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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. 

July 14th, 2015

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.

July 14th, 2015

daddy_long_legs.jpgSpiders are creepy, crawly, and feared across the globe. Even though people fear them, it’s commonly because they don't know much about them. There are a lot of interesting facts about spiders. These facts may change the way you look at them.

Females Feast on Males

When a female spider is hungry, male spiders need to watch out. A female will eat any invertebrate, including male spiders. That can make mating tricky for males. To distinguish themselves as suitors instead of meals, they go through courtship rituals.

Scientists Want to Make Body Armour Out of Silk

Spider silk is incredibly strong. It is so strong, in fact, that if used as body armour, it could protect against bullets. Additionally, it would be light and cool, so it would be easier for law enforcement to move around and take down criminals. In order to make body armour out of spider silk, scientists need to find a way to synthesize the silk-making protein. They also have to find a way to mass-produce the protein. It's still a while off, but you might see some real life spider men walking around in your lifetime.

They Have Brains in Their Legs

It takes a lot of brainpower to spin a web. It takes so much, in fact, that some spiders do not have room in their heads to hold all of their brains. Because of that, a lot of spiders house the excess brain in their legs!

Learning fun facts about spiders is one thing. Having them in your house is another. If you don't want to host them for dinner, you need to have a professional pest control company help. A pest control company can keep spiders outside so you won't have to worry about waking up to a creature crawling across your chest, looking for his next meal.

Contact us today and our spider exterminator will help with spider infestation in your Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey or Burnaby, BC home or business.

April 18th, 2015

spring_pest_control.jpgEverything comes back to life in spring, including pests. Whether you’re dealing with spiders or mice, or any pest in between, there are things you can do to keep your home free from these annoying and creepy visitors. Make pest prevention and control part of your usual spring cleaning and you should not be bothered by these critters anymore! 

The first step to pest prevention and control for spring is a simple inspection. Look around your home, inside and out, for any evidence of pests or places where they may be able to enter your home. If vegetation and shrubbery grew toward your home last year and you did not cut it back, it’s a good time to clean up so there are less places for pests to hide. If you see any structural issues like holes or cracks on the exterior of your home, these are good places for pests to enter, so make repair jobs a priority. 

After looking around inside and out, and working on your landscaping, turn your cleaning attention to the interior of your home. This is a good time to fully clean out your kitchen and other food storage areas, to remove any sources of nutrition for pests. Be sure that all food storage containers are clean and sealed tightly! 

If you discover a pest problem during your inspection and cleaning, it may be time to call in the experts. Professional pest prevention and control for spring takes the burden off of you as a homeowner while ensuring the rest of your year will be free from worry about unwanted visitors. Pest prevention and control experts in Vancouver know just what to do to keep your house clear of pesky intruders, inside and out, so do not hesitate to call.