Frequent Questions

My next-door neighbor is going to have his house treated for pests. Are they going to attack my house next?

Just because your neighbor is treating his/her house does not necessarily mean your house is next. Pests like termites move randomly through the soil looking for a food source such as wood, so they don't know where your house is. Your house does not need to be treated; but, if there are many cases of termites in your neighborhood, it may be a good idea to have it inspected.

What can I do to prevent rodents from entering my house?

Close all possible access points, such as gaps under doors and holes around waste pipes. You may want to make sure that all food in your home is stored appropriately. Make sure to keep all waste food in a sealed container.

How do I keep ants away?

The most important thing is to keep all food picked up and away from any possible ant trails, including dog food dishes, food containers, garbage cans, and recycling bins.

How do ants enter my house?

Usually openings such as doorways and windows are the most popular, however they also can get in through water pipe and electrical wire openings. Make sure to use expandable sealant such as Great Stuff if you have these sorts of openings.

What sort of habitat do roaches prefer?

Roaches need food, water, and shelter just as humans do. If you do your best to eliminate these three things, you will help prevent roach infestation. Cleaning up excess food and filling any cracks will help immeasurably.

What is the best way to get rid of silverfish?

Silverfish like food such as sugary cereals and flour based foods in closed containers. You need to change their environment to get rid of them. Move books out of the area for a period of time as well.

How can I get rid of house flies?

One way to get rid of house flies is to seal all garbage containers. Find their nesting sites in the corners of rooms, and treat them with residual insecticide.

What can I do to prevent bedbugs?

Here is a note from the New York Metropolitan Council.

Today bedbugs can infest any bedroom, rich or poor, and hygiene has
little to do with the problem. Bedbugs (Cimex lectularius linnaeus) are
small (1/3 to 1/4 inches long), brownish, and wingless insects. They
hide in the mattress or bed during the day and come out at night to bite
while the person is sleeping. While biting, they inject special saliva
into their victims to keep the blood from coagulating. This is what
creates the itching bite on the skin. The bugs turn reddish and get
larger after they have fed on blood. Bedbugs are spread when luggage,
clothing, or bedding is taken from an infested area to a new place. The
bugs hide at first in the bedding of their new home, but can later move
to the floors, walls, and other furniture. They are hard to get rid of
because they can go over 100 days without a meal, and they are good at
hiding during the day. They look for out-of-the-way cracks and clothing
folds, and hide in electrical outlets and wiring conduits, under
wallpaper and in unused furniture. So merely getting rid of infested
furniture and bedding won't always solve the problem.

The New York State Integrated Pest Management Program recommends three
steps: Find their hiding places, clean those places thoroughly, and then
make it hard for the bugs to get back in. As part of cleaning the hiding
places, the IPM program recommends washing all bedding, rugs, and
clothes in hot water, and drying them in a hot dryer to kill bugs living
in these materials. Carefully clean or vacuum all surfaces in the room
and all items that can't be washed. To prevent the return of bugs, seal
all cracks, crevices, and openings around pipes or electrical conduits.

For more questions, contact us at NUMBER ONE PEST CONTROL.