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What You Need To Know About Pests In New York

If you are tired of dealing with pests and want to remove them from your property for good, Pied Piper Pest Control can help! Use our pest guide to learn about the most common pests in the Long Island and The Five Boroughs area and how you can control them.

  • Termites

    termite on a dirt moundTermites are well-known to most homeowners because of their unique feeding habits. Cellulose found in trees, wooden structures, and other materials provides their sole source of nutrition. While individual termites may be tiny, when these social insects invade a structure by the thousands, the damage they cause is significant and costly. Termites enter our homes mainly unseen and can work for years without notice; the biggest reason these pests are so dangerous.

    The most common termite species in our region is the subterranean termite. Characteristics of these termites include their high moisture needs, underground nests, and preference for feeding on water-damaged or decaying wood. Worker termites leave the nest each day to gather food to bring back to the nest. Their most common entry points into any structure are through pieces of wood making contact with the soil and cracks in a foundation. Once termites discover a suitable food source, they return day and night to gather food for their colony, causing more and more damage each day.

    Use the following termite control strategies to guard your property against termites:

    • Keep the soil around the perimeter of your home dry by cutting back landscaping and using gutters.
    • Quickly repair leaky pipes in your home.
    • Repair any damaged roof shingles, siding, and weatherstripping to help prevent rainwater from getting into your home and causing water damage.
    • Seal cracks that develop in your foundation.
    • Make sure your home is well-ventilated.

    For professional help with termite control, contact us today.

  • Rodents

    a house mouseRodents make up the largest group of mammals and vary significantly in appearance, behaviors, and feeding habits. While most of the worlds' rodents live outside, well away from people, able to survive independently, some have discovered the benefits of living with people. Our homes and businesses provide opportunistic rodents easy access to things that make their lives easier; food, water, and shelter.

    Having a property overrun by rodents is never ideal. Rodents cause structural damage with their sharp front incisors, contaminate food, cause food waste, and worst of all, spread diseases and parasites that make people and animals ill. Rodents are prolific breeders meaning that just a couple finding their way into your home while searching for shelter or food can lead to a difficult-to-manage infestation in no time at all!

    Use the following rodent control strategies to keep rodents out of your home:

    • Regularly remove trash from your house, and store food in the fridge or airtight containers.
    • Regularly vacuum your home and wipe down surfaces to remove food debris and food odors.
    • Inspect your home's exterior, sealing any openings you discover with caulk, steel wool, or another material that can stand up to a rodent's sharp teeth.

    For professional help with rodent control, contact us today.

  • Mosquitoes

    mosquito on a blade of grassMosquitoes thrive in warm, humid temperatures, which is why in New York, these pests make our summer months miserable. Mosquitoes breed quickly and create large populations on any property that provides them with their basic needs. Things that attract mosquitoes to our outdoor spaces include standing water (breeding sites), tall grass (resting spots), and flowers (plant nectar to feed on). Females also require blood meals to create their eggs, so they bite people and other warm-blooded mammals.

    In addition to being annoying and driving us indoors because of their relentless bites, mosquitoes are dangerous. Their ability to spread diseases to their various hosts makes them one of the world's most dangerous creatures. Mosquitoes spread diseases and parasites to people and animals during the feeding process. Controlling mosquito populations on your property is necessary for your sanity and your health!

    Use the following pest control strategies to reduce your contact with mosquitoes:

    • Get rid of containers from your yard that can collect water.
    • Make sure gutters are clear and aren't allowing standing water to collect in them.
    • Ensure your yard is maintained to reduce mosquito resting spots.
    • Replace or repair any loose or damaged window screens to keep mosquitoes out of your house.

    For professional help with mosquito control, contact us today.

  • Cockroaches

    cockroach on a dirty counterThe large majority of cockroach species live outside and away from people. They are scavengers that help eliminate decaying organic matter and act as a food source for many large predators. However, three species have made themselves household names and become comfortable living with people in our homes and businesses; American cockroaches, German cockroaches, and Oriental cockroaches.

    Having any cockroach in your home is problematic and dangerous. Cockroaches spend their lives scavenging for food sources, and when in our homes, they feed on crumbs, spills, and your family's stored food. Cockroaches contaminate more food than they consume, leading to food waste. These insects also spread many diseases, bacteria, and allergens. The best way to maintain a cockroach-free household is to implement regular, year-round pest control services.

    Use the following cockroach control strategies to keep cockroaches out of your home:

    • Eliminate excess moisture by repairing leaky pipes and fixtures. Keep drains clear of debris.
    • Maintain a clean kitchen, regularly remove the trash, and store food in the fridge or airtight containers.
    • Seal cracks in your foundation, install door sweeps, and place mesh covers over vents.
    • Always check secondhand items and deliveries for roach before bringing them into your home.

    For professional help with cockroach control, contact us today.

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