Maritime Pest Control Inc. has tackled a huge amount of pests, including insects, birds, rodents and other wildlife. Our owner Kevin Chisolm is certified through Purdue University, and with over 30 years of experience, we’ve gotten to know Edmonton’s most pernicious pests. On this page, find information about some of the pests that we can help to remove from your property, and contact us for a free quote.
Some of the pests that we’ve dealt with include:
Insects & Arachnids
Ants | Carpenter ants | Moisture ants | Pharaoh ants | Bedbugs | Fleas | Ticks | Beetles | Larder beetles | Moths | Indian meal moths | Cockroaches | Fruit flies | Hornets | Wasps | Paper Wasps | Spiders
Ant colonies are adaptive and very difficult to eliminate completely. Many ant control methods involve blocking or redirecting their movement rather than entirely destroying a colony.
Carpenter ants are known for damaging wood structures by tunnelling through timber. Common forms in Canada include the red and black carpenter ant and the black carpenter ant.
Although moisture ants don’t destroy structures that are in good condition, they can exacerbate problems in wood that is already decaying. They excavate water-damaged wood and fill voids with soil. They’re a symptom of pre-existing water problems in wood structures.
Pharaoh ants can only survive outside in warm climates. In colder or more temperate climates, on the other hand, they can survive in apartments or commercial buildings, where they nest in dark areas like walls, cabinets, baseboards and window mouldings. The colonies tend to be very mobile.
Some of the telltale signs of bedbugs include bug feces stains on bedding and patterns of three bites that can cause itching and swelling. They can crawl inside of mattresses or furniture and can be stubbornly difficult to eliminate without professional help.
Fleas are tiny blood-sucking parasites that frequently live on dogs, chickens, rabbits, rats and mice. They can settle in carpets and furniture and bite humans, causing itching and allergic reactions.
Ticks are found near vegetation and wooded areas and feed on animal blood. Not only do they cause irritation, they can carry serious diseases.
Beetles often invade stored food products in homes, bakeries, and warehouses. They like eating grains, cereals, flour, nuts and other dried foods, and can sometimes be avoided with glass or plastic sealing. They can also damage clothing, carpets, furniture, furs and fabrics.
Larder beetles are native to Alberta and are common outside. They become a problem when they enter homes and the larvae eat carpets, food and clothing. They can lay eggs around the home and feed on flies, wool, meat and pet food.
Moths are closely related to butterflies. Some breeds of moth are notorious for having larvae that feed on fabrics like clothes and blankets.
Indian Meal Moths
Moths can get into tight spots and are difficult to get rid of, so grains, spices and dried fruits must be extremely well sealed or thrown out. Questionable items can go into the fridge or freezer. Glue traps can help to reduce numbers.
Homes offer food, water, warmth and nesting sites, making them a perfect breeding ground for cockroaches, which can enter via many different means. They’re active all year round and reproduce quickly. If you’ve seen one cockroach, chances are good that there are many more hiding. Without professional intervention, getting rid of them can be nearly impossible.
Fruit flies are so named because they are attracted by rotting food. Not only do they like fruit, they are attracted to items where rotting material can be found, like dirty dishes, sponges or mops. When rotting materials are identified and disposed of, typically in kitchens or bathrooms, the fruit flies will also disappear.
Hornets can be very venomous, and the hazardousness of their painful stings varies between species.
Wasps’ nests start off about the size of a walnut, but they grow with the addition of more workers and can cause very painful sting to perceived threats (such as humans).
Paper wasps get their name from the brown papery nests that they build using plants and wood. Also called umbrella wasps, some people are seriously allergic to their stings.
Some arachnids like moisture and settle in damp areas like basements and crawlspaces. Others prefer dry, warm areas like attics, corners and air vents. Few species are harmful to humans, but many people are very afraid of spiders and want them eliminated.
Gophers make complex underground tunnel systems, pushing dirt out of tunnels and onto the grass above. This can destroy lawns, gardens and trees. Throughout Alberta, they’re known for destroying pastures and hayland in addition to eating crops and plants.
Mice can transmit serious diseases, carry harmful parasites (fleas, lice, ticks, etc.) and reproduce very quickly. They will contaminate food, colonize your home, and are difficult to catch since they are wary of traps.
Birds can lead to contaminated products, lost business and unsightly/expensive damage to building exteriors. They can also harbour diseases, while droppings lead to unsanitary conditions that harm the exterior of your building. Maritime Pest Control Inc. can customize a program using habitat modification in order to deter birds from landing on your property.
Richardson’s Ground Squirrel
Ground squirrels can harm crops by eating, trampling and damaging plants. They can also wreak havoc on baseball diamonds, cemeteries, golf courses and other large lawns.
Squirrels aren’t always perceived as pests, but their habit of chewing can cause them to be harmful. Since rodents’ teeth grow continuously, they use chewing as a way to wear down their teeth and keep them sharp. Squirrels that nest in a property can be deterred by pet fur (since they perceive dogs and cats as predators) or coating objects in chilli powder.