A study released last year shed light on the extent to which critters help keep our streets clean by eating garbage. Researchers at North Carolina State University conducted a series of experiments throughout Manhattan that revealed that arthropods (e.g. spiders, ants, millipedes) can consume 2,100 pounds of food waste each year from the scraps left on the streets of Manhattan. At first, it seems pretty awesome that insects and mice are doing their part in removing waste from the curb, but what about when the winter comes? When the weather turns to frigid, theseÂ hundreds of different species of crawling insects in the Tri-State are going to be bringing their appetite indoors – pestering home owners and stressing shop keepers.
New York City buildings and residences with cracks or holes in the foundation will be the most susceptible to intrusion. The mulch-beds and shrubbery outside your home may look aesthetically pleasing, but during the summer and fall they harborage numerous pests that will eventually look to migrate indoors as the cold sets in.
So what can you do?
Well, the easiest measures areÂ to check your weather stripping and then to run a dehumidifier in areas that are known to be dark and damp, like your basement. Insects and mice love secluded places where they can live undisturbed.Â Closing up entry points and reducing humidity also goes a long way in preventing insect infestations because if they can’t get in, then you don’t have a problem.
What you see may only be a small part of a bigger problem.
Crawling insects like millipedes are excellent at hiding in the dark corners of your home, so if you happen to spot one there maybe more lurking around unseen. You can remove them with a vacuum most of the time, but for large infestations you want to dial in a professional that can find the source of your problem as well as eliminate the invading population.