Ants and mice are moving inside and wildlife may be looking for potential harbourage areas. Spiders are constructing egg sacs and mosquito activity is increasing. House fly activity can be expected. Commercial accounts will need to be aware of increased small fly activity. Nuisance wildlife, such as squirrels and chipmunks, will be much more noticeable.
Pest, Bird and Wildlife Control in Alberta
Pests Commonly Found in Alberta
There are 44 species of mosquitoes known to occur in Alberta. The majority of them survive winter in the soil as eggs in areas prone to flooding. Eliminating standing water on and around your property can reduce the number of mosquitoes you encounter.
Wasps present a unique challenge as their nests can be on the ground, overhead, or even concealed between walls and structures. Knowing the type of wasps common in your area can prevent unwelcome surprises this summer. Yellow-jackets, Banded Horntails, Braconids and Bald-faced Hornets are common in Alberta.
Amazingly, Alberta is the only province in Canada which claims to be rat-free. It comes as no surprise to the residents who have been participating in provincial rat control programs for over 50 years. The province’s Agricultural Pests Act made rat control mandatory. The key to Alberta’s success has been the widespread adoption of the best pest management practices that keep rats out of homes and buildings, training property owners to act fast, and eliminating infestations before they spread. Of course, rats can still find their way into the province from time to time. Calling your local Orkin Canada office at the first sign of rats can help maintain Alberta’s rat-free reputation.
Recent Bed Bug Issues
Alberta is no stranger to Bed Bugs. The tiny, blood-sucking insects are spreading throughout major cities and are a menace to apartments and condos. Our Bed Bug inspection teams use the best practices to accurately detect the presence of live bed bugs and to eliminate them completely. For more information, you can read our in-depth articles about bed bugs here: Identifying Bed Bugs.
Climate and Geography
Nearly three quarters of Alberta’s 4 million residents live along the Calgary-Edmonton corridor. The dry, humid continental climate in this area results in large differences in seasonal temperatures. In southwestern Alberta, the cold winters are frequently interrupted by warm, dry Chinook winds blowing from the mountains. Chinooks can quickly elevate the local temperatures from the typical winter lows to well above the freezing point. Most of Northern Alberta is covered by forests and has a subarctic climate which brings long, cold winters, and short summers.
Recent floods in southern Alberta have increased the number of pests and wildlife activity. With an abundance of water and food, the best way to stop pests from taking shelter on private property is to use an advanced and environmentally friendly Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program. Preventative measures are far more cost effective than handling pest related emergencies. If you live in an affected area, consider enrolling in a year round home protection plan which covers most common pests.
Alberta is one of the strongest economic regions in Canada due to recent investments in oil extraction near Fort McMurray. The province also has strong manufacturing, finance, and real estate sectors and one of the highest employment rates in Canada. Early European settlements were driven by the growing fur trading industry and the rivalry between the Hudson’s Bay Company and the North West Company. Alberta became a province in 1905 and was created from a portion of “Rupert’s Land”, which the Canadian Government purchased in 1870, and the portion of Louisiana, a French (and Spanish) colony, which was North of the 49th parallel.
About Orkin Canada
We are a leader in the development of advanced, environmentally responsible pest control techniques. Our branches in Calgary and Edmonton, as well as our technicians who live throughout Alberta, help us serve communities all across the province. For more information about the services that we provide, click one of the following links.