Cottage Bugs: Insects and other creepy crawlies
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Over the past 25 years, Cottage Life magazine has answered many reader questions about cottage-country insects and spiders. From identifying giant mosquitoes and explaining spider behaviour to discouraging wasps and cluster flies, Cottage Bugs: Insects and other creepy-crawlies is a collection of the most intriguing questions and answers, providing practical advice to help you enjoy and, sometimes, endure these fascinating cottage critters.
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problem if they start remodelling inside all the major structural beams of your cottage. So if your DIY methods aren’t working, don’t wait too long before you call an exterminator. —September 2011 We built our Georgian Bay cottage 10 years ago. The floors, walls, and roof are insulated with 1½" rigid white foam. Our problem is that small ants have got into the foam above the pine roof boards. They are apparently chewing the foam, and drop little particles of it into the rooms below. We have
speculates, noting that these bugs see patterns of light rather than distinct shapes. The bottom line is that if you paint your cottage yellow, bees and wasps may mistake it for a giant flower and fly straight for it. However, maintaining your cottage’s brown colour will not ensure that it will be bug-free. Bob Anderson of the Canadian Museum of Nature’s entomology section points out that blood-feeding insects, such as mosquitoes and black flies, are typically attracted to dark colours. Since
you’re the type to hold a grudge, it may make you feel better—like getting back at those kids who TP’d your house on Halloween). The larvae pupate in the ground over winter; then, in the spring, they turn into moths and get on with the rest of their lives: seeking mates, laying eggs, and fluttering incessantly against light fixtures. —October 2012 Spiders and Mites We have a problem with spiders building nests in the venturi tubes of our propane barbecue. Is there some reason they are
crawling sensation in her hair. My bedroom is upstairs and overlooks the woods at the back of the cottage. The head of my bed is under a screened window. I have searched the bed and sprayed it with Raid—to no avail. My son says he can see very, very tiny insects (like baby spiders). Someone suggested a bug called a “no-see-um.” Can you help? —Barbara Moyer, Mississauga, Ont. Bob Anderson, an entomologist at the Canadian Museum of Nature, says your itchy rash and the areas in which it’s