Archives: August 2018

Let’s be honest, mice are pretty cute. Some may squeal and do the rain dance at the sight of one in their home, but when you walk through the pet store you can’t tell me you don’t stop and admire the cute and fuzzy rodents in the cages. You may have even contemplated taking one home a time or two! Well today we will be writing on mice. Not the cute ones you see in the store, but the ones that ravage through out state and carry harmful viruses, bacteria and ectoparasites while destroying our homes. When mice are able to invade our homes, they wreak havoc on our furniture, clothing, insulation, wiring and other things we don’t want them on. But there is a much bigger problem we will be discussing today.

NYC Mice Transmit Bacteria

A recent study conducted by the CDC and Columbia University took more than 400 mice from NYC residential buildings and tested the bacteria in their feces for signs of diseases. What they found is disturbing to say the least. In the first study that was performed the mice feces were tested and the following strains of harmful bacteria were found.
Shigella– A group of harmful bacteria that causes Shigellosis, an infectious disease that causes diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps.
Clostridium difficile– Causes associated diarrhea and colitis.
Salmonella– Causes Salmonellosis, symptoms include stomach cramps, fever and diarrhea.
Escherichia Coli– Causes severe stomach cramps, bloody diarrhea, and vomiting with a low-grade fever.

Viral Diversity of House Mice in New York City, NY

Some of these bacteria strains proved to be resistant to the antibiotics that were used in the lab which is even more disturbing! The second study performed was to test for the genetic sequences found in various viruses. Testing concluded with 36 different types of viruses, which included 6 that had never been seen before! With the heavier of the mice testing for higher numbers of viruses than the smaller mice that were tested. None of the genetic sequences for viruses found in these mice are known to have the ability to infect humans. However, our animals are not as safe as we are. Dogs, chickens, pigs etc. are at risk of catching these viruses. These mice are acting as vectors for the spreading of viruses from one animal species to another. Just because we are not at immediate risk of contracting these viruses, it does not mean that they won’t mutate in the future. This is something researchers will continue to study.

Chances of Getting Sick from Mouse Droppings

Most people fear rats more than they do mice, but don’t let their small stature fool you into a false sense of security. Aside from the various viruses they carry, mice help fleas, lice and other ectoparasites travel from place to place and can cause flea infestations in your home! So, not only will you be dealing with a mouse problem, if left untreated you will have to deal with a flea infestation as well! Mice pee and poo a lot! Their poo contains harmful and dangerous microbes that can make you ill, so if you are needing to clean up after them follow the CDC’s instructions on their website to clean up safely without spreading those microbes to the rest of your home! Mice are fast breeders and a seemingly small mouse issue can turn into an infestation rather quickly!

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

Always Ready Pest Control is experienced in the art of containing and exterminating mice and rat populations. If you need help getting your home back and sending those furry little unwanted guests packing, trust the pros at Always Ready Pest Control to get the job done the right way!

There are many people that have a lot of items that they are unable to keep in their house. They can start to store things in the garage but they also might need to use even more space than that. The items that you need to store may be things that you cannot get rid of and that means that you need to find the room for them. This is where a storage unit comes into play. They are a great place to keep the items that you want to keep but you may not have the use for very often. The unit is something that you rent out a specific sized booth that can be secured with a lock. You can fill it as full as you want and keep what you want in there. This is of course as long as it follows the rules of the storage company that you are using. You want to make sure that you understand the rules about the location that include when you can and cannot access your unit. One thing that you want to make sure you are careful about when storing your belongings is to keep critters out. They can eat through and ruin your belongings long before you even realize it is a problem. That is why it is a good idea to know how to keep rats out of your unit.

Always Ready Pest Control Offers Rat & Rodent Repellent Tips for Storage Units

Look for Rat Droppings & Other Signs of Rodents: When you are ready to rent out a storage unit it is a good idea to do your homework. You can go out to the unit and look around to see if there are signs of rodents already. You might see feces around the edges of the units or boxes that have signs of scratching and bite marks. You can also talk to the staff to find out if there are any trouble with rodents as well. The unit that you are going to rent you can inspect as well.
Best Storage Containers to Keep Rats Out: When it comes to putting your items in the storage unit you want to make sure that you use what is best. This is true when thinking about several aspects. One is the safety of the item and what is the best way to secure it. When it comes to pests you want to use the right material so that getting into your boxes is much harder. Packing is most often done with boxes that you can purchase at the store. Although it is a cheaper and easier way to pack you want to be careful about using boxes. Rats are prone to get into boxes because they can chew through those boxes gaining access to your items. The better option that you can do is to use plastic totes that can be sealed and closed. This will make it much harder for a rat to get in your storage unit.
How to Get Rid of Rats in Sheds etc: You can also make sure that you call out a professional pest control service to treat for rats. We are able to use treatments to make sure that rodents are out of your unit and give advice on the best way to keep them out.

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

Always Ready Pest Control can come out and treat your storage unit for unwanted pests that include rats. Call us today.

There are lots of pests that you will need to deal with throughout the year. They come and go depending on the type of weather outside. That is why you need to always be diligent in your pest control needs. There are some pests such as mice that can carry and spread disease while others like ants that can leave bites all over you or your family member. When it comes to dealing with a specific type of pest there are specific things you can do. One pest that people are worried about and may not have an idea on how to deal with are fleas. They are a pest that usually cause trouble for your pet but they also can get in the house and become a flea infestation affecting humans as well.

Always Ready Pest Control Outlines How to Get Rid of Fleas in Your House Fast

What is a Flea: A flea is a pest that is usually associated with your dog or cat. The reason is that they are a pest that will feed on the blood of a host that the come in contact with and your pet is an easy target. They are a small pest that is usually reddish brown and don’t have any wings. You might be wondering how they get around so well if they can’t fly but they have great jumping power and can make their way from one host to the next easily. They are small enough that you may not be able to see them with the naked eye and would likely be noticed first from the bites they leave behind.
How Do Fleas Get in the House?: If a flea is looking for a host to use for a blood meal then you might be wondering how they get in your house. It really is quite simple when you think about it. They are out in nature and when your dog is out there they will easily hitch a ride on your pet. The dog or cat comes back in the house and lays in your couch, carpet and lap allowing the fleas to drop off and infest the house. That is why you need to start your pest control with how the fleas got there in the first place. If it is from your dog or cat you can have them treated and taken out of the house why you remedy the situation.
How to Get Rid of Fleas: You want to make sure that you take the presence of fleas seriously and you do what you can to get them out of your house. They will continue to feed on you and your pets until they are exterminated. The best method is to call out a professional company that has the ability to inspect for a treat for fleas. They will have options on how to best treat the problem and have your house cleared so you can rest easy.

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

Always Ready Pest Control offers services that include taking care of a flea infestation. Give us a call to have your home treated today.

Do you suffer from musophobia? Musophobia is the fear of mice and rats. Being afraid of mice and rats is one of the most common specific phobias. A phobia is an unreasonable disproportionate fear of something. With mice and rats there are some things that we can have a reasonable amount of concern or fear about though. Mice and rats both carry bacteria and viruses and contaminate food sources so there is some amount of fear that would be considered reasonable. Let’s discuss mice and learn about some areas that we may be having some fear and what we can do about it.

Common Mice Species

Wikipedia describes a mouse as a small rodent characteristically having a pointed snout, small rounded ears, a body-length scaly tail, and a high breeding rate. There are many different species of mice including a house mouse, field mice, domestic mice, lab mouse, American white-footed mouse, and the deer mouse. Mice are preyed upon by cats, wild dogs, foxes, birds of prey, snakes, and certain anthropods. Even though mice are prey for so many animals, their quick reproduction process they are one of the most successful mammals living on the Earth today.

Are Elephants Afraid of Mice?

Are the various beliefs about mice accurate? Children are frequently taught the cute little song “Three Blind Mice.” Mice are not actually blind but they do have extremely poor eyesight. They rely on their keen sense of hearing and small to make up for their poor eyesight. Movies, including Dumbo, have touched on the idea that elephants are afraid of mice. Studies have tested this statement and found that there may indeed be some truth to it. Scientists have found mice do startle elephants with their quick movements and elephants do indeed react as if afraid of them.

Can Mouse Droppings Make You Sick?

Many studies have been done on mice. A study was conducted by Columbia University to test the bacteria that was present in the poop of New York City mice. They found that mouse poop contained many different strains of bacteria such as shigella, salmonella, clostridium difficile, and Escherichia coli. These bacteria can cause gastrointestinal disease in humans. They also conducted a study looking for viruses in mouse poop. Researchers found 36 different types of viruses in mouse poop. One of the interesting facts that they uncovered was that the heavier the mouse, the more viruses they typically carried.

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

So if you have mice in your home what do you do? Ignoring the mice in your home is not an option. As stated above, mice carry bacteria and viruses that you do not want in your home. You do not want that in your home! There are tons of different traps and poisons that you can find to try and catch the mice in your home. Due to their quick reproduction rate though, mice can be hard to get rid of without the help of an exterminator. Always Ready Pest Control would love to come over and come up with a custom rodent removal plan that will work best for your needs. Give us a call today to set-up your appointment!

When it comes to the weather there are four seasons that we all go through. You know what season we are in based on the month but also because of some tell tell signs. The winter means freezing temperatures and snow. The fall has the amazing leaves that are changing color and falling to the ground. The spring is the time of year that all the new growth occurs and the summer is hot and sunny. There are other aspects that can help you tell what time of year we are in. There are pests that will invade your home and property depending on the season. Most of them are particular about the weather and the climate and that especially goes for cockroaches. They can be found throughout the year but some major pest infestations happen in the summer. Have you ever wondered why cockroaches love the summer months as much as you might.

Always Ready Pest Control Explains Why Roaches are More Common in Summer

Cockroach Breeding Season: When it comes to the ever present cockroach they love the summer months. They love it for many reasons but one happens to be because this is the best time for them to breed. They will procreate and lay eggs that need to have the right temperature to survive. The heat is the perfect degree for them to be born but also for them to grow fast. The hotter the temps outside the faster they can grow and that means they are ready to procreate that much faster. This is one of the main reasons that cockroaches are so prevalent in the summer months. They are much more abundant during the breeding season.
Cockroaches are Attracted to Heat but Run from the Light: The next reason you know cockroaches love the summer are the temperatures at night. They are interesting in the fact that they want to stay out of the sunlight. This is why you will see them start to scurry around when the sun goes down. Although they like how hot it is they do not want the sun but the night time temps are still suitable for them. The sun will actually cause them to start to dry out and they need moisture to survive.
Your Home Has What Cockroaches Need: The summer is when they are most active due to breeding and of course the temperatures outside. That is also why you may start to see them more and more inside your home. They need to still have access to food and of course moisture. The moisture is a major necessity and this is why you may find them in the kitchen or the bathroom. The moisture they can find and food is not far off either. The summer is a great time for them to also get in when you have the doors propped open.

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

You want to make sure that you remove all food particles from the house and seal up your trash cans with the lid. Then you want to reduce any moisture build up as well as hire a pest control service. Always Ready Pest Control offers services to treat your home for unwanted pests including cockroaches. Call us today to make your appointment.