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Gnats in Home:
How to Get Rid of These Tiny Flying Pests
Whether you are dealing with flies or gnats, these ubiquitous creatures are remarkably annoying despite their size. Luckily, it is easy to get rid of them with a few easy-to-follow steps.
Identify the Species
Before you can create a targeted solution to rid yourself of these flying pests, you must first know what kind of pest you are dealing with. Just because they’re small and annoying, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are gnats.
Other common species include fruit flies, drain flies, and fungus gnats. Fruit flies are brown with bright red eyes. Drain flies are fuzzier and have wings like mouths. Fungus gnats have long, spindly legs, and are black in color.
You can also help differentiate between the species by figuring out where they are located. Fruit flies tend to gather–as the name implies–around the fruit. Drain flies like to hang out in wet areas, such as the toilet or sink, while fungus gnats linger around plants.
Limit Food Sources
Fruit flies tend to congregate around–you guessed it–fruit, so keep fruit in the refrigerator and clean it as soon as you get it home. Fruit flies leave larvae or eggs on fruits’ surface, so washing produce can help eliminate them from the get-go.
Drain flies tend to hang out around bacteria or sewage. Using foaming drain cleaner can help eliminate bacteria from the pipes. However, sometimes a drain fly infestation can signal a leaky pipe, so make sure you are diligent about taking care of any maintenance issues.
Fungus gnats, like other types of pests, require moisture and humidity. Make sure you don’t overwater any houseplants or plants near the home.
“You can also help differentiate between the species by figuring out where they are located. Fruit flies tend to gather around the fruit. Drain flies like to hang out in wet areas, such as the toilet or sink, while fungus gnats linger around plants.”
Use a Trap
While stopping flies before they take up residence is the most effective way to control their populations, once they’ve really set in you can also use a trapping mechanism to eliminate them altogether.
You can fashion an apple cider vinegar trap by mixing a container of apple cider vinegar with a few drops of dish soap. Place this mixture in a plastic jar, and cover with plastic wrap. Poke a few holes in the top for the flies to enter. They will drown in this mixture.
Other homemade traps include those with red wine, banana slices, bleach, and rotten fruit. Keep in mind that you must cover any of these traps with plastic wrap to prevent the flies from escaping and propagating further.
Old-fashioned vinegar traps tend to work best. If you are looking for something more powerful. Consider using sticky strips or other manual removal methods to get rid of these unpleasant bugs in your house.
Some people swear by LED light producing machines to attract and then kill flies. These draw flies into their shiny lights and then trap them before they escape. Although these tend to be a bit more costly, they can be highly effective in eliminating gnat populations.
If you have a large-scale infestation, you can also use an insect fogging product. However, these can be potentially toxic or carcinogenic, so make sure you read product labels carefully and never use them around pets or small children.
“While stopping flies before they take up residence is the most effective way to control their populations, once they’ve really set in you can also use a trapping mechanism to eliminate them altogether.”
Remember that it may take some trial and error to find the best gnat removal strategy for your household. Not all methods include one hundred percent guaranteed success.
Depending on the severity and complexity of your infestation, you may have to experiment to find the best solution. Luckily, most treatments are inexpensive and easy to implement.
In most cases, gnats in the home don’t pose a health or safety threat to you or your family. They don’t bite, and most species don’t carry disease. While they can be annoying–and, yes, downright gross–they are unlikely to make you sick.***
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How to Catch a Mouse: Killing It vs. Keeping It Alive
Bumping on a mouse in your house is a scary experience. To make the matter worse, the sound that mice make when their gnawing electrical wire and `scratching walls can render you sleepless.
Considering these bad experiences and the fact that house mice can spread an array of pandemics such as Lyme disease and salmonella, no one would wish to share a shelter with these annoying rodents. If you spot them in your house, consider removing them soonest possible before they wreak havoc.
Catching a Mouse Alive
Although mice are nasty animals, some people would still be moved nearly to tears upon seeing a lifeless mouse. They prefer catching a mouse alive and releasing it somewhere else far away from their houses.
If you are one of them and have no idea how to do it, you can use the following to catch a mouse alive:
- A spoon and a bucket
This mouse-catching approach is practical when you want to trap a mouse that you suspect has been walking on your kitchen’s countertop. Place a deep bucket against the counters and just above it, place a spoon with a peanut dollop on the edge of the counter.
The peanut should be on the handle end of the spoon and while the spoon ought to be balanced off the counter’s edge with the end with the bait being above the bucket.
When a mouse tries to reach the bait, it, together with the spoon, will fall into the bucket. Since the bucket is too slippery for the mouse to climb, it will have no escape option but to wait for you to determine its fate.
- A coin, a glass, and bait
Smear some peanut butter (bait) on the interiors of the glass. Then, put the glass on the ground in an upside-down manner and then put nickel below the glass to support it.
The coin should prop up one side of the brim of the glass. The coin will fall, making the glass to drop when a mouse gets in to reach the peanut butter and the rodent will be trapped inside the glass.
Mouse Trap: Killing a Mouse Using a Spring-Loaded Trap
If you want to kill a mouse without using any chemical, then, the use of a spring-loaded trap is the best option. However, you should handle this trap with utmost care since a simple blunder can cause you injuries. Besides, it should be placed in an area with less human and non-targeted animal traffic, else it can do more harm than good.
Apply peanut butter on the small paddle of the trap. Then, place the trap in the spot where you suspect or spot mice mostly. Once the mouse tries to reach the bait, the trap will spring, hit the rodent with much force and hold it there until the time you remove it.
Since the mouse will die upon the trapping, it is advisable that you dispose it off soonest possible before it starts to decompose and produce a foul smell.
One of the drawbacks of attempting to catch a mouse alive is that the rodent has chances to escape and continue to enjoy the comfort of your home.
For instance, in the bucket and spoon method, a child or a pet may drop the bucket, and this will give the trapped mouse an opportunity to escape. Besides, if a mouse is trapped inside a glass, your child may lift the glass, and if that happens, the animal will just run away and retreat to its previous or new hideouts in your house.
On the other hand, once the mouse is killed, you rest assured that it won’t come back again.***
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4 Steps to Getting Rid of Flies from Your Restaurant
Knowing how to get rid of flies in a restaurant is a top priority for any restaurant owner.
Hygiene is beyond any debate when it comes to the running of a restaurant. Unfortunately, due to the availability of ample food, water, and other factors, restaurants are highly vulnerable to several pest problems.
To be precise, a restaurant or a café has major areas that are prone to invasion by more than six types of pests, including flies.
Fly Infestation Problem: The Effects of Flies in A Restaurant
Pests in your restaurant put your customers, employees and even yourself at risk of getting various diseases. Flies which are among the most common restaurant pests carry and spread numerous pandemics such as cholera, salmonellosis, tuberculosis as well as typhoid fever.
After feeding on decaying organic matter such as carcass and animal feces, flies carry pathogens by their feed and contaminate the food preparation surfaces and any food they step on. Eating the contaminated food put one at risk of getting diseases like typhoid and cholera.
Besides spreading diseases, flies destroy the reputation of your restaurant. Hygiene and the success of your restaurant business go hand in hand. On the other hand, pests are usually associated with poor sanitation.
Therefore, if your customers find your place unhygienic, they won’t hesitate to move to your neighboring competitor who they can trust. Also, health and safety laws require restaurant owners to control pests actively. Failure to do so, a restaurant is likely to be closed by the relevant regulatory agency and its license could be withdrawn.
“After feeding on decaying organic matter such as carcass and animal feces, flies carry pathogens by their feed and contaminate the food preparation surfaces and any food they step on.”
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Eliminate Flies in Your Restaurant
Considering the above risks associated with a fly infestation, the control of the pests is undoubtedly paramount for restaurant owners who want to excel in their businesses.
Here are some of the tips you can apply to eradicate flies from your restaurant:
#1. Maintain proper hygiene
Your kitchen is the major harboring and breeding grounds for flies. You can make it unfavorable for the pests by ensuring that it is clean and sanitized all the time.
Proper hygiene practices that can eradicate fly include regular cleaning of trash containers, drain traps and drains as well as frequent wiping down of counter areas and chopping blocks.
The garbage area is another spot in your restaurant that you should pay attention to for fly control. Flies will frequent the area since they are attracted to decomposing matter, and unclean drains found there.
Keep garbage containers closed and empty them regularly. Everywhere else in your restaurant including the dining area and washrooms also ought to be spotlessly cleaned and sanitized.
#2. Prevent flies from getting in
Flies are typically found outdoors but if they get a chance, they won’t hesitate to enter your restaurant to get food and breed. They usually get in through open windows and doors.
Therefore, keeping doors and windows closed (of course apart from the main entrance used by customers) will minimize the chances of the insects entering your premises.
Alternatively, you can place screening vents on the entry points. Or, you can put large fans facing the entrances to prevent flies from entering your kitchen and waste area.
“The garbage area is another spot in your restaurant that you should pay attention to for fly control. Flies will frequent the area since they are attracted to decomposing matter, and unclean drains found there.”
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#3. Use a fly trap
If your restaurant is appropriately cleaned, and you blocked off the entrances for flies, but the problem persists, then you can opt to use a fly trap. The trap produces UV light which attracts flies. When the flies step on its sticky surface, they are trapped and eventually die.
#4. Seek professional help
Restaurant fly control may sometimes be a daunting task, especially in an extremely busy business. Besides, in serious infestation cases, further expertise is necessary.
In such situations, professional help from a reputable pest control expert comes in handy. Choosing a professional isn’t a waste of money. Paying an NYC exterminator protects your overall investment of the restaurant.
Hopefully, you are now well equipped with the knowledge you need to have a fly-free restaurant. We wish you all the best in your business.***
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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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How to Get Rid of Silverfish
Silverfish can be a nuisance in the home. It’s essential for you to either have a trusted exterminator on call or know how to get rid of silverfish when they are present.
Following this guide to identify silverfish, and the practice of 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.
“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.”
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 skeevy.
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:
- Use a dehumidifier to minimize atmospheric moisture.
- Install a bathroom fan.
- Get rid of old cardboard boxes your house’s basement.
- Repair leaking pipes and faucets
- 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 in the surroundings of your building.
How to Get Rid of Silverfish in the 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.