Hey everyone – we just wanted to take a minute to remind you to be mindful when you’re adventuring outdoors. Whether you’re picnicking in your backyard or heading out to blaze a 7 mile trail, we urge you to take precautions for yourself and your pets. Tick Prevention Tips!
We all get excited to spend more time outdoors to mark the end of winter, but that means blood-sucking pests, like ticks, have more to work with to transmit illnesses like Lyme disease – something you definitely want to avoid.
Here are some quick tips from Team Horizon:
* Always apply an insect repellant containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus when spending time outdoors, and reapply as directed on the label.
* Wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts and closed-toe shoes when outdoors. Choose light colored clothing that makes it easier to spot ticks and other insects.
* Keep grass cut low, as ticks are found in high grass. Remove weeds, woodpiles and debris.
* Inspect yourself and your family members, as well as your pets, carefully for ticks after being outdoors.
* If you are concerned about ticks on your property, contact a licensed pest professional, we can help.
For more tick facts and prevention tips, please visit https://www.horizonpestcontrol.com/blog/ticks-infographic/
The Caterpillars That Cannot Stop Eating Plastic Bags?
The world is full of non-biodegradable garbage that will go on polluting our environment for ages to come. This problem is made much worse by all of the plastic that is thrown out on a daily basis. The main ingredient in plastic that makes plastic materials degrade very slowly is known as polyethylene. Every year factories produce about eighty-eight tons of these plastics. The main source of this plastic-pollution comes from polyethylene plastic bags that you get from grocery stores. Each person uses about two hundred and thirty plastic bags annually. The polyethylene used in plastic bags can take about one hundred years to decompose. Other forms of polyethylene plastic can take up to four hundred years to decompose. One method of decomposing these plastics at accelerated rates is to apply corrosive chemicals to the plastic. Unfortunately, these chemicals are dangerous to the environment as well. Just when no solutions to this problem seemed apparent, a group of researchers discovered a type of caterpillar that consumes and breaks down these plastics without any unnatural or unsafe byproducts resulting from the degradation of the polyethylene.
The caterpillar is only one inch long and is known as a wax worm, as well as the honey worm caterpillar, but the caterpillar’s official name is the Galleria mellonella. This caterpillar is eats unconventional meals as this caterpillar is most often found feeding on waxy and goo-drenched honeycombs. So this caterpillar is not afraid of venturing inside of beehives apparently. This caterpillar has six weeks before it becomes a moth, which is not a lot of time to solve plastic-pollution. It was only by accident that researchers discovered the wax worm’s ability to break down polyethylene. Some researchers hypothesize that this caterpillar is attracted to this type of plastic because the plastic has chemical bonds that are similar to the bonds found in beehives. Now that researchers have found an organism that can break down polyethylene safely, the next step is making that happen on a large-scale.
Do you think that it would be more sensible to farm these caterpillars in order to accelerate the breakdown of the world’s plastics? Or should researchers learn enough about the caterpillar so that researchers can extract their enzymes for our own application?
A few days ago police officers in a rural part of America responded to a call about a car accident on the highway. Naturally the police officers dutifully reported to the crash site as quickly as possible. When the police arrived at the scene of the accident they learned that the driver had struck a woodchuck with his vehicle. Initially the woodchuck was nowhere to be seen, but then police officers looked underneath the car and found “Woody the Woodchuck”.
The woodchuck was understandably shaken with fear. The police knew that animal control would not reply to wildlife calls, so the police officers at the scene were forced to patch up an injured Woody. The police officers also stopped by another cop’s house in order to find some vegetables for Woody since he seemed undernourished. During their off-hours, two of the police officers arranged for Woody to recover at a Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.
In other good news, a two-day-old raccoon was saved from certain death a few weeks back. A wildlife refuge known as WildCare has since taken the raccoon in for care. The raccoon was first discovered in a dilapidated shed. When the shed’s owner inspected the shed after finding its door opened he immediately noticed a group of little raccoons and one mother. That same night, the mother raccoon clearly became a little nervous about the safety of their location and attempted to relocate the family to a new den. The family did just that, but sadly one tiny female raccoon was left behind.
The raccoon was recently given back to her mom, but the mother raccoon clearly was not interested in taking her daughter back. Therefore, WildCare is going to foster the little raccoon for at least three months. Experts believe that in just a couple of months, the raccoon will be old and large enough to fend for itself.
Have you ever rescued an animal? If you have, what kind of animal did you rescue?
Raccoons Playing With Bubbles Are Simply Irresistible | Raccoon Removal
Most people tend to look at raccoons as a nuisance and often lump together with rodents. But this bad rap is mostly undeserved. Sure, they can be a bit mischievous at times and definitely make big messes of our trash that we have to then clean up. Of course, digging around for tasty trash does not help their reputation, but these masked critters can be quite charming as well. Their bad image could use a bit of a makeover, and one user on YouTube gave us the perfect video to do just that.
A video was uploaded to YouTube the other day of what may be the cutest scene I have ever witnessed. Imagine two raccoons, one a boy dressed in a tiny green polo shirt and one a girl wearing red an white polka dotted dress, dancing around while bubbles waft all around them. In between dancing on their hind legs and looking in wonderment at the bubbles, which they probably think must be some kind of gift from the gods or magic, these adorable little critters reach around trying to pop the bubbles without much success. To put it mildly, this video is up there with the cute cat videos the world is obsessed with.
So, first take a minute to watch this video. Now, how do you feel about raccoons? Don’t you want one for a pet (absolutely not recommended)? These guys aren’t on the level of disgusting rodents. First of all, they are not even in the same family as rodents. The red panda also used to be classified as a rodent. Now look at the love pouring out of people’s hearts for those cute animals. Can’t we give the same second chance to raccoons? The next time you find your trash strewn all over your driveway or hear that telltale rustling out by those bins, just watch this video and your annoyance will immediately turn into love.
What other animals that humans don’t usually like have you seen cute videos of? Can you change our minds about another animal?
Little Known Facts About Skunks
It is springtime and the skunks are beginning to emerge from their lairs and search for food and mates. Yep, it’s also that time of year. Now, we all know that you shouldn’t mess with skunk unless you want to get sprayed by their butt juice that is basically impossible to get rid of. You and the clothing you were wearing will smell for the rest of your life. So, that’s easy, right? Just don’t bother them. But it’s not just us humans that are curious about these striped critters. Dogs also seem to have a fascination for them. So, let’s take a look at some of the facts about skunks you didn’t know and how you might deal with them this spring.
Just to start off, you should know that it’s not just adult skunks that can spray foul odors onto their predators. Baby skunks can spray even before they can open their eyes to see. I imagine that could lead to all kinds of shenanigans for their mothers with babies accidentally spraying each other because they can’t see and they think their brother or sister is an enemy. One thing you probably don’t know is that skunks don’t usually spray a predator unless they feel threatened. Usually they will just stick up their tail in warning and let out a little sample whiff of what the predator can expect to get if they proceed further.
Another way skunks will try to scare off predators is for a mother skunk to face the danger head on and begin stamping her front paws. They may also hiss and lunge at the predator. If they are being tracked through an area with dense flora, they will also let out a cloud of their special spray to discourage the predator from continuing to stalk them. And when skunks do decide to spray a predator they specifically aim their butt towards the face so they can get them in the eyes, nose, and mouth. Pretty clever for a furry four legged animal.
Finally, what everyone really wants to know is what do you do if your dog comes homes smelling of skunk. Well, experts agree that the best thing to do is mix together four cups of hydrogen peroxide, a teaspoon of dish soap, and a quarter-cup of baking soda and wash them down good. You may have to repeat a few times to totally get rid of the smell.
Has your pet ever come home smelling like its been sprayed by a skunk? What did you do?
What Is The Difference Between Ants And Termites? |New Jersey Exterminating
So what is the big difference between an ant and a termite? They both live in colonies, and each organism has a queen ruling the roost. Well, yes, ants and termites are not at all the same; in fact, they are different in more ways than they are alike. However, to the layman, ants can be surprisingly hard to differentiate from a termite. As far as damage to your house and other possessions go, termites can really shake up your life. So both ants and termites are different in how much damage that they are capable of causing to homeowners.
When considering the ways in which ants and termites look completely different, then you will definitely want notice the difference in body shape between these two annoying creatures. The termite has a wide body, straight antennae and a noticeable pinched waist. They are well known for being dark colored, that is, black or brown. Flying termites, on the other hand, have two separate sets of wings, allowing the termite to steer itself in many different directions. The flying termite’s two sets of wings are the same shape.
Ants also have pinched wastes. Ants have antennae that are shaped like a bent arm, as though someone is flexing their bicep. An ants body can also be black, brown, or their bodies can often appear reddish. Much like flying termites, flying ants have two different sets of wings, but they differ in size.
Both ants and termites live in a well ordered, and some experts say an “advanced” caste system. And termites love wood of course. Termites can be found in anything from brand new dried to wood to, wet tree stumps and waterlogged branches from the forest. If you have to pick a bug to hate, then pick the termite because the ant cannot cause any structural damage, but the termite sure can.
Have you ever seen a flying termite?
Are You Seeing Swarms of Termites This Spring? New Jersey Termite Control Experts
Did you know that termites can actually fly at one point in their tiny lives? I sure as heck never did. While they are in the soil termites don’t generally have wings. However, during swarming season, which just happens to be in April and May, they can grow a set of wings during a stage when they are called alates. One very easy way to tell of you have a termite infestation is if you see any swarms near your home during their swarming season.
One problem that can arise during this special warming time of year is that swarming ants and termites can look pretty similar at first glance, being of a similar size and color, making it easy to misidentify which one is actually infesting your home. There are a few ways to distinguish termites from ants if you find yourself in this situation. Termites have stick straight antennae compared to an ant’s curved antennae. While both insects have two pairs of wings, termites have wings that are equal in size and shape while ants have much larger front wings than back. The last way you can tell them apart is to think like a man and take a look at their waist. An ant’s waist is restricted between their Thorax (front of body) and Abdomen (back of body) giving them a figure closer to a woman’s hourglass shape. Termites do not have this restriction between their front and back, and so do not have a waist that curves in, but rather a more straight body with boyish hips.
Now, just because you see a swarm that does not necessarily mean you have a termite infestation, which is why a thorough inspection of the exterior and interior of the structure is necessary to determine if you have an active infestation. Of course, to do this you need to call in the professionals at your local pest management company. This is not a job for amateurs.
You can, however, do a few things to try and prevent a termite infestation. One thing you can do is spread a liquid insecticide in the soil around the perimeter of your home. There are also liquid and foam insecticide treatments that you can apply inside your walls through a drilled hole. You can also go the route of installing an insecticide bait in the soil around your home and lure the buggers in and then ruin their plans with tasty poison. Of course, you should always strictly follow the directions to any at home insecticide treatments, and call in a professional to handle more difficult situations of insect invasion.
Have you ever seen a swarm of termites? Have you ever had to get your house treated for a termite infestation? How did you finally get rid of them?
Sick Raccoons Are Being Euthanized In The Eastern United States | Raccoon Control New Jersey
Sick raccoons are being euthanized in Maryville, Blount County and Alcoa. All of the animals collected so far appear to have rabies, but another lesser-known disease called distemper is the most likely illness afflicting the captured raccoons.
All three jurisdictions mentioned above have been experiencing an influx in raccoon activity, but in Alcoa the number of raccoons has been increasing steadily for some time. According to an animal control officer working in Alcoa, there are only two or three sick raccoons captured in Alcoa per year. However, in March alone, animal control officials in Alcoa have been forced to euthanize eighteen troublesome raccoons. Some residents feel as though the raccoons are reaching epidemic proportions.
Most ill raccoons have distemper, while rabies is far less reported. Symptoms of rabies and distemper are similar in their symptomatology, so the diseases are hard to discern just by looking at a sick raccoon.
The United States of Agriculture has stepped into test the various raccoons for illness, but the test results are still pending. If the raccoons are infected with distemper then they don’t pose a threat to humans, but that is certainly not the case with rabies. Animals, like raccoons, can die as a result of having distemper, but if you are bitten by an animal with distemper then you will still live.
When raccoons are infected with distemper they demonstrate strange habits. For example, raccoons infected with distemper have been found roaming about during the day, which is odd for raccoons since they are nocturnal creatures. Or the sick raccoons could be found walking aimlessly in circles or lying on the ground. Raccoons with distemper are also known to foam at the mouth, even if they don’t have rabies.
Have you ever spotted a raccoon in the forest or elsewhere that you thought was ill?
American Artist Creates Squirrel Houses | New Jersey Animal Control
Birds have bird houses, dogs have dog houses, but what do squirrels have? And why should birds get such special treatment by many homeowners when they are not even their pets? Sadly, nobody knows why some animals are often outfitted with little man made dwellings, but one thing we can all agree on is that squirrels are meant to be living outside and only outside. However, Nancy Rose, a photographer, builds little houses for squirrels, and that is not all Nancy does for squirrels.
Squirrels are probably Nancy’s favorite type of animal. She enjoys spending a good bulk of her time observing the bushy tailed creatures scurrying about on people’s lawns. Nancy takes pictures of squirrels right as they are involved in a particular movement. Nancy then takes these pictures and adds other objects into the picturess. These objects include a lot of miniature household objects, such as bowls, china cabinets, and kitchen accessories. Nancy’s final goal it to make it look like the squirrels are indulging in human activities.
According to Nancy, most people just assume that the squirrels are photoshopped into the scenes, but they would be wrong. A few examples of Nancy’s work includes squirrels mailing letters, cooking dinner, doing laundry, going camping or even vacuuming.
After several years of using squirrels in her artwork, Nancy has come to understand a lot about a squirrels nature. She has already seen with her own eyes how great squirrels are at hiding their prized nuts. Eventually Nancy landed her own publishing deal, and she has since released many books that showcase her work with squirrels. Nancy is hoping that her artwork, as well as her many books, will help to get people to appreciate squirrels more than they do, since they are currently regarded as a nuisance.
Have you ever seen any of Nancy Rose’s artwork?