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June 28th, 2016

cockroach control vancouverGetting rid of pests that like to make their home in your home can be a challenge, especially if these little pests are cockroaches. You may think you've seen the last of them, but chances are, there may be many more unless you have had a professional deal with the situation.

Cockroaches love hiding in walls. You've tried every trap and spray, but still have a bug problem. You will want to be rid of these pests for good, for several reasons.

Cockroaches and Associated Health Risks

Cockroaches and other insects, can spread germs and bacteria wherever they go. Believe it or not, cockroaches will leave germs behind that cause illness in humans. When you have children around, that's the last thing you want to be worried about.

If you have leaky faucets in the kitchen or bathrooms they provide the perfect places for cockroaches to set up shop. Not only do they carry germs and bacteria, but they bring parasites along with them.

We all know how bacteria and germs cause itching and respiratory illnesses. Don't let this happen in your home. Cockroaches can cause problems for everyone, but particularly for the very young and the very old.

Vancouver Pest Control to The Rescue

A Burnaby pest control company will get the job done for you. They will rid your home of those pesky cockroaches who love to scatter when the lights come on and they will do it once and for all.

Your pest control expert will look for areas in your home where water accumulates because cockroaches are attracted to leaky faucets and standing water. Cockroaches don't give you the virus germs themselves, they merely carry the germs from other places and deposit them on your home's surfaces.

At the first sign of a cockroach in Burnaby or Vancouver, call Vancouver Pest Control. They know just what to do and will find an effective solution to your cockroach problem.


June 8th, 2016

Saving bees is importantBees are among the most important creatures on the Earth. They help humans in many ways and are, in fact, beneficial to us every day and every season.

While it could be argued that bees shouldn't be considered pests, if you find you have an overabundance of bees on your property it's best to call the finest in pest control in Vancouver for help. They will get those bees into a safe location – safe both for them and for you.

Here's why saving our bees is so important.

Bees Play a Major Role in Nature

Did you know that bees pollinate over 80% of the Earth's flowering plants? Without bees pollinating gardens and green spots, we wouldn't be enjoying the beauty of nature that bursts forth every Spring.

Just one bee colony can pollinate 300 million flowers each day. That's a lot of colorful blooms!

Bees Are Vital to the Earth's Food Supply

If you love fruits, nuts and all kinds of vegetables, thank a bee! Bees are responsible for pollinating over 70% of all these plants.

Are you an almond lover? Almond is a popular flavoring - perfect in cakes, breads, and as a snack. Without bees, there would be no almonds at all.

Of all the food crops grown throughout the world, bees pollinate a majority of them. They are also vital to bird and animal species, too.

Honey is a Superfood

Bees make honey, which is one of the healthiest foods you can eat. Raw honey is loaded with vitamins and antioxidants, which provide you with all the added nutrients you could wish for. If you suffer seasonal allergies, just taking local raw honey will put an end to your sneezing for good.

How to Respond When Bees Move In

It's amazing to see how vital bees are to the planet. If you are overrun with them, calling an exterminator in Vancouver doesn't necessarily mean that the bees will be destroyed. Rather, it means you are engaging professionals who will be able to assess the scene and determine how best to solve your bee problem, and hopefully also save the colony.


March 31st, 2016

carpenter ants eradicationCarpenter ants are a common household pest in Vancouver. These pests damage wood by hollowing it out in order to nest. While they do not eat wood, large colonies can be destructive.

The size and color of carpenter ants vary considerably between species but they all have a smoothly-rounded thorax and one or two nodes.

Swarm and Mating Habits

Each year, carpenter ants become active in March and April and remain so through September and October.
A mature carpenter ant colony usually releases reproductive “swarmers” in springtime. The swarmers mate and the females establish a new colony. Their nests consist of smooth, clean tunnels and excavations in wood.

Carpenter Ant Eradication

Location and destruction of the parent nest is the best way to eradicate carpenter ants. Once located, the nest can be treated with insecticides that eliminate the queen and prevent reproduction.

Ant extermination in Vancouver requires eliminating first the parent nest then indoor satellite nests.  Re-infestation is possible if ants outside the structure return to the parent nest. For reliable control, nests must be treated directly. This may require drilling into voids in walls, doors, window frames, etc., to allow in insecticidal dust or to allow liquid insecticide to be injected into the nest.

After a series of exterminations, methods of sanitation can be employed to help prevent another invasion. Carpenter ants require wood and moisture, so reduce the availability of both.

  1. Eliminate stumps, logs and woodpiles or move them as far away from structures as possible.
  2. Seal cracks in the foundations, gaps around doors and windows, and spaces where utility lines penetrate.
  3. Address moisture problems caused by clogged gutters, leaky plumbing and faulty seals around chimneys, skylights, doors and windows.
  4. Also remove or cut back any overhanging tree branches to eliminate easy access for ants.


March 2nd, 2016

There are two seasons that are especially bad for pest problems. Spring is when all the pests hatch, have babies, reproduce like crazy, and fall is when they’re bunkering down for the cold season, hoping to emerge in spring to do it all over again. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take action during the winter. In fact, winter is a great time to make sure those pests don’t reemerge in spring by taking a few proactive measures. Depending on the types of pests, you can do a number of things to reduce the likelihood of a pest bloom come spring. 

Rodents are Nesting 

When the weather gets colder, rodents are going to look for cozy places to hide. That means eaves, attics, basements, garages, and roofs. Even a cold place, like the basement, is better than being out in the rain and snow. So winter is a good time to identify and expel rodents. You may not know where or how to get rid of squirrels in the attic or rats and mice in the walls, so pest control services will be your friend, even in winter. 

Hibernating Insects? 

Insects are going into their dormant phase, waiting for spring. While this means you may not realize they’re there, it also means they’re especially vulnerable. Ants, silverfish, termites, and cockroaches are hiding, slower, and avoiding activity. If you’ve had pests in the past, winter is a great time to have pest control come in and exterminate the insects that are dormant and invisible. 

A lot of pests are also happy to stay active during winter, if they can find a warm and comfortable place to live. If you’re worried that you’ve got pests moving in, get in touch with pest control experts so you can knock out the pests before they get out of control again in spring.


February 28th, 2016

Integrated 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.