Whistler pest control
There are several nonchemical measures that can help prevent infestations:
- Trim tree branches and shrubs away from structures to prevent access;
- Seal off potential entry points such as where utility lines enter a structure;
- Reduce mulch around building perimeters to a depth of 2 to 3 inches to discourage nesting;
- Eliminate any earth-to-wood contact of structural elements that might promote wood decay;
- Replace decayed or damaged wood and correct problems that cause decay such as clogged rain gutters or leaky pipes;
- Increase ventilation to damp areas such as attic or subfloor spaces;
- Store firewood off the ground and several feet away from structures; and
- Remove potential food sources inside a structure and store them in tightly sealed containers.
Most carpenter ant inspections and perimeter treatments start at around $100 bucks. Thanks!
Our Perma Guard Diatomaceous Earth has no expiration date! It is already been fossilized as shell remains on the bottoms of fresh water lake beds thousands of years old.
Diatomaceous earth is the remains of microscopic one-celled plants called diatoms that lived in the oceans and lakes that once covered the western part of the US and other parts of the world. Classified as a prehistoric algae, they are like the grass of the oceans, rivers and lakes and were fed upon by the oceans early grazers.
RECOMMENDED DAILY RATES: Kittens – 1/2 teaspoon
Cats – 1 teaspoon
Puppies – 1/2 to 1 tsp.
Dogs under 35 lbs. – 1 teaspoon
Dogs over 35 lbs. – 1 tablespoon
Dogs over 100 lbs. – 2 tablespoons
Cattle, Dairy Cows, & Hogs – 2% of dry feed ration
Chickens – 5% in feed
Goats & Sheep – 2% in grain
Horses – 1/2 to 1 cup in daily ration
*Humans – 1 to 2 heaping tablespoons daily
Most dose by mixing food grade diatomaceous earth in a glass of water before bed or first thing in the morning, well before breakfast, to allow diatomaceous earth time to move through and absorb toxins from one’s digestive tract without interfering or absorbing nutrients from foods or liquids.
EXTERNAL APPLICATIONS FOR LIVESTOCK, BARNS, COOPS, KENNELS, & LITTER BOXES:
Use DE throughout the barn, coops, pastures, and grazing areas. It keeps flies from laying eggs and developing. It is excellent in the fowl coops – on the ground, in nesting/dusting boxes, brans and coops to prevent lice and mites.
Apply to kennel areas to help reduce odors, and especially if moist in the area to dry.
It will keep your kitty litter box dryer too
A small amount of food grade DE applied to livestock water keeps algae from growing on hot summer days.
Our Perma Guard is great for compost piles, to prevent breeding, control odors and keep the disease and toxins down!
If you are building a new home, or structure apply our DE on the inside of the walls, in the attic, and other areas. Prevent any pesky critters from starting up. Apply to baseboards, where floor meets wall, under appliances, inside cabinets and drawers, inside wall outlets, lightly in carpeting, and anywhere you might be having or at some point have an insect problem.
YARD, GARDEN, & LANDSCAPE APPLICATIONS:
DE’s minerals are great for the yard and gardens. DE has a pH of 8.0 so alkalizes the soil.
OUTDOOR CRITTERS AFFECTED: Ants, carpenter ants, fire ants, caterpillars, fleas, ticks, bed bugs, cockroaches, snails, spiders, termites, scorpions, silver fish, lice, mites, flies, centipedes, earwigs, slugs, aphids, Japanese beetles (grub stage), bed bugs, fruit flies, beetles, tree borers, stink bugs, squash vine borers, thrips, loopers, and much more!
Perma Guard diatomaceous earth contains 15 trace minerals including: calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, copper, zinc iron, phosphorus, selenium, and more
After a couple weeks use people constantly note shinier coats, better health, production, and even more positive attributes in their animals and self who are fed food grade diatomaceous earth regularly.
FLY CONTROL: Sprinkle DE on livestock when flies are present. Dust barns, and coops, after animals have been through to reduce flies and breeding. When you feed it to dogs, cats, and livestock it comes out in the manure and prevents flies from growing in the waste.
GRAIN STORAGE & PROTECTION: Since it is “food grade”, makes no difference in taste or cooking quality, yet adds 15 trace minerals but will remove any bugs.
Suggested grain storage use: 1 cup of DE will protect 50 lb’s of grain — 5 cups.
DETOX & CLEANSING BENEFITS: Food grade diatomaceous earth has been reported in scientific literature to absorb methyl mercury, e-coli, endotoxins, viruses (including poliovirus), organophosphate pesticide residues, drug resides, and more! It detoxifies the body.
There are some features about Perma Guard that correspond with its ability as both a digestive aid, a colon cleanser and cholesterol reducer. The honeycomb skeletal form of diatomaceous earth is found to reveal a tendency to become filled and clogged with hard debris such as yucky intestinal scale.
· Dehydrates internal & external worms and parasites;
· Controls bugs: fleas, flies, ants, bed bugs, ticks, mites, lice, aphids, silverfish, spring tails, etc.;
· 15 trace minerals – healthy & natural for animals, humans, plants, and soil;
· No feed withdrawal for milk or feed animals;
· Decreased disease and infection;
· Decreased mortality;
· Better feed conversion;
· Helps detox heavy metals, e-coli, bacteria, viruses, etc.;
· Promotes shinier coats, skin, nails, hair;
· Digestive aid;
· Colon cleanser;
· Helps stop feces, dirt, and rock eating;
· Better production;
· Eliminates pests in stored grains;
· Reduces odor;
· Drying agent;
· Reduces moisture content;
· Anti-fungal properties – good for gardens & ponds;
· Reduces overall stress;
· Cost effective; and
· DE means a reduction in vet bills, feed bills, and disease; and increase in health.
1kg. / 2.2 lbs. $19.95
2kg. / 4.4lbs. $34.95
22.7kg. / 50 lbs. $74.95
Perma Guard DE is Health Canada, as well USDA, FDA & EPA approved. Its the purest form worldwide, and a top seller. Perma guard is not comparable to big box Home depot, Canadian tire or home hardware DE brands. It dissolves in water in 30 seconds!
Available USPS, Canada Post and Priority International.
Prevention and deterrence are key to ensuring effective pest control and why we encourage our local regular inspection and a proactive and preventative programs. Preparing your home prior to pest or wild-life invasion is the best way to avoid damage and inconveniences. Critter Get Ritter is the only pest control company based and from Whistler, Pemberton and Squamish. We also offer not only pest control inspection, but the chimney, vent, roof and fireplace inspection with installation available as well. Now about the free tips!
- Ensure your garbage container is secure;
- Do not leave garbage outside;
- Do not apply bone meal or fish fertilizer to your gardens;
- Harvest gardens and fruit from trees when ripe; do not allow fruit to accumulate on the ground;
- Take down bird-feeders in spring and summer, make sure there is no over-spill and use is monitored;
- Keep yards clear of unnecessary clutter; and
- Contact us (604) 902-741.
A nutritious alternative here are some tips for Ants on a Log:
Ants on a log are a timeless classic that have recently been enhanced with advances in nut butters and chunky versions; different flavors of chocolate (white, milk, dark), butterscotch and carmel chips; and, other topping technologies such as chocolate sauce, whip cream, butterscotch, honey and more. Here is our favorite version with some nutritional information:
1) Cut large, organic, slightly under ripe Banana Into Flat Pieces.
Tips on Banana’s, the glycemic index and our health:
It is a myth that bananas should always be kept at room temperature and not in the refrigerator, where there is also less of a risk of Fruit Flies laying eggs. Although the skins will turn black in the refrigerator, the fruit will spoil less quickly, and under ripe banana’s have a lower glycemic Index due to the resistant starches our bodies lack the enzymes to digest. This being said, although the sugar levels and glycemic indexes vary, all banana’s are a very good source of vitamin B6 and a good source of vitamin C, potassium, and manganese. More here: http://www.glycemicindex.com/
2) Spread Chunky Almond Butter Evenly Over Banana Pieces.
3) Insert Dark Chocolate Chips. And:
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January 13th, 2014
Canadian Green Building Council
47 Clarence Street, Suite 202
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9K1
Congratulations on developing and contributing to the conservation of our environment and your recent accomplishments including rapid cumulative growth during the past four years, as well as awarding the skilled local contractors over the major corporate big city contractors. It is also great that your organization and green building designations achieved great recognition when Vancouver achieved the ‘Best Green Building Policy’ in the world Greenest City 2020 Action Plan World GBC Government Leadership Awards. We commend your designated achievements and look forward to hearing more about the council in the future, nice work!
Our Canadian similarities are futile compared to the USA Green Building Council and LEED, including other international developing green building groups and UN associations. We know more could be done to develop an iconic vivid heritage that has ensured our survival during our country’s past 300 years during our growth and development. What is the Canadian Green Building Council doing differently to keep our iconic Canadian culture and heritage alive, functioning, conscientious, alert and unique in their own building and manufacturing practices? What is done differently that justifies your organizations current growth?
We seem misdirected moving away from the simple building materials, including those reused or derived more sustainably from forestry, and mining, especially where shut down and in operation during the past. It is an embarrassment that iconic Canadian building standards like wood and solid fuel burning; as well as cultural heritages and history of: fisheries and oceans; agriculture and farming; and trapping, hunting and fur trading are not mentioned on your website, reports, and certifications. It is sad and disappointing that more Canadian organizations, industries, and councils such as yours are not getting more involved in this, and that our future generations cannot wake up and not see what it might have been to be a Canadian a hundred years ago, or more. Too many are already experiencing what is not truly iconic or a part of our traditional heritage and culture and your organization is doing little to nothing about it.
What can be done to revert our great nation back to the international recognition it deserves, as a country of survivors and pioneers who thrived on survival and self-sufficiency in our cold and remote climates? Canada is not the source of “Arctic Cold” but of rich resources and independent spirit that can be built upon using the tenacity of natural materials, and continuance of organic skills and experiences. Historically we have achieved this and created our identity as a nation of haves, not dependant upon greater industrialization but our interdependent survival aptitudes.
As a committed, young, experienced entrepreneur and professional, the quality and type of the ingredients makes the best flavor: a willingness to serve others, communicate and recognize customers, communities, countries and those from overseas thus ensuring needs are met and exceeded by the preeminent. Without distinctive partisan leadership and action, including diligent and energetic staff desiring to lead and construct a truly Canadian Green Building Council your future may yield frustrations, and defeat. Your organization can provide endless potential, but we demand your ability to construct uniquely Canadian structures and identities derived from our heritage and culture thus truly enjoying our green iconic identity where communities can thrive and survive in there own natural environments. Survival through endurance bonds a unique prosperity others will only desire when we can build upon and share.
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-- Tristan Galbraith Critter Get Ritter (604) 902-7417
When you think of rats, what comes to mind? The fabled giant rats of New York City sewers? The leader of the teenage mutant turtles Splinter? Your friends pet? What-ever it may be, there are many types of rats: kangaroo rats, Norway rats, cotton rats, pack rats, wood rats, greater stick-nest rats, roof rats, naked mole rats and even the giant Mallomys rat. These fur laden critters are instrumental in helping researchers develop medical cures, and despite the fact that they are not considered as cute and cuddly as hamsters and gerbils, rats are affectionate, intelligent, friendly creatures. To learn some facts about the amazing animal that is the rat continue reading.
Rats are not very picky omnivores. They have poor vision, they’re colorblind, and they mostly rely on smell and whiskers to sense what is going on. They have some very strong teeth and can chew through wood, metal, even concrete. They’re also highly social, enjoying play and cuddling with other rats. They develop deep bonds with their rat pack, and if a member of the group becomes sick they will care for it. A lonely rat is an unhealthy rat. It will quickly develop uneasiness and depression.
Unlike dogs, rats enjoy chocolate, and it won’t hurt them. They love games and are as highly curious as cats. They even enjoy snuggling up on your lap while you watch a movie or read a book. While they chow down on Ritter and other types of chocolate bars, they do not have thumbs or canine teeth, and can be selective on what they eat. From mating to hook-up rats will find mates quickly, and more often than not, get there freak on before you even know what’s happening, in as little as 2 seconds. They can go with out water longer than a camel, and fall 40 feet without being injured. In North American culture a rat is associated with dishonesty and cunning, but in other cultures, particularly Asian, they are viewed with favorable characteristics like honesty, hard work, intelligence and good luck. They’re not considered dirty or undesirable and are actually very clean. The Year of the Rat is the first year of the Chinese zodiac they are even an important part of eastern spirituality.
The rats of New York are infamous, from foot-long critters living in Central Park tree´s, attacking people, taking up residence in the rubble of 9/11, and popping up out of toilets. They are associated with a disaster that claimed 1/3rd of the global population during the spread of the Bubonic Plague in medieval Europe. Yet they have changed the course of history for the better. They exposed the squalor of Chinatown in San Francisco, driving rent strikes in the 1960s and there amazing memory, rapid learning ability, curiosity, hardiness and friendliness make them ideal for research and service to humans. They can sniff out land-mines, bombs and identify tuberculosis; they can be used in search and rescue however unfortunately for them, they’re also very tasty. Pets, medicine, helpers, and yes – dinner.
The European fire ant, first recorded in North Vancouver in 2010, has since been confirmed in Whistler, Squamish and Pemberton thus encouraging us to write this blog, keep the public informed and encourage there removal, prevention and thus there total eradication It is believed this species is native to Europe and Asia but was first introduced to eastern North America around 1900 around in the Boston area and has since spread to thousands of areas where habitat reaches greatest potential. This aggressive, swarming and biting small insect critter prefers our moist environment, making irrigated properties, gardens and moist wet areas on the West Coast an ideal place to become established. Colonies can reach densities of up to four nests per square metre, hindering gardens, lawns and parks potentially unusable for normal activities even impacting agricultural crops where they may even displace native ants in their natural environment.
Here is a tip:
1) Make your property less favorable to fire ants, not moving soil, mulch or plants from infested areas; and
2) Contact a local professional.
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Spotting a rat in Alberta is a rare and frightening occurrence. Since the 1950s, the province has boasted about its rat-free status, crediting an aggressive extermination program.
But the province’s famous “rat patrol” is stumped after rats were found in Calgary and Medicine Hat.
About 60 rats have been killed in a Medicine Hat landfill since a colony was discovered there last week. Six rodents were spotted in the city and another 16 emerged in the surrounding Cypress County.
Single Norway rat sightings have been reported in the area since spring.
On Friday, Calgary city officials said a resident found a dead rat near his property. The Animal and Bylaw Services Department suspects the rat was an escaped pet.
Agricultural fieldmen known as the “rat patrol” eliminate rats within a designated control zone 600 kilometres long and 30 kilometres wide along the province’s eastern boundary.
Alberta says such measures have prevented an estimated $1 billion in damage that would have been caused by rats over the last five decades.
Bull snakes will be taken to the landfill where the rat colony was found so they can eat any remaining rodents. Traps and cameras have also been set up to track the vermin.
“They do carry disease. That’s another main reason they are on the pest list,” said Jason Storch, an agricultural fieldman in Cypress County. “They are a real nuisance.”
Animal control officials say one pair of rats can begin a chain of breeding that spawns up to 15,000 offspring a year.
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For more local bat information and Whistler, Squamish and Pemberton sustainability check out our former blog http://crittergetritter.wordpress.com
Bears are commonplace in Whistler, across fairways and under chairlifts over mountain bike trails the delight of tourists who’ve never seen such wild things, as well as locals, bears are seen quite commonly eating ants, berries and grass; grazing, and even sometimes passed out under a tree.
This Sundays occulter, when police responded to a call from a man saying: ¨he´d been sitting in a hot tub when a blow pushed him from his perch and he turned around, bleeding and confused, to find himself staring at a black bear…
Police quickly responded, and killed the bear saying it was a risk to the public: “In the case where the bear came close to a residence and injured someone who was sitting in a hot tub … in that case, it’s a little more serious, and for that reason the bear was destroyed,” Inspector Chris Doyle of B.C.’s Conservation Officer Service said on Monday.
The incident required 12 stitches to the lower mainland residents face where the bear was located 100meters away from the incicdent near the vilages popular Marketplace area and the man was alone and not eating anything when attacked.
The incident is slightly unusual because it does not involve the bear being surprised – as can happen in the backcountry when hikers stumble between a mother bear and her cubs – or “attractants” such as garbage or pet food. It is believed the hot tub or hot tub cover could have been giving off a sort of formic acid smell that attracted the bear. This is to be determined, and debatable however it is know bears are attracted to this bitter scent given off from dead, crushed, high protein ant that probably tastes quite good to them…
Conservation officers will perform a necropsy to try to determine what could have influenced the apparent healthy Males attack. The bear had not been previously tagged as one involved in conflicts with humans.
Biology professor at the University of Northern British Columbia Ken Otter, speculated that it could have been a case of mistaken identity.
“If you think about what the bear was seeing, he could have been seeing just a small object close to the ground,” Mr. Otter said, adding that bears prey on small mammals such as cats or groundhogs.
On average, more than 800 black bears and 40 grizzly bears are killed each year in B.C. Most of those cases involve bears that get used to food sources such as garbage, backyard fruit trees or compost bins.
“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 email@example.com
During dark, sometimes rainy and creepy nights, these masked furry faces wander our Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton communities. The Raccoon (or procyon lotor) are known as the original members of the procyonidae family that lived and are believed to have originated in Europe 25 million years ago.
They enjoy a healthy life span of about 16 years, with sizes ranging from a meager 8 to a healthy 20 pounds. Gestation often takes place in the spring and is about 65 days, with between 2 to 5 kits being born and nurtured there on.
Sadly, hunting and traffic are the most common forms of death here in the wilds of our Sea to Sky corridor but about five years ago there was also a mysterious disease that wiped out many out.
Though previously thought to be solitary, there is now evidence that raccoons engage in gender-specific social behaviour. Related females often share a common area, while unrelated males live together in groups of up to four animals to maintain their positions against foreign males during the mating season. Like bears and other mammals, fathers are fended away by the mother because quite often, he will kill the kits, or young raccoons, so he can reproduce continuously.
Not only are there love for garbage and recycling a problem and commonality with bears, molecular analysis actually indicates a close relationship so please read on, and remember to lock and secure all garbage and recycling areas.
Territorial home range from 7.5 to 100 acres for females and 20 to 200 acres for males, hence lady raccoons are definitely home-bodies and not into relocating. Relocating or killing these critters should only be handled by professionals, and on the grounds of animal welfare doing so without is forbidden. Some experts have even challenged these arguments and give advice on feeding however it is our opinion that they belong in the wild, and do not make pets. Once they are no longer babies, around there first birthdays, they are active, and independent – and yes, if their natural independence is thwarted they will become very destructive and bite the hand that feeds them.
When raccoons create nests, they like a safe, protected, sheltered and warm place. They tear up soffits, attics, chimneys, foundations, and can cause extensive damage to gardens and homes. They can bite and scratch transmitting rabies, leptospirosis and other parasites such as the common flu.
If you have questions or information on raccoons and there sightings you can contact us anytime. Thank you, Critter Get Ritter
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.
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.
Doing your best to keep rodents and other small critters out of your structures while also using less energy, and money just became a lot easier. Critter Get Ritter Pest Control in Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton has a special offer that using some special skills and tools can assure your home or business a better place (and hopefully special too):
Believe it or not small rodents can squish through tiny gaps as small as a pencil width often nibbling or chewing there way through just about anything. To stop dirty filthy and unsanitary rodents, we have thrived on hands on mechanical work such as installing door trim, re-aligning doors, and replacing trim on sliding screen doors. Structural repair and work is often the foundation for any IPM (integrated pest management) program especially when your pest control technician is skilled in carpentry and handyman work.
Other critter problem areas can include areas on exterior buildings where gaps are left like between siding and panels, where foundations meet framing, slabs meet siding, soffits, roofs and so on. If you ever have questions about exclusion, rodents; and even bats, raccoons and squirrels, please contact us any time.
Research in Science suggests that rats are capable of a human characteristic: empathy. The study below tested response when a fellow rats was trapped, and they found that not only do they spend time and energy deliberately helping the trapped companions, but they would even share food after rescuing them.
Using a small square arena, with a cage in the center; rats were trapped, and sometimes not. When another 2nd rat was released, it would either wandered around of let his fellow rat go (Traps release mechanism eventually picked up in the 12 day study).
The rats were noticeably agitated when one was trapped, and tended to circle the center, dig, and call to the trapped; when the cage was empty, these behaviors were absent. Over the course of the experiment, the rats learned to open the cage, and became much faster at doing so. A extremely higher percentage that were inside the arena, with a trapped rat, opened the cage (23 out of 30); compared to the rats that were in the arena with an empty cage (5 out of 40). Clearly, these annoying little furballs are excited to open a cage when a fellow companion is stuck inside.
.::Interesting Fact::. During the 12 trials, female rats were more likely to open the cage than males were (100% vs. 70%).
Researchers then upped the ante with another 2nd trap filled with chocolate chips, (rats really like chocolate). Rats were as likely to open the cage with there companion, as they were to open the cage with the chocolate, suggesting that the motivation to free a trapped companion is about as strong as the motivation to eat the chocolate. Additionally, in more than half of the trials, the free rats shared the chocolate with the trapped rat after freeing it. The free rats actually ate fewer chocolate chips when there was another rat in the arena than they did when they were alone, indicating a willingness to share the bounty.
.::Interesting Fact::.We don’t know whether rats were trying to alleviate other rats distress, or to make themselves feel better about the whole situation…
In pest control, it is not often we do not deal with lady bugs. These little crits increase controversy when the pesky omnivores is considered a great tool for aphids however after its NA introduction in 1916, the harlequin lady bug (Harmonia axyridis), has taken over North America as the most dominant species. It also reached the UK in 2004.
When eggs hatch, the ladybug larvae immediately begin to feed and by the end of its three-to-six-week life, it may eat 5,000 aphids. There are about 5,000 different species of these insects, and not all of them have the same appetites. A few ladybugs prey not on plant-eaters but on plants. The Mexican bean beetle and the squash beetle are destructive pests that prey upon the crops mentioned in their names.
“Dear Predator I taste awful.”
Their distinctive spots and colors are meant to make them unappealing to predators, and they can secrete a fluid from joints which gives them a foul taste. A threatened ladybug may both play dead and secrete the unappetizing substance to protect itself.
When you think about Whistler’s fall and winter season, the top things that come to mind are back-to-school; football, hockey and sports; leaves changing colours, cooler temperatures with eventual large dumps of snow; and, finally ski & snowboard shredding. What you don’t want to think about is that scratching noise in your attic or walls; spiders, and silverfish in bathrooms; camponotus modoc’s (carpenter ants) at work in your crawl space; bushy tailed wood rats peeing everywhere and much much more . Fall and Winter are actually one of the busiest times for Whistler Pest Control Services as many flock to the small resort town in search for partying, powder, friends, family, food, drink and many other great times, yet ignore prominent problems that are best dealt with asap. This blog is a reminder of the things you don’t think about but allow Critter Get Ritter to, while also make Whistler, Squamish and Pemberton the top ski resort and back country destination in the world. Unlike the spring and summer when pest control is typically a concern, remember humans are not the only critters enjoying the temperate cool and snowy conditions and that we can be contacted at your convenience anytime.
A number of American Action Groups Such as the Pesticide Action Network have brought to our attention some astounding information on American Pesticide use. Working on the Canadian side of the Border, I can assure you we are not much better! Here we go:
Each year, an estimated 1 billion pounds of pesticides are applied to American farms, forests, lawns and golf courses. More than 17,000 pesticide products are currently on the US market.
*Notice Washington State Usage: This rate is large due to the large number of crops grown there, mostly apples where it is the largest North American State or Provincial provider.
Pesticide applicators, farmers and farm workers, and communities near farms are often most at risk, but studies by the Centers for Disease Control show that all of us carry pesticides in our bodies. Golf courses use pesticides heavily, so do some schools and parks. Consumers also face pesticide exposure through food and water residues. For instance, atrazine is found in 94% of U.S. drinking water tested by the USDA.
Something we stand behind is Agroecology. It is the science behind sustainable farming and this powerful approach combines scientific inquiry with place-based knowledge and experimentation, emphasizing approaches that are knowledge-intensive, low cost, ecologically sound and practical. What can we call structural pest control, an industry that per capita (see below) was amongst the highest pesticide (insecticide) polluting industries ever? Strucpestology. Something we practice everyday and you heard it here first!
Home use of pesticides — which on a per acre basis outpaces use on farms by a ratio of 10 to 1 — puts families across the North America at unnecessary risk.
Much of this information is courtesy the PAN (Pesticide Action Network) and EPA (Environmentally Protection Agency) in the USA and is based on Agriculture being roughly 95% of the market and Structural is 5%.
We are a Top Ten Finalist for Best Concept in the Successful You Awards. Here is a link to the Critter Get Ritter Page on Small Business BC: http://bit.ly/gCyfZnor http://www.smallbusinessbc.ca/around-bc/critter-get-ritter-pest-and-wildlife-control
On Friday it was confirmed we did not make it to the top 5 however we are quite proud of Tristan, his vision, and accomplishments after a busy and productive first ten months of business. We will continue to work with Leaders in the Community, Green Entrepreneurs and Small Business BC. Thank you everyone for your support!