Living in the beautiful province of British Columbia, Canada, especially in the moderate and rainy climate of the west coast, comes with its unique set of challenges. One of them is dealing with pests that can wreak havoc on your home or business. In this blog post, we will discuss the top 10 most destructive pests commonly found in BC that require professional pest control. We’ll delve into the damage they cause, what signs to look for, and how Canadian Pest Control can help you deal with these unwelcome guests.

ants

1. Ants

Ants are small but mighty pests that can cause significant damage to your property. They can compromise the structural integrity of your home by burrowing into wood and other materials. Ant infestations are often identified by the presence of worker ants, ant pathways, and the debris they leave behind.

Prevention Tip: Keep your home clean, especially the kitchen and dining areas, as ants are attracted to food and water sources.

Signs of an ant infestation often include visible trails of worker ants, especially in the kitchen and other areas where food is stored. You may also notice small piles of wood shavings, a sign of carpenter ants, which burrow into wood to build their nests.  Need help with an ant issue? View our Ant Control Services

Bald-Faced Hornets

2. Bald-Faced Hornets

Bald-faced hornets are a type of wasp that can become aggressive when their nest is threatened. Their stings are painful and can cause allergic reactions. They build large, paper-like nests in trees, shrubs, on buildings, and other structures.

Prevention Tip: Regularly inspect your property for signs of nests and avoid disturbing them.

If you notice a large, paper-like structure in trees, shrubs, or on your property, you may have a bald-faced hornet infestation. These nests can be quite large, and the hornets will become aggressive if they feel their nest is threatened.  Hornet Control Services

bedbugs

3. Bedbugs

Bedbugs are tiny, nocturnal pests that feed on human blood. They can cause itchy, red bites and lead to sleepless nights. Signs of bedbugs include small, dark spots on bedding, a sweet musty odor, and of course, bites on your skin.

Prevention Tip: Regularly wash and heat-dry your bed linens, blankets, bed skirts, and any clothing that touches the floor.

Signs of a bedbug infestation can include small, dark spots on your bedding (bedbug excrement), shed skin, and a sweet, musty odor. Of course, if you wake up with itchy bites that you didn’t have when you went to bed, that’s a strong indication of bedbugs. Bedbug Control Services.

beetles

4. Beetles

Beetles can cause different types of damage, depending on the species. Some, like the powderpost beetle, damage wood and wooden structures, while others, like the carpet beetle, can damage fabrics, carpets, and stored food.

Prevention Tip: Regularly clean and vacuum your home, especially areas where food is stored.

Beetle infestations can be harder to identify. You might notice small holes in wood or other materials, or you may find adult beetles or their larvae. Some beetles, like carpet beetles, can also damage fabrics.  Beetle Control Services.

5. Birds

While birds are often welcome visitors to our gardens, some species can become pests. Pigeons, starlings, and sparrows, for example, can cause damage to property with their nests, create noise, and spread diseases through their droppings.

Prevention Tip: Install bird deterrents like spikes, nets, or audio devices to prevent them from nesting on your property.

Bird infestations are usually easy to spot. You may notice nests in trees, gutters, or other areas of your property. You might also notice an increase in bird droppings around your property. Bird Control Services

Cockroach

6. Cockroaches

Cockroaches are notorious pests that can spread diseases, trigger allergies, and even cause asthma attacks, especially in children. They are often found in kitchens and bathrooms and can be identified by their droppings, shed skin, and distinctive odor.

Prevention Tip: Keep your home clean, seal cracks and crevices, and promptly fix any water leaks.

Cockroaches often leave behind droppings that look like coffee grounds or black pepper. You might also notice a musty odor or find egg cases, which are small, dark capsules. 

Fleas

7. Fleas

Fleas are tiny pests that feed on the blood of humans and animals. They can cause itchy, red bites and spread diseases. Pets often bring fleas into the home.

Prevention Tip: Regularly treat your pets for fleas and keep your home clean.

If your pets are scratching more than usual, they may have fleas. You might also notice small, black specks on your pet’s fur (flea droppings) or small, white specks (flea eggs).  Link to Flea Control Service.

8. Mice

Mice are small rodents that can cause significant damage to your home or business. They chew through wires, insulation, and even wood, potentially causing fire hazards. Signs of a mouse infestation include droppings, gnaw marks, and a distinctive musty odor.

Prevention Tip: Seal any cracks or holes in your home’s exterior and keep food stored in airtight containers.

Signs of a mouse infestation can include small, pellet-like droppings, gnaw marks on food containers or structures, and a distinctive, musky odor.  Mice Control Service

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9. Rats

Like mice, rats are rodents that can cause extensive damage to your property. They are larger than mice and can be even more destructive. Rats can also spread diseases, contaminate food, and cause structural damage.

Prevention Tip: Keep your property clean, especially the areas where food is stored. Regularly inspect for signs of rats, such as droppings or gnaw marks.

Like mice, rats leave behind droppings and gnaw marks. However, rat droppings are larger and rat gnaw marks can be more extensive. You might also notice a trail where the rats have been running, as they often use the same paths.  Rat Control Service

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10. Wasps

Like mice, rats are rodents that can cause extensive damage to your property. They are larger than mice and can be even more destructive. Rats can also spread diseases, contaminate food, and cause structural damage.

Prevention Tip: Keep your property clean, especially the areas where food is stored. Regularly inspect for signs of rats, such as droppings or gnaw marks.

Like mice, rats leave behind droppings and gnaw marks. However, rat droppings are larger and rat gnaw marks can be more extensive. You might also notice a trail where the rats have been running, as they often use the same paths.  Rat Control Service

Summary

Dealing with pests can be a daunting task, but you don’t have to do it alone. If you’re facing an infestation from any of these common pests in BC, remember to call Canadian Pest Control for assistance. Our team of experienced professionals is here to help you get rid of pests quickly and efficiently, using proven, safe methods. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help get rid of all your pesky problem guests!

Remember, the best pest control is preventive pest control. Keep your home clean, regularly inspect for signs of pests, and don’t hesitate to seek professional help when needed. Stay safe, and keep your home pest-free!

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