Southern Ontario Pest Control
Burlington Pest Control specializes in the extermination of all of southern Ontario’s most prominent pests, and rodents. Our services cover many pests including, and not limited to, rats & mice, cockroaches, ants, bedbugs, and fleas.
brown rat, common rat, Norway rat, sewer rat, Rattus norvegicus
The Norway rat is the largest commensal rodent found in Ontario. Head and body are 7 to 10 inches long and the tail is an additional 8 inches. Droppings are up to 3/4 of an inch. Rats are nocturnal and shy by nature. Adults are sexually mature in 2 to 5 months and females produce 3 to 6 litters per year. Adults usually live up to a year.
german cockroach, Blattella germanica
In our area we deal mainly with three types of roaches. They are Oriental, German and the Brown Banded cockroach (pictured below). All of these are nocturnal type insects that prefer dark places. Roaches can come into your home in many different ways such as in boxes, groceries, used clothing and appliances.
If the infestation is bad we will use insecticides and a fogging machine for total control but in most cases we are using a paste called Max Force which the roaches ingest to kill them. The Max Force is very safe and the home owner does not have to go through the trouble of cleaning out all of their food and dishes as they would for a spray treatment.
The paste will continue to work in most situations for up to a year. It is widely used now in most food establishments and hospitals because it is so safe.
Earwigs are an outdoor insect which become a major problem once they move indoors. They usually invade in the late summer and early fall, generally at night. They have a different physical appearance with two pincers protruding from their rear. They are considered pests because of their appearance and foul odor when crushed. Treating inside and fully outdoors is the only way to control earwigs.
These are pesky little creatures that come out of your pet food, rice, cookies, flour, etc. There are many different species we deal with but mainly they all feed on stored products you bring home from your local food stores who brought it in from their manufacturer. The larvae stage generally feed on the same food as the adults.
Meal Moths (Indian meal moths the most common) also fall into this category, except most of the damage to food is done by the larvae. The adults however, are generally what you would see when they fly after the larvae/pupae stage. For proper control, all open food unfortunately must be discarded, cupboards cleaned out and washed and then properly treated with an insecticide.
house mouse, Mus domesticus
The House Mouse is the most common commensal rodent. It is gray and weighs up to an ounce. Body is 3 to 4 inches long with the tail an additional 4 inches. The female reaches sexual maturity in 35 days and produces an average of 8 litters per year with an average of 6 young baby mice. Thus, with 35 weaned mice per adult female, populations build rapidly.
common black ant, garden ant, Lasius niger
There are many different species of ants in our area but the one that can do the most damage to the homeowner is the Carpenter Ant. They are the largest ants found in the United States and Canada. If left untreated, they can do major damage to the home’s structure over a period of time. They are social insects and generally nest in wood.
They prefer to excavate wood damaged by fungus and are found in conjunction with moisture problems. Unlike a termite, they do not eat the wood they excavate. Carpenter Ant control can be very difficult and thus requires an integrated approach for full elimination. This may involve drilling holes to get at the nests or removing light switches and plugs.
We use a micro injector system which allows us to fully treat wall voids without removing the walls. This machine injects an insecticide (Pyrethrum) in a gas form that can easily spread into hard-to-reach voids where the ants nest. We also do a thorough inspection to determine where all nests are. Our service gives you complete protection inside and out.
Camponotus modoc, Camponotus vicinus
Carpenter ants are tenacious insects which left untreated can do thousands of dollars in damage behind the walls, completely undetected by the homeowner. Carpenter ants usually establish nests in a number of locations throughout a home. The parent colony consists of a queen, its brood and over 2000 worker ants. They then have satellite colonies in different areas with workers but no queen. She will never leave the main nest.
These ants are nocturnal by nature so you could have thousands of ants in the walls yet only see 4 or 5 at a time. To have an effective treatment you must kill the queen ant. Most Pest Companies only do a baseboard treatment and place some dust near a wall plug but that will never reach the nest.
Our service treats the entire home from top to bottom with an odorless insecticide. We concentrate on the foundation where they enter the home, the water pipes where they must go for water as well as the attic where 80% of the nests occur. If you do not treat these areas you are just masking the problem. We use the safest products available. We do free estimates and have a written guarantee for one full year.
cat flea, Ctenocephalides felis felis
Fleas are generally 1/8 of an inch long, wingless, laterally flattened and have piercing sucking mouth parts. Fleas undergo a complete metamorphosis and after each blood meal lay 4 to 8 eggs at a time. The female can lay 4 to 8 hundred in her lifetime. Eggs hatch in about 10 days. Adult fleas feed on blood within two days of becoming an adult.
Effective treatment requires 3 major steps: sanitation, insecticide application and animal flea control with bathing or Advantage from your Vet. The entire location must be treated to get complete control including furniture, beds, carpets and baseboards. We deal with flea problems 12 months of the year.
common bedbug, cimex lectularius
Bedbugs were virtually wiped out over 50 years ago due to aggressive pesticides like DDT. However in the past few years they are becoming a major problem again in all of North America including the entire GTA area according to the National Pest Control Association. Adult bedbugs are ¼ inch long and feed on blood. They mainly come out at night and they are translucent until they fill themselves up with blood.
Hatchlings are so small they can pass through a stitch hole in a mattress. Even adults with their flat bodies, can slip into tiny cracks in any furniture in your home.
They are almost impossible for the homeowner to treat. Pesticides available in hardware stores will not work and they also have to be approved to spray on mattresses. Our technicians treat all mattresses in the home, all dressers and drawers as well as baseboards. Chairs and furniture must be treated as well. We use only MOE approved water based odorless insecticides that are registered for this procedure. As well we use the latest Micro Injector technology that actually injects a fine mist into the mattress and furniture where the insects live and breed. With our system you will not have to throw out your mattress or furniture and our service is fully guaranteed in writing. Please call our office for more information.
The Hantavirus is a disease in mice that was first detected in the American South-West in the late 1980’s and eventually found its way into Canada and Ontario. The Deer Mouse is the principal carrier of this disease thus far and it is transmitted by inhalation of particulate matter found in feces and urine droppings. Disease mortality in humans is approximately 60%. If you have Deer Mice you should be very careful when cleaning up droppings. (Deer Mice are brown on top and white underneath)
Raccoons and squirrels have become a major problem in the last few years in urban centres. I believe this is due to the massive building boom and warmer winters we have been experiencing. As soon as they enter your premise they become a major concern to you. Raccoons and squirrels both have the ability to do a lot of structural damage in a home.
Raccoons tend to go inside more to nest when having babies and squirrels seem to inhabit for the same reason but generally do not want to leave once they have arrived. Our service consists of humanely trapping the animals live and removing them at least 5 miles to a wildlife area. We always try to trap families together and release them the same way.
Why so many rodents?
With the population growth in Southern Ontario in the last few years and the addition of many new highways, mice are quickly losing their natural habitat. This in turn, drives them indoors looking for shelter as they prefer dark nesting spots. As well, a big factor is the constant use of outdated and over-the-counter rodenticides used by the homeowners. The relative toxicity is very low and over time the rodents build up immunities to them.
As professional technicians, we are licensed to use different formulations that are much more effective for long term control. We use anti-coagulants, which are blood thinners added to a very palatable meal bait that reduces the clotting ability in rodents, thus eliminating any odor problems as well.