Wondering why pests like hanging out in your basement? Well, there are a lot of different things that make basements a safe haven for creepy crawlies of all kinds. First off, pests are generally shy – it’s a survival mechanism for them. Pests will do whatever it takes to avoid exposure and your basement is usually an ideal environment. Most basements are dark and often the least busy parts of a house, meaning your uninvited guests can move around comfortably hunting for food, unnoticed. Continue reading
In Winnipeg, some pests will enter your home in the fall to stay over the winter. Then, in summer, as you lay out in your patio or the beach trying to soak up every ounce of sunshine, you may find yourself fighting off mosquitoes, if not wasps. In Winnipeg, different seasons attract different pests. These are the five most common pests you’ll find around: Continue reading
As nature would have it, bed bugs are one of the most difficult pests to control. You can blame this on their ability to multiply quickly, hide in extremely tiny spaces and go without their preferred meal (human blood), for a long period of time. In just one year, bed bugs can produce three to four generations. If you’re not a bed bug exterminator in Winnipeg, attempting to eliminate bed bugs could turn into an apparition hunting expedition that never comes to an end – as soon as you think you just got rid of them, they come back again. Continue reading
There are so many reasons why older homes are more prone to pest infestations. But the most common one is that most old houses were built with lower construction standards when compared to modern ones. It’s therefore critical to have quality pest control done as a pre-purchase requirement before buying an old house. Things become worse during autumn when leaves begin to drop and the air turns brisk. All of a sudden, mice shim up pipes and storm the garage while beady-eyed rats make your basement their new home. Termites have proven to be the most insidious pests; they come in through small openings such as cracks and eat their way through the wood. It is critical to talk to quality pest control professionals when you start noticing some of these pests. Continue reading
Have you ever wondered how that beautiful business premise you built slowly became a habitat for pests? You are not alone. Hundreds of schools, businesses, lodge facilities, restaurants, and processing plant owners face the same problem. Not only do pests destroy stock, but they can also spread bacteria. Also, the sight of little creepy rodents and bugs roaming your premise can really irk you and hurt your business reputation. Common commercial pests include but are not limited to rats, cockroaches, flies, ants, mice, beetles and weevils. There is always a solution; a reputable company that deals with industrial pest control Winnipeg.
When it comes to food, few cities serve up as much great fare as Winnipeg. Our dining scene is diverse and exciting, with fresh new restaurants popping up every month, serving food inspired by cultures from all around the world. There’s a lot that goes into running a restaurant, from finding the perfect location to paring down your menu to only the most delectable dishes, to getting your name out there and setting the right price. The enterprise is expensive, and costs are mitigated through only one avenue: people eating there, every night. That’s why having your restaurant closed for any amount of time can spell disaster. About 30 restaurants were closed due to health violations in Manitoba in 2018. Among the violations? Failure to prevent the presence of rodents. Continue reading
In a recent post, we talked about cankerworms and Winnipeg’s urban forest. We mentioned that while cankerworms can weaken a tree, they are not an immediate threat to the tree’s life. Today, we take a look at two bugs that are an important threat to Winnipeg’s beautiful trees; the elm bark beetle and the emerald ash borer. First, we’ll discuss the history of the pests; then, we’ll talk about how GL Pest Control can help you protect the trees on your property. Continue reading
When people think about pest control, a lot of the focus is on pest control for the home, or for commercial spaces. There’s no doubt that finding a mouse in your house can be a bit disconcerting, and that it’s even worse to find rodents in your kitchen; you be shut down for health violations! These concerns are valid, but there’s a third concern people don’t often think of – unless they work in goods-producing industries, like farming, fishing, forestry, or food and beverage manufacturing. That’s the post-harvest, post-manufacturing loss of goods as a result of pests in warehouses, especially relevant in Winnipeg and Manitoba, given our status as an agricultural hub. Continue reading
Winnipeg is a beautiful city. We have a mix of incredible architecture (if you’re as inclined to brutalism as I am), historic landmarks like the Forks and Upper Fort Garry, our incredible rivers, and, of course, our urban forest. Our forested areas provide a plethora of advantages to Winnipeggers. They increase the quality of our air, help regulate stormwater runoff, and increase our property values while keeping our city cooler in the summer. We’re also beginning to see potential psychological advantages to urban forestry; the Biophilia hypothesis says that we’ll love urban forests because humans have a natural love of life, while the Attention Restoration Theory says that people concentrate better after spending time in nature, or seeing nature. There are, however, a number of threats to our urban forests, most of them caused by insects. Today, we’ll look at an insect that, while not immediately threatening our urban forest, does cause pains and problems for Winnipeg homeowners: the cankerworm. Continue reading
Subterranean termites get into the house from the soil then make foraging tubes. The tubes – oftentimes referred to as “mud tubes” – are around the width of one pencil and are brownish in colour. They’ll offer shelter for foraging termites. As termites are inside your house, they’ll feast on the wood inside of it. In addition, drywood termites feast on wood within your house; however, don’t need contact with soil.
If termite activity is left neglected, noticeable wall and wood damage may result. Here, in this blog post, the commercial pest control services of Gilles Lambert Pest Control discusses the signs of termite damage in walls:
Indications of an Infestation of Termites
- Swarming ones are attracted to light and sometimes can be spotted close to doors, windows, lighting fixtures, and vents.
- After they enter a new house, they’ll shed their wings. You may see those shed wings among dust close to heating vents, windowsills, doors, in bathtubs and sinks and inside spider webs.
Indications of wall damage that is caused by termites may include Paint blisters, mud tubes, damage to wooden trim or wood panelling, pinholes in the wall, and hollow-sounding wood.
Some of the above indications are a sign of a subterranean infestation of termites, while other ones indicate an infestation of drywood termites.
Do Termites Feast on Drywall?
Termites feast on any substance that’s composed of cellulose — an ingredient discovered in wood. Drywall also is covered by cellulose. Therefore, termites may feed on the drywall’s paper covering, making your ceilings and walls prone to termite damage.
How to Eliminate Termites in Walls
If you see indications of termite damage on the walls or any other areas of your house, it is vital that you treat the infestation immediately before it grows worse. The treatment method depends upon several factors, which include the kind of termites which are infesting your residence. The procedure almost always includes treating spaces other than the area in which termites are in plain view.
Since correct identification is critical and do-it-yourself methods for control and treatment oftentimes fall short, it is suggested that you call a termite control professional like Gilles Lambert Pest Control. An experienced termite control expert will inspect the house for termite damage and activity, correctly identify the termites then suggest a course of action based on your circumstances. If termites aren’t found, that’s the best time to treat termites – before they’ve produced any damage.
How to Prevent Termites from Invading Your Home?
Once termites settle in, exterminating them doesn’t happen without using chemicals, and avoiding property damage is almost impossible due to the quick spread of the infestation. This is why prevention is the easiest and most cost-effective way to protect your home from these nasty insects.
Alexander Crawley is an entomology consultant for a fellow Australian pest control company, and he claims that the key to termite prevention is to eliminate the excess moisture in the house and in the outdoor areas because termites are drawn to water.
Here are a few handy tips he has for homeowners:
- Inspect the roof at least once a year, and fix or replace broken roof tiles and gutter sections.
- Seal off any cracks in the foundations of the house.
- Use plastic to encapsulate the crawl space beneath the house to protect the foundations from soil and debris.
- Repair leaky pipes and faucets as soon as you notice them.
- Store your firewood away from the home and keep it elevated from the ground.
- Keep any mulch and organic materials away from the house walls and foundations.
- Throw away any unused newspapers and cardboard boxes from your garage, basement or attic. Use plastic boxes for storage.
- Invest in a dehumidifier if your home is prone to moisture and mould.
Advantages of Professional Gilles Lambert Pest Control Termite Treatment
Because termite activity may be difficult to spot if homeowners are not scheduling routine inspections of their house, termite activity may remain undetected for quite some time. That is why it remains critical to arrange an inspection with an expert Gilles Lambert Pest Control termite specialist who’s experienced with looking for warning indications of termite activity. Further advantages of arranging an inspection with a specialist include the identification of the unique termite invader to the residence since it’s important to identify the termite species to use the suitable methods to rid the home of these extremely costly and damaging insects.