December 14th, 2018

Squirrel Pest Control in Queens, NYC

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A squirrel is a small or medium-sized rodent. Squirrels are herbivores; they eat a wide variety of plant food, including nuts, seeds, conifer cones, fruits, fungi, and green vegetation, and eat insects.

Predatory behavior by various species of ground squirrels, particularly the thirteen-lined ground squirrel has been noted.

Squirrels are sometimes considered pests because of their propensity to chew on various edible and inedible objects. This characteristic trait aids in maintaining sharp teeth, and because their teeth grow continuously, prevents over-growth. Homeowners in areas with a heavy squirrel population must keep attics and basements carefully sealed to prevent property damage caused by nesting squirrels.

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December 14th, 2018

Animal Control NYC – Squirrel Removal Raccoon …

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December 9th, 2018

Pedestrian scramble – Wikipedia

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A pedestrian scramble, also known as scramble intersection and scramble corner (Canada), ‘X’ Crossing (UK), diagonal crossing (US), exclusive pedestrian interval, or Barnes Dance, is a type of traffic signal movement that temporarily stops all vehicular traffic, thereby allowing pedestrians to cross an intersection in every direction, including diagonally, at the same time.

It was first used in Canada and the United States in the late 1940s, but it later fell out of favor with traffic engineers there, as it was seen as prioritizing flow of pedestrians over flow of car traffic. Its benefits for pedestrian amenity and safety have led to new examples being installed in many countries in recent years.

The name “Barnes Dance” commemorates traffic engineer Henry Barnes. While he did not claim to have invented it himself, Barnes was a strong advocate of it, having observed the difficulties his daughter experienced on her way to school.[1] He first introduced it in his home city of Denver, Colorado in the late 1940s.[2] Around this time, the pedestrian scramble was being tested separately in Kansas City and Vancouver.[3] Barnes later brought it to Baltimore and New York City.[4] When Barnes became traffic commissioner of New York City in 1962, his first action was to look for intersections to implement pedestrian scrambles. The first pedestrian scramble was installed ten days after he took office at the intersection of Vanderbilt Avenue and 42nd Street, to great acclaim.[5] Following the success of this first scramble, Barnes began adding more scrambles across the city, at Wall Street;[6] 42nd Street at Fifth Avenue and at Madison Avenue;[7] and Brooklyn.[8]

In his autobiography The Man With the Red and Green Eyes (1965) Barnes recorded that a City Hall reporter, John Buchanan, first coined the phrase by writing that “Barnes has made the people so happy they’re dancing in the streets.”[9] Barnes later said, “As things stood now, a downtown shopper needed a four-leaf clover, a voodoo charm, and a St. Christopher’s medal to make it in one piece from one curbstone to the other. As far as I was concerned a traffic engineer with Methodist leanings I didn’t think that the Almighty should be bothered with problems which we, ourselves, were capable of solving.”[3]

However, the Barnes Danceofficially known as an “exclusive pedestrian interval” because vehicular traffic is stopped in all directions during a pedestrian scramblecaused gridlock in some cities where it was implemented, such as New York City, where congestion increased due to longer wait times for lights.[10] Robert Moses disliked the scrambles because they held up traffic.[3] In locations such as Washington, D.C., pedestrian scrambles shorten the time allotted to each traffic-signal phase by one-third.[11] One study of exclusive pedestrian intervals in Greenwich, Connecticut, found that it offered no extra benefits compared to a “concurrent pedestrian interval” where pedestrians cross when parallel traffic has the green light.[12] In the United States, the 2009 Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices allows pedestrian scrambles.[13]

In Adelaide, there are two scrambles on either end of Rundle Mall, King William Street and another on Pulteney Street. There is another crossing at the intersection of King William Street, Waymouth Street and Pirie Street.

In Brisbane, there are two noteworthy scrambles: one in the central business district at the intersection of Adelaide and Edward Streets, adjacent to the Queen Street Mall; and a second at the intersection of Vulture and Boundary Streets in the suburb of West End. In Darwin, there is a pedestrian scramble at the CBD end of Smith St Mall.

In Melbourne, there is a pedestrian scramble at the intersection of Flinders and Elizabeth Streets, in front of Flinders Street railway station, allowing pedestrians to walk directly to the station and the two island tram platforms in the middle of both streets.

In Sydney, there are numerous examples in built-up commercial and CBD areas, like the intersection of George and Druitt Streets (with one of the corner blocks being the Sydney Town Hall), Church Street in Parramatta also has them, as does the Fairfield, New South Wales central business district.

Vancouver was one of the first cities worldwide to use the concept at individual locations.[14] London, Ontario, had a Barnes’ Dance crosswalk in the 1960s at the intersection of Clarence and King streets. In Toronto, the intersection of Yonge Street and Dundas Street, the location of Yonge-Dundas Square, has the city’s first installed scramble intersection[15] and has since been joined by two more on Bloor Street at Yonge and Bay Streets in the downtown area. In 2015, Toronto has eliminated the Bay and Bloor scramble crossing after an evaluation study found ‘modest positive benefits for pedestrians’ and ‘negative impacts to vehicular traffic’. The staff report also noted that sideswipe collisions at Bay and Bloor have more than doubled and rear-end type crashes have increased by 50% likely due to increased driver frustration.[16] Kingston, Ontario, has a scramble crosswalk at the corners of Union Street and University Avenue to increase the safety of Queen’s University students. Calgary has two pedestrian scrambles in the Eau Claire neighbourhood. St. Albert, Alberta has installed a test pedestrian scramble as of the end of May 2017. Edmonton has four as part of a pilot project, with plans for a fifth by early December.[14][17] Quebec City and Banff also have a few pedestrian scramble intersections.

Pedestrian scrambles, known as a scramble crossing (, sukuranburu-ksaten), are very common in Japan, where more than over 300 such intersections exist. Japan’s largest, and most famous, diagonal crossing is found in Tokyo, outside Shibuya station[18] Over 3,000 pedestrians can cross in one scramble and has become a symbol of Tokyo and Japan as a whole.[19] Sukiyabashi in Ginza is another large scramble crossing in Tokyo.

Kansai also has many diagonal crossings, including four outside the north exit of Kyoto Station alone. Most of the diagonal crossings in Osaka are located in the south of the city, in Abeno ward.

The first diagonal crossing to be installed in Japan was in the Kyushu city of Kumamoto in 1969.

In the Netherlands, a version of this crossing, called a Simultaneous Green light for Bicyclists, combined with an all way green light for pedestrians, is currently being used in a number of intersections in the North and East of the Netherlands.

In New Zealand, the first Barnes Dance was introduced in 1958 on Queen Street, Auckland, and was soon found in other cities as well.[1] The Queen Street examples are Custom Street, Shortland, Wyndham, Victoria and Wellesley Street intersections. When Mayoral Drive was constructed in the 1970s it was not created as a Barnes Dance -indicative of a change in traffic management models.

The Queen Street crossings remain today, despite early 2000s attempts to remove them for greater car priority, and have been extended with greater numbers of phases and pedestrian green times during the late 2000s.[citation needed]

Additionally, some Barnes Dance intersections do not provide painted crossings and are therefore de facto, such as the intersection of Grafton Rd and Symonds St within the University of Auckland city campus. Karangahape Road had two such crossings the Queen Street / K Road intersection was modified in the 1990s but the Pitt Street / K Road intersection is still a Barnes Dance. On nearby Ponsonby Road there is a Barnes Dance at Franklin Road. There is a Barnes Dance on the Great North Road at the Surrey Crescent intersection with Williamson Avenue. There is also a Barnes Dance at the multiple street intersection of Lake Road, Hurstmere Road, Northcroft Street and The Strand in Takapuna.

Barnes Dances also existed in several other cities in New Zealand, notably on Colombo Street, Christchurch and at Cargill’s Corner in South Dunedin, but have been gradually phased out. Barnes Dances exist in the South Island on Stafford Street in Timaru and three in the Christchurch CBD. In Dunedin Barnes Dances were reintroduced early in 2018, with the first two of eight sites (on the Octagon’s junctions with Princes and George Streets) opened in March.

In Taiwan, the word “pedestrian scramble” was translated to “” in traditional Chinese by the transportation authority.

In the 1990s, the first pedestrian scramble was implemented at the QingDao West Road and GongYuan Road intersection in the Zhongzheng District of Taipei City by the Taipei City Government. After then, more cities have applied pedestrian scrambles to important intersections and downtown areas in Taiwan like New Taipei City, Taoyuan City, Taichung City, Tainan City, Kaohsiung City, Keelung City, Hsinchu City, Chiayi City and Yilan County.

In 2002, Greater Manchester Urban Traffic (GMUTC) is currently understood to have installed the first diagonal crossing in the UK at the junction of Market Street and Beal Lane in Shaw, Oldham. Greater Manchester [20]

The first formal diagonal crossing in London was opened in Balham town centre in 2005. The success of the Balham crossing was followed by conversion of the existing crossing facilities at Oxford Circus in 2009,[21] Further diagonal crossings were constructed in Wood Green in 2010 and Wimbledon in 2012.

Swansea opened a diagonal crossing in 2015.

Harrogate also opened a diagonal crossing in 2015. Since opening, some have criticised the time given for pedestrians to cross and claim that poor design led to the death of an elderly pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle in its first year of operation.[22]

Kansas City was one of the first cities that used a pedestrian scramble system at a few locations.[2] Denver formerly used the pedestrian scramble system at nearly every intersection in the downtown business district. The practice was eliminated on 11 April 2011, in order to “balance” resources allotted to pedestrians, vehicles, and mass transit. Exclusive pedestrian intervals were kept, but the diagonal crossing was made illegal.[23][24]

In Boston, most signalized intersections use an exclusive pedestrian phase, where vehicular traffic is stopped in all directions and it is possible for fast walkers to cross the street diagonally (even though the crosswalks are not marked as such). However, a growing number of traffic signals are being programmed to use a concurrent pedestrian phase.[25] A similar situation exists in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where intersections with exclusive intervals can allow fast walkers to cross the street diagonally.[26]

In Washington, D.C., diagonal crossing existed at several downtown intersections until the mid-1980s. It was tried again on an experimental basis at 7th and H streets Northwest in the Chinatown neighborhood beginning May 2010.[27] In 2017, a second Barnes Dance crosswalk was added at Irving and 14th streets Northwest.[28]

In New Haven, all of the intersections with traffic lights have implemented the pedestrian scramble, since at least 1974.

In New York City, there are numerous signals with a pedestrian scramble phase; those are most often found in intersections with only one vehicle phase.[29] A notable pedestrian scramble exists in Lower Manhattan at the intersection of Vesey Street, Broadway, Park Row, and Ann Street.[30] Another notable scramble occurs at the busy intersection of Nostrand Avenue and Flatbush Avenue in Midwood, Brooklyn; this particular signal was the site of several crashes due to pedestrians crossing against the light, since pedestrians have a “don’t walk” signal when vehicles in either direction have a green signal.[31]

Signals at several intersections in Pittsburgh, including along Craig Street at Centre Avenue, Bayard Street, Fifth Avenue, and Forbes Avenue near the University of Pittsburgh; on Forbes at Morewood Street at the main entrance to Carnegie Mellon University; and on Forbes at Murray and Shady Avenues in Squirrel Hill stop traffic from all directions and allow pedestrians to cross in all directions. They are not, however, specially signed; they use a standard pedestrian crossing light (with added audio signal for the visually impaired).

The signal at the intersection of McKinley and Riverside Avenues on the campus of Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, is called the “Scramble Light” and is identified by the university as a campus landmark.[32]

Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, has numerous legal diagonal crosswalks in use around campus, as well as some through uptown.

Some pedestrian scrambles are implemented only temporarily, during times when extremely high pedestrian traffic is expected. A notable example of this occurs on home-game Saturdays at the intersection of Main Street and Stadium Boulevard in Ann Arbor, Michigan, which is immediately adjacent to Michigan Stadium. Local police take control of the vehicular signals and indicate the pedestrian phase by playing Michigan’s fight song, “The Victors.”

On 31 May 2013, Chicago began testing a pedestrian scramble on the intersection of State Street and Jackson Boulevard.[33]

In Nevada, both Reno and Sparks have pedestrian scramble interchanges. Reno’s is at the intersection of Virginia and 2nd Avenue downtown to accommodate casino pedestrian traffic, and Sparks’ are along Victorian Avenue to assist people in crossing to festivals that are held along that street.

Seattle uses the pedestrian scramble at 1st and Pike, 1st and University, 1st and Cherry, Beacon and 15th, 15th Ave NE and NE 40th St, and at the West Seattle Junction. The intersections are marked with a sign labeled “All Way Walk.”[34] Bellevue, Washington also has one at 108th Avenue NE and the NE 6th Street pedestrian walkway, on the west side of Bellevue Transit Center. It is not signed as an all-way walk, but has pedestrian walk lights, and is accompanied by an auditory alert of “Walk sign is on for all crossings.”

In California, San Francisco has several pedestrian scrambles along Stockton Street in Chinatown, Montgomery Street in the Financial District, as well as in several other locations.[35] In Los Angeles County, California, pedestrian scrambles are used in the Rodeo Drive commercial area of Beverly Hills; at the intersection of Westwood Boulevard and Le Conte Avenue as well as Weyburn and Broxton Avenues in the Westwood section of Los Angeles immediately adjacent to the UCLA campus; at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue in Hollywood, and at the intersection of Jefferson Boulevard and McClintock Avenue near the University of Southern California.[36] In 1994, two scrambles were installed in Pasadena, Los Angeles County, along Colorado Boulevard at two intersections: at DeLacey Avenue and at Raymond Avenue.[37] In San Diego, one of the locations that uses pedestrian scrambles is at the intersection of Market Street and 5th Avenue,[38] but the city does not plan to add any additional scrambles.[36] Carlsbad added its first scramble in 2012,[38] and the campus of UC Davis installed a bike/pedestrian scramble near its recreation center in 2014.[39]

The City of El Paso, Texas added pedestrian scramble markings to the intersection of Santa Fe Street and Main Drive in Downtown in April 2015.

In Portland, Oregon, a pedestrian scramble was added in November 2015 to the intersection of NW 11th Avenue and NW Couch Street, near Powell’s Books.[40][41]

Multiple pedestrian scrambles were added in the downtown area of Broadway in Nashville, Tennessee, in March 2016.[42]

On 9 May 2017, as part of the New York City Vision Zero program, the city announced that Manhattan may be getting new diagonal crossing intersections, including Lower Manhattan and Union Square. These crosswalks are planned to be installed by the end of 2017.[43]

Research at Transport for London has suggested the installation of a diagonal crossing can reduce pedestrian casualties by 38%.[44]

Since it stops all motor vehicles rather than allowing partial vehicle movements to coexist with partial pedestrian movements, the pedestrian scramble has sometimes been seen as inefficient by traffic engineers, with its removal believed as creating big savings in delays and congestion.[10] It benefits drivers by eliminating concurrent pedestrian phases, allowing car traffic to make left or right turns without being blocked by pedestrians in the crosswalk. However, this also results in either longer wait times for both drivers and pedestrians, or shorter traffic-signal phases where less traffic could flow through an intersection in a single cycle.[12]

Proper use requires that both drivers and pedestrians are aware of the traffic rules at such intersections. In some countries, that has led to a removal of at least individual installations. However, critics have dismissed these moves as further subordinating pedestrians to cars and consider the shared turns of motor vehicles and pedestrians as unnecessarily intimidating.[4]

The pedestrian scramble may be used where large numbers of pedestrians are expected, and they will also have enough space to gather on the sidewalks in larger numbers.[45] Under certain circumstances, pedestrian scrambles could reduce safety, as the average waiting times for pedestrians and car drivers are increased, thus creating more likelihood of people disobeying the signals.[46]

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November 30th, 2018

Action Alerts | PETA

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PETA Asia obtained disturbing eyewitness video footage captured inside a Cambodian slaughterhouse showing workers repeatedly bashing cows in the head with sledgehammers.

Tell the Dickens of a Christmas event organizers to cancel the planned monkey exhibition and commit to leaving wild animals out of future events.

Please join Jillian Michaelswho lost her home in the fireas well as PETA in urging Malibu Wine Safaris to move Stanley to a reputable facility.

Please join us in urging Brookdale to recommit to not visiting Bearadise Ranchor any other facility that forces animals to performagain.

Please tell CSU to pull the plug on Ebels cruel and worthless experiments.

Taking these 10 quick actions is the perfect way to show your kind heart. With the click of a button, help animals all over the world.

Pharma giants AbbVie, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Eli Lilly, and Pfizer put mice and rats in water-filled beakers from which they desperately try to escape.

An experimenter at Johns Hopkins University receives tax dollars to restrain and torment barn owlsand pretends that doing so helps humans.

Please politely contact Shelby Countys Public Works Division, which is overseeing the hunting initiative, and ask it to scrap killing in favor of humane control methods.

Intelligent and sensitive marmoset monkeys are small, cooperative, and easy to handleso of course, laboratories want to torment more of them in cruel experiments.

SeaQuest owner Vince Covino is notorious for exploiting animals for entertainment, yet some malls might allow him to open more cruel exhibits.

Please thank the company for taking this compassionate step and urge it to stop supporting horrific abuse of goats and rabbits by banning mohair and angora as well.

Thanks to all who took action! The Cheyenne Animal Shelter president who directed staff to abuse an 8-month-old dog named Tanner has reportedly resigned.

Please take a moment to express to the managers of the following malls your disappointment over their support of SeaQuest aquariums.

Please urge the Town of Orange Board of Selectmen to opt for humane and effective long-term solutions to resolve issues with flooding.

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November 23rd, 2018

NY NJ Wildlife Removal – Humane Removal of Unwanted Animals

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Welcome to NY-NJ Wildlife Removal, your first step to the effective and humane removal of wildlife within your home or office.

Vast woodlands and forests contribute to the lush and serene atmosphere of Staten Island, New Jersey, and the greater New York City area; however, while living near green-space has its obvious benefits, a home near nature is also a vulnerable target for pests and creatures who find shelter within residential or commercial structures. Chimneys, roof junctions, soffits, basements, decks and attics all make excellent habitats for unwanted woodland intruders who often carry the risk of infecting loved ones with a handful of diseases including ringworm, rabies and Lyme disease. If an animal like a raccoon, opossum or squirrel is seen stumbling around during the day, theres a good chance its sick. Dont go near, or touch the animal. Retreat to a safe distance and call us immediately! Even if the animal is already dead, call a professional to care for the removal in the safest way possible.

At NY-NJ Wildlife Removal, we use effective methods to eliminate infestations while taking more humane approaches toward the removal of wild animals. WE SPECIALIZE IN RACCOON REMOVAL as well as removal of all unwanted animals. In addition to the quality of our service, our post removal restoration techniques are what surmounts our services from other wildlife control providers. After eradicating your home of natures uninvited, our licensed and insured experts will sanitize and repair the infected and damaged areas. This means: if the eves of your roof are damaged by pests, we will refurbish the structure. In the case of a raccoon, squirrel or any other invasive animal nesting, our professionals will replace insulation or other structural necessities that were destroyed during the infestation.

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November 15th, 2018

3 Ways to Cope With the Sound of Rats at Night – wikiHow

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Should I use rat poison if they would perhaps die in the walls?

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It is worth a shot. However, rats are very smart rodents and might catch onto what you are doing. Many people have set traps only to have rats avoid them.


I think I have a rat/ mouse in the house, but it keeps escaping my traps. What should I do to kill it or chase it away?

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One of the best ways to get rid of it is to get a cat.


What are the signs to show that the poison is working on rats?

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When rats eat poison, it takes a little while. First, they go crazy. Then they fall asleep and die.

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October 30th, 2018

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October 4th, 2018

Squirrel Removal Services Animal Control NYC

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You wouldnt think squirrels could be a pesky critter since they keep to themselves out in the wild. You see these cute animals roaming the parks, up in trees, collecting their food for the winter days, and at times you might see them in your yard. Running around, walking your fence, perhaps even climbing your tree. Until one day you hear some noise in your attic. To your surprise you have a squirrel family taking up residency in your home. What to do? Well, the best thing to do is to leave these adorable little critters to the professionals.Animal Control NYC can solve your squirrel problems for once in for all with just one call, so contact us today.

During the winter months is when squirrels look into a warm place to set up their nest. Squirrels are very common in residential areas and are often found in the yards and homes. Squirrels sometimes find their way into the attics of homes where they build nests and enjoy protection from cold weather. Yards with plenty of foliage are attractive to squirrels, who view trees as both a source of food and shelter.

Animal Control NYC can handle any type of animal removal. From living to dead animals we are highly trained professionals who have been in the industry for many years. We service NYC, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Bronx, Queens, Long Island City. Give us a call 646-741-4333.

Let us handle your squirrel problem because as cute as they are and their babies they can in fact cause a lot of damage to your home. Inside your home, squirrels nest in attics and will chew and gnaw on wooden support beams and your walls. They also endanger themselves and humans by chewing on electrical wires. Squirrels often travel on power lines, which can lead to electrical shorts. You can avoid these problems by contacting the Animal Control NYC office today.

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September 25th, 2018

Who Is Responsible for Pest Control, Landlords or Tenants …

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When bugs and other pests make their way into rental properties, it can cause conflict between tenants and landlords as to who is responsible for pest control.

In this blog, we will cover who is responsible and how you can identify and remove the pest.

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Before we break down pest control and whos responsible between the landlord and tenant its worth stating this.

Pests, vermin, and other uninvited house guests are dangerous to the health of the occupants.

The first action should be remedying the issue regardless of who is responsible.

If youre a tenant with an unresponsive landlord, dont let their negligence affect your well-being. Take care of the issue through DIY methods or by scheduling an appointment with a pest control service.

If youre a landlord you can call and schedule an appointment with a pest control service and if you manage to fix the issue in time, you can cancel the appointment. Having this appointment documented will also prove in any litigation that remedial steps were being taken.

The first and most important step is to remedy the issue and then worry about who is financially responsible. Removing thedisease-carrying insects and pests is priority #1.

We prepared some of the most commonly asked questions for Avvos legal team. Esther is part of the General Counsel for this online legal service.

Note: Weve made transcription notes beneath the video for quicker reference too.

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Landlords are responsible for pest control and keeping infestations away but there are situations where a tenant can have living behaviors that lead to an infestation and in those cases a tenant can be responsible for taking care of pest control. Generally, the landlord is responsible but if a landlord can prove the tenant caused the infestation the tenant would be responsible.

The lease should say that the landlord is delivering the unit in good condition and is responsible for pest control. Have a mention that any infestation due to the tenants doing than the tenant will be responsible.

Its important the landlord documents the history of pest issues. If the tenant is creating pest issues due to garbage and unhealthy living conditions the landlord should document this.

Generally, the type of infestation is what youll look at first. If its something that is common to the area or to that building than it will generally be the landlords responsibility. Bed bugs are on the rise and legislation depends on state and local laws. Typically the onus falls on the landlord here.

Termites can cause structural damage and landlords have an obligation to keep a warranty of habitability. There is legislation passed in California where it doesnt list termites by name but its still the landlords responsibility to take care of this due to issues of safety in the building.

This depends. If the tenant has given written notice to the landlord of the infestation the landlord needs to take care of this. Each state has their own laws on how quickly a landlord responds and if tenants can withhold rent.

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Pest control isnt cheap, so the issue of who is financially responsible can create some tension in both parties. Its normally the responsibility of the landlord or owner to contract with a pest control service to maintain the structures, whether a multi-unit building or single family home.

Pest control responsibility should always be included inthe lease agreement.

A good landlord usually wont want to leave seasonal pest control up to the tenant, as things may not get done to their satisfaction.

If the landlord can document that the tenant is responsible for the infestation they may be able to have the tenant pay for pest control. This can be done by setting up a rental inspection and give the tenant proper notice beforehand. Take pictures of the environment that may be leading to the pest issues.

The implied warranty of habitability means that landlords must maintain livable conditions in a rental property.

A pest infestation is one of those things that will jeopardize that condition. So for the most part, its up to the landlord to arrange and pay for pest control.

If the infestation is due to natural circumstances, the landlord is responsible for taking care of the problem. In other words, if the rental property is located near a grassy field and the tenant reports mice, the landlord needs to arrange for and pay for the exterminator.

Other natural pest conditions might include termites, spiders, ants, rats, wasps, and sometimes cockroaches and bedbugs.

Most landlords make arrangements for seasonal maintenance and prevention, as well as theimmediate pest control and pay for it on their own so the problem does not get any worse.

However, just because a landlord makes all the arrangements doesnt always mean that they foot the bill in every case.

If a pest infestation can be linked to tenant behavior or actions, its then up to the tenant to bear the financial burden. Some pests, like ants or cockroaches, are attracted to areas that are unclean. If the tenant has trouble with taking out the garbage regularly or keeping food covered in the kitchen or pantry, it can attract the pests.

Excess moisture from poor upkeep or non-reported leaks can also attract certain pests. A flea infestation may also bethe result of a tenants pet, and would, therefore, be up to the tenant to foot the bill for treatments.

In these instances, the exterminator can help the landlord determine whether or not the tenants living conditions are attracting the pests. Poor housekeeping, moistureor infestation due to petsthat are documented can mean that the financial responsibility of pest control can be passed to the tenant.

Also, landlords who discover such living conditions or pet conditions may want to issue a comply or quit notice to ensure the tenant wont be attracting more pests to the property again and again.

Bedbugs are on the rise across the country, and many places, like New Hampshire, are passing new laws to try to curb their growth. There may be different rules in place when it comes to a bedbug infestation than for other types of pests.

Its important for landlords to be up to speed on bedbug laws in their area before they receive a panicked phone call from their tenants.

Bedbugs are notoriously difficult to get rid of, and they are easily transported from one place to another on clothes, luggage, skin and more. If a rental property is bedbug-free at turnover, and an infestation occurs, it is most likely the responsibility of the tenant to get rid of them.

However, if the rental property has a history of bedbug infestations, it is most likely up to the landlord to take care of it, since the infestation may not have been completely effective.

Its worth it for landlords to check up to see if their city or state has enacted any laws about bedbug infestations in rental properties and make sure to comply with those laws in the event of an infestation.

If a tenant contacts a landlord about a pest infestation, its important that the landlord act immediately and then sort out finances down the road. Failure to act on a pest infestation could mean legal trouble and the tenant might be within their right to withhold rent until the problem is fixed.

Theres no reason why landlords cannot respond with an exterminator appointment within a few days after notification from the tenant.

In order to protect themselves from any conflict or legal action down the road, its important for landlords to document everything relating to the infestation, such as when the tenant first reported it, what action the landlord took, invoice and notes from the exterminator and any other interaction from the parties.

Many landlords address pest control in the lease agreement, especially when there are no state or municipal laws on the topic.

One option is that the landlord agrees to turn over a pest-free unit to the tenant and do seasonal maintenance, and then any pest infestations are the responsibility of the tenant. Another option is for the landlord to arrange for regular preventative pest control services, usually 4 times per year, and the tenant is responsible for anything outside those scheduled visits.

No matter how pest control issues are worked out, its important for them to be discussed in detail prior to signing the lease so that both parties are clear on who is responsible for what.

Pest control is not cheap when hiring out an exterminator. Thats why many will search for a DIY pest control supply store.

Weve foundsolutions pest and lawnto be one of the most helpful services.

When you click the Pest Control tab at the top of their website youll see a drop-down that looks like this.

If you click any of those images above youll be taken to an educational page on that pest.

For example, when you click Roaches youll be taken to a page with step by step instructions on on how to get rid of roaches. The page includes this helpful video.

The combination of the helpful video tutorials and available products makessolutions pest and lawna helpful resource for DIY pest control.

Here are some frequently asked questions on apartment related pest control questions.

Cockroaches in apartment laws are searched frequently because cockroaches are one of the most common pests that renters deal with. In the video above it covers how to remove cockroaches but not what the laws are surrounding them. This will depend on your state and city laws. In California law, it is clear that cockroaches are the responsibility of the landlord.

This will depend on the natural state of the apartment. If you have mice in your apartment the landlord may be responsible if there is a history of infestation. If the apartment is located next to a grassy field this may be a natural reason for mice in the apartment. If the tenants living conditions lead to mice in the apartment (garbage is not being taken out regularly) then the tenant could be liable. In all instances, each state and city will have different laws on who is responsible.

Similar to other pest infestations, landlords will be responsible based on state and local laws along with what the lease says. Ants are many times due to food being left out in the open. In these scenarios, the tenant would be responsible for ants in the rental property because its due to tenant neglect. Ants are one of the easier pests to track and eradicate.

The simple answer is that yes, landlords are responsible for pest control in California. As of 2016, they must notify tenants that they are performing pest control if they are doing it themselves. Its a good idea to read up on the Structural Pest Control Board PDF here.

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Pest problems need not be limited to insects alone. You might have animal control problems with squirrels, raccoons, bats, and opossum in Suffolk and Nassau County. These animals tend to breach our homes and business establishments in their search for food and shelter. In the process, they create nuisance in the form of weird noises at unearthly hours, scratching, digging and damaging the property, causing health threats and so on. If left unchecked, these wild animals can multiply at a very fast rate and expose your homes, businesses, family, and customers to discomfort, disease.

Squirrels are small, furry animals that are cute to look at and an inspiration as they go about busily with their work of finding food and storing it away. But when they start entering your home in search of food, they can turn out to be quite a nuisance. They also breed prolifically and before you notice it, your home can be overrun with squirrels. Moreover, the urine and feces that the squirrels discharge in the premises leaves an offensive odor apart from posing potential health threats. It is best to block their entry into the house by sealing all possible entry points like small gaps at the ground level, and vents at the roof level.

Opossums and raccoons are good burrowers and climbers. If theres an opening in the basement, you can expect these small creatures to sneak in! Lets first see how to confirm the presence of troublesome animals on your premises strange and unusual sounds are the first indicator of animals like the raccoon and opossum. The sounds that these animals make while scampering around to set base in your attic or basement are dead giveaways of their presence. Since they are nocturnal by nature, you are more likely to hear their presence late in the evenings when all is quiet and settled.

The second sign of their presence is the distinctively strong, unpleasant odor emanating from the urine and excrement that raccoons discharge. However the damage they wreak on your premises, in the form of scratches or claw marks on the building, chimneys, shingles, and shutters. Raccoons generally invade our properties during the winter months in an effort to ward off the cold weather.

The feces and urine of raccoons and possums are potential health hazards; so avoid contact with the droppings. The best way to keep raccoons away from your home is to block all entry points like vents and openings at the ground level and below it. Clear away debris, firewood stocks, old equipment, in fact, anything that can give shelter to possums.

Basically docile by nature, in threatening circumstances raccoons and possums can turn fierce and turn upon you in a bid to protect themselves. So its advisable to take professional help to disinfect and control the entry of these wild animals in your home and business establishments. Theyll usually fit chimney caps, lay our underground fencing, roof vent caps, and a host of other devices to prevent the raccoons or opossums from burrowing under, scaling over or dropping into your home.

Batman and Dracula aside; bats are timid creatures; nor do they guzzle human blood for that matter. In fact, bats do us a favor by feeding on pests and insects in our surroundings. Although harmless in an apparent way and all the good they do for us, these flying mammals do pose a health threat to us because they are carriers of dangerous diseases like rabies etc. Bats usually inhabit the upper areas of buildings and come out during the night times to hunt for food.

Professional pest control services will be able to help you bat-proof your home by fixing protective meshes to chimney vents, windows etc. In case the bats have found entry into the house, they have to be individually trapped and disposed of in the wild. While physical contact with the furry creatures is not threatening as such, it is advisable to wear protective clothing while handling them.

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