Archives: January 2018

When it comes to pests no one wants to allow them in the house. They are a nuisance that can invade your home and cause damage in a short amount of time. They are something that will not just go away on their own. A nice home that has shelter and food is the perfect place to make a nest and stay for a long while. That is why they won’t just choose to head outdoors unless they are pushed out. They are happy to stay in the house hiding in the walls and under cabinets and appliances. There are even some pests that won’t hide at all and can be seen traversing across your kitchen counter or flying around your living space. You want to be sure that you know what pests you are dealing with and what you need to do to have them treated. The problem is that once you start to see pests crawling around your home the problem is much larger then you thought. The treatment to deal with an infestation that has gotten out of control is harder than if you were to have your home treated on a regular basis. That is why treatment is paramount and should be taken seriously.

Always Ready Pest Control Outlines What Would Constitute an Emergency Pest Infestation

Are You Seeing Roaches, Bugs & Other Pests?: The interesting thing about pest in your home is that you are not seeing the majority of what is there. The pests that you do see are usually the bolder ones or the ones that are being run out from overcrowding. The large majority of the pests are likely to be hidden in the home and if they happen to hear or see any noise will run and hide. If you are seeing pests running around your home or coming out in the light of day you have a problem. This is a good time to call out a pest control company that has the ability to treat your home right away. The emergency is that the invasion or infestation has gotten so out of control that you need to start the treatment immediately. Waiting even another day is too long. It is hard to get a good night sleep knowing that there are pests roaming around the house.
How Long Can You Wait to Treat a Pest Infestation?: If you have certain types of pests in your home that are known for causing damage you need to have them treated right away. There are many pests that will get in your house and chew through wires and other materials to make a nest. They also can damage wood and other items such as the couch and mattresses if you allow them to take over. If you look at the infestation and you have pests that are damaging your home you have an emergency. They could have been damaging your home without your knowledge so as soon as you know there is a problem you need to call out a professional as soon as possible.

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

Always Ready Pest Control offers emergency pest control services. Contact us to schedule a pest inspection and custom treatment plan today.

When you think about ants most people go to those hot summer days and spring time picnics. Of course this is the time of year that ants are most prevalent but they don’t go away in the winter. The ground that ants tend to live can go deep in the soil and that means that they are not as cold as the top layer. They are often able to stay in the dirt and continue to live. The problems that most homeowners have is when ants are in need of food or other shelter. They have been known to get in your home, even in the dead of winter. They leave their colonies and come in our homes the same way they would during the summer. All of those small open gaps are most likely still there and that makes the entrance easy for them. Ants are like other pests that you assume are gone in the winter but they are still there and can still cause problems in your home. If you want to keep them out of your residence you can follow the following helpful tips on keeping your home free from ants even in the cold winter months.

Always Ready Pest Control Outlines Steps to Keep Ants Out Of Your Home this Winter

Food Attracts Ants Fast: If you think about it ants are a pest that work during the warm months to prepare for the cold. They often collect each and every day so that they are able to stay in the ground with their colony during the cold weather. Well just like us they sometimes don’t plan well enough and could be low on food. This means the ants have to come out of their warm home in search of more food. Now that people are staying indoors more of the ants have to make their way in your house to get something to eat. Be sure that you never leave food unsealed on your counters and tables. That also means those cookies for Santa laying uncovered next to the tree. You want to seal all food up and put it away so that it is not a draw for ants and other pests.
Store Dog & Cat Pet Food: Ants are not picky about what they eat either. They are happy to get a hold of any food that we leave laying around including crumbs. People food is not the only food they are known to invade but pet food too! Pet food is something that many people place out at the beginning of each day and just leave there until the next day. That is a perfect meal for a line of ants to start collecting from. If you feed pets indoors you want to pick it up after some time or at least at the end of the day. If you feed outdoors you still want to pick up so that the ants are not enticed to come close to your home.

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

If you are concerned about any type of pest in the winter it is a great idea to have your home treated by a pest control professional. Always Ready Pest Control offers pest control services for invading ants and other pests. Contact us for an appointment today.

Rodents are destructive disease carrying critters that engender a very negative response in the human psych. Interesting because so many of us find small fur bearing creatures to be cute and cuddly. But not mice and rats. Rats and mice are invasive species that chew through walls and contaminate foods. They leave trails of droppings and carry diseases that have compromised entire countries that have experienced disease related deaths of fifty percent or more of their populations. Think the Plague, Black Death, etc. Being preyed upon by any carnivore as big or bigger, has lead to the survival strategy of proliferation. Rats have a lot of babies. They defecate in drawers and counter tops. They pollute our food and environment. Their chisel heads chew through walls to find nests. What are we to do?

Diseases Caused by Rats & Their Droppings

Fleas and viruses are what are carried by rats and mice. The Bubonic Plague used the fleas on rats as a vector to infect humans. Hantavirus leads to Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome and some other transmittable diseases are Leptospirosis, Rat-Bite Fever, Salmonellosis are directly transmitted by these rodents. Secondary exposure like the Bubonic Plague through fleas carried by rats and mice, as do Colorado Tick Fever and Cutaneous Leishmaniasis in parasitic organism.

Can Rats Damage Your House?

Rats and mice can be dangerous and cause structural damage. What to do? We need to protect ourselves and our loved ones. Roof rats, Norway rats and mice are our primary adversaries when it comes to domicile inhabitation. Norway rats are the big ones. Rats range farther than mice. Rats are suspicious of anything new in their environment, but mice have a high curiosity factor. Rodents have been shown to chew through wood, aluminum siding cinder block and glass. They like to travel with something stationary on at least one side, therefore feces trails tend to follow walls.

How to Prevent Rats in Your Home

First of all, clean up. These rodents need nesting materials and food. Being exothermic (warm blooded) rodents suffer from a negative surface area to volume ratio. Double the volume of a life form you quadruple the surface area. Rats and mice have a high metabolic rate to compensate for their low volume to surface area ratio. Otherwise they lose heat rapidly and their metabolic rate must be high for their relatively small volume to surface area. This increases the need for food, and that means more foraging. They are equipped with large incisors, the chisel looking front teeth that allow them to defeat packaging. And they love cat and dog food that is left open to theft.

DIY Rat Control Methods

Baiting and trapping are the most effective means for rodent control. A general cleanup will remove nesting materials and harborage (nesting) sites. Removing clutter also aids in insect control. Traps range from the traditional spring trap, glue traps to humane capture and electrical traps that electrocute their pray. The problem with bait is that you have to know where to place so rats will find it but pets and children can not get to it. Placed in the wrong areas outside it can have unintended affects on desirable wild life too.

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

Seeing even just one rat of encountering rodent droppings or teared packaging indicates a rodent infestation which requires calling in the professionals. To purchase enough traps and know where and how many it needs is beyond the average homeowners personal knowledge, attention and involvement to rodent elimination. Many of us have pest control who can take over. Professional pest control technicians know their “enemy” habits and reproductive traits. Always Ready Pest Control knows what does and doesn’t work and we have access to superior products not available to the public. Contact us for all your rodent and pest control needs.

Rodents are a common problem in the United States and in much of the world. As these little critters scurry about your home or business, they have the potential, and more often than not do, cause an obscene amount of damage to the structure and utility lines as well as personal property. Not only can rodents destroy but they contaminate surfaces and food with the germs, diseases, and bacteria that cause ailments. With qualms doing their business wherever they happen to be either, their bodily waste is equally infectious. Though New York is now stranger to the variety of rodents, today we at Always Ready Pest Control would like to relate some information concerning the House Mouse.

House Mouse Identification

House mice are a variety of colors; gray, black, or brown and their bellies are white or lighter colored. These mice, despite their name, do prefer living in the outdoors and generally only sneak inside when food and water is scarce or to escape unfavorable weather conditions or to escape predators. House mice will eat nearly anything they can find but are more partial to nuts and seeds. These little nocturnal critters keep busy at night but can still be busy during the day. If you don’t take care of a house mouse infestation as soon as possible the infestation can be overwhelming with their fast reproduction rate.

Signs of Mice; Droppings & More

There are several red flags that prominently point to house mouse infestations and they are as follows”
1) Packaged food contaminated by mice. Packaged food is destroyed and crumbs are found around the hole. Because they are fully capable of gnawing through paper, cardboard, and flimsy plastic, getting to the food and contaminating it is simple with the use of their sharp teeth and claws. The package will distinctly show teeth marks, and the crumbs are everywhere. Keep food in a pest proof container with secure tops.
2) Mice darting behavior. Travel patterns when coming out of their hiding place, are usually established with specific and predictability. House mice will generally hug the walls for more protection as they traverse through the building. They have incredible speed on their side, and your peripherals may catch glimpses. Some people brush off the notion, but if you think you draw a mouse, chances are you did.
3) Mouse squeaks & noises. Scratching along with the pitter-patter of their footsteps can be heard through the walls as house mice set up their nesting ground. You may also possibly hear them just above the ceilings as the walls aren’t their only stomping grounds.
4) Mice poop & droppings. House mice have no problem dropping their business where ever they happen to be, as we already mentioned. Around the areas where they traverse, forage for food, or look to pilfer nesting material, you will likely find their fecal and urine spots. Their waste is a visible indication of their presence.
5) Mouse nests. Construction of their nests is essential for giving breath. Debris or peculiar insulation that looks kicked away from areas is the likely nesting area.

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

If you suspect mice are invading your New York home, call in the experts of Always Ready Pest Control and our experts get clear them out!