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411 on Spiders

Spiders have two body regions, eight legs, no antennae’s nor wings.  Some like the moisture and can be found in damp dark places like basements and other crawl spaces in buildings.  Other types of spiders like dry and warm areas like upper corners of attics and rooms or subfloor air vents.  All spiders feed off insects and weaker spiders that they can subdue.  A female spider produces an egg sac which contains little spiderlings.  Spiderlings go through a series of molts before they become adults.  Male spiders court the species to mate, some forms of mating can include elaborate dances to attract the female’s spider’s attention.  Mating for male spiders can be dangerous because the female may wind up eating the male spider.  Spiders do not have mouthparts and cannot chew; their saliva contains digestive enzymes that break own their prey before they consume it.  They are capable of making elastic silk for their webs which are strong and adhesive.  The silk is also used to construct egg sacs and line the dwellings of the spider.  The shape and size of the web varies depending on the species.  Some webs are orb-shaped, others are funnel-shaped ranging from orderly to haphazardly.  Some spiders don’t even build webs, some just live in burrows or take refuge in crevices.

For more information on spiders and spider control contact your local pest control company.  You may not be able to identify the species of spiders in your home but the licensed technicians at Brooklyn Exterminator NY have years of experience and have the proper equipment and know how to eliminate them.

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Ants

Typically the ants you see are dark colored and 3 mm long, have no natural enemies and have multiple queens in their colonies.  Only the Queens lay eggs.  The life cycle of an ant goes from egg, larva then to pupa and adult.  Ant nests are usually formed in moist soil, along sidewalks and driveways or under debris.  They are drawn to sweets but can also feed on protein that is typically other dead bugs.  They can venture from the nest up to one hundred feet in order to find shelter, water and food.  Once they make entry to your home they will multiply and nest there until you take action against eliminating their food, water and shelter source. 

You can prevent ants from breaking entry by:

  • Finding the location in which the ants got in-in the first place.  Good places to check are electrical outlets, pipes, bents, baseboards, floors, drains and walls.  You can seal off any holes with caulking compound.
  • Cut back wooded material, trees, or shrubs that come into contact with your home’s exterior.  Clear out debris and mulch alongside your home.
  • Clean up all spills of food and beverage immediately.
  • The next step is to install bait dispensers, however you have to choose the right dispenser according to the ants you have.  Research what type of ants you have first.
  • Install bait dispensers outside the perimeters of your home.  Bait dispensers are effective because they are insecticides mixed with substances that attract the worker ants.  This will allow the worker ants to bring back bait to the colony and kill the rest of the ants including the Queen, which is the one that lays the eggs.  When the Queen dies the colony is destroyed.
  • Fill the bait dispensers regularly with liquid borate-based bait until the problem is finished.


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Facts About Rat Borne Diseases

Rats are extremely unsanitary to have in your home.  They cause property damage and spread disease.  Depending on the type of rat some spread different diseases.  However, most if not all rats are the cause of allergen development in the people of the household because of their dander, hair shed and droppings.  Although mice are known to contaminate food, rats can cause rat borne diseases like Hantavirus which causes renal and liver failure and in some cases cardiovascular failure.

In the Middle Ages, it was rats that were the culprit of the notorious “Black Plague” which was a disease that killed millions of people.  This disease was spread by flies that fed off of rats and humans.  Now-a-days that is not a common disease however you can still get Hantavirus which has similar symptoms of the flu which can be deadly if not treated correctly.  Also rats can cause typhus.

If you ever have a rat infestation in your home you should exterminate and air out the apartment or house after extermination.  A professional exterminator is highly recommended when dealing with rat infestations.  Also after the infestation be sure to disinfect any nesting areas, harboring space, droppings and rodent contaminants. To disinfect traps and other things soak them in a solution of warm water and a tablespoon of bleach per gallon of water.

Call Brooklyn Exterminator for local rodent control. For over the past ten years we have done extermination for rats, mice and other pests for residential and commercial properties.  We are the number one trusted brand in Brooklyn.