27Oct/16

German Cockroaches, Saskatchewan’s Newest Major Pest

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German Cockroaches…Regina’s Newest Major Pest

Here in Regina, German Cockroaches are becoming widely well known for all the wrong reasons. They are an urban pest that commonly invade homes, apartments, restaurants, hotels and other buildings. German Cockroaches are one of many species of roaches and are the most common we see Canada.

Identifying Characteristics of a German Cockroach

German cockroaches are long, flat and wide with two long antennae and six legs. They are light brown to tan in colour and have two dark lines on their back. German cockroaches are unable to fly and adults can be anywhere from 13 to 16 mm in length.

German Cockroaches are omnivorous and prefer sugary foods, grease, starch and meat. In overly infected buildings, German Cockroaches will resort to eating glue, and packaging or one another. Cockroaches can survive an entire month without food and approximately 2 weeks without water.

German Cockroaches reach adulthood faster than any other species of cockroach in Canada. This quick development enables them to populate indoor areas quickly, causing infestation to occur easily. A German Cockroach has a 10-week life span and lives for approximately 5 to 7 months after reaching adulthood. Adult females produce 7 or 8 egg cases in her life and produces an average 350 offspring during her lifespan.

These nocturnal pests prefer warm and humid areas to inhabit. German Cockroaches seek out food and water sources and a safe place to reproduce once they make their way into your building. You can expect to find roaches in a variety of spots including:

×         Medicine cabinets

×         In and under appliances

×         In bathrooms

×         Under the sink

×         In pantries

×         In storage closets

How do Cockroaches Travel?

It is highly unlikely that cockroaches move from one building to another on their own but they can and do spread via shipments and packaging to nearly anywhere in the world.

The Dangers of a Developing Infestation

German Cockroaches can cause great amounts of damage to you and your home. They transfer pathogenic organisms to humans through contamination of food with their feces and defensive secretions. The diseases they carry can cause diarrhea, dysentery, typhoid fever and cholera. Frequent or prolonged exposure to cockroaches can cause mild to severe allergic reactions including dermatitis, itching, swelling and respiratory conditions.

Do cockroaches bite?

If German Cockroaches bite it is during your sleep. Cockroaches feed off food particles left on the face and skin of humans. Babies and children with sensitive skin are increasingly attractive to cockroaches because of the smell of milk. There is no information to suggest German Cockroaches are able to transfer pathogens by biting. Cockroach bites appear as small red spots that eventually scab over and can cause secondary infections.

Your Best Methods of Prevention and Control

To prevent an infestation of cockroaches, ensure:

×         You are mindful of good housekeeping practice including regular vacuuming, washing of floors and counters and more

×         You do not leave leftover or pet food out overnight

×         You wash dishes, pans and utensils immediately after use

×         You clean food and drink spills immediately

×         You remove garbage regularly

×         You repair leaky faucets or pipes promptly

×         You recycle cans and bottles on regular basis

×         You increase ventilation to avoid condensation

Be mindful of the fact we have seen a dramatic increase in the presence of German Cockroaches here in Regina and the surrounding area. Keep an eye out for cockroaches in your home, office, restaurant or storage space.

Premier Pest Management is one call away to solve your German Cockroach battle efficiently!

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21Oct/16

Early Detection of Bed Bugs and How To Prevent Bed Bug Infestation

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Premier tips for early detection and pest prevention


It’s important to first realize that we are all vulnerable to bed bugs. Anyone can be at risk of coming into contact with these pesky little night crawlers. Whether you are a homeowner, tenant, landlord, traveler, hotel manager or healthcare facility – Bed Bugs do not discriminate. Your first line of defense is always prevention.

Where do they come from?

These small, nocturnal, wingless insects feed on humans and other warm blooded animals. They travel most frequently via luggage, bags and used furniture. They love fabrics and dark small crevices.

The fact that they do most of their movements in the dark of night, coupled with their flat, thin body shape is what makes them difficult to detect visually. Most times, they aren’t detected by sight until there is already a full swing infestation in place and bed bug bites begin to occur.

Detecting the problem

Bed bugs are about the size of an apple seed. If you wake up with red itchy bites or notice small blood spots on your sheets or pillows you should investigate further. Check the corners of your mattresses (especially under the hard plastic corners of the box spring). Also check the piping along the mattress itself. Bed bugs love to crawl into those crevices and will always stay close to the host and come out at night to crawl and feed.
Bring in the Pest Professionals

The problem with bed bugs is that their name is misleading. They don’t just stay on beds – They will eventually migrate to other furniture, clothing, stuffed animals, books and baseboards. This is what makes them so difficult to get rid of and why a professional is needed for the job. Bed bugs lay very small white eggs in furniture and on linens – these are almost invisible to the naked eye. Be sure to call in a professional to help effectively get rid of the infestation.

Maintenance and Prevention

To assist in preventing the problem from re-occurring, be sure to follow all of the detailed instructions given to you by the pest management company. They are experts and the advice they give will be crucial. Properly laundering all items (including stuff animals) will be essential to ridding yourself of the problem when your home or business has been infested. Also consider mattress encasements – this will prevent the bed bug from burrowing deep within the crevices in the bed and keep them in more visible areas.

Remember, Bed bugs do not discriminate – they are not attracted to dirt. No matter how clean your home or business is, you could still be a host for these little pests. They travel on buses, airplanes, luggage, books, and clothes. It’s best to always do a routine inspection of your home or business.

Here at Premier Pest Management, we understand how quickly and quietly you need to take of your pest problems.

We handle all areas across Saskatchewan and will travel to you.

To hear more about our maintenance package or have an inspection done, head here and get in touch with us today!

24Aug/16

Zombie Bees making their way into Canada

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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.