The 5 Most Common Pests in Winnipeg

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:

According to pest control records, Winnipeg has the second-highest bed bug problem in Canada. Bed bugs are small, brown, wingless insects. These annoying pests feed on human blood for 3 to 15 minutes, after which they return to their hiding places (where people sleep). If you wake up with bite marks on your skin or if you find some black or red spots on your linens, place some double-sided tape around your bed and you’ll likely find some bed bugs stuck to the tape. Unfortunately, bed bugs are one of the most difficult pests to get rid of. Complete eradication calls for professional pest control services.

Cockroaches are another common nuisance in Winnipeg. The three common species found here are the American, German, and Oriental cockroaches. While the German species prefer to live in a warm and dry environment, the American and Oriental roaches like dark, moist and humid places like under sinks and in water meter boxes. When they invade your home, roaches can become a serious problem; they will feed on all sorts of things including clothes, food, and book bindings. Roaches are one of the most unhygienic and unsightly pests to have in the house. Complete eradication, just like in the case of bed bugs, requires repeat applications from a professional exterminator

The cold weather of Winnipeg’s climate does not provide mice a good reason to lurk outdoors. So as you escape the cold, they do too, the only difference is they move in with you without asking for your permission. Woe unto you if they find a good source of food in your house! They’ll fight to inhabit your house for a long time. But these uninvited guests aren’t hygienic - they bring in their load of bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Hantaviruses are one of the major health risks associated with mice. Due to the health risks they pose, you want to get rid of mice as soon as you spot any sign of them.

These are tiny pests but one of the most infectious. During spring, Winnipeg usually has heavy rains and though this rain revives the prairie landscape from dormancy, it also set the stage for mosquito infestations. There are 39 different mosquito pieces in Winnipeg, each with its preferred host. You can control mosquitoes in your home and yard by getting rid of any standing water. Persistent infestation calls for professional eradication.

As fall approaches, wasps begin getting a little too comfortable in your backyard. When these buzzing insects decide to nest in your yard, they pose a serious problem to you and your family members. This is because wasps tend to be overly territorial and aggressive when they feel threatened. Unlike bees, wasps have a longer stinger which they can use several times.  Additionally, a wasp’s sting can cause severe reactions to those allergic to wasp stings. Since wasps attack in packs, getting rid of wasps all by yourself is putting yourself right in the line of their fiery attack - call a professional Instead.

For dependable pest control in Winnipeg, give us a call at (204) 479-6669. 

By Clint Rosevear on October 17, 2019
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