800 number..Harry
“All pesticides imported into Canada must meet Canadian standards, i.e., be regulated under the Pest Control Products Act (PCPA), and bear the Canadian label.”
There are a number of products available in Canada that will kill cluster flies. Basic aerosol sprays with the active ingredient Pyrethrum will work if they come in contact with the flies. Many professionals use a fogger to penetrate all areas in attics with pyrethrum. If numerous flies are entering the living areas of the home, attempt to locate the openings where the insects gain access. Typically, flies will emerge from cracks under or behind baseboards, around window and door trim, and around exhaust fans or lights in ceilings. Seal these openings with caulk or other suitable materials to prevent the insects from crawling out.
4640 Good day! I live in a condominium building partly covered with wood. A very knowledgeable handyman came to fix the bottom framework of one window because it was cracked. We discovered the problem of big black ants eating the wood under my window. For a whole day, we sprayed with ant killer foam Ant Bgon Max. They were killed but of course the problem has not been solved. The handyman diagnostic was : 1. The drywall is mushy, wet and soft (decomposed) 2. The fiberglass insulation it was moist, and brown colour (compare it with fiberglass insulation on the right side of window where the frame is removed). 3. The wood (both the frame and bottom part of window is mushy and with a little bit nail pressure can be removed) Most important is that the source of water entering to that place of your window should be addressed first and be fixed. I am still waiting from the property management to fix the problem. Winter will come soon ! Any advice from your part would help a lot. You will understand I don’t want my apartment to be fumigated except if you did it locally for the window. However it would not solve the problem of the cause of the infiltration of water being fixed. I since heard a second apartment in our building had also the same problem. 1. Would you recommend the whole building to be fumigated ? 2. If not, what are the consequences for the future of our building ? Many thanks, Marie France Toffin
You have described a typical carpenter ant problem. You should have an experienced pest professional inspect the building and treat all infected areas. In most cases the solution is to inject a pesticide into the suspected nests from the outside. Nests in window areas are often in the header (above the window trim) as well as the side framing and sill. Of course the water problem should be repaired after the inspection and before the ant treatment. The professional should speak to the building manager.
What is the best way to get rid of fleas if no pets are in the home no more ?
Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum thoroughly, daily for 2 weeks. For more tips visit: http://pestcontrolcanada.com/fleas
We have an infestation of bed bugs. How do we get rid of them? We have removed mattress and box spring out of our son’s room. Now what?
The biggest challenge in dealing with bed bugs is finding them. They can hide in numerous places besides beds. Inexperienced home owners often spend more money trying unsuccessfully to eradicate bed bugs than it would cost to hire a pest professional that guarantees success. Read more.
In one of my washrooms we have flies that keep flying out from the drain after we take a shower I have tried bicarbonate soda and white vinegar for five days and nothing changed. Please advise what can I do this is a nuisance and we are unable to use the shower.
Drain flies (also known as humpback flies and Phorid flies) lay eggs in drains. The eggs hatch and the larva feed on scum in the pipes. To eliminate them, the entire interior of the pipe must be treated with a foaming insecticide. This will contact all the eggs and larva. It is important to never let the water in the p-trap evaporate and dry out. A well equipped pest professional will have a foaming machine and the right product to take care of this.
How do you get rid of Carpenter ants at the cottage? Denis. Georgetown, Ont.
We have published a vast amount of identification and control information on this web page:
4635 Hi, One of the apartments in the house I live in has bedbugs and the landlord is going to either spray just the basement apartment or possibly the whole house. I have a 9 month old baby and was wondering what we should do if this treatment happens? Can these chemicals be harmful to my infant and what precautions should I take? We live right above the basement apartment on the first floor so I am worried that even if they spray just the basement that toxins can make there way into our place. Will we need to be out of the house for a while and for how long? Thanks, Lorna
If your landlord is going to spray pesticides himself you should be very concerned.
Pest control professionals must be certified to apply pesticides. They must take a course and pass an exam.
There are regulations that a professional must follow including notification to any persons that could be at risk from pesticide use.
You will probably have to vacate your suite for 1 day.
If there are bedbugs in one apartment they often find their way into other units that should be inspected.
Just spraying pesticides is not proper control for bed bugs.
Read more: http://pestcontrolcanada.com/how-to-get-rid-of-bed-bugs
Trying to find a way to get rid of tent-nest’s How do I do it?
The natural, soil dwelling bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis or Bt-kurstaki (BTK) is particularly effective on inch worms of all types. Use easily applied spray to hit worms and protect the leaves at the first signs of damage. BTK sprays do not harm honey bees or birds and are safe for use around pets and children.
4633 Good morning. I volunteer at a Scout camp and we have many Cheery Trees, BUT the Cubs and Scouts can not get to the fruit as the Animals get there first. Where can I obtain an Electronic repellent to hang in the trees? Thank you. Paul
Don’t waste your money. There is no unbiased scientific evidence that electronic pest repelling devices work effectively to control pest animals. Blocking metal collars around the trunk of the trees may be more effective.
4632 I have bed bugs, after the exterminator came in, we still have them. But killed off the basic population of them. What can we do?
Getting rid of bed bugs is a process that usually takes more than one treatment. The most important step is a very thorough inspection but even a professional may have trouble finding all the bug’s hiding places. Heat treatment may be effective but not always. When the bugs feel the heat they may find a way to escape to a cooler location. The pest professional who did the treatment probably expects to do more treatment.
For a better understanding see this web page: http://pestcontrolcanada.com/how-to-get-rid-of-bed-bugs
Hi, I found couple of bed bugs recently and would like to know the recommended pesticides from pest control. Thanks, Laxmi.
Just spraying pesticides is not the solution. Read the suggestions for proper control that we have published on this web page: http://pestcontrolcanada.com/how-to-get-rid-of-bed-bugs.
Hi there: We have moved into a new house and have just discovered that we have a serious marmot problem. We have seen them in our yard and not been concerned, but now we have discovered that our lower deck – and it is a large one surrounding a pool – is absolutely covered in poop droppings, so many droppings that you cannot walk freely on the deck. We have lots of grandchildren who live locally and will be coming here many times during the summer, I see that marmots can carry ticks that lead to Lyme Disease. We know all about that problem as we have a granddaughter from Kelowna who we have had to send to the States to be treated for Lyme Disease which she contracted here in BC, and so are really concerned about this problem. I see I can buy a Blackbox Gopher Trap that will trap and kill gophers – will it work for marmots?? And I can buy an animal cgge trap that will trap marmots but not kill. How do I kill the marmots that I catch in the cage?? Where do I get whatever you recommend? Thanks for your advice. Trevor , Lake Country, B.C.
Trapping in a live trap or kill trap is probably your best solution. Gopher traps may be too small. If you use live traps you will need a permit to transport wildlife to a new location. It is difficult to attract marmots into a trap so you would have to place them along their normal travel paths. On Vancouver Island Marmots were almost extinct so I believe they are now a protected species. Some control suggestions here: http://www.wildlife-removal.com/marmot.html
You may also try calling a licensed professional in your area:
4630 My son had to move from one apartment to another. He bought a used couch and checked it out real good before bringing it to his old place. They had it for two months. all was good. We move him to his new apartment. He had to clean it before he moved in. after a few weeks his girlfriend was getting bit. His 8 month old daughter and himself were not bitten. He checked the bed, which is brand new and it had bedbugs. They saved them. Girlfriend takes Daughter to moms and my son asked the landlord to do something. They gave him a bag and vacuum cleaner. he never had any issues before. They were even visiting us just after move in with no issues either. After he cleaned the whole place as much as he could the girls came home and she gets bit again from the couch this time. Why does the landlord not want to help? This building is in a group of them on Mornington Ave in London. It’s really dirty, but it’s the only place a one income can go. any help would be appreciated .
We do not like to offer advice on what could be a legal issue. Getting rid of bed bugs is not an easy task for amateurs. The landlord should probably hire a pest professional service to eliminate the problem. If there is no cooperation you could report the issue to the local health department and a government landlord-tenant agency.
My building had issues with carpet beetles. Wondering if they can live on jewlery. We have seen some in my unit. And second question, does thirty minutes of drying on high heat kill all stages of the black carpet beetle?
There is no reason for carpet beetles to live on jewellery. Thirty minutes on high heat in a dryer should kill almost any living creature. Read more: http://pestcontrolcanada.com/carpet-beetles
Hi I am really impressed with your website! Can you point me to more information on biting midges if they are something which could be found in our house on Salt Spring Island in April? Thanks very much, Ann
During my 20 + years of pest control service on Salt Spring Island, I was never asked to deal with biting midges (no-see-ums). I live on 5acres of wooded property with ponds and have never been bothered with midges. If you suspect you have a midge problem please try to capture a few and send us a close-up, in-focus photo for identification. They are very, very small so you would probably need a camera with a macro lens.
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Hello, I have found [so far…] about 10 spiders – huge black ones in a new 5 month old house. Mostly in the basement and the garage. I spray RAID but unfortunately it doesn’t help. I am afraid they could be dangerous. The house is in Welland, On. Any suggestion, advice ? Should I contact the builder of the house ? I would really appreciate your help. Thank you, Maria
New homes are notorious for a high humidity problem as the building materials dry out over a long period of time. (1 or 2 years depending on conditions). This moist environment encourages insects to inhabit the space, especially in basements, crawl spaces and any areas with poor ventilation. Spiders eat insects. To eliminate spiders, eliminate their food source. Improve the ventilation by opening windows when practical, use bathroom and kitchen fans. You certainly cannot blame the contractor for 10 spiders in your home. You could call a pest professional to inspect and treat areas that are infested with insects. The most common pest in high humidity homes is sow bugs. Read more about control tips: http://pestcontrolcanada.com/sow-bugs-pill-bugs
I live in a complex where there is a rat infestation each year. Each year this problem is dealt with however it hasn’t been done so yet this year, there are huge holes in the foundation that havent gone fully through the foundation. there are kids in the area and as an assistant superintendant of the complex who has notified the higher ups I was wondering if there is a spasific type of rat or mouse that would cause this damage and what would be the proper fix to have this looked after. I don’t want my tenants getting sick from this. Thank you. April
Huge holes in the foundation of an apartment building is a more serious problem than rodents. You should call a building inspector.
You will not likely have both rats and mice. Rats will not tolerate competition for food. A pest control professional could inspect the property to determine what kind of problem you have and take corrective action.
I am having Carpet beetle issue in my home, and I found on web “D-Fense SC Insecticide” spray is quite effective to get rid of Carpet Beetles, please let me know if “D-Fense SC Insecticide” is approved in Canada to use. Thanks,
This product is not listed on the Health Canada registered pesticides list. There may be other products with the same active ingredient (Deltamethrin) but they would likely be restricted to licenced pest control businesses. Many products with this active ingredient have been taken off the market in Canada.
You can search for any pesticide registered in Canada at this web site:
I have been killing two to six box elder bugs inside my home all winter long, and I don’t agree that they do not breed indoors because I occasionally find very small and young ones. This past fall was the worst I have ever seen – the two sunny sides of my house were covered with them and it went on for close to two months. One so-called pest control expert said they would only be a nuisance outdoors for a week or two, but he was greatly mistaken, and now they’re inside apparently in significant numbers. I believe they are becoming more adaptable, and given their potentially vast numbers, the government needs to come up with a safe way to get rid of them. Same goes for Carpenter Ants, now that the gov’t has banned all pesticides that actually work to kill off a colony, other solutions need to be devised. Alan
Please read the information on our web page for a better understanding of these insects. Box elder bugs
Adult box elders do not lay eggs inside a building because there is no food for the nymphs to eat (leaves, seeds, flowers) When they gather in large numbers on the sunny walls of a building, they can be eliminated by spraying with a 4% soap and water solution. Pesticides are not needed. To prevent their entry into a building, all cracks, crevices and window frames should be caulked. They are not considered a serious enough pest to require government action. They are harmless to humans and dwellings.
Carpenter ants are a serious pest that should be dealt with by a licensed professional that has access to effective registered pest control products. Some provincial and municipal governments have restricted the use of pesticides to reduce abuse and health hazards.
Dear sir, At my house, there are lots of cockroaches. Size about 0.1 cm to 1 cm. It start seen from last year April/May. I talked with a pesticides Co. They checked and used pest control. At that time, they killed a lot. After few days, it showed again. Company came again and used pest control. In three months, 3 times pest control had been used. Everything went back to normal even more. They said , they can’t use more powerful kit. I don’t know, how to get rid of these cockroaches. Please advise me the solution. We have children at home. Waiting for your suggestions.
The most common reason for cockroach problems is poor sanitation. Insecticides and poison bait can not be effective if there is a food source for them. Read more: http://pestcontrolcanada.com/cockroaches
If the apartment next door has bed bugs – and my bedroom is through the wall should I be getting my apartment sprayed etc?
Most bed bug control professionals have been trained to inspect for all possible hiding places and entry points. In apartment buildings and hotels this often includes inspection of adjoining rooms. (Each side, behind, above and below.) This requires the cooperation of all occupants and the building management. You should welcome an inspection and control measures if bed bugs are found in your unit.
Hello, Any advice for sea otter control, capture or management? They are destroying large areas of turf on the golf course. HELP!! Paul Robertson, Links Superintendent, VICTORIA GOLF CLUB.
The Sea Otter is protected by the Marine Mammal Regulations in the federal Fisheries Act. These regulations make it an offence to kill, harm, or harass marine mammals. The species is also listed as Threatened under the British Columbia Wildlife Act. Under this Act, it is prohibited to kill, capture, harass, or trade this species, or to destroy its habitat.
We were not aware that sea otters would forage for food on land. They normally forage in the water and on the beaches. Raccoons and skunks will tear up turf to feed on grubs. Sea otters can be a serious problem when they nest under sea side cottages and homes. The only legal solution is to block their entry with fencing. Some boat owners have used an electric fence to keep them off their boats. An electric fence around the golf course or on the path used by the animals may help but golfers and environmentalists may not approve. We have tried unsuccessfully to get suggestions from the BC Ministry of Environment Wildlife branch. Perhaps a visit in person to their offices would be more effective. Please let us know if you solve this problem.
Hi, I have a quick question relating to an old wasps nest that I’m hoping you can help me with. I live close to Gatineau Quebec. Late July / early August last year I noticed what seemed to be a large number of wasps heading towards the underhang of my roof and disappearing. After watching for a while, I started to think that there was likely some sort of nest in my attic. As the wasps weren’t disturbing anything, I felt it wise just to leave the nest alone and deal with it in the winter. Before I go up to the attic and try to see if the old nest is there I was hoping that you could help me by answering a few questions: a) My understanding is that wasps do not stay in the old nest over the winter. Even the queen apparently goes somewhere else. Thus, is there any benefit at all of removing this old nest if the nest if effectively dead? Is there an increased likelihood that the wasps will end up back in my attic next year if I keep the nest there? Or alternatively, would the old nest somehow deter new wasps from taking up residence in my attic? b) Depending on your answer to the questions above, if the nest should be removed, is there any real problem with me doing this myself during the winter or should I be looking for a professional? c) If I need a professional, is there someone that you can recommend? Thanks for your help 🙂 Tom
Most wasp nests are deserted in the fall and will never be occupied again. The nests are harmless but the environment may be attractive so a new nest could be built in the attic. If the wasps are mud daubers the larva will develop in the mud nest over winter and transform into wasps that will emerge in the spring. Mud daubers are non aggressive and seldom sting so they are considered almost harmless. There is no benefit in removing their nests. If you want a professional to remove the nests you can find one in your area in our directory of pest professionals.
What would be the most ethical form on small mice control for a corporation? I work at a retail grocery chain that uses those little houses with poison inside – I see the mice convulse and I hear them cry out for 30-60 min after ingestion. A co-worker told me they could pay more to include fluoride in the mix to sedate them too – although I wondered if that actually reduces their pain or merely for our observations sake. Does that really make the mice suffer less? Does it speed up the process? What options exist? Are the price gaps significant between the less and most human options? Thanks very much. Shan. Victoria, BC.
Rodent bait in use today is formulated to euthanize them in a very humane way. After ingestion the rodents become lethargic and unconscious. There is no pain and they do not squeal or cry out. What you are hearing are not mice.
There is something clawing through my floors just under my trim I have put up traps and poison for rats but no luck I have no idea what it is but the holes get bigger very night.
The most common pests that make a clawing or chewing noise in a home are rats. They can chew holes through wood to gain access to a food source they smell. If your efforts to trap them have failed, you should probably call a pest professional to do an inspection and find out where the rats are gaining entry to your home. Most people think catching rats is a simple process but there are a lot of little tricks that an experienced professional will apply be to successful. Paying a professional will cost less than repairing chewed electrical wire or plumbing pipes. Read more about getting rid of rodents. http://pestcontrolcanada.com/how-to-get-rid-of-rodents
I have caught 4 fairly large spiders in my home, I know they are not easy to identify unless under a scope however these are hunters and ground hunting spiders, their about the size of a loonies and toonie (Canadian), their dark brown and or light ish brown… I have laid sticky catch master things every where and have caught one each day for 4 days. That’s a spider a night. I’m led to think I have a infestation? I have sprayed spider killer stuff, spider repellent, plus those catchers, and they keep still popping up and their massive! Should I get in a professional?
Thank you for submitting your question. Rather than publishing misleading or incorrect information, we do not attempt to identify spiders based on a written description. Please send a photo as an attachment and we will publish it on the “What is this pest” web page. http://pestcontrolcanada.com/pest-id-photos We may have already published a photo of a pest similar to yours. Remember: humans are not a food source for spiders. They eat insects and if you have a lot insects, spiders will be attracted to your home. A pest professional could do a thorough inspection and get rid of whatever is causing your problem.
4615 I have no fruits or vegetables left outside. My condo is infested with what may be fruit flies but I am not sure. Please help me as I don’t know what to do or what these bugs are and I am very concerned. Currently I am catching these bugs using apple cider vinegar which these bugs are attracted to. These bugs have brown body with black stripes with a red face. They kinda resemble a pomace fly but I want to be certain. Do u know what else they could possibly be?
Rather than publishing misleading or incorrect information we do not attempt to identify pests based on description. You could send us a photo or check this page for identification and control suggestions. http://pestcontrolcanada.com/flies/fruit-fly-control
4614 I am infested with cigarette beetles in my Canadian home. My local exterminator sent a specimen off to Montreal for identification and the result came back as a cigarette beetle. After some time, I found the source (banana plant) and eliminated it. How can I get rid of the existing beetles and their egg?. Please help….
You should check all possible food sources for larva and throw out anything suspected to be infested. Sealed boxes (cake mix) could be infested even tho there is no visible entry point. More Information: Penn State University: http://ento.psu.edu/extension/factsheets/cigarette-beetle
We bought a house last year and found we have carpenter ants outsized all over the place. We think we finally located the parent hill. A giant three foot ant hill hidden in the brush. Your site says to physically remove it? How do i do that ? Do I use any thing to kill them off when they start to swarm out?
Carpenter ants build nests by burrowing into wood. They do not build ant hills. Thatching ants build ant hills. There are some control suggestions on this web page: http://pestcontrolcanada.com/ants. Thatching ants can be considered beneficial because they kill other garden insects pests.
4612 I have a small fly problem that a renter is saying is coming from the sinks and Windows. There was no flies there before he moved in and now has a fly problem, what can these flies be and how does a person get rid of them? The flies are constant but not many maybe 3 – 5.
The right control solution will depend on the species of fly. (there are many small fly species). Send us a well focused, well lit close up photo for identification and control suggestions. We will publish the photo and our response on this web page: http://pestcontrolcanada.com/pest-id-photos. One common small species found in homes are Phorid flies. See photos and information here: http://pestcontrolcanada.com/phorid-flies-humpback-flies-drain-flies/
4611 Do grain weevils eat fabric such as carpets or fabric on furniture?
Weevils will readily feed on cotton fabric found in furniture and clothing. Since they love dried flowers and plants, decorative ornaments found in the home such are wreathes and dried flower arrangements can harbor and feed local populations. It is not uncommon to find them living in or on Christmas ornaments, dried flower collections and stored clothing. Furthermore, adults love apples, pears, grapes and other fruits found in and around homes.
4610 Small red/brown ants in my apartment. There are, other people in the building also have them. I’m certain there is a nest but i haven’t found it yet. I just want to know if getting an exterminator is worth it? Since they’re in this building. Also. Are they harmful to people? Thanks.
You should definitely have a pest professional do an inspection to determine what species of ants you have and the severity of the problem. Different species of ants are treated differently. If tenants have been spraying insecticides, the ant colonies could bud (split into new colonies) and invade new areas in the building. The longer you wait to deal with the problem the more difficult it will be.