11Aug/17
pest control, mosquitoes, regina, saskatchewan, bug bites, summer, patio, bbq

Say Goodbye to Mosquitoes with 5 Simple Steps

With only a few weeks of summer left, the last thing you want to do is miss out on the nice weather because of mosquitoes. These annoying pests make us all itch and make it incredibly difficult to enjoy being outdoors. Discourage these little guys from hanging around by following these 5 simple steps.

Remove Standing Water

If there is standing water anywhere in your yard, remove it immediately. Ponds, bird baths, and improperly drained yards can all act as the perfect place for mosquitoes to reproduce and take over. By removing their breeding grounds, you also greatly reduce the number of mosquitoes near your home because they cannot travel very far. If you’ve got a chlorinated pool or hot tub, don’t stress. Mosquitoes will not take up residence in chlorinated water.

Call in the Pros

A pest management company can inspect your home and property for the presence of mosquitoes. Gutters have the ability to hold large amounts of standing water and are regularly forgotten about. The pros will also check your window screens to let you know which will need to be replaced to protect yourself indoors as well.

Consider the Landscaping

Some plants produce chemicals that deter insects from taking up residence in your yard. While these plants are effective in deterring mosquitoes, they do not release repellents until they are harmed. Before heading outdoors or hosting a party, rough your plants up to encourage them to release their natural chemicals and encourage the mosquitoes to leave.

Use Repellent

A lotion or spray containing DEET has been confirmed to be effective in keeping mosquitoes away. Like sunscreen, bug spray wears off and becomes ineffective after a period of time so be sure to read the directions and reapply as necessary.

Cover your Toes

Mosquitoes love sweat and bacteria so, in turn, will love your feet. When outdoors, keep your feet covered with shoes and socks as much as possible and always remember to spray your feet with bug spray to protect yourself.

By putting these tips into play, you’ll be enjoying the great outdoors sooner rather than later. Should mosquitoes still be buzzing in your ear, give Premier Pest Management a call to get back to enjoying the last few weeks of the summer season!

02Aug/17
regina, saskatchewan, pets, fleas, bug bites

Fleas and Your Furry Friends-What You Need to Know!

Fleas are absolutely annoying, however, that is not their worst quality! An infestation of fleas is not always obvious, especially if you’ve never dealt with one before. Here are some excellent tips to help determine if you, your furry friends or both have fleas.

Abnormal Itching

Fleas seek out the perfect opportunity to use our pets blood as a food source. They make their way onto your pets by jumping or crawling and then proceed to take up residence in hard to reach and see places. Fleas commonly reside in or on places like the head, neck, tail, armpits or groin of your animals. If you notice your pets licking, biting or scratching excessively in these places you’ve likely got a flea problem on your hands.

Red Patches of Skin

Flea bite saliva can cause an allergic reaction in some cats and dogs. You may notice abnormal red spots, rashes or lesions on parts of your pet’s skin which are an allergic reaction to flea bites. These rashes are not necessarily in the place where the occurred either; they can spread throughout the body of your pets.

Hair Loss

Hair loss can be caused by a reaction to flea bites in your pets. Some animals may even pull out some of their own hair because they are excessively licking and biting to try to stop the itching. If you notice spots on your pet that are missing hair, be sure to have them checked out.

Pale Gums

A common side effect of anemia is pale gums in your pet’s mouth. It would take an excessive infestation to cause anemia, however, it’s important to be aware of the possibility. When anemia occurs, the amount of new red blood cells produced by your pet cannot keep up with the loss of blood they are experiencing at the hand of the fleas.

Flea “Dirt”

If you suspect your pet has fleas, keep an eye out for small black or reddish-brown specks on your pet’s body or areas they spend a lot of time in in your home. This flea “dirt” is actually made of flea feces composed of digested blood (yuck!).

Treating your pets for fleas is the responsible thing to do as a pet owner and the moment you suspect trouble be sure to seek assistance. Premier Pest Management is dedicated to providing you with valuable information to protect all members of your family, including the furry ones.

27Jul/17
regina, pest control, saskatchewan, diy, pest management

DIY Pest Control- Is it really your best option?

Pests are very common problems for homeowners, no matter where you live. While some pests pose no serious threat besides being a nuisance, some can put you and your family at a serious risk for health concerns. There are a large variety of DIY solutions for common pest problems, however, they are not always your best bet.

Here’s why:

The Cost

DIY pest control is regularly thought of as the cheaper option for control. Homeowners are always looking for ways to save money so, while these options can be cheaper in the short term, the long term is a different story. DIY options are not as effective as professional grade treatments so you will likely be calling a pest control company anyways. Cheaper treatments can also make you vulnerable to pest infestations which are even more expensive and hard to get rid of than dealing with a smaller quantity of pests from the get go.

Small Problems Become Big Quickly

When you tackle a pest problem with the DIY route, it may seem like a small issue. It’s important to remember that if you see one pest there is a good chance there are many others present that you cannot see. Professional pest management companies have different tools we use to determine the severity of the problem and treat it in its entirety the first time. If you go the DIY route, you may only be treating the surface of the problem and have no way of knowing how much more severe it truly is. A small pest problem can turn into an infestation quickly and cost a lot more to clear up.

Increased Risk

Using chemicals is part of DIY pest control and not one that should be taken lightly. If you are inexperienced in handling chemicals you can expose yourself, your loved ones or your pets to them in an unsafe manner. Chemicals need to be properly executed and handled to be effective. Also, it’s possible to use the wrong product and have your pest control method completely backfire. As an example, if you are trying to rid your yard of wasps and use the wrong product you can end up attracting them. Obtaining the help of a professional is always a good idea.

Premier Pest Management has a large variety of customized options available to homeowners to stay protected during all seasons of the year. Contact us today for your pest control solution.

21Jul/17
Regina, pest management, pest control, bugs, outdoors, ants, saskatchewan

The Ants Go Marching One by One

We love summertime and the sunshine over here at Premier Pest Management. Do you know what we don’t like? Ants! These little guys love to hang out and make themselves welcome indoors but there are a few things you can do to defer them.

Use Caulking

Seal your windows, doors, and cracks with caulking. Ants can come through even the smallest holes in your foundation or doors. On top of deterring ants from entering your home, you’ll save money on your energy bills and have better temperature control in your homes. If you have kids or pets, caulking is a safe way to protect your home from ants as well.

Vinegar

Clean surfaces in your home with a half vinegar and half water solution. Ants hate the smell of vinegar and it removes the scent trails ants use to get around. On top of that is an environmentally friendly cleaning options and it’s affordable.

Lemon Juice

Like vinegar, lemon juice destroys scent trails that ants follow. Spray lemon juice around the places you think ants are using for entryways as an uninviting welcome.

Peppermint Oil

Peppermint oil is an excellent deterrent for ants. Clean your surfaces well and wipe them down with a clean damp cloth with a few drops of peppermint oil on it. Ants despise the smell of the oil and it’s safe for both pets and children.

Spices and Herbs

Sprinkle black pepper, cayenne pepper, chili pepper, cinnamon, mint, cloves or garlic along the foundation of your home to keep the ants away. They do not like the smell of any of these spices and refuse to enter your home if they are present.

Coffee Grounds

Reuse your used coffee grounds in the garden and around your homes exterior to discourage ants from hanging around. If you can find their entrance to your home be sure to put some of the grounds there. Ants dislike the smell of coffee so will pick up and leave quickly.

Chalk and Baby Powder

Draw a line of chalk or sprinkle baby powder across the spot where ants have made an entrance to your home. Talcum powder is a natural ant repellent and luckily is included in both items.

Cucumber or Citrus Peels

Cucumber and citrus peels are toxic to the fungi that ants feed on so they refuse to go near them. Leave the peels in areas where you notice ant activity.

Dish Soap

A thin line of dish soap around baseboards, windows, doors and anywhere else ants gather in your home can be helpful to discourage them from entering. Try pouring dish soap directly on any ant hills to take out the enter colony as well.

Do you have any other tricks you use to keep the ants at bay? We’d love to hear them!

13Jul/17
Regina, Saskatchewan, pest control, pest management, gardening, aphid, greenthumb

Aphids-Your Garden’s Worst Nightmare

Aphids are a gardener’s worst nightmare. Regardless of what you grow these small, soft-bodied insects can invade your plants and multiply quickly. In one season alone, many generations of aphids can live. On a positive side, aphids characteristically move quite slow so they are relatively easy to control get under control.

Identification

Aphids are extremely tiny and are usually not visible to the naked eye. They can be a large variety of colours including white, black, brown, gray, yellow, light green or even pink depending on the species! Their bodies are pear-shaped and they have long antennae. Most species of aphids have two long tubes projecting from the end of their bodies.

Adult aphids are typically wingless; however, they can develop a winged form when populations become overcrowded. When food quality begins to suffer in the area they are feeding, they will move to other plants to reproduce and start a new colony.

Feeding

Aphids generally feed in large groups. Typically, aphids are not picky and will feed on a wide variety of plants, however, there are some species that are more specific. Some types pf aphids prefer beans, cabbage, potatoes and more.

Damage

Aphids feed on plant juices and attack leaves, stems, buds, flowers, fruit, and/or roots. To identify aphid damage, look for:

  • Misshaped, curling, stunted or yellow leaves
  • Residue of a sticky substance. Aphids leave behind waste, called honeydew, from feeding that can attract other insects to your plants.
  • Black leaves or branches. Sooty mold is caused by honeydew being left behind to develop fungal growth.
  • Distorted or deformed flowers or fruit

Prevention

There are a few simple tricks you can try to discourage aphids from entering your garden. These include:

  • Planting flowering groundcover in home orchards or gardens to encourage aphids to feed on them instead of your other plants
  • Plant some catnip; it repels aphids.
  • Planting mustard and nasturtium. Aphids are attracted to both these plants and they can be encouraged to feed on them instead of other plants.
  • Plant garlic and chives near lettuce, peas and roses.
  • Purchase ladybugs, lacewings or parasitic wasps to release in your garden to feed on aphids and control populations.

If you suspect an aphid infestation, give us a call to learn more about our pest control options and preventative measures!

07Jul/17
Regina, Saskatchewan, Insect, Bug Bites, Insect Bites, Summer

Who bit me? Identify your bug bites now!

It can be difficult to distinguish between different types of bug bites. Peek below to learn the identifying characteristics of following insect bites.

Mosquito Bites

Summer is the season for mosquitoes. These tiny members of the fly family can put a real damper on your outdoor activities. Mosquitoes live in grass and bushes and typically breed in standing water. Only female mosquitos bite leaving behind an itchy welt. These welts become red, hard and swollen almost immediately and receiving multiple bites around the same time is very likely. The biggest threat with mosquitos is that they can spread diseases between animals and humans and from one human to another. Protect yourself by removing standing water near your home, maintaining your landscape regularly, installing screens in your windows and using insect repellent outdoors.

Bed Bug Bites

Bed bugs can be anywhere. They get into your bed, furniture, carpets and more. They are excellent travelers and can be picked up in hotels, hospitals, places of business and more. Bed bugs are small, flat and oval shaped. They are most active at night and commonly bite areas of your body that are exposed when you’re sleeping such as your face, arms, legs, and hands. Typically, bites have a dark red center surrounded by a swollen and red area. They can be in a line or grouped together in a small area. Bed bug bites are incredibly itchy and you may notice a slight burning sensation at the bite site. Unlike some of their insect buddies, bed bugs do not transmit any other diseases. If you suspect you have been bitten by bed bugs, its important to contact us right away to avoid an infestation.

Tick Bites

Ticks have arrived here in Saskatchewan and pose a potentially serious threat to our health. They live in grass, trees, shrubs and leaf piles and are attracted to both people and animals. Ticks can move from pets to humans and vice versa. Most bites are harmless; however, some ticks can pass serious diseases, including Lyme Disease, on to you. These blood suckers are quite small and brown to reddish brown and black in color. Ticks prefer warm, moist areas of the body and tend to take up residence in your armpits, groin area, and hair. When they get comfortable they bite to begin drawing blood. Ticks remain attached to your body after they bite you, which makes it easier to identify their bite. With a bite, you generally notice no symptoms, however, some people may experience pain, swelling, a rash, a burning sensation, blisters or difficulty breathing.

These common pests do not need to ruin your day. Protect yourself from insect bites and always treat your symptoms accordingly or see your health care provider for more serious cases.

 

29Jun/17
regina, pest comtrol, weather, saskatchewan

Pests and The Weather: What does it mean for you?

 

With the recent flooding in parts of Saskatchewan, it seemed like an ideal time to share a little more about how the weather affects pest populations. We’ve seen droughts, rain, snow, flooding, and everything in between here in our province and each of these different kinds of weather can have a profound impact on our pest population and you.

Rainy or Wet Weather

When the weather is wet, pests are more likely to make their way into your home. Ants, cockroaches, spiders, stinging insects, crickets, ladybugs, and rodents are all less than fond of the wet weather and will do anything to avoid it. Be sure to keep all your doors and windows sealed and check for foundation cracks regularly. Take note that warm, moist weather encourages pest population growth leaving you with more pests to deal with as they reproduce.

Flooding

When flooding occurs, insects will be looking for high, dry ground. Insects, including ants, can move an entire colony on a moments notice right into your home. Standing water is also the ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes as they lay their eggs in it and their larvae grow there. When there has been a lot of flooding, expect to stock up on insect repellent. For your best protection, remove standing water and protect your home as much as possible to avoid infestation.

Hot and Dry Weather

When it’s dry, even the pests go looking for water. If you have standing water or wet areas around your home you will see a parade of pests moving in. Earwigs, spiders, millipedes, centipedes, and crickets are all intolerant of the hot, dry weather and would love to move into your home to avoid the heat.

Drought

The only good thing about a drought is that the number of pests is greatly decreased. Because of limited food and water supplies, pests cannot survive leaving smaller numbers to try and invade your space. Some uncommonly seen pests may appear on their search for food and water but all in all pest populations will be less of a hassle during a drought.

Cool Weather

As the temperatures drop, pests will be drawn to the warmth from inside your home. You may notice them hanging out on the side of your home or building with the most sunshine but as the weather cools they will be looking for a way inside. Ladybugs, flies, and maple bugs all loathe the cool weather so keep a close eye on them.

With Saskatchewan’s wide variety of climates, we can see many different weather conditions from day to day. Awareness is your best defense against a pest infestation. Keep your home, family and business safe from these pests regardless of the weather by giving Premier Pest Management a call.

 

22Jun/17
regina, saskatchewan, bbq season, patio season, summer, outdoors

Keep Your BBQ Free of Pests this Summer with these Tips!

It’s backyard BBQ season here in Saskatchewan! Everyone wants nothing more than to kick back, enjoy a burger and some quality time with friends and family without being stung by a wasp or bitten by a mosquito. These simple tips will help to un-invite these unwanted guests from your party.

Before

  • Before the party check that your doors close securely. With a parade of people coming in and out, you need to be sure you’re not creating an ideal location for pests to enter your home. Also, check your screens for holes and repair any you may find.
  • If you have room, serve your food and beverages indoors. These items are more likely to attract pests to your party.
  • Check for water. If there is any standing water in the area where your party will be held, remove as much as possible. Birdbaths, pools, tire swings, etc. are perfect locations for mosquitoes to breed.
  • Keep insect repellent on hand for you and your guests. It never hurts to buy it in bulk during the summer months!

During

  • Wasps and other stinging insects love strong smelling shampoos, perfumes, lotions, etc. and it can encourage them to hang around. Give you guests a courtesy heads-up beforehand.
  • Keep outdoor drinks in open containers to monitor for pests.
  • Sealed coolers will be your best friend at your BBQ. They are ideal to protect food and beverages and reduce any associated smells that could attract insects
  • Clear trash/recycling right away, or place bins away from the entertaining area. Both the trash and the recycling can be a warm invite for pests.

After

  • After your meal is wrapped up you’ll probably be ready to take a load off and visit. If you’re tempted to let the dishware and utensils sit for a while, don’t. Take any dishes indoors and rinse them in the sink or use disposables.
  • Avoid leaving empty cans and bottles laying around overnight. Be sure to empty your trash from the garbage can as well.

These few simple tricks will make your backyard festivities much more enjoyable for you and your guests. If you’re having pest issues and need assistance, contact us in the Regina area today!

16Jun/17
Regina, restaurants, pest control, pest control restaurant, i have rodents in my restaurant, mice, flies, saskatchewan

Do you want flies with that?

A single pest presence is all it takes to ruin your reputation in the food service business. Not to mention the hassle it can be when you fail an inspection due to their presence. Restaurants are an ideal location for pests to thrive, but with these 5 tips your restaurant won’t be one of them!

Beware of the Dumpster

Cleanliness is important in every aspect of food service, including where you throw your trash. Dumpsters are a common site for pests providing an ideal feeding ground for them to thrive. Many businesses neglect to clean their dumpsters and the area around them increasing your risk of an infestation. Be sure your dumpster is located away from your main building and that the lid(s) shut tightly to prevent pests from making themselves at home.

Protect Your Entrances

Doors and windows are the perfect way for pests to sneak in undetected. When possible, both should remain closed. Receiving areas, drive thru windows and primary entrances are opened frequently and often for long periods of time making them an ideal spot for pests to sneak in. Keep an eye out for cracks in the buildings foundation, and even the smallest crevice. Insects and rodents alike are resourceful and sneaky when they are looking for a new place to call home.

Cleaning Procedures

Tables and chairs in the dining area should be wiped down after each party has left. Cleaning the area under the table should also take place after each meal to remove any crumbs or pieces of food left behind. Without any left-over food laying around to feast on, pests that enter your restaurant will be encouraged to leave. In the food prep area, keep your eyes open for crumbs, and drips on and around tables, equipment and appliances.

Proper Storage is Key

Loosely closed bags and boxes full of dry food products are a dream come true for pests. Use tightly sealed food storage containers, placed at least 6” off the ground and 12” away from a wall to minimize your risk of infestation and keep the area clear for easy observation. If you have some products that are less commonly used, be sure to check regularly for the presence of pests. All it takes is one pest, in the right environment to create an infestation.

Check the Drains

Many restaurant owners don’t think of it, but drains in both the sink and floor are some of the dirtiest places in your business. Be sure to focus attention on cleaning the drains regularly, as they are the perfect breeding ground for many insects. With food scraps for nutrition, and a warm and moist environment it doesn’t take long for pests to multiply.

Premier Pest Management knows the importance of providing confidential, and reliable service to the food service industry. To learn more about how we can help you protect your business from an infestation, contact us today.

08Jun/17
Regina, Saskatchewan, ticks, lyme disease, canada, lyme, pest management, small business

The Ticks Have Arrived. Protect Yourself This Summer!

Ticks are out in full force across the country including right here in Regina. Ticks pose a threat to your health and safety because of their potential to carry Lyme Disease. Lyme disease can appear quickly or gradually with symptoms that can come and go. Most commonly the first signs of Lyme, consist of a sore throat, headaches, congestion and other flu-like symptoms. The symptoms of Lyme can range from mild to fatal so the best protection is prevention.

Take note of these 5 tips to keep yourself and your family safe this summer.

Use repellent

Purchase your repellent in bulk this year because you’re going to need it. Be sure to spray all your exposed skin with just enough to cover yourself. For your kids, spray repellent on your hands and wipe it onto their skin. Be sure to avoid children’s hands, eyes and mouths. When using repellent, it’s essential to bathe or shower before bed to remove any remnants of repellent.

Choose your wardrobe wisely

When you’re walking through wooded or grassy areas, cover up with light-coloured clothes to make it easier to spot ticks. Wear long sleeves and pants with socks and closed toed shoes as often as possible. Tucking your hair into your hat, shirt into your pants and pants into your socks will keep your skin covered reducing your risk. When you arrive home, put your clothes through the dryer on high heat to kill any ticks that may be attached.

Inspect

Shower as soon as possible to remove any unattached ticks that could be present on your body but not attached. Ticks can catch a ride on you but remain unattached for hours. Check your entire body carefully including your armpits, groin, in and around your ears, in your belly button, behind your knees, and in your hair. Should you find a tick, be sure to remove the entire insect including the head.

Cut your grass on the regular

Tall grass and lots of shade make the perfect home for ticks. Keep your lawn mowed, and remove any debris to discourage ticks from moving into your yard. Protect your yard from deer and other large animals as they are common carries for ticks.

Check your pets closely

Ticks find pets a convenient source of transportation. Be sure to check your pets thoroughly as ticks can travel from your pets to you. Check under the collar, under the front legs, at the elbow, between the toes, inside the groin area, and under the tail on your pets for the presence of ticks.

To keep yourself safe from and free of ticks this year, give Premier Pest Management a call!