Stop Silverfish in Their Tracks

silverfishA long, wingless insect that is typically found in bathrooms and basements, the silverfish is fond of moist, dark areas, often going unnoticed by homeowners for long periods of time. Silver or brown in color, these quick insects grown between a half inch to an inch in size and love to feed on paper products and clothing.

Detecting a Silverfish Infestation

With long antennae and fluid, fishlike movements, the silverfish can cause a fright, and females can live up to eight years! Completely harmless to humans, this bug does not bite or carry diseases – but it will get into your clothes, destroy your paper products and eat the food in your pantry. Usually caught in a sink, bathtub or box in the basement, silverfish are incredibly fast, making them tough to get rid of. Luckily, these insects have a slower mating process than most other bugs, with females only laying up to 100 eggs in a lifetime.

Worried that these critters have infested your home? Common signs include holes in books, papers and clothing, along with yellowish stains.

Extermination

Able to squeeze into tiny cracks and crevices throughout your home, silverfish are a nuisance to catch, which is why the best way to eliminate this pest is by calling an exterminator. Whether you find one of these wingless bugs crawling across your floor or notice signs of their presence in your Dunkirk area home, contact Comfort Pest Control at 716-366-2120. Our expert team takes pride in protecting our neighbors from pests and will ensure that they don’t come back.

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Keep Stink Bugs from Invading Your Home this Winter

stink bug infestationA common pest across the country, stink bugs are often spotted in homes as the weather grows cooler in the fall months. As winter approaches, stink bugs head toward our warm abodes to find a cozy place to hide from the snow and freezing temperatures. Named for the smelly odor that they emanate, the stink bug is rather large in size, making them a quite the nuisance for homeowners. While you may not see many stink bugs during the winter, they will pop their heads up on warm days and will come out in full force as the grass begins popping up through the snow next spring. Luckily, there are a few preventative steps that can be taken to keep stink bugs and other winter pests out of your home.

Seal Up Cracks and Crevices

The easiest way to keep stink bugs out of your house this winter is to seal up any cracks and crevices on the exterior of your home. Pests can weasel their way into even the smallest of spaces, so take some time to walk the perimeter of your home this fall, paying special attention to the cracks around your doors and windows. Seal these spaces up with caulk or weather stripping to prevent further infestation. Also remember to seal your attic up tight, placing a cover on the chimney and using screens to cover vents. Once your home is sealed up tight, it is time to deal with the critters that have already made their way indoors.

Don’t Squish the Bugs

The worst thing about the stink bug is the odor it emits when killed. Instead of squishing these bugs like you would with any other insect pest, we recommend catching them and flushing them down the toilet or vacuuming them up. If you choose to use a vacuum, be sure changing the bag immediately after use to prevent odors from clinging to your machine. Also, throw the used bag in the trash outside to keep the stench away from your home.

If you are experiencing a stink bug infestation this fall, don’t hesitate to contact Comfort Pest Control. Located in Dunkirk, New York, our phone number is 716-366-2120.

Watch Out for Norway Rats in Dunkirk, NY

Norway RatsNo one likes finding out that there home has been invaded by pests, especially when those pests are rodents like Norway rats. While Norway rats themselves aren’t particularly dangerous to people, they can carry and transmit a number of diseases. If you’re already dealing with a Norway rat infestation, contact an exterminator today to get rid of the problem. For everyone else, here are a few of tips that can help you reduce the odds of Norway rates entering your home.

It is important to keep in mind that these rates are really only after three things, the first of which is food. Rats will eat just about anything in your home that is edible, so don’t leave open food lying around the house. Furthermore, you should tie your garbage bags tightly before taking them outside. If a rat finds food sources around your home, they will be more likely to enter it in hopes of finding more.

The second thing Norway rates are after is water. If you have any sort of plumbing leak in or around your home, this could be attracting rats. Taking care of your property’s plumbing problems should keep any thirsty rats away. Of course, you should also take care of your lawn to ensure there isn’t anything like wood piles creating a natural shelter and causing rainwater to build up.

Speaking of shelter, that’s the third thing these rats are after. If you have gaps in your windows and doors and a rat is nearby, odds are they will try getting inside. Unfortunately, rats can fit through even the smallest of holes, including everything from dryer vents to chimney openings. Evaluate your home for any spots that could be vulnerable and take the necessary steps to keep them sealed.

With these tips in mind, you should have no trouble keeping Norway rats out of your home, but if you do, you know who to call for help!

How to Attract Roaches to Your Home

Roaches Roaches are like people: they seek out food, water and shelter. They’re quite hardy. The old joke goes that the only thing that could survive a nuclear war would be roaches…and perhaps Cher, who always seems to make a comeback and never ages in the process.

Kidding aside, roaches are unattractive pests who will feast on any food or food scraps in your home. So, if you leave the dog food bag open and exposed all day, every day, they’ll likely go there. Or if you’re sloppy and let crumbs fall in your bed, your rugs, and your kitchen, roaches will love feasting on those. Did you know roaches will even eat cardboard? Geesh! Bottom line: put food in plastic containers so roaches can’t get at it.

Besides food, roaches look for water and shelter. So if you have pet water bowls or leaky pipes under the kitchen or bathroom sink, for instance, pests will seek it out. They’ll even drink disgusting, leaky drain pipe water.

Rather than leaving leftovers sitting on your kitchen counters for a long period of time or leaving your trash cans in the garage uncovered all week, cover stuff up so roaches and other pests can’t get access.

Roaches love to hide in cluttered, dark areas where humans can’t get to them easily. The cleaner and more organized your house is, the less likely roaches will want to stay there. They didn’t come up with the old term, “Roach Motel,” for no reason, after all!

If you’ve spotted a roach in your house and you’re nervous, calm down and call Comfort Pest Control to deal with the roach problem. The numbers are 716-366-2120 in NY and 814-456-2032 in PA.

Don’t Allow Bald Faced Hornets to Take Up Real Estate On Your Property

Bald Faced Hornets Chances are you’ve heard of the term “a bald-faced lie,” which is one that is obviously a lie to those hearing it. The phrase comes from 17th-century British usage referring to those without facial hair as being seen as acting in an unconcealed or open way. You probably have not heard of the bald-faced hornet, though.

The bald-faced hornet is not actually a hornet. It’s a yellowjacket and it builds nests in bushes and trees and on the outside of buildings. These nests look like grey paper in the shape of a football.

Will you find them in Dunkirk and other areas of Southwestern New York? Definitely. Indeed, bald-faced hornets are found all over North America.

If you were to view one up close, you’d notice ivory-white markings on the face, as well as white markings on the thorax, legs and abdomen.

Fertilized queens stay in protected places such as hollow trees or attics in buildings during the winter, waiting for springtime. Come spring, they begin to build a nest using cellulose from rotting wood. The queen chews the wood and her saliva makes it pasty, such that the papery material can be used to build the nest. Meanwhile, she’ll deposit some eggs in the nest, feed the larvae, and then her first brood become the worker bees who continue to build the nest, collect food, feed larvae, and protect the nest. Over the spring and summer months, this colony of bald-faced hornets can grow to house up to 300 individuals!

If you see what looks like a grey football shaped papery “nest” in your yard, up to two feet tall and one and a half feet wide, you probably have a bald-faced hornet nest. These insects help pollinate flowers and generally don’t annoy humans. However, if their nest is “too close for comfort” to your house, you might want to call Comfort Pest Control to remove it safely and properly.