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Big and Black? Some Carpenter Ants Characteristics

 

“Big and black” are the two common most terms home and business owners use to describe Carpenter Ants, especially during the busy spring mating season this year.

 

Carpenter Ants find there ways around Whistler, Squamish and Pemberton´s forested areas by there heightened sense of sight and sense of smell, chemical tracks (pheromones) and even use visual reference marks. Causing great damage, these pesky riff-raff nibblers create pathways or congregate in similar areas digging galleries in wood, earth, insulation and other building material mostly due to heat provided from structures.  Isn´t that disturbing they congregate in areas that many of us call home or work?

 

After many years of study it is noticed, when looked at closely Carpenter Ants have hues of red, and brown and can congregate in the 50,000 range.



 

Carpenter Ants are also found behind bathroom tiles; around tubs, sinks, showers, and dishwashers; under roofing, in attic beams, and under sub-floor insulation; and in hollow spaces such as doors, curtain rods, and wall voids; and are about 1/4″ to 3/4″ in length.

 

Contact us any time with your carpenter ant problems for an easy solution and protection against your home or business and be safe from future attacks today. (604) 849-5416 in Squamish and (604) 364-7417 in Vancouver or tristan@crittergetritter.com

 

 

 

Highlights from the Canadian Pest Management Associations Annual 2012 Conference

 
2012’s Canadian Pest Management Association’s conference was a great event and included speeches and presentations from leading bed bug researcher Dr. Dini Miller (Virginia Tech) and carpenter ant and ant entomologist Dr. Laurel Hansen (Spokane Falls CC).  Please check back over the next couple weeks for greater highlights and contact Tristan any-time for your Whistler, Squamish and Pemberton pest control needs.

 

Monster Flea that sucked blood of Jurassic dinosaurs

 

 

Fleas are a common Whistler, Squamish and Pemberton Pest Control Critter we deal with.  Usually associated with cats and dogs; spread at pet day cares; from mice, rats and other mammals; or from the microscopic larvae and pupae anywhere food is available, such as in animal fur, or any other forms or organic matter (fences, dead insects, vegetable matter).  It is common for the larvae and pupae, where a large portion of there life is spent, to wait over winter until they hatch when they sense a host is near.  They also avoid sunlight and like sand, cracks and crevices, and bedding.  Using non-toxic methods we can easily remove fleas, there eggs, larvae and pupae if you have a problem.

 

A few months ago, a major Flea find was discovered near Daohugou (Northeast China), that was a part of the  Middle Jurassic (176-161million years ago) and Lower Cretaceous period further confirming dinosaurs are not the only creepy critter in existence during prehistoric times.  The female fleas were a much larger size than today’s 5mm length, nearly 4x at 20mm while males were 15mm. Nature journal, who published the study shows the pesky vermin were not able to jump, however there remains show they were specially adapted to feed off there prey. Check it out below here:

 

 

Picture of fossils discovered (not to scale)

 

Picture of today’s common cat or dog flea flea under the 200x electron microscope

 

If you ever have flea questions or problems please do not hesitate to contact.  Using environmentally friendly pesticide free methods we can solve your flea problems in about 4 hours at a cost that is affordable to all.

 

Cool Critters! Black and Rufous Elephant Shrew

The Black and Rufous Elephant Shrew (Rhynchocyon petersi), known to Africans as the Black and Rufous Sengi, is one of 16 species of elephant shrew currently identified and alive in Africa today. It is the first of many articles included in our new ´cool critter´ series leading and supporting global and local environmental protection, sustainability and information on the help and encouragement of local and worldwide biodiversity while educating others. It eats insects and small mammals (especially the Black Rat) as well as vegetation which could lead to another critter get ritter cutting edge solution to sustainable forms of using bio-control for pest control…

Including its beautiful red, brown and black fur is quite a massive (11inch, 1-1.5lb) size difference compared to the local identified British Columbia Sea to Sky shrews and voles which really shouldn’t be confused at all since all the elephant shrews belong to different family or order.

Sea to Sky shrews or shrew voles (family Soricidae) are small mole like mammals classified in the order Soricomorpha who dont need to gnaw on things but have sharp, spike-like teeth, unlike the gnawing front incisor teeth that can cause pain on rodents and thus damage to strutures. Be sure to hit us up soon for more articles on cools critters, forms of bio-control pest control and other neat Whistler, Squamish and Pemberton pest control blog articles.