Beekeeping

bees in hiveWell, I don’t know that I’m interested enough to spend money to set up hives – but did attend a beekeeping course this weekend. Mostly, I was hoping to get more information so that I’d be better able to help people that call about swarms of honey bees. We do get a fair number of calls about bees each year…. and have yet to find a beekeeper in the area that wants anything to do with them.

Fortunately, only some of them actually turn out to actually be bees – except in the case of swarms. Wasps of any variety, we have no qualms about treating, but with so much in the media about bees dying and how that will impact pollination and food production, we’d hate to harm any more than absolutely necessary.

Interestingly, one of the very first things I learned about bees is that they don’t actually belong here! Bees are imports; they don’t like Canadian weather. But they do so much good for food production that it’s worth it to continue to help them to survive here. And clearly, if’s very possible to do so, if one knows what one is doing (and is willing to invest the time & money to do things properly). And it can be a profitable enterprise as well.

I did not, however, learn a whole lot about dealing with swarms! Which wasn’t at all surprising, as it was an introductory course meant for potential beekeepers, not really for me. He did talk about when and how they happen though, and that, in combination with further research, has given me rather more to go on. Think I’d want to do a whole lot more learning before we would actually feel qualified to DO anything though.

And of course, there’s little/no point to collecting a swarm unless one has a place to relocate them to. Suppose we could purchase a hive and supplies and hope for a swarm call to come along – but that seems like a fairly big investment for something that may or may not happen.

Anyway, we shall see. For now, though, we shall continue on as we have been, which is to identify the pest, and figure out the best way to handle it. In most cases, a bee swarm really isn’t near as big a problem as people tend to think. They are in search of a new & suitable home, and as long as you’re not providing them with that, they will soon move along.

 

Carpenter ants!

Carpenter antsMy goodness, have we ever become inundated with carpenter ants. We are getting SO many calls from throughout Tay and Tiny Townships. They started early this year, and so many of them, we’ve been having a hard time keeping enough product in stock to treat them.

Could be worse though – from what I’ve been reading, some areas are starting to see increasing numbers of termites. We have never had a single call for those – and would rather like to keep it that way!  While both carpenter ants and termites can do a great deal of damage to a home or cottage, termites tend to do it faster – we can do without that!

Just because they’re slower, doesn’t mean you should ignore carpenter ants though! In addition to the structural damage they can do, and the very annoying noise they can make if you leave them untreated long enough, you just might find your cottage poked full of holes. Woodpeckers just love carpenter ants – and they can and will do a lot of

Woodpeckers are ~cute~ …sometimes!

damage very quickly once they discover them.

And of course, just like most everything else, it’s usually easier – and cheaper – to solve problems when they’re small. Do you suspect you have carpenter ants? Ross will be happy to help you with those – before the woodpeckers show up 🙂

Give us a call at 705-534-7863, or email me at ccpestcontrol@gmail.com. Or you can click on the quote form up there and get a guesstimate that way, too.

Have a great day!

Lauralee

 

Rain, Again!

It’s is grey miserable day here in Victoria Harbour today. Not raining right at the moment, but not exactly lets go out and enjoy the lake weather, either. Which bites, because it’s the first day Ross has had off in quite awhile. Well, mostly off. Somehow, he manages to find work no matter what.

I had been hoping to get out in the kayak, too – the water looks beautifully calm for a first outing of the year. Might go anyway, if the rain stays stopped for a bit. Got a few more tomato plants that need planting too.

Still lots and lots of carpenter ants in our area. They’re so bad now that even people who don’t have active infestations are concerned. And rightly so – it’s so much better (and cheaper) to deal with it before they become ensconced somewhere deep within your home or cottage. One option that we’re finding a lot more people appreciate this year is an exterior spray plus a side of ant bait.  Extra protection for only $50 more – and once you have an antopia in place, Ross will usually just keep filling ‘er up whenever he’s there to do your regular maintenance spray.

No matter what your pest problem is, if you’re in Tiny, Tay, Simcoe, Muskoka or even up as far as Parry Sound, Huntsville or beyond, there’s a very good chance that we can help. Give us a call at 705-534-7863, or email me at ccpestcontrol@gmail.com

Maybe I’m working him too hard?

Or maybe I just need to buy him a whole case of hats?

Poor Ross!  I’ve been keeping him hopping lately. He did get a day off – well, sort of off. He got to stay home and work on getting the dock in this weekend – does that count? I think he’d probably say no, but hey, we had helpers! And beer! And food! So that counts, right?

And the dock is – mostly – in; just a few floating bits to more into place and secure. He’ll soon be able to start fishing off the end of it. When he gets home. After lots of long days spent driving all over cottage country 🙂

Have been able to do a lot better scheduling than in some previous years, though. Today, for example, he was in Tiny. All over Tiny, but hey – at least all in that one general area. Tomorrow, weather permitting, he’ll be heading up to Gravenhurst area, I hope. And in between times, got lots of Tay Township, Midland & Penetanguishene area calls to get done.

Sure miss his helper though! He needs one to keep track of his hat(s), if nothing else!

Anyway, even though we’re crazy busy right now, I’m always happy to add more to his calendar – give us a call at 705-534-7863, or email me at ccpestcontrol@gmail.com.

And we’re off…. and running, that is

I finished work Friday – well, aside from dealing with ~I don’t like my mark~ emails!

It’s like y’all knew that – today has been hopping with lots of little-critter issues – and even better (depending on one’s perspective), the rest of the week is starting to fill up as well. Works for me – got lots of Judge Judy episodes to catch up on! Joking – I have plenty of other things to keep me busy in between your phone calls and emails.

Got pests? As long as they’re not the ones you brought into the world, give us a call and I’ll be happy to send Ross over to fix them for you: 705-534-7863. Or you can email me at ccpestcontrol@gmail.com, or use the handy-dandy quote form up there…whatever works.

Apparently a full day’s work means ~someone~ is hungry enough to start cooking his own dinner …. guess I’d best get moving.

Spring in Cottage Country!

Victoria Harbour ON

Kali and Aswell help He build docks

The lake is open, the ice is gone, and Ross has already started mucking around with pieces of dock. Some of it suffered damage and is going to need quite a bit of repair, apparently.  Trying to get that done before he gets so busy he doesn’t have time to do it.

We are already starting to get a fair number of calls and emails though – carpenter ants, already – and people wanting to know when we’ll start spraying for spiders. The answer to that is pretty weather dependent but every time I ask Ross, he says probably “mid-May”

I’ve started a folder for people who want to be among the first to be sprayed already though – so if you already know you’re going to want him, feel free to give me a call (705-534-7863) or email us at ccpestcontrol@gmail.com and I will be happy to add you.

Looking forward to hearing from you! Have a great spring 🙂

Lauralee

A new one on us: ermine!

I did not know that we had ermine in Central Ontario. Guess you learn something every day.

This little guy managed to find it’s way into a house in the Shelburne area  – and stayed for 3 days before getting the food he was after and taking off.

We’ve actually seen quite a few bigger critters around Hogg’s Bay this winter. Coyotes walking along the edges of the lake; almost always two together. A fox that comes right up into our yard to play with our dogs! And marten (or otters, maybe)? Have heard there’s a fisher around as well, although haven’t seen it. Have yet to see an ermine though – but since I guess their coats turn white for the winter, I probably never will. Unless one decides to come visit our house!

 

Time Flies

Yikes! Has it really been that long since I updated this blog? My bad!!

Wonder if we’d have been even more busy this fall if I had – but since we had a far busier than normal fall anyway, not going to worry about it too much. Things are slow now, which is generally a good thing … the only time we ever have a busy January – February is when there are lots of bed bug infestations, and nobody wants those!

Bedbugs, mice & fleas are really about all we have going right now – and not many of those, so Ross is getting time to work on his stained glass. He did his first snowshoe this week; turned out well. And found a new home already which is always a good thing – we’re kind of running out of windows!

We’re still around if you encounter any pest control problems – give us a call at 705-534-7863, or email me at ccpestcontrol@gmail.com and we’ll be happy to help.

And, of course, Happy New Year to you and yours.

 

Busy busy

wpid-milk-carton-with-missing-cell-phoneRoss is having a very busy day today!

We’re off this weekend – going to nephew’s wedding in Alliston for a couple of days, then to our friends’ cottage for one night (yes we live in a cottage in cottage country, but it’s different going to someone else’s 🙂 ) and then back in time for grandson’s birthday party Sunday evening.

So have been trying to get everything possible cleared out of the way before we leave. Lots of calls in and around Midland, Honey Harbour and Tay Township; many new, plus a few follow-ups (damn wasps!). All of which was going according to plan. Until yesterday afternoon, that is, when he got to the right road for an appointment in Port Severn and went to double-check the address on his phone. No phone!!!!

It is most definitely not anywhere in his car, and our attempts to re-trace his travels were completely and utterly unsuccessful. We even toured between here and Kirkfield (yes, we do go over that way on occasion, although it’s not really in our area) looking along the side of the road through a stretch, because according to the google maps timeline, he (or rather, the phone) went up to Kirkfield, then part way back and then it stopped transmitting. The PLACE were it stopped transmitting was nowhere near either of the two places he stopped along the way though, which was very weird. The trail stopped at a corner pretty much out in the middle of nowhere. *sigh*

Anyway, no phone. And several hours (for both of us) lost to hunting for phone. For some unknown reason, it wouldn’t show up in my phone locator thing-a-ma-jig – got to hate it when THAT happens!!!  For about the first half hour after he noticed it missing, I was calling it and it was ringing – but then whoever had it apparently turned it off and it started going right to voicemail. Me, at that point, I was pretty much convinced that the trip back to Kirkfield was not going to be successful, but he wanted to try so try we did.

Which meant that the 3 more jobs he had been going to get done yesterday have now been added to today. And I got to stay up late last night to get my marks finished and submitted and write a cover letter for a job I won’t get (but I’d LOVE to get it and I’d be AWESOME at it).

So now he’s out doing two days work in one (with my phone) and I should get off my butt and go find a big-enough box and wedding gift wrapping paper but I’m tired and clearly am going to need more coffee before that happens!

ANYWAY… how’s that for long, rambling & nothing much to do with solving your pest control problems? But of course, if you’ve stopped by because you do have a pest (other than the sort you married or brought into the world your self), we will be happy to solve it for you.

Just not today, and definitely not this weekend cuz Alex & Michelle are getting married!

We do have a friend staying here this weekend to watch the mutts and give the chinchillas their treats, and he will do his best to take phone messages, but chances are that phone calls likely won’t get returned until Monday, sorry.

However, I will have MY phone and will check and respond to email when I can. No reception at friends’ cottage last time I was there though, so that might be an issue. ANYWAY… I will do my best – and rest assured that by Monday we’ll be back and ready to solve your pest issues.

Have a great weekend!

Lauralee

705-534-7864 || ccpestcontrol@gmail.com

Wasps & hornets

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Having a really bad year for wasps all through cottage country this year… has been an issue all summer, but now as we’re heading to fall, just crazy!

And yes we treat them – but before you call us (or any pest control company) you should know that we can’t do magic!

We can treat existing wasp problems. Any wasps that happen to be there when Ross is will wind up dead.

We can use products that provide residual protection as well – so that the wasps that are out and about at the time will die if/when they return

Most often, we try to leave the nest in place – this is for two reasons:

  1. so that the wasps that come back get dead too, and
  2. because new wasps looking for a place to build are less likely to choose a spot that, as far as they know, is already occupied

The residual products, and the (dead/vacant) nests can help to prevent new infestations …. but unfortunately, not 100% and not forever. If there are a lot of wasps in your area, you will quite likely continue to see some wasps even after we’ve been there. If they land in the right place, they’ll die – but if they don’t, well….

So – if you’ve got a wasp, bee, or hornet problem, yes, we can help – but just so we’re clear, we can take care of your existing wasps only. We can not, do not, and will not guarantee that new wasps won’t show up at some point in the future.

Which is not to say that we won’t come back if need be – we do, as much as possible – but we tend to do those follow ups informally; he stops by if/when he’s in the area. BUT you should know that this is done as a courtesy (and because he really prefers to ~win~) not because of any guarantee. And sorry, but the further away you are, the better the chance that you’re likely to have to wait a bit for one of those courtesy (aka free) drop by’s.

If you’d like your existing wasp problem dealt with, please do feel free to give us a call at 705-534-7863 or email me at ccpestcontrol@gmail.com.