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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.

  • A bat soaring through the air in British Columbia
    Tips to Attract Bats to Your Yard in the Vancouver Area

    Whether you wish to address the mosquito problem in your yard, reduce the moths swarming around your lightbulbs, or protect your vegetable garden from beetles and moth larvae, bats could be your new best friends. Did you know that these critters are excellent insect-hunters, who can ravenously prey on almost 600 insects per hour? That makes them an excellent option for organic pest control methods.

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  • A bat perched on the indoor curtains of a British Columbia home
    Bat Away Your Bat Problems – How to Keep Bats Outside

    Have you recently spotted bats flying in or out of your home, or heard screeching or fluttering sounds near your attic? Are you worried about a certain, distinct smell in the house, or seen any browning or yellowing of your walls, especially near the ceilings? If you suspect that you are dealing with a bat infestation, you are most likely right. While bat urine can cause discoloration of the walls, their excrement (guano) emits a strong, unpleasant smell that can quickly spread throughout your home.

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  • Suitcases at the Vancouver airport ready for travel
    Don’t Be a Victim of Bed Bugs While Traveling Abroad

    Whether you are heading out for a family vacation, business trip or a backpacking experience, any travel comes with its share of hectic itineraries and excitement. From exotic destinations and Instagram-worthy hotels, to modest B&B options for “spend less and see more” vacations, when it comes to travel, your choices are unlimited. However, if you are not careful in your selection, you may find yourselves in bed with the bed bugs and wake up with nasty bites that put a damper on the rest of your plans. Worse still, if you end up bringing them home through your clothes and baggage, you will expose your entire home to a full blown infestation.

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  • Close-up photo of a single cluster fly in Vancouver
    Don’t Let Cluster Flies Invade Your Home This Winter

    When the temperature outside is around or below the freezing mark, but the days are bright and sunny, you may often spot a cluster of flies buzzing and hovering around the light sources. With your home heating on, your doors and windows may be shut, but these annoying pests will create a nuisance as they try to squeeze around the edges of the weather-proofed openings. Although they may look like regular house flies at first glance, cluster flies are actually darker, larger, and slower-moving, which makes their buzz and movement more of a nuisance.

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  • A Vancouver rodent sitting in fallen autumn leaves
    Not a Ghost! How Rodents are Haunting Homes this Halloween

    Picture this scene: you’re home alone and you start hearing strange sounds in the walls—scratching, pattering. You can’t find the source of the noise; one minute it’s beside you, the next it’s at other end of the room. Is it ghosts? Think again. It’s not spirits haunting your home, it’s rodents! And this is just one way that rats and mice can make you feel like your house is haunted. Keep reading to discover others!

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  • A Vancouver bee flying on a white background
    Wasps vs. Bees: Which is Pestering Your Home?

    Wasps and bees are often mistaken for one another. Both insects fly, buzz, and make complex hives in which their colonies live. However, there are some important differences between the two that can help you identify which kind of invader you have near your home or business. In both cases, you may need to call an exterminator to provide pest control measures, as these insects can become a nuisance or even a danger. In the Vancouver, Langley, Victoria, and lower mainland BC areas, Pest Detective is available to help.

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  • An exterminator providing pest control in Maple Ridge
    Are Pest Extermination Methods Harmful to Humans?

    Carpenter ants, termites, bed bugs, raccoons, bats and pigeons. What do these creatures have in common? You don’t want them invading your home. Not only are these insects and animals bad houseguests, their presence also poses many health risks. We at Pest Detective have multiple locations that serve the Vancouver and Victoria areas and are here to let you know that most modern pest control measures are perfectly safe and require no substances that are harmful for humans.

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  • A Victoria BC bee flying towards summer flowers
    How to Keep Insects Away this Summer

    There are many kinds of insects that proliferate in our province, especially in the summer months. In order to avoid having call an exterminator to perform pest control measures, we suggest that homeowners learn a bit about common insects in the Vancouver and Victoria, BC areas. Three common pests found in British Columbia are cockroaches, flies and termites.

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  • A mouse sticking it’s head out of an indoor wall in a Vancouver home
    How to Tell if You Have Rodents

    Under certain circumstances, rats and mice can make great household pets. When they come into your home uninvited, however, it’s time to call an exterminator to undertake pest control measures. Not only do rodents eat your food and damage your walls, they can also carry disease and dirt with them. If you’re wondering whether you have rodents in your Vancouver, Langley, or Victoria, BC home, it’s probably best if you become familiar with the most common signs of rodent trouble and the pest control measures to take if you do have them.

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  • A squirrel hiding in Vancouver eavestroughing
    Signs of Pests in the Spring and What Steps You Should Take – Pest Control Tips from Your Trusted Vancouver Exterminator

    As the weather begins to warm up, there are several species of insects, rodents, and wildlife that emerge from their winter hiding place in search for food and a new place to call home. We understand that the wave of pest activity in the spring can be an inconvenience, and in some cases, distressing for many homeowners. Therefore, recognizing the early signs of infestations can help you prevent unwelcomed pests from getting even closer to your property when spring arrives. For friendly, affordable, and professional services in Maple Ridge, Vancouver, Victoria and the lower mainland BC, work with us to keep your home pest-free all year round.

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  • A mouse chewing on a rug in a Vancouver home
    Say Goodbye to These Pests This Spring- A Winter Pest Control Guide from Your Trusted Vancouver Exterminator

    As one pest infestation season comes to a close, another will soon begin. Fortunately, there are several types of bugs and wildlife that are more likely to invade your space during the winter months, rather than in the spring. Nevertheless, homeowners should always be prepared and take steps to prevent pests from using the family home as their own dwelling, regardless of the time of year. If you want to make sure your residential or commercial property is free from pests this spring, work with an exterminator in Vancouver today.

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  • 06/03/2018
    Proactive Pest Control – Preparing Your Vancouver Home for Spring Pests

    The spring season is always a welcome change after months of cold and wet weather. However, this is also a time when insects and rodents begin to emerge, building nests and foraging for food. Your home may become a target in the process, resulting in a pest infestation. Fortunately, there are many preventative measures you can take during the winter. For a pest-free home come spring, work proactively with a Vancouver exterminator who can help you enjoy your home all year round.

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  • 14/02/2018
    Common Winter Pests, and How to Handle Them

    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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  • 18/01/2018
    Bad Habits to Break in the New Year to Prevent Pests

    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.

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  • 13/12/2017
    Why Fall Pest Control is Important for Your Home in Vancouver

    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.

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  • 05/12/2017
    How to Prepare Your Home for Winter – Tips for Cold Weather Pest Control in Vancouver

    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.

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  • 10/11/2017
    How to Keep your Dorm Pest-Free – Advice from Your Local Pest Control Experts in Vancouver, BC

    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.

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  • 30/10/2017
    Will those Pesky Bed Bugs Go Away as the Mercury Drops? - Ask an Experienced Bed Bug Exterminator in Vancouver

    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.

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  • 13/10/2017
    An Effective Guide to De-Skunking Your Pet

    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.

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  • 02/10/2017
    Bees, Wasps, and Hornets: When is it Time to Call an Exterminator in Vancouver?

    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.

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  • 15/09/2017
    Commercial Pest Control in Vancouver will End the Disruption at Your Workplace

    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.

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  • 01/09/2017
    How to Eliminate Ants and Other Insects – Tips for Garden Pest Control in Vancouver

    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.

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  • 25/08/2017
    How to Bug-Proof Your Backyard Deck

    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.

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  • 21/08/2017
    What You Should Know about Mosquitoes and Pest Control in Vancouver

    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.

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    How to Deploy Proper Pest Control in Vancouver When Renovating

    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.


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    4 Cleaning and Pest Prevention Mistakes that Lead to Big Problems

    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.

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  • 19/04/2017
    Prepare for Mouse Removal in Vancouver – Know the Top Mouse Nest Materials

    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.

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    How to Keep Mice Out Through Effective Pest Control in Your Vancouver Home

    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.

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  • 15/03/2017
    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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  • 20/01/2017
    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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    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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    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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  • 05/11/2016
    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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  • 04/11/2016
    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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  • 03/11/2016
    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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  • 02/11/2016
    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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  • 01/11/2016
    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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  • 14/09/2016
    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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  • 12/09/2016
    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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  • 04/09/2016
    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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  • 03/08/2016
    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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  • 01/06/2016
    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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