Pest Control

We only use the industry’s most effective and durable products and provide comprehensive pest control solutions for both single site and multi-sites within the Metro Vancouver area. We service all types of facilities from manufacturing facilities to restaurants, warehouses, office buildings and residential homes. CleanStart Pest Control has the experience and knowledge to protect your facility and customers from pests for the long term.

Wasps and Bees

Wasps and Bees

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Wasps, bees and hornets are all social insects that have evolved to live in cooperative communities, consisting usually of a single reproductive female (the queen) and a number of sterile drones. The queen, drones and the young, or larvae, are all interdependent on one another for their survival, and so these insects are very territorial and have developed a painful sting to help them defend their nests from other animals. It’s this that brings them so often into conflict with humans. Wasps are considered beneficial insects, in that they prey on other insects and help keep their populations down; however, a wasp nest on your property can be dangerous, especially for those who are allergic. A single sting can cause a fatal reaction, and allergies can develop without warning. Even for those not allergic, multiple stings can become dangerous.

Do you have wasps, bees or hornets?

These insects are most active during the day, and are constantly on the move, so if there’s a nest nearby, you’ll probably know it. Wasps and bees follow the same flight path into their nest every time, and so if you regularly see them in the same area, there’s a good chance there’s a nest nearby. You may even see the nest itself; wasps make papery nests that are usually conical in shape and can be seen in tree branches or under the eaves of houses and other shelter areas. Often, though, wasps will be nesting inside a wall void, and all you’re likely to see is wasps entering and exiting through a small hole.
It’s important to determine whether it’s wasps, bees or hornets that you’re seeing. While wasps and hornets are considered pests, bees are important pollinators. Additionally, bees are extremely reluctant to sting people. Honey bees in particular are considered at risk, and should not be harmed.

How to get rid of Wasps, Bees and Hornets

It is strongly recommended that you do not tackle a wasp nest by yourself. Wasps can be extremely aggressive when it comes to defending their nests, and even if you weren’t allergic last year, you may have become so in the meantime without being aware of it. Even without allergies, wasp stings can be painful and harmful or even fatal in large enough numbers.
Our rates for wasp treatments are extremely reasonable, and our response times are second to none. If you have a nest on your property, don’t hesitate – call CleanStart today!

Seasonal Pests

Seasonal Pests

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Fleas

Fleas are a major irritant of both people and pets. Like bedbugs, they will readily bite and feed on people. Unlike bedbugs, they can jump and transmit easily from pets to people, and from person to person. Your first step if you find fleas in your home is to talk to your veterinarian about the appropriate treatment for any pets you have. But if the fleas have spread throughout your home, CleanStart Pest Control can help. Through careful use of a chemical containing growth regulators as well as a powerful insecticide, we can quickly eradicate fleas from your home or business.

Wasps and Bees

Nothing ruins a summer picnic or BBQ quicker than the presence of wasps. There are many species of wasps in the Vancouver area, and most will never be a nuisance to humans. But those that are – Yellowjackets, Paper Wasps and Bald Faced Hornets – can certainly make their presence felt. And for those who are allergic, the defensive stings of these insects can be extremely harmful.

Bees are less aggressive than wasps, but are likewise capable of stinging if they feel their nest is threatened. Although bees are valuable pollinators and should be left alone wherever possible, sometimes it is necessary to remove them from a home or business. If you are being plagued by wasps, give CleanStart Pest Control a call today.

For more information on wasps and bees, click here.

Ants

​There are over 100 known species of ants in British Columbia, with more no doubt still to be discovered. Getting rid of an ant problem depends on identifying the species of ant involved, since what works for one ant may not work for another. In fact, the wrong kind of treatment for ants can often make the problem worse! Some species here in Vancouver can even cause structural damage to buildings. For instance, Carpenter ants will bore through wood to make their nests, weakening the structure of a home as they do so. If you have an ant problem in Vancouver, call the experts at CleanStart Pest Control. We can get rid of those unwanted visitors so you can get back to enjoying your summer.

What kind of ants do you have? Click here for tips on identification.

Silverfish

​Silverfish, and their cousins firebrats, are a common pest throughout the Lower Mainland. With the high humidity of our West Coast winters, these moisture-loving bugs thrive in homes, apartments, offices and many other structures.

Although they can be creepy-looking, silverfish and firebrats pose no threat to human health. But that doesn’t mean you should have to share your space with them. If you’re seeing silverfish or firebrats in your home or office, give CleanStart Pest Control a call today.

Earwigs, Centipedes, Millipedes

​There are all kinds of creepy-crawly creatures that can find their way into your home at different times of the year. Earwigs, centipedes and millipedes are common pests that ordinarily live outside, but can often find their way indoors. These creatures typically don’t survive long inside human habitations, deprived of their natural food sources and proper habitat. But when they invade a structure in large numbers, they can become a real nuisance. Luckily, CleanStart Pest Control can quickly rid your Vancouver home or business of these annoying pests.

Stored Product Pests

​Globally, the diverse group of pests known as the stored product pests is perhaps the most economically devastating in the world, accounting for billions of dollars of damage to food products each year. This group contains creatures such as the Indian Meal Moth, Grain Beetles, Flour Beetles, Rice Weevils and many more. These pests are often found in large numbers in warehouses and food processing facilities, and can easily enter homes in contaminated food. As a result, they are widespread throughout the Greater Vancouver area.

The first step in ridding your home of these pests is to find and remove the contaminated food source. Since these creatures spend some or even all of their lives within the food source (depending on species), removing this will eliminate a large part of the problem.

Beyond that, our trained technicians can use an appropriate insecticide, or even chemical-free methods, to rid your home or business of any stored product pests that have spread beyond the contaminated food. If there are bugs in your kitchen and you’re not sure where they came from, give Green Frog Pest Control a call today. We’ll get you pest free in no time.

Flies

​There are an estimated 1 million different species of flies in the world, with more being discovered regularly. Flies are one of the leading causes of human death, due to their nature as vectors, or spreaders, of disease. Fortunately in the Greater Vancouver area, we don’t need to worry too much about fatal diseases being spread by flies. But that doesn’t mean that they can’t contaminate food or food preparation surfaces, potentially making people sick as well as being a nuisance.

Just as it does for all pests, the treatment for flies depends on the species involved. For the tiny fruit fly, sanitation is the best and almost only option, whereas for the much larger cluster fly, a chemical treatment is usually necessary. If you have a fly problem, call CleanStart Pest Control today and let our experts help identify and come up with a solution for your fly problem.

Rodents

Rodents

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The three most common species of rodents in the Greater Vancouver area are the Norway rat, the roof rat and the house mouse. All of these rodents thrive in cities, happily living in close proximity to humans. They will often enter homes and businesses in search of food and shelter. In Vancouver’s temperate climate, these animals are active all year round.

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Rodents will live anywhere they can find food and adequate nesting sites, and homes and businesses in Vancouver certainly fit those requirements. Although sanitation is key in helping to prevent rodent problems from occurring and eliminating them when they do occur, it can happen to anyone. Grey rat And once a rodent population has become established in a structure, it can be very difficult to dislodge them. ​If your home or business in Greater Vancouver is experiencing a problem with mice or rats, or you just want to make sure it doesn’t happen to you, give CleanStart Pest Control a call. Our experienced technicians can advise you on how to keep your property rodent free.

Ants

Ants

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Ant Identification

Ants may be one of the most successful species on the planet. There are estimated to be as many as 20,000 different species of ants, and 1.5 million individual ants for every human. As a result, ants are an extremely common pest in homes and businesses. And while they may lack the ‘ick’ factor of bedbugs or cockroaches, ants can be a real nuisance. Some can even cause structural damage to buildings.​

Do you have ants?

The most common indication that you have ants is the ants themselves. Ants are a tidy bunch; they don’t leave droppings everywhere they go like other pests. They are active in daylight, especially on warm, sunny days, and they forage for their food, meaning they wander around almost ceaselessly. It’s not uncommon on a sunny day to suddenly find anthills in your yard or ants in the house.
However, you may have ants without immediately realising it. For instance, carpenter ants are most active at night. They like to nest in wood, which often causes them to build nests inside walls and attics where they’re not as visible. In this case, small piles of fine sawdust may be the first clue of an ant problem. If the nest is large enough, you may even hear a rustling sound in a wall or ceiling.​​

How to get rid of ants

Because there are so many different species of ant, with different biology, habitats and behaviours, it is very important to identify which species of ant you are dealing with. What works for one ant may not work on another, and in some cases can even make the problem worse! Below is a list of some of the more common species of ant you may come across:​

Carpenter Ants

​​​Carpenter ants are big ants – up to 1 inch long – and live both indoors and out. They like to nest in damp, rotting wood, but often also nest in sound wood. Their powerful jaws can carve out galleries in any type of wood in which they keep their eggs and larva. These ants will quite happily nest in the walls of a house! They will also nest in soil, and in other materials such as insulation. A colony has a single queen, but may have multiple nests, so destroying a single nest may not solve the problem. At certain times of the year, these ants will grow wings and swarm. Many people don’t realise they have a problem until they see these big black winged ants!
Carpenter ant nests can be difficult to locate, and may require professional treatment. Getting rid of ants can be tricky. Carpenter ants can be controlled with baiting, but a chemical spray is usually necessary to kill these ants.​

Pavement Ants

​​Pavement ants are the familiar ants you can find almost anywhere on a sunny day in summer; around 2.5-4mm long and usually black in colour. Their name comes from their habit of carving out nests in the soil under paved areas. This can undermine and eventually crack paving slabs. Those little mounds of soil you see piled up on cracks in the sidewalk? That’s pavement ants. Sometimes these anthills can get very large, especially by the end of summer. These ants can be treated either with a chemical spray or through baiting.​

Moisture Ants

​​These ants closely resemble pavement ants and share similar habitats, although moisture ants will also nest in rotting wood, especially wood in contact with soil. These ants are usually, though not always, black; their colour is affected by their food source. These can also become winged ants. Often on a calm sunny day, these flying ants will be seen swarming in entire neighbourhoods. Like pavement ants, they can be controlled using both baits and chemical sprays, which can quickly kill ants.​

Pharaoh Ants

This is a very small species of ant, only 2mm in size. They are a yellowish colour and look almost transparent. These ants are a tropical species, but they thrive indoors throughout the world. Pharaoh ants are unusual in that their colonies can have multiple queens. This makes them extremely difficult to eliminate completely, since it is necessary to eliminate each and every queen to ensure success. NEVER SPRAY PHARAOH ANTS WITH PESTICIDE! This will cause them to scatter, and what was a single nest will become multiple nests spread throughout the area. Pharaoh ants are best controlled through the application of baits, and multiple visits are generally necessary. This species of ant is definitely best left to an ant control professional.

Cockroaches

Cockroaches

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Cockroaches, specifically the German cockroach, are an extremely common pest in homes and businesses in British Columbia. Cockroaches can be harmful to human health, since they can carry disease pathogens on their bodies and contaminate food. Recently, cockroaches have been found to be an important source of allergies in people, especially children. Cockroaches typically become established in homes after being introduced in grocery bags or cardboard boxes. Once cockroaches become established they are prolific breeders, capable of producing several thousand offspring in a year.

Cockroaches prefer to live where there is food, warmth and moisture. Since cockroaches flourish where food and moisture are readily available, sanitation is an important step in prevention and control. Empty soft drink bottles, cardboard boxes and paper bags should not be allowed to accumulate. Food containers should be sealed and any crumbs or spillage cleaned up.

Unlike many household pests, cockroaches are prevalent year-round. If you have a cockroach problem, give CleanStart Pest Control a call today. Our experienced technicians regularly deal with these troublesome pests, and can quickly remove cockroaches from your home without the need for harsh chemicals.

Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs

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Bed bugs have become a very common pest throughout the world in the last two decades. In Vancouver, they can be found in the homes of rich and poor alike, as well as hotel rooms, movie theatres, public transport and anywhere people gather. Bedbugs are a notoriously difficult pest to get rid of, and professional treatment is often the only option.

Do you have bed bugs?

Bedbug (Cimex lectularius)The first sign of a bed bug infestation is usually the bites. Bedbugs will feed every night if they can, and their bites often leave small red bumps like a mosquito bite. This is caused by an allergic reaction to the bedbug’s saliva which it injects as it feeds. However, not everyone reacts to the bites in the same way. Some people develop huge welts; others don’t react at all. There is currently no way to tell from a bite whether it was caused by a bed bug or another insect. The best indication is if there are multiple bites, but even that is not definitive proof.

Another sign of bedbug infestation is the droppings they leave. Since they feed exclusively on blood – preferably human – the droppings they leave are essentially blood spots. These often show as black, and may be seen on bedclothes, furniture, baseboards or wherever bedbugs hide.

The third and most obvious sign is seeing the bugs themselves. Fully grown bedbugs are 4-5mm in length, oval shaped, with slightly flattened bodies (though this varies according to how recently they have fed). Bedbugs are a translucent whitish colour when they first hatch from an egg, but after feeding they take on a dark red colour from the blood they’ve ingested. Bedbugs will feed every night if they get a chance; however, they can survive for over a year without feeding.

How to get rid of bed bugs

Bedbugs are a very difficult pest to get rid of. Their flattened bodies allow them to hide in the smallest cracks and crevices of a room, and when first hatched out, the tiny transparent bugs are extremely difficult to see. Additionally, their eggs are impervious to many of the pesticides currently in use, so multiple treatments are often required. If a single adult female escapes the treatment, the problem will recur as soon as she begins to lay eggs again.

For these reasons, bed bug control is often best left to a professional company with lots of experience in dealing with these difficult pests. CleanStart Pest Control has abundant experience in treating bed bugs in some of Vancouver’s most challenging environments. Our treatments focus on finding and eradicating each and every bug to ensure that your home is completely pest free. We offer both chemical and non-chemical controls to protect the health of you and your family.

Preparation for Treatment

Getting rid of bedbugs for good is a joint effort between you and your chosen pest control provider. It is very important that all preparation instructions instructions be carefully followed. Please see our preparation sheet here.

Of course, not everyone is capable of doing everything necessary to prepare for a bedbug treatment. As a result, CleanStart Pest Control offers a complete bedbug preparation service. We will ensure that everything is prepared just the way we need it. And if we do the preparation ourselves, we can offer a guarantee that the bedbugs will be gone for good! Call for more details on our preparation services.