Landlord or Tenant – Who is Responsible for Pest Control?

If you’re in a rental situation and you recently discovered that you have a pest or insect infestation, you are no doubt wondering who is responsible for pest control. Is it the tenant, the landlord, or the property management company?

While this may seem like a tough question, the answer is usually found within your rental agreement. Pest control is usually performed by the landlord or property manager right before a new tenant moves in. If the landlord or property management company have included pest control services under their list of responsibilities in the rental agreement, then the cost of these services are most likely included in the cost of the rental.

In other cases, a landlord or property manager may pay for the initial pest control treatment with future treatments being made the responsibility of the tenant. And, then there are cases in which the tenant is required to handle their own pest management treatments. Ultimately, the wordage used in the rental agreement dictates who is responsible for the pest control in a rental situation.

What are the Pest Control Requirements for Landlords in New York City?

In New York, landlords are required by law to provide a pest-free environment for tenants. The New York State Department of Health recommends landlords use Integrated Pest Management techniques for effective and long-term prevention or elimination of pests because this technique does not solely rely on pesticides.

Integrated Pest Management incorporates a variety of measures, such as preventing entry, and inspecting, monitoring, and treating pests on an as-needed basis. This type of pest control helps landlords manage pests by using the most economical means, and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment.

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RJS Pest Management is a -owned pest management company in New York City and we pride ourselves on the results of our Integrated Pest Management services. We create custom treatment plans for each unique case so the problem can be resolved quickly, affordably, and effectively. If you need pest control for a rental property in NYC, don’t hesitate to call RJS Pest any time at 212-896-1299. We can help keep your property pest-free.

How Often Should Pest Control Be Done?

Few things can be as worrisome as your home or business being infested by insects, rodents, or other pests. And, even once the problem is eradicated you more than likely are left feeling a sense of relief but also wondering how long the pest control measures will keep the pests from returning. This is why most pest control services are asked the same question, “How often should pest control be done?”

In most cases, if you think you might be starting to have a pest infestation, odds are you are already being overrun with them. They simply haven’t made their full presence known yet. It is important to note that the best way to treat a pest infestation is to prevent one from ever occurring in the first place. In other words, you shouldn’t wait until you need pest control to have it done.

As for pest control frequency, the duration between follow-up treatments is determined by a variety of different factors, including:

  • The quality of the pest control measures used
  • The type of pest
  • The severity of the infestation
  • How well the points of entry were identified and plugged or repaired
  • How well you followed the pest control technician’s prevention advice

Your Pest Control Technician Will Create a Treatment Schedule

If you have pests, then you should call a reputable pest control service. Once the technician arrives, he or she will perform a thorough inspection of the property to look for signs of infestation, the type of pest you have, and the severity of the problem. The technician will also identify the entry and exit points and determine the best type of treatment to be used in your unique situation.

Once the original treatment is provided, the technician will provide you with information on how to keep the pests from returning. The tech will also set up a treatment schedule so your home or business will be able to keep the pests out for good. Usually, bi-monthly (every two months) treatments are enough in cases of normal infestations, but in more serious cases, a monthly treatment may be required to get the situation better under control.

If you need pest control services in New York City, call the experts at RJS Pest Management today at 212-896-1299. Our technicians have the experience you need to ensure your property remains free of pests.

How to Get Rid of Flies

How To Get Rid of Flies

What can go from 1 to 64,000,000 in 40 days? If you guessed an unmanaged small fly population than you would be correct.

Last summer, we started services for a large luxury hotel in NYC that had an ongoing issue with flies in numerous kitchen and bar areas.

​A focused program was the key to success. Key elements included:

​Eliminating the Source:  

Locating and eliminating the food and breeding source is the key to a long-term solution. Flies look for damp areas that contain organic matter. In commercial structures, tiny amounts of organic debris are often found where the legs or feet of appliances, tables or cabinets touch the floor. These tiny spaces can harbor thousands of fly larvae. All small cracks and crevices at floor level need to be inspected and thoroughly cleaned. Cracks should be sealed and repaired.We never stop the inspection at a single source. Flies easily follow air currents and usually have several breeding places in any structure. Do not assume that all your breeding sources are indoors; flies will wander in from nearby dumpsters, outdoor garbage cans or even damp compost piles where fruits and vegetables are disposed.

  • Biofoaming, in conjunction with proper cleaning practices, is the single most effective way to eliminate scum, odors and organic build-up. The process uses a premium blend of microbes that will eliminate organic build-up and odors quickly and over time.
  • Drain Cleaning is a critical to include in your fly prevention plan. All active drains near garbage areas, F&B areas, and other fly breeding areas need an approach to managing flying insects. Ensure drains are properly cleaned on a rotating schedule and treated with a biofoam solution.

Proactive Treatment:

At the same time we eliminate the source of new flies it is important for us to treat the adult population. We used a combination of safe spray treatments, biofoaming, insect light traps that eliminate the current flies and monitor activity.

Strategic Insect Lights Traps:

In addition to proper sanitation and sound pest control practices is an insect light trap program. Insect Light Traps work 24/7 365 days a year and are a non-chemical approach to managing flying insects. ILT’s should be placed near open doors, near any exit/open doors, near any excessive moisture, and any other potential area where flies are prevalent.

Staff Training & Sanitation Methods:

We offer free staff training to all our customers. We recommend that you mop floors (instead of hosing or power washing floors) to eliminate moisture (the dryer the better), avoid bleach and use a soap detergent with an enzyme and odor neutralizer to break down organic matter. Use Floor Fans after mopping to help dry floors and prevent large masses of water.

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What is a Pest Control Technician?

Pest control technicians are highly trained professionals who resolve pest infestations and other pest-related issues concerning their clients. Job sites vary greatly and often include restaurants, residential homes, warehouses, businesses, hotels, farms, and sewers, just to name a few. Pest control technicians utilize a variety of different means to help mitigate pest problems, including traps, chemicals, and other types of equipment. The pest control technician also educates their clients in key pest entryways and how to prevent re-infestations from occurring in the future.

What Does a Pest Control Technician Do Day-To-Day?

A pest control technician’s day-to-day duties can include a wide range of tasks. Some technicians handle any type of pest problem, while others may choose to dedicate their profession in remediating one type of pest. The most common job duties performed by most pest control professionals include:

  • Investigating pest infestations
  • Identifying pests
  • Determining pest entry points
  • Collecting dead animals and/or samples for analysis
  • Determining the best method of control for the case
  • Spraying pest control solutions to get rid of insect populations
  • Setting poison and/or traps for rodents
  • Using air guns to control bird and other animal problems
  • Repairing entry point areas to help prevent pests from returning
  • Educating clients on how to prevent future problems
  • Completing pest control reports and keeping client records
  • Handling and storing of pest control chemicals and equipment
  • Getting rid of dead or captured animals

Pest Control Entry Requirements

For someone to start working in the pest control field, they need to have a high school diploma or equivalent as well as a valid driver’s license. The skills needed to be a pest control technician include good customer service skills, strong math skills, practical investigative skills, basic understanding of health and safety, and a basic understanding of how chemicals affect the environment.
Most employees in the pest control field start their careers as technicians with their training involving a combination of formal technical instruction and on-the-job training from their employers. Studies will often include specialized topics such as rodent control, termite control, and fumigation. Before a technician can work on their own, they also need to complete general training in pesticide use and safety.

Once the required training is complete, a technician is qualified to provide pest control services. Technicians in this field often attend continuing education classes to keep up with the latest in pest control methods.

What are the Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations Required for Pest Control Techs?

All pest control technicians are required to be licensed by the state in which they work. The licensure requirements vary by state but usually include a high school diploma or GED, completion of an apprenticeship, passing a background check, and completing training and passing an exam.

Fruit or Filth: Small Flies in New York City

Fruit or Filth: Small Flies in New York City

In New York City, we are exposed to multiple types of pests, both flying and crawling. Two of the most prevalent flies are the filth fly and the fruit fly.

Phorid (“Filth”) Fly

This fly is also known as the humpbacked fly as it breeds in and feeds on moist decaying organic matter. It also frequents unsanitary areas, and it can spread disease-causing bacteria onto exposed food products or food preparation surface when found in food facilities.

Small filth flies are about 1/8″ long. They are most commonly mistaken for fruit flies. Although their body is similar in color, phorid flies have a distinctive hump in their thorax which starts behind their head. They also lack the red eyes which fruit flies have. The other key to identifying phorid flies is how they move when you swat at them. Unlike other flies which will fly away, the first move a phorid fly will make is to run along surfaces away from you. This unique characteristic alone can be enough to identify them.

Unfortunately, the filth fly is also very dangerous to humans. Hookworm, whipworm, tapeworm, pinworm, roundworm, cholera, bacillary dysentery, infantile diarrhea, typhoid and paratyphoid are disease-causing organisms with which these flies are associated. Filth flies pick up pathogenic organisms from sewage, garbage, manure, decaying bodies and other such sources.

Small filth flies are most abundant about decaying plant and animal matter. In structures, these flies can be found breeding wherever moisture exists around plumbing and drains in bathroom and kitchen areas, garbage containers, garbage disposals, crawl space areas and basements.

AREAS OF CONCERN:

  • Exposed Garbage
  • Trash containers that are not cleaned regularly and do not have lids
  •  Wet Rags & Dirty wet Towels
  • Dirty Drains
  • Broken Tiles and/or Grout
  • Wet areas under sinks
  • Elevator Pits
  • Over Watered Plants

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP:

  • Mop floors, instead of hosing or power washing floors
  • Dry, Dry, Dry! Flies thrive in moist environments
  • Use Floor Fans after mopping to help dry floors and prevent large masses of water
  • Do not use bleach-use a soap detergent with an enzyme and odor neutralizer to break down organic matter
  • Use lids on Trash Cans
  • Scrub & Clean Drains on a routine schedule-2x per month
  • Repair broken tiles & grout to prevent organic matter from building up
  • Wash and hang up mops to dry

Fruit Fly

The Fruit Fly is commonly seen around ripe fruit, ESPECIALLY bananas. They lay their eggs near the surface of fermenting fruits, vegetables, and other moist organic materials including damp mops, cleaning rags, residuals in bottles, cans, garbage disposals and drains.

Fruit flies develop by complete metamorphosis. The eggs (which are difficult to see with the naked eye) are deposited near the surface of fermenting fruit or organic matter. A pair of filaments that are attached to the eggs protrude above the surface of the liquid. The female fruit fly will lay about 500 eggs. The larvae emerge about 30 hours after the eggs have been laid and feed near the surface of the fermenting material. The larvae feed for five to six days then crawl to drier areas of the food source or even out of the food source to pupate. The larva transforms into the pupa in the last larval skin, or puparium, which bears a conspicuous pair of filaments on the anterior end. The adult fruit fly emerges several days later. The newly emerged fruit flies are attracted to light and become sexually active in about two days. The adults mate more than once. Under ideal conditions, the life cycle from egg to adult can be completed in as little as eight days.

The sudden appearance of large populations is not uncommon inside buildings.

The fruit fly is a species of the common housefly. It is distinguished by its red eyes (dark-colored in some species) tan thorax and black abdomen. They get their name because of their strong attraction to ripening or rotting fruit, which serves as a food source as well as a place to lay their eggs.

In food and beverage areas, any type of fermenting organic liquid or solid matter such as spilled beer, soda's, and food should be considered an ideal breeding ground. These include wet areas under dripping pipes and refrigeration equipment, garbage containers, and discarded bottles and cans. Regardless of where the flies originate, they will be seen hovering above the bar or in kitchens and causing a distraction for customers and workers.

AREAS OF CONCERN:

  • Exposed Fruit
  • Bar Area’s
  • Liquor Bottles
  • Sticky surfaces including bar counters (above and below), walls, soda guns, etc
  • Rubber Mats that haven’t been cleaned
  • Soda spills
  • Vegetables-onions and potatoes upon delivery.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP:

  • Keep Soda Guns in Clean Water Overnight
  • Soda Gun Holster is clean and free or slime/sludge
  • Cover Liquor Bottles w/Plastic Wrap and/or use Plastic Caps on liquor bottles
  • Use touch test on surfaces (are areas sticky or not?)
  • Rubber Mats should be washed and hung out to dry
  • Store fruits and vegetables in cooler when possible.

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Effective Fly Control in Commercial Properties

What can go from 1 to 64,000,000 in 40 days? If you guessed an unmanaged small fly population than you would be correct.

Last summer, we started services for a large luxury hotel in NYC that had an ongoing issue with flies in numerous kitchen and bar areas.

A focused program was the key to success. Key elements included:

Eliminate the Source: Locating and eliminating the food and breeding source is the key to a long-term solution. Flies look for damp areas that contain organic matter. In commercial structures, tiny amounts of organic debris are often found where the legs or feet of appliances, tables or cabinets touch the floor. These tiny spaces can harbor thousands of fly larvae. All small cracks and crevices at floor level need to be inspected and thoroughly cleaned. Cracks should be sealed and repaired.

We never stop the inspection at a single source. Flies easily follow air currents and usually have several breeding places in any structure. Do not assume that all your breeding sources are indoors; flies will wander in from nearby dumpsters, outdoor garbage cans or even damp compost piles where fruits and vegetables are disposed.

Biofoaming, in conjunction with proper cleaning practices, is the single most effective way to eliminate scum, odors and organic build-up. The process uses a premium blend of microbes that will eliminate organic build-up and odors quickly and over time.

Do not overlook drains where small flies are often found breeding in the super thin layer of film or debris that naturally accumulates in pipes, traps and drains.

Drain Cleaning is a critical to include in your fly prevention plan. All active drains near garbage areas, F&B areas, and other fly breeding areas need an approach to managing flying insects. Ensure drains are properly cleaned on a rotating schedule and treated with a biofoam solution.

Proactive Treatment: At the same time we eliminate the source of new flies it is important for us to treat the adult population. We used a combination of safe spray treatments, biofoaming, insect light traps that eliminate the current flies and monitor activity.

Staff Training & Sanitation Methods: We offer free staff training to all our customers. We recommend that you mop floors (instead of hosing or power washing floors) to eliminate moisture (the dryer the better), avoid bleach and use a soap detergent with an enzyme and odor neutralizer to break down organic matter. Use Floor Fans after mopping to help dry floors and prevent large masses of water.

Strategic Insect Lights: In addition to proper sanitation and sound pest control practices is an insect light trap program. Insect Light Traps work 24/7 365 days a year and are a non-chemical approach to managing flying insects. ILT’s should be placed near open doors, near any exit/open doors, near any excessive moisture, and any other potential area where flies are prevalent.

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Leptospirosis (Weil’s Disease) Reported in NYC

Leptospirosis (Weil’s Disease) Reported in NYC

What is Leptospirosis (Weil's Disease)?

​If you live in New York City, you’ve no doubt heard or read about a cluster of people in a one-block section of the city’s Bronx borough being diagnosed with a rare disease called leptospirosis. All three of those infected were hospitalized with kidney and liver failure and only two of the patients survived the ordeal. The fact that three people in one area were diagnosed with the disease is a cause for certain concern.

Here, we aim to give you a better understanding of this potentially deadly disease and what you need to do to reduce your risks of exposure.

Leptospirosis, or Weil’s Disease, is caused by a corkscrew-shaped bacteria that normally thrives in warm and moist environments. It is most commonly transmitted through contact with the urine of rats, mice, and other rodents. The bacteria usually enters the body through a break in the skin on a foot or by consuming food or water that has been contaminated with the bacteria, but it can also enter through the eyes, nose, or mouth if you inadvertently touch an object that has been subjected to infected rat urine and you touch your face afterward. The disease is not known to be transmittable from person to person, but it can be transmitted to or from a dog or other household pets.

Signs and Symptoms of Leptospirosis

Leptospirosis produces very little, if any, symptoms in the first phase of the disease. But, if a patient does experience symptoms, they usually present themselves similar to those of the flu, including fever, chills, headache, and muscle aches. These symptoms usually begin 7 to 10 days after exposure and they can become quite severe as the disease progresses. Other early onset symptoms can include red eyes, a skin rash, and low back pain.

Although the majority of those affected are able to see their condition improve after seven days, in rare cases, the disease progresses to its more serious second phase. This is when treatment is critical because meningitis, encephalitis, or the syndrome known as Weil’s disease, which includes kidney and liver failure and pulmonary hemorrhage can develop.

As stated earlier, a household pet can become infected and the disease can be easily transferred to a child or adult in the same home. So, it is important to pay attention to your pet if you think he or she may be ill. The most common signs and symptoms of leptospirosis in dogs include:

Signs of Leptosprirosis

  • Sudden onset of fever
  • Stiff gait
  • ​Shivering 
  • Weakness
  • ​Lack of appetite
  • Depression
  • Vomiting, possibly with blood
  • Increased thirst and urination
  • Dehydration
  • Diarrhea, possibly with blood
  • Coughing
  • Runny nose
  • Yellowish skin or whites of eyes
  • Bloody vaginal discharge
  • Swollen mucous membranes
  • Dark red specks on the gums

How to Reduce Your Risk of Exposure:

The most effective way to reduce your risk of exposure to the leptospirosis bacteria is to wash your hands with soap and warm water immediately after coming into contact with equipment or trash cans where garbage is stored. Make it a habit to wear rubber gloves whenever handling trash. You should also avoid walking barefoot when entering a basement, trash room, or incinerator, or anywhere else where it might be possible for rats or mice to be lurking. 

If you find rat or mice droppings, the area should be cleaned with bleach and you should contact a professional pest extermination company.

You should also avoid swimming in freshwater lakes due to the risk of ingesting contaminated water. Even if you don’t swallow the water you can still be at risk because the bacteria can easily enter your bloodstream if you have open cuts or skin ulcers.

How is Leptospirosis Treated?

Luckily, leptospirosis is treatable with the right antibiotics. Penicillin and doxycycline are among the most common treatment options used.

Call RJS Pest for Rapid Rodent Remediation in NYC

If you own a building in New York City and you have reports of rats or mice, protect yourself and your tenants from leptospirosis exposure by having your building professionally treated by a reputable pest extermination company. Call RJS Pest Management today at 212-896-1299. Our experienced exterminators will eliminate your pest problem and provide you with the advice you need to prevent them from returning.

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SQF Certification Requirements

SQF Certification Requirements

In the pest management field, a pest remediation company needs to have SQF certification before they can provide their services within a food business. SQF is recognized by retailers and food service providers as a rigorous, credible food safety management system, while the SQF Program is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) as the primary production certification in the fields of food manufacturing, distribution, and agent/broker management.
But, what how does one acquire SCF certification? This guide will provide you with a more thorough understanding of the process.

Step 1: Learn About the SQF Code
Before you can be SQF-certified, you first have to learn about the program and the SQF Code. You can do this is a number of different ways, including:

  • Take an online “Implementing SQF Systems” training course
  • Attend an on-site “Implementing SQF Systems” training course through a local licensed SQF Training Center
  • Train yourself by utilizing the free SQF documents
  • Attend an SQF Information Day; a day-long informational seminar in which food suppliers at all levels of the food chain are introduced to the benefits of food safety and quality certification
  • Take the “Implementing SQF Systems” online examination

Step 2: Register Your Company with the SQF Institute’s Assessment Database
The next step to acquiring SQF certification is to register your company with the SQF Institute’s Assessment Database. There is a registration fee, but it varies based on the gross sales of the company applying for registration. Click here to view the Institute’s current registration fee structure.

Step 3: Designate an Employee as Your Company’s Chief SQF Practitioner
One of the SQF requirements for certification is for one individual in the registering company to be selected to serve as its internal expert on SQF. This individual’s role will be that of “SQF Practitioner.” Further information on the requirements for an SQF Practitioner are available in sections 2.1.2.4 and 2.1.2.5 of the SQF Code, Ed. 7.2.

Step 4: Choose Your Level of SQF Certification
There are three SQF certification levels a company can choose from and they include:

  • Level 1: SQF Level 1 is for low risk products and it incorporates fundamental food safety controls
  • Level 2: SQF Level 2 is a certified HACCP food safety plan that is benchmarked by GFSI
  • Level 3: SQF Level 3 is a comprehensive implementation of safety and quality management systems. This level also includes Level 2

Step 5: Obtain Proposals from SQF Licensed Certification Bodies
The next step toward certification is to contact a licensed Certification Body to obtain quotes and details about the SQF certification audit.

Step 6: Conduct a Pre-Assessment
This is an optional step, but one that can benefit the company applying for certification. A pre-assessment of your company can be performed by either an SQF auditor or your company’s SQF Practitioner. The goal of this pre-assessment is to identify any gaps that could stand between your program and your desired level of SQF certification.

Step 7: Schedule an Audit with a Licensed Certification Body
Choose a licensed Certification Body in the country in which you reside from the SQF Institute’s directory and contact them to perform an audit on your company.

Step 8: Undergo Initial Certification Audits by the Certification Body
When your company is audited by the Certification body, the initial audit will focus on document reviews and a facility assessment.

Once all of these steps have been completed, an initial certification decisions will be made. SQF certification is awarded to companies that achieve a “C – complies” audit rating or greater with no outstanding non-conformities. The certification decision shall be made within forty-five (45) calendar days of the last day of the facility audit. Once SQF certification is awarded, the SQF Institute will issue a unique certification number which is specific to that company’s site.

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Amazing Cockroach Facts & Myths

Amazing Cockroach Facts & Myths

Cockroaches have a reputation for being notoriously hard to kill. In fact, most people believe that these hardy insects are even able to survive a nuclear blast! But, while it is true that cockroaches can survive a dose of radiation that’s ten times the lethal dose to humans, the insects are susceptible to the effects of radiation. Believe it or not, the humble moth is actually better suited to survive a heavy dose of radiation than a cockroach.

Another common myth about cockroaches is that they prefer darkness. In reality, only certain species of cockroaches flee any time they’re exposed to light. Some species are actually attracted to light.

Arguably no other insect is as disliked as much as the cockroach, and for good reason. These bugs carry a wide range of disease-causing pathogens and they can be incredibly destructive in large colonies. Here, we take a closer look at the cockroach and uncover some of the insect’s amazing traits.

The Scientific Names for the Cockroach

Cockroaches belong to the Phylum Arthropoda class of insect and Order Blattodea. But, there is a wide variety of species under this Order. Some of the most common species of cockroaches (and their scientific names) include:

  • The American cockroach (Periplaneta americana)
  • The Australian cockroach (Periplaneta australasiae)
  • The Florida woods cockroach (Eurycotis floridana)
  • The Madagascar hissing cockroach (Gromphadorhina portentosa)
  • The Oriental cockroach (Blatta orientalis)
  • The German cockroach (Blattella germanica)
  • The Asian cockroach (Blattella asahinai)
  • The Surinam cockroach (Pycnoscelus surinamensis)
  • The brown-banded cockroach (Supella longipalpa)
  • The smoky brown cockroach (Periplaneta fuliginosa)
  • The Pennsylvania woods cockroach (Parcoblatta pennsylvanica)
  • The brown cockroach (Periplaneta brunnea)

What Do Cockroaches Eat?

Cockroaches prefer sweets, meats, and starches, but they will essentially eat anything, including such things as hair, books, sewage, and decaying matter. A cockroach can live for up to a week without water!

Do Cockroaches Have Predators?

Cockroaches aren’t indestructible. Like every animal and insect in nature, they have their predators. Frogs, toads, geckos, iguanas, and beetles are among the most common predators, but there are certain parasitic wasp species that actually target cockroaches. There is also an entomopathogenic fungi that has proven to be very lethal to cockroaches.

Common Cockroach Activity

Cockroaches prefer dark, warm, and moist areas inside of a structure. Some species are known to thrive in sewers while others can be found predominantly outdoors. In the home, they tend to stick to darker areas, such as those found behind furniture and appliances, under refrigerators and stoves, and in cupboards or cabinets. Cockroaches are most active at night, as that is the time they forage for food and mate.

Cockroaches that live outdoors hibernate in the winter. They go into a suspended state of development in autumn. Then, when spring returns, they awake and resume their activity.

Cockroaches are social insects, meaning they are almost always in groups. They communicate with and attract other roaches via pheromones.

Understanding the Cockroach Anatomy

A cockroach has a brain, a heart, a colon, two eyes (each containing more than a thousand lenses), a mouth, salivary glands, antennae (responsible for their sense of smell), a reproductive system, legs, esophagus, gastric caecea, fat bodies, and malpighian tubules.

A cockroach also has two small appendages (the cerci) on its abdomen that act as sensors. Meanwhile, the cockroach’s mouth move from side to side and is capable of processing smell and taste at the same time. Along the sides of the cockroach’s body are spiracles. These are used for breathing.

Have a Cockroach Infestation? Call RJS Pest Management Today!

Cockroaches are nothing if not resilient. As such, they can be incredibly difficult to get rid of once they claim residence. But, at RJS Pest, we have the skill, experience, and pest-eradicating products necessary for keeping your restaurant, hotel, or facility free of cockroaches. We not only get rid of the infestation, we help you ensure they don’t ever come back.

Call RJS Pest Management today at 212-896-1299. We’re a family-owned and operated business in New York City and we put our customers first each and every time. We’re here to help so give us a call today.

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Where Do Bugs Go in the Winter?

Where Do Bugs Go in the Winter?

Have you ever wondered why the bugs disappear in the wintertime? Why there aren’t any flies buzzing around, spiders spinning their webs, or ants foraging for food? Being cold-blooded creatures, insects are especially susceptible to winter’s cold temperatures. Thus, they have several different ways of surviving through the year’s coldest months. This guide will help you learn more about insects and where they go in the winter.

Winter Migration

Birds aren’t the only species to venture south in the winter. Certain insects, like the Monarch Butterfly and most crop pests, leave the colder temperatures behind every year on their annual migrations. Then, when the warmer temperatures of spring return, so do the insects.

Hibernation

Many species of insects hibernate through the winter months. But, only adult insects can hibernate. Examples of hibernating bugs include lady bird beetles, certain species of wasps, outdoor cockroaches, and Mourning Cloak Butterflies. Honey bees also hibernate in their hives during the winter, forming heat-generating clusters when temperatures fall.

Overwintering

For many insects, certain stages of their lifecycle allow them to overwinter through the cold months. For instance, they may overwinter as larvae, nymphs, pupae, or even eggs. The woolly bear caterpillar and grubs are two examples of insects that overwinter as larvae.
The nymphs of dragonflies, mayflies, and stoneflies also overwinter by living in ponds and streams, often underneath layers of ice. They feed all winter long and grow to emerge as adults in early spring. Insects that overwinter in their pupal stage include moths, like those in the silkworm family. These insects also emerge in the spring as adults.

Not many species of insects lay eggs that can withstand the winter, but some do. Most notably, this includes the Praying Mantis and the corn rootworm.

How Winter’s Weather Affects Insect Behavior and Lifecycles

Contrary to common belief, snow on the ground doesn’t guarantee that there won’t be a lot of insects in the area come spring. In fact, snow on the ground is actually good for insect populations because it insulates the ground and keeps the temperature constant. Insects are most likely to survive the winter when the temperatures are stable, not fluctuating through alternate thaws and freezes.

Many insect species are also driven indoors to hibernate for the winter. In such cases, when spring returns, an insect infestation can seemingly appear out of nowhere. In the worst of cases, the insects could actually be causing physical harm to a property throughout the winter without anyone even being aware that they’re there.

RJS Pest Can Help You Prevent Winter Infestation Problems

Just because you don’t see bugs doesn’t mean that your infestation has magically gone away. If you had an insect problem in the summer and you didn’t have extermination services performed, the odds are very good that your problem will return with the spring thaw. Don’t risk it. Call RJS Pest Management today at 212-896-1299. We can eradicate your insect infestation. We’re a family-owned and operated business in New York City and we put our customers first each and every time. We’re here to help so give us a call today.

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