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Health Risks of Rodents

With fall weather arriving you might find the change of season brings with it more than just cooler temperatures. The mice and rats that may have gone unnoticed over the summer months are now coming inside to escape the cooler weather and might be looking to make a cozy home out of your house. Once […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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’ […]

Ticks in the Hamilton Area

When the warm weather comes it brings with it the bugs and flies, and ticks are no exception. Summer is here and tick season is in full swing. Typically expected to be found when out hiking or in long grassy fields, the increase in ticks in the Hamilton region have brought these critters out of […]

Hamilton's Bedbug Outbreak

Bedbugs in Hamilton The bedbug problem in Hamilton has been getting worse the past few months, especially when it comes to rental apartment units being infested with bedbugs. A recent Hamilton Spectator article on the bedbug epidemic sheds some light on how many complaints were made in 2015 to both, The Public Health Services and CityHousing, which […]

The Deadly Kissing Bug

The deadly “Kissing Bug” or Triatomine bug, gets its name for how it bites, as it sucks blood usually from around the lips and face of sleeping people or animals. It’s not the good night kiss that most expect when they are tucked into bed. No, when the Triatomine bug visits in the night, it’s […]

Hantavirus Virus In Rodents

Rodents aren’t the most loved species on the planet and for good reason. 8 out of 13 rodents collected from Younglove Preserve in San Timoteo Canyon, California, have been tested positive for a virus called Hantavirus. What Is Hantavirus? First and foremost, it is important to know the important questions such as; what is the […]

A Day in the Life of A Carpenter Ant

What Are Carpenter Ants? Generally, Carpenter ants are an insect that could make life a lot harder for you, especially during the spring, but what makes these guys tick? A good way to find out more about these interesting creatures is to do some research on current studies, and information found on Carpenter ants – […]

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