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April 24th, 2017

With springtime around the corner, homeowners are preparing for a season of sunshine, barbecues and (unfortunately) pests! Like many “spring cleaning” chores, getting rid of pests can seem like a daunting task, but there are a few ways to help reduce the likelihood of infestations to a home.

Initially, all pests enter the home from the outside. Preventing the likelihood of their entry is the first step to making sure that they don’t become a problem.

Plants and mulches should be kept at least three feet from the house. This is a simple way to help ward off rodents, and many types of insects that are attracted to flowers, leaves, and the moisture from mulch.

Pests often can enter a home through the tiny gaps around plumbing and pipes, window frABC_Pest.jpgames, attics and crawl spaces. To make sure that these areas don’t allow the pests in, make sure that all window screens are properly fitted and repair any tears immediately, replace old weatherstripping, and seal or caulk holes and cracks right away.

Some types of insects are attracted to stagnant water. To prevent these pests from accumulating near (or in) your home, repair roof leaks quickly. Check for issues with plumbing, and clear gutters of debris on a regular basis so that the water does not sit and become a drinking or breeding source for insects.

There are also a number of preventative measures we can take on the insides of our homes. These measures include keeping pet food and water off of the ground – elevated bowls will inhibit pests from being able to use them as a food or water source. Additionally, keeping areas such as garages and attics clear of clutter. Pests such as spiders and silverfish will often choose cluttered area and cardboard boxes to build their nests – to avoid having these pests in your home, reduce the amount of cardboard boxes in your home and try to keep clutter to a minimum.

To prevent a pest infestation of your home, being proactive can go a long way, and the Spring and Summer months are when the pressure of infestation is at its highest. If a pest has infested your home already, it may be time to contact a licensed professional before they cause damage.


March 28th, 2017

silverfish bugWhat are Silverfish?

Silverfish are about 1/2 inch long, with a uniform silvery color over the upper surface. Their bodies are long and slender, flattened. They can be found almost anywhere, but prefer damp, moderate temperatures found in basements, laundry rooms, and under sinks.

They are especially attracted to paper and damp clothing. Commonly found in stored boxes in garages, sheds and attics. But inside, silverfish are found just about anywhere that is dark and humid.

Habits of Silverfish

Proper treatment and control of silverfish requires understanding feeding behavior. They can roam some distance for food, but once they have found a food source, they remain close to it.

They feed on natural textiles, wallpaper pastes, books and paper. They also eat: dried beef, rolled oats, flour, paper, starch, cotton, silk, some synthetic fibers, sugar, dead insects, glue, paste, and linen. In damp basements or attics they can also feed on the surface molds.

Preventing Silverfish Infestation

Seeing a silverfish now and again is not cause for alarm and if you want to keep it that way, do the following:

  1. Don't leave piles of newspaper or mail around. Similarly, get rid of old cardboard boxes in the basement.
  2. Store off-season clothing in sealed bins somewhere dry.
  3. Vacuum regularly to pick up food crumbs and suck up any silverfish eggs.
  4. Keep dry food in containers with tightly sealed lids. 

Effective Control of Silverfish

Silverfish are nocturnal and very fast so often you may not realize a problem until it is serious. Silverfish infestations require professional treatment. Your local pest control expert will assess the situation in your home and detail the most effective solution.

At the first sign of a silverfish infestation, contact your local pest control professional.


January 18th, 2017

With all the snow and colder weather we have had in Vancouver this year, it is no wonder that you may have seen more than one rodent creeping around your property. Rodents are going to be looking for weak spots in your home to get inside and get warm as well as find a food resource.

Here are some steps to prevent rodents during the cooler months:

Weather strip your doors

Walking the perimeter of your home and sealing gaps along the base of doorways, garage doors and pet doors is vital to keeping rodents out.

The local hardware store carries a variety of weather proofing strip seals for the entrance doors to your home. It is also important to assess the rubber strip installed at the base of your garage door; over time, these become weathered and crack or come loose from the screws or nails holding them in place. Pet doors should be kept closed during the winter if possible. If closing them up for the winter is not an option, then check the seal yourself or have a pet door installer inspect your door for a good tight seal.

Seal up gaps

Rodents like rats and mice only need a space the approximate size of a quarter or dime to get into your home. Having the cracks and gaps around the foundation of your home is an effective way to lock out rodents. It is important to remember to check around pipes and windows as well. Using cooper wool to fill these gaps is our recommended method as mice and rats can chew through caulking and foam fillers.

Your home needs to breath, so using aluminum window screening over larger openings like windows, vents and chimneys is recommended for good air flow.

Get A professional assessment of your home

Hiring a professional pest control company to come in and do a walk through to identify entrance areas can save you a lot of time and money. ABC Pest Control in Vancouver will work with you to identify holes and cracks; as well as professionally seal these potential entry points.

Taking some time to properly seal gaps, replace worn weather stripping around your doors, and working with a professional pest management company in Vancouver to assess potential entry points, will help to keep rodents out of your home and left out in the cold during the winter in Vancouver.


December 3rd, 2016

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It’s the autumn, a beautiful season in Vancouver. The good news is, you’re not in fruit fly season anymore; but, the bad news is there are other things you might have to worry about in terms of pest control in Vancouver. But how do you really know if you have a problem? Is this question “bugging” you?

 

Watch for these tell-tale signs that you might need to call a Vancouver exterminator:

 

Feces

Small pepper-like excretions can be a sign that you need to get some help with silverfish control in Vancouver. They aren’t true fish at all, they are little bugs that live in dark, damp places like your bathroom. Larger feces might be an indication of rodents.

 

Property Damage

They seem little, but silverfish can eat away at your home and cause damage. They are best to be kept under control as much as possible to preserve your investment. Also, they are gross, and that’s likely reason enough to keep them at bay. Mice or rats can also gnaw away at your belongings if they are present in your home. Warm Vancouver winters encourage rats to continue to forage into the colder months.

 

Sightings

You might see a silverfish in your sink, bathtub, or on your bathmat in your bathroom or kitchen. Where there’s one silverfish, there are likely more and it may be time to for call in pest control in Vancouver. Similarly, you might see a mouse or rat scurry across your floor. It’s good to figure out where exactly they are coming from so they can be exterminated.

 

Making use of pest control in Vancouver can help keep your home healthy and free of pests. When you call an exterminator in Vancouver, such as ABC Pest Management, and deal with it early on, the problem is less likely to worsen and get out of control.

 


July 31st, 2016

Carpet beetles in VancouverCarpet Beetles are a common form of pest infestation in the Vancouver home. They are also one of the hardest to eradicate.

Left unchecked they can cause a lot of damage to your fabrics, carpets and furniture.

Surprisingly it’s not the adult carpet beetles that do the damage but the larval beetles. Adult carpet beetles feed outdoors on pollen and nectar. Carpet beetle larvae prefer to feed in the dark. They are fond of cotton, linen, rayon, fur, silk, and wool.

Carpet Beetle Larvae

The larval stage of carpet beetles can last up to three years. An infestation in your home can add up to a lot of destructive munching through your clothes and carpets.

Female carpet beetles can lay up to 100 eggs at a time inside your home. The eggs hatch into larvae within seven to 35 days.

Since carpet beetle larvae like dark, hidden areas, they can be difficult to find. This is just one reason that you should hire good pest removal specialists.

ABC Pest Control Vancouver will quickly locate the source of the infestation and eradicate it. They will search for larvae behind baseboards, under furniture and carpets, around door casings and inside air ducts. They will look for fecal pellets and the shed skin of larvae. A higher concentration of these in one spot might also indicate the source of the infestation.

Types of Carpet Beetle

The three main varieties of carpet beetle are: the Varied Carpet Beetle, the Furniture Carpet Beetle, and the Black Carpet Beetle.

The first two varieties are round and mottled yellow, brown and white. The Black Carpet Beetle has a longer, black body and is the largest of the three at up to 3/16” long. The Black Carpet Beetle is also the most destructive.

Although they move slowly, these carpet beetles' larvae will roam from room to room in your home. They can cause rampant damage before you discover you even have an infestation.

Act fast! For pest removal or pest control in Vancouver and Surrey, call ABC Pest Control to stop potential infestations in their tracks.