Saturday, September 26, 2009


Do you know what the shortest poem in the world is?
"Fleas - Adam had em"

No doubt Eve did too. And so did the bear where they got their winter skins from after ditching the fig leaves.

Insects have plagued us since time began. Just thank the Creator, of all that is good, that you are living now and not back then. All those generations of people down through history had to figure out through trial and error what worked and what didn't to live pest free in their caves and castles.

You, however, can simply pick up the phone and call us, CONNEX Environmental, and we can be there in most cases the same day, to stop whatever bug is plaguing you, be it fleas, roaches, bedbugs or rodents.

Autumn time is when many insects aggressively seek to extend their short lives by moving inside with you where it's nice an warm. Your home or apartment is their Florida vacation. Fleas are naturally attracted to Fido and will jump to hitch a ride on his or her's warm fur. Same thing will happen with purring little fluffy cat, if you allow your cat to roam around the neighborhood.

If your pet's immune system is strong, the flea will not like the taste of the bite it gets and will jump off usually into your rug or carpet. It may then try to bite you to see if you taste any better. Fleas will infest a pet with a slow or weaken immune system and the overflow of the flea population, eggs etc, will soon find its way into your household furnishings. This is why as you sit there watching TV at night, your legs get bitten. Those are not always mosquito bites.

"But I use flea collars!" Yeah, and where does the flea collar go? Around your pet's neck, right? Do you put a collar on it's tail end? Guess what? That's where the fleas go. Get a fine tooth flea comb and check the back end of your pet. If you see movement or the comb reveals dirt.... that's most probably flea dirt or poop. By the time you figure out your cat or dog has fleas doing a flea dip bath or buying flea collars is too little, too late. Are you gonna put a flea collar on your sofa or your carpet? Besides many of the chemicals in those products are extremely harsh and can potentially harm your cat or dog's immune system making the situation worse. Some pets even have sensitive skin allergies to flea collars.

A flea infestation is difficult to remove and is best left to a professional exterminator like CONNEX Environmental. So do yourself and your pet a favor and call us now to get rid of your flea problem.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Saturday, September 19, 2009

The Chronicles of Riddex

Or how to save yourself 29.95 plus 17.95 shipping and handling.

Recently I was checking my personal email and the first step I usually do is to select what can easily be deleted and then delete it. I was about to send this one email gem permanently into the ether net when I changed my mind to explore it further. It was a promotional email from Riddex, an electronic plug-in device sold on TV to help me eliminate any and all roaches, mice or rats from my home.

I was naturally hooked. Maybe I could put myself out of business, selling these simple devices instead? I hoped what I found out would help my readers to save time and money and in the end get the results they need for their pest problem. But what I found may shock you, no pun intended.

The first thing that struck me about the website sales video was their claim that this simple electric plug-in device was not only much simpler to use but it was more effective and way better than having some stranger exterminator come into your home. Two of these plug in devices could put a protective barrier around the average size home. Some video special effects proved it to me with a pulsating grid around a cartoon house. I read their glowing but very short testimonials and
I was about to rip open my velcro wallet when I decide to just do a little google surfing on the subject.

I did some various search words from just "Riddex" to "does Riddex work"? The first result got me about 52,000 results, many on the first page were selling the product. However, the first organic link I clicked on had 9 complaints out of 15..... hmmm. So I dug some more...."does Riddex work?"
got me 207,000 results with the first page showing some very pissed off and angry consumers warning others not to waste their money. Velcro makes no sound when you close your wallet. It was somewhere on this Google search that I found out the shipping on a plastic device that weighs only a few ounces was 17.95. Yikes. Some people said they like the blinking lights on the thing. My dad referred to those type of things as idiot boxes.... they do nothing but look good doing it.

Some other consumers said they probably had the only deaf roaches and mice on the planet and that the only way to kill the vermin was to throw the device at them. There were complaints about noise and that the plug in did in fact interfere with their computer especially when using Skype. It hummed.
A university in South Carolina and a pet store in Hawaii both did the same experiment with the device and either or roaches or mice crawled comfortable around the thing in an enclosed environment.

Now as far as letting a stranger into your home to get rid of your roaches, mice or rats goes, I will tell you that our polite, professional, licensed and experienced pest pros are the best in New York City that you can find. You can feel safe, we will protect you and we are not a blinking light gimmick. And we are green-safe exterminators. Go to our website's Green page to find out more.

Since I quoted my dad earlier, let me give my mom some equal time too. She always said a lazy man works twice as hard.... in this case here with the Riddex device, a cheap man will pay twice as much on quick fixes that don't work.

Until the next time....

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Bed, Bugs & Beyond

Linens & Things That Creep In the Night?

Didn't one of those retailers just go out of business? .... but bedbugs certainly haven't. In fact, just like the last major economic depression of the 1930's bedbug growth charts are up, up, and away unlike most 401K's.

If you even remotely suspect that you or a closely connected neighbor has bedbugs, my suggestion is to buy white linen. No, not the perfume, but white bed linen. Get rid of your fancy patterns and dark colors, just use white or off white bed sheets. Inspect them DAILY.

Bedbugs may not feed every night... but if you've been bitten, and then you see brown or reddish stains on the linen, that is not from a mosquito bite. Mosquitoes bite you and fly away. You have the start of a bedbug infestation. Call us, Connex Environmental, immediately. Do NOT try to do it yourself. This is one job that is best left to the pros, and we, at Connex Environmental, are those pros.

We answered the call, when other exterminators had no clue and were caught off guard by this scourge. Connex Environmental ran into buildings that were on fire with infestations when others were turning away bedbug customers for lack of fighting knowledge. In fact, don't be fooled by fancy gimmicks of bedbug sniffing dogs or freezing bedbugs. Dogs are sweet, trainable, obedient animals. But they can be trained to sit and you have no idea if that "sit" means you really have bedbugs or not, unless the human handler confirms the presence of bed bug with his own eyeballs.

And on some other city blogs it's been said that the handler takes the dog's sit for gospel and just begins treatment. You don't need a canine unit to know if you have bedbugs unless you feel like paying extra for the dog's prime rib dinner. Just a trained licensed human being. After all, when it's all paid and done, the dog won't do the extermination job, the person will. So, why pay for both? And the human gets is happy with a dirty water frank for dinner.

The ONLY place it would make ANY sense to use a bedbug canine unit would be in a hotel lobby or hospital where there's been a problem. Because of the high traffic of people coming and going daily, these places are in the path of the bedbug super highway. And if done wisely and discreetly, none of the guests would ever figure out that the cute little beagle was anything more than a mascot.

After you get your white bed linen, I strongly suggest you also contact us about a specially designed mattress protectors. These not only protect you and your family after a bug treatment. But these soft covers are also good for people, kids especially, with allergies.

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