Pest Blog & Guides

Home Pest Guide: How to Get Rid of Mice & Roaches

Want to get rid of mice and roaches for good? This guide was written to walk you through some simple steps you can take at home to keep pests out, such as cleaning, keeping food sealed, vacuuming regularly, and disposing of garbage properly.

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What Is Integrated Pest Management (IPM)?

Integrated Pest Management is an effective, eco-friendly, and prevention-based pest control method that works by identifying and addressing the underlying causes of pest infestation using strategies such as fixing leaks, sealing holes, and managing garbage.

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How to Get Rid of Rats Outside: What You Can Do

Outdoor rats can be a big problem for residents, landlords, and local businesses in New York City’s brownstone neighborhoods. Here’s how to get rid of rats outside and what you can do to protect your property from an infestation.

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How to Get Rid of Spotted Lanternflies in NYC

Unfortunately, spotted lanternflies have made their way into all 5 boroughs of New York City. Here’s why you should be concerned, plus 5 safe and eco-friendly ways to get rid of spotted lanternflies in your area.

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The 2021 NYC Pest Control Guide: Bed Bugs

These appleseed-shaped bugs are found almost everywhere in the Big Apple! Here’s what you need to know about dealing with bed bugs in New York City, including facts, prevention, control, and extermination.

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The ABC’s of Bed Bug Sniffing Dogs: Accuracy, Benefits, and Costs

Wondering if a canine bed bug inspection is a reliable way to check your home or building for bed bugs? In this article, you’ll learn everything you need to know about the accuracy, benefits, and costs of bed bug sniffing dogs.

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Landlords & Tenants: Who is Responsible for Pest Control in NYC?

When it comes to dealing with pest control issues in New York City, the mutual rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants can often cause confusion, headaches, and miscommunication. Who is responsible for preventing, monitoring, and solving pest problems in your building?

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Watch Out for These Common Fall Pests in New York (2021)

As the weather gets cooler this fall, indoor pest activity is bound to increase. This is part of many pests’ natural “overwintering” cycle- that is, the way plants and animals survive the colder weather. Here are some common fall pests you might catch in your apartment this season.

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How to Check for Bed Bugs: Performing a Self-Inspection of Your Home or Apartment

Perhaps you noticed an itchy bump on your skin, and the thought has penetrated your mind: Do I have bed bugs? This article will teach you how to perform a visual self-inspection to check your home or apartment for bed bugs.

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How to Deal With Bed Bugs at the Laundromat or Dry Cleaners

If you have a bed bug problem, what precautions should you take with your laundry to protect others? And if you don’t, how can you avoid picking up someone else’s bed bugs at these places?

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7 common signs of a bed bug infestation in your home or apartment

How Do I Know if I Have Bed Bugs? 7 Early Signs to Look Out For

If you’re concerned that you might have bed bugs in your home, it’s worth understanding and familiarizing yourself with early warning signs. In this article, we’ll review the 7 most common signs of bed bugs and explain how to check for them.

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Bed bug pheromones have a distinct odor.

What Do Bed Bugs Smell Like? — An Entomologist Explains

You might have heard that bed bugs have a musty, sweet smell that’s similar to coriander, cilantro, or raspberries. While this is technically correct, if you’re going around your bedroom sniffing for bed bugs based on this description, you won’t find them. Here’s why.

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The many places bed bugs hide.

Where Do Bed Bugs Hide? — An Entomologist Explains

Wondering if and where bed bugs might be hiding in your home or apartment? In this article, we’ll discuss common places where bed bugs hide and how you should be looking for them.

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Mosquito repellant and yard sprays that are safe around pets.

Which Mosquito Repellents & Yard Sprays Are Pet Safe?

Many of the chemicals used in mosquito sprays, such as DEET and permethrin are toxic by nature and can cause unintentional harm to animals. As a responsible pet owner, you want to get rid of mosquitoes without risking your pet’s health and safety. So where do you start?

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Bed bug sniffing Canines in NYC

Bed Bug Sniffing Dogs & Canine Bed Bug Inspection Services in NYC

Bed bug sniffing dogs are specially trained and certified to detect the scent of bed bugs — even when they’re hiding in places that are nearly impossible for the human eye to spot.

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Entomologist explains how to identify bed bug eggs

What Do Bed Bug Eggs Look Like? — An Entomologist Explains

Finding bed bug eggs helps us determine where bed bugs are coming from and the severity of the infestation. If you’re trying to spot bed bug eggs at home, or if you’re wondering what they look like, read this article to find out.

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The facts and myths of bed bug bites

The “Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner” Sign of Bed Bug Bites: Fact vs. Fiction

The so-called “breakfast, lunch, and dinner” sign of bed bug bites has become somewhat of an urban myth. This type of feeding behavior is actually very rare, and seeing 3 bites in a cluster or line is far from being a definitive sign of bed bugs.

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Entomologist explains how to identify bed bug bites.

How to Tell if You Have Bed Bug Bites — An Entomologist Explains

Different people react differently to bed bug bites, and it’s hard to determine what really caused those red bumps that you woke up with. Entomologist Lou Sorkin explains why that’s the case and how to tell if you really have bed bugs bites.

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An entomologist explains whether bed bug bites are dangerous.

Are Bed Bug Bites Dangerous? — An Entomologist Explains

Worried about bed bug bites? Most experts agree that bed bugs are not considered dangerous pests. If you’re currently dealing with a bed bug infestation at home, here’s what you should (and shouldn’t) need to be worried about.

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How to keep mosquitoes and ticks away during the summer months.

3 Ways to Keep Mosquitoes and Ticks Away All Summer

Here are 3 ways to keep these unwelcome guests off of your property and stop them from putting a damper on your summer fun, ranging from prevention to repellents to professional help from your friendly neighborhood exterminator.

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How steam kills bed bugs.

Can Steam Kill Bed Bugs? Yes, Here’s How.

Steam can be an effective, non-chemical option for homeowners to get rid of bed bugs early on — before an infestation gets out of hand. In this article (and video), pest expert Kevin Carrillo from MMPC discusses how to kill bed bugs with steam.

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5-Step method to control bed bugs without using pesticides

5-Step Method to Kill Bed Bugs at Home (Without Pesticides)

Looking for a natural way to kill bed bugs at home? In this article (and video), pest expert Kevin Carrillo from MMPC shares a 5-step approach to get rid of bed bugs without needing pesticides.

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Getting bed bugs to come out of hiding

Best Way to Make Bed Bugs Come Out of Hiding?

Since bed bugs are skilled hiders, people often discover what appears to be bed bug bites without finding the actual bed bugs themselves. Here’s how to make bed bugs come out of hiding so you can confirm and eliminate them.

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Keeping ants out of your kitchen.

How to Get Rid of Ants in Your Kitchen

Finding ants around your kitchen? In this article (and video), pest expert Kevin Carrillo from MMPC talks about how to get rid of ants in your kitchen: cleaning up food, removing access to water, and using granular ant bait.

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Natrual ways to keep ants out of your home.

What’s the Best Way to Get Rid of Ants Naturally?

Looking for a pesticide-free way to get rid of ants in your home naturally? In this article (and video), pest expert Kevin Carrillo from MMPC shares some natural methods to get rid of ants in your home without using pesticides.

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Where ants come from when they invade your home.

Where Are Ants in Your House Coming From?

Seeing ants in your house? In this article, Kevin Carillo, a senior pest control expert at MMPC, explains where your ants most likely coming from and where they might be entering your house.

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Things in your household that attract German and American cockroaches

What Attracts Cockroaches in Your Home?

This article introduces some of the differences between American cockroaches and German cockroaches, what attracts each of these cockroach species in your home, and what you can do to stop them.

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Controlling mosquitoes in NYC in 2021

The 2021 NYC Pest Control Guide: Mosquitoes

Relative to other parts of the country, summer in NYC is hot and humid with plenty of humans around for mosquitoes to get their next blood meal from. Here’s what you need to know about dealing with mosquitoes, including facts, prevention, control, and treatment.

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Solutions for eco-friendly mosquito control.

No More Bites! Eco-Friendly Mosquito Control in New York City

Looking for eco-friendly mosquito control? If you plan to enjoy time in your yard, rooftop, or other outdoor space this summer, here’s how to keep those pesky mosquitoes away.

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The life cycle and life length of mosquitoes

How Long Do Mosquitoes Live… And What That Means for You

Wondering if that mosquito you saw flying across your living room last night will die by itself if you leave it alone? This article answers questions about how long mosquitoes can live under various conditions.

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How Proofing and Exclusion services keep rodents and cockroaches out.

Pest Proofing & Exclusion in NYC – Keep Rodents and Cockroaches Out!

Pest exclusion is the proven and preferred method of long-term pest control. By eliminating conditions that attract rodents and cockroaches, you can stop infestations before they even happen. Schedule a free inspection or consultation for pest exclusion services today!

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Local Law 55 and keeping NYC homes free of pests and mold

What Is Local Law 55 and What Does It Require?

Local Law 55 (“The Asthma-Free Housing Act”) is a set of rules requiring landlords of multiple-dwelling buildings to keep their tenants’ homes free from indoor allergen hazards — specifically mold and pests.

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5-steps for getting rid of bed bugs.

How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs: A 5-Step Guide

Struggling with a bed bug infestation? Dealing with bed bugs can be a miserable experience. It can happen to anyone, especially here in New York City. Here’s everything you need to know about how to get rid of bed bugs once and for all.

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Local Law 69 violations and how to clear them.

Annual Bed Bug Report & Local Law 69 Violations

Recently we’ve had a number of calls and emails with clients who received a notice of violation from HPD regarding their annual bed bug filing report. Local Law 69 requires all multiple dwelling property owners to file an annual report on bed bug infestation history.

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Flea control in NYC in 2021

The 2021 NYC Pest Control Guide: Fleas

Fleas are widely known for being itchy, bloodsucking nuisances. However, they can present a genuine danger to both humans and pets. Here’s what you need to know about dealing with fleas in New York City, including facts, prevention, control, and treatment.

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Preventing mosquito breeding in your yard.

How To Prevent Mosquitoes From Breeding In Your Backyard

One of the best ways to protect your family from mosquitoes is by being proactive about preventing them from breeding near your home. Here’s how to stop mosquitoes from coming back for good.

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MMPC is among the best exterminators in NYC according to New York Magazine.

MMPC Featured in “Best Exterminators in New York” by NY Magazine

This week, MMPC was named one of “The Best Exterminators in New York” as part of New York Magazine’s “Best of New York 2021” series. We owe this honor and recognition to you — our clients and friends.

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Wood Destroying Insect inspections and Report

What is a Wood Destroying Insect (WDI) Inspection Report?

There are numerous steps involved in the buying or selling of a home, including getting a Wood Destroying Insect (WDI) inspection Report. Here’s what you need to know about what WDI reports entail and how to get one for your home.

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Termite control in NYC in 2021

The 2021 NYC Pest Control Guide: Termites

Termites may be small, but they are one of the most destructive and expensive types of pest infestations. Here’s everything you need to know about termites in New York City and Long Island, including facts, prevention, control, and extermination.

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Termite swarmers and termite control in NYC

Seeing Swarmers? Get Help Today — New York Termite Control

The arrival of spring signals the start of termite swarming season. Learn more about termite control services for homeowners living in New York, New Jersey, and Long Island.

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Melissa Gomez, Female Pest Inspector

Women in Pest Control: Melissa Gomez, The Lady Exterminator

In honor of Women’s History Month, we sat down with Melissa Gomez (@ladyexterminator) to talk about her journey and the power of women in pest control.

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The best methods for termite control

What Is the Most Effective Treatment for Termite Control?

Looking for the right solution for your termite troubles? In this article, we’ll compare the main types of termite treatments and services to help you determine which options may be right for you.

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5 signs of termites

How Do I Know if I Have Termites? 5 Signs To Look Out For

Termite Awareness Week is March 7 – 13, 2021. In this article, we’ll discuss the most common signs of termites that you should look out for in order to protect your home from these destructive pests.

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Termite swarmers and how to protect your home.

What Are Termite “Swarmers” & How To Protect Your Home From Them

Termite Awareness Week is March 7 – 13, 2021. Here’s what you should know if you’ve discovered termite swarmers, which resemble flying ants, around your home or property.

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Preparing your home for a canine inspection

How to Prepare your Home or Apartment for a Canine Bed Bug Inspection

Proper preparation is one of the most important steps to ensure an accurate canine bed bug inspection. Here’s what you need to know and do before hiring bed bug dogs to find (or rule out) a potential infestation.

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Pest control options for restaurants during Covid-19

Pest Control Precautions for the Food Industry during COVID-19

Pest control is more important than ever during COVID-19. According to a recent report from Datassential, 76% of customers voiced that food safety and restaurant cleanliness will be of utmost importance post-COVID-19. Here are some precautions that all restaurants should be taking to stop pests.

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Preventing mice and rats in NYC in 2021

The 2021 NYC Pest Control Guide: Mice and Rats

New York City’s rodent problem is as old as the city itself. But make no mistake — rats and mice are dangerous pests with real consequences. Here’s what you need to know about dealing with mice and rats in New York City including facts, prevention, control, and extermination.

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Cleaning tips for pest prevention this Chinese New Year

Pest Prevention Guide: 8 Cleaning Tips for Chinese New Year

With Chinese New Year coming up on Friday, here are 8 cleaning and pest prevention tips for a prosperous and pest-free year. Whether or not you celebrate the Lunar New Year, these are also effective ways to prevent pests from infesting your home in 2021.

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Bed bug sniffing Canines protect NYC from pests.

Canine Bed Bug Inspections – How Bed Bug Sniffing Dogs Keep NYC Safe

Using their noses, bed bug dogs detect bed bugs faster and more accurately than humans. At MMPC, all of our canine inspection teams are certified by NESDCA and maintain the highest quality standards when performing bed bug inspections.

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Protect your clothing store with Integrated Pest Management

How Integrated Pest Management Can Protect Your Clothing Store

If you plan to open or manage a clothing store, implementing an integrated pest management program will prevent costly infestations from happening. Here’s how integrated pest management can help protect your clothing store.

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A guide to violations and integrated pest management strategies for restaurants.

Pest Control Guide for NYC Restaurant Inspections

In this article, we’ll break down what you need to know about the inspection and grading process for NYC restaurants during COVID-19, and how to avoid pest-related violations with Integrated Pest Management practices.

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Facts and fiction of DIY cockroach control

Home Remedies for Cockroaches: Fact vs. Fiction

Do home remedies for cockroaches really work? Here’s how to separate fact from fiction, based on experience from the #1 highest-rated pest exterminator in NYC.

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How to stay pest free in 2021

5 Resolutions for a Pest-Free New Year

Want to keep your home pest-free in 2021? From decluttering pantries to sealing cracks under doors, here are 5 New Year’s resolutions recommended by the pest experts at MMPC to help you avoid pest problems.

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Choosing the right pest control company

How to Choose the Right Pest Control Company in 2021

How do you go about finding and vetting pest control companies? In this article, we’ll discuss what to look for when choosing the right pest control company to make your home or business feel safe and free from pests.

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Tips to prepare for a bed bug treatment.

Preparing for Bed Bug Treatment: Tips from Experts

Proper bed bug preparation is one of the most important things tenants and homeowners can do to ensure that bed bug inspection and treatment is effective. Here are some best practices and tips to help you prepare for a successful bed bug treatment.

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Ambient heat and thermal treatment options for pest control

What Is Thermal Pest Control and Is It the Best Option for You?

Heat treatment is a chemical-free method of pest control that can effectively eliminate bed bugs and other pest problems. This method typically only requires one visit, does not use pesticides, and takes less time than other forms of pest control.

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Integrated pest management helps keep businesses free from pests.

The Benefits of Integrated Pest Management for NYC Businesses

As a business owner or manager in New York City, have you ever wondered why businesses seem to spend so much time and money dealing with pest control?

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The importance of IPM for restaurants during COVID-19.

Integrated Pest Management: Why Restaurants Need It More Than Ever During COVID-19

This letter explains how restaurants can beat pest problems with Integrated Pest Management—a form of pest control that uses the least intervention to obtain the best results- and why now is the perfect time to take these steps.

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Covid-19 could mean a chance to eradicate bed bugs for good.

How COVID-19 Gave Us a Chance To Beat Back NYC’s Bed Bug Pandemic

Quarantining one COVID-19 case can prevent many other people from getting it. The same is true for bed bugs; stopping just one infestation early can prevent many others. COVID-19 provides a golden opportunity for New York’s private and public spaces to make progress against the bed bug pandemic.

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Fortify Your Castle: 7 DIY Steps for Bed Bug Proofing Your Home

A person’s home is their castle, and a good castle needs defenses. While it’s technically impossible to make a home or apartment 100% bed bug proof, here are 7 steps you can take to turn your home or apartment into a mighty fortress bed bugs will have a difficult time besieging.

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How to Address the Rat Problem Outside Your Building

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, rodents in NYC are running wild. What can you do to stop them?

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Avoid these mistakes to prevent bed bugs

How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs: 7 Mistakes to Avoid

A year into my stay at a Bronx boarding house, one of the worst things which can happen to a New Yorker happened to me: I got bed bugs. I want to share some of the mistakes I made so that you can avoid making them yourself.

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