• 8 Most Common Household Pests in NYC

    30 July 2018
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    Meet These 8 Most Common House Bugs in NYC

    Many people call New York City home. Unfortunately, so do a lot of common house bugs as well. Therefore, it’s essential for you to be aware of all the types of common house bugs that live in your home.

    Know the signs of an infestation, and risks posed by these pests. It is important to have the proper information to stay on top of any pest infestation.

    #1. Ants

    Ants are probably one of the most common house bugs in the United States, not just New York City. Nesting in lawns, under stumps, and beneath foundations. 

    Ants come inside seeking water and greasy or sweet foods. They will remain there if you keep providing them with the optimal conditions.

    ants in the mound


    While ants are a major nuisance, they don’t cause much damage other than the risk of contaminating your food. Some ants, such as carpenter ants, do cause structural damage though. So it’s important to know the difference between different types of ants to minimize your risk.

    #2. Termites

    Termites don’t cause disease, but are scary for a different reason; they can cause severe structural damage. Termites are often confused with flying ants, but unlike ants, termites will chew through the wood as their food source in your house without you even realizing it; until it’s too late.

    #3. Cockroaches

    Cockroaches can be up to half an inch in length and possess two antennae with six legs. These widespread house bugs can be found where food has been left out. They can spread disease, food poisoning, dysentery, and even cause diarrhea.


    Some people are particularly susceptible to cockroaches and can suffer from allergic reactions or even asthma attacks.

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    Keep your home clean and tidy. Also, properly sanitize to avoid an infestation.

    #4. Bed Bugs

    Bed bugs are small, flat, and oval-shaped. These pests are easily transmitted between residences and can be found in any location throughout the country.

    adult bed bug on the carpet

    Adult Bed Bug

    They are frequently transmitted by travelers, hiding in hotel rooms, airplane seats, and even seats at the movie theater. Bed bugs feed upon your blood at night and are particularly tough to get rid of once they have infested your home.

    #5. Fleas

    Fleas are often found on pets and can spell disaster as they can transmit parasites, such as tapeworms. They can jump long distances, and feed upon dogs, cats, and even people. They are often found on rodents as well, making them common in the household.

    #6. Silverfish

    Silverfish get their name from the way they “swim” across your floor, but these insects aren’t fish-like in any other regard. These pests have slim, segmented bodies. 

    They tend to reside in dark, damp areas, such as basements or bathrooms. Silverfish don’t typically bite or spread disease, but they feed on glue and paper products. So, they can damage papers, clothing, and even wallpaper.

    #7. Beetles

    Beetles are also common household bugs. Carpet beetles are particularly well-known in the city and will feed upon dried foods in your pantry. They tend to hang out in areas that aren’t frequently trafficked, such as in the carpet or corners of your closet.

    #8. Paper Wasps, Bees, and Other Stinging Insects

    If you notice nests around the outside of your home, then chances are you have an infestation of a stinging insect. These can be tough to differentiate between each other, but it’s important not to let a nest hang on your house for long.


    When stung by one of these insects, you may experience reactions such as itching, swelling, and, in some people, extreme anaphylactic shock.

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    Contact a pest control company immediately if you suspect a stinging insect infestation, so that they can remove the nests before your family is put at risk.

    What Do I Do If I’ve Found a Bug Infestation in My Home?

    While you should first identify the pest that is invading your home, it can often be difficult to do so, mainly if you have limited experience in identifying and eliminating pests.

    Instead of wasting time with ineffective DIY treatments, contact Control ExterminatingWe are one of the best pest control companies in New York City and have experience with all of the common house bugs found in the area.

    We will work with you to develop a natural pest control solution that takes into account the prevention, elimination, and detecting how the pests entered your home in the first place.***

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  • Pest Problems During Winter

    8 December 2016
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    Identifying Pest Infestation Problems During Winter

    At Control Exterminating Pest Control in Manhattan, NY, we receive a lot of phone calls during the winter months due to pest problems.

    This isn’t uncommon since we know that during this time of the year, rodents, spiders, and other pests, go indoors to find food or to hibernate until it is warming outside.

    This can pose a serious problem for you if you have them inside your home because they may lay eggs that eventually hatch. If you live in an older house, this problem seems to be worse since the home likely has a variety of ways to get inside. These pests may already be inside your home and you’re just not aware of it because you don’t know the signs of an infestation.

    Homeowners and businesses in Brooklyn, Bronx, and Queens, NY, all rely on us to help them find and treat their infestations. We are happy to perform an inspection for you but there are some signs that you can check for on your own, which give you an indication of a possible infestation.

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    Signs of Pest Infestation

    • Sounds Within the Walls

    If you notice a scratching sound coming from inside your walls, this might be a sign of a rodent problem.

    They tend to nest and breed in homes during the colder times of the year. We use baiting stations and other types of traps to capture any that rodents you might notice.

    • Fecal Matter or Urine

    Look around your pantry or cabinets to see if you notice fecal matter. This may resemble black grains of rice. Diseases are spread through the fecal matter of rodents.

    • Lights Going On/Off

    This means that you have something chewing on your electrical wires. This can be dangerous and should be attended to right away.***

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