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Posted in Uncategorized on June 12, 2013 by pestcontroltoronto
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Bed Bugs In Toronto Still On The Rise

Posted in Bed Bugs, bed bugs toronto, pest control on June 12, 2013 by pestcontroltoronto

As the article below describes, bed bugs continue to be a huge problem in Toronto. We are still getting many calls from some very emotional customers. Bed bugs have the biggest emotional impact on individuals than any of the other common household pests we deal with. Predominately it is the fact that they attack when the human is sleeping. This is terrifying for most people to think about because sleep time is when we are our most defenseless. Here at Advantage we understand the emotional toll this takes on both you and your family. We offer treatments for many different types of structures such as apartments, houses and vehicles. We also offer heat, steam, insecticide, dusting and integrated pest management approaches.

Call us today for more information 416-840-4040 and 1-877-504-BUGS.

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2013/05/22/toronto_bedbug_war_still_rages_especially_in_parkdale_fiorito.html

Recommended Pest Products

Posted in Ants, Bed Bugs, bed bugs toronto, Cockroaches, Mice and Rats, Pest Product Spotlight, rats, rats toronto on June 11, 2013 by pestcontroltoronto

We offer several package deals to our customers for Do It Yourself Pest Control. These packages include many of our recommended products for pest elimination.

If you have ants we recommend the Ant Elimination Package. This package includes one Diatomaceous Earth Dust, one Pro-BugX, two Green Way Ant Gel tubes, and six ant cafes or multi-baiters.

If you have bed bugs we recommend the Bed Bug Elimination Package.  This package includes 1 Diatomaceous Earth Dust, 2 Aerosols, 4 Bed Bug Defender Units.

If you have cockroaches we recommend the Cockroach Elimination Package. This package includes Diatomaceous Earth Dust, one Pro-B1, one Aerosol spray and Insect monitors.

If you have mice we recommend the Mice Elimination Package. This package includes 3 bait stations, 2 pkgs of bait, 10 glueboards, and 4 snap traps.

Now if you have multiple pests in your home or you just want to be extra cautious, we have our Total Pest Elimination Package which includes 1 package bait, 2 mouse bait stations, 5 glue boards, 1 Pro Bug X, 1 Aerosol, 200g Diatomaecous Earth, 3 Insect Monitors

We have many other pest products available, check it out at http://www.pestservices.ca

Pest Spotlight: Fleas

Posted in Fleas, Pest Spotlight on June 7, 2013 by pestcontroltoronto

About Fleas

Fleas are ectoparasites, or parasites that live outside the body. Other types of ectoparasites are lice and ticks. Fleas feed off of their hosts’ blood. The chosen hosts are normally four legged mammals however in the absence of such a host or in extreme infestations a human host will be sought out.

Fleas are a very adapted insect. They have specific adaptations that distinguish them from many other insects. One of these adaptations is the ability to survive without food. Fleas also have special physical adaptations such as their complex mouthparts that allow for piercing skin and sucking blood from their host.

Fleas are tiny, flat, wingless insects. Their exterior bodies are covered with several hard plates called sclerites. The outer shell protects the flea from getting crushed or injuring themselves from a long jump. The exoskeleton has the appearance of being smooth but it is actually covered in tiny hairs. These tiny hairs point away from the flea’s head. This makes it easy for fleas to crawl through their hosts hair or fur. It also protects the flea if something tries to dislodge it. The hairs act as anchors to keep the flea on the fur or hair; similar to Velcro.

The Flea Life Cycle

The life span of the average flea is three to four months. Fleas can however live without food for up to one year in the pupae (cocoon) stage. They enter a state of hibernation or “dormancy” which allows them to lay in wait for a blood meal opportunity. When they sense body heart or vibrations they are signaled that a host is within their presence and are awakened to break from the cocoon and seek out their first blood meal.

Fleas lay eggs that look like dandruff or salt crystals. Usually these eggs are laid on the host. Flea eggs are completely smooth; this causes them to fall of the host and land within the living quarters of the host. These eggs hatch into larvae that live in cracks and crevices of many areas such as carpets and rugs, upholstery, blankets, floor boards, sand, earth etc. These larvae are relatively immobile, only able to travel less than an inch. They get their food from black specks known as “flea dirt”. These specks are dried blood flakes that fall off when grooming or scratching. Flea larvae are around 1.5 mm long and look like white worms.

Like butterflies the larvae stage of a flea goes through a cocoon stage (pupa). Generally in good conditions the cocoon will be hatched in one to two weeks and a small flea will hop onto the next potential host that walks by. Thus the cycle begins again. If a host is available the adult flea will emerge after 1 week. If food is scarce the flea can stay inside the cocoon for up to a year. This whole process can take anywhere between 2 and 20 weeks depending on a number of factors (such as temperature, availability of a host etc). Given the right conditions, available host and warm temperature the cycle can take as little as 2 weeks.

Female fleas must have a blood meal in order to reproduce. If after emerging from the cocoon she is unable to find a blood meal then she will die before she is able to lay any eggs. However once she has had that initial feeding she can lay 20 eggs a time; 500 eggs during her lifetime.

 

Flea Treatments

Some insecticides kill adult fleas but not eggs, which means a whole new set of fleas can emerge after the adults have died. That is why we use a liquid residual spray which lasts until all the eggs have hatched and the adults have crawled over the chemical.

We also offer Steam services for fleas as well. Steaming services are offered for both elimination flea treatment and preventative treatment. Steaming areas include your carpets, couches and cracks and crevices. The best time for steaming treatment is at the onset of flea season (or whenever you begin your flea-control program). Though it is somewhat more expensive than insecticide-only treatment, steam cleaning is effective in killing flea eggs. This minimizes the time and the number of treatments needed to eliminate the flea problem.

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

Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Cockroaches

Posted in Uncategorized on June 6, 2013 by pestcontroltoronto

It the four million year old question – that’s right four million years – how to kill a cockroach. These little critters have been around bugging for a little more than four million years.

 

A few, little scientific tidbits for you:

  • They may be one of the more primitive living insects!
  • They are from the insect order Blattaria.
  • There are over 4,500 different species of cockroaches world wide. Don’t worry most of them live in tropical and subtropical regions. Only 30 species are really associated with humans and only 4 of those are really well known as pests: The American cockroach (Periplaneta americana), the German cockroach (Blattella germanica), the Asian cockroach (Blattella asahinai) and Oriental cockroach (Blatta orientalis).
  • The abdomen has ten segments and several cerci.
  • Their life cycle has 3 stages – egg, nymph and adult.
  • A female may need to only be impregnated ONCE yet continue to reproduce for the REST of her life!
  • Each egg case can hold up to 30-40 eggs inside it!
  • Cockroaches have four wings that act as shield to the roach.
  • Cockroaches contaminate and destroy food! They also carry bacterial secrete foul smelling fecal matter!
  • Cockroaches cause some people to have asthma attacks.

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.

Bed Bug Preperation List

Posted in Bed Bugs, bed bugs toronto, kill bed bugs on June 4, 2013 by pestcontroltoronto

Before you have professionals in to treat your house for bed bugs, here are some preparations you should do.

 

MUST BE OUT OF UNIT FOR 3-4 HOURS AFTER TREATMENT

 

Before treatment:

  • All clutter should be removed from the unit.
  • Allow access to baseboards, cracks and crevices.
  • Vacuum the mattress thoroughly including the crevices, handles and buttons.
  • Vacuum bed frame, baseboards and objects/flooring close to bed.
  • Discard the vacuum bag (placed in tightly sealed garbage bag before disposal).
  • Remove all clothing from dressers and place in clean plastic bags or plastic totes.
  • Bookshelves, nightstands or other furniture in the immediate area must be emptied so that the technician can spray the undersides of the furniture.
  • Place all items in tightly sealed garbage bags and leave them in the room to be treated.

 

Laundering

  • All clothing items should be placed in garbage bags, sealed and emptied directly into the washing machine.
  • When the laundering cycles are complete, the clean laundry should be placed in new clear garbage bags and sealed during the treatment process. The garbage bags used for transporting clothing articles to the laundry room should be discarded outside the premise as they may contain bed bugs. For severe infestations, water soluble bags should be used if possible to collect sheets and clothing and put directly into the wash.
  • It is important to launder items using hot water as cold water will not kill bed bugs or their eggs.
  • All clean clothes should be put in the dryer on high for a minimum of 20 minutes. Some clothing may require dry cleaning.

 

Beds

  • All bedding must be removed before the technician arrives. Soiled bedding should be washed in hot water (separate from all other laundry) or dry cleaned before or soon after the treatment to avoid resurgence of bed bugs. Pillows should also be placed in the dryer on high heat for a minimum of 20 minutes. After treatment, bed skirts should be avoided; bedding tucked in tightly; and bed kept a few inches away from the wall.
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