It’s a happy place and a sanctuary from the outside world. Your home or cottage – and in many cases they have become one – is where you and your family have been spending more time than ever before.
Keeping the structure and the people inside it safe means protecting it from native pests and nuisance wildlife that may be creeping and crawling in hidden areas, unseen by the untrained eye. Knowing where to look and what to look for, then taking care of any issues they find, is what the experts at Muskoka Pest Control do best.
“Some pests are simply nuisances, but some can do damage and cause health issues,” explains Mark Sampson, who brings over 30 years experience to each job.
Spiders are often more of a nuisance, spinning webs around entrance ways which create an unappealing view of your property. However, rodents, carpenter ants, cockroaches and other pests bring real danger with them.
Mice can transmit dangerous diseases like hantavirus, and even contaminate food and living areas. They can chew through building materials, including electrical wiring. They breed rapidly: the average female mouse can produce 40 young annually.
Carpenter ants are attracted to moist and decayed wood. Places which have been exposed to leaks, condensation or poor air circulation are susceptible to a nest. They will excavate wood to create galleries and tunnels, which can weaken the structure and lead to expensive repairs.
Meanwhile, both cockroaches and flies are known to carry bacteria and disease-causing organisms.
“When left unchecked, there are many pests that can turn a beautiful building into an unsafe structure,” says Mark. “As well, several natural species carry diseases which are harmful to people. We’re here to protect your property and your family from these uninvited guests.”
The Muskoka Pest Control team frequently upgrade their skills and equipment with technical training, as well as keeping up with new and environmentally friendly products. They are specialists in targeted pest control, annual cottage maintenance programs, and wildlife control.
They now offer Aprehend, a natural biopesticide which targets, eliminates and prevents bed bugs. The product is only available to licensed operators like Muskoka Pest Control, and is non-toxic, making it safe for humans and pets.
“The treatment has a three-month residual effect, making it a good choice for those who are renting their cottages,” says Mark. “And if bed bugs come into contact with the product, the spores stick to them and they carry it back to their nests, proactively preventing another infestation.”
It’s another way the Muskoka Pest Control team keeps their clients safe from invading vermin.
TEXT CHRIS OCCHIUZZI | PHOTOS ANDREW FEARMAN