Found a small bug in your bed and having trouble identifying it? In this article, we’ll cover the most common bedroom intruders (in New York, at least) and help you learn how to identify them.
A statistical analysis shows that New York City now has as many as 3 million rats and almost 60,000 rat-infested lots in 2022, an increase of 50% (or a million rats) since 2010.
If you’re concerned that you might have bed bugs in your home, it’s worth understanding and familiarizing yourself with early warning signs. In this article, we’ll review the 7 most common signs of bed bugs and explain how to check for them.
Found something in your bed sheets or mattress that resembles a bed bug? There are several common household pests with similar sizes, shapes, and colors that might also be found in your bedroom. Here are 8 examples of similar-looking bugs that are sometimes mistaken for bed bugs.
Clients ask this question a lot: “Do I really need to have an assessment? Can’t we skip to the extermination part?” We completely understand wanting to have your pest issue resolved as soon as humanly possible, but assessments are a vital part of the pest control process.
Asian lady beetles are invasive insects commonly found in rural and suburban areas. Although they look similar to ladybugs, Asian lady beetles are considered pests while ladybugs are not. Here are some steps you can take to get rid of Asian lady beetles in your home.
Planning to travel this holiday season? Bed bugs spread from home to home by hitchhiking rides in suitcases and clothing of unsuspecting travelers Here are some simple steps you can take to minimize your chances of picking up bed bugs during your holiday travels.
Bed bug sniffing dogs are specially trained and certified to detect the scent of bed bugs — even when they’re hiding in places that are nearly impossible for the human eye to spot.
Outdoor rats can be a big problem for residents, landlords, and local businesses in New York City’s brownstone neighborhoods. Here’s how to get rid of rats outside and what you can do to protect your property from an infestation.
As temperatures rise, so does the yearly uptick in the number of diseases due to mosquito and tick bites. Mosquitoes and ticks have always been problematic in New York City and across the East Coast, but their numbers seem to have risen dramatically in recent years.
You might have come across the term “parasitic wasps” in an internet article, a nature documentary, or perhaps a conversation with your neighborhood insect enthusiast. However, they’re not actually parasitic; they’re parasitoids.
If you are seeing pests in your home and you’ve never used pest control services before, here are a few tips and what to expect when setting up an appointment for the first time.
Relative to other parts of the country, summer in NYC is hot and humid with plenty of humans around for mosquitoes to get their next blood meal from. Here’s what you need to know about dealing with mosquitoes, including facts, prevention, control, and treatment.
New York City’s rodent problem is as old as the city itself. But make no mistake — rats and mice are dangerous pests with real consequences. Here’s what you need to know about dealing with mice and rats in New York City including facts, prevention, control, and extermination.
How do you go about finding and vetting pest control companies? In this article, we’ll discuss what to look for when choosing the right pest control company to make your home or business feel safe and free from pests.
Vikane gas fumigation is one of the most effective and reliable ways to eliminate bed bugs in moderate-to-severe infestations. Gas easily penetrates into narrow and cluttered spaces where bed bugs like to hide, ensuring that 100% of bed bugs at all life stages are thoroughly exterminated.
Different people react differently to bed bug bites, and it’s hard to determine what really caused those red bumps that you woke up with. Entomologist Lou Sorkin explains why that’s the case and how to tell if you really have bed bugs bites.
If you’re searching your home for bed bugs during the day, you probably won’t find them just by looking around. So how do you find bed bugs during the day? Here are 5 methods you can use to maximize your chances, based on our 25 years of experience as NYC’s bed bug control experts.
Proper preparation is one of the most important steps to ensure an accurate canine bed bug inspection. Here’s what you need to know and do before hiring bed bug dogs to find (or rule out) a potential infestation.
If you suspect that your home has been invaded by bed bugs, here’s how to perform a quick visual inspection of your own mattress. Knowing how to check for bed bugs can save you time and money and give you a better understanding of how severe the infestation may be.
If left unchecked, a carpet beetle infestation can potentially cause a significant amount of property damage. Here are 5 signs for identifying a carpet beetle infestation in your home: damage to fibrous materials, holes in clothing, shed skins, fecal pellets, and skin irritation.
Wondering if a canine bed bug inspection is a reliable way to check your home or building for bed bugs? In this article, you’ll learn everything you need to know about the accuracy, benefits, and costs of bed bug sniffing dogs.
Looking for eco-friendly mosquito control? If you plan to enjoy time in your yard, rooftop, or other outdoor space this summer, here’s how to keep those pesky mosquitoes away.
Wondering if that mosquito you saw flying across your living room last night will die by itself if you leave it alone? This article answers questions about how long mosquitoes can live under various conditions.
Looking for a way to tell carpenter ants and termites apart? Knowing if your home’s infested with carpenter ants or termites can help when deciding what you need to do in order to get rid of them.
Want to get rid of ticks in your backyard without resorting to chemicals? Here are some natural and eco-friendly ways to keep your property tick-free this season.
Once termites have established themselves, they’re often difficult and expensive to exterminate. But if you see the beginnings of an infestation, you might be able to utilize some home remedies for termites to slow them down until you can get a professional termite inspection.
After hatching from eggs and before reaching adulthood, baby bed bugs go through several intermediary development stages known as instars. During each instar stage, the baby bed bug molts and grows larger in size until they become fully-grown adults.
Damage from termites can be difficult to identify, and if left alone, termites can cause major and long-lasting problems that are expensive to repair. In this article, we’ll explain what termite damage looks like and how to differentiate it from other common issues.
Mosquito bits are a natural and eco-friendly option for long-term mosquito control. By sprinkling them around your property, you can reduce — and over time, eliminate — the mosquito population living in the area.
But because of their size and appearance, termite swarmers are often confused for flying ants. The main features to pay attention to in order to differentiate termites from flying ants are their antennae, their waist, and their wings.
Cockroaches are ubiquitous in densely-populated urban areas like New York City. Roaches manage to get inside our homes in a number of ways, and knowing where to look and what to do to keep them out will help keep your home cockroach-free.
Spotting a baby roach is often a warning sign of a larger infestation hiding somewhere in your home. In this article, we’ll help explain what baby cockroaches look like and how to identify them — so that you can protect your home and your sanity from these pests.
Being able to recognize a termite problem before it gets out of hand can save you thousands of dollars in potential property damage and extermination costs. In this article, we’ll discuss the most common early signs of termites to look out for in order to protect yourself from these destructive pests.
Bed bug interceptors are special traps made to detect and monitor bed bug infestations. They can be used to capture and identify bed bugs so you know when to call the exterminator. In this article, we’ll explain what bed bug interceptors are and how to use them.
Inspired Citizen wrote an article about a 6-hour pest proofing and exclusion service that we did to keep pests out of a Manhattan loft space. This job involved sealing radiator floor holes, wall gaps, holes around water pipes, and more. Check out the photos.
Helpful information and tips about outdoor rat control in New York City for landlords to give to their tenants and neighbors.
Caught something in your apartment that kind of looks like a bed bug… but you’re not sure? Bed bugs are flat, oval-shaped, reddish-brown insects around the size of a flaxseed. Here’s what you need to know about what bed bugs look like and how to identify them.
Cockroaches don’t need lavish spreads of food to feed on. Stray vegetables or scraps left on dirty dishes are enough to keep them around your home. Depending on the environment they are living in, they will eat whatever organic material they can find that gives them the nutrients they need to survive.
Heat treatment is a chemical-free method of pest control that can effectively eliminate bed bugs and other pest problems. This method typically only requires one visit, does not use pesticides, and takes less time than other forms of pest control.
Integrated Pest Management is an effective, eco-friendly, and prevention-based pest control method that works by identifying and addressing the underlying causes of pest infestation using strategies such as fixing leaks, sealing holes, and managing garbage.
When it comes to dealing with pest control issues in New York City, the mutual rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants can often cause confusion, headaches, and miscommunication. Who is responsible for preventing, monitoring, and solving pest problems in your building?
As the weather gets cooler this fall, indoor pest activity is bound to increase. This is part of many pests’ natural “overwintering” cycle- that is, the way plants and animals survive the colder weather. Here are some common fall pests you might catch in your apartment this season.
Perhaps you noticed an itchy bump on your skin, and the thought has penetrated your mind: Do I have bed bugs? This article will teach you how to perform a visual self-inspection to check your home or apartment for bed bugs.
If you have a bed bug problem, what precautions should you take with your laundry to protect others? And if you don’t, how can you avoid picking up someone else’s bed bugs at these places?
You might have heard that bed bugs have a musty, sweet smell that’s similar to coriander, cilantro, or raspberries. While this is technically correct, if you’re going around your bedroom sniffing for bed bugs based on this description, you won’t find them. Here’s why.
Wondering if and where bed bugs might be hiding in your home or apartment? In this article, we’ll discuss common places where bed bugs hide and how you should be looking for them.
Many of the chemicals used in mosquito sprays, such as DEET and permethrin are toxic by nature and can cause unintentional harm to animals. As a responsible pet owner, you want to get rid of mosquitoes without risking your pet’s health and safety. So where do you start?
Finding bed bug eggs helps us determine where bed bugs are coming from and the severity of the infestation. If you’re trying to spot bed bug eggs at home, or if you’re wondering what they look like, read this article to find out.
The so-called “breakfast, lunch, and dinner” sign of bed bug bites has become somewhat of an urban myth. This type of feeding behavior is actually very rare, and seeing 3 bites in a cluster or line is far from being a definitive sign of bed bugs.
Worried about bed bug bites? Most experts agree that bed bugs are not considered dangerous pests. If you’re currently dealing with a bed bug infestation at home, here’s what you should (and shouldn’t) need to be worried about.
Here are 3 ways to keep these unwelcome guests off of your property and stop them from putting a damper on your summer fun, ranging from prevention to repellents to professional help from your friendly neighborhood exterminator.
Pest exclusion is the proven and preferred method of long-term pest control. By eliminating conditions that attract rodents and cockroaches, you can stop infestations before they even happen. Schedule a free inspection or consultation for pest exclusion services today!
One of the best ways to protect your family from mosquitoes is by being proactive about preventing them from breeding near your home. Here’s how to stop mosquitoes from coming back for good.
This week, MMPC was named one of “The Best Exterminators in New York” as part of New York Magazine’s “Best of New York 2021” series. We owe this honor and recognition to you — our clients and friends.
There are numerous steps involved in the buying or selling of a home, including getting a Wood Destroying Insect (WDI) inspection Report. Here’s what you need to know about what WDI reports entail and how to get one for your home.
The arrival of spring signals the start of termite swarming season. Learn more about termite control services for homeowners living in New York, New Jersey, and Long Island.
In honor of Women’s History Month, we sat down with Melissa Gomez (@ladyexterminator) to talk about her journey and the power of women in pest control.
Looking for the right solution for your termite troubles? In this article, we’ll compare the main types of termite treatments and services to help you determine which options may be right for you.
Termite Awareness Week is March 7 – 13, 2021. Here’s what you should know if you’ve discovered termite swarmers, which resemble flying ants, around your home or property.
With Chinese New Year coming up on Friday, here are 8 cleaning and pest prevention tips for a prosperous and pest-free year. Whether or not you celebrate the Lunar New Year, these are also effective ways to prevent pests from infesting your home in 2021.
Using their noses, bed bug dogs detect bed bugs faster and more accurately than humans. At MMPC, all of our canine inspection teams are certified by NESDCA and maintain the highest quality standards when performing bed bug inspections.
If you plan to open or manage a clothing store, implementing an integrated pest management program will prevent costly infestations from happening. Here’s how integrated pest management can help protect your clothing store.
Proper bed bug preparation is one of the most important things tenants and homeowners can do to ensure that bed bug inspection and treatment is effective. Here are some best practices and tips to help you prepare for a successful bed bug treatment.
As a business owner or manager in New York City, have you ever wondered why businesses seem to spend so much time and money dealing with pest control?
This letter explains how restaurants can beat pest problems with Integrated Pest Management—a form of pest control that uses the least intervention to obtain the best results- and why now is the perfect time to take these steps.
Quarantining one COVID-19 case can prevent many other people from getting it. The same is true for bed bugs; stopping just one infestation early can prevent many others. COVID-19 provides a golden opportunity for New York’s private and public spaces to make progress against the bed bug pandemic.
A person’s home is their castle, and a good castle needs defenses. While it’s technically impossible to make a home or apartment 100% bed bug proof, here are 7 steps you can take to turn your home or apartment into a mighty fortress bed bugs will have a difficult time besieging.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, rodents in NYC are running wild. What can you do to stop them?