Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Summit Targeting Bedbugs

The Federal Bedbug Workgroup is holding a second national summit that is set for Feb.1st and 2nd of 2011, in Washington, D.C. to help find solutions to the bedbug epidemic we seem to be in the middle of. They are focusing on ways the federal government and others can continue to toil collectively on management and control of these pests, the summit is open to the public.
The initial federal bedbug summit was held by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) back in April 2009. Since then, the EPA has aided in organizing the Federal Bedbug Workgroup, which consists of the following; the EPA, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Agriculture, Department of Defense, Department of Commerce, and National Institutes of Health.
The summit’s program will highlight talks on progression since the last summit from various perspectives, including federal, state, and local governments; research; housing industry; and pest management industry. The program also includes identifying information gaps and barriers for successful bedbug control, proposals for next steps in addressing information gaps and eliminating barriers, and developing a framework for addressing the highest priority needs.
There are a few steps people can take to prevent bedbugs:
• Remove all clutter in home, clutter provides good hiding spots for bed bugs
• You should seal all cracks and crevices around your home
• Try to vacuum your rugs and upholstered furniture thoroughly and frequently, as well as vacuuming under beds (take the vacuum bag outside immediately and dispose in a sealed trash bag)
• Dry clothing and bed sheets at high temperatures (heat will kill bedbugs)
• Stay on alert and check for bedbugs so they may be treated before a major infestation occurs
• READ THE LABEL FIRST, before using any pesticide product, then follow the directions
• Check the label on the product to make sure it is identified for use on bedbugs. If bed bugs are not listed on the label, the pesticide has not been tested for bedbugs and it may not be effective

Prior to the summit, the federal workgroup will congregate with researchers to evaluate and develop a re-search agenda related to bedbugs. The plan and information on attending the meeting via webinar will be available for everyone on the EPA’s website.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Bed Bug Advisory board

There is a bed bug advisory board that was put in place by Mayor Bloomberg for the city of New York. This advisory board was created to address and control the spread of bed bugs in New York City. It produces reports that entail recommendations on how to deal with the bed bug issues in commercial and residential sites. The bed bug advisory board has many other great purposes besides that, it tracks infestations thru out the city, how to dispose of the items that are beyond repair due to an infestation. It also includes a list of rights and responsibilities for tenants, and landlords.
The bed bug problem we are facing is on such a large scale that even other cities have introduced a bed bug hot line, all landlords are required to release all information regarding bed bug issues in their unit, there’s also a soft ware to track all of the bed bug complaints, information sites in a several different languages, there is a mandatory protocol and inspection in regard to the sale of new and used furniture, also they established a centralized database for all exterminators. According to statistics there was a 34% increase in calls this year in comparison to last year. According to reports some of the Mayor’s friends also have bed bugs, all the more reason for the mayor to push such an advisory board. Ms. Renee Corea is the speaker appointee and public advocate of the Advisory board she says “the purpose of the board is to make specific recommendations to the mayor and city council for the prevention and treatment of bed bug infestations throughout the city.”

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The importance of a Bed Bug inspection for home and business

New York is a congested place, especially the metropolitan city of New York. The city is filled with high rise buildings as many families prefer to live in these areas because of work reasons and that they cannot afford yet to go for a suburban area. Of course city life has its appeal. Being part of this amazing city is like a dream for many. Actually, New York is a paradise for some and strangely some are not human. These critters live in the darkest depths and corners of the city, just looking for the opportunity to get in and take advantage of what you have inside your home, including you. They are not foreign to us. It’s just that they are specifically very prominent in New York.

City pests and infestations come in a variety of forms. You will find ants, flies, mosquitoes, rodents and of course, the ever persistent bed bugs. City pests are notorious in the area. The reason is that the people are used to moving to places all the time. Apartment living makes it more convenient for them to move from one place to another. Cannot live with the rent costs? Move to another apartment! However, chances are there will be some little critters lurking in abandoned apartment spaces. At a cheap price, sometimes, you have to live with that fact. However, event decent homes and apartments can be victims of these bed bugs.

The thing is living with these pests is not an option. Rats and cockroaches carry nasty diseases. If you ever have a great amount of these pests lurking around your home, chances are, they will go through your food and be dangerous to your health. Having them already in your home is like living in a messy house. It feels like you are not secure since there are critters ready to jump out on you. Rodent excretions can cause a lot of diseases. Cockroaches can also cause conjunctivitis. Imagine also the kinds of surfaces that rats and roaches go to. They could have been from sewage pipes, garbage dumps and city streets.

Another form of infestation is in the form of bed bugs. These are nasty little critters that in the middle of the nineties have reemerged as a nasty pest in massive numbers. They thought in the 1940s and 50s that bed bugs have been eradicated. Now, they are immune to old insecticides and chemicals. They are more rampant and they are ready to take a bite from any mammal blood again. Bed bugs are nasty because they not only suck your blood, they could also make you sick. Imagine the horror of hundreds of these small nasty insects sucking you at once. You could have anemia just from these nasty insects. You can also get other skin related problems.

The great thing is that here in New York as well as the neighboring New Jersey, pest control experts are there to give you the relief from such infestations. Pest control specialists have the tools of the trade for bed bug control. The good thing is that most experts use naturally occurring chemicals in various forms in order to eradicate them, but at the same time not cause any respiratory issues to the homeowners. In severe cases, heat is applied across the whole area since bed bugs can die in intense heat. Bed bug infestations are very rampant and each homeowner is responsible for their own space.

Of course even if you clean your home every day, there is still a possibility of having bed bugs most especially if you live in any areas in New York or New Jersey. Due to the fact that the homes are adjacent to each other, insects can crawl from one apartment level to the other and infest the building on a massive scale. As tenants who follow the rules and maintain the home safe and clean, it is your right to live in a pest free apartment. You should contact your landlord if you are suspecting a neighboring apartment from upstairs or downstairs if there are any infestations lurking out from their spaces. That is the danger of not taking care of the space, neighbors can and most likely will get affected. As a community, it is your duty to take care of you space and be conscientious about other people's welfare.

As for landlords and apartment building owners, you have a responsibility to inspect your tenants’ apartments and all the aspects of the apartment building. As an owner, you need to take advantage of the aspects to ensure that your building is safe from any infestations. You need to have an inspector or a pest control specialist to address the issues more effectively. Remember that tenants can file a law suit against a landlord if he or she does not do his or her part in keeping the apartment safe. Businesses can get shut down if the infestations are really big.

New York has some of the biggest infestations in the entire United States. It is not only in homes where the infestations can get affected, even in office spaces and commercial buildings, infestations can arise. From hotels to food businesses, infestations can cause massive problems to the quality of their services. A space that is unsanitary or is not maintained well, is thriving in humidity and with a lot of food items and organic materials left unattended or not stored well, infestations can damage the whole operation of the business.

Dealing with infestations is very difficult to do alone. Commercial products often do not work very well and they can lead to respiratory problems if not used properly. It is your duty to ask the help of pest control experts. They have training in a variety of pests and they know the best ways to handle the problem. Working with pests is their passion so it is best to have an expert handle the task of removing the pest for home. They also use professional tools to effectively eradicate the infestations in your home. Modern tools for pest eradication can leave you pest free for months. This is the kind of comfort that you need as a home or business space owner.

Aside from professional pest experts, you also need to be aware of your responsibilities. You need to make sure that your food items are always stored in secure places. Make sure to fill holes and any cracks inside your home to prevent ants and mice from entering and thriving. Clean the clutter under your bed and around your corners. Always clean your bed and do not clutter your bed with stuff, as that will give them more places to hide. Clean your carpets regularly or as instructed. Again, these things are pretty basic but you can benefit really well if you do them regularly. If you see that there are some pests in the halls of your apartment report the issue to the landlord. The same goes for hotels and commercial buildings. These pests can linger anywhere so it would be very possible to find one lurking in the most populous places as well.

Regular checkups for residential and commercial establishments are necessary and recommended. If you own a building, have a building administrator and a cleaning crew to handle the task of maintaining the cleanliness of the common areas. A clean space has little chance for insects to thrive since they do not have food for their needs. You need to make it a point to have routine checkups on your tenants and advise them to clean their homes regularly. Tenants can be evicted for being unsanitary since they can really affect the health of the people living in their area.

Pests are a massive problem in New York and New Jersey. You are not alone in this battle. Everyone needs to work on addressing pest issues in their homes and offices. Pests can live in the most inhospitable places. Imagine a house or an office these spaces could be paradise for them. Take care of your home as well as your family and your business. Having a home is an important investment. You do not need to live in a posh home just to live comfortably. Make it a goal to always maintain and inspect your house. They are ready to help you when you need it. If you have bed bugs and rodents, most pest control services are available 24/7. Most experts know that when you have bed bugs, you want them gone from your house as soon as you realize you have them. They can handle the task of removing the bed bugs, detecting them and ensuring you that these pests will be out of your home for months to come. There is a price to pay for pest control but for the comfort that it can provide, nothing can match that.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Periplaneta americana "American Cockroach"

Periplaneta americana, also known as the American cockroach, the largest widespread North American cockroach also the largest of the common peridomestic cockroaches, they reach 44 mm in length about 4 cm. The American Cockroach is a dark reddish-brown little thing with a whitish peripheral band around the pronotum. The adults possess large wings and are able to fly, even though they rarely do so. Nymphs are wingless. It is easily, although unintentionally and remorsefully, spread by human commerce, import/export and is worldwide in warm climates and, in heated buildings. It occurs in buildings throughout warm climates and during warm weather in colder climates especially in commercial buildings. In the northern United States the American Cockroach is primarily found in steam heat tunnels or large institutional buildings. The American cockroach falls second to the German cockroach in abundance.. Periplaneta is a creature of the night, negatively phototactic, and prefers dark warm, moist habitats. The American Cockroach is extremely sensitive to vibrations and it has come to be known as one of the world’s fastest running insects, I'm sure you may at one time have tried to stomp one in the kitchen late at night. Periplaneta americana is one of several cockroaches found living in and around human habitations.
The life cycle of an American Cockroach starts off as an egg, and then it turns in to an adult, or imago. The eggs are laid in a tough, hardened protein case, the case normally containing 16 eggs. Females average one egg case per month for most of the year but may exceed that average through periods of peak reproductive activity. Nymphs do not have functional wings, but wing pads begin to appear in the 4 th instar and slowly expand in size when they shed the hard, protective outer covering. The life span is 2-3 years with only the last year being spent as an adult. Adults live for about a year.
The American Cockroach, an omnivorous, opportunistic, scavenging species feeds on just about anything organic, plant or animal, but favors starches and sugars.
Cockroach population density is controlled naturally by several species of parasitoid wasps. These wasps are egg parasitoids in which the female wasp lays it's eggs in the roach egg casing where the wasp larvae hatch and feed on roach eggs. The female, with great struggle, inserts one egg in each cockroach egg casing. The larva hatches and consumes all 16 roach eggs before achieving a length of 8 mm, it undergoes transformation, and emerging from the now empty cockroach casing. Adults are tiny, about 2 mm long. Both species are stingless and are of no threat to us humans. Small wasps that are seen in roach-infested areas should by all means be protected and encouraged, not killed. Some attempts to contain cockroach populations with pesticide and/or chemical sprays may be counterproductive because they accidentally kill parasitoids in addition to the roaches. Roach pellets which are selective, are more effective.
All cockroaches are not biological vectors for human disease although they can serve as mechanical vectors simply by harboring infectious organisms such as Ascaris eggs, bacteria, or protozoan cysts on their body surfaces.
The American cockroach, Periplaneta americana , is an exotic roach that was introduced to us in North America from Africa in the early 1700's. It is the largest of the household species of roaches, reaching 44 mm in length. Both male and female have fully functional wings but occasionally fly. They can develop to massive numbers, more than 5,000 can sometimes be found in individual sewer manholes. The cockroaches live outdoors but will make their way indoors for food and water or during extremes in weather conditions. In areas where there are trees, woodpiles, garbage facilities, and accumulations of organic debris around homes provide adequate food, water. They move around by crawling or flying into structures often entering houses and apartments from sewers via the plumbing, by trees and shrubs located alongside buildings or trees with branches overhanging roofs facilitate the entry of cockroaches into the home. The American cockroach responds in a negative way to light, it rests in harborages close to water pipes, sinks, baths, and toilets, for example, where the microclimate is appropriate for survival. Ecological factors such as the humidity and temperature can increase or decrease the developmental time of this cockroach. When outdoors the female shows a preference for moist, concealed sites to lay it's eggs. It consumes rotting organic matter but since the cockroach is a scavenger it will eat most anything. It has a sweet tooth and prefers to eat sweets and has been observed eating paper, boots, hair, bread, fruit, book bindings, fish, peanuts, old rice, putrid sake, the soft part on the inside of animal hides, cloth and dead insects. American cockroaches may turn into a public health problem because of their involvement with human waste and disease, and their ability to make their way from sewers into homes and commercial establishments. During the summer months in the United States, alleyways and yards maybe flooded by the American cockroaches. To prevent these filthy creatures from entering your home you should seal all openings through ground level walls, remove rotting leaves from around your home. Other preventative measures are insecticides that are applied to basement walls, wood scraps, and other infested locations. Residual sprays is to be applied inside and around the perimeter of an infested structure. pellet baits which are loose and toxic, are extremely effective in controlling the population of the America cockroach.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Mouse Issues

Mouse Control
That furry little haze you just saw zoom across in front of your fireplace? Those brown, rice-shaped droppings behind the stove? O.K., really how much of a headache can a couple of mice be?
In a single year a female mouse will most likely have 5 to 10 litters of 5 or 6 young each. In 10 weeks, those babies will be old enough to repeat the process. Assume half the litter is male, the other half female. You do the math.
But wait there's more. Though mice have nutritional preferences – any kind of fruit or grains, cereal, and a large variety of vegetables– they will basically settle for anything they can get. They can climb and make their way up just about any rough surface, navigate cables like a dancer on a tight rope, they can also jump. Mice have no bones in their body except for their skull, its all cartilage. This allows them to crawl through holes the size of a dime. Mice can cause structural damage by chewing on wood and gnawing on your wires and this causes fire and electrical safety hazards.
Unpleasant Facts About Mice
One very repulsive fact about these creepy crawlers is that they give off hundreds of micro-droplets of urine as they travel around their territory every day, which can cause allergies and disease,
Odours from the disintegration of a rat or a mouse. If it dies between walls or in a crawl space it could also cause allergic attacks in children prone to them.
Even scarier, the rodents can infect humans with hantavirus, a rare but often fatal disease.
Eliminating Mice
Now you’re surely thinking that you want to get rid of them right?
In order to control mice, you must think like a mouse you must think like one. Most experts in rodent control, say the best way to keep mice out of your house is to seal up every existing holes, cracks and crevice in your home . For most people – including those who just don't have the patience to crawl around looking for quarter-inch openings — rodent control consists of catching the mice quickly and efficiently.

Traps and poisons are two simple categories rodent control falls into.
The traps vary from the familiar Victor snap trap — made from a piece of wood, a tightly wound spring and a platform that holds the bait — to elaborate multiple-catch gizmos that can catch and hold an entire clan of mice. There are newer, plastic traps that are easier to set; traps that catch mice but don't kill them; and the nasty but effective glue board, which holds the mouse until it dies.
Their common baits may vary. First off cheese is not the answer. Few experts recommend peanut butter, a cotton ball with a few drops of vanilla flavoring, even strips of bacon are recommended. (It might be helpful to pre-bait a trap – put the bait on the trap but don't arm it at first, so the mice think it's a nice, safe place to get food.) Also one or two traps will not do the trick.
If your serious you must start with dozens of traps. One will not do.
Then there are the poisons, or rodenticides used in the procedure.
Most of the poisons available are blood thinners: the mice eat it and essentially bleed to death internally.
For those who would prefer to "catch and release," just remember, unless you live on a farm in the country and can take them far, far away, the first thing those mice you release are going to do is look for a quarter-inch hole in a nice, warm house. It might even be yours which will bring you back to square one.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Beeware of the Bees, They’re moving in

Two large swarms of bees are coming into New York, many experts are stating that New York may be inhabited by these stinging, swarming pests. Bee keepers are seeing many more colonies that are thriving in the wild well enough that they are beginning to swarm into our city. Reports are showing that some swarms of bees are swarming into Manhattan this spring. One of the two swarms actually stopped traffic when it flew into a newspaper container on May 7th, 2010, and the second swarm of about 15,000 bees was seen that Thursday near a tree. These large clouds have a threatening appearance, although they are harmless because they are simply working on finding the right place to live.
Because of this New York City’s board of Health has decided on Tuesday to allow Beekeeping after it had been banned. Ironically enough some New Yorkers have secretly been tending to beehives on their rooftops and gardens for years, and now it’s legal.
Honeybees, also named in the genus Apis look distinguished by the fact that they produce and store honey as well as the fact that they construct perennial and colonial nests made out of wax. There are 7 recognized species of this bee with a total of 44 “subspecies” although through history there have been 6-11 have been recognized. Honeybees represent only about 20,000 of the actual known species.
New York City, although it is quite a big City is being invaded by these pests and I saying this you must make sure that you are careful. The fact that these drones aren’t necessarily harmful to us, you shouldn’t bother them because you don’t know what species they are and so they may just sting you. If a bee stings you it leaves behind a pheromone that all the other bees sense and so one sting may lead to a thousand if you disturb the entire colony. You should call a local exterminator in order to rid yourself of them. Simply because we live in New York City doesn’t mean that nature isn’t coming into out space, and so saying so be careful if you see a dark cloud of bees coming your way.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Lets Talk Carpet Beetles

Welcome, Well New York it’s been a while but I most certainly didn’t forget about you guys! We here at have most certainly been very busy. Today I have decided to talk about a very shady and secretive pest, the carpet beetle (yes people that what we call them here). The carpet beetle also known as Attagenus Megatoma or the black carpet beetle is one very destructive little pest. I don’t know what is worse; the fact that it destroys fabrics or that there is two types. The other type of pest, because I am going to refer to them as such is called Anthrenus Verbasi, either way they are both most certainly disgusting.

These two pests are normally outside in the adult stages of their lives but they lay their eggs inside of your house and on your clothing. These unwanted buggers ruin your minks, chinchillas, animal trophies, and even hides. ( for those of you that don’t know what an animal trophy is, it’s that animal head that some people mount on their walls and looks creepy). So ladies who own those expensive furs watch out because these nasty pests will destroy you luxurious coats and anything else made of fabric or fur.

So New York make sure that you are super careful because these are horrid pests and they will sneak up on you because they hide inside your clothing. Believe me they will find a way into your things and they will ruin everything you own. Here at, as always know pests and these I feel are the worst of the worst pests in the entire world.

From our family to yours carpet beetles are annoying so if you see something roaming around in your closet believe me it isn’t lint. Carpet beetles are ugly and may lay up to 100 larvae so imagine a closet full of 100 ugly squirming beetles YUCKIE! The only weird thing about these pests is that when they become adults they go and live outside and they lay eggs on your minks, funny huh. Fortunately they are found mostly in Virginia but don’t think they won’t show up in NY. So ladies make sure you are on top of everything (as we usually are) but especially your winter clothing, that’s the one we normally don’t check due to the fact that we tend to forget about it because we don’t use it.

Having said all of that I hope this mini-blog can help you out in your future endeavors and we hope to keep you away from these pests because they will absolutely ruin all the clothing that you own. The best thing that I can say is that you seal all of your clothing in vacuum bags because that way nothing can penetrate them. Well NY we hope we have helped you here at Beyond Pest Control until the next blog NY we will see you soon! Bye Bye New York we all hope to write soon.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

A Quick Explination Of Our Process

The steamer

We use a dry steam machine, it sounds like an oxymoron but it uses more heat and less water to generate 275 degrees of dry steam. We will heat up walls, dressers, night tables, couches, doors, chairs, any and all furniture. In addition, we also include quarter rounds, window frames, Doors or anywhere in the room where a crack or crevice might exist. The process has two functions: 1) To kill the bedbug 2) To force them out of hiding. Imagine if you are taking a gallon of water to represent the pesticide, and pouring it on a couch. There is no way that you get to every spot on the couch and to every crack and crevice; there are just too many layers. Now use the same principle, and let’s use a quart of steam at 275 degrees. Literally, we inject the wand in one side of the couch and it shoots out at the other side getting into every crack, every crevice, and every fold. It goes into every part of the couch freeing the couch of bedbugs without destroying it or doing any damage to the couch. Generally, the couch looks like it was just cleaned. No pest can survive, including dust mites.

The chemicals

First, we use a contact killer which does what it says, it kills on contact. Second, we use a long term residual pesticide that will continue to kill long after we’re gone. The third chemical in our kamikaze is an IGR which stands for insect growth regulator. It stops their hunger, growth and reproduction. Last, but certainly not least, we use a synergist that bonds with the pesticide and does two things. 1) Doesn’t allow the bedbugs to have any natural defense to pesticide and 2) Doesn’t allow the pesticide to break down as quickly as it would without it.

The Dust

We use a silica base pyrethrum that pierces their skin and turns them off like a light switch. We will pump this powder inside electrical sockets, light sockets or any existing holes in the wall. Electrical circuitry such as televisions, stereos, and alarm clocks will also be powdered inside. The Silica base pyrethrum does not do any damage to the circuitry and protects it from infestation.

The Cover

If needed, we will also encase mattresses in bedbug proof liners and also encase the box springs.

The Silicone

We will seal any crack and crevice using industrial strength silicone in any area we feel bedbugs are coming from.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Cabin Fever

Beyond Pest Control continues to make strides in the New York City area by constantly thinking of better ways to serve our customers. We have recently opened up new distribution centers in all the boroughs of NYC, including, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, da Bronx, Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island.

This will make it more convenient for you and for us because we are now conveniently local everywhere in the New York metro and L.I. area. If you feel in need of a bedbug inspection, not a problem. We can be there in a hop, skip and a jump. Well, providing we don't get 17 inches of snow dumped on us like we did yesterday, we may have to shovel our way to you, but we will get there sooner than any one else can.

Some of you have already noticed the Martha Stewart logo on our main page. Yes, Beyond Pest Control was a special guest interviewed on Martha Stewart Living Radio. Some of you may have caught us live when it was airing, this is just another one of the many way we stay at the top of our game, bringing you the only the best when it comes to serving you and making your house and home, safe and sound, from all the nasty pests that have plagued humankind since the beginning of time. How can anyone properly entertain house guests when their home is overrun with embarrassing, uninvited house pests?

And our service is not just limited to bedbug inspections. We will eliminate roaches, cockroaches, water bugs, fleas, and any kinds of rodents (rats and mice).
In fact, it may be a very good idea to have a bedbug inspection done AFTER you've had stay over house guests. This is how bed bugs travel, with people, with luggage.

With all the snow we've been seeing this winter in the city that never sleeps, we all may be experiencing a kind of cabin fever. We can see, ever so slightly, the daylight is starting to get longer each day as we move towards Spring. But keep in mind there are those nasty pests that I mentioned above that want to come in from the cold into your nice warm place. Vermin only slows down, but they never stop coming. And now is the perfect time to have your place inspected because as sure as the sun will rise longer and warmer tomorrow and the next day, these unwanted pest-guests will start to multiply and they know no boundaries.

Give us a call today.

Monday, February 1, 2010

It's no secret that Americans are generous people. The recent Haiti earthquake tragedy proves my point and it doesn't matter which side of the isle you're from, left, right, liberal or conservative. All arguments aside, we do care. And as many of you know bad things can and do happen to good people.

But now for the first time ever, Beyond Pest Control has a very unique offer to help those generous individuals who have a caring heart to help those in need. And it doesn't matter when you donated to any of the icon groups shown on our webpage. If you find yourself in need of our extermination services, simply give us a call, show us your receipt for giving to one of the organization we sponsor and you can save money off your bill for our service to you.

it's really quite simple.
Pick a charity from one of the five on our webpage. Make a Donation.
Get up to $25 off any Beyond Pest Control treatment.

We will take off up to $25 from any Beyond Pest Control bill when a valid recent receipt is provided by the customer from one of the charities organization listed on our website. Example: if you donate $5, we will take off $5 off your Beyond Pest Control bill. If you donate $10, we will take $10 off your bill, etc, up to and including $25.

Call us today or visit our website at Beyond Pest Control if you should have any questions not answered here.
We look forward to saving your home from pests and helping to make the world a better place to live in for others in our world.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Protecting Your Stuff from Vermin filth.

Benjamin Franklin said: "An ounce of prevention, is worth a pound of cure" Although Ben was not referring to the British pound sterling back then, which was worth several American dollars, I can tell you that if you don't take to heart, much of the free and valuable advice you find on our website and put into effect some of these recommended precautions, it will cost you many pounds of sweat and quite a few dollars to rid your home sweet domicile of any of the most popular American idol pests now plaguing all the boroughs of New York City, including Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, da Bronx, Staten Island and all of Long Island.

Ben was considered a very wise man. You should listen to his advice. And mine, too. I see the countless horror stories before extermination. I know how to help you so that if you do find yourself a vermin victim, through no fault of your own, and in need of an exterminator's services, the job won't become an insurmountable household nightmare. I know I repeat myself quite a bit on this blog but I will tell you again: most people live like slobs. Clutter and debris everywhere. These people are vermin enablers. Roaches, cockroaches, mice, rats, spiders, and yes, even bedbugs (also know as bed bugs) love to live and hide in such a landscape.

You may be neat, clean and tidy but if your neighbor is a vermin enabler they can drag you into the pest fray. This is what really plagues most of my customers and is the question I get asked the most: "How did I get this: "
fill in the blank" pest problem?" In a city where we live practically on top of one another, it doesn't matter if you if you are clean and neat. You are as vulnerable as the weakest, sloppiest, link in your apartment complex or neighborhood.

There's another step you can take to make sure your protect yourself and your household goods.
Put everything you can in plastic. Yeah, I know, plastic gets a bad rap.... but in this case, it serves a defensive purpose. Plastic containers today come in just about every size imaginable. Especially stuff that is on the floor in closets. With snap lids. You can buy these for cheap at any Walmart, K-Mart or Target.

Put ALL towels, linens, and off season clothing into these plastic storage bins. If you are concerned about the plastic smell getting onto the fabric, simply use a plastic garbage bag as a liner inside of the storage bin.

You should also consider smaller food storage containers especially for rice, breakfast cereals, and dry potatoes for your pantry. Anything that comes in a cardboard box from the grocery store should be repackaged. Keep in mind that mice can chew through plastic bags. You want to use hard plastic containers for storage.

If you ever need to call an exterminator because of a problem in your building or neighborhood, your dry goods will
be protected.

If you already have the pest problem, wash, dry and store your soft fabric goods into plastic storage containers. The dryer heat kills most insect eggs. Throw out any food not stored in hard plastic containers that look like the box was chewed on.
Then give us a call at Beyond Pest Pro.

Monday, January 18, 2010

The Longest Yard

January is the hardest month of the year to get through. It also seems like the slowest month. All the decorations and festivities are done, gone and away. If it weren't for the Super Bowl, January would be the most boring month of the year. Except for the freezing rain, the snow, the ice and possibly a nasty head cold, fever and chills. Many people get sick it seems right after the stress of the holiday season.

This is the time when you especially want your bed to be warm, comfy, clean and inviting. It never ceases to amaze us here at Connex how some people wrongly think that they are safe in the cold winter months from insects such as bedbugs or even cockroaches. They mistakenly think all insects thrive only in the warm summer months.

These insect pests to not take off for the holidays. They do not go on vacations, they do not fly south nor do they hibernate. And no matter how cold you might think your apartment is, it is warm enough to keep bedbugs reproducing all year long and since you are are their meal ticket, this is all they need to keep on keeping on. And guess what? The days are already getting longer by a minute or two a day which means as we head toward Spring, the city of New York blooms all kinds of pests.

They don't take sick days even if you do. And the bedbugs won't give you the much needed rest to recuperate if you should get sick this winter. And if you think you may have a bedbug situation now, it is not going to go away magically.

Bedbugs after they have a blood feast will take a slight break.

But that's about it.

They will be back and there will more of them.

Of this you can be assured.

This is what they do.

This is all they do.

(they sound like they're tiny Terminators)

You need professional help to get them out of your life and out of your home. Call Beyond Pest Control today, let us take care of your pest problem, whatever that problem may be: bedbuds, roaches, or rodents (mice and rats).

January is also known for linen sales which some women shoppers find exciting. As mentioned in a previous post, white linen is recommended if you think you have the beginnings of a bed bug infestation. White linen is easier to sanitize with hot water and bleach and it's also easier to see the bedbug spots which always show up if you have them.

So enjoy Super Bowl sunday with your friends , and not the pests.