Identify A Pest

As part of our inspection we will identify what type of pest is bothering you and how to treat the problem in the most effective way!

Please click one of the tabs below to explore different kinds of pests and learn about them.

Raccoons

Raccoons are intelligent and remember solutions to tasks for up to 3 years. Usually nocturnal with omnivorous diet consisting of 40% invertebrates, 33% plant food & 27% vertebrates. They grow up to 28″ long & 57 lbs, have opposable thumbs and dexterous front paws. Up to 4 males may live together to protect against other males, females that are related live together.

Raccoons can be destructive to homes and properties, damaging roofs, tearing holes in vents or taking them right off! They can also carry diseases.

Squirrels

Squirrels are very adaptable and can fit through a hole the size of a baseball. Most active at dawn and dusk Grey squirrels feed every day, even in winter they do not hibernate as they are unable to conserve enough energy to survive. Their extremely diverse meal staples include beechnuts, acorns, bugs, grapes, bird eggs, birds, grass and amphibians. They sometimes display cannibalistic tendencies feeding on members of their own species.

Squirrels can be destructive to homes and properties, chewing holes in roofs, vents and fascia, chewing electrical wires and leaving behind nests and waste.

Skunks

Skunks dig for grubs in lawns and gardens. They commonly burrow under decks, sheds, porches and buildings to make a den to have their babies. Skunks spray with their scent gland up to 15 feet and the odour can remain on pets for weeks or months. They can carry the rabies virus and not ‘look’ infected. Skunks are usually silent but can produce a bird like noise.

Rabbits

Rabbits are well know for their reproductive habits however, only 15% of baby rabbits survive the first year. Rabbits have a plant based diet and do not eat meat. They typically eat between dusk and dawn as the low light allows them to hide from predators.

Rabbits are very crafty and quick. Their eyes can rotate 360 degrees. This allows them to look behind them without turning their head! They can cause havoc to your yard and garden chewing off and eating expensive plants and damaging landscaping. They often make nests under decks, sheds, porches and buildings during baby season. Rabbit droppings can infect pets with heartworm.

Opossums

Opossums are nocturnal animals and they are North America’s only marsupial. Because of their good grooming habits they eat up to 5,000 ticks per day! Their low body temperature makes them immune to many diseases such as rabies. They can help your yard and garden by eating insects, snails, small rodents and snakes.

Opossums may hiss, growl or bite if cornered but they are actually very harmless. More than likely, they will faint in shock at the prospect of such a confrontation. Playing dead is an involuntary response on the part of the opossum. The stress of the confrontation causes him to go into shock inducing a comatose state that can last from 40 minutes to four hours. While “dead,” the opossum’s body is limp, it’s front feet form into balls and drool runs out of its mouth. It may even appear that rigor mortis has begun. The opossum’s guise of death goes so far as to produce a smell of decay. From his anal glands, the opossum’s body emits green mucus that will discourage most predators from feeding on him while he’s in his comatose state. They often take up residence under decks, sheds, porches and buildings or move into attics or inside homes. They may look frightening and may steal garbage or pet food or even harass pets but they provide a lot of good services too!

Bats

A common misconception is that bats carry disease and are very unclean, but bats are actually very helpful in controlling the population of crop destroying insects.

Bats are divided into two types: megabats and microbats. Mega bats include flying foxes and fruit bats. They tend to be larger than Microbats however, some Microbats are larger than Megabats. Bats are nocturnal and can fly up to 31 miles to find food. They eat half its body weight per day. Feasting on flowers, insects, friuits, nectear, pollen and leaves.

Bats are the only mammals that can fly and the only mammal known to feed on blood. Bats make up 1/5th of the earths mammal population. Bats begin hibernating when the cold weather drives the insects away, typically around October and November, and emerge from hibernation in March.

Mice

Mice are generally nocturnal. They are sensitive to bright lights. Mice have a superior sense of hearing, smell, taste and touch. They can memorize the locations of food, pathways and obstacles. Mice like to live in close proximity to humans. Mice rely on humans for food and shelter. They remain close to their nest and to a food source.

Mouse droppings are 1/4″ seed like. Their tracks are tiny 1/2″ prints with 4 toes on the front paw and 5 toes on the back paw. Mice in your house can damage inside walls, eat wiring and insulation, shredding paper, cardboard or clothing and chewing baseboards, doors, window panes and cabinets.

Rats

Rats take care of injured and sick rats in their group. Without companionship rats become lonely and depressed. Rats have excellent memories. When happy, rats chatter and grind their teeth and they make happy “laughter” sounds when playing. Rats succumb to “peer pressure” and are prone to disregard personal experience to copy the behaviour of their peers. Rats can go longer than a camel without having a drink of water and they eat just about everything!

Rats can cause damage from gnawing, chewing insulation & wires, nest building, and defecation. They can defecate as many as 60 times a day and droppings can attract other rodents. Rats will eat pet food spreading microorganisms that cause diarrhea and intestinal parasites in cats & dogs. They can damage roofs and eat bulbs and seedlings especially in the late summer.

Moles

Moles are not nocturnal. Most moles spend their entire life underground. Moles have an unique Hemoglobin that allows them to recycle oxygen. Moles have a six fingered paw with two thumbs that is perfect for digging dirt. Moles have poor eye sight and are often blind. However, have excellent hearing and very fast reflexes. Moles are carnivores, they will not eat your plants or bulbs. They can however damage lawns and gardens as soil from burrowing can smother grass and disrupt lawn irrigation systems. They may kill small plants by shifting the soil beneath them and expose roots of trees and shrubs with all their tunnels. Moles are solitary animals, and it is likely that only one or two moles are responsible for the damage to your lawn or garden!

European Starlings

European Starlings are destructive to native wildlife pushing out native cavity nesters like bluebirds, owls, and woodpeckers. Large flocks can damage crops, and their waste can spread invasive seeds and transmit disease. To deter them you should cover fruit-bearing trees and shrubs with netting, gather up and discard fallen fruit. Cleaning beneath hanging feeders to remove spilled seed is also a good idea. You can use a hawk decoy or hang strips of aluminum foil (or shiny party streamers) from the trees or other high points around your home and garden. The sun reflects off the shiny surface and bothers their eyes, deterring them from coming near.

Ultrasonic noise makers are static sound-emitting bird deterrents you can place in gardens, patios, balconies and other open spaces to help scare various nuisance birds away. There are several versions of natural DIY bird repellent sprays you can make at home such as a concoction of chili peppers, water, and vinegar. The birds you see occupying the nest from one year to the next are likely to be adult birds that had bred in the same colony, even in the same nest hole the previous year, or first time breeders that have arrived from outside the colony.

Starlings are one of the most destructive alien species ever introduced in Canada and get recklessly aggressive towards other birds and occasionally humans if they get too close to their nests during fledgling season.

Grackles

Grackles like agricultural fields and are more of a threat to crops than crows. They are not however an invasive species. The Common Grackle is indeed native to Ontario and closely related to many Ontario songbirds and to the red-winged blackbird. To deter them you can try a hawk decoy or hang strips of aluminum foil (or shiny party streamers) from the trees or other high points around your home and garden. The sun reflects off the shiny surface and bothers their eyes, deterring them from coming near.

Ultrasonic noise makers are static sound-emitting bird deterrents you can place in gardens, patios, balconies and other open spaces to help scare various nuisance birds away. There are several versions of natural DIY bird repellent sprays you can make at home such as a concoction of chili peppers, water, and vinegar

Ants

Although not typically harmful, ants can be very annoying if left untreated. It is possible that a large infestation of ants can destroy structures, spread bacteria and, cause serious allergic reactions. That’s why it’s best to call in a Pest Control Specialist to rid your home or property of them quickly. Carpenter ants are capable of causing serious damage to the structure of your home. Unlike termites that eat wood, carpenter ants are more interested in building nests and so they systematically tunnel through wooden beams and pillars to create space for nests.

They need moisture to live so if there’s high humidity in your house, ants will be attracted to it even if there’s no food around. As well as keeping water and moisture away, keeping things clean and free from food supply is also very helpful in managing indoor ants. Finding the nest is critical because ants are social insects and will bring any ant killer back to the nest. Often you might kill large numbers of ants without ever solving the problem if you haven’t found the nest. Ants will come out in the spring and in the fall and find their way into homes. In the spring they emerge early and have to find a place that is warm at night and has food.

Spiders

Spiders may help keep your plants and flowers safe from other pests but they can be unpleasant if you’re frightened of them or if their webs take over your deck or yard. They can also worsen cracks and rotten areas that they use to get in and out of the house. Spiders are among the most common insect found in homes and can cause allergic reactions.

Wasps

Wasps don’t usually cause damage to homes during their summer nest building however, they are disliked immensely due to their painful sting.They can access your home through a pre-existing hole, so although wasp nests don’t often cause property damage, they may be a sign of broken roof shingles or damaged garden shed panels. If wasp nests are left for a long time, you may notice the signs of wood damage nearby. While it’s possible to get rid of wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets on your own, remember that they can be dangerous, especially in large numbers, so if you’re in doubt, it’s best to call a pest control specialist.

Of course, if you are allergic to wasp or bee stings, you need to take precautions and seek outside help. Blocking a nest is one of the worst ways to deal with a wasp problem. By doing this, the wasps are confined in a tight space and will quickly become agitated. If blocked in, wasps can chew through plasterboard, wood, and various other materials to find a way out. You can try mixing a tablespoon of peppermint oil with 4 cups of water and spraying it as a repellent if you’re looking for a natural DIY solution.