Friday, May 27, 2011

Employee Spotlight - Yolanda

Earliest Bug Memory: While climbing a tree in Farmingdale, an earwig went into Yolanda’s mouth. Gross!
A secret bug she really loves is spiders. Yolanda finds them intriguing, and they are, ranking seventh in total species diversity among all other groups of organisms (Spiders of India, University Press)

Her favorite movie is Arachnophobia. She found the movie (centered on the fear of spiders) intense and the special effects well-done. She loves sci-fi movies.

Her surprising recent bug/wildlife encounter – brown and white finches (a type of bird) waited on her deck to be fed popcorn.

For friends, she says “don’t let the bedbugs bite!”

Yolanda's Favorite Movie Star

Friday, May 20, 2011

Suburban Exterminating Technicians Pass Safety True or False Questions! Can You?

Safety training is an important part of Suburban Exterminating continuing education program. Below are just a few of the safety questions. 

While some of these questions are “easy”, they remind our employees to continue to “Be Safe”.  See if you can answer them correctly.

True or False:  Inspect all power tools and cords prior to use.
True or False:  When carrying any objects, make sure you balance the load properly and watch where you step.
True or False: A ladder should always be placed on a solid base.
True or False: Bend your knees and use your thigh muscles to help lift.
Click here for answers

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Colonies of Carpenter Ants

Carpenter Ant Damage
Color:   Black.   Sometimes red and black, solid red, or brown in color

What Do Carpenter Ants Eat? Carpenter ants will eat almost anything that people eat. The ants especially like sweet foods and meat.  They actively feed at night. They search for food up to 300 feet away from their nests. Sometimes, you can see their narrow paths.

Where are Carpenter Ants found?   Carpenter ants are social insects that usually nest in wood.  They are usually found in structures with moisture problems. The ants enter structures through gaps or cracks while looking for food. 
The appearance of large numbers of winged adults inside a structure indicates that the nest(s) exists indoors.  The workers push wood shavings and pieces of foam insulation out of the nest through slit-like openings in the wood or other nesting material.  This material, which may contain fragments of other insects, and structural moisture problems are things to look for when trying to locate a colony in an infested structure.  Rustling sounds in wall voids are another indication that there is a colony in the area.

Tips for Control: These ants are hard to control and may not eat ant baits. Experts must find the many colonies and treat them directly. Colonies can be located high in trees or on a neighboring property. A large number of trees and other conditions may create a high risk of re-infestation.  Regular inspections and service are necessary to find and treat new colonies as they move in from neighboring properties.
-          Keep bushes and shrubs trimmed back off home.
-          Seal cracks in home’s exterior
-          Eliminate nesting sites like tree stumps, piles of wood and other debris
-          Repairing leaks in  home and keeping water away from the home’s foundation

Let our experts help you to get rid of your carpenter ants.Call (516) or (631) 864-6900

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Learn about Green Products and Services

The Environmental Committee
Green Products and Services

Green is much more than a product or a service…
          It’s a commitment and a state of mind
  • How can you tell if it’s “green”?
  • Consider the repercussions of actions to our environment and challenge yourself to do things better
  • Learn about products and services that are better for your health and the environment
  • Create a healthy home or work environment: Lighting, Cleaning materials ,Green Pest  Control, and so much more
Our expert panel includes:
Stan Halpern, Healthy Clean Buildings and lecturer on Green Cleaning Alternatives                                        
Lynn Frank, Suburban Exterminating
Representatives from Home Depot
Wednesday May 11th, 2011          8 – 10 AM 
Huntington Chamber of Commerce
164 Main Street   Huntington
Free for Chamber Members    $10 for Non-members