Archives: March 2018

Apartment living is very attractive to many Americans because it allows the ability to work, live and play without having to go too far. But living so close to others can mean unwanted guests. Frequent pests that invade apartments include mice, rats, roaches, ants, silverfish, bed bugs and spiders to name a few. Tenants don’t want pests in their apartment and many tenants believe that the landlord is responsible for pest control. They need to realize that they play big part in attracting pests, so they need to do all they can to prevent an infestation.

Apartment Pest Prevention & Control Tips

Sanitation is very important when it comes to getting rid of pests and keeping them away. Pests need three things to survive; food, water and shelter. If you can eliminate these, you can prevent most pest problems and it’s easier to spot an infestation early when good sanitation practices are followed.
• Keep the kitchen as clean as possible. Don’t let dirty dishes pile up, clean up food crumbs by wiping the counters down and wipe down the sink before bed to eliminate moisture. Sweep the floor to remove crumbs, mop to clean spilled liquid and take trash out nightly.
• Store food in airtight containers, preferably heavy plastic or glass. This includes pet food too. Keep fruits and vegetables in the fridge.
• Remove clutter. A messy apartment makes it easier for pests to live. Throw cardboard boxes away and place paperwork in plastic containers. Don’t store items under beds unless they’re in storage containers. Any unused items are a perfect hiding and breeding places for pests, so get rid of them.
• Control moisture issues. Pests will use any water source to sustain themselves. So, fix leaky faucets and check for pipes that are collecting condensation. Fix leaky pipes and check the seals around windows and doors.

Apartment Complex Pest Control Tips

If you already have pests then support from the managemens makes pest control easier and more effective. You will also need the help of your fellow tenants. The management needs to know what you’re doing to control pests, so they don’t over treat your unit.
• Youll need to inspect your whole apartment for areas that pests used to get in. Look for gaps holes and cracks close to appliances, around cabinets and around utility cables. Other areas to look at are around the door, under frames and under the baseboards. Also look for gnawed holes, feces or urine.
• Figure out what you’re dealing with. It’s an important step to determine the best course of action as there are different treatments for different pests. You’ll be able to make a visual identification of the pest or the damage left behind. Always call the professionals if you can’t figure out what you’re dealing with.
• Seal off any entry points to prevent future infestations by using copper mesh, foam, caulk, hardware cloth or sheet metal.

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

Even if you’ve taken all the preventative steps you can, you may still have a pest problem in your apartment because you share walls with other tenants. Building managers can trust the professionals at Always Ready Pest Control to get rid of any infestation. Contact us today.

When you have a problem with pests it is best to call out a professional. The problems that you might come in contact with when you treat for pests on your own can be damaging to your home and health. One of the pests that people think they should take care of on their own are mice. They are classified as a rodent for several reasons. One sign of a rodent is that their teeth never stop growing! They are a pest that will get comfortable in your house and start to nest and reproduce. When this occurs you may end up with an infestation that will be difficult to treat. When people choose to treat for mice on their own with traps they end up with a bigger hassle then they first expected.

Always Ready Pest Control Explains What Can Happen When You Do Your Own Mouse Control

Avoid Mouse Trap Finger Injury: The most common type of way to treat for mice as a homeowner happens to be setting snap traps. This is a way to treat for rodents that might be in your home but they take some skill to use. One of the most common problems that you will come across when you use these types of traps is that you could cause an injury. The trap is set with a spring that with a small amount of pressure will cause the trap to spring. If you are not careful setting these traps they could go off and snap onto your finger. They have been to break skin and even a bone. The other problem that you might come across is if your trap is in an area that a pet can get close to. They might get their foot or tail caught which can be dangerous. If you choose to use poison to bait the mice it can get in the hands of a child or pet which is also very dangerous.
You May Not Catch a Mouse in the Trap: When you are using a trap and setting it you are expecting to catch a mouse. The trap is a great idea but you might have them in places that some of the mice won’t ever see it. That means that as your traps are sitting there a nest of mice could be getting larger. The traps will only get to the mice that happen across the trap you have set. That means you are only treating some of the infestation.
Where to Place Mouse Traps Around Your Home: Lastly you have to know where to place the trap. The problem is that unless you have the knowledge about the activities of mice it can be hard to know where to place the traps. When you place the trap it will need to be in a spot that the mice use as a thoroughfare. This is something that a professional knows about. They can set the traps in the correct area to be as efficient as possible.

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

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New York is home to many different species of cockroach. One in particular is the Oriental Cockroach, or as some may call it, the water bug. This species of cockroach has the nasty habit of using sewers or drainage lines to crawl into people’s homes. Always Ready Pest Control will share a bit more about the Oriental cockroach and how you can protect your home or business from these nasty critters.

Oriental Cockroach Identification

The Oriental cockroach can reach up two inches in length, with the females being larger than the males. Males only get to half the size of the female which is around one inch in length. Males also come equipped with wings that only cover half of their abdomen. However, both males and females share the same greasy black skin. The nymphs may look reddish orange until they darken to a deep brown or black color. Most nymphs will be half reddish or orange while the bottom half is brown or black.

Oriental Cockroach Infestations

Oriental cockroaches like damp, somewhat wet environments which is why they are often referred to as a water bug. You can often find oriental cockroaches in sewer drains which they use to travel around and climb into homes. Oriental cockroaches require staying moist. However in rainy or cold weather, they will look for warm places to hide out the unfavorable weather. It is during poor weather conditions when oriental cockroaches invade homes. Oriental cockroaches will feed on decaying plants and anything in sight that is high in starch. This can include wallpaper, paper, cardboard items, and glues.

Oriental Cockroach Prevention

To prevent oriental cockroaches, start with exclusion. This means keeping cockroaches out of your home. Start with the drains in your residence since oriental cockroaches often use drains to gain access to a home. Use drain covers to help keep them out. Next is to maintain your home and yard’s plumbing. Oriental cockroaches need to stay in moist areas and are often found around leaky pipes and plumbing. By removing this essential need, most of your oriental cockroach problems are over. Next, clean around your home and yard. Reduce the amount of clutter and debris around and inside your home. Clutter and debris is the prefect safe harbor for pests, including cockroaches. You’ll want to seal all the doorways, windows, and cracks that are found around the home. Inspect window screens and weather stripping around windows and doors. Make sure they are secure and keeping pests out. Next, around the cockroach hot spots, place cockroach baits to help kill and slow down the reproductive system of cockroaches. Maintain a clean home by not having food, crumbs or having dirty dishes in the sink for too long. Another beneficial method to preventing a cockroach infestation is to use a professional pest control service.

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

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I’m going to touch on a subject that shakes me to the bone. Unfortunately, the things that make us uncomfortable in our daily lives are just a reality one must face. Deer Mice are one of those realities, anyone who lives here knows they can be a real bother. They make their nesting grounds in our walls and furnishings, they wreak havoc on electrical wires which can cause a fire hazard and they leave their droppings behind contaminating every surface they come in contact with. If you’ve ever been unfortunate enough to have mice as neighbors, then you have my sympathies! They are the most unwelcomed guest one can have. Deer mice are two toned and have white abdominal areas with darker coloring on their backs, the shade of which can vary from a light to a darker brown. They are far more efficient at running and jumping than their cousin the house mouse, which in part is how they became known as “Deer Mice”. Typically growing to be about 5-8 inches in length, you can usually spot these rodents at night because they prefer working under the cover of darkness.

Hantavirus Symptoms

Deer mice carry a disease known as Hantavirus. Hantavirus was named after the Hantan river in South Korea back in the 70’s where the virus was first discovered. Hantavirus causes Hantavirus Hemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome (HFRS) and Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) which is a severe and sometimes fatal respiratory disease. Symptoms of this disease mimic flu-like ailments such as nausea, sharp stomach pains, fatigue, fever, muscle aches and shortness of breath. After the disease begins to take its course in our system, it will make the lungs to fill with fluid which causes the shortness of breath along with chest pains. Though rare, with only about 700 cases being reported since 1993, this is a serious disease and the CDC report that it carries about a 36% fatality rate. HPD was first discovered in the Four Corners region of the southwestern U.S. by Dr. Bruce Tempest and was originally called the “Four Corners Disease”. Who would have thought something so small could cause so much pain?!

How is Hantavirus Transmitted?

Hantavirus is a viral disease. When there is an infestation of these rodents where we live or work, they scurry about leaving feces, urine and saliva where we eat, sleep or play. It is a possibility that we then can stir up these bodily fluids by walking about or preforming seemingly normal daily activities and unknowingly breathe in these intoxicants which can in turn make us very ill. Mice have a keen sense of smell making our homes the perfect place for them to set up shop. And did I mention how fast they multiply?! One can turn into many in the blink of an eye, mice are only pregnant for 21 days and can have up to 15 babies at one time!!!

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

Prevention is always the safest route when it comes to rodents. Nipping it in the bud before you ever see a mouse is the smartest route to go but if you have even the slightest notion that you may have a mouse or two living nearby, I highly recommend that you call the professionals at Always Ready Pest Control as quickly as possible to get a handle on the situation before it gets out of control. They have over a decade of experience and know just where to look to find their nests and eradicate them. With a variety of unique extermination techniques these guys will do the dirty work for you!

Looking for a new house is a fun experience. You get to go around a neighborhood that you choose and look through homes that are available. You most likely will use a plan when looking for a home that includes some musts. This can easily be how many rooms there are in the house, the size of the lot and if the layout is open downstairs. These are all things that are on a usual list and when you find the right one it can be exciting. Although this may seem like the perfect plan you need to be cautious about other aspects of the house as well. If you move in a home and there is a problem with pests it might cause trouble for you. One problem is that you are then left to have the home rid of the infestation and you may also have pests that cause damage to your new home. This is why you want to add checking for pests when you are out looking for the perfect home.

Always Ready Pest Control Lists a Checklist for Pests When Looking For a New Home

Are There Live Bugs or Pests in the House?: The first thing you can do when you are looking at a new house is to check for live pests. This seems to be the easiest start because if there are live pests around the house you most likely have a problem. When you are looking for a home often times the house is empty. That means that no one is living in the space and that there is usually not any furniture to worry about. That is why you might see pests hanging around the house when they normally would be hiding away. The nice quiet environment is great for them to get around the house without being scared off by the noise of people living there. You want to be sure to scan the outer walls of the house when you walk through to see if there are pests scurrying around. If there are pests you may have a problem that will need to be treated before you move in.
Dead Roaches & Pests: You might think that when you walk through the house and you don’t see pests running around that you are okay. This is not true. Sometimes the seller of the house will notice the problem and then have the home treated one time. This will then give you your second sign to look for. The treatment will work and will kill some of the pests that happen to be running around the house. That is why you will often see dead pests sitting on window seals and along the walls. If you do, you want to make sure that you investigate further before you move in the house.
Pest Droppings & Nesting Materials: Pest dropping as well as nesting materials are other signs to look for. A pest control company will be able to identify what pest made the droppings as well as which pests likely gathered the nesting material together to help you deal with any potential pest problems.
Does The House Smell of a Musty Odor?: When you walk into a home to look at it to potentially purchase you might notice a musty odor. The odor is often left when the home has an infestation of rodents. The rodents will leave feces and urine all over the home and this leads to the musty odor. If there is an unpleasant odor be sure to have a pest inspection.

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

Always Ready Pest Control offers expert pest control services. We specialize in rodents but can handle all different kind of pests that have infested your home. Contact us today!