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Effective Mice and Rat Control in Kelowna, Penticton & Vernon 

Rodents in your home or business are one of the major health concerns. Rats and mice carry parasites like ticks and fleas, which can introduce disease. Rodents can squeeze into even the tiniest crevices, making blocking every possible entry point hard. They are rapid breeders, and by the time you see one mouse, you will likely have many more in your attic, wall cavities and other hidden areas of your home or commercial building.

The licensed technicians at The Bugman Pest Control can help you safely manage and prevent rat and mouse problems. Contact us now for local mice and rat control in Kelowna, Penticton, Vernon, and Okanagan.

Integrated Pest Management Program (IPM)

As of July 21st, 2021, the BC Government has announced an 18-month ban on using Second-Generation Anticoagulant Rodenticides (SGARs) due to their strength and the secondary risks they pose to other animals that may consume poisoned rodents.

With the ban on SGARs in place, an Integrated Pest Management Program (IPM) is known to be one of the most effective and economical long-term solutions to eliminate this irritating rodent problem. Our technicians at The Bugman Pest Control have been fully trained and can execute an IPM program catered specifically to your situation. For more details on Integrated Pest Management, give us a call or review the BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy document here.

Integrated Pest Management Program (IPM)

An Integrated Pest Management program consists of six essential elements to manage rats, mice and other pests. The experts at The Bugman Pest Control follow the IPM decision-making process to manage rodent problems.


  • Prevention
    The first step is prevention, where we can identify problem areas and design a long-term strategy. Prevention involves keeping rodents from getting into entry points of your building, getting rid of food and water sources, removing places where rats and mice can hide or live, and cleaning areas where rodents have been found.


  • Identification
    We identify the rodents on your property to apply the proper treatment methods. Many kinds of rodents exist in the Okanagan region; however, the three most common that cause problems are Norway rats, roof rats, and house mice. Rodents can be identified through their tail length, eyes, body size, and other indicators.


  • Monitoring
    Monitoring involves looking for signs of rats and mice on your property and checking for problem areas that could lead to rodent problems. Signs to look out for include noticing droppings or urine stains, burrows, chew marks, or noises at night.


  • Threshold
    Once signs of rats or mice are identified on your property, you need to contact pest control professionals. As rats and mice reproduce rapidly, it is essential to manage an infestation quickly. If not removed in time, they can damage your property, transmit diseases, and contaminate your food and water.


  • Treatment
    Regarding treatment methods, our technicians will select the best option considering the type of rat or mouse, population numbers and location. Our IPM treatment methods avoid harming people, pets and other wildlife. We use a range of options, including snap traps or electronic traps, low-toxic rodenticides like corn cellulose, or first-generation rodenticides.


  • Evaluate
    We evaluate the effectiveness of the IPM program and determine if any adjustments can be made, such as different trap baits, moving traps, or using more preventative measures. Once a rat or mouse problem is under control, we revisit prevention steps to stop an infestation from reoccurring.


Contact The Bugman Pest Control for an effective Integrated Pest Management program to prevent and treat mice and rat problems in Kelowna and the surrounding areas.

Pest Removal Process

Navigating through the complexities of pest removal requires a meticulous process. At The Bugman Pest Control, our pest removal process is a systematic approach designed to efficiently eliminate unwelcome pests from your space. From the initial inspection to the tailored implementation of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs, our licensed technicians ensure a comprehensive and effective solution. We prioritize safety, employ advanced techniques, and evaluate the success of our methods to provide you with lasting relief from pest-related concerns. Trust us for a seamless pest removal process in Kelowna and the surrounding areas.

Where Can Rats or Mice Be in Your Home?

Understanding the potential hiding spots of rats and mice is crucial for effective rodent control. These resilient pests can infiltrate various areas of your home, posing health risks and structural damage. From attics and wall cavities to hidden corners, rats and mice can be challenging to locate. Our expert technicians at The Bugman Pest Control are adept at identifying these elusive spaces where rodents thrive. With our specialized knowledge, we can address rodent infestations promptly, ensuring a thorough inspection and strategic treatment plan for your Kelowna, Penticton, or Vernon property. Don't let rodents find refuge in your home—contact us for precise solutions.


Prevent Rodents from Entering Your Home

Prevention is the most effective way to keep your home free of rodents. The Bugman Pest Control uses structural pest control methods to address rat and mouse infestations. We identify problem areas, seal openings, inspect and repair entry points regularly, and use a strategic IPM program for rodent control.

Rat Species in the Okanagan

Different rat species that are the most common target of rat control services in the Okanagan region are:


  • Black rat/roof rat: These find home in our ceilings and attics. With the tail being longer than their body and their darker fur, they become easy to identify. Their pointed droppings are another clue.

  • Norway rat: These are the largest, weighing around a pound. The Norway rat has a blunt nose and small ears and is usually found in burrows surrounding your premises.

If your Kelowna home or property is infested with rats, then The Bugman Pest Control can help you with quick and efficient rat control problems. You can also rely on us for pre-purchase pest inspection services.

Mice Species in the Okanagan

We have curated a list of some of the most commonly identified mice that you might observe on your property:


  • House mouse
    These have a pointed nose and are relatively small in size, weighing only 30 g. The house mouse tends to hide in closed spaces.


  • Field mouse/vole
    These have a pointed nose and are relatively small in size, weighing only 30 g. The house mouse tends to hide in closed spaces.


  • Deer mouse
    They are also found in woody, forested areas as they survive on plant and animal matter. An adult deer mouse can go up to 10 cm long, and their white underbelly often gives them away.

How Do You Identify a Rodent Infestation?

Pest encroachment in your personal space is always unwelcome, but rats are a large threat because they can multiply rapidly. Here are some clues from our rodent control experts that will help you identify whether your property has a rodent infestation:


  • The biggest clue to a rat infestation is their droppings. They can leave as many as 180 in a day for you to clean up.

  • Rats tend to gnaw on things - paper, wood, wires and even mortar. Some of our clients have even found gnaw marks on their metal objects. This is another clue.

  • Next is to hear sounds. Rats often hide in vents and walls. You likely have rats in your home if you hear feet tapping in your vents.

  • Lastly, rats always follow a path they have taken. Finding a worn-out path in your lawn is another indication.

Should I Be Worried About Rodent Infestations?

Rodents can be a big problem for your property. The main dangers of having rats and mice in your home are:


  • Rodents are a health hazard and are infamous for carrying a wide variety of diseases like plague, salmonellosis, leptospirosis, etc.

  • Mice and rats are notorious for their ability to make their way into stored foods. If rodents are unchecked, they eat and spread continuously, posing more health risks.

  • Rodents are a fire hazard and can cause house fires. Rodents chew on electrical wiring, resulting in damaged wiring sparking and overheating, a common cause of electrical fires.

  • Rodents can cause structural damage as they work through walls, dislodging insulation and harming weather-proofing in your property.


Want to protect your property against such issues? Contact our professionals today for effective mice and rat control in Kelowna.

Experienced Technicians

All rodents need food, water and shelter, so once we identify and eliminate these, we can control your pest problem. Traditional traps and bait may help, but rodents’ instincts usually make them wary of such things. Whether your mouse problem is in the beginning stages or has turned into a full-blown infestation, our expert technicians have the right tools and appropriate knowledge to protect you.

Contact Us Today

If you are facing a pest control problem at your home or business, you need the experience of a professional. We have the expertise to eradicate the rodents that have invaded your space and get you back to living comfortably. Contact us for rodent control in Kelowna, Penticton & Vernon.


Read the frequently asked questions below:


What Health Concerns Do Rodents Pose in a Home or Business?

Rats and mice can introduce serious health risks as they carry parasites like ticks and fleas, which can transmit diseases. Prompt and effective rodent control is essential to mitigate these concerns.


Why Is Prevention Crucial in Rodent Control?

Prevention is the first line of defense against rodents. It involves identifying and addressing problem areas, eliminating entry points, and removing water and food sources. Effective prevention helps maintain a pest-free environment in the long term.


What Is the Significance of The Integrated Pest Management Program (TPM) in Rodent Control?

The IPM program is a comprehensive and economical solution for rodent problems. With the ban on Second-Generation Anticoagulant Rodenticides (SGARs), the IPM program offers tailored strategies for prevention, identification, monitoring, threshold management, treatment, and evaluation.


Where are Common Hiding Spots for Rats and Mice in a Home?

Rats and mice can infiltrate various areas, including attics, wall cavities, and hidden corners. Identifying these elusive spaces is crucial for effective rodent control. Our expert technicians are adept at locating and addressing these hiding spots.


How Can I Identify a Rodent Infestation in My Property?

Signs of a rodent infestation include occasional droppings, gnaw marks on various materials, audible sounds such as tapping in vents, and worn-out paths in the lawn. Identifying these clues early is crucial for timely intervention and control.

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