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3 Scary Bugs That’ll Give You Nightmares This Halloween

Our favourite holiday to dress like up a dingus is upon us, and what better way to celebrate the creepiest time of the year than looking at three of the most terrifying bugs on earth.

Halloween is about all things frightening, including witches, ghosts, demons and… scary bugs?

To celebrate the spooky season, Terminix Canada decided to mix together our two interests, all things scary and all things creepy crawly to discover the scariest bugs on earth.

Jason Voorhees, Freddy Kruger, and Michael Myers are child’s play compared to these creepy crawlies. From giant centipedes to parasitic larvae, this ghastly list is guaranteed to make your skin crawl and spine shiver!

Warning: this list can make even the toughest pest exterminator sleep with the lights on. Proceed with caution, you’ve been warned.

Scary Bug #1 – Amazonian Giant Centipede

If you’ve ever shuddered at the sight of a house centipede, then you better hope to never run into an Amazonian Giant Centipedes. These humongous centipedes are sure to make you run for safety.

These ginormous centipedes are littered throughout the tropical regions of Central and South America. Living up to their name, Amazonian Giant Centipedes can grow up to an entire foot long!

They get worse – and their size should be the least of your concerns. Amazonian Giant Centipede’s have venomous front pincers that can pack a serious punch – or more accurately, a serious bite. While they can’t kill humans, they can cause bone-searing pain.

Still not afraid? Unlike the house centipede, these giant centipedes can easily devour any small-sized creature, including birds, lizards and rodents. Eek!

Scary Bug #2 – Africanized Bees

Africanized bees are a mutated offspring that is the result of scientists crossing an African honeybee with a regular honeybee. Basically, none of these scientists ever learnt their lesson reading Frankenstein and have lived to regret it.

These scary bugs are highly threatening and territorial. If you disturb their hive, they won’t hesitate to chase and swarm you for half a mile. You could try to escape by jumping into the water, but they’ll just patiently wait until you come up for air before resuming their attack. Don’t even think about swatting at them. If you do, they’ll just gather more troops to swarm, leading to a worse attack.

Their relentless pursuit of pain and suffering is only really evaded by outpacing them. And they fly, so good luck with that!

Scary Bug #3 (And Probably The Worst Of All) – Human Botfly

You’ve likely heard the joke about earwigs climbing into your ears and living in your brain, which fortunately, is just a joke. But in the case of the Human Botfly, we have no jokes to make.

Dermatobia hominis, more commonly known as the Human Botfly, is easily the creepiest pest to exist on our planet. This terrifying and tiny critter is native to both Central and South America.

An encounter with the terrifying Human Botfly will make your skin crawl… literally. These tiny flies lay eggs on human skin. Once hatched, the Botfly’s parasitic larvae burrow deep into the skin of living humans, feeding on their tender flesh, until it’s ready to dispatch from its host in an alien-like fashion. The cream-colour maggot can cause sharp, excruciating pain every 10-15 minutes for its poor, unsuspecting human host.

These terrifying insects could’ve easily been the inspiration for zombies, feasting on human flesh to thrive.

The only thing positive we can say about Human Botflies is that they are at least fairly easy to treat. The parasite is easily removed from your body with proper medical care. Is your skin crawling? Well, that will probably require at least a few hundred showers.

Terminix Canada Is The Best Solution For A Calm Night’s Sleep

We are very fortunate in Canada. We don’t need to worry about experiencing any of these scary bugs in our day-to-day adventures. However, we understand that all bugs are called creepy crawlies for a reason! If you’ve been having nightmares about the bugs living in your basement or the bats swarming your attic, we can help (except maybe the Botfly, in that case you’re on your own).

Terminix Canada offers residential and commercial insect control, removal, and prevention services for any ghoulish insects giving you the heebie-jeebies this Halloween.

Why Does A Skunk Spray? Our Best Tips To Avoid Getting Sprayed

Why does a skunk spray? Well, imagine a world where no matter what you did, you stank.

Not a faint stink either, but a room-clearing, nostril-quivering smell. You bathe in lemon juice, tomato juice, and vinegar to vanquish the stench, to no avail.

Welcome to the world of skunk spray victims. It can take weeks to rid yourself of the offensive odour, so we’ve compiled a number of ways to avoid such cruel misfortune. Because let’s get serious, the best way to get rid of skunk smell is to not get sprayed in the first place!

Why Would You Get Sprayed By A Skunk?

Skunks use their spray to protect themselves from potential predators. But humans aren’t predatory towards skunks, so why would we ever get sprayed?

It’s simple: skunks are extremely near-sited. Therefore, they often mistake unsuspecting humanoids for wolves, coyotes, or badgers. Additionally, they might not realize they’ve stumbled into an area with humans or pets, until a loud noise alerts them, scaring the stink out of them. If you have skunks living in your home, stomping on your floor when a skunk is nesting in your home will startle the little stinker, causing it to spray as a defense mechanism.

Solution: If you happen to see a skunk, don’t make sudden movements. If you happen to be out walking or lounging in your backyard and a skunk comes to hang out, don’t freak out. Simply start talking or singing softly, but loud enough that it hears you, and everything should be fine. They are very docile creatures and will likely either back away or continue about their business, leaving you alone.

The problems often arise when the skunk is shocked or startled and goes into instant defence mode.

Additionally, watch for spraying signals. If you see a skunk with its tail raised on hind legs, and pounding its front legs, back away slowly and calmly.

Keep Your Dog In Check

If a skunk’s (lack of) vision could make you look like a wolf, think about what it’d make your dog look like. Most stories of people getting sprayed begin with their dog and end with the pungent force of 1,000 unwashed feet. Even the best practices of skunk control go out the door if you let your dog run rampant.

Unfortunately, in most cases when your dog gets sprayed, it’s due to the dog running after or barking at the skunk. If you have a large backyard, make sure to turn on the back light or use a flashlight to shine in the backyard before letting your dog out to do his business in the evenings and at night.

Solution: Don’t walk your dog after dark or on country roads. If you do, keep the dog on a tight leash and don’t let them go poking their nose in bushes or shrubbery. Skunks are nocturnal, and forage for food on said roads, after dark, returning to their dens by daylight. Keep to well-trafficked stretches of road while the sun’s still out. If you see a skunk, make sure your dog maintains a sense of calm.

Was Your Dog Sprayed By A Skunk?

For many pet owners, this is their biggest fear. For many others, it’s all too common of an occurrence depending where you live. Oftentimes, when a dog is sprayed, it’s late at night when stores are closed, and you’ve got a giant stinky problem on your hands? So what can you do about it?

The good news is, the ingredients used to clean your dog from skunk spray are found in most homes. The most important part of cleaning a dog from skunk spray is to apply the solution to a dry dog. Do not wet your dog!

You’ll also want to act fast. The longer the spray sits on your dog, the more it’ll be able to saturate their fur, making it more difficult to fully remove the smell.

If possible, keep the dog out of the house until after they’ve been bathed. If they bring the smell into your home, your home will continue to smell like skunk for a while.

There are many different home remedies out there for tried-and-true methods of removing that stench from your dog’s coat. Find one with the ingredients you have on hand to quickly wash out that skunk juice before it has time to set in.

Know What A Skunk Den Looks Like

Skunk dens are found under wood and rock piles, buildings, porches, concrete slabs, culverts, rock crevices, and in standing and fallen hollow trees.

Look for a grass-free, smooth, 3-by-4-inch depression containing one entrance and a musky odour. Look for skunk droppings; they resemble cat stool and contain all kinds of food. Be aware of skunk tracks as well, which are similar to those of the domestic cat, except that skunks have five toes instead of four. Their tracks are also staggered.

Solution: This one’s easy. If you see the aforementioned signs of a skunk den, get out of dodge, and do it fast. If you have a skunk den on your property, you’ll want to call in the skunk removal experts. Attempting to get rid of it yourself will end in a smelly mess, and no one wants that.

Using proper practices of skunk control will help keep skunks away and prevent possible burrowing on your property. Don’t leave food and garbage out. If you want to take it a step further, you can install motion activated sprinklers or use household ammonias in the backyard to repel skunks.

Avoid Skunk Spray By Making Your Presence Known

Maybe you’re in a situation where you can’t get away and you’re in a stand-off with a tiny, white-streaked, fetid antagonist. It’s possible you were caught off-guard. Maybe you like to live dangerously. It’s possible you don’t feel like running away from an animal the size of your arm. Either way, you’re not backing down.

Solution: You can repel a skunk by stomping your feet, and talking or singing in a low voice, gently scaring the stinky menace off. In some cases, the skunk won’t be bothered by your presence and will continue cruising along the lawn looking for food. In those cases, it’s safe to continue to go about your business, as long as you give them space and keep singing or talking so you don’t surprise it.

Smell The Roses, Not The Skunk Spray With Terminix Canada

When you need professional skunk removal, Terminix Canada is here to help. Skunks need no introduction. If you can smell skunk, then you might have a skunk problem that requires our skunk removal specialists. Skunks’ infamous spray liquid causes noses everywhere to scrunch up in fear of that potent, unpleasant odour.

The best way to get rid of skunks is to contact a certified pest control company that can humanely remove them from your property. Terminix Canada has a team of skunk removal experts that will not only remove the skunks humanely, but they’ll remove the scent of them from your property and work with you to implement systems and defences to prevent them from coming back.

Think You’re Home Alone? Nope! Your Home Isn’t Bug-Free

Almost every homeowner dreams of a home that is completely bug-free, and the truth is, that’s extremely unlikely if not impossible. Even those who only see the occasional bug should know that their home ultimately isn’t bug-free. If you think the odd house spider or a few small ants is all that lies beneath your house slippers, don’t read Rob Dunn’s Never Home Alone.

The ecologist’s novel, with a title that sounds like it came from the mind of Stephen King, carves an intriguing niche that studies the myriad fauna that are apparently all over our homes. These are small critters like microbes and insects that largely go unnoticed, but as Dunn points out, are in abundance.

Which Bugs Were Found?

Cataloguing life in unnatural spaces like your basement, Dunn’s team found surprises around the homes at every turn:

  • Examining house dust, they identified 8,000 bacterial species, many of which are new to scientists
  • Homes averaged about 100 species of arthropods
  • In some North American homes, giant Japanese camel crickets invaded homes to which the owners were none the wiser
  • Over their searches spanning several years, Dunn and Co. have found about 200,000 unique bacteria and bugs in homes
  • Maybe the most harrowing of these uninvited houseguests is what he found lurking in showerheads: dozens of species of Mycobacteria which can cause disease like tuberculosis, though some types can impart health benefits.

What’s more, there was an entire ecosystem living in there; predatory bacteria swimming around, with multicell protists eating those swimmers, and tiny worms eating those protists.

This is the food web that falls upon you as you bathe, Dunn writes. The circle of life is beautiful (and unhygienic).

Do Any Other Bugs Live In Our Homes?

The short answer is yes. No one’s home is ever bug-free. Most people’s homes house over 100 species of insects.

Here are some of the most common household bugs:

Many people know about some of these creepy crawlies like spiders, centipedes, silverfish, pillbugs and carpet beetles. However, if you’re wondering what in tarnation those other bugs are, don’t panic. Keep reading.

Stink Bugs

Stink bugs are often found in the garden, however come winter, they go inside in search of a warm place to wait out the colder weather. Once they’ve found a cozy place indoors, they’ll go into hibernation mode until spring has sprung.

Have you guessed their super power yet? Well, if the name didn’t give it away, stink bugs are the tiny equivalent to skunks. They shoot out a noxious, stinky gas to dissuade their prey. If you’ve ever had the misfortune of stepping on one, you’ll know exactly what we’re talking about.

These pests are completely harmless to humans; however, they can do serious damage in your garden.

Springtails

Springtails aren’t technically insects, but they are closely related. They’re subterranean, like termites, meaning they live in the dirt or behind damn walls (think kitchen or bathroom).

These pests are quite tiny, and fortunately don’t do any damage to humans or their property. They don’t bite, sting or transmit disease. They don’t destroy gardens, food, clothing or furniture.

Wondering how they got their name? These puny pests can jump nearly 100 times their height in one single leap!

Weevils

A weevil is a small beetle with a big snout. In your home, you’ll often find them hiding in the insultation behind your walls. However, you may also catch them in your pantry, snacking on nuts, seeds and other grain products.

Similarly to stink bugs, weevils prefer hanging out in the garden, but will come inside to wait out any bad weather.

They are not harmful to humans, even when ingested! Which may sound nasty, but it’s not uncommon to accidentally eat a weevil or two that has snuck into your pantry items. They may actually provide you with additional protein!

Did you know that beetles are actually the largest order in the animal kingdom? There are over 45,000 kinds of beetles!

Effective Pest Control Across Canada

Though Dunn concedes many of these organisms can benefit health and home, do you really want to learn whether silverfish or stink bugs have such talents? If you’re looking for a bug-free home, we can help!

Your home is more than a set of rooms, but a row of ecosystems in which various bugs and other crawlers can thrive. And while you may want to empathize and open your home to nature and life, like we always say, if you give a German cockroach an inch, its family will take over your home.

Don’t share you home with pest imposters. Trust Terminix Canada to provide you with effective and affordable pest control solutions. Give us a call today or fill out our online form for a free consultation with our Canada pest control team.

Why You Need Pool Pest Control In The Summer – 5 Swimming Pool Maintenance Tips

Many people take pest control seriously in the summer, but what about pool pest control? If you have a pool, you know there’s nothing quite as disheartening as putting on your bathing suit and going out for a swim, just to discover a layer of dead flies floating on the surface of your pool

Pool pest control is a very important, but it’s often an under-discussed aspect of swimming pool maintenance. However, without proper pool pest control, your watery retreat could quickly turn into a petri dish of microorganisms and disease.

You should know that no matter what you do, you’ll end up with the occasional bug in your pool. Just like humans, bugs and other animals are attracted to water on a hot day, and your pool is the tall drink of water that appeals to them.

To prevent that from happening, here are some swimming pool maintenance tips to help you achieve effective pool pest control this summer.

Cover Your Pool When Not In Use For Easy Pool Pest Control

Here is the easiest tip you can employ for proper pool pest control – cover your pool when not in use. By covering your pool when not in use, you’ll be able to easily keep many pests and other dirt and mess out of the water, such as leaves, branches and pollen. This will help minimize the time you spend cleaning your pool, as well as preserving optimal water temperatures, keeping your pool nice and clean for impromptu swims or unexpected guests.

Make Sure To Keep Up With Regular Cleanings Using Proper Chemicals

Periodically treating your pool with chlorine, bromine sanitizers and algaecides are pre-requisites for pool maintenance. It’s also important to skim the pool daily to remove waste floating on the pool, such as leaves, bugs, grass and algae. All of these things can contribute to microorganisms growing in the pool, providing organic material that pests like to feed on. Not to mention, if you have leaves floating on your pool, you’re providing little life boats for bugs to land on, allowing them to safely drink from your pool.

Keep Your Garden Separate From Your Pool For Optimal Pool Pest Control

If you consider your backyard to be your own summer oasis, then the odds are, it can be an attractive oasis for bugs and critters as well. Water, vegetation and light are all things that pests love, just like we do.

If your garden is close to your pool, then it’s a very small leap for pests to go from food to water. By keeping your plants a few feet away from your pool, you’ll have better luck keeping pests out. This includes pests who don’t mean to seek out water, but simply fall into the pool.

If you really want greenery close by the pool, you can. Just be selective about what you plant. Certain plans such as bay leaves, rosemary, marigolds and mint all act as a natural bug deterrent, keeping bugs away.

Pool Lighting Can Attract Bugs

Bugs like lights – anyone with an outdoor light near their door knows that. This extends to any other lights you may use to illuminate your backyard at night. If possible, position all of your lights at least 9 metres or more from your pool. If that’s not possible, you can also look into in pool lighting options, to keep the pool bright enough for swimming at night, without providing warmth to pests.

Be On The Lookout For Ants And Termites

Like all animals, insects are attracted to water, but the pests you really need to be worried about are ants and termites. Both of these nefarious critters will burrow through the vinyl lining in order to get a drink of the good stuff. Unfortunately, in doing so they will cause borderline unrepairable damage to your pool both structurally and also because their drowned carcasses can and will overload your pool filter.

To avoid this headache, you simply need to make use of normal home pest control and residential pest control services to keep these pests off your property entirely. However, home pest control works best when you call it in early, so always be on the lookout for preliminary signs of infestation.

For the top residential pest control available, call Terminix Canada today. Providing affordable pest removal solutions all over Canada and backed by 90 years of experience, we can provide fast, effective home pest control that will keep your swimming pool clear of pests!

Keeping Garden Pests Away This Summer – 6 Garden Pest Control Tips

It’s quite difficult to have a beautiful garden without dealing with pesky garden pests. However frustrating, many have experienced the blood, sweat and tears that go into cultivating a beautiful backyard. Who hasn’t spent weeks planting and watering seeds, tending them carefully, excitedly watching them sprout from the earth only to witness garden pests nibble away the fruits (and vegetables) of your labour.

Sadly, your hard-won garden attracts all manner of summer garden pests eager to mooch off of your hard work. Luckily, protecting your garden is as easy as identifying the garden pests giving you trouble and then finding the appropriate way to combat them.

To help you begin your counter-offensive, here are some great garden pest control tips that don’t require harmful pesticides!

Identifying Common Garden Pests That Require Summer Pest Control

Aphids On Plants

If your plants are starting to look ragged and discoloured, chances are you have aphids to blame. You can often see aphids on plants by looking at the bottom of the plant’s leaves. These extremely tiny plant lice can be found on almost any plant as they simultaneously suck out its sap and infect it with their acidic saliva.

Cabbage Moth & Other Caterpillars

If your produce begins to sport tiny bite marks, or you spot a slimy trail on the leaves, then chances are you have caterpillars, slugs and/or snails in your garden.

Despite its name, the cabbage moth actually feeds on many different types of fruits, vegetables and crops. However, it’s not so much the cabbage moth you need to fear, but the offspring. Cabbage moths lay their eggs on cabbage and other vegetables, which then grow into little green caterpillars called cabbage worms that feast on vegetables such as kale, broccoli, brussels sprouts, collard greens, turnip greens, mustard greens, and their namesake, cabbage.

Rabbits & Larger Garden Pests

Many think of insects when they think of garden pests, but there are also larger critters that can cause serious harm to your garden. Sadly, the most dangerous summer pests are also the cutest: rabbits and hares are voracious little monsters that will eat you out of house and home if you give them half a chance.

You may also have mice, rats, gophers, squirrels or other rodents terrorizing your garden and lawn. While rabbits have no issues sitting around munching on your greenery, other rodents are more likely to dig up seeds or pull out seedlings to nibble on. Some signs that you have mice or rats in the garden, as well as the aforementioned pests would be holes in the soil where you’ve previously planted seeds, dug up seedlings or small plants from the roots and tunnels in the ground connected by small holes at both the entrance and exit.

Black And Yellow Spider, Yellow Garden Spider & Other Garden Spiders

Spiders are a little more complicated when it comes to whether or not you choose to classify them as a garden pest. Garden spiders don’t eat your plants, in fact they’re actually likely to eat some of the other garden pests you’re dealing with.

However, they can make it difficult and potentially painful to weed, trim, and otherwise manage your growing garden. Not to mention, you’ll want to be careful reaching into a dark corner of your garden to collect any vegetables or fruits, as coming into accidental contact with a garden spider of any kind to result in a nasty bite.

Fortunately, wearing gardening gloves and long sleeves can help prevent any nasty bites. This allows both you and the garden spiders to coexist peacefully. After all, you do both share the same goal – getting rid of other garden pests.

Tomato Worm

Tomato worms aren’t actually worms, however their real name is tomato hornworm. They are green caterpillar pests, similar to cabbage worms, that fest on tomato patches and other plants in the nightshade family. This includes eggplants, potatoes, peppers and tobacco. They can be hard to spot, as tomato plants grow quite large. Additionally, these pests are very good at blending in with their surroundings. The problem is, these tomato worms can basically feast non-stop, leaving holes in both the fruit and leaves.

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Dealing with aphids naturally can be difficult as there are many of them, they’re minuscule, and can spread very quickly. One of the best ways to get rid of aphids is by planting things that will attract their predators. Luckily, one of aphids’ primary predators are ladybugs who you can attract with dill, Queen Anne’s Lace and other plants. A less certain solution is to plant strongly scented herbs, like chives and basil. However, it’s not as effective.

Dissuading caterpillars, slugs, snails and other soft-bodied insects can be accomplished by spreading eggshells around the soil. This is essentially daring them to traverse a minefield if they want to munch on your lettuce.

Lastly, to keep rabbits and other rodents away, you need strong garden fencing. Similar to the kind they use for a chicken pen or on a farm. These pens need to be dug in deep around the garden. If they’re not deep enough, critters will simply burrow underneath. Additionally, planting garlic or spraying garlic-infused water on your plants might keep rabbits and other rodents away. The smell irritates their noses, however this is not a guaranteed solution.

If your garden is beset on all sides by garden pests and summer pests, trust Terminix Canada. We will protect your prized crop with humane, effective pest control solutions. Contact us today to protect your garden.

Flying Insects – The Difference Between Bees, Wasps and Hornets

You may think you know, but do you really understand what key factors differentiate the flying insects? What makes a bee a bee, or a wasp a wasp?

If your seven-year-old nephew asked you what’s the difference between these pesky flying insects, would you be able to confidently explain what’s what and look really awesome in his eyes? Or would you have to pull out your smartphone and do some fact checking?

If you’re no longer so sure, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered!

First things first, let’s get this out of the way quick:

Hornets are a type of wasp.

Go blow some kid’s mind with that. We’ll wait.

Welcome back. So now the real question is:

What’s the deal with the remaining two types of flying insects: bees and wasps?

To answer this question, we’ll have to perform some tests. Don’t worry, they’re easy.

Flying Insects Appearance Test: Fat And Hairy, Or Skinny And Bald?

Quite simply put, wasps are long, thin and smooth. Bees are round and fuzzy.

This is because wasps are hunters and bees are gatherers. Wasps hunt other bugs for food, so they need to be sleek and aerodynamic to catch their prey. Bees collect pollen, so they need a heftier, hairier body (the hair traps pollen) to help store and transport their precious cargo.

To elaborate even more on their appearance, bees are often 11 to 25 mm long whereas wasps and hornets vary between 12 to 40 mm long. Bees will always be yellow and/or black, but wasps can vary in colouring from black and yellow, to reddish-brown to even white in colour depending on the species.

Flying Insect Personality Test: Friendly Or Mean?

To put it simply, bees are generally friendly whereas wasps tend to be mean.

Bees are gentle and like to keep to themselves. They hang around flowers, filling up on pollen before buzzing over to the next flower.

Wasps are much more aggressive, stalking human gatherings in search of food to eat. Overripe fruit and sugary drinks are their absolute favourite. So if a flying insect that isn’t just a house fly is buzzing around annoying your dinner guests, it’s most likely a wasp.

Flying Insects Homemaking Skill Test: Hive Or Nest?

After a long, hard day of gathering pollen, a bee goes home to a hive made up of hexagonal wax cells made from beeswax secreted from their abdomen. Oftentimes though, you won’t even see the beehive as bees tend to swarm around it. Instead, you’d just see a big flying ball of bees.

Unlike bees, wasps go home to grey-coloured paper-looking nests made up of chewed up wood pulp. If you have a wasp nest in your backyard or anywhere else on your property, you’ll want to call the professionals to take care of it as soon as possible. Wasps can get very territorial protecting their queen and can cause a lot of damage if they decide to swarm you or your guests.

If you ask us, bees are the better housekeepers.

LEARN MORE: THE BEST WAYS TO PREVENT A WASP NEST ON YOUR PROPERTY

Flying Insect Ouch Test: How Many Times Did They Sting Ya?

This is probably the worst way to distinguish a wasp from a bee, as either way it can hurt a whole bunch! But if it stings you once and you find the stinger inside you, it’s a bee. If it stings you a bunch of times, it’s a wasp.

Both bee and wasp stings will show similar symptoms to their victim however, with an initial sharp pain or burning at the sting site. You may also experience residual redness, swelling and itching.

Bee stings can happen, especially if you accidentally touch one while rooting around in your garden, however they don’t mean to sting you. When a bee stings, their stinger is pulled from their abdomen and unfortunately, they die as a result.

Wasps on the other hand feel no remorse. They are able to pull their stinger out of their victim and live to sting another day, or even sting you again right after the first one. On top of this, when stung by a wasp, the wasp actually releases a chemical to alert other nearby wasps. When other wasps detect this chemical, they’ll join the original wasp in a swarm to help attack the enemy (you).

Some neat and not so neat facts, huh? We hope this article will teach you to appreciate the subtle differences between bees, wasps and hornets, but if you don’t, we understand. After all, a pest is a pest. If nothing else, this blog will help you avoid the flying insects that are a little more vengeful than their other insect companions.

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Whether it’s bee removal, hornet nest removal, wasp removal or your looking for help identifying the flying insects that are harshing your mellow, Terminix Canada can help. Our pest management services are effective, efficient and affordable. Book a free consultation with us today!

The Best Ways To Prevent A Wasp Nest On Your Property

There is nothing worse than trying to enjoy a beautiful afternoon in the backyard, just to be taken out of your rest and relaxation to swat away buzzing wasps. The problem is, you can’t have summer without having wasps, so to a certain extent you’ll have to learn to live with them. However, you don’t have to learn to live with a wasp nest, and we want to help you prevent wasps from ever deciding that your property makes an ideal spot to nest.

Once wasps have settled into a new colony, wasp nest removal can be very difficult and dangerous if done improperly. Tenacious and dangerous when provoked, it is absolutely not recommended for you to try and remove a wasp nest without the help of pest control experts.

That’s why wasp nest prevention is key.  

Here are some of the best ways to prevent wasps from ruining your summer barbecues, without stirring up a hornet’s nest.

The Best Ways To Prevent Wasps From Building A Wasp Nest

In the fall, a queen wasp goes into hibernation as her workers die off from the cold. When she awakens in the summer, she sets out to build an entirely new nest from scratch. What this means is that you have a wasp prevention grace period in the early summer to find and get rid of prime wasp nest locations before a queen can set up shop.

Common locations for wasp nests are hollow tree trunks, eaves, railings, overhangs and even your child’s play house. There are a variety of natural repellents you can use to keep wasps away from prime nesting locations. Specifically, peppermint or dish soap work well.

One particularly cunning trick to stop wasps from moving in is setting up a commercially available decoy wasp nest somewhere visible on your property. Wasps are highly territorial, but they’ll respect another colony’s territory.

Maintain Your Yard To Prevent A Wasp Nest

Once you take care of the obvious wasp nest locations, you need to think about how to prevent wasps from other people’s properties making their way onto yours. In other words, you have to keep the rest of your yard inhospitable to them. Luckily, that just means doing the yard maintenance you should already be doing anyways.

This includes some of the chores you’d like to put off, but they make a big different in wasp prevention. Things like keeping shrubs and trees pruned and leaves and grass clippings cleaned up. Additionally, the same way birds will flock to your yard looking for water, so will insects. This means you should remove standing water from bird baths and rain gutters.

If you’re wondering what to do about food and drink when hanging out in the backyard, don’t worry. You can still enjoy your sweet libations and barbecues, just don’t leave these items outside longer than they need to be. Keep food covered when not being served. Don’t leave sugary drinks laying out in the sun once they’re done being drunk. There are also many different reusable drink containers on the market that allow you to keep your drinks cold. Additionally, these containers avoid the dreaded wasp stuck in a car or accidentally swallowed.

Due to their sweet tooth (or mandibles), wasps love to hover around garbage. They eagerly await the chance to lick any sweet stains on the side. This means you should always make sure your trash can lids are securely closed and frequently hosed off.

How Not To Prevent Wasps Or Wasp Nests

Once a nest has fully established itself, it becomes extremely dangerous to even go near it. Annoying just one wasp or getting too close to the wasp nest can quickly turn into a whole colony of peeved off wasps which could result in many painful stings.

While there are many myths about how to keep wasps away, they can be inaccurate and unsafe. For instance, using liquids to drown out a ground nest is ineffective. This is because the tunnels go down lower than you would expect. On top of that, chances are the queen will survive and live to nest another day.

Think it’s as easy as covering the hole with a big rock or caulking? Think again. Unless you fully seal the hole at night while the entire colony is inside, you’re just going to end up with swarms of wasps upset and looking for a way back in.

Attempting to vacuum them out is more likely to land you in a hospital ward than stop wasps. The best way to keep wasps away is simply prevention, as discussed above. But when that fails, Terminix Canada is here to help.

For 90 years, Terminix Canada’s bee hive and wasp nest removal services have helped thousands of Canadians keep themselves and their families safe from potentially life-threatening attacks.

We use special insecticidal dust and aerosols to neutralize hives and environmentally-friendly insecticides to make underground wasp nests uninhabitable. Contact us today to make the wasps plaguing you buzz off.