Bed Bugs: A bed bug is a small (usually 1mm – 6mm) nocturnal insect of the family Cimicidae. The bed bug lives by hematophagy, or by feeding on the blood of humans and other warm-blooded hosts.
Bed bugs get their name through their preferred habitat – the bedroom. Extremely hard to find and elusive, the invaders live in box springs, especially the plastic corner protectors and inside among the “horse hair” under the cheese cloth fabric, in the creases and folds of mattresses, and in porous material close to the bed such as wooden slats, headboards, side tables, carpet and baseboards..
From single dwellings to Multi-unit buildings we offer experience and cost effectiveness to rid you of your bed bugs.
In our opinion, Local Pest Control is the best company to call for the extermination of all your Pest problems. We know how to eliminate pests and can help you sleep better. Controlling pests requires knowledge, tenacity and training. We can help!
Wasps: A wasp is a predatory flying stinging insect of the order Hymenoptera and suborder Apocrita that is neither a bee nor an ant. Wasps are a valuable insect for agricultural purposes, pollination and as a predation species for other pests. Unfortunately, they also can become quite territorial and sting people if they feel threatened. To rid them from your area, call Local Pest Control and we’ll go to work.
Mice: A mouse (plural mice) is a small mammal belonging to the order of rodents. The best known mouse species is the common house mouse (Mus musculus). Unfortunately, the common mouse loves the warmth of your home and any scraps of food that they can find. Diseases are known to be spread by them. Call Local Pest Control for a free quote to rid you of your rodent problems.
Rats: Rats are various medium-sized, long-tailed rodents of the superfamily Muroidea, and can carry many diseases known to man. You can tell if you have rats easily by their droppings: dark black rice shaped droppings that are about 4 times the size of a rice kernel. The most important thing with rats is to avoid contact with them and to destroy any food or other items that they could come in contact with. Call Local Pest Control to arrange a environmentally sensitive trapping program and to help prevent them from coming back.
Cockroaches: Cockroaches are insects of the order Blattaria. This name derives from the Latin word for “cockroach”, Barata. There are about 4,000 species of cockroach, of which 30 species are associated with human habitations and about four species are well known as pests. The most common in British Columbia is the “German Cockroach”. Local Pest Control has a comprehensive program to rid cockroaches for the long-term for residences and commercial properties.
Pigeons: The pigeon is the only real urban bird pest. They exist in many numbers across the lower mainland and are troublesome to rid of become they become “fixed” to specific locations. Pigeons can roost and nest easily in man made structures just about anywhere around a home and have become very domesticated and not afraid of people. The uric acid in their feces is highly corrosive and can destroy structures quickly. Local Pest Control can eliminate existing pigeons and nests and put in place effective pigeon deterrents to prevent them from coming back. We include trapping, one way exits for attic areas, netting and spikes to prevent re-occurring.
Ants: Most ants in Vancouver are either pavement ants or carpenter ants. They size from a few millimeters (pavement ants) to about 3/8″ to 1″ (carpenter ants). They do many good things in the environment but once many colonies stabilize in one area they can create a huge mess and wood boring carpenter ants can cause serious damage in wood structures when an infestation occur. All ants are social insects that work in unison, hence while you see many of them in one colony. They also share most of their food so Local Pest Control can eradicate your ant problem quickly with the use of environmentally neutral baits.
Flies: There are 2 prominent types of flies: Blow fly and the Cluster Fly. Both of these flies usually occur in quantities in your home because of a source either in the home or close by like a dead rodent. Local Pest Control can find the source and eliminate your fly problem with fly traps.
Fleas: Fleas are parasites, feeding directly on man or other warm blooded animals. Usually you or your pet serves as these “hosts”. A flea can jump 7-8 inches vertically and 14-16 inches horizontally. A skin reaction to a flea bite would be a slightly raised, red, itching spot. Sometimes bleeding does occur. Fleas usually require warm and humid conditions to develop. Due to the flea cycle and weather conditions many people don’t realize they have a flea problem until they return home from vacation or a move to new premises and are confronted by “hungry fleas”. There are several types of fleas but the most common is the cat flea. Fleas are attracted to body heat, movement, and carbon dioxide exhaled.
Silverfish and Firebrats: The common silverfish is a shiny, silver or pearl grey wingless insect. They typically grow to be about ½ an inch long to ¾ of an inch long, they are covered in shiny silver scales that give the body a metallic sheen. It’s close relative the Firebrat looks quite similar to the silverfish however they range in colors of a molted grey to brown. Both the silverfish and Firebrat are wingless and have two slender antennae, their bodies taper gradually from front to rear to three long, thin tail-like appendages. Both insects have enzymes in their gut to digest cellulose and they choose book-cases, closets and places where books, clothing, starch, or dry foods are available to nest. They have also been known to feed on paper with glue or paste, wallpaper and starch in clothing. These insects are nocturnal and hide during the day only to come out during the evening. silverfish are frequently found in sinks or bathtubs close to moist, warm locations. Unlike silverfish, Firebrats can be found anywhere throughout a home, yet they are typically found in places of high temperature and high humidity such as: attics, around furnaces, ovens and water heaters.
Carpet Bettles: Adult carpet beetles are small, oval, black, and approximately 1/8-inch long. The adult beetles feed on pollen. The larvae often feed on lint but can cause serious damage by feeding on animal fibers—wool, fur, feathers, hair, bristles, mohair—in clothing, carpeting, upholstery, and other household furnishings. They do not feed on synthetic fabrics. Carpet beetles can also be pests in dried food products, such as flour, corn meal, cereal, and other similar foods.
Wildlife Control: Our urban wildlife grow in numbers as our own populations grow because of more food availability and more housing for them. This also heightens our interactions and the risk of exposure to wildlife and the health risks associated with them. Local Pest Control can trap and re-locate these animals in the most environmentally and sustained manner possible. Animals we have experience with are: raccoons skunks, and squirrels.
Bats: are found everywhere in the world except for Antarctica and some remote islands. British Columbia’s diverse geography is home to 16 of the 19 bat species in Canada, with bats living in forests, grasslands and urban areas across the province. BC bats use a variety of habitats for roosts, including trees, caves, mines, buildings and bat houses. Areas near fresh water and trees are often preferred by bats. BC Bats play an important role in the ecosystem as voracious consumers of insects. Bats are effective insect hunters, with many bats eating their body weight in insects each night! Despite the adaptability of bats, habitat loss is a major threat to bat populations worldwide. Many of our bat species are at risk due to the loss of their roosting and feeding habitats, as well as pesticide use that can poison bats. Other serious threats, like White-nose syndrome, a deadly fungus that has been spreading west across North America and killing hibernating bats, also puts stress on bat populations.
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