• Do Mothballs Get Rid of Roaches?

    21 November 2018
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    Do Mothballs Get Rid Of Roaches?

    The thought of having cockroaches in your home can make you cringe, and you’ll do anything to get rid of them. There are numerous methods, but one we get asked often is, do mothballs get rid of roaches?

     

    Cockroaches are most likely one of the most troublesome pests in the world. Anyone loathes the sight of these unhygienic bugs, but until you do something about them, they’ll continue to wreak havoc on your place. It should be known that tackling a cockroach infestation on your own is tricky. In serious cases, it’s best to contact a professional roach exterminator like Control Exterminating. 

    Before we get into whether or not mothballs can be used to get rid of roaches, let’s first take a look at some of their characteristics. Often people will confuse other bugs with cockroaches.

    What Are Cockroaches?

    Cockroaches are small insects that have occupied this planet since prehistoric times. The average length of an adult ranges from 0.25 inches to 2 inches while younger ones are approximately 2 – 5 mm in length. They have flat, oval-shaped bodies, with six legs each, and two antennae.

    Although cockroaches do have wings, not all use them to fly. A roach can be light tan or dark brown depending on its species. It can also have stripes or a band on its back or head. It all depends on the type of cockroach, of which there are literally over 4000. The United States alone has over 70 different types.

    Why Should You Get Rid of Cockroaches?

    Besides being creepy, cockroaches can bring lots of health issues with them. For starters, they’ve been found to carry Salmonella Typhi, a bacterium responsible for typhoid. They are also associated with the transmission of Poliomyelitis, a virus which causes polio.

     

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    Roaches can even make you susceptible to dysentery, an illness that makes a person experience serious bleeding. 

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    Additionally, they can also cause damage to household items such as books, clothes, and electronics.

    illustration of a cockroachDo Mothballs Get Rid Of Roaches?

    Considering the above health risks, it is imperative that you stay in a roach-free environment. Maybe you heard from a friend that mothballs can help get rid of the pest problem. But wait! What exactly are mothballs?

    They are tiny pellets containing a pungent substance usually naphthalene. They are most often placed in stored clothes to prevent them from being damaged by mold and moth larvae. But despite their name, they do have other uses.

    So, do mothballs get rid of roaches? The answer is yes they can. The use of mothballs is one of the most effective and easiest ways to use home remedies to curb a roach infestation.

    Apart from preventing roach infestations, mothballs also prevent other insects from coming into your home. Also, they are available on the market for purchase.

     

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    Roach stains. Cockroaches can carry Salmonella Typhi, a bacterium responsible for typhoid. They are also associated with the transmission of Poliomyelitis, a virus which causes polio.

     

    How Do Mothballs Affect Cockroaches?

    As mentioned earlier, mothballs contain naphthalene, an organic compound with a powerful smell that repels insects including cockroaches. You only need to identify the areas with high roach concentration and put two to three mothballs there.

    When roaches approach them, their respiratory system gets blocked by the strong smell of naphthalene, and they experience difficulty breathing.

     

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    Most roaches will move away from the smell of mothballs, and in rare cases, some roaches affected by the smell die due to inability to breath.  

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    In other words, we can say that mothballs mostly repel roaches, and in rare cases can kill them as well.

    Caution!

    Although mothballs are ultra-affective roach repellants, you should be careful while using them. Their pungent smell isn’t good for people either. So, it is essential that you place them a bit further from food storage or preparation areas as a precaution.

     


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  • Interesting Facts About Cicada Killer Wasps

    29 May 2018
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    Interesting Facts About Cicada Killer Wasps:

    Are They Harmful to Humans?

    Although cicada killers look terrifying and are a threat to cicada bugs and sometimes other cicada killer wasps, they are usually harmless to people.

    Cicada killers' body is black with pale yellow stripes running across its abdomen. 

    Cicada Killers

    If you see an insect resembling a huge bee attacking a cicada, then you’ve most likely seen a cicada killer wasp. The wasp resembles a very large yellow jacket; its body is black with pale yellow stripes running across its abdomen. 

    Its antenna and wings have a yellow tint. A male cicada killer dies a short moment after mating while a female will die once she has laid all her eggs. You are most likely to see cicada killers in early summer months.

    Cicada Killer Behaviors

    Cicada killers tend to burrow in areas surrounding forests, waste placed as well as gardens. They build their in places with adequate light, proper drainage, and light soil, especially close to trees where cicadas are mostly found. 

    The pests appear in summer when weather conditions are favorable for mating. After mating, a female cicada killer burrows oval-shaped chambers in the soil where she lays her eggs. She will then look for cicada bugs on which she will lay her eggs, each egg per bug.  

    When a female cicada killer finds a cicada, she stings and paralyzes it before taking it to the chambers that she had borrowed.  Upon reaching the chamber, she places it somewhere inside it and lays an egg on the cicada bug and then goes outside again to look for another cicada bug. She will do this until she finds enough cicada bugs for hosting all her eggs. 

    When a cicada killer egg hatches into larvae, the young cicada killer eats the cicada bug as it takes care to help it survive. Upon feeding to its fill, the larva forms a cocoon in the chamber and hibernates there until when spring comes. Upon the arrival of spring, the larva starts to make its way out of the tunnel as an adult wasp.

    Cicada killer wasp is preying on a cicada

    Cicada Bug (Photo: Control Exterminating)

    Are Cicada Killers Harmful to People?

    Although cicada killers look terrifying and are a threat to cicada bugs and sometimes other cicada killer wasps, they are usually harmless to people.  Nevertheless, a cicada killer may not have the patience spare you its stinging wrath if you happen to squeeze it in your hands, step on it or annoy it. 

    It is a female cicada killer that stings since a male doesn’t have a stinger. However, you should always play safe since you might not be in a position to establish if you are dealing with a male or a female. Avoid doing these to the insect and rest assured that it won’t harm you in any way. Besides, keep off from places with these insects lest they feel provoked and sting you.  

    Although they are usually harmless to humans, cicada killers, especially the females are a nuisance when they invade an area near or inside your building since the tunnels they borrow can cause damage to your property.  

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    “It is a female cicada killer that stings since a male doesn’t have a stinger. However, you should always play safe since you might not be in a position to establish if you are dealing with a male or a female.”

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    Cicada Killer Prevention

    As mentioned earlier, cicada killers are attracted to places with conditions that favor their survival and breeding. The conditions include proper drainage, sunlight, ample of cicada bugs as well as dirt. 

    Therefore, the best way to keep the bug killers from coming to your place is to eliminate these conditions. Once they are absent, cicada killers will find no to reason to go there.  

    Cicada Killer Eradication

    Since cicada killers can sting when provoked, it is advisable to handle their elimination with utmost care and professionalism. Don’t worry if you don’t have the proper knowledge and skills needed to eradicate the bugs safely; a pest extermination expert from Control Exterminating can do it for you.

    Get in touch with Control Exterminating for the best solution to a cicada killer problem in your property.***

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  • Pest Control in Apartment Buildings

    17 May 2018
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    Pest Control:

    Tenant or Landlord Responsibility?

    While living in your own home, the control of pest issues is certainly your responsibility. On the other hand, many tenants are not sure if pest issues in their rentals are supposed to be handled by them, the property owner or its management. 

    However, the clarity of this uncertainty can be sought from rental agreements and the relevant laws.

    What Is in A Lease Agreement?

    If you are a resident of New York, the property manager or the owner of the house that you are staying in ought to have performed pest control before you moved in.  

    If your rental agreement requires the manager or the landlord to continue to take care of pest concerns even after your moving in, then costs related to pest control should not bother you as it is highly possible that they are incorporated in the rental cost that you pay. 

    Nevertheless, the responsibility of a landlord or property manager is limited to a certain scope and so, any other services that you may need beyond that as a tenant will be your burden. 

    However, in some cases, pest management treatments become the responsibility of tenants from the time they move into their rented properties as required by their lease agreements, but of course to certain extents.

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    “If you are a resident of New York, the property manager or the owner of the house that you are staying in ought to have performed pest control before you moved in.”

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    Integrated Pest Management

    Landlords in New York are obliged by law to offer their tenants with a residential environment that is free from pests. According to New York State Department of Health, landlords are advised to adopt integrated pest management (IPM) for pest management in their properties in place of overreliance on pesticide use as the only method for pest eradication. 

    IPM comprises various eco-friendly pest control techniques with the minimal use of pesticides which is limited to particular circumstances. Pest problem treatment, monitoring, inspection, and prevention are the major measures that landlords are supposed to implement under IPM when a need arises. 

    By going this way instead of using pesticides exclusively, landlords can manage pests in a pocket-friendly manner which is also safe to people, environment as well their properties.

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    an apartment roomLandlord’s Responsibility

    Between a landlord and a tenant, the former has a larger share of pest control responsibilities as compared to the latter. The control of pest issues occurring as a result of natural situations like the proximity of a property to woodland is the work of the landlord, and so is the financial responsibility for the services.  

    For instance, if your house has a rat infestation due to its nearness to a grassland, then your landlord ought to get a way of bringing a pest control professional to exterminate the rodents. Other natural pest issues that your landlord might be required to take care of and pay for their respective solutions include termite, spider, wasp, rat bedbug and cockroach infestations.

    The majority of landlords organizes for regular and immediate pest control measures and may not ask their tenants to pay for the services. However, in some cases, you as a tenant, may be asked to contribute a few bucks for the job and there is nothing wrong with that.

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    “Between a landlord and a tenant, the former has a larger share of pest control responsibilities as compared to the latter.”

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    Tenant’s Responsibility

    A tenant is supposed to bear the financial burden of a pest infestation issue which occurrence can be associated with his or her behavior. For instance, if you as a tenant fails to keep your home clean and as a result pests like cockroaches and flies get their way in, then it is your responsibility to arrange on how the pests will be eliminated, and you should pay for the required pest control services. If fleas have come to your rented home because of your pet, costs that will be incurred to get rid of the pests should be up to you.

    Hopefully, you’ll now be able to draw a line between the responsibilities of a landlord and those of tenant as far as pest control is concerned. Do your part of having or providing a pest-free home.***

     

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  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

    10 May 2018
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    Integrated Pest Management:

    Definition & Benefits of IPM

    Integrated pest management (IPM) refers to a way in which you can alleviate pest issue while reducing risks to human health, the environment as well as the non-targeted animals. 

    The ideal IPM program ought to involve minimal or no pesticide use in the monitoring, prevention as well as control of a pest problem. The ecosystem-based method of pest control combines various eco-friendly techniques like biological control, cultural practice change and the manipulation of the habitat, among others. 

    The use of pesticide is only limited to scenarios whereby the monitoring of a pest issue shows the necessity of the chemicals. However, the use of pesticides in this approach should be by the set guidelines while the administration of treatment should aim at the removal of the targeted organisms only.

    IPM Plan

    IPM can be applied anywhere, whether urban or rural, to manage any type of pests. It involves an analysis of the environmental factors that favor the survival of a specific pest type in the certain area, and then, conditions unfavorable for the pests are created in order make their survival in that place difficult. For instance, sealing of wall cracks and crevices to prevent insects, mice, and rats from getting into a house or commercial premises.

    Common IPM Methods

    To provide long-term solutions to various pest problems, IPM uses a combination of various compatible methods that produce a better-combined effect when working together as compared to the sum of their impact when they are used separately.  

    The following are the common categories of pest management approaches under integrated pest management:

    • Biological control

    In biological control, animals that are enemies to certain pests are used to eradicate the pests. The enemies could be predators, pathogens or parasitoids. 

    For instance, parasitic wasps can be released to a vegetable farm with an aphid infestation to control aphids.  While on the farm, the wasps will lay eggs on the aphids and the latter eventually die once the eggs hatch, and the young wasps start to develop. This will lead to a drastic reduction of aphid population in the farm.

    • Cultural control

    Cultural controls refer to the manipulation of the environment or performance of other practices with the aim of interrupting the life cycle of pests. Cultural controls prevent pests from spreading, surviving reproducing and establishing.

    • Mechanical and physical control

    Mechanical and physical controls aim to prevent pests from accessing a specific place, kill them, or create an unfavorable environment for their survival. 

    A good example of mechanical pest control is the use of traps to kill rodents or bar them from entering a building or a farm. On the other hand, an example of physical pest control is the use of barriers like screens to prevent insects getting into your house.

    • Chemical control

    Chemical control refers to the utilization of pesticides to kill pests. In IPM, the use of these chemicals, among others, is limited to specific scenarios which have been found to require the use of the toxins. 

    Besides, integrated pest management requires that the use of pesticides be combined with more effective pest management approaches as well as long-term pest control methods. 

    Additionally, the selection and the application of pesticides should be done in a manner that reduces their potential risks to the environment, human beings and other non-target animals.

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    “In IPM, the use of these chemicals, among others, is limited to specific scenarios which have been found to require the use of the toxins.”

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    Benefits of IPM

    Although IPM  is a more laborious pest control approach and more initial resources as compared to the traditional pest control methods, it is very cost effective in the long run. Another benefit of IPM is that it offers other financial benefits that are not related to pests. 

    For instance, by sealing cracks and other voids in your house’s wall, windows, and doors, you will not only manage to prevent pests from entering but will also reduce your heating bills during cold seasons. Also, the pest management program minimizes the exposure of non-target organisms, humans and the environment to pesticides.

    Integrated pest management is indeed the way to go for safe, economical and long-term solutions to various pest issues.***

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  • Hornets – How to Eliminate the Threat

    25 September 2017
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    Hornets – How to Eliminate the Threat

    If you have been noticing hornets around your property, we wouldn’t recommend that you ignore that they are there. They can become extremely aggressive and sting. A hornet sting is very painful and for those who are allergic to their venom, it can cause them to require medical attention. Don’t take this chance; instead, seek the services of professional pest control services. At Control Exterminating in New York, we have been able to help hundreds of people get rid of the problem they have been experiencing with hornets. When you have hornets around you, there is likely a nest nearby. The worse thing that you can do is try to knock down the nest. If you thought you had a problem, you haven’t seen anything yet. You can eliminate the threat of being stung by reaching out to our professional NY exterminators today.

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    Hornets NYC: Why Are They Dangerous?

    If you have hornets, you definitely wouldn’t want them coming inside your home. We can help you make sure that this doesn’t happen to you by sealing up the areas they could get in through. We would also use materials to help us prevent them from getting inside. If there are trees and bushes outside your windows, it is best to keep them trimmed to avoid the possibility of them getting in through cracks and crevices in or around your home. Certain types of hornets will begin building aerial nests inside bushes, trees and shrubs. When we begin to work on getting rid of the nest around your home, we might need to wait until no one else is coming or leaving your home. It might even require more than one visit to make sure all of the hornets are out of the nest. After such time, we can then remove the nest.

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