Archives: December 2018

Cold winters might have you believing that rats can’t survive, but you would be mistaken. They certainly don’t look plump enough to survive, and they don’t hibernate. They can’t fatten themselves up and they have tiny stomachs that metabolize food very quickly. They don’t even have the option to alter their habits to save energy to wait for spring to arrive. As the temperatures drop and food becomes scarce, rats need to find a way to continue the same lifestyle they enjoy in the warmer months. Still, year after year pest professionals get calls during the winter about rats and when spring arrives, rats and their offspring and going strong. Just how do they do it?

Do Rats Like Cold Weather? How Do Rodents Survive Winter?

1. Rat Stockpiling. Just because rats can’t fatten themselves up doesn’t mean they don’t prepare for the cold months ahead. Starting in the fall, rats will get more aggressive in their quest for food. Instead of just eating when they want, they will start looking for extra food. They don’t store food, but they look for other places they can get food. Rats always have options because they’ll eat just about anything they can find, and garbage gives them a constant supply of food. Oftentimes rats will take food they find back to an area where they can get to it later. These stockpiles will be maintained throughout the winter.
2. Rats Burrow. Stockpiling will ensure they have enough food through the winter, but they need to stay warm too. Rats are excellent at digging to create burrows. The holes to these burrows can be found near your home, along fences and HVAC units. These burrows have one entrance and exit. Rats will burrow into open ground and through snow, but only if they absolutely must. Rats prefer your home over burrows for shelter. If they have any way to get in, they most definitely will.
3. Rats Nest. So, rats like to stockpile and burrow, but nesting combines both of these habits. Rats will drag whatever they find to an area and bunch it together to form a nest. They want to be safe and warm making location very important. Warm, dark places where they won’t be bothered can make their nests hard to find. They also prefer areas with moisture. To prevent rats from nesting you need to remove stuff they need. Take care of moisture issues and keep your home organized.
4. Intelligence; Rats are Smart. Rats are extremely clever. This gives them the edge they need to make it through the winter. Rats get into home in ways you wouldn’t even think about. They will burrow under floorboards, chew though electrical cables and even squeeze under doors. Rats have evolved to get through times of trouble and they’ve done it well. Rats can squeeze through holes the size of a quarter. This means you really do need to sweat the small stuff and look for all those little openings they can use to get into your home.

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

Rats will take any steps they can to get out of the cold, but that doesn’t mean you have to live with them. If you do happen to end up with an infestation-don’t panic! Contact Always Ready Pest Control to get them out and keep them out for good!

Have you ever felt like people have formed opinions about you based on information that they have heard but that is not true? Unfortunately this happens every day. Not only does this happen to humans, it happens to pests and insects as well. Many people have formed opinions about spiders based on information that is actually false. Today Always Ready Pest Control is going to debunk some of the most common myths about spiders.

Do We Swallow Spiders in Our Sleep?

One of the craziest myths about spiders is that the average person swallows eight spiders every year in their sleep. This myth has an interesting history behind it. In 1993 a columnist for a magazine wrote an article about how people will believe everything that they read online. The columnist made up a list of ridiculous facts and started circulating them via email. Proving her hypothesis true, people still believe this made up “fact” about spiders today. It is extremely unlikely that you will ever swallow even one live spider in your sleep.

Do All Spiders Make Webs?

The second myth that we will address today is that all spider spin webs. If you think about spiders you probably immediately also think about spider webs. Spiders and spider webs are linked in most of our heads. The truth is that while many spiders do build spider webs to help them obtain their food, not all spiders use this method. There are several species of spiders that use other methods to catch their food. These spiders may jump on their prey to catch their food.

Are All Spider Webs Round?

Another myth that people believe concerning spider webs is that all spider webs are round. Whenever spider webs are depicted in movies or cartoons the webs are always round. Many spiders do build round webs but there are just as many spider webs that are different shapes as well. Sheet webs and funnel webs are actually both more common than round spider webs.

Are Daddy Long Legs the Most Venomous Spiders?

The fourth myth that we will debunk today was highlighted on the show Mythbusters in 2004. Many people believe that daddy long legs are one of the most venomous spiders but their fangs are too short to penetrate human skin. This is completely false! First of all if their fangs don’t allow them to inject their venom into humans how can they be the most venomous? Scientists have stated that when daddy-longlegs bite a human no extreme reaction occurs.

Are All Spiders Dangerous?

Many people also believe that all spiders are dangerous to humans. While spiders are indeed predators they do not prey on humans. They feed mainly on insects. Spiders actually help the environment by reducing the amount of pests in homes and gardens all around the world. Some spiders do have a venomous bite but only a few species are known to cause actual health problems. Widow spiders and the recluse spiders are the only species of spiders that can actually harm humans.

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

We hope that you learned something new about spiders today after reading this article. Some of the things that scare us the most about spiders are not true. We hope that if you are afraid of spiders these facts helped you with your fear. If you have spiders on your property or in your home and need help getting rid of them please give Always Ready Pest Control a call. We can come out and help you devise a plan that will help you get rid of the unwanted creatures on your property. Contact us for solutions to all your pest problems!

New York is home to many rodents, especially rats. Norway rats are the most likely to intrude in homes and near so close to people. Though any rodent can be a detriment to your home, Norway rats are particularly devastating as they forage for food, water, and nesting remnants. While they look for food and water, they damage the structure and utility lines, and they are known to contaminate the food they scavenge. Not only they can they cost a pretty penny in damages, but Norway rats have the potential to spread harmful diseases and carry fleas, which then spread to your pets, and even you. Today, we at Always Ready Pest Control, would like to take the opportunity to elaborate a little on Norway Rats in New York.

How was the Invasive Species of Norway Rat Introduced?

Despite their name, Norway rats are believed to actually have originated from Asia and are found around the globe. Norway rats are often the culprits with destroyed electrical wires and plumbing pipes, as they have incredibly powerful gnawing capabilities. They are so powerful they can chew through plastic and lead pipes.

What Do Norway Rats Look Like?

With a shorter scaly tail and smaller ears, when compared to other rats, Norway rats bear a blunt muzzle and can be more identifiable. Their fur is coarse and the scattered black hairs throughout the coloring are found in the usually brownish or grayish color, with the underside being lighter in color of gray or white. Where their tails make up about 5 ¾ – 8 ½ inches of their total length, Norway rats average 12 ½ – 18 ½ inches in length range in size. Like most rats, Norway rats will dart around on 4 legs and weigh around 10 to 11 ¾ ounces.

Habitat; Where Do Norway Rats Live?

Though Norway rats will infest homes any time of year, they are most likely to do it during the fall when food and water becomes scarce and the temperatures drop. Being social pests, Norway rats will burrow close and have active routines together. If you see one rat, you know there is more. They often look for structures in their natural habitat’s that include farmland and fields and look for shelter, safety, and comforts as they escape predators and / or harsh weather. Loose soil found along riverbanks or developed areas around wood piles, garbage, and other clutter, as well as concrete slabs is where they tend to prefer to burrow. They will settle in undisturbed locations such as un the clutter and debris in basements once they have infiltrated a home or business.

Norway Rat Damage & Diseases

As mentioned, in search for food and water Norway rats will gnaw and claw their way through structural components and utility lines like the plumbing and electrical systems. Their bodily waster will contaminate your food that is exposed or vulnerable to their effort such as food packaged in paper, cardboard, or thin plastics. Cowpox virus, salmonellosis, jaundice, trichinosis, rat-bite fever, and the plague are just a few of the examples of the known vectors of diseases and a contaminated rat riddled with fleas can introduce them to your home, making you and your pets susceptible to the diseases fleas carry as well.

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

Properly sealing your home, keeping up on housekeeping and storing your food in pest proof air tight containers can help you avoid rats as well as well avoiding clutter inside and outside your home, keeping the trashcans secure, and taking advantage of professional maintenance can help you combat the invasions. Call Always Ready Pest Control today to take care of the rats in your New York home.