When Mice and Rats Enter Manufacturing Plants

Filed under: Commercial Pest Control,Mice Control,Rat Control,Rodent Control — Megan Howard @ 10:52 am October 14, 2014

 

Rat control in manufacturing plant

Mice and rat infestation can sometimes happen in manufacturing plants and other facilities when these pests create their nests inside these facilities. There are some ways to know if a manufacturing plant already has an infestation.

Signs of Infestation

Gnawing

Mice and rats, love to gnaw like any other rodents. They will chew doors, windows, and utility line. Gnawed packaged foods and boxes in the food storage area are a sign that rats or mice are just nearby.

Burrows

The burrows of these rodents can be found outside the plant, such as under sidewalks, ditches, under floors, and platforms. They can also create holes and dig around the foundation of a building. However, these rats can also create burrows inside a facility and may stay in dark-hidden areas of the kitchen or food storage area.

Droppings

Rats and mice continuously release fresh droppings anywhere they pass by or anywhere they gnaw. Seeing fresh droppings is an indication that a rodent infestation is already in place. Search for places that are commonly visited or even cleaned, near walls, and behind objects.

Foul odor

Rats usually leave a distinct smell that indicates their presence. When these rats live together, they create a strong foul smell that is hard to miss.

Smears

Rats usually run by rubbing their skin against the wall. They usually do this so that they can find their way, especially when it is dark. Search for possible smears along walls, and in openings where rats seen.

Protect Your Establishment

To avoid mice and rats from even entering your establishment, make sure to:

Remove their source of water

There are different ways for these rodents to gain access to water, especially in commercial places. Faucets may sometimes be left opened or there may be leaks on the pipes. Make sure that these areas are usually checked and fixed when needed.

Remove their source of food

Trash containers should always be sealed, especially at night when all the workers are gone home. It is also necessary to dispose garbage boxes, paper bags or in cans, food scraps and wrappers properly.

Remove their shelter

Trash should not be allowed to accumulate near the premises. Doors and windows should always be closed. It is also important to close all holes in walls and floors that are found. Check places that are not always checked and get rid of any items that are not necessary inside the facility. Make sure that the company also follows the right procedure in IPM or Integrated Pest Management and that the entire staff are trained to spot possible infestations to properly control and eliminate them as soon as they are found.

Protect your business from rodents. At the first sign of rats and mice in your  property, contatc Horizon Pest Control for a Free Inspection. For more information, visit Commercial Rat Control.

Stop Ants from Their Kitchen Invasion

Filed under: Ant Control — Megan Howard @ 10:49 am October 7, 2014

kitchen ants

Ants enter our kitchens with the aim of getting the food they want without the care of us seeing them. They work relentlessly, even if we try to get rid of them. They will come back for more and may never leave our kitchens because of the free buffet we provide them.

How to Stop Ant Invasion

Make Sure that Your Kitchen is Always Clean

  1. Do not leave the kitchen dirty.
  2. Make sure that the kitchen is free from any leftovers before you even leave it.
  3. Wipe down all surfaces with vinegar so that it becomes disinfected.
  4. Remove sources of garbage.
  5. Garbage cans should always be shut tightly.
  6. Food containers should always be sealed.
  7. Rinse off containers and bottles before disposing them.

Seal their Entrances

While creating a clean kitchen, make sure to seal off all possible entrances. Ants are small creatures that can easily gain access to the slightest and smallest entry. Since these ants are too small to know where they are gaining entry, follow the lined of ants and see where they are entering and leaving. Seal all entrances that you can find with the use of a silicone caulk or a plaster.

Create Barriers

To keep these ants from gaining entry, place barriers in areas where they are mostly seen. The use of ant chalk, cinnamon, citrus oil, baby powder, cayenne pepper, white vinegar and water, and the likes will help in deterring these ants from getting to their food source.

Bait or Spray Them

Spray them. Spraying the ants that you see may help in deterring them for a while. However, spraying these ants do not provide a lasting effect because these ants may still come back after a day or two.

Bait them. To effectively get rid of ants in the kitchen, prepare a great treat of bait for them. There are different bait solutions available in the market these days, which you can also use. Just place these liquid baits in areas where these ants are seen so that they can get the bait, and carry it home. Although these baits may take a week or two to take effect, but the result is always effective since you may notice the decrease of ants in the kitchen until the day that they will not come anymore.

Horizon Pest Control provides high quality pest control service done at a timely manner. For more information about our programs, go to New Jersey Ant Control.

Help Pets Get Rid of Their Pests

Filed under: Pest Control,Tick Control — Megan Howard @ 10:09 am October 3, 2014

New Jersey Yard Pest Control

If you have pets at home, it is just natural that you will protect them against the threat of parasites as well as protect your home against them. When your pets suffer from them, they will suffer from the continued presence of these pests, which may affect their behavior and health.

To treat your pets from pests, make sure to consistently keep them treated. Pets naturally attract fleas and ticks, and if your pets become defenseless against them by not treating them, these pests will just eat your pets away until they cannot take it any longer.

Two of the most common parasites pets get are:

Fleas

Dogs and cats often get fleas through other animals and if they encounter areas where fleas are present. Although fleas cannot fly, they are great at travelling from one host to the next by jumping through their next potential host.

Some pets naturally itch when fleas attack. For sensitive pets, fleas can cause severe itching that may result in hair-loss, inflammation, and skin infection. Skin infection may result to having the inflammation and the irritation grow and swell.

Ticks

Ticks become more active during the spring and summer months, but this does not mean that they cannot thrive during the cold months. Ticks can be present all year round in some areas in the United States where there is no real winter, and they can also become active after the weather becomes warm even for a day or two during the winter.

These blood-suckers are difficult to get rid of once they find a proper host. However, it is necessary to have these pests removed in order for your pets to stay healthy. When ticks are not removed, ticks can cause serious diseases that will affect your pets and may even kill it.

Common treatment for pets include:

  • Proper grooming
  • Shampoo that can get rid of pests
  • Spot-on treatments
  • Vaccinations
  • Oral medications
  • Tick dips
  • Tick collars

Protect your pets and your family from ticks and fleas. Call us today or visit New Jersey Yard Pest Control for more information.

Stop Squirrels from Entering Your Home in New Jersey

Filed under: Pest Management,Rodent Control — Megan Howard @ 10:08 am October 1, 2014

Nuisance Animal Control and Exclusion Service

To gain access into your home, squirrels will use the trees that are touching your house, then gnaw the vinyl soffit to create their nesting site or create entry holes by gnawing into the wood. Once they gain entry into a house, they may be found in attic crawlspaces, in the chimney, on woodwork, or stuck inside the wall structure of your home.

Squirrels that have already gained entry into a home, and have already made nesting sites into the home structure may become too accustomed to their nesting site that they will not leave, even when the weather cools down. Squirrels are known as an all-year problem in New Jersey and can create extensive damage to a home structure.

For instance, the gray squirrel loves to stay in attics, and love to chew on wood, wires, ducts, pipes, and anything they can find in the attic. They run and create noises that can really be disturbing. The running part of these squirrels can still be tolerated somehow, but their ability to destroy in a short period of time can create bigger problems. The nesting material that they bring in plus the urine and feces they create can be potentially harmful to any homeowner.

The most effective way to get rid of squirrels in your property is to trap them. If you do not want to inhumanely dispose them, better set traps inside and outside potential nesting sites. It is also necessary to seal holes that they have chewed. It would be advantageous to seal possible entries with steel so that they cannot gain entry anymore. Also, tree branches that are touching the structure should be trimmed or cut. If all else fail, and squirrels are still in your home structure, call a pest control professional to do the exclusion for you.

If you see a squirrel or any nuisance animal in or around your property, call Horizon Pest Control. For more information about our services, go to New Jersey Animal Control.

Carpenter Ants [Infographic]

Filed under: Ant Control,Infographic,Pest Control — admin @ 10:04 am September 23, 2014

The Differences of Bees Nests, Wasps Nests, and Yellow Jackets Nests

Filed under: Pest Control — Megan Howard @ 6:00 am September 12, 2014

 

 

 

Bees, wasps and yellow jackets are a garden’s friend. They can be troublesome and may end up as a nuisance, especially if they create nests near your premises. But, do keep in mind that these insects provide a free service of pollination and a natural form of pest control that we should always acknowledge. The nest of bees, wasps and yellow jackets are all different. If you fear that you have them near your premises, here are some ways to know:

Bees Nest

There are different types of bees that also creates different types of nests. The bumble bee for instance, create nests in dry, concealed cavities. They prefer to stay underground. However, they cannot dig and will mostly use unused burrows made by small rodents. They can also stay above the ground, but will also use abandoned bird nests, or dead dry leaves to create their nests. To start a nest, the queen will re-use dry grass or dry moss that was previously used by the old resident and create her wax cell. Her nest will be divided into different cells where she can incubate her eggs until the larvae hatch, cells to place the nectar or pollen, and cells for the storage of honeys. Finding a bumble bee nest can be quite rare, which is why it is recommended to just leave their nest alone .

bee hiveHoneybees on the other hand, create natural beehives that are placed on hollowed out trees, cave, rock cavities, or they can be placed in man-made beehives. They also have the same concept of creation of hives wherein they will create hexagonal cells that are made of beeswax or honeycomb. These cells are also used to store their honey and pollen, and incubator for the eggs. If nests are found near a home, and want it removed, get in touch with a beekeeper in your area to place these bees in a more secured location.

 

Wasps Nest

Wasps commonly create their nest with the use of wood fibers that they are going to chew and mix them up with their own salivary secretions. Their umbrella-shaped nest is commonly found under eaves and ledges. Getting rid of the nest will require proper time. In the beginning stages of their nests, wasps can be advantageous to your garden since they will help you get rid of aphids. However, during the late summer, wasps will be more aggressive as they may not have a lot of food to eat and their nest and their population have grown bigger. Remove their nests before the summer ends or even earlier than that to avoid getting attacked by them. It is not advisable to do the removal of wasps nests yourself. Make sure to call a pest management service for this job.

Yellow Jacket Nest

yellow jacket nestJust like wasps, yellow jackets create their nests from a papery paste that they chew up. They will mix their saliva and the wood fiber together to create that papery pulp that will become their nest. Their nest is made up of piled tiers in a circled comb. They create aerial nests that can easily be seen or identified. They also have an umbrella-shaped cone with a hole in the middle of it. These nests can be found during the summer. If you have found a yellow jacket’s nest, decide whether to just leave them be or get rid of them. Keep in mind that yellow jacket nests will also die during winter, which you could permanently destroy during that time. However, if their nests become a threat to you and your household, you can remove the nest yourself or call a pest management service to properly get rid of these yellow jackets for you.

 

Horizon Pest Control provides service in the removal and management of bees, wasps, and yellow jackets. Handling these flying insects are not for everyone since they require great handling, care, proper management and tools to effectively and safely remove them. If you want to know more about our Bee Removal and Management, call us and schedule an appointment now.

Indoor and Outdoor Protection Against Mosquitoes

Filed under: Pest Control — Megan Howard @ 5:56 am September 9, 2014

moquito control

Mosquitoes are blood thirsty animals. They will suck the blood out of you whether you are inside your home or outside of it. Most are even scared about what mosquitoes bring since they are known for transmitting deadly diseases, and have killed millions of individuals all over the world. True, mosquitoes are the deadliest and most fearsome creature ever created.

With the dangers these mosquitoes can bring, it is just important to get rid of their habitats and to avoid being bitten by them. Here are some ways to do that:

Remove stagnant water. Mosquitoes need water to breed. Even during the winter, they are still able to lay eggs, which would be able to be active during spring. Mosquitoes can lay eggs in stagnant water, slow moving water, or on moist soil or leaf litter. At home, they can lay their eggs on roof gutters, tin cans, old tires, bird baths, or in any other places that can hold and stand water. Such places can easily invite mosquitoes, which in turn will become their habitat. And, in no time, your home will be their feeding ground.

Remove water sources by:

  • Keeping the gutters clean and unclogged.
  • Keeping swimming pools chlorinated and clean.
  • Non-chlorinated wading pools, garbage can lids, pottery, and the likes should not have water inside if they are not used.
  • Getting rid of items that can hold water
  • Keeping your property clean

Avoid exposure. Mosquitoes are great survivalist. Even the cleanest and driest house can still have mosquitoes lurking around. They can travel some distances that may expose you and your family to them.

Avoid exposures to mosquitoes by:

  • Using effective repellents.
  • Creating barriers on the windows and doors with the use of screens.
  • Applying permithrin-based products in clothing, sunshades, and screen houses.
  • Using insecticides that are effective for both adult and larval mosquitoes.
  • Using citronella candles and mosquito coils.

Reduce exposure. Mosquitoes are commonly found outdoors. If you are going outdoors, make sure you are properly protected from them. If you are at home, be wary of the dusk and dawn hours and use citronella candles or a mosquito coil. Using a mosquito coil may still not be safe for children, especially those who are sensitive to the smoke that they may inhale.

Reduce exposure by:

  • Not going outside, especially during the dusk and dawn.
  • Wearing light-colored and loose type of clothing.
  • Apply insect repellent on exposed skin.

 

Self-Inspection Tips from Bed Bugs

Filed under: Bed Bug — Megan Howard @ 5:56 am September 5, 2014

 

self inspection from bed bugs

We have seen the rise of bed bug infestations in recent years and it is not a joke to carry these blood-sucking creatures at home. Getting rid of these bed bugs once it settled in our homes can be quite difficult. It will mostly require the need to call a pest control professional to finally get rid of them. Some homes may just even rely on their own do-it-yourself bed bug control, which would probably fail. However, there are ways to stop these bugs from even entering our home premises and start a long cycle of problems for homeowners.

The Travelling Bed Bug

Bed bugs are great travelers. They probably travel more than we do, and because their population and their habitat range have increased significantly. It is up to us to stop them from spreading further. So, how do you stop a great traveler from travelling?

Since these bugs will travel with the help of a person, it is your task to check on yourself before you even go back home.

Where are The Bed Bugs?

If you commonly travel or you are going on a vacation, it is necessary to check on the place you are staying. Inspect your room before settling in. Do not place your luggage on the floor or bed yet. Place it down on the bathroom first. Checking your hotel room may take time and you are probably tired from your trip. But doing this safety precaution before putting your luggage on the floor or bed will avoid further headaches down the road. Here are some ways to help you find these bugs:

Check your bed. This will include your search for tiny blood spots on the sheets or mattress. Inspect the mattress carefully and pay attention to the seams. Use a flashlight to search for them on the bed frame, foot boards, and under the bed.

Check the entire bedroom. Search for bed bugs in drawers, cabinets, electronics, narrow spaces and crevices. Check drapes and wall decoration since they may just be hiding there.

Once you are satisfied and your room is cleared, then you can enjoy the rest of your vacation. However, if these bugs are present in your room, asked the hotel if you could stay on a different floor and in a different room, away from the infestation.

Don’t Let Them Get You

These bed bugs know how to travel in style and they will let you carry them with you once you decide to go home. You may be carrying them on your suitcase or on your clothes. Before you enter your home, make sure to:

Inspect your luggage. Inspect everything. From the clothes that you wore during the trip and even those that you did not use.

Wash your clothes in hot water. Wash everything that you brought with you during your trip. Bed bugs cannot stand the heat so if you are going to wash your clothes in hot water, these bugs will die. Follow this immediately with drying all of your clothes on low heat for 20 to 30 minutes to effectively kill them.

Although some may think that this is hard work and you are just being paranoid for thinking that you have brought bed bugs with you. However, cases where they easily infest homes are getting higher by the day. You definitely do not want to be part of that great number. So before you go home from that great adventure you had, better inspect yourself from bed bugs.

Horizon Pest Control knows the difficulties of continuously controlling bed bugs. We know that they have already drank too much of you and will continuously do until they are finally eradicated from your home. To stop these bed bugs from further harming you and your family, schedule an appointment with us now and learn about our Bed Bug Control.

Stop Mold Growth in the Summer and Fall

Filed under: Mold Control,Pest Control — Megan Howard @ 5:49 am September 2, 2014

mold growth

Allergic rhinitis, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, and asthma are just three of the most common ailments for individuals during the late summer. But, why have an allergy when most are just enjoying their days at home? Well, for sensitive individuals, mold spores can create or trigger these ailments most especially during the late summer and fall. To avoid these allergies, it is necessary to get rid of mold or mold spores at home.

What is Mold

Mold is a type of fungus that is made from airborne spores. It needs a damp place to settle in and grow. When a place they are staying does not have proper ventilation and offers a humid environment, mold will grow. Mold can be found in bathrooms, basements and even walls that have plumbing leaks. Mold can also grow right after a flood. It takes about 48 hours before molds start to grow. They will spread and eventually and you will notice it.

How to Stop Mold Growth

Luckily, mold spores and mold can easily be stopped from spreading by doing to following:

 

  • Keeping all areas clean and dry, especially the basement.
  • Opening the windows and let air come inside your home.
  • Using an exhaust fan when cooking.
  • Creating a moisture barrier in crawl spaces.
  • Wiping possible surfaces that are affected by continuous condensation.
  • Fixing any leaks that could cause mold, such as on roofs, plumbing and walls.

There are still a lot of ways to get mold out. It is necessary to stop condensation and be aware about the possible presence of mold growth at home. If you are sensitive towards mold, it is not practical for you to clean them in the first place. You can either assign the task of cleaning the mold to a family member or a mold removal specialist to avoid getting allergies.

What to Do about Flood during the Fall

One major cause of mold growth in a basement is when the basement experiences flood. Suffering from a flood can really be devastating and the aftermath of cleaning up may take its toll to any person. However, it is necessary to act quickly when a flood occurs. The best solution to combat mold after a flood is to call a mold remediation service to get rid of the water and dehumidify the place faster.

To avoid possible flooding:

  • Divert water away from your home, such as extending rain gutter downspouts away from your house.
  • Clean rain gutters since they may help in the accumulation of water at home.
  • Re-grade the drainage away from the wall foundation.

Remember that mold growth will happen if mold spores have a dump, and even dirty places to grow on. Clean your home regularly and, always check for possible mold growth, to avoid these spores from reaching you.

Mold infestation is never safe. Horizon Pest Control offers Mold Care to homes who have mold problems. Since we value your family, and do not want them to suffer from the different allergic reactions these molds can bring, our services offer a cure to these mold spores, allowing you to breathe the real air that you should be breathing and not of the mold spores. To know more about our services and solution for mold control, call us.

Gardens and the Battle Against Japanese Beetles

Filed under: Pest Control — Megan Howard @ 5:28 am August 29, 2014

Japanese beetles

 

Just when you are enjoying your garden, you discovered that some of your flowers have been defoliated. Roses in particular and other favored plants are in danger when the Japanese beetles arrive. Japanese beetles love to eat rosebuds and they are not shy to show their presence. They come in great numbers and will shock you with their offensive behavior at the expense of your garden.

These bugs first came to America in 1916, where they were first spotted in the East Coast. Now, these bugs are common in Maine, Alabama, and west to the Mississippi. It is also making a slow motion invasion of the West Coast at the rate of five to ten miles per year.

These Japanese beetles will come to search for a mate in early July while searching for their favorite food. Controlling these pests may become difficult since they send out a congregation pheromone to call a few hundred of their friends to dine in and do sexual orgies.

Since most homeowners want to get rid of these beetles right away, manufacturers of baits have created their own well-known scent lures with the idea that these beetles will take the scent and kill them. However, the opposite has just occured. These pheromone-baited traps are just attracting more beetles into the garden, and they are not dying. In fact, these beetles will feed on your flowers and plants, and will mate continually until they produce their eggs.

They will descend to the soil every day or every other day to lay their eggs. By mid-August, each of them would have created up to 6o eggs. Once they reach maturity, these beetles can live up to 30 to 45 days. During those days, they can travel 2 miles to locate their food. These pests can damage lawns with an average of $230 per lawn. These shiny white grubs will feast on your garden and will damage your lawn.

Control Measures for the Japanese Beetles

The best time to control these insects, is during August and September. During these months, these beetles are active and in great numbers. They will be commonly seen feeding near the surface of plants. To control these beetles, use milky spores and parasitic nematodes.

Milky spores are commonly used for new lawns that have been established for less than eight years while parasitic nematodes, which are tiny worms can be used to effectively target only these beetles. If you are going to use chemical grub poisons, you need to be careful on how you will use this since this poison can possibly affect the environment, your household, and beneficial insects.

If you do have some time, you can pick these tiny beetles, one at a time and drop them in a bucket of soapy water to die. You can also use sprays, but again, you will need to be careful with how you are going to use insecticides since there are other pollinators out there that you need to take care of.

If you really want these creatures out of your lawn, you can avoid growing the flowers that these Japanese beetles love. Stop growing roses, grapes, fruit trees, and hollyhocks. However, most gardeners will never succumb to the threat of any insects. There is no complete way to stop them from eating the flowers that you are growing. The only simple solution is to just cut the affected rose blossoms, wait for the next season when these pests have already died, and just continually grow plants.

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