Nowadays, Entomophobia is common. Nearly everyone is afraid of spiders and wasps especially, but no one is talking about or seems to be worried about silverfish as they always appear under the radar, keeping themselves secret from humans.
They have everything a creepy bug has: They have long tails, antennae and have carrotshaped bodies. You can also recognize them with their silvery or gray color and they move quickly, and like to come out only during night time. Silverfish are known for their destructive feeding habits because they can ruin papers, clothing and wallpaper. Most of their food sources are carbohydrates, particularly sugars and starches, cellulose, shampoos, glue in books, linen, silk and dead insects may be food sources. Also,they have been found in unopened food packages.
Once these bugs enter your home, it can take you a long while to find them as they hide from the light. The homes of these insects are high-humidity, dark and moist places like closets and cupboards in bathrooms, basements, attics and kitchens, which are common in Toronto. They mostly hide in cracks and baseboards to search for food and easily run away and hide in those cracks as soon as the lights flicker on.
Fortunately, silverfish do not bite or spread any disease among humans. However, in large numbers, they can cause a lot of material damage because they mostly love to nibble on starchy materials like paper and upholstery and also, make holes in clothing and other textiles.
Even though they do not transmit any disease, in some people, the bugs may trigger allergies and attract other pests like carpet beetles.
Do you have to get highly-toxic spray products to get rid of them? Absolutely not! In fact, the less toxic, the better! However, oftentimes, you won’t have to purchase any sprays. To prevent a silverfish invasion, you will have to fix damp spots like leaky pipes and damp basements; eliminate their food sources by using airtight containers and vacuum the cracks and crevices since silverfish hide and lay their eggs in those places.
If silverfish or any other harmful pest has infiltrated your home, call provincial pestcontrol to solve the problem! If you have any signs of infestation or have any other issues, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us by calling us at 647 997 5080 or Order Your Free Pest Inspection with www.ProvincialPestControl.ca
Mosquitos are among the most annoying pests by far. Their buzzing around your ears is enough to completely distract you from whatever you’re doing. Sometimes, you won’t even notice when they’re sucking on your blood, causing you an endless itch that lasts all summer long. And if that wasn’t bad enough, mosquitos are carriers of countless diseases.
Dealing with one mosquito is annoying enough, but it’s even worse when there’s a swarm of them, particularly in the summertime when mosquito season is at it’s height. And so, here are five ways you can get rid of mosquitos in your home and yard this summer.
- Natural remedies
Simple, natural methods are always a good starting point when you want to keep mosquitos away. Some great examples of natural remedies that you can try are essential oils, with some notable mosquito-repelling ones being basil, citronella, peppermint and lemongrass (MosquitoSquad.com). Depending on which smell you prefer (and aren’t allergic to), you can apply these oils on your skin to keep mosquitos away. Additionally, some soaps leave you with a smell that repels these annoying pests away.
However, if you don’t want to be applying these remedies on your body, you also have the option of getting oil diffusers. Keeping them laid out around your home and yard helps to repel mosquitoes at all times of the day. You can add a fan for good measure as it constantly spreads essential oils further and makes it even harder for mosquitoes to fly around.
- Make sure to use screens/fix any holes
If you’re eager for a simpler method in keeping mosquitos out, your best option is to screen your home with mosquito netting. If you like to sleep with the windows open to let the cool breeze come in during the summer, all the windows must be covered up with window screens to serve as a mosquito barrier. Screen doors for your front and back doors are also a great investment for mosquito protection.
You may already have screened throughout your home, if you’re still finding mosquitos around, you should be regularly checking them for any holes or flaws around the edges. Even the smallest opening could allow countless mosquitos to enter your home.
- Maintain your lawn
Mowing the lawn is an annoying and tedious chore that can hurt your back. But it’s not only good for your grass — you are also providing a less favourable environment for mosquitoes. The insects favour cooler spots in the shade according to entomologist Jody Gangloff-Kaufmann.
Besides, a well-maintained and trimmed lawn allows for more sunlight which in turn dries up any wet or damp spots you may have missed. Any kind of dry environment makes it much harder for mosquitos to thrive. Which leads us to our next tip…
- Remove any standing or stagnant water
Did you know that standing or stagnant water is the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes? Even a small cup of water is enough space for thousands of mosquito eggs to be produced. So it’s all the more important that you make sure there’s no standing or stagnant water anywhere, whether it’s in a bird feeder, gutters, toys or tools left out in the yard. Be sure to mind any standing water sources in your kitchen, they can easily be a breeding ground for mosquitos as well.
Doing this will not only prevent mosquitoes from potentially breeding in your home, but will prevent many other water-reliant pests from growing in numbers as well. Not to mention, it will help keep your home nice and clean.
- Hire the professionals
Of course, if none of these work or you just prefer to have the professionals handle the situation, you can always call us here at Provincial Pest Control. Our team of experts will inspect your home, identify and eliminate breeding spots, set traps, help with overall mosquito prevention and deal with any other pests roaming around in your home.
Centipedes and Millipedes are tinier, often better hidden insects then your
average pest. But do not forget that these insects are still pests who can cause just as
much, if not more harm to you and your household then the likes of cockroaches or
Centipedes and millipedes, like many other pests, are most often drawn into
houses that provide a reliable food source, often when the winter begins. Their small
size (small even compared to most insects) mean they can’t hold in moisture the same
way as other pests. Damp areas of your home are most likely where you’ll often find
them. Both insects are largely nocturnal, meaning they are active in the nighttime. Their
nocturnal activities coupled with their small size means centipede and millipede
infestations commonly go unnoticed by homeowners for long periods of time.
Both types of insects are known to bite when threatened. Centipedes can bite
people in self-defense and inject their venom into the skin. More massive centipedes
may deliver more venom, causing intense pain. When alarmed, millipedes fold up in a
tight spiral frame and secrete toxic chemicals, which can result in a vicious burning
sensation in your skin. If millipedes come into contact with the eyes it could lead to
swelling, itching and redness of your cornea.
Centipede and Millipede infestations are very much bad news and likely require
professional assistance. Since both insects primarily feed on other insects, this means
your house likely has multiple pest infestations. Professional pest control companies
have the skills and equipment for effective house centipede extermination and control,
while also taking on any other type or level of pest infestation you may be dealing with.
Earwigs are a particularly cringe-worthy insect, and infestations of the pest are just as repulsive as the insect itself. While the earwig may not always act exactly as you may think it does, it still poses just as much of a threat as any other pest.
Earwigs are a much more outdoor-loving pest than most others. Most earwigs tend to stay out in moist soil that are near reliable food sources. If you have an earwig infestation, it is usually by accident. Earwigs can sometimes enter by mistake through cracks in your walls or foundation, or by living in the soil of plants that are brought in by the homeowner. Bad weather conditions such as cold temperatures and drought can also lure them inside for refuge.
The common misperception is the earwigs crawl into the ear of sleeping humans and bore into their brains. The truth is, earwigs do not attack, however when defending themselves, they may give a short nip and discharge a foul-smelling yellow-brown liquid, both of which can be harmful to humans.
Dealing with an earwig infestation is not something that can be dealt with quickly since earwigs release a pheromone in their feces to attract other earwigs to the spot. Even if you kill an earwig, more could be on the way. Professional pest control services are better equipped earwig killers who know exactly the best ways on how to properly deal with such infestations. By eliminating both the insects themselves, and any traces they leave behind, pest control companies are the most effective pest management to be found.
There are countless pests that can invade and negatively affect your home. In this article, we will focus on a specific pest that can greatly harm your home and family, and how Pest Control can be the best pest exterminator for the job. Here, we talk about Beetles.
Beetles are a tiny and seemingly harmless creature, but they can reek havoc if they are left untreated and multiply into huge numbers. The small size of the pest makes it easy for them to hide in small areas and go undetected for long periods of time. They are a major threat to your home and your own wellbeing.
Most beetles find homes on plants, but others can burrow and tunnel underground or in trees. Quite often, beetles do not enter your homes in purpose, but rather are brought in through contaminated items such as firewood, packages, dirty clothing, potted plants or furniture. Beetles will often seek out your home on purpose in colder months, seeking warm shelter until the spring.
When bitten by a Carpet beetle, it can result in a bumpy, itchy rash. The cause is from coming into contact with the beetles’ hair fibers. Bites from beetles almost never cause any major diseases or infections but can cause pain in the affected area for several days.
The tiny, swift nature of beetles make them a difficult foe once they are in your home. Many homeowners try to rid their houses of beetles only to find them popping up again in a month because not all the insects were exterminated. Professional pest control services are the best course of action if you want every corner of your home to be covered. Be it carpet beetle, cucumber beetle, Japanese beetle, the effective and safe tactics of professional exterminators will make sure your infestation is under control and your pests are exterminated. Professional pest control will make sure beetles and any other pests in your home are gone the first time and gone for good.
If you have any signs of infestation or have any other issues, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us by calling us at 647-997-5080!
There is almost no more widespread and common fear among people than the fear of spiders. Arachnophobia is one of the most common phobias in the world, with most studies finding more than 5% of all people suffering from it. And while many spiders are not harmful, several species of spiders can be very dangerous, meaning you want to do everything you can to keep the creepy crawlies out of your house.
In homes, spiders tend to build webs in basements, garages, and corners of rooms, gaining entry through cracks in the building. Unlike many other pests, they do not go after your food, but rather build webs in sheltered areas to collect flies and other insects. The most common times spiders enter your home is in the late summer or early autumn to search for mates. Any areas that are not commonly cleaned can act as a refuge for spiders, meaning hard to reach corners and dusty areas of your home are usually their favourite hiding spots.
While the average spider tends to avoid humans, spider bites still can occur and can cause serious harm. Bites typically result from the victim putting on a shoe or piece of clothing with a spider trapped inside. The widow spider is the only spider found in Canada that can be dangerous to humans. Symptoms depend on the bite area, victim sensitivity, and amount of venom injected. A house spider’s poison will not harm people because it is quite weak. However, if left untreated, the bite can carry infectious diseases such as Lyme disease.
If large numbers of spiders continue to appear in your home, extermination can become much more difficult. Professional spider and pest control services have the wide range capabilities to cover and treat all ends of your home. Pest control is the best exterminator for spiders and should be consulted if your spider population grows to infestation levels.
There are countless pests that can invade and negatively affect your home. In this
article, we will focus on a specific pest that can greatly harm your home and family, and
how Pest Control can be the best pest exterminator for the job. Here, we talk briefly about
rodents, particularly Rats and Mice.
Rodents are the nightmare pest for the average homeowner. Their size, mental
capacity and general health risks far outweigh the threats caused by most insect species.
Many species of mice and rats are known to invade homes and the danger they pose to
the house and homeowners themselves can not be overstated.
Rodents are attracted to your house due to many common pest promoters, those
being food, water, and warm environments. What sets rodents apart is the lengths to
which they will go to obtain those things. In terms of food rodents, especially rats, will eat
just about anything. Not just things like food scraps or expired meat. Things like leather,
wood and even soap are eaten by rats. Garbage cans are almost always the first thing
that attracts rodents. If there even a single flaw in your garbage can, a rodent will find it.
Usually any water sources such as leaky pipes or pet water bowls can attract rodents,
particularly in regions will little annual rainfall. Bad maintaining of your property, including
putting off repairs of exterior sections of your house, can cause holes and flaws that can
allow for easy access for rodents.
Prolonged exposure to rodents or severe infestation can cause several health
issues. Some rodents can carry hantavirus, a rare respiratory disease which they can
also transmit from their saliva, urine, and feces. This disease can be fatal in humans, and
there is no known cure. Mice can also spread diseases like tularemia, lymphocytic
choriomeningitis, and murine typhus. At the same time, rats can carry bubonic plague,
Weil’s disease, toxoplasmosis, and trichinosis. Rats and mice both contaminate food with
their feces, urine, and saliva and can bring parasites, such as fleas, lice, and ticks into
your household. Rodent remains also pose a severe health hazard to humans. Symptoms
from a rat or mouse bite can include stuffy nose, itchy eyes, itching, coughing, skin rashes,
difficulty in breathing and other respiratory problems.
Due to the high threat of injury and disease from rats, ending an infestation by
yourself is very difficult. Furthermore, rodents can easily be drawn back to your home,
even after an infestation has been subdued. Because of this, contracting professional
pest control is often the best exterminator for rats and mice. They have the tools and
experience to remove any rodent in your home, and to set up a strong perimeter that will
keep rodents out of your home for good.
If you have any signs of infestation or have any other issues, please do not hesitate to
get in touch with us by calling us at 647-0997-5080!
Fire Ants are one of the most invasive and dangerous types of ants you can find. They are capable of contaminating your food as well as causing harm through their bites.
Like other ants, fire ants are attracted to food sources. They look for scraps and any garbage that’s been left behind. Sweet foods such as honey, candies, jellies, or syrup are favorites of fire ants. Excess moisture is also attracts the pests, meaning leaking pipes and drains are a common place to find ants. Finally, the fragrance of most plants as well as the damp soil used for plants can often attract fire ants. Do not leave soil residue lying around as it attracts them.
The fire ant’s infamous bites are what make them highly dangerous. Fire ants bite and sting their victim when they feel disturbed or threatened while foraging for food. When most fire ants bite, they inject toxic alkaloid venom. The bite causes a painful sting in humans, and the result can be deadly to sensitive individuals.
Fire ant removal is a difficult task due to the sheer number of ants per colony. Most ant species build hills that house an average of 250,000 of the pests. Because of this, total extermination is very difficult. Professional fire ant removal services from Pest control are highly recommended as they have the skills and equipment to properly remove pests like fire ants without getting bitten a thousand times in the process.
If you have any signs of infestation or have any other issues, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us by calling us at 647 997 5080!
Toronto’s nature is abundant in water and rain and this contributes to reproduction and elevated levels of pest activities throughout different seasons of the year hence he need for pest control remains to be crucial in the Greater Toronto Area. Depend on your property’s structure and age, there might be more than one kind of pest types that needs to be controlled and treated.
Whether you are aware of your property’s pest problems or not, our experts at Provincial Pest Control have managed to treat hundreds of problems with long lasting results and will be happy to offer you a completely free in home investigation and inspect different areas. Depend on the kind of pest, we have proven techniques we use to eliminate those pests at an effective rate. There might be need for return visits and timely schedule to maintain the pest free environment so our promise to you is that you will get the best service and pricing available in the market today.
For every customer we provide an end-to-end investigation that includes checking for cockroaches, ants, other class of small bugs such as centipedes, flies, spiders and more. We also specialize in rodent and mice problems and will guide you on how to keep your environment pest free.
Our technologies are up-to-date and will assure your safety. We guarantee our work and we know once you have given us the chance to serve you, your happiness and satisfaction is automatic.
We take our work seriously and have earned a name in industry for being professional, on-time and on budget. Our FREE Pest Inspection is probably the best thing you will have done to your home as it will not only inspect existing problems but also will educate you about the solutions we can provide to eliminate your pest problem.
Call us today or email us so that one of our expert pest control technicians could explain to you how can we effectively eliminate your pest problems anywhere in Greater Toronto Area. We provide a completely FREE Pest Inspection and will provide you a list of solutions available to control related pest activities. Our solutions are affordable and safe. We are committed to provide you with a cleaner and much satisfaction after our work is done. Feel free to contact us today at 647-997-5080.