How to identify Subterranean Termites

Filed under: Termite Control — Megan Howard @ 8:00 pm April 8, 2014

Subterranean Termites cause more financial damage than any other type of termite in the United States. As their name implies, they live underground, but that doesn’t mean you wont see them ever. And if you do see them in your home, will you be able to identify it as a potential threat against your home or will they just be another bug?

Learn the basics with the image below. If you think you’ve seen this culprit in or around your property, call a pest professional immediately to identify the best way to protect your property.

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Warm Spring Weather Brings Ticks back to The Garden State

Filed under: Tick Control — Megan Howard @ 12:45 am

Below is a very valuable article we found on NJ.com about the Tick epidemic in New Jersey. Lyme disease is a scary thing because it’s so easy to contract. Often ticks are so small we don’t notice them until it’s too late. Lyme disease and ticks are dangerous for humans and pests alike, and we are exposed to ticks just by walking outside. Please read the below article and see our other blog posts on preventing tick encounters to yield a happy and healthy summer!

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NJ.com: Pesky Ticks Bring Lyme Disease Risk to All of NJ

Thursday, April 3, 2014

April showers and May flowers may be especially welcome this spring because of the harsh winter just past. But this is also the time of year when anyone visiting or living in New Jersey should be on the lookout for another, less pleasurable harbinger of the season – the blacklegged, or deer, tick.

Hardy little parasites whose bite can transmit the bacterial infection that causes Lyme disease, as well as some other bacterial and viral infections, deer ticks are present year-round. But as temperatures rise in the spring and summer, the ticks become more active and go in search of new hosts on which to feed. These include deer, small rodents, birds, dogs and, of course, humans.

A human who contracts Lyme disease can find the results unpleasant, especially if the disease is left untreated. Over time, it can affect every area of the body.

In recent years, there has also been some controversy about possible long-term effects of the disease, even after treatment, and the dangers of how it might be affected by other bacteria transmitted by the ticks.

Medical experts stress, however, that the best plan for dealing with Lyme disease is to make sure you never catch it in the first place.

“Forewarned is forearmed,” said Leonard Sigal, a clinical professor of medicine and pediatrics at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick. “There’s been a lot of hysteria about Lyme disease over the years, but I don’t know anyone who benefits from hysteria. Instead, just be aware that if you are outside in an area where Lyme disease is a risk, you should know what to do to avoid getting it.”

While there are other tick-borne illnesses – including the extremely rare Powassan virus that killed a Warren County woman last year – Lyme disease is the most frequently reported one in the United States. It is found almost exclusively in the Northeast and upper Midwest. In 2012, the last year for which data is available, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that New Jersey ranked third in the country, after Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, with more than 2,700 new cases of Lyme disease.

Shereen Semple, an epidemiologist with the state Department of Health, said that although Lyme disease is most prevalent in the northwestern counties of Hunterdon, Warren, Sussex and Morris, it is endemic throughout the state.

“Anyone can get Lyme disease, and all ages are at risk,” said Semple. “Males of all ages tend to have the highest number of cases, but the risk is present for everyone.”

As might be expected, the people most at risk are those who are active outdoors in the warm weather.

Ticks can be found in rural, wooded areas, athletic fields and parks, or even just out in the back yard.

Semple said boys between 5 and 9 have the highest incidence of Lyme disease, followed by men between 45 and 55. But anyone who spends time outside in areas that are visited by deer and other wild animals is at risk.

The initial symptoms for Lyme disease often resemble a case of the flu, with a fever, headache, muscle and joint ache and swollen lymph nodes. Semple said that people also should also be alert to a telltale bull’s-eye rash at the site of the bite.

The rash, however, may be too small to be seen, or it might be located in a place on the body that is hard to spot. It should not be considered the only sign of infection.

“If you’re getting a summer cold and don’t feel quite right, you should always be thinking of the possibility of Lyme disease,” said Semple.

Once Lyme disease is diagnosed through a blood test, the preferred treatment is a course of antibiotics.

Untreated, Lyme disease can affect other organs of the body, lead to joint pain and cause cognitive problems. In recent years, there has also been a debate about whether Lyme disease can recur years after someone seems to have successfully completed a course of treatment.

“Everyone recognizes that there is a tick problem,” said Andrea Gaito, a rheumatologist in Basking Ridge, who said she treats many people who have suffered from the disease for years and helps educate physicians about the disease through the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society. “The controversy lies in what manifests and causes chronic Lyme disease.”

Staying Safe

It is important to know how to protect oneself from the disease.

This is not always an easy job, since the adult deer tick is less than an inch long, and the nymphs are about one-quarter of an inch in size. In general, though, when outdoors, it is important to avoid wooded areas with dense shrubs and leaf litter, and to make sure your yard is mowed, raked and trimmed so that ticks find it less attractive.

Tuck your pants into your socks, wear long-sleeved shirts and use insect repellents on yourself and your pets. It is also important to check yourself frequently for ticks when you are in a tick-infested area.

Don’t overlook places like the scalp, behind the ears, under the arms, on the ankles and in the groin where deer ticks can be hard to spot. And if you find a tick, remove it immediately.

If it has attached to the skin, use tweezers to grasp it by the head and pull it steadily out.

After it is removed, disinfect the bite area and tweezers with alcohol, and wash your hands with soap and hot water.

Most important, said Sigal, is to be vigilant without becoming so concerned that you deny yourself, or your family, the pleasures of outdoor activities.

“If your kids go out to play, when they come for lunch you should … check to see if any freckles are moving,” he said. “If you see any moving freckles, take their clothes and throw them into the dryer for 10 or 15 minutes. That should be enough to kill any other ticks that might be there. Then, dress your kids, give them their lunch and send them back out to play.”

How Termites Damage Homes

Filed under: Termite Control,Termites — Megan Howard @ 7:42 pm March 23, 2014

Horizon Pest Control knows the effects of what subterranean termites can do to your home. Termites + the structure of your home = TOTAL DAMAGE.

It is even estimated that an average cost of $3,750 is what you are going to shell out to repair a termite damage.  These termites will search for food and can easily travel to your home from your neighbor’s home without you even realizing it. Once these termites enter your premises, they will eat non-stop every day until you realize their presence

Horizon Pest Control acknowledge the growing termite problems made by these pests since each year, termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage. Don’t fall victim to them. Learn more about them with our Horizon Flyer and find out what we can do to protect your home!

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It’s Termite Awareness Week

Filed under: Uncategorized — Megan Howard @ 11:48 pm March 18, 2014

To help protect our neighbors homes from termites, Horizon Pest Control is helping to spread the word about Termite Awareness Week! Don’t let your home become a statistic. Learn how to prevent termites below.

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The United States Stink Bug Problem

Filed under: Stink Bugs — Megan Howard @ 7:45 am March 17, 2014

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What are Stink Bugs and where did they come from?

The trouble these brown marmorated stink bugs are causing are just pure destruction. They just do not smell bad, but they are causing trouble for homeowners and farmers from New Hampshire to California. Predators that are supposed to eat them, are not consuming them fast enough, which makes the situation out of control.

These stink bugs that look like a little brown shield was accidentally introduced from Asia and was first spotted in Pennsylvania in the 1990s. After that, they have spread all over the U.S. These inch-long pests can east about 100 different crops, from soybeans to apples, thus resulting to millions of dollars in crop damage. Just this 2010, U.S apple growers lost $37 million because of these stink bugs.

They don’t Just Smell Bad

Stink bugs are also regarded as a disgusting nuisance to homeowners and even for those who has been selling real estate. Stink bugs do not normally go by themselves, but they are commonly found in numbers. So imagine, if you are selling a home and the person looking at the house find one climbing the wall above the kitchen cabinet while the other was crawling by the window sill? While exterminators may claim that they can fully get rid of all the bugs, but the difficulties to fully getting rid of these bugs will really be a challenge.

Homeowners who suffer from these persistent bugs are found scooping about 300 to 400 stink bugs on just one afternoon. The worst part is getting rid of the stink that could fill the whole weekend just to clean the air out of a building. While some may get used to the pungent odor, but most find it difficult to even describe how the smells smell like. So, just imagine 400 hundred stink bugs in your home, the pungent odor may stay longer even if they are not around.

How we’re dealing with Stink Bugs

Since stink bugs are so repulsive and disgusting, those who are constantly bug by these pests are also creating ways to kill them. People are resorting to creating “death jars” that is consisted of a jar filled with soapy water. The idea is to get the bugs inside the jar and let them drawn since they will be able to get out. Death jars may be sufficient enough for homeowners, but these jars will not suffice the growing nuisance they create in orchards.

These bugs eat up apples, peaches, and pears on vineyards. The use of insecticides may not be a good option because most of these bugs will not even die. Using a stronger insecticide however, may cause more problems since this can kill predators that eat other pests. Bugs that work in orchards for free are essential, but the brown marmorated stink bugs are like bugs that are made of a little tank that is pretty tough to eradicate.

For the past three years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture scientists have been testing pheromone traps to attract and kill these stink bugs. the trap looks like a 3-foot-tall black arrowhead that is pointing up that is topped with a plastic jar placed upside down. Stink bugs will think that the structure is a tree, which in turn trap and annihilate them. USDA researcher Tracy Leskey who experimented with these traps where able to annihilate more than 60,000 stink bugs in a little more than 20 baited trees.

According to the USDA researchers, they exploited the behaviour of the marmorated stink bugs and used it to their advantage. Like many insects, these bugs have a natural tendency to climb up. So the researchers lined traps to guard the crops that resulted to killing most of them. However, these traps will not kill most of these bugs, which is why the USDA are looking for a more permanent solution.

The USDA believe that the key to winning this battle is to find a biological control, which is to bring in something that kills the bugs. USDA researchers have identified wasps from Asia that attack the eggs of the brown marmorated stink bug. Once their proposal is submitted and they are certain that these wasps will not be a cause to further damage to the environment or other native species, then they may be able to release them. And, while permanent solutions are still on the way, homeowners and farmers should still look for alternatives and fight these bugs from continuously destroying crops.

Need help in eliminating stink bugs? Contact Horizon Pest Control. Our technicians are trained to handle stink bug infestations of all sizes. Click Stink Bugs Removal to schedule an appointment today. For our commercial clients, kindly visit Commercial Pest Control.

Learn how Rodents are Effecting Everyday Americans

Filed under: Rat Control — Megan Howard @ 6:32 am March 13, 2014

Rodents invade approximately 21 million of U.S. homes each year. These pest love the fall and winter since 45% of their occurrence happen on that season, 29% during spring, and 28% during summer.

Understanding America’s Rodent Problem will help you protect your health and property

To be able to guard you and your family from rodents here are the common places where you can mostly expect them:

  • 24% attic and garage
  • 11% bathroom
  • 50% kitchen
  • 22% bedrooms
  • 25% living room
  • 27% basement
  • 9% someplace else

Statistics of where these rodents are found around the U.S.

  • 28 % in the West
  • 22 % in the Midwest
  • 30 % in the South
  • 35 % in the Northeast

 

Damages These Rodents Make

  • Can create an infestation since a female mouse can lay as 12 young every three weeks
  • Can easily spread salmonella and carry disease-causing parasites such as ticks, fleas lice
  • Capable of dropping 25,000 fecal pellets every year
  • Can chew through wood and electrical wires, which increase the risk of electrical fires

At the first sign of rats and rodents in your home, call Horizon Pest Control for an appointment. To learn more about our programs or to set up a FREE inspection, click Residential Pest Control.

Great InfoGraphic about America’s Rodent Problem!

Filed under: Commercial Pest Control,Horizon Pest Control,Mold Control,Pest Management,Rat Control — Megan Howard @ 4:21 pm March 10, 2014

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NJ Woman Dies from Rare Tick-Borne Disease

Filed under: Tic Control - Tick Management,Tick Control — Megan Howard @ 5:48 am March 6, 2014

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The NJ Tick Threat is Real

The state Department of Health has confirmed a Warren County Woman from New Jersey died of a rare tick-borne disease. Her death in early May was caused by the Powassan virus. This disease is an uncommon illness that only eight other cases have been diagnosed this year in the United States.

The unnamed victim, had developed symptoms that include fever, headache, rashes, and encephalitis or inflammation of the brain. The physicians treating the 51-year old victim notified the state and they were able to get a tissue sample that was sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which they were able to confirmed for Powassan.

Ticks thrive in New Jersey

This disease is spreading by two kinds of ticks, which are the black-legged or deer tick that can also carry Lyme disease, and the woodchuck tick. Although Lyme disease is rarely fatal, the Powassan virus is fatal in 10 percent of cases. Those who survive, will experience neurological complications like paralysis or cognitive problems.

However, very few of the ticks in New Jersey will likely to encounter and get infected by this virus. And, although more than half of adult-stage ticks are infected with Lyme, there is only an estimated one percent acquires the Powassan virus.

Protect your property and health from tick bites

In spite of the very low tick infection rate, homeowners are still advised to protect their property and health from tick bites. There is hardly a month where we could not encounter ticks. Ticks are not commonly killed off by cold weather. They just become so sluggish from feeding that they no longer need food. We still have tick season as these ticks flourish in the summer months, where most of them are in their smallest nymphal stage, so we may not be able to notice them right away. Tick activity slows after the temperature drops below 20 degrees. However, you can expect to see them back after a few days of above-freezing weather.

The Powassan virus have been reported in the United States with about 50 cases of it over the past decade. They were found in the northern woodlands of Minnesota, Wisconsin and New York. This year, the CDC has confirmed eight other cases that include four in Wisconsin, three in New York and one in New Hampshire. According to news reports, the teenage victim in New York also died of this rare tick-borne disease.

Once infected by a tick, be meticulous about the possible symptoms that can occur. Symptoms may show one week to one month after being bitten by an infected tick. The timetable that a tick needs stay attached to a person may require 24 to 48 hours before it can transmit Lyme disease, but the timetable for the Powassan or POW virus is shorter than that, which makes it more dangerous. The CDC also confirms that there is no specific treatment for this virus. Those who suffer from a severe case may require to receive respiratory support, intravenous fluids, or medications to reduce the swelling in the brain.

Make sure to wear long-sleeved clothing and pants and carry an insect repellent while walking outdoors. Proper clothing is always a necessity especially when there is a possibility of getting in contact with nature or the animals that resides in the area.

Don’t let ticks endanger your health! Protect yourself and your loved ones from diseases transmitted by ticks by contacting Horizon Pest Control. To schedule a FREE consultation, simply visit NJ Pest Control.

 

How to Avoid Bed Bugs while Travelling

Filed under: Bed Bug — Megan Howard @ 7:07 pm February 26, 2014

 

 

Bed Bug Bites Hospitalize a Man

Bed bugs are not just your average night crawlers since they mainly use us as their source of food. We are actually their food as they suck our blood while we sleep. Bed bug infestations can be a real nightmare for some especially if these bugs are  the cause of your health to deteriorate.

Take an example of a man who was hospitalize because of bed bug bites. Robert Malcolm who stayed in a motel and suffered from continuous bed bugs bite that led him to his numerous scars and created more stress to his already weakened heart. Eventually, the situation landed him in the hospital.

Travellers Beware what you bring home

While stories such as this, are not telltales and they really do exist, getting safe while you travel should be a top priority. It is not paranoia that you want to become more conscious when you travel. Keep in mind that bed bugs are known travellers. They do not fly, but they can move quickly over floors, walls, and ceilings. They can easily enter homes undetected through luggage, clothing, used beds and couches, and the like.

How to avoid and prevent bed bugs on vacation

How to Avoid Bed Bugs while traveling

  • If your plans of travel include a hotel stay make certain that you check for complaints from previous guests in their hotel registries.
  • Search for patterns in complaints such as date of complaints, actual bed bugs and reported bed bug bites
  • Check for bed bugs at your selected hotel
  • Check them in your room
  • Use a good flashlight to check these pests around the bed area
  • Do not put your luggage on the bed until the inspection is complete
  • Check around the bed, nightstand, headboard, and bed skirt, underneath and behind the night stand
  • Search for them at the piping around the mattress
  • Look for live insects, shed bed bug skins and peppery fecal spots that are found in areas where bed bugs live
  • Search for them in furniture cracks and crevices and folds of linens and bed skirts

If bed bugs are found, do not move your clothes into dresser drawers since this will increase the chance of having your clothes infested

Once you return from your trip, keep your suitcase in a garage and unload your clothes directly into the clothes dryer for a precautionary treatment. All stages of bed bugs can be killed by letting it be heated for twenty minutes in the dryer. The heat of a clothes dryer is known to be effective at killing these bugs. If clothes are wet when placed in the dryer, the 20 minutes of heat time will begin after the clothes are dry. If possible, add 20 more minutes of heat time on your clothes even after they are dry.

Accidentally brought bed bugs home? Contact Horizon Pest Control now! Visit New Jersey Bed Bugs to schedule a FREE appointment.

 

 

Could Invasive NYC Cockroach come to Jersey?

Filed under: Cockroach Control — Megan Howard @ 10:58 pm February 21, 2014

The High Land, which is the newest tourist attraction in New York has now been found with a different kind of visitor and that is a cockroach. This type of cockroach is not your average cockroach since this pest can withstand harsh winter cold and they have never been seen before in the U.S.

What most New Yorkers are worried about is not the fact that they have a new bug in town, but the fact that this bug can withstand cold weather. Well, you could say it is a new development when it comes to a creature that is mostly known for being tough and can survive the harshest conditions. It can survive outdoors and can thrive on ice. So, if it is already in New York, would it be possible that this new pest that is native in Japan, could come to Jersey?

Rutgers University identified the species Periplaneta japonica, which is well documented in Asia, but has never been confirmed in the United States until now. The two scientists Jessica Ware and Dominic Evangelista, whose findings were published in the Journal of Economic Entomology, say that it is too soon to predict the impact of these cockroaches and there may probably be a little cause for concern.

Could the Invasive NYC Roach come across the River?

This species is very similar to other cockroach species that already exist in the urban environment and will most likely compete with  each other for space and food. a professor of urban entomology at Purdue University Michael Scharf , said that the discovery of the species Periplaneta japonica is something to monitor. According to him that to be truly invasive, a species has to move in and take over and out-compete the native species in the area. But, there is no evidence yet of that happening. However, this does not mean that we should not be concerned about it.

This new cockroach was first spotted in New York just in 2012, by an exterminator who was working on the High Line. It could be possible that this species was likely a stowaway in the soil of ornamental plants that are used to adorn the park. Since many nurseries in the United States are composed of native plants and some imported plants, it is not impossible to picture that the Periplaneta japonica came from those imported plants.

It is still possible that these new roaches will come and cross the river and into New Jersey. If they are already in New York, it is probable that they will again travel. And, this is not the first time that a demographic shift in pests happened in the U.S. We are probably going to experience another shift in pests although there are still a lot of studies being conducted on them.

How to protect from this potential threat

How can we really protect ourselves from this new potential threat? We have mostly dealt well with so many different pests in the pasts and we are still dealing with new pests now. We could only hope that new effective methods made by professional exterminators are on the way so that we don’t have to find new pest infestations harbouring our homes.

Periplaneta japonica is different from the other cockroach species because it can survive outdoors in the freezing cold. It does very well in cold climates, so it is very likely that this can stay outdoors during winter in New York and probably travel long distance. But, the likelihood of this species mating with the local cockroaches around, thus creating a hybrid super-cockroach is most unlikely. According to Evangelista, the male and female genitalia of these roaches fit together like a lock and key, and they mostly differ in species, which we can assume that they will not fit the other. With that being said, it is still necessary to be cautious when it comes to this new species. High Line says that their team of experts will continue to keep an eye on them, and we highly hope that they do.

Get help from a trusted pest control company! If you have an existing cockroach problem or if you are looking to protect your property from infestation, contact Horizon Pest Control. Click Residential Pest Control now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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