• Spider Beetle NYC

    3 December 2018
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    What Do Spider Beetles Look Like and How to Get Rid of Them

    Somehow spider beetles have taken root in New York City. You may not even realize since most often they are mistaken for spiders or bed bugs. It’s an easy mistake to make due to their large round bodies and spider-like structures.

    Belonging to the family Ptinidae, several kinds of spider beetle species exist. Most of them are found in food storage places like pantries and kitchen cabinets.

    However, it is important to recognize them before they cause damage which you may not be prepared for. So, the next time you see something that appears to be a spider, make sure it’s not really a spider beetle.

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    What Do Spider Beetles Eat?

    Spider beetles eat almost anything and everything. In some ways, they are more like rats in that their eating habits include wool, food products, hairs, animal droppings, natural fabric, synthetic fabric, etc.


    Spider beetles are scavengers, and their eating habits can be damaging if they infest your home or business.

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    How Do Spider Beetles Infest?

    Spider beetles are capable of reproducing on literally everything. They frequently inhabit places where there is woodwork, paper or fabrics as these happen to be among their favorite places to infest.

    They can live in almost any climate whether hot and humid or below freezing. When it comes to mating they prefer hot and humid for reproduction.

    Despite their resemblance to bed bugs and spiders, spider beetles are not harmful to humans. In case of an infestation they’ll take over your pantry, and then you may find them in your spices, grains, cereals, dried fruits or upholstered furniture. Their nests are difficult to locate because though they usually are within walls or in dark corners of attics.

    Spider Beetle Life Cycle

    Peak breeding season for spider beetles is in late spring or summer. If the climate is favorable they can produce almost two generations in one year. A single female spider beetle can lay around 120 eggs in the span of just one month. The life cycle of a spider beetle is broken down into 4 stages:

    • Egg – spider beetle eggs will hatch within a month after being laid.
    • Larvae – the larval stage lasts around 6-8 months.
    • Pupa – the shortest stage lasting just one month.
    • Adult – spider beetles will live up to a whole year after reaching adulthood.

    Types of Spider Beetles

    • American & Smooth Spider Beetle

    You will find these to have a dark reddish brown shade or completely black colored body. The average length of these spider beetles is around 1.5 to 3.5 mm.

    American spider beetles possess a head, thorax, legs, and antennae which are most of the times covered with cream or yellow-colored hairs. Smooth spider beetles, on the other hand, have a smooth, single-colored, shiny black body, and that’s why they’re sometimes mistaken for mites.

    • Whitemarked Spider Beetle

    As the name refers, these beetles have patches of white-colored hairs all across the wings while the rest of their body is light-brown in color. As these beetles get older, their hairs lose their white color. The average body size of these spider beetles ranges from 2 – 4.3 mm.

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    How to Get Rid of Spider Beetles

    In case of a spider beetle infestation, make sure to keep your food in airtight containers to avoid contamination. Also, dump away all food that is expired or rotten. Spider beetles can live on either fresh or rotten food.


    It is very important to keep your house clean if you want to get rid of spider beetles from your house.

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    Regularly and thoroughly clean the areas where food is handled. This will help discourage them from invading your house, and they’ll move out to find a more suitable habitat. Fill all the cracks and crevices you have in your home to remove their entry points.

    However, it is always beneficial to get help from professionals as they are fully equipped to get through these situations and get rid of beetles from your house or business for good.***

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  • Termites in House: Signs and Prevention

    9 November 2018
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    Termites in House: Warning Signs and Prevention

    A termite infestation is a nightmare for any property owner. But there are warning signs and precautions you can take to avoid an infestation. If you think you have a termite problem, contact a termite control professional right away.

    Termites are white, soft-bodied insects which may seem harmless due to their tiny size. But the truth of the matter is they cause a massive amount of damage because of their wood-eating nature. They cause up to $5 billion worth of damages per year in the U.S alone. This staggering figure alone should make you take termites very seriously.

    A major problem with termites is that it’s not easy to spot them because they live in dark, damp, and warm areas of the house. By the time you notice them they’ve already damaged the wooden structure of your house.

    Therefore, instead of waiting to find termites crawling around in the open, be vigilant about the signs of a termite infestation. This will save you a large amount of structural loss in the long run.

    Here are some of the warning signs you should be aware of to protect your house from these pests.

    • Warning Signs of a Termite Infestation •

    • Shelter Tubes

    These are brown clay-like tubes which can be seen on walls near structures infested with termites. The tubes provide them with the dark and humid conditions essential for their survival, and protection from predators. Also, these tubes provide them with pathways to forage for food. The size of the tubes indicates the level of infestation.


    If the shelter tube is around 10mm wide assume that the infestation is still at an early stage. Whereas larger tubes up to 50mm wide indicate a severe infestation and immense structural damage.

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    • Subterranean Tunnels

    Subterranean termites live underground in the soil, and you might find them swarming in your garden. But it is difficult to spot them because they build underground tunnels for transporting and foraging food. These tunnels are deep down in the soil as deep as 20cm, while their radius can reach up to 50 meters.

    • Earthen packing

    This is a mud-like substance produced by species of termites working on wood such as subterranean and drywood termites. It can mostly be seen near foundation walls and joints.

    • Blowholes in Trees

    Termite colonies living in tree roots and trunks sometimes cut a slit on the tree trunk. They use this to escape when they are attacked by a predator. In response to the slits, trees produce callus, then worker termites seal these holes after finishing the fight with predators. These slit marks and sealed holes can be seen on tree trunks.

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    Termites devouring a block of wood

    • Hollow Sounding Wood

    Termites consume wood from the inside weakening the wooden structure and making it difficult to notice any damage. However, when a structure damaged by termites is tapped, it produces a hollow sound.

    Tap the walls and walk around on wooden floors to see if there’s a hollowness. This a sure-fire way to find termites in the house. Squeaky floors or floors that are sagging can also be signs of infestation. If you suspect an infestation, tap on the floor.

    • Presence of Wings

    Swarmers are reproductive termites which take flight in search of a mate, and to establish new colonies. They shed their wings after mating, so look out for their discarded wings in your home. Especially in the Spring season, you are very likely to find them.

    • Termite Droppings

    Termite droppings are tiny pellets which look like black dot marks and are a dark powder-like substance. You’ll spot these droppings near a wooden structure that termites have infected.

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    Considering the amount of damage termites can cause, it’s better to take preventative measures to make your house unfavorable for these wood eaters. Here are some easy yet effective steps you can take to keep termites away from your home.

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    • Eliminate Moisture

    Moisture is the lifeline of termites, so to help keep thirsty termites away from your home you have to eradicate moisture as much as possible. Take care of drainage, fix any water leakage, and get rid of stagnant water.


    It’s recommended to use a dehumidifier if you live in a damp climate to eliminate the moisture termites crave.

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    • Build a Barrier

    A waterproof barrier around a house’s foundation works effectively to keep termites away. Foundations in modern homes are usually covered with waterproof sheeting to protect it from water seepage. Consequentially this will keep termites away from your home.

    This sort of barrier can be built around an old home’s foundation. Even though this may be expensive, this one-time investment will preserve your home from future damages.

    • Cut Down on Wood

    This one should be fairly obvious. After all, termites are wood-eaters, so there is no secret they invade your house in search of wood to munch on. Try to cut down on wood in your home by replacing your wooden furniture with other materials like metal or plastic if you’re trying to keep termites away.

    • Treat Your Wood

    Of course, you can’t eliminate all wood from your home. Instead, you can properly treat the wooden structures in your home to protect them from termites.

    There are a large variety of termite repellent sprays available on the market. Simply spray them on the wooden surface, and it will not only kill the existing termites but will also thwart future infestations.

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  • Solve Your Rat Infestation with ContraPest

    10 October 2018
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    Treat a Rat Infestation with ContraPest

    They leave their droppings everywhere, they bite viciously, and they can make you really sick. Rats aren’t just an eyesore, but they are a threat to public health.

    If you own a home or a business, you likely already know the kind of havoc rats, and other rodents can wreak on your life and livelihood. When you need a rat exterminator, Control Exterminating has your back. Read on to learn more about what you can do about a new or long-standing rat infestation.

    Why Is a Rat Infestation a Problem?

    There are telltale signs of a rat infestation. These signs include droppings, greasy marks on the walls, and damaged food packaging. Also, you may hear these creatures running along inside your walls or in your plumbing.

    If you see one rat most likely there will be others on the way. Before you know it, you will have a rat infestation on your hands. This is not something to be dealt with lightly.

    Rats can cause a whole host of health problems, including fever, salmonella, and even the plague. These pests contaminate your food and are dangerous to humans and pets.

    What Can I Do About a Rat Infestation?

    You have multiple options when it comes to treating a rat infestation, but many come with dangerous drawbacks and side effects.

    Rat traps are a good solution but have to be manually emptied which increases your risk of contracting a disease. Baits and poisons are often used by homeowners, business owners, and pest control companies. However, these too pose problems.

    Toxic chemicals in these poisons don’t get broken down by rats’ livers. So, they are then ingested by other animals that eat them next, such as dogs, cats, and other predators. This causes severe bioaccumulation and leads to major contamination in the food system, waterways, and soil.

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    Black rat

    A Permanent Solution to a Rat Infestation

    Frustrated by the lack of viable options for dealing with a rat infestation? Enter ContraPest! 

    Instead of trying to eliminate the problem once it’s already reared its ugly head, ContraPest attacks at the core. This product works by targeting female rats’ oocytes. These egg precursors are killed with the chemical 4-vinylcyclohexene diepoxide or VCD.

    This chemical is non-toxic to everything except rat oocytes. It binds to receptors that prevent the oocytes from maturing into active eggs. This ultimately eliminates the possibility of reproduction for female rats.


    ContraPest is revolutionary and works to halt a rat infestation before it truly begins.

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    Scientists have found a way to formulate this bait so that it is tasty to rats. Rats flock to it even more than leftover food or garbage. It can be used in a variety of settings and doesn’t build up to create additional problems. It is safe for use around livestock, pets, and even humans.

    This proven technology is incredibly effective, and non-lethal too. The allows its use across hundreds of diverse settings. It has even been shown to impair sperm development in males making it nearly impossible for rats to reproduce.

    If you’re considering a rodent control solution, you must include ContraPest in your list of possible options.

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    Where Do I Find ContraPest?

    Marketed by SenesTech, one of the premier names for humane animal treatment and environmental stewardship, this product can be purchased by pest control professionals around the country. It is available in all fifty states and is a viable solution for any rodent infestation problem.

    You don’t have to live your life worrying about a rodent infestation. Contact Control Exterminating today to learn more about ContraPest in your area, and to get rid of your rat problem before it even starts.***

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  • Termites Life Cycle

    13 September 2018
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    Life Span of Termites

    Termites are one of the most destructive pests you can encounter. Understanding the life cycle of termites will inform you as to why they are so troublesome.

    Termites are dangerous wood-eating pests, and their infestation is a real threat to wooden foundations. Their ability to eat away the entire structure of a house or building is a testament to how destructive they are.


    It is estimated that termites cause property damage of $5 Billion every year!

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    These decomposers have been munching on wood for centuries with more than 2500 termite species in existence. Each has unique characteristics, appearance, behavior, and habitat. But despite their distinct features, the life cycle of termites is similar in all species.

    Mating Flight

    The life cycle of termites starts when swarming winged reproductive males, and females make a mating flight. They leave the established colonies in large groups. 

    Female swarmers then release perfume like ‘mating pheromone’ chemicals. This lures the male swarmers, and once they find an attractive female, they shed their wings together. Shedding wings is an indication they are a couple now, and then they procreate.

    They land in a new place to establish a new colony there. They finish mating there and then fertilize the female termite. Those respective male and female termites will become the king and queen of the newly established colony.


    The fertilized queen lays eggs that eventually hatch into larvae which are pale-white in color.


    A termite queen can lay up to 30,000 eggs every single day!

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    Once the larvae hatch out of their eggs, they start molting. Molting is a growth process for termites in which they shed their exoskeletons to develop into worker and soldier termites. The termite which is going through the molting process is known as a nymph.

    Initially, a soft exoskeleton is developed under the existing hard exoskeleton. Once they reach maturity, the outer skeleton splits, and the inner skeleton hardens.


    Eggs hatch into larvae after 30 days. The termite king is responsible for feeding the immature termites. Larvae will molt several times over time.

    Environmental factors and pheromone cues by the king and queen determine which caste larvae will assume after growing. The termites’ castes which larvae can develop into include workers, soldiers, and alates (reproductive termites).

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    Termites in a trap


    Molting is required to achieve maturity, and enter the caste system of termites. Usually, larvae molt up to 3 times to reach full maturity. Afterward, larvae pick up castes and develop structures according to their caste. There are three possible castes larvae can be placed in to. Each has specific functions to perform for the survival of the colony.

    • Worker Termites

    Workers are an essential component of any termite colony. Their roles include:

    • repairing nests
    • feeding other castes
    • grooming other castes
    • maintaining the colony
    • constructing tunnels and chambers
    • forage food for other castes

    Most of the termites that you’ll see eating are generally are worker termites. They are sterile and don’t grow any further. Also, they are blind, lack wings, and have a lifespan of 1 – 2 years.

    • Soldier Termites

    These termites are yellow-brown. They have large mandibles and enlarged red heads. Their primary purpose is to defend the colonies from any intruders. Even though they are warriors, they are unable to eat on their own. 

    Soldiers are dependent on workers to feed them. Just like the worker stage, the soldier stage is as far as soldiers will go in the caste system. They are also sterile and don’t live longer than 2 years.

    • Reproductive Termites (alates)

    Reproductive termites are dark in color and possess functioning eyes with two pairs of wings which aid them during their mating flight. Those larvae who assume the role of reproductive alates (kings and queens) leave their colony during colonizing flight. They search for a suitable site for nesting, mate there, reproduce, and then become the king and queen of their colonies.


    Termite Queens have a long lifespan and can live up to decades in favorable climate conditions.

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    In the life cycle of termites, there is no hard and fast rule for assuming the respective caste role. If the colony demands it, termites from one caste can develop into another caste. For example; a worker termite can become a soldier or alate if required.

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    Infographic (Life Cycle of Termites)

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  • Top 5 Pests in NYC

    2 August 2018
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    Top 5 Pests in NYC

    When you live in an urban area like New York City there’s no way around it: at some point, you are bound to come into contact with a pest.

    From mice to bed bugs, silverfish to cockroaches, knowing how to prevent, and eliminate these pests in NYC is integral to maintaining your health and wellbeing when living in New York.

    • Silverfish

    Silverfish don’t bite or spread disease, but they are not pests you want in your home. These pests in NYC like to eat starchy materials like glue, paper, cardboard, and dry goods. They can also make holes in your clothing and other fabrics.

    The easiest way to prevent an infestation is to keep your home clean, and free of excess moisture. Running a dehumidifier will help, but sometimes these pests simply cannot be prevented.

    The easiest way to detect a silverfish infestation is to see the pests themselves. You might also notice damaged goods. You can use poison paks or sticky traps to try to get rid of them. But often it’s just easiest and most effective to call a professional exterminator once the infestation has reached a large size.

    • Water Bugs

    Water bugs are easily confused with other pests such as cockroaches. Giant water bugs spend most of their time in the water and can bite. They are large, around two inches long, and will invade your home seeking moisture. 

    To get rid of them try running a dehumidifier. In a worse case call a licensed pest control professional right away so that you don’t risk a bite.

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    Water bug

    • German Cockroaches

    Probably the most notorious of all pests in NYC. These pests like food, warmth, and moisture. Practicing proper sanitation is a good way to control their populations. Cockroaches leave droppings that look like black pepper and can trigger asthma and allergies. They can also spread nasty diseases, like salmonella.


    All cockroaches, but mainly German cockroaches, present a major health hazard.


    You can use store bought bait to get rid of cockroaches on your own. But it’s often advisable to contact a pest control professional to take care of the infestation for you. 

    If you live in a crowded apartment setting, it’s important to know what attracted the roaches in the first place. These pests can spread easily between units. Furthermore, baiting cockroaches yourself can sometimes be dangerous, especially if you have small children or pets.

    • Mice

    Rodents are also one of the most common pests in NYC. Due to the proximity between living spaces, mice come inside seeking warmth in the colder months. They will stay if they find a readily available food source. 

    To prevent a mouse infestation make sure all possible entry points into your home are sealed. Also, keep all of your food in tightly sealed containers. 

    If you have a mouse infestation, you will likely notice their droppings. To get rid of them, you can set spring or sticky traps with a bit of bait.


    Most rodents will leave greasy marks on the wall. You might also notice that your food packagings are gnawed.


    • Bed Bugs

    Bed bugs are nearly impossible to prevent. They are found in millions of residences and businesses throughout the metropolitan NYC area. Bed bugs hitch a ride on unsuspecting visitors to hotels, public transportation, movie theaters, and more. Most people carry bed bugs home without even realizing it, giving these hitchhikers a free pass to their beds.

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    Bed Bug

    Once they’ve infested a bed or other living space, they come out at night to feed on human hosts. They leave behind small red welts all over their bodies. 

    To get rid of bed bugs it’s often necessary to remove all infested bedding, as their eggs can survive under some of the most challenging conditions.

    For many of these pests, you may need to contact a pest control professional in NYC to treat your infestation.***

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  • Warehouse Pest Control

    19 July 2018
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    Best Solutions for Your Warehouse Pest Problems

    Warehouse pest control is a strict and ongoing process as they can spread disease and damage the property.

    Pest control is essential to health safety, and it is essential because pests can carry severe illness and diseases. However, pests can be found in a warehouse as well, as they contain delicate materials like food, beverages, etc.

    These pests can cost a company a loss in revenue by contaminating the product inside. Here are some of the best solutions for controlling the pests in your warehouses and avoid damage to your goods.

    How to Identify Pests in the Warehouse

    A warehouse is a place which is used to store a variety of products like foods, clothes, and furniture. Identify pests before they damage your products and spread infection. There are some common warehouse pests which damage thousands of dollars worth of products:

    •  Cigarette Beetles – These pests are the biggest problem found in a tobacco store, they are 2 – 3 mm in length and brown, usually preferring darker places.
    •  Drugstore Beetles – These pests are attracted to light and found on spices, daal, millets, and other foods, they are tiny, measuring 2 – 3.5 mm in length.
    •  Flour Beetles – These are mostly found in flour, wheat, barley and some other products. They are red and measure 3 – 4 mm in length.
    •  Rice, Bean, (Maize Weevils) – These pests don’t have a particular shape or size and color; they can be 3 – 10 mm in length.
    •  Warehouse Beetles – These pests are very destructive, mostly found in legumes and nuts, they are dark brown, measuring 3 – 5 mm in length.
    •  Spider Beetles – These pests can survive in harsh conditions, and they can spread various infections easily.
    •  Indian Meal Moths – These are common pests found in rice and some food products, they measure 9 – 10 mm in length and can cause stomach pain and other infections.
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    Red flour beetle by Peggy Greb, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Bugwood.org

    Ways to Conduct Warehouse Pest Control

    You need to eradicate pests by identifying them correctly, as most of them are small. It is a big challenge for warehouse management as quality pest control is necessary.


    Special precautions should be taken to keep pests away, but you need to have precautions for environmental safety.

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    Steps to Warehouse Pest Control

    Here are a few steps you must consider:

    • Schedule regular inspections in storage areas and food zones. Routine inspections and maintenance will increase your chances of clearing the pests.
    • Take preventive action after regular inspection, such as steps to prevent pests before they cause a problem. The most effective methods are applying chemical substances in areas, closing doors correctly, and maintaining cleanliness.
    • Identify the pests and their behavior by determining which are causing the biggest problems, and call a professional pest control company so that they can provide specific treatment.
    • Once you accurately identify the pests then analyze which pest is attracted to which food, which way, and choose the best control techniques.
    • Select a treatment method, whether it is a chemical treatment or non-chemical treatment, by seeing which is better for the environment to maintain food safety. Chemical treatment includes sprays whereas non-chemical treatment comprises trapping, keeping the cloves in the corners, make garlic – mint mixture spray and hot pepper spray, etc.
    • After you have identified and analyzed the pests, it is important to monitor their behavior, and treat them weekly or more accordingly so you can maintain proper pest control.
    • Prepare the documentation accordingly to eradicate pests successfully.

    Pests can undoubtedly prove to be a major headache at times. However, having an action plan, and solutions for it will help you in tackling them. By following these steps, and understanding how they should be treated, pests won’t be much of a concern for you.***

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  • Don’t Let Pests Infesting Your Home and Business

    24 May 2018
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    Don’t Let Pests Infesting Your Home and Business

    NYC exterminators from Control Exterminating understand the importance of pest control and hence employ only the best and most experienced exterminators for your convenience. 

    New York City is one of the busiest cities to live in not only in the United States but the world. And it has also proven to be a very tough city to reside in. 

    However, that does not apply to all sorts of living beings, especially not pests, since they seem to be attacking hundreds of buildings in this area every day. Pest Control has been a topic of importance amongst its residents, and Control Exterminating as a company has been acting towards eliminating these pests from the city once and for all.

    NYC exterminators from Control Exterminating understand the importance of pest control and hence employ only the best and most experienced exterminators for your convenience. 

    These exterminators have gone through very crucial training periods and knew every trick to trap and effectively kill pests form any space. They are also equipped with some of the best available technology to make sure these pests do not come back once gone.

    One of the most common mistakes most people tend to make is during moving. This is the prime time to call in professional exterminators to prevent any mishaps regarding pests for a long time to come. Our exterminators will do a thorough and proper checkup of your new place before you move in. 

    New structures are often infested because they have been left empty for long, and sometimes infestations are left behind from previous renters. From the ceiling beams to under carpets, there are many places pests could be hiding in your new space. 


    “New structures are often infested because they have been left empty for long, and sometimes infestations are left behind from previous renters.”

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    The Importance of Regular Pest Inspections

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    Termites in a trap

    It’s best to have a professional check it out and perform the necessary preventive measures so you never have to face pest trouble in the first place. Contact NYC exterminators at Control Exterminating and rent any new place in peace.

    We also suggest that you do regular checkups at your workplaces, like offices, industries, and warehouses to keep them pest free. These spaces are often ignored because we do not live there, but the simple sight of a pest can ruin businesses, and a little swarm is enough to damage loads of goods. 

    Therefore, it is crucial that you see to these places just as much, if not more regarding pest control, and all you have to do is go to Control Exterminating for the best services in NYC.

    The main reason that these pests come into your homes is that they are always looking for the right living and breeding conditions, and they find it all at your place in abundance. 

    So, once they move in, they start to reproduce, and before you know it, it becomes their abode instead. Places like the kitchen, the attic, and the laundry room are most prone to pest infestations. The basement and the attic are the biggest pest hideouts because we tend to visit these places left often.


    “We also suggest that you do regular checkups at your workplaces, like offices, industries, and warehouses to keep them pest free.”

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    At Control Exterminating, we like to impose the importance of actually calling pest control instead of going in yourself because it could pose a lot of risks for you and your space, be it your home, your workspace or an industrial setting. 

    Whatever the place, it is always recommended to get checkups every once in a while, especially if you live in an area that is prone to pest damage. Make sure to call Control Exterminating for the best NYC Exterminators. 

    We will perform the checkups required for your space, and act accordingly. If required, we will also do follow-ups after extermination and let you in on all the details on how to effectively reduce, contain and prevent these pests from coming into your homes.***

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  • How to Catch a Mouse

    3 May 2018
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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:

    1.    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.  

    1.    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.

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    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. If you have a mice infestation problem, call Control Exterminating immediately. We offer professional mice and rats exterminator service in NYC areas.***

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  • Get Rid of Stink Bugs

    16 April 2018
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    How to Get Rid of Stink Bugs

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Picture of A Stink Bug in Bath Tub

    Stink Bug

    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:

    1. Add water to a one-gallon container and fill it quarter-way.
    2. Add one teaspoonful of liquid soap or detergent to the water
    3. Disturb the stink bucks on your walls so that they fall into the soapy water.
    4. 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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  • Rat Population in NYC

    2 January 2018
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    Rat Population:

    How Many Rats 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 five 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. This makes your chances of a rat problem much higher. When you need a rat exterminator, trust the pros at Control Exterminating.

    New York Rats and Rodent 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 massive rat problem. Rats in NYC have been on the rise in 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.”

    -Control Exterminating


    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 (Upper West side) 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 for offices.

    The study also revealed that rats in 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.

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    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.”

    -Control Exterminating


    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 eradicated.

    A Rodent Infestation Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

    Here are some health problems you may not be aware of that can become a problem when you have a rodent infestation.

    • Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome

    You can get HPS (Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome) from a bite or from inhaling the feces or urine of rodents infected with HPS. The worst part is that if you come in contact with HPS, you can develop a life-threatening infection.

    • Leptospirosis

    Although other pests carry this same disease, the rodent is the one that is most commonly known to carry Leptospirosis. This disease can be contracting by merely coming into contact with a rodent that is infected or being bitten by one that is infected.

    Symptoms include vomiting, respiratory issues, diarrhea, jaundice, and liver failure. Some people with underlying health issues have died from Leptospirosis.

    • Rat Bite Fever

    Despite the name of this disease, you don’t necessarily get a rat-bite fever from just being bitten by a rat. You can develop it by being bitten by any other type of rodent. If you’ve developed rat bite fever, you will know because, after a few days, you will develop a rash, fever, chills and muscle aches.


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    Mice, Rats, Rodents Control NYC

    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 exterminator in NYC as well as a first-class mice exterminator.

    Control Exterminating is committed to bringing down the rat problem 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 eradicated.”

    -Control Exterminating


    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 at 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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