Pests

Bed Bugs – Please see the dedicated bed bugs page.

Ants – Although there are many different species of ant in BC, these are the three most common:

Pavement Ants – These small ants are usually found nesting in cracks of pavement or concrete. This could be your driveway, patio, or the foundation of your home. Even if they are not nesting indoors, they often end up coming indoors to forage for food. Look for sand or dirt pushed up out of cracks outdoors, or along the basement baseboards indoors. Pavement ants are dark brown to black in colour, and are fairly small (2-4mm in length).

Pharaoh Ants – These ants usually nest in the walls of your home. They are so small they easily slip behind outlet plates and other hiding places. AVOID using sprays, as this may repel these ants and spread them around your home. Pharaoh ants are light yellow to light brown in colour and are very small (1-2mm in length). Because of their colour and size, they can have an almost transparent look.

Carpenter Ants – These large ants are a serious threat to any wooden structure. Although they do not eat wood, they do channel through it to create galleries to nest in. You will often find piles of wood shavings and dead ants (called frass) below the areas that they are nesting. They are particularly attracted to damp areas also, so they are often found in the walls of washrooms, laundry rooms, and nearby skylights. Carpenter ants are usually black, but can be red or brownish in colour also. These ants are large (5-25 mm in length).

Wasps / Hornets / Bees – Exercise caution when dealing with any of these pests. When threatened, these insects can release alarm indicators into the air which can send a colony into a defensive frenzy. Multiple stings can be dangerous even to people who are not normally allergic to stings. We suggest you call us immediately for a free consultation and quote.

Cockroaches – The most common types of cockroaches in the lower mainland of BC are German Cockroaches, and Brown-Banded Cockroaches. Most infestations can be dealt with using a special cockroach specific bait, meaning you don’t have to leave your home during treatment.

Fleas – These pests are most often brought in on an animal host, such as a dog or cat. If the flea problem goes unnoticed on the pet for a while, fleas can begin nesting in carpets and furniture, which means they can persist even after the animals have been treated for fleas. Call us for more info!

Silverfish – These unsightly bugs do not normally cause any damage, but can be an indicator of moisture problems. They are usually found in kitchens and washrooms.

Spiders – Although these bugs usually do not pose a threat, they can be a nuisance if they begin coming indoors in larger numbers.

Grain Beetles / Pantry Pests – There are many types of beetles and weevils that can infest food in your home. After the larvae mature into adults, you can find them in other areas besides the kitchen or pantry. If you discover infested food, discard it immediately and call us for a free consultation and quote.

Moths – there are two major types of moths:

Fabric Moth – The larvae of these moths are found in natural fibres, such as cotton or wool. Look for damage on old rugs or sweaters to find evidence of these pests. The adult moths can be found all over your home.

Meal Moth – The larvae of these moths are found in food items, especially grains and flours. Again, the adults can be found everywhere. Indian Meal Moths are the most common in BC and have a distinct colour pattern, as you can see in the picture.

Occasional Invaders – Pill Bugs, Sow Bugs, Millipedes, Centipedes, Earwigs, Beetles

These bugs can be found outside most people’s homes, but when conditions are right they can multiply quickly and end up invading your home.

Flies – There are two main types of flies: large and small

Large flies – sometimes called Filth Flies, these insects breed in old decayed organic matter such as a dead animal or dung. As such, these flies pose a threat to food safety. The house fly and Blue Bottle Fly are examples of Filth Flies.

Small flies – these insects also breed in decaying organic matter, but at a much earlier stage of decay, such as ripening fruit, or food in a drain. Fruit flies and drain flies are examples of small flies you may encounter.

Mice – The house mouse is a common pest in BC. They are usually grey in colour, but can also be brown or white. Look for their small, rice sized droppings along walls, and look for chewed food bags or boxes.  These pests can carry disease and can cause structural damage to your home. Call us immediately for a free consultation and quote.

Rats – These larger rodents pose an even greater threat to your home than mice. Rats are notorious for gnawing on electrical wires which can create a hidden fire hazard in your home. Look for large droppings along walls and in corners, and look for gnawed holes at both the interior and exterior of your home. The two types of rats in BC are the Roof Rat and Norway Rat. The Roof Rat is generally black in colour, where the Norway is brown, or sometimes grey.

Wildlife – these animals are not killed, they are instead relocated or prevented from entering or nesting in the structure:

Birds – Pigeons, Seagulls and Starlings are the most common bird pests in BC. We use spikes, netting, and other exclusion devices to make sure they are not nesting on your building.

Squirrels – These furry critters can be a big nuisance if they make your attic their home. We use special one-way doors to get them out of your home and keep them out.

Skunks – Everyone knows the danger of getting too close to a skunk! They often nest by digging under foundations or stairways of homes.

Raccoons – These animals can get very aggressive if cornered, so use caution if you find one in your yard! Call us for a free consultation and quote!