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Bed Bug Inspection for Pets

Bed bugs can be a real nuisance. These little critters can keep us up at night and cause other discomfort to our lives. They can also spread relatively quickly if the proper precautions are not taken, furthering the annoyance. Bed bugs can even spread to our pets, which leads to even more issues. If you suspect your cats or dogs have bed bugs, get them inspected to reduce the spread of infestation.

How bed bugs spread

Bed bugs can travel around through a variety of means. They can hitch a ride on clothing, bedding, and furniture – which is how they can commonly spread around a city. But they can potentially find a brief home on your pet’s fur. While the bed bugs don’t tend to stay on the pet, they can use the pet as a means of relocation. This means those bed bugs can continue to spread around your home and all the locations where your pet is resting. Bed bugs are more commonly found in cool dark places such as the insides of furniture – which is often a common sleeping spot for our furry companions, so the ride is usually temporary.

What happens when my pet has bed bugs

If your cat or dog is carrying bed bugs, you may start to find the bugs on your couches, pet beds, and toys. Because your pet can travel around a lot in a day, bed bugs can spread more easily. Humans take showers and change their clothes, which can help prevent the spread of bed bugs. But animals see fewer baths. Soon your bed bug problem will be more than just the bed.

The bed bugs may still bite cats or dogs during their time on the animal or when the pet is resting. This can cause the pet to be irritated and they will tend to scratch more frequently. While bed bugs usually don’t pose a serious risk to animals, the problem should not be left unaddressed.

Bed bug inspection

During our bed bug inspections we will take into account all the variables of your home, how the bed bugs can travel, and where they have been seen already. If we see that you have a pet in your home, we will make sure that the animal’s bed and toys are also carefully inspected. During our treatment we make sure to use methods that are safe for animals to prevent any harm to them. 

If you suspect that you have a bed bug infestation in your home, call Local Pest Control at 778-828-6094.

How Rodents Get Into the Home

While we are still in the midst of winter, temperatures are cold and our homes are warm. While this is enjoyable for us, there are pests out there that want to join in on our creature comforts. Rodents seek out warm homes for themselves, so you could find mice and rats in your living space. The first step to preventing these little critters from becoming permanent residents begins with understanding how they get in.

These little mice and rats can fit themselves into the most peculiar areas. While you might look at a crack or pipe and think, “there is no way they can come through that”, you might want to consider it as an open door.

Plumbing and Pipes

Mice can enter from plumbing including sinks and bathtubs. This is often because the plumbing is not properly sealed or is damaged. The rodents will identify an entryway in a pipe and crawl up it out the drain. Make sure that you have your pipes inspected for vulnerabilities and you are capping drains to prevent them from making an appearance.

Foundation Cracks

This is a very common entryway for rats and mice. Over the years, your home may have shifted and cracks in the foundation have started to show. This is usually a portal for mice to enter into the base of the home. They will find themselves into crawl spaces and basements. Walk around the outside of your home and try to identify any potential weaknesses. This can include under patios that are covered from normal visibility.

Windows & Doors

If your tend to leave a bathroom window opened to let out steam from the shower, or have a damaged door frame, mice will definitely find it. Even if the crack in the door frame or window frame is only a couple of inches wide, mice will squeeze their way in searching for warmth. Inspect each one of your windows and doors for vulnerabilities. Keep in mind during this season to keep windows and doors closed if they are unattended.

Don’t let the little guys fool you, they will fit themselves into the smallest, tightest space in order to get into a warm area. If you believe that your area is prone to rodent infestations, take active steps to inspect your home for these potential entry points.

For an experienced inspection and opinion, contact Local Pest Control. We can provide you with an in-depth analysis of your home and its vulnerabilities. And of course, if you have found yourself as the host of a rodent infestation, we can safely remove it with our rodent control services. Contact us today at 778-828-6094 or online for a free quote.

The Dangers of Bed Bugs

If bed bugs are anything – they are a nuisance. Bringing these little guys into your home can be as easy as staying in the wrong hotel on vacation or not properly cleaning a new piece of furniture for your home. As soon as bed bugs enter the home they can spread and be difficult to remove. Many people wonder if how worried they should be if they have a bed bug infestation in their home. Here are the answers you are looking for.

Do bed bugs transmit diseases?

It has been commonly thought in the past that bed bugs carry many diseases and infect humans everywhere. But research has shown that there is no strong link to bed bugs causing diseases. This may come as a relief to many, but there are more concerns than just diseases.

What are the dangers then?

Bed bugs bite and suck blood. A severe infestation can cause as many as 500 bites in a single night! The bites are initially harmless but can cause irritation. Many people begin to scratch their bites, which leads to infection. This is especially the case for children who are left unattended with bed bug bites. For those who have especially sensitive skin the bites can have more sever reactions such as rashes or hives.

Even if your bites do not result in an infection, bed bug infestations can lead to increased stress, anxiety, and insomnia. Your home and your most restful place, the bed, have become unsanitary. It can be difficult to find rest mentally and physically due to the constant bites. If left unaddressed, bed bug infestations can become worse and the effects can become much worse.

Treat the problem sooner than later

It only takes 4 weeks for bed bugs to become fully grown. While it may seem like an inconvenience at first, the situation will only get worse with more bugs appearing in different areas of the home. As bed bug removal experts, we recommend that you have a bed bug inspection as soon as you believe you have a bed bug infestation and take the right steps to protect your home. If bed bugs are found, treatment of the home should begin as soon as possible.

We have years of experience dealing with bed bug infestations and exterminating the annoying critters. Trust us to keep your home safe and clean. Our 100% satisfaction guarantee means that we will get rid of all the bugs and if your not satisfied, your money back. Contact a bed bug expert today online or by phone at 778-828-6094.

Local Pest Control looked to for Advice

In a recent article by the Vancouver Sun a local property owner has been forced to evict tenants suspected of being the cause of a building wide Bed Bug infestation.

This of course has lead to some of the tenants fighting back saying they’ve done everything they could of and it’s, in fact, the fault of one specific tenant who has refused to sufficiently prep their apartment before a Bed Bug Spray.

The Sun reached out to Local Pest Control’s Sales Manager, Erik De Carvalho for comment, and he confirmed the property has been sprayed but they have faced some resistance from a certain tenant and the infestation will only re-appear time and time again until the entire building had been properly prepped and then sprayed.

See Article Here

Zeller’s In Toronto offering a DYI Bed Bug Solution?

Like many other major Canadian cities, Toronto’s growing Bed Bug problem has forced many citizens to rely on Big Box retailers to find DYI pest control products. However many retailers are simply displaying Ant and Cockroach killer and saying it’s good for killing bed bugs, in some cases this can be true, however many of these products were never intended for Bed Bugs, or to be sprayed on soft sleeping surfaces like a mattress.

For example see this image below of a Zeller’s in Toronto recently displaying “Super Kill II” which has a plain large font sign saying this “Will kill Bed Bugs“. Now to the average consumer itching from Bed Bug bites this is a very attractive statement, pay only a few bucks, take it home and go crazy on your mattress or problem areas. The problem is that many retailers often make statements they have no way of proving in order to capitalize on emerging trends. Super Kill II may indeed work, but no where on the label does it say it’s intended for bed bugs. So should you use it?

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In any circumstance when you are applying a pesticide indoors you want to be sure to follow the directions on the label very closely, as this can make the difference between a single application and numerous. Another important feature to look for is that the spray is residual or leaves a residue, water based chemicals will evaporate over time which looses effectiveness. One of the key bonuses of using a product specifically intended for bed bugs is that it has detailed directions on how to target Bed Bugs favourite areas. For example a product like “Better Than” Bed Bug Killer has detailed user instructions regarding the application and specific areas to focus on, such as boxspring plastic corner covers, mattress edges and tufts, along baseboards – the places where Bed bugs hide. They also contain alternate directions for Fleas, Flying insects etc. all with different application methods and key points to be aware of.

Killing bed bugs with over the counter products can often aggravate the situation and give people false hope for ridding their homes and business of Bed Bugs. A few decades ago people and pest control companies used DDT to kill bed bugs, it was cheap, extremely effective and unfortunately carcinogenic (Can cause certain types of Cancer). So after DDT was banned from use people began to see Bed Bugs emerge after almost 40 years of being wiped out.

So what treatments actually work? The problem with DYI Bed Bug sprays in Canada is that the chemicals are strictly regulated by the Ministry of the Environment, and the few chemicals that are proven effective are so potent they require a Commercial Sprayers License which is only available to professional pest control companies. What this leaves for over the counter products is less potent and diluted chemicals that are mimicking the effects of their more powerful cousins. There is also the controversial “Heat Treatment” which requires an external furnace to be hooked up to your home and then the heat is gradually raised to about 50 degrees Celsius (killing temp for Bed Bugs). With this treatment there is much preparation, as all wax, vinyl and soft materials must be removed or else they will melt. All furniture is pulled away from walls and every bedding and fabric is removed and cleaned before being brought back into the home. This is a costly treatment and should only be used if the infestation is at a mature stage.

So in conclusion if you know you have Bed Bugs but don’t have the funds readily available for a professional treatment, go to a local pest control company or online retailer such as www.localpestsupplies.com and buy a DYI product specifically designed for bed bugs, their technicians will also be able to give you expert advice on the application process. In the end you will spend the exact same amount as going to a big box retailer like Zeller’s except you will get the right product for the job.

Carpenter Ants in January?

Recently many people in the Pacific Northwest and here in British Columbia have seen a resurgence of what is commonly thought of as a summer pest, Carpenter Ants.

Pest control companies have been noticing increased calls and bookings for the insects and due to the rarity of ants in winter, most are confused when it comes to properly identifying the infestation.

There could be many reasons for this surge – colder outdoor temperatures, the recent economic downturn (which makes for many ineffective or incomplete DIY infestation applications), and warm indoor temps penetrating through sheet rock, which then alerts colonies that a warmer space is near. It also signifies that a large, mature colony is established nearby and is looking for food.

It is common to see activity during warm spells (January thaw) as this wakes the worker ants up from there dormant sleep and immediately kicks them into foraging mode, a sort of Blitz when all ants go for roughly ten days collecting as much food as possible for the colony to make it through the remainder of Winter. However, it seems that these ants are not going back to sleep and instead believe it is spring and therefore the colony starts to expand. Combine this with returning colder temperatures and the only place for them to expand is inside your home.

Carpenter Ants don’t pose any health risks but they, along with Fire Ants can give a nasty bite. They can also damage your homes structure, once a colony reaches maturity it begins to destroy wood beams and anything made of natural fibers. Once that happens the price can increase dramatically as home repairs will have to be done in addition to pest control services.

Example of Carpenter Ant Damage
Carpenter Ant Damage

Any infestation if left alone will continue to grow, until all resources are exhausted. Factor in the size in which an ant colony can multiply every year and you could have hundreds of thousand ants if left untreated.

So what should you do?

First be on the lookout, especially during cold snaps, as this forces all animals and insects to seek warmth, food and water – all of which can be found inside your home. Next is to act as soon as you notice a problem, waiting will only allow them to spread and increase numbers. The key is to try and identify where they are nesting, this is very helpful information should you decide to contact a local pest control company.

As always, Know Your Foe! It may be disturbing to some but collecting a sample (dead or alive) can help you properly ID your pest and that can save you lots of time and money down the road. Local Pest Control here in Vancouver routinely identifies insects customers have collected and our trained Technicians are always on hand to explain what your dealing with and how to eradicate them in the most effective and efficient manner possible.

So as always be on the lookout!

Local Pest Control.

Bed Bugs in Vancouver Provincial Courthouse

According to the Province Newspaper recent inspections have revealed that in addition to Rats and Mice, a common pest in older buildings downtown, that the courthouse is also infested with Bed Bugs.

Bed Bugs have made an aggressive return to the spotlight in recent decades as the primary chemical used to kill them in the past, DDT was prohibited. Now, property owners must rely on more eco-friendly products to eradicate them and their resilience means that in order to kill them properly the secret lies more in the application and knowledge of the technician rather than harsh pesticides.

Unlike their rodent brethren, Bed Bugs carry a more severe social stigma. Although Health Canada says there is no medical side effects from Bed Bug bites the psychological trauma can be much worse and creates an uncomfortable working environment.

See full article here.

Wasps Can Recognize Human Faces

A recent study conducted by biologists Elizabeth Tibbetts of the University of Michigan and Adrian Dyer of RMIT University in Melbourne published by Scientific American has found that, along with Honeybees, Wasps can now recognize human faces.

It has been known for years that Honeybees can recognize, each others faces, but the ability to distinguish differences Human faces is somewhat of a revelation. The ability to distinguish human faces was once thought to apply only to Primates and other high level Mammals, however we are now finding out that insects, once thought of as “pests” now have recognition abilities that are comparable to us as humans.

Much like humans, animals and insects alike use this information throughout their lives. Learning where to go, and more importantly where not to go, aids these insects in their day to day lives.

This may be unsettling for some, who routinely treat these insects aggressively. The thought that [they] now can remember your face may cause some to treat Wasps and Honeybees with a little more respect and go about pest treatments more cautiously. It may also explain why some go near nests and experience no problems, while others are stung without provoking the colony at all.

 

Link to Scientific American Article 

K9 Bed Bug Detection

WHY USE BC BUG K9 UNIT?

Bed Bug dogs have an eminent level of accuracy that exceeds customary detection methods. A dog’s sense of smell is said to be a thousand times more sensitive than that of a humans. Due to this, ‘Man’s Best Friend’ has become an effective companion within the workforce. Police explosive and drug detection dogs have proven their effectiveness time and time again; it is seldom their noses fail them. Bed Bug dogs are professionally trained to pin-point the location of bed bugs by tracking the scent that is emitted by a live bed bug and eggs. These dogs have 95-97% accuracy for confirming the presence of bed bugs or any viable eggs.

GET TO KNOW LOOLA LOO

Loola Loo is a highly trained dog that possesses the skills and training needed to track down live bed bugs. Loola Loo holds three certifications under her tail, of which include: NESDCA, WDDO and IBBMA. She is a four year old British Lab recue dog that has been dedicated to Bed Bug detection ever since her handler Ken Hando rescued her in 2010.

ABOUT LOOLA’S CERTIFICATIONS

NESDCA is made up of certified Pest Control Owners and Operators and ensures the highest quality standards of scent detection dog certification.

WDDO is a non-profit organization dedicated to the training and education of all scent detection dogs with a wide variety of handlers that include, police officers, firefighters, pest control professionals and mold investigators that have come together with the common goal of improving the industry of scent detecting dogs.

IBBMA is also a non-profit organization independently organized to oversee accreditation of Pest Control Operators and Canine Scent Detection Teams.

OUR GOAL

Our aim is to provide fast, affordable and professional bed bug detection, as well as:

  • Quality information on bed bugs
  • Practical information on their prevention through simple avoidance practices and
  • Specialized information on integrated pest management control practices, based upon visual identification, “show me the bug”.