One of the perks of renting a home instead of purchasing one is that many responsibilities are placed on the landlord instead of the renter. From appliance repair to major water damage, these issues are solidly placed on the owner of the property. The question is, who is responsible for some of the other expenses of keeping up with the property, such as pest control? Continue reading
You spend hours tending your garden and want to ensure that you can harvest all of those lovely vegetables and flowers throughout the season. Only one thing stands in your way: Pests who want to feast on your flowers, berries, and veggies. The good news is that there are a few easy tips you can follow if you want to pest-proof your garden.
Here are our three top tips to help you manage your plants and keep them pest-free: Continue reading
Is there anything worse than trying to enjoy your backyard and being swarmed with wasps? Besides being loud pests, these insects also have a painful sting that can leave you scrambling to get away from them. Fortunately, there are a few simple solutions to your wasp problem. Some of them can even be done with ingredients you probably have on hand.
If you’re ready to keep wasps away from you and your home this summer and autumn, you need to be sure to read this guide!
Did you know that cockroaches can carry bacteria that can lead to illness in humans? If you have a roach infestation in your home or business, it is imperative to get it treated right away. However, there is more to pest control than simply allowing the exterminators in the door. There are a few key steps you need to take before they arrive to ensure the success of your treatment. Continue reading
Ants belong in tiny hills in parks and forests, not inside your home. But if you suspect that tiny insects are lurking within your house, where should you look for them?
To understand where ants hide, it’s helpful to know what attracts them. You’ll often find ants near these locations:
- Food sources. Insects need to eat, too. Any crumbs you leave behind will lure them.
- Wood. If you’re dealing with carpenter ants, you’ll need to watch where you store your woodpiles. To a carpenter ant, a stack of wood is like an open invitation into your home. Store things like mulch, lumber, and firewood away from your home.
- Moisture. Like most bugs, ants are attracted to moist places. You’ll often find them hiding in cracks in your bathroom, basement, or near your water tank.
With these things in mind, here are a few places where you may find ants in your home: Continue reading
WINNIPEG, Canada – GL Pest Control, Winnipeg’s leading pest control company, is proud to announce that Gilles Lambert, owner and founder of the company, has recently been featured in a news story to discuss the increasing problem that homeowners and business owners are facing from cockroaches. Gilles was featured on CBC Manitoba and Radio-Canada OHdio. Continue reading
People in Winnipeg breathe a collective sigh of relief when springtime arrives. Finally, we don’t have to pay high heating bills or wear huge jackets when we go outside!
But spring comes with problems of its own; for example, pests like mice and voles. These rodents can wreak havoc in your home or garden. How do you keep them under control? Continue reading
Pigeons can be admired from afar; they have bright feathers, interesting group behaviours, and their funny walk is hard to miss. But when they make your home their home, they aren’t so endearing.
You don’t want to harm the pigeons, but you do want them to pack their bags and head elsewhere. How do you get rid of them?
Pigeons Cause Problems
At first, you might not understand why pigeons are problematic—they’re like pet birds for your backyard! However, their presence comes with a few risks:
Discovering that you have bed bugs is never a pleasant realization. You may have felt bites in the night, noticed marks on your arms, or even seen one crawling on your furniture.
How will you sleep at night knowing that lurking bed bugs might snack on your skin? Yuck!
Your knee-jerk reaction might be to stuff that mattress into the dumpster and start spraying your home with a heavy-duty insecticide. But this probably won’t be as effective as you hope. Thankfully, you have a couple more options than tossing it in the trash.
In Winnipeg, many of us shack up inside our homes during the winter and avoid venturing out into the cold whenever possible. But you may not be the only one who’s seeking warmth in your house. What’s that sound you hear in the attic? Who keeps leaving droppings in your sock drawer? If you notice these signs, you may have a mouse problem on your hands. Is that rodent looking for a place to sleep through the winter, or have they decided to move in with you?
Unfortunately, mice do not hibernate in the winter (but wouldn’t it be great if they did?). Any homeowner who’s dealt with a pest infestation knows that rodents tend to appear around this snowy season. Why? Because it’s cold outside, and they want to get inside your house to warm up and find food. Most pest problems crop up in the summer, but rodents are unique; once they’re inside your home, they are active during the winter, and they reproduce quickly.
Mice can fit inside spaces as small as the eraser of a pencil. They look for cracks in your foundation or external pipes and infiltrate through them. Once they’re in, it’s challenging to get them out. They are typically most active at night and only travel a small, safe radius. They like to hoard food, set up a den, and sit tight. It might be easy to squish an ant or crush a cockroach, but catching a mouse isn’t as simple. Left unchecked, two rodents can multiply rapidly, and then you’ll be dealing with a bigger problem.
What are the dangers of a mouse infestation?
Young children may find mice cute, but there’s nothing pretty about the havoc they wreak on your home. For one, they damage your property. From chewing insulation to spoiling it with their waste, they create a real mess in any home they inhabit. If they get inside your pantry, they can ruin hundreds of dollars worth of groceries by tearing through packages and eating the food inside.
Mice also spread diseases. There are up to 35 diseases that can be spread by rodents, including Hantavirus. Mice droppings are known to irritate allergies. The fur on a mouse can contain ticks or fleas that will be brought inside your home. They may even have internal parasites. In other words, mice are infectious creatures that can threaten the health of your household.
Finally, they stink! The smell of a mouse den is truly repugnant. If you notice a strange smell in your room, check behind furniture and inside cabinets. You might find a den of unwanted guests. Be careful to wear a mask when disturbing or cleaning these areas to protect yourself.
How do you get rid of mice?
The earlier you act against mice, the better; they reproduce quickly, and an infestation gets out of control in no time. Managing a mouse nest takes expertise. It involves plugging any outside holes, securing open food sources, and strategically placing traps. It’s a job for a professional.
The most efficient way to eliminate a rodent problem is by contacting a mouse exterminator in Winnipeg. If you suspect that there’s a mouse in your house, call Gilles Lambert Pest Control Services.