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Stink Bugs Bite – Literally and Figuratively!

Filed under: Stink Bugs — admin @ 12:16 am November 20, 2015

Stink Bug ControlStink bugs are prevalent in New Jersey during the winter. They migrate into homes to survive the extreme cold weather temperatures. Not only are the stink bugs foul smelling and scary looking, these bugs can bite humans as well. Their favorite thing to bite, however, is fruits and vegetables. Though these nasty bugs don’t often bite humans, the pain from the bite of the stink bug can be compared to that of a bee sting and may result in soreness for up to three days. The bite may produce puss and swelling, as well as cause itching. With the influx of stink bugs in New Jersey during the winter, it’s important for homeowners to know how to treat stink bug bites.

What to Do if Bitten by Stink Bugs

Fortunately there are many simple at-home treatments for stink bug bites. To combat itching and swelling, rub lavender or cedar essential oil directly onto the bite and allow the oil to absorb into the skin. Not only will the oil bring relief to the painful bite, but you’ll smell good too! If you don’t care for the scent of lavender or cedar, though, there are many other home remedies to choose from. All of the following items that you might find already in your bathroom medicine cabinet can be rubbed onto the bite to soothe the irritated skin: witch hazel, aloe vera gel, lemon juice, a paste made from crushed aspirin and water, white toothpaste, rubbing alcohol, or a cotton swab soaked in Epsom salt or calamine lotion.

Stink Bugs in Winter:  Home Remedies to Treat Bites

If you can’t find any of those items in the medicine cabinet, there is no need to rush to the store just yet. Move on to the kitchen and check for these items that can also be rubbed onto a sore stink bug bite: lemon juice, the inside of a banana peel, an onion slice, or a simple paste made with baking soda and vinegar. Taking an over-the-counter antihistamine can also combat the itching and swelling and works nicely with the home remedies. Of course, it’s always very important to monitor your body’s reaction to stink bug bites. Contact your doctor immediately if you suspect some type of allergic reaction or if your body does not respond to the at-home treatments within a few days. Most importantly, prevent stink bug bites in winter by having your home treated by a professional pest control company!

If you’re tired of dealing with stink bugs, let us help you! Call Horizon Pest Control today for effective stink bug control.

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How to Identify Different Types of Hornets

Filed under: Stinging Insect Control — admin @ 11:30 pm November 17, 2015

Two major species of hornets in New Jersey will likely require your attention as the weather gets colder. If either species of hornet gets out of control, it means a major nuisance for your household and possible danger for children, the elderly and pets. Here are the basics about the New Jersey hornets that give most people the most trouble.

Hornet ControlThe Yellowjacket

The yellowjacket is the common hornet that infests the household most often in the fall and winter seasons in New Jersey. Ranging from one to one and one-half inches, the yellowjacket is actually brown with orange stripes. When in flight, the insect can appear yellow or orange to the naked eye because of the speed.

How to Handle the Yellowjacket in the Winter and Fall Seasons

If you see one hornet, there are others close by. Hornets are very social animals, and it is likely that the yellowjacket is building or has built a nest in a cozy corner of your home with plenty of its colony members. Pay special attention to your chimneys, attics, barns and voids in the wall if you hear noise. If the nest is large, you risk losing control of the situation if you attack it without professional help.

Hornet ControlThe Bald Faced Hornet

The bald faced hornet is slightly smaller than the common yellowjacket. This type of hornet is not a true “hornet” in the sense that it is only a distant cousin of the yellowjacket. However, the similar striped markings and body shape looks like a hornet to the untrained eye. The bald faced hornet actually preys on the yellowjacket as well as other annoying pests around households. The hornet is called bald faced because of its white head markings.

How to Handle Bald Faced Hornets in Winter and Fall Seasons

The bald faced hornet infests homes much less than the yellowjacket. However, if you do see a bald faced hornet nest in your home, you should call professional help. The bald faced hornet is especially aggressive and territorial. They swarm on instinct and will sting repeatedly and without mercy. An active nest with bald faced hornets can have as many as 400 hornets. Prepare yourself with the right pest control.

Tired of dealing with hornets? Call Horizon Pest Control at 888.612.2847 today!

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How to Tell if You Have Bed Bugs

Filed under: Bed Bug — admin @ 11:03 pm November 13, 2015

If you’re waking up with red, hive-like bite marks on your body and you’re noticing dark spots on your mattress, you may have to face an unpleasant reality: bed bugs. These pests are more than just an annoyance. They can cause itchy, irritated bed bugs bites that can become infected.

By uncovering answers to the following questions, you can confirm whether you have an infestation and get help with bed bugs control.

Bed Bug ControlDo you have unexplained bites?

If you’re seeing little red bites on your skin and you can’t uncover the cause, they may well be from bed bugs. It’s rare to actually see bed bugs, since they emerge while you’re sleeping and only for short periods of time.

You’re also unlikely to feel the bite until later, making it harder to identify the culprit. And even most doctors can’t tell with certainty that a bite came from a bed bug. Bed bug bites can resemble those of other insects, including spiders and mosquitoes.

Bed bug bites will appear as red, itchy welts, typically on your upper body including shoulders and arms. The bites often appear in a straight line.

Do you have signs of an infestation?

Bed bugs are small and difficult to spot, and they’re excellent at hiding. But it is possible for your home to become infested with bed bugs in winter. With a little sleuthing, you can determine if you have them. Since bed bugs feed on mammals, you’ll want to inspect any places you use for sleeping or sitting.

Bed bugs create large amounts of waste, which will appear as dark spots on  your mattress. You also may find dark spots inside your mattress, in your box springs or in bed linens. Be sure to check everywhere the pests can hide, including inside and near the mattress, in curtains and in nearby furniture. Wall cracks, moldings and flooring also can harbor bed bugs.

Bed Bug ControlCan you catch bed bugs red-handed?

By keeping a flashlight beside your bed and turning it on an hour or so before the sun comes up, you may be able to spot bed bugs. This is the time the pests usually bite, but if you move too much, they’ll return to their hiding spots. Watch your sheets carefully for any movement indicating the presence of bed bugs.

Ridding your home of bed bugs

If you confirm that you do have an infestation of bed bugs in New Jersey, don’t attempt to eliminate them on your own. To ensure that bed bugs are gone for good, contact the professionals at Horizon Pest Control for quick and effective bed bug control.



Attack of the bed bugs! by snowflakegirl, used under CC BY 2.0/resized from original

Bed bug by USDA, used under CC BY 2.0/resized from original

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Tips to Keep Cockroaches Out This Winter

Filed under: Cockroach Control — admin @ 10:26 pm November 10, 2015

Winter Cockroach ControlCockroaches are pesky insects that always manage to creep their way into homes. There are few things more displeasing than turning on the kitchen light one groggy morning to see a large cockroach scuttling across the countertop. Cockroaches, like all insects, need food and water to live, and maintaining a clean, dry home can help to minimize their presence. Nonetheless, somehow at least a few of these critters manage to bypass home security each year. Fortunately, there are some easy tips you can implement to avoid cockroaches in winter.

The kitchen is the area of the home most likely to attract cockroaches because they are attracted to lingering food odors and leftover crumbs. Fortunately, with a little extra effort, you can ensure you kitchen stays cockroach free.

Don’t leave dirty dishes

While we all have moments where we’d rather leave the dishes for later, this is the very behavior that invites unwanted guests into the house. Clean up all dishes as soon as possible to reduce any lingering odors in the kitchen.

Winter Cockroach ControlWipe down all counters

Even the smallest of crumbs or spills can beckon the bothersome cockroaches, so ensure you wipe down all countertops daily.

Sweep regularly

Small food particles often collect on the kitchen floor and throughout the pantry. By sweeping after every meal, you can reduce food crumbs and keep cockroaches out.

Store garbage in the garage

If possible, store garbage in the garage to reduce odors in the house. Alternatively, you can purchase a tight-lid garbage can that seals in odors.

Repair water leaks punctually

Cockroaches are attracted to wet areas, and repairing minor leaks as soon as they arise can reduce the potential for roaches.

SealedContainerStore food in sealed containers

Cockroaches will eat virtually anything, but they are particularly drawn to starchy and sweet foods. Keep all flour and sugar in sealed containers, and consider storing bread in a breadbox.

Seal all gaps and cracks

Cockroaches often hide in small cracks throughout the house. By ensuring all cracks or gaps in the flooring and walls are sealed, you can minimize the dark hiding places and create a natural cockroach deterrent.


Cockroaches are attracted to food, water, and small dark hiding places. Preventing cockroaches is as easy as eliminating these things in your home. In the event cockroaches do appear, diatomaceous earth can be sprinkled throughout cupboards to naturally repel them from the house.

For affordable, fast and effective cockroach control, trust Horizon Pest Control. Call us today and schedule your free appointment!


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Are Rodents Living in Your Home?

Filed under: Rodent Control — admin @ 3:41 pm October 30, 2015

Rodent ControlYour home is the place where you’re supposed to feel cozy and safe. Intruders and unwanted guests can take away that feeling of safety, leaving you feeling uncomfortable. The worst guests of all, are the ones that make your skin crawl – rodents. If you’re not sure if you’re sharing your home with mice or rats (or worse), check for any of these telltale signs:

Droppings and Urine Trails

The most obvious sign of all are droppings, and rodents are not shy about leaving them wherever they’ve crawled. Look for them in the back of your kitchen cabinets, pantries, and cupboards. Basically, anywhere they might find food. If you’ve got any kind of infestation, even just a few, you’ll see evidence. Rodents will also urinate on the go, leaving small puddles and drips along walls.

Squeaks and Smells

In the evening, as you lay in bed, turn off the television and listen. Rodents are nocturnal, and will be waking up as you’re going to sleep, and they are definitely not quiet. You might hear squeaks, rustling, and scurrying sounds behind walls, inside cabinets, and all over your basement. Mice also have an awful, musky odor. It’s an unusual and distinct smell, impossible to confuse with other household odors like a kitchen garbage can or spoiled food. Once you’ve smelled it, it’s hard to forget.

Rodent ControlNibbles, Gnawing, and Holes in Food Packaging

Another sign you never want to see – because it will be too late – is evidence of chewing. You may see it on food packaging, near where you may have seen droppings. Gnawing is a common rodent activity, done to grind down their teeth. They’ll chew on anything, but they prefer wood, which is unfortunate since that’s probably what your cabinets are made of. Occasionally, they will chew through electrical wire, which makes them a risk for fires.

Rodents chew, gnaw and nibble on anything they can smell, so you should check boxes and bags of food in your cabinets and pantry for evidence. Look in the back – way back.

Nests and Tracks

We all love a cozy place to sleep, and rodents are no different. They build nests anywhere they can be warm, like dressers, behind appliances, and even inside computers. They use anything soft, like fabric, quilting, shredded paper, grass and leaves, and they hide away in closets, walls, or the space between ceilings and floors.

You may see footprints or tail marks in dusty spots in your basement or closets, and you may be able to figure out what you’re dealing with based on the size of the tracks. Mice have the smaller feet, about 3/8 inch, and rats measure from 3/4 to 1 inch. You may also see a line between the footprints where the rat drags its tail.

Pest ControlRestless Pets

Finally, if your pets are acting strange, sniffing in corners and under the oven or refrigerator, there’s a good chance there’s something Fido knows that you don’t.

At Horizon Pest Control, we’re experts at NJ rodent control. Contact us today to help you with your unwanted guests.



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Pest Control in the Winter

Filed under: Pest Control — admin @ 3:22 pm October 27, 2015

Winter Pest ControlThe chill of winter does not deter many household pests. While they may retreat to basements, move inside walls, or hide in attics to wait out the colder months, they can still find their way into the living area of your home.

Know your Winter Pests

Pests, like rats, mice, and other rodents, will seek out your home as they seek out warm shelter that offers water and food sources. Wildlife including squirrels, skunks, opossums, and raccoons will often seek out warm, dry places to bed down. These shelters may be barns, sheds, and outbuildings – or is may be inside your home. Attics, basements, and crawlspaces make good shelters, but these animals can be destructive, chewing wires and boards. They also bring mites, fleas, and ticks into their nesting area which could be your home.

Roaches, ants, spiders, and other pests can come into your home on firewood from outside, holiday decorations that have been stored in attics or basements, and on live Christmas trees. When you bring in your plants to protect them from the weather, you may also be bringing in unwanted pests.

Winter Insect Control

The best type of pest control is always prevention. Walk around your home and look for ways that pests can get in. Even the tiniest crack can allow insects and rodents into your home. Your pest professional can give your home a complete inspecting and advise you of potential points of access.

Don’t leave any food out and don’t leave water in the sink or in dishes overnight. Pests come in looking for food, water, and shelter. If you deny them that they are less likely to stay. Keep stored food in plastic or glass containers. Mice will chew right through the cardboard boxes and plastic bags that most food comes in. Take care when opening boxes of stored items and when bringing in wood, trees, or plants from outside. If you must have that live tree, have your pest professional treat it before bringing it into your home.

Rely on more than just sight to determine if you have pests in your home. Roaches leave behind feces that looks like tiny black pellets, often behind pictures, under counter ledges, behind appliances, and in cabinets. You may hear mice squeaking or scratching in the walls or in your mattress. They also have a distinct odor. If you even suspect that you have mice or rats you should put out traps or call your pest professional.

Horizon Pest Control: Experts in Winter Pest Control

If, despite your efforts, you are still plagued with pests, call Horizon Pest Control. We are the experts when it comes to winter bug control. We will inspect your home and advise you on precautionary measures that you can take and we’ll take steps to ensure that your home is pest free.

What pests are plaguing you this winter? Let us know in the comments below!

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How to Keep Rodents From Entering Your Home

Filed under: Rodent Control — admin @ 3:13 pm October 23, 2015

Rodent ControlRodents and other pests tend to head for the warmest areas they can find once the weather starts to get cooler. Come October and November, the pests will start to look for entryways into homes and garages—most pests are warm-blooded, after all—burrowing in through any path they can find. There are definitely some things you can do to keep them out, though; and this article will tell you how.

Close the Entryways

Ensure that there are no gaps or holes in your home or foundation, and if there are, close them. Keep in mind that even a dime-sized hole can allow mice, bugs and other small critters entry. Take a pencil and test any and all gaps, such as underneath doors and around windows. If the pencil can fit through the gap, the gap is too big. Caulk is good to use to seal most gaps, and gaps under doors in particular can be closed with a draft excluder.

Check High Areas

When rodents and other pests get desperate, they go up high for heat and food. Rodents in particular are great climbers. Rats and squirrels climb trees in the wild to look for food, and they will climb your home to find entryways in the roof and chimney. Again, closing any gaps around your eaves and roof should be done to keep them out of your home. Cutting down any overhanging plants, ivy and trees will further deter pests, keeping them from climbing them and dropping down to your roof.

Close Vents

While air vents are necessary for proper ventilation, they can also be used as entryways for pests. Ensure that your vents and duct work don’t have gaps and that woodwork is flush with the floor. Check for droppings; if they’re present, the duct work, pipe or vent isn’t sealed properly.

Rodent ControlOther Precautions

Rodent traps can also work, and multiple traps throughout the home work even better. It’s also good practice to keep trash, plants and other vegetation at least six feet away from the home at all times, as not to encourage pests to come around in the first place.

If you have a pest problem that’s taking over your home, we can help. We provide a wide array of rodent control services to Midland Park, NJ and surrounding areas and be reached by phone at (201) 447-2530.

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Roach Pest Control

Filed under: Cockroach Control — admin @ 3:09 pm October 20, 2015

Roach Pest ControlNo one wants to deal with roaches in their home. While it is embarrassing, the fact that they carry diseases and can aggravate medical conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, allergies, and other upper respiratory issues makes them potentially dangerous. Roaches can be very small, such as the German cockroach or they can be several inches long, such as the American cockroach. If you are dealing with roaches in your home, your main priority is to get rid of them. There are steps you can take to prevent and eliminate roaches.

Roach Pest ControlPrevention is Key

While roach pest control can help you get rid of roaches in your home, the best way to fight them is by making your home unappealing to them in the first place. Don’t leave any food out and clean counters, stove tops, floors, and tables. You also want to take your garbage out frequently. Roaches are opportunists and look for crumbs that have fallen on counters or floors – crumbs that you may ignore. Don’t leave food sitting out and don’t leave dirty plates in the dishwasher or sink overnight.

You should also try not to leave dishes in a sink full of water or leave dishes out that are filled with water. Roaches look for food and water sources and situations like a sink full of dishes “soaking” is like putting a welcome mat out for them. Sanitation is the main key to keeping roaches at bay. Make sure that you keep your home clean, especially the kitchen and bathroom.

Seal any cracks where roaches can get in. This includes under doors, around windows, and around pipes. Roaches can get through extremely tiny cracks so don’t assume that one is too small to get through, chances are, it isn’t. Also take care when bringing in boxes from storage or from someone else’s home. Roaches can hitch a ride on luggage, boxes storing decorations, and even items from your grocery store – and you can bring them right on into your home.

Horizon Pest Control: Expert Roach Exterminators

If you think you have a roach problem, Horizon Pest Control can help. Our experienced, knowledgeable technicians can treat your home to get rid of roaches and help you create a pest prevention plan to keep future infestations from occurring.

What is your biggest bug issue? Let us know in the comments below and we just might do a future post about it!

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Using Ammonia to Kill Roaches

Filed under: Cockroach Control — admin @ 2:34 pm September 22, 2015

Cockroach ControlRoaches have always been a common household pest, but they are becoming more prolific in the New Jersey area. A roach infestation can be caused by a dirty home, but this is not always the reason for a roach problem. Sometimes the cleanest homes can have roaches, as they are just looking for a place to hide and something to eat. No matter the reason for the infestation, there are several methods for eradicating roaches. One common household remedy is ammonia treatments.

How to Treat With Ammonia

If you are attempting to remove roaches with ammonia, the recommended method is to mix one part ammonia with one part water, and put the mixture into a spray bottle. When you begin treatment, this ammonia and water mixture should be used to clean all floors, counters and other hard surfaces in the home. It should also be sprayed directly onto roaches, as it kills them within minutes. While this is a good way to clean your home, it is problematic with regards to treating a roach infestation. It must be sprayed directly on every roach and every one of their eggs in order to be effective.

Problems With Ammonia Treatments

Cockroach ControlRoaches hide inside walls, floors, ductwork and other places that are nearly impossible to get into. In addition, one roach infestation can involve thousands and thousands of roaches. It would take days of around-the-clock work to hunt down all of the roaches in your home. To add to the problem, a female roach lays about 50 eggs at a time, and these eggs can hatch in as little as a month, depending upon the temperature and other conditions in your home. It is impossible to keep abreast of an infestation when you are dealing with a pest with such astronomical reproduction rates.

Call a Professional

Roaches are one of the most difficult pests to get rid of, because they hide inside walls, floors and other areas that are difficult to reach. The most effective way to rid your home of a roach problem is to call a cockroach control professional. We can help. We have many years of experience with pest control. We use methods that are not only effective, but safe for people and pets, and one treatment guards against not only roaches, but 26 additional common household pests. Call Horizon Pest Control today at 888.612.2847 to learn more. 

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When Should You Call a Pest Exterminator

Filed under: Pest Control — admin @ 2:08 pm September 18, 2015

Pest ExterminatorAt some point in time, every homeowner is going to experience problems with bugs, rodents or some other nuisance. In some cases, you can handle the problem yourself. In other cases, it’s in your best interest to hire a professional exterminator.

Do It Yourself Solutions

You can typically go to a home improvement or building supply store and buy pesticides or poisons to eliminate an immediate problem. It requires following the product instructions for safety and environmental concerns because you don’t want to spill toxins on or around your home. Usually you would only want to use a do-it-yourself solution as a one time deal. If a rodent takes up residence in your outbuilding or garage, or bugs are overrunning your yard, it’s not necessarily difficult to handle the problem.

Professional Extermination

If you have an ongoing problem, a professional exterminator is a better solution. They can use milder solutions to treat against insects without damaging your lawn, and more humane methods of dealing with rodents or wildlife. A professional solves these problems on a daily basis and understands how best to handle the situation. There are ways to aim the solution at the actual pest and not harm your pets. Preferred catch and release methods require equipment typical homeowners don’t have access to but allow you to rest assured you didn’t harm the animal. Further considerations are eco-friendly solutions professional exterminators use for insect control that is safe with repeated use around your house.

Regular Maintenance Plan

A benefit of a professional extermination services is a regular maintenance plan. The exterminator will determine the needs of your home and develop a scheduled plan for prevention. You’ll realize the benefits of a regular maintenance plan when you consider most nuisances are better prevented than having to deal with them after they occur.


Consider the use of a pest exterminator to make your life easier. For most laymen, the idea of treating an insect infiltration or dealing with a feral rodent is not very appealing. The professional knows how to deal with the problem safely, efficiently and humanely. Rather than having an ongoing problem, you can trust the professional will be able to find a solution and finish the job with one solid effort.


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