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Fruit Flies, Rodents, Wasps, Crickets, etc

Filed under: Commercial Pest Control,Pest Control,Pest Management — Tags: — Megan Howard @ 3:12 pm August 24, 2012

MiceIt’s summertime 2012! While everyone is out traveling to enjoy sun, surf and beaches, mother nature’s creatures are out with an agenda of their own. During this time of year that insects and pests are active, feeding and breeding to prepare for the looming winter season. Many pests are active around this time of year, but some of the most active pests this season are fruit flies, rodents, crickets, wasps, and ticks.

The one thing all these pests have in common here is that they are all capable of building nests/hives in a home or office building, making them difficult to control and eliminate. In cases like these, it’s often best to have a professional exterminator come and deal with them because they would have access to the special tools and equipment required to deal with home infestations properly.

CricketA single treatment session isn’t enough to completely eliminate a pest from your home or business, however, and if they are not properly taken care of, they will simply re-populate and become more difficult and costly to treat. Regular inspections have to be carried out consistently over an extended period of time. Not only is it cheaper in the long run, but they are also necessary to ensure that the problem goes away for good.

Regular pest control inspections also reduce the potential for unwanted damage, and help keep your building maintenance costs down. If your home or business is infested by pests, go to New Jersey Residential Pest Control and we can help you set an inspection schedule that will work with you.

Honey Bees – The Good and The Bad

Filed under: Bee Removal & Management — Tags: — Megan Howard @ 2:59 pm August 21, 2012

From schoolyards to gardens, wherever there are flowers, you’re likely to find honey bees close by. These black and yellow insects first came to America with the European settlers, and helped make the land suitable by pollinating the seeds and saplings they brought with them, while providing ample quantities of beeswax and honey for human consumption.

honey bee near a flowerHoney bees are social creatures, and have their own little organized society of drones, workers, and queens, all working in unison to maintain the hives they live in. They are active all year round, producing honey in the warmer seasons and consuming it for survival during the winter seasons. They are often kept in captivity and bred by humans because the honey and wax that they produce are valuable and can be used in a variety of commercial products like food and cosmetics.

bee hiveFor the most part honey bees aren’t aggressive, preferring to fly from flower to flower, and they will only sting if you provoke them directly or harm the nest. They are capable of rallying the entire hive to attack an intruder by releasing a special pheromone that alerts other bees in the area. Their stings extremely painful, but ultimately harmless for most people, but there is a small subset of people who are allergic to bee stings, and may exhibit severe reactions to them without proper medical attention.

This is why it is best to call a professional pest control company if you are having a problem with bees on or around your property. Pest Control companies possess the equipment and knowledge necessary to control the presence of bees around your property, and can even relocate the nest so that the environment is not disturbed. To set an appointment with us, call us or go to our Residential Pest Control page.

Stink Bugs! Identification and Prevention

Filed under: Pest Control — Tags: — Megan Howard @ 3:31 pm August 10, 2012

The stink bug is generally unloved by most Americans despite being far less harmless than other pests like rats and mosquitoes. These tiny, beetle-sized creatures emit a foul-smelling odor when provoked, one that is believed to be a defensive mechanism to ward away predators, and although they existed in East Asia for many years, the first sightings of the bug in America were not reported until the 1900s.

stink bug eggs

They don’t carry diseases, nor do they sting, and thus they are harmless to individuals. There is even a variant of the stink bug, the anchor bug, that actually helps plants by preying on other pests like caterpillars and beetles. They do, however, feed on all manner of plant life, from leaves, to flowers, fruit, and other crops, and their tendency to damage plants to the point they can’t blossom has earned them the ire of farmers across America.
Stink bug
Identifying a stink bug infestation can be tricky. The typical stink bug is small, slightly larger than a beetle, and their shape results in them appearing to have a shield on their backs. This is why they’re sometimes called the ‘shield bug’ They feed on all parts of a plant, leaves, stalks, and the so check all of your plants for signs of damage. The easiest, but less reliable, way is to keep your nose open for the foul-smelling odor characteristic of all stink bugs.

If you do spot stink bugs, you’re in for a wild ride. Most pesticides currently on the market don’t really work, and crushing them under your boot will cause them to release their ‘stink juice’, and is also not really effective. Keeping your garden free and clear of debris like fallen leaves and weeds is a better. There are experimental pheromone-based traps in the works, but for now the best thing to do is to call a professional exterminator.

use vacuum to kill stink bugs
To keep them from getting into your home, seal up the cracks in your walls and the gaps between the windows and doors. If they do manage to make it into your home, vacuum them up and then dump them outside or in the trash. Refrain from stomping on them because, as mentioned earlier, it will release the ‘stink juice’. If you need assistance in dealing with stink bugs, feel free to give us a call or visit Stink Bug Control to schedule an appointment for inspection.

Preventing the spread of Bed Bugs in the summer

Filed under: Bed Bug Extermination — Tags: — Megan Howard @ 3:18 pm August 7, 2012

You may have heard the old saying, “Don’t let the bed bugs bite”, but how many of us have actually encountered bed bugs? Bed bugs are nocturnal parasites that feed on the blood of a host to survive. They’ve been around for thousands of years, but following World War II, bed bug infestations became non-existent thanks to a pesticide called DDT. Since its ban in the 1960s, however, they have been on the rise, and are once again common in America.

They’ve been known to create a number of different health problems in humans, ranging from allergic skin reactions to psychological effects. The typical bed bug bite can cause rashes and intense itching that can last several days. The most commonly affected areas on a person are the upper arms and shoulders since these are the most exposed at night, but they can affect other areas on the body as well, such as the legs and chest.

Bed bugs travel from place to place by hitchhiking on hosts they’ve come across. They often attach themselves to a host and can travel on their clothes and even in their luggage. Contrary to popular belief, bed bug infestations have nothing to do with how clean an environment is. They are just as likely to be found in a clean home as a dirty one, and once they’re there they can be difficult to deal with.

Individuals going on vacation this summer should pay close attention to the hotel rooms or inns they’re staying at, and to take care when going to any place where lots of people gather, like movie theaters or restaurants. Bed bugs often leave dark, rust-colored fecal stains on the sheets, and during the day they hide, usually in cracks in the wall or bed frame, up to 5 feet away from the bed.

Bed bugs on a mattress

When staying in a hotel room, you can reduce your chances of becoming infested by keeping your luggage away from the beds and walls on a luggage rack. When you return home, put all your clothes in the dryer and run it for 15 minutes on the highest settings to kill anything that may have come home with you.

If you see any of these signs, DO NOT hesitate and call a pest control company immediately. Like with all pests, early detection is the key to halt bugs reproducing and major infestations. To set an appointment with us, visit  New Jersey Bed Bug Control.

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Horizon Pest Control is Featured on CBS!

Filed under: Horizon Pest Control,Pest Control — Megan Howard @ 2:23 pm

CBS New York interviewed our Founder, Bernie Holst, on the recent population increase of Black Widow Spiders.