Capital City Exterminators

Crawling Pest Control

If you have unwanted visitors in your home, office, warehouse or factory, Capital City Exterminators can help. We can get rid of or control practically any crawling pests safely and efficiently, so give us a call. If you are able to take a picture of your intruders please take advantage of our free pest ID by sharing the photo of the pest with us so that we can identify the pest more quickly.


Click one of the following links for more information, including information about prevention and how to treat an infestation.

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Bedbugs

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BIO

  • Bedbugs are a growing concern in North America.
  • A female bedbug lays 5 eggs per day and up to 500 eggs in her lifetime.
  • The eggs hatch in about 6-17 days and become fertile adults in about 21 days. Based on this, one bedbug can become several thousand in the course of a few months.
  • Once established, bedbugs can be very difficult to eliminate. They hide in tiny spaces and emerge to feed at night. Worst of all, eggs survive most conventional treatments. For this reason, new solutions have been developed, including heat treatment which we offer as one of our treatment methods.
  • Bedbugs can live in clothing, furniture and suitcases and can be transported between locations for example between a hotel and your home.


Click here to view the DocZone documentary on bedbugs (aired November 14, 2013 on CBC-TV).


PROBLEMS CAUSED BY BEDBUGS

  • Bedbugs cause psychological and physical harm by leaving itchy bites and spreading panic.


PREVENTION

  • If you suspect you may have had bedbugs in your hotel, on your return home place your luggage in your garage or bathroom. Bedbugs don’t like the tiled floor, and will be easier to spot the bugs.
  • You can put all clothing in the washing machine, including those you are wearing, as soon as you return home, and put on a hot wash, and tumble dry at high heat. The temperature will kill any bedbugs that may be hiding in them.
  • Regular Vacuuming can reduce the population of bedbugs significantly. Be sure to empty the vacuum and place outside in the garbage immediately.
  • Mattress encasements - we can order and supply mattress and box spring encasements for your home. The encasements are bite proof, and they keep bedbugs out of your mattress and box spring.
  • Wrap your suitcases in plastic wrap when travelling. This can prevent the transfer of bedbugs from other peoples’ luggage when travelling on busses or aeroplanes.


SIGNS OF BEDBUGS

  • Bites on your skin, although it is difficult to differentiate between a bedbug bite and any other insect bite
  • Droppings - Evidence of dark spots staining the mattress is a sign that you have a bedbug infestation. The spots will be tiny <1mm but can be easy to notice if you have a heavy infestation.
  • Live Insects - Bedbugs are 4-7mm long and visible with the naked eye. Mostly spotted at night time, they feed in the few hours before dawn.
  • Blood - Bedbugs feed on your blood. If you notice small spots of blood on your mattress, bedsheets or pajamas, this may be a sign that you have a bedbug infestation.
  • Bedbug Skin - Each bedbug molts its skin 5 times in its lifetime. These can sometimes be spotted behind your headboard, and on your box spring or mattress.


IDENTIFYING BEDBUGS

Visual inspection - Our technicians are trained and experienced in visually inspecting for bedbugs. Identifying the tell-tale signs of an infestation, and distinguish a bedbug from other bugs which are often confused with bedbugs.


Dog inspection - We have access to an excellent bedbug sniffer dog which can identify the presence of bedbugs, without needing the visual confirmation that can sometimes be hard to locate. Trained K9’s can detect odors completely unnoticeable to humans. Download a copy of the preparation sheet which must be followed before the K9 team enter your home.


HOW WE TREAT

Chemical Treatment - We can provide chemical treatment to your home / apartment for bedbugs. You will need to download a preparation sheet and follow the list of requirements carefully. The closer you follow the preparation guidelines, the better chance we have of eradicating the bedbugs in as little treatments as possible.


Due to the nature of bedbugs, you will need a minimum of two chemical treatments. The second one will be booked 14 days after the first. In some cases, more treatments will be needed at 2 week intervals.


Download a copy of the data sheet for the chemical we use to treat bedbugs.


Heat Treatment - Another extremely effective way to treat for bedbugs is by using heat. The Heat Assault Unit 500X can maintain an indoor temperature of 150F, which ensures that all bedbugs and their eggs are exterminated. The high efficiency of the unit allows us to treat multiple apartments at the same time. This video shows how the Heat Assault Unit 500X works.


We highly recommend Advanced Global Energy Solutions to carry out any heat treatments; they have a great success rate with the elimination of bedbugs. Pat Boutin is very knowledgeable in the field and can answer any questions you may have about the process. You can contact him by calling 403-505-9843.


The AGES Heat Assault system uses two trailer-mounted diesel-fired furnaces that create a redundant loop. This eliminates the possibility of system shutdowns during heat treatments. A high-efficiency pump circulates non-toxic glycol through hoses and a series of heat exchangers. There is no fire hazard and the glycol is non-toxic. The system also allows us to perform bedbug heat treatments in a significantly shorter time than their competitors. It also eliminates the need to vacate the premises for extended periods of time.


Their heat treatment unit allows us to heat areas up to 5,000 square feet at a time, and the fan system circulates the heat into all furniture and into cracks and crevices. When directed towards the walls, and the temperature is raised quickly enough, experience has shown that bedbugs will not escape through the walls and will remain in the target area.


Temperature probes are distributed throughout the affected area and monitored remotely. Once the temperature has reached 125F for over 30 minutes, all eggs, larvae, pupae and adult insects will be killed. The room is kept up to temperature for approximately 3 hours to allow heat to penetrate the furniture and walls.

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Cockroaches

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BIO

  • The species of cockroach we most commonly come across is the German Cockroach.
  • They are much smaller than some of the other species only growing to a length of 13-16mm.
  • They can enter your home in many ways, usually brought in with bags or boxes, and once indoors they multiply quickly, each female producing up to 240 eggs. If you see one cockroach, it is very possible that there are hundreds more hiding in your walls.
  • In multi-unit apartment buildings they can easily spread and move between units along plumbing and pipes.
  • Cockroaches are scavengers; they can live off toothpaste, pet food, soap, book bindings, crumbs and dirty dishes left out overnight.


SIGNS OF COCKROACHES

  • Droppings on countertops and in kitchen or bathroom drawers.
  • Egg casings
  • Visual sightings of cockroaches running fast along counter tops etc.


PROBLEMS CAUSED BY COCKROACHES

  • Cockroaches have been known to transmit E.Coli, Salmonella and Typhus.
  • Studies have linked the development of asthma and the presence of cockroaches.


HOW WE TREAT

  • The eradication of cockroaches is often a long process due to the fact that their eggs are resistant to insecticides.
  • We use a gel-based bait called Max Force - Chemical data sheet can be viewed here. The bait will be placed in cracks and crevices in the kitchen or bathroom, under shelves and generally out of reach of small kids and pets.
  • Before treatment you will need to download the preparation checklist for baiting of cockroaches and follow our guidelines as closely as possible.
  • Our bait kills on contact and when ingested by the cockroaches.
  • The bait is a delayed killer. This is beneficial to us as once a roach has touched, or eaten the bait, they will spread it further.
  • The poison is passed through to the earlier stage cockroaches through the droppings of the adult roaches.
  • You will need a minimum of 2 to 3 treatments depending on the level of infestation.


AVOID FURTHER INFESTATIONS

  • Clean living spaces regularly. Vacuum floors and furniture and regularly wash baseboards, counter tops and stove tops.
  • Keep all food in air tight containers such as Tupperware.
  • Don’t leave dirty dishes and food crumbs around.
  • Empty pet dishes of food every day.
  • Keep tight lids on garbage and recycling containers.
  • Eliminate water sources for the cockroaches.
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Ants

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BIO

  • We have many different species of ant in Alberta;
    • Carpenter Ants - largest in size, up to 25mm long, and most destructive
    • Pharaoh Ants - small in size, up to 2mm long, usually nest indoors
    • Pavement Ants - small in size, up to 3mm long, usually nest under sidewalks and driveways
  • Ants breed fast; a few ants in the kitchen one day can quickly become an infestation. They leave behind a chemical trail which attracts more ants.


PROBLEMS CAUSED BY ANTS

  • Carpenter ants are amongst the most destructive, boring holes into wood and weakening structures. If left untreated they can cause severe damage that will need costly repair or replacement.


HOW WE TREAT

  • We use a chemical called dragnet to treat for ants. Click here for a copy of the chemical data sheet.
  • We will spray a very low concentration of this chemical in the affected area and results should be noticeable within just a few hours.
  • This treatment method is highly effective. We tend to avoid any ant treatments if the weather has forecast rain. The rain will wash away any chemical we use and render the treatment useless.


AVOID FURTHER INFESTATIONS

  • Clean up any spills or mess in the kitchen and dining areas of your home - food debris attracts ants in from the outdoors.
  • Make sure any trash or recycling cans have tight lids.
  • Any piles of rotting wood should be moved away from the home.
  • Clean out blocked gutters and downspouts.
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Spiders

spider

BIO

  • Many people believe that in Alberta, black widows are not a problem, but we are receiving increasing complaints and bookings to eradicate these pests. A bite from a black widow can require medical attention.
  • This is also true for the brown recluse spider, rare in Alberta, but a bite could result in a trip to the hospital.
  • Most spider species are actually beneficial to our homes and gardens, feeding on other pests such as caterpillars, flies and various other insects.


HOW WE TREAT

  • We will spray a low concentration of an insecticide called Dragnet. Click here for a copy of the chemical data sheet.
  • The chemical will kill the spider on impact and has some residual affect to kill any remaining spiders that were not immediately sprayed with the insecticide.
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Beetles

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BIO

  • We deal with many different types of beetles in Alberta, mainly carpet beetles.
  • Carpet beetles can survive indoors by feeding on dead flies and other insects.
  • Carpet beetles are harmless and cause no damage inside the home. The first sign of an infestation will likely be live or dead adult beetles on windowsills.
  • Adults reach a maximum of 5mm in length and are dark brown to black in colour.


HOW WE TREAT

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Silverfish

silverfish

BIO

  • White, brown-grey or silver in colour they measure up to 19mm length.
  • Usually live in dark and damp areas, under the kitchen sink, in bathrooms, attics and basements.
  • They are attracted to damp paper and clothing and can often be found in storage boxes.
  • They live on carbohydrates; sugar and starches.
  • Some species lay a few eggs a day, some lay clusters of 20 eggs a day.


PROBLEMS CAUSED BY SILVERFISH

  • Silverfish have destructive eating habits and can destroy clothing, papers and room décor.


HOW WE TREAT


AVOID FURTHER INFESTATIONS

  • Prevent humidity by keeping areas well aired.
  • Caulk baseboards.
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Woodlice

woodlice

BIO

  • Woodlice, also known as sow bugs aren’t actually bugs. They are in fact land living crustaceans.
  • Usually hiding under logs, trashcans, rocks, or in leaf litter, woodlice eat organic debris.


HOW WE TREAT


AVOID FURTHER INFESTATIONS

  • Control moisture levels indoors and around the house.
  • Ensure there are no accumulations of dead flies.
  • Clean out drains and gutters regularly.
  • When bringing wood into the home inspect thoroughly.
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