It is that time of the year when pest control becomes increasingly important. Insects and vermin seek out the warm humidity of our homes, bringing along with them a variety of problems, ranging from damaging our belongings, to polluting air quality and spreading disease. Thankfully, much can be done to ensure that our homes, accommodation establishments, restaurants and food processing plants are sanitary, as unsanitary conditions provide the ideal habitat for pests in search of water, food and nesting sites, according to a recent article in the Food Magazine.
Apart from the fact that cockroaches are repulsive to look at, they also carry a range of disease-causing pathogens, such as Streptococcus spp., coliform bacteria, and salmonella. Cockroaches have been implicated in food poisoning, typhoid, dysentery and the hepatitis virus.
What starts out as a few cockroaches can quickly turn into a full-on plague in no time, and they will keep multiplying, leaving dried body parts and droppings all over your property, triggering allergies and asthma.
Other pests include ants, earwigs, fleas, millipedes, centipedes, ground beetles, sowbugs, mice, rats, wasps, spiders and carpet beetles.
In winter, mice seek out the warmth of the indoors, where they will produce up to 8 liters of disease-carrying waste, and give birth to up to 56 pups a year. Their biology makes mice especially hard to control.
In addition to spreading disease, pests and rodents can cause significant damage in a home, accommodation establishment or food manufacturing plant.
When it comes to ensuring the health of your family or clients (in the case of a food manufacturing plant), regular inspection is key. When you call GreenLeaf Pest Control, we will identify where the pests enter your property, and advise on pest- and rodent-proofing.
The most important factors in preventing pest infestation, include limiting or removing access to food sources or nesting areas. Food should be stored in neat stacks in sealed, rodent-proof containers.
In storage areas, materials should be stacked away from the walls, and floors should be swept regularly, as this will ensure that fresh mouse droppings are detected immediately and can be remedied right away. Quality housekeeping and regular sanitation will aid pest control, as any issues will be easier to detect, making pest control measures more effective.
GreenLeaf Pest Control offers a range of pest control packages for residential and commercial clients alike. In March, carpenter ant season will start, and with the El-Nino’s uncharacteristically warm weather, the new season will bring with it a range of pest control challenges. Let us help you out with all your pest control needs in Newmarket, Toronto, Mississauga, Barrie, Richmond Hill, Vaughan, Oakville, and all of the Greater Toronto Area.