Ants and mice are moving inside and wildlife may be looking for potential harbourage areas. Spiders are constructing egg sacs and mosquito activity is increasing. House fly activity can be expected. Commercial accounts will need to be aware of increased small fly activity. Nuisance wildlife, such as squirrels and chipmunks, will be much more noticeable.
Pest, Bird and Wildlife Control in British Columbia
Pests Commonly Found in British Columbia
Spiders… they’re practically one of the seasons in British Columbia. While they’re rarely considered a pest, you don’t want to see them in your home. There are over 700 species of spiders in the province which help control the populations of flies and other insects.
Wolf spiders can be found throughout the world, so it’s not surprising to find them in British Columbia. Wolf spiders don’t hunt in packs and actually lives most of their lives alone. They rely on camouflage to pounce on their prey, ranging from small insects and other spiders to small mice and birds. Symptoms of a wolf spider bite are typically limited to swelling, mild pain, and itching.
Some species of black widow spiders can be found in B.C., and have gained some well earned notoriety. Of all the species of spiders in North America, the “widow spiders” are among the few that can really harm humans. Their venom contains neurotoxins which can prove fatal in children and the elderly, but immediate medical attention should be sought in all cases. Black widow spiders have a distinctive red marking on their abdomen which looks like an hourglass.
Cellar spiders are one of the most common species found in homes across Canada. They are often referred to as “daddy long-legs”, which is a name also used for harvestmen and crane flies. Cellar spider webs are irregular and have no discernible patterns. While they do possess fangs and venom, only a temporary and mild burning sensation can felt.
Climate and Geography
Many Canadians have long envied the mild, rainy ocean climate of the west coast. Heavy rainfall in the winter seems like a small sacrifice to pay for less snow. But those very conditions are just the perfect combination for pests who could not survive the harsh and dry winters experienced in most of Canada.
Almost every corner of British Columbia experiences its own climate. Due to successive mountain ranges, and the resulting change in altitudes and precipitation, many regions in the North, Central, and Eastern parts of the province range from semi-arid to sub-tropical climates. Despite these variations, much of the province is covered in thick forests. Sustainable forestry initiatives have protected natural habitats of the local wildlife, a major contributing factor to the outdoor recreation and tourism industries.
About British Columbia
Our sixth and western-most province, British Columbia, is nestled between the Pacific Ocean and Alberta. Most of the 4 million residents live in the lower mainland, with beautiful coastlines and mountainous backdrops. There is some confusion among non-residents regarding the capital of British Columbia. Although it is the largest city, Vancouver is not the capital. That designation belongs to the City of Victoria, which is located on Vancouver Island.
The province is Canada’s primary gateway to Pacific trade. Most of the goods traded with Asian countries travel through the port cities of British Columbia. As with harbours on the East coast, this presents some unique challenges for pest control. Stored product pests such as weevils, moths, and beetles can arrive with each shipment. Similarly, the abundance of water and lush environments makes it easy for cockroaches and rats to thrive. Keeping these pests in their place requires continuous monitoring and dedication.
About Orkin Canada
We are a leader in the development of advanced, environmentally responsible pest control techniques. Our branches in Burnaby, Coquitlam, Kelowna, and Victoria help us serve communities throughout the province. We even have technicians located in the Yukon. We go wherever we are needed to keep pests in their place. For more information about the services that we provide, click one of the following links.
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