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Keeping Fruit Flies Out of the Office Kitchen

Filed under: Commercial Pest Control,Pest Control,Pest Management — Tags: — Megan Howard @ 2:01 pm April 30, 2012

Apart from the house fly, one of the most common pests in America is the fruit fly. Certainly, everyone in America knows what they are and have encountered them at least once in their lifetimes. Like their name implies, they are often found near over ripe and/or rotting fruits and vegetables.

Three green apples

This is because they are attracted to the alcohol that is produced when the food is allowed to ferment. Although they are not disease transmission insects like mosquitoes, they do spread bacteria and are really annoying in large numbers.

If your office kitchen is plagued by fruit flies, follow these simple steps to control and eliminate their presence.

  1. Avoid storing fruits and vegetables for an extended period of time.  Overripe fruits and veggie should be discarded or eaten.
  2. If you must store fruits and vegetables in the office, wash them in  clean water and store them in covered containers in the refrigerator.
  3. Liquids such as vinegar, Sriracha sauce, and any kind of alcohol such   as wine or beer should be kept in sealed bottles.
  4. Food scraps should be stored in covered bins, separate from regular trash.
Fruit flies

Once an office has been infested with fruit flies, extreme care must be taken to locate and clear any and all potential breeding grounds, since fruit fly eggs can be laid even in small puddles and hatch within hours. If your office kitchen is already infested with fruit flies,

follow these simple steps to create a trap that gets rid of them efficiently.

  1.  Take a piece of paper, form it into a funnel shape and use some tape  to hold it together.
  2. Take a small jar or bottle and fill it with a small amount of vinegar, wine, or beer.
  3. Place the funnel into the opening of the bottle or jar, and set it in the area infested by fruit flies.

The trap works by using the scent of the alcohol to lure fruit flies in, once they’ve feasted on the liquid inside, the funnel will keep them from getting out. Once the trap is set, it may take a little while for the liquid inside to ferment properly, but once that is done it should kill a great deal of fruit flies.

If this doesn’t work completely, schedule an appointment with us through this link – Fruit Fly Control. We offer effective fruit fly treatment to rid them once and for all.

Can Spring Invite Bedbugs?

Filed under: Bed Bug Extermination,Pest Control,Pest Management — Tags: — Megan Howard @ 3:46 pm April 23, 2012

Now that Spring has sprung, we all must be more vigilant about bed bug control. As we’re all leaving our homes to enjoy the warmer weather, we’re exposing ourselves to others who may have been in contact with bed bugs and thus making it much easier to transport these nasty little creatures back to our homes.

This small oval shaped pest invades homes silently and will nestle into beds, sofas, chairs, jackets in your closet or anything else that provides warmth and protection. The bed bug’s ability to make many different man-made things it’s home is a big part of the reason for it’s increased population.

Another big contributing factor in bed bug outbreaks is how our lifestyles as humans have evolved. Most people commute to work daily, and many on public transportation. And with the number of people using the same public transportation every day, it only takes a few bed bugs (living in someone’s coat perhaps) to spread throughout that commuter line to the end destinations of those travelers. Thus spreading bed bugs even further.

Also, traveling during spring break on airplanes or trains and staying in hotels exposes us to bed bugs from the past guests.

Bed bugs on a mattress

 

Yet, even under the threat of bed bugs, we still must live our lives. So the key is not living in fear of bed bugs, but knowing how to limit our exposure and identifying if they’ve latched on to you as soon as possible. Early detection is the key, because if you can eliminate a few before they breed and settle into your home, you can avoid the effects.

Here are some tips to avoid exposure to bed-bugs

  • Wash all travelling and commuting clothes in very hot water. Heat eliminates bed-bugs, When you have travelled, wash your entire luggage and have your clothes laundered.
  • If you have bought some second furniture in a garage sale, have it treated and cleaned before bringing it inside your house.
  • Be careful when you visit public places like theatres and restaurants. All these places are high risk areas as far as bed-bugs are concerned.

 

Horizon Pest Control will help you solve your bed bug problems. If you suspect bed bug activity in your home, do not hesitate to contact us. Call us today or visit our Bed Bug Control page to set a FREE inspection.

Stink Bugs and Steps to Avoid Them

Filed under: Pest Control,Stink Bugs — Tags: — Megan Howard @ 9:36 pm April 13, 2012

As the name suggests, stink bugs refers to little creatures that are capable of producing a particularly repulsive smell when threatened or attacked. Stink bugs have a distinctive triangle on their backs and comes in several colors ranging from brown to green. The bugs use this as a defence mechanism to discourage predators. The odor emitted actually comes from a fluid that is stored in glands and dispensed under threat or contact. (This is why it’s super important not to sweep away stink bugs – you’ll smear the scent everywhere).

Stink bug on a leaf

 

Farmers use stink bugs to keep away other bugs as they feed on other pests. But stink bugs have the potential to be a pest to crops; as they like to feed on fruit and vegetable crops. This can make your home garden a target for stink bugs, which can subsequently make your home a target as well.

 

Steps to avoid stink-bug infestations:

Step1:

Check weather stripping and insulation as well as window frames for any small openings and gaps that may allow stink-bugs in. Stink-bugs may even get in through pencil sized holes.

Step2:

Cut away foliage and shrubbery that is growing too close to your house. Stink-bugs like feeding on plants, especially tomato plants.

Step 3:

You could consider using a safe organic pesticide on your home garden. Stink-bugs are fond of the sunlight (unlike other pests) and tend to infest the sunny side of your garden area.

What do you do if you encounter stink-bugs?

DO NOT squish them as that will release the stinky odor all over the house. Try using a vacuum cleaner to suck them up. This is a temporary solution compared to calling pest control but it does help.

If you think you have stink bugs in your home, click Stink Bug Control to set a FREE appointment. Our qualified technicians will  thoroughly remove these nasty pests from your home.

Termites in New Jersey

Filed under: Pest Control,Pest Management,Termites — Tags: — Megan Howard @ 8:47 pm April 6, 2012

Termites break out predicted for 2012!

Newspapers in New Jersey recently reported that termite colonies had increased state wide and given this fact, termite infestations are much more likely to occur in 2012. Experts estimated an explosion of termite infestations in March and increasing into Spring due to abnormally warmer winter temperatures.  March is usually the time when termites begin looking for fresh nesting places, but the lack of a sustained thaw is enabling populations to increase much quicker in the season.

Termite colony

New Jersey and termite infestations:

Termites are partial to warm and moist climates like that of  The Garden State and our climate encourages breeding and nesting capabilities for termites. Resulting with a far higher probability of  termites infestations than states farther north or dryer in the southwest.

A second threat we face in NJ is the vulnerability of older homes and buildings. Though we had a building boom in the last decade, a lot of the structures here are older. Older homes and buildings have cracks and more worn roofs that can provide an entry for an insect like a termite. Once they’re inside, they will nest and grow.

Most people find out they have termites a year or more after the insect has invaded their home. At that point there is termite damage that will need to be repaired. So with the warmer weather and the increase in termites in the area, the smartest move you can make in April is to get a Termite Inspection. All inspections are free of charge and conducted by a trained professional. If you haven’t had a Termite Inspection in the last year, call us today or click  New Jersey Termite Control to protect your home and family.