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CARPENTER ANT MANAGEMENT

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There are several nonchemical measures that can help prevent infestations:

  • Trim tree branches and shrubs away from structures to prevent access;
  • Seal off potential entry points such as where utility lines enter a structure;
  • Reduce mulch around building perimeters to a depth of 2 to 3 inches to discourage nesting;
  • Eliminate any earth-to-wood contact of structural elements that might promote wood decay;
  • Replace decayed or damaged wood and correct problems that cause decay such as clogged rain gutters or leaky pipes;
  • Increase ventilation to damp areas such as attic or subfloor spaces;
  • Store firewood off the ground and several feet away from structures; and
  • Remove potential food sources inside a structure and store them in tightly sealed containers.

Most carpenter ant inspections and perimeter treatments start at around $100 bucks.  Thanks!

Our Favorite Snack: Ants on a Log

A nutritious alternative here are some tips for Ants on a Log:

Ants on a log are a timeless classic that have recently been enhanced with advances in nut butters and chunky versionsdifferent flavors of chocolate (white, milk, dark), butterscotch and carmel chips; and, other topping technologies such as chocolate sauce, whip cream, butterscotch, honey and more.   Here is our favorite version with some nutritional information:

1) Cut large, organic, slightly under ripe Banana Into Flat Pieces.

Tips on Banana’s, the glycemic index and our health:

It is a myth that bananas should always be kept at room temperature and not in the refrigerator, where there is also less of a  risk of Fruit Flies laying eggs.  Although the skins will turn black in the refrigerator, the fruit will spoil less quickly, and under ripe banana’s have a lower glycemic Index due to the resistant starches our bodies lack the enzymes to digest.   This being said, although the sugar levels and glycemic indexes vary, all banana’s are a very good source of vitamin B6 and a good source of vitamin C, potassium, and manganese.  More here: http://www.glycemicindex.com/

2) Spread Chunky Almond Butter Evenly Over Banana Pieces.

3) Insert Dark Chocolate Chips. And:

4) Enjoy!!

 

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Rat Facts

When you think of rats, what comes to mind? The fabled giant rats of New York City sewers? The leader of the teenage mutant turtles Splinter?   Your friends pet?  What-ever it may be, there are many types of rats: kangaroo rats, Norway rats, cotton rats, pack rats, wood rats, greater stick-nest rats, roof rats, naked mole rats and even the giant Mallomys rat. These fur laden critters are instrumental in helping researchers develop medical cures, and despite the fact that they are not considered as cute and cuddly as hamsters and gerbils, rats are affectionate, intelligent, friendly creatures. To learn some facts about the amazing animal that is the rat continue reading.

 

Rats are not very picky omnivores. They have poor vision, they’re colorblind, and they mostly rely on smell and whiskers to sense what is going on. They have some very strong teeth and can chew through wood, metal, even concrete. They’re also highly social, enjoying play and cuddling with other rats. They develop deep bonds with their rat pack, and if a member of the group becomes sick they will care for it. A lonely rat is an unhealthy rat. It will quickly develop uneasiness and depression.

 

Unlike dogs, rats enjoy chocolate, and it won’t hurt them. They love games and are as highly curious as cats.  They even enjoy snuggling up on your lap while you watch a movie or read a book.  While they chow down on Ritter and other types of chocolate bars, they do not have thumbs or canine teeth, and can be selective on what they eat.  From mating to hook-up rats will find mates quickly, and more often than not, get there freak on before you even know what’s happening, in as little as 2 seconds. They can go with out water longer than a camel, and fall 40 feet without being injured. In North American culture a rat is associated with dishonesty and cunning, but in other cultures, particularly Asian, they are viewed with favorable characteristics like honesty, hard work, intelligence and good luck. They’re not considered dirty or undesirable and are actually very clean. The Year of the Rat is the first year of the Chinese zodiac they are even an important part of eastern spirituality.

The rats of New York are infamous, from foot-long critters living in Central Park tree´s, attacking people, taking up residence in the rubble of 9/11, and popping up out of toilets.   They are associated with a disaster that claimed 1/3rd of the global population during the spread of the Bubonic Plague in medieval Europe.  Yet they have changed the course of history for the better. They exposed the squalor of Chinatown in San Francisco, driving rent strikes in the 1960s and there amazing memory, rapid learning ability, curiosity, hardiness and friendliness make them ideal for research and service to humans. They can sniff out land-mines, bombs and identify tuberculosis; they can be used in search and rescue however unfortunately for them, they’re also very tasty. Pets, medicine, helpers, and yes – dinner.

Whistler (604) 902-7417
Squamish (604) 849-5416
Vancouver (604) 364-7417
E-Mail: [email protected]

 

Dryer Vent Cleaning

 


Who Needs Dryer Vent Cleaning??

Everyone´s dryer will run run more efficiently with yearly dryer vent cleaning, if you dryer vent is over ten feet long it becomes a very serious fire hazard if left unserviced. Do not fall victim to this the costs are too high!

Call Critter Get Ritter today.

You will be amazed at the difference a clean dryer vent can make.

1) Reduce your risk of a dryer fire.

2) Drastically lower your power bill.

3) Your dryer will last longer with less repairs.

4) Your clothes will dry faster with less lint left on them.

5) Clogged vents cause dryers to overheat.

6) We strive to commit to competitive pricing.

The process pays for itself

 

 

 

 

The European Fire Ants

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The European fire ant, first recorded in North Vancouver in 2010, has since been confirmed in Whistler, Squamish and Pemberton thus encouraging us to write this blog, keep the public informed and encourage there removal, prevention and thus there total eradication  It is believed this species is native to Europe and Asia but was first introduced to eastern North America around 1900 around in the Boston area and has since spread to thousands of areas where habitat reaches greatest potential.   This aggressive, swarming and biting small insect critter prefers our moist environment, making irrigated properties, gardens and moist wet areas on the West Coast an ideal place to become established.  Colonies can reach densities of up to four nests per square metre, hindering gardens, lawns and parks potentially unusable for normal activities even impacting agricultural crops where they may even displace native ants in their natural environment.

Here is a tip:

1) Make your property less favorable to fire ants, not moving soil, mulch or plants from infested areas; and

2) Contact a local professional.

 

 

Bat Pictures

 

 

Check out these bat pictures:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more local bat information and Whistler, Squamish and Pemberton sustainability check out our former blog http://crittergetritter.wordpress.com

 

 

Rodents…looking for a home to raise their family.

 

Big and Black? Some Carpenter Ants Characteristics

 

“Big and black” are the two common most terms home and business owners use to describe Carpenter Ants, especially during the busy spring mating season this year.

 

Carpenter Ants find there ways around Whistler, Squamish and Pemberton´s forested areas by there heightened sense of sight and sense of smell, chemical tracks (pheromones) and even use visual reference marks. Causing great damage, these pesky riff-raff nibblers create pathways or congregate in similar areas digging galleries in wood, earth, insulation and other building material mostly due to heat provided from structures.  Isn´t that disturbing they congregate in areas that many of us call home or work?

 

After many years of study it is noticed, when looked at closely Carpenter Ants have hues of red, and brown and can congregate in the 50,000 range.



 

Carpenter Ants are also found behind bathroom tiles; around tubs, sinks, showers, and dishwashers; under roofing, in attic beams, and under sub-floor insulation; and in hollow spaces such as doors, curtain rods, and wall voids; and are about 1/4″ to 3/4″ in length.

 

Contact us any time with your carpenter ant problems for an easy solution and protection against your home or business and be safe from future attacks today. (604) 849-5416 in Squamish and (604) 364-7417 in Vancouver or [email protected]

 

 

 

Sugar Ants: Pavement, Argentine, and Pharaoh

We fight the small sugar ants very often, and as eco-friendly operators, we rarely spray poison for these little guys because it alone doesn’t work!! Fortunately, we have a few other things that do.

Ant baits are a kind of poison that these ants take back to the nest. In most cases these method’s are not 100% environmentally friendly, but provided the the poison can be kept in good area’s that are close to monitoring (discreet locations: away from water, pets and where they are most effective: inside the ants). This area’s includes areas where kids won’t find them: behind the washer and dryer, for example because ants will most likely go where kids, pets and potential predators can’t. On your own you can search the Internet for boric acid bait recipes or, for not a lot of money we can solve your problem a lot easier and effectively. We do not recommend buying the tiny tin ant baits from home hardware type stores. In the end you will more than likely spend a similar amount to what a professional charges.

Here is a brief take on types, and how to get rid of Sugar Ants:


1) Pavement Ants: Sweet boric acid based ant baits should do the trick for pavement ants over a period of 7-10 days depending on the size of colony and a few other factors. The pavement ant is the most common sugar ant to invade local home and businesses in the area as well as across North America. In different continents sugar ants have different behaviors and the species in Australia where ants, spiders, and termites are in huge numbers pavement ants are amongst the largest insect species known. This being said, you may be familiar with these tiny dark little pavement ants excreting small mounds in the sand near sidewalks, driveways, and sides of buildings. Above is a picture:


2) Pharaoh Ants: Sweet baits, again, should suffice as proper ant control. This ant is particularly obnoxious because of its persistence in getting what it wants, and it will eat just about anything: sugars, proteins, you name it. In some instances, these ants are found in hospitals where sterilization standards are not good. The Pharaoh Ant is often blamed for transferring dangerous bacteria like Staphylococcus and Psuedomonas, according to different medical offices. Again sweet baits placed near trails or high ant traffic areas are the most efficient form of control.


3) Argentine Ants: A combination of protein-based and sweet baits may be effective ant control. It is believed argentine ants were accidentally imported by coffee shipments to New Orleans circa 1891. These little feisty critters have since been destroying North America’s environmental and ecological balance by killing off native ant species, thereby starving the natural predators of these species. They also form a symbiotic relationship with aphids (a common garden pest), tending to and even transporting aphids in return for the sweet secretions the aphids produce. Argentine ants will eat just about anything they can get their grubby hands on, and they are a particularly social species of ant that “teams up” with other colonies nearby. Broadcast baiting with insecticide granules seems to be the most effective way to get rid of argentine ant colonies outside, while sweet baits help to control Argentine Ants inside.