Pest Control News Archive

Jan 2021
Bed Bugs May Be Much Older Than You Thought
A study on the family tree of bed bugs has revealed bed bugs may be older than the T.Rex and the Triceratops. That makes them almost 115 years old on this planet. This finding also negates the claim that bats were the first victims of these parasites. This evidence was found by comparing the genetic samples of 34 bed bug species with a fossil preserved in amber that is 100 million years old. No wonder terminating these creatures is so tough. Bed bugs exterminators in Toronto have a lot of work at hand.
Dec 2020
Ottawa Landlords and Tenants Set New Standards for Controlling Pest Problems
30-Dec-2020 – The Ottawa city committee has introduced a new set of standards for both landlords and tenants to maintain rental properties and handling pest issues. The proposed standards seek to address the issues of both groups on either side of the city’s rental divide. Social housing, as well as short-term and long-term properties, would fall under the purview of the new changes. As per the new bylaw, landlords in the city need to conduct preventive inspections, provide necessary instructions to tenants for controlling pest infestations, and create a concrete capital maintenance plan. Since pests are a big problem, a professional service like Pestend in Toronto can prove extremely useful.
Nov 2020
Saskatchewan Residents Grappling with Rodent Problems on Top of the Pandemic
25-Nov-2020 – 2020 seems to be bad for Saskatchewan residents, and it’s not just because of the pandemic. Several companies in this Canadian province report receiving a higher number of calls this year from residents complaining about rodents. While March to July typically tends to be when a higher number of rodent complaints are received, the complaints this year haven’t stopped with July ending. Residents calling to make insurance claims are keeping companies busy in the Queen City. Evidence of the increase in the mice population is also supported by the fact that a large brood of birds feeding on mice was seen during the springtime. While authorities look for ways to get rid of the mice population, they’re also left confused about this abnormal rise as Saskatchewan hadn’t experienced excessive snowfall in the previous winter to warrant such an increase. Mice are problematic and pose health risks for you and your family. To get rid of them effectively, contact the professional exterminators at Pestend in Toronto today.
Oct 2020
Trudeau’s Government Offers Over $68 Million in Fight Against Mountain Pine Beetle
The federal government has decided to spend a massive $68.4 million to fight one of the most invasive beetles in Canada – the mountain pine beetle. This beetle made its first appearance in the country about 15 years ago in B.C., and since then, has killed millions of trees in the province. They have also made their way to Alberta and Saskatchewan, damaging huge acres of forests. According to Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan, the mountain pine beetle has caused massive destruction in Canada, including damaging its forests and economy, while also increasing risk to wildlife. Pests of all kinds are rampant across the country. If your property shows any signs of infestation, make sure to call the professional exterminators at Pestend in Toronto to help you get rid of any kind of pest that is invading your home!
Sep 2020
Look Out For These Common Pests This Fall
As we enter fall, Canadians everywhere need to be on the lookout for several pests that are likely to be found in the homes. While the season ushers in beautiful sceneries and fresh, crisp mornings, the pests it also brings along can cause immense nuisances. This fall, you are likely to see plenty of cluster flies, Asian lady beetles and mice scurrying around in and around your property. Cluster flies may look like common house flies at first glance, but they are bigger and darker in colour. Their presence often attracts other insects, which is why it’s crucial that they don’t invade your home. Asian lady beetles often come in large numbers, and their bite, although not harmful, can easily irritate the skin. They also have an unpleasant odour. You don’t need any warnings about the damage a rat infestation can cause! To protect your property from these pests, call the professional exterminators at Pestend in Toronto.
Aug 2020
Ottawa City Committee Considers New Rules for Handling Pest Problems
In an attempt to improve rental living conditions in the city of Ottawa, a new Rental Housing Property Management bylaw is being considered. This would require building owners or landlords with ten or more units or three or more floors to create a capital maintenance plan. This plan outlines the schedule for the regular inspection and repair of elevators, roofs, plumbing, electrical systems and plumbing. Another important impact of the considered regulations would be the introduction of new standards for pest control. Considering Ottawa’s huge pest problem, this is much needed. This law would require preventive pest inspections to be carried out by the landlords. They would also have to provide clear instructions to the renters on how to treat infestations and how to properly prepare their apartments for pest treatments. Pest issues are the most common rental housing issues, so if you need professional assistance, call Pestend in Toronto for trained and experienced exterminators.
Jul 2020
COVID-19 and the Rising Rat Menace
14-Jul-2020 – The outbreak of COVID-19 has brought wide-spread challenges across all aspects of life. In Toronto, an unexpected silver lining of the lockdown has been in terms of reduction in cockroach and bed bug infestation. However, residents of Toronto are faced with another type of pest menace related to rats. There has been a 20 to 25% increase in calls for rats since the advent of COVID-19 in areas that have never faced rat problems before, including residential areas. According to rodentologists, rats are on the lookout for new food sources as bars and restaurants closed down in lieu of COVID-19. With these closures, there is less garbage on the streets, which has led to rats scrounging for food elsewhere, including homes. If you are facing rodent menace in your home or locality, call Pestend in Toronto for the efficient and safe removal of rats.
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