HOW CAN I TELL IF I HAVE A TERMITE PROBLEM?
Termites leave some evidence of their presence in your home. Look for small holes in the wood around door frames, window sills and/or wood floors. Also, the presence of insect wings is a sure way to determine if termites are present. These wings are usually found near windows, along walls and by glass-door entry ways. When termites swarm inside your home, mostly during daytime hours, they are attracted to the outside light. So it is very common to find them around these areas. People often refer to them as "flying ants."
HOW DO TERMITES ENTER MY HOME?
Termites can enter homes with just a 1/32" of an opening - a space no thicker than a sheet of paper. They can enter through expansion joints, foundation cracks in walls & basement floors, small openings around pipes and electrical wires entry points. Termites can also travel inside cinder block foundation walls unnoticed and work their way up to the main support beams and eventually into your wood floors.
HOW MUCH DAMAGE CAN TERMITES CAUSE?
Termites cause nearly $2-billion in damages every year, according to research. Unfortunately, without annual inspections, termites can go unnoticed for many years while continuing to eat the wood in your home. Termites cause damage in hidden areas, inside walls, in crawl spaces and basements. By the way, most homeowners insurance policies do not cover termite damage.
WHICH IS THE BEST METHOD FOR TREATING AN ACTIVE TERMITE INFESTATION: TERMITE BAITING SYSTEMS OR LIQUID TERMITICIDES?
Baits and liquid termiticide treatments are both capable of providing long-lasting protection from termites and each method has its strengths and weaknesses. In general, bait treatments are faster and easier to install and utilize smaller quantities of insecticide, but baits are slower acting and require regular post-installation maintenance in order to remain effective. Liquid termiticide treatments require more time and effort to apply and use larger amounts of insecticide, but they provide fast-acting, long-lasting control with little or no post-treatment maintenance.
When baits are used around a building that has an active termite infestation, it is usually necessary to spot treat the areas of the building that are infested in order to get faster control. No additional supplemental treatments are needed when installing baiting systems around buildings that are not known to be infested.
One of the more important differences between termite baiting systems and liquid termiticides is that once a building is properly treated with a liquid termiticide, the treatment is capable of providing control for many years, even if the annual renewal fee is not paid and the termite contract is allowed to lapse after the first year or two. This is because the termiticide is still present in the soil and will continue to provide control until it degrades over time or until something occurs to disrupt the treated soil barrier. This is not true for termite baiting systems. With baiting systems, termite protection ceases once the contract is allowed to lapse because the company that installed the baiting system will no longer inspect and maintain it.
Unless they are actively maintained, baiting systems do not provide residual control, while liquid termiticides do provide residual control.
WHAT SOLUTIONS DO YOU OFFER FOR MY TERMITE CONTROL PROBLEM?
If you think you have termites, the best advice is to have one of our licensed termite control professionals perform a thorough inspection of your home. Bluesway offers on-site termite control services in Westchester and Rockland, NY communities such as White Plains, Yonkers, Dobbs Ferry, Eastchester, Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, Port Chester, Rye, Scarsdale and more. We will determine where the termites are entering your home. All accessible areas of the house that come into contact with the ground will be examined. The entire structure must be inspected for signs of damaged wood and termite shelter tubes (mud tunnels). If our inspection confirms you do have termites, we will recommend a treatment plan that best serves your needs.
Bluesway Pest Control offers 2 basic types of treatment options: a liquid chemical barrier using PHANTOM TERMITICIDE, "the world's newest termite control technology available in NY" or a baiting program utilizing the ADVANCE TERMITE BAITING SYSTEM, "the latest advancement in termite baiting technology." In some cases we may have to use both treatments. Click below for more information on these 2 great products and don't forget to use the back arrow to return to our website!
WHAT CAN I DO TO GET RID OF COCKROACHES?
If you are in Westchester or Rockland counties in New York, call the professionals at Bluesway Pest Control for safe and thorough extermination of roaches. If you are outside the area or just prefer to do it yourself, visit out online store for DIY professional cockroach control products like gels and bait trays.
WHAT SPECIES OF COCKROACHES ARE MOST COMMON IN THE HOME?
Three species of cockroaches you may encounter are the German, American and Oriental Cockroaches.
DO COCKROACHES BITE HUMANS?
The cockroach is an omnivore, that is, it eats everything edible. They are rarely aggressive enough to attack people while awake but could if you were asleep. Only larger cockroach species could take a bite through human skin.
WHY ARE BED BUGS SO HARD TO TREAT?
Bed bugs should not be equated with filth or sanitation problems within the home. They are very elusive, fleeting pests and are often found in other areas besides the bed. Bed bugs can live for a year or more without eating (feeding on humans) and can withstand a wide range of temperatures from nearly freezing to 122 degrees Fahrenheit. Bedbugs can be controlled with attentiveness, constant inspection and treatment by professional pest control companies.
CAN I GET SICK FROM BED BUGS?
Bed bug bites affect every person differently and are usually not a major health concern. However, a few people may have an allergic reaction to bed bugs and may require medical attention.
Bed bugs are not considered a medical or public health hazard. While bed bugs are commonly associated with poor hygiene habits, the truth is, everyone is susceptible to a bed bug infestation. Bed bugs are particularly drawn to large cities due to the increased number of human blood meals in close proximity to one another. But can you get sick from bed bugs? Not directly.
While scientists have shown that bed bugs are capable of carrying human pathogens, no evidence has revealed that they have the ability to pass those pathogens on through bites.
HOW CAN YOU CONTROL BED BUGS?
This is not a pest that can be controlled effectively with do-it-yourself measures. Any successful bed bug control plan should begin with a careful, detailed inspection by a pest control professional of all known and suspected spots where the bugs may be harboring. As they are discovered, the pest control professional will develop a treatment and control plan with the customer depending on the degree of the infestation.
DO BED BUGS TRAVEL ON PEOPLE'S CLOTHES?
Bedbugs do not like heat, therefore do not stick in hair or on skin, like lice or ticks, and prefer not to remain in our clothes close to our bodily heat. Bedbugs are more likely to travel on backpacks, luggage, shoes and other items farther removed from our bodies.
HOW DO I IDENTIFY A BED BUG?
Rusty or reddish stains on bed sheets or mattresses caused by bed bugs being crushed. Dark spots are bed bug excrement and may bleed on the fabric like a marker would. Eggs and eggshells, which are tiny (about 1mm) and pale yellow skins that nymphs shed as they grow larger.
ARE THERE ANY SCENTS THAT KEEP BED BUGS AWAY?
Effectively repellent essential oils include cinnamon oil, lemongrass oil, clove oil, peppermint oil, lavender oil, thyme oil, tea tree oil, and, finally, eucalyptus oil. In my experience, all or any of these oils have laid claim to both killing as well as repelling bed bugs.
WHAT IS THE MAIN CAUSE OF BED BUGS?
Bed bugs are flat and small in size, allowing them to hide easily from view during the day when they are not active. They hide in mattresses, bed frames, bedding, furniture, carpets, baseboards and bedroom clutter. They are most commonly found in the seams of mattresses or inside box springs.
HOW DO I GET RID OF ANTS IN MY KITCHEN?
Ants are commonly found on the kitchen counter tops, inside cabinets and around the dishwasher. Basically, wherever water can be found. To treat an ant infestation, it’s helpful to identify the type of ant involved, but, not always necessary because usually most "ant sprays" used treat a wide variety of ant species.
Some ants can be controlled by using ant baits, while others cannot. All ants require two types of foods to thrive, sweet and the protein baits. There's no easy way to tell which foods an ant requires at any given moment, so, by using both protein and sweet is the most effective method to control ants. Sometimes, you may need to apply a liquid residual spray that lasts for several weeks. These sprays continue to decimate an ant infestation so you don't need to stand guard with your can of bug spray and zap them every time you see an ant. In some cases, it may be helpful to try and follow the ants back to their colony and treat the colony directly, but we realize this is not always the case. If you have small children, who are amazed at ants, you might want to ask them if they see where the ants are coming from.
The professionals here at Bluesway Pest Control have the experience not only to identify the species properly, but, help you eradicate them.
HOW DO I GET RID OF MICE?
There are 3 basic steps for the control of rodents. Exclusion, elimination of food and water sources and extermination. Exclusion is the process in which you try to prevent rodents from entering into a particular area (rodent proofing), using steel wool around entry points.
In dealing with rodent control you`re either going to use a rodenticide (poison), mechanical traps of some sort (snap traps, catch-alls, tin cats, etc.) or glue boards (sticky-traps). The only difference between a rat or a mouse will be the amount or size of the product to be used.
HOW DO MICE GET IN CARS?
Though your car might seem protected when you lock it and turn on the alarm, mice have a way of getting into all types of vehicles. Due to the small size of mice, it's easy for them to squeeze through openings smaller than a dime. In most cases, they'll crawl up from under the engine and make their way to other areas once inside. The following are among the most common entry points that mice will use to access a car:
- Holes around cables
- Pedal shafts
- Steering columns
WHAT TIME OF YEAR DO MICE SEEK SHELTER IN CARS?
Mice are active year-round, but their behaviors vary according to the season. In the summertime, they're often going in and out of buildings in search of food, water, and nesting materials and spaces. During winter, they're more likely to spend more time indoors. As a nocturnal creature, mice are primarily active from dusk until dawn, when few people or animals are likely to see them.
Since it's in the nature of mice to look for shelter from cold and rain, they're likeliest to nest in cars during the winter. Cars parked outdoors are especially vulnerable, though mice will also infest cars within garages, provided the garage itself is accessible to the little critters.
HOW DO I PREVENT MICE FROM COMING INTO MY CAR?
When you open your glove compartment to reach for a map, pen or pair of sunglasses, the last thing you want to see or feel is a live or dead mouse. There are certain parking areas and circumstances where a rodent-free vehicle cannot be 100% guaranteed, but the following tips can lower the odds of mice entering your car:
- Keep your car clean - if your car is filled with junk (paper, garbage, tissues, cups, fast-food bags) it can be a magnet for mice. In a sense, your car has been used as a dumpster, which is always the ideal kind of place for mice to hide, nest, sleep and find food.
- Don't allow moisture to build up inside your vehicle - mice thrive on water and therefore are attracted to moist areas. It's important to keep condensation from building up in your vehicle. Moisture can be caused by any number of problems, such as a blocked pollen filter or a leak in the heater. Damp clothing can also contribute to the problem. If condensation persists night after night, have your car inspected to locate the cause of the issue.
- Keep foliage away from your car - when autumn leaves fall, mice have plenty of places to seek shelter from the rain. A car, however, is an even more inviting place for mice. When foliage surrounds your car, a literal pathway is formed right to your vehicle. By contrast, mice are less likely to enter your car when they can't come anywhere near it.
- Don't leave openings into your vehicle - if one of the doors is slightly ajar, or the sunroof or one of the windows won't close all the way, your car could easily become a mice haven.
While the above tips can greatly reduce the likelihood of mice targeting your car, any vehicle is at risk unless repellents are applied to keep mice out. The most effective way to keep mice out of your car is with mint: a scent that naturally repels the rodent.
HOW DO I KNOW IF THERE IS RODENT DAMAGE IN MY CAR?
Rodents can cause damage to numerous parts of a vehicle, from the ignition wires and air vents to the interior upholstery and hood insulation. Mice can be especially damaging, because the enamel in their teeth is strong enough to gnaw through all sorts of inner-vehicle components. Common signs that rodents have been active in a vehicle include:
- Gnawed wires around the engine
- Shredded gauze in the air vent
- Chewed insulation and upholstery
- Chew holes in nonmetal engine components
- Claw marks and droppings
In some cases, the damage can get so intense that a car won't start. Even if mice don't invade the passenger area, a flashing check-engine light could indicate damage under the hood of a vehicle. Rodent control in vehicles is more than just a sanitation concern - mice-proofing a vehicle is critical to the engine's operation.
IS THERE A MOUSE IN YOUR CAR VENT OR AIR CONDITIONER?
Few odors are more rank than the smell of a dead mouse inside a vehicle. When a mouse dies inside a car, it usually occurs near one of the air vents, and it's often made painfully obvious once a car is powered on and the fans or heater activate. In cases like these, mice are often located inside the cowl gutter and fender. When this occurs, the mice should be removed, preferably by an auto maintenance specialist.
HOW DO I DISPOSE OF A DEAD MOUSE IN MY CAR?
There may be times when a mouse will have made it past the obstacles, only to end its journey inside your car. When it comes to removing dead mice from a vehicle, it's important to follow sanitation guidelines due to the bacteria and diseases that rodents carry and leave in their wake.
First and foremost, you should never handle a mouse with your bare hands. With rubber gloves, complete the following steps of rodent removal:
- Seal the carcass in two Ziploc bags and dispose in outdoor trash can.
- Wipe the area of mice activity clean with paper towels, and then dispose of towels.
- Mix 1.5 cups of bleach with a gallon of water.
- Using a sponge, saturate infected areas of your vehicle with the mixture.
- Dispose of sponge and gloves.
After you're finished with the cleansing process, lather your hands, forearms and under your nails with antibacterial bar soap for five minutes and rinse with warm water.