Bed Bugs and what to do about them

Infestations of Bed Bugs are up 5000 percent as are the number of reported attacks! The nightmare begins when a Bed Bug finds its way into your clothing; it usually happens at a hotel but can start anywhere.Hospitals, businesses, homes, buses, apartments, and hotels are just a few places where Bed Bugs are being reported. It is said that Bed Bugs don’t transmit disease from feeding on your blood; however, an engorged Bed Bug can burst at the slightest bit of pressure exposing you to Read More +

Bees, wasps and hornets

What are bees, wasps and hornets? Bees are fuzzy, flying insects with yellow and black stripes. There are two types of bees common in Ontario: the honeybee and the bumblebee. Wasps and hornets have similar hairless bodies. The major difference between wasp and hornets is size and colour. Wasps are about one third inch (one centimeter) to one inch (two and one-half centimeters) long. Hornets are larger. Wasps have black and yellow rings, while hornets have black and white rings. Bees are beneficial to humans Read More +

Fleas — not just a nuisance to your dog or cat!

Lately we have been getting a lot of calls about flea infestations in homes. Fleas aren’t just a problem for man’s best friend. These pests, which commonly appear in warmer months, feed on the blood of any warm-blooded body. Typically biting human beings, fleas can cause itchy, unsightly marks as well as severe allergic reactions. Fleas tend to travel with mammals on the move, which can include not only you and your pet but also rodents. If you have a rodent problem in your home, Read More +

It’s time to get ready for raccoons and squirrels now!

Even though we are still in the summer months, raccoons and squirrels are already starting to look for winter nesting spots. One of their favorite places are attics, specifically your attic! Both raccoons and squirrels are attracted to the warmth than attic can provide. They can feel the warmth coming off the vents, as well as taking advantage of any damaged soffits or shingles. Either of these pests can chew a hole into your roof. They will particularly target damp wood that they can pull Read More +

Mice and rats, the forgotten pests

With a lot of the discussions in the pest control industry focusing on bed bugs extermination lately, attention has been removed from animals that can be far more harmful to humans in terms of both health and property damage, those being mice and rats. Mice and rats have followed humanity around since the earliest days. They found as man progressed, farming, building cozy shelters and traveling appealed to them. What has happened since the early days in is what is now Pakistan and Afghanistan, is Read More +

Raccoons

Raccoons Raccoons (Procyon Lotor) are medium sized animals, 12 – 35 + lbs. and 20 – 40 inches long, including a bushy tail with 4 to 7 black rings. The fur has a salt and pepper appearance with the black mask marking on a whitish face characteristic of the species. The tracks of the raccoon are very distinctive. The hind foot is long, narrow, and rests flat on the ground like those of a bear. The front paw is hand-like, with toes that are long Read More +

Termites

As a pest, termites can be the most destructive of all the insects that can enter your home. If left unchecked, termites can literally eat the house from underneath you! Unless you carry special insurance, this can also leave you without a home! What is a termite? Termites have been known to build towers, hollow trees, move soil and destroy houses, and they are around the size of an ant. However, termites are usually slower and fatter than ants and they are usually white in Read More +

The truth about bedbug treatments (or why drive-by shootings don’t work!)

Earlier this week, myself and my partner had the opportunity to treat a large home that was very clean yet infested with bedbugs. One of the things that became very apparent was that if you have bedbugs, somebody walking by with a spray (or as I like to call it a drive-by shooting) simply will not work, or will require many many recalls before the problem is addressed properly. This home if you walked into it, you would never ever think they had a bedbug Read More +