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Diatomaceous Earth and Bed Bug Treatment

You may have heard of Diatomaceous earth as a homeowner’s remedy for bed bugs. Though, while some claim Diatomaceous earth gives people an eco-friendly, do-it-yourself option for treating these persistent pests with reduced risk, how effective is it really? What is Diatomaceous Earth? Diatomaceous earth is a mineral that is mined from the beds of long dried bodies of water. This off-white, powdery substance is composed of fossilized diatoms, microscopic single-celled algae with hardened ...

Rats in the City

The rat population in Hamilton appears to be on the rise, with no signs of slowing. The number of calls to Hamilton Public Health about rats has been steadily increasing since 2010, with the number of complaints doubling from 2010 to 2014, then doubling again from just 2014 to 2015. And the increase isn’t expected to slow down this year or next. But in truth, it might not be that the city’s rat population is actually growing rapidly, but rather that there is an increase in activity amo...

The Sting of Summer: Yellow Jackets and Wasps in Hamilton

If you're noticing quite a few more wasps around lately, you're right. Not only are we at the peak of BBQ and swimming season, we're right in the middle of wasp season as well. One type of wasp poses a serious health concern around Hamilton area's parks, beaches, and backyards: the Yellow Jacket. How to Spot Them: Most Yellow Jackets are black and yellow, and about the size of a dime. Some types, called Bald-faced Hornets, are black with white stripes on their heads and back ends and ...

Hamilton at the Centre of the Rabies Outbreak

Since the first case of raccoon rabies was discovered last December, Hamilton has been at the centre of the outbreak. Before the recent outbreak, Ontario hadn’t seen a case of rabies since 1999. It is believed that an infected animal made its way across the border on a truck or train from the United States’ eastern seaboard where the virus is common. The re-emergence of the virus was first discovered in early December when two dogs got into a fight with an infected raccoon after being ...

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