How Rodents Get Into the Home

How Rodents Get Into the Home While we are still in the midst of winter, temperatures are cold and our homes are warm. While this is enjoyable for us, there are pests out there that want to join in on our creature comforts. Rodents seek out warm homes for themselves, so you could find mice and rats in your living space. The first step to preventing these little critters from becoming permanent residents begins with understanding how they get in.… Read more »

The Dangers of Bed Bugs

If bed bugs are anything – they are a nuisance. Bringing these little guys into your home can be as easy as staying in the wrong hotel on vacation or not properly cleaning a new piece of furniture for your home. As soon as bed bugs enter the home they can spread and be difficult to remove. Many people often wonder how worried they really should be if they have a bed bug infestation in their home. Here are the… Read more »

Six Facts You Didn’t Know about Bed Bugs

Six Facts You Didn’t Know about Bed Bugs If you follow the news and have seen all the attention bed bugs have received in the past few years, you might think you know all there is to know about this pest: They feed on humans while they sleep, they cause itchy, red bumps and they are hard to get rid of! But these pesky insects have a lot of secrets that you might be surprised to learn. Check out these… Read more »

One Family’s Campaign against Bed Bugs

[div class=”list_sqaure”] One Family’s Campaign against Bed Bugs This article was originally posted at The Globe and Mail When our second treatment didn’t seem to work, I called Chris Ashby, an entrepreneur who started the company BC Bug after battling bedbugs for months, becoming increasingly frustrated with the companies he was using. Chris was sympathetic and offered a quick treatment at a discount since I had already doled out so much money. Ivan, our junk removal guy, also offered up… Read more »

Live Bed Bugs Found in Vancouver Library Books

Live Bed Bugs Found in Vancouver Library Books This article was originally posted at The Globe and Mail According to Denise Louzecky at BC Bug, a Vancouver-owned pest control company, books are not ideal places for bugs to live and survive, but they will occasionally nest in them. “People fall asleep with a book in their bed or on their bedside table,” Ms. Louzecky explained. She said bugs may choose to nest there because it’s close to where they feed.… Read more »

How to Check if You Have Bed Bugs

Worried you have bed bugs? Here are four key signs that you may have a problem: 1. LIVE BUGS Bed bugs like hiding in the cracks and creases of items within 15 feet of where you sleep. The easiest place to check for bed bugs is your mattress. Inspect the edges, looking for any live bugs (think the size of an apple seed) or fecal stains (think of a dot from a pen). 2. BLOOD STAINS Bed bugs will leave… Read more »

Wasps Can Recognize Human Faces

Wasps Can Recognize Human Faces A recent study conducted by biologists Elizabeth Tibbetts of the University of Michigan and Adrian Dyer of RMIT University in Melbourne published by Scientific American has found that, along with Honeybees, Wasps can now recognize human faces. It has been known for years that Honeybees can recognize, each others faces, but the ability to distinguish differences Human faces is somewhat of a revelation. The ability to distinguish human faces was once thought to apply only to Primates… Read more »

Bed Bugs in Vancouver Provincial Courthouse

Bed Bugs in Vancouver Provincial Courthouse According to the Province Newspaper recent inspections have revealed that in addition to Rats and Mice, a common pest in older buildings downtown, that the courthouse is also infested with Bed Bugs. Bed Bugs have made an aggressive return to the spotlight in recent decades as the primary chemical used to kill them in the past, DDT was prohibited. Now, property owners must rely on more eco-friendly products to eradicate them and their resilience… Read more »

Carpenter Ants in January?

Carpenter Ants in January? Recently many people in the Pacific Northwest and here in British Columbia have seen a resurgence of what is commonly thought of as a summer pest, Carpenter Ants. Pest control companies have been noticing increased calls and bookings for the insects and due to the rarity of ants in winter, most are confused when it comes to properly identifying the infestation. There could be many reasons for this surge – colder outdoor temperatures, the recent economic… Read more »

Zeller’s in Toronto offering a DYI Bed Bug Solution?

Like many other major Canadian cities, Toronto’s growing Bed Bug problem has forced many citizens to rely on Big Box retailers to find DYI pest control products. However many retailers are simply displaying Ant and Cockroach killer and saying it’s good for killing bed bugs, in some cases this can be true, however many of these products were never intended for Bed Bugs, or to be sprayed on soft sleeping surfaces like a mattress. For example see this image below… Read more »

Calgary Residents Having Vole Trouble

Calgary Residents Having Vole Trouble Click here to see a Globe and Mail report on Calgary residents and the destructive force Voles (A tiny field mouse) are having on their property.