Posted on March 9, 2012 with 1 Comment
While the effects of a foreclosure are obviously most devastating to the homeowners and their family, neighbors can also be impacted.
For one, a foreclosure can drive down the value of the rest of the homes in a neighborhood. An empty and uncared for home can attract a variety of pests. pests find that an empty house makes a great home for them – providing shelter and even food and water from leaky pipes, toilet bowls and standing water. Once these pests find their way into a foreclosed home, it is only a matter of time before the population grows and offspring venture out, seeking food and shelter in other homes on the block.
A rodent infestation is especially likely to spread from a foreclosed home to other nearby houses. As it is, rodents invade an estimated 21 million homes in the U.S. each winter. Once rodents do invade a home, they can pose serious health and property risks. Rodents contaminate food and spread diseases.
Unfortunately, if a house in your neighborhood is under foreclosure, there is little that you can do to prevent pests from infesting that home. But there are many steps that you, as a homeowner, can take to prevent those pests from finding their way into your home. Your first step should be to contact a licensed pest control company who will be able to determine what types of pest infestations your neighborhood is most at risk for, and recommend a prevention plan to help keep your home pest-free.
Posted on July 22, 2011 with No Comments
Bed Bugs are expected to be entering public school classrooms at a rate of three times as many as the previous school year, the NY Daily News reports.
These hitch hiker bugs are expected to travel to schools with a child, and home with others as well as leaving classrooms infested.
NYC public schools are planning to store book bags and jackets in plastic bags and sealed containers as an attempt to limit the number of reportable cases.
Be sure to stay on the lookout for bed bugs!
Your children could be bringing them into their schools, or taking them home. Either way, they are pesky to deal with, and a bed bug infestation is nothing to take lightly!
Call JP McHale today if you suspect or know of any bed bug infestations…we’re here to help!
Posted on August 9, 2010 with No Comments
Everyone has heard about the battle people are having with bed bugs, but is there a bright side to them? Over the weekend the Wall Street Journal published an article talking about how bed bugs are stimulating the economy. In the past years, bed bugs have hit America hard, putting a dent in home owner’s pockets. The article explains how different companies benefit from the bed bug crisis. The most obvious benefited is pest control companies. Pest control companies have seen and treated a significant amount of cases each year for bed bugs. In past years the number of cases has raised a lot. For tenants in bed bugs infested apartment buildings, they will seek legal help and hire bed bug layers to solve their problems. Next are therapists. When people have bed bugs, it is an emotional battle. People will lose sleep and panic at the sight of even a poppy seed. Going to a therapist will help them calm their nerves. Before an exterminator can treat your home for bed bugs, the room has to be prepped. That is where new companies are forming. The goal of the company is to prep the room by disassembling beds, washing the linens, encasing the mattresses, and vacuuming your shoes and carpets. Another place where companies are benefiting from is applications for phones. For a few dollars, people can buy apps that tell them how to identify bed bugs, what to do if you see them, how to prep your room, and more useful information. All different companies are benefiting the from bed bug crisis and although people are driven crazy, the economy is benefiting.
Posted on July 19, 2010 with No Comments
Over the weekend, The Wall Street Journal published an article that confirmed another popular clothing store and an office building in New York City have been shut down due to bed bugs. Bed Bugs were spotted in a downtown advertising agency along with a popular clothing store located in the Upper East Side. These pests are being found all over the city in commercial buildings. Pest control companies cannot stress enough the importance of getting rid of bed bugs at the first sight. Professional pest control companies will exterminate bed bugs effectively and quickly. When people try and get rid of them by themselves, they end up spending more money than they should and the pests will likely come back. JP McHale is a Westchester Pest Control company. We are licensed in bed bug extermination and would love to help you with your bed bug problem! Contact us by phone 800-479-2284, email, live chat, twitter, or facebook.
Posted on February 10, 2010 with 1 Comment
Verdi Square, New York City
Verdi Square, the domain for drug dealers and the homeless all the way back since the late 80s, has another problem on its hands. Rats are infesting the area in the Upper West Side of New York. The problem has gotten so bad that even the Parks Department has a need for more help to clean up the area. The area has gotten to the point where it is being cleaned at around 3 times a day. What has caused this infestation? The area is filthy according to residents, with trash all over the place. Also, the renovation of a subway in 2000 has led to increase traffic in the area. With increased traffic comes more trash. Also, subway systems are notorious for an infestation of rats.
What measures are being done to clean the newly dubbed “Vermin Square”? Products to control rats are being littered all over the area. However, the rats are bigger than they were in the 80s, so after the initial stage, the dosage was upped. Trash crews are working hard to clean up the trash around the Verdi Square. Also, rat-proof garbage bags are now being used as potential solutions. Even with these possible solutions, the rats continue to dig holes around the Statue of Giuseppe Verdi. Rats are determined to find a way to stick around, and time will tell if “Vermin Square” can return to Verdi Square.
Posted on January 4, 2010 with 2 Comments
Maryland resident, Deborah O’Sullivan informed the Baltimore Sun last week that buses within the Maryland Transit System are infested with cockroaches. She claims that every day after she gets off a MTA bus, she must inspect her clothing and bags to ensure there are no cockroaches. It is a very humiliating task, but she has no other choice.
MTA spokesperson issued a statement informing the city that the busses are cleaned every day, and that to ensure the prevention of insects, they will need the help of commuters to obey the laws and not eat or drink anything on buses.
To have cockroaches crawling around in a bus, apartment or other establishment is a sign of poor sanitation. Ensure that you keep a clean living area, food sealed, and you will remain cockroach free. We hope the issue in Maryland is solved, and buses become cleaner.
Posted on August 3, 2009 with 2 Comments
Bed bug infestations, if left alone can become huge problems. A woman in the City of Bayonne was taken to the hospital after noticing large populations of bed bugs on her body. The woman’s health was not at severe risk, but the hospital took very good precautions with the patient to ensure the bed bug infestation on her person, did not affect any of the hospital rooms or patients. Inspectors were present after the woman was isolated to ensure the hospital was clear. The city spokesperson told NJ.com that bed bugs are not a communicable disease, therefore it is not their responsibility to take action on the infested home.
NJ.com original article.
Posted on July 28, 2009 with No Comments
German Cockroaches have been invading a small coffee show just outside of London. An unannounced visit from the health department spotted the infestation along with poor sanitation. A court order closed the establishment. A cabinet member of the health council said:
“We carry out a large number of unannounced spot checks on restaurant and we will not hesitate to close down premises that fail to meet the proper standards of hygiene.”
Don’t let cockroaches ruin your business and reputation. If you follow good sanitation practices and have semi monthly pest control, your establishment can stay clean, and pest free.
This article was originally reported at Guardian-Series.co.uk