How to Prevent Bed Bugs From Infiltrating Your Sheets

Bed bugs are bad– you don’t want them. Just the thought of them should make you itch and scowl. The sooner you detect ‘em, the cheaper it will be to get rid of them.

Where are you likely to encounter bed bugs? Well, a lot of people come into contact with them in hotel rooms…and then bring them home to their house after their trip is done.

So, with that in mind, when you stay overnight at a hotel (or someone else’s house or apartment), you should do a basic inspection of their bedding. Look at the mattress, box spring and the visible parts of the headboard and see if you notice bugs anywhere or little brown spots. If you don’t see anything, chances are you’re safe. However, if you wake up the next morning and find bites on your skin, bed bugs might have gotten you.

Bed bug bites are usually in clusters of at least three and end up in areas of your skin that are exposed while you sleep. You’re likely to find them on your arms, neck, face and/or shoulders. They tend to look like mosquito bites.

Should you experience bed bug bites, take whatever is in your suitcase and unpack it somewhere outside your home (like in the garage). Take your clothing and put it through a hot wash or dry cycle, as heat will kill the bed bugs. To disinfect your suitcase, you can use no-pest strips that are dropped into a garbage bag along with your emptied suitcase. Seal the bag, let it sit for two weeks or so, and the pesticide does its job, killing any remaining bed bugs.

Some people resort to using a steamer or vacuum on their bed to get rid of bed bugs. However, these items might not pick up all the potential bed bug eggs, so a professional should be called in to fully take care of the problem.

In the Buffalo area, Amherst Exterminators can help you get rid of bed bugs; call 716-908-2475.

Bats Will Give Even The Most Relaxed Homeowners a Headache

Ask most people if they like “Batman,” and they’ll say, “Sure!” But ask them if they like actual bats, and they’re likely to reply, “No way!”

While bats serve a useful function, gobbling up some 600 mosquitoes per hour, they’re not the kind of pest you want in your bedroom at night, right?

Bats need less than an inch wide space to enter or leave a building. While they don’t chew on buildings, there are several things about bats that make them unwelcome around humans.

Bats can carry rabies. If you have a baby in a room and a bat is in there, you KNOW you’re going to do everything you can to make sure your baby doesn’t get bit by one. In addition to rabies, bats can spread a disease that affects people’s lungs. They can also introduce “bat mites” to your home. They’re kind of like bed bugs, and they want to feed off human skin. Yuck.

Bats can cause structural damage– not by chewing, but by their excrement. Disgusting? Yes. Their waste can drip through ceilings, ruin insulation, soak through particle board, and even cause a structure to collapse. A bat infestation could cause your property to be so devalued that no one wants to live there.

Bats are fine in the woods and in the zoo, but not in your Western New York house or office!

If you suspect bats are in your building and you want them gone, call Amherst Exterminators. Working quickly to make sure the problem doesn’t get out of control, Amherst Exterminators can be reached by calling 716-908-2475.

Be Proactive When You Have a Pest Problem

Pest control is vital. You don’t want termites, rats, spiders, beetles, hornets, ants, or any other type of pest getting out of control on your property. Amherst Exterminators manages and eliminates pests for you.

Perhaps the main reason people want to get rid of pests is because they’re regarded as dirty and some do, indeed, carry disease. If you had a baby in the house you certainly wouldn’t want them to be bitten by a rat. And if you were trying to peacefully watch TV one day and noticed a whole bunch of bees had invaded a corner in your living room, that would definitely get your attention. Pests have their place and that place is not in your home or office.

Pests have a way of invading people’s spaces. They get into buildings via ducts, cracks and holes and then end up in the walls and ceilings and attics. And then…they breed. One mated pair of whatever pest it is can yield all too many little babies, and then you’ve got quite an infestation. You do not want an infestation. This is your home or business and these visitors are NOT welcome!

Thankfully, pest control technicians like the ones from Amherst Exterminators can use chemicals that are toxic to the pests but not humans or household pets. That way, the pests are safely killed and can be cleared away, giving you, the person they were bothering, some much needed peace-of-mind.

You’re not running a pest hotel, right? Get Amherst Exterminators to get rid of pests before they proliferate. Call 716-908-2475 today.

The Ant Season is Approaching. Time for Preventive Maintenance.

The snow is gone and the weather is gradually warming up. What this means is all kinds of ants are coming out of dormancy. Many homes and businesses will experience inside activity until ants can flourish outdoors. The best solution to this problem throughout the spring, summer, and fall is to maintain good outside preventative programs using baits, residual applications, and granular around the structure. Amherst Exterminators will help solve your problem at any time just give us a call  at 908-2475. A professional staff will answer your calls 24/7 and get your appointment the same day or the next day. Happy Spring.

 

 

How does the winter affect Insects in Western New York?

Frigid Weather  

With the temperatures hovering around zero in Western New York one might ask how insects survive. The answer is a simple one; insects do not maintain a constant body temperature like mammals do.  Insects adapt very well to their environment in which they live in.

Biology

Most insect development is contingent with temperatures above 50 degrees.  Insects are capable of slowing their body function down and go dormant when temperatures dip below 50 degrees.  Insects will survive frigid Western New York winters and slowly start to move around your home once spring weather is upon us.

Temperatures on the Rise

Not all insect will emerge all at once.  Spring time means insects, but where do they come from?   Many insects lay eggs in the fall that will hatch once the warmer arrive. Also over wintering, pupae will start to move and finally insects that have been dormant will begin their spring activities.  The bottom line is insects do survive the frigid Western New York winter and will become a nuisance to homeowners in the spring.

If you think you might have an insect problem, give Amherst Exterminator a call today at 716-908-2475.

What Are Your Options For Ant Treatment?

A single ant is just about the most harmless creature imaginable. Unlike more menacing pests like bees and spiders, we humans have a decent relationship with ants. In fact, laying on the grass on a hot summer’s day, you might not even mind having a few crawling on your arms and leg.

This peaceful coexistence can change in an instant, however, if the rest of the colony decides to show up. A single ant paying your home a visit is nothing, at least until he goes back to get his friends. When hundreds—or even thousands—of ants begin to file through your home, it’s time to deal with them once and for all. Here are a few options for treatment.

Cut Off Their Supply 

There’s a reason why all those ants decided to make the long trek to your house, and it’s not because they like the music you’re playing. They’re here for one reason and one reason only: to eat. Remember how you threw away all the junk food in your cupboard on New Year’s Day? Basically, you’ll want to do the same thing for the ants. Seal every food container as best you can and cut off any water leakage at the source to keep them from satisfying their appetite in your home. Hopefully they’ll get the message.

Seal the Perimeter

Sometimes, you’ll need to be a bit more forceful to protect your home. Act as if your home is under attack by an outside micro-army and fortify every possible entry point. Caulk can work pretty well here. You might consider spraying insecticide at suspected entry points as well. You’ll need to be persistent and stay on the lookout in case they’re able to find another way in.

Go and Find Them

It’s a scary thought, but what you see in your house is probably just the tip of the iceberg. If you’re able to follow their path, you might just discover where all the ants are coming from. If you do, you could have a chance to wipe out the entire colony all at once. Otherwise, killing the ants inside won’t even put a dent in the massive amount at the source.

Leave a Special Treat

If you’re unable to find the colony yourself, you just might be able to let the ants do the legwork themselves. Spraying insecticide in your home will only cause ants to avoid the spots you spray, and they’ll often just use a quick detour instead. Ant bait, on the other hand, attracts ants just like food. If they grab the bait and haul it back to the colony, it can be enough to wipe the entire thing out—queen and all.

Call the Pros

We wish it were always as easy as we’re making it sound, but ant infestations can be incredibly difficult to pin down. If you’re having trouble with an infestation in your Western New York home, or you’d just like to get it out of the way quickly, don’t hesitate to call Amherst Exterminators and let the pros do the dirty work.

Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite!

Warning: just reading this blog entry will make your skin crawl with heebie jeebies and you’ll probably find yourself itching and scratching, because this blog is about… bed bugs.

Gross, right? Yes! Bed bugs are small, blood-sucking insects, oval in shape and often found in people’s beds, including their mattress, box springs and even bed frames. These little suckers do not fly. They crawl. And they just might be crawling on you while you’re sleeping!

Have you noticed any small, flat or raised bumps on your skin lately? How about redness, swelling and/or itching? You could be the recipient of bed bug bites. Lucky you– not! These annoying little buggers often bite the face, neck, hands and arms. Will these bites kill you? No. But you may itch like crazy and require some steroid cream or oral antihistamine for relief.

Search your bedding for what looks like “fecal stains as well as egg cases and shed bug skins, which may indicate you’ve got bed bugs. Then, don’t go crazy. Remain calm and call Amherst Exterminators at 716-908-2475. Serving Amherst/Williamsville, North Buffalo/Kenmore, The Tonawandas, Clarence, Lancaster and other communities in Western New York, Amherst Exterminators can come “take care” of your bed bug problem.

Did you mom ever say, “Night, night, don’t let the bed bugs bite!” If so, she obviously didn’t call Amherst Exterminators to save you from the horror of those awful creepy crawlies. No one should have to live with bedbugs. Get rid of them today!

Amherst Exterminators: Interesting Facts about Rats

When rats appear around your home, there is much cause for concern. Yet beyond keeping them out, we’re willing to bet you don’t think all too often about these scurrying little critters, and even less about some of their unique habits, characteristics, and incredible resiliency.

 

The Rat Pack

The term “rat pack” actually stems from the fact that rats, like humans, are profoundly social creatures. They need the company of at least one other rat to thrive. For this reason, if you find one rat in your home, there are likely several more lurking around.

Economic Devastation

Each year rats are responsible for billions of dollars in global damages. Their teeth are stronger than iron and steel, so they can easily gnaw their way through electrical wires, as well as wood and cinder block. Rats also can ruin supplies of food, and are known to bite people, even babies in cribs.

They Spread Like Wildfire

If left unchecked, rat populations can quickly get out of hand. A mother rat’s average litter is between seven and 12 offspring, but litters can range all the way up to 20. Not every rat pup will mature, however, since mother rats will sometimes eat their newborns if they are either unfit to survive, or she is eating out of stress. On top of this, females can give birth up to 5 times per year, and their courting and romantic rituals with male rats can conclude in as fast as a few seconds—talk about getting down to business.

Tough as Nails

Rats are incredibly adaptable, which is why they can survive in many different regions of the world. A rat is able to go without water for a longer period of time than a camel, and can swim at least a half a mile. Many scientists believe they will outlast human beings on Earth by a wide margin, and could be one of the few species to survive a mass extinction.

Mmmm, Tasty

In some places, especially in southeast Asia, parts of Africa, and China, rats are a common food source. But there are also places in India where rats are revered as representatives of the god Ganesha.

They Don’t Clean Up After Themselves

Addressing a rat infestation with haste is crucial. Even after an infestation is eliminated, the acrid smell of rat urine and droppings can linger in your home without the help of professional grade cleaning and odor control.

If you’re struggling with a pest infestation of any sort, and live in the Amherst or greater Western New York area, visit Amherst Exterminators today, and contact us to set up an appointment.

 

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How to Catch a Mouse

There’s a mouse in your house! It sounds like a Dr. Seuss rhyme, but it’s not nearly as fun. In fact, it’s no fun at all. A mouse getting too comfortable in your territory is bad news, forcing you to live in constant fear of a dirty, hairy critter crawling up your leg at any given moment. If you have a mouse darting back and forth across your kitchen floor, you’ll want to catch it first and ask questions later.

Many people go with the traditional mousetrap, just like the ones in the old cartoons. In fact, it’s not a bad idea to set multiple traps, especially in your new housemate’s favorite places to travel. Most food items will work fine as bait—mice are not very picky eaters. However, unless you’re trying to provide the mouse a quick dinner to go, it can be a good idea to glue the food to the trap. Peanut butter is also a popular bait due to its stickiness.

Another trick that will trap a mouse without harming them has been making the rounds on the internet. It involves balancing the tube from a roll of paper towels over some sort of ledge. Bait is inserted in the end hanging off, and a trash can or similar receptacle is placed below. When the mouse travels too close to the bait, the tube should fall in the can, mouse and all. If you do happen to catch a mouse alive, it’s important to bring them very far away—a mile or more—because they can be incredibly skilled at finding their way back to your home.

Poison works as well, but since the mouse will not die immediately, they may escape to a relatively inaccessible area of your home. You know what this means—a rotting carcass in your walls or floorboards, and an even bigger problem than you had before.

You might be able to handle one mouse, but in the case of a bigger problem, it’s always smart to call a professional to take care of the problem before it grows out of hand. If you’re in the Amherst or greater Western New York area and have mice in your home, call Amherst Exterminators to get to the bottom of it so you can stop scrambling around.

 

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The Dreaded Silverfish

Too many Western New Yorkers have experienced a similar encounter. You crawl out of bed and sleepwalk to the bathroom, then shield your eyes as you turn the light on to begin your morning routine. Then, you freeze and gasp in horror as you find yourself face-to-face with the ugliest and scariest of household pests: the silverfish.

Remain calm. The silverfish is unlikely to come after you. In fact, they’re probably as petrified as you are, frozen and exposed in the harsh, bright light. Even if their sole goal wasn’t to stay as far away from you as possible, they most likely wouldn’t even be able to hurt you if they tried. Unlike centipedes, which can provide a painful bite—and which silverfish are often mistaken for—they don’t even have strong enough jaws to pierce human skin.

Ending the silverfish right then and there with a good squish might make you feel better temporarily, but their populations can grow fairly fast. Chances are, you won’t even be able to catch the silverfish. They are very fast creatures that can make it quickly back to where they came from, often without even being detected.

We’re not trying to tell you that silverfish aren’t disturbing. They can live for close to a decade, laying eggs—sometimes up to 50 at a time—and lurking in the dark, moist crevices of your home. If you feel like you might have a silverfish problem on your hands, the best course of action is to contact a professional exterminator who can put together a plan to be rid of the frightening critters.

There are steps you can take to prevent silverfish from making themselves comfortable, like keeping your home clean, storing food properly, and using a dehumidifier to dry rooms. Even though silverfish are unpleasant looking creatures, it’s comforting to know that coming after you is not on their agenda.

Now that you’ve calmed yourself down, stay on the lookout for more signs of a silverfish problem. If you think there’s more where that one came from, contact Amherst Exterminators for professional pest control services that can tackle the most elusive silverfish populations.

 

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