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January 22nd, 2016

If you've seen one cockroach, you know there's more lurking in hidden places. Did you know that there are thousands of species of cockroaches as well? No wonder they can be so difficult to get rid of!

In the Vancouver area, it's the German cockroaches that are predominant. They are light-to medium-brown, and tend to come out at night. They eat just about anything and you'll find them in businesses and homes alike.

So, how do you get rid of cockroaches? Especially when previous methods have failed you?

Keep it clean. This is rule number one for getting cockroaches out of your home or business and keeping them away. Don't have dripping faucets, and get all garbage outside daily. Also, don't leave food laying around anywhere. Check outside along foundation walls for cracks or openings where pests may be getting in.

Use boric acid. Cockroaches have become resilient to most chemicals, but boric acid is one that kills them efficiently. You can find boric acid in powder form, and you can spread it on countertops, desks or corners to help prevent cockroaches from coming into your home or business.

Use simple soap and water. If you have young children and pets and don't want a chemical powder where they can easily get to it, combine dishwashing detergent and water into a spray bottle. Anytime you see a cockroach give them a good spray. This will kill them immediately.

Usually, cockroaches have become infested in places you don't see. That's why it's best to call the professionals in to get rid of them once and for all. The cockroaches you see are just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak.

A good pest control expert will know exactly what to do for your cockroach problem. They'll have it under control before you know it.

December 18th, 2015

Steps to prevent unwanted guests in your holiday decorations

Tis the season to be jolly and to decorate and celebrate with friends and family by making and sharing good food. Tis also the season for having house guests, but not unwanted ones.

The big three unwanted guests any time of the year, but especially during the holidays are mice, rats, and squirrels. There are many clever and diabolical ways to capture or kill these three home invaders. But the best is to keep your yard clean, your trash in sealed cans and to cover any crack and hole in your home down to the smallest of gaps.

When closing the gaps in your home, pay special attention to gaps and holes around pipes as leaks can widen holes creating and entrance way. Rats can fit through a hole the size of a quarter and mice slither through anything the size of a dime.

The best material you can use to cover and fill in those holes is copper wool, because rodents will chew through foams and caulks, and steel wool rusts too quickly. You can also use an aluminum window screen or hardware cloth. A professional service can help identify holes, and cover or fill them for you.

It’s important to let your house breathe so use aluminum window screening over openings like windows, vents, and chimneys.

Make sure that any food not in the refrigerator is sealed tight and kept above counter level. This includes pet food. Rodents are nocturnal, so any pet food left in bowls overnight attracts them. Of course, if your cat is sitting there, that will deter them from your kitchen . . . for the moment.

If you’ve done everything to keep them away and still notice telltale droppings in your kitchen, then the smartest thing to do is to call us and let us deal with the dilemma.

As a professional service ABC Pest Management can guarantee you a holiday filled with cheer, not rodents.

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.