Archives: April 2018

Bed bugs are often associated with infesting filthy houses and the mere idea of having them implies that your house is among the bio-hazards, but that is not the case at all. Using warm-blooded hosts to pilfer their blood with their criminal intentions, bed bugs prefer human blood and are often brought inside by the occupants of the home. These pests are very transient and easily adaptable into new environments. More often than not, bed bugs are discovered infesting public places; most commonly found in lodging establishments, public transportation such as trains, planes, taxis, in addition to medical facilities and theaters. They will slip into luggage and other resources in attempt to find refuge and be inadvertently carried to your home. Once bed bugs are in your home, they often go unnoticed being nocturnal until their numbers are high enough to be obvious. But we at Always Ready Pest Control would like to share the red flags they are in your home and some bed bug basics.

Bed Bug Identification; What Do Bed Bugs Look Like?

With flat oval-shaped bodies that are grayish-brown and average ¼” in long, bed bugs after feeding appear more of reddish color and engorged. They tend to stick to hiding around the bed during the day, especially when there are few of them, but have a tendency to spread out as they multiply. In an effort to avoid a major infestation we have provided a few red flags that suggests there are bed bugs invading your home.

Signs of Bed Bugs

1) Bed Bug Bite Marks. The initial bite is painless but the marks left behind are red blotchy marks that remain level with the skin. Depending on the individual’s skin sensitivity, the bites can itch mildly or moderately. Few may scratch excessively in an attempt to find relief from the itching only for the bite to become infected. Not only can the bite mark itch, but there are some folks that can have varying degrees of an allergic reaction stemmed from the fluid that keeps the blood from coagulating. Bed bugs are not linked to spreading any diseases, viruses or other such ailments. Another distinction of the bite marks look more like they are in a line on skin that is exposed. However, the bite marks found around the ankles are more likely fleas or chiggers.
2) Sleepless Nights. Restless nights from the itchy bites from previous feedings or occasionally feeling them crawl around often felt by those who host bed bug feedings.
3) Heavy Odors. The smell of a wet towel that has sat a day or so or an old locker room is often the description people smell when the bed bugs release their musky smelling pheromones. The more bed bugs that are present, the more concentrated the smell will be.
2) Blood Stains & Bed Bug Fecal Matter. Found staining the sheets are speckled blood spots from the tiny punctures from their bites. A rusty color red substance that is miniature sized pellets of fecal matter found in or around the bed. Bed bugs shed their skin with each life cycle. Their oval exoskeletons molten skin is brown and it is found in the bed or in surrounding areas as well.

Bed Bug Inspections, Control, Removal & More in Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan NYC & Greater New York

If you suspect bed bugs are infesting your home, call in the experts of Always Ready Pest Control and let our specialist inspect your home for bed bugs and if any are found we can present optimal solutions to ensure they are completely removed. Contact us today.

There are several species of ants common to the New York area. Where most are familiar with ants pilfering crumbs, stinging pinches when they are in defense mode, and seeing them march to and from their nests, ants have common habits and characteristics as well as separate distinct differences. Today, we at Always Ready Pest Control would like to specifically talk about Citronella Ants.

Citronella Ant Identification

Only 5/32” in length, worker citronella ants are yellow where the queens can reach up to 5/16” long. The citronella ant is so named because the workers have a strong lemon-like smell when crushed. These ants don’t typically build nests or breed inside homes or other buildings. However, citronella ants will occasionally wander in if a door or window is left open and swarm inside from soil that houses their colony. Occasionally, a swarm of citronella ants from a colony that was living in the ground underneath the basement slab floor might break their way into a basement where homeowners discover these ants. The swarmers are reproducers that leave developed colonies to begin cresting new ones; they have wings and they may inadvertently come inside when the look for a location to start a new colony. They are commonly found in yards or near foundations building up their colonies.

Are Citronella Ants Harmful?

Because of their similar appearance to termites, citronella ants are more or a less a nuisance at best as they do not sting or cause any damage to the structure. They typically nest under logs and landscape timbers as well nearby foundations, under slabs, porches and inside crawl spaces. Since they push the soil is pushed through the cracks as they carve their galleries, some homeowners mistake their activities for termites. In some instances, these ants will nest in wood that has been damaged previously from fungus or termites due to their need for high moisture environments.

Citronella Ant Prevention

Citronella ants’ diet consists mostly of honeydew, which is why their activities are often unnoticed. You can discourage citronella ants by removing their potential nesting sites. The firewood should be stacked as far from the home as possible and stored above the ground. Try keeping the areas dry, doors and windows closed with weather stripping in place. If you want the door or windows open be sure you have screens installed that are in optimal condition. The problem with seeing citronella ants actually indicates you have a moisture problem. Because they need such high-moisture content, you need to find the source and address the issue first. Tending to the ants follows and with the help of a professional, the ants found both inside and outside near your home can be easily done.

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If you have a problem with citronella Ants, or any other kind of ants invading your home, Always Ready Pest Control is there to help you. Our experts have the training and experience along with the proven products to ensure your ant infestations are completely dispersed from your home or business quickly and efficiently; call us today to get started!

When there are pests that are in your home you may not even know. There are many pests that get in your home through different avenues and most of the time they hide. They get in cracks and other crevices that are perfect for them to nest and stay hidden. They can start to make their nest and living space in these small areas and you may not even see them. They often come out of hiding at night when the house is quiet and there is no fear that a shoe will smash down on them. When they come out you are most likely asleep which means they are able to reproduce and continue to invade your home until you find some sign they exist. This is not the same for all types of pests and one of them happens to be flies. They are a pest that really make their name make sense. They fly around your home and have no care that you are there and what you are doing. They will land on your food, clothes and on yourself whenever they feel like it. Flies have to be waved off if they get on something you don’t want them to be on.

Always Ready Pest Control Explains How to Get Rid of Pesky House Flies

Lots of Flies in House Suddenly?: There are several types of flies that are commonly found in households. Most of them need to have warm weather to start their journey into becoming a fly. Although there are some that can come out any time of the year within the confines of your heated home, one type of fly that you need to be aware of is the common house fly. It has the name for good reason. They are the most common type of fly that you can see flying around your home. They are usually grey in color and are often found breading in garbage and other rotting material. The other fly that is common to find in a home is the fruit fly. This is a tiny fly that is a real nuisance to most people due to their very small size. They are found in small swarms usually around your trash or your organic compounds.
How to Deal with a House Fly Infestation: If you are concerned about flies in your home you need to decide on what you can do to keep them out. Being able to prevent the flies in the first place will be more beneficial than trying to get them out after they invade. The first thing you need to do is to remove any items that are attracting flies. Be sure that the trash it taken out of the house regularly and not left to fester in the house. You also want to make sure you remove over ripe fruit and vegetables from your home as well.

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

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There are many similar pests. With so many skittering around the earth, there is bound to be confusion between some. Cockroaches are usually unmistakable. Their distinctive characteristics often are enough to discern a cockroach in your home. However, cockroaches are frequently labeled a waterbug. Today we at Always Ready Pest Control would like discuss cockroaches versus waterbugs.

Waterbugs in House?

Let’s take a closer look at waterbugs for starters. The true water bug is an aquatic insect classified under the order Hemiptera, though many people refer to various cockroach species as waterbugs. Additionally, what some may not realize is that water boatmen and water scorpions are true bugs that live in water. To move through water, their legs are used as paddles. Waterbugs are members of the Gerridae family, they include water striders, pond skaters and water spiders. These insects make use of surface tension to stay afloat instead of using their legs as paddles however.

Oriental Cockroach Facts

Oriental cockroaches are one of most common examples of an insect that is referred to as a waterbug. The Oriental cockroach is native to Africa, contrary to the name. These bugs are shiny and either black or brown in color. Oriental cockroach nymphs are smaller and the adult males are considerably smaller than the adult females. They are unable to fly though they have full size wings. Oriental cockroaches can be found outside in trash cans and sewers when the weather is warm, as they are attracted to warm dark places. They will migrate to seek out warmth during the colder seasons. They are frequently found in basements and other damp areas at or below ground level. With adults emerging in warm seasons, Oriental cockroaches have seasonal development cycles. The oriental cockroach can eat many foods it happens upon. It is especially fond of starchy foods and decaying plant and animal matter, like most other cockroaches. They particularly favor of starchy foods and decaying plant and animal matter. Oriental cockroaches can survive up to one month without food if they are able to have enough water, but without water, they can only survive about 2 weeks.

Waterbugs Look Like Cockroaches But Aren’t

Though cockroaches are very adaptable, they tend to congregate in warm, humid environments, but are not aquatic like true waterbugs. Any organic food source available is scavenged and consumed by roaches. Being nocturnal roaches hide in crevices during the day. They frequently trigger allergy and asthma attacks and are known to spread diseases. If you suspect waterbugs, you likely have a cockroach infestation. Having roaches in your home is a health risk and as quickly as they reproduce, if not taken care of promptly, not only is your health at risk, but the damage they do foraging for food and nesting materials in addition to the food they contaminate can also be costly.

Cockroach Infestation Inspection, Control & More in Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan NYC & Greater New York

At first sign of cockroaches, call Always Ready Pest Control quickly to destroy the roach infestation and contribute to the control of future outbreaks. Our technicians are experienced and trained to clear out any cockroach infestation quickly and efficiently.