Common Sunshine Coast Pests
A little bit more about the pests we receive the most calls about.
Carpenter ants are the most significant pest we deal with and can cause serious damage to homes and structures. Usually the first indication of an ant infestation is the presence of workers and/or winged ants indoors during the early spring. As temperatures increase ants seem to disappear as they leave to forage outside, however the nests are still active within the building. Every situation is different, therefore we provide a thorough inspection to determine how best to solve each problem before we proceed with treatment. We strictly adhere to modern Integrated Pest Management techniques and our focus is always on the resolution of existing problems and prevention of any further activity. Annual exterior perimeter treatments provide excellent protection and are essentially non-toxic.
Exterior Perimeter Treatments
Exterior perimeter treatments (EPTs) work to prevent problems caused by carpenter ants before they get started by application of a continuous barrier product along the outside perimeter of the structures you wish to protect.
Carpenter Ant Treatments
Treatment for carpenter ants can be quite involved. In our experience, working in stages is the most cost-effective, and responsible. It works just as well as a blanket treatment of the entire house, but is site-specific, targeted to the pest that’s causing the issue, and won’t douse your home in unnecessary pesticides.
Watch our Treatment Videos
Watch a variety of videos showcasing our inspection and treatment expertise with carpenter ants, and cornfield ants. When you’re done, contact the experts. We can solve all your pest problems!
Western Subterranean Termites are a definite problem on the Sunshine Coast and activity has increased significantly over the last decade. Termites are the most prolific wood-destroying organism and can do incredible damage in a relatively short period of time.
Most often, termites enter structures along the inside walls and generally there is little or no outward evidence of activity. It takes skill and experience to properly diagnose and treat a termite problem, as every situation is unique. At Kendel Pest Services we strictly adhere to modern Integrated Pest Management and will only treat a termite problem if we are sure it is necessary. We offer comprehensive inspections and consultations and would be pleased to answer any questions you may have.
- most of the time there is no outward evidence of activity, even in a heavy infestation
- termite colonies number in the millions of individuals and can be as large as a city block in size
- termites cause billions of dollars in structural damage each year in North America and most insurance policies do not cover termite damage
- Damage is cumulative and the longer a termite infestation is left untreated, the greater the damage to your investment.
Pre-Treat of New Construction
For termite protection, we apply a borax-based insecticide to all foundations and wood construction at or near ground level.
We can also provide a crack & crevice treatment. The product we use works as a physical barrier to insects that contact it.
Watch Shawn Treat Termites
Inspection of a crawlspace and rare footage of western subterranean termite foraging activity. Very interesting and worth watching.
Rats are some of the most damaging rodents on the Sunshine Coast. They consume and contaminate food, damage structures and property, and transmit parasites and diseases to other animals, including humans. Rats survive and thrive in a wide range of climates and conditions; they can be found in and around homes and other structures, farms, gardens, and open fields.
Our Approach to Rodent Control
For most of our customers, rodent control starts with an inspection, at which time the technician also sets and baits traps to start controlling activity. Typically there is a follow-up trap check 7-10 days later, at which time the inspection is completed.
If the technician feels it is possible to exclude rodents by sealing off access points (rodent proofing), then an estimate is generated and if accepted, the work is scheduled for a later date. When rodent proofing is not a viable option, we recommend regular maintenance of traps at approximately 4-week intervals, especially during the cooler months.
People do not often see rats, but signs of their presence are easy to detect. In British Columbia the most troublesome rats are two introduced species: the roof (ship) rat and the Norway (sewer) rat. It is important to know which species of rat is present in order to place traps or baits in the most effective locations.
Biology of Common Rodent Pests
Norway (brown rat/sewer rat) and roof rats (black rat/ship rat) have litter sizes of six to 12 young, but up to 22 pups have been recorded. The gestation period ranges from 21 to 25 days, with a female typically producing three to six litters in her lifetime. Under the right conditions, females may give birth every 24 to 28 days. Juvenile rats become sexually mature at about three months, with most living six months to a year.
House mice are one of the most difficult rodents to control due there small size, which enables them to enter openings as small as ¼ inch and also because of their incredible breeding potential. Under ideal conditions, a house mouse may live two years or more, and can breed throughout the year. A female has a gestation period of 18 to 21 days, and produces a litter ranging from two to 13 mice. A long-lived female may produce six to 10 litters.
The deer mouse, commonly misidentified as a “white footed deer mouse” or “field mouse”, is indigenous to this area and can be found throughout most of North America. Their lifespan is 60 days to 2 years in the wild with the average lifespan of just under a year. The young will reach sexual maturity at 7 to 8 weeks and females will have litters of 3 to 5 young approximately 2 to 4 times per year. This mouse is linked to the pulmonary disease HPS (Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome). Deer mice should not be tolerated in homes under any circumstances. Extreme caution should be taken when dealing with deer mice and their aftermath.
What Else is Bugging You?
It’s not just carpenter ants, termites and rodents on the Sunshine Coast. We also provide solutions and advice for a wide variety of structural pests including:
Well adapted to life within urban areas, denning raccoons are a frequent source of frustration for homeowners.
Preferring dark, moist and humid conditions. Silverfish are often a sign of moisture issues within a structure.
Many people find spiders unsightly and those with arachnaphobia can’t tolerate their presence.
Fleas can cause intense itching from bites and are a significant nuisance to pets and pet owners.
A common nuisance pest, sow bugs are a crustacean frequently found in dark, hummid areas within homes.
Accumulation of bat droppings (guano) can cause serious health issues for humans.
Birds can cause damage to structures, carry parasites and stain buildings with their droppings.
Larvae can cause damage to fibres in carpets and fabrics. Hairs on larvae have been known to cause skin irritations too.
These pests create unsanitary situations, can cause a variety of health issues for people and should never be tolerated.
With numerous species invading homes, these pests are found close to favourable food sources and breeding locations.
Untreated wood with high moisture content is a common source of this pest, causing telltale holes and a powder-fine sawdust.
Wasps & Hornets
Wasps and hornets can inflict painful stings when provoked. Nests found in high traffic areas should be eradicated.
This pest damages clothing, carpets and furniture fabrics and can infest stored foods as well, making them unfit for consumption.
Bed bugs repropduce rapidly, and full-on infestations are possible within 6 months.