Bed bugs are no longer just part of a popular childhood rhyme. Lately, the tiny bloodsuckers are becoming an alarming problem in all major Canadian cities, moving from home to home and disrupting the bedroom comfort of Canadians nationwide. Here we take a look at the extent of the bed bug problem in Canada and possible solutions to permanently eradicate it.
Not all facilities that serve food make their meals in the same building. Nursing homes, hospitals, hotels, and even restaurants often prepare their food at a secondary location before serving it to their clients and customers. In order to ensure the food is kept warm and safe from outdoor contamination, these facilities will transport the meals using food carts, or metal rolling carts.
There is a variety of DIY treatments homeowners can perform to prevent pests this winter. Whether your home is infested with rats, ants, bed bugs, or bees, simple prevention and treatment options are available that homeowners can do on their own.
However, the average homeowner is not an expert on pest control and often makes simple errors that render their DIY treatments useless. If you notice invasive pests entering your home this winter and want to try to treat them on your own, be sure to avoid these five common DIY mistakes.
Raccoons are truly amazing creatures. Their uncanny ability to adapt to new environments has helped them thrive in urban settings where other larger animals have suffered. But this new found comfort in even the busiest of urban dwellings has made raccoons one of the most invasive pests known to man.
Through their crafty behavior, nimble hands, and nocturnal foraging, raccoons have infested homes and neighborhoods across the country at incredible rates, and chances are you have seen a few of them running around your yard one time, or another. Don’t be fooled by their cute and approachable exterior, raccoons are in fact very dangerous and play host to a number of diseases that can be transmitted to humans. In order to better understand the true danger of these pests, here are the four most common diseases raccoons transmit to humans and house pets.
Birds have long been a fascinating creature to humans. Their unique colors and songs have people bird watching around the globe. However, although birds are beautiful and beneficial creatures, they can also be harmful to humans, especially when they invade our homes. Birds are known to carry more than 60 diseases in their bodies and droppings, most of which are airborne and easily transferable to humans. In fact, humans can contract these diseases just by being near their droppings, making birds especially worrisome when they nest in or around your home. In order to help you better understand the danger of having birds nest near your home, I have compiled a short list of the diseases they carry, as well as how you can prevent them from entering your home.
House flies are one of the most prevalent insects that live within our homes, and although most people have come to accept their presence, they can be harmful to your family’s health. Most people understand the dangers of invasive pests like rodents and birds, but when it comes to house flies, people look at them as nothing more than a nuisance. However, this could not be further from the truth. Not only do house flies play hosts to a variety of deadly diseases, they are able to transmit these diseases throughout a home faster than most other invasive pests. Now that winter is fast approaching, and the temperatures are dropping, flies are looking for a warm place to stay. Make sure your family is safe this winter by keeping a fly-free home.
Bugs are notorious for being a gardener’s worst nightmare, but did you know there are bugs that are actually good for your garden? There are a number of beneficial bugs that will hunt the problem pests in your garden. If you notice you have a bug problem in your garden, invite these bugs to serve as a natural pest remedy. This will ensure no harmful chemicals are used that might harm your plants, and you can let Mother Nature do the pest control work for you.
Just about everyone has heard the old saying that cockroaches can survive a nuclear blast. That alone tells you how resilient and difficult these pests are to kill. If you notice a few cockroaches in your home, you are in for quite a battle. The good news is that there are plenty of natural remedies you can use to treat your home’s cockroach infestation. Rather than reach for dangerous chemicals, try these natural home remedies first, you’ll be amazed at the results. Keep in mind that one solution will not treat your whole infestation, and the best approach is to combine a variety of these treatments.
Pests like insects, rodents, and wildlife can pose serious health risks for you and your family if they infest your home. Although there are many treatments available to remove a pest infestation once it has occurred in your home, there are preventative steps you can take to ensure they never arrive in the first place. By taking precautionary steps to prevent pests from invading your home, you will save money on future extermination costs, avoid health risks, and even improve the energy efficiency of your home. The best way to prevent pests form entering your home is to find the problem areas and treat them. If these pests cannot enter your home through these key areas, they will most likely be diverted to find another nesting place.
There are many problem areas in a home where pests most commonly enter. These include cracks around your doors and windows, holes in your roof and walls, access points in the foundation, and chimneys. In order to prevent these pests from accessing your home, you must locate and treat these problem areas promptly. At Greenleaf Pest Control, we not only specialize in the removal of pests, but in their prevention as well, and will work with the homeowner to ensure all possible entries points are found and treated.
Although wildlife may look friendly and playful when you’re on a hike, when they invade your home they can become a serious issue. Invasive wildlife like raccoons, squirrels, and skunks can do serious damage when they take nest in your home, including gnawing through walls and electrical wires that not only create a financial burden for repairs, but can also create a fire hazard. In addition to doing to damage to your home, most of these animals also carry the rabies virus and can contaminate your entire home with their droppings. In order to ensure you and your family are not harmed by these invasive species, it is important to have them removed promptly from your home.