The Single Most Important Thing To Do If You Find Termites

termites

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 […]

The Only Poisonous Spider Native to New York State

northern black widow

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 […]

What’s So Bad About New York Rats and Mice?

New York City Rats

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 […]

Are Daddy Long Legs Venomous?

Daddy Long legs

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 […]

6 Tips For Eliminating Mosquitoes Around Your Home

mosquito

Though they’re at their worst in the depths of summer, mosquitoes 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. […]

5 Ways To Prevent Picking Up Bed Bugs While Traveling

bed bugs

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. […]

New York City Raccoons: What You Need to Know

New York City Raccoons

It’s hard to believe if not seen for yourself, but raccoons are swiftly becoming a major nuisance in New York City and on Long Island. Whereas country populations of these nocturnal critters can be spread out and relatively tame, intra-city ones compete with people, rats, pigeons, each other, and every other living thing for space, […]

What To Do If There Are Mice or Rats In Your House

Mice and Rats

Most people associate mice and rats chiefly with disease spreading, but these rodents can do major damage without you ever coming into contact with them. That’s because they chew through everything. They can cause house fires by chewing through electrical wiring. They can ruin your roofing or foundation by burrowing through it to get inside. And […]