Our pest control service: a four-step process
A good pest control service for residential and commercial buildings is designed to get rid of—and keep away—insects, rodents and other wildlife that have ventured a little too close to humans. At Elite Extermination, our exterminators follow four important steps to help you get rid of any unwanted bug or
1 – Inspection and identification of the vermin
When you contact us because you’ve noticed a vermin problem at your home or business, it’s important to give us as much detail as possible about the pest infestation. In some cases, you may already know what you’re dealing with after spying a trail of ants or a fleeing mouse in your cupboard. Other times, you may only have some secondary evidence that there’s a problem.
• Have you noticed pellets or piles of excrement at a certain location?
• Have you found nibbled-on foods in your pantry?
• Have you noticed black spots on your bedsheets?
• Do you hear strange noises, but only at night?
Our exterminator will also search for any visual clues, damage or other signs of vermin in order to accurately identify the type of insect or animal you’re dealing with. This step is important because it helps us find the source of the problem quickly so we can determine the best extermination strategy to follow.
At times, a visual inspection isn’t enough to accurately determine the starting point of the infestation. In instances such as these, we use a thermal camera, which produces images something like an X-ray. This technology allows us to detect the warmer areas of the building where rodent nests and parasites are producing moisture and heat. Thermal imaging allows us to be highly effective in calculating where to start the extermination plan without having to destroy any part of the building.
2 – Selection of a pest control strategy
Once we identify the kind of insect or nuisance wildlife we’re dealing with, we can choose a suitable extermination approach. Every type of vermin has its own distinct behaviours with respect to nesting sites, reproduction, foraging and survival at different temperatures. The type of pesticide to be fumigated or the method of capture must be selected accordingly. But that’s not all—we also consider some other important factors.
The area to be treated. If cockroaches have taken over your kitchen or if carpenter ants are eating away the internal structure of a daycare building, we opt for a treatment suitable for places where food is handled.
The kind of occupants. Are there children, elderly people, individuals with immune diseases or domestic animals living in the area that needs to be treated? If the answer is yes, we avoid certain pesticides and decontaminants.
The extent of the infestation. If the infestation is minimal, we adopt a physical pest-control approach, where vermin are led outdoors and barriers put in place. If the infestation is advanced, we use fumigation.
3 – Treatment
Elite Extermination cares about your health and the environment. We are committed to protecting ecosystems, so our exterminators always use low-impact products, regardless of which pest control method is selected. We use pesticides only when it’s necessary, and we always start with the lowest possible doses. In addition, all our products are recommended by the Association Québécoise de Gestion Parasitaire.
Here are the main strategies we follow, according to the type of pest we’re dealing with:
Rodents (mice, rats and shrews). We set traps and bait in your attic, in the suspended ceiling of your basement or in any other place where vermin have infiltrated, and we return to check our traps regularly. On occasion, we also use poisons to eliminate a colony. The poisons we use are designed to have a delayed effect so the rodents die outside the house instead of indoors.
Raccoons, groundhogs, skunks. The preferred method is cage-capture, followed by relocation. Our exterminators are trained to do their work efficiently, without hurting the animals. We attract them with apples and other bait and then catch them, all while wearing gloves and protective gear.
Cockroaches, common ants, spiders and other insects. We use repellents in the form of liquids, powders and pastes to suppress an infestation. We also recommend that our clients undertake a thorough cleaning of the house or building. It’s important to make sure no potential food sources are left around, such as bread crumbs or snacks left behind by children. Checking for moisture may also be suggested, as some insects are attracted to damp environments.
4 – Sealing and exterminator follow-up
Once we complete the treatment, we check the residence or business for any openings that might allow a re-infestation. Our pest control service includes the preventative sealing of all possible vermin entry points; this may even include setting heavy-gauge wire mesh around a shed to prevent the return of unwanted wildlife. The main goal of our technicians is to fix the problem at the source so pests won’t continue to disturb the peaceful environment of your home.
To solve the problem once and for all, follow-up visits are often necessary. Our exterminators come to your home at regular intervals to check traps and bait and ensure that no other vermin have infiltrated. Other treatments may be carried out as required.
Elite Extermination offers an emergency service, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We also have a five-year guarantee on all our services. If you’re ready to say goodbye to the bugs and critters that are making your life rotten, contact us today.