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 Ontario
Pests Commonly Found in Ontario
Ants are some of the most difficult pests to eliminate. They are social insects that build colonies and are typically found outdoors but they won’t hesitate to come indoors in search of food or when seeking locations for a new colony. Carpenter ants are particularly troublesome because they can weaken buildings and structures by boring into wood. Unlike termites, carpenter ants do not eat the wood but create galleys and chambers for their colonies. Preventing severe damage from carpenter ants requires a watchful eye on the structure and exposed wood for signs of an infestation.
Spiders are common throughout Ontario, and especially from Windsor to the Niagara and Golden Horseshoe region. Spiders feed on insects and are considered beneficial to the environment. Large populations of spiders found indoors can be due to recently hatched eggs or may indicate a structural or pest problem in the building.
There are many species of wasps in Ontario and each has its own characteristics. For example, yellow jackets will typically build their nests close to the ground while paper wasp nests can be found on tree branches and under the eavestroughs of homes. European Paper Wasps are an invasive species in Canada that are often misidentified as “yellow jackets”. Wasp stings can deliver a painful sting numerous times, and some species will aggressively chase nest intruders.
Bed Bug Issues in Ontario
Bed bugs have been busy! The number of infestations has increased rapidly over the past few years and there seems to be no end to the list of places where they can be found. They can hitch a ride from homes to hotel rooms, lobbies and lounges, and everywhere else people go. Orkin Canada has certified K9 teams which specialize in accurate bed bug detection. We use the best tools to identify a potential infestation before it becomes a problem, assessing the evidence and recommending the appropriate treatment if it is required.
Climate and Geography
Southern Ontario contains the vast majority of the residents, and an estimated 12 million people live in the lower portion of the province. The great lakes to the west and south of this region have a significant impact on the overall precipitation, particularly with lake-effect snow. The additional precipitation generated in the winter months can lead to local flooding and an increase in pest related problems for inhabitants during the spring.
Northern Ontario’s climate is characterized by extremes in temperatures, very cold winters and very hot summers ranging from -40° C to +30° C. Harsh conditions don’t necessarily mean fewer pests. As many insects are capable of surviving through the cold weather at different stages of development.
Ontario is home to over 40% of Canada’s population, and is the second largest province in size. The province’s economy is driven primarily by manufacturing and service industries. Most of Northern Ontario lies on the Canadian Shield, a region rich in mineral and metal deposits.
The Golden Horseshoe is one of the most densely populated areas in Canada with 5 of the top 10 largest municipalities, including Toronto, the 4th largest city in North America. With urban and suburban environments on the banks of The Great Lakes and over 270 wildlife conservation areas, residents can expect almost any type of pest or wildlife.
About Orkin Canada
We are a leader in the development of advanced, environmentally responsible pest control techniques. Orkin Canada’s headquarter is located in Mississauga, in addition to nine locations spanning from Sudbury and Barrie to Ottawa, St. Catharines, and London. For more information about the services we provide, please click one of the following links.
Wildlife Pests in Ontario
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