06May/17
regina cankerworms

Cankerworms Don’t Have To Ruin Spring!

Spring is here and so are the cankerworms!

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With the beautiful spring weather comes green grass, budding trees, and beautiful flowers. Unfortunately, in Saskatchewan, spring has also brought cankerworms to many locations throughout the province. Better known as inchworms, these little guys will keep the residents of Saskatchewan on their toes this year.

Cankerworms love maple, elm and ash trees so if you have any species on your property be sure to keep an eye out for these destructive insects.

Identification

Adult males are small, brownish-grey moths with wings and females are dark brownish-grey moths and wingless. Wingless females emerge from the soil to climb up into your trees where they will then mate and lay eggs for the next year. They lay their eggs in the crown of the tree in large amounts. During the larval stage, there is only one way to identify a cankerworm: false legs. Spring cankerworms have two pairs of false legs, and fall cankerworms have three. These false legs can be seen at the rear of the caterpillar.

Species

There are two species of cankerworm, spring, and fall. In early spring, the spring species emerge to lay eggs where the fall species emerge to lay eggs in early fall. Both sets of larvae emerge in the spring as the leaves appear and feed on foliage until the early summer months. When feeding is complete in early summer, they fall to the ground and enter the soil where they will remain until they are adults. The following spring or fall, depending on the species, is when the adults emerge from the ground to start the process over again.

Potential for Damage

Cankerworms cause damage by defoliating your trees during their larval stage. Their initial feeding leaves “shot holes” in the leaves of your trees, however, after some time, you will notice nothing remains of the leaves on your tree except the veins. Most leaves will re-grow within a few weeks of an attack by cankerworms, however, when infested for several years in a row the crown of a tree can die.

Damage Control

Depending on the number of trees you have, the process of controlling cankerworms is different. If you only have a small number of trees, tree banding is an excellent way to save your trees. The bands are covered with a sticky adhesive which prevents wingless females from climbing the trees to lay eggs. To control spring worms, bands need to be in place from mid-March to late April and for fall worms late September to early November. If you are unsuccessful with the bands or have too many affected trees there are chemical and other alternative control mechanisms that can be applied by your local pest protection company.

Dealing with cankerworms doesn’t have to be a huge undertaking for any homeowner. With one call to Premier Pest Management, we can have you bidding adieu to your cankerworm problem in the Regina area.

Premier Pest is happy to announce that we have a BRAND new sprayer in our arsenal of equipment specifically designed to combat this problem.

Aside from the city of Regina (who only treats their own trees), We believe that we are the only company in the Regina area with the equipment and spray product to tackle the cankerworms in a safe and suitable way.

We can spray your trees with an environmentally-friendly product that will exterminate your canker problem while keeping everything else on your property safe and sound! 

Call us today!

Premier Pest Management / (306) 992-6066

26Apr/17
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The Rare But Deadly Disease That Has You At Risk

Disease from Deer Mice Droppings – It’s more dangerous than you might have expected.

As spring falls upon us, we begin to come out of our winter slumber and excitedly start our yard, cottage and camper trailers clean ups. Our summers a beautiful but short, so we work quickly to the cleanup done to make the absolute best of  our hot and sunny Saskatchewan weather.

But, not so fast! This year, and every year – begin to take precaution.

If you live in the prairies, chances are you will notice that there may have been fall and winter infestations from with rodents such as mice and rats.  As a result, our summer oasis’s have likely accumulated unhealthy amounts of urine and feces.

Aside from being disgusting, this can also become deadly. Rodent urine and feces are known to carry over 35 diseases.

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In 2014, a young, pregnant mother of two from Milestone, Saskatchewan sadly lost her life to the devastating effects of Hantavirus from being in direct contact with deer mice feces during her spring yard clean-up.

 

Robyn Young was a healthy 26-year-old mother of two when she was infected with hantavirus in 2014. (Submitted by Julia McIsaac) Photo Credit: CBC News

Robyn Young was a healthy 26-year-old mother of two when she was infected with hantavirus in 2014. (Submitted by Julia McIsaac) Photo Credit: cbcnews.ca

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Despite being given fluids and being placed on a ventilator, the young mother was dead within 24 hours of being admitted to the intensive care unit. She was one of two people to die of Hantavirus in Saskatchewan that year, and one of 10 in the past two decades.” – cbc news

We handle  the cleanup to keep your home and family safe & healthy.  

It is of outmost importance to not stir dust by sweeping or vacuuming (without a hepa-vac) droppings, urine, or nesting materials.

What is Hantavirus?

“Hantaviruses are a group of viruses that can cause severe illness in humans. People can become infected with a hantavirus when they:

  • inhale virus particles from rodent urine, droppings or saliva that have been released into the air
  • this can happen when rodent waste is stirred up from vacuuming or sweeping
  • touch objects or eat food contaminated with the urine, droppings or saliva of infected rodents
  • are bitten by a rodent infected with a hantavirus (this is rare)

With the exception of the Andes hantavirus, the virus does not spread through person-to-person contact.” – Government of Canada

What to do when you encounter mice droppings and infestations? 

Enlist the help of an expert pest management company like Premier Pest to come to your property and safely and quickly remove all waste and dangers.  

We will professionally and affordably handle the disposal of any urine and droppings, dead rodents, nests and dangerous bodily waste. When necessary, we will clean and disinfect the entire area and surrounding surfaces.

Premier Pest offers a rodent clean up service for a healthier home environment. We will not commence any heap-vac, or begin the sanitation process on your premises until you are Rodent free for 7 consecutive days. Our goal is always to make sure that you have a healthy and safe environment – Free from rodents, pests and the deadly diseases that they carry.

Contact us today if you suspect that you will need our service for yard, home, business, trailer or cottage rodent clean-up.

Servicing: Regina Saskatchewan & surrounding towns and communities
Phone: 1-855-752-7378
Email: Info@premierpest.ca

18Apr/17
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Sting Therapy:  Meet the Bugs that Will Cure Alzheimer’s and Cancer

Little Miss Muffet

Sat on a tuffet,

Eating her curds and whey;

Along came a spider,

Who sat down beside her,

And frightened Miss Muffet away.

 

– Mother Goose

 

Throughout popular culture spiders have earned a hairy, unrealistic reputation.

 

Movies like Arachnophobia portray them as eight-legged biting machines.  Mother Goose warns that if you’re not careful, spiders will come for your curds and whey.

The Italians even claim that a spider bite causes uncontrollable dancing and lust in young women (Mamma mia!).

We admit it – spiders are strange looking creatures that you don’t want to see in your home or business.

Still, is their negative stigma deserved?   Scientists are busy proving that nothing, or no one, is what it seems in the animal kingdom.

We now have stronger evidence than ever that the venom of spiders, bees, scorpions, and other species contains surprising medical benefits to humans.

The Sting That Stops Pain

In a new study, researchers from the University of Queensland identified compounds in spider venom that could potentially be therapeutic for individuals suffering from chronic pain.

The venoms studied so far show the ability to block nerve activity, and thousands of venoms have yet to be tested.

Since chronic pain affects 1 in 5 people worldwide, this has stunning possibilities for helping people regain the lives and goals that persistent pain forced them to give up.

 

Taking A Bite Out of Alzheimer’s

The black mamba, one of the planet’s most lethal snakes, isn’t someone you’d like to meet in a dark alley.  Unless, of course, you’re an Alzheimer’s patient.

Scientists in Puerto Rico are investigating how the mamba’s venom could cure nervous system disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Mamba venom attaches to specific receptors in the brain.  Researchers hope that by discovering exactly how this happens, they can develop targeted therapies for brain diseases.

It’s estimated that by 2050, between 11 and 16 million people in North America will have Alzheimer’s, so it’s never been more crucial to explore alternative means of attacking this disease.

 

A World of Benefit Yet To Be Discovered

The concept of insects and animals curing disease is gaining more attention from universities and scientists worldwide, thanks to discoveries which are inspiring confidence in the hearts of those who fund this type of research.

New developments are happening all the time, whether it’s the discovery of tarantula venom as a treatment for muscular dystrophy, or bee venom halting cancer cell growth.

What’s most exciting is that we still have thousands and thousands of species to study and research.

So before Mr. Spider spooks you off your tuffet, think about the advantages he brings to our future as healthy humans.

The next time you’re wondering how to get rid of a spider infestation, or researching bee removal services, we encourage you to carry out your plan with love and respect for the important species with whom we share our planet.

You never know which one of them might help you or a loved one someday.

 

04Apr/17
Pest Management Tips for Residents and property managers saskatchewan

Managers: Here Are 3 Pest Control Tips Residents Will Love You For

Managers: Here Are 3 Pest Control Tips Residents Will Love You For

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As a property manager, your goal is happy residents.  But a pest is happy to have any residence at all.  

Recurring pest problems cause residents to move, therefore proper pest control is a fundamental part of managing your units, whether you’re a manager, investor, or an owner.

You might be overlooking an effective source of help for maintaining a tidy, pest-free property: the people who live there.  Every year renters are surveyed by the National Apartment Association, realtor organizations, and sites like Homes.com.  The resulting research gives us some powerful information about what renters want and how we can involve them to improve pest control in apartment complexes.

Here are 3 tips to get tenants to contribute while making them feel like a valued part of the pest-free team:

1.Keep Your Tenants Informed

You aren’t the only one who wants to keep bugs out.  Up to two thirds of tenants are interested in pest management tips, yet less than a quarter of property managers are giving out information.

Stand out from the crowd and distribute a list of tips a few times per year.  This can be part of a newsletter, an article on your website, or just a simple flyer.   Also, be sure to alert tenants when pest control is coming so they feel informed and know you are taking the time to do preventative service.

2.Use Environmentally-Friendly Products

Not only do tenants want information, they want product safety.  

Overuse of chemicals is a growing concern in the housing industry.  Ask your pest management service provider what can be done to make the service less hazardous to tenant health and let your residents know that their pest technician uses safe, pet-friendly products.  

3.Encourage More Communication

Only 1 in 4 renters will alert management after the first time they see a pest.  In fact, it’s estimated that 40% of pest sightings go unreported.

If multiple residents see the same type of pest during the same week, yet all fail to report it, then you’ve missed an opportunity to attack a small problem before it becomes major.

Don’t let a lack of communication generate consequences for your property:  remind residents that their help is both wanted and necessary for reporting pests and situations that could lead to infestations.

For example, tenants should know to inform you if they see garbage lingering long-term outside a neighbour’s apartment, smell on-going pet odors, observe standing water, or see similar pest-breeding conditions.  

Showing concern for your property and the health of your residents are two great ways to build loyalty.  When your tenants see that you are actively concerned about preventing and addressing pest problems you’ll make a big stride in increasing retention rates.  

A clean place to live is a happy place to live, so consider the effort you make a worthy, long-term investment in the financial and social health of your business.

27Mar/17
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Wildlife Home Invasions and How You Can Prevent Them

Wildlife Home Invasions and How You Can Prevent Them

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The comforts of home are too many to count.  Your nest is a cozy place of safety, relaxation, and shelter from the elements.  The tricky part is that all the things you love about your home attract animal visitors who love it, too.    

Don’t let the fuzzy, innocence fool you from afar: animals like raccoons and squirrels pose serious health and structural threats to humans.  There is nothing cuddly about rabies, roundworm, or bacteria-born disease.

Too Much Time On My Paws

You might think your home is critter-proof.  Let’s keep in mind, however, that wildlife creatures are highly resourceful and creative.  If they don’t find an entry point, they will dig or chew one.  The neighborhood raccoon is a furry version of Andy from Shawshank Redemption: he’s got plans to tunnel through, and enough time to make it happen.  

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“The chimney is clear, Frank! Come on down!”

Preventing The Invasion

You can prevent wildlife from causing harm to your family, pets, and home by:

  1. Limiting their opportunities to enter
  2. Avoiding the common mistakes of animal removal

For example, you can cut off entry points around your home by finding openings or holes that a critter can easily squeeze through.  Conduct seasonal inspections and observe for any signs of chewed wood.  Lastly, don’t neglect repairs needed on your fascia, roof carpentry, or roofing vents.  

To safeguard the inside of your home, fix any leaky pipes in walls or under sinks.  Pests are attracted to moisture, so keep things nice and dry.  

As for wildlife removal, it’s not always as simple as it appears.  For example, there are many ways to kill a squirrel, but you don’t want it to die in your house.  The best solution for getting squirrels out of attics is to trap them and relocate them to areas away from the home.

Likewise, you may be wondering how to get rid of raccoons in the chimney.  Even if you manage to catch the adult, what about the rest of the family?

Two big mistakes that homeowners make while performing DIY critter control is leaving squirrel and raccoon babies behind in attics and chimneys, and neglecting to remove waste from attic spaces.  These can be difficult, technical processes, so if you’re in doubt, enlist the help of a pest management professional with equipment and experience.

Premier specializes in efficient, affordable pest and wildlife control.  If a critter comes knocking, we’ll send them walking.  Our humane animal removal services are based on many years of training and proven strategies, and our commitment to be a trusted service provider for Regina homeowners and business owners.

16Mar/17
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Implement A Pest Management Plan To Protect Your Hotel’s Reputation

You know the old adage: Trust is difficult to earn and easy to lose.  

When it comes to your hotel or resort nothing sends potential guests running for the hills like the word infested.

Just one bug-ridden hotel room can permanently damage your property’s reputation and future bookings.  This is especially true if it ends up as part of a photo review on Google or social media.

When you know which pests you’re going up against, you and your employees can proactively prevent problems.

Here’s a rundown of the most common hotel pests who coincidentally inspired one of the most famous songs of all time, Hotel California.  These guys check in any time they like, but without proper pest control, can’t ever seem to leave:     

Bed bugs  

Hotels are a top vacation destination for these miniature vampires.  When they aren’t busy nocturnally nibbling on your guests, bed bugs can be found hitching a ride on clothing and suitcases.  (Talk about traveling cheap!)  

While “chinches,” as they are called in Spanish, are thought by many to result from poor hygiene, that’s simply not the case.  Bed bugs show up even in the cleanest of places and are particularly difficult to battle since they multiply quickly.  Their numbers really start to spike in the summer as travel increases, and although they are not considered dangerous, an allergic reaction to several bites may need medical attention.

Rodents

Unless you’re hosting the annual Cheese Eating Olympics for competitive rodents in your city, you don’t want your business and rats appearing in the same news story, ever.

Rats and mice are both clever and motivated.  They sneak into buildings in search of food, cleverly wiggling through openings in walls, open basement windows and even making their way up vertical eaves troughs.    

Rather than wait for an infestation to happen, prevention and early detection are key.

Fleas and Ticks

Crawling pests like fleas and ticks are attracted to warmth, food and water, making kitchens, bathrooms, and boiler rooms a very hospitable place. Like bed bugs they reproduce quickly, so training employees to detect them early can stop them from spreading disease-causing germs to guests and their pets.

Roaches

Much like airplane crash survivors awaiting rescue in the Canadian wilderness, roaches are resilient insects that can survive for long periods of time without any food or water.  Known to come in several varieties, they just can’t seem to get off the Most Unwanted list, no matter how hard they try.

If you want to flash a “No Vacancy” sign when these guys roll up, make sure your cleanliness standards are truly 5-star.  Because they have a primal weakness for filth, cockroaches will be severely discouraged by a lack of grime and funk upon which to feast.  

Managing the expectations of guests is difficult enough without dealing with pest issues.

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Visitors expect a safe and clean environment during their stay, and by meeting this expectation with a dynamite pest prevention plan, you’ll be adding value to your reputation and future.

Premier Specializes In Confidential Commercial Pest Control for Hotels & Lodging 

Premier Pest Management is a locally owned and operated company that values the privacy of its commercial and industrial clients, especially those in the hotel and restaurant sectors.

Our highly trained pest management technicians can arrange to visit your property in an unmarked vehicle to help keep your commercial building free of pests without drawing the attention of customers.

Though it’s possible to set traps and use insecticide on your own, true peace of mind comes when you know the job has been completed professionally and that the pest problem has been permanently eradicated.  

After all, the only visitors that should be returning are your happy customers.

 

16Mar/17
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The Financial Benefits of Pest-Proof Construction

The Surprising Benefits of Pest-Proof Construction

Despite the tireless efforts of Saskatchewan termites to stop the release of this article, it’s time to let the secret out: Homeowners and contractors have a big opportunity to save money when it comes to choosing building materials.

Critters including termites, rats, mice, grey squirrels and others have a history of causing costly structural damage to buildings and homes, damaging thermal insulation, electrical wiring, drainage systems and other components.

The good news is that some of this impact is preventable.  Whether you develop or design commercial property, plan to build your own home, or want to increase your education on pest management, here are some of the best pest resistant materials on the modern construction market:   

Concrete

Concrete is recognized worldwide as a highly versatile and insect resistant building material.

Some concrete materials, such as AAC blocks, offer additional benefits like superior heat, fire and sound resistance, making them an excellent choice for hotel developers, hospitals, and the like.

Despite the fact that it’s not bug friendly, concrete does play nicely with other parts of mother nature.  Environmental studies show that sustainable forms of concrete that use recycled materials in the mix reduce global CO2 emissions.

 

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Brick

For centuries societies across the world have used both brick and stone for the residential and commercial construction.  In fact, brick has become so popular that we now see it widely used in the interior of homes as an upgrade from typical interior wall finishes.  

Brick offers many benefits, including the minimization of mold growth and infestation by insects.  As an added bonus, brick is such a strong and durable building material that it may qualify you for insurance discounts.

Fiber-Cement Siding

Fiber-cement siding is one of the most innovative materials that stop termites and other bugs in their tracks. The panels are made of a mixture that includes cellulose fibers, sand and cement. Once installed, they require little maintenance and can withstand severe frost and high levels of moisture.

It not only repels wood chomping insects, but it also has a longer lifespan than some other siding options.

Metals 

From metal roofs to iron gates to custom copper eavestroughs, metal is a popular choice in modern construction design.   Bugs won’t be pleased to sink their teeth into the tough stuff, and since metal is often hot, they won’t be fond of clinging to it for long.   (Imagine rats bouncing on a hot, tin roof!)

As with fiber-cement, metal building supplies, like roofing materials, may be more expensive, but they last longer, and, as with brick, they can potentially qualify you for reduced insurance premiums.

All in all metal is a great choice for humans because it’s the least likely choice for an insect habitat.

While pest resistant construction materials are the emphasis here, they cannot stand alone. A strong preventive maintenance program is essential, especially if you’re responsible for pest control in schools and hospitals, or other businesses that host high volumes of people and food.

No matter what type of materials you select, keep in mind that a professional pest management company like Premier can help you create a pest management plan for long-term bug-free success. We’ll help you create a residential or commercial pest control plan that suits your needs.
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06Mar/17

A Thought Before You Swat!

Are you accidentally killing natures own exterminators?

Drop that shoe! Not every pest deserves a trip to Squash City. In today’s blog we’ll explore a few little guys (and ladies) that are worth keeping around.

Here’s the Good, the Bad, and the Bugly.

Some bugs pose health risks to your family while others are simply annoying. Bear in mind, however, that not all creatures are created equal.

Plenty of insects provide substantial benefits to the environment and your home. Once we look past their creepy crawly exteriors, we discover that as long as they stay outside, these insects deserve a lot of respect, and even a ride out on a magazine.

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Spiders

Spiders and ex-felons share a lot in common: their bad stigma makes it impossible to find a good job.

This reputation is often undeserved, especially for spiders. Even though they are classified as predators, few species found in Canada represent a health threat.

In reality, these eight-legged critters assist in controlling other pests in the home or garden. Studies indicate that spiders kill more bugs than any other predator combined. And, unlike ex-felons, they work for free and decline paid vacations.

Get to know which spiders are dangerous, like black widows and brown recluses. If you see a harmless looking spider in your home, slip on a thick glove and release it outdoors.

An effective technique for capturing spiders is to place a cup over the spider and then slide a piece of paper underneath to entrap it. Mr. Spider will thank you for it, and continue to loyally provide his amazing pro-bono services, eating everyone in sight, except you.

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Ladybugs

You might be wondering, why are ladybugs important?
Ladybugs fill many important roles in nature, and being mega hungry is one of them.
Ms. Ladybug’s appetite makes her a natural born pest control professional. These little red and black insects can eat up to 5,000 pests in a lifetime. (It’s a wonder they haven’t put us out of business!)

Ladybugs typically don’t wander indoors, but when they do, they can be gently escorted out. To ensure they stay outdoors you can seal cracks around doors, screens, and windows.
In addition to eating her weight in bugs many times over, ladybugs are known to bring good luck. According to Chinese tradition, when a ladybug lands on you, it’s considered a sign that you will be granted more patience and fewer burdens.

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Praying Mantis

We know it’s nice to say grace before a meal, and if there’s one insect that is truly thankful, it’s the Praying Mantis. Mr. and Mrs. Mantis are a fascinating insect to have around the garden, and if one happens to pop into your home for a visit, he or she deserves to live another day.

That’s because the mantis will eat nearly anything – including its own kind! It consumes most pest insects and is particularly good at controlling mosquitoes and mites. How’s that for natural pest control?

Some human mantis fans have even reported cases in which a mantis has eaten raw meat from a human hand!

In an intriguing twist of bug trivia, it is the only known insect that can turn its head and look over its shoulder.

The next time you catch a mantis staring your way, don’t get bugged out. Just say, Bon appetite, and he’ll keep munching your pest problems away.

Got bug questions? We’ve got answers! For safe, effective, and fast pest elimination contact us for a free quote. Premier Pest Management works hard to take care of your family, home and business. Your pest problems = our solutions. Until next time!

19Feb/17
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Lower Pest Control Costs for Your Property in 4 Easy Ways

How to Lower Pest Control Costs for Your Property in 4 Easy Ways

Every commercial property needs a pest control plan, whether it’s a small office, restaurant, hotel or large apartment complex.  

Affordable pest control starts with a manager who takes insect prevention seriously because he or she knows it makes a financial impact.  When you minimize your risk of infestation and other expensive problems like wasp stings or bug bites to employees or guests, you contribute to the overall health and reputation of your organization.

After all, you’re in business to make money, not to finance a love nest for the blushing bug-to-be and her creepy crawling groom.

Here are 4 easy ways to prevent costly pest problems in offices.  In fact these can apply to your home, as well.

1. Guard Your Perimeter

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The battle of the bugs outside your office is just as important as the inside.

One overlooked step to pest control is cleaning your eavestroughs.  Messy troughs are home sweet home for wasps, mosquitoes, roaches, and all their friends between.  If your property manager doesn’t schedule regular eaves cleaning, then consider take the initiative yourself to have the service performed.  

As a bonus, when eavestroughs are clean they can successfully direct water away from your office walls, which protects the external construction and roof of your property.  

2. Stop Inviting Bugs to the Party

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The garbage can is where insects like bugs and rodents love to get together.  Shut down the fiesta before it starts by keeping all garbage in a sealed dumpster or container away from the exterior office wall.

Also, clean outdoor eating areas regularly to remove crumbs and leftovers that will attract pests.

3. Get Your Employees Involved

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Encourage the rest of the office to keep a clean, dry workspace.  It only takes a few minutes to educate employees on the importance of office cleanliness.

Almost all of us are grossed out by bugs, so give some visual examples to get them motivated.  For example, dirty dishes are a magnet for rude, creepy crawling visitors.  “We only came for the food,” said every bug in history. (That would make a great graphic!)

Consider posting a short bullet list on how to “Pest-Proof” the office so everyone can continue to work in bug-free harmony.

4. “Splish, Splash – I Love Your Faucet Bath”

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Are you giving away tickets to an interoffice water park?  Bugs will go splishing and splashing anywhere they can find a leaky faucet.  Have any plumbing leaks fixed pronto.

Sorry, Mr. Cucaracha – this water slide is shut down for repairs.

Premier Pest Management is an experienced provider of pest treatment and prevention services in Regina Saskatchewan and surrounding areas.  PPM serves both homeowners and business owners, and believes that education and training is a critical part of every person’s pest control plan.

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13Feb/17
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Preparing for Spring: Pest Control Tips

Preparing for Spring: Pest Control Tips

Ahhhhh, spring time.  That special season is right around the corner.  We’re ready to swing open the front door, welcome the fresh air, and enjoy the chirps of birds who come from all around to send Old Man Winter packing.

Unfortunately, as the seasons change, we aren’t the only ones coming out to play.

Some of the most common springtime troublemakers are termites, wasps, ants, spiders, and beetles. While Mr. Sunshine is beaming down, these guys are gearing up – so prepare your home or business ahead of time with these helpful pest control tips. .

Examine and Observe

Your home or business needs a good examination several times a year.  You can prevent pest problems by carefully examining the exterior structures, making sure you don’t see holes or cracks in the foundation, walls, or around any windows.

Seal any holes or cracks you find before pests like ants have a chance to march in.  Adding weather stripping under doors and in windows also helps to block bugs out.   If you have any torn screens on your windows or doors we recommend replacing them.

Trim Your Greenery

Shrubs and trees close to the exterior of your home are the perfect bridge for buggie critters to stroll across and enter your home.  Make it an annual habit to cut back trees and shrubs.

You can also discourage pests from shacking up in your living space by removing plants and weeds from near your foundation.  This eliminates potential food and water sources.  You’ll want to make sure you remove any standing water where mosquitoes can breed, as well.

Put Your Cleaning Cap On

Make sure everyone in your home knows the importance of not leaving crumbs and nibbles on the counter.  Remember to completely seal food packages.  If bugs can find it, they can eat it, so maintaining a tidy house is an excellent way to prevent infestations.

Even keeping up with simple chores will help, like wiping down counters daily, regularly sweeping areas where food is consumed, and cleaning the areas where Fido and Ms. Meow chow down.  (Pests will munch on pet food, so seal that up, too!).

Your Pest Control Resource

If you want more guidance on pest problems, or you’re not sure how to properly inspect your home, contact us for assistance.

Premier Pest Management is the leader in pest control in Regina Saskatchewan and surrounding areas.

Our trained professionals can assess and solve your problem, whether you’re in need of pest control due to ants, mice, animals, insects, or any other pest that may require removal.