Experience Nature’s Gift in Salmon Arm

A Salmon Arm getaway combines outstanding wilderness scenery, endless recreation, and top-notch urban amenities – all enriched by a friendly, warm, and welcoming community. Enjoy unique boutique shopping, cozy bistros, theatres, and open-air venues. Farmers’ markets and specialty food shops feature locally grown and organic options for your culinary pleasure.
Walking and hiking trails are plentiful in and around town – a stroll along Canada’s longest wooden inland curved wharf is a must! There are many more trails within minutes of the city center – for walking, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, snowshoeing, and XC skiing. Snowmobilers can head to Fly Hills for 200 km of sled trails. Cyclists will love riding our winding, low-traffic roads, and the natural scenery is outstanding.
Music-lovers will thrill at the Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival, an event that attracts over 25,000 people every year.
Public art galleries, private studios, and retail shops showcase our large and talented artisan community – you’ll want to add to your art collection and bring home a memento or two. Salmon Arm will delight you, no matter what your style!

 

 

Many homes in Salmon Arm experience problems with pests and need assistance with pest control and termite control.
The most common breed of mouse in Salmon Arm is the house mouse. They vary in colour from white to grey, and light brown to black. These critters have a strong sense of hearing and communicate with other mice by squealing — some audible to humans and extend to an ultrasonic range.
Did you know that house mice are known for their quick reproduction? One female house mouse has the ability to produce up to 8 litters per year!
Our technicians are more than just mouse catchers! They have the structural know-how and hands-on skills to provide permanent solutions to most structural deficiencies that might be causing mice to come inside.

Natural Pest Solutions
Salmon Arm, BC, Canada
(778) 765-2999
https://mynaturalpestsolutions.com/ca/salmon-arm-pest-control/

Protect Your Business, Rodents Are On Their Way

Rats and other species of rodents can have a devastating impact on businesses, particularly those operating within the food industry. Not only can they cause an outbreak of foodborne illnesses, due to the diseases they spread, but they can also have a negative effect on brand reputation, operating costs and revenue.

The research showed that out of all the different species of pests, rats are the most destructive pest for businesses.

Why are rats the world’s most destructive pest?
It may or may not shock you to learn that 49% of businesses report electrical damage caused by rodents.

Rats have a pair of continuously growing incisor teeth in both their upper and lower jaw. As a result, they have to continuously gnaw on objects to wear them down and prevent them from becoming too long.

Rats and mice are known to gnaw on electrical cables. Not only is this a major fire hazard when they gnaw through to the copper and the wires short out, but it can also result in the failure of electrical equipment leading to production downtime.

The findings from our report showed the true impact rodent infestations can have on a business.
Over a quarter of the businesses, we surveyed reported the damage to electrical equipment following a rat infestation, with nearly half of them confirming that the damage caused to machinery was directly caused by rats.
For businesses operating in the food industry, and in particular food manufacturing facilities, this can have a large impact on the production cycle. Our survey discovered that food-focused businesses lost an average of 8 working days due to rat infestations.
It’s not just the food industry which can be affected by rodents, as 20% of all the businesses we surveyed reported machine downtime.

 

Natural Pest Solutions
Lakeview Heights, West Kelowna, BC V1Z
(778) 760-1646
https://mynaturalpestsolutions.com/ca/pest-control-west-kelowna/

Homeowners Beware: These “Silent Destroyers” Can Eat Away at Home Values

One in four homes is affected by termites in their lifetime, it is essential to take termite control seriously, and take preventative measures against them. 

Around this time, homeowners might be planning some exciting home improvement projects, from major remodels to DIY fixes large and small. One of the more significant aspects of home maintenance is proper pest prevention to help ensure the home remains a masterpiece more so than a money pit. Termites, in particular, pose a major threat, causing more than $5 billion in property damage each year – costs that are typically not covered by homeowners’ insurance policies.

Contingent on the species, termite colonies can consist of millions of members, all of which may be hidden out of sight either tunneling underground or inside a household’s wooden structure. Different sorts of termites can be found across the country. Regions with warmer and wetter climates typically experience greater termite pressure and are therefore at an increased risk for structural termite damage. Regardless of your location, homes of every size and model throughout the country are at risk for termite damage, and property owners need to take necessary precautions to protect their homes and their wallets.

Here are the major types of termites or termite species that could cause homeowners trouble this year:

Subterranean Termites:

The group of termites known collectively as subterranean termites includes some of the most destructive termite species. They prefer to nest and forage in moist soil as well as wood that is in contact with soil, hence their name. These termites build distinctive tube-like shelters, often referred to as “mud tubes,” that extend from the soil to a wood source. They eat wood 24 hours a day, seven days a week, using their saw-toothed jaws to bite off small fragments of wood one piece at a time. Over time, this feeding behavior can degrade the structural integrity of a building, potentially causing a total collapse. Subterranean termite damage threatens homeowners across the country.

 

 

Formosan Subterranean Termite:

Of all the subterranean termite, the Formosan subterranean termite has the potential to be the most destructive because it can generate much larger colonies than most other species. Their huge underground colonies can number into the millions, typically invading structures from the ground up. In a single day, a Formosan termite queen can produce more than 1,000 eggs, rapidly growing a colony. In addition to structures, they’ve also been known to infest trees, utility poles and even boats. Aside from wood, they can chew through telephone coverings and electric cable insulation, causing costly damage and power outages.

 

 

 

Drywood Termites:

Drywood termites typically inhabit undecayed wood and do not require contact with soil to survive like subterranean termites. Therefore, they can make themselves at home in wood furniture or framing once inside. Although less aggressive than other species, they can be transported to new locations via an infested piece of furniture or a picture frame, capable of causing expensive repairs wherever they end up.

 

 

 

 

 

Termites are always on the move: they are now found in places where historically they did not exist. Your home is your biggest investment in terms of money, effort, and love, so naturally, you want only the best provider for all your termite inspection, prevention and treatment solutions.

 

 

Natural Pest Solutions
Suite #1 2160 Wilkinson St.
Kelowna, BC. V1Y-3Z8
phone 778-760-1356
https://mynaturalpestsolutions.com/ca/kelowna-pest-control/

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4 Steps to Getting Rid of Ants in Your Home

An ant invasion is the last attack you would want in your home. Driven by a constant thirst for water, food, and moisture, these tiny household guests can difficult to get rid of.

There are three common types of ants found at home, the black garden ants, the carpenter ants, and the little black ant. These three species cause a problem in any given environment. As experts, we are here to give you workable solutions to get rid of these unwelcome guests at home.

But before we begin, you need to know the behavior of the ant species

The two most common ant behavior you need to understand.

  • Ants are driven by a thirst for water and food.
  • Ants can survive the floods.

Once you are familiar with the ants’ behavior, we will now look at 4 simple and effective ways to get rid of these household pests.

Step Number 1. Keep a clean environment.

These crawling soldiers have a powerful sense of smell and taste. To get rid of the ants, always keep your foods sealed in tight containers, keep your dustbin clean from sugar remains, and always leave no traces of leftovers on top of any surface.

Step 2. Deal with the ants at their home.

Ants continually march in a trail in search of their needs/wants. To get rid of the entire colony, you need to follow the trail and identify their home. Once there, you can use simple tricks to get rid of these insects.

Two simple ways

  • Pour boiling water inside the entrance and exit points of these ants. (This is considered a drastic measure and is not commonly advised).
  • Mix two parts sugar with two parts borax and set the mixture at the colony entrance. This is a simple trap to attract ants and kill them effectively.

 

Step no 3. Eliminate sources of moisture and water to get rid of carpenter ants.

Black carpenter ants will destroy your wooden fence, house poles and any other wooden structure they find on their way to build their colony. You should know that water acts as a key element in their quest. So, to keep these mites away from your wooden structures, never let them access water.

How to achieve this.

  • Keep the outdoor space as dry as possible.
  • Always manicure your garden to avoid water stagnation.

 

Step 4. Use of ant-insecticide.

Although this is considered a drastic measure that should only be used when push comes to shove, an ant insecticide is one of the most common and long-term methods used to get rid of these tiny pests.

Insecticides are designed to kill ants whenever contact is made.  You can also use other homemade remedies as insecticides to help do the job effectively.

Four most common home remedies.

  1. Lemon Juice.
  • Baking soda.
  1. Boric acid.

 

Conclusion and a word of advice.

As much as the ants play a key role in balancing the ECO-system, it is advisable to get rid of them instead of eliminating/killing them. As a homeowner, identify ways to drive the tiny insects away from your home without harming them or the environment. This is important to keep the natural food chain balanced.

 

Finding and Preventing Bed Bugs

Finding and Preventing Bed Bugs

When it comes to having unwanted pests in your house prevention is far easier than trying to clear out an infestation.  Despite our best efforts you can still end up with ants, bed bugs or some other pest that you need to get rid of.  If you live in an apartment building you can end up with bed bugs through no fault of your own, the neighbors can bring them in and they get to your apartment through the walls.  Find and preventing bed bugs is easier than trying to get rid of them once they have made a nest.  Here are some tools you can use to help you eliminate them once and for all.

Sticky Products

You can use a sticky adhesive product if you suspect you may have bed bugs, place the trap near your bed or anywhere else you suspect they might be.  Check back the next morning or the next day to see if you have caught any.  You can also pick up bed bug interceptors at any home improvement store and place them where needed to determine if you have any, then you can get in an exterminator to remove them.

Pesticides

If there are just a few of them you may be able to get by with a chemical pesticide that you can spray to kill them.  You need to be cautious however even over the counter products can be highly toxic so follow the directions on the can to the letter.  You want to be careful of pets and children and always make sure that you have adequate ventilation when spraying.

Canine Inspections

If you think you may have more than just a couple of bed bugs then try contacting a pest control company that uses dogs for detection.  The dog along with the handler will thoroughly inspect your property to detect where live bugs may be living.  Dogs have an incredible sense of smell and can find bed bugs behind your walls, in the furniture and anywhere else that bed bugs may be hiding.

Treatments

Once it has been established that yes, you do have an infestation then it is time to get rid of them.  There are a couple of ways that this can be done.  The first method is by using heat.  Any of the affected items are put into a receptacle and heated to 45 Celsius, which is warm enough to kill the bugs but won’t damage any of your stuff.  You can even use this method on your electronics.

If the heat approach isn’t enough then your pest control company may have to take more aggressive action.  They will use a combination of pesticide sprays, steam and a vacuum to rid you of the rest of your bed bugs.  There may also need to be follow ups done just to make sure that they are all killed.