Capital City Exterminators
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Flying Pest Control

If your home or workplace has become infested with flying pests, contact Capital City Exterminators. We treat your property or remove the infestation before they damage your home, infect your food or worse. Based in Edmonton, we offer commercial and residential pest control services.


Click one of the following flying pests for more information about their bios, problems they may cause and how we treat them.

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Wasps

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BIO

  • A single nest may have up to 25,000 wasps.
  • Yellowjacket, boldfaced hornets and paper wasps are the most common species.
  • Wasps have annual colonies that last for only one year. The colonies die when the weather cools, and only the newly produced queens survive. The queens leave their nests in later summer in the search for males to mate with. They then seek overwinter sites such as rotten logs and loose bark and become dormant for winter. When temperatures increase again they become active and begin searching for a new nesting site.


PROBLEMS CAUSED BY WASPS

  • Wasps can cause painful stings, and in some rare cases these can lead to fatal anaphylactic shocks.
  • Wasps can cause damage to the house when they set up inside walls of your home. If the exit of the nest becomes blocked, the wasps can eat into your house walls in an attempt to get outside. This is why it is very important to avoid blocking the wasp nest entrance.
  • During late summer and fall, wasps become aggressive scavengers and can disrupt outside activities where food and drink is served.


HOW WE TREAT

  • We spray an insecticide dust called Ficam® D into the nest of the wasp. The dust is highly effective at killing the wasps. Click here to view the chemical data sheet for Ficam® D.
  • After our treatment it is completely normal to see more wasps than usual, they will be trying to get out of the nest, and the ones who are out will not want to return through the powder.
  • We do not usually remove the nest as the dust has a long shelf life, affecting any neighbouring wasps who attempt to raid the dormant nest.
  • Wasps will not re-use the same nest, so the following year the nest will remain dormant, with the Ficam® D still active and waiting for its next victim.
  • We guarantee we will kill all wasps in the nest we treat. If you are still witnessing wasps around the treated nest after 24 hours, give us a call and we will come and re-treat the area.
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Flies

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BIO

  • We encounter many different species in Alberta, including:
    • Fruit fly
    • House fly
    • Phorid fly
    • Cluster fly
  • Flies generally live in close proximity to a suitable food source and breeding ground. Largely around warm, moist, decaying organic matter such as rotten fruit and vegetables in trash cans, recycling cans and compost heaps. They can also be found around drains, sinks and near areas of stagnant water.
  • Flies are attracted to light and often build up on windowsills when trapped indoors.
  • Some fly species such as cluster flies, hibernate in large groups over winter, and collectively emerge in spring producing large swarms.


PROBLEMS CAUSED BY FLIES

  • Every time a fly lands it deposits thousands of microbes & pathogens onto the surface of its landing spot, spreading diseases as they move quickly from rotting garbage to exposed human food, utensils and food preparation surfaces.
  • Flies often regurgitate on food and are capable of transmitting diseases this way.


HOW WE TREAT

  • We have different methods of treatment depending on where the fly infestation is located.
  • One method is using a chemical called Dragnet, the chemical data sheet can be viewed here.
  • We will also investigate the source of the problem so that future infestations can be avoided.


AVOID FURTHER INFESTATIONS

  • Limit access to your home by closing doors and windows during the summer.
  • Install screen windows, doors and vents.
  • Keep surfaces clean
  • Keep garbage cans clean, lids closed tightly and emptied regularly.
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Bees

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BIO

  • Bees are an important pollinator and can be beneficial insects to the human race. However bee control is often warranted when the bees build their nests in close proximity to our homes.
  • Honey bees are perennial insects and unlike wasps, their colonies can survive longer than one year.
  • They can live through temperatures as low as -30F for extended periods of time.


PROBLEMS CAUSED BY BEES

  • When bees sting they leave behind an irritating lesion, which, in the worst case scenario can lead to a fatal anaphylactic shock.


HOW WE TREAT

We use a bee keeper to humanely remove honey bees where possible. However if the bees are difficult to reach, or will involve removing parts of the wall of the house, this is not always viable.


If the honey bees cannot be humanely removed, or for any other species of bee, we will use the same insecticide dust we use to treat wasps. Click here to view the chemical data sheet for Ficam® D.

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