When you hear the words ‘pest’ or ‘infestation,’ one of two images likely comes to mind:
- A neglected house or apartment building swarming with cockroaches and bed bugs.
- A weatherbeaten barn full of grain sacks that are rapidly being depleted by rats and mice.
While these hypothetical scenarios aren’t off the mark, they don’t tell the whole story either. Pests can find their way into otherwise well-maintained properties. In this blog, we’ll review the main concerns of city and country pest control, as well as extermination measures that you can take no matter where you live or work.
City Pest Control
City life has a lot of perks. Shopping, fine dining, and employment opportunities are usually within walking distance and if it isn’t, there’s always public transportation. No matter what time it is, there’s always something to do.
On the down side, living in apartment buildings and condos with hundreds of other tenants can lead to infestation. Even brand-new developments can become home to bed bugs, cockroaches, and rodents if any residents let sanitation levels slide.
Country Pest Control
It’s great to be surrounded by nature- until it turns on you. Homes, small businesses, and cottages can attract rodents, squirrels, bats, spiders, and various insects like Asian Lady Beetles, wasps, hornets, and cluster flies. If you have a furniture delivery from an infested warehouse, you could start seeing cockroaches scuttling in your kitchen and under your furniture.
What To Look For
Pests try to stay under the radar by sticking to quiet and dark areas. As a result, you may not notice them until their numbers have accumulated and the whole property has become part of their domain.
Below are some signs that an infestation may be in progress:
- The sound of movement within the wall cavities, especially at night.
- A musky odour in places like the kitchen, basement, or food storage area.
- Property damage. Rodents will chew on wood, plastic, fabric, insulation, and electrical wires while some insects devour fabric. If you see bite marks, tears, or holes where they shouldn’t be, it’s confirmation that pests have taken up residence.
- Rodent droppings, insect droppings, or discarded insect shells.
Pay close attention to the following areas:
- The kitchen. With pipes leading into your kitchen from a lot of areas, it’s full of potential entry points for pests. Given that this is where food and water are plentiful, this is where they’ll be most visible.
- The basement. Pipes and ground-level windows make it easy for pests to get in and take advantage of the dark, warm environment.
- The garage. Your garage is a convenient entry point into your home from the outside.
What Can You Do?
If you discover rodents, cockroaches, and other invaders in your home or business, there are city and country pest control measures that you can take. They include laying traps or poison, keeping food and water in sturdy containers, and sealing all gaps around your windows or under your doors. However, if the infestation is severe, you’re better off calling a professional.At Action Pest, we provide both city and country residents with proven and successful pest control services. After identifying the source of the infestation, we treat it as efficiently and effectively as possible and advise you on ways that you can prevent a recurrence. For more information or to schedule a treatment, contact us today.