Keep Bugs Out Of Your Christmas Tree

A beautiful way to fill your home with the smell of pine, the real Christmas tree is the preferred choice for many families. As the holiday season draws near and you and your children head out in search of your perfect tree, we at Amherst Exterminators would like to provide you a bit of advice to keep your home free of bugs and pests. Some of the most common insects found on Christmas trees are bark beetles, mites, praying mantis and spiders. None of these pests can cause harm to you or your home, but they can be an annoying nuisance as you are preparing to entertain holiday guests. Follow these words of advice to keep your home and tree bug-free this winter.

Take Preventative Measures

Instead of worrying about pests this season, take some preventative measures to remove them from your tree before bringing it inside. Visit a Christmas tree farm that has a mechanical shaker to dislodge bird nests, debris and stray pests before you head home. This will also get rid of loose needles that are bound to fall onto your floor.

Get Out the Vacuum Cleaner

Although the warm temperatures in your home will kill pests quickly, you can also use a vacuum cleaner to remove bugs sooner. We recommend steering clear of aerosol insect sprays, because of their flammability.

Regardless of what types of pest you are dealing with this holiday season, contact Amherst Exterminators to take care of the problem quickly and efficiently. Contact us online or by calling 716-908-2475 today!

Cluster Flies Love Taking Up Residence In Your Attic

If you’ve been noticing flies around your property that don’t seem like the average housefly, you may have something a bit different on your hands. One of the biggest nuisances property owners deal with is cluster flies, a specific type of fly that are a bit more aggressive than you may be used to. In fact, these flies tend to gather around windows and try to make their way into structures, sometimes even tearing through screens. We’re here to provide you with a few more facts about these flies that you should be aware of.

Cluster flies have also been called attic flies, and that’s because they tend to make their way into the attic of homes in order to hibernate. Fortunately, they tend to leave people alone for the most part, and they tend to congregate in areas of homes that are usually uninhabited, hence the attic.

Why are these flies called Cluster flies? Well, they tend to gather and form clusters around windows and inside walls. You may notice some stains left on your curtains or walls where these flies have been recently. Unlike some species of flies, Cluster flies can live for several months, so don’t expect an infestation to go away by itself any time soon.

No matter what type of flies you are dealing with in and around your property, you don’t have to deal with the problem all on your own. Contact the professionals at Amherst Exterminators today to find out how we can get rid of cluster flies in no time!

German Cockroaches Could Wreak Havoc On Your Home

There are plenty of pests you would hate to find inside your property, but cockroaches are probably near the top of your list. Many homeowners deal with at least one type of cockroach at some point, and one of the most common species is the German roach. These insects are capable of living in just about any type of environment, and they are commonly found throughout most parts of the world. We’re here to go over some of the most common signs that may indicate you have a German cockroach infestation.

 

A telltale sign that German cockroaches are in your home is the droppings they leave behind. While they may be hard to spot at first if you aren’t looking, they will soon become apparent if you have a large enough infestation. Their droppings look like small, dark balls that may appear to be pieces of pepper at first glance. You will find these on floors, countertops, and any other areas of the home that cockroaches have frequented.

In addition to their droppings, German cockroaches give off an odor that you will most likely pick up at least a few times. They give off an odor that some people describe as musty, but it is usually fairly mild. If you have many cockroaches in your home within the same vicinity of each other, you will probably be able to smell them to some degree.

The last major sign of a German cockroach infestation is the egg capsules they leave behind. It only takes a day or so for a female cockroach to carry eggs before they hatch, so it won’t be long before you may start noticing broken egg cases around the home.

If you notice any of these signs of a German cockroach infestation don’t hesitate to contact a professional to take care of the problem immediately!

Don’t Let the Name “Silverfish” Fool You

If you’re like most people, you hear the name “Silverfish” and you assume it’s some sort of fish, or perhaps the name of a rock band. Turns out silverfish are ugly bugs that you sometimes see lurking about your house.

With a silvery gray color, silverfish look like a little lobster crossed with a bee and cockroach. They have a carrot-shaped body with lots of antennae sticking out. You might see them in your basement or under your sink since they flock to cold, dark and damp places. They’re fast moving little buggers and they like to come out at night.

While silverfish are relatively harmless (they don’t bite or spread disease) they’re still bugs you don’t want in your house. To get them, try sticky traps. You can also use cedar oil and/or pieces of cedar in key spots to keep them away since they don’t like cedar and will avoid it.

Since silverfish like paper and glue, if you have a lot of cardboard boxes around, or you store old newspapers/mail, just know that silverfish love those things. They’ll even enjoy hanging around clothing and dry foods, so here’s the deal: put stuff away in plastic containers with tightly sealed lids. The more dry you keep your home or basement, the better off you’ll be. Remember, silverfish like damp places.

If you notice any cracks in your home’s exterior walls, seal them up so silverfish and other bugs can’t easily enter your home. Remove piles of damp debris located near exterior walls, too, so as not to attract bugs.

Should you have an infestation of silverfish or other creepy bugs, don’t hesitate to call Amherst Exterminators at 716-908-2475.

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.