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Arm yourself with knowledge against pesky critters and insects with our informative blog. The Pest Detective is your reputable source on effective pest control in the Lower Mainland. Check out our posts on the most common pest issues to learn more.

  • Solutions for Bird Control in Your Vancouver Distribution Centre

    When spring approaches, warehouse managers may find themselves in a tight corner with a pest bird problem. Opening the wide doors of the warehouse is an easy way for these birds to take shelter in one of the many nooks, including the high rafters or close to the warm light fixtures and transformers.

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  • Why Do Skunks Smell?
    Why Do Skunks Smell? - Get The Facts from Your Pest Control Expert in Vancouver

    When skunks feel threatened, they can spray up to six strikes of sulphur compound, which takes up to ten days for their body to replenish.

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    How Do Ants Survive the Winter?

    Have you ever wondered where ants disappear to as soon as the cold weather strikes? Like us, ants need to keep warm in the winter and protect themselves from the snow, ice, hail and frigid cold air. But where exactly do they go and how do they survive the elements? Read on to learn the way of the ant and how they make it through the winter season.


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  • Chemical Free Methods for Pest Control in Vancouver BC
    Chemical Free Methods for Pest Control in Vancouver BC

    Pest control in Vancouver and BC’s Lower Mainland is tricky business. Nobody likes being overrun by insect pests, but the idea of using harsh chemicals for extermination and pest removal is increasingly unpopular.

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  • Signs to Look for and Prevent a Winter Pest Infestation

    As the cold weather approaches, it’s time to start thinking about securing certain areas of the home to prevent pests from entering and building their nests. Whether the potential invaders are ants, squirrels or skunks, sealing off entry points in your roof, garage, attic and crawlspaces is one of the best ways to keep your home pest-free.

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    Common BC Winter Pests & How they Survive the Cold Weather
    • Have you found evidence of nesting in your attic during the cold winter months?
    • Do you smell ammonia or urine in certain areas of the home?
    • Have you noticed small holes in your walls and floors?
    • Are you finding several dead bugs around window ledges or in your basement?


    If your home is prone to infestation in the winter and your DIY pest removal techniques prove to be unsuccessful, turn to Pest Detective, Vancouver’s leading pest removal company. We can provide a thorough inspection and extermination services to protect you, your loved ones, and your property from dangerous or bothersome pests like rodents, insects, and other wildlife. We will effectively and safely remove any of the following pests that may find refuge in your home this winter.

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  • A Black Bear on a Picnic Table in British Columbia | Pest Detective Vancouver
    Keep Your Family and Pets Safe from Bears in BC

    It should come as no surprise that British Columbia’s symbolic mammal is the Spirit Bear. After all, BC boasts one of the largest bear populations in the world! And with a little care, humans and bears can coexist with minimum conflict.

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  • Getting rid of squirrels in Vancouver British Columbia
    Hearing Noises in The Attic? A Specialized Vancouver Exterminator Can Help

    If you are hearing scratching or scurrying noises coming from your attic, it’s likely that you have a wild animal living in the space. Animals like squirrels, raccoons and rats can be scratching the area to make their nests or bury food. A quick attic analysis will tell you if animals have moved into your home. If you are not sure what to look for, or if you’re simply too afraid to look, contact a professional pest control company in Vancouver or the lower mainland for quick and effective inspection.

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  • Keeping insects away in British Columbia
    Don’t Let Pesky Insects Spoil Your Outdoor Fun with These Tips from Your Pest Control Experts in Vancouver!

    We are all too familiar with the constant battle of keeping the patio light on and swatting those pesky flies away from our face and food or eating and socializing in the dark. Mosquitos and other insects around your patio area during the summer and fall evenings can be very bothersome and even potentially dangerous if they are carrying diseases. The good news is that you can reduce the amount of insects that navigate towards your veranda or patio by simply replacing your outdoor light bulbs with warm-coloured LED lights.

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  • Dead bugs in corner
    How to Spot Pests While House Shopping

    Let’s face it; buying a home in the Vancouver area is strenuous enough without having to worry about possible pest infestations. However, neglecting bugs and pests before you sign will surely lead to more headaches than you can imagine. Look before you buy and you might save yourself big headaches further down the road.

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  • Bed bugs
    Get a Leg Up on Bed Bugs in Vancouver

    Every year it seems we hear more and more horror stories about the spread of bed bugs as these critters multiply in urban centres.

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  • Carpenter Ant Infestations
    What You Need to Know About Carpenter Ant Infestations

    Indigenous to many of the world's forested areas, carpenter ants are no strangers to Vancouver area homes. They are recognizable by the evenly rounded thorax when viewed from the side, their bent antennae and thin waists (one node) which separate their upper and lower body segments. Ranging in size from as small as 6 mm to as large as 2.5 cm, carpenter ants can destroy wooden structures with their tunnels and nests.

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  • Carpenter Ants Crawling on Concrete in Vancouver, B.C.
    Summer Pests & Where to Find Them

    Without a doubt, BC is one of the premier locations in the world for outdoor activities. It’s a four-season paradise for whatever strikes your sporting and leisure fancy. But few things can put a damper on an outdoor activity quite as fast as an infestation of insect pests!

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  • Pesticides
    The Regulation & Use of Pesticides in Canada

    Pesticide use is strictly regulated in Canada, but many pesticide products are approved for use and readily available on store shelves. Because these products are freely available, it can be helpful to understand how their use is regulated, which work best in what situations and why you may sometimes want to call in the Victoria and Vancouver pest control experts at Pest Detective to handle the job of using them

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  • Skunk
    Understanding the Skunk Problem in Bowen Island

    Bowen Island has received a lot of attention in the past few months for its growing skunk population. Alongside these smelly creatures, there are rumors spreading that pest control companies have been involved in bringing these animals to the island in order to boost business. These rumors are disheartening and disturbing to us in many ways and we would like to assure Bowen Islanders, and residents in surrounding areas, that Pest Detective has had no involvement in this situation.

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  • Skunk problem in British Columbia
    Helping Bowen Islanders Manage the Skunk Problem

    The team at Pest Detective is extremely disheartened by the skunk problem Bowen Island is facing and much more so with the rumours that pest control companies are responsible for adding to the population. We want to assure residents in the area that we have had no involvement in this development and continue to work closely with the BC Conversation Office to have this resolved. On the contrary, we seek only to support communities throughout British Columbia in maintaining a balanced relationship with local pests, rodents and wildlife. Our team is committed to following pest control protocols and best practices that preserve the safety of residents, the animals and the environment. Though our experience with other infestations is more common, we have often dealt with skunks in the past and would like to help residents face this issue.

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  • Squirrel
    Winter Pest & Rodent Prevention

    Humans are not the only ones who seek protection from the cold. As the temperatures drop and the snow begins to fall, many small rodents and animals look for warm places to escape from the harsh weather. Your heated home becomes an attractive option, especially if it is accessible. Mice, rats and squirrels are known to find their way in through small openings. Crawl spaces and attics are particularly vulnerable to critter invasions, but there are steps you can take before the winter season to help limit the chances of pests getting in your home.

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  • How to Safeguard Your Food from Hungry Critters

    Is your kitchen bug problem bugging you half to death? Are little critters making your food their personal feast?

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  • When Wasps Attack: What to Do about Bites and Stings from Insects and Arachnids

    You already know that bugs are annoying. Insect infestations can erode your home's exterior, spread disease and ruin your carpet. But what humans fear the most about pests is definitely their bite.

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  • 3 Types of Household Health Risks

    When do you start thinking about pest control? Is it when you see a spider in a bathtub, or a troop of ants crawling on your kitchen floor? Is it when your neighbour finds a mouse in their garage, or when a hornet's nest appears above your patio? Odds are, unless you see a pest, you aren't actively thinking about one.

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  • Enjoy Your BBQ without the Bugs

    Outdoor dining definitely has its benefits. You could watch a spectacular sunset, relax on some quality patio furniture, or simply enjoy the general ambiance of the evening. Crickets chirping can set a pleasant, quaint atmosphere for your meal, and a gentle breeze could be just what you need to unwind.

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  • Useful Tips for Rodent Control

    Rodents not only wreak havoc on your property, but they put your health at risk too. Mice and rats are known for carrying a variety of diseases, so the moment you realize you have a rodent problem, you need to take action. Because of their habits, rodents are extremely difficult to control and can be a menace to your property. With an approach of preventative measures and timely action, you can help prevent an infestation.

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  • How Professional Pest Control Keeps Your Home Pest Free

    There are a variety of pests that can enter your home – from ants to fleas to bed bugs, rodents, and more. Identifying what types of pests you have and then finding ways to eradicate them requires experience and knowledge of the right methods to conduct pest control. Whether you suspect you already have a pest infestation problem or you are thinking about signing up for a pest prevention program as part of preventative maintenance, a professional exterminator can help you keep your home pest-free.

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  • Raccoons: Is Your Home Their Home?

    Raccoons are a growing concern in Vancouver. More homeowners are reporting these vicious, disease-carrying wildlife animals in their yards and homes and there are plenty more homeowners who do not realize they have raccoons invading their homes. While chimneys and attics are the usual den source, raccoons are intelligent and highly resourceful, meaning they can create a den just about anywhere.

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  • Signs of a Silverfish Infestation

    Vancouver has a growing silverfish problem. Because of the city’s mild, rainy climate, the area is perfect for silverfish to thrive. They love moisture and warm temperatures, and more homeowners are reporting silverfish infestations; even more have no idea they are affected by this growing menace.

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  • Tips for Getting Rid of Carpenter Ants

    As summer hits and the warm temperatures allow eager Vancouver residents to get outside, there is another group also on the move: carpenter ants. Winged queen ants fly the nest to seek new mates and a new place to form their colony around the months of June and July. In Vancouver, carpenter ants are no longer just annoying; they are a growing problem that needs to be taken care of by professionals. Homeowners and business owners may think they eradicated them, only to feel defeated when they return the next year.

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  • Drive Out Pests This Winter

    As we approach another winter season, more and more pests and rodents are looking for a warm place to hide out. It can be unnerving and unsanitary to have these unwanted invaders take up residence in your home. They can also be expensive, causing extensive electrical and structural damage to your home. However, there are steps you can take to make your warm home less inviting to pests.

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