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Learn More About NYC's Most Common Pests

Learning about the local pests in your area is an imperative step in knowing how to keep them out of your home or business. No matter the type of pest you're dealing with, our pest library is the resource you need. Here you’ll find information about the most common pests in New York City, what problems they cause, and what you can do to get them out of your home or business. Check out our informative pest guide to learn a bit more about our area’s most common insects, rodents, and wildlife and how to prevent them!

Ants

brown ant on wood

There are hundreds of species of ants that live throughout the United States, but only a handful of these regularly invade our outdoor spaces, homes, and businesses. In our area, the most common species we deal with are the pavement ant, carpenter ant, Pharaoh ant, and odorous house ant. Ants are easy for people to identify because they are so common, but identifying the exact species is important in order to make sure the ant infestation is properly treated and eliminated. The best way to identify ants in your home is to partner with professionals like those here at Bugs Are Gone Exterminating.

Ants are annoying pests, but depending on the species, they are also destructive (carpenter ants) and dangerous (Pharaoh ants). No matter the species, ants are social creatures, living together in large colonies, with workers leaving the colony each day to forage for food. Food is what initially attracts most ants to a property and is found in open trash cans or recycling bins, pet food, and outdoor eating areas. As ants forage for food, their small size allows them to easily move into structures through tiny gaps and holes they come across. Once inside, ants often build a satellite nest to help expand the colony near sources of moisture and food.

In order to get rid of ants and stop them from returning, your first choice should be the pest professionals at Bugs Are Gone Exterminating. For more information about our ant control services, call today. The following tips will help to prevent problems with ants.

  • Get rid of excess moisture in and around your home that attracts many species of ants. If any wood in your home becomes damaged by water, replace it.
  • Keep both indoor and outdoor eating areas free of food debris.
  • Pick up uneaten pet food.
  • Maintain garden areas. Keep lids on trash cans.
  • Keep ants out of your home by inspecting your exterior and sealing any openings.
  • Make sure open windows and doors have intact, tight-fitting screens in them.

Bed Bugs

bedbug on a box spring

Bed bugs are blood-feeding insects and thrive wherever there are people. Urban areas deal with high populations of bed bugs because of the dense population of people present. Human blood is the bed bug's preferred food source. Public places like hotels, hospitals, schools, airports, subways, libraries, museums, apartment buildings, and other places where people come and go in large numbers are where you are most likely to come into contact with bed bugs. Bed bugs are excellent hitchhikers, and after crawling onto us or our belongings, they move into our homes.

As the name "bed bug" suggests these insects initially take up residence in sleeping areas. This location makes it easy for them to find us and feed on our blood as we sleep. However, bed bugs don't just stay in one area; they crawl through walls, floors, and under doors, taking over multiple areas of our homes and businesses. In addition to our mattresses and box springs, some of the bed bug's other favorite hiding spots include cracks in walls or wooden furniture, upholstered furniture, electronics, dirty laundry, or inside wall voids behind outlets. Apple seed-shaped bed bugs are difficult to avoid and even more difficult to get rid of once they decide to make themselves at home in our homes and businesses. 

In order to get rid of bed bugs and stop them from returning, your first choice should be the pest professionals at Bugs Are Gone Exterminating. For more information about our bed bug control services, call today. The following tips will help to prevent problems with bed bugs. 

  • When in public areas, never place coats, bags, or other belongings on the ground for a long period.
  • Don't bring used mattresses, box springs, or furniture into your home.
  • After purchasing new or used clothing items, immediately wash and dry them on the highest heat settings the fabrics can handle.
  • Reduce hiding spots in your home by using bed bug proof covers on mattresses and box springs, keeping storage areas organized, and placing covers over outlets.
  • Vacuum regularly.

Cockroaches

cockroach on a plate

Cockroaches are another type of pest that has learned to live near people and thrive in urban areas where there is no shortage of food and shelter. German cockroaches, American cockroaches, brown-banded cockroaches, and Oriental cockroaches are common invaders of New York homes and businesses. No matter the species of cockroach, you can identify them by their oval body shape, six spine covered legs, and long antennae. Most, even if they have wings, are not great flyers, and their main mode of transportation is running from place to place.

Cockroaches live together in large populations. They find their way inside on their own or hitchhiking inside on things like furniture, appliances, or electronics. While keeping roaches out is difficult, it's an important task. Along with being frustrating to deal with, they are dangerous and destructive. Cockroaches spread parasites, bacteria, and pathogens they carry on their body and legs to surfaces and food. The shed skins and excrement of cockroaches also trigger allergies and asthma attacks. As cockroaches move throughout our structures, they chew through and stain walls, fabrics, books, and more. Some of the most common areas inside New York homes and businesses that these pests invade include kitchens, bathrooms, laundry areas, crawl spaces, basements, and attics.

In order to get rid of cockroaches and stop them from returning, your first choice should be the pest professionals here at Bugs Are Gone Exterminating. For more information about our cockroach control services, call today. The following tips will help to prevent problems with cockroaches.

  • Always inspect used pieces of furniture, appliances, and electronics for signs of roaches before bringing them into your home.
  • Repair openings in the exterior of your structure that could allow cockroaches and other pests inside.
  • Place covers over drains and vents entering your home.
  • Store food in the fridge or airtight containers.
  • Regularly vacuum floors and wipe down counters to get rid of crumbs and other food debris.

Mosquitoes

mosquito on a finger

Female mosquitoes use an extended mouthpart to feed on the blood of animals and people in order to get the protein they require to create viable eggs. They then lay the eggs on the top of standing water that collects in natural or manmade containers. A single female can lay more than 500 eggs in her lifetime. Once the larvae hatch and develop into adults, they tend to hang around where they hatched. Mosquitoes thrive in the hot, humid weather New York's late spring, summer, and early fall months provide.

Having mosquitoes swarming around you and your family is not ideal for many reasons. Mosquitoes make it seemingly impossible to enjoy spending time outside; no one can have fun while trying to swat away biting mosquitoes or, worse, being constantly bitten by these pests. Mosquito bites are red, raised, itchy, and uncomfortable. Also, these fragile, fly-like creatures feed on many hosts and can potentially carry and spread a variety of diseases that make people and animals seriously ill.

To control mosquitoes now and in the future, your first choice should be the pest professionals at Bugs Are Gone Exterminating. For more information about our mosquito control services, call today. The following tips will help to prevent problems with mosquitoes.

  • Never allow standing water to develop on your near your home. Keep gutters clear, fill in low-lying areas, don't overwater potted plants or garden areas, and store containers that collect water upside down.
  • Get rid of mosquito resting spots on your property by cutting back overgrown vegetation and weeds.
  • Re-fill your pet's water bowls, wading pools, and birdbaths daily.
  • Make sure to place screens in windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of your home.

Rodents

a brown rat outside

Continuously growing front incisors is how you can identify rodents from all other types of mammals. In order to keep the front teeth sharp and healthy, rodents are always on the lookout for things to gnaw on, which is why they are such damaging pests to have in and around our homes and businesses. Rodents are a particular problem in urban areas where they have become very used to living close to people and where there is plenty of shelter and food available. These nocturnal mice and rats hide in dark, secluded areas, emerging at night to forage for food. If you are noticing rodents running around your property during the day, that is an indication of a large, well-established infestation. 

In our area of New York, the most common types of rodents that people deal with daily are mice and Norway rats. Both are dangerous and unwanted pests for many reasons. Rodents spread disease, contaminate food, damage property, and their presence makes people (understandably) uncomfortable. Mice only need a space the diameter of a pencil to enter through, and rats need an area the width of a quarter. Rodents move inside buildings through tiny openings they discover or that they create with their sharp teeth. Once inside, rodents will find a suitable nesting spot, make themselves at home, and typically won't leave until forced to do so.

In order to get rid of rodents and stop them from returning, your first choice should be the pest professionals at Bugs Are Gone Exterminating. For more information about our rodent control services, call today. The following tips will help to prevent problems with rodents.

  • Keep tight-fitting lids on trash cans or dumpsters.
  • Regularly clean kitchen and pantry areas and vacuum or sweep floors throughout your home.
  • Store food in the fridge or airtight containers and wash dishes daily.
  • Complete a thorough check of your home's exterior and seal spaces discovered.
  • Keep storage areas neat and organized to limit nesting and hiding spots for rodents inside of your home. 

Wildlife

an opossum on wood

Wildlife are those animals that live outdoors in nature without the help of people. As human habitats have evolved and pushed wild animals out of their natural habitat, they have learned to live near and even with people. Wild animals have come to rely on us and our property for sources of food, water, and shelter. Raccoons, opossums, and squirrels are examples of wildlife that cause problems in New York homes and businesses. These animals take up residence in attics, wall voids, basements, closets, and other quiet areas. 

Before finding their way into our structures, wild animals were living outside, usually close to our homes and businesses. Parks, brush, shrubbery, spaces under foundations, alleyways, and areas next to riverbeds are some of their favorite outdoor hiding spots. Having wild animals living on your property poses many dangers. Wild animals spread disease, damage our yards and the structures of our homes, and contaminate food. Also, wildlife is "wild" and will protect themselves by biting or scratching if threatened. If wild animals have moved onto your property and become a nuisance or danger, the best course of action is to partner with a trained and experienced professional. 

In order to eliminate wildlife and stop them from returning, your first choice should be the wildlife control professionals at Bugs Are Gone Exterminating. For more information about our wildlife control services, call today. The following tips will help to prevent problems with wildlife.

  • Get rid of an animal's easy access to food by picking up leftover pet food, keeping tight-fitting lids on trash cans, maintaining garden areas, and removing bird and other wild animal feeders from your property.
  • Keep garage and exterior doors closed whenever possible.
  • Place mesh wire around decks, sheds, and foundations to prevent wild animals from burrowing underneath.
  • Repair any loose window screens and install chimney caps.
  • Fix holes along the roofline, at roof intersections, and other large openings that lead into your structure.

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