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Ants are looked at as a small, insignificant pest, but these insects can be very violent. Given the appropriate conflict, an ant war between two colonies of ants can occur. These ants will rip each other to pieces in order to protect their colony and Queen.
Who Do Ants Go To War With?
Ants are social insects which live in ‘families’ known as colonies. An ant war can be among ants within the same colony or a colony versus another colony. These insects can also fight other animals, and even humans when they feel threatened.
Why Do Ants Fight Each Other?
Ant Vs Ant
Most ant internal ant wars (within a colony) occur as a result of issues related to the queen ant. Each colony has one female ant which is exclusively allowed to mate with drones (male ants) and reproduce. However, there are other female ants (workers) within a colony who may try to mate with the drones to reproduce. The internal war is mostly among worker ants as they try to compete for drones for mating and serving purposes. In such a case, a fight between two worker ants continues until one is defeated. The defeated ant returns to work worker while the winner is allowed to go on to mate. Fortunately, fights amongst worker ants of the same colony don’t result in fatalities.
Queen Ant Vs Female Ants
Nevertheless, in an extreme case, worker ants may “assassinate” the sitting queen once their number in a colony hits 300. The replacement of the queen may occur as a result of her deteriorated reproduction capability, hence the need to get another queen. The workers with full reproductive capability become queens and mate with their male siblings to form their own colonies.
Ant Vs Ant Colony
Intra-colony fights may also occur as a result of wrong identification of an ant within a colony. Ants sharing the same colony identify themselves according to their unique smell. However, sometimes one of them may smell differently, perhaps like an outsider, possibly as a result of contamination or just a mistaken identity. In such a case, the ant may be attacked by its nest mates until it cleans itself and is accepted back or unfortunately succumbs to the injuries it sustains from the fight.
Ant Colony Vs Ant Colony
In other instances, an ant fight may occur when one ant colony raids another colony for food. The raid triggers a conflict between the two colonies and eventually a war. Both colonies (the raider and the raided) summon their worker ants to the tournament ground where hundreds of fighters conduct a highly stereotyped demonstration of fights. Eventually, the colony that’s able to summon a larger number of workers than the other takes over the one with the less worker workforce. The end of the fight is characterized by the killing or chasing away of the Queen of the weaker ant colony by the stronger colony. The latter also takes the larvae, pupae, callow as well as the honeypot workers of the weaker colony.
How Do Ants Fight? How Do They Attack?
During wars between same colony members, ants will “whip” one another using their antennae for about 14 to 21 times until winners are established. While some ant species maim and kill their rivals using their mandibles, others like Brachyponera Chinensis use the sting on their abdomen to fight. During a fight, the stinging ants mount on their enemies and pierce them using their stings. Other species of ant spray their enemies with formic acid, a poisonous substance. Some ant fights are so serious that some fighting ants end up being torn into pieces and eventually die.
What Do Ants Do With Their Dead?
Have you ever realized that if you kill a few ants in your kitchen, a few more are most likely to show up? The logic behind that is the fact that ants don’t leave their dead family members just anywhere. Instead, the surviving ones come to pick the dead and put them in their midden, a pile made up of ants’ waste matter and remains. This pile is said to protect the ant colony and their Queen from contamination.
Ants will risk it all to retrieve their fallen brothers and sisters and return them to their homes. They follow the chemical called oleic acid which has a scent that creates a path to their dead and injured family members.
Ant War Conclusion
Ants may be small, but they are fascinating and extremely loyal insects. Their colonies a formed in such a structure, that they are born with these natural insects.
To see a video of an ant war in action, click here.
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Ticks in house: How to get rid of them
If you spotted ticks in house, its time to get educated.
A tick is a wingless bloodsucking acarid arachnid that attaches itself to warm-blooded vertebrates for feeding. Ticks feed on the blood of their hosts, including wild and domestic animals as well as human beings. They are known to carry and spread various diseases like Lyme disease, tularemia, equine encephalitis, babesiosis and anaplasmosis from one host to another through their bites.
Although ticks are mostly found in areas with tall grass as they wait for a passing host to climb on for feeding, they can also be sighted indoors after falling off from their previous hosts. It’s time to beware of ticks since Spring is tick season in New York.
How Long Do Ticks Survive Indoors
Once a tick drops off in your home, its survival period ranges from minutes to months, depending on its age and nutritional reserves, the frequency of the vacuuming or cleaning of its harborage, the availability of its predators as well as the temperature and humidity of its indoor habitat.
For instance, in case of a deer tick, one of the ticks that are most likely to get to your indoor area, it can live for just several hours (like eight) if it is in an indoor area with a relative humidity of less than 90%. However, even if the relative humidity is more than 90%, the tick is likely to die within 24 hours if it is unfed since it has a small food reserve. On the other hand, a deer tick that’s well fed and is in an indoor place with no predators, such as chickens, cats and centipedes, is likely to remain alive for up to a month.
Fortunately or unfortunately, even with enough food reserve, predator-free environment and favorable relative humidity, the tick may not be able to remain alive even for an hour if its surroundings are cleaned regularly or have some pesticide residues that it might come into contact.
How Do Ticks Get Inside?
Although ticks usually live in outdoor areas, they can get inside your home through people or pets, their main hosts. These pests usually climb tall grass in the woods or yards waiting for a passing animal. When an animal or person brushes against tick-infested grass, some ticks grab onto the host. In the case of a human being, a tick is most likely to attach itself on his or her clothes and then starts making its way toward warm and moist body areas like the armpit and the groin.
In pets, ticks usually penetrate through their fur to get soft body areas to bite. When going back home or other indoor areas, the host (animal or human being) carries along the tick(s). Depending on the species and the stage of the development as well as the host type, a tick will suck blood from the host for a period ranging from several minutes to days. Then the tick will detach itself from the host and fall on the ground. That’s when you’ll spot it crawling or hiding somewhere else in your house.
How to get rid of tick infestations in your home
- Check for stray ticks in house on your pets (mostly dogs) and the clothes of any member of your house, including yourself, whenever they come from areas that are vulnerable to tick infestations. If present, kill the ticks physically or spray the affected pet and clothes with an eco-friendly and appropriate pesticide.
- Repair and fill in all crevices and gaps that ticks may use as hideouts or entryways to your house.
- Regular vacuuming and cleaning of areas susceptible to pest infestations, especially where your dog rests.
- Regular trimming of the grass surrounding your house.
It is important to keep a tick infestation at your home in check, otherwise, it might turn problematic to wipe out. Be sure to take note of these tips and apply them to get rid of these bugs from your home.
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Feeding Habits of Mosquitoes
They may be tiny in size but are the cause of some of the most deadly diseases. We’re talking about mosquitoes and their ability to spread diseases like dengue, malaria, and chikungunya. More than a million people die from mosquito-borne diseases every year all over the world. We must understand the feeding habits and why mosquitoes need blood to protect ourselves from them. At Control Exterminating, we understand the dangers posed by these pests. Our experts are trained to eliminate mosquitoes effectively.
So, how do mosquitoes transmit these diseases?
If a mosquito bites an infected human being, it picks up the disease along with the blood. The mosquito then transfers the disease to the next human that it bites.
Why do mosquitoes need blood?
Only female mosquitoes need blood and bite humans to get it. Since blood is a good source of proteins and amino acids, female mosquitoes drink blood to grow mosquito eggs. The male mosquitoes fulfill their nutritional needs by feeding on nectar, water, and plant sap, which females feed on as well.
Why do mosquito bites cause welts?
When the female mosquito bites into our skin it also injects a bit of saliva into our blood to prevent it from clotting. The welt is formed when our skin has an allergic reaction to this saliva. This welt disappears in a few hours for most people but for some, the allergic reaction is stronger and the welts can stay on for days.
How do mosquitoes identify their targets?
Mosquitoes use their senses to identify their victims. They first identify that a target is nearby by identifying the smell of carbon dioxide that we exhale. They then use their vision to differentiate humans from other animals.
Why do mosquitoes prefer certain people?
If you feel that you get more mosquito bites than those around you, you may not be wrong. Mosquitoes do have their preferences. Factors like your blood type, body heat, and pregnancy can make you more attractive to mosquitoes.
- Humans release a chemical through their skin that reveals their blood type. According to recent research, mosquitoes can detect this chemical and generally prefer to feed of the O blood group. So for mosquitoes, blood type is an indicator for choosing their victim.
- Mosquitoes are attracted to lactic acid, uric acid and ammonia found in our sweat. So, if you are doing some tough physical work and sweating, mosquitoes will find you faster.
- A certain type of bacteria on your skin can attract mosquitoes towards you.
- Mosquitoes are attracted to pregnant women. According to researchers, this may be due to the fact that pregnant women exhale more carbon dioxide.
- One study on mosquitoes has discovered that people who have had a few beers attract more mosquito bites. This may be due to increased ethanol content in their blood.
What are the signs of a mosquito infestation?
- The most obvious sign of a mosquito infestation is the constant buzzing sound that they make.
- If you are being bitten by these tiny bugs when you venture out, you may have a mosquito problem to deal with.
- Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water. Keep a lookout for their larvae in stagnant water around your homes like water trays or bowls.
A mosquito infestation should not be taken lightly. Mosquito bites can cause a number of deadly diseases. Contact our team of mosquito experts at Control Exterminating immediately. Our mosquito control techniques include eliminating the breeding sites of larvae, use of indoor sprays and fogging.
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Rat Population in NYC
How many rats in NYC? Estimates vary, but we know the little critters are reproducing more and more and New York’s been creating a plan of action. Wikipedia says that contrary to popular belief, (that there are 5 rats per person in NYC), scientists made a more realistic estimate that the population of rats in NYC is around 2 million, which would only be 20% of the human population in NYC opposed to 5 times.
At Control Exterminating, we control a wide range of pests. However, we are experts in the control of rodents. Rodents are one of the most prevalent pests in New York City. Our personnel is highly trained in the extermination of rodents and other pests that infest the city.
We have a lot of experience in dealing with NYC rats and mice and have aided in the removal of them from many properties and areas. Our services are highly rated. This is because we always provide our best quality. We are the most trusted rat exterminator in NYC as well as a first-class mice exterminator.
“These small gnawing mammals are capable of causing devastating damage to homes and offices.”
New York Rats and Rat Population
New York City is one of the largest metropolitans in the world. The city hosts a very large population of people. The city also has many hotels, homes and other commercial premises where people spend their days.
However, the city’s peace has been under threat due to the large population of rats. Rats in NYC have been on the rise in the recent years. The effects of rats in New York have been so devastating that NYC mayor declared total war against these rodents. The mayor, Mr. Bill De Blasio promised to eradicate these rats in the most affected places.
The Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn are the most rat-infested zones in the city. The mayor promised to eradicate at least 70% of the rats by the end of 2018. In his plan, the mayor intends to cover all dirty floors in publicly used buildings.
“Downtown rats are more used to household trash, unlike the uptown ones that are used to offices. The study also revealed that rats New York rarely migrate from one place to another.”
He also intends to put 336 new rat-proof garbage bins. These bins compact garbage with solar energy. These new bins are supposed to add on the 1,100 bins already present in the city.
A study conducted in the city revealed very interesting results. The researching team wanted to find whether there existed similarities between rats in the downtown and uptown areas. They found that a New York City rat can be identified according to its residents.
The rat population in NYC adapt to the environments where they live. Downtown rats are more used to household trash, unlike the uptown ones that are used to offices. The study also revealed that rats New York rarely migrate from one place to another. A rat family occupies one resident for many years. This means that the uptown and downtown NYC rats do not mix at any time.
Devastating Effects of Rats
These small gnawing mammals are capable of causing devastating damage to homes and offices. A mouse and a rat are capable of entering through a tiny opening. They mostly come to the houses through gaps in the roof and ceiling. These rodents are also excellent swimmers.
This means that rats can stay in the water for an extended period without dying. Rats can swim their way into the house through sewers and drainage pipes. Once in the house, rats contaminate foods and water. They are also carriers of many diseases that affect human beings.
“Rats can swim their way into the house through sewers and drainage pipes. Once in the house, rats contaminate foods and water.”
Rats can also be very destructive when they gain access to food storage rooms. They gnaw at cereals and other soft materials. Rats are the most destructive pests and thus require to be totally eradicated.
Mice, Rats, Rodents Control NYC
Control Exterminating is committed to bringing down the rat and mice population in NYC to the lowest possible levels. We first inspect the infested places. After inspection, we choose the most appropriate control method.
We use pesticides that are environment-friendly. Our methods are highly effective in rat elimination. We then install pest proofs to prevent re-infestation.
“Rats are the most destructive pests and thus require to be totally eradicated.”
Whenever you are encountered with a mouse or rat infestation, contact Control Exterminating. In addition to being a rat control company, we are also a mouse exterminator. The New York rats require immediate action before they grow to uncontrollable numbers.
We pride ourselves on being one the companies that are on the forefront of rat extermination. We are always ready to work when required. Our rates are the most affordable in the city.
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Termites: Pests or Saviors of the Environment?
What are the first thoughts that come to your mind when you see termites? Is it pests or vermin? Well, think again. According to the researchers at Princeton University termites are saviors, as termites role in the environment is quite significant.
So, while termites may be a menace if they infest your house, termites role in the world’s ecosystem is significantly important. In fact, only a few of the 3000 known termite species can be considered pests. Be it deserts of Africa, tropical rainforests, temperate woodlands or even your neighborhood garden; they play a crucial role in maintaining the ecosystem.
Why are termites important to the environment:
Termites help prevent desertification of land.
Rain is able to seep through the holes dug into the ground by the termites rather than just evaporate. In fact, termite mounds allow the plants around them to thrive on a small percentage of rain that would typically be needed for any vegetation to survive. This allows the plants surrounding termite mounds to germinate and flourish after a withering drought.
Even termite feces are good for the soil. Its stickiness helps prevent soil erosion. The bacteria in the gut of termites help extract nitrogen from the air and provide this excellent fertilizer to the soil. This tiny vermin mix organic and inorganic matter to help the soil retain its nutrients.
Termites improve the quality of the soil.
Termites play a significant role in our forests as well. They extract the cellulose present in the wood for food and provide a number of essential substances to improve the soil quality in the forest. Thanks to the symbiotic bacteria and protozoa present in their bodies, termites can eat wood, dung, lichen and even dirt. So, not only do they prevent overcrowding of trees in the forest, but they also provide the correct environment for new life to flourish. The tunnels created by them create waterways that help new plants to grow.
Nourishment for other animals
Termites are also an essential part of the food chain. Birds, chimpanzees and even ants are known to feed on termites. Being high in protein and fats, they are a good source of nutrition.
Termites are important for the environment but are still a problem in the home.
But, this does not mean that we allow termites to take over our homes, and therefore termite removal remains essential. After all the sandy soil and high moisture levels make our homes the perfect environment for these pests – making pest control NYC very crucial.
Of course, not, there are some proactive steps that we can take to prevent termite infestation in our homes.
- It is essential to remove any old rotting stumps and roots in your yard.
- Always store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house.
- Also, try and eliminate wood-to-ground contact of your foundation. Damp wood can be one of the biggest cause of termite infestation in our homes.
- Keep a constant check on your wooden floors and doors for infestation.
Termites have a role in the environment, not in your house.
However, if in spite of all these efforts, these pesky pests do infest your home you need to control your termite infestation. This should be done in an environmentally friendly manner, using treatments that are effective and non-hazardous to your family and pets. In NYC Control Exterminating is the one-stop answer to all your pest control worries. Not only do they eradicate termites from your home in the most efficient manner, but they also do it in the most environmentally friendly way.
However, the next time you see a termite mound on your playground, don’t call the pest control immediately. If these tiny vermin are not destroying any public property, you may let them be. After all these tiny termites are actually working hard to maintain the ecosystem of your area.
For more termite facts, check out this article on how to tell if you have termites.
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Rodents in New York City
Rodents can range from guinea pigs to mice, but the ones we have to be most careful about are the ones that hideout in corners of our houses and nibble away at anything can get their hands on, aka house mice and roof rats. A survey done by the National Pest Management Association or (NPMA) says that rodents have been responsible for problems to at least 29% of Americans, and that most infestations occurred during the colder months as that is when rodents entire home for shelter from the cold.
Identification of Rodents
The places that these rodents choose to infest the most include kitchens, laundry rooms, attics, garages and basements where they would be least seen. These places provide just the right environments for them to reproduce which can range up to 12 offsprings in a matter of 2-3weeks. Rodents are known to urinate constantly everywhere they tread, which means anyone around the house could be contaminated with it, mostly children and toddlers, which could affect their health badly.
Nibbling away at food, clothes and furniture are not the only downsides to rodent infestations. These rodents usually come in from the outside, most likely the sewer, which means they are contaminated with tones of germs and carry diseasing causing parasites such as fleas, ticks and lice, not to mention they also spread salmonella. All these make touching them with bare hands a risk to the person, and anything else you use to exterminate them with becomes infected.
This is makes it crucial to call in professionals.
Control Exterminating is a leading pest exterminator in New York, who will be able to deal with such situations with care. They can also be identified from their droppings which are small, blunt, and black in color. However cockroaches also have similar droppings, so it is easy to misinterpret. This is where Control Exterminating comes in, they will be able to properly diagnose the situation and identify the right pest for you to get rid of.
What You Can Do If You Have Rodents
Rodents can squeeze themselves through the tiniest of holes, ones as small as a quarter. They can also chew through pretty much anything in their way including wood and electric wires which increases risk of electrical fires in the home. All throughout their life their incisors keep growing and that means their ability to bite gets better every day. All this makes it important sealing any cracks, holes or openings around the house.
This also means that can be hiding out absolutely anywhere from storage boxes to furniture to drawers contaminating anything and everything in their way. You can seal these small spaces with cement if the gaps are large, or with regular seals for smaller ones. Proper drainage is also necessary so there is not stored water body anywhere in the house. All of these can get confusing, and this is where experienced professionals like Control Exterminating come in.
We Can Help.
Control exterminating has been in the pest exterminating business for a long time, and they will be able to provide you with the right kind of seals for gaps and voids, and will be able to guide you on where to place your drainage system, and even do it for you. They can identify gaps and rodent hideouts which we may not be able to do at a sight, and will be able to completely get rid of them which might not possible with simple home tricks. Rodents are hard to completely exterminate, so getting professional help is very important for the cleanliness and good health of the home and its people.
If you ever come across even the slightest sign of rodent infestation call Control Exterminating and they will be able to properly go through your home, confirm the pest and recommend the right solution for the right pest to be exterminated. Not only that Control Exterminating will also be able to give advices on how to prevent any future contaminations from rodents or any other pests that might be lurking in your home.
Related: How Many Rats in NYC?
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There are various types of bees. You might not know how to differentiate one from another. Whenever you have a problem with bees, it is a good idea to at least know which type you are having trouble with. Most people assume that when they have a problem with bees that they are bumblebees.
Do You Have a Carpenter Bee Infestation
This isn’t always the case. In many cases the problem that you are experiencing are often due to carpenter bees. This is the bee that is usually mistaken for the bumblebee. Control Exterminating Pest Control exterminators in New York City are capable of evaluating the problem and accurately determining which of type of bee you are experiencing a problem with. We are happy to assist you if you’re located in Manhattan, Bronx, Staten Island, Brooklyn or Manhattan.
Recognizing Carpenter Bees from a Bumblebees
The bumblebee and carpenter bee differ in color. The Bumblebee has black and yellow strips and the carpenter bee is black all over without hair. While the female carpenter bee has the ability to sting, the male does not. Bees do not usually attack unless they are provoked. The reality is that they do not pose much of threat to your health.
Visible Holes in Wood
Carpenter bees drill holes in wood to build their nests. It is usually only about half-inch. If you are looking around and notice small holes in the wood around your home or property, you might have carpenter bees. If you’re starting to notice a lot of sawdust around, this is another indicator of carpenter bees. If you don’t address the problem, it could become worse. When they continue making holes in the wood, it damages your property.
You Hear Buzzing Noises
Buzzing sounds can come from any type of bee. In the case of the carpenter bee, these are the ones that you likely hear inside your home. The bumblebee isn’t usually found indoors. Unlike the bumblebee, the carpenter bee will come indoors during the cooler months and leave once it starts to get warm outside again.
If you recognize any of these signs, you should seek help right away before the problem becomes any worse.
“Do You Have a Carpenter Bee Infestation” was written for Control Exterminating Company and edited by Maria Sumoza.
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How to Avoid Bringing Bed Bugs Home After Traveling
You need to know how to avoid bringing Bed Bugs Home After Traveling! It is believed that the increase in international travel is the reason bed bugs have had resurgence in recent years. Control Exterminating Pest Control in NYC can help with your bed bug problems. We help homeowners and businesses in Manhattan, Queens, Bronx, Brooklyn and Staten Island with their pest problems.
Even if you’re not doing much international travel, it is still possible for you to bring home bed bugs wherever you may travel to. You could bring them home by being in any public place, such as, airplanes, movie theater and even on public transportation. If you can avoid bringing them home with you, you won’t have to worry about being bitten and having a bed bug problem spread.
Steps to Ensure You Don’t Bring Bed Bugs Home After Traveling:
Identify What Bed Bugs Look Like
This isn’t always easy but you can look on the Internet to get a visual of what you should be looking for if you decide to perform a visual inspection while staying in a hotel or at a friends.
Always Be Prepared While Traveling
If you’re going to perform a visual inspection of the hotel you’re staying in, you’ll need a magnifying glass and flashlight.
Most cell phones have a flashlight feature but if yours doesn’t, just keep one in your luggage to ensure you always have it when you need it. Even it you are in a luxury hotel, bed bugs can unknowingly be transferred there also.
Don’t Take Luggage in the House
This doesn’t mean you can’t ever take your luggage inside the house but you should make a thorough and complete inspection of it before doing so. This is to ensure that if there are any bed bugs in your luggage, you can address it before bringing it inside.
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Water Bug Vs Cockroach Identification Differences
It is not uncommon for people to not know the difference between water bug vs cockroach. A true water bug is from the Hemiptera family. They get the name “water bug” because they have paddle-like legs that help them thrive in aquatic environments. As for cockroaches, they enjoy being in wet areas, but they are not true water bugs, although some species of cockroach are referred to as water bugs. Examples of true water bugs are giant water bugs (Belostomatidade), water scorpions (Nepidade), and water boatmen (Corixidade) to name a few.
The American cockroach is also referred to as the American Water Bug and can adapt quickly to its surroundings. The main difference between cockroach and waterbug is that cockroaches do not need to live in water the way that true water bugs do.
Manhattan NYC Water Bug VS Roach Identification
Cockroaches can survive in areas that are both moist and warm while true water bugs, however, need large bodies of water to ensure their survival. Cockroaches can adapt to their surroundings and although they frequent warm, moist areas they are not aquatic.
Cockroach Disease Vector
Cockroaches can lead to serious health problems. They are known for spreading disease-causing bacteria including Salmonella which they carry on their legs and deposit on food. House dust which contains cockroach feces and body parts can trigger an allergic reaction including asthma in individuals who are susceptible.
American Cockroach Identification Facts
American Cockroach or American Water Bug adults grow to an average length of 1.6 inches. They are reddish brown in color and have a yellowish margin on the body region behind the head. Water bugs can be found almost anywhere but they have a particular preference for moist dark areas in your home or business including:
• Storage areas
• Commercial buildings
Water bugs can survive in dry areas if they have access to a water source. They prefer warm temperatures and can survive in sewers and will often move outside during warmer weather.
How Are Cockroaches And WaterBugs Getting into My House or Business?
The most common way for American cockroaches to enter your home or business is through your drains. They can also enter your property through cracks and other openings and they can even enter through the gap under your door. Water bugs rely on water to survive, and more often than not they will enter your home or commercial property and move towards areas that are warm and moist. Water bugs enter homes and businesses looking for water. To ensure water bugs stay out of your home or business you need to take care of any leakage or drainage issues inside your property. It is also important to seal or throw out any leftovers and clean up crumbs.
Water Bug and Cockroach Inspections & Removal in NYC
If you are experiencing an issue with cockroaches or water bugs in your home or business, contact the knowledgeable experts at Control Exterminating. With over 40 years of experience in pest control, our knowledgeable exterminators can take care of your pest problems. Whether its cockroaches or NYC water bugs, give us a call and we’ll take care of them.