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 - Modoc Carpenter Ant - Vicinus
Colour black reddish-brown and black
Length 6mm-12mm 6mm-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 Queen Multiple 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 Ant Carpenter Ant - Modoc Carpenter Ant - Vicinus
Colour brown or black black reddish-brown and black
Length 2.5mm-4mm 6mm-12mm 6mm-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 Queens One Queen Multiple 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.