Are you thinking about purchasing a home in an older established area such as downtown Toronto, east/west Toronto, and your concerned about termites? Maybe you already own a home and your experiencing some type of issue with bed bugs, ants, cockroaches or even mice. Thinking of travelling, not sure if the place you will be staying at has bed bugs?…Then keep reading.

For many years now Termites have been a constant pain for home owners, especially in the older areas of cities and communities. These insects can be very destructive and cause thousands of dollars in damage. Your insurance company may even require a maintenance contract with a registered pest control company, check to see what your insurance company requires.

I usually recommend, prior to making an offer, for you or your agent to call some of the registered pest control companies who service the area and see if they had any issues with the house your thinking of purchasing, they may provide information over the phone to you. You can start with – Abell, Orkin, Aetna and Terminix Pest Control.

If you click on one of the pictures to the right it will take you to a corresponding pest website, Government of Canada, which contains very informative information about that particular pest and how to deal with them. Be sure to read the part about “use pesticides safely”. The Gov’t of Canada Pest Control Tips site also has over 20 other types of pests you can learn about.

When it comes to pest control be sure to understand the types of chemicals used, how it may or may not affect you or your family.

I also wanted to point you to a cool website: BED BUG REGISTRY. The bed bug registry will allow you to type in the address for any location in Canada and the US and it will come back with a users encounter, if any, with bed bugs.