Three Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Pest Control Company

When you find a pest – insect or rodent – in your home, it is easy to be overcome by a feeling of panic. No one wants to see a cockroach scurry across their floor, or find half eaten granola bars in the back of their pantry. But instead of rushing to call an exterminator, we recommend taking a moment to clear your head and jot down a list of questions for the professional that you call. Here are just a few of the most important ones to ask:

Three Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Pest Control Company

How is treatment performed?

Each pest control company works differently, and it is important to know what procedures will be taken to handle your problem.

  • Will there be an initial consultation to review your home and find where exactly the pests reside?
  • Will non-chemical measures be attempted before applying chemicals inside of your home?
  • Will technicians return to ensure that all pests have completely eliminated from your space?

Knowing the ins and outs of your treatment plan will help to ensure that the job will be done right.

What chemicals will be used?

In many situations, chemical treatments are required to completely remove insect or rodent pests from your home. Obviously, this can be a major concern for homeowners, especially individuals with pets and young children. Because of this use of chemicals in the extermination process, it is important to ask what chemicals will be applied, how they will be applied and how long you must wait before returning to your home.

What happens if the pests come back?

While you probably don’t want to think about the possibility of pests returning to your home after their extermination, you do want to make sure that you are completely covered if they do! Talk to your potential exterminator before hire to ensure that they will handle your problem efficiently and continue to provide support in the months that follow.

Here at Comfort Pest Control, we want you to have the best experience possible when working with an exterminator, and are happy to answer any questions you may have about our services and the pests you are facing. For more information and to schedule an appointment with our Dunkirk area business, please call 716-366-2120.

Preventing a Fall Pest Infestation

seasonal pestsFor families tired of buzzing bees and mosquitoes, relief is near! The fall season is quickly approaching, and once the weather starts to cool down, so will the constant attacks from these annoying insect pests. But of course, the drop in temperatures can cause other pests to flock towards your home in search of a warm, cozy place to hole up before the snow hits.

There are plenty of steps you can take to keep insects and rodents alike away from your home, and we at Comfort Pest Control recommend taking the following steps to keep them at bay throughout the fall and winter seasons.

Outdoor Inspection

How do pests like ants, cockroaches and rats make their way into your home? Typically through holes and gaps in its exterior. Take some time to review the outside of your house for damage before the weather gets chilly, ensuring that there are no spots where pests of any size can crawl inside. Once you are certain that all problem areas are caulked and properly sealed, it’s time to review the interior.

Thorough Cleaning

From the attic to the basement, there are a few different places that pests are most likely to make themselves comfortable in your home. Dark, damp, quiet areas – as well as those with piles of clutter and debris – are the ones that pests will gravitate towards. Thorough cleaning of these spaces, along with the kitchen and pantry, will help to reduce the likelihood of a fall infestation.

Of course, not all infestations can be prevented, and if you are in need of pest removal services in your Dunkirk area home, please call Comfort Pest Control at 716-366-2120.

Keeping Mosquitoes at Bay with Help from Bats

bat boxesWe are really in the thick of summer now. With all this heat, the mosquitoes are peskier than ever, buzzing through our backyards like they own the place. Sometimes the insect repellent and citronella candles just don’t cut it when you want to have a BBQ or a bonfire in the backyard. Instead of getting bit up like crazy, consider this easy solution to help reduce the number of mosquitoes bugging you and your friends this summer and every summer to come: Bat Boxes.

What is a bat box you ask? It is a cute little wooden box that can house up to 150 bats inside. Bats, if you didn’t know already, are excellent at insect control and New York is lucky to be home to at least nine different species of them. A single bat can devour as many as 1,000 insects in one night. Just think about how many insects an entire family of bats can devour! And, as an added bonus, having a bat box in your yard will detour these winged critters from taking up residence in your home.

If you are thinking about when you should put up your bat box, there is no time better than the present. According to Marne Titchenell, a wildlife-program specialist with the Ohio State University Extension, bats are most likely to inhabit these houses between the months of April and August (when the female bats look for roosting spaces to give birth and raise their pups).

Interested in learning more about bat boxes, or have other questions about pest control in the Western New York area? Give Comfort Pest Control a call at 716-366-2120.

Japan Fights Insect Pests with the Agri Drone

droneA new way to fight off the insect pests that plague farms across Japan, the Agri Drone was developed by OPTiM IT firm and Saga University. Capable of spraying pesticides and using a suspended bug zapper, this drone has recently completed its first round of test.

The idea behind the drone is to use fewer pesticides on crops, spraying them only where – and when – they are needed. During the first round of testing Agri Drone was launched in the evening hours to protect soy and potato crops from congregating swarms of insects. Infrared and thermal cameras are employed to find these pests and then targeted doses of pesticides are used to eliminate them.

For farmers that want to avoid pesticides entirely, Agri Drone can even be equipped with a suspended bug zapper. It will then spot swarms of insects and fly above them, lights attracting them into the electrical current.

Throughout these early tests the drone was successful in finding and exterminating 50 different insect pests, showing just what a powerful tool it has the potential to become.

We at Comfort Pest Control are always interested to see what advancements are being made in the pest control field, and we look forward to seeing this drone make its mark in agriculture.

For Dunkirk, New York area homeowners experiencing insect pest problems this summer, we are just a phone call away. From carpenter ants to hornets, we can find and exterminate whatever pest you are facing. To schedule an appointment, call us today at 716-366-2120.

Traveling This Summer? Here is What You Need to Know about the Zika Virus

mosquito While the chances of the Zika virus spreading to Western New York are incredibly low, the passing of Memorial Day weekend signals the beginning of mosquito season across the United States. And this has left many individuals nervous about mosquitoes and the possibility of contracting this disease – which is currently making its way throughout South and Central America.

According to this study by Vox, the virus is not yet transmitting in mosquitoes in the United States, although there have been a few cases in individuals who have recently returned from tropical vacations.

As of right now, Zika can be found only in the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, and one of scientists biggest concerns about infection in the US is that Aedes Albopictus (the Asian tiger mosquito) will also pick up the virus. A mosquito that has a much larger range across the country, this could increase the virus’ spread exponentially.

States most at risk include Florida, Texas and Hawaii. Small clusters of outbreaks are a concern in these areas, but luckily, screened windows and air conditioning units will help to keep mosquitoes out of homes.

As of right now, vacationers within the continental United States do not have to worry about contracting the Zika virus, but those leaving the country should review this traveler’s guide created by the CDC.

On top of their ability to carry diseases like the Zika virus, mosquitoes are an incredibly annoying pest whose bite leaves you itchy for days. To keep mosquitoes at bay this summer, Comfort Pest Control recommends keeping the area directly surrounding your home free of moisture, standing water and shade.

For more information on our summer pest control services, contact us by phone at 716-908-2475.