Lyme Disease

In today’s follow up to the post on Ticks from yesterday, today I’ll be telling you a bit of information about Lyme disease. More specifically, what it is, where Lyme disease is found, the stages of Lyme disease, symptoms and treatment.   Lyme disease is caused by the bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to […]


Ticks are a pest that Integrated Pest Management is the best method when approaching how to handle them. If you are not familiar with IPM, then you can go back and read the previous post about what it is and how it works.   Ticks are closely related to spiders (ticks are part of the […]

Brown Recluse Spiders

The Brown Recluse Spider (Loxosceles reclusa) is also known as the violin spider or a fiddleback because of the violin-shaped markings they often have on their thorax. They are known to live in United States of America, Mexico and Canada. In Canada they are known to live southeast Ontario and southern parts of Quebec. They […]

Boxelder Bugs

At past home shows, we had a number of inquiries about what this bug “mystery bug” was. No one who asked us knew what it was called, they just had a description of what it looked like, so we ended doing some research using our handy bug books and were able to identify it as […]

Bed Bugs

Spring is here and soon it will be summer, which means that people will be traveling more, whether it is to a newly opened cottage or to visit family or whatever. That’s great but there is a downside to travel and no I don’t mean the packing and the leaving early to avoid traffic or […]

Happy Spring

Lovely weather we’re having, eh? Or not! Almost the end of March and still with the snow! On the plus side though, the weather means a later start to the majority of the pests that are a problem up here in cottage country… but of course, that’s a bigger plus for you than for us […]

Check your boat

One problem we had a run on last spring was raccoons in boats – momma raccoons who thought people’s boats were a really good place to set up shop and have their babies. Not that hard to get rid of, really – but they can do some damage better avoided while they’re there. SO – […]