Rats In Toronto

Rats In Toronto

Preventing Mice and Rat Infestations

 

It has become an increasing concern that rodents (mice and rats) are entering homes across the Peel region (including Brampton, Mississauga, and Oakville). A thorough inspection around your home should be performed and any holes sealed to prevent entry. Other points of entry can be broken evestroughs and via attached garages.

 

Mice Toronto
A family of mice can spread quickly inside your home.

Exclusion is the primary technique to preventing and controlling mice infestations. The homeowner should eliminate areas of harborouge and food sources. Garbage and food remnants should be in sealed plastic containers to avoid creating a food source to feed mice.

 

Where exclusion has proved to not be enough to prevent mice or rat infestations it may be necessary to provide service to the interior of the home. We have treated many homes in Markham and Toronto for pest control for rodents. It may also be necessary to treat the garage if this is deemed a potential entry point for the rodents.

For more information please visit Mice Toronto and Rats Toronto

Toronto’s Worst Pest Control Problems: Bed Bugs and Carpenter Ants

Toronto’s Worst Pest Control Problems: Bed Bugs and Carpenter Ants

As a major urban center Toronto has its share of pest problems. In this article we investigate two of the cities worst problems: bed bugs and carpenter ants. We provide tips for both prevention and treatment of bed bug and carpenter ant infestations.

Advantage Pest Control does offer treatment options for Toronto and other GTA regions. We have both bed bug specialists and carpenter ant specialists on staff. Please visit the link above or give us a call at 416-840-4040.

Bed Bugs in Toronto

Bed bugs can be a difficult pest to deal with and a difficult pest to get rid of. It is often hard to determine how an infestation was caused. One of our most frequent questions is “how did I get bed bugs?” Usually, however, it is one of three reasons: travelling, overnight guests, or used furniture.

How To Treat Bed Bugs

There are several options to treating bed bugs depending on factors such as time, money and labour. The most effective treatment is heat remediation for bed bugs. This is a professional service that is very labour intensive. Other professional services include steam, insecticide spray and dusting options. There are also several bed bug monitors that can be helpful in determining the presence and severity of a bed bug infestation.

A great preventative method and control method for bed bugs is mattress covers. Make sure that you purchase your mattress cover from a reputable pest control company and that the cover has been tested and proven to be bed bug proof. A bed bug proof mattress cover should be a zippered cover for your mattress. Make sure to also get box spring and pillow covers to provide ultimate bed bug protection. Bed bugs like to hide in any crack or crevice that they can find and mattress, box springs and pillows provide many harbourage areas for bed bugs to live in.

Other do it yourself options are available when a homeowner purchases reliable bed bug products. These include domestic-label insecticides, aerosols and powders including diatomaceous earth.

To summarize the best options for killing bed bugs are:

Steps in a bed bug elimination, as in any integrated pest control program, are as follows:

  1. Identification – this can be achieved through a bed bug inspection or through passive bed bug monitors.
  2. Treatment
    1. Professional Pest Control Treatments such as heat remediation, steam, spray or dusting programs.
    2. Do it yourself bed bug products such as aerosols, insecticide sprays or powders.
    3. Prevention: the best methods of prevention are bed bug proof mattress covers and bed bug monitors such as the bed bug defender. We also have a travel kit for bed bugs available, give us a call for more information.

Carpenter Ants in Toronto

Carpenter ants are a wood boring insect, which means they like to live inside wood. This can be problematic for homeowners as the structure of a house has many wooden elements. Of primary concern are foundations, roofs, decks and other wooden structures. Carpenter ants are a natural insect in the outdoors. In North America they are very common and found in most backyards. They are an important part of the ecosystem and are only a problem when start to invade structures instead of decaying and decomposing trees.

How To Treat Carpenter Ants

The best option for treating carpenter ants is an integrated method. Our professional carpenter ant specialists recommend a bait and spray treatment program. This program utilizes both carpenter ant attractive bait and a residual spray to provide maximum results in carpenter ant control. Here’s why:

  • Carpenter ants are social insects, which means that when they meet each other and pass food to each other they pass along the insecticide which they ingest when they groom themselves.
  • The bait can be carried back to the queen which is the best method to kill carpenter ants. Once the queen is eliminated, the ant colony cannot survive.
  • Residual sprays keep on killing even after they are dry which takes care of any “stragglers”.

Carpenter ants can be really difficult to treat on your own. Our specialists know about the life cycle and life ways of carpenter ants. They have been specially trained at eliminating carpenter ants from both residential and commercial properties.

Prevent Your Home from Becoming a Workshop for Carpenter Ants – EiEi Home Blog

Prevent Your Home from Becoming a Workshop for Carpenter Ants – EiEi Home Blog.

 

Our carpenter ant specialist, Paolo Bossio speaks with Lisa Evan regarding prevention and treatment of carpenter ants. Also known as “flying ants” and “big black ants”, carpenter ants can be a nightmare for homeowners especially during the spring while they try to establish new nests.

 

We offer integrated pest management approaches to carpenter ant control. Our licensed technicians always use the best products and we offer the most comprehensive guarantees to get rid of carpenter ants with our professional services. We also carry do it yourself products for carpenter ants. Give us a call today at 416-840-4040 or visit Pest Control Toronto.

A Hot Lesson in Bed Bug Treatment: How One Small Bug Can Cause One Giant Problem – EiEi Home Blog

A Hot Lesson in Bed Bug Treatment: How One Small Bug Can Cause One Giant Problem – EiEi Home Blog.

 

Our bed bug specialist Paolo Bossio speaks with Lisa Evans regarding heat remediation and bed bug infestations. This is a great article for property managers, hotels, motels and anyone in the tourism industry. It outlines how heat remediation kills bed bugs and why bed bugs are so hard to kill.

 

We offer heat remediation bed bug services in the Greater Toronto Area including Durham, Markham, Mississauga, Oakville, Richmond Hill, and Vaughan.

Mice in Toronto

For Toronto residents, mice control is a primary concern. Mice can cause structural damage, fire hazards and health concerns. There are various methods for elimination of mice and prevention of mice infestations. At Advantage Pest Control Inc. we utilize Integrated Pest Management procedures to access, treat and prevent mice infestations.

To identify a mouse infestation we recommend checking for specific indications including droppings, gnaw marks, and sounds and orders. Droppings are a very common sign of mice infestations. A mouse can drop between 50 and 75 droppings per day! These are usually dark coloured pellets that are about 1/4 inch in length. Mouse droppings can often be found along runways, and near food sources. Gnaw marks can be found on almost any surfaces. Mice like to gnaw on wires, plastic, wood, cereal boxes and bags. Gnaw holes are usually about 1/2 inch in diameter and have “chew marks”. A strong musty odour could be indicative of a mice infestation. Sounds that might be heard include scratching, running and chewing.

The next step is to determine the size and type of infestation. The size of infestation depends on the number of droppings seen in a given time period. Fresh droppings are dark in colour but after 3 days the colour fades. One good way to test the size of the infestation is to clean up the droppings and check to see when and how many new droppings appear. The type of infestation also depends on the nature of the droppings. House mice will deposit between 50 and 75 pellets daily, of about the size of 1/4 inch. Rats droppings are considerably larger between 1/2 inch and 3/4 inch and of less frequency (40 to 50 daily).

Advantage Pest Control Inc. offers several options for eliminating mice from your Toronto home or business. We offer several services that feature bait, traps as well as mice-proofing suggestions. Call us at 416-840-4040 to find out more about our services or visit Mice Toronto. We also offer a full line of mice control products.

Case Report: Possible Bed Bugs in Pickering

Case Report: Possible Bed Bugs in Pickering

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Our trained K-9 team are able to detect the presence of bed bugs.

Location: Pickering, ON

Pest Problem: Bed Bugs

Entry Point: Overnight Guests

Treatment: Bed Bug Dog Inspection to determine if Bed Bugs are present at location.

Results: Our K-9 Bed Bug Detection team was dispatched to this location. The team determined that there were in fact no bed bugs at this location. The inspection determined that in fact cat fleas were the pest problem. A cat did live in the home, occasionally went outside and slept on the bed with the homeowner. The home was treated using an insecticide and internal-growth regulator for fleas. No subsequent visits needed.

Common Wildlife (Rats, Raccoons and Squirrels) Problems in the Greater Toronto Area

 

Raccoon and wildlife populations in Toronto and surrounding communities have continued to expand. This presents several problems for home owners in the Greater Toronto area.

The most common wildlife problems in the Toronto area are rats, raccoons and squirrels. The most common place of wildlife infestation is the attic. As rodents, rats and squirrels can fit through spaces much smaller than their bodies. They are also very good climbers. Raccoons are also good climbers.

Infestation in the attic can be a serious problem due to damage caused by the wildlife and the animals attracting further infestations of pests such as flies, mice, as well as future wildlife infestations. Raccoons, rats and squirrels gnaw, chew and tear through many materials. They will attack the contents and structure of the attic and roof. Rats and squirrels also sometimes chew through electrical wiring which can cause problems such as power outages and fire hazards.

To get rid of wildlife, we advise a wildlife expert. By hiring a professional you will be saving time and preventing further damage or injury to your home and family. Our trained staff offer a variety of wildlife options including trapping, relocation, deterrents, eviction fluid, one way doors and wildlife proofing of your home. Call us today to receive a quote 1-877-504- 2847

Pest Spotlight: Silverfish

What are silverfish?  That was my question when I first heard the name.  Once it was explained to me what they were, I knew exactly what a silverfish was as I had seen them a couple of times in my home.

So to describe what a silverfish is, they are covered in shiny silver scales that give their body a metallic sheen.  They are wingless flat insects with two long antennas on their head and three long bristles at the back of their carrot-shaped body.  They get their name because they move very quickly, with a wiggling motion that looks like the swimming action of a fish.

Silverfish are harmless but are considered pests because of their appearance.  They are classified as nocturnal insects so you would normally find them in attics, basements and bathrooms.  These insects are scavengers and will normally feed on crumbs, dead insects and paper products.  Their population growth is slow so you don’t normally find them infesting a home unless they have been there for a very long time.  They enter the home by hitch hiking onto items that you bring home such as food, furniture or starched clothing.

To get rid of or to control silverfish it is important to clean.  That is the key for all crawling insects.  So vacuuming often is helpful because it removes food particles and insect eggs.  Regularly clean inside cupboards, drawers, pantries and on countertops.  Clean beneath sinks and any dark areas.  Cleaning is very important.

Silverfish usually live behind your walls but if you feel the need to also use any insecticides, our showroom sells a product called Crawling Insect Killer. This product contains the ingredient Diatomaceous earth which is made of crushed microscopic marine fossils and is an ecological means of control.  Diatomaceous earth can be applied along baseboards as well as beneath and behind appliances to control crawling insects.

If you have further questions, we are happy to answer them! Give us a call at 416-297-8010 or email us at info@pestservices.ca and one of our specialists will be happy to speak to you.

 

Pest Spotlight: Earwigs

Earwigs are garden insects.  They get their reputation from their scary appearance as they have those pincers or forceps.  However, they are not harmful to humans.  They are actually beneficial as they are scavengers of decaying matter and predators of insect larvae, slug eggs, and other garden pests like, each other.  They usually become a household nuisance around June or July as the weather becomes dry and they end up wandering indoors for moisture.  When the earwigs in your home are a persistent problem, treatment with an insecticide is an option to consider such as dust products called PRO Pyrodust and Crawling Insect Killer which contains the ingredient Diatomaceous earth which is an ecological means of control.  It is a fine powder made from crushed microscopic marine fossils. As insects or the centipedes/millipedes crawl over the powder, their outer “skin” is scratched, causing them to dehydrate and die. Diatomaceous earth will remain active as long as it is kept dry. It is non-toxic to humans and pets, but be careful not to inhale the dust when applying this product. This powder can be used in cracks and crevices as an ongoing control measure.  The best time to apply insecticides is during warm, dry weather when the earwigs are young, in June or early July. Applications should be done during the evening so that residues are fresh when the earwigs become active. Do not water areas you’ve treated for at least two weeks after application. Treatment later in the summer is less effective.  To discourage earwigs from invading your home, certain pesticides sprays can be applied around the exterior window frames, doors, and the foundation and nearby soil (not on vegetation).  Another product that you can find in our showroom is the Pro B1 which is an oil base chemical that you can use on the exterior and interior of your door frames.  Its residual effects last up to 4 weeks.  If you would prefer a specialist to come out, our license technicians will come to do a general spray which will exterminate all insects and pest that you may see or not see in the home.