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Why Ant Populations Explode in Hot Summer Weather?

Ant Populations Explode

Ants Hate the Cold

Sentinel Pest Control is rarely called for an ant control problem during winter in Ontario. During the winter ants are deep below snow and ice hibernating to avoid the cold, waiting patiently for warmer spring weather. The tiny yet powerful ant is not equipped to handle the cold and would quickly perish if exposed to it. Ant colonies only become active when temperatures consistently stay between 24 and 35 degrees Celsius.

There are many different ant species, and each have different abilities and habits, but all of them need heat to survive and be active. Your home is likely the perfect temperature for them to thrive in. To survive, they also need water and a food source. Keep in mind, they are tiny. Therefore, a consistent food and water source could simply be crumbs and drops that fall from your table. If you don’t regularly vacuum or sweep, you may be giving a colony of ants everything they need.

Put Your Self in Their Shoes

Imagine you are a humble ant. After waiting patiently, buried deep underground for the long winter months, you are eager to get moving. The queen that you are making your own, was kicked out as soon as it was warm enough. Following her, you search for a good place to start a new colony. You’re one of 1,000 up to 100,000 in your group. Even though it’s still cool outside you begin planning. The typical Ontario home not only supplies heat, water, and food, but also shelters you from predators. Birds, wasps, and other larger insects are usually quickly evicted, but you can go unnoticed. Other than human environments, it is difficult to find everything your colony will need to survive. It’s no wonder ants become problems for homes, offices, restaurants, and other commercial buildings.

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How to Keep Them Away?

Remember that no matter how well your building is sealed off, ants can probably still find a way in. However, you can make your environment less appealing to them. Seal off any obvious cracks or holes around doors or windows. Spray cracks and any potential entry points with EcoGuard Crawling Insect Killer (from PestStop.ca) – both inside and out. Keep your food storage and cooking areas tidy and clean. Don’t leave them even the smallest of crumbs. Specifically, they seek out sweet foods like sugar and honey as they provide much needed energy. Replace any potential food source with Greenway Liquid Ant and Roach Bait. This unique product is picked up by worker ants and brought back to the rest of the colony where it decimates them.

Greenway Ant and Roach
Greenway Liquid Ant Bait

All the products offered at Pest Stop.ca are tried and tested to work by Sentinel Pest Control Inc. commercial pest control experts. If your still having issues after using these products, then you may have a bigger problem. Some infestations require nothing but the best in pest control. If you have a commercial building that can’t get your pest problem under control, Call Sentinel Pest Control today. Turn your problem into a distant memory.

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Get Rid of Cluster Flies

cluster fly

Cluster Flies Become a Problem

This week we will experience the shortest day of the year and the first day of winter (Winter solstice December 21st). You may already be experiencing the results of an invasion that began back in the fall. Usually during December, we have a few warm days. It’s during these warmer days, cluster flies get confused, awake from hibernation, and begin looking for food. That’s when you generally see them in your home, around windows and doors. At this point prevention is no longer an option, they have already infested your home.

Cluster Flies Are Seasonal

During the summer and early fall cluster flies prefer to be outside, but during the cool of late fall they begin to look for warm places to spend the winter. A well sealed home or business can prevent a cluster fly infestation. They make a home out of your attic space and behind your drywall. The good news is, they are not known as disease spreaders as they don’t lay eggs on food. In warmer weather they burrow in the ground and lay their eggs on earth worms which are parasitized by the larva. They are, however, a big nuisance because usually there are hundreds of them to manage.

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If you have an issue with cluster flies in a commercial setting, call the experts at Sentinel Pest Control. These technicians will locate the source of the breach and apply insecticide to irradicate the fly colony. Then before next cluster fly season (spring or summer) Sentinel Pest Control can come back and engage prevention protocols to ensure it never happens again.  

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For small infestations try using a vacuum to rid your homes of them short term. They are usually docile and slow and will almost volunteer to be sucked up. In addition, they also will congregate in large numbers which makes them vulnerable to raid and glue traps. For homeowners, Sentinel Pest Control Inc. has built and ecommerce website where you can buy the same excellent pest products that they have proved effective in commercial pest control. Visit PestStop.ca and click on the Flies Icon for products that can help you remove flies of all kinds.

Get Help

Unfortunately, if you have a cluster fly problem, they will keep coming back unless you seal of all areas of entry. For commercial cluster fly removal, call the pros at Sentinel Pest Control Inc. For cluster fly control at home, check out the excellent products at the Pest Stop store.

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How to Stop Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes

The Mosquitoe

Information About Mosquitoes

Above and beyond an irritant, mosquitoes carry some of the world’s most deadly plagues. In the fight against infectious disease they are, the “most wanted”, the largest contributor of infection and illness. Mosquitoes indirectly cause the death of millions of people annually.  

Three of the worst kind of mosquitoes are Anopheles, Culex, and Aedes species. These three together are known carriers of malaria, filariasis, encephalitis, yellow fever, dengue fever and the West Nile virus. World-wide there are more than three thousand species of mosquitoes. Most diseases or viruses are transmitted via saliva or blood. Mosquitoes can pass on nasty infections with their saliva when they bite, or cross contaminate blood from their last bite to a new host. Because of their nature they are perfect transmitters.

Mosquitoes use sight, smell, and movement to find their hosts. Specifically, they detect body odor, carbon dioxide, and movement to home in on victims. When a female mosquito “bites” she injects two tubes into your body. Tube one injects enzymes to thin the blood and the second tube sucks it up. As it feeds on you, you can actually watch your blood fill the abdomen of the mosquito which is translucent. The blood they steal from you is used primarily as protein for their eggs and does not nourish the adult mosquito at all. Male mosquitoes are not equipped to bite. Plant sugars like nectar are the mosquito’s meal of choice for sustenance. Mosquitoes need water to breed, therefore removing standing water sources is the best way to remove mosquitoes from your living space. According to mosquitoe.org “Mosquito species preferring to breed around the house, like the Asian Tiger Mosquito, have limited flight ranges of about 300 feet. Most species have flight ranges of 1-3 miles. Certain large pool breeders in the Midwest are often found up to 7 miles from known breeding spots.” So, if your living at least 7 miles from any water source your likely safe from mosquitoes. Unfortunately, because of global warming mosquitoes are increasing in population and range.