We decided to put together a series of articles this week talking about bed bugs and the problems they cause. It is important you are well-educated on what they are, how to deal with them, and, ultimately, how to rid your home of them.
We see a lot of bed bug infestations breaking out in Clifton Park, Mechanicville, Malta, Ballston Spa, Rexford etc... For some reason, southern Saratoga County is getting hit more often than normal. Hopefully, this information is helpful to you...
If you have a bed bug infestation in Clifton Park or other surrounding areas, give a call to All Star Pest Solutions today!!!
These are wingless, small and brown parasites that usually feed off the blood of animals and human beings. They cannot fly and are difficult to see as they are about half a centimeter in length and usually do not come out during the day. Bed bugs usually bite humans, but also feed on other mammals as well.
These creatures have been given their name as they are found to live in bedding and unsanitary mattresses. They often live in cracks found in bed platforms or in carpets. They are usually found in living places that are not aired or dusted properly and where unclean bedding accessories are used. Such insects get transported through luggage and clothing of people.
If a bed is infested with bed bugs you will find spots of blood in such bedding. When they bite, they usually leave itchy and tiny bites in rows on the body. The rooms that are infested with bedbugs often have a sweet smell.
In order to prevent infestation of bedbugs, it is best to resort to regular housekeeping and to wash off bedding items. It is necessary to ensure good sanitation in your rooms. Those who are traveling to less developed or rustic areas need to look out for such infestations in any accommodation they take up. It is best to ensure that the accommodation one takes up, while traveling has standard housekeeping measures. For that reason, hotels of a certain standard are usually a safe bet to ensure that the bed linen would be clean and fresh and other room accessories kept clean as well. As one usually carries back such bugs after traveling, it is necessary that luggage as well as clothing is washed properly after coming back from a travel expedition.
The itchy bites that the bugs leave behind usually get treated with common bug bite remedies. In case you suspect that mattresses or carpets in your home are infested, you need to vacuum them more thoroughly; it would be good to air them and leave them in a sunny place for some time. Clothing and bedding that you fear are infested, should be washed in hot water.
See one of our last blog posts here... 5 More fall pest prevention tips
We thought to continue our blog post from yesterday that talked about a handful of pest prevention tips for the fall weather that we are now experiencing. Thinking it through, there are definitely more than just five tips that we could offer so we thought this would be the place to add even more.
6) If you heat your home or garage with firewood, make sure that all stacked firewood is pleased at least 20 feet away from your house, your landscaping and shrubbery. These are I do know places where mice or rats will find a temporary home and if the firewood pile’s are too close to your house, they give me a jump and try to gain access that way.
7) be sure to repair any damage screens and install new door sweeps where necessary. Any window screens that are torn or cracked will be the perfect place where a mouse or rat will get in your home.
8) if you unload your groceries or other packages in your garage, be sure to inspect them before you actually bring him in the house. There’s always a chance that bring things down in the garage in for a couple minutes my attract rodents who could sneak in your house that way too.
9) if you are a family that has pets, be sure to not be any of your pets food out for any length of time. Put your dogs food bowl out for the morning and then clean it up and sweep around shortly after. If you are want to leave your pet bowl out overnight, you increase your chance of attracting any rodents into your home.
10) inspect any irrigation systems or water hoses for leaks or places where there is excess moisture. Any houses or irrigation systems with leeks is no doubt going to attract rodents to that level of moisture for their survival
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Check out the other five Fall pest prevention tips we shared yesterday!
With the colder weather unfortunately upon us here in Albany, there is a strong chance that any rodents like squirrels, mice or rats are looking for winter homes to protect them from the cold weather coming.
Your home might become their target destination for their winter home if you are not properly addressing any vulnerabilities that might exist. Colder weather will bring cockroaches, spiders and rodents into your home at an alarming rate and we highly recommend you take steps to ensure your home is not one of them that sees an infestation.
Here are a handful of tips you can start implementing right away to protect your home:
1) Be sure to put screens over any of your vents in your attic, we are chimney, or any place where electrical wiring for cable wiring might enter your home. The same goes for your dryer vent, especially if it is mounted on a wall close to the ground.
2) work diligently to ensure that your basement, your attic or any crawl spaces are dry and ventilated well to prevent mold or access by rodents. What you don’t realize is any of these pastors are attracted to moisture which is how they will find a way to survive through the winter. It would be a good idea to consider using a high-quality dehumidifier in your garage, crawlspaces or basements to ensure they are dry before the extreme cold weather comes
3) visually inspect the foundation of your house and seal up any cracks or crevices with high-grade caulk mixed with steel wool. You likely have utility pipes that come into your house and be sure that every single crack or crevice is completely covered up.
4) with regards to inside of your home, make sure that your kitchen counters remain clear and free of food, make sure your floors are swept well and in sure that you were garbage is taken out every other day so no smells or food morsels can be found by rodents.
5) inspect all of the weatherstripping around your home and repair it as well as any mortar that might be loose around your foundation and your windows. Even the smallest of cracks are vulnerable to small mice that can gain access to your home.
If you were concerned about any rodent infestation that you might be experiencing this fall, be sure to call a professional pest control company in Albany like All Star Pest Solutions.
If you want to find out some reasons that pests love your basement, check out our last post here.
The kitchen and basement of your house are the prime habitats of most pests. With kitchen, it makes sense: there’s food and leftovers for pests to feed on. The reasons for the basement, however, are not that obvious. If you do happen to have a basement in your house, chances are a pest infestation will start there first if it isn’t properly maintained.
So why do pests love your basement? Find out below!
#1: It’s dark and unoccupied
Okay so technically since pests are invading your home, they should be social and love your presence. That’s not how it works though. Pests are still animals and they are scared of human beings. The basement makes an excellent place for them since it is seldom used by most home owners.
Pests are also attracted to the dark. Not all of them, but a good percentage. These pests breed and lay eggs in dark corners of your house. The basement provides a lot of darkness unless it has windows all around.
The basement is generally cooler in temperature than the rest of the house and it’s usually more humid and damp as well. These environmental conditions are ideal for pests to survive. In case you have an attached bathroom in your basement as well, the chances of a pest infestation down there will increase many fold.
#3: It’s approachable – for pests!
The basement might not be the most easily accessible part for us humans but pests who live underground can crawl their way up into your basement with ease. For most pests, the basement is an approachable place, away from humans and has many access points that you may be unaware of. These include cracks in the floors and walls, gaps and holes in the insulation.
In general, pests are more attracted to basements that are cluttered and poorly maintained. If you don’t want a pest infestation in your basement, keep it clean and clutter-free!
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Rodents such as mice and rodents are a common pest in Albany homes that are infrequently cleaned and overall a good habitat for rodents. Although both mice and rats belong to the same family, they are still different animals that live and breed (and cause damage) differently. In order to successfully get rid of either one of these rodents from your house, you need to correctly identify what it is that you’re dealing with.
Both mice and rat look alike but there are some major differences that can help you tell them apart. First and foremost, mice are much smaller in size than rats and almost cute! Think of Jerry from Tom and Jerry or Mickey Mouse from Disney. Don’t let the cuteness deceive you though – they are still pests that need to be kicked out of your home. Mice are also usually brown or grey to white in color with distinct triangular snouts, long tails and large ears. They weigh significantly less than rats and are therefore weaker as well.
Rats, on the other hand, are anything but cute. They’re large and heavy with a scaly tail and dark color coats. They also have particularly large feet unlike a mouse.
Living Styles and Habitat
All rodents are nocturnal beings and are most active after the sun has set. Because of their tiny bodies, mice can jump and hide in the smallest of places. They don’t have a backbone so they can wriggle their way into a small crack in the wall and hide inside it.
On the other hand, rats can’t hide just anywhere. They gnaw and use up any materials around the house to make a large nest somewhere in a dark corner of your house. It could be in the basement or in the attic. It could even be in the bathroom. Some species of rats hide in the gutters and come out at night to feast on any leftovers you might have. You’ll notice paw prints around the bathroom if that ever happens.
Dealing with rodents is not a simple job; they’re fast and incredibly hard to exterminate. Call a professional pest control company to effectively get rid of your mouse or rat problem now!
The fast-paced lifestyle of most Americans has seen some major changes in the living dynamics over the past few years. Now, most adults prefer living in flats or apartments since these are a lot more affordable and they are at a convenient distance from the main hub of the city.
While apartments are a convenient option of living, the aspect of sharing walls and floors with multiple neighbors in the building have made pest control a particular problem. A pest infestation in an apartment is troublesome business because you really don’t know if the true source of the pest infestation is from your own flat or from that neighbor across the hall.
Major apartment pest infestations have to be addressed by the authorities with an overall inspection and extermination set in place. Taking precautionary measures to avoid pests from infiltrating your apartment can help the entire building community as a whole. Here are some tips to protect your apartment from a pest infestation.
Keep it Tidy
We all know the golden rule when it comes to pest control: keep it tidy. Almost every pest, big or small, is attracted to clutter and mess. Leftover food or unsanitary conditions of your apartment are primary reasons why a pest will be lured in the building. To prevent any pest infestation in the future, you need to start getting organized and cleaning up your mess.
Be Wary of Old Furniture
Certain types of pests like ants, bedbugs and termites are attracted to old wood. If you’re thinking of buying an economical piece of second-hand furniture from the China market, it’s probably not a good idea.
Caution after Travelling
Travelling and sleeping in hotel rooms and motels can easily transfer pests to your luggage. The most common type of pest transferred like this are the bed bugs. When you’re returning from your travels, make sure you clean your bags and luggage properly to avoid a pest infestation.
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From the outside, squirrels are cute little creatures that seem pretty harmless. But if you happen to have one lurking around your house, you’ll soon discover that these apparently innocent animals can actually bring harm to your health and your property. Squirrels are a not so common house pest in many parts of the United States; getting rid of it requires special attention as any other pest control would.
Isolating the Squirrel
Squirrels, especially if rabid, can be hostile and attack you or your family. So if you’re thinking of approaching the pest head on, you should probably reconsider. When you’re out on a mission to get rid of squirrels from your home, the first thing you need to do is isolate it from everyone in the house. This means that if you have any children or pets, you should keep them away from the room the squirrel is in.
Not only can squirrels physically attack but they can also transmit infectious diseases to your pets.
Keep Doors and Cupboards Closed
The natural habitat of a squirrel is in the hood of a tree. That’s why these furry animals enjoy hiding in open cupboards and cabinets the most. Close all hiding places for the squirrels and keep food locked away safely so there is nothing for the squirrel to enjoy in your home.
Lure the Squirrel Away
Apple cider vinegar is known to drive many animals away including squirrels. When you’re attempting to get rid of a squirrel, use rags soaked in apple cider vinegar and place them in the room the squirrel is in. Another option to drive squirrels away is by using loud music or sounds since it frightens them. Play the radio or the stereo to scare the squirrel away.
You should make sure that you have only one exit point open for the squirrel to escape and access to other rooms is completely locked off. This one exit could be the main window of the room.
Check for Nests
Squirrels breed in many months of the year including the spring season and the fall season. If the pest has invaded your house during these prime breeding times, it’s a good idea to check if it hasn’t left behind any babies.
Call for Professional Help
Since squirrels aren’t a common pest, it is sometimes hard for most homeowners to successfully get rid of them from their home. If you want your house to be completely squirrel-free fast, hire a professional pest control company.
Bees and wasps, despite being both flying insects that sting, are vastly dissimilar. Most people are scared of a honeybee sting when in fact wasps can be a lot more aggressive and can sting more often than bees can. Honey bees, on the other hand, seldom sting because they die after stinging and it’s used as a last resort for a defense.
When you have an infestation of any of these two insects in your garden or a nest that is growing larger and larger every other day, you need to know what you’re dealing with to get rid of them. Whatever you do though, don’t act without the help of a professional because these insects can really cause a lot of pain.
Bees are characteristically fat and round in shape with tiny hairs on their bodies. The classic honey bee is yellow and black in color and their eyes are large and multiple. Other species of bees can be of different colors ranging from black to blue and green. Bee colonies or hives are quite similar to a wasps’ with the same polygonal compartments. The major difference is that a beehive is usually more organized and yellower in color than the paper like, dull color of a wasp’s nest.
Wasps are thin insects that are usually either yellow or black in color. Unlike bees, they don’t have hairs on their bodies either.
Lifestyle and Habitat
The major difference between bees and wasps is their nutrition. Wasps, being predators, are attracted to meat. Bees on the other hand are drawn to the nectar of a flower and act as important pollinators. If you have a flowery garden, a few honey bees around won’t do much harm to you and will be good for the plantation.
Wasps are also easily triggered. If you try to shoo them away, they might attack you in retaliation. Bees, on the other hand, are more passive insects and do not sting until they actually feel threatened.
If you are experiencing a pest infestation like what we've mentioned above, please give All Star Pest Solutions a call today. We are your local pest control company serving Albany & the surrounding Capital Region.
Albany is the capital city in New York State. Being a seat in Albany County, it is located about 150 miles north of New York City. The city is by the Hudson River’s west banks. Being a cultural and economic core of the state, it forms the capital district which also forms part of the Albany-Schenectady-Troy NY metropolitan statistical area. The population of the city is about one million at present.
History of the region
Albany was formed as a European settlement and was one of the thirteen colonies established in this region. As per native tribes and their settlement the Mohicans originally inhabited this area. The Dutch East India Company established their operations here in the seventeenth century; by the eighteenth century there were British and North American colonies present here; real estate transactions in Albany county increased during the times of the Revolutionary War. Albany became headquarter to regional railroads in the region by the nineteenth century.
The economic prosperity of the region came about this time when transportation along with business and industry started to play significant roles. Beer became a significant commodity here as well due to the German and Dutch communities who had established their presence in this region.
Commercial and economic scenario
Among commercial and economic gains the city had publishing houses due to the proximity of the region to Boston; the major exports of the region were in commodities like meat, lumber and furs with thousands of saw mills that marked a large and prosperous lumber district. There were several banks formed in this city such as the Commercial Bank of Albany, Bank of Albany, State Bank of Albany and so forth. The city also saw one of the first airports to form in the country around 1908. The original Albany Municipal Airport has now become Albany International Airport.
Being a proud capital city of New York state, it forms a beautiful destination with different resources available for sustainable living as well as higher education opportunities. The urban centers of the city are active and vibrant with desirable apartments and condos that form the residential areas. The heritage and history of the city is deep rooted and that forms the unique urban footprint of the city. What newcomers and travelers to the city will love is the waterfront of the city as well as historic architecture, the mixed communities and major institutions that have formed a presence here.
Albany forms the anchor of the Tech Valley of New York and it offers a convenient location amidst other major cities like Montreal, Boston and New York City. The city has an energetic business environment due to the collaborative efforts of key development partners, residents and staff of the city who work on different development programs and real estate projects as well as provide financial opportunities to entrepreneurs. The city’s history dates back to 400 years and today the city authorities are dedicated to creating a comprehensive plan for the future called Albany 2030.
Geography of the place
The highest point in the city which is the Loudonville reservoir is located off Birch Hill road which is located at 378 feet above sea level while the lowest point is at the Hudson River. There are rolling hills as well as pine bush, scrub oak vegetation which defines the greens in this region. The western edge of the city is set up as a preserve which comprise of pine barrens and sand dunes as a unique ecosystem.
The climate of the city is continental but humid. Hence summers are hot and wet here while winters are cold and snowy. The seasons here are distinct through the year. Even though summer rainfall is present but so is precipitation during the winter months. The Nor’easters bring about heavy snow from the Atlantic coast.
Communities and neighborhoods
The neighborhoods of the city have architectural, geographical and historical differences that bring about distinct flavors. The oldest neighborhood in downtown Albany, which has one of the oldest streets of the city called State Street. There are residential communities that are old and comprise of row houses in the northern and southern parts of downtown Albany. Among the popular retail destinations here is the Empire State Plaza that is an architectural landmark as well, which lies in the west region of downtown Albany. Residences in the city comprise of apartments, duplexes and detached homes of single families. There are well known neighborhoods like New Scotland, Pine Hills, Delaware Avenue, Helderberg and Whitehall while suburban areas are closer to Hudson River.
Recreational and park areas
Albany has more than 60 recreation areas and public parks among which Washington Park is an organized area which was initially formed as Middle Public Square. This is a popular place where one can play sports such as skating, which is a popular winter activity here. There are plays held at the amphitheatre, while Tulip Fest is another popular seasonal show here. Other popular and famous parks here are Lincoln Park, Buckingham Park, Corning Preserve, Pine Bush and others.
Entertainment and nightlife
As Albany is centrally located between Montreal and New York City as well as lies close to Boston, there are several acts and performances held here by touring artists. Whether it is the performances of the spoken word, theatre and music, many venues such as The Egg, The Palace Theatre and Capital Repertory Theatre are popular among locals and visitors alike. TU Center is a popular venue here for community gatherings, sporting events and trade shows. Areas like Delaware, Pearl Street, and Lark Street, Madison Avenue are entertainment hotspots for Albany. One will find bars, clubs, restaurants and other places open here from the nineties, which offer vintage as well as contemporary or eclectic styles of entertainment for different crowds. Albany nightlife buzzes till four in the morning that gives visitors and locals enough time to enjoy. There are several festivals in Albany that are popular such as the gay parade in Albany which comes by every June or the Tulip Fest that is held in Washington Park. Several other performances and festivals are held here throughout the year.
If you are passing through, be sure to invest a few days in Albany. You will NOT be disappointed!!!
When we think of pest infestations of our homes, we tend to think of small insects or animals like mice and other rodents. However, for homes that have large grounds and wooded premises, there can be other kinds of animal infestation problems as well. Indeed, many people know the common measures that can help keep small insects and common rodents out of their homes.
As winter approaches, one way to reduce chances of insect or rodent infestation is to keep one’s home clutter free; one needs to seal off cracks and crevices in their homes around corners and behind furniture; cleaning and sweeping off all unused spaces will also help reduce the chances of infestation.
When it comes to larger animals in one’s home or yard such as squirrels, raccoons and birds, one needs to think of other ways to prevent such infestation. For instance, even if birds do look beautiful, their droppings make outdoor walls look ugly and can corrode metal; they are also known to carry parasites and viruses. Raccoons are clever animals that can enter your home or unguarded spaces and even open up latches by their hands. Squirrels also can infest homes, and they often find entryways through attics or roofs.
Dealing with bigger animals can be difficult, especially if they have already entered your home. Hence, it is important to seal off gaps or ensure that the garage or other door latches cannot be opened easily. If you have a yard with a barn or a tool shed, ensure that such spaces are properly locked up. In case one finds their ground infested by a large animal or birds, one might want to consult a professional pest control service. With the right advice and control measures one can get rid of such animals from their premises effectively.
Dealing with large rodents like squirrels or other in your home? Call All Star Pest Solutions today! We service all of Albany and the surrounding Capital Region.