Of Mice And Men (And Poop)

There’s a particular type of call we get at CleanStart BC around this time of year. It goes something like this: “Hi. I was doing some spring cleaning in our garage/basement/crawlspace, and I found what I think is some mouse poop…” The thing is, mice don’t like the cold weather any more than we do. … Read moreOf Mice And Men (And Poop)

Spring Cleaning

We wait all winter for spring. We brave the cold and rain stoically but we can’t help but feel relief when the calendar tells us it’s finally here. Spring has sprung and we don’t have a care in the world. Or do we? Someone, ages ago, it doesn’t matter who, coined the term “spring cleaning”. … Read moreSpring Cleaning

Spring Has Sprung

Spring has sprung. Or sprang. Or maybe springled? Anyway, while it may not feel like it, the warmer weather is on its way. And after a winter like the one we just had, I think we’ve earned a little sunshine. But we’re not the only creatures that come alive in the Spring. Any day now, … Read moreSpring Has Sprung

Flying ants invade Vancouver

Take a look at this story from the CBC. Warm summer days like the ones we’ve been having a perfect for what’s called a nuptial flight, when winged ants take to the skies to mate. In fact, a few days ago, while driving home, I saw two ants mating on the windshield of my truck! There’s … Read moreFlying ants invade Vancouver

Bedbugs like millionaires too

As this story shows, it’s not just people who live in undesirable buildings who get bedbugs. Even millionaire athletes can have problems with these blood sucking creatures. Earlier this year, Cleveland Cavaliers basketball player Kyrie Irving blamed a bedbug infestation at a hotel he was staying at for missing most of a game. Bedbugs eat … Read moreBedbugs like millionaires too

A good year for wasps

A good year for wasps; not so good for the humans that encounter them. According to this story, wasps and bees are especially numerous in Alaska this year due to a mild winter. We’re seeing the same phenomenon here in Vancouver. Wasp nests are bigger, more active and more numerous than this time last year. … Read moreA good year for wasps

A tricky wasp situation…

Check out this news story about a wasp nest in Qualicum Beach, BC. It’s a big nest, for sure, but not particularly unusual in that regard. What makes it tricky is that it’s hanging from a power line. This is often the case with wasps. Removing a nest is not that difficult, provided you have … Read moreA tricky wasp situation…

Dinosaur fleas?

Did dinosaurs have fleas? Surprisingly, yes. And, being dinosaurs, they were afflicted with dinosaur-sized fleas, ten times the size of our modern bloodsuckers. The degree of specialization in the insect world, even in the present, is astonishing, so I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised that dinosaurs had their parasites, just as all animals, including humans, … Read moreDinosaur fleas?

Manitoba’s insect invasion

Here in BC, we have our share of bugs. Especially in the summer, when we’re inundated with ants and wasps as well as the year-round problems like bed bugs, cockroaches, mice and rats. But spare a thought for the residents of Gimli, Manitoba, who are currently shoveling piles of dead fish flies into garbage bags. … Read moreManitoba’s insect invasion