What To Expect During A Pest Control Visit

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You can no longer deny your pest issue. You’ve tried the DIY methods and sprays, but they still keep coming back. After making the right choice to call a pest control professional, what will happen? The following article will outline what you should expect before, during, and after a pest control visit.

Before The Visit

Before your pest control visit, it’s best to prepare ahead of time. By that, we mean organizing and cleaning your home. This preparation work will make your pest control specialist’s job much easier.

Tidy Up The Area

First, it’s best to clear the area that needs pest control treatment. Pests flourish in small cracks and corners of rooms that often go undisturbed. Depending on the severity of your pest infestation, you may have to move away bulky furniture and appliances to make the area as accessible as possible.

Pack away any important personal items to avoid potential chemical spray contact. This may include:

  • Clothing
  • Toiletries, Makeup, Personal Hygiene Items
  • Pillows, Bedding, Cushions, Curtains, Mattresses, etc.
  • Children’s Toys
  • Art
  • House Plants

Pack them away in a cabinet or a different part of your home. For bigger items that you cannot move, wrap them in plastic wrap. You could also use old, thick towels. However, cloth can absorb sprays. Therefore, we recommend plastic wrap to best protect your items.

Clean The Floors

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Insect eggs can hide in carpets or the cracks of hardwood. Before your pest control visit, vacuum or mop the area. By doing so, you can help reduce the number of tiny eggs the human eye won’t typically see. Having a clean surface will help maximize the effectiveness of the treatment.

Afterwards, discard the mop head, whatever is inside of the vacuum and give it a wipe. You don’t want to track the eggs to other areas of your home.

Kitchen Cleanup

For a pest control visit specific to the kitchen, you’ll want to do the same thing. Make sure you tightly seal and store away food items. You should also remove cutlery, pots and pans, and other small appliances from the area. If that’s not possible, use plastic wrap to protect them. Clear underneath the sink, in the cabinets, and in the pantry to create better access.

For large appliances like your fridge, you may have to unplug them. It’s best to do this as the last step before your pest control visit to keep food fresh.

During The Visit

Here’s what you should expect during your pest control visit. First, your specialist will give a formal introduction and let you know what their plan is. Next, they will examine the problem area to see where it could originate from. This includes points of entry and moisture issues. By conducting a thorough examination, they can come up with a personalized plan for you.

Pets & Children

Pets and children should ideally be out of the home. This will prevent them from entering the area while your pest control specialist is spraying the treatment. You should make a plan with family or friends to look after them for the afternoon.

Chemical Sprays & Health

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With that said, it is generally safe for you to be at home. However, those with known allergies, chemical spray sensitivities, and pregnant women should leave the area. Furthermore, if you find any symptoms during the pest control visit, leave the area. This could include:

  • Watery Eyes
  • Dizziness
  • Breathing Problems
  • Nausea

Let your pest control specialist know about underlying conditions beforehand. They can give you a timeline and let you know when it’s safe to come back.

After The Visit

Once your pest control visit is complete, here are a few things to do after.

Toss It

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While we mentioned that pest control chemicals are not toxic, it’s better to be extra safe. If you happen to forget about an apple on the counter or toothbrush in the bathroom, toss it. This gives you more peace of mind knowing you won’t be directly interacting with the treatment.

Wait It Out

It’s understandable to want your home extra clean now, but make sure you wait. Using cleaning products immediately afterwards will reduce the effectiveness of the pest control treatment.

There may also be some areas that you should not wipe down for a prolonged period. Your pest control specialist will let you know when you can move back your furniture. Once it’s safe to do so, you can rearrange your home back to normal.

Fix The Leak

Leaks add unwanted moisture. These areas are breeding grounds for many pests. If you have a leak under your sink, have it fixed. On top of the treatment, this also prevents the pests from coming back.

Monitor The Situation

Continue to closely monitor the area for a few days. You may find dead pests emerging after your pest control visit. Safely discard them. Keeping the area clean and dry will keep the problem from coming back.

If you still find new, live pests in the area, follow up with your specialist. Some pest control plans need more than one visit.


The great thing about a pest control visit is knowing a professional is safely handling the problem. You can sit back for a while, and they’ll effectively remove the pest. Remember to tidy up your area beforehand and continue monitoring after. You can reduce any anxiety by knowing what to expect throughout the pest control visit. If you’re still unsure about something, ask your pest control specialist. They’ll be happy to answer any questions for you.

Ready to handle your pest problem? At Martin’s Pest Control, we proudly serve our community with locations in Calgary and Airdrie. Contact us today to request a free quote.

How Do I Keep Pests Out Of The House?

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Are you having trouble keeping pests out of your home? This can become prominent when weather changes occur. You’ll start to notice more critters trying to find their way into your space. Instead of taking action after they’ve already breached your property, be proactive and try to keep them from entering your home in the first place.

There are a few options to make sure pests stay out, and that has to do with making the inside and outer perimeter of your house and yard less appealing. Using natural remedies and pesticides to repel certain critters can assist in these situations. But let’s start by looking at these helpful tips. They’ll be able to help reduce the likelihood of having pests get into your house. It will also help in making sure you can keep them out for good.

Be Proactive

For assistant with being proactive about pests entering your home, contact Martin’s Pest Control. We have a proactive program that will allow us to perform monthly inspections. We also implement preventative measures to guarantee your home is secure and pest-free.

How To Keep Pests Out

External Measures

It’s best to start by protecting the outside of your home. Making the area surrounding your home’s perimeter undesirable to bugs, rodents, and other pests from settling will thwart them from entering the house.

Garbage & Litter Disposal

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It is well known that garbage and debris can attract pests. Critters such as rodents, ants, or roaches, and it is best to dispose of your household garbage properly. Ensure your garbage and recycling bins are well sealed with tight-fitting lids. Make sure you also keep them farther from the home if possible. Be sure to clean your bins out regularly, rinsing them so sticky residues that attract pests aren’t left behind for them to find.

Avoid Standing Water

Make sure there isn’t any standing water by your home as this can attract certain pests and is a perfect breeding ground, making them harder to get rid of. Empty any buckets or rain barrels when they get full, or ensure you seal them off thoroughly. It is essential to make sure you clean out your gutters and drains as well to avoid a breeding ground close to your house.

Clean Downspouts & Gutters

Keeping your downspouts and gutters free of debris also helps keep birds away from your home. If you don’t give them an appealing place to roost, they will likely search elsewhere.

Keep Plants & Mulch Away From The Homes Perimeter

Trimming back any shrubs, branches, or plant life away from your home can help. It will eliminate pests living in those plants from getting in your home. The further you can keep the pests away, the better. It will be more likely it will be for them not to enter your space. When plants are close to the home’s exterior, they act as a bridge pests use to get inside and stay.

You should also use mulch in gardens further from the home as it acts as an ideal shelter for pests to congregate. It’s better to use things like loose rocks or stepping-stones in places that touch your home’s foundation. These types of materials help keep pests at bay as they are less desirable living areas.

Check Your Doors & Windows

Ensuring you seal your doors and windows properly is imperative for keeping pests out of your home. Pests, especially bugs, can sneak into many small openings around the house, including those in window frames, screens, and doors. If you notice your doors and windows aren’t flush, you can always add weather stripping to them to fill in the gaps. Or caulking for smaller areas to close off the spaces pests like mice or bugs can get in.

Ensure that if you have an attached garage to check your overhead door for gaps. The garage is a great place for bugs and rodents to enter the home. If you have holes in a screen, be sure to replace them as well. Mesh screens with 200 holes per square inch are the most common and most effective at keeping smaller bugs out of the home.

Look For Cracks & Gaps

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Since pests can sneak into even the smallest cracks and gaps around the home, it is important to check your home’s foundation to ensure yours are sealed off properly. Over time the weather and settling of the ground can cause your house to shift slightly. This causes cracks in its foundation which can leave your house vulnerable to pests. It’s a good idea to routinely inspect your home. Start by looking for foundation cracks and loose siding. Next, check the roof for bent flashing or missing shingles. Look for gaps around pipes and wiring, or crevices under the deck as well.

The best way to block these off is to use steel wool, sheet metal or copper mesh so the critters can’t chew through it. Expanding caulk is an easy method but can be chewed through. So if you use it, add another layer of sturdier material on top, to ensure the seal is chew-proof. You can use cement or any mortar as an effective option as well.

However, if the problem resides on the roof or garage door, calling in a professional from these industries to properly fix the issue is the best course of action.

Internal Measures

Even if you looked for cracks, gaps, and loose panelling outside the home, sometimes checking inside can have a better outcome.

Look For Gaps And Crevices Inside The Home

Looking inside cupboards, around pipes, vents, the attic, and in corners of rooms can show how the pests are getting in. If you see any gaps and notice airflow coming from outside, seal them off as soon as possible. It’s also a smart idea to set up traps in these areas. Especially if you’ve noticed that pests have already begun sneaking inside.

Proper Food Storage

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A lot of pests search for places to live and breed because they can sense food. Make sure you are sealing your food correctly so rodents and bugs can’t access it. This will help keep pests at bay and make your house seem like an undesirable spot to live. Cleaning out the fridge, pantry, and cupboards from spoiled or improperly sealed food regularly is smart. It can help you greatly when it comes to keeping pests out.

Routine Cleaning & Maintenance

Keeping a clean home that you routinely maintain is necessary. Make sure you vacuum and mop regularly. Especially the kitchen and dining room where food could get dropped is vital to keeping pests away. If there is no food for them to find, they won’t come around.

Cleaning also disrupts any spots that pests may have been hiding out. By discovering their exact location, you can now easily remove the pests from your home and seal off the opening. It will help in preventing pests from returning.

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Are you are looking to keep pests out of your home and need assistance with the process? Martin’s Pest Control can offer help with our proactive program. We can provide monthly inspections and preventative treatments for your home or business to keep it pest-free. Martin’s Pest Control will also proactively treat seasonal pests. We do this so you can live without the invasion of pests. Some homeowners or business owners experience this when a proactive program isn’t in place.

For any pest control needs, Martin’s Pest Control is the team to get the job done right and keep those pests out. Contact us today to keep your home pest-free.

Common Spiders In Calgary & Spider Pest Control

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Having a spider infestation can be terrifying. Spiders are eight-legged arthropods that hang fangs and are occasionally venomous.

Alberta has several species of spiders living in our province. However, many of these do not make common appearances in urban and populated areas. As a Calgary resident, here are the most common spiders to keep an eye out for and methods for controlling them.

Wolf Spiders

Wolf spiders are one of the most common spiders in Calgary, Alberta. They are reclusive and love to hunt on their own. These spiders are small to medium-sized and typically are a brown colour. While they usually reside in nice open outdoor areas, you can generally find them in your basement.

Wolf spiders very rarely bite humans, but their bites are mildly venomous. Common side effects of a wolf spider bite are minor swelling, itching and discomfort.

Web-Weaving Spiders

Many people associate spiders with spider webs, but not all spiders in Calgary spin webs. That said, there are many different species of web-weaving spiders. They like to spin their webs near doors in the frame or on porches. You’ll also notice webs on tree branches. One of the most common types of spiders that spin webs are orb weavers.

Alberta is home to several orb weavers, which can vary in size. The jewel spider, for example, can get as big as a toonie. These spiders are typically harmless, but you can encourage them to find different spots to spin their webs by destroying the web and keeping the area clean and dry.

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Jumping Spiders

Jumping spiders are a rather distinctive spider found in Calgary. Small and recognized for their jumping motion, jumping spiders are also known for their adorable behaviour, including singing and dancing during their mating rituals. These little spiders also have a curious demeanor, including turning around and staring at humans.

Brown Recluse Spiders

Brown recluse spiders commonly live outdoors in Calgary. They like to hide in woodpiles and dark areas but can sometimes be found indoors in storage areas. These spiders are nocturnal. The brown recluse, also known as the Loxosceles reclusa, has a venomous bite.

Brown recluse spiders have an extremely negative reputation because the most severe bites can result in necrosis of the skin. However, brown recluse spiders typically only bite to defend themselves. The best way you can protect yourself from experiencing a brown recluse bite is to make sure not to leave clothes lying around on your floor. You should also shake out clothes and shoes before you put them on.

Spider Prevention & Control

While spiders are mostly harmless, it can be terrifying to see one scurrying across your bathroom floor. Or worse, to see one in the corner of the shower before work. So how do you work on controlling spiders in Calgary?

Essential Oils

Many people recommend the use of essential oils to discourage spiders in their home. Certain strong scents are excellent spider repellents and can also make your home smell great.

Peppermint essential oil is known for keeping spiders at bay and out of your home. Put about 10-15 drops of peppermint essential oil into a spray bottle and dilute with water. Spray into the corners and around your house to discourage spiders.

You can also choose to use an essential oil diffuser instead of a spray bottle to distribute essential oils around your room. Other essential oil scents that work are tea tree, lavender, cinnamon and rose. Cycling the scents you’re using around your house can make this natural remedy continually helpful.

If the essential oils don’t work, you can also use vinegar diluted with water in a spray bottle. Vinegar is a harsher scent and can affect varnished surfaces. Be careful when using it so you don’t overwhelm your surroundings with the smell of vinegar.

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Keep Your Interior & Exterior Clean

If your home’s inside and outside are clean, you can lower the chance of spiders finding a home on your property. Regularly vacuum and dust the inside of your house, especially in the corners and in undisturbed areas. You can also consider changing up your cardboard storage boxes for plastic ones, as it’s harder for spiders to crawl into them.

Keeping the exterior of your house tidy will discourage spiders from making a home near it and prevent them from finding ways inside. Pay attention to debris around your exterior wall, and make sure to clean it up or move it away.

If your windows or doors have any cracks, make sure to seal them up with some caulk. This will prevent spiders and other bugs from finding their way indoors. Lastly, make sure all of your window screens are in good shape. If your window screens have holes in them, bugs will have an easier time getting inside your house.

When To Seek Professional Pest Control Services

If these methods for controlling the spiders around and on your property do not work, it may be time to seek professional pest control services. If your spider population is too aggressive to handle alone, a pest control company can help you deal with your spiders so you can enjoy your home again.


Do you have a spider infestation in Calgary or Airdrie? Contact Martin’s Pest Control today for information on common spiders in Calgary and professional pest control services. 

Common Pests In Airdrie

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Flies are the most common and arguably most annoying pest to deal with. Almost everyone has had a blowfly, house fly, or fruit fly hang around their home. While more annoying than harmful, they each bring the potential risk of carrying disease, which is why prevention and eradication are key.

Today we are talking about everything flies, from their subtle differences to, most important, how to get rid of them, including when to seek professional pest control services in Airdrie.


People can mistake the blowfly for the house fly, as they habitat similar places. Blowflies are slightly larger than house flies, and their body is a metallic blue or green colour. We find this pest around dead animals, meat-processing plants, and garbage dumps. While these are the common areas, blowflies can also enter your home.


Animal carcasses are the prime location for blowflies to breed. Maggots will become an adult in a matter of a few days. A female blowfly can lay 250 eggs at one time, which is why it doesn’t take long for infestation.


If you have a blowfly infestation, you may scratch your head. Why would they be in my home if they’re attracted to dead animals? Blowflies could be a sign of a bigger problem. You may have a dead rodent or animal in your attic, between the walls, or in the chimney. Or, you might have forgotten about a rodent trap you set up in the attic. If this is the case, pest control services will handle the problem.

If wildlife isn’t the issue, it may be your pet’s feces. Cleaning up animal feces from the backyard will help prevent attracting blowflies onto your property.

Garbage is another area that blowflies love. It should always be sealed tightly, and make sure your garbage bins are free of residue or moisture.

Blowflies will lay eggs in rotting organic matter. Compost bins, grass clippings or decaying fruit on the ground in your yard can attract this pest. Keeping your yard clean will prevent damp, rotting environments that attract the blowfly.

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Blowflies enter homes when the temperature drops. Sealing windows and doors will prevent the annoyance of hearing them buzz against the window.

If there are only a few inside your home, a fly swatter should do the trick.
Flytraps are a no-mess, no-touch option that you can place throughout your home.


The house fly is dark grey in appearance, and as their name states, prefer warm homes. They don’t bite but can carry up to 100 different kinds of disease-causing germs.


House flies move fast. Female house flies will lay up to 500 eggs in several batches, which is why it can be tricky to get rid of them once they enter your home.


Female house flies will lay their eggs in warm moist material. Garbage, decaying fruits and vegetables, or animal manure make ideal breeding environments. Ensure your windows and doors have mesh screens to prevent any insects from entering your home. House flies are attracted to the same things blowflies are, and keeping your property clean is one of the best ways to prevent infestation.


Like the blowfly, fly swatters, or flytraps should do the job. Insecticides can also help mitigate the problem.

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Fruit Fly

The fruit fly is about 3mm in size, making them tiny pests that are still easy to see with the human eye. Like all pests, they are irritating, and it can take some time to get rid of them. Fruit flies are most common during late summer and fall when ripened fruit and vegetables are most likely to be sitting on your countertops.


Wherever there is food, there will be fruit flies. They are most often found in homes, restaurants, and grocery stores. They will lay their eggs in fermenting foods or other organic material. A fruit fly can lay approximately 500 eggs, making this type of pest harder to deal with the longer you wait. Besides the food sources, fruit flies also enter drains, mop buckets, garbage containers, or empty cans and bottles. Just like other breeds of flies, fruit flies also find moist areas an ideal place to live and breed.


Eliminating sources of fruit fly attraction is the easiest way to prevent them from entering your home. Keep food in the refrigerator or discard inedible food. Keep compost containers outside or tightly sealed. If you enjoy making beer, cider, kombucha, or sourdough bread, ensure the lid is sealed tightly shut.

Keep cleaning tools like mops clean and dry to avoid moisture. We also advise regular cleaning of drains.


Even if you take all precautions, pests can still find a way into your home. If you find this pest in your home, eliminate the source as soon as possible. This could mean a rotting banana on your countertop or empty soda cans left out.

Fruit fly traps are an affordable option that works well and are non-toxic. You can leave them out on your countertop to reduce the number of flies within a few days.

Patience is key. Unfortunately, you cannot get rid of fruit flies overnight. Depending on the environmental conditions and how bad the infestation is, it typically takes two to four weeks to get rid of fruit flies. If you are using traps but feel the problem is getting worse, it may be time to call for help.

At home tips may be helpful, but sometimes it isn’t enough to get rid of pests. If you feel you’ve tried everything and the situation is getting out of control, it might be time to call pest control services in Airdrie.

Do you have a pest that needs to be dealt with by a professional? Martin’s Pest Control is Airdrie and Calgary’s leading pest control company. Contact us today to request a quote.

Common Pests In The Calgary Area

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While Calgary is no home for giant venomous spiders or toads showing up in your toilet, there are still several common pests that can cause many problems. As we enter the winter months, keep in mind that pests can still enter your home. This guide will help you know which common pests to look out for, which areas of your home they may invade, and when to call pest control services in Calgary.

Bed Bugs

These tiny insects feed on the blood of animals and people. As their name states, they are typically found in your bed. If you wake up with itchy bites, a skin rash, or blister, inspect your sheets and pillowcase. You’re looking for bloodstains, bedbug fecal spots, or eggshells. Bed bugs are visible to the human eye, and it is advised to inspect your clothing, furniture, pillows, or other fabric items if you suspect a bed bug problem.


One common breed of ant is the pharaoh ant. You can find them in your home or garden because they are attracted to food. In particular sugary foods, compost containers, oils or greasy residue, and other foods left out. This is one of the easiest ways to attract this pest into your home. They are not aggressive but can quickly become a problem if they find a way inside. Ant baits are generally low in toxicity to other animals and an effective way to eliminate nests. But if the problem persists, it’s best to call a professional pest control company.

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If you live with a pet, the chances of coming across a flea problem will rise because this pest feeds on blood. Fleas can carry and pass along diseases and can produce more than 20 trillion offspring a year — all the more reason to take care of this problem as quickly as possible. Fleas tend to bite humans around the feet and ankles and leave tiny raised dots on your pet’s skin. If your pet has fleas, wash them with hot soapy water, and clean their bedding. Other ways you can get rid of fleas, their eggs and larvae are to vacuum carpets, clean baseboards near sleeping quarters, and clean around doors and window-frames.


Everyone knows the annoyance of mosquitos. The swarm that follows you outside and the tiny buzzing you hear when in your home are some of the many reasons people despise this common pest. These tiny pests breed in pools, birdbaths, or storm drains and hide in weeds, tall grass, or bushes. Unfortunately, mosquitos are resilient pests that can carry potentially life-threatening diseases like West Nile, but that doesn’t mean they’re untreatable. 


A pest control professional will use a mosquito control solution around your home and backyard that continues working for up to 21 days. If you prefer an all-natural solution, your property will have to be serviced every 14 days. Having your backyard treated by a professional is an excellent option for those who enjoy spending time outside or plan on hosting an outdoor event.

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The house mouse is the most common rodent pest in Calgary. They have a pointed snout, long hairy tail, and large rounded ears. The problem with the house mouse is that they breed rapidly and are most often found indoors. In the winter months, house mice find warm indoor spaces with access to food such as homes and restaurants attractive. House mice can enter your property through tiny holes and bring fleas, ticks, mites, and lice inside. While you can set up traps, it best to contact pest control services in Calgary before the infestation spreads.


These rodents aren’t harmful and can be cute from a distance, but they cause many problems to your property. One example is they can ruin your garden and invade your home. Squirrels typically get in through small gaps and can chew through walls and rip up insulation. While making their nest, they can create a safety hazard by chewing on wires. 


Many people discover a squirrel problem because of the foul smell from their urine and droppings. To prevent squirrels, remove food supplies such as bird feeders, trim branches and trees near the roof of your home, and ensure openings to your home are sealed shut. As the weather becomes colder, squirrels will be looking to seek shelter in your walls or attic. If this becomes a problem, contact a pest control service in Calgary. They will have the tools to effectively remove squirrels that may be in hard to reach places.


The pocket gopher, and the Richardson’s ground gopher, commonly known as the gopher, are rodent pests that can cause many problems to your yard and garden. Pocket gophers live in underground tunnels and feed on the roots of trees and shrubs. If you see mounds pop up in your garden, it is a telltale sign you have a pocket gopher problem. Pocket gopher-specific traps and fumigants or poison baits can be purchased at select retail outlets or pest control companies.

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The Richardson’s ground gopher will also damage your garden by burrowing. Both the gopher and pocket gopher do not hibernate, which leaves them an opportunity to damage your property throughout the winter months. Stepping into a gopher hole can cause injury to you or your pet, which is why the City of Calgary recognizes the gopher as a pest.


While you can buy traps, chemicals, and baits, sometimes the problem is too large, dangerous, or persistent to get done on your own. Do not attempt to get rid of hazardous pests yourself. Instead, call pest control services in Calgary like Martin’s Pest Control. We will come equipped with the proper tools and products to safely and effectively remove the pest.


Do you live in the Calgary or Airdrie area and need pest control, or wondering about common pests in Calgary? Our professional Calgary exterminators are ready to serve you. Contact us today to receive a free quote.

Keeping Your Fall & Winter Wardrobe Damage Free

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In Calgary, we’re no strangers to early winters. As October creeps to an end, it’s time to start bundling up for winter. Colder mornings are an initial signal that it’s time to pull your fall and winter wardrobe out of storage.

You might shockingly discover your sweaters have been chewed through and are full of little holes. These holes are a result of clothes moths, a common household pest. There are two types of common clothes moths in Alberta that enjoy feasting on your clothing: the webbing clothes moth and the casemaking clothes moth.

While you might think that getting rid of the flying moths in your home is enough to get rid of your problem, it’s simply not. The culprits eating through your wool, cashmere, fur and silks are not the adult moths but rather their larvae. Learning how to identify moths in their egg and larvae states will help you handle any future infestations.

Clothes moths like to eat natural fibres, so they’ll typically avoid any synthetic clothing. These little moths not only eat through clothing but also carpets, bedding, and upholstered furniture. If the infestation gets severe enough, your entire home could be compromised.

How To Prevent Clothes Moths

If you want to take precautionary steps, so you never have to deal with clothes moths, there are a couple of things you can do to ensure your home is less appealing to them. Firstly, you need to understand what clothes moths like in order to avoid creating an environment they enjoy.

Clothing moths don’t enjoy bright lights, so they typically hide away in closets or dressers. Make it a habit to regularly clean out your home and keep it organized. Get in the back of your closet, clean out the top closet shelf, and make sure to pay attention to areas you don’t disturb often.

Keeping your closet organized and without clutter can help prevent clothes moths. When you don’t wear an outfit regularly and leave it undisturbed in your closet, it becomes the perfect home for clothes moths. You should also make an effort to empty your closet every couple of months. Make sure to shake every piece of clothing outside.

Another option is to put mothballs around your home or keep your clothing in airtight storage containers. Here are some natural alternatives, including hanging dried lavender or cedar sachets in your wardrobe if you want to avoid using mothballs. The bonus to using lavender is you can also get a pleasant smell to permeate your room. Just keep in mind that whether this works to ward against clothing moths has never been proven.

Avoiding Bringing Moths To Your Home

If you bring an infested piece of clothing or furniture into your home, you’re carrying a clothing moth problem into your life. Make it a habit to thoroughly clean any used clothing before you store it in your closet. Try not to bring used furniture home unless you can be sure it doesn’t host any pests. Clothes moths are not the only pest you have to worry about when you bring home furniture. You could also potentially be bringing in bedbugs or other common pests.

Washing clothes in hot temperatures can help kill off any clothes moth larvae or eggs, avoiding bringing any into your closet. You should make it a habit to wash all used and secondhand clothes.

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Getting Rid Of Clothes Moths

So what if you already have a clothes moth infestation? There are many ways to approach a clothes moth infestation, including home remedies and professional pest control services. Mostly it depends on the severity of the infestation itself.

You should first try and locate the source of the infestation. The infestation is often situated in an area you don’t typically disturb. For example, an attic space or a high closet shelf. Removing the infestation source is essential, so you aren’t just putting a bandaid on a bigger problem.

Cleaning everything in your closet is the next step. Making sure there are no remaining eggs or larvae is essential. Empty your closet and clean out the dark corners and crevices. Also, make sure to clean all of your clothes and toss the ones beyond saving and repair. The best way to deal with this is to dry clean the clothes. You can also wash them in high-temperature water if that’s not an option.

If you’ve already tried the tips above and it has not helped ease your infestation, it might be time to seek a professional pest control company. Spraying pesticides yourself is not recommended, and an exterminator can better help you handle your clothes moth problem. Long time exposure to pesticides is bad for your health, especially when using them within your home.

Finding a qualified and experienced pest control company in Alberta is important when dealing with a severe clothes moth infestation. Contact your local pest control company and get a quote. Having the professionals handle your clothes moths control and extermination will help you quickly get control and save your expensive clothes!


Are you currently dealing with a clothes moth infestation in Alberta? Contact our qualified and professional pest control company today to handle and control your infestation in the Calgary and Airdrie areas. 

Rising Wasp Numbers In Calgary


Calgary residents are familiar with late summer bringing an influx of wasps. This is because wasp lay their eggs at the beginning of summer. As they begin to mature, we see more of them flying around. However, this summer brought a massive boom of wasp populations. You may have noticed it was difficult to find wasp sprays in stores during the last month. Everyone tries to deal with these annoying critters with various wasp control methods, including the popular spray.


There are a variety of factors contributing to why we’re seeing an influx in wasps this year. Martin’s Pest Control owner, Bill Martin, was recently featured as an expert on Global News discussing why we’re seeing extra wasps this summer. 


Bill believes there are several reasons why we’re seeing more wasps lately. One of the biggest reasons is that people are doing COVID-19 home renovation projects and uncovering hidden wasp nests. The wet spring weather and heat combination also facilitated more insects and more food for the wasps. The wasps’ nests from earlier this year were larger than usual. 


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Removing Wasp Nests

Getting rid of a wasp nest can be difficult and scary. Hiring a professional pest control company is the best approach. When you fail to remove a wasp nest properly, you run the risk of angering the whole nest and becoming a target. While wasp stings are not lethal unless you’re allergic, they certainly are painful and annoying. To avoid putting yourself in a potentially dangerous situation, call an exterminator to help you deal with the nest.


If you want to handle the nest yourself, there are a couple of safe options. It’s best to spray the nest during the night when they’re less active, and while you’re wearing the right protection. Even if you don’t plan on hiring a professional to deal with your wasp problem, we recommend you call one for advice before you do anything. 


Never try to burn a wasp nest. There are many risks with burning a wasp nest, including possible property damage. Because the nest is made from a papery material, it is undoubtedly extremely flammable, but you run the risk of setting your house on fire. You could also potentially inflict severe burns on yourself if you’re using a fire accelerant like gasoline. The nest could also fall on you while it’s on fire, causing personal injury. 


This is not a very effective method due to the safety risks, and it doesn’t kill the wasps. You’ll also possibly have angry wasps on your hands. 


Similar to burning a nest, you should not try and flood a nest. It isn’t beneficial and depending on where the wasp nest is. It could also cause property damage. You also run the risk of having a nest full of angry wasps to deal with. 

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Keeping Wasps Away While You're Outside

You have probably noticed wasps persistently buzzing around you while trying to eat out on a patio, in your backyard, or while on a picnic. The reason for the number of extra wasps flying around this year has likely created a scarcity in resources. When you’re eating foods containing sugar or protein, the wasps are interested so they can try and feed their young larvae. 


So, how do you deal with this? Swatting at them or waving your arms around will likely anger the bugs. There are many easy ways to keep wasps at bay, including wearing darker colours and avoiding floral or fruity scented perfume. When you wear lighter colours and sweet-smelling perfume, wasps might think you’re an excellent food source to investigate. 


You can also buy commercial traps or create your own using a pop bottle and sugar water. The sugar water will attract the wasps, and they’ll get stuck in the bottle. 

Should You Get Rid Of The Wasps?

Like everything else, wasps have their own role in the ecosystem. Because they eat other insects, they do help keep other bug populations down. Keeping other insects at bay means your garden and plants will stay happy. Other bugs will eat your plants, so keeping them at a lower population in your backyard will keep your plants from dying. 


The most important thing when planning to get rid of a wasp nest is to do so safely. Whether you contact a professional pest control company or not, finding a way to keep you and your home safe is essential. 


As we move into the chillier fall months, it’s also important to note that our wasp problems will likely cease to be a problem soon. Most wasps die during the winter, except for the queens who will hibernate until it’s warm again. Nature will take care of our recent influx in wasps, and we won’t have to worry about them again until next summer. 



Need to deal with a wasp infestation or nest in the Calgary or Airdrie area safely? Martin’s Pest Control can help you get those wasps under control. Contact us, and we’ll take a look at your pests today!

Humane Bird Control Options For Your Yard

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Many people enjoy bird watching and agree they are a wonderful part of nature. However, when they start to make homes in your yard and pick apart your gardens, you begin to disagree with how charming they are. Birds can carry diseases, poop on everything, and tend to wake you up too early in the morning. These issues alone are enough to want to call in the professionals for bird control and rid these flying fiends from your space.

When it comes to bird control most people don’t want to use harsh pesticides in their backyards to get rid of their new squawking neighbours. Humane bird control can be done. We are here to talk about the importance of keeping your yard bird free and how to do it safely.

Damage & Disease Caused By Birds

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Though many birds are often harmless and just pop by for a quick visit in your yard, others can prove to be peskier and more dangerous.

  • Many birds can cause significant damage to gardens by foraging on berries and seeds and even displace more desired songbirds from flying by.
  • In rural areas, they can forage on livestock feed and contaminate it.
  • A variety of species of birds will build nests in or on buildings, causing fire hazards and other pest infestations and causing noise pollution.
  • Bird droppings can be acidic, and dependant on the bird can ruin and damage property.
  • Often birds can carry diseases, parasites, and bacteria such as lice or mites, Salmonella, Lyme Disease, Avian Pox, and West Nile. They spread it around your yard to other critters or even to you or your family.

Bird Deterrents

Visual Scares

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A visual scare is what people typically think of when they see a scarecrow. Visual scares are something to irritate or frighten the birds by making them feel unsafe. It will deter the birds from roosting your yard. Visual scares can cover large areas. However, you have to move them around the yard frequently for them to remain effective.

Examples of these visual scares would be:

  • Plastic Predators, Such As Owls & Coyotes
  • Shiny Objects That Will Glint And Flicker In The Sun, Such As Shiny Tape Or Hanging CD’s
  • Terror Eyes Balloons

Taste Aversions

Taste aversions make foliage birds graze on in your yard taste or smell bad. You can spray a chemical compound throughout the yard that will deter birds. It is very effective at protecting your fruits, grass and even crops. Most taste aversions sprays are made from methyl anthranilate, which comes from concord grapes. Methyl anthranilate will not harm the birds, humans, or other animals, such as your pets. The only downside is that you have to reapply the spray application every once in a while to ensure it hasn’t faded or been rinsed off due to rain or watering.

Roost Inhibitors

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Roost inhibitors stop birds from building nests and homes in your yard and keep them from loitering along rooftops and ledges.

Roost inhibitors include things such as:

  • Spikes
  • Chemical Barriers, Which Are Invisible But Case A Stickiness To Walk Through Which Birds Dislike
  • Netting To Surround Specific Areas From Allowing Birds To Enter.

Sound Repellents

Sound repellents will emit loud noises that will frighten the birds (a predator’s noise) or coax the birds away with a distress call.

There are two types of sound repellents, sonic repellents and ultrasonic. Sonic repellents can randomize frequency, pitch, timing and other factors that can annoy and disorient the birds, making them want to avoid your yard.

Meanwhile, ultrasonic repellents will emit pulses that bother birds similar to the sonic repellents, but humans won’t be able to hear these.

Humane Bird Elimination

Some people may want to prevent birds from entering their yards while others already have a bird problem and need them gone.

Humane ways of eliminating your bird problems and humane bird control products are:

Caulk Or Seal Openings

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This method proves useful when birds have already roosted in places like your shed or garage. Smaller birds can get in through tiny cracks holes, and therefore by permanently covering the areas of entry, you can become bird free.

Block Openings To Your Eavestroughs, Gutters & Downspouts, Decks & Lofts

Birds often build nests in these places. Nests can cause damage to your home and property if not taken care of properly. Nests in eavestroughs can block drainage and cause overflow into your home instead of away from your home. Netting is usually the best choice for these spaces because it’s still covered while still allowing flow.

Door Strips

Door strips can also keep smaller birds out of the garage, shed or home. These plastic strips are hung from doorframes and can prevent birds from entering the premises without closing off the entryway for people and pets.

Nest Removal

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The removal of a nest can ensure a decline in population for your yard. Be sure to call fish and wildlife first before removing nests yourself to ensure it is safe and legal to do so. If you don’t want to be in charge of such a delicate task, get a professional to come and take a look at the situation. Martin’s Pest Control has years of experience and will ensure your yard is bird free and stays bird free.

Live Traps

Setting live traps can also be smart for ridding yourself from birds setting up camp in your yard humanely and effectively. These traps are great, especially if some of the repellent methods have failed to work. Using live traps will keep from endangering non-target birds so they can be released safely back into the wild. Just make sure to release them far enough away from your home. Birds can find their way back up to 80km. It is also good to rid the area of anything that will draw them back to your home so they can start a new roost elsewhere.

Call The Professionals At Martin's Pest Control

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For more information on bird control in Calgary and Airdrie, contact Martin’s Pest Control. We are a family-owned and locally-operated pest control services business. We know pest control and the environment certain methods work in to solve your pest problem as efficiently and effectively possible. You won’t get better service than you will with Martin’s Pest Control. Call today, (403) 460-7213.

What Are Bedbugs & What To Do If You Have Them

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One of the most unpleasant feelings is peacefully sleeping in your bed while little bedbugs crawl all over you. What a nightmare. We often think of bedbugs when staying in spaces with questionable cleanliness like student dorms, hostels, and budget hotels. Unfortunately, these bugs are not exclusive to unclean areas or bedrooms.

Bedbug Infestations

Bedbug infestations are a reality that most commonly occur in living spaces like homes, dormitories, hotels, and shelters, but can also happen anywhere where human beings are. The University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment says this includes “hospitals, nursing homes, libraries, theaters, offices, municipal buildings, and on public transportation.”

bedbug infestations

In fact, a high traffic area for bedbugs is shared housing facilities like apartments or condos. All it takes is one neighbour to bring them into the building and next thing you know your whole floor could be infected, no matter how clean your space is. Another common area for bedbugs is a theatre. Because of the number of people going in and out of the seats in a day, it makes it an easy transference site.

The University also says that bedbugs have been in existence for centuries, as they are mentioned in classical Greek writings and medieval European texts.

Potential Health Risks

These small reddish-brown wingless bugs typically stay within eight feet of where people sleep but have been found to travel over 100 feet in the night, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The bugs feed at night from the blood of humans and pets.

If you have wood bedroom furniture, they’ll take up residence there during the day. They will also hide between mattress seams, making them hard to detect. Another area they love is piles of laundry, they will burrow in your clothes and wait for prime feasting time.

bedbug infestation in laundry

Bedbug bites can take up to 14 days to appear and affect everyone differently. You could see no marks, have a small bite mark, or even suffer a severe allergic reaction. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include enlarged bite marks, painful swelling, and in rare occurrences, anaphylaxis. If a serious allergic reaction occurs, the CDC recommends seeking medical attention.

To avoid infections, it is recommended to keep the bites clean and avoid scratching them. There have been reports that bedbug infestations can affect mental health, including symptoms like anxiety and insomnia. If you have any concerns, seek advice from your healthcare professional.

Determining If You Have A Bedbug Problem

Bedbugs are small and great at hiding in little seams or crevices in or around your bed. As infestations grow, they can also hide in furniture, flooring, and walls. This can make figuring out if you have bedbugs a complex task.

Fortunately, there are some specific signs to look for. Start by inspecting your bed, and then move to other areas of your bedroom such as furniture, books, and clothing. Common signs of bedbugs include the molted exoskeletons of bedbugs, rust coloured spots from their excrement, or even the bugs themselves. You should check for unusual odours as well, because bedbugs can emit a musty and offensive odour from their scent glands.

bedbug infestation signs

What To Do If You Have Bedbugs

If you have bites or if you see evidence of bedbugs in your living area, there are a few things you need to know. Bedbug infestations can happen quickly, so it is essential to take immediate action.

  • Do not move to another bed or sleeping area, because the bugs may follow and infest other parts of your home or building.
  • Do not immediately throw away your bed, bedding, or furniture. There is hope to safely remove the infestation without getting rid of all your belongings. Also, bedbugs can live in areas like walls and floorboards that would make your actions irrelevant.
  • If you don’t see a bedbug, but you have unexplained marks on your body, it doesn’t mean you don’t have them. They could just be good at hiding. The best thing to do if you think you might have bedbugs is to contact a local pest control company or your landlord who generally has an exterminator they work with.

Finding A Professional

If you think you can handle this yourself, think again. However diligently you follow DIY pest control methods, your bedbug infestation could persist. Bedbugs are very hard to get rid of. Alberta Health Services recommend that you have the area treated by a pest control officer, so you should contact them as soon as you have assessed that there is an infestation. That way they can start treatment as soon as possible.

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Decluttering is a good way to discourage bedbug infestations.

At the same time, you should follow these steps:

Declutter Your Space

Until you talk to your pest control specialist, do not throw away furniture. Your exterminator can let you know which pieces can be treated. Do throw away everything you don’t need anymore. Also, if you have a bed skirt, remove it.

Clean Your Space

You can use a vacuum with a crevice tool to clean any places where bedbugs could potentially hide. This includes all sides of your mattress, box spring, bed frame, and headboard. Getting into little crevices where pesky bugs can hide is essential. Vacuum all these areas once a week.

Wash Away Any Signs Of Bedbugs

This will make it easier to spot new signs during follow-up inspections. You should do follow-up inspections at least once a week. Pop anything you can into your washing machine. This includes clothing and bedding. Then put them in the dryer.

The heat of the dryer should kill bedbugs in all stages. Make sure the items can receive even heat for at least 30 minutes. Heat treatments should be repeated every week until the bedbugs are gone.

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Isolate Items That Do Not Have Bedbugs

Keep your clean items that never had bedbugs, or are no longer infested, and keep them away from areas that still contain bedbugs. Protect your mattress and box spring with a “bedbug-proof” cover. Do not remove the cover for at least a year.

Keeping Bedbugs Away From Your Bed

Bedbugs don’t like smooth or sticky surfaces, so you can place “interceptors” around the legs of your bed. This deters more bugs from crawling up into your bed. You can buy interceptors from pest control companies.

Some DIY options include covering bed legs with petroleum jelly or sticky tape. You can also place smooth dishes or containers underneath the legs and cover their surface with substances like vegetable oil, talcum powder, or petroleum jelly. 

Two Top Tips To Keep Bedbugs Away

  • Keep Your Bed At Least Six Inches Away From All Walls.
  • Don’t Put Anything On Your Bed. This Includes Things Like Clothing, Bags, Or Personal Items.

Depending on how many people are in your home or building, and how well everyone co-operates with these measures, this process may take several weeks. This is in addition to treatment by pest control officials.

keeping your house bedbug free

Chemical Treatments

If chemical treatments are necessary, your pest control company should be able to let you know. Store-bought chemical treatments are available which can help with bedbug infestations. If you are using one of these make sure that it is registered by Health Canada and only use the product how the package label directs you to.

Never use homemade pesticides even if they look simple and harmless. They can be harmful to make and use. Don’t risk harming yourself or your family.

When In Doubt, Trust The Professionals

Pest control technicians in Calgary are specially trained to use various tools and methods to eradicate bedbugs from your home that you might not be aware of or qualified to use. This includes chemicals like pesticides and heat treatments. Several dogs in Alberta are specifically trained to detect bedbugs. They are used by some trained professionals for their efficiency.

Bedbug Prevention

Unfortunately, bedbugs can happen to anybody. If you travel often and share living spaces where others frequently sleep, you are at a higher risk of getting bedbugs.

Bedbugs can be prevented by reducing places in your home where they can hide. You can start by reducing clutter and vacuuming often. You can also seal any risky cracks or crevices in your walls, windows, floors, ceilings, windows, and furniture.


Identifying Potential Problems

Make sure you monitor what you bring into your house that could potentially be infested. This includes secondhand items like books and furniture. New furniture and mattresses may be transported in the same vehicles as old ones, so check your new items too. If you see a mattress or couch on the curb, avoid it. Do not bring it into your home.

With the recent events of COVID-19, people are more cautious when buying from garage sale sites like Kijiji or Facebook Marketplace. This caution should always be at the forefront. As more people partake in buy and sell sites, they are opening themselves up for bedbugs. Always wash new clothing items in hot water before letting them even touch anything in your home. You never know if the other person had an unknown infestation when they donated them.

Most importantly, check your home for bedbugs often. This includes your bedroom and furniture like chairs and beds.

If you want more information, or to have someone to come to your home and handle the pest problems, give Martin’s Pest Control a call. We’re here to take care of what bugs you.

Combatting Voles In Your Yard

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Now that spring has sprung and the snow has melted off your lawn, you’re probably wondering why it looks like a tiny tunneller has ransacked it. Well, as you may have guessed, you have a vole problem. Though prominently abundant in the prairies, they also pose a considerable challenge to Calgary yards.

Nevertheless, if you’re having trouble combatting voles in your yard these varmints can be impeded and stopped when taken care of properly. At Martin’s Pest Control, we know precisely how to get the job done.


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Voles are often mistaken for mice as they have a very similar appearance. They are small brown-grey varmints with black beady eyes. Though these creatures may look similar to the house mouse, they are stockier in build with stubby legs, ears, and tail.

Voles are also often confused for moles as well because of their underground nature. In fact, voles are more similarly related to the muskrat.

Knowing the difference can help in catching the culprit that’s causing your yard problems.

The Big Issue

Voles are known for tunneling, which is where the problems start. When they tunnel, they damage the root systems in your yard causing most plant life to die. They also eat the vegetation in your yard, which does significant damage to your landscaping when they dig for bulbs and root vegetables.

These varmints are known for tunneling and leaving haphazard tracks through your yard, since they live, breed, and store their food underground. They will gnaw at the roots of trees and shrubs, eating your gardens, in turn causing you thousands in damages to your yard.

They Are Sneaky
Combatting voles

Voles are quite sneaky though. Many times they are never seen by the homeowner. In fact, most homeowners don’t realize they have a vole problem until spring arrives. This is because voles cause the most damage during the winter months when the ground is too frozen to tunnel deeper down. Voles stay close under the surface of the snow using it as insulation.

Not only is the snow insulation for them to survive the harsh weather but it’s also the perfect cloak to cover up any mischief happening to your landscaping.

Stopping Them In Their Tracks

Stopping voles is not an easy job. They are primarily outdoor pests. They don’t sneak into your house through cracks or live in the shed. This makes it tricky to track them down when there are fewer entry points or core corners to trap them in.

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The best way to catch a vole is by setting up a live cage vole trap where you can see high activity in your yard. The tunnels, AKA “runways”, are well defined and close to the surface and typically around two inches wide. The larger the runway indicates a spot of constant traffic, which is would be a prime location to set a trap.

Voles typically don’t stray too far from their burrows. Since voles breed so frequently as well, having 5-10 litters per year that yield 3-6 babies. Since those numbers add up quick it’s best to set up between 12-24 traps to even begin making a dent on the population.

Blackhole traps are also very useful in that they go in a pre-existing vole hole in the ground and go undetected by the vole. Upon re-entering their dwelling, they will become trapped.


When setting out traps it is a good idea to bait them. You want to coax the voles into entering. It is best to bait in the trap in and around its perimeter.

The best bait to use on voles is:

  • Peanut butter
  • Oatmeal
  • Small nuts/seeds
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  • Trail mix
  • Bread and butter crumbs
  • Gumdrops
trail mix vole bait
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Warning: poison bait and traps are potentially threatening to pets, children, and other wildlife. Use with caution and care. 

You can also poison the vole bait to kill them off at the source. You may want to set up rodenticide bait stations near the tunnel entrances and higher traffic areas. Be sure to continue refilling them for 5-10 days or until you begin to see no more signs of voles, indicating they are dead.

Top 3 most effective vole poisons:

  • Motomco Tomcat All-Weather Bait Chunx
  • JT Eaton Bait Block
  • Sweeny’s Mole and Gopher Poison Peanuts

Vole Prevention & Repellant


The best solution to the problem is to prevent them altogether, no need for traps if they never enter your yard. So, if you hear they have moved into your neighbour’s yard, you’re just being cautious, or have dealt with these pesky critters before you know it’s best to stop it before it happens and get some form of deterrent.


Choose a repellent that has the active ingredient capsaicin in it, the intense heat will draw the voles far away from your yard. You can use granular repellent and sprinkle it around the perimeter of your yard. But, if you have ample space to cover, the liquid works better.

Thiram is another useful deterrent, though it is typically a fungicide for your plants and crops it will also rid the voles. The sulfur smell deters them, and if ingested, can cause issues over time, eradicating them.

The Harm Free Method

Home Remedies
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If you prefer not to harm the animal or use harsh chemicals, or poisons you can instead make your own repellant. Using ingredients such as eggs, red pepper sauce or any hot sauce, garlic, and other pungent ingredients to spray around your yard can work.

Another non-toxic repellant to use is a predator’s urine. The voles are very off put by the scent and won’t approach for fear of being low on the food chain. Fox, wolf, or coyote urine can be purchased at trapper supply stores, online, or even yard stores like Home Depot.

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Another thing that will stop voles from entering your property is by weeding, keeping the lawn mowed, and having little to no dense ground coverage. It also may be useful to consider fencing off your gardens.

You can even use fence wiring 6 inches underground to wrap around plants such as seedlings and bushes or shrubs. This ensures the voles can’t gnaw at their root systems. If the Voles have no food sources, they will be ready to leave you alone.

Getting rid of these varmints, voles especially can be a hassle, but if you find yourself struggling to do it yourself, we can help.

Contact Martin’s Pest Control. We specialize in pest management; including vole control, deterrent, and vole infestations. Our professionals can inspect your property to know where the voles are living to get to the source of the issue so they can be removed safely and stay gone.

Martin’s Pest Control is a family owned and locally operated Calgary business. We believe in providing exceptional customer service while building trust and offering peace of mind. Our professional Calgary exterminators are Alberta licensed and receive on-going training.