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 Nova Scotia
Pests Commonly Found in Nova Scotia
The house mouse is one of the most common rodents found living near humans. They prefer navigating by touch and will attempt to maintain contact with vertical surfaces. Keeping a watchful eye for signs of mouse droppings along baseboards and the edges of large structures can help prevent infestations from growing.
Deer Mice have a similar appearance but are distant relatives of the common house mouse. Their name is in reference to their “deer-like” agility, being very capable of running and jumping in comparison to the house mouse. Deer mice are carriers of diseases such as hantavirus, Lyme disease, and others.
Black Rats, also known as roof rats, are long tailed rodents capable of climbing and building nests in tall structures such as trees and damaged buildings.
Brown Rats, also known as Norway rats, are nearly twice as large as black rats and can be grey or brown in appearance. Unlike black rats, they are known to burrow and near objects and structures. Finding fresh burrows near your home of outdoor fixtures may be evidence of brown rat activity.
Climate and Geography
Rainfall throughout the year ranges from 100 cm around Halifax to 140 cm in other areas. Heavy fog is a common occurrence for residents living near the southern and eastern shorelines. Halifax and Yarmouth experience nearly 200 foggy days each year. Nova Scotia finds itself in the path of many tropical storms and the remnants of hurricanes in the summer and autumn as three main air masses converge on the east coast.
Nova Scotia is located approximately half way between the north pole and the equator. Extending into the Atlantic ocean gives the province some protection from the extreme temperatures of a continental climate.
About Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia is one of the three maritime provinces in Atlantic Canada and consists of a mainland peninsula, Cape Breton Island, and several smaller islands. In the 1990’s, Nova Scotia’s cities were dissolved and incorporated into municipalities. The two largest cities, Halifax and Dartmouth, are now part of the Halifax Regional Municipality. Sydney joined the Cape Breton Regional Municipality.
The rich coastal marine life has been an important source of income for local fisherman and enables the province to be the world’s largest exporter of lobster. Life near the harbour brings unique challenges for pest management. The abundance of food and shelter from human activities can give pests everything they need to make themselves at home wherever we go.
The tourism industry plays an increasingly important role in of Nova Scotia’s modern economy. With 5 UNESCO designated sites and a rich heritage of both aboriginal and European settlements, keeping local service based businesses in the hospitality and accommodations free of pests such as bed bugs, ants, and rodents is more important than ever.
About Orkin Canada
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