Happy Earth Day 2016

We here at SOS Wildlife Control Incorporated know that our planet is an amazing place with a ton of things to be appreciative about! In this line of work, we’re lucky enough to be able to encounter wildlife like raccoons in Mississauga or squirrels in Toronto (although when we see them they technically are in properties they aren’t supposed to be in!) and see what kind of amazing things they are capable of, which is a lot. Our Earth is filled with all sorts of ecosystems with wildlife and nature, that should be taken care of and preserved. We know that sometimes it slips our mind, but every little bit helps! And if more people keep making small efforts, then we will have contributed to a big change.

Here are a couple things we can incorporate in our lives

  • Pack a lunch!

Bring a lunch to work and use non-disposable containers! This will help eliminate waste, and it might even be healthier cut down on takeout!

  • Skip the drive!

If it’s feasible, skip the drive to work on some days or carpool! Other alternatives to greener transportation are public transportation, walking or biking!

  • Maybe you don’t need to buy that thing (that you already have 3 of)

Consume less, shopping-wise. Let’s be less materialistic and stop buying items we don’t need. Those things we end up shoving in to the back of the closet, or lost in the garage? Nah. Less material, less waste.

  • Wasting with water-bottles

Plastic, disposable bottles? Grab yourself 1 or 2 good-looking reusable water-bottles instead. Refill them where and when possible so you don’t have to toss a bunch away everyday

  • Use the bins right!

When throwing things away, make sure they’re sorted into the right bin to keep from filling our landfills. People from the City of Toronto can use this article: What Goes Where

  • 7 Rs, I thought there were 3!

Re-use Keep from tossing so many things into the waste bin by reusing items where you can
Re-purpose Think, DIY Projects. If there’s something you’re thinking about getting rid of, see if there are any ways you can make it into something fabulous instead
Rot compost everything organic.
Repair instead of replacing. The handy-person or fixer-upper in your life can help take care of this
Return If you’re buying a product, choose to go somewhere where you can return it in case you change your mind, so you don’t have to throw it out
Refill As mentioned above, a cool water-bottle never hurt anyone
Refuse If you don’t need to, don’t buy packaged, disposable, single-use products

Let’s all remember that every little bit helps. Together, we can each do our part in protecting our earth so let’s do it!

Happy Earth Day!

Participating in the World Wildlife Fund’s CN Tower Climb

Last Updated: June 2016

My experience in climbing the CN Tower on behalf of SOS Wildlife Control Incorporated for the World Wildlife Fund CN Tower Climb for Nature on April 16/16

Prepping for the CN Tower Climb

After learning about the World Wildlife Fund’s event WWF’s CN Tower Climb for Nature, we realized it was surely not an event to turn down. WWF’s CN Tower Climb for Nature is a fundraising event that supports work conducted to help conserve the different type of species and habitats in ecosystems all around the world. The 2016 fundraiser was among the largest group to climb raising approx. $1 million for this cause and I was very happy to have participated on behalf of SOS Wildlife Control Incorporated

I met all the qualifications and was registered for the CN Tower Climb by April 13th and thought to myself  “okay, I’m really doing this”. This was my first attempt to do the climb and I was excited but also nervous on what to expect. With the support of the  S.O.S Wildlife Control staff, friends and family, i figured I could do this and had Adrian, fellow boyfriend, join me on this mission up the 1,776 stairs. Thankfully, he said yes.

Days approaching the climb, I had been mentally and physically preparing myself by taking the stairs at every opportunity, drinking lots of water and getting excited for the walk. I knew it wasn’t going to be an easy route up, but I was definitely up for the challenge. By 9:30 am on Saturday April 16/2016 I arrived at the Metro Convention Center downtown Toronto to check-in at registration. There were a ton of people, all eager to participate in this climb, solo climbers, teams, families. Once we were all checked-in began the journey to the bottom of the CN Tower. A shout out to all the volunteers who helped out at this event and made the entire process extremely easy for all the climbers, they did a great job! At the bottom of the stairs, we were met with security ensuring that all our items had been left at the bag/coat checks as it was a completely hands-free climb- no cell phones, water bottles, wallets, or anything that wasn’t important documents, medical information etc. Once we had passed this, the climbing began.

Upwards Journey

The first point was to stamping our time-sheets. 10:02 am. We were met with someone I presume was security who high-fived us and wished us luck and then suddenly it was official – I was at the very bottom of the CN Tower, on my way to the top. The staircase was quite standard. Wide enough to fit two sets of climbers, right-side for walking and left-side for passing. I began on the right side. I had made it a couple flights up before feeling the effects. I was tired, my legs were sore and I was out of breath so I took a break and slowed down my pace. I feel like I maintained a reasonable pace after my first break and kept climbing up with Adrian giving me support and encouragement when needed. Several flights up I wanted to know my progress. Each flight was numbered, but I had forgotten how many there were in total so it felt like a never ending journey, unsure of how close I was to the top. The question came to mind several times during the climb.

Throughout  the journey up, you never once feel alone as there are people ahead, behind and passing you through most of it feeling the same way you are. In addition to this, every once in a while you’ll hear somebody’s voice echo through the staircase yelling words of encouragement! The sights weren’t dull either. Posted on the walls were pictures drawn by children encouraging climbers to keep going and reminding us of how we were supporting a great cause. I remember one that said, “just a couple hours left!” and I have to admit, my eyes widened. Participating in the climb were also people dressed in costume. Teams in brightly colored tutus, a guy in a Spider-man outfit – this definitely took your mind off the fact that 500 steps remained!

As we continued, more and more people were crowding at the base of each flight taking a breather. I still didn’t know how many flights there were in total, so I didn’t know when I was getting closer to the top, but seeing these people resting was an indicator that were maybe getting closer? I was sweaty, exhausted, and needed a drink of water. I hoped we were almost there and so did the people around me. At one point somebody had yelled, “does anybody see sunlight up there?” and I had that exact question.  Suddenly, you hear cheering above you, and you know the end time-sheet stamping station was approaching . I gained momentum once I knew the end was near, and jogged up the final steps. My sheet was stamped at 10:34 am. 31:49 was the amount of time I needed to climb up 1,776 stairs. I’d like to think it would of been much shorter had I prepared just a  little bit more, but  I didn’t care that much because I had made it! To the top of the CN Tower via staircase. After getting the sheet stamped there were “cool down” steps up to the platform where we were met first with the WWF Panda Mascot who was the first to high-five us in a long line of volunteers cheering climbers on.

Made it!

On the platform we found the water bottle station and happily chugged down the contents. We were welcome to stay there and enjoy the view of the city from the top of the CN Tower alongside other climbers, everyone exhausted but feeling accomplished for both supporting WWF’s climb for nature and climbing up those stairs. I can say for myself that although it wasn’t easy, I had an amazing experience and will likely participate again next year.

A big thanks goes to WWF for hosting the event towards a great cause allowing us to participate and contribute in helping support the conservation of ecosystems around the world! Another thanks to S.O.S Wildlife Control for sponsoring my climb allowing me to participate!

 

Get ready for Baby Season!

Last Updated: June 2016

Baby Season

This time of year is popularly known as baby season. The colder weather has passed, brighter colors are starting to make an appearance, plants are getting ready to bloom and babies are being born. During these months, mother raccoons, squirrels and many other mammals are either getting ready to have their babies or already have. Once they have had their babies, the next several weeks are spent childrearing, ensuring that their young is equipped with the right skills and training necessary to fend for themselves in the wild. Baby mammals are always a charming sight to see when admiring in the wild from afar – unfortunately in some cases what ends up happening is, the mother uses attics, garages etc. instead! While their fascinating appearances may awe and fool you, having wild mammals indoors can be quite disruptive and destructive. This problem however, can be avoided either by taking several precautions.

Be Proactive!

Being proactive can save you time, money, and hassle. A single raccoon on your property is one thing, but a family of raccoons or a bunch of squirrels running around your attic is definitely an increase of problems. In order to keep a family of wildlife from selecting your property as their new home, something that you can do on your own is to make your home as unappealing to them as possible. Because these mammals are looking for a habitable spaces that are dark, a reduced risk of encounters with humans or other predators and a possible food source, making these thing unavailable will discourage them from selecting your property.
Here are a couple things you can do to keep animals selecting your property as their new home

  • Ensure that food is properly sealed to avoid attracting wildlife to your property
  • Take notice of any holes, cracks or weak spots in the building structure that wildlife can use as an entry point
  • Some wildlife species avoid bright lights and loud noise. If possible, you can use these as a method to deter wildlife from approaching your property
  • Make sure that trash and waste is disposed of properly

Another very effective way to keep wildlife babies from being born and raised on your property is a wildlife prevention services conducted by a professional wildlife removal company. Wildlife prevention services include a thorough inspection of your property where technicians locate weak areas and potential entrances for wildlife. Once they have all been located and accounted for, technicians proceed by screening these areas to keep wildlife from getting through. These methods will ensure that wildlife will not be able to get into your property to make a home for themselves and to raise their babies.  Wildlife prevention conducted by SOS Wildlife Control Incorporated keeps it so that your home remains intact, free of wildlife damage and free of nuisance.

Take Action!

If you’re in a situation where wildlife families have already found their way onto your property, and you are the (not so) proud host of a 4-5 baby raccoons in your attic, it’s not too late. In order for wildlife babies to have the best chance of survival, they need their mother – which is why whatever method you take to remove wildlife from your property, you must ensure that they remain together. This can be tricky without the required training, equipment and experience. Therefore, calling a professional is always recommended. SOS Wildlife Control Incorporated technicians are professionals in wildlife removal and wildlife baby removal. They are familiar with and follow the regulations in place to ensure that in the process of wildlife removal and wildlife baby removal, the animals are given their best chance for survival, and they are not harmed. SOS Wildlife Control Incorporated is humane, efficient and effective when dealing with all sorts of wildlife problems.

If you require assistance with wildlife baby removal or would like to schedule an appointment for wildlife prevention services, call SOS Wildlife Control Incorporated at 1.800.981.0330 today!

At SOS Wildlife Control Incorporated, we provide wildlife baby removal services for residential, commercial, and industrial clients. Let us help you solve your wildlife problem. We can easily be reached at 1-800-981-0330. Don’t wait and call us to schedule an appointment for your wildlife baby removal needs.

 

Spiders

Last Updated: June 2016

Spiders are critters from the order of Araneae. They have eight legs, and fangs that inject venom. Spider removal is highly recommended if these tiny little guys come in your home as can become an irritating and frustrating situation. Contact a local pest control technician near you to do a spider removal to avoid dealing with them yourself. Spiders like many other types of bugs lay thousands of eggs, therefore, it’s better getting it done sooner than later.

What’s commonly known and feared about spiders are their bites. Several spider bites can cause an allergic reaction, however spiders don’t generally bite unless they’re threatened. Two dangerous spiders that are commonly found in North American countries are the Black Widow and the Brown Recluse.

Black Widow Bites

Sometimes people don’t notice they got bitten by a black widow spider, they just notice the bite because of the mark the fangs has left, however most of the time when you get bitten by a black widow spider you will experience immediate pain, swelling, redness, and itchiness. Some people will rub the bite too much and or scratch which will then can cause minor skin problems.

Brown Recluse Bites

Once you’re bitten by a Brown Recluse you will feel a mild stinging, extreme pain, redness, swelling, and itchiness. This usually occurs for eight hours but can go for even longer. The bite of the Brown Recluse will look bruised sometimes purple, sometimes red, and there would be several rings around it making it look like a bulls eye. The Brown Recluse spider bite will also give you fluid filled blisters on where the bite is located. This could all be very annoying, dangerous, and painful so once you locate a spider in your house have them removed immediately.

 *This post is informational. SOS Wildlife Control Incorporated does not provide Spider Control Services 

Cockroach

Are You Having Cockroach Problems at Your Home?”

Once the insects have invaded and entrenched themselves in a house,banishing them can be a challenge. It can be difficult to take control of a cockroach seized home without special equipment, techniques, and products.

As an individual, you may be able to use some caulks and keep the cockroaches away for a while. But the ones already in the house may have left their traces which could be sufficient to transmit health problems. Here, professional pest control management can help by removing the cockroaches and cleaning the debris, leaving behind no traces of these infectious insects.

The best way to make sure your house is safe and free from cockroaches is to call SOS Pest Control and get a cockroach inspection process done. We understand the reproductive department of cockroaches found in Toronto. SOS Wildlife Control Incorporated:

  • Uses eco-friendly,safe chemicals to kill cockroaches
  • Minimizes The chances of further infestations
  • Ensures a secure and healthy environment
  • has special technicians who are best trained to eliminate these species and their offspring
  • Uses special roach extermination methods
  • Advices preventive measures to restrain future cockroach infestations
  • Provides highly competitive pricing structure, making it easy for you to keep the roaches out of you house

SOS Wildlife Control Incorporated provides wildlife removal and pest control services to residential, industrial, and commercial clients in Toronto and the surrounding GTA. Our certified wildlife removal and pest control technicians make sure all wildlife and pest control problems are taken care of humanly, effectively, and efficiently. We have years of experience in wildlife control, wildlife removal, pest control, and nuisance wildlife prevention. SOS Wildlife Control Incorporated can help solve your wildlife and pest control problems in Toronto and the surrounding GTA.

Hence, for a tranquil environment in and around the house, call now – SOS Wildlife Control Incorporated.

Cockroaches are closely associated with humans and their surroundings. They are the oldest and the most resilient insects on earth.Today’s pervasive and robust cockroaches look very similar to the early ones. The indoor existence of these insects usually forges an unhygienic situation and can constitute numerous health concerns to humans.They contaminate food and spread germs.

There are more than 4500 types of cockroaches, but the ones that humans need to worry about are of five types: American Cockroaches, Brown-banded Cockroaches, German Cockroaches, Oriental Cockroaches, and Wood Cockroaches. Most of these species in Canada have wings but are not competent for continuous strong flights.Their oval-shaped, flat body helps them to hide in cramped areas.

American cockroaches are the largest ones found in the house. Their wings develop ones they turn into adults. Females can incubate about 150 offspring per year.These cockroaches eat everything, including plants and insects. Their life span is about 2 years.

Brown-banded Cockroaches have two pale bands across their dark-brownish bodies. This is where they get their name from.They avoid light and water if they can. Females have smaller wings than the males.Their life span is about 5-6 months.

German cockroaches are the most common ones and are found all around the world. Their life span is about 100-200 days. Kitchen and bathrooms are their favorite places which provide easy access to food and water. A female German Cockroach can hatch between 20-40 eggs, and unlike other roaches she carries them with her until they are ready to hatch.This makes them immensely relentless and intractable to get rid of.

Oriental cockroaches are large and dark compared to other cockroaches. They are considered as the dirtiest of all cockroaches and are mostly found in pipes and drains.

Wood Cockroaches are similar to the American Cockroaches, slightly smaller in size. Their attraction toward light makes them different from other species.They are considered as ‘outside roaches’. They favorite hideouts are wood piles, decaying logs, and loose bark.Life span of a wood cockroach is of about 2 years.

Facts About Cockroach

  • Cockroaches can spread about 33 different kinds of bacteria
  • Cockroaches can live without water for about 2 weeks
  • Cockroaches can live without food for about a month
  • A cockroach can live for about a week without its head
  • A cockroach can run up to 3 miles in an hour
  • Some female cockroaches mate only once and stay pregnant for life
  • Cockroaches can hold their breath for about 40 minutes
  • Cockroaches multiply very fast
  • Cockroaches can survive in almost every setting
  • A one-day old baby cockroach is about the size of a mark of dust.
  • The world’s largest cockroach is about six-inches long
  • Average length of a cockroach can vary between half to 2 inches.
  • Cockroaches love beer. This is because of its sugar content
  • Cockroaches are cold-blooded animals.
  • Cockroaches cannot survive too cold surroundings. Hence, they look for warm hideouts.

Cockroach Problems

Cockroaches precisely seek out cozy homes which have easy access to food, water, and warmth. However, they may cause serious health issues to humans.Before coming in contact with the kitchen surface areas or food utensils, cockroaches crawl through garbage and dirt, therefore spread the bacteria.

According to pest control experts, health complications produced by the cockroaches commence with the allergens they fabricate. To be more specific – the saliva, droppings, and shed body parts of a cockroach contain proteins which may develop allergic reactions in many people.

Cockroaches can also trigger asthmatic conditions; cause food poisoning; and pneumonia. According to The World Health Organization (WHO), cockroaches can spread bacteria which cause diseases like:

  • Cholera
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Typhoid fever
  • Plague
  • Skin infections
  • Campylobacteriosis

These infectious insects prefer locations which are dark, moist, warm, and secure for them. Most common ones are:

  • Basements
  • Ductwork
  • Under kitchen sinks
  • Furnace rooms
  • Crawl spaces
  • Drains and pipes

However, major issues are related to the ones in the kitchen, as they are immediate source of unhealthy environment.It is challenging to keep the roaches out. But you can start with reducing their access to food and water. Maintain good hygienic conditions and apply caulks or boric acid powder near pipes, sinks, cabinets, and other small cracks. If there are signs of the roaches in the house, seek help from the experts.

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