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Bed Bug Elimination Services

Posted in Bed Bugs, bed bugs toronto, how to, kill bed bugs with tags , , , , , , on June 24, 2013 by pestcontroltoronto

It is very concerning to hear about the man in New Jersey who set his house on fire trying to do a heat treatment himself in the home. But it does give us an idea of the desperation that these pests elicit from their hosts. Bed bug extermination is a very difficult job and heat treatments require special training and equipment. Here at Advantage Pest Control we offer our customer various bed bug services.

Bed Bug Services

  • Insecticide Spray – This involves multiple services of a liquid residual insecticide treatment to all cracks and crevices. Services are between 2 and 3 weeks apart and require some preparations.
  • Spray and Steam – This involves multiple services of a liquid residual insecticide treatment to all cracks and crevices and a through steaming of common bed bug harborage areas.
  • Spray, Steam and Dusting – This involves multiple services of a liquid residual insecticide treatment to all cracks and crevices and steaming of harborage areas and dusting in voided areas. This is a recommended treatment for heavy infestations.
  • Steam only – This is recommended in areas where insecticide cannot be placed such as cribs. Some customers do not want insecticide treatment, for those customers we offer this service.
  • K-9 Bed Bug Detection – This service involves an inspection of a residence by a specially trained bed bug detecting dog. This process has been featured on numerous television shows and had received wide publicity. Because of its notorious success, canine bed bug detections are a popular service.
  • Nightwatch Bed Bug Monitoring – This service is often used in vacant rooms. The monitor emits human like carbon dioxide which attracts the bed bugs. This allows us to monitor an infestation, or a suspected infestation, without humans residing in the unit. Nightwatch Bed Bug monitoring is often used by landlords or hotels to ensure no bed bugs are located in that room.
  • Heat Remediation – This is our most recommended service. This works well for light to heavy infestations and generally requires one service. By heating the home to over 110 degrees, all eggs and live bugs are killed within a few hours.

Bed bugs are a difficult pest to eliminate. Unfortunately bed bugs are very easily spread and have become a major problem in urban areas like Toronto. They are not a discriminatory pest, they will live in almost any area than human inhabit. We service many areas in the Greater Toronto Area for bed bug elimination. If you live outside these areas, we may be still be able to assist you. When you speak with a specialist ask about our out of town service.

Please give a specialist a call at 416-840-4040 or toll free at 1-877-504-BUGS

Service Areas Within the GTA

 

West

  • Bolton
  • Brampton
  • Clarkson
  • Mississauga
  • Nobleton
  • Oakville

North

  • Aurora
  • King City
  • Markham
  • New Market
  • Richmond Hill
  • Vaughan

Central

  • Downtown
  • East York
  • Etobicoke
  • Malvern
  • Rexdale
  • Thornhill

East

  • Ajax
  • Oshawa
  • Pickering
  • Scarborough
  • Whitby

 

 

If you are looking for Do-It-Yourself products, we have a Bed Bug Elimination kit available for purchase by home owners. This package contains bed bug killing aerosols and powder. We also recommend mattress covers with any type of bed bug treatment program and Bed Bug Defenders to monitor the level and success of a treatment. See all of our bed bug products.

Top Ten Tips For Dealing With Bed Bugs

Posted in Bed Bugs, bed bugs toronto, how to, kill bed bugs, pest control on June 5, 2013 by pestcontroltoronto

1. Consult with your local health department or a professional Pest Control operator to confirm that you have bed bugs. Look on our website at the signs of bed bugs infestation. Call one of our technicians and tell them what you are noticing, seeing, and feeling.

2. If you think you have a bed bug problem, check for live bed bugs or shells in the following areas:

¦• The undersides, seams, creases, and folds of mattresses, box springs, couches, pillows, cushions and curtains.
¦• Cracks and crevices in the bed frame and head board, the walls and the baseboards
¦• Between the cushions of couches and chairs
¦• Under area rugs and the edges of carpets
¦• In drawers and dressers
¦• Behind baseboards, around window and door casings, electrical plates and under loose wallpaper, paintings and posters
¦• In telephones, radios, and clocks

3. Toronto Health says “the best method to deal with bedbugs is Integrated Pest Management”. Please read more about Integrated Pest Management. Now that you know you have a problem, you should talk to a pest control company about managing and eliminating your problem. Please call our Toronto Bedbug Specialists at 416-840-4040.

4. Use a nozzle attachment on the vacuum to capture the bed bugs and their eggs. Vacuum all crevices on your mattress, bed frame, baseboards and any objects close to the bed. It is essential to vacuum daily and empty the vacuum immediately.

5. Wash all your linens in the hottest water possible and place them in a hot dryer for 20 minutes. Consider covering your pillows and mattress with mattress and pillow encasements. We carry mattress encasements, box spring encasements and pillow encasements both in store and online. Please see our online store.

6. Remove all unnecessary clutter.

7. Seal cracks and crevices between baseboards, on wood bed frames, floors and walls with caulking. Repair or remove peeling wallpaper, tighten loose light switch covers, and seal any openings where pipes, wires or other utilities come into your home (pay special attention to walls that are shared between apartments).

8. Monitor daily by setting out glue boards or sticky tape (carpet tape works well) to catch the bed bugs. Closely examine any items that you are bringing into your home.

9. Continue with any treatments every two weeks until your problem is gone. This is so you can break the life cycle of the bedbugs.

10. Make sure to continue sleeping in your own bed. This will draw the bedbugs out so they can get over the insecticide and allow the treatments to work to reach full elimination.

Question Of The Day: Do Wasps and Hornets Sting Or Bite?

Posted in Bees and Wasps, how to, pest control, Question Of The Day on May 22, 2013 by pestcontroltoronto

Do Wasps and Hornets Sting Or Bite?

This is an age-old question and the answer may shock you. Firstly the answer depends on the sex of the wasp: male wasps do not sting, they lack the equipment. Wasps only attack humans as a means of defense hence male wasps will bite while female wasps have stingers and inject venom when they are defending themselves. Generally wasps only bite prey as they are carnivorous insects.

Hornets on the other hand do typically do both, even at the same time. Hornets are generally more aggressive than wasps and leave both a more painful bite and a more painful sting. The reason for this is that their sting contains a higher concentration of the chemical acetylcholine than traditional wasps.

The Summertime Blues – Pest Control Prevention

Posted in Ants, Bees, Bees and Wasps, how to, pest control on May 20, 2013 by pestcontroltoronto

This summer several pests are trying to enter your home. Our goal here at Advantage is to keep our customers’ pest free this summer. Allowing you to have a great summer, full of sunshine and fresh air without the bugs!

 

Carpenter ants are wood boring insects that build their home in wooden structures such as; decks, patios, gazebos, and the foundations and roofs of homes. Colonies can be very large with over 10,000 ants inside. Only about 10% of the nest ever leaves, so often the homeowner has no idea how bad the problem really is. There can often be several satellite nests within one home. Carpenter Ants can be very destructive and cause a lot of damage to the foundation and to the home.

 

Wasps and hornets often become trapped inside the walls of homes when a nest on the outside is sealed thus trapping the insect inside the walls. The only option for this insect is for it to come out, inside your home. Any wasp or hornet nest should be thoroughly treated, and only once it has been completely eliminated can the hole be sealed up. We often recommend waiting until the end of fall to seal up any wasp nest holes. Wasps will not use the same nest again so once the nest is eliminated so is the problem.

 

The birds have returned! Sometimes birds think that eves troughs, chimneys, decks or roofs are good places to build homes. Humans sometimes have different ideas. It can be difficult to deal with birds as they may have laid eggs or have babies in those nests. When a nest is already present it is often beneficial to have it taken care of by a professional. There are also several preventative measures that you can take. We carry both bird spikes and sticky repellent to minimise the areas that birds can nest. It is also beneficial to minimise the amount of food that they can access at your home thus making your home unappealing to the birds.

 

These are just three of the most common pests to afflict our customers in the summer time. As the season draws nearer we encourage all of our customers to help in making the homes less pest friendly. It is also a great time to consider a home protection plan, which allows you access within 24 hours access to a pest control professional for over 15 of the most common household pests.

 

Give us a call at 416 – 840 – 4040 or at 1 – 877 – 504 – BUGS

Pest Product Spotlight: Ozium

Posted in how to, Mice and Rats, pest control, Pest Product Spotlight on May 17, 2013 by pestcontroltoronto

Ozium is an effective product for eliminating odours caused by rodent and wildlife infestations. It is also effective for household odours caused by smoking, pets and household garbage. It is also highly effective in washrooms. This product can be used oziumwith or without a dispenser.

For use in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, factories, offices, hotels, public buildings, retail stories, theatres, boats, hampers, homes, automobiles, restaurants, health clubs and kitchens. Ozium is engineered for highly effective use in aerosol dispensers. The dispenser automatically triggers a special meter valve every 15 minutes, treating the air against odours and providing effective air freshening.

Read the directions included with the automatic dispenser for proper installation of unit and refills. Remove protective cap from the top of the can and insert the can into the dispenser with spray head beneath mechanical trigger, nozzle facing front. When used in an automatic dispenser one units to be installed for every 170 m³ of closed airspace. This means for our room of up to 9 m x 6 m x 3 m. Dispenser locations should be directed where flow will carry particles throughout the closed area. Factors such as a current temperature humidity and confirmation of treated area will govern the number of units required for effective odour control.

Service Report: Bed Bugs In Toronto

Posted in Bed Bugs, bed bugs toronto, how to, kill bed bugs, Pest Spotlight on May 15, 2013 by pestcontroltoronto

bedbug_groupBedbugs are one of the most frequently occurring pests that we treat. Recently our services were employed by a Toronto resident in treating their 3 bedroom house. The resident was completely unaware of an infestation until an overnight guest found a live bug on their coach. The customer called Advantage Pest Control the next morning with several questions.

1.      Do I really have an infestation? I only found one bug.
Yes. Finding one bug, especially during the day (as was the case) is indicative of a moderate to severe infestation. Many customers with a mild infestation do not find any bugs.

2.      Is it possible that my guest brought the bug in with them?
Yes, that is a possibility. However it is also possibility that there is an active infestation in your home.

3.      I don’t think I am getting bitten, are you sure that I have bed bugs?
Some people do not react to the bites. Itching and red marks are indicative of an allergic reaction to the anaesthetic that are released by the bed bug just prior to biting.

4.      I have a basement apartment with a tenant, would I have to treat downstairs as well if I have an infestation?
This question required several other pieces of information. If there is communal spaces such as a laundry room or area that is used by the upstairs residents and the downstairs residents we recommend treatment. Also if the tenant spends any significant time (sitting, visiting) upstairs or brings items up there (such as laundry, bags or purses) we recommend treatment. This was the case in this situation

5.      How many treatments would I need?

We recommend two treatments at least. This is because of the life-cycle of bed bugs whose eggs hatch 14-21 days after being laid. For this reason we recommend treating after 14-21 days to ensure continuity of the residual killing power of the insecticide. That being said, it is not uncommon to have to treat three, four or even five times depending on the severity of the infestation.

The customer was very distraught and wanted to know for sure if they had bed bugs. Our specialist recommended checking the seams of the mattresses and box springs of all beds for eggs or live bugs, checking the sheets and surface of the mattress and box spring for black spots (fecal matter), behind headboards, foot boards and all bedroom furniture (such as lamp shades and side tables) for black spots (fecal matter), and the seams and surface of the furniture in the living room (where the original bugs was found). The customer thanked us, hung up and proceeded to begin inspecting their home. They called us back a few minutes later when they found another live bug.

Tiny Bed Bugs Come To You To Feed But Do Not Live There.

Tiny Bed Bugs Come To You To Feed But Do Not Live There.

We sent a bed bug specialist out to the location within 48 hours. It is important with bed bugs to treat as soon as the location can be prepared because bed bugs lay a large quantity of eggs in a very short time. To prepare for the treatment we asked the resident to bag, wash, dry (on hot for at least 20 minutes), and re-bag all clothing from the laundry, dresser drawers, and closets as well as all bedding and curtains. A safe place to store rebagged laundry is in the bathtub or kitchen, as these areas do not need to be treated. The resident was also asked to de-clutter and provide access to all beds, couches and futons stripping them down to the mattress.
When our specialist arrived they determined that an integrated pest management approach was probably the most effective option for this customer. We utilized aerosol, dust and spray to treat the different areas of the home. An insecticidal barrier was placed on all baseboards and cracks and crevices in the home including the home office. The bottoms of all end tables, bed frames, head boards and footboards were also treated. We also used the residual insecticide spray to treat all dressers, wardrobes and closets. Residual aerosols were used to treat the seams of all couches and chairs in the living rooms. We also used bed bug killing dust inside the couches, chairs and on the surfaces of the mattress and box springs.
bed-bugs-on-my-skinEvidence was noted on the couch and chair in the living room as well as in the master bedroom mattress. There was no evidence found in the other bedrooms or in the basement apartment. Due to the nature of proximity and multiple interactions between parties in the home it was advisable to treat the entire house. A follow-up visit was scheduled for 14 days later. The occupants were also advised that they may wish to purchase bed bug proof mattress and box spring encasements as well as bed bug defenders for the frames of the beds.

Upon the second visit no new evidence was discovered but the frequency of bites had increased. This is not unusual, often the treatment will ‘stir up’ the bed bugs and increase their activity as they try to run from the chemical. Also many eggs hatching at once can increase the frequency of bites because the bed bugs must feed right after hatching and before each in-star stage of their development. The residents were advised that they would probably require a third service as they were still experiencing bites. A third service was booked for 14 days later.
5013734_3(0)(0)  At the third service, it was noted that there were some new evidence of the bed bugs not seen before (there was fecal matter on the lamp shade). A full treatment of the entire house was thoroughly done again. The residents purchased mattress covers and bed bug defenders at this point and our technician aided them in putting them on the beds. Subsequent to this service no bed bugs were found in the monitors, no new evidence was found on any furniture and the biting subsided. Our customer did elect to have one more residual insecticide only treatment just in case any eggs hatched. They were elated that we were able to eliminate their problem.IMG_5129 (2)

The over night guest that had originally found the bed bug elected to have their home sprayed with insecticide during the initial treatment in case they brought them home. They also bought a mattress encasement. They did not find any evidence of bedbugs nor did they experience any bites. No evidence of bed bug activity was found in the basement apartment though the resident did get bitten upstairs during a visit before the second treatment. The quick reaction of all parties involved and the thorough and complete treatment aided in not spreading the problem between the locations. Isolating the problem and effectively treating and managing the pest is the key to bed bug elimination.

For service or advice of treatment for bed bugs please call us at 1-877-504-BUGS!

Question Of The Day: What’s the best way to get rid of a wasps nest?

Posted in Bees and Wasps, how to, Question Of The Day on May 13, 2013 by pestcontroltoronto

Wasps nests can be tricky depending on the location. If you can see the nest then it makes it much easier to be eliminated. There are three main options: dust, foam and spray. Dust is a residual powder that is often pumped into a nest via the entrance hole contaminating it. This is very effective in eliminating the stragglers as well as the current occupants of the nest. Foam is used normally on visible nests. It enters and expands in the nest killing everything inside of it. Spray is used on nests and on landing areas for wasps. This is the most common treatment method for non-visible nests and for hard to reach nests. As a homeowner you can buy products for wasp control including sprays and foams. However many homeowners prefer to have a guaranteed service call to ensure elimination by a professional. Our specialists are ready and available to help you with your wasp problem. Call 416-840-4040 or 1-877-504-BUGS.

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