Yellow Jackets

There are several species of yellowjackets. These flying insects typically have a yellow and black head/face and patterned abdomen. Because these pests are known to sting, it’s important to know how to properly get rid of yellowjackets to avoid injury. Habits Yellowjackets are social insects that live in nests or colonies with up to 4,000 […]

Bald Faced Hornet

What is a Bald-Faced Hornet? The bald-faced hornet is a relative of the yellowjacket and gets its common name from its largely black color and mostly white face. This stinging insect is named a hornet because of its large size and aerial nest. What Do Bald-Faced Hornets Look Like? Bald-faced hornets greatly resemble their yellowjacket […]

Brown Recluse Spider

What are Brown Recluse Spiders? Often identified by a dark brown violin shape on its back, the brown recluse spider is predominantly found in the Midwest and Southeast of the United States. This species is well known for its “secretive” behaviors, as it prefers to take residence in warm, dry and dark environments, such as […]

Rocky Mountain Wood Tick

INTRODUCTION The common name comes from its primary distribution being in the Rocky Mountain states and the preferred habitat being the woods to meadow/lawn transition zone. Although not a structural pest, the Rocky Mountain wood tick is the primary vector of Rocky Mountain spotted fever and also transmits the casual organisms of Colorado tick fever […]

Pigeon

Origins Pigeons and doves have been around for a long time—long before humans. Rock doves are thought to have originated in southern Asia several million years ago. Compare this to modern humans that first appeared about 120,000 years ago. Size and Weight A pigeon is about 13” (32cm) in length from bill to tail and […]

Skunk

Skunks are legendary for their powerful predator-deterrent—a hard-to-remove, horrible-smelling spray. A skunk’s spray is an oily liquid produced by glands under its large tail. To employ this scent bomb, a skunk turns around and blasts its foe with a foul mist that can travel as far as 10 feet (three metres). Skunk spray causes no […]

Pack Rat (Bushy-Tailed Wood Rat)

The bushy-tailed wood rat, otherwise locally known as the pack rat is the only native rat found in Canada. It is immediately distinguished from the introduced Norway and roof rats by its bushy tail. It is a large, gentle, squirrel-like rodent. Its adult fur coat is long, soft, dense, usually grey on the back and […]

House Mouse

The house mouse is common in all parts of Canada. The house mouse is dusty grey in colour and measures from 10 to 15cm in length with large ears and small eyes. The tail is usually the same length as the mouse. The house mouse is sometimes confused with the deer mouse, which is pale […]

Deer Mouse

The deer mouse is a small, white-footed mouse with large dark eyes and long whiskers. The tail is relatively long and sharply bicolored, white beneath and dark above. The soft fur of the deer mouse varies in colour from a golden brown to a pale grey on the back, while the underparts are white, including […]

Woodpecker

There are six types of woodpeckers common to the Kootenay region. They are the downy woodpecker, hairy woodpecker, three-toed woodpecker, black-backed woodpecker, pileated woodpecker, and the northern flicker. Downey Woodpecker (Picoides Pubescens) Length: 17cm A white back generally identifies both this woodpecker and the similar hairy woodpecker. The downey woodpecker is smaller, with a much […]

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