• 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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    Two containers in a bait station (Photo Credit: ContraPest_SenesTech)

    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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  • 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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  • 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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    Rodents in New York City: Identification, Diseases, and Prevention


    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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  • Rodents in New York City

    23 January 2016
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    Rodents in NYC:

    Identification, Diseases, and Prevention

    Rodents can range from guinea pigs to mice, but the ones we have to be most careful about are the ones that hideout in corners of our houses and nibble away at anything can get their hands on, aka house mice and roof rats. When you need a rodent exterminator, call Control Exterminating.

    A survey done by the National Pest Management Association or (NPMA) says that rodents have been responsible for problems to at least 29% of Americans and that most infestations occurred during the colder months as that is when rodents are looking for shelter from the cold.

    Identification of Rodents

    The places that these rodents choose to infest the most include kitchens, laundry rooms, attics, garages and basements where they would be least seen. 

    These places provide just the right environments for them to reproduce which can range up to 12 offsprings in a matter of 2 to 3 weeks. Rodents are known to urinate constantly everywhere they tread, which means anyone around the house could be contaminated with it, mostly children and toddlers, which could affect their health badly.

    Nibbling away at food, clothes, and furniture are not the only downsides to rodent infestations. These rodents usually come in from the outside, most likely the sewer, which means they are contaminated with tonnes of germs and carry diseasing causing parasites such as fleas, ticks, and lice, not to mention they also spread salmonella.

    All these make touching them with bare hands a risk to the person, and anything else you use to exterminate them with becomes infected.

    Types of Rodent Infestations

    • The Norway Rat

    This is a rat that is also referred to as a sewer rat. The roof rat likes to be higher off the ground than the Norway rat. This is why the Norway rat is usually found lower on the ground. They are brown and fat. Their tails are shorter than the roof rat, and they are generally found under wood or in trash bins.

    Our exterminators usually find this type of rat under your building or homes foundation. Anytime you see a rat around your property, it is probably a Norway rat.

    • Roof Rat

    A black rat is the same as a roof rat. They usually can be seen climbing on things, such as ledges and cabinets. They are also found in tree shrubs and branches.

    The NYC exterminators that work with us know precisely where to find these types of rats. They often find their nests high off the ground. The roof rat comes down to locate food. Unfortunately, this type of rat also enjoys living indoors since it’s generally warmer than outdoors.

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    “These rodents usually come in from the outside, most likely the sewer, which means they are contaminated with germs and carry diseasing causing parasites such as fleas, ticks, and lice, not to mention they also spread salmonella.”

    -Control Exterminating

    What You Can Do If You Have Rats

    Rodents like mice and rats can squeeze themselves through the tiniest of holes, ones as small as a quarter. They can also chew through pretty much anything in their way including wood and electric wires which increases the risk of electrical fires in the home.

    All throughout their life, their incisors keep growing, and that means their ability to bite gets better every day. All this makes it essential sealing any cracks, holes or openings around the house.

    This also means that can be hiding out anywhere from storage boxes to furniture to drawers contaminating anything and everything in their way. You can seal these small spaces with cement if the gaps are large, or with regular seals for smaller ones. 

    Proper drainage is also necessary, so there is not stored water body anywhere in the house. All of these can get confusing, and this is where experienced professionals like Control Exterminating come in.

    How to Prevent Rodent Infestation

    Rodents are always in search of food and water and will get in any home that they find access to. If you want to stop rodents from getting into your home you can follow these few steps on to how to prevent rodent infestation and keep rodents out of your home:

    Clean Up After Eating

    A rodent such as a rat or a mouse does not need much to sustain its life. They need small crumbs that are easily found in most homes across the United States. The best way that you can take their meal away is to clean up after eating.

    The kitchen is the best spot for a rodent to get what they need. So make sure take time to clean off the counters and floors and pick up the crumbs. Also, make sure that you don’t leave any dirty dishes in the sink.

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    “Be sure that after you use sweet sticky sauces such as honey or syrup you wipe off the top and anywhere the syrup or honey has spilled.”

    -Control Exterminating

    Sealing Up Food Helps Aids in Pest Prevention

    A rodent can smell open food and is often able to get to it; even if it is in a closed cupboard. Take any open containers of food and place them in a sealed bag or container to be sure that rodents and other pests have no access to it.

    Also be sure that after you use sweet sticky sauces such as honey or syrup you wipe off the top and anywhere the syrup or honey has spilled.

    Sealing Cracks

    A full-grown mouse can fit through a small hole in the wall or door the size of a nickel. It does not take much for them to sneak in and start to burrow into the wall and attic space. Take time to look around the home inside and out and be sure that you look for small gaps in the wall.

    You should also be sure to check the doors and windows for space that a rodent can get in. You can seal these gaps with weather stripping or caulking that you can pick up at any home improvement store.

    A full-grown mouse can fit through a small hole in the wall or door the size of a nickel. It does not take much for them to sneak in and start to burrow into the wall and attic space.

    -Control Exterminating

    We Can Help

    Control exterminating has been in the pest exterminating business for a long time, and they will be able to provide you with the right kind of seals for gaps and voids and will be able to guide you on where to place your drainage system and even do it for you.

    They can identify gaps and rodent hideouts which we may not be able to do insight, and will be able to get rid of them completely which might not be possible with simple home tricks.

    Rodents are hard to exterminate, so getting professional help is very important for the cleanliness and good health of the home and its people.

    If you ever come across even the slightest sign of rodent infestation call Control Exterminating and they will be able to properly go through your home, confirm the pest and recommend the right solution for the right pest to be exterminated.

    Not only that Control Exterminating will also be able to advise how to prevent any future contaminations from rodents or any other pests that might be lurking in your home.

    Call Control Exterminating in Manhattan, New York to make an appointment to have your home rid of rodents and other pests today!***

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