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WEC221/UW260: Dealing with Snakes in Florida’s Residential …


Written by Admin, Published on June 3rd, 2019

Steve A. Johnson and Monica E. McGarrity2

Natural areas that provide homes for snakes and other wildlife are disappearing as more and more of Florida is developed to support the state's booming human population. As natural areas disappear and become more divided by development, snakes are forced to eke out a living in the remaining fragments of habitat, which with increasing frequency are yards and gardens in residential areas. The end result is that people and snakes are often forced to live in close proximity to one another. However, the likelihood of encountering a snake in a residential area is not great, because many of Florida's 46 species of native snakes simply do not inhabit areas dominated by people. Furthermore, the vast majority of snakes you may possibly find around your home pose no threat to people, and therefore there is no reason that people and most species of snakes cannot coexist peacefully.

Most snakes that you may encounter in residential areas are non-venomous and are simply trying to live in an environment that is all too often hostile to snakes. Threats to snakes in residential areas include cats and dogs, lawnmowers, people who misunderstand and fear snakes, as well as automobiles. If you encounter a snake in your yard it is best that you enjoy it from a distance and leave it be to eat rodents, slugs, and insect pests in your yard. Despite myths, Florida's snakes are not aggressive, and in fact many provide a valuable service by eating rodents that destroy property and potentially spread disease. Even though most snakes in residential areas are not a threat to people or pets, there are steps you can take to avoid encountering snakes.

In areas where human/snake encounters are likely, we recommend a three-part proactive approach for dealing with snakes, using the information provided in this series. By learning to identify Florida's most commonly encountered snakes, taking steps to prevent negative encounters, and planning for emergencies, you will be well equipped to coexist peacefully with snakes. You will also be prepared to identify potentially dangerous snakes and react appropriately if the need arises. This document provides information on the second step of this proactive approachpreventing negative encounters with snakes.

For many people who are unfamiliar with snakes (or even fear them) the task of avoiding encounters with snakes may seem challenging. However, this is one case in which the motto work smart, not hard certainly holds true. Attempting to kill all the snakes in your yard is not the solutionrather you should learn how to make your yard and home less attractive to snakes, if your goal is to prevent encountering them. You should also learn how to tell the difference between harmless, non-venomous species and potentially dangerous, venomous snakes. Killing or attempting to kill snakes around your home greatly increases your chances of being bitten, and will not prevent other snakes from entering your yard. This may actually prove counterproductive, especially if you kill non-venomous snakes, some of which eat venomous snakes (not to mention helping to control rodent populations that could attract more snakes!). Attempting to completely exclude snakes from your yard with fencing is possible, but would be rather time consuming and expensive, and advertised snake repellents simply do not work. So how can you work smart to prevent unwanted encounters?

If you have already read the previous document in this series (Dealing with Snakes in Florida's Residential AreasIdentifying Commonly Encountered Snakes: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/UW258) you should be able to identify most of the snakes you may encounter in your yard. This is an especially important step, as it allows you to determine which snakes (if any) might pose a threat, identify possible food sources for snakes, and learn other potential solutions. For example, someone with harmless Eastern Garter Snakes in their yard might find that their backyard pond is full of frogsone of its favorite prey items. An individual who encounters equally harmless ratsnakes in or around their home might be well advised to cover potential access points for snakes, and to take steps to remove rodent prey. Thus, by learning to identify, understand and respect our ecologically important native snakes, you and your family may simply be able to coexist peacefully with them. However, if you encounter venomous snakes, snakes inside your home, or simply feel the need to prevent all encounters with snakes, the following steps will help to snake proof your home.

First, you should address your yarddo you have tall grass, overgrown shrubs or piles of brush, debris, or wood? If so, these may provide hiding spots for snakes, and tall grass can make it difficult to watch your step. Keep your grass mowed, and keep shrubs and tree branches trimmed away from the house. Do not mow to the edge of lakes or ponds, as this will destroy important habitat for frogs, turtles, and birdsrather, warn children to stay away from the water unless accompanied by an adult and keep pets away from these areas. Installing chain-link or privacy fence is an effective solution to keep pets and children away from wetland and lake edges. You should not completely remove brush piles and vegetation from your yard because these can provide habitat for wildlife, but should keep brush piles well away from buildings and areas where children play. Piles of firewood should also be moved away from these areas, and firewood should be stored neatly on a rack, rather than on the ground (Figure 1).

Firewood should be stacked neatly on a rack. Wood piles on the ground provide many hiding spots for snakes.

Some landscape elements, such as rock walls, may also provide shelter for snakes (and rodents), and should be kept well away from the house unless cracks are sealed with mortar. Also, be alert when playing or working in your yard to avoid being surprised if you suddenly see a snake. Remember, snakes are most active in spring and summer.

Next, you should examine your house, garage, shed (or other outbuildings), and porch. Are there gaps under doors, holes in walls, or openings on your roof that might allow snakes to easily enter your home? Are there any holes or gaps in the screens on your windows, doors, or porch, or open drain pipes from enclosed pools? Snakes may enter garages, basements, or attics in search of prey if rodents are present or may simply slip in through a drain pipe or crack under a door in search of a cool hiding spot (Figure 2).

Uncovered holes, such as this patio pool drain are inviting hiding spots for snakes in search of a cool place to rest, and can allow a snake access to your home.

As you inspect your home, you should keep in mind that some snakes (especially small ones) may enter through an opening no larger than a pencil.

Door sweeps and garage door threshold weather strips are easy, economical ways to seal gaps under doors, but must be checked periodically to ensure that they are in good repair (Figure 3). Caulking or inexpensive expansion foam sealant, available at hardware stores, can be used to seal cracks in a foundation, gaps between a patio or porch and the house, holes where wiring or plumbing enters your home, or gaps around attic vents (Figure 4). Larger gaps can be covered with hardware cloth, crawl space access holes can be fitted with secure doors, and plumbing vent stacks or other potential roof access points can be protected with inexpensive hardware cloth (Figure 5).

Door sweeps can prevent snakes from inadvertently slipping into the home under a door, but must be checked periodically. This rubber door strip is in disrepair, leaving large gaps beneath the door.

Small gaps where wiring (A) or plumbing (B) enter the house or garage can allow snakes to enter, and should be repaired with caulking. Larger gaps (C) can be filled with expansion foam sealant (D).

Roof vents (A) and plumbing vent stacks (B) often have large openings that can allow climbing snakes (such as rat snakes) to enter the home or garage. These large openings can be easily covered with hardware cloth, as shown here.

Pet doors can also serve as easy access points for snakes. The only effective way to exclude snakes from entering garages or homes via these access points is to seal or remove the pet door. Outdoor and indoor/outdoor cats capture and kill billions of frogs, lizards, snakes, birds, and small mammals in the US each year, and are often responsible for bringing snakes into homesusually through pet doors!

Finally, you should attempt to rodent proof your home, so that rodents do not attract snakes into your home, garage, or shed. Ratsnakes, in particular, are often found in attics, garages, or sheds when rodents are present, but leave when rodents are exterminated. Outside the home, be sure to keep bird feeders some distance from the house and do not feed in late spring and summer, when birds have plenty of food sources, as you may be feeding rodents as well. Mulch bins, where people compost food scraps, may attract rodents, so be sure they are secure and that their contents are not accessible to mice and rats (Figure 6).

Mulch piles and compost bins can be inviting to rodents, which may attract snakes. Sturdy, sealed containers such as this can help to "rodent-proof" your yard. Note the PVC pipe used to hold the door securely in place.

In the garage, be sure to keep doors and windows tightly closed, seal all holes, keep the garage neat and keep clutter (especially cardboard boxes in which rodents like to nest) off of the floor. If you see rodents or find droppings, you may need to use traps or hire an exterminator to remove them. Avoid using poisons because poisoned rats that leave your garage may be scavenged by wildlife or pets, poisoning them too. In your home you should take care to keep basements and attics clutter free, seal all holes, and monitor for rodent activity. In your garage and home keep human food, pet food, and seeds for birds in tightly closed containers and periodically inspect for signs of rodent activity (chewed boxes, droppings, etc.). A metal garbage can with a secure lid is a good, rodent-proof place to store bird feed and pet food in your garage.

If you frequently encounter venomous snakes and find that the measures described above do not deter them, you may consider using fencing in some areas (i.e., along edges of wooded areas or margins of lakes and wetlands) to prevent snakes from entering your yard. Fencing of aluminum flashing, hardware cloth (1/4"), or silt fencing 23 feet high buried 6 inches in the ground should deter most snakes from gaining access to certain areas of your yard (Figure 7).

Snake fences, such as this one made of silt fencing, can prevent some snakes from entering your yard when used correctly, but can be costly and time consuming to install and do not prevent all species of snakes from entering. Such measures should only be used as a last resort.

If you use such a barrier along the edge of a wetland or forested area, be sure to turn out the ends of the barrier to direct potential snakes back into the natural habitats, rather than your yard. Using this method to exclude snakes from an entire yard can be costly and time consuming, and should be used as a last resort. If snake fencing is used to exclude snakes, be sure to trim vegetation well away from fence, as snakes may be able to use this to cross over. Also, be sure the posts or supports for the barrier material are on the side of the barrier toward your yard, as some snakes could potentially use the posts to climb over the barrier. Aluminum flashing and silt fencing (with posts already attached) are commonly available at hardware stores. Such barriers require frequent inspection and maintenance.

If you have already read the previous document in this series (Dealing with Snakes in Florida's Residential AreasIdentifying Commonly Encountered Snakes: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/UW258), you should now be able to identify most of the snakes you may encounter in your yard and already know a bit about their behavior. However, it is critical that you also understand that snakes are not aggressive and do not hunt or chase people, but they can strike without coiling first. Belief in myths such as these can cause people to behave rashly during an encounter, creating an unsafe situation for themselves and for the snake. Above all else, if you encounter a snake, try your best to remain calm! Snakes would rather not encounter humans, and it is probably as scary for them as it is for you. Also keep in mind that the vast majority of encounters between people and snakes are with non-venomous, harmless snakes.

If you encounter a snake outdoors, keep children and pets away while you try to identify it as venomous or non-venomousfrom a safe distance. Keep in mind that snakes will usually attempt to flee toward the nearest cover, so try not to stand between them and bushes or other cover. When they are startled, some snakes will flatten their heads and puff up to make themselves look more intimidating. A snake may also become defensive or attempt to strike when cornered, so give it space! Rememberreleasing a foul smelling musk and striking are a snake's only defenses, since it has no claws. Be mindful of the fact that some non-venomous snakes (for example, Black Racers and rat snakes) will rattle their tails when they feel threatened, and if they are in dry leaves this behavior may give the impression that they are a rattlesnake. After you identify the snake, or at least determine that it is non-venomous, the best course of action is to simply let it be. If you have taken the precautions described above, it will not be able to enter your house, will not have a ready supply of rodent prey nearby, and will likely soon be on its way. If you feel that you must remove the snake from your yard, spray it gently with a water hose to send it on its way while keeping your distance. If you find a snake in your pool, you can use a long handled leaf skimmer to gently remove the snake, as it may not be able to get out on its own if it is small or exhausted from swimming. If you determine that the snake is venomous or you are not sure of its identity, take a digital photograph and contact a professional! Do not attempt to handle the snake yourself! However, keep in mind that if you have taken the precautions described above, the snake is probably just passing through.

If you encounter a snake indoors, try to identify it as venomous or non-venomous from a safe distance while keeping children and pets away. Most snakes found inside Florida residences are non-venomous and can be easily and safely removed using a large wastebasket or outdoor trashcan with a lid and a broom. Tip the trashcan onto its side, and use the broom to gently chase the snake into the trashcan. Then, tip the trashcan upright and, taking care to keep your hands away from the open top, replace the lid. You can then easily transport and release the snake in a nearby natural area. A full description of this technique, with accompanying photographs, is available online as part of the Florida Museum of History Online Guide to the Snakes of Florida (from link in additional resources, follow link to "How can I safely remove snakes from my yard?"). If you find a snake indoors in close quarters in an attic or basement and are not able to use this technique, there are a variety of humane glueboard snake traps, such as the Cahaba Snake Trap (http://www.cahabasnaketrapsales.com) that you can set along walls to capture snakes. When these traps are in use, they MUST be checked daily so that snakes do not die from lack of moisture and begin to smell. Captured nonvenomous snakes can easily be set free at a nearby natural area by pouring vegetable oil onto the snake to release it from the glue. If you have a venomous snake in your home, or if you capture a venomous snake in a glue trap, leave it alone and call a professional. To find a licensed wildlife removal specialist in your area, visit the nuisance wildlife permit website maintained by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (http://myfwc.com/license/wildlife/nuisance-wildlife/ and click the Wildlife Trapper List link near the bottom of the page). If you find a snake in the garage and are unable to capture it with a trashcan or glue board, simply close the door to your house and crack open the external doors to allow the snake to escape on its own.

The identification tips provided in the second document in this series (http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/UW258), along with the preventative measures and removal techniques described here will enable you to safely deal with snakes in and around your home. As you learn more about Florida's native snakes, we hope that you will also learn to respect them and appreciate their role in Florida's environment. However, it is also essential that you know what to do and what to expect in the event that you, someone you are with, a child or a pet is bitten by a snakeespecially a venomous snake. The fourth and final document in this series, Dealing With Snakes in Florida's Residential AreasEmergency Planning (http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/UW261) will provide you with the information you need to develop a plan for dealing with snakebite.

This document is the third in a series of four documents by Dr. Steve Johnson and Monica McGarrity that provide information to Florida's residents on how to identify snakes that are commonly encountered in residential settings, how to prevent encounters from occurring in the first place, and how to respond in the unlikely event that someone is bitten by a snake. Anyone living in Florida, especially people new to the state, will find these documents useful. These documents are available online through UF/IFAS Extension Electronic Data Information Source.

Introduction

Identifying Commonly Encountered Snakes

Preventing Encounters

Emergency Planning

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American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) Poisoning Hotline: 1-888-426-4435 (charges may apply)

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Ober, H. K., S. Johnson, and W. M. Giuliano. (2014). Managing Conflicts with Wildlife: Living with Snakes. WEC350. Gainesville: University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Services. http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/uw395

Florida Museum of Natural HistoryOnline guide to Florida snakes: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/herpetology/fl-snakes/visual-id/

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission: Living with Snakes: http://myfwc.com/conservation/you-conserve/wildlife/snakes/

Partners in Amphibians and Reptile Conservation (PARC) site: http://www.parcplace.org/

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10 Fascinating Facts About Ants – ThoughtCo


Written by Dikshit Aryal, Published on June 2nd, 2019

In many ways, ants can outwit, outlast, and outplay humans. Their complex, cooperative societies enable them to survive and thrive in conditions that would challenge the individual. Here are 10 fascinating facts about ants that just might convince you they're superior to us.

Ants use their diminutive size to their advantage. Relative to their size, their muscles are thicker than those of larger animals or even humans. This ratio enables them to produce more force and carry larger objects. If youhad muscles in the proportions of ants, you'd be able to heave a Hyundai over your head!

In certain ant species, the soldier ants have modified heads, shaped to match the nest entrance. They block access to the nest by sitting just inside the entrance, with their heads functioning like a cork in a bottle. When a worker ant returns to the nest, it touches the soldier ant's head to let the guard know it belongs to the colony.

Ant plants, or myrmecophytes, are plants with naturally occurring hollows where ants can take shelter or feed. These cavities may be hollow thorns, stems, or even leaf petioles. The ants live in the hollows, feeding on sugary plant secretions or the excretions of sap-sucking insects. What do the plants get for providing such luxurious accommodations? The ants defend the plant from herbivorous mammals and insects, and may even prune away parasitic plants that attempt to grow on the host plant.

How can this be?! Ants are so tiny, and we are so big! But scientists estimate there are at least 1.5 million ants on the planet for every human being. Over 12,000 species of ants are known to exist, on every continent except Antarctica. Most live in tropical regions. A single acre of Amazon rainforest may house 3.5 million ants.

Ants will do just about anything to get the sugary secretions of sap-sucking insects, like aphids or leafhoppers. To keep the honeydew in close supply, some ants will herd aphids, carrying the soft-bodied pests from plant to plant. Leafhoppers sometimes take advantage of this nurturing tendency in ants, and leave their young to be raised by the ants. This allows the leafhoppers to go raise another brood.

Quite a few ant species will take captives from other ant species, forcing them to do chores for their own colony. Honeypot ants will even enslave ants of the same species, taking individuals from foreign colonies to do their bidding. Polyergus queens, also known as Amazon ants, raid the colonies of unsuspecting Formica ants. The Amazon queen will find and kill the Formica queen, then enslave the Formica workers. The slave workers help her rear her own brood. When her Polyergus offspring reach adulthood, their sole purpose is to raid other Formica colonies and bring back their pupae, ensuring a steady supply of slave workers.

Ants evolved some 130 million years ago during the early Cretaceous period. Most fossil evidence of insects is found in lumps of ancient amber, or fossilized plant resin. The oldest known ant fossil, a primitive and now extinct ant species named Sphercomyrma freyi, was found in Cliffwood Beach, NJ. Though that fossil only dates back 92 million years, another fossil ant that proved nearly as old has a clear lineage to ants of present day. This suggests a much longer evolutionary line than previously assumed.

Fungus farming ants began their agricultural ventures about 50 million years before humans thought to raise their own crops. The earliest evidence suggests ants began farming as early as 70 million years ago, in the early Tertiary period. Even more amazing, these ants used sophisticated horticultural techniques to enhance their crop yields. They secreted chemicals with antibiotic properties to inhibit mold growth, and devised fertilization protocols using manure.

Argentine ants, native to South America, now inhabit every continent except Antarctica due to accidental introductions. Each ant colony has a distinctive chemical profile that enables members of the group to recognize each other, and alerts the colony to the presence of strangers. Scientists recently discovered that massive supercolonies in Europe, North America, and Japan all share the same chemical profile, meaning they are, in essence, a global supercolony of ants.

By following pheromone trails laid by scout ants from their colony, foraging ants can gather and store food efficiently. A scout ant first leaves the nest in search of food, and wanders somewhat randomly until it discovers something edible. It will then consume some of the food and return to the nest in a straight, direct line. It seems these scout ants can observe and recall visual cues that enable them to navigate quickly back to the nest. Along the return route, the scout ant leaves a trail of pheromones, special scents that will guide her nestmates to the food. The foraging ants then follow her path, each one adding more scent to the trail to reinforce it for others. The workers will continue walking back and forth along the line until the food source is depleted.

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Raccoon Exterminator Nj – Critters Gone


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Rodent Exterminator | Rodent Removal | Rodent Exterminators


Written by Admin, Published on May 29th, 2019

Rats And MiceThe distinguishing feature of Rats and Mice in New York City NY, Westchester County NY and in Rockland County NY are their pairs of continuously growing, razor-sharp incisors. These incisors have thick layers of enamel on the front and little enamel on the back. Because they do not stop growing, rats must continue to wear them down so that they do not reach and pierce the skull. As the incisors grind against each other, the softer dentine on the rear of the teeth wears away, leaving the sharp enamel edge shaped like the blade of a chisel. Most Rat and Mice species have up to 22 teeth with no canines or anterior premolars. A gap, or diastema, occurs between the incisors and the cheek teeth in most species. This allows Rats to suck in their cheeks or lips to shield their mouth and throat from wood shavings and other inedible material, discarding this waste from the sides of their mouths.Rats have strong teeth that allow them to chew through glass, cinderblock, wire, aluminum and lead.

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The Keys to Rodent Control in Georgia & Tennessee: Inspect, Interview, and Strategize

Youll rarely find just one mouse or rat. Mice are mature enough to breed at age 5-8 weeks. In one year, female mice typically have eight litters, with 4-7 pups per litter. Rats can breed at age 8-12 weeks and have 4-6 litters of 8-12 pups per litter. Rodents need a constant source of food, water, and shelter in order to thrive, and all it takes is a small gap in your siding or underneath a door for them to begin nesting on your property.

To determine the scope of your rodent problem and propose the most effective solution, Allgood Pest Solutions technicians will conduct a thorough interview with you and inspect your property for areas where rodents are likely to nest and thrive. Our specialists will search for signs of a rodent infestation, and select the proper tools and techniques necessary to eliminate rodents from your property without endangering your family, employees, or the environment. Once target areas are established, our specialists will recommend the use of either rodent traps, baits, or a combination of the two.

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Written by Dikshit Aryal, Published on May 24th, 2019

Rusty's Exterminators, Inc provides safe and effective mice and rat removal at your home or workplace in Miami.

Mice and rats can squeeze through small spaces and quickly take over any location. Rodents breed rapidly and transmit bacteria and disease just as fast. Even if you have not actually seen a mouse, tiny rod-shaped black droppings found near baseboards or food storage areas are often reliable indicators that rodents have invaded your premises in Miami.

Residential and commercial rodent pest control is absolutely essential to preserve your quality of life and business reputation in Miami. In addition to protecting health and peace of mind at home, Rusty's Exterminators, Inc rodent inspections and maintenance services are recommended for:

It is best not handle a problem with rodents on your own. Although there are many do-it-yourself methods for controlling rats and mice, these homespun pest control solutions are often insufficient to eliminate a problem that can quickly develop from a few critters into a full blown rodent infestation. If you suspect that rodents have invaded your location in Miami, contact the pest control professionals at Rusty's Exterminators, Inc for safe, efficient and permanent removal of rats, mice or other vermin.

Our licensed pest removal experts begin with a thorough inspection of your location to identify where rats and mice are hiding. Discreet and professional, Rusty's Exterminators, Inc technicians provide free assessments at any Miami business or residential location and devise customized plans for rodent control as well as a follow-up maintenance and cleaning services to remove bacteria-ridden fecal matter and urine. Contact a rodent control expert in Miami for a free consultation and for answers to any pest control questions you may have.

As part of a strategic and comprehensive pest control plan, focus on improvements in the following areas to keep rodents away:

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Spider Exterminator, Pest Spider Control


Written by Dikshit Aryal, Published on May 24th, 2019

Spider Exterminator

Spiders can be a tough problem for an exterminator to handle. Spiders are not like most other pest insects. A number of insects are able to be treated by chemical means that follow their trails. The chemicals are carried on their feet as they go back to their nests. This method does not work with spiders. Many chemical solutions are great at taking care of spiders on contact, but not as good at taking the chemical backt to the nests. The best way to take care of a spider infestation is to take out the spiders food source; other insects. By ensuring that you have a good pest management program in place you can take care of your spider control problem.

It is not a big problem to find one spider in the corner, but when you have an infestation, it is best to call in a spider exterminator. An exterminator will do an inspection of your home and track down this insect. Dont let you or your family get bitten by spiders. Contact a spider exterminator to inspect your home and property to determine if there is a need for pest control. Spiders that you have found and killed should be kept to show the pest control technician.

Protect your company by making sure that you dont have a spider infestation problem. The majority of spiders are not lethal. this does not mean that you should not have a spider exterminator to take care of the spiders your business may have. Most all spiders have fangs and venom. Even though the venom may not be lethal, spider bites can still hurt. Dont let your customers or employees be bitten. Call a spider exterminator to help you remove spiders from your business.

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Bed Bug Exterminator NYC | Extermination Treatment …


Written by Admin, Published on May 23rd, 2019

Different Treatment Options

When it comes to bed bugs pest control certain situations require different treatment methods than others. For instance, people that live in apartments or condos have a harder time getting rid of bed bugs, because the bugs can migrate to the neighbors. So, once your apartment or condo is clear of the critter it can merely migrate right back from your neighbors. In situations like this, the whole building usually has to be exterminated. Along with this, we offer a wide variety of different treatments. For instance, in some situations, a pesticide treatment might be a better solution, whereas as a different situation might call for a whole room heat treatment.

Whatever the situation is, we are prepared with the most advanced treatments and solutions to your problems.

Customer References

We understand that hiring the right bed bug company can be confusing and frustrating. There are many factors besides the price that you have to consider. That is why our company is willing to supply you with references of other customers that we have serviced. This gives you the ability to speak to previous customers about the services that our techs performed and how they conducted themselves inside their homes. We are confident in the services that we provide.

We Utilize Pesticides That Are Safe For Indoor Use

As a top bed bug exterminator in NYC, we handpick the pesticides that we utilize for eradicating infestations. The pesticides are safe to use indoors, but we always encourage the occupants of the home to evacuate the house for several hours after the initial application. Pets will also need to be moved to the outdoors until the home has time to air out. We encourage all of our customers to take their pets to an outdoor area or a boarding facility for about 3 to 4 hours. This way, they will not be exposed to the chemicals.

Our bed bugs removal team will get to work as soon as the family and pets are evacuated from the home. The entire process takes about 2 to 3 hours, depending on the size of the house and whether or not the attic and basement need to be treated, as well. Our bedbug exterminator NYC team is trained and experienced in utilizing pesticides. They are also licensed to handle an array of chemicals that are used to treat bedbug and other pest infestations. If you have any questions about the types of pesticides we utilize, please feel free to contact our customer service department. Our representative will provide you with a list of the pesticides and their ingredients.

We Offer A 100 Percent Customer Satisfaction

We are consumers just like you, and we understand the importance of protecting your investment, when hiring bed bug company. This is why we offer a 100 percent customer satisfaction guarantee. If at any time, you are dissatisfied with the services we provided, please contact our office. We will find a solution promptly, in most cases while you are still on the phone with the representative. We will send a technician out to your home to perform another bed bug dog inspection that will be provided for absolutely free. If re-treatment is required, the technician will do that following the inspection.

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Exterminator How to Get Rid of Termites


Written by Admin, Published on May 23rd, 2019

Theyll stop at nothing to eat you out of house and home and in many cases, by the time theyre detected theyve already caused thousands of dollars in damage. Getting rid of termites is no simple matter but the sooner you get started the less damage youre likely to incur.

Once youve noticed signs of termites you can bet theyve already made themselves at home. Though subterranean termites are the most common species in the U.S., drywood and dampwood termites are prevalent in regional areas. Here are a few signs you may be heading for a termite issue

Swarms: Most types of termites live in large colonies that swarm together when the weather is warm. Look for large swarms at dusk as termites search out a new home.

Holes and Tubes: Subterranean termites travel through earthen tubes to tunnel into the lowest level of your home, so look for eraser-sized holes in mud or soil. If you see circular holes directly in your homes wood, call a professional immediately.

Shavings: As termites eat their way through wood they leave wood shavings and scraps behind. If you notice wood in the dirt near your foundation or even inside your basement youve probably got termites.

In a vast majority of termite infestation cases its best to call an exterminator right away. Pest professionals are specially trained to spot and identify termites and quickly, efficiently remove them from your home and just a few months of inaction or improper corrective action can cost you thousands in damages and allow the problem to get worse.

If youd like to try to eradicate your termites before bringing in professional help, try one of the following:

It is possible to buy commercial-grade pesticides and insecticides in both foam and gas form but it is highly inadvisable that you use these compounds without the proper training. They are incredibly strong, difficult to place in the correct spot for termite control, and above all else, theyre dangerous to your family and pets if not applied properly.

If you have termites the best thing you can do is call a pest professional immediately. Exterminators know exactly which techniques will work for your property and what treatment options are available. They may need to employ a combination of treatments bait, spray, liquid to control your termites completely. Theres also a possibility a pest professional will be able to identify the queen of the colony; removing her from the nest is the #1 way to control an infestation.

Termites are nothing to take lightly. They causebillionsof dollars in damage to properties around the U.S. each year, from Washington to Florida and everywhere in between. Call a professional exterminator today if youve noticed signs of termites in your home.

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Marietta GA Exterminator, Pest Control & Termite Inspector


Written by Admin, Published on May 21st, 2019

Marietta, GA, is hot and humid. As such, pests like mosquitoes are drawn to the area in abundance. Mosquitoes breed in standing water, so the Georgia city's consistent rainfall and location near a major river provides the insects with plenty of opportunities to reproduce. When populations get out of hand, female mosquitoes swarm residential neighborhoods looking for blood meals. Individuals who are bitten by the pests risk contracting diseases, such as the Zika and West Nile viruses. Additionally, mosquito bites leave behind itchy bumps on the skin.

Stinging insects, like yellow jackets and wasps, and ants are also common in Marietta during the summer. Yellow jackets and wasps nest in and around homes, in such places as attics, hanging from roof eaves, and in trees. These flying pests aggressively defend their nests and will sting intruders repeatedly. Ants invade kitchens looking for sweet, fatty, and oily foods. Once they find food sources, they leave chemical trails that lead other members of their colonies indoors.

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