5 Mistakes Hiring a Residential Pest Control Exterminating Company Suffolk, Nassau, Long Island NY

Residence

Residence

 

Buyer beware are words most consumers should heed when shopping for pest control services! Below are some good advice tips for selecting a pest control company and in fact any service or contractor for your home. It pays to do your homework when hiring a pest management company and a few minutes spent on the phone or on the internet can make all the difference and avoid costly mistakes.
5 Tips for choosing a termite control company
1. Get Estimates: If you have a pest problem do not panic. Panic buying opens the consumer up to high pressure sales that could be very costly in the end. Even if your house is swarming with termites, do not panic, as these swarming termites will die quickly indoors which will allow you enough time to get estimates. Be an educated consumer and get multiple estimates. Do not assume that all companies charge about the same price and be wary of low and high ball bids. Understand what the company is offering in their estimate and get it in writing to make sure you are comparing “apples” to “apples”.
2. Check Reliability:
Make sure that the company you choose has a history of professional and reliable service so that you are assured you are getting what you were promised. There are many ways to check reliability: contact the Better Business Bureau, your local Consumer Affairs Department, do an internet search for complaints and ask for referrals and testimonials. A quick check of the department of consumer affairs in your county and the Better Business Bureau can save you countless problems and dollars.
3. Examine GUARANTEES:
Read and understand each companies guarantee policy. Be sure to read the fine gray print on the back of contracts for hidden clauses and exclusions that may lead you to believe you have total coverage when in reality the guarantee is difficult to understand or impossible to claim. Try to use a company that has a strong history of reliable service. A guarantee is worthless if the company you choose is no longer in business
4. Check Certifications and Insurance Certificates:
Always make sure that the service is being performed by a qualified technician who is New York State Certified and experienced with the type of pest in question. Check to see if the company belongs to industry associations such as the Long Island Pest Control Association, the New York State Pest Management association and the National Pest Control Association. Don’t be afraid to ask for copies of the Liability and Workman’s Compensation insurance certificates. If the company hesitates than look elsewhere.
5. Ask About Price Protection:
Many pest control services require follow up visits and renewable contracts especially when dealing with termites and carpenter ants. Ask if the company has a price protection guarantee to avoid being stuck in an agreement that can increase in price substantially over subsequent years. It is inevitable that costs will increase over time but these increases should not be yearly double digit increases. High annual price increases is the number one complaint we hear from consumers that are calling to switch from their current pest control companies.
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Kevin O’Connor
Entomologist- Eliminex Pest Control Inc.

Commercial Pest Control in Food Processing, Hospitality & Health Related Industries Long Island NY

Commercial Building

Commercial Building

Performing pest control services for commercial food processing facilities, pharmaceutical plants, the hospitality industry and commercial buildings requires extensive experience and a high level of training to ensure pest free environments are achieved.  Warehouses, food plants, food processing areas and office environments can be diverse and only the best training will suffice for these environments.

Commercial food plants and food processing environments require the most comprehensive pest management programs.  In addition to pest management companies inspecting and servicing these facilities, there are usually governmental and third party audits to ensure food wholesomeness. Inspection agencies such as AIB – the American Institute of Baking, NSF International, FDA, USDA, the Department of Agriculture and local Health Departments, to name a few, are often involved in the inspection process.

Homeland security has also implemented food security procedures to ensure the protection of our food from terrorist organizations. Many of these establishments have to follow strict FDA HACCP requirements (Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points) to ensure product viability and safety.

Below are some commonly asked questions one might consider when inquiring about a suitable commercial pest control company:

Question #1- What should I be looking for when choosing a pest control company for my food plant or commercial business?

Experience is a key element in choosing a pest management company.  In New York, it is best to consider pest control companies with a NYS certification in “Food Processing”.  This certification assures that there is an in depth training focus on food environments.  It is paramount for commercial businesses to choose a qualified pest control company for their food and non food related business.

Another factor in considering a pest control company should be choosing a pest management company with a staff Entomologist to insure the highest level of training and education.  Membership in pest control associations such as the NPMA- National Pest Management Association, NYPMA – New York State Pest Management Association and LIPCA- Long Island Pest Control Association are also important factors.

Question #2- What is the most common mistake in choosing an exterminator for my business?

Price!  Usually, when you choose a pest control company purely on price you typically get what you pay for.  Do your homework.  Is the company you are choosing a member of the better business bureau or, consumer affairs?  If so, are there any unresolved issues with the company.  As mentioned above, a proven track record should be a primary factor in choosing the best pest control company for your business.

Question #3- Should I insist on references for the pest control company I am choosing?

References are a good way to gauge value when looking for a pest control company for your business. Customers would not agree to be a reference if they were not satisfied with the service that was being rendered.

Question #4- How do you kill ants, cockroaches, mice and rats, in a commercial food plant?

Food plants, commercial food processing facilities and food storage warehouses must be handled differently from non food warehouses obviously because of food protection requirements.  Pest management programs must be well documented and comprehensive to insure food protection.  Also food environments require a greater frequency of service than non-food related environments.

In addition, there are often 3rd party audits made by vendors of the facility to also insure they are not purchasing products that are contaminated by pests or pesticides.

An effective monitoring program is essential for all businesses whether the business is food related or not.  Most pests are nocturnal by nature which means they crawl in undetected and unannounced.  Monitoring devices strategically deployed in the structure can capture a pest and alert us to their presence.  These devices are an invaluable tool for managing pests in any facility.

Question #5- What are the requirements for pest control in health related or pharmaceutical accounts?

Pharmaceutical or health related facilities require a pest management program that is even more restrictive and sensitive to the environment. These are highly sterile environments and all actions could have a direct effect on people with compromised health concerns. Prevention and close monitoring is essential to stopping problems before they occur. When infestations are detected then a comprehensive IPM Integrated pest management program is deployed. Integrated Pest Management combines all aspects of pest control including sanitation, exclusion, mechanical control, harborage elimination and chemical control solutions as a last resort.

Kevin O’Connor

Entomologist- Eliminex Pest Control Inc.

For more information on pest control for commercial food and non-food environments, please email us on our website.   http://www.eliminexpestcontrol.com/

Termite Control Inspection & Identification Helps Prevent Termite Damage on Long Island New York

Termite Vs Ant

Termite Vs Ant

Termite-Swarmers

Termite-Swarmers

Subterranean termites cause over a billion dollars a year in damage to homes. It is estimated that subterranean termites affect over 500,000 homes annually. Controlling subterranean termites requires knowledge of construction, subterranean termite biology, and the latest in state of the art termite control technologies. Termite colonies may take up an area as large as two acres. Only a small percentage of workers forage for food and feed the entire colony.

Termite detection is sometimes difficult as termites do not always swarm in visible areas. In fact over the last decade we have seen fewer termite swarms than in previous decades. There is some evidence that termite may now be mating underground as opposed to the typical springtime above ground swarms

On Long island, termite baiting systems are the primary choice in controlling termites and are considered the most eco friendly termite treatment available. Termite Baiting Systems are composed of bait stations that are placed at intervals around the home. These stations contain an attractive cellulose material that termites begin to feed on. Termites continuously and randomly forage for food in about a quarter acre radius from their main colony. Once they find their way into a termite bait station and begin to feed, they leave behind pheromones that alert other foragers that food has been found.

When these stations are checked by the pest management professional, the cellulose or wood monitor is replaced with the active ingredient to eliminate the colony. Unlike liquid termiticides that poison termites and leave a termite barrier in place, the bait used to eliminate termites are insect growth regulators that prevent termites from molting. This kills off the workers and causes the queen to die of starvation as the workers are no longer able to feed and service the termite queen.

It is a good idea for homeowners to do a self inspection of their home at least once a year. You may want to familiarize yourself in what to look for by searching the internet for pictures of termites, termite tunnels and photos of termite damage.

Once you have a good idea of what to look for start by examining the foundation between the soil and the bottom of the siding. You are looking for termite tunnels made of sand and when broken will contain small, white colored termites. Also pay close attention to the base of wood trim close to the ground such as garage door jams, kick plates below doorways and the base of fences near the house. Finally do an inspection of the interior focusing on the wood sill plates of the basement and crawl spaces especially behind the stoop areas. On cement slab homes check the sheet rock with a flashlight from a side angle to identify any irregularities on the wall board.

Most professional termite control companies will provide a free termite inspection if you are not inclined to perform your own termite inspection. Either way, check your property annually for termites it could save you thousands of dollars in future termite damage repairs.

For more information on termite inspection and control, please contact or email us on our website.

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Kevin O’Connor, Entomologist- Eliminex Pest Control Inc.

5 Easy Tips to Eradicating Bed Bugs

It’s that time of the year again – spring is almost here. Imagine while doing your spring cleaning, you discover a bed bug under your sheets. It’s the first time you’ve encountered it so you didn’t pay much attention to it. However the next day, you start to notice some red tiny blotches on your skin. You instantly suspect that it was another insect that bit you until you saw the culprit right there.

The Bed Bug

The bed bug is a common household monster that many homeowners wished they never faced. Bed bugs are parasitic insects that prefer to feed on human blood and can live in pretty much any kind of space inside your home. These pests like warm as well dark places, much like bedrooms.

Letting these critters stay in your home pose a threat to you and your family. To help you eradicate bed bugs, here are 5 easy tips you can follow.

1. Pay attention to your laundry. Whether you have a big or small closet, you have to check every piece of clothing you have and have them cleaned. Send them to the laundromat and wash them on hot then dry them until they are clean. After which, put them on a tightly sealed bad to prevent from getting infected again.

2. Get rid of infected furniture. Sadly, some of your furniture will be thrown out when they have been infected for a long time. They can become a haven for bed bugs, which makes it difficult to clean. Bag the bed if you’ve had it for a long time. Buy a new one and cover it with plastic.

3. Prepare the rubbing alcohol. Spraying rubbing alcohol on bed bugs is a cheap and temporary thing you can do to stop bed bugs. Be sure to get 91% rubbing alcohol and spray it on bugs and other creepy crawlies. You can spray this liberally on your mattress and other furniture since it dries quickly. Rubbing alcohol can kill bed bugs upon contact.

4. Thermal radiation for bugs. If you have tried everything in the book and yet found no solution to your bed bug problems, try this solution. Thermal radiation as a solution to your bed bug problems is the way to go if your bed bugs seem to be immune to the old solutions you used to do. Heating is becoming a popular solution among many homeowners because of its effectiveness and non-toxic features.

5. Contact your trusted local bed bug exterminatorContacting your trusted local bed bug exterminator is the fastest way to handle your bed bug problems. They can get the job done right on the first time so this way you don’t waste time and solve the problem immediately.

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Pest Control: 3 Safety Measures from Professional Pest Exterminators

Ideally, each home should be clean, comfortable, relaxing, and free from pests such as bed bugs, vermin, termite, ants, and even stinging insects, which should be removed by professional pest control companies and exterminators. Despite that, every homeowner should always be on their guard in preventing insect and pest infestations from happening.

As they say, “Prevention is better than cure.” Keeping this in mind, securing your home from pests is not an impossible task. You can speak with your local exterminators for advice regarding this concern. However, if you have no time to seek for their advice at the moment, you can read on to find out the top 3 safety measures recommended by pest and bed bug exterminators to prevent pest infestations from happening in your home.

1. Regularly clean your home from the inside out.

Cleaning your home is an important task you should do if you want to keep all kinds of pests at bay. Checking your furniture, mattress, kitchen, and even the attic is a must to see if your home is free from pests.

As you know, there are many kinds of pests that could come to your home, such as bed bugs, ticks, ants, bees, and others. All of these can create a habitat in different locations of your home. So to prevent them from making a home of your home, you should regularly clean your house to remove trash and other insect and pest-inviting objects.

2. Check your home for cracks.

While you’re cleaning your home, it would be wise to check your whole house for cracks and small crevices that could be a possible entryway into your home. Check your windows, doors, and walls for any signs of small cracks leading into your home. Your home is your first line of defense against insects that may decide to move into your home after they have found a source of food.

Apart from that, make sure you have tight-fitting lids; for your trashcan. This is a source of ant-infestation common in many homes and having a tight-fitting lid on your trashcan could prevent that and more altogether.

3. Practice good hygiene.

Once you have secured your home, make sure you have members of your family practice good hygiene. Pests can come from people who are infected. This is specifically true for lice, ticks, and even bed bugs. These pests directly affect and feed on humans so to avoid having this kind of outbreak in your home, remind your family to always maintain good hygiene.

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What is the Best Way to Kill Bed Bugs on Long Island New York!

Exterminators are often asked “What is the best way to get rid of bed bugs?”

Bedbug Feeding

Bedbug Feeding

The answer may be different methods depending upon the treatment environment. There are basically three main treatment techniques that exterminators employ or at least a combination of these techniques.

The first way would be a full premise bed bug heat treatment where the home or office environment temperature is raised to over 120 degrees F for several hours thus destroying all the life stages of the bed bugs including their eggs. This is the most convenient and quickest way to ensure bed bugs are eliminated in a “green” manner.

The second method would be to use Cryonite or the bed bug freezing method to eliminate the bed bugs. This involves using a Cryonite machine that turns CO2 into a snow like consistency that you apply to the bed bugs and their eggs.

The final type of treatment would be a bed bug chemical treatment. This is where insecticides are applied to surfaces and injected into cracks and crevices to eventually poison the bed bugs. These chemicals can be in the form of liquids, aerosols and powders.  Physical types of pest control treatments such as steamers and vacuums may be used in conjunction with the chemical treatment. It is usually recommended that bed bug mattress encasements be installed on the mattresses and box springs to minimize the use of chemicals in and around the beds.

  There are advantages and disadvantages to each of these types of treatments which we will try to explain below.

Treatment   Type

Convenience

Effectiveness

Chemical   Free

Residual   Control

Residence   Commercial

Expense

Heat Treatment

Most Convenient. Little to no   preparation. Some items such as aerosols and items that melt need to be   removed.

100 % effective in most cases the same   day.

Clutter is okay as long as the heat can   circulate around the items.

No chemicals needed. 100% green pest   control solution.

No residual control

Can be used residentially or   commercially subject to fire sprinkler systems.

Even though heat treatments are the most   convenient and quickest way to eliminate bedbugs it can be the most expensive.

Treatment   Type

Convenience

Effectiveness

Chemical   Free

Residual   Control

Residence   Commercial

Expense

Cryonite Treatment

Medium Convenience. Clutter will be a   problem because Cryonite needs to hit every bed bug and their eggs.

Can be effective the same day but is very   subject to technician error. Clutter is a real big problem. Hard to treat   interior wall voids and inside cushions and mattresses.

No chemicals needed. 100% green pest   control solution.

No residual control

Most effective in stark environments   such as hospitals and classrooms. Residentially effective if every area can be   accessed and serviced.

Can be expensive especially when used   in conjunction with Canine inspections.

Treatment   Type

Convenience

Effectiveness

Chemical   Free

Residual   Control

Residence   Commercial

Expense

Chemical Treatment

Least Convenient. Lots of preparation   and laundering of clothes and bedding. Items cannot be returned to shelves   and dressers until house is declared free of bed bugs.

Most treatments take 2-4 weeks to be determined   bed bug free. At least one follow-up inspection / treatment is recommended

A lot of chemicals are usually needed   to achieve control. These chemicals will need to be placed inside furniture. Bed   frames and wall voids.

30 days to 6 months residual control   depending upon which products are used.

Cannot be used in schools unless there   is a 72 hour reentry period.

Limited use is health related   environments. Limited use for residences where there are people with health   problems and new born children.

Although not inexpensive it can be the least   costly way to treat for bed bugs. Usually mattress encasements are   recommended with chemical applications which will raise the cost. There will   be a big laundry bill and lots of preparation time required.

 

Summary: There are a lot of options today in the treatment of bed bugs. Each has their unique way of eliminating bed bugs. Some are more convenient, quicker and “greener” than others. Other methods offer a longer residual control which can be advantageous in multi-tenant dwellings or where re-infestation is likely to occur. As an informed consumer it is best to research these methods and get multiple estimates before deciding which way is the best way to eliminate your bed bug problem. And of course – The best way to control bed bugs is never get them so prevention is the key!

 

Kevin O’Connor

President / Entomologist

Eliminex Pest Control Inc.

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Bug Bug Heat Treatments Eliminating Bed bugs on Long Island!

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Hey Bed Bugs The Heat Is On!

Bed bug heat treatments are now the most thorough and convenient way to eradicate bed bugs quickly and thoroughly. Nearly always 100% percent effective within hours! Bed Bug heat treatments are truly a “Green Pest Control Solution”

1) 100 % effective within hours. End the Nightmare, Headaches and Frustration of bed bugs in one day!

2) Little to no preparation. All clothing and bedding are left inside to be heat treated. No expensive and inconvenient laundry and dry cleaning bills! Pet related items, children toys and rooms will be safely remediated.

3) Non-Toxic, very GREEN pest control solution. Bed bugs start to die at 113F. Our comprehensive heat treatment heats all items inside the treatment area to above 120F where bed bugs die instantly!

How does bed bug heat treatments work?

Commercial heaters and fans are placed throughout the structure being treated with the goal of raising the ambient air temperature up to 135 degrees fahrenheit. Bed bugs start dying around 113 degrees. Bed bugs die within minutes between 120-130 degrees. These temperatures will be maintained for a few hours to make sure all stages and the eggs are destroyed.

Will a heat treatment hurt my home or belongings?

Absolutely not. The temperatures are monitored to stay within the ranges listed above. These temperatures will not harm electronics including televisions and computers. A heat technician will have a list of materials to remove such as candles and chocolates. The preparation is so minimal and convenient compared to a traditional chemical application. In fact the more items left in the home to be heat sanitized the better!

Do I need to prepare and how long do I need to be out of my home?

Most homes can be fully heat treated in about 8 hours! There is minimal preparation and all you need to remove is a few delicate items.

Kevin O’Connor, President, Eliminex Pest Control Inc.

1800-427-0002

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Getting rid of Camel Crickets & House Centipedes on Long Island NY

A lot of Long Island NY customers call late fall and early winter saying “what are these disgusting, long legged, pre-historic bugs in my house?”

These creepy looking pests are actually the Camel Cricket (some people refer to them as Cave Crickets) and the House Centipede. Although they can be found indoors year round most people call about them in the late fall or winter months. This may be due to the fact that they like dark damp areas such as basements and crawl spaces where they tend to live, breed and hang out. As temperatures cool off in these areas they may be attracted to the warmer temperature of the upper floors.

The Camel Cricket is a large, rounded back cricket which can hop fairly high scaring people as they walk through their basements. This cricket makes no noise, unlike the field cricket which is the cricket you hear in late summer and early fall on the outside of your house. Camel Crickets eat pretty much anything organic they can find.

The House Centipede has long spindly legs almost like a spider that project from the sides. They move very quickly and appear to have come out of nowhere also startling many homeowners. These pests are predators and feed on other insects such as silverfish, carpet beetle larvae, cockroaches, spiders and other small arthropods.

Control:

     Prevention and harborage elimination is the best way to control these pests. First survey the lower perimeter of the structure looking for cracks and crevices where these pests can enter. Caulk and seal any openings that are found. Make sure all windows have tight fitting screens and are in good repair. All crawl space vents need to be screened and all doors should be fitted with a door sweep. Install weather-stripping along the bottom of house and garage doors so that it fits tightly against the threshold.

Make sure that the soil is graded in such a way so that water drains away from the house.  Eliminating moisture with a dehumidifier is highly recommended.

Place sticky boards such as those used to capture cockroaches and mice, in garages, along basement perimeters and behind appliances to catch crickets that enter your home. Since both of these pests will feed on other arthropods then it would advantageous to eliminate other pests such as sow bugs, spiders, field crickets and cockroaches. If these pests have already entered and are breeding in the structure then there may be a need for a chemical application. This application is best handled by a certified pest management professional.

Kevin O’Connor, President Eliminex Pest Control Inc.

www.EliminexPestControl.com

1800-427-0002