Free Your Attic of Animal Droppings

Finding animal droppings in your attic can present a significant problem. Some reasons to be concerned about the presence of animal feces include:

 

 Free Your Attic of Animal Droppings

 

  • Health – Animals, along with their droppings, can be vectors of disease. Animal droppings can carry parasites and deadly diseases, necessitating their removal immediately. Some of these pathogens can become airborne.
  • Insulation damage – Fecal matter can also damage insulation. This can adversely affect your heating and cooling of your home, leading to higher energy costs. There is also the time and expense necessary to replace ruined insulation.
  • Foul odours – Animal droppings may exude unpleasant smells, especially if they have been there for some time. Removing the smell can prove difficult if the droppings have soaked into your attic surfaces. Smells can pervade the rest of the house.
  • Stains – Droppings can stain surfaces and discolour walls and floors. It is also possible for feces and urine to soak into the ceiling underneath your attic, ruining the paint and walls of your home.

 

 Free Your Attic of Animal Droppings

 

Animal droppings are an especially troublesome problem, but it is possible to remove the waste. It’s always best to call an expert for help, because they will:

 

 Free Your Attic of Animal Droppings

 

  • Wear protective clothing – Gloves and a face mask are necessary for health. The person performing the removal will not breathe in or expose their skin to bacteria and germs. A full body suit will provide more comprehensive protection.
  • Remove droppings from the attic – A vacuum-like device can pick up smaller pieces. Larger pieces will need to be removed by hand. Droppings will be placed in a plastic bag, tightly tied, and discarded.
  • Recommend insulation replacement – If a pest control specialist identifies soiled insulation they will recommend you replace it.
  • Spray the attic with antimicrobial spray – After removing the droppings and other debris, remaining parasites and germs are killed.
  • Deodorize your attic – To remove foul odours, a safe, environmentally friendly deodorant can to keep smells from permeating the rest of your home.

 

 Free Your Attic of Animal Droppings

 

Professional pest control services perform wildlife dropping services to keep your home air healthy and bacteria-free. Contact Pro-Pest at (416) 487-4179. We can clear your attic of animal droppings and remove the wildlife that left them.

A chimney is necessary (for any home that has a fireplace) to lead away smoke and other fireplace emissions. However, that opening into your home can be welcoming to outdoor pests. The addition of a chimney cap can block animals from entering. Some problems a chimney cap prevents include:

 

Why a Chimney Cap is Useful

 

1. Disease – Wild animals like raccoons and squirrels often carry diseases (like rabies). Installing a chimney cap can keep animals out of your chimney, and out of your home.

2. Nests – Chimneys make for attractive homes for birds. This can lead to a chimney becoming clogged, causing a buildup of carbon monoxide indoors. A chimney cap keeps flying friends outside while smoke escapes.

3. Dead animals – Animals can become trapped in the flue and die. Foul smells, maggots, and flies may eventually present themselves as a result.

4. Handling wildlife – No homeowner should try to deal with an animal invasion on their own. Experts have the training, tools, and expertise to do this in a safe manner.

5. Animal droppings – Animals living in a chimney flue can also leave droppings in your fireplace, which release foul smells as they burn and can hold bacteria.

 

Why a Chimney Cap is Useful

Other incidental reasons for installing a chimney cap are:

 

Why a Chimney Cap is Useful

 

1. Moisture – Water can enter a chimney, damaging its inner workings and cause cracks that are costly to repair. Water also encourages the growth of mildew and mould within a chimney, which affects breathing and the respiratory health of inhabitants.

2. Debris – A chimney clogged with debris (e.g. leaves and twigs) can cause carbon monoxide buildup in your home.

3. Stray embers – Embers from a fireplace may travel up the chimney to the outdoor area. They may have enough heat left to ignite nearby plants and start a fire. A chimney cap can prevent fire.

4. Drafts – Chimneys can house downdrafts (from wind) and send smoke back into a home, making it difficult to start fires. They can also adversely affect heating bills.

 

Why a Chimney Cap is Useful

 

A chimney cap can keep your home safe in several ways. If you need chimney capping services, contact Pro-Pest at (416) 487-4179. We can help you with chimney caps to keep pests out and protect your property and family.

Keep Firewood Pest-Free This Winter

Although many of us enjoy a warm, wood-burning fireplace or stove in the wintertime, we may not understand how to properly store wood. Keeping logs inside the house/cottage or the garage may not be a good idea. Here are some tips to properly store firewood and keep it free from pests.

Keep it away from the property.

Keep Firewood Pest-Free This Winter

Pests love to burrow and nest deep in wood piles. The closer firewood is to your property, the more likely insects are to infiltrate your property and cause serious damage. Keep firewood a good twenty feet (or more) away from your home or cottage, and never store it indoors.

Keep it dry.

Use a cover — or keep firewood in a woodshed — to prevent moisture from soaking into the wood. Logs will also be easier to burn. Keep firewood off the ground to keep the wood free from water and insects.

Keep Firewood Pest-Free This Winter

Use what you need.

Gather small amounts of kindling and logs as you need them. Use what you have indoors right away. Keep all other wood stored safely outdoors.

Avoid using pesticides.

If you spot insects in your firewood, avoid the impulse to spray your stack with pesticide. Wood containing toxic chemicals will release noxious gas indoors if burned in the fireplace or wood stove.

Keep Firewood Pest-Free This Winter

Use older firewood first.

Older firewood makes it easier for pests to burrow. They may build a colony if the wood is not burned right away. Before using old firewood, check for surface ants by shaking and tapping the logs.

If you suspect that your firewood has hidden pests or your home or cottage may be an unwilling shelter for winter invaders, call Pro-Pest. We can take care of infestation safely and without endangering property residents, pets, or family. Call us at (416) 487-4179.

Pests for Every Season

Every season has its own distinguishable characteristics. These conditions determine which kind of flora and fauna thrive at different times of the year. Some creatures do so well during a particular season that their population increases are regarded as “pest levels.” Identifying seasonal pests is a handy skill to prevent infestation.

Spring

Spring sees the reawakening of plant life after winter hibernation. Flowers, trees, and shrubs aren’t the only living things that regenerate in the warming months. With a moderate and moist environment (and renewed food supplies), spring is an ideal season for pests like:

Pests for Every Season

  • Ticks
  • Flies
  • Cankerworms
  • Mosquitoes
  • Ants

Summer

Insects love the heat of summer. They can also move faster during this season and evade predators. They can eat and breed — and multiply. Common summer insects include:

  • Cockroaches
  • Spiders
  • Yellow Jackets
  • Bed bugs
  • Wasps, bees, and hornets

Pests for Every Season

Fall

In the autumn months, most animals are preparing reserves and establishing nesting grounds for the winter. Small animals, however, are more vulnerable during this time and would likely choose a permanent fixture (e.g. gardens, homes, and other buildings) as their winter retreat. Pests that can become problems at this time are:

  • Rodents
  • Bats
  • Slugs and Snails
  • Stink Bugs
  • Birds

Winter

During the winter, most plants and animals slow down. Potential pests (or insect eggs) hide to survive until spring. With your home providing warmth and food, more potential pests would try to build their nesting ground indoors. The most common winter pests are:

  • Mice and rats
  • Raccoons
  • Firewood bugs
  • Termites
  • Cockroaches

Pests for Every Season

How to prevent possible infestation

1. Remove food sources. Clean food spills and crumbs, seal food containers, and properly dispose of food waste. With no food source, hungry pests are less likely to raid your pantry.

2. Dry out moist areas in your home. Moisture attracts pests like ants and flies.

3. Seal all openings. These include cracks in your walls, attic windows, and chimneys. Repair window screens and replace door seals. Pests (like rats and mice) can sneak into places with very small gaps.

4. Hire pest control and removal service experts. Some pests can’t be managed by simple home remedies, and you might end up worsening your pest problem. Professional pest controllers know how pests behave and know how to eliminate the problem.

Professional pest control and removal services are available all seasons. Call Pro-Pest today if you have seasonal pest problems: (416) 487-4179 or email us at info@pro-pest.ca.

Halting Ant Infestation in Its Tracks

Ants are helpful to farms and serve a purpose; they’re natural predators and often feed on insects that can cause damage to the roots of plants. They also help pollinate flowers and distribute seeds. But when ants take over your indoor living space, it’s time to eradicate them. Ants can be destructive to property. Expert pest control companies will eliminate the ant nest, remove their food sources, and recommend barriers to prevent new ant infestations. Continue reading

Hard to Miss Symptoms of Bed Bug Infestation

Bed bugs are tiny and freakishly flat. They can easily hide and nest in the vicinity of resting areas — beds and sofas are among their favorite haunts. These give them easy access to an idle and unwitting host they can feast on for hours. They can also travel unnoticed, often hitching a ride on belongings like luggage or used furniture acquired from a local garage sale.

As simple as a bed bug’s means of transportation might be, there are also a few simple and hard-to-miss signs they’ve chosen your mattress as a permanent bed and breakfast. Continue reading

Pest-Proof Your Food Processing Facility or Restaurant

When it comes to food processing facilities and restaurants, it is very important to have a pest control plan in order. First, the facility should hire a professional pest control company that is fully bonded and insured. This will protect the food processing facility against liability. The technician who comes out to assess the pest problem should be able to provide identification, certification, and a license prior to touring the facility and searching for pests of any kind. Continue reading

Eco-Friendly Pest Control Protects Your Home

Sometime in the beginning of the industrial age, pest control took a big turn. Chemical byproducts with suspicious origins began to be used against fleas, ticks, flies, cockroaches, etc. While these mass-marketed sprays and insecticides seemed effective, few people understood the poor side effects for humans. Today we’re more aware that pesticides made from artificial substances are poisonous to humans and animals. There’s now a surge in popularity for natural or eco-friendly products. Continue reading