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.
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.
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.
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.
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.