Archives: November 2017

Cockroaches are nasty little critters that are found all over the world and with over 4,500 species, everyone has had the opportunity to be startled by these grotesque insects. Of those 4,500 species only about 30 of them are considered a pest and New York has three common roaches found in the area, and we at Always Ready Pest Control would like specifically discuss the German cockroaches that traverse anywhere, in homes, businesses, trash heap, sewers, and nearly anywhere else they happen to be.

German Cockroach Identification

German cockroaches are one of the most common roaches in the US and found nearly everywhere in the country. These roaches have common characteristics and habits, like other cockroaches, German cockroaches have 6 legs, antennae and oval shaped bodies. These particular roaches grow to ½” – 5/8” in length and though they have wings they do not fly. German cockroaches color ranges from tan to light brown and on their backs starting from the back of their head are two almost parallel stripes marks.

Where Do Cockroaches Come from in Houses & Apartments?

Like other roaches, German cockroaches invade homes and businesses through the gaps in the structure, ventilation, sewer lines, and other such openings and German cockroaches only need 3/8” wide fissure to slip through. Not only can they intrude into buildings, but they can also be brought in into homes and businesses commonly through cardboard boxes, grocery bags, drink cartons, and 2nd hand appliances. Once they get inside, they can quickly grow their population as one female can produce 6 generations in a single year.

German Cockroach Diet

Their diet is barely selective. Being omnivorous, they will eat nearly anything. Such examples include decaying matter, garbage, toothpaste, glue, soaps, and human scraps found along their path. Like other roaches they are nocturnal and German cockroaches particularly seek out warm and humid climates. Because of their preferred habitat, these cockroaches are often found in kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry areas.

List of Diseases Caused by Cockroaches

More than a nuisance, German cockroaches can be responsible for their share of damage as they forage for food and nesting materials, but their biggest concern is the health risk. They can induce allergies and asthma attacks and agitate other respiratory issues, especially in children, as well as spread diseases and illnesses. In medical studies German cockroaches are linked to at least 33 different strands of bacteria, six species of parasitic worms, and seven human pathogens. They pick up these contagions because of their nonchalance to traveling across sewerage, decaying matter, and other unhealthy environments where the spines on their legs and bodies pick up the germs and bacteria. As they carry these contaminants, they spread them out by traversing over food and the surfaces where food is prepared.

German Cockroach Pest Control & More in Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan NYC & Greater New York

To minimize the intrusions of German cockroaches, keeping the home well sealed with the right applications of weather stripping around the windows and doors, mesh coverings on ventilation and utility holes and the right caulk to repair the structure can help. Keep a clean home and ensure the food is secure and the trash bins have tight lids. In addition to your own efforts, call in the professionals Always Ready Pest Control can help with maintenance applications as well as beat any infestation you are currently dealing with. Contact us today!

One of the most common pest concerns for people is none other than a nasty, creepy, crawling cockroach! This is one pest that most people are disgusted by and never want to see anywhere near where they live or eat. The most common type of cockroach that you will come across is the American Cockroach! The name of the cockroach suggests that it is from the Americas where in fact they were thought to have originated from ships that were coming in from Africa. They are distinct in their looks setting them apart from other types of cockroaches. They are also a pest that will happily set up shop in your home, office or commercial space where the living conditions are perfect for their survival.

Always Ready Pest Control Offers Tips to Keep American Cockroaches Out of Your Home

What is an American Cockroach: The American cockroach is a problem in many areas around the United States and some areas are worse than others. New York has hot spots of these pesky creatures and they are found in every area of life. They are a cockroach that is red to brown in color which is much lighter than the Oriental Cockroach. The adult cockroaches are able to reach up to two inches in length which is quite large. They also have a set of wings which they can use to fly if they find it necessary. The cockroach is a pest that has the ability to bite but are very extremely unlikely to even attempt to. Their bite is not the concern but the bacteria that they carry around with them. They will spread the germs around your counters and other surfaces that can cause you to become sick when you get in contact with it.
Signs of American Cockroaches: If you are concerned that you have American cockroaches in your home there are some signs that you can look for. They will leave their droppings around the house in areas that they are using. These are small brown rounded droppings that can look similar to a mouse. They are also good at hiding but at some point they will come out and you will likely see them scurry by and under the counters and appliances. If you see their presence in any way you need to have your home treated as soon as possible.
How to Keep Roaches Out of Your House: The problem with cockroaches is that they are opportunistic. They want to look for a place to stay that they can live comfortably. They are on the hunt for a food source as well as a dark and usually damp place to live. Your home happens to have all the things that they need to survive. Be sure you keep these sources sealed up and taken out of reach of the cockroaches. They will be more likely to find an easy source than to take a much harder route

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

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With the crisp chill of autumn in the air, rodents, especially mice and rats will begin to seek out a nice warm place to overwinter. Unfortunately for home owners the possibility of an encounter increases as the temperatures drop. Finding a rodent in your home may cause you to shiver in horror but even more concerning is their ability to spread disease. In fact the majority of home owners are completely unaware that rats and mice are known to carry and spread more than 35 different diseases. Some of these diseases are spread to humans through direct contact while other can be spread through the handling of live or dead rodents. Other risks of infection include contact with rodent urine, feces, saliva and through rodent bites. Even more alarming is the fact that diseases can be spread indirectly through ticks, fleas, and mites that have fed on an infected rodent.

Health Problems Caused by Rodents

According to the National Pest Management Association as many as 21 million homes throughout the United States are affected by rodents every winter. Rodent droppings are known to trigger allergies as well as transmit illness including salmonella. Some of the most common diseases associated with rats and mice include: Hantavirus, rat bite fever, Salmonella, lyme disease, and bubonic plague. As many as 10 million individuals have died from diseases associated with rodents in the last century. Rodents make perfect vectors for harboring and rapidly spreading a wide range of diseases.

Modes of Transmission of Infectious Direct & Indirect Contact Diseases

Lyme Disease: Lyme disease is most commonly carried by deer mice and is transmitted to humans through the bite of a tick. Lyme disease is also known as most common tick-borne diseases in the United States and is prevalent in a number of areas across the nation. Symptoms of infection include: fever, headaches, skin lesions which resemble a bullseye and arthralgia (joint pain)
Salmonella (Food Poisoning): Salmonella causes intestinal distress which results in severe diarrhea. A rodent carries this disease directly and it is spread to humans when an individual is exposed to contaminated feces. The World Health Organization (WHO) has estimated that as much as 20% of our food is contaminated every year
Rat-Bite Fever: Rat-Bite fever is directly carried by rodents and is transmitted by bacteria within the mouth and through the bite or scratch of a mouse or rat. Symptoms of infection include a relapsing fever which may last the course of several months. Although rat-bite fever can be found across the globe, it is most often found in Asia
Hantavirus: Hantavirus is transmitted through direct contact with mice feces, urine, and other body fluids. Symptoms of infection include flu-like symptoms, severe respiratory illness, and in some cases renal failure. In 1994 an outbreak of Hantavirus resulted in over 50 deaths. To date, 7 strains of Hantavirus have been identified by the CDC.
Typhus: Typhus is transmitted through indirect contact with rodents through the bite of an infected rat flea. Symptoms of infection include fever, rash, headache and respiratory distress.
Plague: Plague is transmitted through the bite of an infected flea or via direct contact with an infected rodent. Symptoms include acute circulatory and respiratory failure.

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

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There are about 40,000 known species of spiders that inhabit the state of New York. However, there are a few most common species of spider that are more likely found in yards, parks, and human structures or domains. Always Ready Pest Control wants to share more about the spider species that found around New York homes and business and why you never want to be without proper pest control services.

New York Common Spiders Identifier

American House Spider – One of the most common spiders found in New York homes is the American House spider or also known as the cobweb spider. This spider will build their webs where prey is easily found or is active for easier meals. The American House spider will build messy webs in corners, doorways, and around furniture in our homes and near other human structures. They can also be found building their webs outside in between rocks and fences.
Sheet Web Weaver Spider – Considered to be one of the most plentiful spiders in the state of the New York are the sheet Web Weaver spider. This spider will build sheet like webs that resemble lace in tree tops or around vegetation. Mostly found outside, these pests will occasionally find their way into homes or other domains.
Funnel Web Spider – The Funnel Web spider is often found in garages, on fences, and throughout yards. They construct a flat web with a funnel going inwards where the spider will hide while it waits for its prey. The Funnel Web spider is most active at night and may be seen crawling around in search of a new place to build there new home.
Black and Yellow Garden Spider – One of the largest spiders found in New York is the Black and Yellow Garden spider. These spiders build the classic octagon shaped webs that can be seen from high on the tree tops or other vegetation, they even occasionally will spin their webs on deck and porches.
Wolf Spider – Wolf spiders are found all across America. They are solitary in nature and they don’t spin webs to catch prey. The are actually hunters that come out at night to hunt for spiders and other insects or whatever else it can eat. They live in borrows in the ground and are most often seen at night around homes and other human structures.
Crab Spider – Like the Wolf spider, Crab spiders are hunters, but they use vegetation to hide, blending in like a chameleon waiting for prey to pass by. They are more of a garden pest and are drawn by lush vegetation.
Cellar Spider – Cellar spiders love to build their messy webs in corners or edges of ceilings in homes or other buildings. You will often see them hanging upside down while they wait for their prey to get stuck in their webs. Cellar spiders often get mistaken for Daddy Longlegs and are commonly found inside homes.
Black Widow Spider – Another spider found living around homes and other human structures is the feared black widow spider. Known to be deadly to humans, these spiders only bite when they feel threatened and only come out at night. They spin their web near the ground or high on walls or other areas. During the day they will retreat into dark places near the web to hide and come out at night to feed.

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Some spider species can prove to be a year-round pest. To keep these creepy crawlies away from your home, yard, or business, contact Always Ready Pest Control for all your pest control needs!