Mice seek shelter in cottages and homes every fall. Wasps and hornets can be most troublesome in late summer. Carpenter ants awake in the spring and need to be dealt with quickly.
These snippets of knowledge are the tip of the iceberg when it comes to how much the local experts at Muskoka Pest Control know about creatures in the area.
They know the time of year that each pest is most active, the spaces indoors and outdoors where the critters like to congregate, and even the specific species that are found in our unique region.
“One of our goals is to apply targeted treatments where needed at the appropriate times of year,” explains Mark Sampson of Muskoka Pest Control. “To protect the beautiful environment, pest control must not be indiscriminate. Our pest maintenance advice is based on decades of experience.”
As well, Mark and his team are well-versed in how these pests can find ways into buildings. Pests can slip through the tiny spaces in the wall, gaps around windows and doors, or cracks in the foundation.
Knowing where to look for those areas, effectively treating them, and making recommendations to prevent future intrusions are key to protecting a home from further invasions.
Many of these pests are indigenous to Muskoka and are always present. Mark and his team can help manage and keep them outside where they belong. They understand the importance of working with their customers and creating a pest management partnership.
“Protecting your property also means being aware of what is attracting the pests,” says Mark. “For carpenter ants and some wasp species, moist and decaying wood can be a draw. Mice obviously are scavengers and food will attract them – the same for cockroaches. Eliminating, as much as possible, these attractants is vital to safeguarding your home or cottage.”
They have also dealt with bed bugs, spiders, fleas, and many other infestations.
And the team from Muskoka Pest Control is readily available for emergency situations or to return to properties that need a little extra help sooner than later.
“We live here as well as work here,” says Mark. “We’re just an email or phone call away and can address immediate issues quickly. This provides our loyal clients great peace-of-mind.”
TEXT CHRIS OCCHIUZZI | PHOTOS ANDREW FEARMAN