Common Pests We Encounter

Bed bugs

What are bed bugs? They are great travelers and can reach your dwelling via luggage, bedding, stuffed animals and furniture. Bed bugs have a one-year life span during which time a female can lay +/- 300 eggs depending on food supply and temperature. Eggs hatch in about 10 days.

Indication of bed bugs infestation: In order to determine whether or not you have bed bugs, you should have a proactive approach. Seek live or dead bugs, or you can also look for their dead skin that they leave behind while molting. Bed bugs hide in cracks and crevices during the day and will leave their harborage area at night to feed on their hosts. The blood meal takes about 3 to 10 minutes to complete and usually goes without notice to the host. After feeding, bed bugs leave reddish-black feces on the bedding or mattress. They often lay their eggs in dark crevices near the bed corners.

In terms of skin reaction, it varies from person to person. Some people are not allergic to bed bug bites and will show no skin reaction. Others are highly allergic and will experience red skin bumps, irritation and rash.

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Getting rid of ants can be a tricky undertaking, as it involves locating and eliminating the nest, or nests, that may be inside and/or outside your house, as well as any visible insects.

Ant colonies can contain as many as 500,000 ants, and because most live for several years, their populations have more continuity than other insects. Despite the large sizes, colonies can uproot and relocate quickly when threatened.

Food sources include the sweet fluids from plants or insects, fruits, vegetables and almost anything consumed by human beings. Ants will often enter homes in search of sweets, juices or grains and are useful scavengers of insects and organic matter.

Knowing which sort of ant has infested your home is the first step to know how to remove them from your home. There are a few common ants in Manitoba, such as Carpenter ants, Pavement ants, Sugar ants and Pharaoh ants.

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Although extremely visible when exposed, cockroaches are very capable of remaining out of sight. Commonly found in kitchens and bathrooms around appliances and pipes, cockroaches feed on a variety of foods, with decaying organic matter being their favourite. Cockroaches also feed on items containing starches and can cause noticeable damage to book bindings, paper goods and clothing. Their droppings are easily confused with pepper and are usually found near their infestation sites. Their oily bodies and droppings can contaminate your counters, walls and any exposed products.

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Because of the high risk to human health and potential damage to food, electrical wiring, insulation, clothing and personal effects, rodent control should be taken very seriously in the home or businesses. Prevention is the best method of control. Since rodents are most active at night, noises in your attic at night may indicate the presence of rodents.

Keeping mice from entering your home can be challenging as they only require a hole the size of a dime to get in. Signs of a rodent problem may include droppings, rub marks, noises in attics and gnawed or chewed areas such as food, packages or walls.

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There are several species of wasps that are commonly found throughout Canada. Some of the more common ones you may encounter are the Yellow Jacket, Bald Face Hornet and Paper Wasp.

A wasp colony consists of a Queen (fertile female), Workers (sterile females) and Males. In the late summer to early fall, the Queen and Males mate, then the Males and Workers die off while the Queen over winters in a protective site.

In the spring, the fertilized Queen collects plant, fibre and other cellulose materials and mixes them with saliva to construct a typical paper type nest. Nests can contain as many as 10,000 or more individual wasps.

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You may not always think of birds as pests, but when birds congregate or roost in large numbers, they can lead to lost business, contaminated products and can cause extensive structural property damage. Bird droppings can be hazardous to our health. Once the droppings have dried, they become potentially transferable to humans through air. Birds such as Pigeons could harbour disease organisms such as Cryptococcus that can be transmitted to humans.

Whether you are having problems with Gulls, Canada Geese, House Sparrows or Pigeons, we can help. Our bird control services include bird exclusion devices and netting, removing bird nests from venting areas and cleaning bird droppings.

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Crawling Insects


Silverfish, sow bugs, carpet beetles and centipedes are insect pests which flourish in humid and relatively warm conditions. Reducing moisture and lowering the temperature, as well as removing infested items, will greatly help in reducing these insects. Silverfish can be controlled through the application of bait stations and insecticide products.

Red flour beetles are major pests when it comes to flour. They cannot feed on whole grains, but are found abundantly in grain dust, flour, dried fruit, nuts, chocolate, snuff, spices, rodent baits and drugs.

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Wildlife Removal


As more and more wilderness areas are being developed, wildlife/human conflicts will increase. Many wild animals and birds are no longer dispersing, but adapting to living around and with humans. This can create all sorts of problems and concerns.

Wild animals in inappropriate locations can pose significant problems for or threats to humans, other animals or the environment. They can cause serious damage to crops, livestock and property. They can create hazardous conditions for vehicular traffic. They can expose you and/or your pets to disease and health issues.

At Gilles Lambert Pest Control, we follow the proper guidelines which are preset in order to solve your problem.

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Mediterranean Meal Moth


Indian Meal Moths are a grain-infesting moth. They are about 3/8 of an inch in length with brownish-beige colour. Indian Meal Moths can invade food packaging crevices just 0.1mm in width. These insects are most commonly found in bakeries, restaurants and residential kitchens where grain products are present. The moths will burrow and feed through the food and lay their eggs either in the product itself or outside the packaging.

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