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Maple bugs taking over Regina

Maple Bugs seem to be invading Regina households.

The insects, also known as Boxelder beetles, are making their way into homes in order to find warmth as the weather gets cooler.

“The reason that you’re seeing so many of them now is because they pop out in large swarms on the sunny part of the day,” Shawn Sherwood with Poulin’s Pest Control said. “At night when it gets cold, because insects are exothermic, they try finding their way into your house and when they do they fly around and are generally very irritating.”

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CJME Radio
Posted Date : 25-04-2017
Release Date : 19-10-2016

A lumpy lawn after the snow melts could mean you've got voles

A familiar rodent is raising its tiny head in Saskatchewan this spring.

The Meadow vole looks a lot like house mouse, but it has a shorter tail, a rounded head and smaller ears.

Areas which have had a lot of snow this winter will likely see more damage from the little brown rodents, according to Shawn Sherwood of Poulin's Pest Control in Regina.

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CBC News
Posted Date : 25-04-2017
Release Date : 03-04-2017

Manitoba insurers alter policies after millions lost in rat damage

Manitoba Public Insurance was hit with a $35 million bill for rodent damage between 2012- 2015. Last year alone, the cost spiked to almost $15 million.

A Winnipeg media outlet says it's learned Manitoba Public Insurance has changed its rodent claim policy to help the Crown company save $6 million a year.

CTV News says documents it's obtained show that as of March 1 this year, trapping of mice, rats and other pests in vehicles can now be done by exterminators.

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Metro News
Posted Date : 03-04-2017
Release Date : 23-03-2017

MPI changes rodent claim policy, expects to save millions

CTV News has learned about major changes to Manitoba Public Insurance's rodent claim policy, which came into effect March 1.

The auto insurer said it expects to save $6 million a year.

Documents obtained by CTV News, show trapping can now be done by an exterminator, not all vehicles will be disassembled, and air quality tests will no longer be required.

The new policy is a blow to companies who perform remediation and restoration work on damaged vehicles.

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CTV News
Posted Date : 03-04-2017
Release Date : 22-03-2017

Gnawing costs force Manitoba Public Insurance to change rodent claim policy

A Winnipeg media outlet says it's learned Manitoba Public Insurance has changed its rodent claim policy to help the Crown company save $6 million a year.

CTV News says documents it's obtained show that as of March 1 this year, trapping of mice, rats and other pests in vehicles can now be done by exterminators.

As well, not all vehicles will be disassembled to rid them of rodent messes, and air quality tests will no longer be required.

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Brandon Sun
Posted Date : 03-04-2017
Release Date : 23-03-2017

Bedbugs, cockroaches beware of the Bug Dusters

When there’s something strange crawling in your house, who are you going to call? Bug Dusters!

In Winnipeg that happens to be a team of teenagers.

The group of 10 have invented a bedbug and cockroach exterminating hovercraft.

They hope it blows away the competition at the upcoming Dare to Discover Program put on each year by Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters.

The hovercraft was designed and manufactured at Windsor Park Collegiate, and it was created in the likeness of the iconic Ghostbusters wagon.

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CTV News
Posted Date : 12-12-2016
Release Date : 08-12-2016

Warm weather means more mice: pest experts

While the warm weather has given Winnipeggers an excuse to get outside, local exterminators say it’s also giving pests a chance to get inside.

Lincoln Poulin of Poulin’s Pest Control said they have received twice the amount of calls for mice they would usually get this time of year.

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CTV News
Posted Date : 14-11-2016
Release Date : 13-11-2016

Rodents basking in unusually warm Winnipeg weather

WINNIPEG – The unseasonable warm weather has given rodents more time to get into Winnipeg homes.

The extended period of above-seasonal temperatures has given mice, vols and rats several more weeks of ideal conditions.

“It is a very banner year for rodents,” said Taz Stuart, director of technical operations for Poulin’s Pest Control.

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Global News
Posted Date : 14-11-2016
Release Date : 11-11-2016

‘They’re strong biters’: Mosquitoes with painful bite hatching early

WINNIPEG — The fight against the bite is on and in full force.

Heavy storms and rain are bringing more mosquitoes out and there are more still to come.

“Those mosquitoes are now emerging. From egg, to larvae to adult in as little as four to seven days where as normally it’s about two weeks when conditions are normal,” said Taz Stuart, pest control specialist at Poulin’s Pest Control Services. “Right now, because of all the weather systems that have come through, you have lots of rain in those very intense storms.”

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Global News
Posted Date : 17-10-2016
Release Date : 19-08-2016

Wasps in full flight during August in Winnipeg, says bug expert

WINNIPEG — You’ve likely been swatting them away while all summer while hanging out at the cabin or on a restaurant patio.

They’re about to get worse.

Bug experts and exterminators in Winnipeg are getting called to over a dozen wasp nest removals and infestations per day in August. Taz Stuart, an entomologist, said August is often when pest control and residents notice an influx in wasps.

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Global News
Posted Date : 17-10-2016
Release Date : 18-08-2016

This Stings! Wasp Season Underway In Manitoba

WINNIPEG – The only way to get rid of wasps is to destroy their nest.

That from Poulin’s Pest Control’s Taz Stuart, as we get into wasp season in southern Manitoba.

Stuart warns that if you try to use mosquito spray to fight off wasps, it won’t do much.

“Deet will give you a little bit of repellency, but there’s really nothing there. If they want to come in and sting you, they will.”

Stuart adds that if you’re out on the deck with sugary drinks or other food wasps might like, it only takes one to find you.

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iNews880
Posted Date : 17-10-2016
Release Date : 09-08-2016

Cockroaches invading Winnipeg

WINNIPEG — A Winnipeg entomologist says cockroaches could soon become the city’s number one pest.

Taz Stuart, with Poulin’s Pest Control, told Global News there is a spike in the number of cockroaches being found in apartments across the city.

The entomologist said the pests are like bed bugs in the way they spread, with one female producing up to 100,000 roaches in less than a year.

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Global News
Posted Date : 17-10-2016
Release Date : 28-09-2016

Experts say vacuums best way to deal with maple bugs

If you are having any issues with maple bugs, the City of Regina wants you to know that you do have options.

Russell Eirich is the manager of pest control and says residents have a number of tools available to them.

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980 CJME
Posted Date : 17-10-2016
Release Date : 09-08-2016

Bed bugs stay away: Manitoba's dorm room prevention tactics

WINNIPEG — Dorm room living means living in close quarters with people from all over the world.

According to the University of Manitoba, 600 new residents are moving in to start the new school year. People from as far as Nigeria, and as close as Winnipeg.

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Global News
Posted Date : 22-09-2016
Release Date : 04-09-2016

Lots of 'orb weaver' of 'wolf' spiders making themselves at home in Winnipeg

WINNIPEG — If you’ve noticed one of these large spiders in your yard, or perhaps several of them, you’re not alone. The rather large arachnids are likely a garden orb weaver or a wolf spider and entomologist Taz Stuart says this is the time of year when we see the most.

 

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Global News
Posted Date : 22-09-2016
Release Date : 21-09-2016

Higher bug infestations a problem in post-wildfire Fort McMurray

Some Fort McMurray residents whose homes were spared from the Alberta wildfire are now dealing with another kind of problem; bug and pest infestations.

Upon returning in early June, Mary Villemure quickly realized her home wasn’t exactly as she’d left it.

“I got out of the shower and I used the towel that I had taken out of my closet and hung up before I got into the shower. When I got out there was a beetle on the towel,” she said. “I’ve never seen something like that in the house before.”

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Fort McMurray Today
Posted Date : 15-07-2016
Release Date : 22-06-2016

5 things to know about forest tent caterpillars

Forest tent caterpillars are munching their way through Winnipeg, feeding on the leafy canopy of trees.

Forest tent caterpillars typically infest the city once every 10 to 15 years, but when an infestation hits, it can last two to three years. City crews started spraying against the caterpillars two weeks ago.

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CBC News
Posted Date : 15-07-2016
Release Date : 31-05-2016

Winnipeg ends war on forest tent caterpillars

The City of Winnipeg has ended its combat with the caterpillar. 

The Winnipeg insect control branch concluded the forest tent caterpillar control program on Tuesday.

The caterpillars have stopped feeding so the spraying no longer works, the city said in a release.

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CBC News
Posted Date : 15-07-2016
Release Date : 07-06-2016

Early mosquito egg-laying raises West Nile virus concern, entomologists say

Early egg-laying by one of the mosquito species known to carry West Nile virus suggests the possibility of a summer outbreak of the disease in southern Manitoba, entomologists say.

University of Winnipeg entomologist Rob Anderson says he's observed "early and significant" egg-laying activity by Culex restuans, a mosquito that feeds entirely on birds and is known to transmit West Nile virus among feathered creatures.

Anderson says this is important because West Nile virus must be present in the bird population before another mosquito species, Culex tarsalis, can transmit the infectious disease to people.

 

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CBC News
Posted Date : 31-05-2016
Release Date : 26-05-2016

Police station infested with albino rats

Officers at the Winnipeg Police District 3 station have unwanted visitors to the Hartford Avenue facility, but they are too small to slap on the handcuffs.

WPS Superintendent Bruce Ormistion confirmed there were reports of rats at the West Kildonan station. A pest control company subsequently set traps and five of the creatures have been caught.

Ormiston told CBC News the rats were comparable to white lab rats and were less susceptible to carrying disease or viruses.

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CBC News
Posted Date : 31-05-2016
Release Date : 26-04-2016

Carpenter ants flying to work early in Calgary

Balmy weather has carpenter ants taking early flights, says a local entomologist and pest control experts.

The big, wood-chewing ants have become the talk of pest-averse Calgarians, say those at several extermination outfits contacted by Postmedia.

Calls from Calgary bugged by the insects are piling up, said Pam Cowdery of Canex Pest Control Ltd.

“I had three calls yesterday,” she said.

 

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Calgary Herald
Posted Date : 31-05-2016
Release Date : 21-04-2016

Home-care worker issues bedbug alert

Every morning, Terry gowns up, donning a yellow gauze sheet with arm holes, blue booties and latex gloves, as if she’s walking into a hospital room with an infectious patient.

She may change two times before noon, depending on her schedule.

After work, she strips down, throws her clothes into a plastic bag she dumps in the washer and hits the shower. She changes shoes before going from one place to another.

After 14 years on the front lines as a home-care worker with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, Terry spoke up Friday to say she’s had enough of the war against bedbugs in the city.

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Winnipeg Free Press
Posted Date : 22-04-2016
Release Date : 02-04-2016

Weird winter has brought rodent boom

My wife and I were out with another couple for an after-dinner drink at a well-appointed downtown cocktail lounge the other night when an uninvited guest made an uninvited appearance.

"Eek, a mouse!’

Later, when I thought about it, that rodent on the run was the pest-threat equivalent of a canary in coal mine.

So this week I called Poulin’s Pest Control Services and Orkin Canada, two of the city’s leading pest control companies, to see if what we saw is what we’re getting in numbers larger than normal.

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Winnipeg Free Press
Posted Date : 22-04-2016
Release Date : 04-04-2016

Manitoba Housing suites 'infested' with cockroaches, residents say

Residents at a Manitoba Housing complex say their units have been infested with cockroaches for months — something Manitoba Housing says is related to some tenants refusing to comply with pest removal efforts.

Joe Schrader lives in a one bedroom suite in an apartment on Kennedy Street run by Manitoba Housing. Much to his chagrin, he's been forced to share his place with thousands of unwanted guests over the past five months.

"They crawl on your chest, your face, in your bed, on your blanket," Schrader said, adding the building also has a bedbug problem.

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CBC News Manitoba
Posted Date : 13-11-2015
Release Date : 20-11-2015

Senior battles Lions Club of Winnipeg over bed bugs

A Winnipeg senior is fed up with her landlord after a bed bug infestation that has dragged on for eight months despite five fumigations.

"It's really gotten to me," said Anne Brown, who lives at Lion's Place on Portage Avenue.

Brown has had to leave her apartment for each fumigation and has suffered bed bug bites as well as damaged property.

She lost her clothes, a winter coat and a quilt.

"My granddaughters brought me [a] blanket to keep grandma warm," said Brown.

In her bedroom, sticky tape has been put down to catch bed bugs who survived the fumigation.

Taz Stuart, an entomologist with Poulin's Pest Control said five to 10 treatments isn't unheard of – especially in bigger buildings.

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CBC News Manitoba
Posted Date : 29-09-2015
Release Date : 31-08-2015

Bug invation poses woes for Winnipeg restaurant patio

A bug invasion on a Winnipeg patio created major problems for Earls Polo Park Manager Shyla Goertzen and her staff.

"Unfortunately, everyone's creeping and crawling away from their tables," said Goertzen.

Tent caterpillars began dropping by the outdoor seating area earlier this week while munching on an item not featured on the restaurant's menu - leaves.

The problem got so bad that on Thursday night Goertzen stopped seating people outside.

"Unfortunately, (we) had to close down yesterday because they literally just swarmed everywhere."

The creepy crawlers came from some nearby trees located just outside the patio but Goertzen said a lot of customers still wanted to sit outside.

“And we're like, ‘OK, you can but there's caterpillars.’"

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CTV News Winnipeg
Posted Date : 28-08-2015
Release Date : 22-05-2015

Vermin infestation turns family van into rat rod

It started with some torn napkins.

It ended four months and $9,462.63 later.

Suffrin' succotash! Where's Sylvester when you need him?

We first noticed the sign of mice in August. We thought we had it covered, but by Sept. 5, our Toyota Sienna was on the business end of an F-250 tow truck headed for the insurance compound.

In the process, the claim opened my eyes to a $3-million industry involving 12 repair shops specially certified for rodent removal. For some shops, cleaning up after Mickey and friends is all they do.

"We're seeing a bit of an increase over the past number of years, which tells us the rodent population is growing," said Manitoba Public Insurance spokesman Brian Smiley. "On average, it's 1,200 to 1,500 claims per year from a number of years ago, where we would have had about 500."

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Winnipeg Free Press
Posted Date : 28-08-2015
Release Date : 10-04-2015

Winnipeg abuzz with wasp complaints, exterminator says

It isn't unusual to encounter mini mobs of yellow jackets buzzing around Winnipeg patios in the summer, but the swarms of wasps seem to be here sooner than usual — and in greater numbers — this year.

Taz Stuart, an entomologist with Poulin's Pest Control Services, said the extermination company has received about 500 calls from people with wasp problems so far this year. That almost doubles the amount of complaints they received last year and makes up the majority of their current pest calls.

"We have seen a large increase," said Stuart. "If you are looking at the overall call volume, we are almost two-thirds of the way there and we are only in early August. So that number will be rather large this year."

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CBC News Manitoba
Posted Date : 28-08-2015
Release Date : 10-08-2015

Wasp control calls nearly double normal volume

WINNIPEG — People trying to enjoy the great outdoors these days have likely noticed a pest trying to take over their patio paradise.  Taz Stuart of Poulin’s Pest Control says the company has received nearly double the normal call volume this season from residents wanting to tackle an increasingly problematic wasp issue.

“For 2014 this time there were about 275 [calls] and we’ll easily break 500 nests treated today,” said Taz Stuart of Poulin’s Pest Control.

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Global News Winnipeg
Posted Date : 28-08-2015
Release Date : 10-08-2015

This stings: wasps worse this year

If it seems like you’ve been noticing more wasps outside than usual this summer, you’re not crazy.

They are out earlier and in bigger numbers than most years.

Taz Stuart from Poulin’s Pest Control says they’ve taken twice as many calls about nests than this time last year.

“We’re at about 500 calls for actually going out and treating nests,” he says. “It is earlier this year and it is noticable.”

And there’s more bad news.

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680 CJOB
Posted Date : 28-08-2015
Release Date : 10-04-2015

10 tips for waging war on wasps

Wasps are putting a sting into summer for people in Saskatchewan.

Sean Sherwood from Poulin's Pest Control in Regina says it's been a busy year for wasps because of the mild winter and spring.

"There's a lot more of them than there were last year. We had a nice even spring that didn't wipe out all the juvenile queens," said Sherwood. "There are lots of nests out there."

He shared some tips with callers who phoned CBC Saskatchewan's Blue Sky.

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CBC News Manitoba
Posted Date : 28-08-2015
Release Date : 12-08-2015

Termite infestation confirmed in Winnipeg home

For the first time in almost a decade, termites have been found in at least one Winnipeg home.

Taz Stuart, an entomologist with Poulin's Pest Control Services, confirmed to CBC News that a well-established subterranean termite colony was found this week in a home in the city's St. Boniface area.

The former City of Winnipeg entomologist said a termite infestation is hard to miss, as a colony is capable of consuming half a kilogram of wood each day.

What's not known, Stuart said, is where the termites came from.

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CBC News
Posted Date : 28-08-2015
Release Date : 21-08-2015

Spiders spinning more webs

WINNIPEG — If there are more mosquitoes, wasps and other flying insects plaguing Manitoba this summer – there are also more spider webs waiting to catch them.

“We are seeing more incidents of those large webbings on decks,” said Taz Stuart, an entomologist with Poulin’s Pest Control.

He said Poulin’s is getting a lot more calls about spider infestations in and around Winnipeg than they did last year.

“Based on completed spider jobs we are more than double than last year at this time,” Stuart said. “Twenty-six in 2014, versus 59 to yesterday’s date.  This does not include requests for information.”

 

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Global News Winnipeg
Posted Date : 28-08-2015
Release Date : 13-08-2015

City's annual mosquito fight takes full flight

HEAVY precipitation over the long weekend has created the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes, says the city's bug man, Ken Nawolsky. The newly hatched mosquitoes are expected to appear in the next seven to 10 days, particularly in the Assiniboia and Charleswood areas. With the forecast looking sunny and rain-free for the next week, the city is hopeful it can manage the number that become adult mosquitoes. "This is a very significant rainfall that we had," the superintendent of insect control said Tuesday. (Environment Canada reported 36.4 millimetres fell on Winnipeg Saturday through Monday.) "So we are putting all of our resources into this, our crews are working 16-hour days, our helicopters are flying."

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Winnipeg Free Press
Posted Date : 28-08-2015
Release Date : 20-05-2015

Winnipeg plans to gas problem gophers with 'Giant Destroyer'

Winnipeg's hole-burrowing Richardson's ground squirrels are up against a new enemy this summer - 'The Giant Destroyer.'

The City of Winnipeg has been forced to change tactics in its ground war against Richardson's ground squirrels. Last spring, a pet dog ingested some poison used to combat the gophers, prompting the city to rethink how to control the population.

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CTV News Winnipeg
Posted Date : 28-08-2015
Release Date : 01-04-2015

Potential link to cancer raises concerns over chemical used to kill mosquitoes

With spring barely upon us, a favourite Winnipeg summertime debate has already flared up.

A recent report by the World Health Organization links the city’s preferred mosquito-killing chemical with certain types of cancer.

The report by WHO’s International Research Agency for Cancer says malathion could contribute to non-Hodgkin lymphoma and prostate cancer.

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CTV News Winnipeg
Posted Date : 28-08-2015
Release Date : 25-02-2015

Bed bug treatment best handled by a professional

Getting rid of bed bugs is a vicious cycle and can be extra stressful for apartment tenants.

“We are dealing with a tenant, a landlord, a property management person and quite literally a lot of times they will all stand in a circle and point at one another and say, ‘It’s your fault. You have to pay for the process,” Murray Davison with Poulin’s Pest Control in Saskatoon said.

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News Talk 650 CKOM
Posted Date : 28-08-2015
Release Date : 25-02-2015

Mice invasion! Wheels' columnist's van gets stripped

It started with some torn napkins.

It ended four months and $9,462.63 later.

Suffrin’ succotash! Where’s Sylvester when you need him?

We first noticed the sign of mice in August. We thought we had it covered but, by Sept. 5, our van was on the business end of an F-250 tow truck headed for the insurance compound.

As I reported back when it first happened, our insurance company basically threw a hazmat blanket over the Sienna.

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The Chronicle Herald
Posted Date : 28-08-2015
Release Date : 05-01-2015

Winnipeg, MB, Canada / 680 CJOB - Winnipeg's News & Information Leader July 07, 2014 03:04 pm

The City of Winnipeg’s  battle against mosquitoes will continue tonight starting at 9:30.

Poulin’s Pest Control Director of Pperations and Entomologist Taz Stuart tells 680 CJOB buffer zones have always been a delicate issue.

“It’s very controversial and it does pit neighbours to neighbours. That’s why you can’t know if your neighbour has a buffer zone or not. You can find out through the city’s 311 lines if you live in a buffer zone, but it doesn’t give you any idea who or where it could be or if there are multiple zones or not.”

Stuart adds that you have the right to treat your own property if you wish, either on your own or through a company like his.

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680 CJOB
Posted Date : 09-07-2014
Release Date : 07-07-2014

CBC News Posted: Jun 17, 2014 10:08 AM CT

Winnipeggers should expect more mosquitoes in the next week, thanks to the significant amount of rain that fell over the weekend, city officials are warning.

"All the boys and girls in the Insect Control Branch will be working hard, probably doing a 7/24 run," Stuart told CBC News on Monday.

"There's no standing water on my yard. You can come look if you like, guaranteed. Even eavestroughs are clean," Stuart said.

Homeowners can also treat the standing water on their properties with a product called Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (BTI), a biological insect control agent, he added.

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CBC News Manitoba
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/winnipeg-ramps-up-mosquito-fight-after-weekend-downpour-1.2678263 Posted Date : 20-06-2014
Release Date : 17-06-2014

Mice moving indoors in Sask.

CBC News Posted: Oct 26, 2013 9:42 AM CT

Fall weather means mice are looking for warm place to nest.

If you don't want a mouse in your house, pest control experts say you should check for holes and cracks. Sean Sherwood from Poulin's Pest Control in Regina said the rodents can sneak into a hole the size of your pinky finger.

"People will look at a hole that small and go, "Ain't no way a mouse is getting in there,'" Sherwood said. "I've got news for you: he's in there in a heartbeat and you can't underestimate how small a hole they can get into. It really is that easy for them."

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CBC News Saskatchewan
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/mice-moving-indoors-in-sask-1.2252805 Posted Date : 28-10-2013
Release Date : 26-10-2013

Vole invasion

ctvcalgary.ca
Published Friday, May 13, 2011 3:54PM MDT

Vole holes are starting to pop up in Calgary yards as spring arrives and the little pests are running rampant through several neighbourhoods.
Pest control companies are hopping with vole complaints.  "They cause a lot of damage. The problem with voles is they eat grass, roots, bark off trees that kind of thing. Usually in the winter time when snow is covered over top of the ground they'll get in and start looking for vegetation to eat," said Paul Ziesman from Poulin's Pest Control.  Ziesman suggests bait or mechanical traps to get rid of the voles and adds all parts of the city are having problems with them. Pest control experts say the best time to deal with an infestation of voles is in the fall.

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CTV News
http://calgary.ctvnews.ca/vole-invasion-1.643481 Posted Date : 22-05-2013
Release Date : 13-05-2011

Beware of wasps at this time of year

CTV Saskatoon
Published Saturday, September 15, 2012 12:50PM CST

The signs of changing seasons are everywhere in September, even the insect world. Wasps are busily getting ready for winter, but their preparations come at a cost to humans. Nauman Nisar, with Poulin’s Pest Control, says there is more wasp activity at this time of year. That's because they are getting ready for the winter, and that means finding new places to live. "The reason during this time of the year is because the queens are trying to make new nests and find new areas so they are scavenging." And Nisar says if you get in the way of that activity you can expect a hostile reaction. “If they think that you are in their territory than yes, you will get stung."

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CTV News
http://saskatoon.ctvnews.ca/beware-of-wasps-at-this-time-of-year-1.957416 Posted Date : 22-05-2013
Release Date : 15-09-2012

Bed bugs biting all over Winnipeg

ctvwinnipeg.ca
Published Thursday, August 28, 2008 5:24PM CST

They come out at night and suck your blood; and they're growing in numbers. While they may be small, when they bite, they can leave big red welts all over your body. They are bed bugs -- and Winnipeg exterminators say there is an unprecedented infestation in our city. "Since 2003, we've noticed a dramatic increase. I mean calls up 700 percent!" Lincoln Poulin, of Poulin's Pest Control, told CTV News. Poulin says the calls are coming in from all parts of the city, from rental apartments, to expensive condos and houses. Many hotels are also reportedly battling the bugs. Poulin says the problem is being imported.

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CTV Winnipeg
http://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/bed-bugs-biting-all-over-winnipeg-1.319951 Posted Date : 22-05-2013
Release Date : 28-08-2008

Bed bugs a growing problem in large Canadian cities

The Canadian Press
Published Sunday, September 14, 2008 1:20PM EDT

WINNIPEG - Bed bugs are no longer just the stuff of bedtime rhymes with the blood-sucking critters increasingly becoming a problem in large Canadian cities. Several years ago, Winnipeg exterminator Lincoln Poulin said he'd get one or two calls a year about bed bugs. These days, his Western Canada pest control chain gets an average of 10 calls a day.  "These insects are literally everywhere," he said. "I've treated moving vans for them." Bed bugs are hearty creatures, living up to a year without food in cold climates, which makes them tough to get rid of, Poulin said. You can't just close off a room or shut down a summer camp and expect them to die off on their own, he said. The longer the bugs live in your bedroom, the harder it is to get rid of them, Poulin said. Washing clothes right away after returning from a trip and vacuuming out the suitcase can help kill bed bugs before they settle in, but Poulin said very few people tend to do that. "Bed bugs are so tiny, people have a hard time seeing them," he said. "They bring them home and they don't even realize it."

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CTV Winnipeg
http://www.ctvnews.ca/bed-bugs-a-growing-problem-in-large-canadian-cities-1.324762 Posted Date : 22-05-2013
Release Date : 14-09-2008

Rat population booming in Manitoba

ctvwinnipeg.ca
Published Friday, November 14, 2008 6:42PM CST

The term "ah rats" has just taken on a whole new meaning. It seems southern Manitoba is being overrun with the pests.
Poulin's Pest Control says it tends to happen in four year cycles. "People get all involved in rat control, saying were going to clean out the yard make sure there is no shelter no food and then things go well, and then I'm not going to do this program, I'm not going to put this bait out," said Don Poulin of Poulin's Pest Control. But the problem is that the rats just move next door, making it the neighbour's problem.  Poulin says that is what has happened in Altona.

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CTV Winnipeg
http://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/rat-population-booming-in-manitoba-1.342723 Posted Date : 22-05-2013
Release Date : 14-11-2008

Giveaway weekend risks spreading bedbugs

ctvwinnipeg.ca
Published Friday, September 10, 2010 4:55PM CST

This weekend there will be free couches, free tables and free dressers lining the streets of Winnipeg, but some say all of the free furniture could also mean some people take home free bedbugs as well.

Lincoln Poulin, of Poulin's Pest Control, says Winnipeg's bedbug problem is growing.  "If people are giving a way infested things that have bedbugs, and someone brings that material home, chances are very high that they'll get bedbugs home with them," Poulin says.  He suggests that anyone picking up used furniture should give it a thorough examination before taking it home.

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CTV Winnipeg
http://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/giveaway-weekend-risks-spreading-bedbugs-1.551323 Posted Date : 22-05-2013
Release Date : 10-09-2010

Experts offer advice for guarding against bedbugs

ctvwinnipeg.ca
Published Thursday, February 17, 2011 2:57PM CST

Experts say the problem of bedbugs could get a lot worse before it gets better. Poulin's Pest Control has seen them behind wallpaper and on leather couches, among other spots. "I dealt with one individual who was in a cast from the leg down and the bedbugs were in the cast," said Lincoln Poulin, from Poulin's Pest Control.  He says bedbugs will adapt to any conditions and it has nothing to do with cleanliness.  "The biggest thing sanitation does is in the cleaner facilities, they detect them earlier so you get rid of them early," said Poulin.

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CTV Winnipeg
http://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/experts-offer-advice-for-guarding-against-bedbugs-1.608925 Posted Date : 22-05-2013
Release Date : 17-02-2011

Deer, rodents thriving due to warm weather

ctvwinnipeg.ca
Published Monday, February 20, 2012 7:48PM CST

If you've been enjoying the city's unseasonably mild temperatures, you're not the only one. The balmy weather has meant a number of Manitoba's wildlife species are thriving, but not everyone is pleased about it. Wildlife experts say depleted deer populations are seeing improvement. Last year's harsh winter claimed a higher number of deer than usual, especially young deer. "Every once in awhile we get mice, but we've never seen them like this year," said David Lane of Poulin's Pest Control. The lack of snow has sent mice indoors in search of warmth, and Poulin's has seen a uptick in business. "Rodents at this time of year don't have that insulation to keep them warm with that snow pack and are just having to move in looking for new places to live," Lane said.

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CTV Winnipeg
http://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/deer-rodents-thriving-due-to-warm-weather-1.771030 Posted Date : 22-05-2013
Release Date : 20-02-2012

City reports hundreds of calls requesting bedbug inspections last year

ctvwinnipeg.ca
Published Thursday, May 24, 2012 5:10PM CST

The city has released its latest report on calls requesting bedbug inspections made to 311. Poulin's Pest Control said it's getting more calls than ever. Not because there are more bedbugs but because more people are being proactive. "The infestations we are seeing are smaller, and we are doing a lot more bedbug monitoring, so we have places calling us in to do inspections," said Lincoln Poulin of Poulin's Pest Control.

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Mice wreak havoc on Winnipeg lawns
Pest expert says long winter lets vermin flourish

Posted: May 13, 2013 11:05 AM CT

Some Winnipeggers are coping with chewed up lawns after an extra-long winter gave voles more time to get comfortable. Don Poulin with Poulin’s Pest Control said Warelis and other Winnipeggers can thank the long winter for the extra lawn damage. He said more voles could have survived the long winter by burrowing into snow packs. “They’ll move in and then they’ll get comfortable,” said Poulin. “With the snow, no natural predators can get at them.” He said there isn’t a lot homeowners can do at this point, adding lawns need to be treated in the fall before the snow falls to make a big impact.

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