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At Empire State Pest Control, protecting our customers is not just our business, it’s our promise. We know how to best treat and prevent every type of pest control problem. From rodents to roaches to bedbugs, we’ll provide you with a personalized pest management plan for keeping your home healthy.

Residential Homes and Pest Control

Isn’t it awful when your home—the last sanctuary of the cruel, cruel world—is violated?  All the more so if your unwelcomed guests are dangerous, such as rats, scorpions, rabid possums or poisonous snakes.  If you’ve ever seen the cable show Infested then you are probably relieved that your home isn’t as badly infested now as it could be with a little more time.  There are some people that have it much worse right now and who can’t afford radical fumigation as a solution.

Of course, that’s not much comfort to you if you’re still struggling to get images of mice, cockroaches or crickets out of your head!  So, in this chapter we’re going to discuss some of the most important aspects of home infestation, why it happens, and what you (or the brooklyn exterminator ) has to do to return the home to normal.

Why Do I Have Infestation?

Let’s start by considering why infestation occurs.  Some of this information was already discussed in the previous chapters, as it relates to the characteristics of certain pests.  However, there may be broad ecological reasons why homes are infested that you might not realize. 

Sometimes, infestation happens prior to you ever arriving in your new home, whether due to the previous homeowners’ bad management, or perhaps even a poor choice in land development.  (Just think of all those invading scorpions in Arizona, that are merely reacting to their homeland changing so drastically) 

Obviously, it’s important to investigate a house or apartment before signing a contract, and if possible, asking for an exterminator to make an official inspection of the building.  Suspicious signs might include stray bugs (don’t assume it’s a rarity), earthen tubes along walls or beams, damaged wood, dried mud, and so on.

We’re going to assume that it’s far too late for home shopping at this point.  By now, you’re either ready to call an exterminator or are looking into Do It Yourself methods that are within a small budget.  Not to worry, there are plenty of tips which we’re going to share in a bit.  For now though, let’s go over some pest basics.

Bug Motivations

Don’t assume bugs are just there to make your life miserable.  There is a specific reason why each species might choose to invade.  There are generally six motivations for all species:

  1. They want your blood!  (Insert Dracula laugh here)
  2. They want food and water.
  3. They want wood from your furniture.
  4. They want the materials your clothing and bedding is made from.
  5. They want your paper and your books.

The problem is, once there are just a few bugs infiltrating the premises, they breed rather quickly and will lay an obscene number of eggs in a short period of time.  Bear in mind that these living organisms require the same things that we do to thrive—a food and water source, as well as an optimal environment and temperature.

Strategies for Elimination

Keep It Clean: Some pests live in damp, dark places and they wallow in filth.  Right away, this suggests that keeping the house super clean, dry and well-lit is a necessity, as you can instantly make your haven less hospitable to invaders by eliminating these life sources. 

Stop Them at the Entrance: Don’t stop at cleaning—make your home very inhospitable by building poisonous barriers around the entrances to your home, and individual rooms (where bugs might be sneaking in through walls).  Not only can you use poison, but even some everyday grocery products can be used, such as baking powder.  What’s important to remember is that while these intruders are not smart, they are not as gullible as we sometimes think them to be.  So add something appetizing to the poison, like sugar or meat, and entice them to eat it.

Seal Holes: If you can prevent bugs from traveling into all corners of your house, they may eventually die off from a lack of food and water sources.  In this case, it is vital to seal up all holes using caulking, screening, duct-taping or other methods.  Whenever you do open a door outside, don’t leave it open too long.  Also, pay attention to leaky pipes, which are pest attractants.

Kill All of the Visible Population: Don’t show any restraint when it comes to killing stray bugs or wandering guests.  You must kill the visible population before they start to multiply.  When the exterminator gets involved, it’s not only his/her job to kill the pests—but also to identify the main source of where most of the bugs are residing.  This could be anything internal or external, from leftover trash to even wading pools, bad drywall, gutters, and so on. 

Control Hygiene: In the summer and winter months, both extremes in temperature, many pests are attracted to moderate temperature homes.  You might not be able to manipulate the heat/cold without feeling the effects, but you can monitor the hygiene of all family members, including pets.  Some pests are attracted to sweat, body heat, carbon dioxide and odor just as much as blood. 

Protect your family’s health!

In order to ensure the effectiveness of our treatments, our method includes four important steps:

  1. Initial inspections are crucial – We provide a thorough inspection before the application.
  2. Our treatment will focus on the current pest problem and will explain numerous prevention techniques.
  3. We then focus on all cracks and crevices that are conducive to pest infestation.
  4. Lastly, we treat the outside perimeter of your home to prevent another invasion.

This integrated pest management plan isn’t just about eliminating the pests you can see, it’s about the peace of mind that comes from knowing you’re protected.

What We Treat

Common Household Pests:

  • Carpenter ants
  • Centipedes
  • Cockroaches
  • Crickets
  • Earwigs
  • Fleas
  • Ground beetles
  • Stored grain insects
  • Mosquitoes
  • Ants
  • Household spiders
  • Mice
  • Millipedes
  • Pillbugs/Sowbugs
  • Rats
  • Silverfish
  • Squirrels
  • Fruit flies
 

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