Pests in NYC and Long Island
As the seasons change and the temperatures drop, you might notice a sudden influx of pests into your home. While you can sometimes prevent the occurrence of these four-legged or winged creatures, in some cases the best you can do is work to get them out of your home or business as quickly as possible. Know the signs and treatments for different kinds of pest infestations, and act today before the populations grow wildly out of control.
Bed Bug Removal Services
If you have recently started waking up with itchy welts all over your hands, arms, or torso, you might have a bed bug infestation. These pests can be picked up in just about any location. While their presence does not indicate a lack of cleanliness, knowing how to get rid of them is vital to reducing your reactions.
Bed bugs can cause serious allergic reactions in some people, and they are tough to get rid of. These pests jump on your clothing or other personal items when you visit a hotel, restaurant, bus seat, or any other place with a hiding spot for these unsightly creatures. Once they arrive in your home, they will set up shop rapidly, nesting in your headboard, mattress, wallpaper, or even behind electrical outlets.
These pests won’t stop until they’re dead, and it can be impossible to get rid of them on your own. Wash all of your clothes and linens in the hottest possible setting, and prevent picking up bed bugs when you travel by storing all of your clothing in plastic bags and up off the floor. If that doesn’t work, you will need to hire a pest control company to get rid of them with specialized heat treatments.
Cockroach Extermination Services
While nobody wants to have any kind of pest inside their home, cockroaches are some of the most unsanitary creatures that can take up residence in your house. These pests are responsible for causing allergic reactions and asthma attacks, and can even carry unpleasant diseases like salmonella and more.
Cockroaches tend to be attracted to homes that are less than tidy, so keeping your home clean and organized can help prevent an infestation. This is because cockroaches, like many other pests, are opportunistic, and will take advantage of crumbs left on the floor or leaky pipes (for a source of water). Seal up all potential entry points to your home, and keep in mind that if you see one cockroach, you likely have a breeding population.
Cockroaches don’t like to come out during the day or to be around humans, so a sighting is a definite sign that you have a cockroach infestation problem. You might notice other telltale signs like discarded exoskeletons or even a musty odor.
Mosquito Control Services
Mosquitoes are difficult to prevent, as they are found in just about every area of the world and their populations are affected by climate. Unfortunately, mosquitoes can carry dozens of unpleasant, potentially fatal diseases, including West Nile virus and Zika virus.
To reduce the likelihood of attracting these itch-inducing pests to your home, eliminate any areas that tend to collect standing water. This might include old birdbaths, dips in the sidewalk that lead to puddling, or even dirty gutters. Clean these areas regularly to prevent mosquitoes from laying their eggs there.
When you’re outside, cover up, and wear an insect repellent containing DEET. This is the only surefire way to prevent yourself from being covered in itchy, disease-ridden bites.
Ant Exterminating Services
There are thousands of types of ants in the world, and chances are, you’ve dealt with an ant infestation at one point or another in your life. Ants tend to congregate in homes when they’ve detected a source of food. Make sure all food and leftover crumbs are cleaned up and be sure to cover pet food and other exposed items.
Ants don’t tend to spread many dangerous diseases, but they can contaminate your food as they walk across it. Furthermore, they are unsightly, and some varieties do bite, causing uncomfortable, itchy welts.
Termite Inspections and Treatment
Termites are one of the most dangerous pests, not because they spread a disease, but because they work silently, tunneling away in your home often until it is too late to detect them. Termites can be found in a majority of states, and it can take homeowners months (even years!) to realize that a problem exists.
Termites have the potential to completely undermine the structural integrity of your home. There’s little you can do to prevent an infestation, but it’s important to be vigilant about inspecting your home regularly for early warning signs.
For example, tapping on your wooden walls can help detect a termite population. If they sound hollow, you likely have an infestation. The only surefire way to get rid of a termite infestation is by contacting a licensed pest control professional, who will thoroughly fumigate your home.
Fleas and Ticks Control
Fleas and ticks aren’t just found on dogs, but it’s common for pets to bring them into the home. Ticks are growing in number throughout most of the United States, and are dangerous for their potential to spread Lyme disease and other disease-causing viruses as they feed upon their hosts.
Both fleas and ticks can take up long-term residence in your home, jumping from host to host as they gorge themselves on your blood. If you have a pet, make sure you bathe him regularly and apply an anti-flea and tick medication to prevent these pests from latching on in the first place. Clean all bedding on a weekly basis, and be sure to trim all tall grass and brush near your home to eliminate any potential hiding spots.
Crickets don’t pose a huge health risk if you find them inside your home, but they sure are noisy! Crickets tend to navigate toward damp, dark locations, such as cellars and basements and will chirp loudly until they find their mates.
To eliminate these pests, keep all living spaces clean and dry. Consider running a dehumidifier, and make sure all potential entry points (like gaps or cracks in windows, doors, and screens) are repaired.
Rodents are one of the most common household pests, and while keeping your house neat and tidy can help reduce the likelihood that one of these pests will come inside, it’s not a definite method of pest control. At some point, you are likely to have a rodent infestation.
Mice are common in most areas, moving inside as the weather cools and they seek a place to build their nests. These rodents tend to be small and will damage your food packagings as they gnaw into them. They can spread diseases and bacteria, so it’s important to get rid of them by setting traps or engaging in chemical elimination as soon as possible.
Rats, much larger than mice, also spread a number of diseases, including salmonella and even the plague. These pests, like mice, can bite and will come inside seeking shelter. They will stay if they find an easy source of food and water. To get rid of them, set traps and contact a licensed pest control professional if the infestation has grown out of hand.