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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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Signs of Bed Bugs in NYC
New York City, just like any city, is vulnerable to bed bug infestations. If you live in this county, you should always be ready to face these bugs since they spread very easily due to local as well as international travels to areas with bedbugs. Interestingly, you can have these bugs at your place without your knowledge since they are extremely good at hiding. Luckily, there are signs of bed bugs in NYC that you can look for in your home or business to determine if there’s an infestation.
The Signs of Bed Bugs in NYC Include:
Live small, brown or red crawling insects
Bed bugs are relatively small bugs, the length of each adult ranging from 4mm to 5mm. An adult bedbug is wingless but has the vestiges of wings known as wing pads which don’t develop fully to functional wings. The bug is brown in color but the color changed to rusty red once the bug has just fed. Although bed bugs are big enough to be seen with naked human eyes, seeing them moving around, especially during the daytime, is not easy. They come out of their hideouts at nights when you are asleep so that they can bite and suck blood from your without you noticing them.
However, in case your area has an infestation, you can find these pests under your mattress, inside spring boxes, under a pillow or/ and in the cracks and crevices of your bed or chair or any other upholstered furniture in your bedroom. When you are faced with a heavy bed bug infestation, the live bugs can even be found in your carpet edges, behind wallpapers, inside electronics as well as in wall cracks and crevices. You can use a bright spotlight look for the pests in these areas if you suspect them in your home or commercial area.
Young bed bugs, with translucent or whitish-yellow bodies, are also another sign of a bed bugs in NYC. However, a juvenile bed bug that has just fed is reddish in color. The nymphs look almost the same as adult bed bugs, only that they are smaller and, of course, the difference in body colors. Check for these small bugs in the above-mentioned bed bug hideouts/resting grounds.
White, oval eggs in cracks, crevices or along mattress seams
After mating, female bed bugs lay white eggs which are oval in shape in small hidden cracks and crevices in your bedroom or along mattress seams. The eggs are as tiny as 1/16″ long and are covered with a film which enables them to stick to surfaces. A single female bed bug is capable of laying up to 250 eggs during her lifetime.
Bedbugs produce odors known as alarm pheromones through their body glands as a way of conveying particular messages amongst themselves, especially when disturbed. The musty odor may also come from the fecal materials of the bugs. Some people claim that a low concentration of the odor smells like the scent of coriander but at a high concentration, the smell is unpleasant; almost similar to that of moldy wet clothes.
Empty shells in hidden voids
During their development, young bed bugs shed their exoskeletons for about five times before they reach maturity. These shells look like empty bedbugs or popcorn kernels. They are usually found in the common bed bug resting places such as bed’s cracks and crevices, under a mattress, inside spring boxes in electrical appliances near your bed and at the corners and edges of your bookshelf, among other hidden areas (especially tiny spaces) in your bedroom, living room or office.
If you have seen any of these signs of bed bugs in NYC in your home or business it is very possible you have a possible bed bug infestation. If you believe you do, you should call Control Exterminating for an NYC bed bug inspection. We are a reputable pest control company in NYC and can give you all the info you need on removing and preventing bed bugs.
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Bed Bug Inspection NYC
Control exterminating offers the best professional bed bug inspection NYC services. We have been in the NYC pest control business for long enough to understand that bed bugs are as common as they are unwanted. Detecting bed bugs is a difficult task because bed bugs are tiny creatures and can hide and lay their eggs in cracks and crevices where you can’t find them. Our team of experts and NYC bed bug dogs have all the required knowledge and equipment to effectively detect the presence of bed bugs in your home and business.
Why should you have a Bed Bug Inspection before Calling an Exterminator?
Calling a bed bug inspection team in NYC before the exterminators can save you a huge sum of money. Instead of holding an all-out extermination of bed bugs, you should first call a professional bed bug inspector that will determine which parts of your building require bed bug treatment. Basing on this report you can later instruct the exterminators to clean only the specific areas. This might sound like a small thing, but it can save you a lot of money, especially if it’s a large commercial space. An all-out bed bug removal service is always costlier. Once the detection is over, then we can go ahead and eradicate the bed bugs for you. It is the most customizable, affordable, and efficient bed bug removal NYC service.
Another reason to get bed bug inspection NYC service is if you are moving into a new apartment. Many posh looking apartments shelter filthy bed bugs in their furniture. Don’t fall for it. Apart from inspecting your new home, we also inspect the moving vans/trucks so that any chance of you transferring bed bugs from your old home to the new one is eliminated. Bed bugs often travel from one place to another by clinging on to moving boxes and clothes. Prevention is better than cure. By choosing us, you will avail the best bed bug inspection NYC can offer you. Call us today to make sure you’re not moving into a den of pests.
Bed Bug Dog NYC Inspections
We use our well-trained bed bug dogs to find bed bugs in the inaccessible corners of your furniture. Human inspection is only 25-30-% effective when it comes to pests like bed bugs since humans depend on their eyes to do the searching. Our NYC bed bug dogs have noses 100 times more powerful than humans which means the bed bug inspection accuracy is much higher than other standard pest control agencies.
Another advantage of choosing Control Exterminating is that we give our customers precise reports about the infestation. Instead of spending a lot of money on cleaning the whole space, our reports enable our customers to direct their efforts during the removal process towards the places that are infested the most. Control Exterminating offers the best bed bug dog inspection in the NYC area.
Bed Bug Inspection Brooklyn
With our bed bug dogs, we also provide excellent bed bug inspection Brooklyn services. Brooklyn bugs do not stand a chance when faced with our exterminator and bed bug inspecting canine. If you think you may have bed bugs in Brooklyn, ease your stress and call on our Brooklyn bed bug inspection service. We’ll educate you on the matter and provide instructions for moving forward if bed bugs are detected.
Bed Bug Inspection Queens
Queens, New York, like Brooklyn, has a lot of people tightly packed in the area. When living in a densely populated area like Queens, there is a much higher chance of getting bed bugs. If you start to feel itchy when sleeping, or just have a really bad feeling you might have bed bugs, call on our bed bug inspection Queens service to find out once and for all. Not only will we inspect the whole property to find where the bed bugs reside, we will also properly remove them.
Discreet Bed Bug Inspections NYC
Plenty of pest control services in NYC offer all-out bed bugs removal packages, but if they aren’t discrete, they risk hurting your businesses reputation. If it’s a commercial space, the consequences of having bed bugs can be very severe. Lawsuits have been filed in the past against hotels and restaurants that had bed bugs. Your business will face a massive drop in customer turnout, and in case of an inspection from civil authorities, you may even have to temporarily shut down your business.
As far as residential establishments are concerned, a rumor about bed bugs in your house can affect how your neighbors look at you. You shouldn’t be embarrassed about having bed bugs, anyone can get them, but they can be quite embarrassing to admit to having. By choosing Control Exterminating, you can forget your worries about neighbors or authorities coming to know about your situation.
Call Today for Your Bed Bug Inspection NYC with our NYC Bed Bug Dogs!
We value your need for discretion. You can arrange the inspection at an optimal time when there aren’t many people around. Moreover, our vehicles don’t have tags on them and our employees are well trained to handle questions from onlookers. We will not give you away. Our bed bug treatment offers you with a few options, but choosing the right one makes all the difference. Call us today!
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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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It is believed that the increase in international travel is the reason bed bugs have had a resurgence in recent years.
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.
Control Exterminating Pest Control in NYC can help with your bed bugs problem.
We help homeowners and businesses in Manhattan, Queens, Bronx, Brooklyn and Staten Island with their pest problems.
Steps to Ensure You Don’t Bring Bed Bugs Home:
Identify What They 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 bed bug 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.
“Bed Bugs After Traveling” was first published by controlexterminating.com
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The Buzz about Bees in NYC
While bees play the significant role as pollinators in the environment, we still don’t want them around our family members. Bee stings have often caused many people to rush to the hospital emergency.
But, to get rid of these stinging pests, it is essential to know precisely which type of bees you are dealing with. Although there are around 4,000 different types of bees in America, we shall be discussing some of the more commonly found bees in NYC.
Bees in NYC: The Various Types
Honeybees are golden brown in color, and they have black abdominal stripes. They are not aggressive in nature. They attack only if you try to threaten their colony. If by chance, a honeybee stings you, it can do so only once. Their territories can be vast, so the honeybees nest removal is best left to a pest control professional.
Bumblebees are a little larger than honeybees and have a black body covered with dense yellow and black hair. Bumblebees get their name from the noise that they make when they enter a flower. They live in large colonies. So, do bumble bees sting? Yes, but only if their nest is disturbed.
Carpenter bees have a black body with thick yellow and black hair on their head and thorax. These bees are solitary insects and do not build nests. But they have a bad reputation as they make holes in wood to lay eggs and can cause serious damage to your homes if they are not eliminated.
Killer bees are about half-an-inch long and look a lot like honeybees. Though they are named killer bees, their venom is not very strong. However, these bees tend to attack in large numbers, which can be dangerous, especially to those who are allergic to stings.
The Paper Wasp is brownish in color with yellow or reddish marking. Their nests, which are umbrella-like in shape, are found hanging from twigs and branches of trees and shrubs. Their nests can also be found hanging from porch ceilings, door frames, deck floor joints, and railings. Though typically not very aggressive, you will evidently get stung if you touch their nest.
Mostly black, with a white face, these hornets are considered beneficial insect because they control many pest insect species. They build their nests on trees, utility poles, overhangs or other structures.
These wasps are long and slender and usually black in color. They are solitary wasps, and they typically do not live in colonies. They construct tube-like nests made of mud. They are beneficial insects as they control spiders. But if their nest is near a structure, it needs to be removed.
Yellowjackets are less than an inch in size and have a yellow and black color pattern. Their nests are made of paper carton, which can grow to the size of a basketball. Yellowjackets do not sting unless their nests are threatened. However, one must be careful if their nest is located near a structure.
Bees in NYC: Act Quickly
It is always better to remove a wasp’s nest as soon as possible. When the nest is small, and only a few wasps are present, it is easier to knock it down. However, when the nest gets too big, it is always advisable to get professional help.
Wasps are aggressive when threatened and can sting multiple times. So, in case you come across a wasp nest, call the experts at Control Exterminating. Not only will they locate the nests and beehives, but they will also remove them for good, safely and efficiently.
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Commercial Pest Control Service
As a business owner, you know that any disruption from the day-to-day routine can hurt your bottom line. A pest infestation can deter customers and even shut you down. If you own a commercial business and are experiencing destruction caused by rodents, cockroaches, bed bugs, or any other native NYC pests, then you need to give Control Exterminating a call. With Control Exterminating’s commercial pest control service you can count on the expertise and professionalism that your business needs.
Owning a business in the city that never sleeps means that a fast response matters. With same or next-day service Control Exterminating is available in a New York minute! Excellent customer service from a family owned business means the same people on the line every time you call. Get the personal care and attention you need from Control Exterminating, New York’s best exterminator services.
Do you own or manage a building in one of the other NYC boroughs? Did you know that once one apartment in your building becomes infested with spiders, cockroaches, bed bugs or rodents that it is likely your entire building has a problem? Allow Control Exterminating to provide you full commercial pest control service to meet your pest control needs. Control Exterminating will speak directly to each of your tenants so you are able to enjoy one less thing that you need to manage.
If you own a restaurant, health code violations caused by rodents and cockroaches can be incredibly costly and detrimental to your returning business. Protect your reputation and bottom line by being proactive and have Control Exterminating provide preventative treatment. You don’t have to give up your coveted Yelp rating because of a pest problem. Control Exterminating will protect your business from harmful pests and provide you with New York’s best service!
Not only will you be provided with top-notch service, you will also be provided with support to help prevent a rodent, cockroach, or spider infestation from returning to your restaurant. Preventative measures such as waste management, sealing of cracks and holes where bugs and rodents can enter, and improved cleaning procedures, can all be discussed with your pest management team. Control Extermination seeks to provide New York business owners with the solutions and support they need.
Hotel managers cringe when hearing that news that New York’s bed bug problem is steadily on the rise.
A bed bug infestation can completely decimate hotel business and is notorious for being a difficult situation to fix. Don’t let your guests fall victim to sleepless nights and itchy bites. Bed bugs are ubiquitous creatures and without a skilled and comprehensive management plan they are highly likely to re-invade. An aggressive treatment plan paired with thorough follow up is key to stopping a bed bug problem in its tracks.
Control Extermination provides cutting edge service coupled with over 40 years of experience working in New York to meet all of your commercial pest control needs. Your service begins with a comprehensive property inspection which a trained technician will then use to create your unique pest control plan. Not only are Control Extermination’s methods fast and effective but they are also safe; using only 100% FDA approved chemicals.
Don’t let your business be affected by a preventable problem. Whether your business be big or small, Control Extermination has the skills to tackle the job. It doesn’t matter if you have a spider, bed bug, rodent, or cockroach problem; no job is too big for New York’s best extermination service!
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Bedbug Bites NYC: We know that most people don’t know what causes bedbugs but they do know that they are real and that they can easily be in their homes or hotels. At Control Exterminating we treat both residential and commercial properties. Our bedbug exterminators have successfully treated many hotel bedbugs, such as Gotham Hotel bedbug and Marriott downtown bedbugs. No matter the extent of the problem, you can rely on the best bedbug exterminator in NYC by relying on Control Exterminating.
You can easily bring in bedbugs from anywhere you’ve been. That is why it helps to know who to turn to when you need the services of an bedbug exterminator. We don’t know what causes bedbugs either but we do know that our bedbug exterminators are capable of getting rid of them for you. Visit our bedbugs website to learn more about our professional bed bug treatment NYC.
Identifying Bedbug Bites
If you suspect that you have bedbugs, you will likely have evidence of this. In some cases people experience fever while most experience a rash. In some instances, those who have a high immune system do not experience any visible signs of being bitten. If you notice several areas of your skin where itchy rashes have developed, you may have been bitten by bedbugs.
However, to determine for sure, you may need to seek the advice of your primary care physician. They will be in a better position to advice you of the bites you’re experience than our bedbug exterminator. Surely, if they conclusively identify the bites as bedbugs, you’ll need bedbugs treatment as soon as possible.
If you’re wondering, what do exterminators use to kill bedbugs, this depends on the extent of your problem. Our bedbug terminator will perform a free bedbug inspection to determine the extent of the problem. Based on the problem, they may determine that using environmental pest control is best.
How to Check for Bedbugs on Your Own
If you would like to do your own bed bug inspection in NYC you’ll need to know what you are looking for. Do you know what bed bugs look like? They are very hard to find due to their size but if you decide to turn your mattress over to check for bed bugs, you should look for small, pale colored bugs. They may even be red if they have had a blood meal. Checking for them before calling a bedbug service for bedbug help is a good idea so that the problem can be quickly addressed by one of our NYC bedbug exterminators.
How to Get Rid of Bedbugs
If discovered, you should know how to get rid of bedbugs. We might suggest that you allow us to use a bedbug dog. They can find bedbug eggs. If they do, we will be able to quickly eliminate the problem by killing the bedbug eggs. We find great success in using a bedbug dog.
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There is a wide misconception that cockroaches are not harmful. This is not true; thus cockroaches can adversely affect your health. They can be harmful to all types of people by putting their health in serious danger. There has always been a problem with cockroaches in New York City
Cockroaches Can Adversely Affect Your Health
We know a thing or two about cockroaches at Control Exterminating Pest Control in New York City. While servicing Staten Island, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens, we see this problem even in the most luxurious housing. With ongoing pest control maintenance, it is possible to keep this problem to a minimum.
How Cockroaches Can Be Dangerous to Your Health
Bites: You may not be aware of the fact that there are some cockroaches that actually bite. Even though they may not leave a mark, you may start to notice changes in your skin. If you notice that your skin is changing, get help, you might have been bitten and infected.
Bacteria: Cockroaches spread pseudomonas aeruginosa and salmonella. If you happen to become infected with any type of pathogen disease, you could become deathly ill. Whenever you have effected by cockroach infestation, don’t tread lightly.
Act immediately to get rid of them by contacting the most reputable service provider in New York City at Control Exterminating Pest Control. We are able to safely eradicate the problem from you as quickly as the problem developed.
Contamination: People generally see the largest concentration of cockroaches in and around kitchens. You may also find them in your cabinets, refrigerator and pantry. Their fecal matter and dead skin is what can cause your food to become contaminated. They will often eat on grains, starches, cereals and beans.
There are plenty of products on the shelves of your local stores; however, the problem with these types of products is that they are rarely effective for an extended amount of time. They don’t actually address the source of the problem and therefore the problem will still exist.
Over-the-counter products also use harmful chemicals that can be detrimental to your health and the environment. Don’t take unnecessary chances with your health, instead, get the help you need today and stay healthy.
“Cockroaches Can Adversely Affect Your Health” was written for Control Exterminating Company and edited by Maria Sumoza.