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November 24th, 2015

As winter approaches, rodents that have been living outside look for ways to enter your house.  As the weather worsens so do signs of rodents inside your home.

What follows are practical steps that you can take to keep rodents from coming inside to escape the cold.

  1. Do not leave food out.  If you have been storing snacks, cereals, fruits and the like on top of the refrigerator relocate them to the inside of the refrigerator.
  2. Seal off all entryways and outside accesses to your home or apartment. Block any exposed pipes with steel wool or sanded cement.  Survey for other less obvious entry points by looking for gnaw marks or droppings.
  3. Plug in sonic repellent.
  4. Set traps.
  5. Look for gaps or flaws along your homes exterior walls.  These gaps provide easy entry for rodents and need to be filled.
  6. Trim back tree branches from over your roof to cut back on rodents accessing your house by jumping onto the roof.
  7. Keep all pet food and wild bird seed in sealed metal containers.
  8. Get rid of clutter.  Rodents like clutter.  It provides a lovely place for them to live.
  9. Clear out the garage.  Again, rodents like places that they can live undisturbed and clutter inside the home and outside in the garage provides the perfect place.
  10. Thoroughly check and secure crawl spaces.

To find out whether or not you have an infestation of mice, lay talcum powder of plain flour along floor edges by walls.  If a nest is close by tracks will begin to appear.

If you still have a problem with rodents after trying everything above then perhaps it is time to contact pest extermination experts.  Qualified professionals are available to help and they will know how to get rid of your rodent problems once and for all.

October 20th, 2015

dad_and_child.jpgBed bugs are parasitic insects that feed exclusively on blood.  The common bed beg prefers human blood and is found in warm houses usually near or inside beds and bedding.  Bed bug bites lead to a range of skin manifestations from no visible effects to prominent blisters and itchiness.

What do Bed Bugs Look Like?

Adult bed bugs are light brown to reddish brown, flattened, oval shaped and have no hind wings.  The front wings are vestigial and reduced to pad-like structures.  These insects have segmented abdomens with microscopic hairs giving them a banded appearance.  Adults grow to between 4 and 5 millimeters long and 1.5 to 3 millimeters wide.

An Increase in Bed Bug Infestations

There has been a resurgence of bed bug infestations in the western world since the 1980s when we began seeing these nasty bugs in increasing numbers.  The reasons for this resurgence are not clear but contributing factors seem to be increased resistance of the bed bugs to certain pesticides and increased international travel as well as a certain complacency with respect to being aware of bed bugs.

Vancouver is no exception to increasing infestations of bed bugs.  Signs of bed bug infestation include:

1)      Blood stains on your sheets or pillowcases.

2)      Dark or rusty spots of bedbug excrement on sheets and mattresses, bed clothes, and walls.

3)      Bedbug fecal spots, egg shells, or shed skins in areas where bedbugs hide.

4)      An offensive, musty odor from the bugs' scent glands.

5)      Experiencing the symptoms described above (itching, sores, etc.)

React to Bed Bugs With Professional Pest Management

If you think that you have a bed bug infestation call your local pest control professionals immediately.   Make sure that you engage qualified professionals in Vancouver to deal with this pest situation as soon as you notice any sign of their residence in your home or bed. The longer they are around, the more difficult they can be to get rid of. 

September 24th, 2015

meat_bee.jpgMeat bees, otherwise known as yellow jackets, aren't actually bees at all. They are, in fact, wasps which have long, slender bodies and appear smooth-skinned. Yellow jackets, along with hornets, are the most common wasps encountered by people. They can be a nuisance – they are capable of stinging multiple times, and some can even bite! 

So how do you get rid of meat bees? 

You might be tempted to run out to your local store and pick up some bug spray. But, do you really know what you have? Are they bees, wasps, or hornets? By engaging experts, you can deal with the root causes associated with these buzzing hazards, as opposed to just keeping them at bay for a short time with potentially dangerous chemicals that you may not wish to use around your family. 

The first thing pest experts will do for you is to ascertain exactly what type of wasp you have. Meat bees make their nests in many different places. There are those that are in easy places to see, and there are wasps that will also make their home in the ground, unseen by you. There are also wasp nests that are found behind the walls of your home, or in the attic. The only way you know they're there is by watching them come and go through an aperture in the wood. 

For problems with meat bees as big as these, you don't want to take on the task of removal by yourself. The dangers of bee removal is just too much for one person to do, and attempting to take on this job singlehandedly can be extremely dangerous, even fatal. Meat bees or yellow jackets can be very aggressive. They have lance-like stingers, they can sting repeatedly, particularly when they sense that their nest is being threatened or destroyed. 

Trust your local pest control company to safely and expertly solve your 'bee' problem. 

August 27th, 2015

hotel_door_handle.jpgBed bugs are horrible, horrible things! They spread filth and for most people, the bites itch like crazy! The awful thing is that they are out there, everywhere. Eggs and tiny hatchlings are unknowingly transported on people and their luggage all over the world. If you think about it too much you’ll never want to sit on another bus, train or plane. Or sofa. That said – places where many different people are sleeping are far more likely to have bed bugs than busses, namely hotels. 

Luckily, there are quite a few things that you can do to discourage, detect and destroy these pests. 

Light-coloured, plastic luggage will make detecting any bugs much easier. Adult bed bugs are visible to the naked eye as little black lozenges about 5mm long. Google if you dare. When packing, include lavender and tea tree oils in and around, and on your case. This will discourage them from hopping into your luggage and clothes. Take enough so that you can also douse yourself. It will keep mosquitoes away too. 

When you arrive in your room do not put luggage on the floor or near the bed. Actually, never put shoes, or anything, near or under the bed. It is best to find a tiled surface (bathroom floor) and leave your case there while you perform an inspection. Bed bugs are lurkers, and while you may not see them, you will find their dark, spotty and slightly sticky faeces in the crevices of mattress folds, the corners of draws, under lamps, around the legs of beds, and the corners of cupboards. The folds of upholstered furniture provide a favourite nesting place. Use a flashlight. Also look under pillows and in the folds of sheets. Do not unpack your clothes into draws but keep them in your case, having checked the luggage stand/table where you will put your case. If you find evidence of bugs and must demand a new room, ask that it be as far away from the old one as possible and do not hesitate to re-inspect. 

When you get home leave your entire luggage, including purse, camera and the clothes you are wearing in a safe place, such as a garage, and search pockets, linings and seams. To be certain, put everything in the tumble dryer for 30 minutes on hot. This will kill off any undetected bedbugs. Bedbugs will also die in conditions of extreme cold, so another step would be to bag your suitcase and stick it in the garden on a night when the temperatures drop below -5. 

July 20th, 2015

happy_family_in_house.jpgIntegrated pest management (IPM) starts with a thorough pest control plan. The goal is to reduce the number of pests through reducing their populations and the damage they cause. An IPM system is designed to cause as little damage to the environment as possible. 

Farmers often use this approach, and it can also be very beneficial to homeowners as well. It is very cost-efficient and a safer alternative to all of those chemical agents that you may not be willing to use around your home. 

An integrated pest management system uses a combination of biological, cultivation, and chemical methods which are applied in very specific sequences in accordance with a specific timeline. This system is a great way to reduce the amount of polluting substances used typically to deal with pests. 

An integrated pest management system encourages looking at environmental factors that affect the pest problem. Once you know what you are dealing with you can create conditions that become unfavorable for the pest. 

A pest can be a plant, bird or rodent, insects, ticks, snails, or viruses and bacteria. These all cause disease, or harm water systems, or animal life. They can significantly upset the balance of ecosystems. 

By beginning an IPM system you will begin to see the benefits with little risk to you or your property. That's because an IPM system encompasses controls. These include biological, cultural, mechanical / physical, and chemical controls to tackle any pest problem. 

You can take actions to keep pests from becoming a real problem. Proper monitoring and pest identification can help you decide if an integrated pest management solution is right for you.