Tips to Avoid an Ant Infestation

Ants invade a homeNo one wants an ant invasion in their home, but unfortunately, it’s a pretty common occurrence, particularly during the summer months. The good news is these infestations are not completely random – there are some steps you can take to keep ants out of your house. Here are some tips to keep your home ant-free this summer

Eliminate Potential Food Sources

While crumbs on a floor or smudges on a plate may not be a meal for us, they are for ants. Like any pest, ants are looking for leftover food scraps to subsist on. You can ensure they don’t find anything by keeping your floors clean, washing dirty dishes and wiping down other surfaces.

Additionally, any other food you have should be properly stored. This means putting food in sealed, air-tight containers so ants cannot get to them. If there are no easily available snacks, ants won’t be as likely to enter your home.

Get Rid of Their Entrances

In many cases, ants will enter your home through cracks around your windows, doors and foundation. Look for potential ant entrances throughout the outside of your home and seal them off with caulk. If scout ants can’t find a way into your home, you’ll be protected from the rest of the colony as well. Sealing off visible entryways makes it all the more difficult for an infestation to occur.

Unfortunately, cutting down on their food supplies and blocking off potential entrances may not be enough. There’s a chance ants might find a way into your home anyway. The best way to solve interior problems is to have maintenance treatments done on your exterior by a professional.

Amherst Exterminators has handled ant infestations and a variety of other pest removal services for more than a quarter-century. We can eliminate any type of problem you’re dealing with. Our exterminators are available 24 hours per day so call 716-908-2475 now if you have a pest issue.

How to Keep German Cockroaches Out of Your Property

Several German Cockroaches Walking In a GroupCockroaches live in and adapt to just about any type of environment and have thrived on this planet for millions of years. They are very adept at finding places of warmth where they can thrive, such as homes, businesses and more.

Should you have a cockroach problem, especially German Cockroaches, at your home, business or other property, it’s extremely important to call upon a professional exterminator for pest services that will have them safely and effectively removed.

Keep your home sanitized

One thing you can do in an attempt to keep German cockroaches out of your property is proper sanitation. While cockroaches can survive in even the harshest of environments, German cockroaches have the basic needs of food, water and shelter. Because of this it is necessary to keep all sinks, counters and surface areas in your property dry and free of food and grease particles to stop these pests from thriving and reproducing.

Call upon an exterminator for problem areas

If you have tried the above method, yet believe you have a German cockroach infestation in your space (they are about 1/2 an inch long, tend to be a brownish color) it’s important to call upon a professional exterminator to resolve the problem.

They will place residual and bait applications in common entry points of your property, as well as in ant cracks, crevices, inside of cupboards, behind refrigerators and stoves and more where German cockroaches typically linger.

It’s important to note that you and any pets will need to be out of the structure or contained in a room not being treated when the exterminators are work and for a period of time afterwards (as directed by the exterminator).

Perform regular maintenance

Once the applications have been applied, it is important to stay on top of things and clean up dead cockroaches daily, as eggs will still hatch off of the dead roaches.

It is important to avoid washing treated areas with chemical cleaners for 14 days, but you may sweep or vacuum the areas daily if desired. Also, you should not use any over the counter or organic pest control products for 30 days, as this may prevent chemicals from working properly.

It is essential that you remain patient and allow the treatment the necessary time to solve your cockroach problem.

If you believe there is a German cockroach problem at your home, business or other property, we ask that you contact our friendly and experienced team at Amherst Exterminators.

We have the expertise to remove these creepy pests from your Western New York property and promise that we won’t finish the job until the pests are completely gone.

Give us a call today at 716.908.2475 for a FREE ESTIMATE.

Effective Rodent Control for Your Home

Mouse on trap with cheeseWhen it comes to keeping rodents out of your home, there are several measures that can be taken in its interior and exterior to ensure these pesky critters stay where they belong.

Whether it be rodent proofing, well placed traps at entry points of your home, baiting with rodenticides and more, these remedies will effectively keep rodents at bay when the temperature drops.

Rodent proof your home

One of the most effective ways of controlling rodents is by making sure all cracks, holes and openings are properly sealed in the entryways of your home.

Mice are extremely crafty when it comes to getting into homes and have the ability to squeeze into extremely small areas. If you see any cracks or holes near entry points where you can fit a pencil, it is suggested to fill in these openings to prevent easy access.

While you can create a makeshift seal to protect your home for the time being, it is suggested to have a professional rodent control company to your home to provide the long-lasting sealing you require.

Well placed traps

While rodent proofing your home can keep mice and rats at bay, many rodents will still attempt to enter your home through chewing and gnawing. In the event that they are able to get into your home through these techniques, it is important to have well placed traps indoors.

A professional rodent control company will have the experience and knowledge to place traps in the most effective areas (out of reach of children) and will even come back regularly to monitor the traps.

Baiting with rodenticides

Another effective means of rodent control is through baiting with rodenticides outside of your home.

Locked, secured rodent stations will be expertly placed around the foundation of your home, and when baited with rodenticide, will effectively attract then eliminate the rodent problem from your property.

If you believe that you have rodents on or inside your property and want to have them safely and effectively removed, we ask that you call on our team at Amherst Exterminators.

We are the experts to call for rodent identification and removal in the Western New York area and will be honored to get to work at your home to make it rodent free. Call us today at 716.908.2475 to get started.

Reasons to Hire an Exterminator for Fall Exterior Maintenance

Fall is one of the most important times of year to call on a professional exterminator as insects are on the move looking to find a home for the winter season.

Spiders, ants and other insects will often enter homes or businesses as they provide shelter and warmth until the spring rolls around.

Exterior maintenance during the fall season will help ensure that your property is protected from these insects. Whether you’re concerned about these pests entering at the ground floor, through windows on a second story or anything in between, a professional exterminator will have the experience and applications to have your property protected from its foundation to peak.

Black ants on the side of a home

Prevent spiders & ants from entering your property

Nobody likes insects crawling through their property. They are not only unsightly, but certain insects pose health risks and can cause damage to your property’s foundation.

Fall exterior maintenance services will help create a barrier between your home and the outside world and will ward off pesky spiders, ants and more from causing unnecessary damage.

There may be times where a few insects enter the home after the maintenance has been performed, but maintenance will prevent a full-on infestation and is the key to long-term protection.

Get outside peak to foundation maintenance

As mentioned above, exterior maintenance services provided during the fall will help protect your home against a variety of insects.

To ensure the utmost protection, many extermination companies will provide peak to foundation maintenance service. This simply means that they will provide protection to areas of your property that include overhangs, windows, doors, seams and cracks, as well as the standard ground floor services.

Treating all surfaces of your property will decrease the chances of insects entering during the winter months.

Get the very best applications on the market

When you hire an extermination team for fall maintenance, your property will be getting applications that have proven to be successful. Ask about applications such as Talstar, which have been shown to be extremely successful at warding off insects during the fall and winter seasons.

Please note that these applications can take up to 30 days to reach their peak effectiveness, so it’s important to be patient.

If you’re interested in having fall exterior maintenance services for your property in the Western New York area, we ask that you think of our team at Amherst Exterminators.

For years, we’ve offered the very best peak to foundation maintenance services with Talstar applications to ensure your property is completely protected against spiders, ants and more.

Give us a call today at 716.908.2475 for a free estimate or to learn more.

Importance of Removing a Bee’s Nest Before Winter

If you’ve noticed a bee’s nest on your property this summer and think you’ve made it through the worst, you will be surprised to know bees can actually keep their nests through changing seasons. In many cases, a bee’s nest can stand for several generations when firmly entrenched in a space.

Make sure the nest on your property does not become a yearly nuisance by calling a professional exterminator to have it safely and effectively removed.

This will not only keep your family safe but can potentially save you big by avoiding damage to your property.

Bees on a honeycomb

Bees can live through winter

There’s a misconception out there that bees die off once the late fall and winter rolls around. Although this is true for some of the bees in a colony, many bee populations (including carpenter bees) will actually rest during winter and reappear for mating season when the weather turns in the spring.

They can nest in your home

Bees are able to survive the winter months, even in colder climates, because of the way that they make their nests. They will typically chew through wood and create their nest inside to keep warm. Most nests are found in unpainted wood, where it is easiest to chew through.

If a bee population does create a safe and warm area to nest, they will not only become a nuisance for you each spring and summer but can create costly property damage to your home.

Nests can last for generations

If a nest is not taken out in the first year that it’s on your property, it can actually continue to grow with several generations all living inside the growing nest.

This will cause further damage to the wooden frame of your home, can attract other critters and can even cause wood to rot.

To avoid a sustained problem at your home, it is highly suggested that you have the bee’s nest removed by an expert exterminator.

If you live in the Western New York area and are looking for such an exterminator, we ask that you reach out to our team at Amherst Exterminators. We have years of experience removing bee’s nests from homes in the area and will make sure your property is protected now and in the future. Call us today at 716.908.2475 to schedule your service.

 

How to Identify Wasps from Yellow Jackets

Due to their similarities in appearance, most people have a tough time distinguishing wasps from yellow jackets. Although they look nearly the same, that is pretty much where the similarities end.

Whether it be the type of nests they create, their feeding behavior, temperament and more, wasps and yellow jackets differ in several ways.

To make sure that your property and family are safe at all times, it’s a good idea to learn more about these differences.

Wasp on Nest

Get to know their nests

One of the easiest ways to tell if you have wasps or yellow jackets on your property is by finding the nest of the pests in question.

Wasps typically nest in high, hard-to-reach areas that include the sides of homes, under guttering or even lawn furniture. Their honeycombed nests are usually a dead giveaway.

Yellow jackets typically make their home underground and can be identified by a single hole in the ground.

Watch their feeding behavior closely

Bee eating a strawberry

Wasps tend to go after damaged fruits and can be seen crawling on wood, which they scrape at to help build their nests. Although they are not successful pollinators, they are often found on flowers in search of nectar as well.

Yellow jackets differ mightily from their wasp counterparts when it comes to how they feed. They tend to be the ones buzzing around when you’re eating on the back patio or at an outdoor restaurant. They are attracted to sweet liquids and protein and have no problem flying near you to get the food they desire.

Understand their temperaments

Wasp Eating

Another way to distinguish between these two insects is by watching how they act around people.

As mentioned above, wasps typically steer clear of humans and their food, and are generally peaceful creatures. The only time that you should be worried about a wasp is when they feel threatened. Staying away from their nests and leaving them be will typically lead to no issues.

Yellow jackets on the other hand are a bit more aggressive and will sting unprovoked on occasion. If their nest is being threatened, they may begin to swarm which can be extremely dangerous.

If you believe that you have wasps or yellow jackets on your property and want to have them safely and effectively removed, we ask that you call on our team at Amherst Exterminators.

We are the experts to call for insect identification and removal in the Western New York area and will be honored to get to work at your home to make it insect free. Call us today at 716.908.2475 to get started.

Avoid Being Stung by Yellow Jackets & Hornets

Hornets in atticDuring the summer months, it can seem like you’re constantly being bothered by pesky yellow jackets and hornets when relaxing on the patio, by the pool or in any other area outdoors.

Although these insects are generally harmless, there are times that they can become defensive and attempt to use their stingers.

To avoid being stung by these insects it’s important to stay far away from their nests when possible and look for indicators that a nest is making its way into your home.

Steer clear of yellow jacket and hornet’s nests

One of the best ways to avoid being stung by these pests is staying away from their nests. This may seem obvious, but many people get the impulse to remove a yellow jacket or hornets’ nest on their own. This is in fact one of the worst things you can do, as it can lead to you being attacked and stung in your effort to take down the nest.

Even if you’re trying to stay away from the nest, it’s important to be cognizant of where it is at all times, so you don’t accidentally get too close. Yellow jackets typically nest in holes in the ground, while hornets like to create nests in high, covered areas that can sometimes be attached to your home.

Look for dark spots on ceilings

If you’ve noticed a hornet’s nest high up along the side of your home, and have left it alone throughout the summer months, it’s suggested to look for dark spots along walls and ceilings in your home.

In some cases, the nest can make its way into your home through the wall, creating an entrance for the insects to burrow in. When this happens, the insects can begin to cause damage to wood, plasterboard and more, putting your family in danger of being stung if they find their way through those materials.

If you’ve noticed any dark spots near the area of the nest, it is essential that you have the nest removed before there is further damage to your property or it harms your loved ones.

Call on a professional exterminator

Should you notice a hornet’s nest on your property, or any dark spots forming on the walls or ceilings, it is essential that you call upon an experienced and professional exterminator to have the nest removed.

When you need an exterminator to come out to your Western New York home to have a yellow jacket or hornet’s nest removed, we ask that you call upon our team at Amherst Exterminators to have it removed safely and effectively.

Although it is suggested to have the nest removed as soon as you notice it on your property, our team has the skills and experience to have any sized nests safely removed. Protect your property and family by calling our team at 716.908.2475 for a FREE estimate.

The Dangers of Hornets on Your Property

Hornet's NestIf you believe you have hornets, or a hornet’s nest, at your home and are concerned about the safety of those on your property, it’s important to know the dangers hornets possess and how to protect your family.

Whether it be their dangerous stingers, the number of hornets that can come from a single nest or the way that they intensely defend their home base, it’s essential to be aware of the worst-case scenarios and the ways to avoid a dangerous situation.

Understanding the dangers that hornets bring to your property will keep your family out of harms way until a professional exterminator can come and inspect the issue and safely remove the insects or nest.

Hornets have stingers that are extremely dangerous

The biggest danger of having hornets on your property is the potential to be stung.

Hornets are one of the biggest insects you will come across, growing as much as ¾ of an inch long, and release a large amount of venom when they sting (more venom per sting than any other insect), making them a very serious threat.

Hornets will defend their nest by stinging

Although hornets are generally known to be passive and peaceful insects, they will protect their nest and sting when they feel it is being threatened.

Because of this, it is extremely important that you do not attempt to remove a hornet’s nest on your own. Without the proper experience and gear, you can open yourself up to serious injury and expensive medical bills. It is best to leave nest removals to a professional.

A large number of hornets can come from one nest

Another danger of having hornets, or a hornet’s nest, on your property is the potential for them to grow in numbers to a point where they can overtake your backyard or other area on your property.

Hornets will typically create their nests in high, hard-to-reach areas that allow them to grow and expand their colony without being harmed. If left unchecked, a queen can build a nest and have her first set of eggs ready to hatch in about a month’s time. A colony of hornets can reach as high as 3,000 and can have up to 400 workers at a time.

When you believe you have a hornet’s nest on your property and want to have it safely removed, we ask that you can upon our expert extermination team at Amherst Exterminators.

We have been serving home and business owners throughout Western New York with hornet extermination services for years and will make sure that your property is safe and hornet-free once again.

To have us get work for you, simply give us a call at 716.908.2475.

3 Reasons to Call an Exterminator for Yellow Jacket Issues

During the summer months, you’re spending a large amount of time outdoors. Whether it be playing in the backyard with your kids, or spending a relaxing evening on the patio, you don’t want to be bothered by annoying pests such as yellow jackets.

They are not only a nuisance when you’re trying to relax, but it can be downright painful to be bitten by one of these.

If you’re experiencing a yellowjacket infestation on your property, it is suggested that you call on a professional exterminating team to have the issue resolved and have your property protected for years to come.

Yellowjacket closeup

They will locate the yellow jacket nest

One of the more difficult parts of dealing with a yellow jacket infestation is locating the nest. This is because the nest can be located underground or hidden in areas such as vegetation.

An exterminator that has experience removing yellow jackets will look in other places such as animal burrows, wood piles and enclosed spaces on your property.

They’ll have the nest safely removed

Once the nest has been identified, it can be safely removed by the exterminator. They have the necessary equipment, knowledge and experience to have the nest taken off of your property without issue.

They will also determine when to remove the nest based on the time of day, weather and more.

They can maintain your property

After the nest has been identified and removed, it is important to have regular maintenance on your property to ensure another infestation does not occur in the future.

Most exterminators offer seasonal maintenance packages that will keep away insects such as yellow jackets for good.

If you believe you have a yellowjacket nest or infestation on your property, we ask that you call on our team at Amherst Exterminators to have them removed safely and effectively. We have years of experience identifying, removing and preventing yellow jackets on properties across Western New York.

Give our team a call today at 716-908-2475 to have us get to work at your home. We proudly serve those throughout the entire Buffalo-Niagara region, as well as Chautauqua County, for all of their extermination needs.

 

What’s the Difference Between Carpenter Bees and Wasps?

Bee in a HiveFlying insects are some of the most invasive species that a homeowner can encounter. Some flying insects are known to bite, while others have sharp stingers that they use when they feel threatened. Flying insects can be threatening to have around your home because some people can have life-threatening reactions to their bites or stings, and they can cause severe damage to your property.

Some of the most popular flying insects that are known to invade your home, especially during the summertime, are wasps and carpenter bees. Although these insects may come from the same family, they are surprisingly two very different species.

So, what exactly are the differences between wasps and carpenter bees? Let’s take a look:

Carpenter Bees

As the weather starts to warm up, don’t be surprised to see more carpenter bees when you are outside. Carpenter bees love to rest during the winter, before they re-appear in the spring during their mating season. Carpenter bees don’t look like your stereotypical fuzzy, yellow bee. Instead, they have a large black abdomen with minimal color on their thorax.

Surprisingly, the male carpenter bees don’t live to be very long and are usually harmless. On the other hand, female carpenter bees have a stinger, and they aren’t afraid to use it when they feel threatened.

Handling Carpenter Bees

If you notice an abundance of carpenter bees in your yard, don’t try to tackle them yourself. You can usually tell that you have a carpenter bee infestation if you notice carpenter bee holes throughout your yard. When you call a professional exterminator, they will identify these burrows and use different treatments with insecticide to close the hole and prevent bees from re-entering.

Wasps

Wasps are usually professionally described as any individual insect that does not live in a hive. There are a few different species of wasps, including paper wasps, potter wasps, mud wasps, and pollen wasps. Wasps can be recognized by their pinched waist between their thorax and their abdomen.

Handling Wasps in Your Yard

Wasps are known to be aggressive. Their behavior usually varies dramatically between species, but overall, they aren’t afraid to attack when they feel threatened. Always call a professional to help manage your wasp infestation because if you try to tackle the project on your own, you may contribute to an accidental re-infestation.

Whether it’s carpenter bees, wasps, or another member of the bee family, don’t forget to contact Amherst Exterminators to help take care of your infestation.