Magic Exterminating is a family owned business founded in 1960 offering Green Shield Certfied Services.
Magic is a Greenopia Designated Business, Member of the USGBC & the Queens Chamber of Commerce Go Green - Anyone can be Conventional
You can reach us at 212-431-5009 - 718-961-9000 - 516-767-1700

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Magic Goes Wireless & Paperless

Going wireless means Going Green. Magic will be expanding our use of hand held devices to our technicians and sales force. This technological leap forward will help our clientele and Magic Pest Management by reducing paperwork and allowing immediate access to the collected data.

Paper Saved: Appointment Lists, Contracts, Brochures, Preparation Sheets, Service Tickets, and Quality Control Reports will be immediately generated into an electronic document that can be emailed or sent via facsimile to the client.

Service Enhancements: The hand held logs time in and out with GPS verification. Technicians must complete the task list generated for each service location, service tickets will be not be hand written or illegible.

Time Saving: Sales people and technician no longer have to drive to the office to pick up/ drop off paperwork. Automated filing and no more scanning . No more data entry of contracts and service tickets.

Bottom Line better Customer Service.

Magic offers Green Shield Certified Pest Control Services which guidelines are set by the IPM Institute of North America but Green Services is not enough at Magic we look to Green the way operate our business and deliver services.

Queens Green Business Summit

Magic is proud to participate in the 2nd Annual Queens Green Business Summit. Come by our booth or the Facility Manager Forum for information on what Green Pest Control means and how it benefits your business, clients and the environment.

The Queens Green Business Summit will both challenge and identify ways to innovate in a green economy. Attendees will include those seeking to do business in Queens while embracing an emerging green economy.

The summit will consist of exhibitors, speakers, and informative panel discussions. Exhibitors and sponsors will gain exceptional exposure in the press and community and an unprecedented networking opportunity.

Monday, December 28, 2009

The Entomological Society of America's 57th Annual Meeting

Magic was represented by our Board Certified Entomologist Ralph H. Maestre at the 2009 ESA Annual Meeting. You can see a video of Marlin Rice, President of the ESA, speaking about the event here Marlin Rice Talks about the ESA 2009 Annual Meeting.

I asked Mr. Maestre a few questions upon his return:

Question: Why is it important to attend events like the ESA Annual Meeting.

Mr. Maestre: "This meeting is attended by entomologist, educators, students, government officials and employees from around the country do discuss the most current concerns dealing with insects and anthropoids. Researchers from the leading laboratories and universities present the latest finding relating to crop protection, pest control, invasive species (see image of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug from China) and environmental issues."

Question: What did you find most interesting?

Mr. Maestre: "The next generation of pest control products that will be introduced over the next five (5) years which are being developed to target specific organisms like Bed Bugs, Termites, Ants, and Flies."

You can read Mr. Meastre blog at

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Angie's List Users Award Magic 2009 Super Service Award

Angie's list Super Service Award is presented to a company that maintains an "A" rating in all categories for an entire year. The award is very prestigious and out of the 100+ pest control companies in the New York area Magic was one of only two (2) that received the award.

Thank You Angie's List Users. Your reviews confirm Magic is the Best.

Magic wants to congratulate our employees. Our success is a direct result of our employees applying the core value expressed in our mission statement "Total Customer Satisfaction is our Goal."

Magic services Manhattan (NYC), Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx and Long Island. Magic is a full service Pest Control Company servicing Residential, Commercial, Restaurants, Hotels, Schools, Hospitals, Construction and Industrial clients for Bed Bugs, Termites, Rats, Mice, Roaches and a myriad of other pests.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Bedbugs Equal Big Business

Ralph H. Maestre BCE interviewed by Connor Boals of Columbia University on Vimeo.

Read the full article her CLICK

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Bed Bugs vs. Rodents a Day with Dr. Bobby Corrigan

I am a graduate of the New York City Rodent Control Academy so spending a day with Dr. Bobby Corrigan being educated on the latest information on rodent control was like receiving a piano lesson from a virtuous. Bobby covered numerous topics quoting scientific studies with a passion that kept me at the edge of my seat. The seminar, part of Magic's employee educational program, was attended by members of the NYS DEC, the NYC DOH and the Nassau & Suffolk County DOH.

One of the most interesting topics Bobby spoke to was about the economics of our industry. Bobby used the example of Bed Bugs vs. Rodents. Consumers are willing to pay big money for the eradication of Bed Bugs which at this present time do not transfer diseases but have a societal stigmatism attached to them and minor psychological side effects.

Yet give a consumer the cost of eradicating a Rodent infestation and their immediate response is “That’s a lot of money”. What consumers do not realize is that a Rodent deficates between 60-100 times a day and each piece of fecal matter carries 5 million different viruses. Rodents also urinate, which cannot be seen, over 3,000 times a day and the urine carries a protein that is one of the main causes of asthma. Additional, Rodents also carry
Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis which symptoms mimic a very extreme case of the flu.

To make matters worse
Rodent infestations usually require some form of Rodent Proofing to the structure. Rodents always invade a property in search of warmth and food. Structural repairs can become costly especially in multiple family dwellings.

The bottom line is that if consumers were properly informed of the health risks of Rodents they would understand that it is imperative to eradicate them from our homes, offices and our schools and the cost would be justified.

Magic believes in educating our clientele on all the issues surrounding there
Pest Control needs allowing them to make educated decisions.

Bobby's credentials and history can be found at numerous places on the internet. Check:
Pest Management Professional article on Bobby
Pest Control Technology video footage of Rats filmed by Bobby

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Green Brooklyn Green City Fair & Symposium 2009

For the second year Magic Pest Management participated in the Green Brooklyn Green City Fair and Symposium.

This year CENYC did a wonderful job enlarging the range of attendees at the event. We found ourselves surrounded by groups of students from K-12 asking us about our Green Shield Certified Services.

"It made the event special" said Ralph H. Maestre Board Certified Entomologist who maned the both along with Anthony DeVito ACE "We both enjoy educating people and especially young people about what modern pest management is and that we no longer indiscriminately spray pest control products."

Today we use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) which looks at conducive conditions first and after correcting any of these issues we than focus on eliminating the invading pests.

We also have a myriad of Green Pest Control Products at our disposal that allow us to effectively treat for rodents, roaches, bed bugs, ants, bees and just about any other insect that might be found in our homes or offices.

Magic hopes this event continues to grow and looks forward to supporting CENYC efforts and the Green movement in the future.
Go Green! Anyone can be Conventional

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

SL Green, Tishman & Hard Rock Proposal for Aqueduct Redevelopment

Magic Pest Management was invited to the Queens Chamber of Commerce for a presentation regarding the development of Aqueduct Racetrack. The presentation was given by Marc Holliday CEO & Edward V. Piccinich Executive VP of SL Green, Jay Badame President & CEO of Tishman and the Hard Rock.

The development team went over the extensive work they have done towards making this project a success. Jay Badame made assurances that Tishman will continue with its long record of hiring local subcontract and use as many renewable resources as possible to keep the project green. Marc Holliday laid out the vision of the future for the site which would include a possible convention center, hotel and entertainment / commercial mall that would bring thousands of jobs to the area.

Magic was very impressed and hope that the Sl Green, Tishman & Hard Rock team win this bid.

Additional reading at:

Magic at Citi Field thanks to the Queens Chamber of Commerce

About 20 employees of Magic Pest Management were the guests of the Queens Chamber of Commerce at the Mets last home stand. We want to thanks the Chamber and the Mets.

All of the employees said it was a great experience especially to getting away from the office and and the shop talk of Bed Bugs and the upcoming rodent and cave cricket season. Here are a few comments and pictures from the park.

Livia Machin - As my family and I were walking to Citi Field, we did not know what to expect. The last time we were at Shea Stadium, I did not feel like coming back. I was not a baseball fan but seeing how beautiful Citi Field is I am now. My family and I got excited with all the new features it has. The view was amazing and I can honestly say we enjoyed the game. My Kids had fun at the wiffle ball field and my husband was amazed with the way Citi Filed was set up. I loved Citi Field so much because it is very family oriented. and my whole family cannot wait to come back again. Thanks for the wonderful experience.

Ravi Joshi - My experience at Mets game was a great one, since this was my first time at Citi Field. I went with my mother, sister and cousin and all of them enjoyed themselves. The stadium had a modern look to it, there were a wide variety of food vendors and the facilities were very clean. We were all impressed. The best part of this experience was that the Mets won, the weather was beautiful and we had good seats located at the Pepsi Porch. We all thank The Queens Chamber and the Mets for there generosity.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Magic hits the streets of New York City

3rd Ave Street Fair
Magic is a family owned business that understands what is really important, our children. This event gave Michele and Lexi a chance to hand out hundreds of insect themed coloring books and crayons to all the the kids passing by. They in turn gave us a big smile and thank you.

It seemed like everyone wanted to share a tale about their battle against Bed Bugs, Rodents or some other scurrying pest. Information regarding Integrated Pest Management, our Green Pest Control or Conventional Pest Control Services was provide with an invitation for a no cost estimate which made Mom and Dad Happy.

Hopefully you got to enjoy the beautiful day, unique vendors, food and entertainment offered.
We hope to see you at our next event "The Green Brooklyn... Green City Fair & Symposium" Thursday, September 24, 2009, Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn Opening remarks at 11:30am, fair 12pm-6pm, Free and open to the public! 40 interactive exhibitor booths featuring hands-on activities for kids and adults alike!

Image courtesy of Brandon Remler

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Brooklyn Green Business Summit 2009

Magic Pest Mgmt will participate at our 2nd Brooklyn Green Business Summit.
October 15, 2009 from 9 am - 5 pm.

Magic staff had a wonderful experience at this event last year. We fielded questions all day from the attendees regarding our Green Shield Certified Pest Control Services.

The Summit will help identify easy to implement and affordable ways to green your business, monitor and track your efforts, and of course report back to your customers. The summit gives you an opportunity to network with like-minded participants who know how to engage borough’s economic, social and environmental landscapes to grow their businesses and their lives.

See you all there.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

September13, 2009 Third Avenue from 66th to 86th Street NYC

Bring the family by MAGIC PEST MANAGEMENTS booth* at the upcoming "Third Avenue Street Fair" one of New York's oldest, largest & most exciting annual street festivals. This 32 year-old festival presented by the 3rd Ave. Community Benefit Fund will be held on Third Ave from 66th Street to 86th Street in Manhattan on Sunday September 13th from 11am to 5:30pm.
Magic is a family owned business founded in 1960. Magic an industry leader provides Green Shield Certified Pest Control Service.
The Festival is managed by The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce.There will be over 800 vendors selling crafts, clothing and ethnic foods.Three stages of entertainment are planned: one stage with children’s programming, Concert stage and the third stage will be live musical numbers performed by Off-Broadway and Broadway stars.

*Children will recieve a small gift while supplies last.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Magic to participate in 7th Annual Seniors Appreciation Week

Magic was happy to receive an invitation to the 7th Annual Senior Appreciation Luncheon. The event is sponsored by New York State Senator Shirley L. Huntley.

Magic is a family owned business founded in 1960. Owner Hal Byer (a senior) is the heart and soul of the company. Hal strives to pass on his values which is expressed in the staff's commitment to customer satisfaction. He is always there with a word of advise or support often sharing a person experience that he learnt a lesson from.

Hal's visionary leadership led Magic to become one of the countries first Green Shield Certified Pest Management Companies. Changing peoples perspective on "What Pest Management is?" has become a major goal at Magic. True Pest Control is a cooperative effort incorporating actions required by the client in conjunction with the service of a Pest Management Professional.

We hope to talk to you at the event.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Magic in "The New Yorker" magazine

Magic Pest Management in “The New Yorker” Rebecca Mead Onward and Upward with the Arts “The Art Doctor” The New Yorker, May 11, 2009, p. 58 excerpt from page 61.

... The meeting was interrupted by the ringing of the doorbell, notifying Sheidemann of the arrival of an expert whom he had called in for a more pressing case. This was “Sister Perpetua’s Lie” an installation by Ree Morton, the late conceptual artist... The work, which included several tree stumps, had been in storage since 1995. When it was un-crated, It was discovered on of the stumps had started to rot... Sheidemann had been charged with finding and preparing a replacement. ...A member of the team had identified the kind of tree the stump came from: a White Oak. ...we painted it and stained it and then we realized that it is contaminated with bugs...

The expert consultant was Jimmy Tallman, From a company called Magic Exterminating, the name of which was embroidered upon the breast pocket of his blue work shirt. Tallman frowned as he looked at the stump. “It’s not dry-wood termites,” he said thoughtfully. “it’s some kind of bore beetle.” He made a call on his cell phone to his boss. “Hey Lou, How are you?” he said. “ I am with some customers in an art gallery with some white oak that is going to be part of a display. There are pebbles. It could be bore, right?” Lou apparently agreed that the piece need to come into the shop for fumigation, which would take place in a heated chamber the size of Scheidemann’s studio. The remain question was whether the stump needed to be shipped to the shop, which would take up precious time, or whether Tallman could transport it himself, in his van. “What’s the value?” with a note of uncertainty in his voice. “Ten dollars,” Sheidemann said. Tallman looked relieved. “That’s good,” good he said “Because I had one lady, a customer, and I took her antique table out with me, and it turned out to be worth twenty thousand dollars.”

“This will eventually be part of an invaluable installation,” Scheidemann said. “But I think we gave ten dollars for the cutting. So right now it’s worth ten dollars.”

Monday, June 1, 2009

Evolver Town Hall: Beyond Survive - We Thrive!

Magic Pest Management (MPM) was happy to participate in the first Evolvor Town Hall event held on May 31 2009 at historical St. Marks Church on 10th Street & Second Avenue.

The event featured workshops, panels, music, art, food, info tables, and more. Speakers specifically addressed how YOU can make a direct impact in their area of expertise. Topics include: Renewable Energy & Efficiency, Green Jobs, Food Justice, Conscious Health and Living, Locally Supported Agriculture, Climate Change, DIY ART, Rooftop & Community Gardens, Media Activism, Resilient Neighborhoods & Communities, Local/Alternative Currency, and more.

Magic is one of New York's few Green Shield Certified Pest Management Companies. "As a leader in our industry we take ever opportunity to educate the public on the science of Green Pest Control" states Hal Byer President of MPM. Sanitation & Structural issues must be addressed to eliminate pests. Our staff's trained eyes observe problems a lay person may miss. Once identified these issues can usually be correct by the client. If an application is required we use Botanical or Food Grade Level products.

Magic Pest Mgmt Partcipates in Job Fair

Magic Pest Management (MPM) participated in a Job Fiar sponsored by Council Member Elizabeth S. Crowley held at P.S. 88 in Ridgewood on May 30, 2009.

Magic has been providing quality pest control to the Queens Community since 1960 and is always anxious to give back to the community. "Our business is based on value added services. Due to this we have been able to retain our client base through the economic downturn and have posted a modest gain" states Hal Byer President of MPM "Because of this we are always looking for service oriented, professionally minded individuals to fill out our customer service and sales support staff." Evelissa Torres pictured with Council Member Crowley.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Mr. Met drafted by Magic Team to pitch Green Pest Management

Queens Business Summit

The Magic Team made an appearance at Citi Field. Mr. Met joined us to help pitch our Green Services. The event was sponsored by the Queens Chamber of Commerce and the stadium was sold out. We all took a turn at the plate and we definitely hit a few Home Runs.

Evolver Town Hall Beyond Survive - We Thrive!

Magic continues to support grass root Green movements by signing on to participate in launch event. On Sunday, May 31, join a city-wide gathering of innovative individuals, local groups, nonprofits, government organizations, and local businesses who are transforming today’s challenges into visionary opportunities. Discover new ways we New Yorkers can re-imagine our beloved Big Apple, making it resilient, thriving, funky, healthy, and green.

Magic will be present to distribute information on Green Pest Management.

May 31, 2009 - 1:30-5:30 PM
St. Marks Church in the Bowery, corner of 10th St. and 2nd Ave.
Admission $5.00

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Trade Show Updates

Upcoming Shows

If you haven't been to Citi Field come join us on May 21st for the Queens Business Expo at Citi Filed. The event is sponsored by the Queens Chamber of Commerce.

Admission is free and will feature local and nationally based business' that service our community.

Stop by our booth and say hello.

Past Shows
The Coop & Condo Expo which was held at the New York Hilton on April 7th was an impressive event. The stream of attendees was endless during this day long event. Our new booth brought a professional to our presence that was evidenced by the comments of passing attendees. It was especially nice to hear the praise of existing clients as they shuffled by. Our management team introduced our services to hundreds of potential new clients and made follow up appointments that has kept me busy running around inspecting properties.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Going Green in Queens 2009 Expo

Join us for our Green Note Speaker, Susan LaCerte from the Queens Botanical Gardens
and over 50 groups including Urban Park Rangers, Citizens Committee for NYC, New York
League of Conservation Voters, New Yorkers for Parks, LIC Boathouse, GreenShores NYC,
Flushing Meadows Corona Park Conservancy, Friends of Gantry Parks, Queens Civic Congress,
Recycle Queens, NYC Department of Environmental Conservation, Trees NY, Alley Pond
Environmental Center, and over 40 other groups as we exchange ideas and network in a beautiful venue packed with displays, exhibits and lots of fun.

Magic Pest Management is proud of our continued commitment to educating the community on Green Pest Management. Come by our booth and ask what Green Pest Management means and how it is accomplished.

GOING GREEN IN QUEENS 2009Greening, Educational and Networking Conference
Saturday, March 28, 2009
11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
at the
Al Oerter Recreational Center
131-40 Fowler Avenue
Flushing NY 11355

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Ralph Maestre BCE lectures at The Museum of Natural History

Ralph Maestre BCE lectured at the monthly meeting of the New York Entomological Society held at the American Museum of Natural History. Attending was Dr. Louis Sorkin BCE staff Entomologist at the Museum.

The lecture was on Advanced Termite Biology and Infestation Control. After the 45 minute lecture Mr. Maestre answered a wide range of questions and was given a round of applause.

Dr. Sorkin than led us out of the museum via his office, we passed rows of cabinets containing hundreds of preserved butterflies, several tanks containing various live tarantulas and were shown Dr. Sorkin's captive bed bug specimens.

The exchange of ideas continued over a wonderful dinner leaving my stomach full and my mind crammed with new information.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Magic Pest Management Invests in the Future

Magic Pest Management moves forward assuring its place as an industry leader. Magic has a new logo that projects our philosophy on pest management and the place of the Pest Management Professional in today's world. We are stewards of not only the people who ask for our help, but of our environment and our planet. The symbol of a man in green holding a green planet encapsulates these thoughts.

Magic has been striving to educate the public about Green Pest Control through appearance at trade shows. Our new Trade Show Booth will help us project the professionalism and commitment of ownership, the management team and our employees to the public. Magic has appeared at the Queens Green Business Summit and the Green Brooklyn Expo. Magic's upcoming trade shows are Going Green in Queens March 28 2009, COOP & CONDO EXPO April 7 2009, and the Brooklyn Green Business Summit October 15 2009. We are moving forward as new Green Events are announced.

Magic is also sponsoring education seminars given by our Board Certified Entomologist Ralph H. Meastre. Mr. Meastre most recently spoke at the Queens Chamber of Commerce and has upcoming speaking engagements at the Museum of Natural History and for Ricochet Public Relations.

Magic is hopeful that we will be entering into several new partnerships and projects that will give back to the community and green the way our business functions.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Invitation to COOP & CONDO EXPO

Magic Pest Managment would like to invite you to the COOP & CONDO EXPO being held at The Hilton New York on April 7th 2009.

Magic performs both Conventional and Green Services.

Magic's Green Standards are independently Certified by the IPM Institute of North America.

Contact me to be entered into the MP4 Giveaway.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Magic Pest Mgmt Attends NYC Council Meeting on Bed Bugs

On February 24, 2009 the NYC City Council (meeting details) met for the second time to discuss three new proposed laws to control the increasing bed bug problem in NYC New York Daily News Article.

I attended the meeting along with Ralph Maestre BCE our Board Certified Entomologist (pictured with Kitty Lee of Residex, Dr. Bobby Corigan of the Dept. of Health and Walter Blohm of NYC PPCA). The experts that testified all agreed that a task force should be formed to study the procedures required to combat this fast spreading epdemic.

Magic Pest Mgmt is leading the fight against Bed Bugs. Ralph Maestre BCE uses all of the scientific data he collects and has formulated a treatment plan using cutting edge technologies. See CBS New Article Featuring Magic Pest Management perfroming a Bed Bug Treatment.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Queens Green Business Summit

It was another inspiring day. When you work in a profession that most perceive as having a negative impact on our environment it is wonderful to see people become quickly fascinated by the concept of Green pest management.

We are working hard to bring the standards and practices into effect where ever we can. Our management team offers no cost seminars and educational programs to help people understand the benefits of going green.