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How to Get Rid of Stink Bugs
What Are Stink Bugs?
Stink Bugs are relatively large insects which feed on plants and produce a foul odor when disturbed or killed. If they are found in your home it’s important you know how to get rid of stink bugs before they reproduce. These flat-bodied bugs come in varying colors, including brown to green depending on their respective species as well as geographic locations. An adult stink bug can grow nearly two centimeters long.
Stink bugs are mostly found indoors during warm seasons as they eat plants in farms and woods. When it becomes cold, the insects migrate to sheltered places to hibernate and avoid the harsh cold conditions outside. They come out from their hibernating grounds during spring when there’s warm weather and move outside where they become active again. If your house is not protected from the entrance of these bugs, you are likely to see them gathering on the walls as well as the windows during the onset of spring as they prepare to move outdoors.
Stink bugs rarely bite people but they do so when they feel endangered. Otherwise, they normally feed on plants such as peaches, cherries, apples and soybeans, among others as well as vegetables and fruits.
Here’s a picture of what a stink bug looks like:
How to prevent stink bugs from coming inside
The most effective way of avoiding an experience with these stink bugs in your house is to prevent them from getting their way inside. There are various measures you can use to prevent stink bugs from entering your home, the best way is blocking entry points.
- You can use a high-grade silicone to seal small gaps on your walls and foundation.
- Screens for blocking off vents
- Weather stripping to fill in spaces in your outside doors.
By completely sealing all these entry-points, stink bugs can only get inside when your door is open.
Another way of barring stink bugs from invading your indoor space is wiping down your window screens with scented dryer sheets. The insects dislike the scent of dryer sheets and so won’t dare to come near anything with it. The smell of wildflower is also a turn off to the bugs. Therefore, you can also consider growing the plants in your yard to discourage stink bugs from coming close to your house.
How to get rid of stink bugs
If you are so unfortunate that stink bugs have already entered your indoor area, don’t panic; there’s something you can do to eliminate them. One thing that you should not do is to touch or squish the insects unless you want to get their smell. Instead, grab the bugs gently using a plastic bag and flush them down your toilet. Alternatively, you can flick them into an empty water bottle, tighten it to prevent the smell of the bugs from coming out of the bottle and then put it outside your house for further disposal afterward. However, the insects are likely to die instantly once they are subjected to extremely cold outdoor weather.
Another way how to get rid of stink bugs is by using soapy water. Here’s how to do it:
- Add water to a one-gallon container and fill it quarter-way.
- Add one teaspoonful of liquid soap or detergent to the water
- Disturb the stink bucks on your walls so that they fall into the soapy water.
- After falling into the water, the bugs will drown and die eventually.
A solution of hot pepper has also been proved to kill stink bugs. Hot peppers have a chemical called Capsaicin. The chemical burns the exterior body areas of stink bugs.
Reproduction of Stink Bugs
Stink bugs reproduce four times in each year. The adults leave their hibernating grounds to mate. After mating, female bugs normally lay eggs on the underside of the leaves of plants. The eggs then develop into nymphs and the nymphs soon become adults.
Calling an exterminator
If your stink bug problem is completely out of hand and you need assistance, don’t hesitate to call your local exterminator. If you are located in NYC, Brooklyn, or Queens, Control Exterminating can aid you with getting rid of stink bugs.
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A Guide on Silverfish and How to Get Rid Of Them
Silverfish can be a nuisance in the home. It’s important you either have a trusted exterminator on call or know to to get rid of silverfish when they are present. Following this guide to identifying silverfish and the practices for removing them from your home is a great start to putting your silverfish problem in the past.
What do Silverfish look like?
A silverfish is a small insect without wings. To get around, they wiggle rapidly get from point A to point B. Just as its name suggests, its body is carrot-shaped, resembling that of a fish- a long and slightly flat body with an abdomen that tapers at the end. It has thin legs and appendages that are light in color and sometimes are not easily visible, this makes the bug look more like a fish on the ground. Adult silverfish have a segmented body which is covered in silvery-grey scales with a metallic-shine look. A newly-hatched silverfish has a whitish hue instead.
Other physical features of a silverfish include two elongated antennae at its head’s tip while at the end of its body there are three long bristles. Similarly to other insects, this bug has six legs and in addition to that, it has two compound eyes but has no wings. The size of an adult silverfish ranges from 0.25 inches to 0.5 inches.
These bugs move very fast, although their movement involves pauses after short distances, and can outrun the majority of their predators such as centipedes as well as wandering spiders. Due to lack of extra appendages, silverfish cannot climb walls as fast as they can run on horizontal surfaces.
Why Silverfish Must Be Removed:
Silverfish are one of those creepy-looking bugs that no one would like to see in their homes. A serious infestation of these bugs can be really skeevey. Although they neither bite nor spread diseases, they cause damages on tapestries and fabric items such as clothes and upholstered furniture by staining or making tiny holes on them. Therefore, getting rid of silverfish should be a priority. The most effective way of preventing these insects from getting into your indoor area is to eliminate or reduce dampness and humidity as these are the factors that attract the bugs.
Silverfish Prevention Tips:
- You can eliminate the conducive conditions by:
- Using a dehumidifier to minimize atmospheric moisture.
- Installing a properly working bathroom fan.
- Getting rid of old cardboard boxes your house’s basement.
- Repairing leaking pipes and faucets
- Besides, seal all the cracks and crevices on your building’s walls to prevent the bugs from getting their way in.
- Remove all the damp debris such as leaves that might be present on the surroundings of your building.
How to get rid of silverfish in home:
- Starve the pests by:
- Securely sealing and shutting all food and paper containers as well as photo albums always when they are not in use. Silverfish feed on carbohydrate foods, especially those with sugars and starches as well as book glues, among others.
- Enclosing books, newspapers as well as magazines in secure places like cabinets, containers and cupboards.
- Regular vacuuming of your home, especially areas prone to dampness, to pick up potential silverfish eggs and food crumbs.
- Place some starchy food such as bread in a container covered with masking tape. Silverfish will get completely stuck to the container as they attempt to climb it to eat the food. They’ll eventually die there as a result of hunger and exhaustion.
- Seal the wall cracks and crevices that the pests can hide their eggs. This will reduce their chances of multiplication.
- Exterminate the pests using pesticides. There’s a variety of natural and chemical pesticides you can choose from in your local store. However, you should be very careful when you opt for this method; carefully follow the usage instructions of the pesticide you choose and preferably go for the option that is eco-friendly.
- Seek professional help. If you are not comfortable or able to handle the pest issue by yourself, you can seek help from a professional silverfish exterminator.
- You can eliminate the conducive conditions by:
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Hornets – How to Eliminate the Threat
If you have been noticing hornets around your property, we wouldn’t recommend that you ignore that they are there. They can become extremely aggressive and sting. A hornet sting is very painful and for those who are allergic to their venom, it can cause them to require medical attention. Don’t take this chance; instead, seek the services of professional pest control services. At Control Exterminating in New York, we have been able to help hundreds of people get rid of the problem they have been experiencing with hornets. When you have hornets around you, there is likely a nest nearby. The worse thing that you can do is try to knock down the nest. If you thought you had a problem, you haven’t seen anything yet. You can eliminate the threat of being stung by reaching out to our professional NY exterminators today.
Hornets NYC: Why Are They Dangerous?
If you have hornets, you definitely wouldn’t want them coming inside your home. We can help you make sure that this doesn’t happen to you by sealing up the areas they could get in through. We would also use materials to help us prevent them from getting inside. If there are trees and bushes outside your windows, it is best to keep them trimmed to avoid the possibility of them getting in through cracks and crevices in or around your home. Certain types of hornets will begin building aerial nests inside bushes, trees and shrubs. When we begin to work on getting rid of the nest around your home, we might need to wait until no one else is coming or leaving your home. It might even require more than one visit to make sure all of the hornets are out of the nest. After such time, we can then remove the nest.
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Keep Bug Bugs Out of Your Home
If you’re thinking that the only way you’ll ever experience a bed bug problem is by staying in a hotel that has them, think again. They can be right there in your very own home without your evening knowing it. It is widely known that the problem with bed bugs has become more of a serious problem in more recent years due to the amount of international travel being done today.
However, what you may not know is that bed bugs can be on public transportation, on airplanes, at movie theaters and any other public places. It’s impossible to avoid all of the places where bed bugs may exist. However, at Control Exterminating Pest Control, we are able to effectively help homeowners in Queens, Bronx, Brooklyn, Staten Island and Manhattan, with their bed bug problems
How to Avoid Bringing Home Bed Bugs
Find Out What They Look Like
It is very easy to identify a bed bug infestation if you know what you’re looking for. You can find out what they look like by going on the Internet to find out what they look like. This will help you to avoid coming into contact with them when you are traveling.
Stay Alert While Traveling
Staying alert also means being prepared whenever you travel. In order to avoid bringing home bed bugs, you will require a flashlight and a magnifying glass. You can also use your phones flashlight, if it has one. If you always have one in your luggage, you’ll always be ready when you travel. Do not be fooled into thinking that luxury hotels don’t also get bed bugs. This can happen when someone stays at the hotel with bed bugs in their luggage. It’s as simple as that.
Keep Your Luggage Outside After Traveling
We’re not saying that you should always keep your luggage outside but upon returning home from a trip, you should thoroughly inspect your luggage to make sure there is no sign of bed bugs before bringing into your home.
“Keep Bug Bugs Out of Your Home” was written for Control Exterminating and edited by Maria Sumoza.
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How to Get Rid of Garden Pests in Your Manhattan NY Yard: If you are ready to start planning out your garden then you need to be ready to combat garden pests. Garden pests come out every year in the spring just in time for the newly planted vegetable, fruit and flower gardens to be planted. Many of these pests wreak havoc on gardens and can devastate them in a matter of days.
How to Get Rid of Garden Pests in Your Manhattan NY Yard
Garden pests are a problem anywhere that gardening is happening and that means that being able to identify them is the best way to have them treated and to save your garden. Some garden pests are not bad at all. In fact they will eat the bad pests and help to protect your garden. One of these “good” pests to have around are praying mantises. The majority of the pests that you will find are not good and will destroy your plants.
Control Exterminating lists some of the pests that can be bad for your garden.
Caterpillars: A pest that is a huge problem to any kind of garden is any form of caterpillar. They eat away at leaves one by one and don’t take too many breaks. They will go from each plant and as they eat away the plant will stop growing and possibly die. Any flowers or vegetation that was supposed to grow will not stand a chance if caterpillars are in their way. Caterpillars are tricky and tend to hide really well and blend in. They are the same color as the plants and will stay under the leaf and that makes them hard to spot unless you look under each one.
Aphids: These tiny little insects are small enough that you may not see them at all. They are green and blend into the plant itself. The female aphid will give birth to live babies that means that the production goes really fast and that is bad news for your garden. They eat away at the plant and suck the life out of it. They also leave behind honeydew that can attract ants which means if you see a line of ants you may also have aphids in your garden too.
Slugs and Snails: This is another pest that may be a bit easier to spot but can still do a lot of damage. They eat away at plants that are close to the ground and that is usually vegetables, vines and fruit. They can eat the plants and ruin them so they are not able to grow the fruits and vegetables that you were hoping for.
If you feel like garden pests are causing trouble in your yard, call Control Exterminating Company in Manhattan, New York City.
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Getting Rid of Houseflies And Housefly control NYC: One of the most annoying pests that homeowners will come into contact with is the house fly.
Flies are extremely annoying and sometimes it seems they come out of nowhere, flying around your kitchen and causing your pet to go crazy. Not only are house flies extremely annoying, but they also have the ability to transmit over sixty different types of diseases that include dysentery, typhoid, cholera and gastroenteritis.
Getting Rid of Houseflies And Housefly control NYC
When flies land on feces or other material that contains dangerous bacteria, it sticks to their feet. Then they fly into your home and land on a banana or apple that is sitting in your fruit bowl on the kitchen counter top; it’s just that simple.
Protect Your Home from Houseflies
There are certain steps you can take as a responsible homeowner to keep flies away from your home and family. One of the most important steps to take is to regularly clean your home. Thoroughly clean your home, especially the areas where you and your family sit down to eat, with a good disinfectant that has the power required to eliminate any type of filth that a fly may have left behind. Cleaning products that are bleach based or chlorine based is the best way to go when it comes to removing those dangerous bacteria.
Take Your Trash out the Right Way to Prevent Houseflies
Every home produces a significant amount of garbage every year; the way that we dispose of that garbage greatly determines whether or not flies will be attracted to our home. Garbage cans happen to be a fly’s most favorite breeding ground, so keep your bins tightly secured with lids, and be sure that all trash bags are tied as tightly as possible. Garbage bins that are left uncovered or garbage bags that are loosely tied are extremely attractive to flies as it gives them easy access to the waste that is inside. Flies will begin to gather around your garbage more often and seem to never leave if they are able to get into the bins easily.
Fly Pest Inspections, Prevention, Control & Removal in Manhattan New York
Flies outside are annoying enough, but when they begin to venture into your home it can drive you mad. One of the best ways to prevent flies from coming into your home is to install window screens on each and every window that is in your home. This will allow you to keep windows open without having to worry about flies coming inside. Be sure to close all doors when not in use and seal up any areas where flies may be able to squeeze through to get into your home. If you are experiencing a problem with flies and cannot seem to get them to go away, contact Control Exterminating today for the best fly control service available.
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Why is it that the mere mention of fleas causes one to scratch at the phantom itches that suddenly consume us? Probably because of their natural being. No one wants to deal with a flea infestation, but the more you know about them the better equipped you are on preventing a miniature plague in your home; or how to deal with an outbreak.
Control Exterminating would like to share some facts about fleas and how to get rid of them.
Facts About Fleas
1. The flea has four stages in its life consisting of first the egg, hatching into larvae, blossoming into the adolescence of a pupa, until finally becoming a biting adult.
2. Fleas are like vampires, in that they feed on the blood of their hosts. Not only attaching to themselves on domesticated pets, they will also fasten themselves onto humans, birds, reptiles and wild animals.
3. In a lifetime, the female flea will lay up to 2,000 eggs.
4. A female flea will also consume at least 15 times her size in blood on a daily basis.
5. A flea can survive without feasting on blood for more than a hundred days.
6. Fleas are outstanding jumpers. Being capable of jumping eight inches high, considering its size, it is jumping 150 times their own height. Similar to Superman, it would be the equivalent of a person jumping over a tall building in a single bound!
7. A flea can cause some illnesses in pets such as; anemia, tapeworm, or extreme cycles of intense itching.
8. Some pets can be prone to allergic reactions of flea saliva, which will enhance the irritation and itching symptoms.
9. If you suspect a flea problem, the best way to conduct your search is utilizing a flea comb.
10. There are more than 2,000 known species and subspecies of fleas, however, the Cat Flea is more commonly found on cats and dogs in the United States.
How to Prevent Fleas in Your House
1. A natural way to help prevent an infestation is investing in nematodes. They are microscopic, worm-like organisms that feed on flea larvae. Spray them in moist and shady areas, especially flower or vegetable gardens. By doing so you can cut down the larvae population up to 90% within a 24 hour period.
2. Another natural remedy is to set eucalyptus leaves around the exterior in your home, and around the interior where you believe fleas might be present. Fleas detest the fragrance and will retreat from the smell.
3. It is best to have a consistent and designated place where you pet sleeps that you clean regularly.
4. Avoid allowing your pet to follow you up to the attic space or in the basement.
5. Vacuum your carpets, furniture, upholstered items and all flooring. Be sure to dispose of the bag, or dump the canister as far from your home as possible.
6. Wash all bedding and fabrics that pets come into contact with.
7. Drown the fleas in soapy water from off your pet by combing your pet with flea combs.
8. Call Control Exterminating who specializes in flea removal.
Control Exterminating has the expertise, superior equipment and top quality chemicals to make sure your home’s flea infestation is quickly exterminated. Call us today to schedule your appointment in Manhattan, New York City!
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How to Prevent Common Spiders In Manhattan NY: One of the scariest pests that you can come across in or around your home is a spider. There are several kinds of spiders that have venom and can be dangerous if you are bitten by one. One of the best ways to prevent and treat for pests around your home is to be able to identify them and know what it is that you are dealing with. There are several kinds of spiders that are around the Manhattan area.
A List Of Common Spiders in New York
- Nursery Web Spider
- Sac Spider
- Crab Spiders
- Wolf Spider
- Brown Recluse Spider
- Black Widow Spider
- Nocturnal Orb Weaver Spider
- Jumping Spider
- Black & Yellow Garden Spider
- Sheet Web Weaver
- Daddy Long Legs (not a real spider)
- Grass Spider
- Cellar Spider
- House Spider
Control Exterminating Company has several kinds of spiders that you may find around your home.
Wolf Spider Bites: This is one of the common types of spiders that are found in the area. They are one of the scariest to come across as well since they look so big and hairy. Wolf spiders come in brown, tan or grey and have a small amount of fur on their body and legs. They have thick sturdy legs and can see really well, even in the dark. They are found most often around your home and in the grass. One interesting fact about the wolf spider is the mother will carry her live young on her back. This is a scary sight and if you try to kill one by smashing it you will release the babies that will scatter all over the place. A bite from a wolf spider is venomous but is not considered to be fatal.
Getting Rid of Crab Spiders: These spiders get their name from the look of their legs since they wrap around the sides of their body and the way they move like a crab from side to side. Crab spiders are tan and black and are most identified by their long front legs. These spiders are also found outside around flowers and plants. They do not spin a web but hide out to attack their prey that may come by. Although not aggressive, they will bite when threatened. For crab spider control, call a professional pest control company like Control Exterminating Company!
How to Prevent Common Spiders In Manhattan NY
Jumping Spider Control: These spiders are different from other spiders because of their small short legs and squatty body. Just like the name suggests, these spiders are known to jump from one spot to the next and can be found hanging around on walls. They are much more active and have really good eye sight.
Yellow Sac Spider Bites: This type of spider is easier to identify than some others because they are light yellow in color instead of the standard black and brown hues that most spiders come in. The sac spider does not spin a web but instead spins a sac that they will use to live in and will protect their young. They do have some venom that can cause health issues for someone if they are bitten.
Control Exterminating Company has expert technicians that can treat your home for all sorts of pests including spiders in Manhattan New York today.
The best way to keep your home from being infested with spiders is to have it treated on a regular basis by a professional pest control company.
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How to Prevent Cockroaches Coming Into NYC Home: There are several pests that are a danger to your health if they are living in your home. One of them is a cockroach. They are not fun to see around the house especially when you flip on a light and they all scatter. They are sneaky and will hide away from people all day and head out at night in search of food and water.
How to Prevent Cockroaches Coming Into NYC Home
They are willing to eat anything that is left out on the counters or floors and will even go into cupboards or across the counters in search of something to eat. They tend to carry disease and they can leave a bacteria filled trail along their path. This means that your counters where you prepare and even cook your food for each meal can be contaminated. Make sure that you take measures to ensure that you are not unintentionally inviting cockroaches in your home.
Control Exterminating Company lists common species of cockroaches found in Manhattan NY and how to prevent them from getting into your home.
How to Get Rid of German Roaches
German cockroaches are the most common kind of cockroach that you will see around and in your residence. They generally like a nice warm place to nest and live so your home is a great option to start their family. German cockroaches are found most often in bathrooms or kitchens. They like to hide out in the cracks of walls and cupboards. German cockroaches can be identified by their brown coloring with a yellow band behind their head. They are not very large with the adults growing to only about half an inch. German cockroaches also reproduce very quickly with up to 50 eggs at one time.
Oriental Cockroach Infestations
Oriental cockroaches are not as common of a cockroach species to come across but they are out there and can get in your home just like any other pest. They like to hide out in dark and damp places where they can stay well hidden. Oriental cockroaches can also live in cooler environments as well so nowhere is safe from these nasty little pests. These cockroaches are a bit larger than the German cockroach and grow to about one and a half inches long. Oriental cockroaches also have a fully developed pair of wings and are usually a very dark brown to black color.
American Cockroach Control
This is another very common cockroach that is found all over and most likely around food and food preparation surfaces. This is the largest of the cockroaches that are found commonly measuring about two inches. They are usually a reddish brown color and they have fully developed wings. The females will lay about 10 eggs usually in a crack somewhere and leave to hatch.
How To Prevent and Treat for Cockroaches
If you think you have cockroaches you want to contact a professional pest control company to come and treat your home as cockroaches are difficult to exterminate on your own. You can also make sure that you clean up after each meal including rinsing off all food debris from dishes and keeping open food containers closed.
If you suspect you have cockroaches in NYC or other pests in your Manhattan home, call Control Exterminating Company today to make an appointment.
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How to Prevent Mice NYC Pest Control For Your NYC House: Call the Pest Control Exterminators at Control Exterminating!
With the weather outside still cold and the winter in full swing, rodents are still trying to get in your home to find a nice warm spot to stay. They are also in search of food and water and will get in any home that they find access to. If you want to stop rodents from getting into your home you can follow these few steps on to How to Prevent Mice NYC Pest Control:
Control Exterminating has a list of ways that you can prevent and keep rodents out of your home.
Prevent Mice, Rodents, and Pests by Clean Up After Eating
A rodent such as a rat or mouse does not need much to sustain its life. They need small crumbs that are easily found in most homes across the United States. The best way that you can take their meal away is to clean up after eating. The kitchen is the best spot for a rodent to get what they need so make sure take time to clean off the counters and floors and pick up the crumbs. Also make sure that you don’t leave any dirty dishes in the sink.
Sealing Up Food Helps Aids in Pest Prevention
A rodent is able to smell open food and is often able to get to it; even if it is in a closed cupboard. Take any open containers of food and place them in a sealed bag or container to be sure that rodents and other pests have no access to it. Also be sure that after you use sweet sticky sauces such as honey or syrup you wipe off the top and anywhere the syrup or honey has spilled.
Prevent Rodents by Sealing Cracks
A full grown mouse can fit through a small hole in the wall or door the size of a nickel. It does not take much for them to sneak in and start to burrow in the wall and attic space. Take time to look around the home inside and out and be sure that you look for small gaps in the wall. You should also be sure to check the doors and windows for space that a rodent can get in. You can seal these gaps with weather stripping or caulking that you can pick up at any home improvement store.
Hire a Professional Pest Control Company
The most effective way in keeping rodents and other pests out of your home is by hiring a professional pest control company such as Control Exterminating. We offer services that can not only inspect for rodents and pests of all kinds but treatment plans that can exterminate them and prevent them from returning.
Call Control Exterminating in Manhattan New York to make an appointment to have your home rid of rodents and other pests today!