Pest Control in Ontario
Summer time is just around the corner. As the weather warms up in the spring and summer, pest control in Ontario becomes even more important. Soon all types of insect ranging from spiders, cockroaches, bed bugs, and even rodents will start crawling all around. While most of these pest are not dangerous to humans, they can be a source of nuisance and profound irritability. It is critical to understand some of the more common pests control methods in order to avoid having pest infest your home.
This article provides a brief description of the most common pests found in Ontario homes, including their appearance, where they live, and the dangers they may pose to humans, and how to deal with them with emphasis on spiders and spider control methods.
Common Household Pests in Ontario Spiders
Appearance: Despite their striking differences in appearance, spiders share a number of characteristics that make basic identification simple. Most notably, all spiders have four pairs of segmented legs. Spiders, unlike insects, are divided into two groups. The front portion is known as the cephalothorax, and the bulbous rear portion is known as the thorax. The majority of spiders found in Canada range in size from 3 to 8 mm.
Where they live: All spiders prefer dark, moist environments and prefer not to interact with other organisms. Spiders in homes tend to build webs in basements, garages, and room corners, gaining entry through cracks and crevices in the structure.
Spiders live alone and prey on other pests such as aphids, caterpillars, and insects. Most live for about a year, but some can live for up to 15 years.
Dangers to humans: Some spider species will bite humans on rare occasions. The only spider found in Canada that can be dangerous to humans is the widow spider (Latrodectus spp.). The severity of the symptoms is determined by the bite site, the victim’s sensitivity, and the amount of venom injected. The neurotoxins in black widow venom affect the nervous system, causing muscle cramps, sweating, headaches, and high blood pressure.
Spiders, in addition to causing physical harm, can cause psychological distress in people who have arachnophobia. Spiders can also detract from the aesthetics of a home or building, as webs and crawling pests are unsightly. Though spiders are more of a nuisance than a hazard, their presence is often regarded as intolerable and deserving of averting.
Spider control methods: Because spiders primarily enter homes through gaps and openings, homeowners should keep windows and doors closed and any gaps in foundational walls sealed.
Keeping the house clean and insect-free will deter spiders from entering by forcing them to look for food elsewhere.
Spider infestations can be reduced by regularly removing webs. Dehumidifiers may make the habitat less appealing to pests because most spiders prefer dark, moist environments.
Finding an abundance of spiders in the home on a regular basis may indicate a serious infestation that necessitates the services of a pest control specialist.
Appearance: Cockroaches are bipedal insects with six legs, two antennae, and two wings. A cockroach measures between 1.3 and 1.6 centimeters in length. Because cockroaches undergo simple metamorphosis, the baby and adult cockroach have the same characteristics. The only distinction between an adult and a baby cockroach is size.
The German cockroach (Blatella Germanica), American cockroach (Periplaneta Americana), and Oriental cockroach are the most common in types of cockroaches in Ontario.
Cockroaches are fantastic crawlers. They are more active at night to avoid human contact and because they are nocturnal insects. Cockroaches feed on leftovers from the sink that spill on the floor, exposed garbage cans, and dirty dishes. Cockroaches eat anything, even though they prefer starchy foods.
Where they live: Cockroaches are highly adaptable and can live anywhere there is enough food, moisture, and heat. These pests frequently enter buildings in search of warm, damp environments close to food and water sources. Cockroaches thrive in basements, bathrooms, greenhouses, kitchens, and rooms with sewer pipes or plumbing. These insects, which originated in the tropics, prefer to live in areas with high levels of warmth and humidity. Cockroaches exhibit nocturnal tendencies as well, hiding during the day and becoming active at night. When exposed, they flee quickly and move easily from one room to the next.
Dangers to humans: Bacteria and other pathogens are carried on the bodies of cockroaches. Cockroaches can cause health problems for Ontario residents as they crawl around the house, on plates, and other surfaces. Their excreta or saliva can cause food poisoning and allergies when they come into contact with humans.
Cockroaches are disease vectors, carrying diseases such as dysentery, diarrhea, cholera, typhoid fever, leprosy, and plague and asthma, Viruses, such as poliomyelitis and cause allergies such as dermatitis, swollen eyelids, and itching.
Control methods: Sticky traps and jar traps are home remedies for trapping and elimination of roaches.
Baiting is the most effective and safest method of cockroach control; however, multiple baits must be set out and placed correctly to effectively control cockroach infestations.
Aerosol spray can be used by a homeowner to quickly and directly knock-down.
Most store purchases or home remedies can be useful for short-stage solutions, but homeowners should seek professional assistance in eliminating infestations. The best way to consistently get rid of cockroach infestations is by recruiting trained pest control workers.
Appearance: Bed bugs are parasitic insects with flat oval bodies that lack wings. They are brown at birth and change to a red-blood color after feeding. A fully mature bed bug can grow to be 5 mm long and 3 mm wide.
Where they live: Bed bugs are parasitic insects that live in close proximity to their hosts. Because they feed on humans (their hosts), their habitats include homes, hotels, and any other property that we visit. All they need is a safe haven close to a feeding source.
Dangers to humans: Although bedbugs do not transmit diseases to humans, their bites can cause allergies, skin infections, and other health problems in Ontario residents. Anxiety and stress can be caused by frequent nighttime disturbances caused by beg bug bites. Some people are not allergic to bed bug bites, but others may develop hives, blisters, or severe itching.
Control methods: Because bed bugs are such good hitchhikers and frequently hide in difficult-to-reach places, professional pest control is often the best way to truly rid yourself of bed bugs. However, you can check for bedbugs by looking for live or dead bugs, as well as their skins. Examine the beds for red fecal matter spots. Clean and vacuum bedrooms on a regular basis.