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There’s no doubt that there are a lot of exterminators in New York City. Choosing the best pest exterminator from the long list can be a challenge. Here are specific qualities you should look for in your exterminator. Read More
Posted in Pest Removal By Jeff Eisenberg
Because of recent spikes in bed bug populations in Manhattan, our bed bug removal process not only focuses on removing the existing problem but also specializes in preventing future infestations. Learn about our bed bug removal process and how we can rid your NYC apartment of bed bugs and other pests. Read More
Posted in Pest Removal By Jeff Eisenberg
Don’t wait until it’s too late. While bed bugs do not carry disease like other vermin, the stress of having them eradicated from your bedroom and apartment, particularly if you live in NYC, can be nerve-wracking. The best way to prevent infestation is to stop bed bugs from ever entering your home. Read More
Posted in Pest Removal By Jeff Eisenberg
While removing pests from your home is incredibly important, it’s also top priority to protect your family and pets from the chemicals used to kill the pests. With so many environmentally friendly extermination options available, you will never feel threatened by the methods used to purge your home again. There are many reasons why eco-friendly pest removal is the better option. Here’s why it pays to go the eco-friendly pest control route: Read More
Posted in Pest Removal By Jeff Eisenberg
Apr 9, 2015 1:13:20 PM

How Do I Know If I Have Bed Bugs?

Do you have suspicious bites on your body or stains on your mattress? If so, you may be looking at a bed bug infestation. Here are 4 tell-tale signs to watch out for on how to detect bed bugs in your home. Read More
Posted in Pest Detection By Jeff Eisenberg
Sep 17, 2013 3:34:06 PM

8th Grade Student Dies From Ant Stings

An 8th grader at Haas School District near Corpus Christi, Texas died yesterday after being attacked by fire ants at school last week. 13 year-old Cameron Espinosa had a severe allergic reaction after being stung by fire ants on the school field during a halftime huddle. After being stung, Espinosa started screaming "ants! ants!", but no one took him seriously; the coach reportedly told him to "get a water bottle and spray yourself off"; and further medical attention was only demanded when Espinosa starting writhing in pain and screaming. By the time medics arrived, he had lost consciousness twice, and remained in critical condition at Driscoll Children's Hospital for the next several days. On Monday morning, the school announced his death, and held a moment of silence. All extracurricular activities are canceled for the rest of the week, and grief couselors are on hand to help students.

Hector Salina, board member at the school, said that he was outraged when he surveyed the football field to find more than 20 ant piles. He thinks the coaches should have taken notice before letting the students play on the field."If in fact the coaches there knew that there was a problem with ants before… Then you know what? It should have been taken care of," he told local station KRIS-TV.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/middle-school-football-player-dies-severe-allergic-reaction-ant-bites-article-1.1457830#ixzz2fBU3es25 Read More
Posted in Pest Away By Shira Leff

A mattress encasement is the best way to ensure that your bed is protected from bed bugs. It is important to encase your mattresses whether you have had bed bugs in the past (and never want to deal with the horror of finding them on your bed again!) or even if you have never had bed bugs. Encasements essentially trap bed bugs between the encasement and the mattress, so they cannot get out and bite you. Without a food source (you) or a way to get out, the bed bugs will eventually die. Although it is kind of gross to think that you may be sleeping on bed bugs, it is also comforting to know that you are protecting yourself from actually getting bites!

Many mattress encasements are sold claiming to protect against bed bugs, but like most other things in life, mattress encasements are not created equal! Firstly, you should look to make sure that the encasement is certified to protect against bed bugs. Most that are really cheap won't actually be certified, which will essentially void the whole purpose of the encasement in the first place. There are three other things you should look out for when buying encasements:

1) The material should be durable and tear-proof-What good is a mattress encasement if they easily tear when you make the wrong move? You want to be able to buy them once and not have to think about it again. It's better to get an encasement that is more expensive but durable, than a cheaper version that will only last so long. Companies also often settle for cheaper materials that easily rip. Forewarned is forearmed!

2) Be sure to inquire about the material's comfort (or check it out yourself!)-If the mattress encasement is durable but you can't sleep at night because it is so uncomfortable, the whole purpose is defeated. Some materials are known to be uncomfortable, like rubber. Be sure that the one you buy doesn't make you sweat, or otherwise is impossible to effectively sleep on it.

3)The zipper-Bed bugs are small and crafty, and can crawl in almost anywhere. So don't get an encasement that has any room between the zipper and the fabric-bed bugs can crawl through this small hole! Instead, make sure that the zipper goes under a cloth hook and 'locks' into place which closes any possible gaps where bed bugs can escape. Also, the zipper should be large and easy to find. Otherwise, you will go through much frustration putting them on the mattresses, since you won't be able to find the zippers!

As an aside, Jeff, the owner of Pest Away Exterminating, advises that only Mattress-Safe and Protect-a-Bed mattress covers are effective encasements against bed bugs. You can purchase the Mattress-Safe encasements on the PestAway website, here or call us at 212-721-2521.

If you follow this advice, the old ditty 'Good night, sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs bite" will be a true story for you!

Sources: The Bed Bug Survival Guide, by Jeff Eisenberg; http://www.cleanbrands.com/blog/bid/312191/3-key-features-of-an-easy-to-install-bed-bug-mattress-protector Read More
Posted in Pest Away By Shira Leff

Let's face it. We know you probably have seen a centipede or millipede before...and probably in your house. These critters are extremely fast, so almost before you have a chance to scream, they disappear from sight. But boy, are they gross. Still, there's a somewhat enigmatic quality about each of them. Here is information about them that you always secretly wanted to know!

What is the difference between a millipede and a centipede? Millipedes have a lot more legs than centipedes. While both their names are exaggerations, as the millipede does not have 1000 legs and the centipede does not have 100, they do have ALOT of legs; the millipede is known to have between 40 and 400 with a maximum of 750 legs. Centipedes have from 30 to 50 legs, with one species having a lot more, at 350 legs. Fun fact: No centipede has exactly 100 legs, despite the name, because centipedes have an odd number of legs! Another difference between millipedes and centipedes is that millipedes are more round and have two legs per body segment. Centipedes are more flat and have 1 leg per body segment.

Interestingly, neither of them are actually classified as insects; instead they are arthropods, and are related to lobsters, crayfish, and shrimp. The most glaring difference between milllipedes and centipedes, and insects is that insects generally have 6 legs-while these bugs have a lot more!

Which begs the next question: Why DO they have so many legs? This is because their bodies are divided into segments, which are mostly identical, making them metameric animals. This is thought to be an evolutionary process, and traces of this development can be seen in humans in the repeating vertebrae of their backbones. With this body system, how do millipedes and centipedes get around? Millipedes move their legs in a wave-like fashion along their bodies, which propels them forward. Centipedes move their legs in a wave-like fashion while walking, allowing them to attain great speeds.

Millipedes and centipedes must stay away from direct sunlight, as they do not have the waxy cuticle of insects and thus run the risk of drying out. They also live in moist habitats. This is why you may see these creatures in dark crevices in your residence, or near a sink or pipe, or other moist location.

What to do if you see them in your residence?! The all-important question. Firstly, while they are probably one of the most disgusting looking insects, they are not actually dangerous. While centipedes may bite, the bites are not fatal, although you may experience chills from them. But obviously you want to get rid of these! The good news is that these creatures do not usually infest houses, so if you see one, it may just be one, and you can kill that one and rest easy. If you see one of these repeatedly, it may work to put glue traps in the locations where you see them, as this will stop them. Also, millipedes and centipedes need moisture and a food source, so a great way of keeping them out is by making sure there aren't moist cracks and crevices around the house. Also, centipedes eat insects, so (besides for all the other reasons to keep insects out!) make sure there aren't insects hanging around your house, as this will deprive them of a food source!

All in all, while millipedes and centipedes are gross and freaky, they aren't generally a huge problem in the house and they are relatively easy to get rid of. And after you freak out about them, realize how many interesting facts there are about them!

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Posted in Pest Away By Shira Leff

Do you know what stink bugs are? Where they originated? Where they cause the most damage in the U.S.? Check out this infographic for clear and concise information:

Although stink bugs don't sting or cause structural damage to homes, they are a nuisance because they secrete a foul smelling odor when they feel threatened, and when they want to attract other stink bugs.

Watch out for stink bugs as the summer comes to an end. As the cooler weather sets in, stink bugs invade homes looking for a warm place to hibernate, which is why you may see them more during the fall. They are attracted to heat and light as well, so it is likely you may see them around light fixtures or especially warm places in your residence. The best way to keep stink bugs out of your home is to keep them out of your home-make sure windows and doors have screens and are tightly closed. Be sure that there are no gaps in caulking around windows and doors, and that there are no other openings where these bugs can crawl their way in. Once you've seen them in your home, you must get rid of all of them or they will keep coming in. A easy method of extermination is to get a jar and fill it about halfway with water, and mix some regular dish soap into it. Flick the stink bugs into your jar with a sheet of paper or a paper towel. Stink bugs don’t like water, and the dish soap helps penetrate their armor.

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Posted in Pest Away By Shira Leff

At Pest Away, we know that our technicians and service are number one. After all, our motto is " Pest Solutions for Peace of Mind"! Still, it's always gratifying to hear back from very grateful customers! Here's an email we got today:

Hi Jeff,

I just called the office to follow up with you and to say thank you. Yesterday I spent an hour or so with Marion (forgive any spelling error) and it was an incredibly positive experience. He was excellent in every respect.

Thank you for taking the time to scope out the apartment on my behalf, and for helping to coordinate the service. Now I just have to pray that it worked! (Please let me know if there are other tricks of the trade to keep up my defenses....).

I will most definitely be providing referrals.

Please let me know you receive this since my prior note to you may have been blocked last month.

Best regards,

G.

Thank you Marion! It is this level of service that we expect of all our technicians...and it is gratifying to know that it is recognized and appreciated!

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Posted in Pest Away By Shira Leff