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Stink Bug Home Pest Control Do’s and Dont’s

Filed under: Pest Management — Megan Howard @ 5:23 pm September 28, 2012

Stink bugAh, the wonderful stink bug! There are probably many who would tend to disagree with that statement and think that only a nut or biology geek would say it, but the fact is that stink bugs are stealthy little creatures. They have mastered the art of self-defense with the simple element of stink. It keeps predators from eating them and gives humans quite a dilemma. If your home has been invaded by these stinky pests remember that humans are still the most intellectual beings and read this post to master your battle plans.

It is probably a good idea to start off with all the things you should not do when trying to get rid of stink bugs. Those with an infestation probably feel like it is an emergency situation and it is important for them to know what to avoid doing right now. The number one thing you must not do to a stink bug is smash it. Smashing a stink bug only releases its stink and the smell is most likely to get everywhere and linger.

When dealing with these pests, it is also important to avoid excess lighting in your home during the night time. That can be a very hard thing to do, but stink bugs are attracted to light. In fact light as been used against them in some very ingenious plans to get rid of them. If you live in an area that is all dark at night and the lights from your home can be seen for miles around then at least lowering the shades is a smart idea. Otherwise you may soon find every stink bug in the area moving into your home.

These next don’t for stink bugs are also related to some things you should do. Many people recommend flushing the bugs down the toilet and it is a method that works for many people, however don’t assume the bug is gone for good. Do not think that it absolutely never has a chance of climbing out of the toilet bowl.

Some people choose to vacuum up the stink bugs and there are ways in which this can work. However, don’t ever vacuum up a stink bug with s dry vac. This method can release the stink in the air and in your vacuum. Even if you detect no odor immediately, you very well may smell it when you go to vacuum the floor during regular duties.

Stink bugs may seem pretty tough, but plain old soapy water is their kryptonite. The soap penetrates their hard outer shield, allowing them to take damage much easier. When using the flushing down the toilet method, prepare the water by adding some soap to it first. Then collect the stink bugs and throw them in. It is a good idea to flush multiple stink bugs at a time so that you do not waste water and soap flushing them one by one.

The soapy water is also a smart way to vacuum them up. Fill the bottom of a wet vac with soapy water and then use the hose to suck up the stink bugs. Instead of stinking up the house they will land in the soapy water and die.

Soapy water is your best defense against stink bugs. You van spray down the exterior of your home when you see many stink bugs walking on it. You can keep a spray bottle near screen doors and windows for knocking the stink bugs off when you are trying to enjoy and beautiful day. You can even keep soapy water around the house in buckets and jars for dropping stink bugs into when you happen to catch them.

The best way to prevent stink bug infestation is prevention. Horizon Pest Control can help you eradicate these bugs and protect your home from invasion. To set an appointment today. simply go to New Jersey Stink Bugs.

DIY Pest Control Tips for 8 Common Pests

Filed under: Pest Control — Megan Howard @ 11:56 pm September 20, 2012

DIY pest controlThere are numerous reasons why it is smart to learn do-it-yourself pest control methods even if you have an account with a professional. You never know when some of the pests featured here might bother you. Here are some simple ways to handle the following pests.


Ants are a common household pest and can sometimes be challenging to get rid of. They come in and ruin food as well as bite. Having a home full of ants can be a real problem, so learning how to get rid of them is important. The key is to clean up their trails by scrubbing it with soap and water. They travel along these lines because of pheromones so the scrub cuts all that out. Be sure to note their entry point and treat it so that they will stay outside where they belong.

Bed Bugs

There has to be hundreds of tips for bed bugs because they are such a big problem and very hard to get rid of. The key to getting rid of bed bugs is heat. Clean everything with high heat, especially laundry, for many days and the infestation will quickly fade away.


These have to be the most common pest of all. Cockroaches are just plain disgusting. Cleaning up is key for removing them. Be sure to repair any cracks or holes in the walls. Use lemon oil to keep them away and get professional pest control services regularly.


These destructive pests can cause expensive damage to any home that has wood. To get rid of them, treat their nest with orange oil and apply neem oil to the wood. The orange oil kills them on contact, but the neem oil kills them when they eat it. Keep using these two oils to ensure they stay away.


Flies are just as disgusting as cockroaches, if not more. To get rid of flies clean using plenty of bleach. Be sure to keep the doors and windows closed if you do not have high quality screens. Keep garbage covered and away from the house. You may even want to consider installing an electronic bug zapper by your entryway.


Not only do rodents cause damage and leave filth in their wake, but they can spread diseases. The traditional use of mouse traps simply is not good enough when there is a real issue. Locate their entries and repair them. Make sure to keep the home clean. Since these creatures cannot burp a mixture of baking soda, flour, and sugar will do them in very fast.


Spiders are a particularly tricky pest to get rid of. They are usually loners but unlike other pests they do not need household food sources. To control spiders in your home you have to keep out the other pests they use as prey. If you see one, smash it.


These have to be the most hated of all pests because they bite and can cause a lot of suffering. While they are not poisonous, mosquitoes can spread parasites and disease. Get rid of standing water around the house and yard as they like this element for laying eggs. Use lavender oil instead of insect repellant for a natural method to keep them away.

Ants, bed bugs, cockroaches and other household pests pose health risks to your family and pets. If you suspect pest infestation at home. don’t hesitate to give us a call or alternatively you can click NJ Pest Control to schedule an appointment with us.

Ultimate Secret to Mosquito Prevention in the Fall

Filed under: Pest Management — Tags: — Megan Howard @ 11:55 pm

MosquitoMany people consider fall to be one of the most beautiful times of the year. The leaves change colors, the air is cooler, and the mosquito population is soon to stop biting us.  While mosquitoes are rarely found in the winter, they can still cause quite a problem in the fall and how you deal with them in the fall effects how much they get to bother you in the spring and summer. There is a method of mosquito prevention that is often overlooked by many homeowners. If you have gutters you must know about this cool fall secret.

Being overrun by mosquitoes is a terrible thing, they buzz in your ear and inflict those awful, itchy bites. Worst is the fact that many mosquitoes have helped spread disease. They are even responsible for many cases of human parasite infestations. In many cities the mosquito populations is utterly out of control and those who live in the country are not free of this burden. Yet, the battle against mosquitoes can be won by understanding much about them. One thing about mosquitoes is that they prefer to lay eggs in standing water.

You might not have a pond or a birdbath in your yard, but if you have leaves clogging up gutters then you have a nice source of standing water for the mosquitoes to enjoy. The whole purpose of gutters is to catch and control the flow of the rain water so that it minimizes damage to the house and surrounding area. When gutters are clogged up the rain that collects in them cannot drain off. Instead it pools up inside the gutters and causes many problems.

Fall is a prime time for gutters to get clogged because of the heavy flow of leaves. Even a perfectly functioning gutter system can get backed up when full of leaves. Yet, many homeowners get frustrated by the amount of leaves that fall around their house and refuse to do something about it until the end of the season, if ever. It is shocking to note just how many homes have gutters clogged to the brim year round and the property owners refuse to do anything about it.

So the mosquitoes find these gutters and fall in love with them. During the fall the mosquitoes get busy laying eggs. That means that people do not have to wait until the springtime to be overrun with mosquitoes. They can just let the water in their gutters stand for a couple of weeks and they will start getting bug bites just about every time they step outside. If they let this continue into the spring and summer months they will find the problem to be much worse. All the eggs will have hatched and the mosquito population in their yard will be much bigger.

Instead, be sure to clean the gutters out after every major leaf fall. If you keep them clean regularly, such maintenance should only take a few short minutes. Removing the leaves is especially easy if you have a power washer. This habit protects both your home and your health. It may possibly even protect your sanity.

If you need help in elimination of mosquitoes in and around home, give us a call or click Horizon’s Yard Guard Service to schedule an appointment with us.

Fall Pests – What They Are, and How To Avoid Them

Filed under: Pest Control — Tags: — Megan Howard @ 4:25 pm September 7, 2012

Fall Now that summer is drawing to a close, the sweltering hot weather will start to cool down, gradually dropping lower and lower to herald the start of the autumn season. People will start moving back to the comfort of their warm indoors, and you can be sure that mother nature won’t be too far behind. Thanks to the colder weather, pests like rodents, spiders, and cockroaches will be searching for warmer habitats to survive the coming winter.

Common Household Pests

Rodents, spiders, and cockroaches are the three most common pests you’ll encounter this fall, and each one is troublesome in its own special way. Rodents can carry bacteria and disease, and the deadly Black Plague that ravaged Europe in the Dark Ages was brought in by the fleas that preyed on rats. Spider bites are painful, and can be dangerous to people who have allergic reactions, while cockroaches’ droppings can trigger asthma attacks.

Tightly sealed containersPreventive measures

The best way to ward off these creatures is make your home as inhospitable to them as you can. First, keep your surroundings clean; store leftover food in tightly sealed containers, and make sure that rubbish bins are tightly sealed as well. Next, install rubber sweeps on all your doors, and repair damaged window screens and screen doors. Finally, seal up all cracks in your homes interior and exterior, especially where utility lines and pipes enter the building.

These preventive methods will force pests to search elsewhere for food. Of course, this won’t do much good if they’ve already taken up residence in your home. If you suspect that your home has been infested by pests, give us a call or visit our residential pest control page to schedule a home inspection.

Green Pest Control

Filed under: Green Pest Control,Pest Control — Tags: — Megan Howard @ 5:24 pm September 2, 2012

Rachel CarsonIn the beginning, there was DDT. This “miracle pesticide” was used in the late 1930s to help soldiers fighting in World War II keep Yellow Fever and Malaria at bay. It was so effective that following the war, it was used by farmers all across America, resulting in some of the biggest crop yields ever seen, the eradication of the bed bug, and was even used by the World Health Organization as the weapon-of-choice in a worldwide campaign against Malaria.

There seemed to be no end to its success, at least until the 1960s. It was around that time that a conservationist named Rachel Carson published a book, known Silent Spring, that spoke out against the widespread, wanton use of pesticides without concern for their effect on the environment. The evidence she produced led to the beginning of the environmentalist movements of the 60s.

As a result, DDT was banned, and exterminators were forced to seek alternatives to environmentally unfriendly pesticides. One of those solutions was a methodology called Integrated Pest Management, and its logical extension, Green Pest Control. Both solutions seek to use tools and methods that pose the least risk to the environment to control, not eliminate, pests. The big difference between the two, however, is in the types of pesticides used.

Green Pest Control

Flower bloomingGreen Pest Control solutions typically shun traditional chemicals and focus on pesticides and methods that are organic in nature, while doing little to no impact on the surrounding environment. Pesticides commonly used are based on plant oils such as Rosemary and Wintergreen, and there are even organic insecticides such as citronella, which is a naturally occurring mosquito repellent and is commonly found in scented candles.

The benefits to Green Pest Control are obvious. Though it requires that a company be trained and certified in its various methods, its a cost-effective pest control that isn’t harmful or toxic to the environment or to human beings. This has been the standard at Horizon Pest Control for 42 years. For more information about our green solutions, visit Green Pest Control.