Spring has arrived, bringing with it invading hordes of pests threatening to overrun your paradise.
Battling them successfully requires super powers: the twin forces of knowledge and experience.
That’s particularly the case in Muskoka, where the natural habitats of all manner of creatures abut with human dwellings, says Mark Sampson, owner of Muskoka Pest Control.
“There’s a wide range of pests here. But there’s also an ever-evolving array of treatment options,” says Mark. To keep pests out of homes, cottages and businesses, Mark, his son Mike, and their team draw on over 33 years of experience in the pest management battlefield. They continuously update their knowledge, skills and equipment with technical training, including conferences and seminars.
They are specialists in targeted pest control, annual cottage maintenance programs, and wildlife control.
“Activity for all types of pests is ramping up in the spring with the weather warming,” says Mark. “Carpenter ants and spiders especially can be an issue in buildings. Spring is the peak season for several pests.”
A spider infestation is usually quite evident visually – one too many scurrying around or an abundance of webs are dead giveaways. But carpenter ant colonies can be harder to find.
There are 50 different species of carpenter are found in North America, ranging in colour from black to red to yellow brown. The key identifying feature of a carpenter ant is the evenly rounded thorax and one node between the abdomen and thorax when viewed from the side. That and the fact they’re hanging around structures like your home or cottage.
Carpenter ants are drawn to moist wood and wall voids around windows and doors for nesting. If you’ve had any leaks, it’s important to monitor those areas closely for ant activity.
“Little piles of sawdust (frass) frequently appearing is also a likely sign of carpenter ants,” says Mark. “Just because they’re small doesn’t mean they’re not harmful. A colony of carpenter ants can whittle away at the wood in your walls and threaten structural damage.”
Be awareMice are also often found nesting in homes and cottages. It’s important to deal with mice issues immediately as they breed quickly and are quite hazardous to structures and health.
“Mice can transmit dangerous diseases like hantavirus, and contaminate food and living areas,” says Mike. “They can also chew through building materials, including electrical wiring.”
Meanwhile, insects such as both cockroaches and flies are known to carry bacteria and disease-causing organisms. Other rodents and sometimes avian creatures can also find their way into where you live.
Fortunately, there is no reason to worry about these perpetual intruders. Not when the heroes from Muskoka Pest Control are close by to protect your health and property.
TEXT CHRIS OCCHIUZZI
PHOTOS ANDREW FEARMAN