Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Do you Remember These PESTY Games?

Most children asked for some type of electronic toy this holiday season.  A lot games are played through a video console.   The majority of children may not remember these old timers, but who out there received these toys and games for Christmas in the past?  Are there any other classics that Suburban forgot?  If you think of any, visit us on facebook or twitter to let us know! or @SuburbanExterm at

Perhaps next year we can start a revival for these landmarks:
Mouse Trap

  • Came to the market in 1963.
  • Object: First build an elaborate mouse trap, and then try of capture your opponents’ mice in the trap.
  • Winner is first to capture all the mice in the trap.

Ants in the Pants 

Games found at a local Target: They are still out there!

  • Came to the market in 1969.
  • Object: Fling plastic, color-coded ants into a giant pair of pants.  
  • First player to get all their ants in the pants wins.


  • Came to the market in 1949.
  • Object: Build bugs named “cooties” one body part at a time.  
  • Winner is the first to build a complete Cootie.  
  • Herb Schaper was a Minnesotan postman who created, developed, and manufactured children's games, most with a bug theme.   He formed the H. W. Schaper Mfg. Co., Inc. to manufacture and publish the game Cootie. Schaper sold 5,000 Cootie games by 1950, and over 1.2 million games by 1952.

Bed Bugs

  • Came to the market in 1958.
  • A motorized game where a “bed” game board bounces colored bed bugs around.
  • Object: Collect colored bed bugs with plastic tongs.
  • Winner is the first player to collect all their bed bugs first.

Suburban hopes all our customers and neighbors had a very happy holiday season and continue on to a safe a healthy New Year!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Pantry Pests at the Holidays

Uncovered cookies may lead to bugs or rodents!
Suburban Exterminating has some advice to avoid any major pest problems when baking and cooking for your holidays this year.  Of course, should you find yourself facing any pest control problems, Suburban is open every day this holiday season, except Christmas Day and December 26th, New Year’s Day and January 2nd, to help you make the most of the 2011 holiday season.

Holiday Baking and Cooking
Abundant food supplies in pantries, sweet cookies left out for Santa, and food-based decorations are a rodent’s or insect’s Christmas wishes come true.  “Pantry pests”, like ants, weevils and beetles, love to eat rich, carbohydrate-heavy holiday foods. Rodents are attracted to these foods, as well. 
The best defense against these nuisances is cleanliness, as well as:
  • Store loose food items (flour, rice, cereals) in tightly-sealed plastic or glass containers.
  • Do not mix old and new food items and clean containers regularly.
  • Keep cabinets and pantries dry. 
  • Keep counter tops clean and free of crumbs and spills.
  • Throw out expired food, or ones showing signs of mold.
  • Cover cookies in plastic wrap or store in plastic containers.
Many people use food as decorations for their homes at the holidays.  Gingerbread houses, popcorn garland, candy canes and other sweets will only attract pests.  If you do notice any insects or rodents after putting out these decorations, throw them out right away!  Suburban Exterminating recommends using plastic decorations and saving the sweets for eating.

Suburban wishes your family a happy, healthy holiday season, free of pest control concerns, but reminds its customers that we are on call!  Let us take care of your exterminations, just leave us a few cookies

Monday, December 19, 2011

Holiday Travelers can Avoid Bed Bugs

During the holidays, people traveling can bring bed bugs back home.  Online shopping also creates the possibility of the spread of bed bugs.  Bed bugs have become a national epidemic.  Suburban Exterminating is expertly trained to remove bed bugs from your home, but here are a few tips to avoid a bed bug infestation during the holidays.

When traveling, here are some tips to avoid bringing bed bugs home:
  • Before you book a hotel, check any bed bug hotel registries to see if your hotel has been infested at any point within that last couple of weeks.  While many hotels do not get removed from these lists, you can see if there was a recent outbreak.
  • Once in your hotel conduct a thorough inspection of area around the headboard.
  • Keep all luggage and carry-on bags off the floors, beds and out of closets. The safest spots are a table or desk or the bathroom floor. If you have a garment bag, place it over the door and keep it zipped.  
  • Don’t bring luggage inside your home.  Empty them outside.
  • Wash all your clothes as soon as possible in hot water.
Online shopping has changed the way we shop for holiday gifts.  The convenience of not having to wait on long lines at malls while getting exactly what you need outweighs any shipping fees.  However, be careful when purchasing items from websites like eBay or Craigslist.  Non-retail sites or used goods could spread bed bugs.
  • Pick an area in your home to inspect all delivered packages. Discard boxes and wrapping in a garbage bag.
  • Avoid buying used clothes, bedding or furniture.  Wash these purchases as soon as possible if you do buy them online.
  • Make sure you’re buying from a reputable source.
Because bed bugs are not a public health issue, most government agencies issue a “Buyer Beware” warning.  Be proactive in your bed bug protection, but be informed, as well.  There are many pesticides you can buy to get rid of bed bugs, but there are many dangers in self-application.  There is also no standardization in these pesticides, and the claims of the product do not have to be proven.

If your suspect that you have bed bugs, the best solution is to call Suburban Exterminating at (516) or (631) 864-6900.  The holidays can be stressful. Following these tips so hopefully you can avoid a bed bug infestation.  Happy Holidays from Suburban Exterminating!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Employee Spotlight: Phil D

Phil D: Here to protect you from pests!

Phil is a Pest Control technician for Suburban Exterminating who truly enjoys his job.   He knows Suburban as group of “team players who work together.”  Phil is not only thankful to be a Suburban employee, but he is thankful to have met his “his better half”, Barbara, a customer service representative at Suburban!  Phil says “Barbara knows her pest control stuff, too!”

Q: What is your earliest pest memory?
A: My dad was the hero at my house in Huntington Station. He captured a rat!

Q: What is your most surprising pest encounter?
A: At a Glen Head home, a squirrel was running around in an attic. The squirrel kept popping his head up to see me!

Q: What is the pest you secretly love?
A: The rat, because it is very curious

Q: What do you find most fascinating about insects?
A: They are biologically interesting and, this may seem crazy, but I think they are cute.

Q: How do you reassure someone who is frightened of a rodent or insect?
A: I remind them that Suburban is here to take care of the problem, which means no more worrying.  Not only do we offer great services, but Suburban is a great company to work for!

Q: What are your interests outside of work?
A: I like to go surf fishing and spending time with my family.

Phil, your customers are lucky to have such a dedicated employee at their homes!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

How Green Pest Control Works

 Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is Suburban Exterminating’s green solution. IPM includes inspection, monitoring and prevention, before applying pesticides. In addition, our customers can choose certified green pesticides.  

Suburban Exterminating technicians inspect a person’s home before making treatment decisions. Inspection is the 1st step of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) solutions.   Suburban stops trouble before it happens by  blocking the common entrances pests use to enter, like cracks in foundations, garage doors and broken screens

Suburban technicians are specially trained in applying Green Certified pesticides and all pesticides.  If there is a need for treatment, our technicians know to treat “smart”, using pesticides that reduce the chance of people, kids and pets being exposed.  We are always looking for new technology and methods with constant training and a wide range of problem solving skills. Call (516) or (631) 864-6900 to learn about Suburban Exterminating’s wide variety of green methods of pest control. 

As one of the  first “Green Shield” certified company in New York State. We constantly improve our “green” methods of pest control.  Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is pest control’s green solution. IPM includes inspection, monitoring and prevention, before applying  pesticides.  We have been a member of the Long Island business community for over 50 years, and aim to make this part of New York a safe and inviting one.  Call Suburban if you have any questions about our Green Services, or visit for an in depth description of our green mission for Long Island.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Protect Against Unwanted Holiday Pests

Despite the fact that Christmas commercials have been running and holiday decorations have been up in stores since Halloween, it is now officially time to start turning your home into a winter wonderland.  Suburban Exterminating has some advice to avoid any major pest problems when decorating for your holidays this year.  

There is still plenty of time to schedule a home inspection and winterize your house.  This is the best pest prevention method.  Capping chimneys, filling in entry holes, replacing old weather stripping and screens will give you peace of mind that you’ve made the best effort to control a potential infestation.  Call Suburban Exterminating at (516) or (631) 864-6900 to schedule an appointment before the holiday rush.

Holiday Decorations
Because the last time you may have looked in your attic, basement or crawl space storage area was last year, you may not have noticed the signs of a pest problem.  To avoid future issues, follow these practices in storing holiday decorations:

  • Rodents and insects can chew through cardboard boxes and this may result in throwing out family heirlooms and treasures.  Try plastic containers with tight-sealing lids.
  • Linens, stockings, tree skirts and seasonal clothing should be stored in plastic bags.  Make sure you have fully washed, dried and inspected the items before storing them.
  • Inspect decorations each year for mold or damage. Since mold and moisture attract pests, it's best to throw out those items.
  • Look over wreaths, Christmas trees and garland to make sure you’re not bringing insects into your home.

Roaring fires are a beautiful addition to any holiday and instantly add warmth and light.  However, they can also add bugs or termites in your house.  To prevent insects in your fire place:

  • Store wood outdoors, off the ground and away from the house.  
  • Dry wood quickly after cutting.
  • Cut firewood when insects are least active, like the winter months.
  • Don’t spray: you run the risk of creating fumes as you burn pesticide-soaked wood. Chemicals can also force insects to burrow deeper into wood. 

Suburban Exterminating wishes all of our customers a happy, healthy holiday season.  During this joyous time of year, we want to thank all those who have trusted Suburban to provide expert pest control solutions during the year.  We look forward to working with you in again 2012, but remind you that we are still on call this holiday season, should the need for pest control arise.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Port Jefferson Dickens Festival Supported by Suburban Exterminating Services

December 2, 2011
Smithtown, NY
For Immediate Release 

Suburban Exterminating Provides Pest Control Services for Dickens Festival in Port Jefferson
Beginning December 2, 2011 and running through December 4, 2011, the Charles Dickens Festival will be held in the Town of Port Jefferson.  Suburban Exterminating is proud to be providing rodent control services for the 16th annual festival.  Our goal is to allow our neighbors and customers to enjoy the festivities, foods and fun, and forget about the potential pests problems.

Suburban Exterminating has proved an industry leader in pest control and has successfully worked with the community for over 50 years.  Our services for events like the Dickens Festival eliminate the fear of health code violations, the spread of disease or panic through the crowds of people.  While it may not be the most glamorous job, it is an important one.  Suburban Exterminating’s pest control solutions allow for you to enjoy this holiday festivity with your families, pest free! 

The Dickens Festival begins with an opening ceremony on Friday, December 2nd at 5:30pm.  The town of Port Jefferson will be transformed into the Victorian village of the classic novel A Christmas Carol.  Characters will be dressed in traditional Victorian clothing and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future will be haunting the streets, as well as Ebenezer Scrooge.   There will be performances, shopping, charity opportunities and many more family-friendly events through out the weekend.  For more information on the Dickens Festival, visit

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