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Pests Library


Rodents

Rodents (rats & mice) are a serious issue that affects many residential, commercial and industrial facilities. Our homes are very attractive to them, as they provide them with everything they need: food, water and shelter. Not only do they spread diseases and contaminate food, they also cause damage to your property. [Read More]


Bed Bugs

Wingless Insects, bed bugs are oval shaped and 5-6mm in length as adults. Rusty brown in color, changing to a deep red after a meal of blood.

An Adult bedbug can live for 6 months at room temperature and much longer in colder climates. They are usually found in hard to see and reach places. [Read More]


Cockroaches

Cockroaches are one of the most common pests in Canadian homes and businesses. They favor conditions like those that humans create, which is why effective cockroach control and cockroach management in Canada is important. [Read More]


Flies

Feed by vomiting on their food source before eating. They are the number one pest in domestic and commercial settings, as they feed on decaying matter, feces, garbage, and carcasses.

Fruit Flies Are common pests in houses, restaurants and grocery stores where ever there may be an ample amount of fermenting foods [Read More]


Fleas

Fleas can be the nightmare of any pet owner. However not attending to the problem at the right time can lead to an infestation in your household, which cannot just effect your pet but you also. Flea commonly ten to feed on hairy animals. Some of the animals include Dogs, Cats, Rabbits Mice, Squirrels and rats.


Ants

Ants cam become a nuisance when the go foraging for food. Quite often while searching they will end up in your home or business establishment. When searching they can be attracted to a wide range with different species preferring meat, sweets, fats and oils. Out of all the species that nest and feed in establishments, Ants are among the most common, with each species varying in terms of nesting sites, feeding habits and preferences.


Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants tend to feed on other various pests that are beneficial to their given habitat. The ant indoors tends to nest in areas where the humidity and dampness has created softened wood. These include place like behind wooden panel doors, around wooden panels and dishwashers and moist areas behind fireplaces, baseboards and windows.


Pavement Ants

This ant is the most common house infesting ant in North America. They tend to swarm in the spring but they will emerge at any time where there is warm heating. They feed on all kinds of foods including sugars fruits nectars and all types of syrups. Any food that is dropped on the ground has the possibility of being consumed by the pavement ant.


Pharaoh Ants

Whether in your home grocery store or your business ant infection can be nuisance. They are very tiny and quick ants they prefer to nest indoors and are prolific breeders. With protected nests their nest can be found hidden around an establishment mostly in your garden.


Earwigs

There are twenty well known species of Earwigs in North America. Many species produce a strong foul-smelling liquid that is used as a defense mechanism. They are known to produce pheromones that cause all earwigs to cluster together in large numbers. Because of the pincers on the back of their abdomen, many people are frightened by them. However, those pincers are used for nothing but defense and for sparing with rival earwigs.


House centipede

All centipedes have poisoned glands, where bites can cause central temporary localized pains. Its best that if you come across these creatures you avoid any direct contact to minimize any chance of a bite. Adults tend to hide in dark moist and damp areas that are secluded. Found under boards, logs, rocks, and protected damp locations outside.


Millipedes

Millipedes are wormlike arthropods found throughout North America. Found under rocks, leaves, boards, and other locations that provides cool shade and damp habitat. Can be easily identified by their two pairs of legs per body segment.They can enter through basement door, windows, vents and different crawl spaces.

Spiders

Spiders come in various sizes and colors. They have eight legs, two body regions with no wings and antennae. With many of them liking moisture, they are commonly found in basements, crawl spaces and any damp place of a building.

Wasps

With many known species of wasps, the yellow jacket is the most common in North America. Less than 2 cm in length, they come in various colors. Wasps are an nuisance and can be dangerous, they can sting if provoked. Wasps tend to feed on sweet substances and other small insects.

Silverfish

Tiny bugs usually found in kitchens, laundry rooms, bathrooms and dark isolated areas within homes. Commonly found in boxes, garages and sheds, they are attracted to paper and damp clothing.

Rodents (rats & mice) are a serious issue that affects many residential, commercial and industrial facilities. Our homes are very attractive to them, as they provide them with everything they need: food, water and shelter. Not only do they spread diseases and contaminate food, they also cause damage to your property.
Rodents must continually gnaw on their teeth to keep them from growing too long. They can cause serious structural damage to homes, apartments, offices, and virtually any type of building through gnawing, nest-building, and defecation. Their population can reach over a few hundred in less than 30 days.
Signs of Infestation
1. Rodent Dropping Rodent droppings can be found in areas containing food items necessary for their survival. These areas include, near food packages, inside of drawers or Cupboards, under sinks and hidden areas.
2. Animal Gnawing These will often be found on food packaging or the structure of the house itself. The marks can also indicate whether you have rats or mice; larger gnaw marks will have been produced by the larger teeth of rats. And vice versa.
3. Foul Odor Pets such as dogs and cats will often become eccentric near areas where rodents are present. This is in large parts due to the fact that pets are more sensitive to the scents that rodents bring in with them upon entering a structure. If an infestation has become large you may smell a faint stale smell coming from hidden areas, indicating that you may have an active infestation.
4. Tracks and Runaways If rodents are currently active in or around your house/ establishment, their tracks are quite distinctive. However, as time passes you may find these tracks to fade away or become a lot fainter. Smudge marks, footprints, urine stains, or droppings are all associated to a possible infestation in your property.
5. Nest Shredded paper, dried plant matter or fabric may often be used by rodents to make their nests and nurse their young. Droppings, footprints, gnaw marks, odor or tracks are all signs of a still active infestation.
6. Rodent Population Many signs can indicate how big a population has gotten over a period. If rats and mice can be seen only at night but not during the day, then the population has not gotten out of control. Therefore, it can be controlled by traps and bait. However, if fresh droppings are seen during the day and new gnaw marks have appeared, then it is highly likely that the population has gotten large and requires professional service.
Wingless Insects, bed bugs are oval shaped and 5-6mm in length as adults. Rusty brown in color, changing to a deep red after a meal of blood.
An Adult bedbug can live for 6 months at room temperature and much longer in colder climates. They are usually found in hard to see and reach places. Crevices and crack, including bed sheets, mattress seams, furniture, inside of base boards and finally electrical outlets are some places to check if doubt arises of bed bug infestation. Usually any place people tend to gather bed bugs can often be found, these include homes, hotels, schools, offices, retail stores and even public transportation; they travel easily and are transported via luggage, clothing and bedding.
Signs of Infestation
– Blood stains on Sheets and pillowcase
– Dark or rusty spots of bedbug excrement on sheets and mattresses, clothes and walls
– Bedbug fecal spots, egg shells, or sheds of skin in areas where they tend to hide.
– A musty, aggressive odor from bugs’ scent glands
Over the past decade. Bed bugs have made dramatic comeback in North American. Appearing in homes, apartment, hotels, health care facilities schools and public transportation. Other places where these insects may appear include laundromat, furniture, office building and movie theaters. These blood suckers are nothing more than an irritation, disturbing your everyday life. Because of how revolting these insects are, they can disturbbusinesses and cause damages to properties.
Brownish, flattened, small insects that tend to only feed on animal blood. However, the everyday bed bug prefers to feed on humans and other warm- blooded animals, including dogs, cats, birds and rodents. Adult bed bugs grow up to about 3/16”, with oval-shaped flattened bodies and are reddish-brown in color. The young bed bugs also known as nymphs resemble adults, however they are smaller in size and lighter in color. Not having the ability to fly, bed bugs are rapid crawlers and are found on floors, walls, ceilings, and other surfaces. Adult females lay around 1, 2 or even more eggs per day, possibly hundreds during their life time. Eggs tend to hatch within a week of being laid at room temperature and are a size of a pinhead. Born to survive, bed bugs are known to go months without feeding.
Mainly active at night, bed bugs during the day hide close to where people sleep. Their small bodies make it easier for them to fit in small crevices. They are found mainly in mattresses, box springs, headboards and bed frames. Bed bugs don’t nest; however, they clump together and hide in areas with conditions that favor their living. These specific areas are marked by dark staining, which is dried up excrement. Another sign of an infestation is rusty smears on bed sheets and or mattresses from crushed bed bugs. They like to hide close to where food is easy to find, and if necessary for survival they will crawl several feet to acquire their next meal. Primarily, bed bugs are found in areas where people sleep, beds, couches etc. However, if infestation is not taken care of, they can scatter to other locations making elimination more difficult.
These small insects, bite people at night while they are asleep. Blood feedings for bed bugs take about three to 10 minutes. The painless process leaves many with itchy red welt within a day of the initial bite. Others have little or no reaction.
A common asked question about bed bugs is, if they transmit diseases. They are well known to harbor various pathogens, however, transmission to humans has not yet been recorded. Bed bugs can lower quality of life by causing continuing discomfort, anxiety, sleeplessness, and just full on embarrassment.
Attempting to use Insect repellents used to get rid of ticks and mosquitoes do not appear to be effective when it comes to avoiding bed bugs. Sleeping with the lights on is unlikely to deter these vial and hungry insects. Therefore, traditional practices are needed to get rid of filthy beg bugs.
Cockroaches are one of the most common pests in Canadian homes and businesses. They favor conditions like those that humans create, which is why effective cockroach control and cockroach management in Canada is important.
They are carriers of various diseases, and can be found in kitchens where food is plentiful or near waste. Cockroaches can be a nuisance as they can contaminate food, utensils and preparation areas. They leave behind droppings, cast skins, egg sacs, foul odor and more.
German cockroaches can become a major problem in kitchens, restaurants, pubs, cafes and in our homes. They can live in refrigerators and in ovens and can hide among the smallest cracks and or crevices. They are prolific breeders and can be located easily due to their light brown color and two black stripes on their thoracic shield located directly behind their head.
Oriental Cockroaches they are often referred to as water bugs because they prefer to hide out in cool dark and damp areas. Such as under washing machines very damp basements and sinks. They tend to live in filth and often travel through sewer pipes. Almost one inch in length they are known for their brown almost black bodies. They feed on garbage and decaying matter and can be found in kitchens and food preparation areas.
Brown Banded Cockroaches they are known as the smallest and the most evasive of cockroaches. They prefer a warmer and dry climate. They live near refrigerators, on the upper walls of cabinets, and inside and around pantries and other furniture. Bacteria and protozoa that cause diseases (such as different forms of gastroenteritis and diarrhea) can be carried on the legs and bodies of cockroaches and deposited on food, utensils.
American Cockroaches often are abundant in dumps and are most commonly found in basements and steam tunnels of restaurants, bakeries, food processing facilities and grocery stores. They are the largest of their species.
Feed by vomiting on their food source before eating. They are the number one pest in domestic and commercial settings, as they feed on decaying matter, feces, garbage, and carcasses.
Fruit Flies Are common pests in houses, restaurants and grocery stores where ever there may be an ample amount of fermenting foods. They are plentiful near ripened fruit and vegetables. They will also breed in empty bottles and cans, trash bins, drains, mops, and cleaning rags.
Cluster Flies they are slightly larger than the average house fly and have are dull grey with black markings and appear to have an almost golden sheen.
House Flies while not the cleanest of insects these insects can be most commonly found in your homes and businesses. They tend to visit places such as dumps, garbage heaps and sewers. They are major carriers of many different types of diseases such as tuberculosis, dysentery, and cholera plus 100’s of more pathogens.