Mice are among the most damaging and persistent pests that confront homeowners in Markham, Richmond Hill, and Vaughan.
What makes mice a particularly dangerous pest is their breeding patterns. Mice are mammals and reproduce by giving birth in a way similar to other mammals. However, a crucial difference is that mice grow very quickly.
The young mice are born after a three-week gestation period and become adults within a few weeks. A female mouse reaches sexual maturity in mere five weeks. One female mouse can give birth to over fifty mice in the course of several months. Once we do the math, it is not hard to guess how mice can grow inside our homes. it is theoretically possible for a single mouse that lands in your house to produce a colony consisting of around thousand mice in six to eight months.
Of course, what will determine the growth rate of a mouse population inside your home is not just the birth rate but a closely related factor - the availability of a consistent and abundant food supply. Of course, the latter depends on the cleanliness of a house. If a home is reasonably clean, mice are unlikely to grow past a certain level. That certain level, nontheless, can include hundreds of mice.
So, what do homeowners in Markham, Richmond Hill, or Vaughan need to do to avoid the exponential growth of mice in their homes?
Different breeds of mice and rats such as deer mice, field mice, roof rats and sewer rats can invade and pillage our living spaces when they are hungry. Exposed food leftovers invite rodents to a property and damages and defects along the exterior perimeter of a house provide them with an easy access into the building. Once mice enter through the exterior walls, they present a serious challenge to the homeowners.
In the fight against mice and rats, Integrated Pest Management protocols centre on two important physical interventions besides the use of chemical extermination methods. A successful control plan in response to a medium and medium-high mouse or rat infestation will require that these three components work in tandem.
First of all, all foodstuffs should be kept in closed containers inaccessible to mice. Garbage containers should be sealed and mouse-proof. Food leftovers have to be cleaned regularly. Leaving organic waste accessible to mice will help mice unleash their full breeding and growth potential. Since messy environments are seen as the ideal living space for mice, you should try to keep your belongings and cabinets organized. Household clutter often provides a welcoming habitat for mice and rats.
Regular maintenance of exterior walls, doors, windows, and other building components forming the exterior of your house is at least as important as keeping the interior clean and organized. Rodent-proof construction materials have to be used when fixing the damaged parts of the building exterior that you suspect may act as rodent entry points.
Inside the house, check for possible areas such as the basement, garage, kitchen, attic by frequently checking for mouse signs such as mouse droppings, rat urine, rat noise.
Cats, the natural enemies of mice, are an excellent tool to keep mice out of your home. Therefore, adopting a cat will be very helpful in keeping mice out of the house.
If you suspect a mouse or rat has entered your house, you can invite a professional and licensed exterminator who has access to among other things to professional rodenticides that offer tens of times greater potency compared to over-the-counter options. A trained and licensed exterminator will combine physical and chemical control methods to solve your mouse or rat problem in Vaughan, Richmond Hill, or Markham as quickly and safely as possible.
TSR Pest Control offers cockroach extermination services in the City of Brampton. Our expert exterminators will quickly and efficiently eliminate cockroaches in your house, apartment, or place of business. Our staff have more than thirty years of experience in exterminating cockroaches. TSR offers safe cockroach extermination by using the most advanced technologies and certified pesticides. We promise to overcome your pest problems quickly and efficiently.
Why you should hire a professional cockroach exterminator?
Cockroaches are some of the most difficult pests to exterminate. They are very persistent and have evolved high levels of biological resistance to the most commonly used insecticides. You should never ignore a cockroach problem only because you see cockroaches only occasionally. It is easy to forget that visible insects are one-tenth of the actual number of cockroaches in a room. Moreover, the most common remedies for poisoning cockroaches - sprays, aerosols, traps - have only a temporary effect on the insect. These insecticides destroy only some of the cockroaches but do not significantly affect the places where the insects harbour and grow. Also, cockroaches adapt very well to the various commonly used poisons. Unless a professional exterminator tackles the infestation, the pests will almost certainly return with a vengeance within a few short weeks. The re-infestation of cockroaches will be much more difficult to contain.
TSR's expert pest control technicians will address your cockroach problem using the pest control industry's most advanced equipment and products. By hiring our professional cockroach exterminators you ensure that a pest management professional treats all the locations where cockroaches are likely to nest and prevent their re-emergence and reproduction. In recent years, we have introduced new insecticides and treatment technologies for exterminating cockroaches, which has resulted in increased treatment efficiency and safety.
Why are cockroaches dangerous?
Cockroaches disgust people due to their appearance and unpleasant odour and because of their unsanitary living conditions. Their presence causes serious sanitary problems for building occupants. Cockroaches carry many human diseases, so cockroach extermination is a matter of public health. They are known as vectors of fungi, viruses, and many types of bacteria that cause serious diseases in humans and pets. Moreover, some people can have severe allergic reactions to cockroaches. Cockroaches can contaminate food with their feces. They also play an important role in the transmission of bacterial and viral diseases (diarrhea, cholera, tuberculosis, etc.) and parasites.
Occupants of a building in which cockroach infestation exists can detect the insect mainly at night when they suddenly turn on the light. The insect is more commonly found on the floor, around the baseboards and in the places where the floor joins with parts of the walls, close to the wall corners, as well as near pipes and sinks in bathrooms and kitchens.
Toronto, Canada's largest city, is particularly affected by the invasion of raccoons. Indeed, this widespread critter tends to steal anything that suits its omnivorous diet and can sometimes be aggressive towards pets and humans. Toronto residents often find out the hard way how smart and annoying raccoons can be.
Hailing from North America, the raccoon (Procyon lotor) is an invasive species that has established itself in different parts of the world. But Toronto remains the world's raccoon capital. Raccoons are among the largest wild animals that live in Toronto. A male raccoon can weigh up to 28 kilograms.
Due to its large population and the long list of diseases in which it can participate, the animal presents a health risk that Toronto residents need to be aware of.
The success of the expansion of this small opportunistic carnivore is due to its great capacity for adaptation in various environments, high reproductive potential, the absence of natural predators, and its omnivorous feeding habits.
To successfully remove a wild animal from a residential or commercial property, it is necessary to possess a nuanced body of knowledge, skills, and experience.
The guest that nobody would want to have at home
Among the diseases with a risk of transmission by raccoons are Baylisascariasis, Ascariasis, Rabies, Salmonellosis and Leptospirosis.
Baylisascariasis is caused by Baylisascaris procyonis, a nematode known as a roundworm or cylindrical worm, due to the shape of its body. It is a disease that is expanding in different parts of the world. The female produces millions of eggs and infects chickens, turkeys, partridges, guinea pigs, rodents, rabbits, hares, etc. The raccoon is the definitive host. The disease, which can affect other animals and humans, is acquired through the ingestion of eggs deposited in contaminated water, food or soil. The larvae can travel to different organs, but above all, it can cause very severe eye and neurological injuries. The response to treatment is quite limited, usually leaving significant sequelae and resulting in many fatal cases. In the US, between 68% and 82% of these mammals have this parasite.
Ascariasis is caused by the Ascaris lumbricoides parasite (known as the intestinal worm) that most frequently affects children. Females can measure up to 35 cm and males about 25 cm. The contagion occurs by putting the eggs into the mouth from one's contaminated hands. Fruits and vegetables, contaminated when they have not been washed properly, can also be sources of contagion. Infected raccoons can spread parasite eggs in their habitat through fecal droppings.
There is also a risk of rabies transmission through raccoon bites. Rabies is a lethal infectious disease that causes inflammation of the brain and is accompanied by hydrophobia, fever, and hallucinations. Most of the time, people become infected with rabies from the bites of sick animals, such as stray dogs, cats, and other wild animals. In North America, rabies is distributed by foxes, skunks, bats, and raccoons. Among these animals, humans most commonly come into contact with raccoons.
Moreover, raccoons can be living carriers of the disease for a long time. That is why people are advised to beware of aggressively acting animals and when they discover strange behaviour, immediately contact the municipal authorities and wildlife control professionals.
Symptoms of the disease are slightly different in animals and humans. Especially with regard to the behavioural effects. While in people, it is characterized by paralyzing the person and placing them in states of anxiety and depression, in animals it is characterized by manifestations of aggression.
In some environments, it is estimated that up to 5% of Salmonellosis can be transmitted by pets. Salmonellosis is produced by a bacterium, which, being present in raccoon feces, can be acquired through contaminated hands, food or water. The disease in its milder forms involves diarrhea, fever, vomiting, general malaise.
The causal agent of leptospirosis is a bacterium that infected raccoons excrete, particularly through urine. The clinical picture in most cases presents with fever, headache, muscle, joint and bone pain. Some cases evolve into severe forms with liver and kidney damage, hemorrhagic manifestations, and involvement of the meninges.
The restriction of economic activities and movement due to the coronavirus appears to have had positive effects on the environment. What is really happening is that by reducing human mobility, the pressure on wildlife is eased. Wildlife becomes more visible, but this does not necessarily mean an increase in their numbers.
Animals themselves pose no threat. However, it is important to maintain some distance between ourselves and the wildlife. We also have to maintain a distance between our pets and urban wildlife.
It is a well-known fact that the contact between wild and domestic animals is one of the most significant causes of the epidemic disease spillover.
The raccoon is certainly not a suitable animal for pets. As a young, they are friendly, while as an adult they become very aggressive. In short, you don't want to share your house with a raccoon.
Some Torontonians think that they can solve their raccoon problems easily by buying traps from their local home improvement store. However, be aware that dislodging a raccoon is not easy, and can be very dangerous. You should call a pest management company when dealing with a large wild animal such as a raccoon. See our tips for choosing the right exterminator.
Toronto's raccoons damage tens of thousands of buildings in the city every year. Roofs are at a particularly high risk of being damaged by critters. Raccoons can get into attics, damage insulation and soil the premises.
If your Toronto home's roof is damaged by a raccoon or you suspect raccoon damage, the following tip sheet is meant to offer you some guidance on roof repairs and animal-proofing work that TSR Wildlife Removal can offer.
Familiarize yourself with raccoons and the kinds of roof and building damage they can cause. Learn to recognize the first signs of a problem and take steps to strengthen your roof. These roof maintenance tips can help strengthen your roof and prevent costly damage by making it more difficult for raccoons to damage your roof.
Every day, your roof is put to the test. Sunlight can cause shingles to bend and crack, and an overheated attic can cause them to age faster. To keep airflow in your attic, install baffles to prevent insulation from blocking soffit vents. Rain and hail can also cause damage to shingles, and winds can rip them off and even blow up the underlying roofing. Over time, even a small roof leak can lead to costly repairs. All of these make your roof more vulnerable to animal intrusions. You can stop the damage before it starts by learning how to recognize the first signs of a problem and take steps to reinforce your roof. Call TSR Wildlife Removal for a detailed roof inspection to detect and identify potential or existing wildlife intrusions.
Inspect for missing, bent, hollowed out, broken, or cracked shingles. Check the gaskets for damaged or deteriorated materials.
Look for an excessive granular loss by looking down the gutters and vents. Manufacturers coat asphalt mix shingles with granules to block the sun's ultraviolet rays, but natural ageing will cause the granules to erode and expose the asphalt. Pellet loss begins during installation and occurs daily. Although this is expected to happen, an excessive loss may indicate a problem.
Keep the roof, joints, gutters, and downpipes free of leaves, branches, and other debris to allow for proper drainage. Water should not collect on low-slope roofs. This can be an indication of inadequate drainage.
Inside your home, you will need to have your attic inspected for potential animal damage. Among the most likely areas that animals will damage to get access to your building are around the chimney, vents, skylights, and gaskets.
Make sure soffit, ridge, gable, and roof vents are not damaged by animals. A loose or weak soffit and ageing vent cover are very easy for raccoons to damage. Contact TSR for a detailed building inspection to identify your Toronto home's vulnerable points that are likely to turn into a raccoon access point.
Even if they are pretty and we would like to pet them, raccoons will most probably turn your Toronto garden into a mess and take over your waste. Besides, since they are wild animals, they can get quite aggressive and harass your dogs and other pets. How do you prevent them from spending all of their time around your house?
Raccoons are destructive and can ruin your trash cans. You have to be creative and smart about preventing them from settling in your yard. The following tips will encourage raccoons to live elsewhere.
First of all, you should remove their food sources. Raccoons will eat almost anything that they can handle with their tiny paws. Raccoons love digging through trash left unattended overnight. You should try to animal-proof your trashcan as much as possible. Also, try to wash the garbage cans and bins regularly. Use bleach and soapy water to make sure your garbage is stored inside a container as clean as possible. Raccoons will not be attracted to the container if the surface does not contain small particles of food.
Did you know that raccoons like some other wild animals like swimming in bodies of water at night? They can go into swimming pools or even small paddling pools that are left on the ground overnight. So, if possible, you should avoid keeping a body of water accessible to raccoons. One customer of ours recently had her fish stolen from the fish pond by raccoons. Raccoons would come every night and take some of the fish from the pond.
Bird feeders and pet food can attract critters into your garden. Store these containers indoors overnight to make your Toronto garden less attractive to the nocturnal wildlife. Generally, raccoons are scouting for food and new nesting places at night.
Similar to skunks, raccoons can damage the lawn when looking for grubs to eat.
Give their nocturnal lifestyle, other deterrents that could work are motion-sensing reflectors or flashing lights. Indeed, raccoons do not like ammonia, cayenne pepper, and loud places. But such irritants are not strong enough to discourage raccoons from settling in your garden. Raccoons are quite lazy animals and will most likely not depart once they have chosen your garden or home as their residence.
The best and most effective thing to do when dealing with a raccoon nuisance is to call a professional for help. Raccoons are difficult and dangerous pests to deal with. A professional wildlife control company such as TSR Pest Control & Wildlife Removal has experienced and trained technicians who work near you. We will respond to your raccoon problems immediately and will deliver quick results within the shortest possible timeframe. Raccoons are intelligent animals and very easily adapt to any situation. Usually, it takes the experience of an expert wildlife removal company to overcome your raccoon challenge.
Much of the wildlife control work should be about prevention. A wildlife control professional will need to spend some time educating clients not to disturb wildlife. It is in the best interest of both residents and the wildlife for the public to carry out the necessary preventive work and mitigate the contact between humans and animals. Prevention is oftentimes the most effective method of animal control.
Structural pest control is aimed at combating pests that are inside or near a building. The pest control professional who targets building pests must be able to identify this type of pest and know its biological cycle, its habitat and the damage it can cause. This knowledge enables the pest control professional to determine a method of prevention and control and when it includes the use of control strategies, the pest management professional must ensure that they are used safely and effectively. When responding to nuisance wildlife, tolerance may be the best solution if the damage is minimal. Also, the unwelcome animal may only be passing through. A pest management professional will be able to guide homeowners and businesses on the proper levels of intervention and control needed to effectively respond to a pest problem.
When responding to a raccoon invasion in Toronto, Ontario, it is important to consult with an expert pest management professional. Plugging the hole is never going to be an adequate fix to the problem. Raccoons will tear the area apart to re-access their nest or to locate their cubs. The most effective method is to exclude all the raccoons together and seal the entire building to prevent raccoons from re-entering it. Contact TSR to discuss your options. We are one of Toronto's most trusted and professional raccoon removal companies.
Although raccoons are small, their strength should not be underestimated. They are among the smartest animals. At one point, the city of Toronto was suggesting that its residents should freeze disposable foods before putting them on the curbside for pickup by the waste management service. That may be a little extreme, but it shows how helpless some homeowners can feel when raccoons start frequenting their properties.
Most commonly made mistakes when encountering a raccoon problem.
The worst of all these mistakes is to try to harm a raccoon. Ontario's laws protect raccoons against cruel treatment and it is illegal to attempt to kill wildlife. In recent years, many Toronto residents were prosecuted for harming raccoons. For example, a resident of Bloor West in Toronto was arrested and charged with animal cruelty for hitting with a shovel a family of raccoons in his backyard. One of his neighbours witnessed the assault and called the police. There have also been numerous other instances of Toronto residents facing legal challenges because of cruelty against raccoons.
Raccoons are harder to remove once they have given birth to their cubs. In these circumstances, only the most experienced wildlife removal technicians can perform the work. Young raccoons are very difficult to extract from their hiding places and require extreme care if they are abandoned by their mother. A wildlife control technician needs to work diligently over many hours to ensure that a particular raccoon family does not end up separated. In all cases, an inspection by our wildlife removal technicians will determine the most effective path for a large raccoon family to be removed out of their den. You can learn more about the removal process by watching our numerous YouTube videos.
A particularly difficult case of raccoon removal is excluding animals from a chimney of a fireplace. You should never light a fire or throw anything, inside the duct. An adult raccoon can easily climb out of a chimney, but its cubs will not be able to leave. Also, bear in mind that, the dead animal removal will cost much more than the removal of alive raccoons.
More facts about raccoons that may help you understand how the animal behaves.
The English name raccoon derives from the Indian term arakun
which means to scratch with one's hands. Raccoons have a well-developed hand function, which allows the animal to easily climb trees and feed itself. For example, raccoons can spot and capture crayfish, insects and earthworms with their fingers.
The raccoon is a mainly nocturnal and crepuscular animal. It lives alone and only meets its congeners during the mating season. The gestation period lasts about sixty days, and raccoons give birth in March through May. The size of their litters, subject to large variations depending on the climate and food supply among other factors varies from two to eight cubs. Raccoons are solitary animals but females live in large groups that include their juvenile cubs.
Raccoons have adapted particularly well to agricultural areas where their populations are reaching record highs. In some parts of North America, the density of raccoons exceeds 200 raccoons per square kilometre. The size of a raccoon's territory is determined by the presence of three factors essential to its survival: water, food and adequate areas to establish a roost.
Raccoons are predators for some wildlife species. They love eating eggs and for that reason often end up destroying bird and turtle nests. Raccoons also occasionally consume young birds and turtles. Their damage to bird populations has been considerable in North America.
Raccoons also have an impact on populations of insects reptiles and amphibians.
In recent years, new cases of rabies raccoon have been detected in three Canadian provinces: Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick. Public health units across Canada continue active surveillance and control activities to combat raccoon rabies. The threat of introducing raccoon rabies remains very real since animal movements, whether natural or not, contribute to the spread of diseases such as rabies. Control and surveillance activities usually involve vaccine-containing bait spreading campaigns and the testing of the roadkill. Vaccine-containing bait applications are usually carried out by plane and by hand. These operations make it possible to immunize raccoons against rabies and thus prevent a possible rabies outbreak in Canada.
Despite these efforts, Toronto residents should adopt safe behaviours with regard to wildlife and report any wild animal that appears to have rabies. This kind of cooperation on the part of the public will make a significant contribution to the safety of our city.
Vigilance and caution are required throughout the year. Rabies is a fatal and incurable disease in humans. When the first symptoms appear, it is already too late. However, the disease can be prevented by getting vaccinated soon after exposure to the virus. Whether vaccinated or not, one should never approach an unknown animal, wild or domestic, even if it looks harmless.
If there is a bite, scratch or any other type of contact with an animal's saliva, clean the wound, even if it appears minor. Wash the area of the body where contact happened with soap and water for 10 minutes and immediately contact the Public Health agency of your municipality. You should also get your pet animals vaccinated against rabies through your veterinarian. You should contact a veterinarian immediately in the event that contact takes place between your pet and a wild animal likely to transmit rabies. At all times, report dead raccoons to the local wildlife control agencies and get professional advice.
How can you tell if raccoons have made dens for themselves in your attic, porch, barn, or shed? There are some obvious signs, like paw prints on the ceiling, torn shingles and fingerprints. Your local wildlife control specialists at TSR Pest Control can take care of your raccoon problem so that you can continue to enjoy a pest-free home.
How to prevent squirrels from living inside your attic? Same day pest control and wildlife removal in Brampton, Ontario.
Brampton is one of the fastest-growing cities in Canada. Today, the city's population exceeds 600,000. Brampton, like many Canadian cities, has a large number of squirrels living in its green spaces as well as the homes of its residents.
How can Brampton residents keep squirrels away from their homes?
Squirrels enter homes through holes chewed in roof edges, roof vents, building exteriors, around doors and windows, as well as through plumbing and ventilation outlets. Squirrels cause extensive damage inside houses, chewing electrical wiring as well as wood framing. Occasionally, they will tear through the drywall and enter the living spaces of a home.
Squirrel populations are fast-growing in the Greater Toronto Area primarily because of the rodent's ability to give birth twice a year. Unlike many other larger pests such as raccoons and skunks, squirrels have babies two times a year, in the spring and summer months. During each of these baby seasons, female squirrels, on average, give birth to four kits.
Regular roof maintenance and inspection are among the most effective strategies homeowners can take against squirrels. It is essential to maintain roofs in good condition, especially to avoid the formation of cracks and holes. One of the most common consequences of roof damage is water leakage into the house. There are many reasons that can cause deterioration or damage to a roof, generating serious problems in buildings and even affecting the health of the people who live or remain there. Damaged roofs also frequently provide access to buildings to various animals including squirrels. We recommend that you get your roof inspected at least once a year to identify problems before animals manage to gain access.
Squirrel-proofing is another highly effective squirrel prevention technique. Seal all entrances such as gaps around vents, roof edges, doors, and windows with sheet metal, concrete or other similar products. Make sure chimneys and fan openings are properly covered. Windows and doors should be screened tightly. Place tightly fitting seals under all exterior doors. Hiring a professional animal removal firm is the best way of squirrel-proofing your home in Brampton, Ontario.
Squirrels that enter structures have to be quickly and humanely removed. TSR will use a variety of exclusion and removal methods to take out the existing squirrel population in your Brampton home. We can use exclusion systems that solve your problem as quickly as within a few hours.
Squirrels love frequenting properties with large trees. However, they also live in areas where there are few trees. So cutting and trimming trees is not a good solution.
There is no easy solution when it comes to having a squirrel free structure. Unfortunately, squirrel repellents are not as effective as advertisers claim.
Squirrels dig burrows that are capable of causing enormous amounts of damage to your property. They can loosen the foundation of your property and shake different structures, causing a potential health risk to you and your entire family. There is nothing that keeps many of those heavy rodents away than a well-groomed patio. If you want to prevent them from causing actual structural damage to the home, make sure you are vigilant enough about your property.
TSR Pest & Wildlife Control encourages our fellow Bramptonians to choose animal removal techniques that are humane and ecologically responsible. We promise to remove your animals in the most effective and environment-conscience way and at the most affordable rates.
How to enjoy a mouse and rat-free winter in Toronto? Pest control tips for rodent-free living in Toronto.
As temperatures begin to cool down, rodents start their search for a warm place to survive the biting cold of Canadian cities. Toronto residents need to take precautions to keep the mice and rats out of their homes. The job, however, involves a year-round effort.
First of all, backyards need to be kept clean and tidy. Junk and excessive vegetation can invite rodents from far away and will offer them an opportunity to thrive in your yard and around your home.
In the Fall, make sure to rake the lawn regularly and remove any dead vegetation from the ground. Make sure to get rid of the junk. Especially refrain from storing junk close to the house. Tires, unused patio furniture, and large TV and appliance boxes can provide a suitable home not only to mice and rats but also a comfortable summer nest to raccoons, skunks, and other urban wildlife. Keeping the surrounding of a house clean does not only improve the aesthetics of the building but also brings you one big step closer to enjoying a rodent-free home.
Another significant step towards a rodent-free living is to have a licensed and certified pest control company install professional rodent bait stations around the exterior perimeter of the house. These bait stations will exterminate the rats and mice before they can make their way into your home by chewing and breaking through the exterior walls.
Mice and rats often gain access by targeting the preexisting holes and enlarging the ones that are slightly small for them to fit. They will often target the vulnerable parts of the exterior walls, such as those made of plastic and wood. Doors, windows, vent covers and vinyl sidings are the most common potential entry points around a house. Some large masonry weep-holes also provide ample space for the smaller rodents to get in. Homeowners will need to hire a professional rodent exterminator to identify the weak spots around the house and carry out the necessary rodent-proofing work.
Also, it is crucial to reduce the rodents' food supply inside and outside the building. Outside the building, homeowners should prevent the rodents from entering into the garbage bins. Another common mistake is leaving food in the backyard overnight. The leftovers from a late-night barbeque will invite critters into the yard and leave them lingering around for many weeks. Inside the house, the most important things are keeping the kitchen clean and food stored in rodent-proof plastic containers. Leaving dirty dishes in the sink overnight will provide the smaller rodents with an ample food supply. It will be much easier to keep mice out of a house or prevent an infestation from getting out of control if homes are kept clean and organized.
What about the mice that are already inside the house? Mice are among the fastest-growing pests. Snap traps and glue boards will often prove inefficient and slow when trying to control mice. Customers will need regulated rodenticides that only licensed exterminators can carry. The key is to hire an exterminator who has access to the industry's best rodenticides. An experienced exterminator should know how to choose and apply the most effective products by carefully studying rodent activity and site-specific factors. One of the most common mistakes made by inexperienced and poorly-equipped pest control operators is choosing the wrong rodenticide.
TSR Pest and Wildlife Control specializes in rodent control and rodent-proofing services and offers free estimates to residents of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Areas. Please call us at 416-268-3408 or use our online quote tool.
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Why new homeowners and homebuyers should get a thorough pest inspection before they purchase or move into a house?
Should you do a pest inspection before you purchase or move into a new house?
For most Canadians, home is our most important asset. Protecting your home from pests is an important part of home ownership. Recurring or large scale pest problems could have some serious underlying causes. Consumers are facing different kinds of risk depending on the age and type of the structure that they are purchasing. A professional pest control inspection could alert the buyer to issues that do not always stand out in a buyer's home inspection.
For example, recurring rat problems in old or newly-constructed homes could be a sign of an over-time degradation of building materials or a sizeable construction defect. A persistent cockroach infestation in a condo unit or an attached/linked house could point to a poor exterminator performance or the presence of a neighbour who is not properly maintaining their dwelling. A variety of insects and rodents end up finding access to, or settling in, particular homes because of structural damage, water leaks, deteriorating exterior walls, etc.
These problems are not always visible on the surface may slip through the cracks in a routine buyer's home inspection. Such problems may also be hard to detect because of the changing habits of a home's existing owners. Pests could be temporarily receding or becoming less active as a result of a pest control intervention, renovations, or the simple fact that their food sources have altered as dwelling units have been deep cleaned or left vacant for a prolonged period. The above factors may end up making persistent pest problems less likely to be noticed by home inspectors or potential buyers.
A professional pest inspector will know where to look for the signs of persistent pest problems. They will also have access to a proper detection technology.
An experienced exterminator will be able to alert prospective buyers or new homeowners to many such issues. As a result, homeowners will be able to take proactive and comprehensive remedial action which ensures consumers can enjoy a pest-free environment in the long term.
Many wild animals enter into attics because they are dark and relatively warm. Attics provide heat and safety - two out of the three things that wild animals need to survive (the other being nutrition). Moreover, most residential buildings are located near nutrition sources such as garbage bins for households and restaurants as well as ravines with creeks. So animals that den in an attic space have access to all three things that they need to survive.
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TSR offers professional skunk removal services and skunk-proofing services across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Areas. We remove skunk families from structures and take preventive action.
Could the COVID-19 pandemic have a big long-term impact on human-wildlife encounters in Ontario?
In a recent report, Global News asked several experts what immediate and long-term effects the self-isolation requirements would have on urban wildlife.
The report probes whether "With the sudden decline in human and vehicle traffic on sidewalks and roads, Canadians [will] start to see more wildlife in their towns and cities?" It goes on to point out that "Experts say it’s possible."
The self-isolation requirements, experts point out, are likely to have different effects on the species that are accustomed to living in close proximity to humans (e.g., raccoons, skunks, squirrels, etc.) and those that tend to avoid "humanized landscapes." The major effect on the wildlife that tend to avoid populated areas could be that as cities and towns begin to appear less-populated and quiter, some animals may start venturing into urban areas. This could result in more sightings of, say, bears.
"According to Moola, there may be more bears that will wander into some Canadian towns because they can cross highways with less risk of getting hit by a vehicle or train."
The pandemic and our response to it could have a more drastic affect on the urban wildlife. The article, again, discusses the possible impact of decreasing road-traffic over animal behaviours and populations. Fewer cars on the road could mean fewer roadkill.
However, the author and the experts consulted do not discuss another major (potential) impact the COVID-19 could have on the urban wildlife. The closure of restaurants and cafes will mean the large organic garbage bins behind those commercial establishments will remain empty. Raccoons, squirrels, and many other urban wildlife tend to get their food from those bins. On the other hand, with more people staying at home and consuming more food in their residences, there could be a significant increase in the organic waste placed in the residential green bins across Ontario municipalities. How are these subtle changes likely to affect human-wildlife encounters around Toronto?
Another possible effect is that the economic slow-down could decrease the pace of urbanization. That particular change, however, is likely to be quite short-lived.
The biggest determinant, of course, will be the duration and extent of these self-isolation measures. If the self-isolation measures remain in place longer, human-wildlife relationship in our communities may begin to change in more drastic ways.
Would the pandemic lead to a more eco-conscious outlook among Canadians? The article concludes by suggesting that "the only way COVID-19 self-isolation will have a positive impact on biodiversity and wildlife is if humans begin to develop a new relationship with animals."
Here is a link to the original article.