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.

Ants

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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Fleas

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.

Mosquitos

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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Mice

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.

Squirrels

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.

Gophers

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.

Using Mother Nature For Pest Control

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For thousands of years, Mother Nature has used her own form of natural pest control to deal with insects, critters and other pests. This is otherwise known as biologics. The food chain protects the Earth from over population of pests and other animals. Amazingly, before humanity stepped in, this system seemed to keep the balance of nature in check. Biologic control is a method of dealing with pests by introducing predators, pathogens, or parasites to an area to control or eradicate pests. 

 

An old, familiar saying is that one must know their enemies. The best way to do that is to do a little research. A Bugs 101 course at the University of Alberta might help you understand the different kinds of insect life, and how to deal with them.

 

Biologic Pest Control

In biologic pest control, you must pay careful attention to the numbers and the type of biologic used. Otherwise, things will become unbalanced. It is a bit like the depressing children’s song of ‘The Old Lady That Swallowed the Fly.’ She continues to swallow predator after predator to deal with the chain reaction to deal with her actions. Eventually this results in her death. 

 

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If you are considering biologics, it is a good idea to consult with a certified pest control professional before undertaking any treatment plan. They can advise you on proper application and the monitoring process needed. You can also speak to them about handling the process for you.

 

It is tricky magic to use biologics for control. Some of the predators eat more than one type of insect, and you don’t want to create an overpopulation, or to lose all the useful garden insects. 

 

One of the easiest ways to use biologics is to encourage some of the good predators to stick around. 

Environmental Population Control

Environmental control can modify whether the good predators stick around. Steps you can take to ensure they stay is begin by cleaning out areas of debris where pests flourish. Encourage the breeding of insects like ladybugs to keep aphid populations down. By providing fall and winter leaf cover, ladybugs have a warm place to hibernate and emerge in the spring. Other examples of natural predators are spiders, lacewings, praying mantis, and parasitic wasp varieties. 

Ladybug's and their use in biologics

There are biologic companies that alter and develop different biologics to eliminate and control pests or weeds. They farm them in captivity for delivery and release on large areas. One example is the predatory wasp development for use against whitefly in greenhouse settings. Or Stem-weevil, which attacks thistle in crops. 

 

Some agricultural sectors are asking for more support in bringing new biologics to the country and advocating for assistance in investigations of new strains developed in Canada. The University of California has released a good overview of biologics and how to manage pests in gardens and landscapes.

 

Can Biologics Be Applied To Animal Pests?

Nature has given animals an excellent instinct to sniff out food supplies. So pest companies are using dogs to sniff out termites and bed bugs. Dealing with unwanted birds, mice, and gophers can be as easy as bringing in cats, hawks and barn owls. Populations of animals are usually controlled by altering their environment or allowing predator populations to increase. Think gophers vs. coyotes. 

 

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While biologics have not been used much for controlling animal pests, they are being used to treat human diseases. In a weird flip, we may find success with human guinea pigs that will lead to uses in animal populations.

 

Why Use Biologics When Pesticides Work?

The move away from pesticides stems mainly from the toxicity to humans and animals when chemicals enter the environment. Additionally, pesticides developed years ago are not meeting today’s strict standards. With new research, the direct effects pesticides have on the environment is becoming more apparent.

A recent lawsuit regarding glyphosate in RoundUp claims it causes cancer in humans. This news has people looking twice at what is in their garden sheds. Pesticides require more specialized handling and regulation, but farmers support keeping pesticides for use in large areas because they are the most effective way to keep crops healthy and increase yields. They hold that with proper regulation, education and certifications for pesticide application, individuals can use pesticides safely.

 

If you want more information on biologics or have other pest control questions or issues call us at Martin’s Pest Control. Our Calgary & Airdrie pest control company can help you deal with any of your garden pests! 

Airdrie Pest Control Services

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Are you are having issues with pests in your home or business? We get the struggle and can help rid you of those pesky critters. Martin’s Pest Control is one of the leading extermination and pest control companies in Calgary, but did you know we also have a location in Airdrie?

Our Airdrie location provides the same quality service as our Calgary location. Day or night, we can get you the help you need to get rid of unwanted pests fast. You can reach our team 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

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Why Choose Martin's For Quality Pest Control?

Our pest control technicians offer a range of services so your pest problem can become a thing of the past. Whether you are dealing with bed bugs, mice, roaches, or anything in between, our licensed and certified technicians can help you fix the problem.

Each of our Airdrie pest control technicians has the skills to identify the pest and get to the root of the issue. Not every pest is the same. They need to be dealt with differently to make sure they stay gone and you can go on with your day worry-free. Not sure what kind of critter is taking over your home or business? We developed our own pest guide to help you correctly identify your pest.

We take the same approach when first attending a home or business. This allows us to quickly assess the problem and from there create a customizable plan specific to your home or business.

Our ‘Personalized Protective Program’, aka P3 approach, acts as a guide for our technicians. We base it on numerous factors including pest type and entry points. The following two factors allow us to decipher how to treat the problem and give you a pest-free environment once more.

First Factor: Knowing What Pest You Have

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We Offer A Range Of Services To Deal With Every Type Of Airdrie Pest:

  • Mouse Control —  To Rid You Of Alberta’s Two Most Common Critters, The Deer Mouse & The House Mouse.
  • Insect Control — To Rid You Of Spiders, Bees, Ants, Centipedes, Moths, Roaches, Beetles, Fleas, Flies, Hornets, & More.
  • Bird Control — For Pigeons & Other Winged Wildlife That Are Messing With Your Home Or Business.
  • Rodent Control — To Make Sure No Bats, Rats, Gophers, & Bigger Rodents & Vermin Such As Skunks & Raccoons Stop Coming Around Your Door.

Second Factor: The Point Of Entry

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How these pests are getting in will determine what action needs to be taken to stop them from entering again. Homes and businesses often have many vulnerable cracks that can form over time. This is why our Airdrie pest control technicians will need to complete a full inspection to make sure you are being protected.

The Next Step: Getting The Proper Treatment To Eradicate The Pest Problem

Whether you need structural pest control, exterior rodent control, landscape pest control which includes trees & shrubs, fumigation structure, or grain exterior rodent control we can assess the situation and decide how to direct our team. We use the best technology and equipment for the task at hand to ensure our clients only receive the best and friendliest service.

Once the job is done, we clean up so you can almost forget those troublesome pests were ever there to begin with. We believe in giving you full professional service in a world where so many are cutting corners. At Martin’s Pest Control we have built a loyal following based on our integrity and relationships!

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Whether these pests are bugging you at home or work, Martin’s can get the job done. We offer quick, efficient and friendly pest control services in Alberta. We deal with residential pest control, commercial pest control, and fumigation. Including everything from urgent emergency pest control services, to inspection, and reliable maintenance packages.

Not only do we service Calgary alongside our Airdrie office, we also provide pest control services to Balzac, Okotoks, Chestermere, Strathmore, Cochrane, and more!

Call us today to talk to a specialist about getting rid of your pest problem!

(403) 460 – 7213

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How To Hire The Right Pest Control Company

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Start With Research

When hiring a Calgary pest control company, you want to make sure you get one that cares about you and your problem. The first step you should always take is doing research. Start by checking their online presence, reading reviews and even making a few phone calls.

Licencing, certifications, and safety insurance measures, along with warranties, are the types of business points to list and consider in your decision-making process.

Make An Action Plan

After you have your information analyzed, a good choice should stand out from the others. At this point, you should be feeling confident that your choice will bring a solution to your pest problem. Make the call to your chosen pest control company.

Ask for a written contract for services, fees, and guarantees. Discuss the services requested and set a date for service. Ask about preparation in the home before their visit. Also, find out what they do to get the home back to normal after treatment. Make sure you discuss what happens if the pest problems reoccur.

Some companies will come back and re-treat for free, and others will charge you again for multiple treatments. If the company is resistant to provide this, reconsider your choice, and go to the next quality pest control choice on your list.

Set Realistic Goals

Sometimes you expect the pests to magically disappear and never be seen again after a pest control treatment plan. Mother Nature has an odd sense of humour and often makes sure things don’t always go as we expect. You will probably have a few stragglers for a few weeks after treatment, but if pests are still active, call the company back and make sure they honour the extermination warranty outlined in your contract.

Or you may assume that the pest control operator will clean everything up when he leaves. In your question session, make sure you find out how effective each treatment is and what to expect at its conclusion. Some companies require you to arrange for pre and post-treatment preparation and cleanup. 

Review How Effective You Think The Company Was

Once the pests are gone, review the entire process and consider if it resolved your concerns, or whether you could have improved on any areas. Save the number of a great service provider in your phone for your household services index.

You may even want to post a compliment on their website. Conversely, don’t be afraid to post negative comments for terrible service on websites and register your problem with the Better Business Bureau. Reputable services will always put customers first and strive to problem solve disagreements.

Remember, you are in control and have the right to excellent service under your contract terms, for the money paid to any pest control service.

 

If you need help with a pest or insect problem, reach out to Martin’s Pest Control today. Also check out our other blogs for more useful tips, including pest control for homeowners. 

Pest Control For Homeowners

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Problem-Solving Help For Pest Issues

When you have a problem, you don’t usually want someone taking over and telling you what to do. You want a helping party to listen and support your decision-making processes, leaving you in control of the situation. After all, this problem is your problem, not theirs.
There are problem-solving formulas that can be followed to find good solutions.
Can these formulas be used to deal with a home pest problem? Absolutely.

Steps to reach pest control solutions:

Accepting You Have A Pest Problem

Most people are very good at looking the other way or denying they have a situation until it becomes serious. You may have noticed a few bugs in the basement, or ants in your cupboards and thought, oh they will go away in the winter. When you find they didn’t, and now you are seeing them everywhere, it is time to accept that you may have a pest problem.

Remove Emotion & Anxiety From Your Problem-Solving

People often get anxious or frantic when they encounter a problem they don’t know how to solve. It can prevent you from focusing on the problem and finding reasoned, logical solutions.

If you have called one of Calgary’s best pest control specialists, like Martin’s Pest Control, their staff will listen while you tell them about your pest problems and your emotions related to those problems. They will give you information to help you lower your anxiety so that you can find solutions to your problems.

Ask For Help

For many people, pride or shyness prevents them from seeking help for their problems. Sometimes they feel they will be judged or forced into actions they don’t want to take. A reputable pest control company will not judge you for your housekeeping skills or blame you for having pest problems.

They will offer you information and leave the decision up to you on the action you would like to take. They’ll also offer advice on steps that can help reduce the reoccurrence of pest problems. So the first step is to phone a professional pest control company and talk about your homeowner pest infestation.

Gather Information

This step will help you calm down and consider the facts around your pest problem and identify steps you can choose to make an action plan. Look up local pest control near me on the internet. Call each one.

The pest control professional that takes your call will ask a lot of questions to get a complete picture of the problem. Often they will ask you to send in a picture of the pests or will offer to come out and identify them. Additionally, they can give you the info on them if you aren’t even sure what pest you have.

Then they will outline the various options open to you to deal with the pests. If indeed you only have a minor pest problem, they can tell you what products to buy at a store and how to use it. For more severe issues, they will suggest having a pest infestation officer come out and treat the problem. They will also tell you about the cost of the service.

Choose A Pest Control Company

Ask for written or email information you covered with the pest control professional and review it before making a decision. You may want to break it down into categories.

For example, list several pest control companies you have contacted and compare prices, effectiveness, time needed, green pest control practices, and health protection methods. Remember, you don’t have to contract the first one you contact.

You have the control here to make an action plan that fits your needs. Do not be pressured by a company to sign up right away. You want to do your research and see if there are complaints against them or good reviews that will support their service records. 

 

If you need help with a pest or insect problem, reach out to Martin’s Pest Control today. Also check out our other blogs for more useful tips, including how to hire the right company for your pest concerns. 

How Is Pest Control Helpful

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Halloween features pictures of creepy crawlies entering homes and businesses. Well, there is actual creepy crawlies that do try to enter your home when October temperatures drop. Sometimes it is hard to know what to do about them.

That is where a professional pest control company like Martin’s Pest Control can help homeowners. We are familiar with the pests that are native to the area and what their habits are. We know where to locate them in the home, and understand the proper chemicals and methods of eliminating the pests.

In the Calgary area, there are some insects that homeowners commonly find invading their homes or businesses in fall. Some are beneficial, some don’t do much harm, and some will cause problems. Below is a look at common insects that make their way into a home and why you should have them removed.

Ladybugs & Common Insects

Ladybugs often hibernate under leaf cover outside for the winter, or they are attracted to the light and warmth of homes and make their way inside. They excrete a pheromone that signals their friends to stop by, too. Ladybugs are great predators of aphids. If you have just a few, catch them in a jar and put them back outside. Asian ladybugs have been making their way across Canada, and they can be more of a concern as they can bite, so precaution should be taken when catching them, or call a professional pest control expert to deal with the problem.

Boxelder bugs that collect around maple and elder trees can make their way under siding for the winter, and on warm days you might find them active on the south side of your homes. They sometimes make their way into homes through cracks and light sockets. They are black and red but with a long oval body and wings.

It is not recommended to kill them in the walls as they attract beetles that feed on their carcasses. If they get in the house, vacuum them out and dispose of the vacuum bag outside. They are not harmful, but if they are in the house, you may want to call an exterminator to consult what to do.

Flies, The Nuisance Of Every Home

Flies are a pest that enters homes in the fall, as well. They leave spots on walls, mirrors, windows, and their loud buzzing can keep you awake. Flies are attracted to the lights and are generally a nuisance. Furthermore, they carry disease, so they should be eliminated as soon as possible. They lay eggs in warm moist areas and can lay up to 500 eggs that hatch in 12-24 hours. When temperatures are colder, they become sluggish, and a fly swatter can usually kill small numbers. Large infestations should be dealt with by a professional pest control company, who will have the correct pesticides and methods to eliminate them. Rural areas often have large populations of flies that can invade barns, animal shelters, and garages.

There are other types of flies like fruit flies and fungus gnats that feed on organic matter. They also can be challenging to remove from home environments. Keeping foodstuffs in containers and cooking soil before repotting indoor plants can be helpful. Put about a 2lb of soil in a plastic bag in the microwave. Heat on high for two to five minutes; take the soil bag out of the microwave, seal the bag, and let it completely cool before repotting plants.

Spiders

Some people think spiders come in from the cold in the fall; however, arachnologists say they are probably brought into houses or are on the move because October is prime mating season for spiders. They eliminate many pests and are good for the environment. Some people leave them inside, to do that near the doorway and in basement shadows. However, there is a chance they can get into clothes and bedding. Their bites can be severe, so catching them and putting them outside is a better idea. Though they aren’t really found in the Calgary area, wolf spiders and black widow spiders do have poisonous bites. If you think you’ve seen one in your home, have an expert identify and catch then for you.

Bees & Wasps

Wasp Control Tips

Some homeowners have found that bees and wasps winter in their attics and between walls. Colin Butler of CBC news reported on Ontario homeowners that had 100,000 bees in their home this September.

With bee populations decreasing, relocation of the bees is important, and beekeepers and pest control professionals can help address those problems. Less frequently, wasps nest in homes, and professionals should deal with removal. Both will sting if disturbed. There are 800 types of bees in Canada, and some are mistaken for wasps. By consulting a licensed pest control company, homeowners can be sure of the proper removal procedures and safety precautions to clear their homes of bees and wasps.

How do these insects get into your home?

Some insects are attracted to house lights and fly through open windows or doors; others enter through vents, cracks, or holes in siding. They can also get in under doors with no weather strips. Homeowners can deter them by sealing holes where they could enter, apply good weather-stripping around doors and windows and calking window, door jambs and baseboards.

How to deter insects from coming in during the fall?

Check firewood, stored boxes and plants brought in from the garden for pests. Submerging a plant in water for several minutes, then allowing the water to drain through, can help eliminate pests from potted plants.

If you have a pest you want to get rid of, give Martin’s Pest Control a call. We can assess your home, find the likely entrance point, and take steps to keep pests out of your house.