No single pest should trigger a quicker “mayday” reflex upon being found than termites. They don’t spread disease, they aren’t aggressive, they don’t bite, and they don’t remotely care about humans in their vicinity. What they do care about are 1) breeding and 2) eating. That’s it. The problem is, they breed all the time, and their favorite food might be located inside the bones of your home. As you know, termites eat wood. That’s not quite right, though: termites DEVOUR wood, and if they … [Read more...] about Termites: Most Important Thing To Do if Found
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Cockroaches are everywhere in New York, both in the city and on Long Island. Clean up your crumbs, take out your trash, seal up your cracks, and unless you get unlucky, you should be in decent shape, but even so, there's only so much we can actually do. It’s hard to be as vigilant as necessary when these little buggers can get in without you noticing and set up a nest in a matter days, at which point you need to act fast to prevent a full-blown infestation of cockroaches. In some ways, … [Read more...] about Cockroaches: 3 Things You Must Know
When people think of venomous spiders, their minds usually go to the Amazon rain forest or the Australian outback. Less associated with the United States of America than some far off, wild land, there are still plenty of venomous spiders traipsing around the good ol’ US of A. Luckily for us, though, there’s only one venomous spider native to New York state. What’s more, it’s the only poisonous spider native to the entire tri-state area! And that poisonous spider is: The Northern Black … [Read more...] about Poisonous Spider Native to New York State
Rats are everywhere in our area. Look down to the tracks the next time you’re waiting for the subway, and there’s a halfway decent chance you’ll see at least one, and probably more like three or four. They are as ubiquitous to the five boroughs as the Statue of Liberty, and their cousin the mouse patrols wide swaths of land out on Long Island. We don’t have to tell you that these rats are as gross as they are numerous. But have you ever stopped to think about why, exactly, wild rats are so … [Read more...] about What’s So Bad About New York Rats and Mice?
As legend has it, the spiders commonly referred to as Daddy Long Legs are the most venomous spiders in existence, but—what luck!—human beings are in the clear because the small arachnids’ jaws aren’t strong enough to penetrate our skin. The persistence of this story seems to speak to a certain need in us to find power and strength in the unlikeliest of places. Of bigger, stronger animals brought low by unexpected forces. Unfortunately, it’s a total misconception. For starters, no one’s … [Read more...] about Are Daddy Long Legs Venomous?
Here Are 6 Tips for Mosquito Elimination Around Your Home Though they’re at their worst in the depths of summer, mosquito families are still alive and kicking in your neighborhood. You may have thought they went away, but just wait for that next big rain. The following morning, or maybe two days later, you’ll have a brand new swarm of mosquitoes in the air around your yard. But why? The problem is, a mosquito dies at the season's first frost. Until that happens, they continue to live … [Read more...] about Mosquito Elimination Around Home
How To Prevent Bed Bugs While Traveling: Bed bugs don’t just magically appear. Every infestation that has ever happened occurred because somebody went somewhere that housed bed bugs and brought the critters back. It really is that simple: these little guys don’t travel great distances by themselves, and they don’t fly, either. The way most people first encounter bed bugs is when traveling. Think about all the strangers you encounter, and the various places you lay your head at night. … [Read more...] about How To Prevent Bed Bugs While Traveling