Archives: June 2018

Nothing is worse than coming down the stairs for a late night snack to find a cockroach running across the floor! You are not ready to take on a pest and the nearest shoe is probably out of sight. That means you have two choices to make. You can just run back up to bed and forget it ever happened or you can take care of it. The problem is that the cockroach is not going to patiently wait for your return. That means that it is still running in your house and just waiting for you to turn out the light. Cockroaches are known for hiding in the daylight hours and only coming out in the dark or the quiet. This can make them hard to kill or get rid of.

Always Ready Pest Control Outlines What Makes Cockroaches Hard to Get Rid Of

Cockroaches Reproduce Quickly: One of the problems that people have when they start to notice that cockroaches have taken up in their home is that there seems to be an endless supply. There are some pests that produce a small amount of offspring each year but that is not the same for cockroaches. They are able to multiply fast and that means that a small infestation can become large in short amount of time if left untreated. They are able to lay up to 30,000 eggs in a single year! That is why if you start to see them in your house you want to be sure that you call out a professional right away.
Cockroaches Don’t Need to Eat Much to Live: People are a species that will be found eating three meals a day and even throw in some snacks. We can skip a meal here and there and still be able to survive. When it comes to cockroaches people assume that they will only stay if you have food out they can get access to every day. The interesting thing is that the food is usually what has enticed them to come in your home but it won’t keep them there. They are able to go over a month without any food at all. They also are able to be deprived of water and moisture for a week without dying. Even if you clean up the food that they have been getting into they can still survive.
Cockroaches are Strong: If you were to pop the head off of a pest they are surely going to die immediately. They are not able to survive without the control center just like us. When it comes to cockroaches they don’t need their head to survive. If it is removed they will still go on about their business and only die from starvation. They also are able to survive being submerged in water without drowning. They can come out bloated and continue on with their day.

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

Always Ready Pest Control is able to come out to your home and treat it for any unwanted pest infestations that include cockroaches. Call us today!

Ants are gifted animals with many talents that often go unrecognized. Their complex cooperative colonies enable them to survive some of the worst circumstances and thrive in challenging conditions. With their incredible skills and adaptable abilities, we at Always Ready Pest Control would like to share some fascinating facts about ants.

Ant Teamwork & Other Facts

1) An ant’s jaw can carry objects 50 times their own body weight. Their muscles are thicker than those of larger animals or even humans, relative to their size. The ratio gives them ability to carry larger objects and produce more force. For perspective, if you had the muscle proportions of an ant, you would be able to lift a car over your head.
2) There are more ants than people. Its is estimated by scientists that there are least 1.5 million ants on the planet for every human being. With Antarctica being the exception, ants live on every continent and there are over 12,000 species of ants are known to exist. Most of these ant species live in tropical regions, being especially populated in the Amazon forest where a single acre houses approximately 3.5 million ants.
3) Ants will potentially herd other species or insects. Ants have a weakness for sugary secretions known as honeydew produced by aphids or leafhoppers. Some ants will herd aphids, carrying the soft-bodied pests from plant to plant to keep the honeydew supply close.
4) There are species that will enslave other species. There are quite a few species of ants that will take other ant species captive for slavery. Most will raid other colonies and bring back pupae to be their slaves as workers and raising the brood.
5) Ants date back to the Cretaceous period. Ants have evolved for 130 million years as they lived among the dinosaurs. Found in lumps of ancient amber, or fossilized plant resin are most fossilized insects. Found in Cliffwood Beach, NJ is the oldest known ant fossil, a primitive and now extinct ant species named Sphercomyrma freyi.
6) Chemicals are a form of communication. Pheromones are one of the primary means to communications. Foraging ants gather food more effectively as the scouts lay out a trail of pheromone laid out from the colony. The scout will leave the nest first to search for food and will wonder to random destinations until edible substances are discovered. It will consume some of the food and head in straight line to return to the nest. To navigate quickly back to the nest, the scout ants can seemingly observe and recall visual cues that give them the ability. A special scent, the pheromones, will allow the worker ants to be guided to the food, is left behind on their return route. To reinforce the trails for the line of worker ants, each of the ants will continue to add their own layer of pheromones to the path. Until the food source is depleted, the workers will continue to walk back and forth along the pheromone riddled line.

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

Where this was a brief, but fascinating look into ants, they are still a pest no one wants in their home and the challenging nature to evict them can be more frustrating. To ensure they are efficiently terminated, call in the professionals of Always Ready Pest Control.

Throughout New York cat fleas and dog fleas are the most common fleas in the area. Though similar, they do have their differences. As we set out to protect our pets from these harmful pests, if you understand the difference, you can take better precautions to combat these nasty critters. We at Always Ready Pest Control would like to elaborate some on cat fleas versus dog fleas.

Can Dog Fleas Affect Cats?

As fleas are species specific, dog fleas are different from cat fleas or other types of fleas for that matter. Though different, the dog fleas found on your dog cannot harm your cat. However, cat fleas have adapted and are able to live off of the blood of dogs as well. Currently, cat fleas cause more harm to our dogs than dog fleas.

Can Dog Fleas Live on Humans

Ctenocephalides canis or dog fleas, are more spread out throughout Europe in comparison to the U.S. Over 95% of cases reported regarding dogs with fleas were found to have cat fleas. Since these cat fleas are highly adaptable, they are able to live on dogs as previously mentioned. But dog fleas haven’t adapted, and do not host on cats. Dog fleas produce 4000 eggs during a life cycle of a female. Though they can bite people, they cannot live on them.

Cat Fleas Symptoms

Cat fleas or Ctenocephalides felis, are powerful parasites that are generally found on cats, but are capable of being found on canines. Like dog fleas, cat fleas will bite people, but may not live on them. Fleas will produce eggs, which are known as larvae, resulting in more fleas. Provided they have blood to feed on and if they are not treated by a professional, cat fleas develop at an alarming rate and live for up to one year. The adult cat flea females lay up to 20 eggs per day. Resembling cat dander, the cat fleas are brown, and the eggs are white. If the pet has a white colored coat, the cat fleas may be visible. Identifiable on the cat’s coat, the fleas also leave dry blood behind. There are still some flea solutions that can be effective, however the fleas have developed resistance to many insecticides. To remove the eggs and the larvae from the environment of an infested cat or dog, bleach may also be effective; however, professional assistance is far more efficient. If ingested, the cat fleas can produce a formation of tapeworms and cat fleas are known to transmit various diseases such as the typhus or the Bartonella. Both of the fleas may look similar at face value, and usually takes a microscope to distinguish the two, additionally, there are human fleas, which are common, but not as much as cat fleas.

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

Always Ready Pest Control is readily available to treat your home and yard for fleas. Our effective products in the hands of professional team members can ensure a thorough treatment to rid your home of fleas and their viable eggs, call us today to get started!

When it comes to pests, their needs are quite basic. For the most part, food, water, and shelter from the elements and protection from predators is their priority. Pests tend to stay outdoors in their natural habitats. They do wander inside if the opportunity presents itself, and some pests are inadvertently brought inside where others will invade out of desperation when food or water is scarce or to escape severe weather conditions. To significantly reduce the pests from coming inside, fortifying your home, and eliminating the opportunity for them to invite themselves in is the basic principal. With that in mind, we at Always Ready Pest Control would like to list some helpful tips and suggestions on how you can prepare your home to prevent pests from coming into your abode.

Exterior Pest Inspection & Maintenance

Exterior Home Sealing – Starting outside, survey your home’s structure. From the rooftop down to the foundation, check for cracks, holes, gaps, and other signs of damage; especially around ventilation outlets and utility lines and pipes. Makes the necessary repairs with caulk, replace materials that are damaged, and place approved screens over ventilation outlets. The smallest insects to the larger rodents and birds can squeeze through small fissures, or even make them bigger to accommodate their size. Repair any water leaks from the air conditioner, hose faucet, or gutters. Ensure the repairs are made, whether you do it yourself or higher a professional.
Trim Landscaping – While you are outside, make sure the landscaping is well maintained year-round. Trees should be pruned away from above the rooftops and house and the bushes and grass trimmed back away from the structure as well. Pests living in the structure can easily wonder inside with the close proximity.
De-clutter Yard – Remove yard clippings, trash, building materials, and firewood away from the house. Toss the yard debris and trash responsibility. The materials your want to hold on, such as excess bricks and blocks or firewood should be neatly organized and elevated 18 inches off the ground as far from the home as you can. All gardening and yard maintenance tools store properly in a storage shed or garage.
Avoid Standing Water – Cover unused pools, adjust sprinklers, and so on. Clean out the outdoor trash cans once a month and ensure the lids are secure and kept closed and stored away from the house. Reduce the availability to water and food sources.

Interior Pest Prevention & Home Sealing

Interior Home Sealing – Just as you did outside, you are going to follow suit inside. Start with the structure and make the repairs to any cracks, holes and gaps, especially around windows and doors where weather stripping may need to be installed if you see sunlight or feel a breeze. Repair any leaky pipes or faucets.
Declutter – Remove the clutter, including piled up mail, old catalogs and magazines, linens and fabrics, and so on. If you lack space, consider spring cleaning your household; throw out the trash, donate or sell the items you do not use or need that are still in fair condition, and neatly organize the stuff you want to hang onto.
Properly Seal & Pest Proof Food – Go through your cabinets and pantry. Any food packaged in flimsy plastic, cardboard, or paper is vulnerable and should be stored in sealable pest-proof containers. Same for your pet food.
Clean Trash Cans – Clean out the trash cans monthly with hot soapy water and take out the garbage once a month and ensure a lid is secure.

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

Finally, invest in routine professional pest control maintenance to prevent or at least significantly minimize the pest from infesting your home. By eliminating a food and water source, reducing places to hide and nest, as well as implementing a barrier, pests are not likely to make an appearance. Call Always Ready Pest Control to schedule your consultation to discuss your pest maintenance plan.

Rodents are a common pest in New York. Mice and rats are continually invading homes and property. Rats in New York are known carriers for many pathogens that can spread easily and with their destructive ways, having rats infesting your home or business is a recipe for disaster. New York streets are filled with Norway rats, as the most common rat in the area we at Always Ready Pest Control would like to take the opportunity to share the fundamentals.

Norway Rat Identification

Norway rats are commonly found throughout the world, though it is believed that this species originated from Asia. They are responsible for causing property and structure damage with their gnawing abilities. Norway rats have smaller eyes, ears, and even a shorter scaly tail in compared to other common rats in the U.S. Generally, their coarse fur is typically grayish or brownish with scattered black hairs throughout the coloring. The underside, and often the feet, are variations of gray or white color. As an adult, they can average between 12 ½ – 18 ½ inches in length with their tail making up between 5 ¾ – 8 ½ inches of it. As they scurry around agilely on 4 feet, their weight is about 10-11 ¾ ounces. Additionally, Norway rats feature a blunt muzzle.

What Do Norway Rats Like to Eat?

Norway rats will eat nearly any type of food. When given a choice, they prefer fresh food over stale or contaminated foods. Rats require 1/2 to 1 ounce of water daily when feeding on dry foods but less when eating moist foods. Unfortunately, food items in household garbage offer a fairly balanced diet and also satisfy their moisture needs.

Rodent Damage

Though these nocturnal pests can invade homes or businesses any time of year. As mentioned, they have powerful gnawing abilities that allow them to destroy plastic or even lead piping to quench their thirst. Norway rats live socially and will construct their burrows close together and will band close together in their daily living habits.

Where Do Norway Rats Burrow & Live

Norway rats frequent their natural habitats outside and will be spotted infesting farmlands and fields, though they will find safety in structures in these environments in structures. They prefer to burrow in the loose soil found along riverbanks and in close proximity to developed areas, under concrete slabs and under garbage and woodpiles. Providing they infiltrate homes or businesses, they will be drawn to the basements but will prefer to nest in areas that are undisturbed, preferably under the piles of clutter and debris.

Diseases Spread By Norway Rats to Humans

As mentioned, having these vermin in your home can bring infestations that are otherwise unpleasant. A few examples include the costly damage they do to structures, utilities, and property in attempt to forage for food and water. They can easily contaminate food and areas where food is prepared with their waste and abilities to gnaw through most food packaging. Norway rats are commonly known to carry diseases such as trichinosis, plague, cowpox virus, jaundice, salmonellosis, and rat-bite fever. Additionally, rats are common hosts to fleas and can potentially bring flea infestations with their intrusions.

Norway Rat Prevention

You can minimize the risk of Norway infestations by avoiding clutter, including firewood piles, around the foundation. Firewood and other materials you want to keep needs to be stored far from the home to eliminate cover areas where they prefer to burrow. Use silicone caulk to seal any holes, gaps, and cracks in the structure. Remove water sources be eliminating moisture around the home, especially in crawl spaces and basements. Vigilantly be aware of damaged goods, rodent droppings, gnaw marks, and greasy rub marks left behind from their fur that indicate their presence.

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

Norway rats can reproduce and populate areas fast. At first suspicion of their presence, call in the professionals of Always Ready Pest Control to minimize the damage to your home or business or risk the health concerns.