24Aug/16

Zombie Bees making their way into Canada

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Copyright © 2009 Kimberly G. O’Harrow
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When the zombees arrived, they were first spotted on Vancouver Island.

And now that there’s buzz surrounding their discovery in Nanaimo — the first recorded in Canada — an expert in the field predicts they’ve already reached the Canadian mainland.

Zombie bees are not actually insects that have risen from the grave, but rather the result of a parasitic infection. A phorid fly lays eggs inside a honeybee, and the fly larvae will eat away at the bee’s insides.

During that process, the bee will abandon its hive and appear zombie-like — disoriented and moving toward light sources — until it dies and the fly larvae bursts from the bee’s abdomen.

After numerous cases found in the U.S. over the past few years, beekeeper Sarah Wallbank is credited with making the first Canadian discovery of zombie bees. She was alerted to the infected insects when she noticed odd behaviour in bees from her Nanaimo hive.

“There would be a handful of bees that would ping their little brains out against the glass,” said Wallbank. “I thought, ‘This is not normal.’”

John Hafernik, a San Francisco State University biology professor who founded ZomBeeWatch.org, a site that uses the contributions of nearly 3,000 citizen scientists to track the infections, says he “wouldn’t be surprised” if bees are already being infected on the B.C. mainland and elsewhere in Canada.

Hafernik said it’s still unclear how much of an impact the parasites are having on the overall health of honeybee hives, during a time when the insect’s population is already known to be declining. But worker bees, who are primarily infected, leaving the hive is a symptom of the unexplained Colony Collapse Disorder.

“If you get enough honeybee workers infected, that changes the dynamic of the hive … and ultimately whether that hive will be able to survive or not,” Hafernik said.

He is hopeful the Canadian discovery will spark interest north of the border in ZomBee Watch — where users watch for signs of infection. Kelowna is currently the only place on the Canadian mainland where a user has sampling in progress.

“Be on the lookout for honeybees that are acting strangely, especially honeybees that come to lights at night,” said Hafernik. “That’s a symptom that something’s going wrong with them, and a good chance that they’re parasitized by this fly.”

credit for this article: http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/2016/08/15/zombie-bees-arrive-in-bc

15Aug/16

First Canadian case of Zika-related defects in fetus

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Zika is primarily transmitted by the Aedes mosquito, which isn’t found in Canada. Mosquitos transmitting Zika have recently been found in a part of Miami, Fla., prompting Canada’s public health agency to warn pregnant women to avoid travelling there.

As of Thursday, there have been 205 confirmed cases of travel-related Zika infections in Canada and two cases of sexual transmission.

University of Toronto professor of medicine and infectious disease expert Jay Keystone said he isn’t surprised to see more cases of Zika emerging, but the problem is much worse in countries dealing with mosquito-borne transmission of the virus, such as Brazil.

 

“It was a matter of time before we start seeing Zika cases in Canada and it’s a matter of time before a fetus was infected from the virus,” he said.

“The hope is there will be less and less as Canadians become more aware of the risk.”

Keystone said the Aedes mosquito is a daytime-biting insect most active in the morning and late afternoon, and using mosquito repellent and covering your body as much as possible in areas with Zika outbreaks is important.

READ MORE: Women living in areas infected by Zika should delay pregnancy: WHO

University Health Network infectious diseases specialist Isaac Bogoch said the full range of health issues related to Zika still isn’t clear, and doctors will be closely watching babies who have been infected to see if cognitive problems emerge as they grow.

“We know microcephaly is one illness the developing child can have, and it can be pretty catastrophic at times. But they may have a whole spectrum of defecits which can include cognitive deficits, they can have problems with vision, they can have problems with hearing.”

He added that Canadians should take precautions but don’t need to be alarmed, calling the guidelines for preventing infections “spot on.”

“The level of concern here is low, but we can’t let our guard down,” he said. “It’s appropriately low, but it’s not zero.”

Canada’s public health agency has recommended that women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant shouldn’t travel to areas with Zika outbreaks. But men who are travelling also need to be aware of the risks — current Canadian public health guidelines say men who have travelled to Zika-infected areas should consider using condoms or avoid having sex for six months to avoid transmitting the virus to partners.

They also say women who have travelled to areas with Zika outbreaks should wait at least two months before trying to conceive.

© 2016 The Canadian Press

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05Aug/16

National Pest Management Association Urges Industry and Consumers To Be on High Alert Amid Growing Zika Virus Concern

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FAIRFAX, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–With the news of more than a dozen cases of locally transmitted Zika virus in Florida by infected mosquitoes within the U.S., the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) is urging proper mosquito control practices to help lessen the outbreak. The NPMA, a non-profit organization committed to the protection of public health, food and property from the diseases and dangers of pests, is leading industry efforts to educate professional pest control companies, as well as the American public, on the importance of proper mosquito control.

To read more, head here.

04Aug/16

Cockroaches a growing pest in Saskatoon!

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David Wilson holds a sample of the kind of cockroach found in Saskatoon apartments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From an article recently in The LeaderPost:

A Saskatoon mother-to-be is scared to sleep in her own home thanks to an infestation of cockroaches.

 

 

“I’ve been sleeping at my moms,” Shannon, who didn’t want to share her last name out of fear of damaging her rental reputation, said standing in her apartment in Caswell Mannor.

The expectant mom signed the lease to the apartment with her boyfriend, hoping for a place their new family could call home, but bugs in the cupboards have forced her out. “We’re just keeping all our food and our clean dishes over here,” she said, pointing away from the kitchen.

To read the rest, and to watch the CTV news clip head here

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23Jul/16

Do you notice insects in your kitchen? Then you will want to read this!!

The kitchen can be a haven for insect pests.

How those pests arrive is varied and unpredictable. They may arrive in the corrugations of a cardboard box or in a bag of flour. They may arrive on wing or by hitching a ride in some item brought into the kitchen. They may arrive as an egg on the side of a container or inside a bag, any time of the year.

The best way to control kitchen insects is to prevent them from entering the kitchen or becoming a problem once in the kitchen. More on this later. First, which insects are commonly found in the kitchen? The ones that turn up most are saw-toothed grain beetles, flour beetles and the Indian-meal moth. They are other insects such as the cockroach, larder beetle and carpet beetle, which turn up in the kitchen but they also inhabit other areas of the house.

Saw-Toothed Grain Beetles

They get their common name from the saw-toothed looking edges on the top body area between their head and their abdomen (thorax). There are two separate species of this insect: the merchant grain beetle and saw-toothed grain beetle. These insects will infest virtually any product in the kitchen, whether it is packaged or left as food debris on shelves or counters. The adult is a reddish-brown beetle that is slender and somewhat flattened. It is about 2-3 mm in length and about 1/2 mm in width. These beetles can penetrate packaged foods readily except for tinfoil-packaged foods. Eggs are laid in or near food, hatch in 3-17 days in heated areas, and the larvae will pupate to an adult in 3-6 weeks. The adult reportedly can live up to three years.

Flour Beetles

There are also two species of flour beetle: the red flour beetle and the confused flour beetle. The red flour beetle is more commonly found in rural areas associated with grain storage or around country elevators, whereas the confused flour beetle is found mainly in flour but it does infest most other products in the kitchen. They are a shiny, reddish-brown, flattened insect about 3 mm in length and about 3/4 to 1 mm in width. Slight differences in antennae and thorax shape differentiate the two insects. The adult may live as long as 1-3 years. Their life cycle from egg through larvae, pupa and adult takes from 7 weeks to several months, depending on temperature and the food source. Like the grain beetle, their flattened body and small size allows them to enter most products that are not well sealed or in a strong package.

Indian-Meal Moth

This moth is often mistaken for a clothes moth. It can be distinguished by wing markings. The wings of an Indian-meal moth are metallic reddish-brown on the outer two-thirds and creamy-grey on the inner third. The larvae is about 13 mm long, usually dirty-white but sometimes tinted green or pink. Larvae leave a trail of silk wherever they crawl. They will completely infest the food product they are in with a mat of silk. When you see the larvae crawling in the cupboard or on the ceiling, they are usually looking for a place to pupate. They infest most foods in a kitchen but are characteristically known to infest dried fruits. Of the other foods, coarse grain are usually infested instead of finely milled grains. Their life cycle varies with food and temperature from five weeks to nearly a year.

Control

Prevention is the best control. Vacuum up crumbs and clean shelves of spilled food frequently. If some eggs do hatch and there is no food, the larvae dies.

You may inadvertently bring food pests into your home in the foot products you buy. Don’t give them a chance to move to any other part of the kitchen. Seal them inside a container which they can not escape from. Use air-tight containers such as mason jars with rubber rings and metal ring caps. A “Tupperware” type container is the next best container to use, as long as it is airtight. Find containers for all grain-based products in the kitchen, including four. Store larger bags of flour in a garage or some outside, cool location. The insects will develop slowly in the cool temperatures; this will give you time to control the problem. Put products you suspect may be infested in the freezer at the lowest setting for 3-5 days if they are freezable.

For infestations, begin control by a thorough cleanup of the whole kitchen area: behind the stove and fridge, cupboards, shelves, drawers, breadboards, baseboards and all cracks and crevices. Use the vacuum cleaner first and then follow with a washing of all surfaces to get any crumbs and possible eggs laid by the insects. Use any kitchen cleaner. If they are adult insects you want to kill use a household “Raid” type product and wipe the surface areas with soap and water after spraying. Overall,. Control of insects in your home is best achieve by frequent and thorough cleanings, along with the continued use of sealed containers. 

If the problem still exists, don’t hesitate to call us! Your pest problem is our pest problem 306-992-6066 or 1-855-752-7378

 

13Jul/16

The Pink Panther Termite Video

Our goal in the Pest Control Industry is to provide our customers the best quality service to ensure that we rid a property of unwanted pests..Now on a lighter note please enjoy The Pink Panther has a problem with Termites … Lol but please leave this problem to the Team at Premier Pest Management ….. Call for Free Inspection..306-922-6066
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08Jul/16

Cougar Alert

Cougar alert issued for Meota, Sask.

People who spot the big cat should head indoors, government says

CBC News Posted: Jul 06, 2016 4:59 PM CT Last Updated: Jul 06, 2016 4:59 PM CT

The Saskatchewan government is warning Meota residents about a possible cougar in the area.

The Saskatchewan government is warning Meota residents about a possible cougar in the area. (The Associated Press)

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A dangerous animal alert has been issued for the village of Meota, Sask., after a cougar was spotted.

The big cat was seen just outside village limits. Residents of the community of 300 people have been warned to be extremely cautious.

People who see a cougar are being told not to approach it. Instead, they should head indoors.

The recently launched SaskAlert app and website issued an alert Wednesday advising residents to avoid the animal if they spot it.

Meota is 35 kilometres north of North Battleford.

22Jun/16

How To Protect Your Hotel From Bed Bugs

One of the biggest pest management nightmares that hospitality services can face is the presence of bed bugs, which feed exclusively on human blood. Since pests are great hitchhikers and can arrive with guests, it’s essential to check for them frequently.

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Pest management is a task that must be constantly tended to: Infestations can occur if establishments are left unchecked, since bed bugs have many hosts to feed on. A few bed bugs can turn into a thousand in just over two months. Therefore, hospitality staff members should be trained on pest recognition to ensure that there are as many eyes on the lookout as possible.

Provide training

You can ensure that employees are properly trained on spotting bed bugs by working with Premier Pest Management which provides free training to hospitality venues. Staff members will learn to inspect bed bug-prone areas in rooms and can raise an alert if any of these pests are spotted, dead or alive.

Know the risk

Unfortunately, it’s difficult to prevent bed bugs from making their way onto your property. There are guests arriving from all around the world on a daily basis, and these pests can take a ride in their luggage or clothing. Personnel should familiarize themselves with the various signs of bed bugs; this includes recognizing them by their size, shape and color, as well as knowing what their feces look like.

Implement a response plan

As a hotel manager, it’s essential to have a response plan, in case guests find bed bugs in their rooms. Rather than hold yourself responsible, figure out what your staff members can do immediately to help resolve the problem. Fast action will show your venue’s dedication to guest service and satisfaction.’

If you suspect bed bugs may be present, have professional pest control specialists do an inspection to verify the problem. If identified, have the bugs taken care of right away to ensure that the infestation doesn’t spread to other areas of the venue.

Although housekeeping services spend the most time in hotel rooms, having all staff members trained means being able to check rooms more efficiently, both prior to guests arriving and in cases when they have spotted bed bugs.

Premier Pest Management Hotel Monitoring Program:

Our licenced technicians can set up a monthly program to suit the needs of your hotel by doing monthly bed bug inspections on blocks of 6-10 rooms a visit as a precautionary preventative measure against a major infestation to insure the quality and safety of hotel guests.

22Jun/16

What Are Bedbugs?

Bedbugs are small, wingless insects that feed on the blood of people and animals while they sleep. They are easily moved from room to room on infested objects. Bedbugs cannot easily climb metal or polished surfaces and cannot fly or jump.

Adult bedbugs can be as long as 10 mm. They have an oval, broad, flat body and a short, broad head. Adult bedbugs are brown, but darken to a blood red color after feeding. Young bedbugs are shaped like adults, but are smaller (1.5 mm long) and lighter in color. They also darken after feeding.

Bedbug eggs are white, about one millimeter long, and are almost impossible to see on most surfaces. The female bedbug lays at least 200 eggs in her lifetime, at a rate of about two to four each day. The eggs have a sticky coating and are laid in cracks and crevices, behind woodwork and other hidden locations. They usually hatch in 6 to 17 days.

How They Feed And Live

Bedbugs come out at night to feed, attracted by the carbon dioxide we exhale. They will feed on both people and pets. Bedbug bites may not be noticed right away because bedbugs typically feed at night when people are asleep.

Bedbugs prefer locations where they can hide easily and feed regularly, like sleeping areas. Their flattened bodies allow bedbugs to hide in extremely small locations: under wallpaper, behind picture frames, in electrical outlets, inside box springs, in mattress pads, and in night tables.

Newly hatched bedbugs feed as soon as food is available. Bedbugs can live from several weeks to up to a year and a half without feeding. Older bedbugs can go even longer without feeding.

Adults usually live for around 10 months, but can live for a year or more in a home where the environment is good for reproduction (with temperatures ranging between 21°C and 28°C).

Bedbug Bites

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A bedbug bite can take as long as 14 days to appear, depending on the person. While bites can happen anywhere on the skin, they are often found on the face, neck, arms, legs, and chest.

Some people do not react at all to the bites, while others may have small skin reactions. In rare cases, some people may have severe allergic reactions. To avoid infection, try not to scratch the bites and keep the bite sites clean. Using antiseptic creams or lotions, as well as antihistamines, may help.

 

Bedbug - How Do I Get Rid Of Them?

Learn more about bedbugs:

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Bedbugs are very hard to get rid of. If you do have bedbugs, it is strongly recommended that you hire a licensed professional pest control operator.

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