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Viking Pest is Hosting Our First Annual Pest Prime Week of 2019!

Starting July 15 – July 19, receive limited-time only deals on Viking’s most popular pest control services for both residential and commercial properties. With savings totaling hundreds of dollars, pest prime week is the optimal time to purchase your pest control needs! Viking Pest is offering deals on a wide array of pest control services, so no matter your pest concern, you can save big July 15 – July 19!  Some Deals Include:

These deals won’t last forever, so buy now! Visit pestprimeweek.com for details and even MORE savings! Viking’s use of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques minimizes pesticide use and maximizes safety for your family or business. Viking has an On-Staff Entomologist, and our technicians are university trained and have years of field experience. You benefit from the people that Viking employs by our ability to diagnose your problems quickly and solve them with speed and precision in a safe and effective manner. If it’s fast, sensible solutions to your pest control problems you’re looking for, Viking is the one to call!  Click here for pest prime day savings or click here for a FREE estimate for any pest control service.  

4 Signs That You Might Need to Invest in Mice Control

Mice have lived alongside humans for ages. Sadly, that relationship is largely one-sided as humans are subject to diseases from mice droppings and urine. If you suspect you have mice in your home, it’s imperative to invest in mice control now, rather than later. Below are a few tips to tell if you have a mouse problem.

  • Sounds in the Night: Homes can have any number of odd noises as they settle from the heat of the day. However, if you hear scampering, clawing, or scratching at night, it’s an excellent sign that you need mice control. Mice are nocturnal, so their activity level will be much higher at night. Still, you may hear some sounds during the day, particularly early morning and evening.
  • Droppings: One of the best signs that you have a mouse problem is finding droppings. You’ll notice small, dark droppings in the bottom of drawers and possibly the back of cabinets just to name a few. In some cases, you may find them along baseboards (mouse runways). Note that mouse droppings are small, under one-quarter inch in length, and rounded on both ends. Larger droppings indicate a possible rat problem rather than mice.
  • Urine: Mice urinate as much as they defecate, and you’ll notice the musky smell of their urine, particularly around areas where they nest. The larger your mouse issue, the stronger the scent of urine will be. Mice prefer to nest in areas where they have access to fibers to make themselves comfortable – where you store your spare bedsheets or extra kitchen towels are excellent examples.
  • Chew Marks: Finally, if you notice chew marks on select items including utensils stored in drawers, it is an excellent sign that mice control methods need to be implemented. Watch for holes chewed in the sides of cardboard food boxes (rice, cereal, etc.) that might be stored in cabinets where mice can reach.

If you suspect that you have a mouse problem, now is the time to act. They breed very quickly, and a minor infestation can become a major problem in a short time. Get in touch with us at Viking Pest Control by calling 888-481-8219 to schedule an in-home consultation.


4 Signs You Need a Manufacturing Pest Control Service Now!

No matter what kind of manufacturing industry you are in, pests are always a problem. Raw ingredients for food, fabrics, medicines, and so on, are targets for pests – but really, any type of manufacturing can draw certain types of infestations. If you don’t have manufacturing pest control services set up as a routine for your location, you could be inviting pests to come right in. Here are four signs that you need to give Viking Pest a call today.

1. You see flies all over the place.

This is probably the most obvious of all the pests because flies don’t tend to hide away and lay eggs or consume. Instead, they fly around, spreading bacteria and disease as they consume whatever they land on. From common black flies and fruit flies to cluster flies and other varieties, these pests can show up everywhere. They are more than just a nuisance due to the way they can spread bacteria.

2. You frequently see flashes of black or brown in the corner of your vision.

It is a sign that you’ve got the most common pest of all – cockroaches. These hardy insects will go anywhere there is a food source, and you’d be amazed what they consider food. They can also spread bacteria and germs everywhere they go. The best way to get rid of the indestructible cockroach is removing the food source.

3. You see small droppings on the floor or have issues with chewed-on electrical wiring.

It is a sign that you’ve got rodents in your space. It can be a huge problem in a manufacturing environment, because rodents do more than just spreading germs. They also destroy property by chewing it up to make nests and pathways. If you see one rodent or evidence of one, there are always a lot more hidden away.

4. You have inventory rooms where products are stored for long periods of time.

If you have spaces where products are stored away for several weeks or months, there is a good chance that tiny pests like mites, weevils, and beetles have found their way into the inventory. Cool, dark, secluded inventory that never gets moved is the perfect home for these types of pests.

The best way to get rid of all these pests and more is through manufacturing pest control routines with Viking Pest. A complete pest control service will get your facility free of these potential hazards.

Do You Have Bed Bugs? Signs and Symptoms to Watch For

Bed bugs have infiltrated homes and businesses throughout New York. In fact, they’ve become something of a national epidemic. They’ve been discovered in some of the highest-end hotels and apartments, and once they’re established, you may need a bed bug exterminator to truly eradicate them. How do you tell if you have bed bugs, though? Below, we’ll run down some of the signs and symptoms to look for that might indicate the presence of these pests.

Check for Signs of Bugs

While bites may be the first sign that makes you think you have a bed bug infestation, they are often inconclusive. Many bite types resemble one another, and it can be easy to be bitten outdoors without noticing it, only to realize it later and assume that it happened indoors. Instead, look for signs of bed bugs in your home. These can include:
  • Live bed bugs in your bedding, under the mattress, and around the bed.
  • Rusty stains on your bedding from bed bugs being crushed while you sleep.
  • Small dark spots (about the size of the bullet point at the beginning of this sentence), which are bed bug excrement. These spots may spread like ink into your bedding.
  • Pale yellow nymph skins shed as they mature and grow.
  • Very small (1 mm) eggs and eggshells in your bedding or under the mattress.

Look for Signs of Infestation

In addition to looking for signs of bed bugs on and within your bedding, or under your bed, there are other areas that these pests like to hide out. Knowing these areas can help ensure that you’re able to keep a close eye out for them. Check the seams of couch and chair cushions for live bugs, dead bugs, eggs and the like, and also check in the folds of curtains. If the curtains have a bottom seam, check it for bug-related detritus, as well. If you suspect a have a heavy infestation, you should also check within electrical receptacles for signs of bed bug activity.

What to Do If You Find Bed Bugs

If you notice bed bug detritus, live bugs, or suspect that you have a problem, immediately contacting a bed bug exterminator in New York is essential. A true professional can help exterminate live bugs and eggs, and safely eradicate them from your home and belongings. Call Viking Pest Control today at 888-481-8219 for a professional assessment.

Viking Pest Control 2018 kickoff session

THIS is what VIKING looks like!

What a day... Viking hosted our 2018 kickoff session and we had our biggest turnout yet! Special thanks to Phil Koerner for leading excellent educational sessions, and Bill Kolbe for helping arrange this awesome event! For all those who attended, we hope you really enjoyed the event. You make us the strong and successful company that we are. Viking is looking forward to our best year ever!

Benefits of Commercial Pest Control

Anyone who owns a business knows that it is important to make sure it is kept clean and that it always looks professional. Having ants, roaches, rodents, termites or other problems infesting the business can cause some serious complications whether you are running a retail store, a restaurant, hospital, warehouse, or anything in between. After all, you would not want your customers and clients, or your employees, to see and have to deal with these pests.

Advantages Of Commercial Pest Control

It is essential to have a quality pest control company that can take care of these problems. If you haven’t had a pest problem yet, you should still speak with a company about taking some preventative measures so it doesn’t happen to you. Let’s look at some of the biggest advantages to working with a commercial pest control company. One of the top reasons to work with a commercial pest control company is to ensure that the pests are all removed properly. When business owners try to handle it on their own, they often use too many toxic chemicals, and they may not even be fully aware of the types of pests they are trying to eliminate. The pest control company brings knowledge and experience to the table, which means they can take care of the job correctly the first time. They can also find the source of the problem and remove it. In addition, you will find that many of the companies can offer preventative services, which can help to keep pests from becoming a problem in the future. Having the property checked or sprayed regularly is a good option. This can ensure that you never have to deal with a serious pest problem, and your business and customers will be much happier for it.

The Difference Between Commercial and Residential Pest Control

Residential pest control is designed specifically for the home. However, residential pest control has a wider scope when it comes to the services and the techniques used. It is often essential for the company to be able to tailor their services based on the type of business. For example, the approach to working in a warehouse might be different from removing pests for a hospital or a daycare center. If you have a business that needs to have proper pest control, whether you already have an infestation, or you are merely trying to keep the pests at bay, get in touch with the professionals at Viking Pest Control.

Ticks and The Fall

What does the Fall weather mean for Ticks?

Just because the weather is becoming cooler, don’t forget fall is a very active time for ticks. Ticks remain active in their adult stage from fall to spring as long as the temperature is above freezing. Each life stage (larvae, nymph and adult) of any species of tick has a discrete time period when it is most likely to be looking for a host. The adult stages of this tick begin to become active as the season changes from summer to fall. In the northeastern U.S., these adult stage ticks start to become abundant early in October, and they will remain active through the winter as long as the temperatures are above freezing and the ground is not frozen or covered by snow. The nymphal stage of this tick is active during the late spring and summer.

How to remove a tick?

As tick populations grow and spread across the country, their prevalence is increasing the public's risk for some troubling diseases. Of these diseases, say dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology, Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Powassan virus and alpha-gal syndrome -- a mysterious red meat allergy -- are among the most serious. Read How to Remove a Tick Here or Click the link below https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/09/170919111244.htm Tick Control Tick Removal

When the Hospitality Industry Forgets Pest Control

Bed bugs. Roaches. Rats. Any one of these or other pests will sound the death knoll of a hospitality business. Guests of a hotel who see so much as an ant are liable to complain on trip review websites, doing long-term damage to your brand and business. It's not just your reputation at stake, either. Some pests can cause damage to your hotel or B&B, like termites, and others, like rats, can spread disease. The presence of pests can draw the attention of health inspectors, which could lead to fines and/or the loss of your business.
[caption id="attachment_277" align="alignleft" width="305"]80612451 The thing with pests is that it doesn’t always matter how clean you keep your business.[/caption] Hospitality businesses that also have restaurants or even just a breakfast service need double the pest control because of the importance of immaculate cleanliness in the industry. Industry inspections will recognize the signs of pests, so smart business owners stay on top of the problem by hiring regular pest control services to prevent and mitigate problems before they come to the surface. A regular pest control intervention offers easy scheduling at intervals appropriate to address the specific needs of the situation and in a manner that is convenient for the proprietor so that guests are not being bothered.
The continual influx of guests from around the world also means that pests can hitchhike on unwitting people and hide in their bags, only to set up camp in their new abode-your hospitality business. Bed bugs are one of the most common pests to plague hospitality businesses, but any local pest has the potential to be a problem for the industry. The thing with pests is that it doesn't always matter how clean you keep your business. Pests can still find a way to get in, and the only way to get them out is a professional pest control service that understands the unique needs of the hospitality industry.

How to Deal with Termite Control

One of the few pests that can actually do you real financial damage, termites are a problem that need to be controlled immediately and there is no easy way out of it. Termites can infest your home for some time before you start to actually notice the damage. As soon as you see one termite, it is time to call a termite control specialist.
A termite control service in Maryland involves tenting your house not because the pest control service is going to spray your entire home but because the technicians actually need to dig around your home’s foundations—because termites are subterranean creatures and the only way to locate and contain the problem is to find them where they live and breed.
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Things To Do To Control Termite Problem

Termites feed on wood, as you know, so there are several things you can do to control the termite problem before it gets out of control. Most people in Maryland will be susceptible to termites, and the best way to prevent the problem is to minimize wood and wood pulp waste piles including garden mulch. When termites find a delicious woody food source, they will move in for the long haul and will end up burrowing beneath your home to find more food.
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Termites are experts at what they do and can find their way through any crack or crevice including the ones you had no idea were even there. Also, termites usually eat wood from the inside out, so by the time you notice them, it’s already too late. The structural damage they can do to homes is devastating and way more expensive than a termite control service. Many people in Maryland opt for a pre-emptive strike by calling for an initial assessment when there is any suspicion of termite action. When you do need termite control, the process does take a few days, during which your house will be made into a fortress to protect against future attacks.
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Pest-Proofing for the Fall

Pests of Fall: Pest-Proofing
Viking's Guide to Preventing Autumn Pests From Entering Your Home

When fall comes, animals begin to prepare for the winter.

They look for a warm place to live with easy access to food and water. As you can imagine, your home looks more appealing to most pests than of the areas surrounding it, which is why many people see a dramatic increase in pest populations as summer turns into autumn. It is also why fall is an ideal time to pest-proof your home. Because pests are generally seeking warmth, the first step in pest-prevention is preventing them from getting inside of your home, in the first place. To do this, you need to find potential pest entrances and close them up so that pests cannot enter through them. What is a pest entrance? Well, it is any break in your home’s exterior that would permit a pest to enter. Given how tiny many bugs are, the break does not have to be large. So, you want to inspect the entire exterior of your home. Weather-strip or caulk around doors and windows; caulk between trim and siding; clean and seal off soffit gaps; and secure your dryer vent so that pests cannot enter through it. In addition to warmth, pests are looking for water. Water is essential to life and a home without a ready water source for pests is going to be much less appealing than another location. However, even tiny water leaks can give pests the water they need to survive. Inspect all plumbing for leaks and fix them, especially under sinks where the dark, dank surroundings are a perfect breeding ground for pests. Water pipes and their openings can also provide a perfect way for pests to move in and out of buildings or between rooms; use caulk to close up any gaps and help prevent pests from using those areas for movement. Larger pests can easily chew though caulk, so if an opening is larger, use copper wire mesh to secure the hole prior to caulking. Some pests, like spiders, rely on humidity in the air. Use a dehumidifier in damp areas, like basements, to discourage those pests. Finally, pests need food. Secure all food in air-tight food containers, keep pet food out of reach and in sealed containers when the pets are not eating, and remove clutter on the floor, which can hide pests as they migrate towards food sources.   About Viking Pest Control Providing pest control solutions since 1980, Viking is the largest family owned pest control business in the northeast. Viking is a Quality Pro company and members with the NPMA. Viking offers both residential and commercial pest control service. Contact us today!