Even though winter is almost over, you may still be running into some of these common winter pests. Here's how to handle them!
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Every New Year's Eve, Canadians resolve to improve their health, save more money, and to lose weight. But, there's one resolution you don't hear a lot about: getting serious about preventing pest infestation in and around your home.
It is common to seek pest control services during the warmer months but as the colder months approach, some homeowners will mistakenly abandon their pest management efforts. While pests naturally live outdoors, they are not immune to the dip in temperature the fall season brings about. Pests will instinctively seek shelter and your home provides the perfect option for these unwelcome guests.
As winter approaches, the colder temperatures can exacerbate your pest problems. At this time, it is important to set up safeguards around your home to prevent the infestation of insects, rodents, and other critters who are looking for shelter. There are also other benefits to maintaining your home, aside from keeping pests away. For instance, sealing any gaps or holes around your home will help conserve heat and save you money on energy bills.
Moving into your new dorm is an exciting beginning to your college life. However, you may encounter some unexpected roommates that have settled in your dorm room when you arrive. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for dorm rooms to be infested with pests, such as bed bugs. Timely fall pest control in your Vancouver campus dorm will allow you a stress-free school year.
During the winter, your home is a comfortable haven that keeps you safe from the chilly weather. Unfortunately, you and your family are not the only ones seeking refuge from the cold. Many insects and pests are also taking advantage of the cozy warmth your Vancouver home provides, in order to survive the winter.
Skunk season is officially upon us! While they are active all year, these mammals typically prefer to make their appearance known throughout the summer months. During this time, skunks will burrow in spaces such as under porches, sheds, woodpiles, rocks or debris, and in open garbage and compost containers. Skunks are solitary creatures and if they feel threatened, they will spray a liquid from two glands under its tail as a defensive weapon. Unfortunately, because skunks are more inclined to set up home in places around the yard, your well-meaning but curious pet, may be on the receiving end of their strong and unpleasant spray.
For the most part, bees, wasps, and hornets make up an important part of the Earth’s ecosystem. Bees are beneficial to humans in their role as a major pollinator of flowering plants, while wasps and hornets help by reducing the number of other pest species such as insects, mites, and spiders.
It is important to take care of your commercial premises the same way you would your home. Since you spend the majority of your week at the office or workplace, establishing a regular cleaning schedule will help you make a positive impression on clients, maintain a healthy work environment for employees, and keep your business location free of pests.
You have spent a significant amount of time perfecting your garden when suddenly you notice an invasion of pests. The discovery of garden pests such as ants, snails, and slugs may cause some anxiety as their presence could threaten to destroy all your hard work. Fortunately, before resorting to drastic measures, there are several organic remedies you can use to control your pest problem and ensure that your garden lasts throughout the season.
With the summer season in full swing, now is the perfect time to get outdoors. Your backyard deck can be a welcoming place to relax after work, spend time with your family, or host a group of friends. From ime to time however, unwelcome critters may want to join in on the fun too.
Summer is the perfect time of year to enjoy the outdoors but the ubiquitous presence of mosquitoes can often overshadow your plans. Apart from being a nuisance, these insects are recognized as a significant contributor to the spread of global infectious diseases. However, that does not mean you must remain indoors at all times during the warmer months. Minimizing their pesky existence can be achieved by wearing repellent, removing standing water, and keeping air circulated.
Renovating your home is exciting. You might have a comprehensive renovation of your kitchen, or possibly you are overhauling the entire house.
While you are worried about keeping things locked up to prevent theft and vandalism, there is one intruder you might have forgotten about.
Cleaning and pest prevention in Vancouver is a task that is best left to the professionals. While you might think using chemical cleansers or sealing holes is all it takes, the process of pest removal is much more intensive.
If you suspect a mouse problem in your home, keep an eye out for any signs of infestation. As temperatures drop, female mice will search for dark, warm and quiet places to hide and nest, which is why you may be seeing droppings or smelling urine. Depending on how many mice are scurrying around your home, you might want to consider contacting a professional company for pest control in Vancouver. A trained and certified mice exterminator knows exactly what to look for and where to look to effectively rid your home of these pesky rodents.
Did you know that a mouse can squeeze through any crack or hole comparable to the size of a dime? Because they do not have collar bones, they can easily fit into small openings. If you have a hole in your wall, floor or foundation, you may find these creepy crawlers roaming your home, searching for food sources and leaving their droppings behind. They can also make their way through window gaps, improperly sealed drain pipes, sink or bathtub drains and holes around plumbing and oven gas lines.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.