Check for Pests When House Hunting

One of the most stressful points in any adult’s life is house hunting. There are so many factors to consider when looking at a house.

  • Does the roof need replacing?
  • Is the foundation leaking?
  • Can I fit my clothes in this closet?

All of these questions and more will be running through your mind throughout the buying process. One thing that many people overlook is if there is a pest problem.

Sometimes when there is a pest problem, you won’t even notice until it is too late and you are all moved in, and then you notice a little critter giving you the side eye when you encroach on “his space”. This is what we want to help you avoid. What should you look for then as you are touring homes?


As you walk through the home, you may check for water pressure from the faucet. Once you do that, bend down and look in the cupboards and check for any active pests. This will be the easiest way to tell if there is a problem on your hands.


Going through each of the bedrooms to you may look to check the size and see if it will measure up to what you need. Next you may look at the condition of the windows to see if they need replacing. As you do this, look at the sills to see if there are any dead bugs lying in there. If you notice the same bugs in windows throughout the house – chances are that there are many more live ones on the property.

Odd Smells

Lastly, as you are walking through taking in the sights of a possible forever home, breathe through your nose and see if anything smells off to you or the people who you are touring the home with. Many exterminators will tell you that pests will give off smells. Mice give off a urine smell, roaches have an oily odor, and the smell of garbage is also a bad sign.

If you end up falling completely in love with a house that does have a major or minor pest problem, give Amherst Exterminators a call at 716-908-2475 before you move in. We can have everything taken care of before you unpack your bags and get settled in!

Three Tips to Keep Mosquitoes at Bay

As the weather gets hotter, more and more citizens across the United States are beginning to worry about mosquitoes transmitting the Zika virus. The chance of this disease reaching us here in Western New York is incredibly low, but it is always best to be safe! Whether you have tropical summer travel plans or would just like to keep mosquitoes away while you’re in the backyard, Amherst Exterminators has a few important tips for you to remember.

Remove Standing Water

If your yard is infested with mosquitoes, the best way to get rid of them is to remove all forms of standing water. This water is a breeding ground for flying insect pests, and without it you will see their numbers dramatically decrease.

We recommend checking your gutters to make sure they are draining properly and changing the water in your bird bath frequently to help reduce mosquitos’ numbers.

Dress to Cover

Mosquitoes are most active around dusk and dawn, which luckily enough are two of the coolest times of day. If you plan to be outside at these times, wear full length pants, sneakers and a long sleeve shirt to help prevent bites.

Use Bug Spray

Bug spray is the best and most efficient way to protect yourself from mosquito bites, and we recommend applying it whenever you will be spending an extended period of time outside. Check the repellant’s label to make sure it contains DEET and be sure to follow product instructions when applying.

For all your insect pest extermination needs, Amherst Exterminators is here to help! Contact us by phone at 716-908-2475 to learn more about our services and to schedule an appointment to remove the unwanted pest you are facing.

Spiders: Nature’s Plant Pest Exterminator

As creepy as we humans think they are, spiders are incredibly beneficial to us – especially during the summer months. If your garden is always plagued by the teeny insect pests that munch on leaves and help themselves to ripening fruits and vegetables, the spider will truly be your best friend.

These eight-legged arachnids are some of the only pest predators that don’t eat plants themselves, making them the perfect guests in your garden. A recent article in The Journal Times offers tips on how to create a more spider-friendly yard, which includes plenty of trees and shrubs.

Of the 45,500 known spider species, only a few (yellow sac, black widows and brown recluse) are venomous to humans. And since none of these species are aggressive, the chance of them harming you is rather low.

A great help in preventing other creepy crawly critters from infesting your garden and yard, spiders do make their way into homes on occasion. Since spiders lay hundreds of eggs at a time, a nest inside your home can easily result in itchy spider bites.

Seeing a spider or two is no cause for alarm, as these insects can easily make their way inside through a hole in your window screen or an open door, but if your Western New York home is facing a more serious infestation Amherst Exterminators can help.

For more information about spiders and how to get rid of them inside your home, contact our professional team of exterminators at 716-908-2475.

Fighting Summer Flea Infestations

Now that the summer weather is here to stay in Western New York, family pets will be spending more time outside the home, basking in the sun and enjoying all that the beautiful warm weather has to offer. But the more time they spend outside, the more likely it is for them to end up with fleas – especially if regular flea treatments are not provided.

Tiny, wingless critters that jump from host to host, fleas are reddish brown in color and feed on the blood of those whose fur or skin they are inhabiting. Their feeding causes red, itchy welts to appear, which can be noticed in your furry family members by frequent scratching and grooming.

While there are some simple preventative measures you can take to keep fleas off of your family pets, there is always a chance that one will still hitch a ride into your home. And if it does, your whole family might be facing itchy skin and flea-borne diseases like tapeworm and murine typhus.

Besides lodging themselves into the fur of your family pets, fleas can also be found on rodents like mice and rats, so if you see them inside but can’t find them on your cat or dog, you might have another infestation to worry about.

If you are battling a flea infestation (or a rodent one) in your home, the best course of action to take is contacting a pest control company right away. For families in the Western New York area, Amherst Exterminators is here to help. Visit us online to learn more about our services and request a free quote, or contact us by phone at 716-908-2475.

Also remember to contact your doctor and veterinarian so you and your family members – both human and furry – can be properly examined after the infestation has been taken care of.

Is That a Wasp or a Bee?

Two of the most common insects you will see in your yard during the summer months, wasps and bees are both colored black and yellow with stingers that pack quite a powerful punch. Another trait they have in common? Both of these flying pests can potentially invade your home.

So how do you tell the different between a wasp and a bee? There are a few different traits to look for.


Although both insects can fit inside the palm of your hand, they are rather different in shape. The honey bee is round and wide, much fatter than his cousin the wasp. Wasps, on the other hand are long and thin, with a body that tapers in behind the wings before rounding back out.


Technically, bees and wasps are the same colors (yellow and black), but to a knowledgeable eye their exact shades are rather different. Honey bees are coated in what looks like hair or fur, and they can range in color from black to brown and orange to yellow.

Wasps, on the other hand, have a bright and shiny body with smooth, bold coloration.


honey beeOnce you get past their similar appearances, bees and wasps are very different creatures. Bees are pollinators that fly from one flower source to the next, enjoying nectar as they go. Wasps are predatory insects that eat other bugs.

Both are attracted to sugar sweet smells, which is why it is so important to keep your kitchen neat during the summer months. Neither wasps nor bees are aggressive in nature, but both will sting if enticed – or if they feel that their nest is in danger.

Honey bees and wasps are both known to builds their nests inside homes when given the opportunity, with popular nesting locations being in attics or on the inside of walls. Regardless of which flying pest you are dealing with, Amherst Exterminators can help. Give us a call at 716-908-2475 to schedule your appointment or request a free quote.

Finding Carpenter Ant Nests Can Be A Learning Experience For You Children

The ability of a carpenter ant to establish a nest in a home is just as interesting as finding it once it has taken over your home. Sometime we forget that we live in the middle of nature and often have to cope with unwanted pests like carpenter ants whose natural job is to break wood down and use it to build their nest.

The problem is that they do not know that the wood they are munching on is your home!

Carpenter ants may build their nest in a window sill plate hidden between siding and inner drywall with just a hint of sawdust being kicked out of the nest in the early part of the year to lay eggs. The nest may be in an overhead garage door beam that leaves sawdust on your new car in the morning as your leaving for work. These are just two possible signs that an active nest is in your home.

Finding a carpenter ant nest can be difficult, and it may take help from your entire family. We recommend getting your children involved in the ant finding process, teaching them valuable skills for their future and making this potentially frightening situation a fun one for them.

When a ton of ants are seen in a family room and there is no sign of a nest – just ant after ant walking around the room – you tend to get a bit nervous. So the first thing to do is to look for soft damaged wood. If you can’t find any soft damaged wood or sawdust being kicked out, it is time to go grab a stethoscope.

Involve you children, allowing them to help in the search for sawdust and giving them a turn listening to the walls with your stethoscope. The minute someone hears crackling sounds in the walls, you can be sure you have found the nest.

Once the nest has been found, all that is left to do is call Amherst Exterminators to get rid of the problem before any more damage is done. To learn more about our service, visit us online or call us direct at 716-908-2475.

Calling A Pest Control Company That Can Answer Your Questions

The thought of having a pest problem in your home or business is worrisome enough, but finding a company that will take the time to listen to your problem can be just as difficult – unless you find the right company. Here at Amherst Exterminators we are always willing to listen to your concerns and come up with a game plan that will fit your pest control needs.

Cost and timely service is always out utmost concern. When you call us, we will try and handle the call as quickly and efficiently as possible. If we can’t identify the problem and create a plan over the phone we will dispatch a technician to your residence to find a solution.

Treatments for common pests include baits, residuals, monitoring and injections if needed. Once the initial service has been completed there is a time frame that allows the treatment to work effectively. Keeping monitors in the area after a treatment has been applied will help to determine if additional services are needed to assure the problem is completely resolved.

Baits especially may need to be reapplied or added in other areas, as they will be gobbled up by pests. It may take several weeks to complete the task of controlling the pests, and this is the part of the process that can be difficult for a customer to understand.

Amherst Exterminators understands that after you are charged the fee for the service, you expect results to occur as quickly as possible. We want this to happen just as much as you do, but results cannot always be guaranteed in just a few days. Some baits and treatments take several weeks to eliminate the problem, and the sanitation and mechanical steps that need to be taken along with treatments also play a role in the success of the service.

Please keep that in mind when having a technician come out and service your location, and as always, feel free to call us at 716-908-2475 with any questions you may have!

Spring Weather Brings Out More Than Just Flowers

Spring showers bring May flowers, but many unwanted pests come along with this change in weather.

The beauty of budding flowers, trees and bushes always brings along the insect pests that make their way in and out of homes and buildings.

Ants, spiders, millipedes, silverfish and many other insects forage in and around the exterior of structures, eventually making their way inside. The best defense for this type of problem is to keep your perimeter dry and free from unwanted weeds, moisture and shade. The shade around a home is beneficial for a nice, well protected area but it can also lead to moisture problems that allow ants to establish colonies in and around wood structures.

Keeping a good three foot barrier around your house with no moisture, growth or heavy shade is key in helping suppress crawling insects.

The winter winds bring neighbors leaves, sticks and debris close to your foundation, providing a great source of protection for pests and making exterior barrier applications the key to creating a pest free environment in your home and yard.

Amherst Exterminators can provide this service all spring, summer and fall as you need protection. You call and let us know what kind of control you need and we provide the protection so you are not paying for unwanted and unneeded applications. If you are in need of a spring exterior barrier application, call us today at 716-908-2475 to schedule an appointment or visit us online for a free quote.

The Most Damaging Pests to Your Home

Spring is almost here, and as we mentioned in our last blog post, the warm winter weather Western New York experienced may lead to larger insect populations this season. With this in mind, Amherst Exterminators has compiled a list of four common spring insect pests that can reduce your home’s value.


According to, termites are the biggest threat to wood-based structures in the US, costing more than five billion dollars in damage each year. Common signs include discarded wings, hollow-sounding wood and tubes of mud on the outside walls of your home.

There are two different species of termites prevalent in the country, subterranean termites and drywood termites, each of which requires different removal techniques.

Carpenter Ants

A pest commonly found across the Northern United States, carpenter ants are both a nuisance to deal with and a danger to the woodwork in your home. While carpenter ants do not eat wood like termites do, they do burrow into it, creating nests for their young to grow. Some of their favorite places to burrow down include windows, doorways and in wall voids, so watch for their appearance and listen for rustling noises in these areas.

If you spot carpenter ants inside your home as the weather warms up, this could signal that a colony has been living dormant inside your walls all winter long.

German Cockroaches

Found worldwide, German cockroaches are transmitters of diseases like Salmonella and E. coli, also causing asthma and allergy flare ups. One of the most disgusting pests to make their way into homes, it is important to get rid of these critters quickly so they do not do any harm to your family, contaminate your food or damage the paper products throughout your home.

Honey Bees

As much as we love the taste of honey and the honey bees’ ability to pollinate flowers, no one wants a colony of these winged insects inside their attic or the walls of their home. Not only can the bees themselves be tough to remove, but the hive itself must be completely removed to prevent further problems. If sections of the hive are left behind, it and the honey left within it will decompose, creating a sour odor and attracting other pests to the area.

If you notice signs of any of these pests in your Western New York home this spring, contact Amherst Exterminators for help at 716-908-2475.

Mild Winter: What Does it Mean for Spring Insects?

Western New York is known for many things, with harsh winters being near the top of the list, but this past winter has been warmer than average. While that makes life a little easier for area residents, it does the same for area insects as well.

It is difficult to predict how this winter’s weather precisely impacts the insect population, but generally speaking, warmer weather allows a larger population of bugs to remain alive through the winter months. That, in turn, means a larger insect population in early spring.

“In the Northeast, milder winters are leading to changes in the distribution of plants and animals, including forest pests and insects that spread disease,” the Cary Institute explains. “Less snow translates into less snowmelt to the detriment of groundwater supplies. A lack of insulating snow cover damages plant roots. And intense rain events result in flooding, with damages to infrastructure.”

So while you’ve enjoyed our mild winter, make sure your home is ready for the spring and the return of the insects. Amherst Exterminators eliminates pests in a safe and cost-effective manner. With a proper inspection and subsequent treatments, we can correct or prevent any pest control problem.

Amherst Exterminators uses a process called Integrated Pest Management, which has six steps to ridding your home of bugs. That includes an inspection, an identification of the problem, applications of non-chemical and chemical approaches, continual monitoring and communication with you to keep you informed during and after the treatment.

We can help you fight against the possibly larger insect population and ensure your home is insect free. With years of experience, Amherst Exterminators has helped residents throughout Western New York to get rid of the pests that not only spread disease and painful or itchy bites, but can damage property as well.

As spring arrives, call Amherst Exterminators to schedule an inspection of your home. We pride ourselves on protecting our neighbors from everything from ants, flies and bed bugs to mice, rats and bats. Find out how we can help you today by calling 716-908-2475.