We've compiled this list of pests that commonly cause problems for home and business owners throughout Martingrove in hopes of providing you with some background information on what you're dealing with. At Tessier Pest Control we can help you rid your property of the following nuisances:
Bed Bugs show up uninvited to homes, apartments and condominiums across Canada. They are parasites that feed off the blood of birds and mammals. Small and brownish in appearance, they are commonly found in mattresses, furniture, and even walls. They are especially active in warm weather and prefer to come out at night. Although they do not carry disease, they leave small bites and deliver plenty of mental stress.
Of the house-infesting cockroaches, the American cockroach is the largest, measuring in at approximately 1½ inches long. The cockroach can be commonly found plaguing homes, restaurants, and bakeries—or virtually anywhere food is being prepared. They have also been known to show up in basements after heavy periods of rain. Both male and female cockroaches have the ability to fly and often move quickly when startled.
Carpenter ants are a common problem for home and business owners. While small, these ants can cause severe structural damage to your property if the infestation is left alone for too long as they like to nest in damaged or rotten wood. If the ants are winged, it is a sign they have been in that spot for a long time and will be more difficult to exterminate. Tessier Pest Control can help.
Adult fleas are around 1/16 to 1/18 inches in length and appear reddish brown in colour. They are wingless and have three pairs of legs. As you probably know, fleas are excellent jumpers. Their hind legs allow them to leap up to 13 inches vertically and 7 inches horizontally. Often times they will hitch a ride into your home on an unsuspecting host. Unfortunately, since they multiply very quickly in a short period of time, infestations can occur at an alarming rate.
Ladybugs are "occasional invaders" meaning they don't typically become nuisance pests unless large numbers seek shelter indoors during the winter. Most ladybug species don't pose any threats to people and there are a number of easy steps you can take to prevent them from gaining access to your property.
Cluster flies are grey with distinguishable golden hairs mixed in. They tend to stay outside during the spring and summer and move indoors when the cold weather arrives. Their favourite places to hide include dark spots behind picture frames or in corners where walls intersect. In the summer you might see them swarming around your windows as well. For this reason, treatments will vary depending on the weather conditions.
Honey bees are divided into three castes: queens, drones, and workers. Queens lay eggs, producing a colony of up to 80,000. Drones are functional males that do not gather nectar or pollen and do not have stingers. Worker bees are females that lack the full reproductive ability of the colony's queen bee. The worker bees have barbed stingers but will only sting once.
Carpenter bees resemble bumble bees, are bluish-black in colour and have a green or purplish metallic sheen to them. They are wood boring and can be found in sheds, decks or inside other wooden structures on your property. The males are harmless since they lack stingers but do like to fly around aggressively. The females have stingers but rarely use them and are for the most part very docile.
The type of wasp home and business owners are most familiar with is the yellow jacket. Yellow jackets are commonly seen during summer and early in the fall. They construct nests from mud, papery plant matter or in the ground. Facing a pest wasp problem can be dangerous, as they are often territorial and known to be aggressive. Call Tessier Pest Control to take care of the problem and ensure it does not happen again.
Spiders are an extremely common sight around our homes and businesses. While we come into contact with house spiders more often than not, it is also possible to see wolf spiders, cellar spiders (daddy long legs), fishing spiders and albeit very rarely, black widow spiders in southern Ontario. Spiders typically prey on insects—which is beneficial to us—but have an unsettling appearance and as a result, a bad reputation.
You are much more likely to find evidence of mice in your home or business than actually spot one yourself. That's because they are nocturnal creatures who only come out at night. Homeowners typically spot mice droppings in the basement, underneath the kitchen sink, and around the stove or fridge. You may also hear them scratching or squeaking at night. While they can locate themselves just about anywhere in your home, they prefer the attic and garage.
Rats pose a serious threat to your home, restaurant or retail shop. Besides the diseases they carry, they can also contaminate a space or food source with their urine and feces. They are also known to chew through wires and enlarge gaps in walls, foundations, and siding. Rats are nocturnal—sighting one during the day could be a good indication of a large infestation around your property. Treating them is difficult and best left to the professionals.
Bats roost in the walls of homes, barns, attics, buildings and apartments as they provide a safe place to hide and care for their young. Noticing a bat infestation is cause for concern. They are the #1 carrier of rabies in North America and their urine and fecal matter (bat guano) poses possible health risks as well. Despite the threats they pose to humans, they are very beneficial to our ecosystem—helping to balance it—and should be removed humanely.