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Insects & Bugs

Ants

Ants in Victoria There are many kinds of problem pests in Victoria ants being one of biggest frustration amongst home owners and businesses. Listed below are a few different kinds of ants that you may …
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Bees & Wasps

¬†Bees & Wasps Wasps are important scavengers and insect predators. Bees are extremely valuable pollinators. The threat of their sting is what makes them unwelcome when they nest on, in or near peoples’ homes. KEY …
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Bed Bugs

Introduction Don’t let the bed bugs bite! A few years ago this used to be an almost meaningless phrase. Not so much today. Bed bugs have made a big come back. These ‘nasty’ little pests …
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Springtails

Springtails Springtails are very small, grayish-coloured, wingless insects about 1 to 2 mm long. They have special “tails” attached under their bodies, called a furculum, which they can “spring” causing them to jump. Springtails are …
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Powder Post Beetles

Powder Post Beetles Powderpost beetle-damaged wood is common in Victoria. Wood damaged by powderpost beetles has small, round holes 1/6″ to 1/8″ in diameter. These are the exit holes of the adult beetles. Inside the …
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Outdoor Pests

Outdoor Pests There are many outdoor pests which accidentally invade structures. Sowbugs, Pillbugs, European Earwigs, Centipedes, Millipedes and Clover Mites are some of the many pests normally found outside that can become nuisances inside too. …
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Integrated Pest Management

Integrated Pest Management,¬† Some Things We Are Doing. Unwanted insects, rodents, birds and animals that get into homes, offices, restaurants and other structures are known as structural pests. Our company, PES Professional Ecological Services Ltd., …
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Food Pests

Food Pests There are many types of insect pests that infest foods. They may be found inside food and its packaging, in cupboards, or on counters. Although control can be difficult, prevention is relatively simple. …
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Flies

Flies Whatever the size, flies can be serious problems. Flies are frequent indoor pest problems. They contaminate food, transmit diseases and generally annoy people. Many health experts consider filth-breeding flies like the common house fly …
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Fleas

Fleas There are hundreds of different kinds of fleas but the cat flea is the one that causes the most problems for pet owners in the Victoria area. Adult fleas are tiny, black, wingless insects …
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Silverfish and Firebrats

Silverfish and Firebrats Silverfish and firebrats are carrot-shaped, slender insects about 13 mm (1/2 inch) long when fully grown. They have 2 long antennae (feelers) on their heads and 3 long “tail” bristles. Silverfish are …
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Cockroaches

Cockroaches Cockroaches can infest any building. They are common in apartment buildings and in restaurants. Because they are nocturnal and not normally seen during the day, large populations can develop before they are noticed. Cockroach …
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Cluster Flies

Cluster Flies Cluster Flies gather into a group of individuals, or clusters, to hibernate in the winter. They gather in attics, upper rooms and window frames. The young are parasites of earthworms. Eggs are laid …
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Clothes Moths

Clothes Moths Clothes Moths larvae can feed on and damage cotton, linen, woolens, furs and silk. They can also damage synthetics and paper when they feed on sweat, food or drinks that may be on …
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Carpet Beetles

Carpet Beetles Adult Carpet Beetles feed on the pollen of flowers. When they get indoors, however, the young (larvae) of these insects can be serious pests. Larvae are carrot-shaped with tufts of bristles at their …
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National Building Code

Excerpts from the National Building Code, 1985 9.8.9.1. Exterior wood steps shall not be in direct contact with the ground unless suitability treated with a wood preserver. 9.12.1.1. In localities where termites are known to …
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Booklice

Booklice Psocids (also called booklice) are very common insects. The types of psocids that infest buildings are usually light-coloured and very small (about 1 – 2 mm long). They do not jump or fly. Psocids …
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Pharoah Ants

Pharaoh Ants Pharaoh ants are very, very small yellowish ants that can be a major nuisance inside a building. There are usually several Pharaoh ants’ nests in an infested building and each nest usually contains …
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Moisture Ants

Moisture Ants Moisture ants (sometimes called Cornfield Ants or Lasius Ants are often seen during reproductive swarming in late summer and early autumn. Swarming occurs for about 2 to 7 days. Winged females, winged males, …
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Carpenter Ants

Carpenter Ants There are many different kinds of carpenter ants. The two that most commonly nest inside houses are large, heavy-bodied ants. Worker ants are wingless and range in size from about 6 mm to …
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