Thursday, September 29, 2011

Preventing Pests at Home

Winterizing your home is the best bet to protecting yourself against insects, mice, rats, squirrels and raccoons that are looking for comfortable places to live in the winter.  There are a few tricks you can do yourself, but the surest way is to trust the experts at Suburban Exterminating.  Our technicians are trained to protect your home against pests. 

For your part:
  • Always keep trash cans tightly closed to keep away rodents and wildlife. 
  • Clean gutters of leaves, twigs and stagnant water where bugs can hibernate and gain sustenance. 
The experts at Suburban Exterminating can help you winterize your house and are the best defense in pest control.  Our technicians are trained to spot areas where insects, rodents or wildlife can enter your home.

  • We fill any holes around pipes, vents or windows. 

  • We make sure all vents and windows are screened, and will replace damaged, old or missing screens.  As a step further, we can caulk windows with a silicone frame to prevent any insects from entering.  (Plus, this may stop heat from escaping and lower your energy costs!)

  • We place chimney caps and replace garage door weather stripping.  Both of these entrances to your home can lead to rodents and wildlife looking for warm, dry places to nest in the winter.

  • We move your firewood away from the foundation and cut back any shrubs or bushes that will block the sun on your foundation, allowing it to dry properly.

All of these steps are important in winterizing a home.   Suburban’s teams are trained to spot possible problem areas where pests can enter.  Aside from being a nuisance, many insects, rodents, and wildlife can cause damage to your home, costing money in repairs.  Also, a lot of these pests carry disease, causing damage to your family, which is irreplaceable.  Call (631) or (516) 864-9600 for a free estimate and further information.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Employee of the Month, Andy

Suburban Technician Receives High Praise and Honors
     Employee of the Month for August, Technician Andrew K, was awarded a plaque for his years of service to Suburban Exterminating.  His efforts and expertise leave customers assured that their extermination needs will be met.  For an expert like Andy for all your phases of pest control, call 631-864-6900 or 516-864-6900 for a free estimate.
     Andy’s customer satisfaction rating has always been high.  In the past, customers have called Suburban to compliment his hard work.   Back in August a Kings Park customer commented that Andy “was wonderful and (she) only wants him at her home.”    To further cement his reputation within the company, Mrs. S, of Cold Spring Harbor, said that “(Andy) is such an asset to (our) company.  (She) can see he is so knowledgeable in what he does…and he should be recognized for the wonderful work…he does.”  She ended her praise of Andy by saying, “If he were my son I would be so proud…”
     Most recently, while fixing a insect infestation for a Stony Brook customer, Andy was praised for his professionalism.  The satisfied customer went further to say that “signing up with Suburban was the best investment she ever made.”  
     It is this wonderful feedback that helps Suburban and its staff better serve our loyal customers.  Technicians like Andy are the front line of our business.  His reputation lead to this prestigious recognition and everyone at Suburban Exterminating extends their deepest congratulations for this honor.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Future Entomologists at South Huntington Library

South Huntington Library hosted our buggy fun yesterday!   
Please give all of our Future Entomologists thumbs up!


Monday, September 19, 2011

How to Get Rid of Cockroaches

Cockroaches are among the oldest groups of insects because they will pretty much eat anything. They are scavengers, finding and devouring any organic material – decaying or fresh – dried skin, book bindings, hair, glue, leather, beer, cheese, meat, grease, sweets, and starch.

It’s important to remember that even the cleanest homes get these roaches. Also, they eat everything, making them very adaptive to any environment. It’s important to call a professional ASAP, like Suburban Exterminating at (516) or (631) 864-6900.

These insects are attracted to wet and warm environments and can be found in dark, secluded places. In the home, they are most often found under refrigerators, stoves, the bottoms, sides, and backs of cabinets. They can also be found behind pictures and inside electronics.

The German Cockroach (Blattella germanica) is among the most frequently found pests in homes. They prefer dark, wet, and warm places close to food and water.

The American Cockroach (Periplantea Americana) is one of the largest cockroaches found in the Northeast region. They prefer cooler areas and are likely to be found in basements and crawlspaces.

The Brownbanded Cockroach (Supella longipalpa) is often well hidden because it requires less moisture than the other cockroaches. They prefer drier climates and are therefore likely to be found in pantries and closets.

Sanitation of the home is one of the best preventative measures to take to ensure you are not ridden with cockroaches. For example – do not allow dirty dished to stay in the sink overnight, keep food covered at all times (including pet food), remove garbage daily and keep the cans outside sealed, and also check behind stoves and cabinets.

Trapping these pests is difficult because for every one cockroach you see, there could be a hundred that you don’t. However, there are glue traps available that will catch whatever walks through it – including cockroaches. Cockroaches always walk along a vertical and horizontal surface in a straight line (such as where a wall and floor join). Baits, insecticides, and dusts should be places here.

Cockroaches can be dangerous to have around because they are known to carry some diseases – Salmonella, E. coli, food poisoning – as well as irritate allergies and asthma. They can also destroy the fabric and paper of things around the home. Many people opt for physical removal – vacuuming in or crushing the ones that you see.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Home Repairs after Water Damage

If your home hasn’t recovered from Hurricane Irene or you just need help with your home improvements, Suburban Exterminating has professional carpenters as part of our staff. 

With Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating of A+, our carpenters are trained in customer service.  We have experience installing siding, as well as repairing fire and water damage. 

Below are pictures from a completed basement renovation.
Call today for an estimate on your home repair needs in Suffolk County (631) 864-6900 or Nassau County (516) 864-6900

Basement renovation - Walls & insulation are being installed

Basement renovation – Finishing touches

Bath remodeling – Work in process