Professional Pest Extermination Services in Staten Island, NY
Richmond Pest Control’s technicians are EPA and NY DEC licensed and certified and have years of experience exterminating rodents, pests and insects of all varieties. Our Staten Island, New York based pest extermination company will rid your home or business of pesky, bothersome and downright disgusting insects and rodents quickly and safely.
Our family-owned and operated business utilizes the Integrated Pest Management method, or IPM. The IPM Method will first identify the pest that needs to be eliminated to ensure only necessary actions are taken. Next, the pest-ridden area(s) are inspected for conditions that may be causing the infestation; this will help us set up the necessary steps you must take once treatment is done to prevent another invasion down the road. Lastly, an effective comprehensive course of action is determined and fully explained to you before any work is done. A thorough understanding of the treatment process and the steps you should take when we leave is vital to ensuring effective and long lasting results.
Take a look below at the most common household pests that Richmond Pest Control has experience exterminating:
Infestations: Fleas, Termites, Bed Bugs, Cockroaches, Stink Bugs
Fleas: Fleas are wingless insects that are agile, usually dark colored with tube-like mouth-parts adapted to feeding on the blood of their hosts. Their legs are long, the hind pair well adapted for jumping. Their bodies are laterally compressed, permitting easy movement through the hairs or feathers on the host’s body. The flea body is hard, polished, and covered with many hairs and short spines directed backward, which also assist its movements on the host. The tough body is able to withstand great pressure, and the quick reproduction method of these pests make them extremely hard to rid once they’ve entered your home. Call an exterminator at the first sign of fleas in your home.
Termites: Termite damage costs homeowners in the United States millions of dollars in property damage each year. While their primary food source is wood, they also eat through paper, books, insulation, swimming pool liners and filtration systems. Besides structural damage to your home or building, termites can injure living trees and shrubs. While buildings may become infested at any time, termites are of particular importance when buying or selling a home since a termite inspection/infestation report is normally a condition of sale. Besides the monetary impact, thousands of winged termites emerging inside one’s home are an emotionally trying experience — not to mention the thought of termites silently feasting on one’s largest investment. If you believe you have a termite problem, it is imperative to call us immediately so we can eliminate the problem before it costs you your hard-earned money.
Bed Bugs: Bed Bugs are a home or business owner’s worst nightmare due to their rapid reproduction rate and small size, making them almost impossible to detect. Adult bed bugs have a distinct reddish-brown color and have flat, oval-shaped bodies about 1/4 inch in length. They are making a strong comeback after nearly 50 years of limited activity in the United States. Adult females lay up to 5 eggs in a single day. These temperature sensitive, wingless, blood-feeding insects are found all over the United States.
Cockroaches: Human habitation is associated with 30 of the 4000 species of cockroaches in the world, but only four species are considered pests in the United States. They are the American cockroach, German cockroach, Oriental cockroach and the Asian cockroach. General preventive measures against household pests include keeping all food stored away in sealed containers, using garbage cans with tight lids, frequent cleaning in the kitchen, and regular vacuuming. Notorious for carrying diseases and triggering allergy attacks, cockroaches are one of the hardest insects to exterminate on your own. Cockroaches are adept at hiding, thereby evading humans and eradication efforts. Cracks and crevices near harborages are thus an effective placement for baits. Gel products are very effective against cockroaches. However, pest control methods must kill 95% of the overall population to be effective in a property due to the species’ fast reproductive cycle.
Stink Bugs: You can spot adult stink bugs by their characteristic “shield” shape, ranging in shades of brown with gray, off-white, black, copper, and bluish markings. Most active in the spring time, stink bugs will enter your home and hibernate throughout the winter so an infestation can go undetected for months. They reproduce often and in great numbers, a single female can lay 100 eggs at a time, producing 4 generations in 1 year’s span. An infestation will occur overnight, as the pests will come out of hiding all at once. A professional must be called to exterminate stink bugs, since killing these creatures only forces them to eject their distinct foul smell and attract even more bugs to your home.Contact Us for Pest Infestation Extermination
Rodents: Rats, Mice & Wildlife Pests
Rats: Known to travel in packs and cause enormous damage to homes due to their gnawing and nest making. If a rat finds its way into your home, it will begin to gnaw on the integral parts of your foundation in order to maintain the short length of its two incisors. It will also begin to find ways into your home in search of food sources. If you suspect you have rats living in your home, call Richmond Pest Control to come out, bait and remove the entire nest.
Mice: Mice are the single most common pest homeowners struggle to keep away and eliminate. These mammals are characterized by having two incisors, which must be kept short by gnawing as they grow continuously. They are constantly searching for food, wreaking havoc and causing destruction on their quest. Mice are considered to be commensal rodents, meaning they have an unusual relationship with humans which leads them to share the table. It is important to properly seal and store all food items and remove crumbs immediately. Mice extermination is quite easy, we will lay traps to lure the pests, then relocate them to a more conducive environment.
Wildlife Pests: This includes squirrels, possums, raccoons, bats and birds, all of which present danger to your family such as the risk of spreading diseases. These pests invade your home, munch on your garden and can terrorize your pets. One method for getting rid of wildlife is exclusion – using things such as netting and fencing to prevent entry. Exclusion is usually the most effective method, but it can sometimes become very expensive. Traps, repellents, and “scaring” devices can be used as well, but they are generally more harmful than exclusion. Call Richmond Pest Control to come out and evaluate your situation then devise an effective and cost-efficient plan.Contact Us for Rodent Control Services
Stinging Insects: Bees, Wasps, Hornet, Carpenter Bees, Yellow Jackets
Bees: Although a beneficial insect to our planet, bees are considered a pest because of their ability to sting. Bees live in colonies ruled by queens and maintained by worker bees that defend their nest at all costs. We use safe and humane methods to control and/or remove bees form your property if they become a nuisance. Since they will sting if threatened, it is important to call our professional service and not try to handle the situation on your own.
Wasps: As with bees, wasps are considered a beneficial insect for the environment because of their role in pollination. They are also considered one of the most aggressive and dangerous of all the stinging insects. Living in colonies, they have been known to swarm and sting anything, or anyone, that poses a threat to their nest and queen. Again, if there is a wasp nest on your property that is becoming a problem, call our professional service to safely relocate the nest. Wasps are extremely dangerous for your family’s well-being and you should never attempt to remove a wasps’ nest on your own.
Hornet: The Bald-Faced Hornet belongs to a species of yellow jackets in North America, but lacks yellow coloring. Instead, it is called a hornet in the American sense of a wasp that builds paper nests. It is large compared to other yellow jackets, with adults averaging 3/4 inch long. It is distinguished by its mostly white “bald faced” head and three white stripes on the end of its abdomen. Their stings are more dangerous to bees and they are one of the most aggressive stinging insects and should be avoided at all costs.
Carpenter Bees: They use wood bits to form partitions between the cells in the nest, while a few species bore holes in wood dwellings. Since the tunnels are near the surface, structural damage is generally minor or nonexistent. However, if the colonies on your property become extremely large and bothersome, it may be worth it to look into our professional services to safely remove these insects.
Yellow Jacket: Yellow Jacket is the common name in North America for predatory wasps of the genera Vespula and Dolichovespula. Most of these are black and yellow; some are black and white, others may have the abdomen background color red instead of black. They can be identified by their distinctive markings, their occurrence only in colonies, and a characteristic, rapid, side to side flight pattern prior to landing. All females are capable of stinging and should be avoided at all costs. If you have a yellow jacket nest on your property, call our extermination company immediately to properly handle and remove these dangerous insects.Contact Us for Stinging Insect Extermination
Winged Insects: Moths, Mosquitoes, Flies
Moths: Highly active at night, the most common area an infestation will occur is outside your front or back door surrounding a porch light. To avoid this annoyance, it is best to leave your outdoor lights off unless absolutely necessary. Indoor infesting moths typically feed on fabric and dry good foods. These types of moths will avoid light and are found in dark places like basements, attics and closets. Common pesticides are not recommended for moth infestation treatment, consult with our professionals to safely and effective control a moth infestation.
Mosquitoes: The mosquitoes are a family of small, midge-like flies. Although a few species are harmless or even useful to humanity, most are a nuisance because they consume blood from living vertebrates, including humans. The females of many species of mosquitoes are blood-eating pests. In feeding on blood, some of them transmit extremely harmful human and livestock diseases. If you have a mosquito infestation on your property, contact us immediately so we can control and eliminate the situation.
Flies: More than 100 pathogens are associated with the house fly, including Salmonella, Staphylococcus, E. coli and Shigella. These pathogens can cause disease in humans and animals, including typhoid fever, cholera, bacillary dysentery and hepatitis. Sanitation is critical to controlling these pests, but accurate identification is essential for successful fly control. Contact Richmond Pest Control to come to your location and assess your fly infestation and set you up with the tools you need to eliminate and control the problem.Contact Us for Winged Insect Infestation Inspections
Invasive Insects: Crickets, Spiders, Centipedes, Ticks
Crickets: There are thought to be around 900 species of true crickets belonging to the “Gryllidae” family, the most common home invaders include spider crickets, Mormon crickets and field crickets. Possibly the most memorable characteristic of the cricket is its long hind legs which, as well as being used to jump, are used for communication. These long legs make them extremely evasive and hard to catch if you are not a professional. While they pose no threat to the structural integrity of your home, they reproduce quickly and use their communication to signal other crickets they’ve found a plentiful food source. It is important to call a professional when dealing with a cricket infestation.
Spiders: The American House Spider is the most common invasive spider in the United States. House Spiders are predatory insects that will move indoors, especially during the cooler months of the year, to find secure areas to build their webs. Once their web is secure male and female spiders will mate and build a silken sac containing about 100 eggs. This is when the infestation begins, especially if numerous egg sacks go unnoticed. Call Richmond Pest Control to inspect dark and secluded areas of your home to insure an infestation has not started and to give you the tips you need to prevent one.
Black Widows: Black widows are notorious spiders identified by the colored, hourglass-shaped mark on their abdomens. This spider’s bite is much feared because its venom is reported to be 15 times stronger than a rattlesnake. In humans, bites produce muscle aches, nausea, and a paralysis of the diaphragm that can make breathing difficult. Bites rarely cause serious damage, but can be fatal. Black Widows are non-aggressive and bite only in self-defense. If you see a black widow in your home, act cautiously to remove the pest and do not remove with your bare hands. Once the insect is outside, call us immediately to inspect the rest of your home for eggs.
Centipede & Millipede: Centipedes have pair of poison claws behind the head and use the poison to paralyze their prey, usually small insects. However, the jaws of centipedes are weak and can rarely penetrate human skin. The rare individuals who are bitten may experience localized swelling and pain no worse than a bee sting. Millipedes are similar to centipedes, but have two pairs of legs per body segment. Millipedes are usually brown to blackish in color. The elongated body is rounded, not flattened, and they have no poison claws or legs. Both of these pests prefer excess moisture, so an infestation is most likely to occur in your basement or crawl space. Call Richmond Pest Control to inspect these areas if you suspect an infestation in your home.
Ticks: Few pests evoke as much fear from people as ticks. Besides their repulsive appearance, ticks are vectors of potentially debilitating and life-threatening diseases. Lyme disease, in particular, has attracted national attention and is now the number one arthropod-borne disease in the United States. Ticks prefer to live in woods, tall grass, weeds and brush. They climb onto low vegetation and attach to suitable hosts which pass by, including pets and people. Ticks are seldom a problem in well-maintained lawns although edges of property supporting tall weeds and brush can be a source of infestation.Contact Us for Invasive Insect Extermination Services
Insects: Silver Fish, Ants, Carpet Beetles, Earwigs, Pillbugs
Silverfish: Silverfish are nocturnal inspects that hide during the day, coming out at night to seek food and water. The silverfish prefers dry food such as cereals, flour, pasta, and pet food; paper with glue or paste; wallpaper; book bindings; and starch in clothing. Household dust and debris, dead insects, and certain fungi also are important sources of food, so it is important to keep your home clean and tidy to avoid these creepy-crawlers. However, they can live for several months without nourishment.
Ants: Ants of all varieties are social insects that enter buildings to seek shelter and search for food. Carpenter ants are among the largest species found throughout the United States. These ants have strong mandibles, which are used to excavate wood for the purpose of nesting. Carpenter ants damage wood and can compromise the foundation of your home or business. They can leave behind a sawdust-like material called frass that provides clues to their nesting location, if you see this sign call Richmond Pest Control today.
Carpet Beetles: These destructive bugs enter your home, office, warehouse, museum or other buildings through cracks in windows and doors and begin eating away at your carpet and furniture. They cause serious damage to precious fabric material and must be exterminated immediately. Adult carpet beetles feature an irregular pattern of brown, white and dark yellow scales on the wing covers. Barely visible to the eye, they measure at about 1/8 – 3/16 inch in length.
Earwigs: Earwigs are an insect easily recognized by their long, smooth bodies and pair of appendages in their abdomen called “cerci.” Pincer-like in appearance, the cerci on the males are fairly curved, while the females are straight. They are dark brown to reddish-brown in color and occur as winged and wingless insects. They give off a strong scent to attract large numbers of earwigs and travel in packs, which is why they are common for infestations. Kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms are common places for these pests to hide and reproduce.
Pillbugs: Pillbugs are scavengers and feed mainly on decaying organic matter. Pillbugs thrive only in areas of high moisture, and tend to remain hidden under objects during the day. Around buildings they are common under mulch, compost, boards, stones, flower pots, and other items resting on damp ground. Another frequent hiding place is behind the grass edge adjoining sidewalks and foundations. While they pose no real threat, if you start to see pillbugs reproducing at a rapid rate, call Richmond Pest Control so we can assess the situation and give you some tips to eliminate these pests.Contact Our Insect Control Specialists
Richmond Pest Control: Staten Island, NY’s Premier Pest Extermination Company
Richmond Pest Control safely and effectively exterminates all of the above insects, pests and rodents from residential and commercial properties throughout Staten Island, Brooklyn & Manhattan. If your residential or commercial building is infested with any kind of pest, call Richmond Pest Control immediately.
Each type of pest extermination is treated differently and utilizes industry-standard, safe and effective methods. For instance, for rodents and large wildlife animals we humanely bait & trap the pests, then relocate them to a more conducive environment. Several different methods are used for insects ranging from poisoned bait to fumigation.
For termite extermination and prevention our technicians utilize 3 basic treatment methods: Soil Treatment, Wood Treatment and Bait Systems. Soil-based termite treatment acts as a barrier to kill off any existing termites, as well as prevent any new ones from entering your home through the subterranean. Wood treatments include surface sprays, injected sprays, foams and installing Borate treated wood; surface applications are used during the construction phase and injections/foams are used in already built homes. Bait termite treatment will destroy entire termite colonies. Our professionals will install bait stations around the perimeter of your foundation luring the termites out of your home and into the trap, which will be checked frequently then removed.
For bed bugs, Richmond Pest Control utilizes 2 extermination and treatment methods: Steam Vapor and Chemical Treatment. Throughout our years in the industry, we have found these to be the most effective measures to removing, treating and preventing further bed bug problems in your home, office or business. Contact our experienced extermination company to handle all pest infestation treatments quickly and effectively.