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Becoming A Smart Shopper: How To Avoid Buying A Pest Infestation When Shopping Second-Hand

For many homeowners, second-hand items are slowly becoming the norm. With thrift stores and online marketplace platforms becoming go-to options to acquire various items. Unfortunately, when purchasing products from these sellers, you may not be aware of the environment that these items came from or were stored in, and as a result could inadvertently be bringing a pest issue into your home. To ensure you can recognize the signs of a pest activity on items prior to introducing a new purchase into your home, we have put together a list of the most common pests to watch out for and the items they commonly infest.

Bugs & Kisses: Tips To Keep Pests Out Of Your Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day is a holiday that’s all about spreading love and kindness. Unfortunately, the sweetness of this tradition also makes it an opportunity to attract and harbour pests, which can lead to serious pest infestations. If love is in the air at your property this year, it is important to take precautions against the various pests that intend to intrude on your plans. Whether you’re celebrating love day with family, friends, or a significant other, the gathering and gift giving traditions that go hand-in-hand with Valentine’s Day increase the probability of pests reaching you or your home. To help you avoid insects spoiling your romance, we’ve provided you with some tips on how to have a pest-free Valentine’s Day.

Top 4 Tips For A Pest-Free Halloween

You may have been tricked by the plastic bats and fake spider webs in your neighbourhood, but the pests trying to make your house their home can be the scariest trick during Halloween. From rodents trying to trick or treat inside your home to flies trying to enjoy your jack-o’-lanterns, pests are always looking for ways to get into the Halloween spirit (and your home). Don’t worry, you’re not alone in trying to pest proof your home, as your Orkin Canada Pro has put together a list of 4 quick tips that will help you keep pests out this Halloween.

How To Prevent Pests From Invading Your Home During The Winter

Winter can be a time of good cheer and spending time with the people you love, but even though the weather may be colder, it does not mean that your home is immune to uninvited pests. With pests looking to escape the cold weather, your home can be the prime environment to nest and forage until the weather gets warmer again. Using over 65+ years of pest control experience, we have put together a list of expert tips to help prevent pests from invading your home during the winter.

How to Clean Rodent Droppings From Your Home 

Rodents are disease-carrying machines that spread viruses and bacteria everywhere they go. If there are rodents making your home their own, you are likely to come across rodent droppings. But don’t reach for the paper towels just yet – these droppings can spread harmful airborne particles that could get you and your family sick. To protect the health of your household, learn how to properly remove rodent remnants from your home.

5 Tips To Get Rid Of Fruit Flies

To some, fruit flies are probably the most headache inducing pest to deal with. What these flies lack in stinging or biting power, they more than make up for in being a consistent nuisance in your home or business. Using our industry knowledge and expertise, we have put together five easy tips to keep fruit flies out of your kitchen. 

Enjoying the Summer? Here’s 5 Tips on Staying Bug-Bite and Sting Free

Summer is here and the outdoors are calling, but pests can ruin your poolside, lakeside or backyard fun. What‘s burger flipping to you can look like an act of aggression to specific pests, causing them to bite or sting to defend themselves and their homes. The resulting welts can be itchy and uncomfortable—and sometimes, even dangerous.

How To Get Rid Of Rats

Rats can be a nuisance for any homeowner to deal with. As these pests can transmit diseases and can even cause damage to your home and property, thereby compromising the structure and potentially even creating possible fire hazards. Don’t worry, as Orkin Canada is here to help. Using our extensive experience, we’ve put together a list of the six most effective ways to get rid of rats in your home.

Ants: It’s Your Home, Not Theirs

Because ant species behave differently, it’s important to properly identify the type of ant on your property. Some ants, like carpenter ants, are most likely to cause structural damage around your home by chewing through wood to make their nests. Other ants, like pavement ants and European fire ants, can be aggressive and are more likely to sting humans. From the sidewalk to the laundry room, these innovative insects are able to build nests in all sorts of places. Potential hot spots for ant activity include the kitchen or pantry, protected places like wall voids or spaces under appliances and warm or humid places near drains, pipes and wiring.

Rodent Roundup: How To Deal With Rats And Mice

Rodents are some of the craftiest pests around. They’re always on the lookout for food, water and shelter. If you’re a homeowner or a business owner (or both), your property likely provides everything they’re looking for in one convenient place. And in an age of heightened health concerns due to COVID-19, a small rodent problem can quickly become a serious one. While rodents haven’t been shown to be carriers of the disease, they are known to carry other pathogens that can compromise the safety of your home or business. They thrive in filth and clutter, which means their presence is a sure signal that you need to take action. But where should you start? If you suspect there may be rodents around, you’ll want to identify the key markers of their presence.

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