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New York and Unwanted Roaches

Roaches are one of the most unwanted pests among household insects. Cockroaches are almost always associated with filth, garbage and grime. Most homeowners would rather keep a roach problem on the down low rather than admit to their neighbors that they suspect a roach infestation growing within the walls of their home. The fact that roaches can adapt to almost any environment doesn’t help homeowners out in knowing how to combat these filthy pests. Cockroaches are excellent scavengers, requiring only a reliable water source to thrive on. Roaches can fit through extremely small crevices, finding their way into your home and immediately searching for a prime spot to begin growing their colony.

Welcoming Cockroach Environments

Although roaches are associated with a filthy atmosphere, they can invade the cleanest of homes. Cockroaches can jump into a grocery bag, leap into your briefcase or arrive on one of your own house guests to gain access into your home. Most roaches have nocturnal habits, so you may not even realize they have arrived until a massive infestation has occurred. The three most important things for a roach are water, warmth and shelter. Your home is an excellent provider of all three.

Cockroaches love moist, humid areas where water is easily accessible. They also enjoy areas where there is minimal light making it easy for them to avoid being detected. If cockroaches are seen on your ceiling, then it is likely they got there from a crack in your crown molding or other cracks you may have in your walls. Other areas that cockroaches flock to are where there are pipes coming into your home. A leaky pipe can provide a home base for roaches and their families. Providing a reliable water source for them to grow their colony with. Another spot where cockroaches like to hide out is the cracks in your furniture.

Bacteria Spreading Roaches

Roaches are rarely known to bite, but have done so. One serious danger that roaches pose is their ability to carry dirty and harmful bacteria. The shiny and slimy film on the backs of a cockroach is where the bacteria is carried. The cockroach has been known to carry such bacteria as salmonella, staphylococcus and streptococcus. The cockroach can also harbor viruses such as polio virus.

To eliminate a higher risk of roaches coming into your home, be sure to get rid of any garbage immediately. Don’t allow left over food to sit around in the sink or on the table. Although roaches invade clean homes as well as untidy houses, food that is left out is just a bonus for them. If you suspect that roaches have invaded your home, it is time to contact a professional. Select Exterminating will destroy cockroaches from your home and make sure that they never return. Our technicians are skilled and experienced in dealing with roach infestations. Select Exterminating will permanently remove roaches from your home.

Tis’ the Season: Termite Swarming Season

Termite Swarming Season

Subterranean TermitesTermite swarming season is now beginning. Unfortunately the brutally cold New York winter we just had was not enough to effect termite populations, as they live underground and inside of our homes. Termite swarming season starts in March and lasts to the end of June. During this season, newly hatched termites surface to make new colonies. Alone, a termite isn’t terribly destructive, but when each tiny termite teams up with other termites in the colony, damage to homes can be devastating. Termites live with thousands to several million family members, all of whom work together in an organized system to find and use cellulose food sources to grow the colony. This cooperation is called “Swarm Intelligence”, and it helps explain why termites are so successful.

Termite Treatments

Termite DamageThere are different options to choose from when deciding how to tackle a termite infestation. Trench digging and heavily equipped heat treatments are common termite solutions. However, recent technologies have brought about safer, more environmentally friendly options where instead of pesticides being sprayed directly into the soil, we now have green baiting stations that protect our groundwater. These termite baiting stations are cartons placed on the perimeter of a home, about every ten feet. Inside these carton stations, the termites will find and feed on a toxic bait instead of just untreated wood. The toxic bait will soon start killing off the termites and will then be spread to other termites in the colony as well. At Select Exterminating, we have done our research and due diligence and found that the Sentricon system is the safest and most effective program, hitting termites at the center of their colony.

Sentricon Termite Baiting System

It’s no wonder that the most popular termite baiting system available is Sentricon as it is a complete, all in one system. In a Sentricon system, after the termites have eaten the toxic wood inside the baiting stations, they are allowed to come and go as they please. One of the major jobs of a termite worker is to feed other members inside the colony. It does this by regurgitating the food it has eaten and in doing so, spreads the toxins that it has just consumed in the Sentricon system. For this to work effectively the toxin cannot work too fast, as the termites need to be given time to spread the poison. The Sentricon system takes this into account and ensures the necessary delay in order to be most effective ridding your home of termites for good.

Termite Annihilation

Once all of the termites are eliminated from the termite bait, there will be no one left to take care of the young or the queen and eventually the colony will die. Select Exterminating specializes in eliminating termites from your home and we are experienced in using the Sentricon baiting systems as an ongoing preventative measure to ensure a new colony of termites doesn’t try to invade. Be proactive and contact Select Exterminating today to schedule a termite inspection.

Bed Bugs Are The Worst

Bed bugs are one of the worst and most stressful pest infestations to have in your home or business. They are notorious for causing sleepless nights and being incredibly challenging to eradicate. Even when treated professionally, most bed bugs infestations require multiple treatments to exterminate entirely. Bed bugs are especially challenging to treat due to their rapid reproduction rates. Once a bed bug infiltrates your property, you could potentially be facing a full blown infestation within a few months. Because of their prolific nature, bed bug prevention is better than bed bug treatment.

Most bed bugs gain access to homes by being brought inside by the residences. Bed bugs can be picked up while traveling or from purchasing used furniture. Bed bugs are tiny, about the size of an apple seed when full grown, and can easily hitchhike on your belongings. Here are some steps to prevent taking bed bugs home with you.

  • Inspect any hotel room you stay in, paying particular attention to the mattress and bed spring, especially along any seams, as well as the headboard and upholstered furniture
  • Do not place luggage on the bed until after you have inspected the room
  • Wash all clothes on the highest heat the fabric will allow when you return home
  • Inspect and vacuum out luggage
  • Carefully inspect any used furniture upon purchase and be especially wary of any used mattresses

There are also new and unique inventions that effectively and affordably prevent bed bugs. The Bed Protector is a great option for bed bug prevention in the home or while traveling. It is designed with slick polymer that prevents bed bugs from being able to feed and stops any infestation in its tracks. If you suspect a bed bug infestation in your home, call Select Exterminating for a free quote, we can find any infestation and effectively treat these pests.

A Digger Bee is What I See

Summer has officially begun.  The nine month wait is over, and we can finally enjoy star filled summer nights; filled with lingering traces of barbeque and laughter.  Before we kick off our sandals, and lay down in the grass, as always we must remember to respect nature’s creatures that co-exist with us in the great outdoors.

What’s a summer without the sounds of screams coming from people running away from bees?  Did you know that digger bees comprise 60% of bee species in New York?  Digger bees are ¼ to 2 inches long; varying in color from dull black and brown to vibrant shades of red, yellow, and blue.  They typically come out in the spring and summer time, and can be found all over Long Island, and the five boroughs.

Digger Bees can be categorized as one of countless solitary bees.  A tell-tale sign of an infestation would be small holes in the ground.  They make subterranean burrows in lawns, by lakes, sand, mud, and especially in grassy areas.  Their nesting grounds can be extremely large containing several thousand nests.  The burrows are about the diameter of a pencil, and normally next to one another.

Although digger bees are known to be docile, and normally do not sting; they can be quite dangerous, and when their nests are disrupted they will sting.  The male digger bees do not sting, only the females.  Just like the sting of other bees, they can be treacherous and put a person at risk of a serious allergic reaction, even leading to fatality.

Many people believe that they can eradicate infestations on their own, but they run the risk of being harmed.  Our technicians are highly trained to service, and eliminate digger bees, as well as their nests.  With 24/7 emergency service, make sure to call your favorite exterminators here at Select Exterminating!

Solitary Wasps Come Out to Play!

April showers are behind us, and we can now begin to enjoy May’s flowers.  As we put away our flannels, and open up our windows it is critical to remain cognoscente of our surroundings, and the insects that we share our world with.  When a person hears the word wasp, all sorts of images come to mind.  The spring time is when these insects come out to play, but not all wasps are dangerous.  Solitary wasps can appear intimidating however; for the most part they are passive insects.  Never the less the vast majority would prefer not the share their homes with them.

Solitary wasps can be referred to as any wasp that does not live amongst other wasps in an organized social group.  These classifications of wasps live by themselves, and are typically harmless, as opposed to social wasps.  The spring is when Solitary wasps begin to emerge, and mate.  They can range in size from ¼ to 2 inches in length, and come in various colors such as black, brown, red, yellow, or even blue.  Although they do have stingers they normally do not sting.  The only time to worry about being stung by a solitary wasp would be if one were to handle them in an aggressive nature, or if a nest is disrupted.  It is important to call your trusted exterminators here at Select Exterminating if a nest is found, because without the proper handling a person can be seriously stung.

Entomologist would be in agreement that these insects are quite beneficial.  Solitary Wasps tend to feed on spiders, as well as other insects.  They serve a greater purpose in the food chain, but they can cause harm with their stings.  If you or someone you know is experiencing solitary wasps in, or around their homes give us a call here at Select Exterminating.  We will be more than happy to help provide you and your families with a safe environment, so that you can enjoy the springtime!

It’s Beginning to Look A lot Like Carpenter Ants!

As the weather slowly gets warmer, and the days get longer we can now begin putting winter behind us.  Those carefree summer nights are no longer a distant memory of last year.  As we make the transition from cold, dark filled nights to warm barbeque filled evenings, we must remember the warm weather awakens certain insects.  Carpenter Ant season is around the corner, so let’s learn some essential information to help safeguard our homes from a takeover of these destructive insects.

Aside from termites, carpenter ants are notorious for infesting homes in the Metropolitan, and surrounding areas.  Although termites and carpenter ants appear to be similar; they are relatively different.  Unlike termites, carpenter ants do not eat wood.  They cannot survive off of timber (cellulose) like termites.  They are considered wood destroying insects (WDI), because they excavate wood for a nesting area.  Carpenter Ants main food sources are both living and dead insects, honeydew, fats, and meats.

Carpenter Ants are typically larger black ants, and are polymorphic, ranging in size from 1/4′” to 5/8”.  They are quite complex, and through the years have become good at surviving.  Carpenter Ants start off with a main colony that has only one queen, also known as a parent colony, and within a few years the parent colony can produce up to six satellite colonies.  A satellite colony is the swarm of ants that a person will normally find infesting their homes.  The ants of the satellite colony will travel up to 300 feet away from their nest to find food (the size of a football field).  All it takes is 48 hours for a satellite colony to migrate into your home, and set up shop.  All of the colonies stay connected through pheromones, so if you find a couple lurking around chances are there are more.

Carpenter ants are attracted to moist wood, specifically in areas with a moisture content of 15% or more.  Homes are ideal nesting areas for these insects because the structures are move in ready.  They excavate the wood, and move into areas such as; wall voids, hollow doors, attics, and curtain rods to name a few.  An indicator that an infestation is in your home would be frass left behind.  Carpenter Ants will create holes to dump their trash, which is frass.  Frass is piles of debris, that appears similar to piles of sawdust, and contains wood, dead insects, pupil cases, and all garbage left behind by these ants.

If you are experiencing infestations of carpenter ants, call us at Select Exterminating.  We use state of the art technology to eliminate, and prevent carpenter ants.  Through our two phase process we will eliminate satellite colonies of carpenter ants, all the while reducing populations outside from re infesting your home.  Because carpenter ants contain multiple colonies it is imperative to not only treat the infested area, but for us to do perimeter, and fence treatments outside to treat the parent colony that may be on an adjacent property.

Here at Select Exterminating we are dedicated to helping you!  It is our mission to provide service that works, so that you can enjoy the warm weather we have waited all winter for!

Termite Season in New York is Coming Soon

In just two weeks we will be ringing in the first day of spring.  We almost made it through the winter, and we can begin to enjoy the warm weather that is coming our way.  As the days get longer, and the flowers begin to bloom, we must remember that we are also welcoming termites.  Ladies and Gentlemen termite season is coming, so let’s make sure that we prepare ourselves for the upcoming season!

In New York termite season typically begins in late March, or when the temperature is fifty degrees or higher for several consecutive days.  During this time billions of subterranean termites take flight from their colonies, on a mission to find new homes, and with our help let’s make sure that you do not share your home with millions of termites.

Do not let these little critters fool you.  Termites infest millions of homes each year, and are responsible for more damage than nearly all storms and fires combined.  A mature termite colony can contain millions of termites, and nest in up to two acres of land.  Eastern Subterranean Termites are typically located in the ground, and travel through mud shelter tubes that protect them from predators, and extreme temperatures that are detrimental to their survival.

Termites feed off of timber (cellulose).  The worker termites will invade homes in search of timber, and digest it by the use of symbiotic protozoa in their guts.  They will then go back to their nests and feed the Queen termite, and remaining colony by a process called trophallaxis.  They regurgitate digested semi-liquid food through their mouth, or pass it from their anus to other termites.

Termites are engineered for survival, and have incredible survival skills.  They have a fully ordered caste system, and communicate using pheromone signals.  They enter homes through cracks in the floor, or may travel under floors through gaps less than 1/16 wide.  Some indicators that you may have a termite infestation are dead termites, wings around windows, dust left behind from the chewed up wood, sagging ceilings and floors, and termite droppings.

The damage that termites cause is devastating, and can cost thousands of dollars in repair.  Knowledge is vital!  If you are experiencing termites be sure to give us a call at Select Exterminating.  With our state of the art Sentricon systems; together we can ensure the safety of your home against these silent destroyers!

Going Green

Pest Control Goes Green

By: Melissa Rodriguez

Today’s consumers have a strong desire to protect our planet for future generations, and are doing so by using products that are environmentally friendly. This includes green pesticides that are low risk to our planet, animals, and people.

Here at Select Exterminating we are proud to say that we have hopped on the band wagon.  We are Green Pro Certified®, and offer a green only pest management program for customers that have made the choice to go green.

Our green only pest management program provides effective control of insects using low risk materials to control pests.  Our green products are low in toxicity, and control insects by blocking a neurotransmitter that is only found in insects called octopamine.  These natural products are made from plant and botanical oils.  Mother Earth products are a favorite that we incorporate into our green services.

If you are experiencing issues with insects, and are looking for service give us a call.  We are committed to meeting your needs, and helping the environment in the process!


Stink Bugs, Western Conifer Seed Bugs, and Asian Lady Beetles Awaken from Hibernation

Stink Bugs, Western Conifer Seed Bugs, and Asian Lady Beetles Awaken from Hibernation

By: Melissa Rodriguez

As the New York winter starts to dwindle down the insects that sought shelter in the cracks and crevices of our homes, and offices will begin to reappear.  In New York there has been an increase in The Asian Lady Beetle aka (The Lady Bug), The Western Conifer Seed Bug, as well as The Stink Bug.  These three insects begin to hibernate during the first cold snap, and migrate into structures to overcome the cold winter months.  As we slowly approach the spring, don’t be alarmed when you begin to see them inside your home.

These three insects are harmless!  Unlike the carpenter ant, and termites these insects are not structurally damaging.  They will not chew up holes, or chow down on your furniture.  They are just a nuisance to find indoors.  They also do not lay eggs in homes, so there is no fear in the thought of babies hatching and coming out to play.  The only effect these bugs have is that if they are threatened or crushed they can secrete a pungent odor.

Prevention is essential, so for those of you that prepared your homes in the fall, there will be fewer insects that will awaken, and wander into your space.  If you begin to see these critters roaming around be sure to contact Select Exterminating, so that we can figure out the best way to remove them.  Next fall remember prevention is crucial, and give us a call before winter so together we can prevent them from finding refugee in your home!

Winter VS Insectes and Rodents

There is a misconception that insects and rodents hibernate during the winter months.  Many believe there is no need for pest control once the cold weather approaches, but the opposite holds true.  Humans tend to bundle up and stay inside when it is cold, as do certain insects and rodents.

A significant amount of insects go dormant over the winter months, but certain ants, roaches, and other insects do not.  These insects that normally live outdoors seek shelter during the winter, and tend to become commonly seen indoors.  Without adequate treatment these pests will infest New York homes.  It is essential to use preventative measures to eliminate infestations from occurring indoors.

Just as these insects seek shelter so do countless rodents.  Rodents are extremely smart causing an even trickier situation to occur inside our homes.  Rodents have the ability to sense barometric pressure changes, providing them with the ability to sense when inclement weather is approaching.  In preparation for harsh weather rodents will make it their mission to find protection inside, and hoard food for them to weather the storm.  During snow storms people tend to see more rodents inside their homes.

It is never too late to get rid of these pests and regain control of your homes.  In the event that you see insects lingering, droppings from rodents, or noises heard around the house, be sure to contact Select Exterminating yours in pest elimination so that we can provide services to rectify the problem, and provide relief!