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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Where Do Pests Go During the Winter?

A Western New York winter is inhospitable to human beings. Extreme cold temperatures, treacherous snowfall, and dark clouds hanging over every day are all hard things to bear. So pests don’t stand a chance, right? Where do the critters go during the winter months when there’s no sign of their existence?

Some insects make like birds—and some of our elderly residents—by migrating south to warmer weather. Butterflies are a good example of this. While they’re not typically thought of as pests, they can be destructive to landscaping, especially in early stages of development. Other insects migrate downward into the earth, bringing stockpiles of food below the frost line to wait it out until spring.

Unfortunately, as some homeowners are all too familiar, some common pests migrate into the warmth of your home. That’s right—we’ve unwillingly built winter lodging for insects like roaches, termites and ants that post up in the dark recesses of our homes for the winter.

Some insects, like bees and ladybugs, use their collective warmth as a means for survival, bundling together in hives and other safe places. On the other hand, pests like wasps often leave a single, strong queen to survive the winter before nesting and building a new hive when conditions are ripe. Other pests live through their immature stages of development that line up with the seasons, emerging in their adult stages ready to wreak havoc at just the right time. These include moths and grasshoppers.

Finally, even annoying pests exhibit the miracles of nature. Some insects have biological processes that produce natural anti-freeze. While lying dormant, they stay just warm enough to avoid freezing from the inside out.

While it’s interesting to hear how bugs manage to survive our harsh Buffalo winters without the modern luxuries us humans enjoy, homeowners are largely considered with just one thing: keeping them out once they emerge. To prepare for the eventual thawing out, and the yearly onslaught of new pests, contact Amherst Exterminators today.

 

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Picking a Pest Control Company with the Right Accreditations

Picking a Pest Control CompanyWhen the time comes to choose the best pest control company in Amherst or Western New York areas, the decision can be a little tricky. Information on the internet can get a little murky, and sometimes we find that clients aren’t exactly sure who they can trust with a problem as sensitive as pest control. Thankfully, businesses and organizations have stepped up over the years to measure the quality and reliability of services like ours.

 

Here are a few examples of these organizations:

  • Angie’s List – An online, members-only website that allows people to rate their experience with local businesses (never anonymously) and to peruse a database of past ratings, and also receive assistance in the case of a particularly poor experience. Amherst Exterminators was presented with the 2013 Super Service Award from Angie’s List
  • National Pest Management Association and QualityPro – The NPMA has been educating and promoting the pest management industry since 1933. They serve as an authoritative leader that works tirelessly to improve the quality of service in the industry. QualityPro is NPMA’s certification program that provides these tools directly to pest management companies like Amherst Exterminators.
  • Chamber of Commerce – Association that promotes the interests of businesses and holds them to higher standards.

 

Membership in these organizations gives service providers like Amherst Exterminators credibility, ensuring customers that they will experience a high level of service that ends in total satisfaction. When it comes to the pests that are crawling across your floor or hiding in the shadows of your home, you need to be able to put trust in a pest control company that will do the job right.

To inquire further about Amherst Exterminator’s experienced record, or to set up a consultation in the Western New York area, visit our website today.

 

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Amherst Exterminators: Preventative Home Inspections

This year, we’ve had more than a winter’s fair share of snow on the ground, and it has been so cold—too cold— here in our neck of the woods in Western New York. However, soon enough, spring will arrive, and we won’t be the only species to perk our heads up at the coming of warmer weather. Pests will undoubtedly come out from hiding, looking for a safe place to nest or forage food.

Before you experience an epic disaster of, say, hornet infestations, or baby mice scurrying across your kitchen floor, consider the advantages of preventative pest control from an experienced exterminator.

Would you rather risk having to replace a damaged structural component of your home later, or get rid of the termites and carpenter ants before they start chewing in the first place? Undetected critters can put you and your family in very real danger by chewing on electrical wires in the wall, for instance. Sometimes, the warning signs come too late, and you’ll be left wishing you were more proactive about pest control.

Infestations can happen fast, spiraling out of control over night. Instead of frantically dealing with an existing problem, preventative home pest inspections can uncover issues before they’re out of hand. In fact, once an interior pest problem is properly dealt with, protection can usually be maintained from the outside of the home. Staying proactive can save you from a huge headache, a great deal of discomfort, and a large amount of real money.

Amherst Exterminators offers preventative home inspections in the Western New York area. Our exterminators will visit and assess your home, predict risks for certain pests, and advise you on preventative measures to make your place as pest-proof as possible. Visit our website on the services we offer, and stick to our blog to stay informed on how best to protect your home from unwelcome visitors.

 

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Amherst Exterminators: Carpenter Ants

In Western New York and beyond, the springtime brings out Carpenter Ants and other insects that are as excited about the newfound Sun as we are. The Carpenter Ant varies in size and color, but they are usually large (1/4-1/2 inch) and blackish in color.

Occasionally, swarms of winged Carpenter Ants called reproductive Carpenter Ants emerge inside a home. If, in the early Spring, the weather is not suitable for a Carpenter Ant to survive outside, then you could have a Carpenter Ant nesting issue in the structure. During nesting, Carpenter Ants damage wood by hollowing it out. They excavate galleries in wood which have a smooth, sandpapered appearance. Wood which has been damaged by Carpenter Ants contains no mud-like material, as is the case with termites. Shredded fragments of wood, similar in appearance to coarse sawdust, is ejected from the galleries through preexisting cracks or slits made by the ants.

While Carpenter Ants nest in both moist and dry wood, they prefer it to be moist. Consequently, the nests are more likely to be found in wood dampened by water leaks, such as areas around sinks, bathtubs, poorly sealed windows or doorframes, roof leaks, and poorly flashed chimneys. Nests are especially common in moist, hollow spaces such as the wall void behind a dishwasher, or in a hollow porch column.

It is important to realize that nests can be located either inside or outside the structure. Carpenter Ants actually construct two different kinds of nests: parent colonies which, when mature, contain an egg-laying queen, brood and 2000 or more worker ants, and satellite colonies which may have large numbers of worker ants but no queen, eggs or young larvae. The Carpenter Ants inside a home may have originated from the parent colony or from one or more satellite nests. For example, ants may come from a parent nest located outdoors in a tree stump, landscape timber or woodpile, or from one or more satellite nests hidden behind a wall in the kitchen or bathroom, or in wood dampened by a roof leak in the attic.

The extent and potential damage to a home depends on how many nests are actually present within the structure, and how long the infestation has been active. Although large Carpenter Ant colonies are capable of causing structural damage, the damage is not normally as serious as that from termites. In some cases, the damage may be relatively insignificant, but this can only be determined by locating and exposing the nest area.

Control of Carpenter Ants is best achieved if the nest is destroyed. If the nest can be found, it is normally directly injected and destroyed. The technician who addresses this issue with you will review all areas where a moisture issue is a possibility. Barrier applications, with a baiting process or residual chemical application, are the norm for this type of problem.

Seasonal Programs that provide regular maintenance are very helpful in resolving these problems, along with pinpointing the source. If you’re having issues with Carpenter Ants, call Amherst Exterminators today at 908-2475 to set up an initial consultation.