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Tips for Cleaning Your Clothes After Being in Contact With Bedbugs

Washing Clothes After Bed BugsDealing with a bed bug infestation in your home can be a huge pain in the neck for a number of reasons. One reason is that bed bugs can get all over your clothing and make the infestation even worse. For this reason, you should take any clothes that may have potentially come in contact with the infested area and clean them immediately to eliminate the threat of bed bugs spreading when you wear your clothing. Here are some tips for cleaning clothing that may have come in contact with bed bugs in your home.

Sort any clothes that may have bed bugs on them and place them into sealed bags.

Before you take your clothes to the washing machine in your home or drive them to the laundromat, you should sort them out as you normally would and put them into heavy-duty bags that will prevent any bed bugs from getting out. You should also make sure you bring every single article of clothing that was exposed to bed bugs to be washed. All it takes is one shirt or pair of pants with bed bugs on it to keep an infestation going, so don’t leave any clothes with bed bugs on them behind.

Wash your clothes on the hottest temperature possible and then dry them.

Once you get to the washing machine in your home or at the laundromat, you should take the bags and tip all of your clothes into the machine. Do not touch the clothes, since bed bugs could attach themselves to you or the clothes you’re wearing and spread that way. After you have all your clothes in the machine, turn the temperature to the hottest setting and let your clothes wash. Then, remove them from the machine and place them into a dryer and dry them like normal. This will kill all of the bed bugs on your clothes.

Keep your clothes away from the bed bug infestation in your home until it is under control.

After you’re done washing and drying your clothes, they should be 100 percent free of bed bugs. But before you bring them back into the part of your home that had bed bugs, you should have an exterminator come in and take care of the infestation for you. It can take some time to treat a home for bed bugs, so in the meantime, you should store your clothing in a different area of your home away from where the infestation took place.

Amherst Exterminators understands just how frustrating a bed bug infestation can be. So if you ever find yourself in the unfortunate position of having bed bugs in your home, we can come out and get rid of them as quickly as possible for you. We can also give you tips for treating clothes, bedding, furniture, and more to prevent a bed bug outbreak from getting worse. Call us at 716-908-2475 at the first sign of bed bugs, and we will come right out to help.

Don’t Let Cluster Flies Get Comfortable in Your Home!

Cluster Flies Most people are pretty familiar with common house flies. They come out in the summer months, and once they work their way into your home, it can be really difficult to get rid of them. You can spend days, weeks, and in some cases, even months swatting at them and trying to get them to leave. However, there’s another kind of fly that can also work its way into your home, and when it does, it will often drive you crazy throughout the winter.

What Do Cluster Flies Look Like?

Cluster flies are dull-gray in color with black markings and are slightly larger than the house flies that you know. Unlike house flies, they don’t come out in the summertime. They wait until the fall, and when they are able to get inside of homes, they often work their way into rooms that get a lot of sun. They seek out spots inside of walls and attics to stay, and once they find them, they will usually make themselves right at home. They don’t reproduce in these spots, but they will often congregate in the spots and fly throughout your home on winter days.

How Can You Get Rid of Cluster Flies?

It can be difficult to get rid of cluster flies, so if you suspect that you might have them in your home, it’s best to leave the extermination of them to a professional. You should also take steps to prevent cluster flies from entering your home in the first place. They tend to enter homes through broken screens and in cracks located around windows. They also have trouble finding their way out once they’re in, which is why they don’t usually leave on their own.

Amherst Exterminators understands how frustrating it can be to get rid of cluster flies. If you are currently dealing with a cluster fly infestation, call us at 716-908-2475 today to hear about some of the options you have as far as getting them out of your home. We will work on your behalf to eliminate cluster flies from your property once and for all.

How Silverfish can Make Homeowners Miserable

You have inevitably seen them somewhere around Western New York. Most likely, it was in your house or someone else’s house. They’re called silverfish, but that’s an odd name since they’re bugs, not fish!

Silverfish are best identified because of their three long bristles on their rear. Near their head, they’ve got two long antennae, too. They range in color from white to brown-grey to bluish-silver and measure about 12-19 mm in length. When they move, they kind of look like swimming fish. Slender, flat and wingless, silverfish can handle many climates, including ours here in Western New York.

So where are you most likely to find silverfish? They love dark, damp areas and they’re attracted to paper and wet clothing. If you’ve ever moved a storage box in your garage or shed, that’d be the prime time to spot a silverfish or two. They also tend to creep about in basements, attics, kitchens and bathrooms. Like other bugs, they like damp places and gravitate toward water and wet spots.

What do silverfish eat? They’re like most humans in that they crave sugars and starches. As for stuff in your home, they’re going to go toward book glue, linen and shampoo. That’s a bit of an odd diet, don’t you think?

Silverfish reproduce to the point where they can lay a few eggs daily, from 2 to 20. You might have an infestation if you come across their tiny pepper-like feces on the floor or in a sink or bathtub. Or, if you see one in your home, there’s probably more, right?

Besides calling Amherst Exterminators to get rid of silverfish, you’ll be glad to know that spiders feed on them, so if you have a lot of spiders around, they’ll eat your silverfish. Centipedes and earwigs also eat silverfish.

As nocturnal creatures, silverfish are quick movers and they’re generally secretive. They love humid places, so if you can control the humidity, that’ll help make them look elsewhere for a place to live. Also, limiting their potential “feeding sites” helps.

Amherst Exterminators can help you get rid of silverfish– call 716-908-2475.

Signs That It’s Time to Call an Exterminator

There are far too many people who put off pest problems for far too long and end up paying the price for it. Pests can cause extensive amounts of damage in a home, and in some cases, they can also subject you and your family to illnesses. It can be frustrating to deal with pests, but a good exterminator can take care of them for you and give you the peace of mind that comes along with having a pest-free home. Here are some of the signs that will indicate it’s time for you to get in touch with an exterminator.

You Have Seen Pests in Your Home

This one is sort of obvious, but have you seen bed bugs scurrying around in your bedroom at night? Or have you seen ants making themselves right at home in your kitchen cabinets? If so, it’s definitely time for you to call an exterminator. Many people see pests and then hope that they are going to magically disappear. But usually, a pest problem is only going to get worse—and potentially more expensive to deal with—if you don’t take care of it right away.

You have noticed Damage to Your Home

Maybe you have noticed that the wood beams in the crawlspace of your home have sawdust surrounding them and look like they’ve been chewed up. Or maybe you were up in your attic last week and saw that some of the electrical wires up there appeared as though they had been chewed. These could be signs of pests causing damage to your home. Don’t ignore them.

You Have Noticed Bites or Stings on Your Body

Bed bugs can leave bites all over your body and force you to deal with red, itchy skin. Other types of bugs can also bite or sting you when you least expect it. If your health has suffered recently in any way and you aren’t sure why, pests could be to blame. An exterminator can inspect your home and find out if pests are your problem.

If you suspect an issue with pests in your home, Amherst Exterminators can come out and inspect your property right away. We will inspect every crack and crevice in your home to see if you have pests and then treat your home, if necessary. Call us at 716-908-2475 today to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced exterminators.

Tips for Keeping Away Summer Pests

Most people love summer because it allows them to get outside and enjoy the outdoors. Western New Yorkers especially enjoy it after being cooped up after a long winter. However, there is at least one negative side effect that accompanies warmer weather — pests! Many pests come out once the summer starts, and if you aren’t careful, those pests could end finding their way into your home.

There are a few steps you can take to prevent those summer pests from becoming a burden. Check out below for some helpful tips for keeping away common pests this summer:

Make Sure There isn’t Any Stagnant Water Around the Exterior of Your Home

Mosquitoes are one the most annoying pests that you will encounter during the summertime. While it’s just about impossible to eliminate them altogether, one of the easiest ways to limit the number of mosquitos that surround your home is to get rid of any stagnant water sources. Mosquito eggs can develop in stagnant water and increase the number of mosquitoes around your home.

Seal All of the Food You Keep Inside Your Home

Ants are another big problem that many people encounter once it gets warm out. Ants will often find their way into a home and then head straight for food sources. You can cut them off by sealing all of your food tight and eliminating any crumbs that might exist. You can also track down their nest and get rid of them once and for all.

Clean Up Any Spills that Take Place Right Away

There are so many delicious sweet treats to enjoy in the summer. From watermelon to Italian ice, it’s a great time to satisfy your sweet tooth. However, if you don’t clean up spills that occur, you may attract flies in your home, and they can be very difficult to get rid of once they’re inside. So try to avoid spills and keep lids on your garbage and recycling cans once it starts getting warm.

Call an Exterminator Before Problems Spiral Out Of Control

While mosquitoes, ants, and flies can all become problematic for you, they are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to summer pests. Bees, wasps, spiders, and other insects can also invade your home and ruin your summer. So if you spot a potential problem with a particular pest, act quickly by calling an exterminator to come out as soon as possible to remove the pests and treat your home.

Are you interested in having an exterminator come out to your home today to take a look at a summer pest problem? Call Amherst Exterminators at 716-908-2475 to discover why so many homeowners have trusted us with their extermination needs.

Avoiding Bugs Outdoors

Avoiding Bugs OutdoorsThe weather is warming up, and so is most people’s desire to head outdoors. Whether you’re attending an outdoor festival, going for a walk, or just simply enjoying some fresh air, there’s one thing you shouldn’t let get in your way: bugs.

Sure, mosquitoes, flies and other pests may at times seem like a nuisance but don’t let it affect your ability to enjoy your time outdoors. There are certain steps you can take to avoid contact with bugs as much as possible.

Here are some easy and simple tips you can adopt to make sure no insects crash your party while having some fun in the sun:

  • Mosquito Repellant is Your Friend: Spray yourself with mosquito repellant or wear a mosquito-repellant wristband to keep pesky pests away from you and decrease the likelihood of getting bit.
  • Standing Water Must Go: Keep an eye out for standing water and be vigilant in getting rid of any that may pop up. Since mosquitoes breed in standing water, it’s important to stay on top of all potential sources to avoid the population from multiplying.
  • Cover Up if Possible: Wear clothing that covers up as much skin as possible, weather permitting. This will help give you extra protection without the need of repellants. Opt for lighter colored clothes to deter mosquitoes which are drawn to dark colors.
  • Tap Natural Resources: Whether you are incorporating a naturally bug-repelling plant or encouraging natural mosquito predators, there are several routes you can take. Some recommended plants include scented geraniums, marigold and tansy.
  • Scented Products Are a No-No: Your favorite cologne or floral perfume might make you feel good, but it is likely attracting unwanted bugs. Do your best to avoid wearing scented products when outdoors.
  • Opt for Yellow Bulbs: Bug lights are another great way to keep bugs away during warmer months. Swap out your white outdoor lights for yellow bulbs to help keep the creepy crawlers out of sight and out of mind.

For more information about getting rid of bugs and insects, visit Amherst Exterminators.

April Showers Bring Bugs

Western New YoApril Showers Bring Bugsrk typically sees plenty of snow in winter months, and as a result, very few bugs. However, temperatures are warming up and seasons are changing. While April showers are certainly a sign of spring, they are also a sign that bugs will soon surface.

Why does it seem that significant rain fall typically results in an abundance of insects?

Rain Forces Bugs Out of Soil

Many bugs typically live under ground or within soil such as ants, beetles, and so forth. When significant rain falls, their underground homes are flooded. Rainwater can seep into cracks which results in the soil becoming soaked. The bugs are forced to climb out from the soil in order to escape the water and prevent themselves from drowning inside of the soil. (This is why in Western New York, we often see worms all over the ground after a rain shower)

Rain Makes Bugs Seek Shelter

Most insects search for shelter during a rainstorm. Sometimes that is underneath a leaf, in the corner of a garage, underneath a shingle, or inside of your home. Most insects don’t want to get soaked in a rainstorm, and just as we do, they seek shelter from rain showers. However, there are several bugs, such as mosquitos, that love humid conditions so they welcome the rain.

Rain Can Damage Bugs Wings

Some bugs, such as bees, are smart enough to sense when a storm is coming so they will stay stationary as a result. Rain can actually be a danger to some insects which is why so many of them avoid rain. For some insects, heavy rain can weigh down their wings making it difficult to fly. For other insects, rain can actually damage their wings making it impossible to fly. Many insects avoid rain for safety purposes.

If you have insect or pest problems this spring, contact Amherst Exterminator to take care of them for you.

Preparing Home for Spring Pests

Spring is approaching and with sprinPreparing Home for Spring Pests g comes insects. As temperatures warm up, insects venture back outside, and often times, into our home. It is important to keep insects out of your home this spring to avoid unwanted infestations, consider using these methods:

Keep Gardens Distant

We all start working hard on our gardens during spring months but gardens can be a big contributor to insect infestations. When planting or mulching, make sure to keep gardens about three feet from your house. Many small insects and rodents are attracted to plants, flowers, and mulch. Keep gardens a short distance away from your foundation prevent lingering insects from getting inside.

Get Rid of Standing Water

Winter months leave behind a lot of standing water. Many insects, such as flies and mosquitoes, linger around standing water. If you have an in ground pool that is covered with water in the cover, drain it as soon as possible. Make sure you clear your gutters of any debris that might result in standing water within your gutters as well.

Keep Food Sealed Up

In winter, we are often able to be a bit more relaxed when it comes to storing our food. We don’t have to be sure that we shut the cereal box, but in warmer months, all food needs to be sealed away. Dry food should be in an airtight containers, from pet food to rice and otherwise. Be sure to clean counters often and make sure that nothing sticky is left behind that pests might feast on.

If spring arrives and you discover that you might have a pest problem, contact Amherst Exterminators.

Bugs Have Bedtimes Too

As humans, we eventually turn off the lights, brush our teeth, pull the sheets back, and climb into bed.Amherst Exterminators

For many of us, sleeping is something we really look forward to at the end of a long day.

However, many animals sleep and the majority of bugs are no different.

Bugs, such as cockroaches, fruit flies, and praying mantises, also go to bed at the end of a long night.

Even fruit flies, who are minuscule creatures, make sleep a focus of their daily schedule. Barrett Klein, a biologist at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse said “Fruit fly sleep is similar to mammal sleep since the flies respond to sleep-inducing chemicals and caffeine, just like people.” In fact, fruit flies can actually become sleep deprived just as humans can.

However, it can be hard for scientists to understand and document the sleeping habits of bugs.

Many bugs often drift into a “sleep-like state” which can make it difficult to know when they are sleeping versus when they appear to be sleeping because they are just being still.

If you want to know if a bug is sleeping, you should look to see if the bug seems to be drooping down, (due to gravity) and has relatively relaxed muscle form.

If a bug is asleep, it can also be difficult to wake them up, which is another similar sleeping habit that we share with them.

Katy Prudic, a biologist at Oregon State University, explained that science still does not know if butterflies sleep or if they simply “rest.” Butterflies do occasionally experience “torpor” which is when they can’t move due to cold temperatures, which can also give off the appearance of sleeping butterfly.

After researching the sleeping habits of honeybees, scientists also discovered that bees that are “sleepy” are not helpful in the hive and struggle to communicate, similar to how a human would act if they were tired.

Whether the bugs in your home are wide awake or seem to be in a deep sleep, you don’t want them getting comfortable. Contact Amherst Exterminators to take care of any issues.

Consider These Insects Antiques

We often hear about the Consider These Insects Antiqueshistory of animals but we rarely hear about the history of insects. We know a lot about the role dinosaurs played years ago, how certain animals adapted over time, what animals have gone extinct, and so forth. However, we don’t seem to know much about ancient insects.

How long have spiders been crawling through the cracks? Have ants been marching for centuries? We thought we’d find out. Rumor has it that insects crawled across the planet long before dinosaurs. With the help of a study published in the journal “Science” we educated ourselves on the history of insects.

Spiders

We found out that we’ve actually been sharing the world with spiders for centuries. Proof of certain spiders can be traced back 570 million years ago. It is believed that they used to primarily live in and around water. With the majority of the world being water years ago, it makes sense that they would have to be able to survive within it.

Cockroaches

Researchers have found evidence of “roachoids” that are likely ancestors of the different roaches that we know, and dislike, today.  This evidence also reflects that mantids and termites are closely related to cockroaches. The history of these insects has been going strong for 230 million years but the cockroach we are familiar with dates back about 170 million years.

Millipedes

If any insect could have coined the phrase “creepy crawler,” it would be millipedes and centipedes. Millipedes can be traced back over 550 million years ago. This insect is considered the “mother of many bugs” and likely also lived primary in water just as spiders did. Clearly, they survived changing conditions for years. Apparently, having a lot of legs gives you a “leg up” on other insects.

Silverfish

The silverfish, a common enemy of homeowners everywhere, has been around for over 420 million years. (And we doubt it’s going anywhere) However, silverfish have changed over time and the ancestor of the silverfish we are familiar with today most likely surfaced about 250 million years ago.

Finding out that insects have been around for centuries doesn’t make them more appealing, but we have to admit, it’s pretty interesting.

If you have insects attempting to make history in your home, contact Amherst Exterminators today.