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.
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The cold climate of Vaughan, Ontario, drives many pests into residents’ homes. Rodents such as mice and rats move into basements, attics, and pantries where they contaminate food and create unclean conditions by leaving behind their droppings and urine. Cockroaches cause similar problems with their filthiness. All these pests can spread a host of diseases, including food poisoning and dysentery, and carry secondary pests like fleas and ticks.
The significant amount of year-round rainfall in the city brings about other problematic pests. Bees, wasps, ants, and flies all thrive in the moisture and congregate in yards. All of these pests bite or sting and can cause deadly reactions in people with preexisting allergies. Termites are also drawn to the moist conditions in the city and are considered troublesome because they carve out tunnels in the support beams of homes and damage the structural integrity. Mosquitoes pester city residents in the damp summer months with their biting. They leave behind itchy red welts and can even spread diseases like West Nile virus.
People who live and work in Vaughan manage pest problems with a system called Integrated Pest Management. This system, also known as IPM, combines a variety of tools and techniques to make pest infestations less likely and minimize the amount of pesticide that must be applied in Vaughan. Homeowners can eliminate pest hiding places around the home. Firewood can be moved away from the home and stacked on a rack. This will discourage insects and spiders from nesting under the woodpile.
In flowerbeds, mulch can be raked at least 12” away from the foundation of the home. This will make it less likely that pests like millipedes, sowbugs, or earwigs will move from the mulch and invade the home. The 12” space also helps discourage cockroaches and ants from invading the home. Homeowners can trim tree limbs and shrubs so that they do not touch the house. This helps prevent insects and rodents from using the branches to get onto the house.
Homeowners can also discourage pests by closing entryways. Broken or missing weather stripping should be replaced. Screens on windows and vents should be repaired or replaced. Reducing exterior lights or changing bulbs to yellow “bug lights” will also make the home less attractive to insects and spiders.