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3 Common Household Pests Found in Ontario

October 16, 2015

Household pests are a common problem among Ontario homeowners and tenants. Removing pests can be a difficult process, especially without the right pest control treatment. Below we’ve highlighted a few of the most common pests in Ontario and what you can do to stop infestations before they begin.

It is important to understand how household pests such as ants and bed bugs get into your home, in order to exterminate them quickly and efficiently. The list below is not a complete list of all the household pests in Ontario, but merely a few of most common household pests and that is a good start for homeowners who want to avoid pest invasions.

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1. Pest Control of Ants

Ants are tiny but mighty. There are over 12,000 different types of ants worldwide, and their appearances differ significantly. Generally ants are black or brown and have 6 legs and 2 antennas. Common types of ants in Ontario include: carpenter ants, pavement ants and phoenix ants. For more detailed information about each of these ants, visit antsremoval.com <http://www.antsremoval.com/about-ants/types-of-ants/>.

These household pests do not pose any serious danger to humans. The main one to look out for is carpenter ants, as they can damage the structure of your home. Since carpenter ants like to destroy wood, having them in your home can be of a nuisance.

How to avoid ants:

  • Thoroughly clean any food or beverage spills with water and soap
  • Keep your sink clean, this means no dirty dishes or leftover water in the sink
  • Throw away garbage, and wash out recycle bins frequently
  • Regularly dump the crumbs out of your toaster
  • Contact a pest control company, like Magical Pest, to apply professional ant baits and treatments

2. Pest Control of Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are small and wingless, and known to travel (they’re commonly picked up by vacationers in tropical climates and resorts and brought home.) Check out bedbugremoval.ca for a more information about bed bugs.

You may assume that you can find bed bugs in your bed, unfortunately that’s not always the. They do however; inhabit places near and around your bed as they like to be close to their only food source – humans. They like to hide in tight areas like electrical outlets, upholstery seams and baseboards.

When people become aware that their home has been infested with these household pests, they can become paranoid and sleep deprived. These creepy crawlers only come out at night, making it more difficult for homeowners to spot them. They are also difficult to remove without the help of a pest removal company and professional bed bug treatment.

How to get rid of bed bugs:

  • Inspect second hand furniture for bed bugs before bringing it home, as bed bugs are commonly transferred from one place to another this way
  • When staying at a hotel or resort, inspect the room prior to settling in, you do not want bed bugs to catch a ride back home with you, or ruin your vacation!
  • If you need a bed bug treatment, contact a professional pest exterminator like Magical Pest, as there are very few effective at-home treatment options.

3. Pest Control of Cockroaches

Cockroaches are one of the most common pests found worldwide. They’re found on about every inhabited continent, and come in a large variety of shapes and sizes. In Canada, the most common variant is the German cockroach, which is approximate 1 to 1.5 centimeters long and light to dark brown in colour.

Much like ants, they’re attracted to food and water, so keep your living space clean and crumb-free to keep these pests at bay.

How to get rid of cockroaches:

  • Thoroughly clean any food or beverage spills with water and soap
  • Clean and flush out drains and sinks often, particularly in your basement
  • Throw away garbage, and wash out recycle bins frequently
  • If you have a stubborn cockroach infestation that isn’t going away with household treatments, contact a pest control company, like Magical Pest, to apply professional cockroach treatments

4. Pest Control of Mice and Rats

Rodents are a more common pest during the cooler fall and winter months. When the temperatures start to drop, they take shelter from the frigid temperatures in homes and garages. If there’s trash or food sources available, all the better.

As summer bleeds into fall, keep an eye out for these household pests, and make sure you’re not leaving out food or water that might entice them to make your home into their home.

How to get rid of cockroaches:

  • Seal off any cracks or holes in your foundation, or the weather-stripping on your doors and windows
  • Make sure you don’t have food or crumbs left out in your home
  • Throw away garbage, and wash out recycle bins frequently
  • If you spot signs of a rodent infestation, contact a pest control company, like Magical Pest, to apply professional pest control treatments and eliminate the problem before it gets out of hand.

Household pests are an unwelcome problem in home. Some are more difficult to get rid of than others, but no one wants to deal with these little stowaways. Learn more about professional pest control treatments that eliminate each of the pests above. Call Magical Pest Control at (905) 738-6676 and speak to a professional pest exterminator.

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