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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Common Pests on Prince Edward Island
When you rely on the safe production and storage of food, there is no tolerance for contamination or disease causing pests. Grain beetles, flour beetles, meal moths, and weevils can be a year round nuisance. Food storage and processing facilities need an integrated pest management solution that takes these and other common pests into consideration.
As winter approaches, mice and rats look for shelter from the elements. In general, any opening that can fit a mouse or rat’s head can be used as point of entry. The average rat can squeeze through openings as small as ½ an inch wide, while mice need even less. Taking actions such as plugging entry points, improving sanitation, and setting bait and traps can go a long way in preventing an infestation. It is also important to keep sources of food such as bird seed, dog food, and grains in sealed containers.
Biting flies thrive in warm temperatures with relatively high humidity. Common biting insects in Atlantic Canada include deer flies, sand flies, black flies, and mosquitoes.
While the male deer flies collect pollen, the females are known for biting into flesh to feed on blood. Bites from deer flies can be extremely painful and severe allergic reactions can develop. The most common symptoms are pain and itching sensations.
Sand flies can refer to various species around the world, but the sand fly found in Atlantic Canada is a species of biting midge. Sandfly bites can leave itchy bumps which are several times worse than mosquitoes.
Climate and Geography
Living on Prince Edwards Island brings its own rewards and challenges throughout the years. An average of 85 centimeters of rain falls on the island each year, and a further 280 centimeters of snow! Of course, the precipitation supports local plant life, wildlife, and even pests. Local temperatures are greatly influenced by the surrounding seawater, remaining cool in the spring and warm in the fall. Weather in the late winter and early spring is volatile and can switch between heavy rain and snow in a matter of hours. Summer temperatures reach the mid-20s and rarely exceed 30 degrees.
The main island’s coastline has a variety of geographical features including long beaches, salt marshes, red sandstone cliffs, and sand dunes. Local geographic features play a role in determining the types of pests residents are likely to see.
About Prince Edward Island
Canada’s 7th province, Prince Edward Island, is separated from New Brunswick and Nova Scotia by the Northumberland Strait. The province is known for its pastoral scenery and lush agricultural lands. Local farming, tourism, and fishing industries dominate the economy. The island produces almost one quarter of all the potatoes consumed in Canada, which bring one-third of the total farming income to the province.
Prince Edward Island is also known for being environmentally “green”. Non-refillable beverage containers, such as aluminum cans and plastic bottles, were banned to protect the environment and the local economy. PEI currently generates 30% of its electricity from renewable sources, primarily wind power.
Prince Edward Island is the most densely populated and developed province. Its population of nearly 150,000 inhabitants occupies less than 0.1% of Canada’s total land area.
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