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Question Of The Day: What’s The Difference Between Centipedes and Millipedes?

Posted in Question Of The Day on May 30, 2013 by pestcontroltoronto

Centipedes and millipedes share many similarities. Both are invertebrates; but not insects (they have more than six legs). Homeowners can often be confused as to which of these pests they actually have.

Physical characteristics between the two are ultimately simple. The house centipede is a yellow to light brown colour. Millipedes are usually darker brown to black in colour. The body of a millipede is rounded, and they often coil up when found. This is similar to other related invertebrates such as wow bugs or pill bugs. Centipedes have an odd number of pairs of legs (15 or 17 pairs for example) while millipedes have an even number of pairs of legs (16 or 18 pairs of legs). Centipedes have one pair of legs per segment and millipedes have two pairs.

The main diet of each invertebrate is very different. Centipedes are carnivores and utilize two poison claws behind their head to paralyze their meal. Mostly they feed off of small insects. Millipedes on the other hand feed on organic matter such as leaves, mulch, wood or other organic remains. Inside millipedes do not usually fair well as they need moisture and organic foods.

The dangers to humans from either pest are relatively minor. The centipede’s jaws are not able to penetrate human skin. A bite from a centipede may include localized swelling and pain that is consistent with other insect bites or a bee sting. There are no real dangers associated with millipedes. Please note that this article refers to common centipedes and millipedes found in Toronto and surrounding regions. It does not refer to other species of these invertebrates in tropical regions such as the Amazon.

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Question Of The Day: Do Earwigs Actually Crawl In Your Ear?

Posted in Question Of The Day on May 27, 2013 by pestcontroltoronto

Fortunately this is just a common myth. Earwigs actually prefer dark and damp areas. It is more common to find other insects including cockroaches in a human ear then it is to find earwigs. If by chance you are laying in a dark and damp area and happen to have an earwigs crawl inside your ear not to worry there is no evidence of disease transmission or of any harm whatsoever to humans by earwigs.

Question Of The Day: Are There Any Edible Bugs?

Posted in Question Of The Day on May 24, 2013 by pestcontroltoronto

Yes you read that right! Some of our readers have inquired about what the most edible and delectable bugs would be. While we specialize in removing and eliminating pests, world wide there are several cultures that traditionally eat bugs.

Termites are the second most eaten insect on Earth. This may surprise you but insects are high in protein and low in carbs which does make them an interesting meal idea. There are over 1400 edible insects known at this time. The process of eating bugs is also known as entomophagy.

Insects you should avoid would include brightly coloured insects. Similar to frogs and other amphibians brightly coloured insects generally indicate that they may be poisonous. You would probably want to avoid insects that bite as well such as flies ticks, mosquitoes and some types of worms. You should also stay away from hairy insects.

Some of the most commonly eaten insects include grasshoppers crickets and cockroaches, bees, ants and wasps, butterflies and moths, termites, beetles and dragonflies. Bon appetit!

Question Of The Day: Do Wasps and Hornets Sting Or Bite?

Posted in Bees and Wasps, how to, pest control, Question Of The Day on May 22, 2013 by pestcontroltoronto

Do Wasps and Hornets Sting Or Bite?

This is an age-old question and the answer may shock you. Firstly the answer depends on the sex of the wasp: male wasps do not sting, they lack the equipment. Wasps only attack humans as a means of defense hence male wasps will bite while female wasps have stingers and inject venom when they are defending themselves. Generally wasps only bite prey as they are carnivorous insects.

Hornets on the other hand do typically do both, even at the same time. Hornets are generally more aggressive than wasps and leave both a more painful bite and a more painful sting. The reason for this is that their sting contains a higher concentration of the chemical acetylcholine than traditional wasps.

Question Of The Day: How Can I Prevent Wasps?

Posted in Bees, Bees and Wasps, pest control, Question Of The Day on May 21, 2013 by pestcontroltoronto

Wasps and hornets are some of the biggest concerns for parents and teachers as the spring turns into summer. These flying pests build their nests in shrubs, trees, gardens, and even between the concrete sidewalk blocks. The first step in preventing these pests is to eliminate areas that will harbour them. Shrubs and bushes should be clipped and maintained so that a nest can be easily seen. The next step is to avoid leaving food items outside that can attract wasps and hornets including sugary drinks and food. Another important element is to be aware of your surroundings. As an outdoor pest wasps and hornets may just be flying by you, but if there is a great number of them, or they seem to congregate around a certain area for a long period of time, or if you see them flying in and out of a specific hole, that may indicate that there is a nest there. It is important with wasps and hornets to treat the nest as early as possible to keep it from getting too big or from sprouting other colonies. Let’s all try to make our homes a little less wasp friendly and keep the sting out of summer.

Question Of The Day: Why did the raccoons pick my house?

Posted in Question Of The Day on May 14, 2013 by pestcontroltoronto

 

Raccoons, like most other critters and creepy-crawlies, choose to make their home with three main factors: Food, Shelter and Water. Houses that have availability to any and all of these factors are at risk for an occupation by raccoons. Some main food sources for raccoons include: access to garbage, bird feeders, home gardens, lawn grubs, and even pet food. Minimizing the availability of these items will help to deter raccoons from your property. Raccoons can fit into holes as small as 4 inches! Any holes in the roof or garage of your house should be sealed off (making sure there are no critters inside first, of course). Chimneys should have a cap put on them so that raccoons cannot get entrance into them! Our professional wildlife staff provides excellent raccoon removal and prevention. Give them a call today. It is a good idea to remove all standing water and water damaged areas, not just for raccoons but also to prevent carpenter ants, mosquitoes and mold.

Question Of The Day: What’s the best way to get rid of a wasps nest?

Posted in Bees and Wasps, how to, Question Of The Day on May 13, 2013 by pestcontroltoronto

Wasps nests can be tricky depending on the location. If you can see the nest then it makes it much easier to be eliminated. There are three main options: dust, foam and spray. Dust is a residual powder that is often pumped into a nest via the entrance hole contaminating it. This is very effective in eliminating the stragglers as well as the current occupants of the nest. Foam is used normally on visible nests. It enters and expands in the nest killing everything inside of it. Spray is used on nests and on landing areas for wasps. This is the most common treatment method for non-visible nests and for hard to reach nests. As a homeowner you can buy products for wasp control including sprays and foams. However many homeowners prefer to have a guaranteed service call to ensure elimination by a professional. Our specialists are ready and available to help you with your wasp problem. Call 416-840-4040 or 1-877-504-BUGS.

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