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How to Choose the Best Exterminator: A Guide for Canadian Homeowners

As a Canadian homeowner, encountering unwanted pests in and around your property can be distressing. For individuals encountering an infestation for the first time, it can be challenging to determine whom to contact to ensure the job gets done right. Unfortunately, not all pest control teams are created equal so it’s important to properly vet the exterminators coming to your home. To help you make an informed decision we’ve compiled a list of things to consider and important questions you should ask a pest control company before booking.


  1. Verify that the exterminator is licensed by your provincial government
  2. Check for membership in organizations like the National Pest Management Association (NPMA)
  3. Check online reviews on platforms such as Google and Homestars
  4. Ask if they provide upfront pricing and guarantee the success of their work
  5. Inquire about the exterminator’s experience with the specific pest problem you’re facing
  6. Look for professionals who prioritize integrated pest management (IPM) practices

Is The Pest Control Specialist Government-Licensed?

One of the first things to check when choosing an exterminator is whether they are government-licensed. In Canada, reputable pest control specialists must adhere to specific regulations and standards set by local authorities. A valid license ensures that the exterminator has received proper training and possesses the necessary skills to handle pest control responsibly. These requirements vary from province to province. Therefore, it’s a good idea to check what is required in your area.

For example, in Ontario, all pest control professionals must have a valid Exterminator License to comply with the Pesticides Act and Ontario Regulation 63/09. Ontario exterminator licences are valid for five years from the date of issue. 

Is the Exterminator A Member Of Any Professional Pest Extermination Associations?

Membership in professional pest extermination associations indicates a commitment to industry standards and ongoing education. Reputable organizations, such as the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), provide resources and guidelines for pest control professionals. Choosing an exterminator affiliated with such associations ensures that the specialist stays informed about the latest industry developments and employs best practices in pest management.

Do they Have Positive Online Reviews?

In today’s digital age assessing an exterminator’s reputation is just a click away. Check online platforms like Google, Yelp, Homestars and Better Business Bureau for customer reviews. A high overall rating is a strong sign of reliability and the business’s ability to meet customer expectations consistently. You may also want to look for reviews that reference the specific services you require. 

Do they Provide Upfront Pricing?

Reputable pest control businesses will offer upfront pricing, providing a detailed breakdown of all charges including the inspection and possible treatments. Be wary of businesses with vague pricing structures and opt for a service provider who takes the time to clarify all costs, fostering trust and confidence in their services. Choosing an exterminator with upfront pricing also ensures that you can make an informed purchase decision that aligns with your budget. 

Do they Guarantee Success?

The best pest control professionals will demonstrate confidence in their services by offering a satisfaction guarantee or warranty. This generally means that if the treatment fails and the pests return the exterminator will come back and deal with the issue free of charge. This guarantee not only showcases the exterminator’s dedication to achieving effective results but also provides you with the peace of mind that they stand behind their work. Make sure to ask about the details of any guarantee or warranty so you have a full understanding of the scope of coverage and any conditions that may apply. 

Are They Experienced With Your Specific Pest Issue?

Not all pests are the same, and different species require unique treatments. When selecting an exterminator, inquire about their experience with the specific pest issue you’re facing. Whether it’s rodents, insects, or wildlife, a seasoned exterminator will have the knowledge and expertise to address your particular situation effectively. Ask for references or case studies related to similar pest problems to gauge their success rate.

Pest Control Expert Talking to Customer

What Are the Treatment Options?

A reliable exterminator should offer a range of treatment options tailored to your needs. Effective pest control involves more than just spraying chemical deterrents; it requires a comprehensive approach that considers the severity of the infestation, potential health risks, and environmental impact. A good exterminator will discuss the available treatment options, explaining the pros and cons of each. 

Look for professionals who prioritize integrated pest management (IPM) practices. This is a holistic pest control strategy that seeks to address the root cause of pest infestations, instead of just treating the symptoms. IPM can yield comprehensive, long-term results with minimal use of toxic chemicals. If a company suggests treating the symptoms of an infestation without addressing the root of the problem (how the pests entered the home in the first place) they are not providing a quality service and the problem will likely return in no time.

All of Rentokil Terminix’s pest control specialists are trained to create organic IPM solutions.  

Do They Communicate Clearly and Respectfully?

Communication is key when it comes to hiring an exterminator. The best specialists take the time to explain their findings, proposed treatments, and any necessary follow-up measures in a clear and respectful manner. Clear communication builds trust and ensures that homeowners are well-informed throughout the pest control process. Consider the responsiveness and professionalism of the exterminator when evaluating their services.

In summary, the best exterminators are fully licensed, members of accredited associations, have experience with your specific pest issue, provide multiple treatment options and are strong communicators. With all this in mind you can make an informed decision that safeguards your home and family from unwanted pests. Remember, a proactive and knowledgeable approach to pest control is the key to maintaining a pest-free home in the long run.

All of Rentokil Terminix’s pest control experts are fully licensed, certified, and held to the highest professional standards possible. We are part of the National Pest Management Association, Canadian Pest Management Association, QualityPro, and the Structural Pest Management Association of Ontario, among other provinces. We are proud to have provided Canadian homeowners with quality pest control services for over 90 years!

Looking for the best exterminator near you? Rentokil Terminix has you covered! We offer expert pest & wildlife control services for both residential and commercial properties with locations across Canada including BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.

The Best Ways to Get Rid of Rats

Are unwanted furry visitors scurrying around your home, leaving you feeling uneasy and frustrated? In this comprehensive post, we’ll delve into the best ways to get rid of rats for good. From understanding the habits and preferences of rats to implementing humane yet efficient removal techniques, we’ve got you covered. 

Key Takeaways:

  • To prevent a rat infestation seal cracks in the outside of your home, declutter and thoroughly clean your home and seal all food and garbage containers. 
  • To get rid of rats set traps in high-traffic locations and monitor the traps frequently. 
  • Chemical rat control methods should be left to the professionals as they can easily be used incorrectly. If you need help with rat removal give Terminix Canada a call.

Signs of a Rat Infestation in Your Home

Detecting a rat infestation early is crucial for effective elimination. Here are some common signs that rats may have invaded your home:

  • Droppings: Rats leave behind small, dark droppings resembling grains of rice. Check areas near food sources, along walls, and in hidden corners.
  • Gnaw Marks: Rats have strong, sharp teeth that continuously grow. Look for gnaw marks on furniture, food packaging, electrical wires, and structural elements.
  • Grease Marks: Rats have oily fur that leaves smudges along their regular paths. Grease marks may appear as dark streaks on walls, baseboards, and other surfaces. 
  • Nests: Roof rats build nests using shredded materials such as paper, fabric, and insulation. Check hidden or less frequently accessed areas like attics, basements, and crawl spaces for rat nests.
  • Burrows and Holes: Norway rats create burrows in gardens, under debris, or in hidden outdoor areas. Look for holes in the ground, especially near entry points to your home.
  • Unusual Noises: Rats are often active at night. Listen for scratching or scurrying sounds, especially in the walls, ceiling, or under the floorboards.
  • Foul Odour: Rats leave behind a distinct musky odour. If you notice an unpleasant smell in specific areas, it could be a sign of a rat infestation.

If you identify one or more of these signs in your home it’s important to take prompt action. Setting rat traps is an easy way for homeowners to get rid of a couple of rats. The traps should be set where you see the most signs of rat activity. However, for more severe infestations traps alone will likely not be enough to eliminate the issue and professional pest control should be contacted.

Rat in Home

Are rats dangerous? What damage can rats cause?

Rat infestations can pose a variety of dangers to both property and human health such as: 

  • Disease Transmission: Rats are infamous for their ability to carry and spread disease to humans. Such diseases include but are not limited to hantavirus, leptospirosis, lymphocytic choriomeningitis, tularemia and salmonella. When a home is infested with rats they can leave trace amounts of urine, saliva, blood or feces around the home (even in food or water) and infect individuals with these diseases even without direct contact with the rat. 
  • Property Damage: Rats have strong teeth that continuously grow, leading them to gnaw on various materials around the home including wood furniture, electrical wiring, plastic garbage bins, wooden joists, insulation, shingles and more. This gnawing behavior can result in structural damage to the home, a lot of property damage around the home and even fire hazards if electrical wires are damaged. 
  • Allergies and Asthma: Rat droppings, hair, saliva, urine and feces can contain allergens that may trigger allergies or exacerbate asthma symptoms in susceptible individuals.
  • Pet Health: Rats can also carry parasites and diseases that may affect household pets. Additionally, encounters between rats and pets can lead to injuries, especially if the pet attempts to catch or confront the rat.

For all of these reasons it’s important to deal with a rat infestation quickly. Rats reproduce quickly and in a short time a small annoyance can turn into a major issue. Read on to learn the best ways to get rid of rats quickly. 

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How to get rid of rats

Getting rid of rats requires a comprehensive approach that combines preventive measures, sanitation, and targeted elimination strategies. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you effectively deal with a rat infestation:


  • Look for signs of a rat infestation, including droppings, gnaw marks, nests, and unusual noises.
  • Confirm the presence of rats before proceeding with elimination methods.

Sanitation & Organization:

  • Remove potential food sources, and store food in airtight containers.
  • Clean up spills promptly and ensure that garbage bins are sealed.
  • Reduce clutter and organize storage areas to eliminate hiding spots.
  • Store pet food in sealed containers and avoid leaving it out overnight.
  • Clean pet bowls regularly to remove food residue.

Outdoor Maintenance:

  • Trim vegetation and eliminate potential hiding spots around the exterior of your home.
  • Secure outdoor garbage bins and remove debris that may attract rats.

Seal Entry Points:

  • Identify and seal gaps, cracks, and holes in walls, floors, and foundations using materials like steel wool, caulk, or expandable foam.
  • Ensure doors have robust weatherstripping and windows are properly screened.


  • Set rat traps in locations where you find the most signs of rats.
  • Bait traps with enticing food such as peanut butter.
  • Chemical rat control methods should be left to the professionals as they can easily be used incorrectly. Often, when used improperly, rats will consume the rodenticide and go hide in the walls before dying. Leaving your with a foul smelling issue to deal with. 

Professional Pest Control:

  • If the infestation is severe or persistent, consider hiring professional pest control services.
  • Professionals can assess the situation, provide effective treatments including chemical rat control, and offer advice on preventive measures.

Regular Monitoring:

  • Continuously monitor for signs of rat activity even after initial elimination efforts.
  • Address new entry points promptly and maintain a clean environment.

Still need help getting rid of rats quickly? Terminix Canada has you covered! We offer expert pest & wildlife control services for both residential and commercial properties with locations across Canada including BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. Call us today for effective rat removal services!

How To Get Rid of Squirrels

Squirrels can be delightful to watch in your backyard, however, when they decide to make your home their own, they can become quite a nuisance. In this blog post, we’ll explore the signs of a squirrel infestation, the ways they find their way into our homes, the damage they can cause, and most importantly, how to handle the situation in a humane manner.


What are the signs of a squirrel problem?

Squirrels are sneaky critters, and it can be hard to identify an infestation early before too much damage is done. Here are some common signs to look for: 

  • Scratching and scurrying noises in your attic or walls.
  • Nests or debris in your attic.
  • Chewed or gnawed wires, insulation, and structural materials.
  • Droppings or urine stains (often mistaken for water damage). 
  • Squirrel sightings or tracks around your property.
  • Piles of acorns in your home or on your property.
Squirrel on Eve

What causes squirrels to enter your home?

Squirrels enter homes primarily in search of food, shelter and warmth. As the temperature drops in the fall, squirrels and other critters such as mice, rats and raccoons are driven to seek refuge in attics, crawl spaces, and other cozy nooks within your home. Squirrels are highly adaptable and resourceful creatures, making their way into buildings through openings such as loose vents, gaps in the eaves, and even damaged roofing. 

Squirrels Entering the Home

What damage can squirrels cause?

Squirrels may appear cute, but the damage they can inflict on your home is anything but. Did you know that squirrels can:

Are squirrels dangerous?

Squirrels are generally not considered dangerous to humans. They are small, non-aggressive animals and are more likely to flee from humans than to confront them. While squirrels are not typically aggressive, there is a risk of disease transmission. Squirrels in Canada are known to: 

Bite humans if baby squirrels are present or if backed into a corner.

How to Prevent Squirrel Problems

How to humanely get rid of squirrels

These strategies ensure the safety and well-being of both the squirrels and your family. 

  • Remove Food Sources – Access to food is one of the main reasons squirrels will enter your home, if their access is cut off they will be encouraged to leave. Although nuts and seeds are squirrels’ favourite foods they will also snack on any fruits, vegetables and even cookies they can get their paws on. 
  • Seal Trash Cans – Secure your trash cans to prevent squirrels from scavenging for food. Invest in sturdy, animal-resistant containers or use bungee cords to secure lids. 
  • Remove Bird Feeders – Squirrels love monopolizing bird feeders, they will eat all the seeds leaving none for the beautiful birds. Even if you have a “squirrel proof” bird feeder they will scavenge for dropped seeds under the feeder.
  • Secure Pet Food – Squirrels don’t typically eat pet food, unlike mice and rats, however, if they lose access to other food they will turn to eating and stockpiling dry pet food. 
  • Maintain Your Yard – Regular yard maintenance, like pruning branches that provide easy access to your home, can discourage squirrels from entering your home. Regularly cleaning up fallen fruits and nuts from your trees will also help make your property less squirrel-friendly. 
  • Implement Barriers – Implementing physical barriers, such as mesh or wire netting can block squirrel entry points effectively excluding them from your property. Chimney caps and vent screens are also great options to prevent access. For this to work you need to know all the entry points the squirrels are using and make sure not to install the barriers when the squirrels are in the home! Wildlife exclusion professionals are able to implement these barriers swiftly and effectively for you. 
  • Trap and Relocate – In cases where squirrels have settled into your home, it may be necessary to trap and release the critters. This job should be handled by a wildlife control professional.
Grey Squirrel on Roof

Squirrels may be charming when they’re performing acrobatics in your yard, but when they invade your living space it’s essential to address the situation quickly and effectively. Are you in need of squirrel removal services? Terminix Canada has you covered! We offer expert pest & wildlife control services for both residential and commercial properties with locations across Canada including BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. Call us today for safe and humane squirrel exclusion!

Canadian Squirrel FAQs

Are black squirrels native to Canada?

Oddly enough, the black squirrels found across Canada are simply a colour variation of the Eastern Grey Squirrel. Similar to how humans have different hair colours the grey and black squirrels are the same species just with different coloured fur. The Eastern Grey Squirrel is native to eastern Canada and is very common throughout New Brunswick, Quebec, southern Ontario and southern Manitoba. Unfortunately, in the past couple of decades, they have been introduced to some locations on the West Coast including Vancouver and Vancouver Island. In these locations, the Eastern Grey Squirrel is considered invasive. 

What is the best thing to keep squirrels away?

The most effective way to keep squirrels out of your home is using exclusion. Squirrel exclusion is a pest control method used to prevent squirrels from entering a building. It involves sealing or blocking all potential entry points that squirrels might use to gain access to a structure, such as gaps in the roof, vents, chimneys, or holes in walls and foundations. The goal is to create a squirrel-proof barrier that keeps these animals from entering or re-entering the home. 

Can squirrels carry rabies and other diseases?

Squirrels often carry diseases, but the risk of them carrying rabies is exceptionally low. Rabies is more commonly associated with mammals like raccoons, bats, and skunks. However, squirrels can transmit diseases like Encephalitis, Lyme Disease, Salmonella and Tularemia.

How do I get rid of squirrels ASAP?

To get rid of squirrels ASAP while ensuring a safe, humane, and legal process, it’s best to contact a licensed pest control company. They have the expertise and resources to address the issue promptly and effectively, allowing you to enjoy a squirrel-free home. 

Don’t hesitate to reach out to Terminix Canada today for all your squirrel control and squirrel removal needs.

How do I stop squirrels from chewing wires?

Squirrels are known to chew on wires – they have strong, sharp teeth that continuously grow, and chewing helps them keep their teeth in check. Unfortunately, this behaviour can pose a significant risk, especially if they chew on electrical wires. Damaged electrical wires can cause electrical outages, fires, and other safety hazards in your home. 

If you’re having squirrel problems in the experts from Terminix Canada. Our wildlife experts will be able to safely and humanly remove squirrels from your home. 

What is the most common squirrel in Canada? What kind of squirrels live in Canada?

The most common type of squirrel in Canada is the Eastern Grey Squirrel as the name suggests they are native to eastern Canada including New Brunswick, Quebec, southern Ontario and even southern Manitoba. The American Red Squirrel is the second most common type of squirrel in Canada and the most common on the west coast including throughout British Columbia and Alberta.

Learn more about different Candian squirrels.

What kind of squirrels live in Alberta? Are grey squirrels native to Alberta?

The two most common types of squirrels in Alberta are the American Red Squirrel and the Eastern Gray Squirrel. The Eastern Gray Squirrel is not native to Alberta but has now, unfortunately, become the most prominent squirrel in Edmonton and Calgary

Learn more about Canadian squirrel species

How many squirrels are in Canada?

There are 22 species of squirrels in Canada. This includes tree squirrels, ground squirrels, and even flying squirrels. 

Learn more about Canadian squirrels.

Are squirrels protected in Ontario?

Hunting squirrels in Ontario is only allowed with proper licencing. If you are dealing with squirrel problems on your property it’s best to contact professional pest control to deal with the situation safely, legally and effectively. 

Are squirrels protected in British Columbia?

Native squirrel species are protected in British Columbia. If you are dealing with squirrel problems on your property it’s best to contact professional pest control to deal with the situation safely, legally and effectively. 

Are squirrels protected in Quebec?

Yes, it is illegal to hunt or kill squirrels in Quebec. If you are dealing with squirrel problems on your property it’s best to contact professional pest control to deal with the situation humanely, legally and effectively.

Where do bed bugs come from? And why are they in my home? 

If you’re wondering about the origins of those pesky bed bugs that have invaded your home, you’re not alone! Bed bugs have been a source of frustration for homeowners and travellers alike, and understanding where they come from and why they’ve chosen your home as their new residence is essential to effectively combating these unwelcome guests. In this blog post, we will answer all your most pressing bed bug questions and explore the factors that can lead bed bugs to enter your home. By gaining insight into their habits you’ll be better equipped to prevent and address these nocturnal nuisances.


What are bed bugs?

Bed bugs are small, parasitic insects that feed on the blood of many animals, including humans. These insects have flat oval-shaped bodies and are brown to redish-brown colour. 

Bed bugs are primarily active at night and are attracted to the carbon dioxide humans exhale, as well as the warmth of sleeping bodies. They typically feed for several minutes before returning to their hiding places. Infestations are typically found in areas where people sleep, such as beds, mattresses, and upholstered furniture, but they can also hide in cracks and crevices throughout a room. 

Their bites can cause itchy welts on the skin, and their presence can lead to anxiety and stress. Bed bug infestations are challenging to eradicate, as they reproduce quickly and are becoming increasingly resistant to many pesticides

Bed Bug Close Up

What do bed bugs look like?

Bed bugs are small, flat, and oval-shaped insects. Their size and shape can help distinguish them from other common household pests, such as fleas or ticks. However, their ability to hide in cracks and crevices makes them expert hiders and can make them challenging to spot. 

Here’s what to look for when identifying bed bugs: 

  • Adult bed bugs are about the size of an apple seed, measuring approximately 5-10 mm in length
  • They have a flat, oval-shaped body, which allows them to easily hide in cracks and crevices.
  • Bed bugs can vary in colour depending on how recently they have fed.
    • When they have not fed recently they can appear translucent or brown in colour depending on their age. 
    • After a blood meal, they become engorged and turn reddish-brown, this can make them slightly larger and more noticeable.
  • Bed bugs have six legs short legs. 
  • They have two antennae on their heads, but these are not easily visible without close inspection.
  • Bed bugs are wingless insects and do not have the ability to fly or jump.

How can bed bugs get into my home?

Bed bugs typically enter homes by hitchhiking on some sort of object or person. Though their movement is limited to crawling they are adept at hiding and are often overlooked. 

Here are some common ways bed bugs can get into homes:

  • Used Furniture: Buying used furniture, particularly mattresses, couches, and upholstered items, can introduce bed bugs into a home. If the furniture was infested with bed bugs, they may still be hiding within it, ready to spread to your living space.
  • Secondhand Clothing: Bed bugs can also hide in secondhand clothing, especially if it has been stored in an infested environment or was previously owned by someone with a bed bug problem. Though thrift stores and consignment shops do their best to eliminate bed bugs there is still some level of risk when shopping at these locations. 
  • Visitors: If someone who has a bed bug infestation visits your home, they could accidentally bring bed bugs with them. Bed bugs can crawl onto their clothing or belongings and then transfer to your furniture or bedding.
  • Neighboring Infestations: In multi-unit housing, such as apartments or condominiums, bed bugs can migrate from one unit to another through wall voids, electrical outlets, and plumbing. Infestations in neighbouring units can easily spread to your home.
  • Used Books and Electronics: Bed bugs can hide in the bindings of books and in the crevices of electronics, such as laptops and gaming consoles. Purchasing used items of this nature can introduce bed bugs into your home.
  • Laundry Facilities: In shared laundry rooms or laundromats, bed bugs can crawl onto clothing, especially if infested items are placed in the same machines as your own.

How can I avoid bringing bed bugs into my home?

To reduce the risk of bed bug infestations, it’s essential to be cautious when travelling and inspect used items before bringing them into your home. If you suspect an infestation, it’s advisable to seek professional pest control assistance promptly.

How do I know if I have a bed bug problem? How do I check for bed bugs? 

To determine if you have a bed bug problem, you should look for a combination of signs and symptoms. Here are some key indicators of a bed bug infestation:

  • Bed bug bites on the body 
  • Blood stains on the mattress 
  • Black feces spots on the mattress 
  • Eggs & Molted skins on the mattress

For more details on how to perform a thorough search, check out our blog post: How to Check for Bed Bugs

If you suspect a bed bug infestation, it’s essential to take action promptly. Bed bugs can reproduce quickly, and infestations tend to worsen over time. Consider contacting a professional pest control expert to conduct a thorough inspection and develop a plan for extermination if necessary. Attempting to eliminate bed bugs on your own can be challenging and often requires specialized knowledge and treatment methods.

Terminix Tech Searching for Bed Bugs

How to get rid of bed bugs

If you suspect or confirm a bed bug infestation, it’s highly recommended to contact a licensed pest control expert with experience in bed bug eradication. Professional pest control companies have the knowledge, expertise, and specialized tools to effectively eliminate bed bugs. They can assess the extent of the infestation, determine the most appropriate treatment method, and ensure safe and thorough eradication.

Are you in need of bed bug extermination services? Terminix Canada has you covered! We use safe and non-toxic bed bug treatments to effectively eliminate bed bug populations of any size and severity. We offer expert pest & wildlife control services for both residential and commercial properties with locations across Canada including BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. Call us today to get rid of your bed bug problem for good!

Bed Bug FAQs

How big are bed bugs?

Bed bugs are small insects that vary in size depending on their life stage and feeding status. Generally, adult bed bugs are about the size of an apple seed, which is approximately 5-10 mm long. They are oval-shaped and flat, which allows them to hide in cracks and crevices.

Can you see bed bugs?

While bed bugs are small they are still visible to the naked eye, especially if you know where to look. 

Do bed bugs have wings? Can bed bugs fly? 

No, bed bugs do not have wings and they cannot fly, they rely on crawling to move from place to place. 

Do bed bugs jump?

No, bed bugs cannot jump. Instead, bed bugs move by crawling and hitchhiking on luggage, clothing and other belongings. 

How long do bed bugs live?

Bed bugs can live anywhere from a few months to over a year, depending on factors such as temperature, access to blood meals, and environmental conditions. 

Where do bed bugs hide? 

Bed bugs are skilled at hiding in cracks and crevices such as in and around mattresses, box springs, and bed frames. They can also hide in upholstered furniture, behind wallpaper, in electrical outlets, behind baseboards, in clothing, in luggage, and even behind picture frames or within cluttered belongings.

How long can bed bugs survive without eating? 

Bed bugs can survive for over a year without a blood meal.

What do bed bug bites look like?

Bed bug bites typically appear as small, itchy, reddish welts on the skin, often clustered together in groups or lines. They may have a linear or zigzag pattern and are commonly found on exposed skin areas. However, not everyone reacts to bed bug bites, and the itching can vary in intensity.

How to get rid of raccoons

Raccoons can be entertaining to watch from a distance, but quickly become a nuisance when they invade your property. These animals are known for digging through trash, ruining gardens, damaging homes and even spreading diseases. They can also be quite aggressive, especially if they have young ones around. Read on to learn how to quickly identify if you have a raccoon problem, how to keep raccoons away from your property and how to get rid of raccoons that have already moved in. 

This Article Will Answer: 

Is a Raccoon a Rodent?
No raccoons are not rodents. They are more closely related to carnivores such as dogs, cats and bears.  

Signs of a Raccoon Problem: 

If you notice raccoons frequently in and around your property it’s a good idea to put some deterrents in place to dissuade them from getting comfortable. However, raccoons are not always so conspicuous as they are primarily active at night and are adept at hiding. The following signs can help you determine if you have a raccoon problem.

  • Evidence of feeding: Knocked-over trash cans, compost that has been rummaged through, damage to your lawn or garden, and disturbed pet food bowls or bird feeders are all common signs of raccoons feeding on your property. Other pests (such as rats, mice, squirrels etc…) are also attracted to these food sources but raccoons are especially strong and have nimble fingers allowing them to make bigger messes.  
  • Droppings: Raccoon droppings look similar to those of a small dog. An accumulation of droppings and urine in one location is a sign that there is a nest nearby. 
  • Strange noises: Raccoons make a variety of noises such as mewing and growling that can sometimes be heard by homeowners at night. You may also hear skittering on your roof or in the attic. 
  • Dens: In nature, raccoons build their home in tree hollows, abandoned groundhog dens or small caves. However, in urban environments, they are drawn to the shelter of attics, sheds, chimneys, crawl spaces and under porches. They often disrupt the insulation, chew through wires, and leave feces and food around where they are nesting. 

Regardless of the signs, it’s important to address the raccoon problem promptly to prevent further damage. If prevention is not effective you’ll need to look into raccoon removal. 

Raccoon in trash

Where are Raccoons from?
The common raccoon is native to North America however, their ability to thrive alongside humans in cities has caused their populations to multiply in size.

How to Keep Raccoons Away

To keep persistent raccoons away from your home you’ll need to make your property as uninviting as possible. Raccoons need food, water and shelter to thrive – eliminating their access to these essentials will deter them from your home. 

  • Secure trash cans: To raccoons, a trash can is a delicious buffet! Securing your trash can is essential to keeping raccoons away however, it can be difficult since raccoons are very smart and have dexterous hands. First, make sure the lid fits snuggly on your bin. You can also keep your bins in a secure shed or use straps, ropes or chains to secure the lid. 
  • Seal off entry points: Inspect your home for any potential entry points, such as holes in the roof, broken windows, or chimneys. Seal these openings with heavy-duty materials to prevent raccoons from entering. 
  • Trim trees and bushes: Raccoons often climb trees and use overhanging branches to access roofs and attics. Trimming trees and bushes near your home not only reduces the risk of raccoons entering but also rats, squirrels and other pests! 
  • Pets & Birds: Pet food and birdfeeders are also attractive food sources to raccoons, so it’s best to not leave these out unattended. Also keep an eye on water bowls for pets, bird baths and garden ponds as raccoons could be using these to drink water.

By taking these steps, you can help keep raccoons away from your home and reduce the risk of damage and health problems.

Raccoon screaching

Are raccoons dangerous?

While they are not typically aggressive, raccoons can become defensive when they feel threatened or cornered, and they may attack if they feel their young are in danger. Additionally, raccoons can carry a variety of diseases and parasites which can be transmitted to humans and pets through contact with their urine or feces or through bites and scratches. 

Do raccoons have rabies?
Raccoons, foxes, skunks and bats are the most common carriers of rabies however human rabies cases are incredibly rare. What is of larger concern is the roundworm that can be spread through raccoon droppings to both humans and pets. 

How to get rid of raccoons

If raccoons have already entered your home, it’s best to hire a professional wildlife control expert to remove them safely and humanely. We do not suggest that untrained homeowners attempt raccoon removal by themselves.

Expert raccoon removal near me

Are you in need of raccoon removal services? Terminix Canada has you covered! We offer expert pest & wildlife control services for both residential and commercial properties with locations across Canada including BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. Call us today to get rid of your raccoon problem for good!

Which Bug is in My Cupboard? Identifying Canadian Pantry Pests


There are many different types of insects that can get into your pantry and feed on your dry foods. The most common pantry insects in Canada are moths, beetles and weevils and they are more of a nuisance than a hazard. 

They can’t bite or sting, they can’t cause structural damage to your home, and they are not toxic even if accidentally ingested. The biggest threat they pose is causing your food to mould and spoil and they can be a headache to get rid of. Pantry bugs are also not a sign of poor housekeeping; they typically trojan-horse their way into the home inside dry goods. After reading this article you will be able to identify which Canadian pantry pest is infesting your kitchen and how to get rid of them. 

Prevention Tip:
Clean all surfaces in the kitchen and pantry regularly and clean hard-to-reach areas that accumulate crumbs a couple of times a year. 

Pantry moth

Pantry Moths

Moths are often the easiest pantry pest to identify as the adults conspicuously fly around. In Canada, the most common moth that infests kitchens is the Indianmeal moth which is slightly smaller than the size of a penny and is brown with occasional tints of red or grey. They are also sometimes called flour moths or grain moths. 

It is not, however, the adult moths that eat your food. In fact, once they are fully grown they do not eat at all and only live for a couple of weeks with the sole purpose of reproducing. Rather, it is the moth larvae that munch on your food. After hatching from their eggs the larvae grow to be 1-2 cm long and take on a whitish colour. They produce a silk webbing that covers the surface of whatever food they are feeding on. This webbing is often one of the earliest signs of pantry moths but it is often overlooked as homeowners assume it belongs to spiders and not moths. 

Prevention Tip:
Inspect dry goods at the grocery store and never purchase items with broken packaging. 

Confused flour beetle

Pantry Beetles

The most common Canadian pantry beetle is the confused flour beetle, as the name suggests these insects love flour and often lay their eggs through rips and holes in flour bags. They can less commonly be found in dried grains, fruits, nuts, and spices. The infested grains will soon turn a greyish colour and will mould much easier. 

They have hard outer shells, as is characteristic of beetles, a rusty colour and are about half a centimetre long, they are often mistaken for the almost identical saw-toothed grain beetle. Their small slender bodies allow them to easily infiltrate packaging. The adults can live for up to 3 years with the females producing approximately 2 eggs every day. The eggs can also lay dormant in food for 3 months before hatching if the environment is not ideal.

Prevention Tip:
Use air-tight containers to store dry goods, this way if one jar is infested you only have to pitch the one jar and not the entire pantry.

Rice weevil

Pantry Weevils

Weevils are technically a type of beetle but have an odd long nose that gives them a distinct appearance. The adults are dark in colour and generally smaller than half a centimetre long. You won’t see their larva as they grow inside of the grains and only emerge once fully grown. 

Weevils are attracted to different grains depending on the species, the most common include rice weevils, maize weevils, and granary weevils. Grains infested by weevils become sticky over time and this added moisture encourages the grain to sprout and mould. 

Prevention Tip:
Avoid storing large quantities of grain and only buy what you need for 2-3 months at a time. If you must keep a stockpile, keep the temperature low or even store your grain in a freezer.

Vacuuming pantry

How to Get Rid of Pantry Pests

  1. Dispose of all infested items. Make sure to use an outdoor garbage can as leaving them in your kitchen trash can be counter-productive and allow the insects to spread. Don’t forget to inspect your pet’s kibble as well. 
  2. Inspect all unaffected products. Any pantry items you intend to keep need to be thoroughly inspected even non-food items and jars. Beetles especially will hide in any small crack they can including under cans, in cardboard folds and under shelf liners. 
  3. Clean thoroughly. Vacuum the entire area paying special attention to corners and cracks. Make sure to dispose of the vacuum bag in the outside bin as well when you’re done. 
  4. Apply pesticide treatment. The area should then be treated with a pesticide to ensure the lifecycle is broken. Make sure all food is sealed away while the pesticide treatment is in process. You can do this yourself or call on a pest control professional if you are unsure of how to safely and effectively apply the product. 

Terminix Canada offers expert pest control services for both residential and commercial properties. We have local pest control experts at locations across Canada including BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. Call us today to learn how we can help.

How to safely clean up mouse poop


Mice are often hard to spot as they are nocturnal and like to stay hidden. However, a single mouse produces between 50 and 75 pellet-shaped droppings (aka poop) every day! Although disgusting this means that droppings are a good indicator of an infestation. It’s very important to follow proper safety precautions whenever you may be in close contact with mice, their nests, their droppings or urine as mice are known to carry and transmit disease – read on to learn how. 

Canadian Mice 

There are many species of mice but the most common mice that cause problems for homeowners in Canada are the house mouse and the deer mouse. The house mouse is found throughout southern Canada including in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. Unlike deer mice which mainly invade homes in the fall when temperatures start to drop, house mice enter homes year-round. Deer mice are found throughout every province and territory in Canada except for Newfoundland and Nunavut, however they are more common rurally as they thrive in grasslands and forests. 

How to Identify Mouse Droppings?

It can be difficult to tell mouse droppings from rat droppings or those of other pests but the size is really the key indicator. Mouse droppings or pellets resemble dark grains of rice about 3 to 6 mm in length whereas rat droppings are larger, around 12 mm in length. The colour will change depending on how old they are, over time the pellets dry and transition from a shiny black colour to a chalky brown. 

Mouse droppings

Are Mouse Droppings Toxic?

The droppings of deer mice have been known to cause a serious lung disease called hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) when inhaled. Although cases are rare it still warrants precaution as it has a 40% mortality rate. Hantavirus can also be spread through their urine and through any food contaminated by mice. This is why it’s so important to take proper safety precautions when cleaning mouse droppings. 

How to Clean up Mouse Droppings

What you’ll need: 

  • Rubber or disposable gloves
  • N95 mask
  • Garbage bags 
  • Paper towels 
  • Diluted bleach or disinfectant in a spray bottle 
  • Long pants & long sleeve shirt

Step 1 – Protect yourself 

Never touch mouse droppings with your bare hands and avoid breathing in the same area. 

As discussed above mouse pellets can carry diseases that can be transferred in a variety of ways including becoming air born. To protect yourself, rubber or disposable gloves and an N95 respirator should be worn when cleaning up mouse droppings, as well as long pants and a long sleeve shirt. 

Step 2 – Air Out 

If possible, open surrounding doors and windows at least 30 minutes before cleaning so that the area is well-ventilated. However, if the wind could blow in and move the droppings around do not proceed with this step. Additionally, make sure that pets and children have no access to the area for the entirety of the cleaning. 

Step 3 – Soak

Do not sweep or vacuum up droppings! These will both promote pathogens becoming air born. Instead, dampen the dropping and surrounding area with a diluted bleach solution (one part bleach and 9 parts water) or an appropriate household disinfectant making sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Let the bleach or disinfectant sit for at least 5 minutes before continuing. 

Step 4 – Wipe & Remove 

Wipe up the dropping with a bleach-dampened paper towel and immediately place them in a garbage bag. After all the droppings have been removed tie the garbage bag up securely and dispose of it in an outdoor bin that is emptied regularly.

Step 5 – Disinfect the Area

Clean the area thoroughly with diluted bleach or disinfectant. Make sure to disinfect your gloves as well before removing them and wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after.

Step 6 – Monitor

You will want to reinspect the area where you cleaned up the droppings regularly. If droppings reappear it’s a strong sign of an infestation

Mouse chewing wire

If you are dealing with a heavy accumulation of mouse droppings the situation becomes more hazardous and it is best to contact a pest control specialist like Terminix to keep you and your family safe. The same goes for if you feel unsure about any of the steps outlined above – don’t risk it, call in a trusted professional. 

Terminix Canada offers expert pest control services for both residential and commercial properties. We have local pest control experts at locations across Canada including BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. Call us today to learn how we can help.