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.
These days when I’m responding to quote requests, I’m more often giving two prices – one if the job is at “your convenience” or a discounted price for “at ours”.
Guess it wouldn’t hurt to explain that!
Your convenience means you want to be there, with a set appointment date and time and all that fun stuff. For some jobs, such as carpenter ants, bedbugs or mice, obviously since we need entry, most times those are going to have to be appointments.
But for exterior only jobs like spider sprays, “at ours” makes scheduling ever so much easier. I put them on his calendar off to one side and pull them over around other appointments to where they best make sense. And/or, when we get a few in a particular area, I plug them into empty spaces as a group. Flexibility helps us for scheduling, and it also means that when an urgent call (that almost always means bedbugs) comes up, we can often get to it faster.
I do still let you know, usually a day ahead, when he is planning to come so that you can make sure windows are closed, though.
Either way, Cottage Country Pest Control is happy to help you with all of your pest control needs. Just give us a call at 705-534-7863, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or fill out the quote form and I will be happy to add you to Ross’ calendar.
It’s that time of year and flies are coming out of the woodwork…literally. In cottage country the most common fly we see is the Cluster Fly
Cluster Flies are about 8 to 10 mm (.31 to .39 inches) long. They are dark grey, with black and silver (non-metallic) checkered stomachs. You can tell them apart from house flies in a couple of different ways:
their wings overlap when they are at rest.
they are larger, darker and slower-moving
tend to “cluster” in groups
give off a sickly-sweet odour when disturbed.
They are most commonly found in houses that are surrounded by large lawns or open parks. Cluster flies hibernate in wall voids, attics, closets, and empty rooms. They tend to leave stains on walls and curtains and if they die in areas that can not be accessed – can attract other pests like larder beetles which will feed on the dead flies and then work their way through the rest of your home.
If you have a problem – it will present itself in the most obvious way as the days become warmer and the flies become more active. You will see them gathering in windows or around well lit areas.
Prevention and control can be an arduous task as these little pests can access your house through the tiniest places. Give Ross a call at 705-534-7863, or email us at email@example.com – and he’ll be happy to give you a hand.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org – he can help with the crunch.
In our neck of the woods pests are INEVITABLE especially when you don’t live here all year round. There are two ways people deal with this problem – WHEN it happens – or BEFORE it happens.
What do WHEN it happens – bees, wasps, shadflies, bed bugs, fleas, spiders, mice, bats or ants – what ever it is, YOU got them!!! Give Ross a call and we’ll come and solve the problem.
Calling Ross BEFORE it happens, is an alternative solution that has many different upsides. At Cottage Country Pest control, we use what’s called Integrated Pest Management systems to effectively control and eliminate the pests that are specific to your environment before they become a problem.
We believe that an ounce of prevention is always better than a pound of cure – especially when it comes to your homes, families and pets. A preventative (non-reactive) approach to caring for your property will you give peace of mind knowing that:
You won’t have any surprises when arrive for the weekend with guests in tow and
We’ve used an environmentally friendly approach to dealing with the problems – so you and your family are not exposed to unnecessary chemicals.
How our service works:
Inspection – to find out what, where and why
Sanitation Recommendations – to eliminate pest food and havens
Exclusion – Keep pests out by screening and sealing
Cultural Controls – to change what people do that create the pest problems
Biological Controls – attack pests where they live with biological measures
Judicious use of Pest Control Materials on an as needed basis rather than liberally applying as is done in the case of an emergency
Education – if you understand the causes of the problem, you can prevent it from happening.
Communication – We make sure you know what’s being done, when it’s being done and why it’s being done.
Whether you are a WHEN it happens or a BEFORE it happens kind of person, know that the problem is INEVITABLE and we can help. Give us a call 705.534.7863 or send us an email email@example.com.
A common saying between parents and their children…but a not so funny situation if you have them.
Bedbugs are tiny little bugs with no wings that feed on the blood of humans and their pets at night. These mini vampires can live as long as a year and half without feeding and are very difficult to get rid of because of this. In addition their size and flat shape allow them to hide behind wallpaper and in tiny little places that are hard to reach.
Bedbug bites may take up to 14 days to appear and are normally found around the face,chest arms and legs – but can appear anywhere on the body. Most people do not have severe reactions and an antihistamine and/or antibiotic creams usually do the job. Should you have more than an itchy bite – please seek medical care.
If your are a DIY kind of person…because we always try to provide a DIY option – trying to get rid of these little bloodsuckers is a nightmare akin to cockroach control and after looking at the suggested process – you won’t be saving any money and the rate of failure is high.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and Ross will be happy to help
Well, one way that this spring is different already is that we are getting calls about spraying homes and cottages for spiders much sooner than usual. Still a little early to start spraying, but certainly happy to provide estimates and add you to our list of places to be done when conditions are right.
Even though the treatment is typically called a spider spray, and the primary benefit is that no spiders = no web mess so everything stays much cleaner, the product used does also affect other insects as well. Because of that, and because it offers residual protection for several weeks, it can also help to keep other bugs on the outside where they belong. In our area – Tiny, Tay, Muskoka, Simcoe, Huronia – carpenter ants are becoming so common that an extra layer of protection is definitely a bonus!
As annoying as they can be, we need insects – but outside is clearly better!
For spider sprays or any other pest problems, give us a call at 705-534-7863, or email us at email@example.com and Ross will be happy to help.
Did you remember to change your clocks forward? And the batteries in your smoke detector?
The lake in font of our place still looks more ice than water, but it’s definitely on it’s way toward thawing. Won’t be long and it’ll be time to get the docks out! We try to do that early, because once the spiders and carpenter ants come back, Ross has several weeks of way too busy to get much of anything else but pest control done.
If the docks are in before then, he can head out for a bit of fishing in the evenings when he gets home, at least. And of course, I’m looking forward to an extended season for kayaking.
It will be interesting to see how the mild winter impacts the pests. We’ve already seen a huge increase in squirrel calls this year – and it was the first year since we’ve been doing pest control where we’ve had calls for carpenter ants right through the winter! It seems they managed more activity given the mild temperatures – which may mean more & more active colonies this spring. We shall see.
But not to worry – we are here to help! Just give us a call at 705-534-7863, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. There’s also a quote form you can use – which reminds me, I need to tweak that some.
We cover a fairly wide are that includes Severn, Tiny, Tay, Simcoe, & most of Muskoka and we are happy to offer environmentally responsible pest control at your convenience.