Pest Control Technician Tips

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Westside Pest Control has provided some information for you regarding many different types of pests and wildlife. We provide some great tips for homeowners, businesses, and commercial facilities in order to keep the pesky pests at bay!

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Silverfish Extermination

Got Silverfish problems? We share some top tips to get rid of these pesky buggers!

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Silverfish

HOW TO GET RID OF SILVERFISH?

Let’s take a closer look at the Silverfish species so you can identify them and locate the source of infestation:

Silverfish have elongated and fairly flat bodies (a quarter inch to half an inch long). They are completely harmless but still in pest category most likely for their appearance. Other typical characteristics:

  • Two long antennas on the head
  • Three long bristles at the back
  • Shiny, silvery scales
  • 3 pair of legs

Silverfish love damp, high humidity areas such as basements, laundry rooms, bathrooms and kitchens – and anywhere that contains moisture. Nocturnal creatures, Silverfish hangout in cracks and crevices during the day, and become active at night on the hunt for food. You may see yellow stains or scales, leaving behind a trail as it moves.

  • Place a de-humidifier in problem areas – this will limit their ability to reproduce
  • Leave kitchen and bathroom fans on whenever you cook, shower or bathe, limiting humidity
  • Use Silica gel packs to absorb moisture in areas not accessible to children or pets
  • Place glue boards under kitchen and bathroom sinks & behind washer/dryers – Silverfish are attracted to adhesives and paper and catching them can be very satisfying! (Ensure glue boards are not accessible by kids or pets)
  • Caulk all cracks and crevices where Silverfish could lay eggs
  • Clean the place on regular basis (even behind the appliances etc.)
  • Repair any leak

Carpenter Ant Removal

Got Carpenter Ants all around your pavements? We share some top tips to get rid of these pesky buggers!

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Carpenter Ants – What Can You Do

HOW TO GET RID OF CARPENTER ANTS

Let’s take a closer look at the carpenter ant species so you can identify them and locate the source of infestation:

Carpenter Ant – ModocCarpenter Ant – Vicinus
Colourblackreddish-brown and black
Length6mm-12mm6mm-12mm
Nest(s)

Location

various locations, usually

places with higher humidity

various locations, usually

places with higher humidity

Nest(s)One Parent nest

+ Satellite colonies

Multiple Parent nests

+ Satellite colonies

Queen(s)One QueenMultiple Queens

One or two ants in the house during the spring or summer could actually be the sign of a major structural infestation. If you could see them on regular basis during the spring than it’s time to take action!. Many clients leave the problem overgrow because they can see the ants during the spring but they “disappear” during the summer. The truth is the carpenter ants don’t just “disappear”. Because of the warmer weather, the ants begin foraging outside rather than inside the house but the nest is still active in the exterior walls! So where to look for the traces of carpenter ants?

  • Along the perimeter of the house where siding meets foundation
  • Any kind of house penetration
  • Any kind of structure attached to the house (fence,…)
  • Door and window frames
  • Gutter lines
  • Vegetation touching the house
  • Power lines

In order to eradicate the colony, the primary nest has to be detected and treated. Most common mistake is disturbing the nest by insecticides or repellants without reaching the queen. Result of it is colony moving to the different part of the structure and you have to start with searching again.

Also when the colony is in danger the queen goes into egg-laying overdrive to repopulate the colony, which could well make the original problem even worse. Another procedure is open up the wall and vacuum the entire nest and also replacing damage wood.

Because of those difficulties the easiest way is to call professionals and they should apply non-repellent borates into the wall cavities. It works best for simple reason – it’s not detectable by carpenter ants.

Pavement Ant Removal

Got Pavement Ants all around your home and yard? We share some top tips to get rid of these pesky buggers!

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What Can You Do To Prevent Pavement Ants

HOW TO GET RID OF PAVEMENT ANTS

Let’s take a closer look at the pavement ant species so you can identify them and locate the source of infestation:

Pavement AntCarpenter Ant – ModocCarpenter Ant – Vicinus
Colourbrown or blackblackreddish-brown and black
Length2.5mm-4mm6mm-12mm6mm-12mm
Nest(s)

Location 

sidewalks,

driveways

various locations, usually

places with higher humidity

various locations, usually

places with higher humidity

Nest(s)Multiple Parent nests

+ Satellite colonies

One Parent nest

+ Satellite colonies

Multiple Parent nests

+ Satellite colonies

Queen(s)Multiple QueensOne QueenMultiple Queens

It’s good idea to take a walk around your house to look for signs of pavement ants. What to look for? Based on the name you can likely guess where pavement might be located. Generally below sidewalks, driveways, slab-on-grade foundations are perfect places for nesting.
An obvious sign of pavement ants during the summer is piles of sand – sand in between pavement cracks, patio stones, against foundation etc. The pavement ant diet is various: insects, seeds, honeydew, honey, bread, meats, nuts, ice cream, cheese or any sugary substance. Pavement ants love sugar!

Seal up cracks and crevices around window and door frames with Purchase an insecticide with Boron or Borax solution at your local hardware store. Liquid based preferably.

Tip: Never combine treatments in one area –  baits attract, sprays repel etc. The spray will make them stop eating the bait.

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Bird Control Tips

Got Pigeons flying around causing havoc? We share some top tips to get rid of these pesky buggers!

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What Can You Do To Deter Birds

HOW TO KEEP BIRDS AWAY

Let’s take a closer look at the common birds in Vancouver so you can identify them and locate the source of infestation:

One of the most common pest in Vancouver ~ Feral pigeon. Originally as domestic pigeon (derived from wild rock dove) has been released back into the wild – our current Feral pigeon. There are many kinds of pigeons coming in colorful pallet.

There are couple things which home and business owners could do to prevent pigeons roosting even the pigeons are very persistent.

  • Keeping the area clean
  • Removing all the leftovers or any kind of food source
  • Discouraging them by sealing off any flat areas that might attract them

They cause millions of dollars in damage to urban areas of Vancouver annually. Those birds are able to cause a damage because of:

  • Pigeon droppings are highly acidic and can cause extensive erosion and damage the roof
  • Nests can cause fire hazards  (blocking air vents)
  • Debris can blocked gutters and drains resulting in floods
  • Nest material and other debris is dangerous to the machines (air conditioning units etc.)
  • They carry diseases as salmonella, meningitis, histoplasmosis and others

Which options do we have for solving the pigeons issue? Except trapping and shooting the most effective way is exclusion. Best equipments for exclusion:

  • Bird spikes
  • Bird net
  • Bird wire

Fake hawk or electronic devices have not been proved as 100% efficient. They are good way how to increase your chance to prevent the pigeons roosting.

Rat Prevention Tips

Hear scratching in the walls? Feel like you should do something about it? 

We share our best rat prevention tips.

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What Can You Do Prevent Rats

HOW TO KEEP RATS AWAY FROM YOUR HOME

Let’s take a closer look at the common Vancouver rats so you can identify them and locate the source of infestation:

There are several basic rules to increase your chances of a rat free structure:

  • Cleaning on regular basis
  • No hoarding
  • Composting and disposing the garbage properly
  • Trimming the trees and bushes away from the gutters, foundation and any other points on the home
  • Maintaining the building regularly
  • Removing any kind of clutter from the perimeter of the home and surrounding yard
  • Dealing with/reporting the problem (don’t let it escalate)
  • Excluding all potential access points

Let’s add that the easiest way how to determine mice from rats is based on the their droppings. For rats we could say that their droppings are bigger than a grain of rice. Mouse droppings are smaller than a grain of rice.  Rats prefer not to share their living space with humans so mostly only two indicators are possible – droppings in the attic/crawl space/furnace room or noise in the walls/ceiling/floor. On the other side mice don’t mind to enter the kitchen, living room or other places of the house/apartment.

There are several good reasons for to try to prevent rats from in/around the house:

  • Rats will happily chew electrical wires to sharpen their teeth
  • Gnawing, compressing and contaminating thermal insulation
  • Carrying diseases
  • Damaging plumbing and roofing systems
  • Presenting potential threat for pets

Every treatment should start with pest identification. Lower Mainland deals with two kinds of rats – Roof Rat and Norway Rat. However commonly are mice determined as a rats by mistake. What kind of indicators to look for? 

Particulars  Norway RatRoof RatHouse Mouse
ColourBrownish redDark grey/blackGreyish brown/black
Weight10 – 17 oz.8 oz.¾ oz.
Length (incl.
tail)
12 – 18 inches13 – 17 inches6 – 7 inches
Physical
Features
Broad, blunt nose

Small eyes & ears

Thick, heavy body

Coarse fur

Hairless tail shorter
than the body

Narrow, pointed nose

Large eyes & ears

Smaller & sleeker than
Norway Rat

Dark coloured tail longer
than the body

Large ears

Small, slender body

Fine fur

Nearly hairless tail as
long as the body

No. of LittersAvg. 4 – 7 per yearAvg. 4 – 6 per yearAvg. 8 per year
No. of Young6 – 12 per litter6 – 8 per litter5 – 7 per litter
DietMeats, fish, grains,
almost anything
Fruits, vegetables, seeds, grainsGrains, cereals, meats,
fish, etc.
NestsBurrows or crawlspaces
100-150 ft. from food & water
Trees, ceilings, or attics
100-150 ft. from food & water
Corners 10-30 ft. from
food & water

Traps or rodenticides? The basic rule here is till the house is 100% excluded you should avoid to using poison (you don’t want a dead rat in your wall). The right exclusion is essential for solving rat issues.

Recommended Exclusion materials:

  • Galvanized wire mesh
  • Metal flashing
  • Copper wool (don’t use steel wool it will rust and deteriorate)
  • Metal snips
  • Staple Gun
  • Power drill
  • 1 – 1 ½ “ screws
  • Step ladder
  • Extension ladder
  • Good flashlight
  • Good headlamp
  • Work gloves

Snap traps on their own are a great monitoring tool but keep in mind that the bait could be eaten by mice without being set off. On the flip side, rats can trigger a mouse trap without being caught but they will become wary after the shocking experience.

Bird Control Tips: Seagulls

Got Seagulls making a sense of your popup store, market stand, or commercial facility? We share some top tips to get manage these flying rodents!

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What Can You Do To Deter Birds

HOW TO KEEP BIRDS AWAY

Let’s take a closer look at seagulls in Vancouver so you can identify them and start preventing them:

Beside Feral pigeon Gulls are another common bird in Vancouver. With their weight between 800g – 1.4kg belong to bigger birds. First of all (according to BC SPCA) we should mention that Gulls are protected birds and there are few things which you could do to prevent their nesting:

They cause millions of dollars in damage to urban areas of Vancouver annually. Those birds are able to cause a damage because of:

  • Pigeon droppings are highly acidic and can cause extensive erosion and damage the roof
  • Nests can cause fire hazards  (blocking air vents)
  • Debris can blocked gutters and drains resulting in floods
  • Nest material and other debris is dangerous to the machines (air conditioning units etc.)
  • They carry diseases as salmonella, meningitis, histoplasmosis and others
  • Don’t feed them in any kind of way (be aware that feeding could be illegal in some municipalities)
  • Prevent the nesting by exclusion
    • Netting
    • Spikes
    • Grid wire system
  • Change habitat:
    • Plant barriers (min 6m wide and 75cm high)
    • Reflective tape, balloons, flags, noise devices etc

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Raccoon Prevention Tips

Got Raccoons scurrying round your trash bins? We share some top tips to help manage these pesky buggers!

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What Can You Do To Keep Them Out

HOW TO KEEP RACCOONS AWAY

Let’s take a closer look at raccoon population in Vancouver so you can identify them and start preventing them:

Probably cutest pest in Vancouver are Raccoons. Known for their extreme adaptation skill, Raccoons are great at making their homes in urban areas. It’s good to know that they have as many as twenty den locations within a few square blocks.

Why would you be concerned for their presence? For couple reasons:

  • Will damage almost anything to gain access to a potential den or  food source (tearing roofs is not rare behaviour)
  • Damaging lawns and gardens in search for grubs and earthworms
  • Can carry a roundworm parasite (or other diseases)

Essential for raccoon treatment is exclusion. Eliminate potential shelters is the best way how to make them go somewhere else. Always make sure the space is raccoon free before excluded. There are few other approaches which you could try to repel them according to BCSPCA:

  • Install light in the den site
  • Let on the radio near by den site (talk station preferable)
  • You could also try make the repellant by apple cider vinegar

Mouse Prevention Tips: Residential

Hear scratching in the walls? Feel like you should do something about it? 

We share our best mouse prevention tips.

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What Can You Do Prevent Mice

HOW TO KEEP MICE OUT OF YOUR HOME

Let’s take a closer look at the types of mouse so you can identify them and locate the source of infestation:

Every treatment should start with pest identification. Lower Mainland deals with two kinds of rats – Roof Rat and Norway Rat. However commonly are mice determined as a rats by mistake. What kind of indicators to look for? 

Particulars  Norway RatRoof RatHouse Mouse
ColourBrownish redDark grey/blackGreyish brown/black
Weight10 – 17 oz.8 oz.¾ oz.
Length (incl.
tail)
12 – 18 inches13 – 17 inches6 – 7 inches
Physical
Features
Broad, blunt nose

Small eyes & ears

Thick, heavy body

Coarse fur

Hairless tail shorter
than the body

Narrow, pointed nose

Large eyes & ears

Smaller & sleeker than
Norway Rat

Dark coloured tail longer
than the body

Large ears

Small, slender body

Fine fur

Nearly hairless tail as
long as the body

No. of LittersAvg. 4 – 7 per yearAvg. 4 – 6 per yearAvg. 8 per year
No. of Young6 – 12 per litter6 – 8 per litter5 – 7 per litter
DietMeats, fish, grains,
almost anything
Fruits, vegetables, seeds, grainsGrains, cereals, meats,
fish, etc.
NestsBurrows or crawlspaces
100-150 ft. from food & water
Trees, ceilings, or attics
100-150 ft. from food & water
Corners 10-30 ft. from
food & water

There are several things what you could do as a prevention:

  • Inspect the structure along the foundation (since mice are not very good climbers) for any kind of cracks, openings or penetrations
  • Inspect the door and garage door for any lack of sealing (door sweep,…)
  • Make sure you have bug screen installed in all doors and windows along ground lvl
  • Maintain building and yard
  • Trim bushes and greenery away from foundation

Let’s add that the easiest way how to determine mice from rats is based on the their droppings. For rats we could say that their droppings are bigger than a grain of rice. Mouse droppings are smaller than a grain of rice.  Rats prefer not to share their living space with humans so mostly only two indicators are possible – droppings in the attic/crawl space/furnace room or noise in the walls/ceiling/floor. On the other side mice don’t mind to enter the kitchen, living room or other places of the house/apartment.

There are several good reasons for to try to prevent rats from in/around the house:

  • Rats will happily chew electrical wires to sharpen their teeth
  • Gnawing, compressing and contaminating thermal insulation
  • Carrying diseases
  • Damaging plumbing and roofing systems
  • Presenting potential threat for pets

Traps or rodenticides? Unlike rats with mice you could use rodenticides even you are not sure if the house is excluded. There are of course strict rules how to use the bait (keep it away from children, pets etc.). Using both appeared to be an effective procedure. The right exclusion is essential for solving mice issues in long term perspective.

Recommended Exclusion materials:

  • Galvanized wire mesh
  • Metal flashing
  • Copper wool (don’t use steel wool it will rust and deteriorate)
  • Metal snips
  • Staple Gun
  • Power drill
  • 1 – 1 ½ “ screws
  • Step ladder
  • Extension ladder
  • Good flashlight
  • Good headlamp
  • Work gloves

There are much more which needs to be done by owner/tenants.

  • Cleaning especially but not only the kitchen on regular basis
  • Putting away all the accessible food
  • Storing the food in containers (with sealable lids)
  • Removing all leftovers right away
  • Not leaving any food on counter or anywhere else overnight
  • Removing pet food overnight
  • Inspecting all the storages for any kind of food source (and putting away)

Mouse Prevention Tips: Commercial

Destroyed packaging, mouse droppings, scratching in the walls? Learn how to keep the mice away from your facility.

We share our best mouse prevention tips.

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What Can You Do Prevent Mice

HOW TO KEEP MICE OUT OF YOUR BUSINESS

Let’s take a closer look at the types of mouse so you can identify them and locate the source of infestation:

Every treatment should start with pest identification. Lower Mainland deals with two kinds of rats – Roof Rat and Norway Rat. However commonly are mice determined as a rats by mistake. What kind of indicators to look for? 

Particulars  Norway RatRoof RatHouse Mouse
ColourBrownish redDark grey/blackGreyish brown/black
Weight10 – 17 oz.8 oz.¾ oz.
Length (incl.
tail)
12 – 18 inches13 – 17 inches6 – 7 inches
Physical
Features
Broad, blunt nose

Small eyes & ears

Thick, heavy body

Coarse fur

Hairless tail shorter
than the body

Narrow, pointed nose

Large eyes & ears

Smaller & sleeker than
Norway Rat

Dark coloured tail longer
than the body

Large ears

Small, slender body

Fine fur

Nearly hairless tail as
long as the body

No. of LittersAvg. 4 – 7 per yearAvg. 4 – 6 per yearAvg. 8 per year
No. of Young6 – 12 per litter6 – 8 per litter5 – 7 per litter
DietMeats, fish, grains,
almost anything
Fruits, vegetables, seeds, grainsGrains, cereals, meats,
fish, etc.
NestsBurrows or crawlspaces
100-150 ft. from food & water
Trees, ceilings, or attics
100-150 ft. from food & water
Corners 10-30 ft. from
food & water

There are several things what you could do as a prevention:

  • Inspect the building along the foundation (since mice are not very good climbers) for any kind of cracks, openings or penetrations
  • Inspect the doors for any lack of sealing (door sweep,…)
  • Make sure you have bug screen installed in all doors and windows along ground lvl
  • Maintain building
  • Trim bushes and greenery away from foundation

Traps or rodenticides? You are not allow to use the bait in the places where food is manipulated (restaurants, food factories…) Otherwise unlike rats with mice you could use rodenticides even you are not sure if the house is excluded. There are of course strict rules how to use the bait (keep it away from children, pets etc.). Using both appeared to be an effective procedure. The right exclusion is essential for solving mice issues in long term perspective.

Recommended Exclusion materials:

  • Galvanized wire mesh
  • Metal flashing
  • Copper wool (don’t use steel wool it will rust and deteriorate)
  • Metal snips
  • Staple Gun
  • Power drill
  • 1 – 1 ½ “ screws
  • Step ladder
  • Extension ladder
  • Good flashlight
  • Good headlamp
  • Work gloves

But exclusion, trapping and baiting is usually not enough to solve the mice infestation. There are much more which needs to be done by owner/staff.

  • Cleaning especially but not only the kitchen on regular basis
  • Putting away all the accessible food
  • Storing the food in containers (with sealable lids)
  • Removing all leftovers right away
  • Cleaning under the appliances daily
  • Not leaving any food on counter or anywhere else overnight
  • Inspecting all the storages for any kind of food source (and putting away)

Skunk Prevention Tips:

Skunk are famous for their defensive mechanism.  Theier vicious spray carries a extremely awful odour which is a mixture of sulfur containing chemicals such as thiols. Be mindful of these nocturnal creatures because removing skunk spray from clothes is a real challenge.

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What Can You Do Prevent Skunks

HOW TO KEEP SKUNKS OUT OF YOUR HOME

Let’s take a closer look at the some Vancouver skunks so you can identify them and locate the source of infestation:

We have two species of skunk in BC: Striped skunk and Western Spotted Skunk (wildsafebc.com). With their 80 cm in length and 2-4kg falling into small mammals category.  They are very valuable animals because they control the small rodents population in your neighbourhood. Beside small rodents they like insects, nuts, plants and fruits. Be aware that they are nocturnal animals with poor eyesight so it’s easy to surprised them.

There are several things what you could do as a prevention:

  • Don’t feed them in any way
  • Your garbage bins and bags should be always secured
  • Don’t overfill the bird feeders (even though they are not good climbers)
  • Your pets should be fed inside
  • Pick up all the fruits on regular basis
  • Maintain your house regularly

One of the most common areas where they build up the shelter is under the sheds or patios. It’s good to exclude all those kind of places before the issue occur. In case you have a suspicion that skunk is present better leave it to professionals who would use one way door or other way how to make sure there is no skunk stunk underneath. If no skunk present you could use next list of stuff to do the proper exclusion:

  • Galvanized wire mesh
  • Screws and washers
  • Gloves
  • Shovel

Wasp Prevention Tips:

For the most part, people don’t pay much attention to wasps and hornets except when they start to invade the picnic or barbecue. Then the hands start swatting and the homemade wasp traps come out. If the situation is bad enough the next outdoor event will likely feature a few store-bought contraptions designed to take care of that wasp or hornet problem.

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Managing Wasp Issues

HOW TO KEEP WASPS AWAY FROM YOUR HOME

Let’s take a closer look at the wasp species so you can identify them and locate the source of infestation:

What Types Of Wasps Are In Vancouver?

European Paper Wasp Vancouver - westside pest controlThe European paper wasp (umbrella wasp) is a relative newcomer to BC, and is often confused with the native paper wasp and the yellowjacket. It has a more slender body with longer legs, but like it’s cousin it still has a stinger that doesn’t quit. The sting from a paper wasp is not as painful however as the bald faced hornet or yellowjacket.

yellow jacket wasp vancouver - westside pest controlYellowjackets are often confused with bees because they’re about the same size, but the similarities pretty much stop there. They don’t have pollen carrying capacities, they hunt for meat to take home to the larvae, and their stingers can sting repeatedly for defense.

Bald face hornet - westside pest controlHornets are the largest of the trio, and the ones in BC are usually identifiable by their striking black and white ‘bald face’ – hence the name bald-faced hornet. Like the other two on this list, the bald-faced hornet can sting repeatedly.

There are several things what you could do as a prevention:

  • Eliminate the food sources as a clean outdoor pets food, tight garbage bins properly, don’t compost meat scraps or bones, bury the fallen fruit deep into the compost  
  • Don’t give them reason to attack – watch your steps and place where you going to sit
  • Be aware that wasp early in the morning are less active so it’s easy to miss their present during the fruit picking etc.
  • Don’t use swat as a reaction for they buzzing around, instead just walk away
  • Eating outside? Clean or cover the food right after the meal
  • Keep in mind that removing the nest early in the season is much easier
  • Setting the wasp traps might help for few days but will not solve the problem
  • If you use (chemical) spray, wear glasses and gloves, think about where the spray will lend
  • It’s always easier to call professionals to deal with the nest but if you decide to make it yourself make sure you wearing protective clothing from head to foot (and not just one layer)
  • Best way is put the nest into the bag during the early morning and close it immediately, spray insecticide into the bag or place the bag into the freezer for 24h
  • Be aware that wasp can chew through wood so don’t block the hole in the siding (where the wasps flying in and out)

Cockroach Prevention Tips: Residential

Cockroach are another unwanted pest around the home. Let’s look at some prevention tips.

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What Can You Do Prevent Cockroaches

HOW TO KEEP COCKROACHES OUT OF YOUR KITCHEN

Let’s take a closer look at the some methods for preventing a cockroach infestation at home

Most prevalent kind in Lower Mainland is German Cockroach (but there are thousands of species worldwide). Their size is about 1.3 – 1.6 cm, tan – light brown in color.  Typical sign is two parallel strips between the head and base of the wings. Even though they have a wings they are not able to fly.

Excellent sanitation is crucial. Sealing cracks, pipe openings  and crevices is also good Idea. They could get into the house also hiding in:

  • Old furniture
  • Food items
  • Shipping cartons
  • Soft drink bottles
  • Under old clothes

The best method is a combination of thorough cleaning and pesticide use. Using just pesticides will most likely won’t have any effect. What to be focus on during the cleaning:

  • Do not leave pet’s food exposed overnight
  • Clean all spills, leftovers, dishes right away
  • Clean dark/damp places on regular basis (even behind the fridge, washing machine, etc.)
  • Keep the food in glass/plastic containers
  • Dispose the garbage daily
  • Vacuum often (not just because of food particles but also because of the eggs)
  • Inform the staff ~ cooperation is necessary

Cockroach Prevention Tips: Commercial

Cockroach are a nuisance for food establishments and a real nightmare for chefs and kitchen staff. Restaurants and bars need to work hard to maintain a clean environment to keep cockroaches away. Let’s look at some prevention tips.

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What Can Businesses Do Prevent Cockroaches

HOW TO KEEP COCKROACHES OUT OF YOUR KITCHEN

Let’s take a closer look at the some methods for preventing a cockroach infestation in your business

In addition to restaurants and other food establishments, cockroaches can be found even in businesses without stored food products.

Excellent sanitation is crucial. Sealing cracks, pipe openings  and crevices is also good Idea. They could get into the house also hiding in:

  • Old furniture
  • Food items
  • Shipping cartons
  • Soft drink bottles

The best method is a combination of thorough cleaning and pesticide use. Using just pesticides will most likely won’t have any effect. What to be focus on during the cleaning:

  • Do not leave food exposed overnight
  • Clean all spills, leftovers, dishes right away
  • Clean dark/damp places on regular basis (even behind appliances etc.)
  • Keep the food in glass/plastic containers
  • Dispose the garbage daily
  • Inform the staff ~ cooperation is necessary