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Mission & Abbotsford:
Unwanted guests for the winter season
|Posted on November 4, 2013 at 1:42 AM||comments ()|
Somebody's sleeping in my bed
|Posted on November 10, 2011 at 2:04 PM||comments ()|
We recently received a call concerning bed bugs. They explained that the bed in question had already been disassembled and removed. The problem was assumed to be taken care of. CridX offered to come in and complete an inspection to verify that there are no bed bugs anywhere else in the room. They were happy to have us come in to take a look around to make sure that they had taken care of their problem.
When we did the inspection, we started by checking one of the other beds in the room. As you can see in the below photo, we found a lot of spotting close to the crease on the wood bed frame and eggs can be seen in the void space. The eggs are the small white specks between the wood, and the spotting is the black spots. Spotting is dried blood that the bed bugs excrete as waste. As soon as we found this evidence, we decided to remove the railing (the piece of wood with the screw in it).
When we removed the railing, we found a bed bug between the wood that I thought was pretty tight together. You can see the bug below centre and to the left of the lighter coloured wood where the railing was. Just another example of how you can never be too careful when looking for bed bug harbourages. This spot would have been easily overlooked if a very thorough inspection, such as the one CridX did, wasn't performed.
If you suspect that you may have a bed bug infestation call us for a free inspection.
Don't sleep on it, you never know who's coming for dinner.
604-226 PEST (7378)
Not Very Lady Like!
|Posted on October 19, 2011 at 7:04 AM||comments ()|
Come Visit CridX at the Abbotsford Agrifair Flea Market Today till 4pm
|Posted on October 16, 2011 at 12:27 PM||comments ()|
Looks like a great day to go to the Abbotsford Agrifair Flea Market & CridX will be there all day today till 4pm.
There are some fun events throughout the day such as the 25th annual Fraser Valley Toy Run. Around 1,500 motorcyles will end their run at the Abbotsford Flea Market at the Agrifair so it's going to be getting pretty busy! So common down & buy some fresh fruits & vegetables, check out the flea market & don't forget to stop in to see Allan at CridX's booth!
Looks like it's turning out to be a great day for some community involvement out here in Abbotsford so come check it out!
Here's a map to help you find us:
See you there!
Unwanted House Guests - You thought your Mother-in-Law was Bad!
|Posted on October 13, 2011 at 2:03 AM||comments ()|
Mind in the Gutter
|Posted on September 16, 2011 at 2:31 AM||comments ()|
Bug on the wall
|Posted on September 16, 2011 at 2:23 AM||comments ()|
This little guy was heading for the exit during a Bed Bug treatment. He was at eye level making a run for it.
The customer had previously purchased some chemicals from the hardware store and had tried treated it himself. He ended up sick in bed for a week. Chemicals can be very dangerous especially in an enclosed area like a basement suite.
If you run into Bed Bugs you should call CridX right away - we have years of experience & can take care of the issue professionally, effectively & safely.
Our service charge for bed bugs is extremely competitive at only $350. You can also take a look at our products page for pricing on Bed Bug mattress encasements & other protective tools.
Who's Sleeping with YOU tonight?
If you think you may have Bed Bugs - don't SLEEP ON IT!
As they say: "Don't let the Bed Bugs bite"...
Call CridX today & put the issue to rest!
604-226-PEST (7378) www.CridX.com
The Ants Come Marching 2 by 2...
|Posted on September 12, 2011 at 5:14 AM||comments ()|
CridX was called out to a house in the Mission area with complaints of sawdust in the window sill. After a full inspection we found several hot spots of Carpenter Ant activity. We continued our service with a flush agent in all cracks and void spaces around the house. Carpenter Ants came running out of 3 spots:
1. the front corner of the house, where activity had been seen before the treatment
2. Under the bay window at the back of the house near where the frass was reported by the customer
3. Out of the water shut off by the hose reel at the back of the house
We then turned to the inside of the house and did a full inspection but we found little activity. We flushed the window frame where the frass was found and about a hundred ants came running out of the wall.
A couple of days later we were called back because the customer was still seeing activity in their bedroom. We performed another inspection and then another treatment was done in that area but there was only a minor reaction. We moved back to the window that had all of the activity prior and treated again in this location. Again, there was a little reaction found. However, as we continued inspecting and investigating, we removed an inspection plate on one of the bedroom walls and the photos below show you what we found inside the wall under this plate. There was a lot of frass (sawdust like material) and several carpenter ants running around. We then treated this area, and check for extensions.
After treating this area I stuck my camera into the hole to see to the side, and this is what was there: a lot of frass & a few ants (unfortunately you can only really see them as black dots in these photos - those are the ants).
Despite the appearance of the inside of this wall, there is actually no serious damage in this spot. We do, however, know that the roof has been leaking, and we suspect that the moisture from this situation is an attractant and is nicely supporting the growth of this infestation.
The owner is having the roof removed on Monday, so we plan to stay close as this work is done since we anticipate that they will find some nesting sites and we'd like to get in to do a treatment right away as they are discovered. We're hoping the damage found will not be too extensive at this point and by us getting in to do the treatment as the roof is removed and the likely harbourage areas are exposed, we hope to deal completely with this infestation before it can create more damage and expense.
These little creatures sure can cause a lot of damage, expense, and headache!
We'll keep you posted on the results of the roof removal.
Do I look like a Cockroach to you?
|Posted on August 27, 2011 at 3:53 PM||comments ()|
"What chu talkin bout Kara?
I'm not a Cockroach!"
We're thinking that your bug (the middle one) is likely either a Striped Blister Beetle (as shown above on the right) or perhaps one of the types of Soldier Beetles (but no, your friends are right - it's not a cockroach). If you'd like to know for sure, or you'd like us to come out to do a treatment that will take care of them, just let us know and we'll come out to take a closer look. Thanks for asking :)
Naked Wasp Nest Exposed
|Posted on August 15, 2011 at 12:39 AM||comments ()|
To see these nests up close, go to the bottom of the "Wasps" page on this site (down the list to your right) & click on the pictures to enlarge them.
CridX was called in to treat this basket ball sized wasps nest earlier this month. After we did the treatment, we came back a couple of days later and removed the nest and power washed the area for the elderly gentleman that was very relieved that he was once again able to leave the house out of his front door.
We decided to make a sample of this nest because we are considering introducing a new program for school children to educate them about pests, insect and animal behaviour, and a bunch of fun and interesting facts about bugs and nature.
We started by removing the papery shell from the outside of this nest to expose the fascinating and intricate interior design. Wasps do not produce honey in these combs, instead, they produce an amazing amount of offspring. In fact, every white spot on the nest is a growing larva of a wasp.
Wasps, unlike bees, have no wax producing glands and therefore cannot construct wax combs. Instead, they use paper which they make from wood pulp, just like we do.
The wasps use their powerful jaws to scrape wood from trees and fence posts. They chew up this wood pulp, and mix it with saliva to produce a papery substance that is spread out to make combs. These combs are layered up into a nest form. Usually there are about 8 tier-like structures inside the nest (although this one only had 7) with all of the cells opening downwards. The entrance to the nest is usually near the bottom.
Anyway, we have put this sample into a home-made box with plexi-glass on 2 sides so it can be protected but still viewed. We have the basic assembly done and now we just have to paint it and do the final touches and we will be ready to share it with our customers and hopefully some interested wee little school kids soon!