Clean Your Gutters and Stop Mosquitoes from Breeding

Filed under: Gutter Cleaning — Megan Howard @ 7:23 pm November 21, 2014

Clogged Gutters and Mosquitoes Clean Your Gutters and Stop Mosquitoes from Breeding

 

Mosquitoes and Gutters

Cleaning your roof gutters is one of the most important projects that you need to do for your home, but the most ignored. When your gutters have water in it, the possibility of mosquitoes laying eggs on the stagnant water is big. You see, mosquitoes need water to breed, and your unseen stagnant water provides the perfect breeding site for them.

Clogged gutters are always a haven for mosquitoes. Most people think that it is just necessary to unclog their gutters during the spring and fall. However, the breeding season for mosquitoes is usually long and may even extend to early spring until late winter.

Why Gutters Get Clogged

The most obvious reason that your gutters get clogged is when the gutters get filled with leaves, twigs and other debris. Once the rain sets in and the debris gets wet, the debris will absorb the rain water like a sponge. Since the leaves, twigs and other items in the gutter does not have any place to go, the water from the rain may also get trapped. If you are not able to get the decaying debris outside your gutter, it will eventually invite not just mosquitoes, but other insects as well.

A clogged gutter may destroy the integrity of a home since this may cause overflowing water during a rain that may damage the paint and siding of the wall structure. Ice damming can also occur which can work its way under the shingles and destroy the wood that will create more leaks. Ice dams on the roof may also result for the water to get inside the house.

Clean Your Gutters

Although most of us do not want to do the hard work of cleaning gutters, it is a job that we should not ignore. To protect the integrity of your home, and to stop those mosquitoes from breeding above us, it is necessary to clean your gutter at least twice a year. If you have a lot of trees around the house, make sure to always check your gutters more frequently. It is also important to always check your gutters for leaks after a rain to maintain the integrity of it.

To clean the gutters, you will need a ladder, gloves, a bucket or a bag, a small hand rake, and the water hose. Cleaning your gutters usually need some patience and time especially when there are a lot of leaves to scoop and drop on the bucket. But, once the gutters are cleaned, you know that you have already eliminated the chances of having the next batch of mosquitoes to survive in your home.

 

When Wildlife Destroys Your Roof

Filed under: Nuisance Wildlife & Animal Control — Megan Howard @ 7:17 pm November 18, 2014

squirrels in the attic When Wildlife Destroys Your Roof

Different types of wild animals, such as raccoons, squirrels, rats, mice, birds, and other nuisance wildlife can get in your roof this winter. Most of these animals are great climbers, and they are also quite secretive that they can get in without you noticing them at first. However, when they start creating noise, you know they are already settled in.

Although your roof may be perfect, these animals can chew their way into your roof, thus destroying it in the process. In most cases, these pests will take advantage of an existing hole in the roof. Other means of entry includes unscreened vents, roof vents, soffit vents, and the likes. They can also enter through the bottoms of eaves that is against the roof or through the gap at the edge of the roof behind the gutter.

Different animals can get into your roof in different ways. For instance, raccoons commonly use one entry point to gain access. It may be on the roof or eaves, or it may create a large hole to gain entry or just remove the vent cover. Rats on the other hand can gain entry in so many ways. All it will need is just a small opening and they can get inside. Birds on the other hand, cannot peck their way in, but will just take advantage of the architectural gaps of your roof like the gap where eaves meet roof.

Although these nuisance animals have different means in gaining entry, their intention in invading your home, especially as the winter approaches is to stay warm and keep safe from the cold weather outside.

Ways to know If Wildlife is Already Nesting

Squirrels. Hear noise in the daytime. Much of the noise sounds like running or scurrying, mostly in the attic, in the walls, chimney, or near the edge of the roof.

Rats and mice. Finding a lot of little brown droppings scattered in the attic, but commonly in areas that they frequent most. They also leave trails throughout the insulation. You may also find stains and brown fur grease stains.

Raccoons. Their presence may indicate a heavier stumping unlike squirrels. Raccoons most commonly search for a nice place to settle in during spring when they are searching for a safe place for their babies. However, they can get into your home any time of the year, especially during winter when they are searching for a warm place to stay in. When the raccoon has babies, vocal noises can also be heard. Raccoons are nocturnal so they will come out at night. When raccoons are in the roof, you may find large poop that is mostly in one secluded area. They will also destroy air ducts and even large areas of insulation.

Birds. A common indication that birds are already on the roof is when you find lots of poop, feathers, and nests.

Wildlife Control

Depending on the type of wildlife you have, you may be able to do the exclusion or get the help of wildlife control specialist. Since there are different means to getting these animals, it is mostly necessary to just ask from the experts when the need arise. Once the animal is gone, make sure that your roof is protected and vents are sealed.

Stink Bugs this Fall and Ways to Stop Them

Filed under: Stink Bugs — Megan Howard @ 7:09 pm November 14, 2014

Stink Bugs this Fall Stink Bugs this Fall and Ways to Stop Them

Stink bugs commonly invade homes, farms, and gardens during the fall. As the adult stink bugs look for wintering sites, these bugs will swarm in great numbers and invade outside buildings, windowsills, near doors, and other entry points. They can also invade vegetation outdoors. When these bugs gain entry inside homes, they can stay almost anywhere, such as under sofas or beds, in attics, basements, behind baseboard, and so on.

Although they may stay near or inside homes, these bugs cannot reproduce in homes nor they will not cause structural damage to it. They do not bite people or pets, and do not transmit diseases. However, these pests can be a great nuisance as they invade in hundreds or even thousands. When these bugs are crushed, they emit a foul smell, which suits their name since they really stink.

Stink bugs come in a variety of colors. They can be found, in green, black, brown, and so on. Their shield also contains distinct markings. Most of the time, the stink bugs that you will mostly find are the ones with the brownish appearance, although the green color stink bugs can also be found. Stink bugs are between 1/3 inch and ¾ inch in length. They are also known as shield bugs since their outer shell looks like a shield. They have a triangular shape or an almost rounded shape.

Damage Made by Stink Bugs

When stink bugs invade, they will mostly need to feed on plants and fruits. They love feeding on apples, peaches, figs, mulberries, persimmons, citrus fruits, corns, soybeans, weeds, beans, and so on. This insect is becoming an agricultural pest as it can create great loses on food made for human consumption.

Stopping Stink Bugs

If your home is prone to stink bug invasion make sure that you conduct mechanical exclusion to stop them from entering your premises. Make certain that cracks around windows, doors, utility pipes, siding, and other possible openings are sealed before these bugs come. Also, doors and windows that are damaged should be replaced or fixed.

Stink bugs can be eliminated with the use of pesticides even when they have already gone inside the home. However, the problem with insecticide after they kill the bugs, is that they attract other insects such as carpet beetles. The replacing bugs will feed on the dead stink bugs, the ones that you were not able to get rid of, and will eventually feed on other items inside your home, such as dry goods, woolens, and so on. You can also vacuum these bugs, but as a fair warning, your vacuum will smell pretty bad after.

A better move is to set a trap for these stinky bugs. Since they are attracted to light, and cannot swim, use a desk lamp with a tub of soapy water underneath it, thus creating your own DIY trap. There are also available stink bag traps available in hardware stores that you can use. If all else fail, call your local pest exterminator to get rid of these stink bugs and their eggs.

 

 

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 When Mice and Rats Enter Manufacturing Plants

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, contact 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 Stop Ants from Their Kitchen Invasion

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

dog tick Help Pets Get Rid of Their Pests

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

grey squirrel Stop Squirrels from Entering Your Home in New Jersey

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

carpenterants Carpenter Ants [Infographic]

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 hives The Differences of Bees Nests, Wasps Nests, and Yellow Jackets NestsHoneybees 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 nest The Differences of Bees Nests, Wasps Nests, and Yellow Jackets NestsJust 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 Indoor and Outdoor Protection Against Mosquitoes

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.

 

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