Consult Pest Control Professionals for Advice
Research online and gather references from family and friends to find reputable pest management companies, then compare their services. If you're a building owner, talk to other property managers in your area. It’s important to get bids from several firms and to find out key details, including the work the service provider guarantees and the length of that guarantee, as well as steps you can take to ensure effective pest prevention on an ongoing basis.
In some cases, you may also be required by law to hire a professional if you plan to apply chemicals such as pesticides. For example, in Ontario, landlords cannot spray for pests in tenant spaces unless they’re a licensed exterminator.
Identify Where Your Pests are Coming From
Take Preventative Measures
Take steps to protect your property from attracting pests:
- Keep sitting water away from the building by installing gutters.
- Replace mulch, which can be a comfortable environment for rodents, with crushed stone.
- Ensure food is kept sealed, and empty garbage cans and larger trash containers frequently.
- Seal all doors and windows properly.
Purchase the Right Pest Control Products
For example, a popular ant killer is a hockey-puck-shaped bait that has boric acid. Ants pick up the pesticide and hand it off to one another, eventually killing the entire colony. You can use this product in place of more traditional spray-application pesticides that can irritate your eyes and lead to skin rashes. Another increasingly popular product is a bedbug eradicator that contains crushed seashells, resulting in a powder that dehydrates the bugs.
Some of the harshest chemicals have been taken off the market in Canada, and they’ve been replaced with a growing number of human- and environmentally-friendly products. Check out our buying guide for environmentally friendly pest control products for more information.
How To Terms
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