Q. Can bats carry West Nile Virus?
A. No, although bats may eat thousands of mosquitoâ€™s each year they cannot transmit WNV to mammals, including humans.
Fact: More people in the United States die each year contracting rabies from dogs than those that die from rabid bats.
Q. I’m hearing a loud animal chewing in my wall and above my bedroom in the middle of the night. I think I have a raccoon or squirrel.
A. If the noises are happening between 1-4 am and are definitely gnawing noises that go away when you bang on the ceiling you more than likely have mice. When the house and the outside environment are quiet the noises sound exaggerated and a mouse can sound like a squirrel.
Fact: One female mouse can have up to 20 000 off-spring during an average life span of one year.
Q. I have thousands of ladybugs in my windows every spring, what procedures do you use to spray for them?
A. Sorry, but there are no pesticides registered in Canada with ladybugs listed on the label, making it illegal to treat for them.
Better than killing them buy some moss from a local nursery, mist it with water and place it in a Ziploc bag. Collect the ladybugs and place them in cold storage until they can be released in the garden at springtime.
Fact: Pigeon carry over 50 known diseases, viruses and parasites that affect the health of humans.
Q. We have noticed about 30-40 bats coming out of one location by the chimney each night. Do we have to be concerned about any possible health hazard?
A. As beneficial as bats are in capturing mosquitoes they can pose a health hazard when their guano (droppings) levels begin to build up. Both Histoplasmosis and Blastomycosis can be deadly with our freezing winter temperatures the majority of these viruses are killed off. We would recommend a thorough inspection of your attic and the exclusion of bats from your house. See information on bat houses at www.batcon.org
Fact: Male bats, Little Brown and Big Brown bats only join the females and their young in the late summer to fall.
Q. We are having a large outdoor wedding party and want the area to be mosquito free. What procedures and pesticides do you use?
A. The procedure/treatment will take place the day before the event. The product we use is Mosquito Barrier, made from garlic juice and 100% organic so that all your guests will be safe. This product has been newly proved by Health Canadaâ€˜s strict guidelines to repel mosquitoes.