Welcome to Abell’s articles section, here you will find a myriad of useful information about common indoor and outdoor pests for both residential and commercial environments, preventative tips for avoiding infestations as well as practical do it yourself solutions for keeping them away from your home and business.
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Any professional chef will tell you to clean as you go when working in a kitchen. By following this advice, you can save time cleaning up after dinner - and you'll feel confident that you aren't creating a welcoming environment for pests. Here are other professional chef tips you can follow in a home kitchen to keep bugs and insects away:
While chemical pesticides can be effective for managing pest problems, they can also be harsh and cause problems. Fumigating with methyl bromide, for instance, can lead to difficulty breathing if administered improperly. Another downside of using chemical pesticides to manage your garden? They can runoff into streams, infiltrate the ecosystem and kill off beneficial insects - which is why companies like Health Canada are looking to phase out pesticides that can be used to kill bees.
The attic is one part of the house that's easy to forget about. Unlike the main living space, it is infrequently occupied and unlike the basement it contains no necessary appliances or equipment. Many modern homes don't even have easily accessible attics. Owners of older homes may use their attics for storage or simply seal them off to prevent heat loss during the winter. Typically, home owners don't think about pest control in their attic until there's a problem - that is, until they hear something scraping and scurrying. Here's what to do to keep pests out of your house's attic and what you can do if you suspect pests have already made it their home.
It's common to be afraid of all spiders, but the harmful species - such as the Black Widow - are the ones you should really be afraid of. According to Do-It-Yourself Pest Control, Black Widow Spiders are considered poisonous, spiteful spiders in North America. Fortunately, Black Widows are not usually lethal, because they can only inject a small amount of venom into humans, but they can still be harmful.
Not only is the mosquito the most well-known summertime pest, but it's also perhaps the most aggravating. Disturbing perfect summer evenings outdoors roasting s'mores by the bonfire and always biting when you least expect, mosquitos are easily the worst pests in the summer. The good news is that there are ways to help prevent mosquitos.
As summer begins to wind down, it's time to think about making sure your home is ready for the season ahead. While it's not quite time to prepare for the cold winter weather yet, you should be thinking about autumn. Fallen leaves and cooling temperatures can contribute to pest problems in the home. Perhaps you've noticed that there are more mice on your property in the autumn than in other seasons. Like you, mice are drawn to your home's warmth - plus, they might see your festive jack-o-lantern as a tasty treat. Keep reading to learn how to prepare your home for autumn.
They're small but their presence is powerful and utterly obnoxious. Fruit flies are by far one of the most frustrating insects to behold. They love to dine on your seasonal fruit just as much as you do. But while you could never ruin their appetite, they could definitely end yours. Real Simple magazine explained that fruit flies are so hard to get rid of because they can lay up to 500 eggs on ripening fruit and they will lay these eggs in hard to reach or notice places making it a challenge for you to get rid of them all at once. It then only takes them about 8-10 days to grow into an adult. They're attracted to sweet smelling flavors - probably just like you - such as fruit and wine.
Voles can be a common pest problem across Canada and the northern U.S. Unlike other types of rodents, voles can do serious damage to residential lawns, orchards and other agricultural endeavors. Their tunnels can disrupt root systems, causing plants to die or not bear fruit. Because they move underground, they are also quite difficult to manage and often require the help of a professional pest control service. Keep reading to learn more about voles and how to manage them:
Pests may invade your home in search of warmth or a free meal, but your yard might also be a perfect environment for animals of all types. As such, not only can your property become a victim of pest damage, but unwanted animals may be poised to invade your home if given the opportunity.
Although squirrels might not carry as much stigma as other rodents like mice and rats, these little animals can still be a serious nuisance for your property. Like many other creatures, their presence could lead to expensive damage around the home, and squirrels have been linked with dangerous diseases as well. There are nearly two dozen species of squirrels that live in Canada and the northern U.S., including grey squirrels, chipmunks, ground squirrels and flying squirrels.