Booklice are tiny, wingless insects often associated with the presence of mold in the home. In this article, we’ll explain what booklice are and how to get rid of them.
This article is a guest post by Oz Moving & Storage about the importance of preventive pest control when moving into a new home.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Unfortunately, many home remedies for roaches are not as effective as the internet makes them out to be. Some are downright myths. Here’s how to separate fact from fiction, based on experience from the #1 highest-rated pest exterminator in NYC.
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.
Cockroaches rank high on the list of common pests in New York City. Here’s what you should know when dealing with cockroaches in your home or apartment, including facts, control, prevention, and extermination.
Termites may be small, but they are one of the most destructive and expensive types of pest infestations. Here’s everything you need to know about termites in New York City and Long Island, including facts, prevention, control, and extermination.
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.
These appleseed-shaped bugs are found almost everywhere in the Big Apple! Here’s what you need to know about dealing with bed bugs in New York City, including facts, prevention, control, and extermination.
Fleas are widely known for being itchy, bloodsucking nuisances. However, they can present a genuine danger to both humans and pets. Here’s what you need to know about dealing with fleas in New York City, 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.
Each December, Local Law 69 requires property owners to submit annual bed bug reports to HPD for every registered multiple-dwelling property. In 2021, the deadline to file your annual bed bug report(s) is December 31st, 2022.
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.
If you suspect that you have a mouse in your cozy townhouse or apartment, here are 9 common signs of mice to look out for. Finding one or more of these signs together might mean it’s time to give your exterminator a call.
If you’ve seen rats loitering on or around your property, there’s a good chance that they’re coming from nearby burrows. In this article, we’ll discuss burrowing rats and how to get rid of them.
Contrary to popular belief, dirty homes aren’t more attractive to bed bugs. Bed bugs are attracted by carbon dioxide, heat, and body odor.
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.
Unfortunately, spotted lanternflies have made their way into all 5 boroughs of New York City. Here’s why you should be concerned, plus 5 safe and eco-friendly ways to get rid of spotted lanternflies in your area.
Looking for a natural way to kill bed bugs at home? In this article (and video), pest expert Kevin Carrillo from MMPC shares a 5-step approach to get rid of bed bugs without needing pesticides.
The common house mouse can squeeze through tiny cracks and holes about the size of a dime. This ability allows them to easily enter people’s homes and apartments in search of food, warmth, and nesting spots.
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.
Bed bugs can sneakily enter your home in various ways, and from a range of different places. Understanding where bed bugs come from and how they get into your home can help you take preventative measures to protect your home from a future infestation.
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.
An effective way to keep mosquitoes out of your yard is by using insecticide sprays. When applied properly and in the right locations, they can get rid of mosquitoes in your space. Here are some tips on how spray your yard for mosquitoes.
If you find mosquitoes in your home, it’s important to get them out as soon as you can as mosquitoes can transmit diseases and their bites can irritate the skin.
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.
If you’ve ever had termites in the past or you’re experiencing an infestation now, you might be wondering where these wood-eating pests come from and how they got inside in the first place.
The longer a tick stays attached to your fur baby, the more likely it is to transmit disease-causing bacteria or viruses. The sooner you can find and remove them, the better. Here’s how to check for and safely remove ticks from a dog.
Depending on where you live, the chances of catching a tick-borne disease can be as low as 1% or more than 50%. This article covers some of the most common tick-borne diseases and the signs and symptoms to look out for.
Although mosquitoes are capable of biting through clothes, they much prefer exposed skin — at least when given the choice. Their needle-like mouths can easily penetrate thin, stretchy, and loosely woven fabrics.
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.
Not sure if you’ve been bitten by a tick? Tick bites can have several different appearances, ranging from localized redness and mild swelling to the characteristic bullseye rash of Lyme disease.
Why do mosquitoes tend to bite some people more than others? To avoid getting bitten while you enjoy the great outdoors, it helps to understand what signals might be attracting mosquitoes to you in the first place.
New York City experienced record-breaking levels of mosquito activity last year, according to the Department of Health. This map shows the various areas and neighborhoods that were sprayed for mosquitoes in 2021.
Getting rid of termites usually requires professional help. There are several types of termite control methods that can be used, and some last longer than others in terms of keeping termites out.
Knowing how to check for ticks and remove them properly and expeditiously will help protect you and your family members from tick-borne infections. Follow the steps below to safely remove a tick based on instructions from the CDC.
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.
When pests invade your home, one of the things to worry about is getting itchy, painful, or potentially disease-transmitting bites. Fortunately, termites aren’t one of those pests that bite people.
Before feeding, ticks look like small, wingless bugs with 8 legs and flat bodies that are shaped like ovals or teardrops. After latching on an unfortunate host, their bodies swell up and become several times larger depending on how much blood is ingested.
Generally speaking, mosquitoes come out to feed around sunrise, sunset, and at nighttime. They’re rarely active during the middle of the day when the sun is out, since direct sunlight and high midday temperatures can quickly dehydrate them.
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.
Termite eggs are almost never seen out in the open, and finding them around isn’t a common occurrence. They’re usually located deep within termite colonies inside mud tubes or wooden galleries for protection.
If you’ve ever tried researching DIY solutions for bed bugs, you’ve probably come across mentions of diatomaceous earth. It’s often touted as an effective and chemical-free way to quickly kill any bed bugs infesting your home.
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.
Knowing what termites look like and understanding their defining characteristics can help you detect and recognize an infestation early on. Read this article to learn about the most common types of termites to watch out for.
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 eggs can be an early sign of a bed bug infestation at home, but most people will find them difficult to properly identify. In this article, we’ll explain what bed bug eggs look like and how to recognize them.
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.
There are several types of bed bug traps that can be purchased in stores or online. In this article, we’ll talk about bed bug traps, do they really work, and introduce the 4 most common types of traps used to detect and monitor bed bugs at home.
As if seeing a cockroach isn’t terrifying enough, imagining them biting you in your sleep is already the stuff of nightmares. But luckily, although roaches might technically be capable of biting humans, they only do so in extremely rare situations.
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.
The common species of cockroaches that live in New York City might have wings, but most are not good fliers. Some roaches are capable of flying short distances, while others can use their wings to glide from high locations to lower ones.
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.
Want to get rid of mice and roaches for good? This guide was written to walk you through some simple steps you can take at home to keep pests out, such as cleaning, keeping food sealed, vacuuming regularly, and disposing of garbage properly.
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.
Steam can be an effective, non-chemical option for homeowners to get rid of bed bugs early on — before an infestation gets out of hand. In this article (and video), pest expert Kevin Carrillo from MMPC discusses how to kill bed bugs with steam.
Since bed bugs are skilled hiders, people often discover what appears to be bed bug bites without finding the actual bed bugs themselves. Here’s how to make bed bugs come out of hiding so you can confirm and eliminate them.
Finding ants around your kitchen? In this article (and video), pest expert Kevin Carrillo from MMPC talks about how to get rid of ants in your kitchen: cleaning up food, removing access to water, and using granular ant bait.
Looking for a pesticide-free way to get rid of ants in your home naturally? In this article (and video), pest expert Kevin Carrillo from MMPC shares some natural methods to get rid of ants in your home without using pesticides.
Seeing ants in your house? In this article, Kevin Carillo, a senior pest control expert at MMPC, explains where your ants most likely coming from and where they might be entering your house.
This article introduces some of the differences between American cockroaches and German cockroaches, what attracts each of these cockroach species in your home, and what you can do to stop them.
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!
Local Law 55 (“The Asthma-Free Housing Act”) is a set of rules requiring landlords of multiple-dwelling buildings to keep their tenants’ homes free from indoor allergen hazards — specifically mold and pests.
Struggling with a bed bug infestation? Dealing with bed bugs can be a miserable experience. It can happen to anyone, especially here in New York City. Here’s everything you need to know about how to get rid of bed bugs once and for all.
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.
In this article, we’ll break down what you need to know about the inspection and grading process for NYC restaurants during COVID-19, and how to avoid pest-related violations with Integrated Pest Management practices.
Want to keep your home pest-free in 2021? From decluttering pantries to sealing cracks under doors, here are 5 New Year’s resolutions recommended by the pest experts at MMPC to help you avoid pest problems.
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?
A year into my stay at a Bronx boarding house, one of the worst things which can happen to a New Yorker happened to me: I got bed bugs. I want to share some of the mistakes I made so that you can avoid making them yourself.