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Pest Control for Food Processing Plants

Filed under: Commercial Pest Control,Pest Management — Megan Howard @ 7:40 pm November 26, 2012

Financial Impact of Rats and Mice on Commercial FacilitiesWinter is fast approaching, and mother nature’s creatures are getting ready. As the weather slowly grows colder, animals all across America begin to seek warmth and shelter within the homes and buildings of individuals everywhere. One such animal is the rat, the most common pest in America. Long known to be deadly pests, these creatures are not only unsightly, but they are also highly unsanitary.

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Rats can live up to a year, and are known for breeding very quickly, which can lead to outbreaks that will spell doom for your business if allowed to spiral out of control. Rats have been known to damage valuable equipment by chewing on wires and power lines, and their droppings carry a wide range of diseases, none of which are pleasant. Additionally, rats can carry fleas, mites, and ticks which carry diseases of their own and can cause allergic reactions in humans. Did you know that the bubonic plague was spread throughout Europe by the ticks on rats?

Food processing plants, and likewise warehouses, become the ideal shelter for rats during winter. Their climate controlled interiors often mean that it is warm and comfortable 24/7, while the presence of raw materials for food products provides an abundant source of their favorite carbohydrate-rich food for them. Furthermore, their tendency to chew on wires can damage expensive equipment, leading to costly repairs, downtime, and lost business. When dealing with these kinds of rodent infestations, there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach that will work for everyone. Every plant and warehouse is built differently, and as such,
Protect your business with Horizon Pest Control's Commercial Pest Controlevery solution has to be custom-tailored to the facility in order to maximize its effectiveness.

At Horizon, we understand that food processing plants require top-of-the-line treatment and a level of care that’s above the usual standards. To ensure this, we’ve created a pest control solution that’s designed specifically for food processing businesses, be they factories, restaurants, or warehouses. We ensure that you can meet the requirements of any audit, both internal and external, To ensure maximum effectiveness, we use an Integrated Pest Management strategy that’s both effective and environmentally friendly.

We pride ourselves on being able to meet and surpass all any requirement you might have, and can meet any external or internal audits. If your plant or warehouse is suffering from extreme rodent problems, visit Food Processing Pest Control to learn how we can help you.


Hurricane Sandy and its Aftermath

Filed under: Horizon Pest Control,Mold Extermination,Pest Control — Megan Howard @ 7:35 pm

Aftermath of Hurricane SandyThe aftermath of Hurricane Sandy is a troubling one. The superstorm blew a path of destruction through Jamaica and at the time of this writing has affected a grand total of 8 countries, including the United States and Canada. It has caused billions of dollars worth of damage to properties, and homes, and will cost just as much to fix.

In the US, a total of 24 states affected by Hurricane Sandy, and despite of preparations, damage projections currently stand at $50 billion dollars, making it one of the costliest natural disasters in US history.  The East Coast suffered the worst, with New York and New Jersey suffering severe damage both economically and physically. Floods brought about by rising rivers were the most common problem throughout the east coast.


Damaged brought by Hurricane Sandy

Flooding like the kind brought by Sandy is not at all common in this side of the world, so many people may be caught off guard by the problems that come with it. One of the biggest problems that come with a flood comes after the water has receded: mold. The abnormally high levels of moisture and bacteria brought in with the floodwaters combined with the loss of power to environmental control systems helps create the perfect breeding ground for all kinds of mold, both benign and life threatening.

Making this problem worse is the fact that the flood water gets into places that normally don’t see any moisture or sunlight, like basements, between the walls, in cabinets, and in some places, the attic as well. This makes clean up a

lot trickier, since these places are not always easy to reach, and may require renovation in order to fix. Mold can be cleaned off of most hard surfaces with warm water and detergent, but since some materials like wood and carpet, are porous they can’t be cleaned no matter how much water or detergent you use, and are better off discarded.

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Mold is linked to a number of respiratory ailments, can exacerbate asthma, and those with allergies to mold are at risk of severe reactions, up to and including death. The best way to control mold growth is to control the amount of moisture present in the environment, which may be difficult if you have no electricity. Increase ventilation within your home by opening windows and using exhaust fans, and make use of dehumidifiers to control indoor humidity. Additionally,  ensure surfaces are as dry as possible at all times, and take steps to prevent condensation on cold surfaces.

By following these steps you can reduce the chances of mold growth within your home, ensuring a safe, comfortable environment for you and your family.

Horizon Pest Control can help you with your mold problem. We offer programs and treatments that will effectively remove molds in your home. To learn more about our services, call us or visit New Jersey Mold Control.


Stink Bugs Return with a Flash

Filed under: Stink Bugs — admin @ 9:38 pm November 12, 2012

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Stink Bugs and Fall

The signs of fall being here are everywhere: beautiful leaf growth, football season, hikes and picnics and unfortunately, stink bugs. This has become an annual staple as these bugs have become the bane of many homeowners all across the United States. The bugs crawl inside homes and other dwellings to escape the declining temperature outdoors. They got the name stink bugs because of the foul odor they emit when these bugs are disturbed, frightened or crushed.

Entomologist Russ Horton explains, “Stink bugs move indoors in late September and early October. They go into hibernation during winter and emerge in early spring.” Horton works with Dallas pest control company HomeTeam Pest Defense and identifies favorite hiding places of stink bugs as attics and inside walls.

The official name of the pest is the brown marmorated stink bug and have been seen in as many as 38 states, up from 33 states last year according to a US Department of Agriculture report. The five new states in the listing include Missouri, Kansas, New Mexico, Texas and Idaho. The stink bugs came to Texas according to reports on the recreational vehicle of a couple who had been out camping in Pennsylvania.

Ground Zero for these pests remain to be in the Mid-Atlantic region of the country, with the worst reports coming in from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia and District of Columbia. The survey of DC area residents reported 59% of the population encountering a problem with these smelly insects compared to the national average pegged at 21%.

According to Jim Fredericks of the National Pest Management Association, “The Mid-Atlantic experienced long periods of sustained hot weather this summer, allowing stink bug populations to grow to much higher levels than we saw in 2011. Now that the weather is cooling off, there are more stink bugs seeking sites to overwinter.”  Another NPMA spokesperson, Missy Henriksen added, “Stink bugs do not pose serious property or safety threats to homeowners, but their tendency to invade homes in high numbers can be a nuisance.”

Other scientists agree, such as USDA entomologist Tracy Leskey located in Kerneysville, West Virginia. Leskey observed, a major increase in their populations and the unusually warm stretch of weather has allowed two separate generations of the bugs to breed in just one season and added, “They aren’t picky  eaters, as they eat crops such as apples, peaches, corn, peppers, tomatoes, grapes, raspberries and soybeans. Stink bugs do have natural predators, buy they haven’t kept up with the size of the stink bug populations. There are many more stink bugs than predators.”

Since they attacked these prime crops, the USDA undertook a program to reduce or even eradicate these pests but their efforts were thwarted when they returned to America back in the 1990s. One way this can be done again is through the research into a tiny parasitic wasp from Asia that only attacks stink bug eggs. The wasp still remains under quarantine in USDA research labs.

Are you tired of dealing stink bugs at home? Let us deal with your stink bug problem! Click Stink Bug Control to set an appointment with us.

Rat Feces in Lunches Prompts School Clean Up

Filed under: Commercial Pest Control,Pest Management — admin @ 4:22 pm November 2, 2012


Several children fell ill after eating lunch meals that were found to have been contaminated with rat feces. This prompted school authorities to conduct a massive clean up with several pest control crews at a Hirsch Metropolitan High School.

CPS stated that a number of students fell ill after having lunch meals served at a South Side School. As a response, the school closed down the kitchen and have opted to serve students cold lunches until such time has been resolved.

One student, Anthony Dickerson said he became sick after eating lunch found to be contaminated with rat feces.  He said, “They say there was rat poop in the food, the nachos. My stomach was all messed up. It was real bad, lot of people were sock. I don’t know how they did that. They should have been cleaner.”

All the food in the cafeteria was disposed as pest control crews conducted the clean up followed by the school’s maintenance crews.

Dickerson added, “They sent a letter out talking about how it was something wrong with the food. If you have any problems contact your parents so they can take you to the hospital.”

One parent, Sylvia Roberts said, “It is endangering our kids health. They need to better inspect their food and make sure it is clean.”

According to Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said, “Very aggressive action will be taken to eliminate the rodent problem. We are taking a look at the adults who were responsible for the pest control, people responsible for oversight in the kitchen. We want to look at all those levels to see who dropped the ball and when. It is an ongoing investigation.”

Rat infestation in school cafeterias and other food establishments is serious since these pests are known to transfer diseases. At the first sign of rats in your business, you need to contact a professional pest control company. To set an appointment with Horizon Pest Control, go to Commercial Rat Control.