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.