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How Did These Ants Get Into Your Home?

Filed under: Ant Control,Pest Control — admin @ 9:21 am June 10, 2016

fire ants, carpenter ants
Ants may be tiny, but they are certainly pesky, and getting rid of them can be a challenging and frustrating process if you attempt to do it on your own. Before you begin the ant removal process, it is important to understand just how the ants got there in the first place.

One Ant Can Lead to Thousands

Ants operate with a hive mentality. What that means for you is that if one ant finds an entry into your home and a food source inside it, she will report the information back to the rest of the colony. So long as a viable food source is present, more and more ants will eventually find their way into your home, making it important to stop them before it becomes a full-scale infestation. The sooner you contact a pest control specialist, the more manageable the situation will be.

Stopping Ants From Entering Your Homefire ants

Ants are resilient creatures. Their tiny size coupled with their massive numbers make them a formidable pest to to deal with.  Even if you are able to find their entry point and seal it up, the odds are high that they will soon find another one. Keeping your home clean of any food lying around helps, but even the smallest crumbs are worthwhile to an ant colony and will keep them coming back for more. In order to stop an ant infestation, you have to attack them at their source–the nest. Thankfully, pest control experts are trained at finding the nest of the ants invading your home and eliminating it quickly and efficiently, saving you the trouble of having to painstakingly hunt the nest down and remove it yourself.

Get Rid of the Ants in your Home Today

Ants may not pose the same threat to your house as termites, or the same threat to you and your family as poisonous spiders, but they are a terrible annoyance that are not easily eradicated. If you have noticed one or more ants in your home, put a stop to the invasion before it ever begins by contacting the pest control specialists at Horizon Pest Control. Our knowledgeable pest control experts have the tools and training necessary to eliminate your ant problem for good, ensuring that you never have to deal with these pesky little insects ever again.

How to Identify Stink Bugs

Filed under: Bed Bug,Bed Bug Extermination,Horizon Pest Control,Pest Control,Pest Management — admin @ 10:37 pm June 3, 2016

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While stink bugs are not typically dangerous to humans or pets, they can be a nuisance inside your home, especially during the fall and spring. Most stink bug infestations occur when it starts getting cold and when it begins to warm up, since the bugs are actively looking for ways into or out of your home at these times.

How to Identify a Stink Bug.

The most common characteristic that almost every variety of stink bug shares is the wide and flat design of its exoskeleton. To most people, it appears as though there is a hard shield on the back of a stink bug, with some specimens growing up to three-fourths of an inch long and wide. A putrid odor comes from the underside of the insect when it senses it is in danger, which can be another telling sign that you are dealing with a stink bug.

When and Where are Stink Bugs Usually Seen?stink bugs

Stink bugs do not tolerate cold weather very well and will try to get to a warmer, protected area before the weather turns too cold. This results in the bugs trying to get into your house around the middle of fall, when it starts getting fairly cold at night. The bugs tend to hibernate during the winter if they haven’t completely made it inside your house, but their hibernation mechanism does not kick in if they make it inside a living area. Once it warms up outside, they will usually try to exit your home, but may end up coming right into your living space instead.

They can usually be found in areas that do not see a lot of foot traffic, especially somewhere like an attic or behind drywall in on exterior walls. During the winter, you will probably see very few stink bugs, even if you do have an infestation, but during the spring you may see a lot of them coming out from any cracks in your drywall and ceiling, as well as from older HVAC vents that are not properly sealed.

What do Stink Bugs Eat?

Stink bugs generally stick to fruits and vegetables as they are an agricultural pest. In the summer, you might see them in your garden where they can do some damage by killing any growing vegetables. In your home, they typically do not eat anything as they are just trying to get outside in order to reproduce. As with most pests, if you see one or two of them in your house, you can bet that there are many times that number hiding just out of sight, requiring the services of an exterminator to get rid of them.

Got a Bee or Wasp Sting? Treat Them With These Home Remedies!

Filed under: Bee Removal & Management,Wasp Control — admin @ 3:37 pm May 27, 2016

Bee StingBeing stung by a bee or wasp can hurt and often results in inflamed, burning, swollen or itchy skin. Fortunately, you don’t have to deal with the pain. There are many things you can do to help relieve the burning and reduce the swelling. Some items can be purchased at the store while others are things you likely already have at home. Here are a few home remedies you may want to try the next time you’re stung by a bee or wasp.

Mud

If you are stung while camping, hiking or fishing, you may not have access to a lot of items. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t treat a bee or wasp sting. Mud can help to relieve some of the itchiness and pain associated with these stings. Simply mix some dirt and water to form a paste-like substance. Then rub the mud over the sting. When you get home, rinse the mud from the area and clean it well to prevent infection.

Meat Tenderizer

One of the best ways to treat bee and wasp stings is with meat tenderizer. This helps break down the protein in the venom, relieving the symptoms associated with these stings. It can also help break down a stinger stuck in your skin, so if you notice this, this is a method you want to try. Mix four parts meat tenderizer with one part water to make a paste. Rub a liberal layer over the affected area and allow it to dry. Reapply every two to three hours for best results. Meat tenderizer also works on mosquito and spider bites, so keep that in mind if you are bitten by either of those pests in the future.

Toothpaste

If your bee or wasp sting is itchy, apply a thin layer of toothpaste to the affected area. This should be a paste, not a gel toothpaste. This creates a tingly sensation on your arm which satisfies your urge to scratch the area while also reducing itchiness. The toothpaste should be rinsed off and reapplied every few hours to keep symptoms in check.

Baking Soda

The last home remedy for treating bee and wasp stings is baking soda. Mix equal parts baking soda and water to form a paste. Rub the paste over the bite to soothe itchiness and prevent swelling. Baking soda does contain salt, so if you have been scratching the area and broken the skin, this method may burn a bit at first. However, if left on, it will relieve your symptoms.

You don’t have to be uncomfortable after being stung by a bee or a wasp. There are many different ways to treat the sting and relieve the pain, itchiness and swelling associated with it. Using mud, toothpaste, meat tenderizer or baking soda can help. If you are allergic to bee stings or experience trouble breathing following a sting, seek emergency medical care immediately, rather than trying any of these home remedies.

If you need help with flying, stinging insects, contact us right  away.

How to Keep Pests Away After Ridding of Them

Filed under: Ant Control,Cockroach Control,Stink Bugs — admin @ 7:00 pm May 19, 2016

Removing pests from your home may solve the immediate problem you were facing. However, if you do not take the proper precautions, the pests can re-enter and re-infest your home, putting your right back in the same situation you thought you got rid of. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to prevent these problems from reoccurring. Here are three common pests in New Jersey and a few tips for keeping these pests away after you rid your home of them.

Ants

Food ContainerOne of the best ways to keep ants out of your home is to eliminate any food sources for them. This includes placing food in plastic bins rather than leaving it in the boxes, cleaning up crumbs, and taking out the trash every night. If ants find food in your home, they will continue to come in looking for more food. Another way to keep ants out is to find out how they are getting in and seal that off. If they are entering from small cracks in your home’s exterior, seal off the cracks. If they are finding gaps under your door, install new weatherstripping. Finding out how ants are entering and then shutting off that source helps to keep them out.

Cockroaches

PlumbingIf you have recently gotten rid of a cockroach infestation in your home, you will want to work diligently to prevent another one from happening. Just like ants, cockroaches look for food, so ensure there is no food for them to find. Additionally, cockroaches enjoy dark, damp places. Repairing plumbing leaks will help eliminate these damp places, which can help to keep these pests away. Lastly, cockroaches will die if they come into contact with diatomaceous earth. Sprinkle some of this powder in areas where cockroaches may have infested your home before, such as in the crawl space. You can also sprinkle this around door ways or windows to keep these pests from entering.

Stink Bugs

VacuumStink bugs leave behind a pungent smell. After you remove them from your home, you don’t want to have to smell this smell again. As such, you will want to vacuum regularly to keep these bugs at bay. They can hide in your carpet and quickly multiply. Regular vacuuming helps prevent this from happening. Secondly, combine a squirt of dish soap with water in a spray bottle. Regularly spray any cracks or openings that these pests may enter through. The soap sticks to their skin and kills the bugs, helping to prevent an infestation. Lastly, consider placing cat nip or garlic in your garden or outdoor space. Stink bugs hate the scent and will stay away, which deters them from your home.

After you have gotten rid of pests in your home, the last thing you want is to have another infestation. Taking the correct precautions can prevent that from happening, allowing you to live a bug-free life.

If you need help with pests, call Horizon Pest Control for effective pest control in NJ.

How to Tell the Difference Between a Carpenter Ant and a Termite

Filed under: Ant Control,Termite Control,Termites — admin @ 7:00 pm May 16, 2016

What are Carpenter Ants and Termites?

Carpenter ants, also known as sugar ants, reside in damp and decaying wood. They are mostly found in forested areas. They build their nests in woods, however, don’t consume them.

Termites, on the other hand, eat wood. The drywood kind are found in furniture and hardwood flooring. They thrive in warm humid climates and can cause moderate to severe destruction of property.

How to Spot the Difference between Carpenter Ants and Termites

Carpenter Ants vs Termites

Physical distinction between carpenter ants and termites

Carpenter ants are mostly black in color. There are some species that are red/orange and black in color as well. The wings on the front are larger than the hind ones and they measure anywhere between 1/2″ and 5’8″. The antenna is elbowed in the case of carpenter ants.

Termites have straight antenna and are either dark brown or black in color. They measure 3/8″ in length. The wings of termites are of the same size and easily breakable. The wings are longer than the body.

Where can you find carpenter ants and termites

Carpenter ants can be found on porch floors, columns and pillars. They can also be found in gardens where the wood is in contact with soil and branches of trees. They are easily found in firewood piles, stumps, window sills and sometimes even in appliances and electrical equipment.

Termites can be found on wooden floors, mud tubes and furniture. Termites can also be found in dark places of the house, for example, a dingy basement without windows, doorways, sills, porches and any surface in contact with soil. If you spot discarded wings or hollow wood around the house, it is likely that it is infested by termites.

Damage caused by carpenter ants and termites

Carpenter ants looks for decayed wood and then make their way to sound wood in homes and businesses. They chew but do not eat the wood. Once they are done chewing, the texture appears almost sandy. Damage is hard to spot, however, if you spot ants regularly around a structure you should seek professional help.

Termites cause more permanent damage to property than carpenter ants.  Homes primarily constructed of wood are not the only ones that are threatened by termites. Other materials can cause termite infestation as well since they are capable of cutting through plaster and can be found feeding on floors, ceilings, walls, cabinets and wooden furniture. It is sometimes difficult to spot the damage as it can be internal and until severe damage is done, it can go undetectable. In that case, a professional pest control company’s help should be taken to assess the situation otherwise it can lead to severe damage.

If you find a swarm of either of these insects in your house or business place, you should immediately seek professional help before the situation worsens. For effective New Jersey termite control and New Jersey carpenter ant control, trust Horizon!

Why People Find Bugs to be Scary

Filed under: Bug Control — admin @ 7:00 pm May 13, 2016

pest control njThere are many things that people fear, but fear of insects and bugs, also known as Entomophobia or Acarophobia is one that is very common. Americans spend over 168 million annually on bug repellents alone.

Bugs are known as pests and with good reason. Whether mosquitoes, flies, ants, roaches, bees, ticks, fleas or less common household and outdoor bugs – many will agree that they don’t want them around. If it’s not for the fact that many of them carry and distribute nasty diseases and infections like West Nile or lyme disease, it’s sheerly to prevent annoyance and having bugs crawling on or around food or their families.

Pests like bedbugs – which are commonly an issue in major cities – can also cause quality of life issues and lead to lengthy, costly in depth processes to ensure that the problem is eradicated. The money that can potentially get lost in having to dispose of any infested clothing, blankets or furniture is also a concern.

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Add to it that for some, a bite from a particular type of bug, like a bee can be fatal and require immediate medical attention or an EpiPen in order to prevent death or further complications. The fear of getting bitten and having to go through a near death experience can cause anxiety, fear and even trigger a more expanded version of the phobia into other bugs and situations.

Termite infestation in a home can potentially lead to a ton of damage if not caught in time and be a costly problem to fix. In tropical climates, mosquitoes are often much larger in size than in the US and they can carry life threatening diseases, like Malaria. Malaria can be very difficult to prevent as well as to treat. Bites from fleas back in the 14th century, which were carried on the backs of rats caused the devastating spread of the Black Plague, also known as the Black Death in Europe. It was as simple as fleas biting other humans and animals and cross contaminating the victims due to infected blood.

Sufficed to say of the aforementioned facts, a fear of bugs can be a very logical one. So can being proactive to prevent and treat infestation and calling in a team of professional experts if you are experiencing a problem with bugs or pests in your home.  If you need an exterminator in NJ today, call us!

How to Identify Bed Bugs and Treat Them Properly

Filed under: Bed Bug,Bed Bug Extermination,Pest Control — admin @ 3:36 pm April 30, 2016

Bed BugBed bugs have made a resurgence in New Jersey and across all of America. While not known to transmit disease like some other bugs, bed bugs are more than just an annoyance. Anyone who has had bed bugs knows that an infestation can cause an abundance of stress and anxiety. Additionally, it can cause physical issues with painful and irritating bites and skin rashes.

Bed bugs can live anywhere that they find a live host to feed on. The cleanliness of the home or other location has nothing to do with an infestation; even the most well-kept house can become victim to these little pests. Bed bugs are small and are easily transported on clothing, luggage, used furniture, and other personal belongings without being noticed. The increase in travel, especially internationally, has also fostered the spread of bed bugs to places where they had previously been eradicated.

Bed bugs are small, flat, and oval-shaped and are brown or reddish brown – more on the reddish side if they have recently fed on a host. They are often mistaken for other insects like ticks or small cockroaches, but unlinke those bugs, bed bugs have segmented bodies. These little bugs are tricky and they are usually active at night, so you may not see them, but there is some evidence that you can look for. Bed bugs leave small red or brown spots. This is actually partially digested blood from their fecal droppings, so the spots will smear if you try to wipe them away.

If you think that you may have bed bugs, it’s important to check your bed linens, mattress and box springs, upholstered furniture, electrical outlets, and behind wallpaper and picture frames, around the site you suspect. Remember, they are small and they like crevices and folds, and can even be inside your mattress or box springs, or inside your wall.

Bed bugs are no joke. They have become resistant to many pesticides, and home remedies are not usually able to destroy them completely. In fact, some home remedies may just cause the bed bugs to move to a friendlier spot in your home. Complete extermination of bed bugs is best managed by a pest professional. Even then, it will likely take several treatments to completely eliminate the bugs.

If you suspect that you have bed bugs, or have seen evidence that you might, don’t let your problem get worse! Call the professionals at Horizon Pest Control to help you get rid of bed bugs today.

Common New Jersey Pests: When it is Time to Call an Exterminator?

Filed under: Pest Control — admin @ 4:00 pm April 22, 2016

New Jersey Pest Problems

Everyone gets the occasional spider or a few ants in their house, but when is it time to call an exterminator? If you suspect that you have a pest problem in New Jersey, Horizon Pest Control can help. Some insects and rodents can be managed with over-the-counter insecticides or traps, but at other times only an exterminator is effective. That’s because most pests reproduce at amazingly fast rates, making it difficult to eradicate them yourself. Every home or building is different, and a professional recognizes what makes one treatment more effective than another based on the built environment. If you have any of the following critters, you may want to consider hiring an exterminator:

Ants

Ants are a common nuisance, but they can get out of control if not dealt with immediately. Effectively evicting ants requires more than killing the ones you see. Ant nests house hundreds or thousands of the insects. If, after using an over-the-counter product, you still see ants in your home, it’s probably best to call an exterminator.

Termites

Termites are a much bigger problem, and you shouldn’t waste time trying to eradicate them yourself. Call an exterminator at the first sign of termites, as time is of the essence with pests that eat wood.

new jersey exterminatorBees and Wasps

If you have allergies to bee or wasp stings, you will also want to call in an expert immediately. It’s best to use a professional on hives even if you are not allergic, as all evidence of the hive and any honeycomb must be removed so that it doesn’t attract other pests, like flies or mice.

Mice and Rats

Mice are another pest that can be managed with over-the-counter traps, but if your efforts don’t seem to be working it is probably worth it to hire an exterminator, as mice and rats can be very destructive. Not only do they chew through wood and drywall, they also carry disease-causing agents such as bacteria, fleas, and viruses. They also reproduce quickly, and a problem with one or two rats or mice can quickly turn into an infestation that can’t be managed with traps alone.

Horizon Pest Control Can Help!

If you have a problem with any of the above bugs or pests, call Horizon Pest Control today! Our family-owned and operated pest-control business has been operating in New Jersey since 1970. We fight over thirty pests common in the Garden State and offer two programs to fit your needs and budget.

Stinging Insects of New Jersey

Filed under: Bee Removal & Management,Stinging Insect Control,Wasp Control — admin @ 4:00 pm April 18, 2016

Of the things the Garden State is well-known for, stinging insects are luckily not among them. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t any to worry about! There are two main kinds of stinging insects to worry about in New Jersey, namely bees and wasps. Although these insects perform important ecological functions, having them on, in, or near your house ranges from inconvenient to actively dangerous. Many people are allergic to bee or wasp stings, and even mild allergies can be life-threatening in the case of a swarm. Pets are also vulnerable to stings, especially as they may not know to leave the nest alone. If stung, be sensitive to the signs of an allergic reaction, and if you feel any swelling seek medical attention immediately!

Bees

bee controlOf the two, bees tend to be the least harmful but the most numerous. Though there are dozens of different species of bee, many are harmless to humans; male carpenter bees, for instance, don’t even have stingers. However, honey bees and bumblebees are social insects, building hives that can hold hundreds of insects, and can sting individually or in swarms. Honey bee stingers are barbed and thus are single-use weapons, but commensurately remain in the wound and exacerbate the original injury. Bumblebees can sting repeatedly and are thus substantially more dangerous in numbers. Bees generally only attack in self-defense, but have been known to attack people and pets.

Wasps

wasp controlLike bees, there are a number of different kinds of wasps; unlike bees, any kind of wasp can pose a substantial danger and should be dealt with immediately. Wasps can be easily identified by their long thin profile, shiny body surface, and yellow markings, common across the entire genus. Hornets and yellow jackets are species of wasp as well. These insects are attracted to food and beverages, can be aggressive, and have a painful, venemous sting, so if you see wasps or a hive on your property you should call Horizon Pest Control immediately. Some kinds of wasps build nests in the ground, while others build hanging hives which can be concealed in attics, hanging from eaves, or up in trees, but all of them are dangerous.

In either case, it is strongly advised that you leave removal to the professionals! All of the hive and honeycomb must be completely removed in order to prevent a recurrent infestation, and in some cases all of the inhabitants need to be killed before the hive is removed. Once your property is safe and the hive is gone, our professionals can help you bee- or wasp-proof your property by sealing off roof access and strategically placing repellent to convince new colonies to go elsewhere.  Remember, if you need help with stinging insects, contact us right away!

What You Need to Know About Stink Bugs

Filed under: Bug Control — admin @ 6:00 pm April 8, 2016

stink bugsPests come in a wide variety, but the one thing they all have in common is that you don’t want them in your home. Stink bugs are a recent addition to the list of potential problems in the U.S., but their presence is rapidly growing. While you have likely heard of stink bugs before, there is a lot you probably don’t know. Understanding a little more about the bugs can help you prevent an infestation and will better prepare you to handle one if it does occur.

They Aren’t American

Stink bugs are indigenous to Japan, Taiwan and other areas of East Asia. They didn’t first appear in North America until the late 90s. The first reported case was in Allentown, PA in 1998. Since then the population has swarmed, and they infest crops and homes in more than 40 states. American agriculture has been potent for their explosive growth, as they have access to far more farmland here than most of their native regions.

stink bugs prefer fruits and vegetablesThey Prefer Fruits and Vegetables

Stink bugs have proboscis that let them pierce the skin of their food to feed. This makes them harder to control with traditional pesticides, as they ingest far less of substances on the skin of a fruit. Their recent growth has been seen as an epidemic problem for the farming regions in the eastern half of the United States. They eat a much wider range of crops than most pests, and they are much more resilient against extreme weather, so their expansion across the country has been somewhat unprecedented. Aside from their trademark odor, they are most easily identified by the scarring they leave on the fruit they eat, often in the shape of a cat face.

They Are Inactive in Winter

Stink bugs mostly hibernate in the winter, but they will become more active through warm spells. They often hide under rocks and loose foliage, but when the opportunity exists, they enter buildings by the thousands. Crawlspaces, attics and the regions between walls are their normal homes. Preventing them from invading the building is very important, because they can be very difficult to displace once they settle. In recent years they have become resistant to many pesticides and other pest control remedies, so your best bet is to make sure your home is properly sealed. Caulking gaps, screening openings and making sure your building is generally free of openings is essential to preventing an infestation.

If you find yourself faced with a stink bug problem, there are still measures that can be taken. Professionals can remove the bugs and plan treatments that will prevent the problem for returning. For help with your pest control issues, call Horizon Pest Control today!

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