Archives: November 2018

Mice are not something people want to read about. In fact most people believe ignorance is bliss and would prefer to live their lives out as if these tiny rodents never existed. It’s okay for most people when they see them in the pet store. Perhaps because they are locked in a cage? If we find one in our house it’s a whole different story. Unfortunately, nearly 21 million American homes are invaded every Winter by these fuzzy beings. This means you are not alone if you find one scurrying about your kitchen floor. It’s more common than one would like to believe. We previously discussed the most common rats we find here, today we will discuss the types of mice found locally.

House Mouse (Mus Musculus) Facts

These are one of the most common mice found in households today. This variety can also be found sporting intricate coloring waiting to be adopted at your local pet store. The kind we find in our homes running wild and contaminating our food sources however, are typically about 2 ½ – 4 inches long from nose to bottom. They sport soft brown to black fur with a lighter colored underbelly (not white). Their ears are large, round and hairless and they have big black beady eyes. Their tails are long and skinny measuring about ½ the length of their bodies and are naked. These guys are small, weighing in at about an ounce or so. This species is mainly found in human habitats because we provide an easy shelter and food source for them. This species is highly social, and families tend to stick together. They breed quickly so early intervention is key with these critters.

Deer Mouse (Peromyscus Maniculatus) in House

Deer mice are a known vector for the Hantavirus, they are more commonly found in open fields, but in New York they can be found invading any habitat. Two confirmed cases of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome were diagnosed right here in New York just a few short years ago. This variety is smaller than a house mouse, with grayish to reddish brown fur with a white underbelly. They have short hair on their tails, with the top being darker and the bottom being lighter colored. They are slender with big heads and their snouts are long and pointy. They sport large round ears with white tufts at the bottom of their ears and have big black eyes. This species measures about 4 ½ inches – 8 ½ inches in length from nose to bum with their tails measuring in at about 2-4 inches in length. They only weight about .4-.8 ounces. These mice are also social and tend to stick together, coming out at night to feed.

White Footed Mouse (Peromyscus Leucopus)

Often mistaken for the Deer Mouse because they have many similar markings and are about the same size. One major difference is this species of mouse doesn’t have the white tuft of hair at the bottom of their ears like the Deer Mouse. It usually takes the help of a professional to distinguish the difference between the two. Unlike the other mice we’ve discussed, these guys are typically solitary creatures and roam alone.

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

Mice are no new problem for us here, in fact nearly 1 in 5 households located in our great state of New York deals with rodent issues. Though it’s nothing to brag about, rodents were here long before people even decided to make New York home. Rodents have almost always existed and have plagued man for thousands of years. Only difference between then and now, is now you have Always Ready Pest Control on your team to help you combat your rodent issue and take back your home! If you do not have a professional pest control company on your side to help you with a rodent issue, there is no better time than now to get a move on it! This is the time of year when rodents from all around begin to seek shelter with food and water to hunker down for the Winter. Contact Always Ready Pest Control today!

Rats in New York City are widespread in many densely populated areas. For a long time, the number of rats in New York City was not known. There was a common urban legend that there were up to five times as many rats as people! Norwegian rats first arrived from England and France and have haunted the alleys, parks and basements of New York City since the late 1700s. Norwegian rats are more commonly known as brown rats or Norway rats. They can cause damage to properties and structures with their gnawing.

Rats Behavior & Characteristics

Norway rats have smaller eyes and ears and shorter tails than other rats. They are brown with scattered black hairs and their bellies are gray to white in color. They are long, heavily bodied rodents that can get to 12 to 18 inches long, with tails that are 5-8 inches long. It may be a bit alarming to come across a rat that size! They are nocturnal for the most part and will come into our homes when the weather gets cold and food is getting harder to find. They are very determined when they want to get food and water and will gnaw through just about anything to get in-even lead pipes. Rats can get into a structure through holes that are the size of a quarter. Many believe that Norway rats have collapsible skeletons because they can squeeze through such small spaces, but their skeletons are made of bones and cartilage, just like all other mammals. Norway rats can be vectors of disease, can contaminate food and bring fleas into your home. They need to be controlled as quickly as possible to avoid the damage and/or health issues they can cause.

How to Get Rid of Norway Rats

Norway rats will breed all year round if they get comfortable in your home. Signs you’re dealing with Norway rats include gnaw marks, droppings, footprints, marks from tail dragging and greasy markings along the walls where they travel. Droppings will be a half inch long with blunt ends. One rat can leave 50 droppings behind every day! To eliminate rats in your home you must cut off their food supply. Norway rats love to eat garbage and there’s always a supply of it. Use metal garbage cans and store pantry food items in tightly sealed containers to prevent an infestation. These rats are also attracted to pet food. Only feed your pets what they need and keep the food sealed in a metal bin. Norway rats are good climbers so keep vegetation that is close to your home trimmed back. This will make it harder for them to get in. Sanitation is also very important in rodent control. Rodent proof your home by sealing off openings to prevent future infestations.

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

Rats are extremely adaptive and will flourish if left to their own devices. You need the help of professionals when you discover a rat problem. Always Ready Pest Control has the experience needed to be living rodent free as quickly as possible. Give us a call today!

There are many pests that will continue to be a problem in the winter. They are either equipped to get through the cold of the winter months or they are trying to get in the house. They need to get out of the cold and that makes them more common to find when it gets cold out. The pests know that if they are not able to get in the house they may not survive. Some of the pests that want to keep an eye out this winter are bed bugs during travel season, mice and rats and of course cockroaches. When it comes to cockroaches they are one of the pests that will be looking for a place to stay warm. The warmth is a huge part of how they are able to survive and how they are able to reproduce. That’s what makes your house the perfect place to hide. You want to make sure that you are fully prepared to handle any infestation of cockroaches that might try and make it in the house this winter.

Always Ready Pest Control Has What You Can Do To Deal With An Infestation Of Cockroaches This Winter

Where Do Cockroaches Live & Hide?: When you are dealing with pests of any kind it is important to understand their living habits. You want to know where they live and what they are looking for to nest in. This is so that you can start to become aware of these areas and if you see signs that cockroaches are there you can have them treated. When it comes to cockroaches they are looking for a place to live that is warm and has some level of moisture. The first place that many people will start to see cockroaches are in their bathroom. You can find them in the sinks and other drains where it is dark, moist and of course often times warm. They also are found where they can find this same type of environment as well as food to eat so your kitchen is the next place you will start to see them hanging out. They will be in the sink and under the appliances. They also can be found around the trash can in your house and outside the house as well.
What Are Roaches Doing in Your House in Winter?: The cockroaches only have a few things that they need to do. They will start off by trying to find a place to stay and live that is in the environment that they can exist. They also are looking for food that they can eat and they are not picky. They can find food that is in the trash can or the food that you are still using such as in the cupboards. Lastly they are looking for a place to reproduce and lay their eggs. They will usually mate in the winter and then they need to lay their eggs somewhere around your home. They can lay eggs in your kitchen, bathroom or any other place that they are using.
How to Keep Roaches Away: Keeping cockroaches out in the winter is the same as in the other months. Making sure that food in not as accessible to pests such as in Tupperware is a great place to start. You also want to keep your pet food picked up and house cleaned. You also want to seal up any gaps that they might be using to get in the house and lastly but most importantly is to use professional pest control services.

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

Always Ready Pest Control can come to your house and treat for unwanted cockroaches and other pests. Call us today.

If you have researched rats you probably know how many different types of rats there are. There is so much information about rats out there it can be hard to find anything that will help you know what rat you are searching for. Today we hope that by giving you some information about the different types of rats that it will help you be able to identify a rat should you have the unfortunate experience of finding a rat in your home.
Most of us in the United States will encounter the black rat or the brown rat. Both types of rats are very common in our country. Always Ready Pest Control is here today to help you recognize the differences between the black and brown rat.

Brown Rat Size, Behavior, Habitat & More

The brown rat is also frequently called the Norway rat or the sewer rat. Brown rats have brown fur on their backs and gray fur on their bellies. Their tails are shorter than their body length. Compared to the rest of their body their ears and eyes are small. They originated in China and have since spread to Europe, the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan, New Zealand, Chile, and some islands in the Pacific. Brown rats before to live in damp places. They can even swim just over one mile. Brown rats use shredded paper and cloth to make their nests. They like to make their nests in the lower levels of buildings but they are good climbers and will build their nests in higher places such as attics if needed. Once they have made a home for themselves they will mark their territory with urine and feces. They will travel about 15 city blocks to find their food. They eat fresh grain and dry goods. Brown rats will attack animals that are smaller than themselves including kittens, puppies, birds, and reptiles. They will also feed on tender young plants.

What Do Black Rats Eat? Rat Behavior, Habitat, Size & More

Black rats are also called roof rats. Black rats can have all black fur or they can have brown fur with white hair on its belly. Their ears are hairless and can be pulled over its eyes. The black rats tail is longer than the rest of its body. Black rats have been around for 3,000 years. They originated in India and have since traveled over many different parts of the world. While brown rats prefer damp habitats black rats like to nest in drier and warmer habits. They are frequently found in palm trees in desert locations. Black rats dislike water but they can swim up to 1,600 feet. Roof rats are also superb climbers. They regularly make their nests above ground. They will enter houses through trees that are close to windows or through cracks where they can squeeze their way into your home.

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

While brown rats and black rats are the most common types of rats that people encounter there are many different species that you may come into contact with. If you have rats of any kind on your property getting rid of them can be a hard task due to their quick breeding cycle. Give Always Ready Pest Control a call today so that we can come out and help you get rid of the rats that have entered your home.

Since ancient times, man has been plagues by rodents. The Norwegian Rat first came to New York by ship in the late 1700’s from France and England. Since then they have set up shop, taken over and have no plans of leaving anytime soon. New Yorkers are no strangers to our vast rodent population and we all know it can be an ever-ongoing battle if you don’t keep an immaculate home and hire professional pest services to keep them out of your house or apartment. We find rodents in even the cleanest of homes but see higher numbers in apartment buildings due to the high number of residents. Some areas are more prone to higher rodent populations that others. Through Autumn and Winter, we tend to see a large influx in the number of calls we receive for assistance in rodent removal and prevention. This is because rodents seek refuge from the cold and a steady food and water source for the cold season. Is your home ready for this? Rodent’s don’t just irritate the human population by tearing up buildings and personal belongings, they carry diseases, can destroy cars and injure animals in your home. Needless to say, you don’t want to share a space with these unwanted house guests! Following are some of the most common damages we find caused by rodents to homes.

Home Structure Damage Caused by Rodents

Rodent’s front teeth are ever growing so they have a constant need to gnaw on things to keep them filed down so they can eat. Rodents will stop at nothing to gain access to a home if they find a compromised area in which they can gain entry, this include gnawing on the rubber insulation at the bottom of garage doors, gnawing through compromised or weak mesh screening, tunneling through insulation in the walls, gnawing through dry wall and any wood in the home’s structure they may gain access to.

Rats & Mice Chewing Electrical Wires

Rodents are always looking for a cozy place to build their nests in. We often find nests in large electrical appliances or electrical boxes. Once inside they will chew through wires causing the appliance to short circuit or malfunction. This can be a real fire hazard if it’s not caught early enough. Rats and mice will both wreak havoc on all of your home’s devices, they will chew through the insulation wrapped around the cords to your T.V., gaming consoles, cable boxes etc. This is another fire hazard, electrical wires should never be left exposed and once they are compromised, you will likely have to throw them away.

Personal Items & Food Contaminated by Mice & Rats

Rodents will chew up just about anything they can consume or use to build a nest. Nesting items include clothing, gloves, books, paper, wood shavings, cardboard, organic material and more. We recommend you keep all of the food in your home sealed in air tight containers. Flimsy cardboard or bags can be compromised easily by a rodent, and once your food is contaminated, there is no saving it, it must be disposed of.

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

Always Ready Pest Control have been providing quality pest control services and rodent removal in the Greater Manhattan area since 2004! We know the ins and outs of rodent extermination and prevention. Give us a call if you have further questions or need assistance rodent proofing your home.