Keeping Rodents Out of Your Home

February 12, 2014

With the cold months upon us, it is quite common to see an increase in rodent activity inside the home. It is a common belief that rat and mice activity is lower during the winter months, but unfortunately these pesky creatures exist all year round! After all, it is only natural for animals to seek warmth in the winter. In order to avoid these unpleasant and unwanted visits, here are a few tips to keep unwanted critters out of your home.

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Sniffing Out Bedbugs!

December 7, 2013

Care Pest Control’s K-9 bedbug inspection teams are dedicated to upholding the highest standards for Entomology Scent Detection Canines, maintaining rigorous standards, strict training procedures and nationally recognized, our  canine bedbug detection teams can detect bedbugs where humans cannot. With that said, we thought we would give you a bit of an insight to one of our senior canines: Vegas.

 

Vegas plays a pivotal role in Care team. Vegas is one of three canines trained specifically in sniffing out bedbugs with Care Pest. In fact, he was the first dog trained to detect bedbugs in British Columbia. Vegas has been in the industry for 5 years, working alongside Marcos, his handler. He was rescued in Kentucky from a shelter, and from there went to Tampa, Florida to train to become a member of the Care Pest team.

 

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Why Have a K9 Inspection?

October 28, 2013

Bedbugs are a tough pest to get rid of, and of course we at CARE are committed to coming up with the best solutions to keep them out of your home. With that said, the first service we offer in order to help you get rid of bedbugs is a detailed K9 inspection. Often people wonder why we offer this service, and what the benefits are: the most valuable reason we offer this service is that our K-9 bedbug detection teams can detect bedbugs where humans cannot.

People react differently to bedbugs, and this service is a great way to determine whether or not you have bedbugs present in your home.

With our canines you can have verifiable results, immediately- giving you that peace of mind knowing that you don’t have bedbugs, or if you do- we cater treatments to where our team has found the activity. These K9 inspections allow our technicians to hone in on particularly problematic areas when they do the treatments.

 

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How can I tell I have bedbugs?

September 24, 2013

There is definitely a stigma associated with bedbugs, and with good reason. Bedbugs are very resilient little pests that feed on us while we sleep; commonly setting up camp in areas like mattresses and couches- but can be found nearly anywhere if it is a high infestation. This includes: clothes, luggage, carpets and more. Although bedbugs cannot jump or fly they can easily transfer from room to room, traveling on infested objects. Because of how easily they spread, it can be tricky to get rid of them and, with that said; bedbugs have become a large problem in large cities like Toronto and Vancouver.

 

Bedbugs are small, wingless insects that are usually about the size of an apple seed. After feeding, they darken. The eggs are white, and more difficult to see on surfaces, and are typically laid in cracks and crevices- and other hidden areas. They hatch after about 6 -17 days. Adults can live up to 15 months without feeding, and nymphs can live several months without food.

 

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Wildlife: How to deal with Skunks, Raccoons or Squirrels!

September 12, 2013

Often we get phone calls from people wondering whether or not we can trap and relocate problem animals from their property, the short answer is: we don’t. To simply trap an animal and move it to a new spot is not nearly as effective as it sounds. There are many reasons for this, which we will explore.

 

Firstly, this method of practice is viewed as inhumane, causing severe stress to the animal. It also results in separating a mother from its young, causing the baby animals to starve. Often, animals get hurt in this process, typically becoming stuck in the trap.

 

Secondly, as a wildlife company in British Columbia, we do not have a permit to trap and relocate, in fact no one can obtain this permit in the lower mainland. Also, wildlife like skunks, squirrels and raccoons leave a scent, which even if you remove the pests, will lure new pests onto your property.

 

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The Effects of Pigeons

August 8, 2013

Pigeons: We see them everywhere. Walking on the street alongside you, perched above your favourite coffee shop, watching you from the top of a building… Everywhere you turn there’s that little bird. And if you are living in a large metropolis like Toronto or Vancouver, pigeons are nearly unavoidable.

 

But if you can avoid them, do. These seemingly harmless birds can have vast health effects on us. So let’s take a moment and explore how these little birds can do their damage.

 

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Wasps! What do I do?

July 26, 2013

It’s summer: A time for sunshine, gardening, barbecues – and of course wasps! With the heat of summer rising, you’re likely noticing a few new friends flying around your yard. With that said, wasps can definitely be a pest and it’s a good idea to keep them under control for many reasons.

 

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CarePest at the BC Cancer Foundation’s Underwear Affair

July 25, 2013

On July 6, 2013 our K9 handler Taylor Ross participated in BC Cancer Foundation’s Underwear Affair, an annual event that is committed to raising funds for cancers below the waist.

The event hopes to remove the stigma associated with these “hidden” cancers which effect 48 percent of all cancers diagnosed in BC, as stated on the Underwear Affair’s website.

Proceeds from the Underwear Affair go to the BC Cancer Foundation, specifically looking for cures for cancers like prostate, ovarian and many more. Participants are encouraged to strip down to their underwear, or otherwise outrageous costumes as they walk or run to raise money for these cancers effecting both men and women.

 

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Top 3 Bird Control Methods

May 16, 2013

 

Being in the pest control industry for over 20 years, I am often asked how things have changed over the years.  Short answer is: “For the better.”  Let me explain.  When I first started out in the pest control industry, there was not nearly as much awareness in terms of “humane”, “sustainable” and “environmentally responsible” options, especially for bird control.  Poisoning and shooting them were the prevalent options.  Now we know poison is not necessary and shooting is restricted to only special circumstances and conditions.  Bottom line – none of these options are long term.

 

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Cockroaches Carry Diseases

April 28, 2013

 

When people think of cockroaches they usually cringe. Cockroaches trigger an emotional response from most people. Fortunately cockroach control has come a long way. They used to be hard to exterminate when the only tools available were sprays. Sprays were repellent and resulted in spreading the roaches around. This was a particular issue in multi-family dwellings or large industrial sites. Now we have some excellent cockroach baits, which will not repel the cockroaches and will attract them from short distances. Thorough inspections and proper bait placement is now key in cockroach control. Cockroaches like to live in small, dark cracks and crevices. If we place the bait in these cracks, where the cockroaches live, the success of the baiting program is assured. The key is to find all of these hiding spots.

 

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