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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.

Want Flying Insects To Buzz Off For Good? Contact Terminix Canada Today!

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.

Terminix Canada: 10 Most Frequently Asked Pest Control Questions

Over the years, Terminix Canada have been asked a wide variety of questions about our pest control services. Questions include everything from our pest extermination methods to our pricing and the products we use.

Terminix Canada is committed to providing you with the best pest control services possible. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of questions most asked by our highly valued customers. Our pest control technicians take great pride in helping each and every one of our customers find the solutions to the pest problems that affect them.

1. Is It Worth It To Hire An Exterminator?

DIY pest control options are many. However, they all have complications. Ultimately, lots of knowledge, training and preparation go into treating pest problems in a safe and effective manner. With over 90 years of industry experience, hiring professionals like Terminix Canada guarantees you receive the correct course of treatment. Additionally, it ensures you never jeopardize a building, property, or fellow tenants. Our professional exterminators help customers to properly identify pests, identify the correct pest control solution, and choose the right course of precautionary action for future prevention. Our pest control is customizable with technicians treating each infestation on an individual basis. We carry out humane and environmentally friendly pest control services, and produce long-lasting results.

2. I Know I Have A Pest Problem But I’m Not Sure What Pest It Is. How Do I Find Out This Information?

Terminix Canada always tries to make the pest extermination process as simplistic and straightforward as possible. Our Pest Library assists you in identifying what type of pest is infesting your home or business. This valuable resource also offers tactics to help remove pests while preventing future infestations.

If you’ve tried researching the specific pest on our website already, and didn’t find what you’re looking for, locate your nearest Terminix Canada branch and give them a call. Our knowledgeable staff can either identify it over the phone, or arrange a free inspection that will assess the damage and behavioural patterns of the pest. After that, we’ll identify the source and provide recommendations for treatment solutions.

3. How Much Do Pest Exterminators Cost?

Like any professional service, the cost of pest extermination varies significantly depending on the size and severity of a pest infestation as well as local branch availability. Therefore, it’s impossible to provide one ballpark cost that fits all. In every case, our customized pest control services start with an initial inspection. Terminix Canada customers can either choose our Annual Pest Program or individual pest control services.

For individual pest control services, our pricing plans differ by province and local branch availability. For individual pest control service pricing, locate your nearest Terminix Canada branch and give them a call. As for our Annual Pest Program, this includes one comprehensive interior and exterior inspection and treatment, and seasonal follow-up treatments. These can be scheduled quarterly or bi-monthly depending on your requirements. To book our Annual Pest Program, visit our Branch Locator, find your nearest Terminix Canada branch and give them a call.

4. How Much Should I Pay For An Exterminator?

The cost of hiring a pest exterminator will differ depending on the size and severity of a pest infestation. Therefore, we cannot accurately calculate a ballpark payment for you. We understand that finding the right pest control specialist to let into your home can be tricky. This is because there are lots of companies competing for your business. In every case however, you should be paying for quality customized pest control like the kind Terminix Canada provides. When researching pest control companies online, some qualifying questions you can ask include:

5. What Is The Most Common Pest In Canada?

Some of the most common home invading pests in Canada include ants and cockroaches. Canada is home to five major species of ants – carpenter ants, fire ants, pavement ants, pharaoh ants, and red harvester ants. Additionally, the Great White North is also home to four major species of cockroach too – American cockroaches, brown-banded cockroaches, German cockroaches, and oriental cockroaches. If you’re trying to identify a particular pest that has made your home theirs, visit our comprehensive Pest Library resource. It includes the identification information you need for all major pest species in Canada plus simple remedies to take out common household bugs and pests plaguing your property.

6. How Much Does Terminix Canada Usually Cost?

The cost of Terminix Canada pest control will vary depending on the size and severity of a particular pest infestation as well as local branch availability. Due to this, we cannot provide one ballpark cost that fits all. In every case, our customized pest control services start with an initial inspection to determine the scope of the pest control required. Nevertheless, Terminix Canada customers can either choose our Annual Pest Program or individual pest control services.

For individual pest control services, our pricing plans differ by province and local branch availability. For individual pest control service pricing, locate your nearest Terminix Canada branch and give them a call. As for our Annual Pest Program, this includes one comprehensive interior and exterior inspection and treatment, and seasonal follow-up treatments. These can be scheduled either quarterly or bi-monthly depending on your requirements. To book our Annual Pest Program, visit our Branch Locator, find your nearest Terminix Canada branch, and give them a call.

7. Does Terminix Canada Provide Any Guarantees?

While Terminix Canada cannot provide specific pricing to customers due to pest infestations differing by size and severity, our company prides itself upon long-lasting results and value for money. Providing both residential and commercial pest control services, all services are customizable with a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee. This is due to our government-licensed technicians always using tried-and-tested methods of pest control to deliver the effective results our customers expect. As an added bonus, if pests come back between treatments, so will we – at no extra cost. This is all part of our ongoing pest control treatments and 100% customer satisfaction guarantee.

8. What Does Terminix Canada Charge For Pest Control?

The cost of Terminix Canada pest control will vary depending on the size and severity of a particular pest infestation as well as local branch availability. Due to this, we cannot provide one ballpark cost that fits all. In every case, our customized pest control services start with an initial inspection to determine the scope of the pest control required. Nevertheless, Terminix Canada customers can either choose our Annual Pest Program or individual pest control services.

For individual pest control services, our pricing plans differ by province and local branch availability. For individual pest control service pricing, locate your nearest Terminix Canada branch and give them a call. As for our Annual Pest Program, this includes one comprehensive interior and exterior inspection and treatment, and seasonal follow-up treatments. These can be scheduled either quarterly or bi-monthly depending on your requirements. To book our Annual Pest Program, visit our Branch Locator, find your nearest Terminix Canada branch, and give them a call.

9. Does Terminix Canada Have Any Pest Control Discounts Or Promotions?

Yes, from time to time, Terminix Canada provides email subscribers a series of exclusive pest control promotions and discounts. To sign up to Terminix Canada’s email list, complete the form located in the footer of our Home Page. Once you complete this form, you’ll be subscribed to the Terminix Canada email list where you’ll be eligible to receive exclusive promotions and discounts.

10. Does Terminix Canada Provide Commercial Disinfection Services?

Terminix Canada provides industry-leading commercial disinfection services too. Disinfectix™ by Terminix Canada is a site disinfecting service designed to help business owners protect their property. Serving property, facility, maintenance, procurement, office and operations managers, Terminix Canada technicians use certified Vert-2-Go SABER disinfecting products by Wood Wyant. These powerful antibacterial disinfectant cleaners are trusted for hospital, industrial and institutional use. Additionally, they’re certified for reduced environmental impact.

Moreover, Terminix Canada can install automated hand sanitizer dispensers at commercial premises too. As part of our service, we install automated hand sanitizer dispensers, refill gel hand sanitizer solution on a frequency tailored to facilities, perform dispenser maintenance, and perform annual battery maintenance for a complete solution. For more information, make sure to visit our Commercial Disinfection Services page.

Still Got Questions?

If you have a question for us that wasn’t included in this blog post, locate your nearest Terminix Canada branch and give them a call. Whatever your pest concerns, big or small, we’d love to hear from you.

The Best Ways To Keep Your Deck Safe From Termite Damage

Termites become the biggest issue for many people come summertime. Once the weather warms up, underground termite colonies come out to feed on wood sources that they couldn’t access during the winter, causing termite damage to your deck and other outdoor areas.

One of the sections of your home that is most vulnerable to termite damage is actually your deck. All that wood right out in the open is just asking for trouble if termites are around. Think about it this way, your wooden deck is practically an open buffet for those buggers!

If you’ve determined that your deck is suffering from termite damage, it’s crucial that you take the necessary steps to eradicate the termites as soon as possible. Termites aren’t just an annoyance, but can actually cause serious, costly damage to your deck and home. Because once they’ve made their home in your deck, there’s nothing stopping the colony from expanding and invading your home.

Luckily, there are steps you can take to try and ensure your deck doesn’t become victim to termites this summer. The below tips will help to prevent termite damage to your deck. Has the damage already occurred? We will also help you find the best termite treatment available near you.

1. Preventing Termite Damage

If you are looking to avoid a termite infestation on your deck in the first place, you have to understand that it’s not a one and done solution. You will have to take on care, regular maintenance of your deck. Untended decks that suffer damage from dry rot and/or UV rays will accrue openings that termites can easily enter and enlarge for their colony to live in.

Keep Up With Regular Maintenance

If your budget allows for it, it’s a good idea to paint your deck every two years. By this, we mean that you should take the time and effort to apply a complete coat of wood sealer specifically made for your deck’s type of wood. The upside of this prevention technique is that even if you don’t have the threat of termites nearby, it’ll prolong the life of your deck, keeping it looking new for longer. If you happen to spot any damage on your deck in the period between these two years, use your leftover wood sealer to quickly fix those some holes or cracks in the wood.

Keep Deck Dry

Stagnant water also serves as a beacon for termites, as wet wood is much more appealing to them then dry wood. To avoid puddles from forming on your deck, try not to place any heavy planters or other decoration or equipment that may form an indent in the wood. On top of that, you can keep a gap underneath your deck to help facilitate good airflow, which will help your deck dry quicker after rainfall or power washing.

Pick Termite Resistant Wood

If you don’t yet have a deck built and are still in the research stages, then it’s a good thing you stumbled on this article! There are certain steps that you can take in the building process to help dissuade termites. Selecting the proper materials when beginning to build your deck can help keep it termite free. Hardwoods and pressure-treated woods are harder for termites to penetrate, and quite simply don’t taste as good to them. Many of these woods are also specially treated with withstand other harsh conditions that may age your deck quicker, such as rain and heat.

Place Deterrents Around Your Deck

Hopefully your deck is made out of materials termites don’t like, as we previously stated above. However, if that’s not the case, you can still deter termites from entering your yard. Place treated cedar mulch or sand around your deck. It’s easier to maintain than grass is, and will help to keep termites away.

2. How To Identify Termite Damage On A Deck

Identifying termite damage to a deck is actually a lot harder than it sounds. For one thing, termites are subterranean by inclination. This means that they’ll burrow into the wood from underneath, leaving almost no visible damage to the surface of your deck.

What this means is that you need to get a little creative to determine if damage has been done. Tap along the wood of your deck to check for hollow areas. Once you hear a clear sound of hollowness in your wood, you should cut off the surface of the deck plank to check what is underneath.

If you notice a pattern of damage along the wood grain, that almost certainly means that you have a termite infestation. In this situation, you need to do something about your termite infestation, right now. You must take immediate measures to eradicate the termites. Termite damage can accumulate quickly and have serious consequences to the structural integrity of your deck or home.

Other signs of termite damage you can look out for include:

  • small holes
  • damaged wood that crumbles easily
  • piles of dropping that can be spotted outside of their tunnels

3. Finding The Best Termite Treatment

The good news is help is here! Terminix Canada has helped thousands of households enjoy summertime fun without worrying about their deck collapsing beneath them from excessive termite damage. Our expert exterminators provide the best termite treatment measures across Canada. It would be our pleasure to help eradicate your termite troubles.

To learn more about Terminix Canada’s termite treatment plans and how to prevent termite damage to your deck, contact your local Terminix Canada. We have offices located all across Canada. Give us a call today to get started on effective and affordable termite treatment.

Queen Victoria, Ants And Termite Extermination: What Do They Have In Common?

No, our blog title isn’t a spoof – there truly is a link between Queen Victoria, ants and termite extermination. Sure, we don’t take days off to commemorate insect queens like we do for our human monarchs of old. However, there are a number of uncanny similarities between the two!

For starters, ants, termites and Queen Victoria are rulers of their colonies, and they both oversee the comings and goings of their respective civilizations. Furthermore, there are several other factoids about both Queen Victoria and queen ants that we bet you weren’t aware of.

They Were Both Single Mothers, And They Were Both Raised By Single Mothers

While a traditional non-traditional household might look more like the house of Queen Victoria (minus the whole Queen of the United Kingdom thing), an ant family has some interesting resemblances as well. After mating with a male, the queen ant is left to raise her some 300,000 eggs on her own.

Of course, we use the term ‘raise’ quite loosely. An ant’s definition of raising a brood mainly consists of the daughters cleaning, feeding and grooming the queen. But still, 300, 000 kids looks quite intimidating on the online dating profile!

Termites Propose To Their Future Kings, As Did Queen Victoria To Prince Albert

Just like human monarchs, termites will often necessitate both a king and a queen termite to govern a colony. Unlike the ant colony where the male ant dies after mating, in the termite community, both the male and female termites have offspring, and govern a colony together. Colonies are founded when a potential queen joins a mating swarm and picks out her most eligible suitor, thus, asking‚ him to join antennae in holy matrimony.

The Ant’s Measure Of Success Is Determined By The Size Of Her Empire

Queen Victoria, much to the envy of all the insects of the Commonwealth, expanded her empire to be the largest of any empire in the history of the world. That is, the largest of both insect and human empires. Similarly, the primary function of an ant colony is to grow their queen’s empire to its fullest capacity.

But it is the inner workings of the ant colony that is most impressive. Ant colonies will maintain a hierarchical structure, where certain ants are responsible for the security and welfare of the queen, while others are responsible for gathering food, and taking over other colonies, thereby expanding the empire. So just like Queen Victoria will have her servants, her soldiers, and her civilians, so will the ants. Well, sort of.

There Were Numerous Assassination Attempts On Queen Victoria

Unbeknownst to most, there were quite a number of assassination attempts on Queen Victoria’s life. In 1840, an 18-year-old named Edward Oxford was the first of seven people who tried to assassinate Queen Victoria. In 1842, a fellow called John Francis tried twice to kill her, and failed both times. Also in 1842, John William Bean took a shot at it (no pun intended). And then there were two more, one in 1849, and one in 1850. Not that you were looking for one, but if you needed to hire a private assassin, you may want to steer clear of these guys!

In the same way, you shouldn’t have to call your ant or termite extermination pro back to finish the job they were supposed to have finished in the first place. That’s why it’s always beneficial to choose your pest control provider carefully. You should be paying for quality customized pest control like the kind Terminix Canada provides.

So what is the similarity between Queen Victoria and the insect queens? That far too many times, under-qualified people have tried and failed to bring down particular empires, and we don’t want the same thing to happen to you.

Leave Ant And Termite Extermination To The Professionals At Terminix Canada

At the end of the day, it takes an organized army to bring down an empire. That is what our ant and termite extermination pros do. Is your home overrun by ants or termites? Terminix will protect it with a plan that works for you. For our ant and termite extermination services, please book a free consultation with us today.

The Entomological Society Of America Now Classifies Termites As Cockroaches

Most people really hate cockroaches, and who could blame them. Most people also aren’t very fond of termites, but normally that’s the only thing that groups these two pesky pests together.

Until now.

In the biggest reclassification (not really) since International Astronomical Union (IAU) deemed Pluto wasn’t deserving of a planetary title, termites have now been deemed cockroaches.

Termites Are The New Cockroach

No, really. According to the Entomological Society of America in their updated master list of insect names, termites are the new cockroach. Recategorizing the termite order is backed by many decades of genetic evidence that the wood chippers should be part of the cockroach order, Blattodea.

Since the 30’s, gossip of termites getting lumped into the cockroach order has exists. It was back then that researchers first discovered that the microbes in termite guts are also present in wood-eating cockroaches. Weird coincidence, right?

As technology has advanced and the genealogical relationship kinks were ironed out, so began the argument that termites are simply a part of the hydra-like family tree of cockroaches. The first suggestion of reclassification came from termite biologist Paul Eggleton of the Natural History Museum in London. In his study, Death Of An Order, published in 2007, positioned termites on the tree near the Cryptocercus cockroach.

Chemical ecologist and cockroach enthusiast Coby Schal at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina, has stated that termites are nothing but social cockroaches. For example, Macrotermes termite colonies can grow to three million strong, fairly easily. This despite them having just a single queen and king.

Deciding whether to demote the entire termite order was an unusual conundrum, says Whitney Cranshaw of Colorado State University in Fort Collins. He was a part of the naming committee members put to a vote to make the final decision.

“Probably some of us, including myself, didn’t want to make the change because we liked it the way it was,” said Cranshaw. Namely, it was a lot easier for his students to memorize termites and cockroaches as a part of two distinct orders. However, that didn’t stop him from voting in favour of the change regardless.

“It’s what’s right,” Cranshaw shrugged.

What Hasn’t Changed? How Terminix Handles Termite Control!

This reorganization is all fine and dandy for the good people of the science committee. However, at the end of the day, does this change anything? How does this affect pest control?

The bottom line is that it doesn’t. Regardless of whether you want to consider termites cockroaches, or whether you prefer to continue separating the two pests, Terminix Canada is still here to stop both bothersome insects in their tracks.

Whether you are experiencing a cockroach outbreak or a termite infestation, it’s important that you quickly call in the experts. Both pests can cause serious, expensive structural damage to your home. This damage is no easy fix if you wait too long to deal with the problem.

Like mice, if you notice one termite around your home, there’s likely another hundred nearby that are better at hiding.

Likewise, for cockroaches, immediate cockroach control is imperative in preventing infestations from reaching critical, untenable levels. They multiple rapidly, so a small pest problem can quickly turn into a sizeable cockroach infestation if given the chance. 

Get the best termite (and we mean termite) control and cockroach control across the country from Terminix Canada. With over 90 years of experienced, you can trust that our expert exterminators will work fast, efficiently, and effectively. Contact us today to receive a free consultation and solve your pest problem.