Common Residential Insect Pests – Part 1

Living in a place that is completely free of any pests is a common desire among both tenants and homeowners. On the everyday side of things, there are a number of tricky pests typically found in Canadian homes, many of which can be particularly difficult to deal with. It is always best to go with professional residential pest control services in such cases because the DIY approach can actually cause more harm than good. When discussing living a pest-free life, it is crucial to know your enemies. Here are three of the most common invaders in Canadian homes:


The appearance of ants can differ quite significantly, which is more than understandable once you consider the fact that there are more than 12,000 types of ants across the world. Generally speaking, ants can range in colour from yellow and brown to black and red. They have 6 legs and 2 antennas that resemble legs as well. They prefer to live near a food source and usually live in complex colonies underground. So, think about looking for them behind cupboards or in the vicinity of heating systems. While most ants found in Canada don’t pose a threat to humans, sometimes their bites can leave itchy red marks on your skin. They’re particularly attracted to greasy and sweet foods, so make sure to store all food in airtight containers, clean any food or juice spills with soap and water, and empty the crumbs out of your toaster regularly.

Bed Bugs

Characterized by oval, flat shaped bodies, bed bugs are actually small and wingless parasitic insects. While their colour changes to red after feeding, they are naturally brown. Aside from living in mattresses, they can also be found in places near your bed as they prefer to have quick access to humans and their blood. They can often be found in baseboards, sofas, mattress seams and inside electrical outlets. Bites are rarely a serious concern; the bigger problem is the psychological effect of a bed bug bite. Bed bugs can be transferred from one place to another very easily and without you even knowing it. Before entering any new room you’ll be sleeping in, leave your luggage outside and perform a thorough inspection of the mattress and bed area for any evidence of bed bugs.


Only about 30 species of cockroaches are common household pests, even though there are more than 4,000 different species worldwide. The German cockroach is most common in Canada and has an almost black colour. They also have wings and typically only use them to glide when disturbed. They typically seek shelter near food sources, which means the kitchen, garage, basement and any other warm damp area. Cockroaches are nocturnal and have been linked to spreading diseases. Noticing cockroaches is reason enough to get in touch with a professional pest control company right away. Maintaining good hygiene in your home is often the best way to prevent these insects from paying you a visit.

In Need of Professional Pest Control? Get in Touch with Truly Nolen

When looking to secure your home against any sort of insect, seeking out professional residential pest control services is the recommended option. Among the many companies that provide such services, Truly Nolen is at the very top. Thanks to more than 75 years of experience in the industry, as well as a number of extermination techniques and methods developed in-house and patented, you can rest easy knowing that Truly Nolen leaves no crevice unexplored. Get in touch with Truly Nolen today and ensure your home is free from any and all unwanted invaders.

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