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Ants

Carpenter Ants Because carpenter ants enter buildings, they are considered to be the most destructive common insect pest we have in Canada. Two common species are found, one is all black, the other is black with a rusty red mid section. They vary in size from one quarter inch to three quarters of an inch.Carpenter ants can do considerable damage to wood structures. Initially, they establish a nest in decaying wood but, once established, they tunnel into good wood.These ants usually have a parent colony in outdoor nests, typically living in dead trees, logs, stumps, firewood, or landscaping wood. Once the colony becomes larger it can expand into satellite colonies often in nearby...
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Bedbugs

Bedbugs are small, elusive insects who live strictly by feeding on the blood of humans and other warm-blooded animals. They are mainly active at night and are capable of feeding unnoticed on humans or animals. Their peak feeding period is about an hour before sunrise.The bedbug pierces skin with two hollow tubes: one for injecting its saliva, the other for sucking blood. The bedbug feeds for about 5 minutes before returning to its hiding place. Bedbugs normally feed every 5 to 10 days, but can live for over a year without feeding.Adult bedbugs are reddish-brown, flat, oval and wingless. They are shaped similar to an apple seed. They grow to 4 to 5 mm in length and 1.5 to 3 mm wide....
Silverfish

Silverfish

Silverfish are considered a household pest because of their destruction of property. They consume glue, paper, book bindings, photos, sugar, hair, coffee, carpet, dandruff, clothing, ear wax, tapestries, cotton, linen, silk, and even leather. Silverfish can live for more than a year without eating.Silverfish require a relative humidity of 75% to 90%, and are found in bathrooms, basements, garages, closets, and attics.Silverfish are nocturnal, long and flat insects between one-half and 1 inch in length. The abdomen tapers so that they have a fish-like appearance. Born whitish, they become gray and have a metallic shine as they mature. They have too small eyes, are wingless, and move...
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Wasps & Bees

Paper wasps, boldfaced hornets, and yellowjackets are the most common types we encounter. Wasps have a slender body, a narrow waist, and are smooth-skinned and shiny. (Bees have heavier bodies, and black legs, and are very hairy compared with wasps.)In early spring, a hibernating queen emerges from a crack, crevice, or tree bark to look for a new nesting site. There she builds the first few paper cells of the nest and lays a single egg in each cell. Future workers assume colony duties such as building and feeding. By late fall the colony reaches 1,000 to 30,000 individuals. As the weather turns colder, the nest is abandoned. The queen looks for a new hibernation site, but the workers...
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Rats

British Columbia is home to at least 20 types of rodents. Norway rats are the most common species of rat, and are the ones most commonly found in British Columbia. Rat bodies are 7 to 9 inches long with the tail being an additional 6 to 8 inches long. Most rats weigh one-half to one pound.Rats and other rodents can carry and transmit diseases via their feet, urine, feces, or through their bite. The average rat can produce up to 100 droppings and up to 2 teaspoons of urine in a single day. Rodents can carry ticks and fleas which also spread diseases.Rodents cause building damage by chewing through wires, wallboard, siding, insulation, plumbing pipes, and woodwork. They will chew...
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Termite

Termites are Mother Natures way to break down wood and return it into the soil. Termites eat and work 24 hours a day to accomplish this goal, which is why you do not want them in your home. They cause more damage to North American homes than hail storms, tornadoes, winds, and hurricanes combined.Termite infestation has steadily increased across Canada. They are native only to southern British Columbia, but appear across the country. In Toronto, for example, 10% of the houses have termite infestation.Termites can go undetected for years, eating away at the wood until the structure is damaged. They normally build their nests in the walls where there is a good food supply. A colony of...
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Bedbugs

Bedbugs are small, elusive insects who live strictly by feeding on the blood of humans and other warm-blooded animals. They are mainly active at night and are capable of feeding unnoticed on humans or animals. Their peak feeding period is about an hour before sunrise.The bedbug pierces skin with two hollow tubes: one for injecting its saliva, the other for sucking blood. The bedbug feeds for about 5 minutes before returning to its hiding place. Bedbugs normally feed every 5 to 10 days, but can live for over a year without feeding.Adult bedbugs are reddish-brown, flat, oval and wingless. They are shaped similar to an apple seed. They grow to 4 to 5 mm in length and 1.5 to 3 mm wide....