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What Stinks? Keeping Stink Bugs Out of Your Buffalo, NY Home

Sometimes, pests are hard to track; they scurry, they hide and they instinctively know how to survive almost secretly under your roof. Stink bugs originate from Asia, but were introduced to the U.S. in the 1990's and have become a growing problem ever since. What gives stink bugs away is exactly what you are probably thinking it is--their smell. Stink bugs don't bite or damage your home like carpenter ants or termites, but the smell they exude is very unpleasant. Stink bugs release an awful order when they sense danger or are crushed. The smell is hard to get rid of, especially when you have an infestation. Here's how you can avoid a stinky situation.


Western New York Fall Pest Prevention Tips

Fall is one of the best seasons in Western New York for a lot of reasons--the weather, football, Oktoberfest--you name it. One thing about fall most homeowners don't enjoy is that pests are looking to escape the decreasing temperature outdoors. What's their common solution? Our homes. While you may be excited to have less maintenance to do on the outside of your home, there are a few tasks to take care of before enjoying the comfort of the indoors. To keep pests away once the weather gets cold, here are a few things to keep in mind.


Keeping Your Western New York Business Pest-Free

No matter what kind of commercial operations or business you run, you want to keep your customers coming back. This philosophy does not apply to pests, however. A pest-free work environment is important for a lot of reasons--keeping the people at your place of business safe and happy is probably the most vital. Even if your employees or customers aren't affected by pests on-site, they aren't the only factor to be concerned with. Pests can cause a lot of problems for business owners, so we broke down what you want to prevent, and how.


The Buffalo Homeowner's Guide to Flies

If you've ever gone on an all-liquid diet, you have something in common with one of the world's most notorious pests. Some may say that flies are the universal symbol for filth, and some may say that flies are a necessary part of the ecosystem--what we know for sure is that they don't belong in your home. Aside from being a huge nuisance, flies spread bacteria that can cause severe health problems to humans and pets. So, before you kick back and relax for the rest of summer, here's what you should know about flies to avoid a problem.


Preventing Mosquito Bites In Western New York

Nobody likes the buzzing sound of a mosquito flying around their head or waking up to find six random, itchy bites scattered across your body. Face it, mosquitoes suck! You want to enjoy your summer -- and that usually means being outdoors. So, whether you're at home or at an outdoor BBQ, what can you do to avoid getting bitten?


Keeping Ticks Out of Your Buffalo Property

Outdoor activities are what make spring and summer so enjoyable in Buffalo. While you and your family spend quality time in the backyard, ticks may also be hanging around to catch their next meal. Half the time you won't even notice a tick is on you until it's already feeding on you -- which is a dangerous situation.


Everything You Need to Know About Termites in Western New York

Eastern subterranean termites are the species most commonly found on the eastern coast of the U.S., including Western New York. These types of termites like to start at the ground and work their way up a structure, hollowing out wood with tunnels. Can this happen to the structure of your home? Yes. Termites can devalue a home by more than 25 percent! So, here is what you need to know to identify, prevent and get rid of termites.


Bed Bugs in Buffalo: But How?

Bed bugs almost went extinct in the 1950's, but it appears not all tragic stories come to an end. Unfortunately, bed bugs are alive and well and waiting to hitch a ride in your suitcase or used furniture to make it back to your home. While bed bugs aren't going to transmit infectious diseases, most people do not find being fed on while they sleep at night appealing.


Keeping Rodents Out of Your Buffalo Garden

Whether you have a green thumb or not, gardening can be a relaxing and rewarding summer activity. A prosperous garden requires a lot of time and attention! While you may want your kids to learn and experience planting, you likely don't want rodents taking their share of your efforts. 


Buffalo Summer Pest Prevention Tips

Enjoying the warm weather and spending time with loved ones is what makes summer such a great season. What's not so great is sharing that quality time with pests who also thrive in the summer (sometimes at your expense).


New Homeowners: Signs of Pests in Your Buffalo Home

 Have pests moved into your new home before you? When you purchase a home, sometimes there's a lot of ground to cover. You may need to do some remodeling, yard work, painting -- lots of things; but what about pest control? Sometimes it's difficult to spot pest issues, especially when you're focused on becoming a new homeowner. 


Types of Bees in Western New York

Bees are a vital part of the environment, which is why we want to keep them safe! This should be enough, right? In theory, yes, but what happens if bees infest your home or business? Bee stings can be life-threatening for those with an allergy. 


Bee Removal In Buffalo

 Providing pollen to the plants we rely on, bees are an integral part of the ecosystem. When a colony of bees builds a nest around your home, they can seem like more of a problem than a necessity. Bees are known to fiercely defend their hive, which can result in a lot of painful stings if you aren't careful. 


4 Spring Pests to Be Aware of in Western New York

 Flowers aren't the only thing popping out of the ground this spring. Unfortunately (for most), bugs are a necessary part of our ecosystem and deserve their time in the sun; however, spring shouldn't mean there are pests entering your home or business left and right. While winter weather lasts far too long for some in the Buffalo area, spring pests are still waking up and looking for places to forage and breed.


Wildlife Management in Buffalo: What You Need To Know

Buffalo has progressed a lot in recent years, with a growing population and urbanization -- it's no wonder that wildlife problems have increased along with it. With reduced government spending in municipal animal control services, curbing wildlife problems has been left to private individuals. As a home or business owner, you want your property free of pests and wildlife problems. 


Types of Spiders You'll Find in Western New York

 Unless you own a pet tarantula, you probably don't want to find any spiders in your home. What happens if you do? There's roughly 40,000 species of spiders around the world. Fortunately, for people living in Western New York, there's about five common species of spiders you can expect to find crawling around (hopefully not in your home).


Spider Control In Western New York

 Not many people enjoy 8-legged creatures crawling around their home. Finding one spider, let alone an infestation, can be a traumatic experience. While house spiders aren't generally aggressive, many people have a real fear of arachnids. Every species of spider has fangs and will use them to bite if threatened (like being picked picked up or squeezed). Spider bites can be pretty painful, although rarely venomous; however, the Brown Recluse spider, found in North America, can sometimes be "necrotic", causing the flesh around a bite to rot and spread if not treated. Whether you have a fear of spiders or not, it's safe to say that most homeowners would like to prevent them. 


Checking For Bed Bugs In Your Buffalo Home

 Winter in Buffalo may not seem like an ideal climate for bed bugs, but the brown-colored insects are always on the prowl for food. Bed bugs are not partial to homes, apartments or businesses -- they will infest almost any area with warm-blooded mammals (like humans). It takes at least four hours of exposure to 0° Fahrenheit or colder for bed bugs to be killed by low temperatures. Found in bed frames, furniture or anywhere humans are still for long periods of time, bed bugs feast on human hosts at night, usually. 


Rodent Removal in Your Buffalo Home

 It's been quite a cold winter this year in Western New York, even reaching a new record low temperature in Buffalo on New Year's Day. With freezing weather not stopping anytime soon, there's no doubt pests are more desperate than ever to find shelter. Rodents are a huge problem in winter, invading homes with no preference of zip code.


Getting Rid of Cockroaches in Western New York

 Surviving an estimated 350-400 million years and counting, cockroaches are probably the most ancient pest there is. This means they are incredibly durable, and adaptable. Commonly found in urban areas and places where food is stored, cockroaches seem to be everywhere. The nocturnal pest can be found scurrying around at night in search of food, or shelter in colder climates.


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