Archives: December 2017

Manhattan, New York squeezes about 70,0000 people into one square mile. From outer space the tall buildings and busy streets may even look like a colony of ants hard at work. And if you were to zoom right on into the ground level, you would see actual ants hard at work. New York City is home to at least 42 species of ants, according to the Insect Conservation and Diversity journal. They also state that that number is likely low.

Pavement Ant Identification

Pavement ants are one of the most common urban ant species in America. They are small black-brown ants with legs that are lighter in color. They aren’t picky about what they’ll eat and will eat any thrown away food they can sink their mandibles into. They will fight for territory and will break into our homes searching for our food. Their colonies can be large and can be found year-round. Nests can be found around pavement-hello NYC! They will come into our homes through cracks and crevices and expansion joints in slabs. Inside our homes, they will nest in walls and under floors.

Pavement Ant Diet

Ants in the pavement of New York that are collected and then tested, show bodies that hold the molecular fingerprint of junk food. All animals, humans included, take in carbon from the food they eat. All animals, humans included, take in carbon from the food they eat. When this level is tested in ants it was associated with corn and sugar cane. Processed foods contain these ingredients for sweeteners and to enhance the flavor of food. This means that ants have adapted to the same diet as humans. Ants found in urban areas are found to have human food making up a large portion of their diet as they dine on our garbage. They actually prefer greasy foods. Many of which humans consume. Maybe another name for pavement ants should be junk food ants! This may be the answer as to how their populations have become so large in cities.

How to Prevent Pavement Ants

Pavement ants will become a nuisance when they invade our homes in large numbers, and while they can sting, they would rather get away from you than sting you. If you spot a trail of pavement ants, you can try ant baits and ant dust to control them. Outside you can look for colonies around foundation or large rocks. Inside you’ll probably find them near baseboards or carpet edges and under sinks. Slow-acting bait products are very effective. The ants are attracted to it, consume it and take it back to the nest where it will be shared with the queen and the rest of the colony. The ant dust can be applied to cracks and crevices or directly applied to ant mounds.

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

If your attempts to rid your home of these pests have all failed, then contact Always Ready Pest Control for help. We can ensure your home is ant free and we’ll make sure it stays that way! Give us a call today!

These two bugs look very similar and are confused with one another quite often. Even though they look alike they are different. Water bugs are often found in swimming pools and cockroaches are the ones you’ll find in your home.

Cockroach & Water Bug Identification

The world is home to over 4,000 cockroach species and each generally have an average lifespan of 2 to 4 years. Water bugs are a species of cockroaches and are also known as Oriental cockroaches or black beetles. They have mouthparts that are meant to pierce and suck. They are also called water bugs because they like to live in areas that are wet. They are oval-shaped with six legs and a set of antennae, which makes them closely resemble cockroaches. Cockroaches are predators and water bugs are not. Cockroaches look a little scary but aren’t aggressive and because water bugs are much larger, they are also more aggressive. Cockroaches are ½ an inch to 2 inches in size. They won’t bite unless they feel threatened and are very annoying to have around. Water bugs will bite, and these bites can be very painful.

What Do Cockroaches & Water Bugs Eat & Where Do They Live?

Cockroaches prefer to eat flakes of dry skin, baked goods, dead animals and food that has been fermented. Water bugs would rather hunt for food like small insects and small fish. They will also eat decaying matter which means they can be found in dumpsters, just like cockroaches. Water bugs will use their mouths to suck fluids out of their prey and will also inject digestive juices into their prey and then extract tissue that has liquefied.
Cockroaches would rather stay indoors and will hide in kitchens and bathrooms and any area that is warm because they hate to be cold. They can also be found in your basement and other areas of your home that aren’t used a lot or in cracks on your walls or floors. Water bugs love the water and will spend most of their time in it. They can swim, but can’t breathe underwater. They will also look for areas that are dark and moist to breed. If you find them indoors, they will hide around leaky pipes and faucets that are broken. While cockroaches hate environments that are hot and humid, water bugs love it.

Cockroach & Water Bug Prevention

Even though they are different insects, cockroaches and water bug populations can be reduced by cleaning your home. But unfortunately, this won’t solve the problem if the cockroaches are nesting in the walls and other hidden areas of your home such as behind appliances.

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

It doesn’t really matter if it’s a water bug or a cockroach you’ve found in your home. You don’t want ether one running around as they are both capable of posing serious health risks. They need to be taken care of right away. Contact Always Ready Pest Control to solve any pest problems!

Ants are notoriously known for infiltrating our lawns, gardens, landscaping as well as our homes and businesses. Considering they have been on earth longer than man, they have their annoying habits nailed down to a science. More often than not, they have moved inside when food outside is scarce and are in need to forage. In some instances, ants will invade homes to escape extreme weather conditions as well. No matter the reasons, ants are fairly destructive in the food they contaminate and their other habits, as well as having the ability to deliver painful pinches in defense of their home and queen. There are six most commonly seen species of ants in New York and among them are the carpenter ants. With that in mind we at Always Ready Pest Control would like to relate some basic information concerning carpenter ants.

Identification of Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants are one of the most formidable ants. They are one of the biggest ants in the United States; averaging ¾” in length. Generally, carpenter ants are black, but some can have a yellowish or reddish coloring to them. Though they are often mistaken for termites with similar characteristics and habits, carpenter ants do not eat the wood, but only construct their nests in them as they excavate the wood’s interior to create the galleries, or tunnels. Carpenter ants prefer dead, soft wood; tunneling their way through preferred resources such as trees, stumps, buried stumps, and building materials used to construct homes and businesses. Instead of eating wood like termites, their diet consists of fruit, pollen, seeds, nectar, and insects.

Carpenter Ant Bites

As mentioned earlier, ants will bite when they feel their home or queen is threatened, and since carpenter ants have a larger stature, their bites can be quite painful. Not only is the initial bite painful, but if carpenter ants have the opportunity to spray a natural formic acid chemical they produce to enhance the pain, they will do so. When dealing with predators or prey, this weapon is quite valuable.

Signs of Carpenter Ant Infestations

There are some red flags you might see if your home is invaded by carpenter ants; below you will find some of the most common warning signs.
1) Tapping on wood materials found in a building that sounds hollow is an indicator.
2) Knife can very easily penetrate the surface of the wood carpenter ants have created the tunnels inside of.
3) Reproducing carpenter ants, or swarmers, will leave piles of shed discarded wings lying around near window sills, baseboards and vents when they have found a new area to buildup a colony.
4) A faint and subtle sound of rustling movement within in the walls can be heard from the carpenter ants activities.
5) Wood found with wide and abnormal galleries inside the wood will leave the surface looking smooth, almost as if it has been sanded down, and it will be free from dirt, mud, and debris.
6) Trails of sawdust are left behind after carpenter ants bore the holes in the wood they infest.

Carpenter Ant Inspections, Control, Removal & More in Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan NYC & Greater New York

If you suspect carpenter ants, it is crucial that you call in the professionals of Always Ready Pest Control for removal because though they do not consume wood like termites, they still cause nearly as much damage, weakening the structure and costing homeowners and business owners a substantial cost in repairs.

The time is now to start your decorating for the holiday season. The decorations are a way to make your home feel festive and ready to celebrate. It is also a fun way to spruce up the space for your holiday dinner or party. There have been studies that show that someone that decorates for the holidays are happier. The problem is that when you are getting ready to bring in the decorations pests often follow. There is an influx in pests during the holidays for a few reasons. One is that the weather outside is not suitable for pests to live. They need to find a warm place to stay. The other is that pests could be hitching a ride with your holiday décor. Whatever the reason it is always a good idea to use caution and do what you can to prevent pests from getting in.

Always Ready Pest Control Lists Ways You Can Stop Bringing Pests in With Holiday Decorations

Pests from Decorations Stored in Attic, Garage & Basement: When you are ready to have your home all spruced up for the holiday you head out to grab your stuff. The boxes that you have your items in are probably housed in the garage, basement and attic space. These happen to the perfect place for pests to hang out. You can find anything from spiders to crickets in these areas. When you are looking at bringing them in just think about how long they have been sitting there. They were taken out of the house at the end of last season and there they sat for almost a year! That is a lot of time for a spider to lay her eggs or other pests to nest and use the space to overwinter in. This is why it is important to know what to do when bringing in your decorations.
Air Out the Boxes for Pests: The stuff that you have year after year that has been placed in the garage needs some time to air out. Give yourself from time and space to air out the items before you bring them in the house. Take them out to the patio or yard and pull out what you can. Then let them sit out there to allow any pests that might be living in there time to disperse. The pests that were looking for a place to stay might decide that out in the open cool air is a bad idea. Then before you bring them in take a minute to look them over and inspect for signs of pests as well as pests themselves.
Get Rid of Bugs & Aphids Before Bringing Christmas Tree in: One mistake that is often made when dealing with a tree is that people either cut down their own or buy a fresh cut tree from a lot. The tree can be housing pests so it is best to bring it home and allow it time to sit out in front of the house for a few hours.

Pest Management Services in Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan NYC & Greater New York

Always Ready Pest Control offers expert pest control services to take care of pests during the holidays and other times of the year. Contact us today!

With winter fast approaching, you can expect a houseful of unwanted guests. The pests do not follow suit and lay dormant in the cold like other pests, but will intrude in search of food, water and a warm place to nest. Many of these pests can be denied entry with simple home improvement maintenance such as repairing any cracks and holes, keep animal-proof lids on the trash cans, place mesh coverings on chimneys, vents, and other utility lines, and de-cluttering. Even with maintenance, some of these pests can still manage to get inside, and we at Always Ready Pest Control would like to take an opportunity to discuss them.

Winter Pest Problems

2) Rats: Black rats and Norway rats are the dominant rat species in New York and the reign of destruction is limitless. Rats have been known to tear through plastic and even lead piping to get water. These rodents intrude into homes during the winter when food is scarce and to escape bitter cold. Rats can easily spread disease such as jaundice, rat-bite fever, and cowpox virus by contaminating food and surfaces.
3) House Mice: Though there are a few mice species likely to come into a New York home, the house mice are the most common. As the winters grow colder, the harsh temperatures and the lack of food often drive them indoors. As they only need a dime size hole to squeeze through, the house mouse will begin scouting your home looking for nesting materials and food. The destruction they do on home and personal property is costly and the diseases and bacteria they spread through fecal matter and urine is hazardous.
4) Cockroaches: The world is riddled with grotesque cockroaches and New York has its fair share. The most common is the German cockroach in the area. Like most winter pests, they are coming inside homes and businesses looking for food, water, and better climate conditions. Being nocturnal, they generally are out of sight during the day and forage at night. They not only squeeze in cracks and up sewer lines but they can be brought in on delivery boxes, grocery bags, and secondhand merchandise. Cockroaches not only cause their share of damage but they will induce allergy symptoms and asthma attacks as well as spread pathogens and bacteria by contaminating surfaces and food.
5) Brown Recluse Spiders: Spiders are fairly commonly seen during the winter months, but brown recluse spiders are among the most dangerous and have a tendency to reside in undisturbed areas like ceiling corners, and in window moldings, boxes, as well as seldom-used clothing and shoes. In isolated areas like closets, crawl spaces, basements, and attics is where they spin their webs. Not typically aggressive, these spiders will bite when they are feeling threatened and when they do, venom is released causing severe symptoms and in rare cases, it can be fatal. If you believe you have been bit by a brown recluse spider it is important you seek medical attention.

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

If you see any evidence or the pests looking for refuge in your New York home or business this winter, call in the professionals of Always Ready Pest Control.