The Good Guys: Beneficial Insects In Your Garden

A number of insects in the garden provide several benefits including pollination of plants, eating insects that may harm the garden and breaking down decaying matter.

Around 80% of all flowering plants depend on insects and birds to help them transfer pollen. Bees are well known for helping to pollinate flowers. Butterflies, moths, wasps and other beetles also help with pollination. Some insects will gravitate toward certain types of plants. Bees typically congregate around open flowers with accessible nectar, usually with colours of blue, purple, white, and yellow. They cannot see red.

Fennel, dill and parsley are good pollen rich plants that will attract beneficial insects to your garden. Dandelions are also a good source of food and shelter for many beneficial insects.

Ground beetles, parasitic wasps, syrphid flies, tachinid flies and ladybugs all help keep other pest populations down. Some insects such as wasps and flies lay their eggs on other bugs and the larva feed off of them. Other insects such as ladybugs are predatory and are on the hunt in your garden. Ladybugs feed on small insects, aphids, mealy bugs and mites. Both the larva and the adults feed on other pests. Lacewings feed on other aphids, helping to reduce aphids in the garden. Assassin beetles feed on all other insects in the garden. Ground beetle larva feed on root maggots, slugs and worms that may harm your garden. Although they are not insects, earthworms are also highly beneficial in gardens as they aerate and enrich the soil.

There are many bugs in the garden that are helping to keep your plants healthy. So the next time you see a ladybug, beetle or worm, make sure to thank them for the wonderful job they are doing.

Question Of The Day: How Can I Prevent Wasps?

Wasps and hornets are some of the biggest concerns for parents and teachers as the spring turns into summer. These flying pests build their nests in shrubs, trees, gardens, and even between the concrete sidewalk blocks. The first step in preventing these pests is to eliminate areas that will harbour them. Shrubs and bushes should be clipped and maintained so that a nest can be easily seen. The next step is to avoid leaving food items outside that can attract wasps and hornets including sugary drinks and food. Another important element is to be aware of your surroundings. As an outdoor pest wasps and hornets may just be flying by you, but if there is a great number of them, or they seem to congregate around a certain area for a long period of time, or if you see them flying in and out of a specific hole, that may indicate that there is a nest there. It is important with wasps and hornets to treat the nest as early as possible to keep it from getting too big or from sprouting other colonies. Let’s all try to make our homes a little less wasp friendly and keep the sting out of summer.

The Summertime Blues – Pest Control Prevention

This summer several pests are trying to enter your home. Our goal here at Advantage is to keep our customers’ pest free this summer. Allowing you to have a great summer, full of sunshine and fresh air without the bugs!

 

Carpenter ants are wood boring insects that build their home in wooden structures such as; decks, patios, gazebos, and the foundations and roofs of homes. Colonies can be very large with over 10,000 ants inside. Only about 10% of the nest ever leaves, so often the homeowner has no idea how bad the problem really is. There can often be several satellite nests within one home. Carpenter Ants can be very destructive and cause a lot of damage to the foundation and to the home.

 

Wasps and hornets often become trapped inside the walls of homes when a nest on the outside is sealed thus trapping the insect inside the walls. The only option for this insect is for it to come out, inside your home. Any wasp or hornet nest should be thoroughly treated, and only once it has been completely eliminated can the hole be sealed up. We often recommend waiting until the end of fall to seal up any wasp nest holes. Wasps will not use the same nest again so once the nest is eliminated so is the problem.

 

The birds have returned! Sometimes birds think that eves troughs, chimneys, decks or roofs are good places to build homes. Humans sometimes have different ideas. It can be difficult to deal with birds as they may have laid eggs or have babies in those nests. When a nest is already present it is often beneficial to have it taken care of by a professional. There are also several preventative measures that you can take. We carry both bird spikes and sticky repellent to minimise the areas that birds can nest. It is also beneficial to minimise the amount of food that they can access at your home thus making your home unappealing to the birds.

 

These are just three of the most common pests to afflict our customers in the summer time. As the season draws nearer we encourage all of our customers to help in making the homes less pest friendly. It is also a great time to consider a home protection plan, which allows you access within 24 hours access to a pest control professional for over 15 of the most common household pests.

 

Give us a call at 416 – 840 – 4040 or at 1 – 877 – 504 – BUGS

Pest Product Spotlight: Konk House & Garden Bug Killer

konkhgKonk House & Garden bug killer is a great asset for anyone with a garden. It is water-based and approved for use on your vegetable garden. This means bye-bye vegetable eating insects and hello fresh garden vegetables for you to enjoy. This product is so versatile that it can also be used within the home for a plethora of unwelcome insect guests, including bed bugs. To top it off it is safe to use on your pet, and in your pet’s belongings like bedding for flea control. This means when your dog gets fleas you no longer need to make an appointment and wait in line to take him into the groomers to be dipped. You can treat your pet safely and effectively at home, along with all its belongings so it doesn’t get re-infested from its own bedding. The can has been designed to spray in any position, even upside down so that you can make the most of your treatment and use it exactly where and when you need to use it.

Targeted pests include:

Flies, mosquitoes, hornets, wasps, biting midges, flying moths, cockroaches, ants, spiders, silverfish, crickets, centipedes, carpet beetles, bed bugs, fleas, brown dog ticks, exposed thripes, leaf-hoppers, spotted mites, lacebugs, aphids, caterpillars, climbing cutworms, Japanese beetles, Mexican beetles, mealy bugs, soft brown scale, tent caterpillars, canker worms, and  garden webworms.

Guarantee:

Pyrethrins………………………….025%

Piperonyl Butoxide……………1.25%

Net weight 400g  $24.95

Pest Product Spotlight: Pro Pyrodust

Pyrodust
For control of all crawling insects.

Pro Pyrodust

This product is made from an African flower, Chrysanthemum cineraraefollium. Its manufacturers boast that it has a very low mammalian toxicity. It is effective against crawling insects including ants, bed bugs, beetles, boxelder bugs,  cockroachesearwigs, and silverfish. This product is great for treating beds, coaches and other areas not treatable by liquid insecticide.

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Bee FAQ

Q. Each day, we have up to ten bees in our basement where our children play. We capture them and release them outside. Is it possible that we have a bee’s nest somewhere in the house? Can a professional tell where they’re coming from?

A. A professional will look for entry points around the perimeter. There could be a nest in your walls. Check for gaps around plumbing hose bibs, dryer vents or other possible gaps in your exterior walls.

Q. We have suddenly noticed an odd shaped Bee Hive in our Maple Tree. The bees (black) fly in and out. Definitely does not look like a regular bee hive with honey in it. We are not sure how to get rid of it or even if it is wise to touch it. Please advise.

A. They could be hornets which can be dangerous if provoked.

Q. For the last three years around the middle of August I get wasps swarming above my front door near the eaves. Why would they do this? A. They may have a nest in the soffit or they may be gathering wood to make their paper nest.

Q. There is a lot of bees or wasps that fly in and out of a cement slab. The slab is lifted a bit and the pests seem to come and go and then are quiet during the evening they haven’t stung yet but fly towards and around you when you get near. I sprayed a bunch of raid wasp and bee nest under and all around the slab at night nothing came out while I was spraying, but now there seems to be more activity and more flying and hovering around the slab.

A. You could try filling the hole with sand but they may find another exit or create one. Ground wasp nests can be difficult to eliminate because the actual nest may be some distance from the entry hole. Aerosol sprays can not reach the nest. A residual insecticide dust available to licensed professionals is a better choice.

Q. I am looking for a good residual insecticide product to spray these carpenter bees. Also I understand there is a powder that works to control the larva. I got some pest control people over but I am concerned that these bees may return and want to get the right product.

A. Most insecticide sprays available to the general public have little residual effect.  Please see our website www.pestservices.ca/products.aspx.

Q. I have a wasp nest. The entrance is a small hole in the siding of my house, beside my front door. The information I have read says that they will not use this place next year, so it is possible to leave it alone and the problem will fix it’s self next year?

A. Wasps do not go back to an old nest next year. Plug up the hole in the winter.