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

Filed under: Pest Control,Uncategorized — 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

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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

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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.

Crawl Spaces and Mold: A Not So Good Combination

Filed under: Mold Control — Megan Howard @ 5:28 am August 26, 2014

Moisture and crawl spaces are never a good combination. Crawlspaces that are left unchecked and unsealed usually create a damp environment, which is just what mold and mildew are looking for. When a crawlspace suffer from mold and mildew, it is not just the attic that suffers, but the whole house as well.

Since the natural circulation of air flow goes in circles, from bottom to top, the spores from mold will circulate together with the good air from the upper part of the house, which then becomes part of the air quality that homeowners will inhale. Poor indoor air quality may result to some health risks and respiratory problems.

There are different reasons why mold enters crawl spaces. This can be the cause of:

  • Dampness created by recurrent water entry
  • No ventilation
  • Dirty crawlspace floor
  • Plumbing leaks or improper ventilation
  • Presence of fiberglass

When mold is present in crawl spaces and are not treated, individuals may become sensitive to damp and mold environments that can create different health risks. While there are those who are not affected by mold and mildew, there are those who are sensitive to it. Molds are known to cause nasal stuffiness, coughing or wheezing, throat irritation, and skin problems. Those with severe reactions to mold may compromise their immune system and may have serious infections in their lungs.

These health risks are not just your reasons for making sure that your crawl space is free from molds since the integrity of the house will also be compromised. A dirty crawlspace will invite more pests to harbor the area. Rodents and wood destroying insects will come to live in the area, and will create more problems than what you originally had at first.

In a severe scenario, when mold and mildew have severely affected the crawlspace, rot and degradation of wood will become known. This will become a good breeding ground for termites, carpenter ants, moisture ants, beetles, and many other types of pests to harbor the area. Rodents will also love to share the space with you. The stink that this will cause will be prominent. And, once you decide to clean and fix the area, it will be one of a messy place that you may hate to clean, plus thousands of dollars will be wasted for repairs.

While most individual’s relationship with their home’s crawlspaces are an “Out of sight, out of mind” type of relationship. It will still be wise to check this place occasionally. Make certain that the humidity is just right and the wood is still in good condition. Another solution is to have your crawlspace checked to make sure that your home is protected from high levels of humidity, moisture intrusion and condensation, and so on. Also, having professional mold care expert handle your crawl space will aid in the enhancement of your crawl space environment, thus reducing the chances of mold and mildew to stay in the area. They will also be able to provide aid in reducing and eliminating the presence of pests in the crawlspace.

 

All About the Menacing Mosquito [Infographic]

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Why Gypsy Moth Caterpillars are on a Decline

Filed under: Pest Control — Megan Howard @ 3:13 pm August 19, 2014

The gypsy moth is considered the most destructive forest insect to even infest forests. This is because they have the ability to damage the trees and even kill it. Tree damage commonly happens during the larval stage. This is when the time when these caterpillars feed on the leaves of shrubs, plants and trees.

In 2008, tree damage reached a high of 339,240 in New Jersey. But, for the past 5 years a significant decrease of tree damage has been recorded by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture. The great decrease of the damage caused by gypsy moth is because of the annual statewide gypsy moth aerial defoliation.

The need to stop these caterpillars from damaging trees was significant. And, with the combined effort of of spray programs, the use of beneficial insects, and vigilance, the population of these gypsy moths declined.

The use of chemicals, especially if it is done every year, can kill even the healthiest tree. However, the presence of any gypsy moth feeding on a tree will make the tree more vulnerable to other damage that can eventually cause for a tree to die. The Department of Agriculture, however, will not just do an aerial moth defoliation to any area.

To be included in this program, the Department of Agriculture will first conduct an egg mass survey on a recreational forest. The area should be at least 50 acres in size and should have more than 500 egg masses per acre.

Every year the New Jersey Department of Agriculture is reporting a low number of areas needed to be defoliated. This year, the counties of Burlington, Camden, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Ocean and Warren have just sustained minimal tree damage while the counties of Morris, Passaic, Bergen and Sussex sustained 1,110 acres of tree damage as of June and early July.

The fact that the decrease of the aerial spray program is also happening and that the presence of the gypsy moths are also declining indicates that the program is working. The key to their success is vigilance. Vigilance, not only with the decrease of gypsy moths, but also vigilance with the use of defoliation makes this program something trees will look forward to, and moths not.

Why You Should Worry About Cottontails and their Prolific Breeding

Filed under: Rodent Control — Megan Howard @ 3:11 pm August 15, 2014

Cottontails can be really cute, especially those baby rabbit dashing into a bed of flowers. They are soft and they look cuddly, and some even make them as pets. But, most gardeners and farmers will not want any of these rabbits near their produce.

These rabbits are herbivores and will consume any vegetables that they see. Although the damage that they create is not as grave as deers, they can still be considered a nuisance. Both animals have benefited greatly from the increase of suburbanization. They will hide in tall grass, tangly undergrowth or shrubs, and will search for their food in fields, lawns and meadows.

Cottontails in particular are thriving in their new found environment since homes that have great lawns and gardens are providing them with a great habitat. They may not be commonly seen during the day because they feed during the night. To search for these rabbits, try to wait for them during the dawn or twilight hours since these are their preferred time.

With the availability of food and other resources, these rabbits are not stopping from breeding. The phrase “they breed like rabbits” really do apply to them because they can produce three to four litters, and sometimes up to eight bunnies. To protect the babies, the mother will dig a shallow hole with plants and some of the baby rabbits fur that came from their bellies.

The mother will spend two to three weeks to wean the new rabbits, and will stay with them for the next couple of weeks. After that, the young rabbits will disperse and will search for food on their own. By that time, the mother is pregnant again. Baby rabbits become fully mature and can have their own litter after two to three months.

These rabbits are prolific breeders, and they do have a good excuse to breed as many as they can because most want to hunt them, kill them, and eat them, that includes people. Animals that hunt them are foxes, hawks, raccoons, owls, crows, coyotes, and opossums. Incidents that even cats and dogs are also after them, really happens. With so many predators out for these creatures, it is no wonder that just 20% of baby rabbits survive to adulthood. And, even if they become adults, these cottontails can live for just about a year.

True, that the world will be their enemy and it is a given fact that they are always running. Lucky, for these creatures, they have powerful back legs that provide them with speed and maneuverability. They also know how to trick their predator by not moving for a while until the predator leaves.

While these bunnies may still have a lot of enemies that includes us, it is still not a reason to allow them from entering our premises. Gardens will be destroyed and vegetables eaten by these cuddly bunnies. To protect your garden, make sure to install barriers on your plants to avoid these cottontails from eating them.

Understanding Carpenter Ants

Filed under: Carpenter Ant Control — Megan Howard @ 6:04 am August 8, 2014

Understanding Carpenter ants

Carpenter ants live in colonies. They have a class system wherein the queen will produce workers to create her tunnels of galleries while they search for food and provide her protection. They are considered pests because of how they create their nests in wood.

Behavior and Habitat

For carpenter ants to create colonies, they will need mature male and female winged reproductives to mate. They mate and swarm during early spring to summer. After the mating season or nuptial flight, the male will die, and the female will search for a suitable nest. Once the nest is found, the female ant will deposit 15 to 20 eggs that will soon become her first workers. These workers will be responsible in nourishing developing larvae and the queen. It may take 3 to 6 years for a colony to grow to around 3,000 to 5,000 ants.

Carpenter ants usually create their nests in hollow trees, posts, logs, and timbers. However, they can sometimes gain entry inside a home and build their nest in moist wood. These ants can take advantage of your chimneys, drain gutters, under bathroom fixtures, window and door frames, wooden shingles, sprinklers, skylights, hollow porch posts and columns, and the likes. These ants may transfer indoors from an existing colony outdoors when they find a home that provides them with all of their basic needs.

Carpenter Ants Vs. Termites

Carpenter ants are sometimes mistaken with termites because of how they create galleries. However, these two pests are entirely two different species and are physically different.

Here are some ways to know if you have carpenter ants or termites:

  • A termite has no waist while an ant has a narrow and defined, constricted waist.
  • A termite has straight antenna, an ant has a bent antenna.
  • A termite has four equal size and shape wings while an ant has four wings with the back hind wings shorter than the front.
  • A termite worker is transparent, creamy white and does not like light. An ant worker is reddish or dark colored and commonly seen any time of the day.
  • Their nests are also different since a carpenter ant creates galleries that are smooth and finished while a termite nest is mostly rough and ragged and is filled with soil and mud.

Signs of Infestation

You will know if your home is infested with carpenter ants when:

  • You see a high concentration of ants going in a particular moist area
  • You hear an active colony, creating a dry rustling sound that is similar to the crinkling of cellophane.
  • You see swarms of winged ants trying to get out of the house
  • You see sawdust-like boring outside their galleries and little openings in woodwork

Having a carpenter ant infestation can be a cause for an alarm because they can easily destroy the structure of a home. Although some home remedies can also be done to get rid of them, such as with the use of insecticides and baits, but there are most cases when these are not effective. If you find a carpenter ant infestation in your home, it is most effective to just call for a professional to assist you with your carpenter ant problems.

Horizon Pest Control provides Carpenter Ant Control to for both businesses and residential homes. Don’t let your home be a victim of these ants. Early detection and elimination should be done to stop these ants from harming your home. To know more about Carpenter Ant Control, schedule an appointment with us now.

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