21Jul/17
Regina, pest management, pest control, bugs, outdoors, ants, saskatchewan

The Ants Go Marching One by One

We love summertime and the sunshine over here at Premier Pest Management. Do you know what we don’t like? Ants! These little guys love to hang out and make themselves welcome indoors but there are a few things you can do to defer them.

Use Caulking

Seal your windows, doors, and cracks with caulking. Ants can come through even the smallest holes in your foundation or doors. On top of deterring ants from entering your home, you’ll save money on your energy bills and have better temperature control in your homes. If you have kids or pets, caulking is a safe way to protect your home from ants as well.

Vinegar

Clean surfaces in your home with a half vinegar and half water solution. Ants hate the smell of vinegar and it removes the scent trails ants use to get around. On top of that is an environmentally friendly cleaning options and it’s affordable.

Lemon Juice

Like vinegar, lemon juice destroys scent trails that ants follow. Spray lemon juice around the places you think ants are using for entryways as an uninviting welcome.

Peppermint Oil

Peppermint oil is an excellent deterrent for ants. Clean your surfaces well and wipe them down with a clean damp cloth with a few drops of peppermint oil on it. Ants despise the smell of the oil and it’s safe for both pets and children.

Spices and Herbs

Sprinkle black pepper, cayenne pepper, chili pepper, cinnamon, mint, cloves or garlic along the foundation of your home to keep the ants away. They do not like the smell of any of these spices and refuse to enter your home if they are present.

Coffee Grounds

Reuse your used coffee grounds in the garden and around your homes exterior to discourage ants from hanging around. If you can find their entrance to your home be sure to put some of the grounds there. Ants dislike the smell of coffee so will pick up and leave quickly.

Chalk and Baby Powder

Draw a line of chalk or sprinkle baby powder across the spot where ants have made an entrance to your home. Talcum powder is a natural ant repellent and luckily is included in both items.

Cucumber or Citrus Peels

Cucumber and citrus peels are toxic to the fungi that ants feed on so they refuse to go near them. Leave the peels in areas where you notice ant activity.

Dish Soap

A thin line of dish soap around baseboards, windows, doors and anywhere else ants gather in your home can be helpful to discourage them from entering. Try pouring dish soap directly on any ant hills to take out the enter colony as well.

Do you have any other tricks you use to keep the ants at bay? We’d love to hear them!

13Jul/17
Regina, Saskatchewan, pest control, pest management, gardening, aphid, greenthumb

Aphids-Your Garden’s Worst Nightmare

Aphids are a gardener’s worst nightmare. Regardless of what you grow these small, soft-bodied insects can invade your plants and multiply quickly. In one season alone, many generations of aphids can live. On a positive side, aphids characteristically move quite slow so they are relatively easy to control get under control.

Identification

Aphids are extremely tiny and are usually not visible to the naked eye. They can be a large variety of colours including white, black, brown, gray, yellow, light green or even pink depending on the species! Their bodies are pear-shaped and they have long antennae. Most species of aphids have two long tubes projecting from the end of their bodies.

Adult aphids are typically wingless; however, they can develop a winged form when populations become overcrowded. When food quality begins to suffer in the area they are feeding, they will move to other plants to reproduce and start a new colony.

Feeding

Aphids generally feed in large groups. Typically, aphids are not picky and will feed on a wide variety of plants, however, there are some species that are more specific. Some types pf aphids prefer beans, cabbage, potatoes and more.

Damage

Aphids feed on plant juices and attack leaves, stems, buds, flowers, fruit, and/or roots. To identify aphid damage, look for:

  • Misshaped, curling, stunted or yellow leaves
  • Residue of a sticky substance. Aphids leave behind waste, called honeydew, from feeding that can attract other insects to your plants.
  • Black leaves or branches. Sooty mold is caused by honeydew being left behind to develop fungal growth.
  • Distorted or deformed flowers or fruit

Prevention

There are a few simple tricks you can try to discourage aphids from entering your garden. These include:

  • Planting flowering groundcover in home orchards or gardens to encourage aphids to feed on them instead of your other plants
  • Plant some catnip; it repels aphids.
  • Planting mustard and nasturtium. Aphids are attracted to both these plants and they can be encouraged to feed on them instead of other plants.
  • Plant garlic and chives near lettuce, peas and roses.
  • Purchase ladybugs, lacewings or parasitic wasps to release in your garden to feed on aphids and control populations.

If you suspect an aphid infestation, give us a call to learn more about our pest control options and preventative measures!

07Jul/17
Regina, Saskatchewan, Insect, Bug Bites, Insect Bites, Summer

Who bit me? Identify your bug bites now!

It can be difficult to distinguish between different types of bug bites. Peek below to learn the identifying characteristics of following insect bites.

Mosquito Bites

Summer is the season for mosquitoes. These tiny members of the fly family can put a real damper on your outdoor activities. Mosquitoes live in grass and bushes and typically breed in standing water. Only female mosquitos bite leaving behind an itchy welt. These welts become red, hard and swollen almost immediately and receiving multiple bites around the same time is very likely. The biggest threat with mosquitos is that they can spread diseases between animals and humans and from one human to another. Protect yourself by removing standing water near your home, maintaining your landscape regularly, installing screens in your windows and using insect repellent outdoors.

Bed Bug Bites

Bed bugs can be anywhere. They get into your bed, furniture, carpets and more. They are excellent travelers and can be picked up in hotels, hospitals, places of business and more. Bed bugs are small, flat and oval shaped. They are most active at night and commonly bite areas of your body that are exposed when you’re sleeping such as your face, arms, legs, and hands. Typically, bites have a dark red center surrounded by a swollen and red area. They can be in a line or grouped together in a small area. Bed bug bites are incredibly itchy and you may notice a slight burning sensation at the bite site. Unlike some of their insect buddies, bed bugs do not transmit any other diseases. If you suspect you have been bitten by bed bugs, its important to contact us right away to avoid an infestation.

Tick Bites

Ticks have arrived here in Saskatchewan and pose a potentially serious threat to our health. They live in grass, trees, shrubs and leaf piles and are attracted to both people and animals. Ticks can move from pets to humans and vice versa. Most bites are harmless; however, some ticks can pass serious diseases, including Lyme Disease, on to you. These blood suckers are quite small and brown to reddish brown and black in color. Ticks prefer warm, moist areas of the body and tend to take up residence in your armpits, groin area, and hair. When they get comfortable they bite to begin drawing blood. Ticks remain attached to your body after they bite you, which makes it easier to identify their bite. With a bite, you generally notice no symptoms, however, some people may experience pain, swelling, a rash, a burning sensation, blisters or difficulty breathing.

These common pests do not need to ruin your day. Protect yourself from insect bites and always treat your symptoms accordingly or see your health care provider for more serious cases.

 

29Jun/17
regina, pest comtrol, weather, saskatchewan

Pests and The Weather: What does it mean for you?

 

With the recent flooding in parts of Saskatchewan, it seemed like an ideal time to share a little more about how the weather affects pest populations. We’ve seen droughts, rain, snow, flooding, and everything in between here in our province and each of these different kinds of weather can have a profound impact on our pest population and you.

Rainy or Wet Weather

When the weather is wet, pests are more likely to make their way into your home. Ants, cockroaches, spiders, stinging insects, crickets, ladybugs, and rodents are all less than fond of the wet weather and will do anything to avoid it. Be sure to keep all your doors and windows sealed and check for foundation cracks regularly. Take note that warm, moist weather encourages pest population growth leaving you with more pests to deal with as they reproduce.

Flooding

When flooding occurs, insects will be looking for high, dry ground. Insects, including ants, can move an entire colony on a moments notice right into your home. Standing water is also the ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes as they lay their eggs in it and their larvae grow there. When there has been a lot of flooding, expect to stock up on insect repellent. For your best protection, remove standing water and protect your home as much as possible to avoid infestation.

Hot and Dry Weather

When it’s dry, even the pests go looking for water. If you have standing water or wet areas around your home you will see a parade of pests moving in. Earwigs, spiders, millipedes, centipedes, and crickets are all intolerant of the hot, dry weather and would love to move into your home to avoid the heat.

Drought

The only good thing about a drought is that the number of pests is greatly decreased. Because of limited food and water supplies, pests cannot survive leaving smaller numbers to try and invade your space. Some uncommonly seen pests may appear on their search for food and water but all in all pest populations will be less of a hassle during a drought.

Cool Weather

As the temperatures drop, pests will be drawn to the warmth from inside your home. You may notice them hanging out on the side of your home or building with the most sunshine but as the weather cools they will be looking for a way inside. Ladybugs, flies, and maple bugs all loathe the cool weather so keep a close eye on them.

With Saskatchewan’s wide variety of climates, we can see many different weather conditions from day to day. Awareness is your best defense against a pest infestation. Keep your home, family and business safe from these pests regardless of the weather by giving Premier Pest Management a call.

 

22Jun/17
regina, saskatchewan, bbq season, patio season, summer, outdoors

Keep Your BBQ Free of Pests this Summer with these Tips!

It’s backyard BBQ season here in Saskatchewan! Everyone wants nothing more than to kick back, enjoy a burger and some quality time with friends and family without being stung by a wasp or bitten by a mosquito. These simple tips will help to un-invite these unwanted guests from your party.

Before

  • Before the party check that your doors close securely. With a parade of people coming in and out, you need to be sure you’re not creating an ideal location for pests to enter your home. Also, check your screens for holes and repair any you may find.
  • If you have room, serve your food and beverages indoors. These items are more likely to attract pests to your party.
  • Check for water. If there is any standing water in the area where your party will be held, remove as much as possible. Birdbaths, pools, tire swings, etc. are perfect locations for mosquitoes to breed.
  • Keep insect repellent on hand for you and your guests. It never hurts to buy it in bulk during the summer months!

During

  • Wasps and other stinging insects love strong smelling shampoos, perfumes, lotions, etc. and it can encourage them to hang around. Give you guests a courtesy heads-up beforehand.
  • Keep outdoor drinks in open containers to monitor for pests.
  • Sealed coolers will be your best friend at your BBQ. They are ideal to protect food and beverages and reduce any associated smells that could attract insects
  • Clear trash/recycling right away, or place bins away from the entertaining area. Both the trash and the recycling can be a warm invite for pests.

After

  • After your meal is wrapped up you’ll probably be ready to take a load off and visit. If you’re tempted to let the dishware and utensils sit for a while, don’t. Take any dishes indoors and rinse them in the sink or use disposables.
  • Avoid leaving empty cans and bottles laying around overnight. Be sure to empty your trash from the garbage can as well.

These few simple tricks will make your backyard festivities much more enjoyable for you and your guests. If you’re having pest issues and need assistance, contact us in the Regina area today!

16Jun/17
Regina, restaurants, pest control, pest control restaurant, i have rodents in my restaurant, mice, flies, saskatchewan

Do you want flies with that?

A single pest presence is all it takes to ruin your reputation in the food service business. Not to mention the hassle it can be when you fail an inspection due to their presence. Restaurants are an ideal location for pests to thrive, but with these 5 tips your restaurant won’t be one of them!

Beware of the Dumpster

Cleanliness is important in every aspect of food service, including where you throw your trash. Dumpsters are a common site for pests providing an ideal feeding ground for them to thrive. Many businesses neglect to clean their dumpsters and the area around them increasing your risk of an infestation. Be sure your dumpster is located away from your main building and that the lid(s) shut tightly to prevent pests from making themselves at home.

Protect Your Entrances

Doors and windows are the perfect way for pests to sneak in undetected. When possible, both should remain closed. Receiving areas, drive thru windows and primary entrances are opened frequently and often for long periods of time making them an ideal spot for pests to sneak in. Keep an eye out for cracks in the buildings foundation, and even the smallest crevice. Insects and rodents alike are resourceful and sneaky when they are looking for a new place to call home.

Cleaning Procedures

Tables and chairs in the dining area should be wiped down after each party has left. Cleaning the area under the table should also take place after each meal to remove any crumbs or pieces of food left behind. Without any left-over food laying around to feast on, pests that enter your restaurant will be encouraged to leave. In the food prep area, keep your eyes open for crumbs, and drips on and around tables, equipment and appliances.

Proper Storage is Key

Loosely closed bags and boxes full of dry food products are a dream come true for pests. Use tightly sealed food storage containers, placed at least 6” off the ground and 12” away from a wall to minimize your risk of infestation and keep the area clear for easy observation. If you have some products that are less commonly used, be sure to check regularly for the presence of pests. All it takes is one pest, in the right environment to create an infestation.

Check the Drains

Many restaurant owners don’t think of it, but drains in both the sink and floor are some of the dirtiest places in your business. Be sure to focus attention on cleaning the drains regularly, as they are the perfect breeding ground for many insects. With food scraps for nutrition, and a warm and moist environment it doesn’t take long for pests to multiply.

Premier Pest Management knows the importance of providing confidential, and reliable service to the food service industry. To learn more about how we can help you protect your business from an infestation, contact us today.

08Jun/17
Regina, Saskatchewan, ticks, lyme disease, canada, lyme, pest management, small business

The Ticks Have Arrived. Protect Yourself This Summer!

Ticks are out in full force across the country including right here in Regina. Ticks pose a threat to your health and safety because of their potential to carry Lyme Disease. Lyme disease can appear quickly or gradually with symptoms that can come and go. Most commonly the first signs of Lyme, consist of a sore throat, headaches, congestion and other flu-like symptoms. The symptoms of Lyme can range from mild to fatal so the best protection is prevention.

Take note of these 5 tips to keep yourself and your family safe this summer.

Use repellent

Purchase your repellent in bulk this year because you’re going to need it. Be sure to spray all your exposed skin with just enough to cover yourself. For your kids, spray repellent on your hands and wipe it onto their skin. Be sure to avoid children’s hands, eyes and mouths. When using repellent, it’s essential to bathe or shower before bed to remove any remnants of repellent.

Choose your wardrobe wisely

When you’re walking through wooded or grassy areas, cover up with light-coloured clothes to make it easier to spot ticks. Wear long sleeves and pants with socks and closed toed shoes as often as possible. Tucking your hair into your hat, shirt into your pants and pants into your socks will keep your skin covered reducing your risk. When you arrive home, put your clothes through the dryer on high heat to kill any ticks that may be attached.

Inspect

Shower as soon as possible to remove any unattached ticks that could be present on your body but not attached. Ticks can catch a ride on you but remain unattached for hours. Check your entire body carefully including your armpits, groin, in and around your ears, in your belly button, behind your knees, and in your hair. Should you find a tick, be sure to remove the entire insect including the head.

Cut your grass on the regular

Tall grass and lots of shade make the perfect home for ticks. Keep your lawn mowed, and remove any debris to discourage ticks from moving into your yard. Protect your yard from deer and other large animals as they are common carries for ticks.

Check your pets closely

Ticks find pets a convenient source of transportation. Be sure to check your pets thoroughly as ticks can travel from your pets to you. Check under the collar, under the front legs, at the elbow, between the toes, inside the groin area, and under the tail on your pets for the presence of ticks.

To keep yourself safe from and free of ticks this year, give Premier Pest Management a call!

06May/17
regina cankerworms

Cankerworms Don’t Have To Ruin Spring!

Spring is here and so are the cankerworms!

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With the beautiful spring weather comes green grass, budding trees, and beautiful flowers. Unfortunately, in Saskatchewan, spring has also brought cankerworms to many locations throughout the province. Better known as inchworms, these little guys will keep the residents of Saskatchewan on their toes this year.

Cankerworms love maple, elm and ash trees so if you have any species on your property be sure to keep an eye out for these destructive insects.

Identification

Adult males are small, brownish-grey moths with wings and females are dark brownish-grey moths and wingless. Wingless females emerge from the soil to climb up into your trees where they will then mate and lay eggs for the next year. They lay their eggs in the crown of the tree in large amounts. During the larval stage, there is only one way to identify a cankerworm: false legs. Spring cankerworms have two pairs of false legs, and fall cankerworms have three. These false legs can be seen at the rear of the caterpillar.

Species

There are two species of cankerworm, spring, and fall. In early spring, the spring species emerge to lay eggs where the fall species emerge to lay eggs in early fall. Both sets of larvae emerge in the spring as the leaves appear and feed on foliage until the early summer months. When feeding is complete in early summer, they fall to the ground and enter the soil where they will remain until they are adults. The following spring or fall, depending on the species, is when the adults emerge from the ground to start the process over again.

Potential for Damage

Cankerworms cause damage by defoliating your trees during their larval stage. Their initial feeding leaves “shot holes” in the leaves of your trees, however, after some time, you will notice nothing remains of the leaves on your tree except the veins. Most leaves will re-grow within a few weeks of an attack by cankerworms, however, when infested for several years in a row the crown of a tree can die.

Damage Control

Depending on the number of trees you have, the process of controlling cankerworms is different. If you only have a small number of trees, tree banding is an excellent way to save your trees. The bands are covered with a sticky adhesive which prevents wingless females from climbing the trees to lay eggs. To control spring worms, bands need to be in place from mid-March to late April and for fall worms late September to early November. If you are unsuccessful with the bands or have too many affected trees there are chemical and other alternative control mechanisms that can be applied by your local pest protection company.

Dealing with cankerworms doesn’t have to be a huge undertaking for any homeowner. With one call to Premier Pest Management, we can have you bidding adieu to your cankerworm problem in the Regina area.

Premier Pest is happy to announce that we have a BRAND new sprayer in our arsenal of equipment specifically designed to combat this problem.

Aside from the city of Regina (who only treats their own trees), We believe that we are the only company in the Regina area with the equipment and spray product to tackle the cankerworms in a safe and suitable way.

We can spray your trees with an environmentally-friendly product that will exterminate your canker problem while keeping everything else on your property safe and sound! 

Call us today!

Premier Pest Management / (306) 992-6066

26Apr/17
Deer Mice hantavirus saskatchewan

The Rare But Deadly Disease That Has You At Risk

Disease from Deer Mice Droppings – It’s more dangerous than you might have expected.

As spring falls upon us, we begin to come out of our winter slumber and excitedly start our yard, cottage and camper trailers clean ups. Our summers a beautiful but short, so we work quickly to the cleanup done to make the absolute best of  our hot and sunny Saskatchewan weather.

But, not so fast! This year, and every year – begin to take precaution.

If you live in the prairies, chances are you will notice that there may have been fall and winter infestations from with rodents such as mice and rats.  As a result, our summer oasis’s have likely accumulated unhealthy amounts of urine and feces.

Aside from being disgusting, this can also become deadly. Rodent urine and feces are known to carry over 35 diseases.

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In 2014, a young, pregnant mother of two from Milestone, Saskatchewan sadly lost her life to the devastating effects of Hantavirus from being in direct contact with deer mice feces during her spring yard clean-up.

 

Robyn Young was a healthy 26-year-old mother of two when she was infected with hantavirus in 2014. (Submitted by Julia McIsaac) Photo Credit: CBC News

Robyn Young was a healthy 26-year-old mother of two when she was infected with hantavirus in 2014. (Submitted by Julia McIsaac) Photo Credit: cbcnews.ca

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Despite being given fluids and being placed on a ventilator, the young mother was dead within 24 hours of being admitted to the intensive care unit. She was one of two people to die of Hantavirus in Saskatchewan that year, and one of 10 in the past two decades.” – cbc news

We handle  the cleanup to keep your home and family safe & healthy.  

It is of outmost importance to not stir dust by sweeping or vacuuming (without a hepa-vac) droppings, urine, or nesting materials.

What is Hantavirus?

“Hantaviruses are a group of viruses that can cause severe illness in humans. People can become infected with a hantavirus when they:

  • inhale virus particles from rodent urine, droppings or saliva that have been released into the air
  • this can happen when rodent waste is stirred up from vacuuming or sweeping
  • touch objects or eat food contaminated with the urine, droppings or saliva of infected rodents
  • are bitten by a rodent infected with a hantavirus (this is rare)

With the exception of the Andes hantavirus, the virus does not spread through person-to-person contact.” – Government of Canada

What to do when you encounter mice droppings and infestations? 

Enlist the help of an expert pest management company like Premier Pest to come to your property and safely and quickly remove all waste and dangers.  

We will professionally and affordably handle the disposal of any urine and droppings, dead rodents, nests and dangerous bodily waste. When necessary, we will clean and disinfect the entire area and surrounding surfaces.

Premier Pest offers a rodent clean up service for a healthier home environment. We will not commence any heap-vac, or begin the sanitation process on your premises until you are Rodent free for 7 consecutive days. Our goal is always to make sure that you have a healthy and safe environment – Free from rodents, pests and the deadly diseases that they carry.

Contact us today if you suspect that you will need our service for yard, home, business, trailer or cottage rodent clean-up.

Servicing: Regina Saskatchewan & surrounding towns and communities
Phone: 1-855-752-7378
Email: Info@premierpest.ca

18Apr/17
pests and spiders that will cure cancer and disease

Sting Therapy:  Meet the Bugs that Will Cure Alzheimer’s and Cancer

Little Miss Muffet

Sat on a tuffet,

Eating her curds and whey;

Along came a spider,

Who sat down beside her,

And frightened Miss Muffet away.

 

– Mother Goose

 

Throughout popular culture spiders have earned a hairy, unrealistic reputation.

 

Movies like Arachnophobia portray them as eight-legged biting machines.  Mother Goose warns that if you’re not careful, spiders will come for your curds and whey.

The Italians even claim that a spider bite causes uncontrollable dancing and lust in young women (Mamma mia!).

We admit it – spiders are strange looking creatures that you don’t want to see in your home or business.

Still, is their negative stigma deserved?   Scientists are busy proving that nothing, or no one, is what it seems in the animal kingdom.

We now have stronger evidence than ever that the venom of spiders, bees, scorpions, and other species contains surprising medical benefits to humans.

The Sting That Stops Pain

In a new study, researchers from the University of Queensland identified compounds in spider venom that could potentially be therapeutic for individuals suffering from chronic pain.

The venoms studied so far show the ability to block nerve activity, and thousands of venoms have yet to be tested.

Since chronic pain affects 1 in 5 people worldwide, this has stunning possibilities for helping people regain the lives and goals that persistent pain forced them to give up.

 

Taking A Bite Out of Alzheimer’s

The black mamba, one of the planet’s most lethal snakes, isn’t someone you’d like to meet in a dark alley.  Unless, of course, you’re an Alzheimer’s patient.

Scientists in Puerto Rico are investigating how the mamba’s venom could cure nervous system disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Mamba venom attaches to specific receptors in the brain.  Researchers hope that by discovering exactly how this happens, they can develop targeted therapies for brain diseases.

It’s estimated that by 2050, between 11 and 16 million people in North America will have Alzheimer’s, so it’s never been more crucial to explore alternative means of attacking this disease.

 

A World of Benefit Yet To Be Discovered

The concept of insects and animals curing disease is gaining more attention from universities and scientists worldwide, thanks to discoveries which are inspiring confidence in the hearts of those who fund this type of research.

New developments are happening all the time, whether it’s the discovery of tarantula venom as a treatment for muscular dystrophy, or bee venom halting cancer cell growth.

What’s most exciting is that we still have thousands and thousands of species to study and research.

So before Mr. Spider spooks you off your tuffet, think about the advantages he brings to our future as healthy humans.

The next time you’re wondering how to get rid of a spider infestation, or researching bee removal services, we encourage you to carry out your plan with love and respect for the important species with whom we share our planet.

You never know which one of them might help you or a loved one someday.