New & somewhat improved quote form

Made a couple of changes to the Quote form for your…well, no, really… my convenience. Added a spot for an explanation of when people choose “Other” and also made providing an email address required.

If by chance it was you that asked for a quote re: an 800 sq ft (water access) cottage recently and never got a reply, that would be why! No email address means I have no way to contact you.  Please do try again!

And thanks for motivating me to finally stop thinking darn, I need to fix that “Other” thing (which I’ve been doing for WAY too long) and getting me to actually get ‘er done.

In other news, we’ve had a very, very busy few days and even though I THINK I have everything sorted out now, I definitely couldn’t swear to it. If you are waiting for something from me, please do feel free to remind me!

You can always reach us by phone at 705-534-7863, or email me at ccpestcontrol@gmail.com .

 

Holy hopping!!!!

Has been SO busy ’round here – for days – and the phone just keeps ringing!

I feel bad that I need to head off to Oshawa to pick up my daughter’s car to bring back here…. but if you do need help with pests, please do email us at ccpestcontrol@gmail.com or call 705-534-7863 and Ross or I will get back to you as quickly as possible.

Even though we are hopping, we are still getting to most everyone within a day or two so no worries on that score. Well, except for you island people 🙂  Those calls take a bit more time & arranging – but we’re pretty much caught up on those right now too, so yay us.

Anyway, gotta go *sigh* I don’t wanna!!!!!!!!

Rainy days & spider sprays

Darn rain!!!

Got Ross’ calendar filled and then some – and the bleeping rain just messed that all up.

Truth is that it doesn’t actually have to bring everything to a standstill; rain doesn’t actually wash the product we use away once it’s set (about 20 minutes) …. so he COULD still spray and as long as it doesn’t pour immediately afterwards, it would work just fine.

BUT, we have discovered, people just don’t believe that 🙂

And since we want our customers to be happy and believe, yeah, we delay or reschedule exterior spider sprays on rainy days.

Fortunately for today, we had some carpenter ants and wasps we could move into the freed up space…. we’ll try again for sprays tomorrow if the weather cooperates…. weather network isn’t exactly being encouraging though!

If there’s anything Ross can help you with, give us a call at 705-534-7863, or email me at ccpestcontrol@gmail.com …. we’re pretty busy this time of year but we will fit you in one way or another. And yes, weekend appointments are available for you cottagers.

Answering the phone at Cottage Country Pest Control

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Just so’s you know, Cottage Country Pest Control is basically just Ross & I…. run from our home in Victoria Harbour. We do a pretty good job of making sure our phone gets answered when we can BUT I do teach in Barrie on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so if you’re looking for a quicker response then, email is often the way to go.

And THIS weekend, May 13 – 15, I need to go help my kids move to their new place in Oshawa, so …. yeah…. email is, again, the most likely to get the quickest response.

Of course, you can always leave a message on the phone and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Lauralee
705-534-7863

It’s about that crunch the morning after….

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It’s a beautiful morning in cottage country…you grab your coffee, eyes not quite open, and step out on the deck in your bare feet…and  “crunch” .  You just crushed a small but gooey number of the zillion shadflies that have magically appeared overnight and glued themselves to every square foot of your deck, your comfy chairs, your windows and your siding.

Since shadflies are attracted to light, there are a couple of things you can do to help keep them away from your house:

  • Try changing the colour of your bulbs from white to yellow, or even move your outdoor lights away from your cottage so that they won’t cling to your deck, windows and siding.
  • Close your curtains or pull your blinds after dark to prevent them from being attracted to the lights and gathering around your windows.
  • Insect light traps that use UV light may help to keep them away from the cottage.

The best way to clean them up – a broom and a dust pan.

Another alternative is to give Ross a call at  705.534.7863, or email us at ccpestcontrol@gmail.com – he can help with the crunch.

Pharaoh Ants…have migrated to Canada

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Pharoh ants

Pharoh ant

These small yellowish golden brown coloured tiny creatures are now making themselves at home in our homes,office buildings,restaurants, homes and hospitals.  Thankfully they don’t bite but they do spread diseases such as salmonella, staphylococcus, and clostridium, which may cause botulism …..nasty nasty stuff.

Typically all ant colonies are difficult to control…but these guys don’t recognize the difference between one colony and another.  Pharaoh ants are known for creating their nests in exceptionally difficult places for even pest control specialist to access.  They will travel along wires and pipes inside the walls, building multiple nests between the studs and in the insulation, causing some structural damage and have been known to forage as far as 115ft beyond their nest for food.

If you see one – you have a problem.   Trying to control the problem yourself by spraying or baiting tends to make it worse because of the way they nest – it’s like they have their own system of building their plan B – when you start working your plan A.

Things you can do to help control the problem are

  • clean up right after food preparation
  • Make sure your garbage cans have tight lids
  • Rotate your foodstuffs – first -in, first out
  • Sweep floors and counters to ensure all crumbs are removed.

Things you can do to eliminate the problem – a problem that gets worse and harder to control the longer you wait – call in pest control.

For Pharaoh ants, spider sprays or any other pest problems, give us a call at , or email us at ccpestcontrol@gmail.com and Ross will be happy to help

 

 

Winter weather fun

Well, it sure isn’t great weather for cross country skiing or anything! But the pests and critters seem to like it just fine. We are getting a lot more calls than we normally do here in cottage country Ontario in the winter. And not just for mice & bedbugs either!

There are a lot more small rodents around thanks to an extended feast the little rotters enjoyed this year. We’re getting calls for mice, squirrels, raccoons, and so on. Have had several calls re: flying squirrels lately, too. Cute little guys – but annoying as all heck when they take up residence in your attic.

It’s not just the rodents keeping us busy though. We’ve had quite a few re: carpenter ants and even spiders already. Don’t think we’ve ever had a carpenter ant call in January before.

If you have any sort of pest problem, feel free to give us a call at 705-534-7863, or email ccpestcontrol@gmail.com and we’ll be happy to help you with it.

Season’s Greetings

christmas mouseWishing you all the best of this holiday season.

And yes, in case you were wondering, we are still around and happy to solve your pest problems for you.

Give us a call at 705-534-7863, or email me at ccpestcontrol@gmail.com and I will be happy to send Ross out to deal with your mice, squirrels, bedbugs, whatever….

Wasp Sting Remedies:

Wasp Sting

Wasp Sting

There is nothing more disturbing, more frustrating, than having a picnic and having to deal with these nasty critters of which nature has created for a very special purpose. This purpose, unfortunately, has found a nasty way of interrupting our casual lives by being present at our most casual, open air activities. Picnics, as much as we adore them, can often be interrupted by this hard working little creature. They love our sweets, they love our aromatic foods, and the picnic as a whole, cannot truly be authentic without the presence of a wasp, bee, or any variety of stinger-carrying, kamaskaske insect. The WASP, as casual as it also may be, can inflict one nasty sting, and here we try to explore how to deal with this, what measures we can take to treat these stings, holistically, medicinally, and otherwise. Yes they hurt, but there are several remedies to alleviate the problem, if not avoid it altogether.

WHAT IS A WASP STING?

For millions of years evolution and natural selection have been producing stinging insects, stinging arthropods, snakes; you name it. We are all afraid of them, instinctively. For good reason these creatures are here. The animal and insect kingdom is rife with competition for survival. This is why we have the wasp, in all it’s terrifying glory, and it is here to stay. Let’s discuss the methods we have to alleviate the suffering of such a wasp sting. A sting is the insertion of the hind end “needle” which enters the skin of its victim; in this case, let’s say our arm for instance. The stinger becomes dislodged from the wasp’s hind end, and it is inserted into our skin. The sting comes from the wasp’s venom. The swelling is a response from our body. In rare cases, an allergic individual may have a much stronger reaction to this wasp venom than others. These are common, found all over the word, and found especially at our cottage retreats, summer homes, and playgrounds. There are commercial products, and more natural products as well, for the more homeopathic minded. Let’s first look at the common, off the shelf remedies and what they do, and how to use them effectively.

PATENT REMEDIES, OFF THE SHELF PRODUCTS FOR STINGS

The most common response is the use of a score of ant histamines; which cause a slowing of the swelling, but mostly alleviate the itchiness and pain/discomfort following the wasp sting. These come is a multitude of “flavours” and can be found at any pharmacy and advice at the pharmacy is freely given as to which may be the most helpful. Another item, which has seen a very popular growth in the past 10 or so years, is called the “epi-pen” As kids, we even had an old fashioned wonder we used called “Ozonol”

NATRUAL REMEDIES YOU MIGHT USE

WASP!

WASP!

Remove the stinger; sometimes scraping with a fin edged item such as a credit card works well. Applying ice to reduce swelling is also a very effective way of keeping it from growing and getting more painful.

Of course, it’s always better to avoid getting stung in the first place! If you have problems with wasps nests, Ross at Cottage Country Pest Control can help. Drop us an email at ccpestcontrol@gmail.com, call us at 705.534.7863, or request a quote.

We cover a fairly wide area of Central Ontario, including Tiny Township, Tay Township, Muskoka, Simcoe County, Severn & Honey Harbour – and even way up there past Parry Sound to Sprucedale.

Powder Beetles

Powderpost-Beetle  Powder Beetles (otherwise known as “Powderpost Beetles”) are similar in appearance, at first glance, to a cockroach. They are not as dark, or shiny in appearance, but in size, they are a pretty good match. This beetle, in the woodboring family which consists of many differing varieties, is from the family (Latin) of Bostrichoidea. They are responsible for mainly attacking deciduous trees, and their larvae appear as small white, and ‘C-shaped’.

You can be sure you have an infestation if you find holes in your trees, with trails of powder, or dust, as this is the result of their burrowing. These beetles are: Reddish to brown in colour, have six legs, 1/8 to ¼ inch in size, they do have antennae, and are found throughout the U.S and Canada alike. They do have a liking for hardwoods, and can be found (in the midst of an attack) on hardwood floors as they are thin and lay eggs within cracks found, leaving a powdery substance to cover the larvae. It has been often claimed by official sources that these beetle are only second to termites in their possible destructiveness.

How to control, or get rid of these pests

 Although some deciduous trees are immune, most are not. The common treatments used consist of wood preservatives, and a pest control substance called “Boron”. The wood preservatives used for deciduous trees are fairly common, and have been in use for several years. They are not difficult to find. It is advised, in all cases of pest control, to consult with your local Pest Control company in order to have any treatment applied. Deciduous trees have been preserved when having limbs removed, and having a coating of various combinations of tar substances, to seal off the fresh cuts. This can be very effective at blocking that vulnerable area. These beetles must be found by vigilant inspection of hardwood inspections, especially in vacation properties which may not be inhabited full year. I am referring to cottages, or summer residences. The first measure of control is:

 

REDUCING MOISTURE & PROFESSIONAL TREATMENT:

Central heating, vapour barriers, and proper ventilation is an excellent start at prevention of infestations

Do not store valuable items in sheds, or barns, or improperly sheltered attacks, this is a common source for these beetles to accumulate

Items such as unfinished furniture (un-painted, non-varnished etc) may be treated with a substance known as Tim-bor or Boracare

Contact your nearest Professional Pest Control Center for consultation. This is always the very best option. These Beetles are clever, and the tools required to rid them of the destruction caused, the burrowing, and the destruction of your furniture, hardwood floors, and deciduous trees requires the eyes, and tools of the pros. They can be eradicated, fully, if one is diligent at identifying them, and then calling your pest Control specialists to eradicate the issue!

If you think you may have powder post beetles in your home or cottage, give us a call at 705.534.7863. Or email us at ccpestcontrol@gmail.com. We will be happy to help you solve your problems.