Archives: September 2017

When you hear that scratching and scraping in the middle of the night in your Greater Manhattan, New York apartment, odds are you have a rodent. Rodents are up in the night and will be running around the house looking for food and items to make a nest. These critters are a real problem for people all over the world but it seems some places have it worse. One thing that New Yorkers have to deal with are rats in the subway and mice in their homes. Mice are a problem not only for the fact that they are destructive and can chew through important wires but they can make your family sick. They spread bacteria everywhere they go and can transmit disease as well. This is why if you have even the slightest inclination that you have a mouse infestation, you have it taken care of as soon as possible.

Always Ready Pest Control Explains What Signs to Look For & How to Deal with Mice in Your New York Home

Why Are There So Many Mice & Rats in NYC?: When it comes to pests there are always catalysts to encourage them to increase their presence. Cockroaches simply need the right atmosphere as well as some water and food. If the weather is right, the roaches are there. When it comes to mice they are around all year long. There are times in the year that they tend to try much harder to get in your home but they are still there other times. One scientist thinks that the more work and construction that is being done in and around the state can cause the mice that are comfortable in a nest to suddenly need to move. They can decide that your home is the next best place to stop. It can also be from the close proximity of some of the living space while other areas are more rural and have more access to animals. These are all reasons that mice have become synonymous with New York.
How to Tell if You Have Mice in Your Walls: There are some signs that you can look for that will tell you that mice are in your home. They tend to leave droppings around the house mostly in areas along the walls and behind appliances. The feces are small elongated brown to black pieces that can be in several parts in one area. Mice also chew through food containers to find something to eat such as bags, boxes and even plastic containers. If you see the corner of your cereal box with a hole in it you may have mice that have been eating your groceries. You may also start to see where they are traveling because they will leave dirty or oily lines along the wall. If you start to see these signs the infestation has been there for some time and could be quite large.
How to Get Rid of Mice in the House or Apartment: If you have an infestation you want to be sure that you contact a professional as soon as you can.

Mice, Rat, Rodent Pest Control & More in Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan NYC & Greater New York

Always Ready Pest Control offers pest control services to treat for mice and other pests. We can conduct a thorough inspection and then recommend a custom treatment plan to catch and eliminate the mice in your residence and also assist in home sealing to prevent any future infestations.

Black widow spiders are feared by many and with good reason, the bite of a black widow spider can be deadly. The female black widow spider is considered the most venomous spider in North America with her venom being 15 times as toxic as the venom of a prairie rattlesnake. If you see a red hourglass marking on the underside of a globular abdomen you’re looking at a black widow spider. This marking is a warning to predators and attackers. The black widow is a medium-sized spider with a body that is about ½ inch long. The name comes from the belief that the female will kill her male after they are done mating but this rarely happens and is usually only seen in captivity.

Behavior of Black Widow Spiders

Black widow spiders are most active at temperatures of 70 degrees F but if conditions are right, they can survive at lower temperatures. They are solitary spiders that only socialize when they are mating. Black widow spiders spin irregular webs that they will make in a corner at ground level and will hide in dark corners and crevices. They will hang upside down from their webs and use their webs to capture prey. They typically don’t like to live in our homes but they are commonly found in outdoor areas like garages, sheds or outhouses. Indoor areas that are cluttered like basement and crawl spaces are good places for these spiders to hide. Male black widows rarely bite. The female is the only one that you need to be concerned with but she will only bite if she is disturbed and she will be more aggressive if she is protecting her eggs.

Black Widow Spider Bite Treatment

The venom of the black widow spider contains protein that affects the nervous system of its victim. This neurotoxic is one of the most potent venom of any animal. There can be a mild reaction to the venom or a severe reaction. The first symptom of a bite will be acute pain at the bite site. After 20 minutes to an hour there will other symptoms that can include severe muscle cramps, abdominal pain that can cause a lot of pain along with elevated blood pressure and heart rate. In severe cases there can be nausea, vomiting, fainting, chest pain, dizziness and trouble breathing. The physical condition of the person bitten and the age will be a factor in the severity of the reaction. For this reason, children and the elderly need to be careful if they encounter a black widow spider.

Spider Pest Inspections, Control, Management & More in Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan NYC & Greater New York

The best way to keep black widow spiders away and to reduce the chances you’ll get bit is to get rid of cluttered areas inside and outside your home to eliminate places for them to hide. Be careful in storage areas and shake out items that haven’t been used in a while. Firewood should be stored at least 20 feet away from your home and 5 inches off the ground. If you have a feeling you’re dealing with black widow spiders, contact a pest control company that deals with spiders. Contact Always Ready Pest Control for the safest way to deal with them!

Within any industry, professionals often use terms and phrases that can be easily decipherable and other words that can be leaving us guessing. Additionally some words also have different meaning when applied to the various scenarios within that industry. With that in mind, we at Specialized Pest Control and Lawn Care would like to take the opportunity to list a handful of the common terms used in the pest control trade to help our valued customers better understand.

Common Pest Control Methods

Action threshold: When action is required to prevent damage from exceeding tolerable levels due to the number of pests or level of pest damage.
Bait: Featuring 2 specific components; an attractive allurement and a slow-acting poison, bait is a specially designed insecticide with a delayed toxicity.
Biological pesticide: A chemical derived from plants, fungi, bacteria, or other non-man-made synthesis that is engineered for pest control.
Conventional pesticide: Pesticides from manmade chemical origins used to create pesticides.
Harborage: A shelter for pests; include various types of clutter, stacks of newspapers, and cardboard boxes.
Insecticide: A pesticide utilized to control or kill insects.
IPM: To implement long-term, least-risk solutions by using biological knowledge of pests and pest behavior, IPM is an approach to maintain nematode, weed, insect, mite, disease, or vertebrate pests at tolerable levels. Strategies are applied to resolve factors that contribute to pest problems in an effort to avoid the need to take action in the future. The solutions are selected to prevent damage from pests, and are the least risk to humans or other non-pests organisms.
Key pest: A key pest nematode, an insect, mite, disease, or weed that frequently results in unacceptable damage that requires control action.
Monitoring: One of several steps in an effective IPM plan, to determine the types of infestation levels and types of pests at each site, monitoring involves regular and ongoing site inspections along with trapping.
MSDS: MSDS, or material safety data sheets, lists the details of the hazards associated with chemicals as well as information on their safe uses and is available for all certified pesticides.
Pest: A term applied to an organism when it causes a problem to humans; such as weed, vertebrate, microbe, insect, mite, disease, nematode, and so on.
Pesticide: A chemical substance used to kill and/or control pests.
Pesticide residue: Pesticide residue is a film of that pesticide left on the plant, soil, container, equipment, handler, and such, which exists following the application of the pesticide.
Residual insecticides: Insecticides that continues to remains active on a surface over duration of time.
Rodenticide: Rodenticide is either a pesticide or any chemical specifically designed to target rodents.
Sanitation: One of several steps in an effective IPM plan; sanitation involves routine maintenance, removal of clutter, and harborage as well as cleaning and is a form of pest control.

Pest Inspections, Control, Management & More in Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan NYC & Greater New York

When you are in need of a dependable pest control service, call in the pros of Always Ready Pest Control and let us take care of the pest control needs. If you happen to hear a phrase or term used that you are unclear of the meaning, please feel comfortable to ask. Contact Always Ready Pest Control for all your pest management and removal needs.

Everyone is fairly familiar with the ants and cockroaches that invade homes. They are common insects that often infiltrate homes and quickly multiply, creating infestations. There are occasional invaders that you may recognize, but know little about. With that in mind, we at Always Ready Pest Control would like to relate the basics of the more common occasional invaders you might discover in your home.

Occasional Invader Pest Identification

Earwigs: Earwigs will burrow into the ears of people while they slumber is a comical myth that does not ring true. Earwigs are indeed frightening to look at, mostly due to their pincers on the back of their abdomens. These pincers are designed for defensive purposes and for sparring with rival earwigs. Additionally, some species produce a foul odorous liquid used for defense. Depending on the species, adults range in size from 3/16”-1 1/8”. They are slender insects with two pair of wings. Earwigs are more active at night as during the day they hide in damp cracks. Living under rocks, logs, and mulch in gardens and landscapes, they consume plants and other insects outside. Inside our homes, they are found in bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms. During the winter, earwigs burrow underground and in the spring, the females will lay eggs in the burrow. The females will stay with the eggs and care for the nymphs until they are capable of obtaining their own food. Being attracted to light, they are frequently spotted on your porch and patios on summer nights.
Mites: There are thousands of different species of mites. With four pairs of legs and bodies comprised of the prosoma and abdomen, they are grouped in the arachnid family. Chiggers are young mites, very tiny and red. They will attach themselves onto hosts, people or animals, and consume blood until adulthood. Their bites cause severe itching and skin irritation. Some parasitic mites will transfer dangerous diseases. Some mites feed on plants and can infest your lawns, devouring down on the plant life.
Silverfish: Silverfish are a silver gray color and feature scales. Their bodies are tapered and host three tail filaments. They favor the starchy foods, cereals and flours kept in your pantry as well as consume paper, books, and fabric. If the infestation becomes severe they can cause costly damages to your home and property. If you spot silverfish in your home, they are looking for food. Keeping your home well sanitized is the first action regarding preventative invasions. Ensure crumbs and other food sources are maintained with regular vacuuming and cleaning up spills as they occur. Dispose of books, magazines and newspapers that you no longer care to own, and properly store the ones you wish to hang on to. Routinely clean closets and other storage areas, as they have a tendency to attract silverfish looking for nests, refuge, and convenient meal sources. Valuable books or papers can be better protected from these little intruders by sealing them in plastic bags and exposed to freezing temperatures in the freezer to kill adults as well as their eggs.

Pest Inspections, Control, Management & More in Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan NYC & Greater New York

If you have any of these occasional invaders infesting your Massachusetts home, contact Always Ready Pest Control today and let our trained experts do the rest.