Ticks are external parasites of the Arachnid family. There are two groups – hard and soft ticks. Ticks are unable to fly, they do not jump and typically hide in grass or bushes or climb vegetation and wait for a human or pet to brush by them. A home can become infested by ticks in the larval form. At this stage they are about the size of a pinhead or smaller and carry fewer viruses than fully grown ones. Not all tick bites result in disease however it may secrete saliva that contains neurotoxins and can transmit a number of diseases including rocky mountain fever, lyme disease, ehrlichiosis and tularemia. In a pet dog, illnesses like tick paralysis and tick fever can be transmitted. Most ticks require from 3 to 7 days to feed fully and once engorged, they drop from the host (animal/person). Ticks can survive for a long time without feeding and should be killed or exterminated as soon as possible after you notice an infestation. If you spot a tick on your skin, do not squeeze it, using tweezers, hold the tick by the head as close to the skin as possible and slowly pull it straight out. Clean and disinfect the area with alcohol or antiseptic. The first sign of infection is typically a circular rash like a bull’s eye and common symptoms include fatigue, fever, chills, headache, muscle and joint pain, swollen lymph nodes. If you notice any of these flu like symptoms after tick removal, consult your doctor immediately for treatment. Tips to prevent tick infestation include maintaining your lawns and gardens, wear protective clothing and apply tick repellant when venturing outdoors in areas where ticks are common. Contact us prior to the season for a tick repellent treatment in and around your house.
The tick responsible for the spread of Lyme disease is found along the northeastern seaboard of the United States, and New York State, and in the Long Point and Point Pelee areas of Ontario since the early 1990s. It was also found in the 1000 Islands region of Eastern Ontario in 2006 and is moving northward. New risk areas include Murphy’s Point Provincial Park and surrounding areas
The rat activity in Windsor is growing worse and it is not surprising. The number of calls for rat issues really stood out this year and I feel its necessary to inform you of the best steps to take from my point of view.
The very first thing to do is to run a thorough inspection in and around the home. You should be able to answer the following questions:
- Is there any garbage/ spoiled food rats may go after that is easily accessible to rats in or around the house or neighbourhood?
- How does the foundation look, is it in good condition?
- Is there poor construction?
- Are there rat entry points?
- Are there any water sources for the rats?
- Is there standing water on the inside and outside of home?
- Any water leaks?
- Are there rat burrows around the home?
- Rat tracks, droppings or signs?
If you answered NO to all of these questions then you are already ahead of the game. If you answered YES then you should first resolve the issue.
Garbage that is in or around the house should be sealed and moved to an area that rats do not have access to. The foundation of your home is important. Any cracks and crevices formed in the foundation should be fixed properly. All holes should be sealed with proper materials. Water sources must be removed! Rats drink a lot and will need water to survive. Rat burrows should be filled back up as it may discourage rats from being around the area or it works well to monitor rat activity if a new rat burrow is formed. Rat droppings should be removed as they attract more rats and they are a health hazard. Resolving these issues will put you a giant step closer in controlling rat activity.
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Overwintering as eggs: Some insects lay eggs that can thrive through the cold temperatures. When warmer temperatures hit, the eggs will begin to expand and hatch.
Overwintering immature stages: Some insects will overwinter in their immature stages such as the nymphal, pupal or larval stage. The mayflies we experience in the spring time will do this. The nymphs of the mayflies will live and actively feed in cold water beneath ice, growing all winter to emerge in the spring. Some insects will go through a larval stage and can replace the water in their body with glycerol which is a type of antifreeze. Some will burrow deeper into the soil, layers of snow on the ground will work as insulation and keep the ground warmer from really cold temperatures.
Adult hibernation: Many insects are capable of hibernating in their adult stages. Similar to larval stages, some adults are able to replace the water in their body with a type of antifreeze. Bees will remain in their hive and can increase temperatures by using body heat or vibrating their wing muscles. Wasps and mosquitoes will seek out a protected spot and will become dormant in the winter.
Fluctuating cold temperatures that we are experiencing now are giving insects a hard time to function. Keep in mind that in temperatures such as these, sometimes the best places for insects are in your home. There is no off season for bugs, with this subject I think it's important to keep your home or business professionally protected year-round. Call me and I am more than happy to tell you more
- Ben Magri
Gray Wolf Pest Control
Although you may keep your home clean, this does not stop bed bug infestations, bed bugs can be found in clean, dirty, small or big homes, vehicles or buildings. The transfer of bed bugs are commonly acquired by a chance encounter. Eggs or live activity of a breeding population may catch a ride back to your home on your clothes or belongings or someone else's clothes or belongings which causes the beginning of a bed bug infestation. A bed bug infestation can form by accident and it is not anyone's fault. However, there are certain measures that you can take that are highly effective in preventing a bed bug infestation from occurring. To see what you can do to prevent a bed bug infestation click here -> www.graywolfpestcontrol.com/bed-bug-control.html
If you've never heard of the Zika virus until the outbreak, you're not alone. The name of the virus originates from the Zika forest in Uganda and is where it had been isolated in 1947. In 2013, the first largest outbreak occurred in French Polynesia which spread to infect a few hundred people. There had been no outbreaks of the Zika virus up until 2015 when it appeared in Brazil. Since then, over 1 million have been infected and over 24 countries have reported the virus.
When pregnant woman contract the Zika virus they can pass it on to their fetuses which can cause microcephaly in babies where brains and skulls do not form properly. Some people may react differently when bit by a mosquito with the Zika Virus. When it is transmitted to someone, there is a 1 in 5 chance that they can become ill. One concern is that the Virus can cause Guillain-Barré which can be a deadly neurological condition. This condition causes nerve cells to be damaged resulting in muscle weakness, paralysis and possibly death. There have been increased numbers of people infected with Gillian-Barre syndrome in South America. In 2013, when the virus broke out in French Polynesia there was also an increase of reported cases of Gillian-Barre. There is a correlation however, it is not confirmed.
Zika virus is transmitted through mosquitoes one of the species is called the aedes aegypti mosquito which is found in warmer climates. It is also uncertain if the aedes albopictus mosquito can carry the virus which is a mosquito that has a more broad range and can be found in more colder climates. Right now there is no cure or treatment and a vaccine may take years to be made. The best way to prevent Zika and other related virus such as west nile, dengue and yellow fever is to avoid being bit by mosquitoes. We are here to help, learn how you can protect your territory from mosquitoes and reduce mosquito bites this year with our exterior mosquito treatment.