Thursday, October 22, 2020

COVID - 19 and Pest Control

 2020 has certainly proven to be a challenging and difficult year for all New Yorkers. Sadly some communities were hit harder than others and still struggle to recover. The covid-19 pandemic is not only one of the major topics of conversation, but it continues to put a strain on our hospitals and nursing homes across the country. The education system has also seen its share of challenges. Businesses, both small and large, have taken a tremendous hit. Some small businesses are just barely staying afloat, while some have had to shut their doors for good. On top of all of this, experts predict that we will see a second out break of the covid-19 virus. Life as we use to know it has clearly changed.

As we brace for a second wave of the pandemic, we need to talk about covid-19 and pest control. It's important, very important that we all do our part to prevent pest from entering our homes and protect our communities. The results of the pandemic has affected the activities of pests such as mice and rats. Because many restaurants, bars, deli's and other eateries have closed or have reduced operating hours, rodents have had to expand their territories to residential areas for food. So with more people working from their homes and children learning from home residential areas are producing much more garbage than in times past.

Pest control operators just about everywhere are reporting an increase in rodent activity in residential homes, especially apartment buildings and projects. Rats and mice can be readily seen walking the streets in many neighborhoods in abundance during the evening and night hours. Invasions of racoons, squirrels and possums into or on properties are also on the rise at an alarming rate. Add to that is the increase of roach infestations, the German Cockroach being the principle species reported and the most difficult to control.

These insects and rodents are reacting to our reaction to the covid pandemic. Like us they're fighting for survival and adapting to their situation. If we're not careful and  proactive we will be battling more than just this global pandemic, we will be battling viruses and diseases that these pests carry and cause.

                                                                         Protect Your Home & Environment

The need to protect our homes and surrounding areas have never been more urgent than now. Most pests reproduce at a very rapid pace, so they have somewhat of an advantage. What can be done to level the playing field? Maintenance, as well as Sanitation are the keys to success. For example, installing door sweeps is an inexpensive, yet an effective way in keeping out rodents and insects.

 Is the weather strip on your garage door worn or not long enough, replace it. Look at the caulking around your doors and windows. If its worn take out the old caulk and re-caulk the areas in need. This in itself keeps out insects and moisture. Roaches love to breed and hide in small cracks and crevices. Caulking around kitchen cabinets, baseboards, plumbing and interior door trim eliminates that problem.

Are the gutters in good repair and the facia boards that support the gutters? Are the roof covering and boards in good condition? Walking the roof is dangerous so hiring a home inspector to inspect these areas is money well spent. The roof areas are the principle way for racoons and squirrels to enter the living space. Also check the attic vents and be sure it too is in good condition. Does the chimney have a cover? If not it's a good idea to have one installed as this will keep out wildlife.

Taking out the garbage is a chore for many young people, but whoever takes it out should make sure the the lid is always securely in place. Also the garbage cans should be cleaned and washed out regularly as well.

Doing all these things will make our homes and surrounding areas unattractive to rodents, insects and wildlife animals. It will help us stay healthy, better equipping us to fight and win our battle against covid-19.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Cockroaches - A Threat To Human Health

 Cockroaches are a continuing topic of discussion as one of the major pests that invade homes and commercial establishments such as restaurants, supermarkets, including food processing plants and even hospitals in the five boroughs in New York and Long Island. In addition to being one of the most common pests, they are one of the most difficult to control in our communities! They will continue to be problematic as long as sanitation issues along with crowed living conditions exist in our neighborhoods.

Worldwide, approximately 4,500 species of cockroaches have been discovered, but about 70 species are found in the United States. Out of the 70, German Cockroaches are the most common type found within structures. Not only are they a nuisance but they, like all inner city roaches, are responsible for spreading germs and illness like asthma, leprosy, urinary tract infections, conjunctivitis, and food poisoning just to mention a few.

                                              What's In Your Kitchen? 


What makes German cockroaches such a formidable foe is its high reproduction rate and adaptability within structures. They are mostly found in kitchens in both homes and restaurants. Infested areas include cabinets, behind refrigerators, under sinks, baseboards, loose wallpaper, furniture etc. They can also be found in bathrooms in high numbers because of water and moisture.

Any crack or crevice located near a source of food and/or water is prime harborages, and they spend nearly 75% of their time in these harborage areas. If roaches are seen during the day in high numbers, this is an indication of a bad or high infestation. Most home owners and business owners/managers report sightings of roaches at night, often seeing them scatter when the lights are turned on.

Another challenge they present is the fact that they have an expanding diet. Not only do they eat what we eat, but they also eat glue from wallpaper, hair, soap and toothpaste! When they crawl on food, food surfaces and cleaning material and utensils the spread of germs and diseases usually follows.

But don't worry! If you suspect you have an infestation in your home or commercial property call us, we have what it takes to get rid of roaches - for good!

EM Pest Control, Inc.

516-491-2768                                     five Boroughs: 646-523-4037


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Friday, November 13, 2015

Pest Entry Points

Pests can invade homes in a number of different ways. Some gain access from luggage when returning home from trips. Some get in from package deliveries  Another way is from the purchase of used furniture. If you ride public transportation, you could bring an unwanted visitor in with you. Even movie theaters have been known to harbor insects that would love to come home with you, such as bedbugs and roaches. Sometimes even our guest that comes by for a visit may leave behind a few unwanted visitors.

The most common way pests gain access is from unsealed openings in and around our homes. Ants, spiders, earwigs, and termites are just a few of the insects that take advantage of unsealed openings and invite themselves in. Even rodents such as mice and squirrels enter attics, basements and crawlspaces through unsealed openings. An example is the house mouse that can squeeze through any opening that is larger than 1/4 of an inch. A rat needs 1/2 an inch or more. Rats and mice can climb any vertical surface where they can get a claw hold, this would include any  vegetation growing on exterior wall surfaces, and rough exterior wall surfaces like masonry, brick and stucco. They have even been seen descending head first down a rough wall.

                                                         How To Prevent Entry

Seal cracks in exterior foundation walls

The best way to prevent rodents and insects from getting in to your living space is by periodically inspecting the exterior of your home. Look for worn caulk around windows and door frames. This includes garage vehicle doors with weather strips. If you find the caulk is worn, remove the rest of the caulk completely and reseal with new caulk. Another area to inspect is the exterior walls. Cracks in foundation walls like the one in the picture above should be sealed to keep out not only insects such as termites, but also moisture which can lead to mold growth.

Unsealed plumbing penetrations is another area for observation. Outside water faucets and/or plumbing lines for a central air condition unit check that all wall penetrations are properly sealed. The picture below shows enough space for rodents and insects to enter with ease.

Seal exterior wall penetrations

Finally all interior walls should be repaired. If insects and rodents have access to the inside of walls, floors, and ceilings, they can roam through out your house, reproduce and spread germs and diseases. Your pest control professional will check these areas and more to help aid and prevent pest entry.

Repair interior walls


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