General

I have noticed a scattering of droppings and some minor damage on the surfaces of my home. Could you identify the pest these are coming from?

These droppings and damages you observe could be from a number of possible pests. Our Certified Pest Control Technicians will assess your home, taking into consideration the type and location of debris and damage left behind by the pest. An assessment will help determine the pests that are present in your home and potential nests or harbourages.

At 1st Pest Control, our Certified Pest Control Technicians are highly knowledgeable on all pests known to infest buildings and grounds in the Lower Mainland. Correctly identifying the pest will allow our technicians to build a treatment plan tailored to your home environment and pest situation. This will ensure your home receives the most effective treatment program and reduces the likelihood of recurrence.

I have been hearing noises coming from my attic, basement, or within the walls. Could you help me identify what may be nesting or harbouring in my home?

Hearing activity in generally dark and closed areas, or within the walls, of your home is a sign that you may have a pest problem or are in need of rodent control. Our Certified Pest Control Technicians will examine your home, taking into consideration multiple factors such as geographic location, environment, building structure, the characteristics of droppings and other wastes and damage left behind by these uninvited guests to correctly identify the type of pests that are present.

At 1st Pest Control, we will create a treatment plan tailored to your home and pest situation. Our Certified Pest Control Technicians are highly knowledgeable and are equipped with the latest technology and resources to most effectively address your pest problem.

There are a lot of wasps flying around and I think there may be a nest nearby. What should I do?

Wasps and hornets commonly build their nests in elevated and hard to see areas including off tree branches, and within a roof or attic space. The best and safest thing you can do is to call our Certified Pest Control Technicians who will thoroughly examine your residence and the grounds of your property for strategic wasp nest removal and hornet control. Our technicians are equipped with the proper procedures and protective gear to deal with these insects. At your request, we will build a treatment plan tailored to your home and pest situation as the next step you can take towards the elimination of these insects.

Bed Bugs

How do I know if these itchy, red welts on my skin are caused by bed bugs?

These itchy red welts may be caused by bed bugs feeding on a human host typically while the person is sleeping or sitting for long periods of time. To determine if these bites may be caused by bed bugs, examine your bed or seating area for indications of bed bugs. Look for live bed bugs, blood spotting or staining created by their droppings, light coloured cast off skins, and a distinctive odour that resembles over ripe raspberries.

If you think you might have bed bugs or continue to be unsure, contact our Certified Pest Control Technicians and we will help you determine if your home has an infestation. In addition, we will provide you with steps you can take to begin the process of getting rid of them. It is important to bear in mind that the longer you wait to address your bed bug situation, the larger the population will grow and the harder they will become to control and eliminate.

Why do I need to hire a Certified Pest Control Technician to treat my bed bug infestation when there are do-it-yourself solutions available?

There are numerous DIY solutions available that may help with bed bug treatment in your home. However, pest-specific training and experience are essential components in the overall success of a bed bug treatment program. More often than not, individuals affected by bed bugs do not have sufficient knowledge to address an infestation and attempts may lead to more frustration and stress as bed bug populations continue to multiply. At 1st Pest Control, our Certified Pest Control Technicians are trained in the most current methods to effectively and safely eliminate bed bugs. We are proud to work alongside a well-known K9 team that specializes in the identification of bed bugs as an integral part of our program.

How can I make sure I get the most effective results from a bed bug treatment?

A successful bed bug treatment requires the effort of both our Certified Pest Control Technicians and the home owners. Home owners must follow pre-treatment and post-treatment instructions to ensure the efficacy of the treatment. Not complying with these instructions may result in recurrence. If you feel that you are unable to prepare your home for any reason (e.g. physical disability, anxiety), 1st Pest Control offers an infestation preparation treatment service that may be for you. The service comprises of a 1st Pest Control team who will prepare your home for a bed bug treatment. Subsequent to the treatment, we also offer a post-treatment extreme cleaning involving the removal of insect debris, general cleaning and the restaging of your home for re-occupancy.

Services

At what point, should I consult with a pest control service provider?

When you suspect the presence of wildlife, rodents or insects in your home, property, or business, give us a call as soon as possible. We will conduct a thorough assessment and present treatment options you can take as your next step. At your request, our Certified Pest Control Technicians will build a treatment plan customized to your home and current pest situation. The longer you wait, the larger pest populations will grow and the more damage or contamination they will cause. At 1st Pest Control today, we will promptly address your pest problem before it manifests into a severe infestation.

What factors should I consider when hiring a pest control service provider?

It is important to ask the right questions when hiring a pest control service provider to ensure you are receiving the most effective and safest pest control treatments available. The service provider you ultimately hire should be knowledgeable, certified and comply with the highest industry standards.

Some questions to ask pest control service providers:

  1. Are you a member of National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and the Better Business Bureau (BBB)?
  2. Are you currently certified in the pest control industry? Are your certifications up to date?
  3. Are the treatments you use safe for people and the environment?
  4. Are you bonded and insured?

How safe are your treatments for my home and family?

1st Pest control offers environmentally-friendly and safe solutions as part of our pest control treatment program. At times, we must use stronger, more aggressive solutions to effectively address and eliminate heavier infestations. Our Certified Pest Control Technicians will work with you to prepare your property, and will provide you step-by-step directions to ensure the safety of your home and family from the beginning to end of our pest control treatment process.

My home has been recently treated, but I still see some insect activity. What does this mean?

The number of treatments required may be greater than one, depending on the extent of the pest infestation.  After the initial treatment, it is normal to experience insect activity for up to two weeks. If activity continues into the third week, a follow-up treatment may be required. Our Certified Pest Control Technicians will guide you through our treatment cycles, and will work with you to ensure an overall successful pest control program for your home.

At 1st Pest Control, we have the solution to all your pest problems. Call us today at 1.844.PEST.CANADA (737.8226).