Winter Pest Control Toronto Tips

Pest Control Toronto

After a rather mild winter last year, we predict that this year will be a more typical Canadian winter season in Canada.  Only B.C. expected to see above normal temperatures for the winter.

There is no denying it, the colder weather is here and we are spending more time inside now.

mouse pest control torontoYou guessed it, that means that mice, rats and other rodents are going to want to move into your house.

They may be interested in trying to get into your house during this time but you can take the time to try and keep them out of your house.

Here are some steps you can take as precautions for winter pest control Toronto.

squirrels - Pest Control TorontoThe first step to preventing a rodent pest problem before it starts is to think like they do. Think about what mice, rats, squirrels etc would look for when trying to keep warm.

  1. Check the outside of your home for areas where they could enter or take shelter. Rodents like to build homes or nests in enclosed spaces like bbq’s, storage containers and sheds that are usually in quieter areas around your home.  Try and get these inside if possible or completely sealed.  Rodents also often get in through the dryer vent or around window air conditioners.
  2. Check the exterior of your home for cracks, holes or any gaps in your brick or foundation that may be big enough for a mouse to squeeze into to gain entry into your home. Sealing up these spots with caulk or another sealant goes a long way to preventing the winter pests from ever entering your home.
  3. Remember to keep your grass, bushes and shrubs as short as you can so rodents will have no where to hide from predators or from you.
  4. rat pest control TorontoTry and make sure all your trees and overhanging branches are kept away from the house so rodents cannot use them as bridges to gain entry into your home. Make sure to keep your garbage cans, green bins and recycling as far away from your home as possible.  There will be less to attract the rodents to the perimeter of your house. If you make it difficult for them to get inside, they will likely just leave and move on to a new place to call home rather than having to work too hard to get into your house.
  5. The biggest attraction for rodents to enter your home is an easily accessible food source. It is very important that you find all of the ways a rodent might be able to get at or into food in your house. It is a good idea to store food in thick metal, glass, or plastic containers with a secure lid. Keep in mind that mice, rats, and squirrels can simply chew through cardboard and other flimsy materials if they really want what is inside – Let’s not make it easy for them to get in they might just move on if they can’t get at it easily.
  6. Keep in mind that if at all possible it is important to make sure that all pet food and water bowls are stored overnight, or at the very least kept in a well lit area out in the open.
  7. Clean up your kitchen and eating areas after meals and make sure all spills and messes are cleaned up as soon as possible.

We can’t stop winter but perhaps we can try to keep mice, rats and squirrels from moving into your house for a nice cozy winter. Lets keep up with winter pest control Toronto Precautions!

If any of these winter pests have already moved into your home, please call Citron Hygiene Pest Control Toronto to help get rid your rodent pest control problem.

 

Fall Pest Control Toronto

Fall in Toronto Means More Mice, Rats and Cockroaches

Mice Pest Control Toronto | Rat Pest Control Toronto | Cockroach Pest Control Toronto

A Toronto autumn is a great time of year to take in some of nature’s best scenery. However, with the crisp weather comes an increase in pests in many Toronto homes. Like us, pests such as mice, rats, spiders and cockroaches look for places to take refuge from the upcoming winter months.

At Citron Hygiene Pest Control we encourage all of our customers to properly pest-proof their homes. This can save a lot of money and avoid the inconvenience and damages resulting from a pest infestation.

“When the weather cools, our warm homes are just as enticing to pests as they are to us,” says Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for National Pest Management Association (NPMA). “Yet, pests are unwelcome house guests as they can pose serious health and property threats. In preparation for winter, homeowners should be proactive and vigilant in preventing pests from coming indoors.”

In addition to being a nuisance, pests can cause you and your family serious health issues. Rodents in the city can carry diseases such as Salmonella and Hantavirus.

It only takes a small hole for a mouse to enter your home. It’s important to quickly find and seal all entry and exit points in your home before they make their way inside. Mice will also use the same holes year after year, this can result in rodent problems for years to come.

Mice Pest Control Toronto, Rat Pest Control Toronto, RodentsRodents will also gnaw through wiring, this can dramatically increase the risk of fire in your home. Mice will make nests in your home’s insulation, the average female will produce four-to-seven pups in a litter and will produce eight litters in her lifetime.

Rats and mice have a remarkable ability to survive and adapt to many conditions. They survive by foraging for food, they will inadvertently contaminate your food during this search.

Rats prefer to eat grains or grain products such as cereal or bread. They can fit into a hole that’s as small as a 1/2 inch in size. Rats are excellent climbers, they have the ability to climb pipes on the outside of your home. They also have excellent balance, they can scale brick walls and can even crawl along power or phone lines.

When winter months approach mice will gravitate to their nests. Mice have very limited vision and use their incredible sense of smell to establish routes to food sources. These paths will link their nests to food sources. A mouse nest is usually made of common household materials such as paper, leaves and grass. Typically, a mouse will live in the same nest for the entirety of their life, only a lack of food will convince them to move elsewhere.

Strong sanitation practices are the best way to keep mice away. Be sure to keep your food and pet food away in a sealed container. Good housekeeping will help decrease the amount of mice in your home and may even eliminate the problem entirely.

It’s estimated that a mouse can jump at least 12 inches vertically. This coupled with the amazing climbing ability can make it even more challenging to hide and secure food.

Signs of a rodent problem will usually include gnaw marks on food and droppings near counter tops, drawers and cupboards. Rodents will typically live in close proximity to their human hosts, they will often build nests in wall voids, attics, between floors, under the house, in cabinets, and many other places.

Cockroach Pest Control TorontoCockroaches are also a problem for Toronto-area homeowners. These insects feed on human and animal food and leave a nasty odour in your home. Cockroaches can also spread diseases through their droppings and saliva. Younger children are more at risk at contracting diseases from cockroaches. It’s not uncommon for people to suffer allergic reactions from cockroaches. Asthma can actually be triggered by a cockroach infestation.

These bugs are extremely resilient and keeping your home clean won’t deter them. By the time you find a cockroach in your home it’s likely there are many more waiting. Unfortunately, your home provides the perfect breeding ground for cockroaches. There’s plenty of food, water, warmth and nesting areas. This allows them to be active 365 days a year. It’s estimated that they can survive a month without food and less than two weeks without water.

The following tips should help keep your home pest-free for years to come:

  • Fix any damaged screens in doors.
  • Take a look through your home and seal and cracks or crevices in the exterior of your home. Also, pay attention to openings for pipes and utilities.
  • Ensure that you install door sweeps on every door leading to the outside.
  • Make sure all vents and openings to chimneys are screened.
  • Never leave food out. Purchase air-tight containers and use them to store all food. Also, insure that garbage is stored in air-tight containers as well.
  • Inspect the exterior of your home and fix any loose or weather damaged mortar and weather stripping around windows and your basement foundation.
  • Eliminate any moisture sites from your home. Repair any clogged drains or leaky pipes.
  • If you have a wood stove or fireplace be sure to store your excess firewood at least 20 feet from the house. Also, keep any shrubs well-trimmed.

Sometimes calling a professional exterminator is the best way to remove pests from your home. A good exterminator will remove all pests from your home and will ensure that don’t return anytime soon. It’s also important that all harmful droppings and urine damaged regions are dealt with properly. This will protect the integrity of your home and prevent dangerous health issues.

At Citron Hygiene Pest Control, we take a lot of pride in our work and we strongly believe that we should exceed the expectations of our customers. That’s why we guarantee that we’ll keep your home pest-free for one year after our visit.

Our team of experienced exterminators are eager to help with any extermination need. We work throughout the entire Toronto region to ensure that your pest protection needs are addressed in a permanent and cost effective fashion. Contact us to learn more about how we can aid in your residential or commercial extermination needs.

For more information on our Pest Control Toronto services please contact us at 800.643.6922.

The importance of Fall yard clean-up – Pest control

It may surprise you to learn that a good fall yard waste clean-up around your home is important for pest control.  Removing fallen leaves and plant debris is important for two reasons it allows for proper drainage of basement window wells and removes organic debris which will decay providing a food source for some insects.

Insects such as Sowbugs (commonly called potato bugs) and millipedes consume dead organic debris which is largely from the previous fall season.  Since Sowbugs and Millipedes are a food source for spiders and centipedes these insects are also found as a result of the increased insect activity.

It is possible to do a good fall yard waste clean-up and still encounter a pest problem.  Some pest populations are a result of the environment nearby… such as neighbours.  Do your part and clean yard waste around your home and property, if storing firewood keep it along a fence line away from your home.

Tell your neighbours and family about the benefits of a good fall clean-up.  Integrated pest management includes taking these steps to preventing a pest problem.  If a pest problem does occur trust the professional exterminators at Citron Hygiene Pest Control.

Pest Control Toronto – The Importance Of Fall Yard Clean-Up