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Mold Growth During the Winter Months

Filed under: Mold Extermination — Megan Howard @ 2:58 pm December 30, 2011

Mold on ceiling

Do you know what mold looks like? It comes in many colors like green, gray, white, an black. It can look fuzzy, velvety and inactive mold looks dry. The one thing that stays consistent with mold is it’s smell.

Mold is Nature’s tool to break down organic matter, and mold eats everything. When mold eats, it produces a gases as a byproduct. The byproduct gas is the same smell consistently with mold and it helps confirm what you’re actually looking at when you smell it.

How does Mold choose to eat?

Molds are fungi that grow and reproduce quickly based on conditions. The most notorious condition to enable mold growth is consistent moisture. Any organic material exposed to consistent wetness has a high susceptibility to mold growth, especially if it’s located within a dark, dank place. This is why most residents of New Jersey find mold in their basement, crawl spaces, attics, and storage areas & closets.  These areas of are not frequently visited and mold is left alone to multiply and eat away at your home.

Is Mold Harmful, and How? 

YES! Molds can be very harmful and create severe illness.

When mold reproduces, it releases spores into the air. These spores literally travel with the wind and are transported by air. When humans breathe mold spores into their lungs, these spores can wreak havoc on our immune system. While very short exposure to mold spores will not send you to the Emergency Room, but consistent inhalation of mold spores cause health problems.

As mentioned above, mold spores travel by air. So if you’re smelling mold in your basement, just closing the basement door won’t help you. Those mold spores will travel throughout the house and you will breathe them into your lungs. This is especially prevalent in the winter when all the windows are closed and the heater is on, and the same air is recycled over and over again.

Mold growthSymptoms of Mold Exposure

Continuous inhalation of mold spores can create symptoms similar to sinus infections, respiratory problems, skin rashes, asthma, and a susceptibility to illness.

If you smell a musty odor from a specific room or area of your home consistently, call us or visit  mold control to schedule a free inspection. We’ll be able to test your air quality and home for mold damage. A Free Inspection can give you the piece of mind you need to know you’re protection your home and property from mold damage. 

Don’t Let Rodents Ruin Your Winter

Filed under: Nuisance Wildlife & Animal Control,Pest Management — Tags: — Megan Howard @ 1:07 pm December 28, 2011

RodentWintertime is usually a time for joy and merrymaking for most people. It also the time when rodents like mice, rats and squirrels are known to enter homes. The cold winter forces rodents to find warmth and shelter. Your home provides all the things they need: shelter and nice supply of food and water.

Rodents have an uncanny ability to slip through tiny gaps and holes. Some of the smaller ones like mice can even squeeze their tiny little bodies into holes as small as a nickel. These pesky visitors will hide in various places such as your cabinets, trash bins, your attic and other places not regularly visited. Also, do not make the assumption that your house is rodent-free just because it is spotless. Even immaculately clean houses can be infested with rodents!

These furry little creatures can do serious damage to your house and property. Mice and rats will chew wires, which is a leading cause of fires in home. Worse still, rodents carry diseases that contaminate your air and food. The Center for Disease Control & Prevention lists 12 deadly diseases directly transmitted by rodents including Leptospirosis, Rat Bite Fever and Hemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome. Aside from that, there are numerous diseases which can be indirectly transmitted by rodents.

RatEven if you cannot see them, there are many telltale signs which indicate that the unwelcomed visitors are in your home. They leave droppings in dark corners that may look like dirt, along with scratch and claw marks all over. You will hear them scurrying and squeaking when they think you’re not around as well. If you find any signs in your home, contact a rodent control company. Do not make the mistake of using poison bait or traps. Utilizing these techniques is not only dangerous to you and your family but inhumane as well.

Horizon Pest Control offers the most humane and effective trapping techniques. If you think you may, have a rat, mice, or rodent problem, go to rat control for free inspection of your property. If we find you have a problem, we’ll remove the animal invaders and seal your home to prevent another visit.


Are Raccoons, Skunks and Opossums Taking Over Your House?

Filed under: Nuisance Wildlife & Animal Control,Pest Management — Tags: — Megan Howard @ 5:25 pm December 12, 2011

RaccoonIs the local wildlife becoming a nuisance and bothering you? Have animals moved into your home and now you find it hard to sleep because of the constant scratching noise in your attic? Are you afraid of acquiring diseases because of the wildlife in your home? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then it is time to call an nuisance wildlife & animal control company.

What exactly can these animals do to my property?

Raccoons, skunks and opossums may look cute but they are actually very dangerous. Raccoons are capable of ransacking homes in search of food and warm shelter. They can tear off your shingles, chew through wires and rip-off air-conditioning ducts.  Skunks, like raccoons, will raid your kitchen and garbage cans for food. They can even attack your pets. Opossums are just like the other two, and can cause great havoc within a home. Once these animals make residence in your home, they will not only destroy it but make it their toilet. They will leave their waste and urine all over, creating a horrible odor in your home.

As if those problems aren’t enough, these nuisance animals are known to carry myriads of diseases transferable to humans. Rabies is the probably the most common mentioned disease linked with these nuisance animals. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 90% of all rabid animals reported to them occur in wildlife. Raccoons and skunks are included in the list of main animals that get rabies. Aside from rabies, they are capable of transmitting other life-threatening diseases. Raccoon’s droppings contain roundworms which can be accidentally inhaled or ingested by humans. Once the roundworm is inside the human body, it can affect the muscles and various organs. Skunks and opossums can spread diseases not only to humans but to domestic animals as well.

Can I remove the animals by myself?

Of course you can remove the nuisance animals by yourself. However, wild animals can attack and bite you. If one of these animals is carrying a disease, it might get transferred to you. Fr these reasons we recommend you contact a professional nuisance animal control company to help. Professional animal & pest control companies will trap the animal and safely remove it from your home. This way there is no harm to the animal and the human is at zero risk as well.

After the animal is removed from your home or building, it’s extremely important that the paths in which the animal entered at identified and sealed. Entry ways can include holes or gaps within the structure that an animal can squeeze through. A thorough inspection by a trained and experienced professional will identify all of the potential entry points and make sure your home is secured. Enabling you to protect your hard-earned investment and be safe at the same time.

If you think the you have new neighbors in your attic or basement, visit  New Jersey Animal Control to schedule a free Inspection.

Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite!

Filed under: Bed Bug Extermination — Tags: — Megan Howard @ 5:23 pm

bed bug on a skinBed bugs are parasitic insects scientifically named as Cimicidae. The term “bed bug” actually came from the location the creature usually chooses to live within your home – THE BED. Bed Bugs also enjoy staying inside sofas, furniture and even computers. These small wingless creatures are oval in shape and usually flat. They feed on the blood of warm-blooded animals like us, humans. Although they cannot fly, they are extremely agile and can move quickly.

Bed bug infestation is a growing problem within homes and other places such as hotels, movie theaters, and cruise ships. Because bed bugs are very small, they can enter any dwellings unseen. Their flat bodies enable them to crawl through crevices and cracks. Once they’ve entered a building, they locate warm and cozy places to wait for their food to arrive.

Bed bug bites on armUnlike some insects, the bite of a Bed Bug is painless and you wouldn’t recognize it was happening. Combine this with Bed Bugs being nocturnal and living in your bed, it is most common for people to wake up with bites all over themselves. The bites are small, red bumps on your skin. Usually the bites are very itchy and sometimes they are worse. If you notice a weird bite when you wake up, call a pest control company immediately. Horizon Pest Control offers a Free Inspection of your residence or building to identify if you have a Bed Bug infestation. If you do have an infestation, we offer affordable and reliable solutions to remove all bed bugs.

Do not let the bed bugs invade your home. We here at Horizon Pest Control will make sure that you get a good night’s sleep every night! For a free consultation or evaluation, go to Bed Bug Control.