So you live in the Vancouver, BC or Whistler area and had a pest control company come into your home and perform a bed bug inspection and they confirmed your worst fears… You have abed bug infestation. While that is a disgusting fact to find out and accept, you must move on to the next & most important step: getting rid of the bed bugs. Do you go with a standard spray treatment, freezing treatment or heat treatment for your bed bugs? While each treatment has its benefits, you didn’t click on a heat treatment blog to read about why spraying for bed bugs is your best option, you want to know about heat for killing bed bugs. So here goes…
So you come home from work on a lovely spring day on the west coast and walk into a scene out of an Alfred Hitchcock movie - Ants everywhere. Big black carpenter ants! Some have wings? Some are big and black, some are small black ants too. They appear to be everywhere. What do you do?
As the colder season is here in Greater Vancouver, mouse control indoors becomes a greater concern. Maybe you have seen mouse droppings, caught or even spotted a mouse and it's time to consult a professional, but why are mice in your home and what exactly is their day to day behaviour?
While we frequently hear bed bugs are impossible to get rid of (they aren't by the way), there are some variables that can make the control and management of them very difficult. Primarily communication and information. If you live in an apartment-style building where you share walls, ceilings, floors, etc with other residents, you are constantly at their mercy. If you are the unwanted recipient of a bed bug from a neighbour, you can have your unit treated as many times as you want, by any method (heat, spray, freezing) you want, and it will only be a bandaid solution. The source unit MUST BE LOCATED AND TREATED. The neighbour may or may not be aware of their infestation (bad eyesight, negligence, sanitation, no reactions, etc) to begin with, but you are one of many people effected. This is where communication is key. Informing the strata or management company as soon as you become aware of a potential problem is vital to finding a permanent solution. The majority of strata managers, building owners & landlords DO NOT want a widespread bed bug infested building, in addition to a multitude of unhappy tenants. The math does not add up in their favour. Report the problem, confirm the infestation, find the source, treat all effected units at the same time, and stay on top of the situation by maintaining open lines of communication between all parties involved. For more information on bed bug inspections, bed bug treatments, bed bug information sessions and more, contact us today.
Are Rats causing you a headache? Rats in the household are never a pleasant experience, unless you are one of the few who keep them as a pet. As a pest problem they can trigger a lot of anxiety and stress, and rightly so.
Are you ready to protect your home from carpenter ants, or any of a variety of ants we get around Greater Vancouver this summer? As the summer approaches the west coast, the ants are making their annual reservations at their favourite local home as well. Whether its big black ants with wings pouring out of a crack in the ceiling or small red ants crawling everywhere in the kitchen, it likely is not as bad as it appears - trust us.
Are there bed bugs in your local movie theatre? The short answer is possibly, but unlikely. There are an increasing number of news stories these regarding bed bugs in some public location such as theatres, restaurants, retail stores, etc... Even this past weekend, Solutions Pest Conrol Ltd was contacted by a local reporter asking if we were the company treating the bed bugs that had been reported to them by a reader (we were not).
With spring finally here, flowers blooming and all of us on the west coast heading back outdoors to our gardens and barbecues, the rat sightings (or hearings) will undoubtably start shortly thereafter. A few simple proactive steps, and some general information, can easily prevent you and your home from becoming a target for rat infestations this year.