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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. 

March 25th, 2015

pest_control__bed_bugs.jpgBedbugs are persistent little creatures. Once they’ve had a good, filling meal, they can go dormant for more than two months. This can make things quite difficult if you happen to have an infestation and would like to get rid of them. A sleeping bedbug is difficult to detect.

So… how do you wake them up? Bedbugs respond to two things: body heat and Carbon Dioxide ( CO2 ). These two things act as little alarm clocks for the bedbugs, and as soon as they wake up you can trap them and end a bedbug infestation.

To awaken and remove dormant bedbugs, you can use dry ice and fans. The dry ice will generate CO2. How do you do this? Bring in some dry ice, turn on fans, and then move all items in your room in a way that exposes any surface that is potentially harboring bedbugs to the CO2 . Use a fan in order to make sure that the CO2 gets into every nook and cranny. For example, if you suspect that they are sleeping in your closet, take each and every article of clothing out and expose the surfaces to the CO2. This will wake up the bedbugs, and they will fall off of whatever they were sleeping on, and into your trap. You will need to do this a few times over the course of a week to ensure that they have all been woken up and removed.

There are other ways to eliminate bedbugs, but these ways are not nearly as simple or as quick. You can starve them by closing off the room and opening it up to cold weather all winter, or you can wash each and every item in very hot water in your washing machine, and dry it in your dryer. Both of these approaches are effective, but they can take a lot of time and/or energy.

Contact ABC Pest Control today for a free consultation and let our bed bug exterminators help with a bed bug infestation in Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey or Burnaby, BC home or business.