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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!

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.

 

Wild life News: Black bear mauls man in Whistler hot tub

 

 

Bears are commonplace in Whistler, across fairways and under chairlifts over mountain bike trails the delight of tourists who’ve never seen such wild things, as well as locals, bears are seen quite commonly eating ants, berries and grass; grazing, and even sometimes passed out under a tree.

 

This Sundays occulter, when police responded to a call from a man saying: ¨he´d been sitting in a hot tub when a blow pushed him from his perch and he turned around, bleeding and confused, to find himself staring at a black bear…

 

Police quickly responded, and killed the bear saying it was a risk to the public: “In the case where the bear came close to a residence and injured someone who was sitting in a hot tub … in that case, it’s a little more serious, and for that reason the bear was destroyed,” Inspector Chris Doyle of B.C.’s Conservation Officer Service said on Monday.

 

The incident required 12 stitches to the lower mainland residents face where the bear was located 100meters away from the incicdent near the vilages popular Marketplace area and the man was alone and not eating anything when attacked.

 

The incident is slightly unusual because it does not involve the bear being surprised – as can happen in the backcountry when hikers stumble between a mother bear and her cubs – or “attractants” such as garbage or pet food. It is believed the hot tub or hot tub cover could have been giving off a sort of formic acid smell that attracted the bear. This is to be determined, and debatable however it is know bears are attracted to this bitter scent given off from dead, crushed, high protein ant that probably tastes quite good to them…

 

 

Conservation officers will perform a necropsy to try to determine what could have influenced the apparent healthy Males attack. The bear had not been previously tagged as one involved in conflicts with humans.

 

Biology professor at the University of Northern British Columbia Ken Otter, speculated that it could have been a case of mistaken identity.

 

“If you think about what the bear was seeing, he could have been seeing just a small object close to the ground,” Mr. Otter said, adding that bears prey on small mammals such as cats or groundhogs.

 

“It could have taken a swipe at it, thinking it was a small animal – and then when [the man] stood up and yelled at it, it probably realized its mistake and ran off,” Mr. Otter said.

 

On average, more than 800 black bears and 40 grizzly bears are killed each year in B.C. Most of those cases involve bears that get used to food sources such as garbage, backyard fruit trees or compost bins.

 

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.