Got Bedbugs?

bedbug-150x150Not that its much consolation, but you’ve got lots of company right now at least … we’re getting a lot of bedbug calls this week…  a couple in Barrie, and others in Waubaushene, Victoria Harbour and Penetanguishene.

The sad reality is that anyone can get bedbugs – it really is more a matter of bad luck than any other factor.  They can be brought home in any number of ways – in luggage, clothing, a library book…. once they’re in though, they are major pain in the butt!

If you have found bedbugs – or maybe not yet found them, but suspect you might have a problem (keep in mind that not everyone reacts to bites) give us a call at (705)534-7863, or email us at and Ross will be happy to help you.

If you have not had a problem and would like to keep it that way, there are strategies which can help you to minimize your risk. For example, when travelling, check the corners of mattresses for any evidence of bedbugs (dirty brown/red spots around corners, seams) BEFORE you bring your luggage in.

But with so many possible ways of transmission, you might also want to consider in-home prevention/early warning measures. You can purchase bedbug moats, which go under the legs of the bed to trap the little ~darlings~ … or another approach Ross recommends is to wrap the legs of your beds in double-sided sticky tape. He also notes that bed skirts that touch the floor be avoided, and that, if possible, beds not be touching walls. And of course, good quality bedbug covers for mattresses and pillows are a good thing.

If you have questions or concerns about the possibility of bedbugs in your home or cottage, please don’t wait – the earlier an infestation is treated, the better!

Mouse Call!

With the temperatures starting to dip as we approach the colder months, mice are searching for a warm and safe place to spend the winter and continue to raise their young. Houses, cabins, and storage sheds all offer protection from the elements for these tiny creatures, and most offer a steady supply of food.

The house mouse (mus musculus) is a small rodent with beady small eyes, relatively large ears, and weighs in at less than an ounce. They are typically dusty gray or brown in colour, with lighter underbellies. With its keen senses and inquisitive nature, the mouse is very adaptable to indoor living and will take advantage of this living arrangement whenever the opportunity presents itself.

Mice are reportedly able to squeeze through openings as small as 1/4 inch and thus any unsealed openings, such as from utility lines or pipes, make the shelter easily accessible. Once inside, mice are able to procreate quickly and under ideal living conditions, a single mated pair can produce 100 direct offspring within their lifespan. Each offspring reaches sexual maturity at 5-6 weeks of age which can result in a large population within a very short period of time.

Damages and risk factors from a mouse infestation include:

Food Losses Food loss occurs not only from actual consumption by the mouse population, but also contamination from feces and urine resulting in pantry items and feed, such as grain and pet food, needing to be discarded.

Structural Damage Mice gnaw and chew on a wide variety of items for numerous reasons. They often make nesting material from insulation or upholstery furniture. They may also chew through electrical wires, resulting in not only costly repairs, but also fire hazards.

Noise and Odour Despite their small size, mice can be quite noise intrusive, especially at night when they are most active. It is not uncommon to hear mouse activity in the walls and bare floors as they navigate their way throughout the house. Urine and natural oil build-ups along common travel paths can result in a persistant, musky odour.

Health Issues Mice can carry life threatening viruses such as Hantavirus and Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis. Seemingly healthy rodents may not show any symptoms, but humans can become ill from direct contact with mouse droppings or fluid secretions from infected animals. Hantavirus can also be contracted by inhaling ‘nest dust’ – airborne particles from decaying fecal matter. Salmonella bacteria can be spread on food prep surfaces if the mouse tracks fecal matter with it’s paws.

Don’t invite mice into your home this season… Call Cottage Country Pest Control at 705-534-7863, or email us, to book your fall pest control maintenance service.