Top 5 Pests in Alberta Homes

Bugs, rodents and even birds can be a serious problem if they decide to set up camp in your house. They can seriously damage your home, carry disease and are just plain yucky! Pest Control Companies in Edmonton listed the Top 5 Pests found in their experience servicing Edmonton, Alberta.

Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite

 

bedbug1Due to increase in travel throughout the world and changes in pesticide use bedbug infestations have increased globally over the last few years. They come home in suitcases and love to hide in mattresses, box springs, headboards, behind baseboards, between cushions and under area rugs. They are a small, reddish brown beetle-like insect roughly the size of an apple seed.

Bedbugs feed on blood and so they bite humans, usually during the night. Their bites are relatively painless but leave a small itchy red mark, similar to a mosquito bite. Depending on the person the levels of reaction can really vary. Bites are found in straight rows on your arms, legs or torso.

If you suspect you have bedbugs rest assured it is not evidence of an unclean or unsanitary living area. Even five star hotels have reported bed bug infestations in recent years. Ecopost recommends a Targeted Heat Treatment Procedure. Read more…

Carpenter Ants Can Eat You Out of a Home

ants1Carpenter ants build their nests in wood and can cause some serious damage to your home, deck, fence and trees. A common sign of a carpenter ant infestation is spotting sawdust from the ants excavating their nests, or actually spotting large black winged ants. Ants develop wings and appear when a nest has reached a certain size. The winged ants act as scouts to find a secondary nest location.

For carpenter ants Ecopest suggest an internal and external spray treatment. Depending on the level of infestation the technician might have to inject insecticidal foam into the walls. Read more…

Mouse in the House?

Top 5 PestsMice have always been a pest issue in Canada. They’re known to invade cottages, garages, attics, sheds, wood piles, crawl spaces and homes as they seek food and shelter from the cold. Although their more of an issue in rural locations, city mice are being found more often.

The biggest issue is that mice carry and spread diseases such as salmonella, leptospirea and typhus. Deer mice could have Hantavirus in their droppings and all mice can carry parasites like fleas, roundworms and mites. They also gnaw through wood, destroy fabrics and other materials in order to build their nests and can cause a fire by chewing through electrical wires.

Ecopest recommends a baiting treatment. If you suspect deer mice, contact a pest control company immediately as your home could be susceptible to Hantavirus and you will require a professional HV cleanup. Read more…

Sow Bugs Come Out at Night!

sowbug1Sow bugs are a dark brown, small crustaceans with oval bodies. They are mostly nocturnal and feed on decaying organic matter like plants and leaf matter. If you find sow bugs inside your home it might be a good indication of high moisture levels which could contribute to other problems like mildew, rot and … more sow bugs. They are harmless to humans but could damage your garden and indoor plants.

An internal spray of the basement and an external spray of your homes perimeter is a recommended treatment for sow bugs. This treatment is simple and homeowners can purchase Eco Bug Buster and equipment at their local hardware store or garden centre.  Read more…

Pigeon Control

PigeonsEveryone knows what a pigeon looks like. We see them in the city bouncing around the square or on the farm stooped in a row along the barn. Pigeons usually pick a favourite spot, and if it’s stooped on top of your house, garage or out building you could have a problem. They’re droppings accumulate very quickly and are corrosive! Pigeon poop can accelerate the erosion of concrete and roofing materials contain bacteria and could cause health problems.

There are many different pigeon control methods including baiting, trapping, netting and more. Read more…

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