Chelsea Pest Control NYC

Welcome

Chelsea Pest Control is a Brooklyn based,fully licensed and insured company.

We have 7 years of experience and proud to serve our city. When you need to seek professional help for unwanted intruders, Chelsea Pest Control is a company you can count on to get the job done in a safe, sustainable manner.

Your home or business property is your biggest physical investment. There's nothing worse than watching it be overrun by annoying or dangerous creatures that scare away guests, damage your property, or put you at risk. We take pride in a job well done, and we want you to feel relief!


Professional.Reliable.Dedicated.

Our pest control services are available on a monthly,every-other-month,quarterly or one-time basis.


COVERAGE INCLUDES

Appearance/Description:
Workers about 1.6mm long.
Light to dark brown in color.
Do not swarm.
Bite – do not sting.

Life Cycle:
Worker ants produced in spring and increase in numbers up until autumn.
Winged ants (reproductive Kings and Queens), produced in early spring, before the workers, mature within three months and mate soon afterwards.
Argentine ants mate in their nest so no swarming is seen.

Habits:
Worker ants will follow food trails for long distances so nests are not easy to track.
They prefer sweet foods but will also eat live and dead insects, meats, cereals and damaged fruit.
Argentine ants drive out other ant species from an area.


Appearance:
Workers — 1/4’ long.
queen — ½” long
Blackish color most common but can also be black and red
6 legs.

Life Cycle:
Swarms appear in the spring
Colonies of carpenter ants can live from 3-6 years

Habits:
Locations — both moist and dry wood, but prefer moist, especially wood dampened by water leaks.
Internally — excavate galleries in wood with a smooth appearance.
Externally — sometimes hollow out sections of trees.
Visibility — hunt for food mainly at night but also during the day in early spring / summer. They do not eat wood. In homes they are attracted to sweet substances, fats, grease, and meats.
Contact — rarely come into contact with people, but if they do will try to escape. They cannot sting.


Appearance:
Queens 5/8″ long.
Workers 1/8″-1/4″ long.
Coppery–brown on the head and body, with a darker abdomen.
Solenopsis has a very distinctive two–segment antennal club, which is most visible in the front view of the female reproductive ant.

Life Cycle:
After swarming from the nest and mating, the queen searches for a suitable spot to lay her eggs. Once found, she can lay up to 125 eggs in late Spring.
Larvae hatch within 8 to 10 days, and the pupal stage lasts for 9 to 16 days.
Larvae feed on secretions from the queen’s salivary glands and broken down wing muscles until the first worker ants emerge. After this first batch of larvae molt into workers the queen’s role returns to egg laying – she can lay up to 1500 per day. Worker ants continue with larval care, nest building and food foraging.
Fertile males are produced later in the season.

Habits:
Foraging workers diet consists of dead animals, including insects, earthworms, and vertebrates. Workers also collect honeydew and forage for sweet food, proteins, and fats.
Swarming characteristics – mating between queens and fertile males takes place on the wing mid to late Summer. Males perish after mating.
Nest locations can be a mound of up to 40 cm or next to objects found on the ground, e.g. logs.
If aggravated, these react aggressively and can inflict a painful sting, resulting in a pustule some 48 hours later.
These ants are a major agricultural and urban pest, destroying crops and invading residential areas both outdoors and indoors.


Appearance:
Workers 1.5-2mm long, yellow-brown with brown abdomen.
Males 3mm long, black, winged.
Queens 3.5-6mm long, dark red in color with wings.
Black eyes, 2 small segments at the pedicel.

Life Cycle:
Multi-queen colonies.
Swarming can take place at any time of the year.
Winged adults seldom fly so rarely seen. Wings are soon lost after mating.

Habits:
Well–defined trails are laid which are often associated with heating systems. Feeds indoors on high protein foods — meat, fats, blood, dead insects, etc.
Swarming characteristics — new colonies are often formed through nests that have been disturbed e.g., as a result of insecticide spray treatments.
Each queen produces up to 3,500 eggs in its lifetime.
Nest locations — deep seated in cavities in heated buildings. Often found in hospitals. Associated with humid conditions. Colonies can range from a few dozen to 300,000 individuals.


Appearance:
Body color ranges from brown to pale yellow
Two enlarged club segments at the end of antennae

Life Cycle:
Multi-queen colonies.
Mating flights take place in late July to early Fall
Some mated females may return to the nest after the nuptial flight

Habits:
Nests are located in very small cavities; under debris or objects on soil, behind wall paneling or loose floor molding, and within wall voids or cabinets.
They feed on meats, breads, fruits, animal fats, oils, nuts, and dairy products, but will readily feed on sweets.
Outside, they will look for almost anything organic, including insects, honeydew, seeds and germinating seeds.


Appearance:
Orange to reddish, reddish to dark brown to brownish black.
Long hair under the chin

Life Cycle:
Swarm from June to October, but most commonly in August and September.
Colonies have been documented to live as many as 17 years.
Males die soon after mating

Habits:
When swarming, they will often fly to a high spot, such as a tower on a building, before moving on.
Their favorite food is the seeds of different types of grasses.
Harvester ants do not invade homes and are found outdoors.
Nest locations — 10 to 15 feet deep into the ground and they clear an area ranging from 1 to 35 feet in diameter around the entrance hole.


Black House Ant

Appearance:
Shiny and black.
2.5 — 3mm long.

Life Cycle:
Larva hatches out of the egg as a white grub which is narrower towards the head. They are fed by the adults.
The larva pupates and appears creamy-white, looking similar to an adult. Sometimes they have a protective silk cocoon around them.
The adult emerges with the three defined body sections: head, thorax and abdomen.
The length of time between the egg stage and ants emerging as adults can take 6 weeks or more; it depends on a variety of factors such as the species of ant, the temperature and the availability of food.
Fertilized eggs become female, unfertilized become males.

Habits:
These ants are regarded as a nuisance and scavenge in kitchens, garbage and also dog excrement, therefore potentially spreading diseases such as salmonella.
‘Common Ants’ include the intensely black ‘Black House Ants’, and they are attracted to sweets.
The light yellowish brown ‘Coastal Brown Ant’ prefers to feed on meat products and grease.
The most effective control measure is to find the colony and treat it.


Odorous House Ant

Appearance:
Black or brown bodies
1/16″ to 1/8″
Live in colonies of up to 100,000 members
No stinger

Life Cycle:
Commonly nest in and/or around houses
Become numerous and spread during spring and summer
During winter, return to a central nest location
Can re-infest homes again and again unless nest is removed.

Habits:
Known for strong rotten coconut or rancid butter smell when squished
Feed on dead insects and sugary substances
Seen in kitchens, bathrooms, cupboards or anywhere food crumbs or food residue is found
Commonly nest in or around houses and in wall voids.

Black Widow Spider

Female black widow spiders have a red hourglass shape on their backs. Males have white spots on their sides. Males only live about a year, but the female can live up to 3 years. Hungry female black widow spiders have been known to kill the male spider after mating, but that isn’t always the case. Geographically, black widow spiders can be found in the Eastern, Central and Western United States.

Size: 3/4″ to 3/8″
Shape: Round
Color: Black with characteristic red «hourglass» on back
Legs: 8
Wings: No
Antenna: No
Common Name: Black widow spider
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Family: Theridiidae
Species: Lactrodectrus mactans
Diet:Black widow spiders eat other pests. Sometimes they even eat other spiders!
Habitat:Black widow spiders tend to live in cellars and in piles of wood or trash.
Impact:The bite of a female black widow spider can be poisonous but not deadly to humans. The male black widow spider does not bite. A black widow spider bite is pale in the middle with a red ring around it and is followed by severe cramping, weakness, sweating, headache, anxiety, itching, nausea, vomiting, difficult breathing and increased blood pressure.
Prevention:
Wear heavy gloves when moving things that have been stored for a long time.
Shake out your shoes before putting them on.
Just to be safe, stay away from spider webs.


Brown Recluse Spider

Brown recluse spiders get their name because of their tendency to hide in corners. They are identified by the dark brown violin shaped markings on their back. Native to Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma and Mississippi, they are nocturnal pests.

Size: 5/8″
Shape: Round
Color: Light to dark brown, with a dark brown violin shaped marking on their back.
Legs: 8
Wings: No
Antenna: No
Common Name: Brown recluse spider
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Family: Sicariidae
Species: Loxosceles reclusa
Diet:Brown recluse spiders eat other bugs like cockroaches and crickets.
Habitat:Brown recluse spiders live in cellars and in piles of wood or trash.
Impact:The brown recluse spider only bites to protect itself. Its bite is painful and can produce an open, ulcerating sore. The center of their bite becomes a blister surrounded by an angry-looking red ring, which is then surrounded by a white ring. A red, itchy rash usually appears in the first 24-48 hours of being bitten. Other symptoms include fever, chills, nausea, vomiting and muscle aches.
Prevention:
Don’t leave clothing on the floor.
Store clothes and shoes inside plastic containers and shake them out before wearing them.

German Cockroach

Cockroaches have been around since the time of dinosaurs!
A cockroach can live almost a month without food.
A cockroach can live about two weeks without water.
Some female cockroaches only mate once and stay pregnant for life!
A cockroach can live for up to one week without its head!
Cockroaches can hold their breath for up to 40 minutes!
Cockroaches can run up to 3 miles an hour.
Cockroaches have been around for millions of years, evolving into some of the most adaptable pests on Earth. There are approximately 4,000 living species of cockroaches in the world. About 70 of these species are found in the United States.

Cockroaches are commonly found in buildings and homes because they prefer warm environments close to food and water. Unfortunately, cockroaches can cause allergies and trigger asthma attacks, especially in children. They can also spread nearly 33 different kinds of bacteria.


American Cockroach

The American cockroach is the largest cockroach found in houses. Despite its name, the American cockroach is not native to North America, but was likely introduced via ships from Africa in the 1600s.

Females can hatch up to 150 offspring per year. Cockroaches don’t get their wings until the become adults.

Size: 2″
Shape: Oval
Color: Reddish-brown, with a yellowish figure 8 pattern on the back of the head
Legs: 6
Wings: Yes
Antenna: Yes
Common Name: American cockroach
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Dictyoptera
Family: Blattidae
Species: Periplaneta americana
Diet:American cockroaches will eat just about anything, including plants and other insects.
Habitat:American cockroaches prefer to live in warm, dark, wet areas, like sewers and basements. They often enter structures through drains and pipes. Although American cockroaches can be found in homes, they are also common in larger commercial buildings, such as restaurants, grocery stores and hospitals.
Impact:Cockroaches crawl through dirty areas and then walk around our homes tracking in lots of bacteria and germs. They can contaminate food by shedding their skins. Their cast off skin and waste byproducts are allergens that can trigger allergic reactions, asthma and other illnesses, especially in children.
Prevention:
Keep cooking, eating and food storage areas clean and dry.
If you see cockroaches, it is best to call a pest management professional due to the illnesses they can spread.


Oriental Cockroach

Oriental Cockroaches probably get their names from trade ships but they are actually from Africa. They are large and very dark compared to other cockroaches. They usually travel through sewer pipes and drains. They prefer dirty places and cooler temperatures than other cockroaches. An Oriental cockroach creates a strong smell and is considered one of the dirtiest of all the cockroaches.

Size: 1″
Shape: Oval
Color: Dark brown, almost black
Legs: 6
Wings: No
Antenna: Yes
Common Name: Oriental cockroach
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Dictyoptera
Family: Blattadae
Species: Blatta orientalis
Diet:Oriental cockroaches feed on all types of garbage and other organic material.
Habitat:Oriental cockroaches also live in sewers and wet, decaying areas, such as basements and crawlspaces, firewood and piles of leaves.
Impact:Cockroaches crawl through dirty areas and then walk around our homes tracking in lots of bacteria and germs. They can contaminate food by shedding their skins. Their cast off skin and waste byproducts are allergens that can trigger allergic reactions, asthma and other illnesses, especially in children.
Prevention:
Keep your home clean and dry.
Vacuum often and seal cracks in and around your house.
If you see cockroaches, it is best to call a pest management professional due to the illnesses they can spread.

House mice

House mice are covered in short hair that is light brown or gray to black in color, with lighter bellies. Their ears and tail also bear hair, although much less than their bodies. Adult mice weigh approximately 12 to 30 grams and can grow up to 20 cm from the nose to the tip of the tail.

Behavior, Diet & Habits
Normally, the house mouse makes its home in farm fields, grassy and wooded areas, building nests in areas that are dark and protected from the elements and close to a readily available food source.

Very inquisitive in nature, the house mouse will spend the day roaming its territory, exploring anything new or out of the ordinary. When available, the house mouse prefers seeds and nuts in its diet, but this opportunistic feeder will eat almost anything available.

When the temperatures outside begin to drop, house mice, since they don’t hibernate, begin searching for a warmer place to live. Often attracted by the smell of food and the warmth of a structure, the house mouse can use any opening, such as utility lines, pipe openings, and gaps beneath doors, to gain entry into a home.

House Mouse Control Tips
To prevent mice from entering the home, all cracks, crevices, holes and gaps larger than a pen cap should be sealed with cement or a mixing compound. It is not advised that wood be used to seal these holes, as mice are capable of chewing through those surfaces.

Cleanliness may also have an effect on pest infestations. Be sure to wash dishes immediately following use. Food should be stored in glass or metal containers with tight lids. Mice acquire most of their water from scavenged food particles and no crumbs or morsels should be left on tabletops or floors.

When a home is already infested, prevention methods prove inefficient. The most effective mouse control methods are those administered by trained professionals.


Norway Rat

Norway rats are large rodents that may weigh in excess of 500 grams. They can reach lengths of 40 cm,and their tails alone may measure 21 cm. The body of the Norway rat is covered in shaggy fur that is brown or gray in color. The ears and tail are covered in scales, and the tail is shorter than the head and body.

Behavior, Diet & Habits
Norway rats typically nest in underground burrows from which they enter buildings in search of food. They tend to remain in hiding during the day.

Norway rats are omnivorous and feed on a variety of food sources. If given the choice, they will consume meats, fruits, grains and nuts. Dead animals also serve as a food source for these rats, and they are capable of catching small fish and rodents. They require water to drink, and they make their colony as close to a water source as possible. Norway rats live in communities with dominant and subordinate members, though they are not truly social like ants.

Signs of a Norway Rat Infestation
Norway rats are not usually seen exposed unless driven out of their hiding spaces because of limited space or disturbances. Sightings during the day often indicate a potentially large infestations. Outdoor burrows surrounding the building may be an indication of Norway rat nesting. Other signs of Norway rats are their gnaw marks on food and objects such as utility lines. Rub marks or grease stains caused by rats running along an edge also can indicate activity. In general, the darker the stain, the greater the activity. Perhaps one of the most well-known signs is their droppings. Norway rat droppings are blunt and 18 to20 cm long. They can be scattered along frequently traveled rodent pathways.


Roof Rat

Appearance. Roof rats are generally black in color, while Norway rats are brown or gray. Other roof rat features include large ears with very little hair and pointy faces.

Size

Unlike the Norway rat, which is also known as a sewer or brown rat, roof rats are smaller in size and their tails are longer than their bodies. They grow up to 18 in in length, including their tail, and weigh at least 5 oz.

Nesting Areas

Unlike other rat species, roof rats are also good climbers and build nests above ground, not underground in burrows. Outdoors, you can find roof rats nesting in trees, shrubs, wood piles and dense vegetation. Indoors, roof rats like to build nests in the upper areas of the home where it’s kept warm by rising heat. You may find them nesting in various places inside the home, including:

Attics
Cabinets
Ceilings
Garages
Inside walls and sheetrock
Laundry rooms
Patios
Pool areas
Their living space must provide them with enough water to sustain life.

Occasional invaders are insects and arthropods that sporadically enter your home throughout the year. They typically live and reproduce outside but invade your home when indoor conditions are more accommodating. Their largest common problem is being a nuisance! They can bite, pinch, eat your houseplants, damage fabrics, cause stains and create foul odors.

LISTED BELOW ARE SOME OF THE MOST COMMON OCCASIONAL INVADERS:
• pillbugs
• centipedes
• beetles
• silverfish
• crickets
• mites
• sowbugs
• earwigs
• millipedes


We specialize in

Restaurants

In any facility where food is handled and stored, proper pest management is critical to operating a safe, clean and regulatory-compliant business. If there is food, there is a risk of infestation, and restaurant employees need to be aware of these risks and their options for prevention and treatment.
Pest management is often challenging in a restaurant setting as a result of various factors: the abundance of food, ideal moisture and temperature conditions, extended business hours and various pest harborage sites. Pest management can prove especially challenging for 24-hour restaurants because the kitchen does not have adequate time to prepare for regular pest treatments. It is likely the restaurant will need to close for a period of time to allow for the treatment to be completed, as only specific products are approved for use during operating hours. In other cases, pest professionals will work late at night or very early in the morning to accommodate business hours, since technicians prefer to treat for pests after the kitchen has been cleaned in order to maximize the effectiveness of the treatment applications. In the face of so many challenges, it is vital for restaurant personnel to collaborate with pest professionals in order to develop a successful and effective relationship and treatment program. Additionally, management should be advised that heat, moisture, steam and grease—factors that are outside the control of pest professionals—tend to reduce the effectiveness of products used in pest control.
Restaurants face four chief pest concerns: cockroaches, flies, stored product pests and rodents. While rodents are dreaded among restaurant management, the visibility of any pest can hinder a restaurant’s business. Thus, it is necessary for personnel to prevent pest access to the facility and not allow them to establish themselves inside by denying them food, water and shelter.
Threats to food safety exist both indoors and outdoors and it is essential for restaurant managers to be familiar with their eatery’s pest “hot spots”: areas where conditions conducive to infestation are commonly found. While specific hot spots can vary from restaurant to restaurant, there are general areas of any structure that require special attention to ensure a pest-free environment.
Waste Storage: The most common outdoor hot spots develop in the dumpster areas due to improper garbage storage and disposal, as inadequate waste management
systems are often overlooked. Any food debris that is left behind will accumulate and become the perfect food source for disease-carrying pests.
Entrance and Exit Points: The easiest mistake an employee can make is to leave kitchen doors open. This is literally inviting pests to come in! Using air curtains outside main entryways and fixing missing or torn window screens will keep flies and other flying insects from entering the restaurant.
Outdoor Lighting Fixtures: Proper outdoor lighting is important because pests are attracted to light. Lastly, employees must be aware of neighboring facilities. A neighbor’s unsanitary behavior can lead to pest problems, as pests will travel from facility to facility.
Cleaning Supply Storage: Proper mop storage is critical. Mops should be hung clean and allowed to dry in a closet away from food preparation areas. Employees should never leave mops moist, as the moisture creates a perfect breeding site for flies.
Proper Sanitation & Maintenance: Kitchen equipment should not only be clean, but sanitized. It is a common misconception that clean means sanitized. To clean is to simply remove dirt or debris, whereas sanitizing actually removes surface bacteria and microorganisms. Dirty floor drains should be cleaned regularly to prevent fly infestations, and missing or broken wall and floor tiles should be replaced immediately. Preventative steps also include inspecting all incoming inventory and maintaining stock through the “first in, first out” method.
Even the most rigorous inspection and maintenance practices are sometimes not enough to keep the bugs at bay. Scientific advancements in professional pest management are delivering new products to the marketplace that can be used to supplement any integrated pest management program. Versatility is key in this area because all pest issues are different. To develop the most effective treatment program, restaurant personnel should work with contracted pest professionals to choose from bait systems, undetectable liquid insecticides, or insect growth regulators (IGR’s).
Baits are often used to treat for cockroach and ant infestations and can be positioned deep inside cracks, crevices and wall voids. Roaches ingest the bait then return to their hiding places and die. There is also secondary kill when other roaches take up the bait by feeding on the dying insects or their excretions. Because baits have been a standard method of cockroach control for many years, roaches are showing aversion to formulations of some popular bait products. In order to fight this physiological and behavioral aversion, pest control professionals suggest rotating the use of baits with liquid treatments every few months.
When it comes to residual insecticides, there are many options for repellent and nonrepellent products. Undetectable liquid insecticides are the newest technology available to help in the fight against pests. These nonrepellent insecticides can be applied as crack, crevice or spot treatments inside and outside of the restaurant. The
treatments are undetectable to the insects, so pests unknowingly contact or ingest the active ingredient. In some cases, the pests may return to their nests or colonies and share the active ingredient with nestmates. Additional pests may then be controlled by the broad activity provided by the undetectable liquid treatments. Undetectable liquids help resolve bait aversion and the pests are actually eliminated, whereas other repellent liquid treatments simply ward off insects from the treated area. To be most effective there is a need to use dedicated application equipment for non-repellent products. This avoids cross contamination of repellent and non-repellent products.
Insect growth regulators (IGR’s) are products that interrupt or inhibit the development of a pest. Hydroprene and pyriproxyfen are the active ingredients in some of the industry’s top IGR’s. These products hamper the life cycles of roaches, flies and stored product pests by effecting their growth and reproduction. The advantage to IGR’s is their ability to be used in conjunction with non-repellent insecticides and baiting systems.
Thorough inspections, regular maintenance and proper sanitation of pest control “hot spots” should be standard practice for all restaurants. Combined with a comprehensive knowledge of professional pest management treatment options, these skills and practices will ensure management can focus on the business of running a successful, pest-free food service establishment.

 

2. Bed bugs

Why invest in professional pest control?

There are several things you can do around your home to help prevent insect or rodent infestations. Regular vacuuming, mopping and emptying of trash receptacles are all ways to make your house less inviting for pests. Making sure dirty dishes don’t pile up and preventing moisture from accumulating in your kitchen or bathroom also discourage pests from getting comfortable inside your house. Pests are experts at invading homes, but sometimes in spite of your best efforts, these unwanted guests still manage to infiltrate your home. This is when you need the exterminating power of a professional-grade pest control program.

Initial Pest Control Evaluation

When you enlist the services of a pest control specialist like Chelsea Pest Control, a team of licensed professionals will visit your property to perform an initial evaluation. They will inspect your home and the surrounding area to determine which pests are present and where they’re coming from. Once they’ve determined just how serious the problem is, a solution and plan of action can be devised. Our team of specialists will typically recommend a quarterly or bi-monthly program, depending on your specific situation.

Types of Pest Control Plans

A one-time general treatment can sometimes be enough to deal with a minor pest problem. However, most pest control companies strongly recommend ongoing treatment programs to eradicate pests and prevent future infestations. Quarterly programs include periodic inspection and treatment of your home’s interior and exterior, attic, eaves, lawn, etc. Many companies also offer a bi-monthly program, primarily focusing on the perimeter of your residence. Bi-monthly inspection and treatment of your home’s perimeter is perhaps the best way to prevent pest infiltration in the first place.Chelsea Pest Control can advise you on the program that best suits your needs.

Do I Really Need a Pest Control Professional?

The answer to this question is a resounding, “yes.” A quick internet search will reveal countless do-it-yourself remedies for insect and rodent infestation, and you may be tempted to take pest control efforts into your own hands. However, there are a number of factors involved that require the attention of a trained professional. Without knowing the source of the infestation, it is impossible to devise an effective treatment. Also, without an intimate knowledge of each pest’s specific seasonal habits, it’s difficult to create a plan that prevents infestation throughout the year. Additionally, many commercial pest control chemicals and rodent poisons can be hazardous to children and pets. A licensed technician will know which chemicals and baits are safest and what the correct dosages are.

Pest control is a year-round battle and an experienced professional has the expertise to help you win it. Contact Chelsea Pest Control for more information about available pest control options.


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David G

Brooklyn

Great service Reliable service
As a property manager I can say that it a breeze to deal with this company, all my tenants are very happy with the treatment they get. Highly recommended.


Adam Berman

Brooklyn NY

Have always been very pleased with the results and polite and friendly service. Definitely recommend this company.


Alex

Queens NY

I highly recommend. They offer consistently good service.


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Brooklyn NY

Great Pest Control Service!!!! I’ve been using them for years with no problems.