In a recent post, we talked about cankerworms and Winnipeg’s urban forest. We mentioned that while cankerworms can weaken a tree, they are not an immediate threat to the tree’s life. Today, we take a look at two bugs that are an important threat to Winnipeg’s beautiful trees; the elm bark beetle and the emerald ash borer. First, we’ll discuss the history of the pests; then, we’ll talk about how GL Pest Control can help you protect the trees on your property. Continue reading
When people think about pest control, a lot of the focus is on pest control for the home, or for commercial spaces. There’s no doubt that finding a mouse in your house can be a bit disconcerting, and that it’s even worse to find rodents in your kitchen; you be shut down for health violations! These concerns are valid, but there’s a third concern people don’t often think of – unless they work in goods-producing industries, like farming, fishing, forestry, or food and beverage manufacturing. That’s the post-harvest, post-manufacturing loss of goods as a result of pests in warehouses, especially relevant in Winnipeg and Manitoba, given our status as an agricultural hub. Continue reading
Winnipeg is a beautiful city. We have a mix of incredible architecture (if you’re as inclined to brutalism as I am), historic landmarks like the Forks and Upper Fort Garry, our incredible rivers, and, of course, our urban forest. Our forested areas provide a plethora of advantages to Winnipeggers. They increase the quality of our air, help regulate stormwater runoff, and increase our property values while keeping our city cooler in the summer. We’re also beginning to see potential psychological advantages to urban forestry; the Biophilia hypothesis says that we’ll love urban forests because humans have a natural love of life, while the Attention Restoration Theory says that people concentrate better after spending time in nature, or seeing nature. There are, however, a number of threats to our urban forests, most of them caused by insects. Today, we’ll look at an insect that, while not immediately threatening our urban forest, does cause pains and problems for Winnipeg homeowners: the cankerworm. Continue reading
Subterranean termites get into the house from the soil then make foraging tubes. The tubes – oftentimes referred to as “mud tubes” – are around the width of one pencil and are brownish in colour. They’ll offer shelter for foraging termites. As termites are inside your house, they’ll feast on the wood inside of it. In addition, drywood termites feast on wood within your house; however, don’t need contact with soil.
If termite activity is left neglected, noticeable wall and wood damage may result. Here, in this blog post, the commercial pest control services of Gilles Lambert Pest Control discusses the signs of termite damage in walls.
Indications of an Infestation of Termites
- Swarming ones are attracted to light and sometimes can be spotted close to doors, windows, lighting fixtures, and vents.
- After they enter a new house, they’ll shed their wings. You may see those shed wings among dust close to heating vents, windowsills, doors, in bathtubs and sinks and inside spider webs.
Indications of wall damage that is caused by termites may include Paint blisters, mud tubes, damage to wooden trim or wood paneling, pinholes in the wall, and hollow-sounding wood.
Some of the above indications are a sign of a subterranean infestation of termites, while other ones indicate an infestation of drywood termites.
Do Termites Feast on Drywall?
Termites feast on any substance that’s composed of cellulose — an ingredient discovered in wood. Drywall also is covered by cellulose. Therefore, termites may feed on the drywall’s paper covering, making your ceilings and walls prone to termite damage.
How to Eliminate Termites in Walls
If you see indications of termite damage on the walls or any other areas of your house, it is vital that you treat the infestation immediately before it grows worse. The treatment method depends upon several factors, which include the kind of termites which are infesting your residence. The procedure almost always includes treating spaces other than the area in which termites are in plain view.
Since correct identification is critical and do-it-yourself methods for control and treatment oftentimes fall short, it is suggested that you call a termite control professional like Gilles Lambert Pest Control. An experienced termite control expert will inspect the house for termite damage and activity, correctly identify the termites then suggest a course of action based on your circumstances. If termites aren’t found, that’s the best time to treat termites – before they’ve produced any damage.
How to Prevent Termites from Invading Your Home?
Once termites settle in, exterminating them doesn’t happen without using chemicals, and avoiding property damage is almost impossible due to the quick spread of the infestation. This is why prevention is the easiest and most cost-effective way to protect your home from these nasty insects.
Alexander Crawley is an entomology consultant for a fellow Australian pest control company, and he claims that the key to termite prevention is to eliminate the excess moisture in the house and in the outdoor areas because termites are drawn to water.
Here are a few handy tips he has for homeowners:
- Inspect the roof at least once a year, and fix or replace broken roof tiles and gutter sections.
- Seal off any cracks in the foundations of the house.
- Use plastic to encapsulate the crawl space beneath the house to protect the foundations from soil and debris.
- Repair leaky pipes and faucets as soon as you notice them.
- Store your firewood away from the home and keep it elevated from the ground.
- Keep any mulch and organic materials away from the house walls and foundations.
- Throw away any unused newspapers and cardboard boxes from your garage, basement or attic. Use plastic boxes for storage.
- Invest in a dehumidifier if your home is prone to moisture and mould.
Advantages of Professional Gilles Lambert Pest Control Termite Treatment
Because termite activity may be difficult to spot if homeowners are not scheduling routine inspections of their house, termite activity may remain undetected for quite some time. That is why it remains critical to arrange an inspection with an expert Gilles Lambert Pest Control termite specialist who’s experienced with looking for warning indications of termite activity. Further advantages of arranging an inspection with a specialist include the identification of the unique termite invader to the residence since it’s important to identify the termite species to use the suitable methods to rid the home of these extremely costly and damaging insects.
The Winnipeg bed bug exterminator experts of Gilles Lambert Pest Control understand first-hand that there’s bad and good information that’s floating around online, the papers, and additional media sources in regard to bed bugs.
It may be challenging for the average consumer to understand what details are correct and how they can respond to those tenacious bloodsucking insects. Here, the friendly folks at Gilles Lambert Pest Control lists 6 common myths and facts in regard to bed bugs:
To help eliminate Black Widow spiders and remain ahead of them, the Winnipeg pest control company of Gilles Lambert Pest Control lists what you ought to know:
Black Widow spiders cause more concern than any other spider group.
Black Widows are discovered in every state in the U.S. and more typically in hotter parts of the country.
Black Widow Spiders: Are there any in Manitoba?
There are a couple of species of black widow spider inside Canada: the northern black widow in eastern and southern Ontario and western black widow discovered in areas of BC to Manitoba. Black Widow spiders get transported around the country inside boxcars, moving vans, and freight and with additional transport like incoming ships. It has contributed to its widespread distribution.
According to the pest control professionals at Gilles Lambert Pest Control, cockroaches are one of the most disliked pests among their customers. Below we list 13 cockroach facts which assist in keeping them alive and well.
Watching the villain in a movie or cartoon getting swarmed by a horde of angry wasps is highly entertaining. But if you have a wasp nest somewhere on your property, you know that wasps are no joke. Wasp nests are a serious concern for homeowners, and a lot of misinformation surrounds their removal.
Searching the internet for wasp nest removal techniques yields a lot of questionable information that could ultimately harm you or those you love. So, let us at Gilles Lambert Pest Control Services Inc. set the record straight. Wasps are serious pests and you don’t want to trust bad advice and end up paying the consequences. Read on to get some accurate background information on wasps as well as reliable advice on when and how to remove their nests – and when it is time to call in the experts.
Humans are fascinated by ants. One reason for this is how irritating they can be; an anthill near your home or a swarm of ants at your picnic can create a host of unpleasant problems, from inconveniences to real damage to your food and health. The other reason we’re so fascinated by ants is that they are social animals whose large group interactions may remind us of our own. Individuals working on artificial intelligence have used the concept of ant swarm intelligence in a lot of pioneering works, and algorithms inspired by ants are so prevalent in computer programming that a whole classification of them is known as “ant colony optimization algorithms”. How smart are ants, and what makes them so smart?