Chalk Spring Floral Background

Most of you are as exciting as I am for spring and the warmer temperatures. Although spring is great, these pests are most certainly not, I will tell you the best way to prevent these pest from affecting you throughout any season.

 

Mosquitoes

This is a picture of mosquito sources around a homePooling water from the melting snow and the rainfall we have received will create the perfect environment for mosquito larva. Some mosquito species will lay their eggs above the water line before winter arrives, so that in the fall after the rainfall the egg rafts can float and the larvae can begin to develop. Now Read the rest

Everything you need to know about bed bugs

Bed Bug life cycle actual size compared to penny

Bed Bugs, two words no one wants to hear together, unfortunately Bed Bugs instill fear in the lives of us in New York, from the ones who’ve had it and do not want to go through the whole ordeal again, and to the ones who’ve never had them and fear bringing Bed Bugs home.

According to a 2013 Bed Bugs without Boarders survey by the National Pest Management Association and the University of Kentucky  revealed that nearly very pest management professional from coast to coast has encountered a bed bug infestation within the last 12 months leading to the survey.

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What is the Carpet Beetle

Varied Carpet Beetle1

Do you know what the Carpet Beetle Is?

This Beetle is very common in the United States and people may find their larva outside their home and mistake it for some sort of caterpillar. The Carpet Beetle is a nuisance pest; it destroys clothing made of natural fibers, carpets, furs, leather, books etc. by feeding on the material during the larval stage.

Varied Carpet Beetle LarvaThe Varied Carpet Beetle goes through complete metamorphosis and can take up to 3 years to complete their life cycle. Adult Varied Carpet Beetles are capable of flying and usually lives about 3 weeks, usually appearing during the … Read the rest

Mice-and-Rats

 NYC fails at Rat Control! How to Make a Homemade Humane Rat Trap

Have you heard the scratching, are you seeing signs of an Intruder? In a recent article in ABC news seen here, titled “NYC is failing at Rat Control” complaints about pests to the “311 hotline” about pests have risen from 22,300 in 2012 to 24,586 according to a press statement by city Comptroller Scott Stringer. While a 2,286, increase in complaints does not seem all too significant you must take into account that rats can reproduce up to 2,000 times annually. Do the math and the … Read the rest

The-New-York-Fall-pest-invaders-are-coming

Summer is ending fall is upon us the time of the year that while everyone is enjoying Pumpkin Spice Lattes that pests in New York will be looking for a place to shelter during the winter until spring. No need to panic, I am going to provide you with some insight and helpful tips on how to deal with the fall invaders.

Inspecting the exterior of your home is the most important step in keeping pests out. During your inspection, you are looking for windows that may have broken screens, loose concrete along the foundation of your home, utility pipes … Read the rest

Stop The Emerald Ash Borer

Emerald Ash Borer

What can you do to stop the Emerald Ash Borer?

The Emerald Ash Borer or EAB for short is an evasive Asian beetle that was discovered in Michigan and Ontario in 2002 and destroys Native Ash trees. Since its discovery in 2002 it has destroyed tens of millions of trees, once an Ash trees becomes infested with the Emerald Ash Borer in can take as little as 2 years for the tree to die.  The Emerald Ash Borer has now been detected in 23 states including New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut as well as in 2 Canadian provinces. … Read the rest

How to keep an “A” Grade in a NYC Restaurant

This is a nyc restaurant letter grade

I often get asked by my commercial pest control clients what tips I can give to help them  maintain an “A” letter grade from the New York City Health  Department. Although a challenge, difficult as it may be, its not impossible. In New York City the Department of Health maintains surprise visits to check on day to day conditions of restaurants, and often they can catch you off guard at your busiest time of day. A score of 14 or more points will yield you a “B” or “C” letter grading, anything lower they will issue you a warning or … Read the rest

Top Tips for NYC Property Managers To Prevent Pests

This is a photo of residential Brownstones in New York City

You may think that in New York City it would be completely impossible to eradicate all of the roaches, mice, rats, and pests in residential and commercial properties. If you have been flooded with complaints from tenants and hired many commercial pest control companies then you should realize an ounce of prevention could save you time and money.

Maintaining the common areas as well as the utility rooms of buildings is no easy feat and should be a combined effort amongst tenants to have a pest free property. Implementing a pest management program with a reputable exterminating service in conjunction

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How to survive the New York Mosquito season

Mosquito

Three thousand Mosquito species exist worldwide and around 70 in New York State alone. Mosquitos are known to spread numerous diseases including Yellow Fever, Dengue and West Nile virus among others. In New York, 2 species are responsible for the spread of the West Nile Virus the Northern House Mosquito (Cluex Pipien) and The Asian Tiger Mosquito (Aedes Albopictus) a very aggressive feeder.

Tips on how to prevent and enjoy a mosquito free summer

Keeping Mosquitos away from your home, property or outdoor gathering is not at all difficult but it does require you to be very attentive and meticulous. … Read the rest

The Indian Meal Moth

Indian meal Moth

The Indian Meal Moth is a pantry pest that affects your food by laying their eggs on it so that the larvae can consume it when they hatch. The Indian Meal Moth is the usual suspect when dealing with a pantry pest, and although they will ruin your food, they will not damage your clothing. Dealing with pantry pest requires finding the source, getting rid of the affected food and treating for the pest as well as monitoring for activity. Indian Meal Moths are mostly introduced from a package you bought at the store that was already infested. Unfortunately, often … Read the rest