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Pest Control Information for Homeowners and Tenants

Date: June 29, 2017

Property owners, residents and tenants are being reminded that there are many methods available to control pests on their properties, even before needing to contact a licensed pest control service.  Common pests that may be seen in the Northeast include:  mice, rodents, roaches & bedbugs.

Mice and rodents are looking for food, water and shelter.  The following can be done in order to control a mouse and/or rodent infestation:

·         Remove the attraction (keep food stored on shelves, off the floor and in hard containers with tight fitting covers)

·         Cut off access into the house (make sure house is weather-tight, openings at the bottom of doors do not show light to exterior and all holes in foundation walls are sealed)

·         Trapping (use traps around the perimeter of exterior or in safe locations away from children and pets within the home where mice or rodents have been identified)

·         Remove sources of water collection (make sure exterior hoses do not drip and that stagnant water sources are removed)

·         Areas where food is stored and eaten should be cleaned and sanitized regularly

·         Clean up mouse and rodent droppings regularly to monitor their activity

·         Clean up uneaten pet food regularly

For more information on mice and rodents, go to the following websites:

Roaches come in many varieties.  In the Northeast, there are approximately 50 types with the most common being the American cockroach, German cockroach and the Brown-banded cockroach.  Roaches prefer areas that are dark and moist, where food and moisture are available.  These areas allow them to thrive and feed on decaying matter.  The following can be done to help combat a cockroach infestation:

·         Roaches can come up through the drains so do not leave dirty dishes in the sink overnight

·         Keep all food items in hard containers with tight-fitting lids

·         Keep food in the refrigerator and freezer, if possible

·         Do not allow pet food and water to remain in bowl(s) overnight

·         Remove garbage from home on a routine basis

·         Trash receptacles should be stored outside with tightly-fitted lids and away from the house

·         Keep areas that commonly become greasy clean as frequent as possible, including areas around and under the stove and refrigerator

·         Home goods and hardware stores sell traps, baits and insecticides which should be followed according to the manufacturer’s specifications

Bed bugs have become ever so present in this area as a result of international travel.  Bed bugs are small insects that feed on the blood of mammals and birds.  Although bed bugs are a nuisance, they are not known to cause disease.  In most cases, bed bugs are transported on the clothing, bedding, luggage and furniture that located in an area that was infested.  In order to better control bed bugs, you can do the following:

·         Carefully examine bedding, clothing, furniture and luggage before bringing them into the house, especially after traveling internationally

·         Examine bedding for small bloodstains and areas along bedrails

·         Frequent vacuuming of these areas may help

·         Washing clothes in a “hot” cycle may be effective

·         Leaving articles of clothing, bedding or furniture in the hot sun or outside in freezing temperatures can be an effective control measure

·         Keep openings and cracks sealed, especially in bedroom areas

·         In most cases,  professional assistance in conjunction with good sanitation practices is required to fully remove a bed bug infestation

For more information on bed bugs, go to the following website:                  


 For Teaneck renter/tenants, if you require further information or want to lodge a complaint, please contact the Health Department at:  (201) 837-1600 (x1500) or by e-mail at: