What You Don’t Know About Rats & Mice Can Hurt You

If rodents can find a way into your house, they will be more than happy to become your newest houseguest. As the weather becomes colder, people’s homes provide the perfect place for rodents to find warmth and protection.

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Unfortunately, it is not very difficult for rodents to get into your home and once they’re inside, the problems will start. Here are some facts about rats & mice you may not know, but will help you understand how to better guard against them.

10 Facts about Rats

  1. Rats can enter your house through a hole or gap as small as half an inch.
  2. A brown rat can breed anytime through the year if the conditions are right. A female rat can produce up to five litters per year and the average gestation period is 21 days.
  3. Rats reach sexual maturity within five weeks and can start breeding immediately.
  4. Brown rats can live in any location.
  5. If a big portion of a rat colony is exterminated, those that remain will increase their reproductive rate and work quickly to restore the population to its previous levels.
  6. Rats carry diseases like Weil’s disease, viral hemorrhagic fever, Q fever, rat bite fever and Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome.
  7. The brown rat is an omnivore and will eat almost anything at all.
  8. One female rat can produce up to 84 offspring in one year and an average of 20 young per female per year will survive to adulthood.
  9. Female rats can breed within one or two days of giving birth.
  10. The average lifespan of a rat is one year.

Facts about Mice

  1. A female house mouse has an estrous cycle of 4-6 days long.
  2. The gestational period for a litter of mice is approximately 19-21 days and females give birth to a litter of 3-14 babies.
  3. One female mouse can have approximately 5-10 litters of young per year, so mice reproduce very quickly.
  4. Mice can breed throughout the year.
  5. Female mice reach sexual maturity within six weeks of birth and males around eight weeks. Both genders can breed as early as five weeks.
  6. House mice can transmit diseases and contaminate food and food packages.
  7. Mice are very adaptable and can live in nearly any type of environment.
  8. A house mouse usually lives less than a year in the wild, but in a protected environment like a human house, they can live from two to three years.
  9. A female mouse is ready to breed again within two to four days of giving birth.
  10. The actual number of births a young mouse can have will depend on the quality and availability of food and size of the colony.

Controlling the Rodent Population

To be successful, rodents must have access to three simple things: food, water and shelter. However, combatting a rodent population is not so easy. Getting rid of them involves three different aspects: rodent proofing, sanitation and rodent killing.

Rodent proofing the home means using good sanitary practices like removing trash, and disposing of any junk or food sources that could be eaten by rats and mice. All the openings in the home where water pipes, vents and spouts enter the dwelling will need to be sealed off or filled in. Doors and windows should be secured tightly and any broken screens should be replaced.

Rodent proofing and sanitation are the things that require the most effort; in serious cases of infestation, it’s best to leave these things to the professionals.

For homeowners dealing with a rodent problem, there are traps and poisons available, but these will only offer so much relief. When dealing with a large rodent population, it pays to remember you may catch one or two in a trap, but how many others are still crawling around your home remains to be seen.

It’s a good idea to bring in a professional pest control company to check out the premises when dealing with rodents, because they can be extremely difficult to completely get rid of. If you experience any signs of rodents around your house, don’t hesitate to call the pest control professionals at The Bugs Stop Here, Inc.

Call The Bugs Stop Here today.

Mr. Steve Free
The Bug Stops Here
600 Johnson Ave
Bohemia, NY 11716
(631)-563-3900

Top 5 summer tips to a bug free back yard.

Don’t let you summer fun get ruined by insects. Follow these top 10 tips to a bug free yard:

  1. Bring on the Coffee: Coffee grounds are a great addition to your garden. They add nitrogen to the soil, they increase the acidity for acid loving plants, and, best of all, a wide range of creatures can’t stand coffee grounds.
  2. Bait, Trap, and Deter the Slugs: Slugs are, in my humble opinion, the most annoying of garden pests. Coffee grounds, as mentioned above, will deter slugs to a degree. Even more effective, and radically longer lasting, is copper. Slugs and snails hate copper.
  3. Flies – If you and your best friend like sitting in the yard make sure to clean up after your buddy. Flies love the POOP. Clean it up daily and flies will stay away.
  4. Mosquito’s: If you want a permanent solution to getting rid of your mosquitos, you’ve got to remove places where mosquitos can breed. Adult mosquitos lay eggs in stagnant or slow-moving water, so eliminating these water sources can prevent future generations of these pests from calling your yard home.
  5. Wasp and Bee’s: Eliminate nest-building areas. Board up rafters and small, open spaces. Wasps love to build homes under porch railings, under decks and near house rafters. Blocking access to these locations will deter the insects from making their home in your yard.

If you have any insect issues or want to enjoy a bug FREE summer, you should get in touch with The Bugs Stop Here – Http://www.thebugsstophere.com as soon as possible and begin a treatment plan designed to get rid of the pest safely and aggressively. Remember the key is to find and recognize the problem as soon as possible.

Call The Bugs Stop Here today.

Mr. Steve Free
The Bug Stops Here
600 Johnson Ave
Bohemia, NY 11716
(631)-563-3900

HAVE YOU BEEN SERIOUSLY BUGGED BY TERMITES?

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HAVE YOU BEEN SERIOUSLY BUGGED BY TERMITES OR ANY FORMS OF INSECTS IN YOUR HOME, OFFICE OR WHERE EVER. I MUST SAY THAT YOU ARE VERY LUCKY TO HAVE FINALLY FOUND A LASTING SOLUTION. “THE BUGS STOP HERE” HAS THE LASTING SOLUTION ! 100% GUARANTEED !

Dear friends,

Termites are widely regarded as a damaging pest to have in your home or business. Termites can cause extensive damage to the structure of a building if they are not managed or controlled by qualified pest professionals.

Why hire a professional pest control company to treat your home for termites

Hiring a professional pest control service can have several benefits when comparing it to controlling pests such as rodents, spiders or termites on your own. At The Bugs Stop Here, we have trained technicians who understand where to treat and how to handle infestations. If you are looking to protect a new home or treat an older one, consider the advantages of a pest control service.

 

Specialized Plans

Your home is your castle, and protecting it from invaders means having the best protection. When you send in the pest control fighters to win back your home, they set up plans that are specific to your needs. They take into consideration the size of your home, the level of infestation and long-term prevention. You also have the option to do pre-treatments on new construction, perimeter treatment to keep bugs at bay and emergency services to treat hives and nests. Exterminators will continue to monitor your home, showing you the exact treatment areas and all improvement.

 

Hazard

Our Pest control technicians are trained to know how the products work and where to put them inside and outside of a home. When we need to use products that can be hazardous, we have the expertise to ensure the safety of your family. There are handfuls of chemical sprays available to consumers, but just remember that, in real life, exposure to hazardous chemicals doesn’t give you super powers 

 

Risks

You can buy hazardous sprays and try to rid yourself of disease-carrying pests, but using a top-tier pest control service ensures full extermination all year-round. Plus, you can rest assured your family will be safe from harmful chemicals. So save yourself some time and money by using a professional, guaranteed service and ridding your home of pesky invaders.

 

Time and Flexibility

No one wants to take time off to wait for the “bug guy” and we at The Bugs Stop Here know this and are willing to work around your schedule. If you request an inspection and a price quote for service, you’ll find that almost all exterminators work past sunset and on weekends.

Controlling pest infestations takes time, and using pest control products in a timely matter is key to successfully protecting your home. If you are looking to do it on your own, you can easily forget when to retreat your home. Our technicians monitor and report every time they spray and know when to retreat before the product stops working.

 

Cost

Paying a regular fee up front can add up and cost several hundred dollars a year. However, it can cost thousands of dollars in home repairs if termites or carpenter ant colonies go unnoticed. You may not know the signs of carpenter ants or how to properly inspect for termites. The Bug Stops Here knows exactly what to look for, and the cost of their service is mere pennies compared to repairing prolonged termite damage.

 

Remember to contact Steve Free for all your pest control needs. We are now doing your summer yard sprays.

If you have any insect issues or want to enjoy a bug FREE summer, you should get in touch with The Bugs Stop Here Http://www.thebugsstophere.com as soon as possible and begin a treatment plan designed to get rid of the pest safely and aggressively. Remember the key is to find and recognize the problem as soon as possible.

Call The Bugs Stop Here today.

Mr. Steve Free
The Bug Stops Here
600 Johnson Ave
Bohemia, NY 11716
(631)-563-3900

The Dangers of Ticks

Some important facts to think about concerning Ticks

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9. Ticks crawl up

Ticks don’t jump, fly, or drop from trees onto your head and back. If you find one attached there, it most likely latched onto your foot or leg and crawled up over your entire body. Ticks are “programmed” to try and attach around your head or ears. On their normal hosts, ticks also usually crawl up; they want to blood feed around the head, neck, and ears of their host, where the skin is thinner and hosts have more trouble grooming.

8. All ticks (including deer ticks) come in small, medium and large sizes

Ticks hatch from eggs and develop through three active (and blood-feeding) stages: larvae (small-the size of sand grains); nymphs(medium-the size of poppy seeds); adults (large-the size of apple seeds). If you see them bigger, they’re probably partially-full or full of blood.

7. Ticks carry disease-causing microbes

Tick-transmitted infections are more common these days than in past decades. With explosive increases in deer populations, extending even into semi-urban areas in the eastern and western U.S., the trend is for increasing abundance and geographic spread of deer ticks and Lone Star ticks; and scientists are finding an ever-increasing list of disease-causing microbes transmitted by these ticks: Lyme disease bacteria, Babesia protozoa, Anaplasma, Ehrlichia, and other rickettsia, even encephalitis-causing viruses, and possibly Bartonella bacteria. Back in the day, tick bites were more of an annoyance but now a bite is much more likely to make you sick.

6. Only deer ticks transmit Lyme disease bacteria

The only way to get Lyme disease is by being bitten by a deer tick or one of its “cousins” found around the world. Deer ticks also are known as blacklegged ticks in the U.S., sheep ticks in Europe, or Taiga ticks in Asia. Dog ticks, Lone star ticks and other types of ticks just don’t seem to be able to transmit Lyme disease. While that’s good news, it makes saving any tick that you find biting more important so you can identify it. Doing so may save a lot of unnecessary doctor visits and treatments.

5. For most tick-borne diseases, you have at least 24 hours to find and remove a feeding tick before it transmits an infection

Even a quick daily tick check at bath or shower time can be helpful in finding and removing attached ticks before they can transmit an infection. You’ll probably want to check even more carefully if you know you’ve likely been exposed. Many of the disease-causing microbes transmitted by ticks need a “re-activation” period in the tick once it begins to feed. The germs eventually make their way into the tick’s salivary glands and the tick spits them into you while feeding. Some infections, especially viruses, move into the tick salivary glands faster than others. Lyme disease bacteria take at least 24 hours to invade the tick’s saliva.

4. Deer tick nymphs look like a poppy seed on your skin

And with about 1 out of 4 nymphal deer ticks carrying the Lyme disease spirochete and other nasty germs in the northeastern, mid-Atlantic, and upper mid-western U.S., it’s important to know what you’re really looking for. They’re easy to miss, their bites are generally painless, and they have a habit of climbing up (under clothing) and biting in hard-to-see places.

3. The easiest and safest way to remove a tick is with pointy tweezers

Think of a tick as a little germ-filled balloon. Squeeze it too hard on its back end, and all the germs get pushed to the front end, which by the way, is attached to you by the tick’s straw-like mouthpart. Using really pointy tweezers, it’s possible to grab even the poppy-seed sized nymphs right down next to the skin. The next step is to simply pull the tick out like a splinter. Don’t worry if the mouthpart stays in your skin as long as you’ve got the rest of the tick by its head. Other tick removal methods, like a hot match, Vaseline, dish soap and cotton, or various little key-like devices don’t work as consistently as pointy tweezers on all types of ticks. Remember to save the tick and try to identify it (see # 6).

1. Tick bites and tick-borne diseases are completely preventable

There’s really only one way you get a tick-transmitted disease and that’s from a tick bite. Reducing tick abundance in your yard where you spend a lot of time, wearing tick repellent clothing every day, treating pets every month with tick repellent spot-on products, getting into a habit of doing a quick body scan for attached poppy-seed sized or larger ticks, and pulling ticks off quickly and safely are all great actions for preventing tick bites. These days, ticks are more than just an annoyance. One bite can make you sick, even change your life!

 

Remember to contact Steve Free for all your pest control needs. We are now doing your summer yard sprays.

If you have any insect issues or want to enjoy a bug FREE summer, you should get in touch with The Bugs Stop Here –Http://www.thebugsstophere.com as soon as possible and begin a treatment plan designed to get rid of the pest safely and aggressively. Remember the key is to find and recognize the problem as soon as possible.

Call The Bugs Stop Here today.

Mr. Steve Free
The Bug Stops Here
600 Johnson Ave
Bohemia, NY 11716
(631)-563-3900

Carpenter Ants

Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants are important decomposers of forest trees, burrowing within it to nest and feeding on insects, plants and fruit juices. However, they do move from their native woods to the structures of homes looking for water and human or pet food. Although they are slow to cause harm, carpenter ants can do serious damage to a home if they are not adequately controlled.

Fortunately there are several least-toxic options to control carpenter ants once they have been properly identified.

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Carpenter ants have humped backs, are about ½ inch long and are black with gray, yellow or red hairs on their body and legs.

Where Will I Find Them?

Frame houses without basements and any building near a forest are likely locations for a carpenter ant nest. These nomadic ants love areas of high moisture so inspect bathrooms and kitchens and anywhere water leaks are occurring, for wood dust or shavings.

Outdoors, tap on evergreen trees and hollow stumps within 300 feet of your home. Use a stethoscope or empty glass to listen for rustling sounds. Gently tap joists and rafters with a hammer, listening for rustling or for the hollow sound of excavated wood. Insert a pocketknife blade into wood to confirm your suspicions.

If you have any insect issues or want to enjoy a bug FREE summer, you should get in touch with The Bugs Stop Here – Http://www.thebugsstophere.com as soon as possible and begin a treatment plan designed to get rid of the pest safely and aggressively. Remember the key is to find and recognize the problem as soon as possible.

Call The Bugs Stop Here today.

Mr. Steve Free
The Bug Stops Here
600 Johnson Ave
Bohemia, NY 11716
(631)-563-3900

Top 5 summer tips to a bug free back yard

Summer Is Almost Here!! Are You Ready?

Don’t let you summer fun get ruined by insects. Follow these top 10 tips to a bug free yard:

  1. Bring on the Coffee: Coffee grounds are a great addition to your garden. They add nitrogen to the soil, they increase the acidity for acid loving plants, and, best of all, a wide range of creatures can’t stand coffee grounds.
  2. Bait, Trap, and Deter the Slugs: Slugs are, in my humble opinion, the most annoying of garden pests. Coffee grounds, as mentioned above, will deter slugs to a degree. Even more effective, and radically longer lasting, is copper. Slugs and snails hate copper.
  3. Flies – If you and your best friend like sitting in the yard make sure to clean up after your buddy. Flies love the POOP. Clean it up daily and flies will stay away.
  4. Mosquito’s: If you want a permanent solution to getting rid of your mosquitos, you’ve got to remove places where mosquitos can breed. Adult mosquitos lay eggs in stagnant or slow-moving water, so eliminating these water sources can prevent future generations of these pests from calling your yard home.
  5. Wasp and Bee’s: Eliminate nest-building areas. Board up rafters and small, open spaces. Wasps love to build homes under porch railings, under decks and near house rafters. Blocking access to these locations will deter the insects from making their home in your yard.

If you have any insect issues or want to enjoy a bug FREE summer, you should get in touch with The Bugs Stop Here – Http://www.thebugsstophere.com as soon as possible and begin a treatment plan designed to get rid of the pest safely and aggressively. Remember the key is to find and recognize the problem as soon as possible.

Call The Bugs Stop Here today.

Mr. Steve Free
The Bug Stops Here
600 Johnson Ave
Bohemia, NY 11716
(631)-563-3900

Top Ten Bed Bug Tips

1.   Make sure you really have bed bugs, not fleas or ticks or other insects

2.   Don’t panic! Eliminating bed bugs is difficult, but it’s not impossible. Don’t throw out all of your things because most of them can be treated and saved. Throwing stuff out is expensive, may spread the bed bugs and could cause more stress.

3.   Think through your treatment options — Don’t immediately reach for the spray can Bedbugs are hard to get rid of. There are a lot of products on the shelf at your local hardware store but be aware that they can be harmful to you and your family. It is always best to hire a professional.

4.   Reduce the number of hiding places — Clean up the clutter A cluttered home provides more places for bed bugs to hide and makes locating and treating them harder.

5.   Regularly wash and heat-dry your bed sheets, blankets, bedspreads and any clothing that touches the floor. This reduces the number of bed bugs. Bed bugs and their eggs can hide in laundry containers/hampers, so clean them when you do the laundry.

6.   Don’t rely on do-it-yourself freezing as a reliable method for bed bug control. While freezing can kill bed bugs, temperatures must remain very low for a long time. Home freezers are usually not cold enough to kill bed bugs. Putting things outside in freezing temperatures can kill bed bugs, but it can take several days when the temperature is 0° F and almost a week when the temperature is 20° F.

7.   Use heat to kill bed bugs, but be very careful. Raising the indoor temperature with the thermostat or space heaters won’t do the job. Special equipment and very high temperatures are necessary for successful heat treatment. Black plastic bags in the sun might work to kill bed bugs in luggage or small items, if the contents become hot enough (about 110°F for at least 3 hours).

8.   Don’t pass your bed bugs on to others. Bed bugs are good hitchhikers. If you throw out a mattress or furniture that has bed bugs in it, you should slash or in some way destroy it so that no one else takes it and gets bed bugs.

9.   Reduce the number of bed bugs to reduce bites. Thorough vacuuming can get rid of some of your bed bugs. Carefully vacuum rugs, floors, upholstered furniture, bed frames, under beds, around bed legs, and all cracks and crevices around the room. Change the bag after each use so the bed bugs can’t escape. Place the used bag in a tightly sealed plastic bag and in an outside garbage bin.

10. Turn to the professionals. Hiring an experienced, responsible pest control professional can increase your chance of success in getting rid of bed bugs. If you hire an expert, be sure it’s a company with a good reputation. The Bed Bugs Stop Here are fully trained in bed bug removal. Call today to set up your appointment.

For more information on pest control and The Bed Bug Stops Here Inc., go to http://www.thebugsstophere.com or  www.thebedbugsstophere.com or call 631-563-3900 for Suffolk, or 516-678-7681 for Nassau.

Carpenter Ants Wreaking Havoc on Long Island Homes

Just when you thought the housing crisis couldn’t get worse, carpenter ants and multiple ant species are wreaking summertime havoc on local Long Island homes. Just like us, carpenter ants need homes too, and chances are they’ve picked yours to terrorize.

Carpenter ants get their name because they build their nests in wood. Long Island homes are at risk because carpenter ants nest where they can find water and damp wood. Their first target area is outside wood such as tree stumps, firewood, or the plants around your house. If the outside wood is not enough to sustain their colony, carpenter ants start to build nests inside the home, usually entering through wet, damaged wood. Because there is plenty of moldy, damp wood in Long Island, carpenter ants swarm the area.

During Summer, carpenter ants are focused on finding food and expanding their colony. If they find the perfect conditions at the right Long Island home or office, they will settle anywhere in the building. In most cases, carpenter ants build nests near sinks, dishwashers, roofs, attics, chimneys, electrical outlet boxes, hollow doors, or leaky vent pipes. Literally overnight, several hundred to a thousand ants can set up a satellite colony, and that does not bode well for your Long Island property.

So what’s a homeowner to do to protect against a carpenter ant invasion? To start, look for existing signs of a carpenter ant invasion. If you notice small, chewed up piles of wood shavings or sawdust, that could be a sign of carpenter ants. If you notice 5 or more ants per day in your Long Island property, chances are they have an indoor nest. If you see swarms of winged ants buzzing around your gutters and siding, it is a sure bet that your house or office has been invaded.

Unfortunately, combating carpenter ants is tough because there are 9 types of carpenter ants in the U.S., and store-bought ant poison may not work against the colony. While a single carpenter ant might deliver poison to the nest, there is generally not enough transfer throughout the colony to do any real damage. The only way to eliminate an interior nest is to first find it. Hiring professional exterminators for carpenter ant inspection of your Long Island property is the only way to stop the carpenter ant onslaught.

Fortunately, the experts at The Bug Stops Here know exactly where to uncover the interior nest and eliminate the carpenter ants from your property. The Bug Stops Here proudly provides Pest Control and Exterminator services to Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, & Long Island (Nassau and Suffolk Counties), quickly removing carpenter ants and other ant species from your home or office.

The Bug Stops Here will respond within 24 hours, provide on time service, and offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Call today at 516-665-0706 in Nassau County and 631-563-3900 in Suffolk County for a pest inspection. We are ready to serve you!

The Bugs Stop Here Voted Best of Long Island 2012

For the past 3 years The Bug Stops Here has been honored to be voted the Best Exterminating Company on Long Island by the readers of The Long Island Press. This is an honor we don’t take lightly.

Owner Mr. Steven Free states “We believe in going above and beyond in anything and everything that we do in order to consistently surpass our customers’ expectations as well as our own.”

The Bug Stops Here has been in business for over 30 years serving from Montauk to Manhattan.

What sets The Bug Stops Here apart from other exterminating company’s according to Mr. Free is that, our main tool is our intelligence and understanding of the insects we are treating. Educating, not just our technicians but you the customer is our best tool in solving your pest control issues. In our industry this is known as “IPM” or Integrated Pest Management.

The Bugs Stop here has been treating from Montauk to Manhattan for every type of insect from Mice, Rats, Bees, Bed Bugs, Termites, Hornets/Wasp, Carpenter Ants, Fleas and Ticks, Moths and more.

Mr. Free states “We are not a hit and run company, We take the time to treat the property and make sure we get to the source of the issue.”

The Bugs Stop Here offers contracts for monthly sprayings to keep you house and yard Bug Free

For more information on pest control and The Bug Stops Here Inc., go to www.thebugsstophere.com or call 631-642-2903 for Suffolk, or 516-678-7681 for Nassau.

Termites Are Here In Long Island, What Your Long Island Termite Exterminator Can Do For You

Termite Pest Control in Long Island,

Ahh, Spring!   The flowers are blooming…the trees have new leaves…the termites are swarming…  What?!  That’s right!  Termites swarm in spring-time, and that can cause a lot of damage to your Long Island home, school, workshop, or business. Time to call The Bug Stops Here, the premier termite exterminator now serving Long Island (Nassau and Suffolk Counties).

Termites are a major problem in Long Island at this time of year, and termites in spring-time should be taken very seriously. During the months of April and May, Long Island homeowners may discover thousands of half-inch-long, semi-transparent wings littering the floor, basement or patio. The wings are a remnant of the annual mating frenzy engaged in by termites, one of the planet’s most resilient pests.

To avoid a termite infestation in your Long Island home or business, call Long Island’s finest exterminator, The Bug Stops Here. Our highly trained termite exterminator professionals will conduct an initial visit to inspect, identify, evaluate and treat any immediate termite and pest problems. This will be followed by the development of a customized interior and exterior service and treatment plan to meet and address your ongoing termite control needs.

The Bug Stops Here now provides Pest Control and Exterminator services to Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, & Long Island (Nassau and Suffolk Counties), so call today. Hiring professional exterminators for termite inspection of your Long Island property is the only way to stop the termite onslaught. The Bug Stops Here will respond within 24 hours, provide on time service, and offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. We are ready to serve you!

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