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Saint John Pest Control

In Saint John, call Toll-Free 1-844-261-1122

Saint John Pest Control and Management Service company owner, Bob Durelle, has over 16 years experience in pest control service and the pest prevention industry. He is fully licensed by the Department of Environment and The Department of Natural Resources as a Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator.

Durelle Pest Management offers both residential pest control in Saint John and commercial pest control services in Saint John, as well as regular monthly contracts for pest prevention.

We offer Pest Control for bed bugs, bats, bees, hornets, wasps, flies, earwigs, spiders mice, rats, squirrels, raccoons, skunks, and many other insects, vermin and other pests in need of control.  We're pleased to offer full service in Saint John and the surrounding area, as well as throughout New Brunswick.


Residential Pest Control

Durelle Pest Management provides expert Pest Management Services to our clients. We know that controlling the pests in and around (the outside) of your home is of primary concern to homeowners, Durelle Pest Management will work with you to control nature's pests. We can do so in a safe family and pet friendly manner.

Durelle Pest Management provides exceptional residential pest management for all of your pest control concerns. Each service call begins with a thorough inspection of your home and a custom designed program to solve your current pest problems.

Pending the results of the inspection our service professionals will recommend a service plan to you. This may include a one time guaranteed service or a suggestion that we include you in our home protection pest management program. All 'one time' service calls come with a written service guarantee.

Our residential home protection program includes service for your current needs, at least two scheduled services per year; once in the spring and once in the fall. Additional service can be integrated into your personalized pest management program upon request. The plan covers stinging insects, rats, mice, ants, roaches, earwigs, sow bugs, silverfish fleas, ground beetles and spiders.

Commercial Pest Control

Durelle Pest Management provides expert Pest Management Services to our commercial clients. We know that pest management is of primary concern to property managers. Durelle Pest Management will work with you to control nature's pests. We can do so in a safe, professional manner, with excellent customer service being our main objective.

Durelle Pest Management provides exceptional commercial pest management for all of your pest control concerns. Each service call begins with a thorough inspection of your properties and a custom designed program to solve your current pest problems.

Pending the results of the inspection, our service professionals will recommend a service plan to you. This may include a weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or bi-monthly service.

With over 16 years experience servicing commercial properties, I can solve any problems that might occur in a timely, professional manner.




Friday, 15 March 2013 12:22


Latin Name:

Rattus norvegicus


The Norway rat is a large rodent that may weigh in excess of 500 grams. They can reach lengths of 400 millimeters and their tails alone may measure 187 millimeters in length. The body of the Norway rat is covered in fur that is brown or gray in color. Their ears and tail are covered in scales. Their tail is shorter than head and body. Its fur is shaggy. Droppings are capsule-shaped.


Nests in underground burrows, from which they enter buildings in search of food. Tends to remain in hiding during the day.


Norway rats are omnivorous and feed on a variety of food sources. If given the choice, they will consume meats, fruits, grain and nuts. Dead animals also serve as a food source for these rats and they are capable of catching small fish and rodents. They require water to drink and they make their colony as close to a water source as possible. Norway rats live in communities with one dominant member.


Reaches sexual maturity in two months and can breed any month of the year. Litter may number from eight to twelve. Females can have four to seven litters per year. Adults live as long as one year.

Norway Rat Information:

Norway rats are prevalent throughout North America. Arriving on ships from Great Britain circa 1775, these rodents quickly spread throughout the American Midwest.

Today, Norway rats thrive in a variety of human habitats. While it is believed that Norway rats originally lived only within temperate forest regions, they are extremely adaptive and now thrive comfortably in densely populated cities. Outside, they can be found burrowing in the soil beneath buildings, in embankments, and near tree roots. Inside, they live in basements, crawlspaces, attics and sewers. They can be carriers of various diseases.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013 17:15


Tuesday, 26 February 2013 14:34


Wasp species are categorized as social or solitary. As their name implies, social wasps live in colonies, which may number in the thousands. Within these colonies, female workers, perform all other duties within the nest. Solitary wasps live alone and rarely build nests. They do lay eggs, but their eggs are left alone to hatch.Some wasps are predatory, while others are parasitic. Predatory wasps serve an important role in pollination. Parasitic wasps typically assist in the management of other pests. Some wasps are aggressive species, which sting when threatened, and, unlike bees, wasps are capable of stinging multiple times.

Male wasps fertilize female wasps that develop late in the summer. These will be next year's queens. These fertilized females will overwinter in a sheltered location. The rest of the colony will perish when winter comes. Next spring, the queen will start laying eggs. The fertilized eggs that they produce will become workers, building the nest and feeding the larvae produced by the queen. Late in the summer, the queen will produce unfertilized eggs. These will develop into males. The males will fertilize the wasps that will become the queens of the following year.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013 14:34


By simply watching a squirrel, one sees a free-spirited daredevil. They playfully scamper across the ground, fearlessly leap from tree branch to tree branch, and masterfully run along power lines without a misstep. Squirrels seem to live a fairly carefree lifestyle, but they can create a number of problems for humans.

Latin Names

The most commonly encountered species of tree squirrels are the gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis), the red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus), the flying squirrel (Glaucomys spp), and the fox squirrel (Sciurus niger).


Tree squirrels generally nest within trees in wooded areas. As humans expand into natural areas, squirrels are forced to look for alternate means of lodging including entering buildings. The most frequently invaded areas are garages and attics.

Squirrels reach these areas by chewing holes in the exterior of the structure and typically either nest, store food, or both. Their activity is usually noisy and heard by anyone in close proximity.


Tree squirrels are most active in the early morning and late afternoon hours. They spend this time in search of or storing food. Flying squirrels, by exception, are primarily active at night.


A squirrel’s usual diet consists of fruit, bark, nuts, seeds, buds, leaves, bulbs, and insects. If immediate nourishment isn’t needed, it will store the food in a cache for winter keeping.


Most young are born during two periods of the year – early spring and late summer. Tree squirrels generally bear two litters per year while flying squirrels tend to give birth only once annually.

Litters vary in count between three and eight depending on species.

Control & Treatment

Controlling tree squirrels is a challenging task. Since many of the species are protected, it’s advised to consult local conservation offices before starting.

Finding entry points is a mandatory first step. After determining how squirrels are entering the structure, their schedule and habits inside should be noted.

Be sure to identify the number of squirrels and if they have young nesting. Often, squirrels will burrow under insulation to nest, so discovery may not be easy.

Exclusion can be by using wire cloth to keep squirrels out.

Ground squirrels typically do not climb into trees and can cause damage to crops, ornamentals, and gardens. These can be trapped and relocated or controlled by rodenticides where permitted.

As previously mentioned, squirrels can be a challenge to control. It’s advised that a professional be contacted to handle the situation.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013 14:23


Are Bats Dangerous?

Bats are a unique mammal that has a long and storied history full of misconceptions. Through time, they’ve become associated with evil of many forms such as sorcery, witchcraft, haunted cemeteries, and vampires. Bats also have long been feared due to a belief that rabies is rampant within their population. This is only partially true. Bats can carry rabies, but it is rare and most bats prefer to avoid interaction with humans so the chances of transmittal are low except when performing bat control work.

What is true about bats is they’re nocturnal and the only mammal truly capable of flight. Bats are beneficial to humans since common species feed entirely on insects. Some people even choose to install bat houses on their property to encourage nesting.


Though bats are distinct as a family, individual species can be difficult to differentiate. There are over 980 species of bats worldwide with approximately 40 of them residing in the United States.

The three most common species encountered domestically are the big brown bat, the little brown bat, and the Mexican free-tailed bat. These can be difficult to tell apart (even for a professional), so it’s recommended that an expert be consulted prior to attempting any control efforts.


Bats range in size across the different species, but tend to average about 2 ¼” to 7 ½” in length (tip to tail) with a wingspread of approximately 6” to 15”. Most weigh between 1/8 oz. and 2 1/8 oz. (in the U.S.). Bats’ bodies are covered with hair varying in color from tan to black. Their wings stretch across elongated arm and finger bones.

Most bats have pointed ears and have the characteristic wing made of leathery skin as there is no fur on the wings. Bats also have teeth. When roosting, bats commonly hold on to their roost with their hind legs, hanging upside down. They cannot grasp with their front legs as the toes, known as fingers, are the support of the wing.

Diet & Behavior

Most bats are insectivores, feeding on insects at night. Bats will also frequent outside lighting where insects will be flying in warmer weather. They may also be found near swimming pools as insects might be attracted to these areas.There are some species that prefer other foods such as fruits, but most of these are not usually found in the United States.

Bats can be either colonial bats, living in colonies, or solitary bats, living alone or with just a few other bats. There is no queen bat in colonies; the bats just aggregate together.

Habitat & Nesting

Bats emerge in the early days of spring and leave their overwintering sites for summer homes. Typically, the first to establish nesting areas are the females ready to give birth. Because of their impending maternity, these new colonies are known as maternity or nursery colonies.

Baby bats are usually born during the months of June and July. The infant bats breastfeed until they’re ready to fly and hunt food on their own (typically, three to seven weeks old). The bats remain in this roost until the fall when it’s time to overwinter. Prior to leaving for winter residence, males begin arriving at these colonies in large numbers ready to mate with the female inhabitants.

Winter hibernation is an instinct felt by all domestic bat species. Some travel less than one hundred miles while others travel thousands of miles from their summer roost. Equally as fascinating is that some species winter in small groups while others choose to gather in large numbers for their winter rest.

Bat Control

Contact Durelle Pest Management!

Tuesday, 26 February 2013 14:24


These reddish-brown nocturnal creatures feed primarily on decaying organic matter or other insects, hiding in dark, damp places during the day. They are found throughout Canada and the United States, and when their populations are high, they may cause damage in the garden by feeding on a variety of plants such as lettuce, corn, celery, tender young seedlings, and blossoms and ripening fruits

(Source: National Gardening Association Editors)

Tuesday, 26 February 2013 14:23


The raccoon’s nocturnal exploits have earned it a place throughout American culture. They are best known for their curious and mischievous nature, especially when it comes to trash cans. Many home and business owners are forced into protective measures so their refuse isn’t scattered on a nightly basis. In fact, such actions earned the raccoon movie roles like the one in The Great Outdoors. It’s hard to believe that such a pest has earned both our ire and affection.


Typically, raccoons prefer to inhabit hollow trees and logs near lakes and streams. They are known to venture into populated areas becoming a nuisance as they search for refuge and forage for food. Raccoons will, also, use existing structures to construct a den. Some of their favorite habitats are the areas beneath porches and outbuildings, attics, and chimneys.


During the months of spring and early summer, diets consist primarily of insects, frogs, fish, and crayfish. They are known to roll back sod in search of earthworms and grubs (doing significant damage to lawns). During late summer and fall, raccoons move to nuts, grains, berries, fruits, and sweet corn from gardens. Whether local residents or simply foraging, easily observable signs of raccoon activity are damaged lawns and raided garbage cans.


Raccoons are very social animals within their family groups. They mate from January to February, and females carry the young for approximately 60 days. A standard litter produces 3-6 young. At about 2 months of age, the young raccoons will begin accompanying their mother on outings to find food. The family group usually stays together for about one year. Upon maturation, an adult raccoon will vary in size from 24 to 46 inches in length and 12 to 25 pounds.

Control & Treatment

Since raccoons enjoy raiding trash cans, it’s best to use ones made of tough materials like hard plastics and metal. Cans should have tight fitting lids and straps or clamps to help hold them shut.

Finally, it’s recommended the cans be tied to a support or placed in a rack where they can’t be tipped over. Raccoons have an affinity for chimneys, as well. Access to this area can be restricted through purchase of a commercial spark arrestor cap or heavy screen wire secured over any openings.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013 14:17


Latin Names

Interestingly, Skunks are members of the weasel family. There are several species in the United States, but there are only two of real significance: the striped skunk (Mephitus mephitis) and the spotted skunk (Spilogale putorius). These are considered to be the most common and troublesome of the relatives.


Skunks can be both a blessing and a curse. They are mostly carnivorous and feed on rodents considered harmful to humans like moles, shrews, ground squirrels, rats, mice, and other small mammals.

Also, they help keep insect populations low through their affinity for crickets, beetles, grasshoppers, and other types of insect larvae.

While helping control unwanted populations, skunks are known to do harm to property and domestic animal populations, too. If available, skunks will feed on poultry and their eggs. Also, they eat garden vegetables, fruit, damage lawns when foraging for insects, and damage beehives (eating adult and larval bees in the process).


Skunks like digging under foundations to take refuge beneath homes and in other, less trafficked buildings. They also will burrow under low decks. Skunks carry serious health concerns, including rabies.

Defense Mechanisms

Skunks carry a noteworthy reputation because of their well-storied defense mechanism. Fortunately, they have distinct markings and are easy to spot, making recognition and avoidance easier.

The skunk odor is a repellent of predators. They have two internal glands at the base of the tail which can produce a thick, volatile, oily liquid containing sulfur compounds. Before discharging, the skunks will do their own version of a war dance to scare away the potential threat. Once the tail is raised, be on alert.

The fluid can be discharged up to 20 feet with a high accuracy up to 10 feet. The skunk can fire multiple times when needed. If any gets into the eyes of humans or pets, pain and temporary blindness can occur.


Skunks are mostly active in warmer months. They don’t actually hibernate, but will remain inactive in their dens for days to weeks during extreme cold. They are nocturnal.


Skunks typically mate in late winter, and the young are born from mid-spring to mid-summer. The spotted skunk may have two litters during the year. The young don’t have long to learn from their parents. They are out of the den by fall and on their own.

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