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Bird Control in Vancouver

June 4, 2012

Spring has sprung, and summer is well on its way, so you know what that means: babies! And specifically at this time of year we deal with baby birds, including all of the nesting concerns that come with them. Business and building owners should be aware of this because rooftops, ledges, and roof soffits can be a prime target for birds to roost in, which can cause structural damage. Issues like these can be avoided with the right knowledge and expertise.

 

 What comes along with birds are not just beautiful songs and early wake up calls, but bird droppings. Over time the build up can cause problems such as bird mites. These tiny bugs will irritate customers, tenants and employees. The mites float down in air currents landing on skin and clothing biting the host. The bird problem now becomes a compound one: the building manager or owner is dealing with the nuisance of the birds, the unpleasant sight of droppings, and the mites. Who wants to deal with that? Trying to handle this issue on your own can lead to:
 

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Kill Bed Bugs with Heat

February 20, 2012

Before we start our discussion of how to kill bed bugs with heat, let’s first take some time to discuss this highly resilient human parasite.  Bed bugs generally size between 4 and 5mm in length and less than 3mm in diameter, they are oval shaped with a reddish brown colour, and they can survive in a wide range of temperatures making them  common worldwide.  For the most part, bed bugs had been all but eradicated in the industrialized world, but populations have steadily increased since the mid-1990s.  While the cause of this resurgence is not completely understood, most experts cite the cause as a combination of factors including more frequent international travel, a lack of focus on controlling bed bug populations, and increasing resistance to pesticides.

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How to Get Rid of Birds in the Attic

February 13, 2012

Your attic makes an ideal habitat for many unwanted animals including rodents and birds.  While any infestation should be dealt with, birds can pose a significant nuisance as they can contaminate your attic not only with noise but bacteria and parasites as well.  Nesting birds in your attic can even cause damage to your property as they scavenge for items to build a nest.  Still, the most serious risk of birds in your attic is associated with their droppings as they harbour parasites, bacteria, moulds, and even viruses that are harmful to humans.

 

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Vigilance: The Key to Bed Bug Control

February 7, 2012

This article was first published in the Nov/Dec issue of the BC Non-Profit Housing Association newsletter

By James Nicol BSc. Quality Assurance Manager, Care Pest & Wildlife Control Ltd

Bed bugs have become a major problem around the world.  We must resign ourselves to the fact that they are here to stay and no magical solution is on the horizon.  With this knowledge we must further agree that a small number of bed bugs are easier to eliminate than a large number, one suite easier than ten.  Even if a building is currently free of bed bugs we know that it is just a matter of time before it has them.  The more suites in the building, the more people living there, the quicker that bed bugs will be introduced or re-introduced.  Bed bugs can linger in many unsuspecting places, on public transit, on airplanes, on a seat in a café or in a library.  Picking up these hitch hikers is not necessarily anyone’s fault.

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QualityPro

May 27, 2011
CARE Pest at the Buildex Feb 23rd and 24th             QualityPro Canada is an industry program designed to increase professionalism of the industry through self-regulation; stimulate consumer demand through increased confidence and a higher public perception of industry professionalism; create common sense, quality industry standards; and provide marketing opportunities to participating companies by recognizing their commitment to excellence and higher performance standards. This designation is for a company, not an individual.

Humane Squirrel Removal

May 9, 2011

Humane Pest Control

Getting rid of squirrels is very important as they can cause expensive clean-ups, loss of tenants and structural damage. CARE Pest & Wildlife Control can safely and humanely remove and relocate squirrels from your premises.CARE Pest believes in minimizing harm to animals. We are an animal friendly pest control company that works with the BC SPCA toward humane pest control practices. Read more about our community involvement.

Humane Squirrel Removal

 
Squirrels control The Eastern grey squirrel is the most commonly found squirrel in the Lower Mainland. It is grey or black in colour and is active during the daytime and is usually found nesting in attics. CARE pest uses only the safest and most humane methods to relocate squirrels.
 
CARE Pest & Wild Life Control is the leader in Humane Pest Removal in Vancouver and the fraser valley. We provide green options, innovative solutions, quality work and competitive pricing since 2000. Contact us for more information on the humane treatment and removal of squirrels

It’s Carpenter Ant Season

May 5, 2011
  • Carpenter Ants

    Carpenter antsCarpenter Ants are a structurally wood-boring insect found in and around homes where there might be an abundance of trees, foliage, stored firewood, old trees, stumps or wet wood. Carpenter Ant Nests have been found behind bathroom tiles; around tubs, sinks, showers, and dishwashers; under roofing, in attic beams, and under subfloor insulation; and in hollow spaces such as doors, curtain rods, and wall voids. Carpenter Ants may also nest in foam insulation. Carpenter ants are 1/4″ to 3/4″ in length, and are usually black in colour. “Big and black” are the two common most terms homeowners use to describe Carpenter Ants.
  • Carpenter Ants

    Locating Carpenter Ants and getting rid of the damage In the home, people may notice signs of damage by seeing actual holes in wood, especially structural posts or beams or by seeing a sawdust-like material. Carpenter ants damage wood by excavating and creating galleries and tunnels. The damage Carpenter Ants cause to wood structures is variable. The longer a colony is present in a structure, the greater the damage that can be done. If structural wood is weakened, Carpenter ant damage can be severe. An important method for preventing indoor carpenter ant problems is to eliminate high moisture conditions that are attractive to them. Also, replace any moisture-damaged wood. Be careful that wood or lumber that is stored in a garage or near the house is kept dry and, if possible, elevated to allow air circulation. In order to eliminate indoor Carpenter Ant nests, you need to locate and destroy their nest. To locatethe nest, carefully and patiently observe theactions of the worker ants, especially between sunset and midnight, and during spring and summer months when the worker carpenter ants are most active. If you think you may have Carpenter Ants, Contact CARE Pest for a free estimate.

Humane Pest Removal

April 26, 2011

Humane Pest Control

Getting rid of Raccoons is very important as they can contribute to disease in humans, expensive clean-ups, loss of tGenants and structural damage. CARE Pest & Wildlife Control can safely and humanely remove and relocate raccons from your premises.CARE Pest believes in minimizing harm to animals. We are an animal friendly pest control company that works with the BC SPCA toward humane pest control practices.

Information on Raccoons

 
raccoons control To many people, raccoons are considered cute. However, they can cause damage to your property or harm to small children and pets. Raccoons come out at night and pillage through garbage cans or compost bins. They tend to nest under decks, in attics or crawlspaces around a structure. Our programs include humane removal of all family (including adults and pups) and point of entry exclusion as well as preventative screening. 
 
CARE Pest & Wild Life Control is the leader in Humane Pest Removal in Vancouver and the fraser valley. We provide green options, innovative solutions, quality work and competitive pricing since 2000.

Kill Bed Bugs With Heat! The Heat Machine is Here

January 26, 2011

CARE Pest Vancouver is the first company to use a unique electric heat process in BC, referred to as Thermal Remediation®, for the complete elimination of bedbugs. Heat is an innovative, eco-friendly and extremely effective approach in the ongoing battle against bedbug infestations.

Why Use Heat? Bed Bugs Treatment Air System

The Temp Air Bedbug Heat System is a proven method to get rid of bedbug infestations. If you’re a homeowner, property or hotel manager, or anyone involved in dealing with a bedbug problem where current treatment methods are just not eliminating the bedbugs, then you would be a candidate for a heat treatment. Heat treatments are effective in usually one application. Heat has the ability to kill bedbugs within seconds once exposed to temperatures in excess of 49 C or 120 F. Some of the benefits of the heat treatment process include:
  • Less use of pesticides
  • Control of bedbugs within a room or unit
  • The ability to resolve problematic units
  • The ability to kill pesticide – resistant bedbugs
  • Complete bedbug elimination of all stages of the bedbug life cycle, including eggs, nymphs and adults – therefore, in most cases, requiring only one treatment, and less disruption to occupants
  • The ability for heat to find all bedbug hiding spots that cannot be accessed by other treatment methods, such as pesticides on their own, steam, vacuum or Cryonite
  • The ability to kill bedbugs that hide in sensitive items, such as electronic equipment (eg. TV’s, computers and stereos), delicate fabrics or furniture that pesticides or steam cannot treat as it may damage those items
  • A greener, more sustainable approach to bedbug eradication.

keys to a successful bed bug heat treatment How Does The Heat Treatment Work?

There are three keys to a successful heat treatment: 1. Bring Heat. 2. Monitor. 3. Move Air.

electric heater for bed bug heat treatment 1. Bring The Heat

Our electric heaters provide a sustainable approach to killing all stages of the bedbug life cycle. Our heaters:
  • Provide safe heat distribution, as they are regulated not exceed 57C or 135F
  • Increase room temperature at a slow and even rate, attracting bedbugs towards the heat source, thus preventing them from dispersing into neighboring rooms
  • Increase room temperature at a slow and even rate, preventing damage to furniture, drywall and other items in the room that other heat systems have been known to do
  • Are permitted to be used in any building, as they are not propane or kerosene powered
  • Are powered by a generator that is parked outside your building in a sound insulated trailer
  • Are capable of reaching suites in buildings 25 storey’s in height
  • Are UL certified.

monitor the bed bug treatment process 2. Monitor

The effectiveness of our heat treatment is monitored with dozens of wireless temperature sensors, which transmit temperature data back to a remote computer terminal. Monitoring:
  • Ensures all areas or “zones” within a room, including furniture, closets, box springs and any other potential bedbug hiding places are brought up to lethal temperatures of at least 49C or 120F
  • Ensures temperatures never exceed 57C or 135F
  • Allows us to record all temperature data at regular time intervals for all zones within a room for continual and post evaluation reporting for our technicians, supervisors and clients.

use a fan to Move Air when heat treating bed bugs 3. Move Air

Once a room is heated to lethal temperature to kill bedbugs, the heat needs to be moved around, similar to a convection oven, in order to distribute the heat into all the hiding spots where bedbugs may be harbouring. We use high temperature fans to move heated air throughout the bedbug infested space, ensuring it gets into all cracks and crevices and high infestation zones. With the gradual elevation of the temperature we can maximize our chance of success for complete bedbug elimination.

Post Successful bed Bug Treatment Post Treatment

To further monitor our results, we will provide a follow-up inspection using CDC Monitors” and/or our K9 inspection team (See Bed Bug Sniffing Dogs) . at least 72 hours after the treatment A full report of our findings, including treatment and inspection reports, will be submitted to the homeowner, property or hotel/motel manager for their records. This controlled source of heat is more efficient and effective than any other options in the market. For more information on killing bedbugs with Thermal Remediation Click Here

CARE Pest & Wild Life Control is a leader in pest control, providing green options, innovative solutions, quality work and competitive pricing since 2000. Contact us for the treatment of bed bugs today.

BedBugs and Treatment Options

January 11, 2011
Treatment for Bed Bugs

Offering Complete Bed Bug Treatment and Prevention Options for Residential and Commercial Dwellings.

Biology and Identification

Bed Bugs TreatmentBed bugs are small, nocturnal insects that feed exclusively off of the blood of hosts while they are sleeping or stationary for long periods of time. Bed bugs can range in size from 1 mm or 0.04”(nymphs) to 6 mm or ¼”(adults) and have six legs; they do not fly or jump. Adult bed bugs are similar in size and shape to an apple seed and would be easily visible if out in the open. Prior to feeding, their bodies are very flat, after they have fed, they become bloated and dark red (mahogany to rusty brown). Depending on the life-cycle stage, their colour varies from different shades of brown. Newly hatched nymphs look very much like adults however they are almost colorless and gain their reddish brown color as they mature. Bed bug eggs are whitish, pear-shaped and about the size of a pinhead, they would be hard to spot by an untrained eye. Unlike lice, bed bugs do not live on people but only visit them to feed. Bed bugs are most active at night, however if they are hungry enough, they will emerge to feed during the day. Their bite is similar to being bitten by a mosquito; it is painless and may result in a small, red, itchy bump. People commonly find out they have bed bugs when they notice bites on their skin. Bites are usually clustered in the same area, or in a row. They tend to welt and be very itchy, similar to flea or mosquito bites. Other telltale signs of bed bug bites may include dried blood spots on your sheets and/or mattress from crushed, just-fed bed bugs, or groupings of tiny black spots, which is bedbug fecal matter. You may also notice molted skins and eggshells where bed bugs hide. In severe cases, you may notice an offensive, sweet, musty odour from their scent glands.

The most accurate and easiest way to confirm or rule out if you have bed bugs is to have bed bug sniffing dogs complete an inspection in your home, apartment building or hotel.

During the day, bed bugs tend to hide close to where they feed; for example, where people sleep. Qualified bed bug sniffing dogs have the ability to smell in parts per trillion, enabling them to smell through walls, furniture, drawers that contain clothes, suitcases, box springs and mattresses.

Learn more about CARE Pest’s bed bug sniffing dogs.

Treatments

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All the products CARE Pest technicians use to treat for bed bugs are labeled for bed bug control . We use both residual and non-residual, or “on-contact” insecticides, these are applied by our IPM certified technicians in accordance to the label, using various types of equipment. We currently provide two types of treatments for bed bugs, our Gold Treatment and our Basic Treatment. The Gold Treatment consists of using a variety of insecticides as well as dry steam heat applications, whereas the basic treatment consists of solely chemical applications. At this time, no chemical products are available for use that will penetrate the shell of the bed bug eggs. As a solution to this, we have incorporated the use of dry steam as a part of our treatment process. Our portable dry steam machines have the ability to kill bed bugs and their eggs on-contact. In order to perform this area specific treatment, it is necessary to have the space inspected by our trained bed bug sniffing dogs beforehand. This application method is highly effective and is applied to all problematic furniture and areas as per the K9 inspection report. The Gold Treatment is completed with a vacuuming of all visible bed bug remnants, such as shells and eggs with a HEPA vacuum, as well as a follow-up K9 inspection, typically scheduled for 7-10 days after the treatment. For both the Basic Treatment and Gold Treatment, residuals will be applied to baseboards and inside walls through electrical cover plate openings, as well as any problematic furniture and areas. The benefit to residuals is that they provide, as the name implies, a residual on the surface they are applied to. Once the insects emerge from their hiding spots and cross the path of the residuals, the existing population will begin to wane. The non-residuals are applied to mattresses, armchairs, couches, etc. These insecticides kill on contact only, and dissipate within a short period of time.

Inspections

Bed BugsTechnician Visual Inspection: Inspecting for bed bugs with the human eye is only effective to a certain extent. Our technicians are trained to know where to look for signs of bed bug activity. However it can be challenging if the bugs are hiding inside a mattress, or behind baseboards, or in a closet full of clutter. K9 Inspections: Our beagles have the ability to detect all stages of the bed bug life cycle, including eggs, instars, adult and shell casings. The benefit our “K-9 Unit” has over human detection, is the fact that our dogs have the ability to smell in parts per trillion, enabling them to smell through walls, furniture, drawers that contain clothes, suitcases, box springs and mattresses. Compared with humans, canines are far more effective at detection. Regular Inspections: Ongoing bed bug extermination is crucial to maintaining a safe, pest-free environment. Bed bugs are very easily re-introduced into previously treated units, and easily introduced into spaces that have never had them. In apartments, dealing with bed bugs on a per unit basis is insufficient in solving the problem. The nature of bed bugs is such that they will travel great distances to get a blood meal, meaning that they can easily move from a neighboring unit (whether it be beside, below or above the problematic unit) to get to their food source. There is no way of knowing where they are hiding if we only treat on a reactive basis. Our solution to this problem is to implement preventative building “sweeps”. With an entire hotel or apartment building sweep, we have the ability to inspect every unit to see if there is a bed bug problem in that unit, which may otherwise have gone undetected. Once the sweep is complete, our K-9 unit will provide a detailed report on each room, illustrating where all the positive and negative alerts are. These reports are then passed on to our bed bug extermination team, making for a more strategic attack using fewer pesticides. Building sweeps also prove pro-activeness on the hotel or apartment building’s part in dealing with bed bugs. There are multiple cases where guests or tenants have sued for punitive and/or compensatory damages, however, if a hotel or landlord can prove due diligence on their part, it does make these cases more difficult to win.

Prevention

Bed bug activity has become increasingly evident worldwide, and city centers across Canada such as Vancouver are no exception. Although there is no magic formula to guarantee you won’t be affected, there are certain preventative measures you can take to prevent bringing bed bugs into your home. If you buy, pick up or are given any used furniture or household items, inspect it thoroughly before bringing it into your home. Do not take home furniture that has been discarded in the street. Also, if buying a new mattress, inquire if the delivery truck also picks up old mattresses; if they do, consider alternative options. Inspect along creases and folds in the mattresses, etc. and along crevices in furniture for shell casings and fecal matter, which will appear as tiny black dots or specks.

For more prevention tips, contact the CARE Pest team of licensed operators.

Training/Education: CARE Pest feels that education is half of the battle in managing bed bugs, which is why we offer in-house training for all of your housekeeping, engineering, resident and/or building management teams and all other appropriate staff in how to inspect, detect, report and act on a bed bug problem. We offer a PowerPoint presentation that discusses the biology, feeding habits, hiding spots and management strategies of bed bugs. In addition, we have multiple handouts and brochures that we can leave behind for your staff and/or building occupants. Additional Products: CARE Pest offers additional prevention products such as bed bug certified mattress and boxspring encasements and laundry bags. Encasements trap any existing bed bugs that might be inside the mattresses or box springs as well as prevent any new ones from entering and hiding in these areas. This will make your ongoing bed bug extermination easier. CARE Pest also provides water soluble laundry bags for purchase. The use of these bags helps to eliminate the risk of spreading bed bugs and/or their eggs into hallways, common laundry areas, and vehicles, etc.

CARE Pest & Wild Life Control is a leader in pest control, providing green options, innovative solutions, quality work and competitive pricing since 2000. Contact us for more information on treatment for bed bugs.