In this warm weather in Upstate New York, pest infestation is at a rise. A good majority of pests come out during the heat and tend to cause big infestations around this time. One such pest is the stink bug. To make sure your house is protected, it’s important to know of ways to get rid of stink bugs and how to know when you need a professional pest exterminator for help.
Preventing a Stink Bug Infestation
Proactive measures to keep stink bugs out are much more effective than getting rid of them once an infestation has taken place. These stink bugs release an offensive smell when they feel threatened as a defense mechanism and while this stink is important to identify the bug, it’s also quite a nuisance since it doesn’t come off that easily.
To keep stink bugs out, it’s important to seal all points of entry. If you suspect a stink bug colony nearby, using stink bug-repellent methods will help. These repellent methods include rubbing screens with dryer sheets and hanging a soaking damp towel overnight. The bugs will take shelter in the towel and then you can dispose of all of them at once.
Getting Rid of Stink Bugs from Your Home
If there’s an infestation stirring up in your home, it’s important to act fast. A good pest control company is one that uses natural, all-safe methods and products to kill pests. Call a pest exterminator immediately when you notice a large infestation.
If, in case, there are only a few stink bugs around then the situation might just be manageable even without professional intervention. Stink bugs hate soap so creating a soapy solution to kill them is the best method.
You should also avoid squashing them in the house as they release a foul odor. Vacuuming them or grabbing them with plastic bags to avoid directly touching them will help keep the odor away from you. Insecticides should strictly not be used especially indoors as they can be harmful for you and your family.
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It is spring here in Upstate New York and with the warmer weather, comes a host of unwanted pests, rodents and bugs. It is extremely important to be proactive to ensure you do not have an outbreak of cockroaches in your house. Learn how to keep cockroaches away in this article. In case of a large infestation, always contact a professional pest control company!
Keeping cockroaches out!
Nobody likes cockroaches and those that can fly are the absolute worst. It’s better to know how to keep cockroaches away than killing them once an infestation has taken place. Here’s how you can prevent cockroaches from ever entering your home:
When to call a pest control company?
Pest exterminators are often hired for a full blown cockroach infestation. It is essential to hire a professional Albany pest exterminator who uses organic and chemical-free products to rid your house of cockroaches so that it’s safe for you and your family!
Many would agree that squirrels are adorable, fuzzy little creatures that mean no harm but those who have dealt with a squirrel outbreak know better. Here in Upstate New York, as the summertime approaches, squirrels are more often seen. To prevent a serious outbreak of nuisance wildlife such as that of squirrels it is extremely important to be proactive.
Here are a few ways you can tackle this nuisance wildlife:
Get rid of their food
Squirrels will come to houses where they can find nutrition. If you happen to have food uncovered that can possibly attract a squirrel, you’re at risk of an outbreak. Bird seed for example is a popular food amongst squirrels. Leaving bird seeds out might attract birds into your garden but they might bring squirrels as well.
Use natural repellents
These tried and tested items can help repel squirrels. Keeping them in areas where you suspect a squirrel outbreak such as in the lawn might be helpful in driving squirrels away. Spices like peppers and capsicum are potent natural repellents that can keep squirrels out of your garden.
Hire a professional pest control company
A professional pest exterminator who is skilled in dealing with nuisance wildlife like squirrels is the best option you have against an outbreak. This will be less hectic for you and safer for you and your family as well. A qualified pest exterminator can get the job done effectively and quickly.
How to keep squirrels out of your home?
Worst come worst, the squirrels can enter your house. This is when things can get dangerous because squirrels can bite in self-defense. If you want to prevent this untoward consequence from ever happening, there are a couple of things that you can do.
First and foremost, you need to seal all the portals of entry. This means sealing any holes or cracks in the doors where a squirrel can enter from. It’s also a good idea to keep your trees trimmed and prevent stacking wood near or next to your house.
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Skunks are notorious creatures for expelling an offensive, poisonous smell that stays. When days get warmer in Upstate New York, skunks tend to leave their shelters and wander around in the open. If you’re unlucky, you might even stumble upon one or a whole pack in your garden. An outbreak of skunks is never a good sign and needs prompt action. This could mean both taking DIY steps to drive skunks away and hiring a professional pest exterminator for the job.
Signs of skunks in your garden
Skunks are dirt creatures. They live underground and the biggest telltale sign of skunks in your backyard is holes in the ground. Their infamous smell is also an important sign that you can pick up almost immediately. Recognizing a skunk problem isn’t hard but it needs a quick solution.
Driving skunks away
The only way to get rid of skunks is by trapping them. Once they are trapped and removed, all entry points should be sealed properly so they do not enter your territory again. Make sure you don’t use any poisonous chemicals in your quest to drive the skunks away. This is harmful for the animal, the environment and for you. Plus, the skunk can retaliate by spraying.
If you don’t want to trap the skunks, you can repel and drive them away by using repellents. Predator urine such as that of a dog will keep skunks out of your territory. Similarly, ammonia is a powerful caustic agent that can help keep skunks away. However, since skunks don’t have the best sense of smell predator urine might be the best repellent that you can use.
Other repellants, albeit not so effective, include natural home items like peppers and citrus fruits.
The bottom line
It’s important to hire a professional Albany pest exterminator who is skilled in driving pests like skunks away if one does get into your property. It’s equally important to take proactive measures to keep skunks from ever entering your property. Keep your garbage cans covered and make sure there are no stagnant water sources in the backyard!
Bed bugs are pests notorious for leaving itchy bites and popping up when you least expect them. With summer almost approaching in Upstate New York, it is essential that bed bugs along with other pests of the summers be taken care of. Preventive measures to stop an infestation at your home or workplace along with treatment of an infestation is important to know. A pest control company can be seriously useful to treat a full-blown bed bug infestation.
Signs of a bed bug infestation
Bed bugs are small, oval brown insects that are often hard to see with the naked eye. However, these pests leave behind some telltale signs of their existence; picking up the red signals is the first step to eliminating them.
If you notice small brown excreta, unexplained blood spots or a bad smelling odor from or around your furniture, it could be bed bug infestation. Larger insects may also be visible easily.
How to get rid of a bed bug infestation
While we recommend hiring a professional pest exterminator who uses natural, chemical-free products to get rid of pests, it’s also good to know how you can treat and infestation at your home by yourself.
Since bed bugs tend to live in the beds or other pieces of furniture, it’s important to make sure these items are regularly cleaned. In case of an infestation, all bed linens, curtains and clothing should be washed. Bed bugs also find shelter in suitcases and other similar closed off spaces. When you’re travelling, make sure you don’t bring a bed bug infestation to your home by cleaning the suitcase thoroughly.
Along with cleaning by washing the clothes, a bed bug infestation can be eliminated by brushing with a stiff comb to remove the eggs as well as vacuuming in and around the suspected areas.
As with all other pests, decluttering your house and keeping it more tidy will help keep bed bugs away.
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It is spring here in Upstate New York and with the warmer weather, comes a host of unwanted pests, rodents and bugs. It is extremely important to be proactive to ensure you do not have an outbreak of nuisance wildlife that might include raccoons. These furry creatures can become a nuisance if they attack your property. Not only do they damage items around the house, they can also be seriously dangerous.
A raccoon outbreak is manageable; it only needs some care from the homeowner’s side. Perhaps the best method to keep raccoons out of your property is by making sure no food or other attractant is left in the open. This means that trash cans and garbage needs to properly disposed of and covered with a lid. Emptying your garbage frequently is also a good idea because piled up garbage can leave a smell that raccoons can easily pick up. Raccoons have a favorite food as well – meat. Make sure no meat products are discarded directly in your trash can.
You should also take measures to ensure no leftover food or barbeque is lying in your lawn. Food attracts raccoon, be it in a trash can or in the open. Items that lure these nuisance wildlife need to be held in check immediately.
Other ways to keep raccoons away is building a fence around your lawn. Raccoons don’t really know how to climb so they won’t put in too much effort to climb your fence.
Repellent products that can be used to keep these pests away include making a scarecrow, using ammonia and predator urine, and even the sound of a gunshot!
Finally, if a raccoon does manage to enter your lawn, you can trap it with a DIY trap and release it away from your house.
Raccoons in the House
When a raccoon enters the inside of the house, there’s chaos. It’s important to hire a professional pest control company to help you out when such a situation occurs. Hire an Albany pest exterminator skilled in nuisance wildlife issues - they should be skilled in humanely handling any pests or rodents who get in your house.
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The warm months in Upstate New York bring with it a host of pests and insects including house flies. To keep your summer spirit up, it is essential to take measures to prevent and eliminate a house fly infestation in your home.
Pest control services offer the most reliable and effective ways to completely rid your house from flies but it is also important for a homeowner to recognize and take early steps to control the infestation.
There are a couple of preventive measures you can take to prevent a fly infestation from happening. Professional pest exterminators will tell you of the ERDM approach when it comes to long-term protection against flies. This approach constitutes exclusion, restriction and monitoring as preventive methods, and destruction as a method to get rid of flies.
The number one way or the exclusion approach is to proof your doors and windows. This means sealing off any spaces where pests, including flies, may enter. Hygiene control is an important part of restricting the entry of flies at home. This means regular cleaning and keeping the kitchen free of leftover food will keep flies away.
Finally, surveillance and monitoring once the flies have been eliminated will prevent future infestations. This inspection is usually performed by a professional pest exterminator or a house inspector.
Getting Rid of Flies
It is extremely important to hire a professional pest exterminator who uses safe, organic products to ensure your home is chemical-free and safe for you and your family.
Natural home remedies to rid your house of flies will keep you and your family safe. Some of these methods include building chemical-free fly traps at home. These traps are meant to work by luring flies with sweet soda bottle traps; using vinegar and dish soap fly traps; and repelling them with apple cider vinegar.
For the best and most effective remedy to get rid of houseflies, contact a qualified Albany pest control company to ease your worries!
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With the advent of the spring season in Upstate New York, there’s been an increase in pests and insects all around. Pest control services are the most active around this time of the year. One such infestation that can occur in your own house is a wasp and yellow jacket infestations. To make sure you and your family are safe and protected against these harmful insects, it is important to practice both preventive measures and taking steps to get rid of them in the house.
How Can You Prevent an Infestation?
Wasps and yellow jackets, like most other pests, are attracted to leftover food. Yellow jacket in particular loves protein. If you want to keep these pests away, it’s important that you do not leave any food uncovered outside your house. It is also important to keep sugary drinks away because both wasps and yellow jackets are attracted to sugar. Garbage cans should also be lidded and properly covered.
If you must absolutely leave food outside, the one repellant food you can safely keep out is a cucumber. Placing cucumber strips outside has proven to drive wasps away.
Another proactive measure that you can take to keep wasps away is to hang crumpled brown paper bags near or around your house. This will give an illusion of a preexisting nest and wasps usually do not make nests where one already exists. Pest control companies also recommend wearing dull clothes outside in case of a wasp infestation. Bright clothes seem to attract these pests a lot more than black, white or grey ones do.
To keep wasps and yellow jackets from entering the inside of your home, make sure your doors and windows are proofed and sealed enough to not let any pest in.
How Can You Get Rid of an Infestation?
If an infestation already exists, it’s important to call a professional pest exterminator who uses safe, organic products to ensure your home is chemical-free and safe. Wasps and yellow jackets can be dangerous so it is advised to steer clear from handling an infestation yourself. Hire an Albany pest exterminator today to effectively rid your house of wasps and yellow jackets.
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Spring is in full swing here in Upstate New York and with the warmer weather, comes a host of unwanted pests, rodents and bugs. As the population of pests and the frequency of infestation rises in this lovely weather, it is extremely important to be proactive to ensure you do not have an outbreak of carpenter ants in your very own household.
Why are Carpenter Ants Bad for Your House?
Carpenter ants are notorious for destroying wood. While they don’t particularly consume the wood, they punch holes in it and use it as a nesting place. This can seriously damage any piece of wooden furniture that you own in the house.
Signs of Carpenter Ant Infestation
Some telltale signs of a carpenter ant infestation include:
1. Nests in old, damaged wood. These ants prefer old, moist wood over dry furniture. So if you’re locating the shelter of these ants, it’s a good idea to check for them in old pieces of furniture.
2. Random wood shavings in the house with a sawdust like appearance.
3. Rustling sound in the walls.
4. A carpenter ant sighting near or around the kitchen especially when it’s dark.
Easy Ways to Get Rid of Carpenter Ants from Your House
While the best strategy to eliminate an infestation completely is to call for a professional pest control service, there are a few household tips and tricks to get rid of these insects.
Purchase a carpenter ant bait from your local hardware store. These gels are made for luring the entire colony and poisoning them all at once. However, caution has to be exercised with these poisonous gels and children should be kept far away.
Alternatively, you can use a mild insecticide to get rid of carpenter ants. However, to keep the environment and yourself safe it is recommended to use natural treatment remedies instead.
Natural methods to rid the house of carpenter ants include luring the ants away by boric acid and sugar water, using diatomite or spraying boric acid on ant colonies.
If the problem persists, it is extremely important to hire a professional Albany pest control company who uses safe, organic products to ensure your home is chemical-free and safe for you and your family.
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