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.

Conclusion

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.

pest free house

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.

Cockroach Infestations On The Rise

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More Calgary residential and commercial properties need cockroach extermination services.

recent news article is a wake-up call for Calgary residents and businesses. With cockroach infestations on the rise, you’ll want to check your property to make sure they haven’t made their way inside. 

In fact, cockroach infestations are up across the province and exterminators from Edmonton, and Grande Prairie echoes Martin’s Pest Control’s observation of increased numbers. Cockroach swarms are popping up in restaurants, grocery stores, businesses, apartment complexes, and homes.

Why Are The Numbers Of Cockroaches Increasing?

There are a few reasons numbers might be climbing. 

  • More global trading is bringing pests into the country along with cargo. 
  • They travel in the trucks to warehouses, and the critters continue hitching rides to businesses when goods are delivered. 
  • Cockroaches like to travel and can be brought in with furniture, clothing in suitcases, in cardboard boxes encasing tourist purchases, and even in the lining of shoes. 
  • Cockroaches hide in food packaging and pop boxes. 
  • Cold temperatures will kill cockroaches, but since temperatures have moderated in recent years, it often doesn’t get cold enough to kill cockroach populations. 
  • The breeding rates and the difficulty in killing cockroaches before they spread means more buildings and residential areas are finding wide-scale cockroach infestation. 
  • The recycling movement, while admirable, can spread cockroaches to new areas when cockroaches or their eggs attach themselves to second-hand articles.

Know The Enemy

The German brown cockroach is the most common in Alberta. During the day, they like to hide in dark, moist areas. Common areas are bathrooms, around plumbing fixtures, under cabinets, behind baseboards, in cracks and crevices near their food supply, under flooring and under or inside appliances.

They like company and will often congregate in swarms. Cockroaches are detected at night when they are active.

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You can catch them by surprise by quickly turning on lights or using a flashlight. But they are quick. A cockroach can move at three miles per hour. That is about as fast as the walk between your house and the local convenience store. 

Cockroaches will also lay egg sacs with approximately 50 eggs that hatch in one month. They are mature at about three months, reproduce again, and then die at six months.

Once established, they are difficult to control. If you cut off a cockroaches head, they can still live for a week and only die because they can’t drink water. They can hold their breath for thirty minutes underwater. They can live without food for over a month but need water in a week to survive. The trifecta of living conditions for them is heat, moisture, and food. 

Oddly enough, one of their favourite hiding spots is where you store your plastic bags. Cockroaches eat cardboard, bindings of books, the starch in ceiling boards, their cast-off carcass, their dead cockroach brethren, blood fresh and dried, excrement. They have even been reported to dine on finger and toenails of babies, sick and older adults. 

They love it when you don’t clean up your dishes and put off vacuuming food crumbs. You get a hint they are around because they defecate where they eat, leaving their waste, which looks like coffee grains or little cylinders. The waste has a pheromone that is a calling card for other cockroaches to come to dinner.

Why Should I Care?

Cockroaches are bad for business and can infect humans with a variety of health concerns. The World Health Organization (WHO) states that cockroaches can carry 33 types of harmful bacteria, six kinds of parasitic worms, and seven other pathogens. 

There are many reasons to deal with infestations of cockroaches quickly:

  • They are bad for business. Customers associate cockroaches with poor maintenance and unclean premises, even if there are other reasons cockroaches showed up at your door. 
  • They contaminate foodstuffs and merchandise and leave unpleasant odours in their wake. 
  • They spread disease and can exacerbate asthma. 
  • To keep work and home spaces safe for family, employees, and customers
  • Health inspectors can shut down your business because cockroaches pose a health risk.
  • To help eradicate cockroaches from the Calgary area and Alberta
  • They are just plain creepy.

Call An Exterminator

Commercial vacuums, specialized chemical formulas, extermination dust, smoke, aerosol sprays, bait and traps, and repellents are some ways used to eliminate cockroach populations. You can buy over the counter methods at the hardware store.

Still, it is probably better to call a registered pest exterminator like Martin’s Pest Control as soon as you see the first cockroach. 

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By the time you set up your trap and catch some, they may have multiplied beyond control. If detected in another suite in an apartment complex or a commercial bay, it is highly likely you will find them shortly in your own space. 

If others are calling exterminators, you might want to get an assessment and pool resources to eliminate them from the entire complex. By law, landlords are responsible for ensuring that their tenants live and work in a safe environment.

The Best Way To Prevent Cockroaches

There are some tips to help make your environment undesirable to cockroaches.

  • Establish a regular maintenance schedule for a deep clean. 
  • Encourage employees and family members to clean up food spills immediately. 
  • Keep areas clean and inspect behind furniture and appliances as part of the cleaning routine. Exterminators say that most restaurants do keep visible areas clean. Cockroaches set up shop in areas that trap grease and food, like behind and under cooking equipment. 
  • Empty the garbage regularly. Keep outside garbage bins away from the wall and tightly seal bins. 
  • Caulk around baseboards, electrical switches and outlets, and in cupboard cracks.
  • Remedy small plumbing leaks, so you don’t give cockroaches an easy water source.

If you are not sure if you have a cockroach problem, the knowledgeable staff at Martin’s Pest Control is open to inspect your property. Using our experience and knowledge as a leading pest company, we will scope out hiding cockroaches and outline the steps needed to keep your property cockroach free.