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Pest Control and Prevention Tips for a Cleaner and Healthier Home

Filed under: Horizon Pest Control,Pest Control,Pest Management — Megan Howard @ 6:05 pm June 25, 2013

Pests are like your family members inside your home or your life: they are annoying but sometimes it’s hard to get rid of them. Worst, they can stay for good and can spread in other parts of your home like the garden, for example. If you don’t take charge and get rid of them, they will only multiply and bring all sorts of sickness to your family members and also damage to your property. Prevention is still the best solution versus damage control when the problem is already there.

Keeping a clean, pest-free home!

Here are some useful pest control tips that can help you save money from the damages caused by pests inside and outside your home:

  • Cleanliness is next to godliness, so they say and you must take this mantra very seriously. Pests thrive in unclean environment and just like bacteria, given the dirtiest and smelliest situations; they multiply faster in these types of conditions. Rats and cockroaches love food leftovers, so make cleanliness a part of your everyday life by regularly throwing your garbage and making sure that leftover food is properly sealed and stored for throwing.

 

  • Regularly check that moist places inside the house are disinfected. Molds and mosquitoes thrive in dark, moist areas so you can easily prevent them from growing here by making sure that all places inside your house are well ventilated and kept clean and dry at all times. Remove or cover stagnant water because it’s a good breeding place for mosquitoes and that can mean all sorts of sickness like dengue, for example.
  • Block entrances and crevices that can be possible entry and exit points for rodents like rats or mice. Learn to let go of very old things like newspaper, boxes, shoes and anything else that can be sold in a junkyard or garage sale. Even if you have a storage room, chances are it’s a dingy dark place of the house where most of the household pests reside.
  • Identify the pests inside your home and if possible, seek advice from a pest control professional. He will be able to advise you on the best pest management approach on how to deal with these pests. He can also advise you on what products to use, whether they are safe for your kids or pets, or even the environment.
  • Your garden is also a breeding place for many pests like snails, bugs, bees and other insects. Make sure that your grass is properly mowed and that no junk items like old bottles or dangerous chemicals with poison are lying around.
  •  If you have pets, especially dogs bathe them regularly and check for fleas. Or even better, take them to a dog grooming shop for professional service. Your pets may have ticks or fleas without your knowing and sometimes, if you are not careful ticks can stick to walls and it becomes a breeding ground for them. So make sure to check the walls or floor area where your beloved canine stays or play.
  • Consider Integrated Pest Management (IPM) as a solution to your pest problems. It is safer you, your family and your pets with the added advantage of being safer for the environment. Not all pests are harmful; in fact some are actually beneficial for the environment. Take example bees, they can sting but they are also beneficial- they produce honey which is fit for human consumption. A solution for them using IPM is to relocate to another place
    Keeping a pest free and very clean homewhere they are safe from and to humans. Many pest control companies nowadays are gearing towards environment-safe products and techniques, so choose a company with good reputation for you pest control needs.
  • Check pesticides with natural content because they are known to be effective but with less environmental impact. For example, pyrethrum for example
    is used in many pesticide aerosols.  Citronella oil for example is another effective pest repellant.

Like all other sicknesses, pest prevention is still an ounce of cure. So before your house or property is infested with pests, follow these tips. It will not only keep your home pest-free, it will also save you a lot of money and headache. Pest should never terrorize you in your own home and prevent you from enjoying the place where you should feel safest.

For affordable, effective and safe residential pest control, trust Horizon Pest Control. To protect your home or to solve your current pest problem, go to Residential Pest Control and schedule an appointment.

 

Interesting Facts About Mold

Filed under: Commercial Pest Control,Horizon Pest Control,Mold Extermination — Megan Howard @ 3:06 pm June 24, 2013

Mold gets a bad rap these days, and with all the media hype surrounding the “deadly” black mold, its easy to see why. But the reality of it is different, and mold is not as harmful as the news would have you believe. This factsheet aims to address some of the myths and misconceptions that popular media pushes around.

Mold characteristics

Mold Characteristics

  • First, its important to understand what mold is on a biological level. The simplest definition is that mold is a collection of living microorganisms and fungi that are found pretty much everywhere you go.
  • Mold serves an important function in nature, helping break down dead matter and produce useful things such as cheese and Penicillin
  • Mold thrives in dark, damp places where there is plenty of moisture and barely any sunlight.
  • Mold is diverse. Each of the 100,000 different species of mold has its own distinct shape, size, and even color, and it’s all but impossible to identify different types of mold with the naked eye. The only surefire way to identify mold is to have a sample analyzed by a lab with the appropriate tools.
  • Although there are over 100,000 different species of mold, the good news is that a handful of treatment methods are capable of controlling and eliminating all of them.
  • Mold grows on pretty much any material, with porous materials being very receptive to mold growth. They’ve been known to grow on everything from paper to wood, and in some cases, even metals and plastic.
  • In order to spread, molds release airborne spores that are carried and scattered onto various surfaces by the wind. If there is enough moisture, then the mold will thrive.

Health Issues

  • Mold itself is harmless to humans. Rather, the health problems they cause are because of substances called mycotoxins, which are produced by certain molds such as the deadly Black Mold (aka Stachybotrys).
  • It’s important to note that due to the diversity of molds, the color is a poor indicator of what it actually is. Thus, molds colored black are not necessarily the Black Mold, and many black-colored molds are, in fact, completely harmless to humans.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency notes that 90% of our daily time is spent indoors, and indoor air quality is almost always worse than outdoor air quality. Thus, regardless of its effect on humans, mold should be removed from indoor environments to ensure that the air is as clean as possible.
  • The degree to which a person is affected by mold depends on their personal medical history, especially their allergies, rather than anything in the mold itself. The elderly, young children, and those suffering from autoimmune disorders are more likely to be affected by mold.
  • Despite what the news would have you believe, deaths and serious illness due to mold is rare.

Mold Removal

  • Most of the time, tests aren’t necessary to identify the type of mold. Once you see mold, its best to remove it.
  • At present, organizations have not yet agreed upon what would constitute an unsafe level of mold in a home. They do, however, agree that the presence of a musty, moldy odor indicates a high level of mold, one that needs to be treated.
  • Mold grows on a wide variety of materials, and its very difficult to find materials that mold won’t grow on. Thus, the best way to control mold growth is to control water issues.
  • For many homeowners, leaking pipes and plumbing fixtures are the most common sources of unwanted moisture. Fixing these not only reduces the likelihood of mold growth, but also reduces your monthly water bill.
  • Cleaning mold off of infested surfaces can be difficult, especially if the material in question is porous. Porous materials can house spores that are all but impossible to remove, and in those cases the infested item should just be discarded.
  • If you have a basement, invest in a good sump pump with a battery backup system. Due to the way sump pump systems work, failure often means a river of water flowing into your basement, and a very costly repair. The cost of a good sump pump is far, less than the cost of water damage repair and mold removal.
  • Most mold problems in basements are due to seepage around cracks in walls near plumbing. Inspect and repair any leaks in the plumbing, and seal up the cracks to ensure that no moisture can seep through.
  • Air out your basement regularly to encourage fresh air exchange.

Mold, like many other things we consider pests, serves an important function in nature, helping to regulate the growth and decay of plant matter. It’s presence straddles the rather fine line between usefulness and harmfulness and is quite intimidating to deal with, especially with larger infestation. Hopefully, by that the key to mold control is moisture control and using the information presented in this document, you’ll be able to tackle your mold problems with confidence.

If you need professional mold removal service in New Jersey, get in touch with Horizon Pest Control. Simply click Mold Removal Services in New Jersey and set-up an appointment.

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How to Deal With Basement Mold

Filed under: Commercial Pest Control,Green Pest Control,Horizon Pest Control,Mold Extermination — Megan Howard @ 3:54 pm June 17, 2013

About Mold:

Simply put, mold is a collection of microorganisms and fungi that like to grow in dark, damp environments. Mold is taxonomically diverse, having over 100,000 different species each with its own unique characteristics like size, shape, and color. In nature, mold helps break decaying matter down and actually helps in the production of certain foods like cheese. In homes, however, mold is highly unappealing, and can severe mold infestations can cause allergic reactions in certain individuals.

Despite what the mainstream media likes to say about mold, most commonly encountered molds are harmless and deaths caused by mold are highly uncommon.

Facts About Basement Mold:

Basements usually have no ventilation due to the lack of windows, and are highly humid due to the large amount of plumbing that often runs through them. This combination of factors, a lack of sunlight and fresh air, and high humidity, is what makes basements more prone to mold than any other region of a house. But in spite of this, basement mold CAN be controlled, as long as you know what to do.

Undetected basement mold

 

  • Sump pump failure is the most common cause of excess moisture leading to mold growth. Investing in a good, high quality, sump pump with a battery backup and other redundancies is always cheaper than paying to have a flooded basement professionally drained, dried, and cleaned.
  • Seepage is another common cause of mold growth, often from cracks in the home’s foundation. Mold growth is usually centered around the crack, making it easy to treat provided you seal up the crack, and others like it, to prevent recurrence.
  • If you’ve got back basement stairs leading to the basement, ensure that the floor drain cover hasn’t been blocked up by leaves, or get a cover that prevents it from happening
  • Be sure to air out your basement from time to time to ensure that the air inside doesn’t go stale.
  • Excess moisture is your enemy. Moisture problems can occur at joints where two dissimilar materials, like wood and stone, meet. This occurs because the materials expand and contract at different rates.
  • Leaking pipes are another source of excess moisture. Fixing these leaks brings two benefits: first, you’ll eliminate another potential cause of excess mold, and second, you’ll save money on your monthly water bill.
  • If water enters your basement, you have 48 hours before mold growth begins to dry it out. Dehumidifiers and blower fans are the most effective tools for drying a flooded basement.
  • Basement carpeting and drywall that has been exposed to water usually has to be discarded. Their porous nature allows them to retain mold spores regardless of how well you clean them.
  • When building your basement, opt for tile flooring as opposed to wood or carpet, as tile is less prone to mold growth than the other two.
  • Don’t neglect the basement area when cleaning the house. Clean it at least once a week to air it out and get rid of excess moisture.

Horizon Pest Control provides cure for mold problems. We eliminate the source of the problem making sure that the molds will never come back. To know more about our services, click Mold Removal NJ.

Keeping Ants Under Control

Filed under: Carpenter Ant Control,Pest Control,Pest Management — Megan Howard @ 3:48 pm June 11, 2013

Ant infestations are common across America, but you can control how bad they can get. Ants are most active during the summer months where they spend their time foraging and gathering supplies for the coming winter. It’s a noble effort on their part, but it becomes a problem for us when they decide to invade our homes.

Ants are social insects that live in underground colonies that house hundreds of thousands of ants, and it takes a lot of work to keep everybody fed and watered. Most ants are omnivorous, meaning they eat pretty much anything they can get their hands on: fruit, nectar, seeds, and even other insects are fair game. Not being limited to a few types of food helps them get the supplies they need.

An Ant Colony in a NJ home

Ants find food sources the same way the army finds enemies: by using scouts. Worker ants that double as scouts and foragers scour the terrain near their colony for food sources, clearing paths, and laying down a phermone trail that other ants can follow. Once they’ve found a suitable source of food, they call for backup, follow the trail, and carry it back to the colony piece by piece.

It’d be natural to think, at this point, that ants leave behind a big mess as they go about their business, but that’s not the case. If anything, one could say they improve their surroundings, since they clear debris to ensure ease-of-movement. Furthermore, ants don’t carry any deadly diseases and are generally harmless.The one exception to this is the red ant, known for its painful, stinging bite that can cause allergic reactions in humans.

Constructive behaviour aside, their presence is unwanted in most homes, and it’d be better for everyone involved if they were to search for food elsewhere. The best way to deal with ants is to discourage them from coming into your home. Remember, they’re looking for food and water, and human homes just happen to have large quantities of both – often out in the open.

Ants don’t need to try very hard to get into most homes. Their small size means that they can pass through even the smallest cracks and gaps in the walls of your home, under doors, and through screens and windows. The first destination for most ants is the kitchen, where they proceed to feast on everything from your leftovers to the grease and residue on your kitchen counters.

Dirty, cluttered homes are at even greater risk as piles of trash often hide food scraps and dead insects that they feed on. Naturally, good preventive strategies are aimed at fixing these problem areas.

Cracks and gaps along the walls of your home should be sealed, especially around the areas where gas, water, and electrical lines enter the building. Pay close attention to cracks and openings where your house meets soil – these are most likely to be used by ants. If you’ve already got ants in your home you can identify the opening they’re using, if any, by following the trail outside. In the somewhat rare event that you can’t find it, they may be coming up through cracks in the foundation, or through the crawlspace. If that’s the case, you’ll need to call for professional help to get it sealed up.

Moving inside the home, ensure that your home is free and clear of clutter and debris. As noted earlier, they are excellent food sources for ants and great hiding places for other insects that may be food for ants.

In the kitchen, store your food in airtight containers instead of leaving them on plates out in the open. Go one step further and keep the containers locked away in the cupboard or fridge. This has the benefit of hiding them from the ants’ prying eyes, and keeps foods from spoiling quickly. Finally, wipe down your kitchen counters and tables after preparing and eating meals so that they are free of grease and residue. This should ensure that there’s nothing in your home that will attract ants in the first place.

Once the ants see how “bare” your home is, they’ll most likely search for food and resources elsewhere.

To get help with your current ant problem or to protect your home from invasion, contact Horizon Pest Control. If you want one of our qualified inspectors to visit your home, go to Residential Pest Control and schedule an appointment.

Finding Where the Carpenter Ants Live

Filed under: Carpenter Ant Control,Horizon Pest Control,Pest Control — Megan Howard @ 9:09 pm June 7, 2013

Carpenter ants are necessary in nature since they enhance the decay of dead trees by burrowing and nesting from them. However, they become a pest when they invade and damage the integrity of the wood that is within a house. There are two types of carpenter ants, which are the black carpenter ants and the red carpenter ants. Both of them can and will establish a nest inside and outside a structure, if they are given a chance. But how do you know if your house is also being infested by these ants?

Carpenter Ant Colony in a Home

Just because you see the queen ant swarming around and a few foragers outside your backyard, does not mean that you have an infestation. It may probably be seeking for one and the foragers are probably scouting for food or nesting sites. However, if you find foraging ants entering the home, along telephone wires or along branches that are touching the roof, or even through the ground trails that comes under a door it is more likely that your house is a nesting area. If ants are coming in, the ants may have a nesting place outside the house and may have established colonies in some part of the structure.

Types of Structure that is Likely to be Attacked

  • House that is 5 to 25 years of age
  • Trees and shrubs surrounding the house
  • Structures that are located near the edge of a forest
  • Moderately to gently sloping roof

 

Areas in the Home where They may be Nesting

  • Joists
  • Around sink, dishwasher, or showers
  • Air vents
  • Attics and crawl spaces
  • Fireplace or furnace chimneys
  • Vegetation
  • Porch pillars
  • Roofs
  • Insulation
  • Behind books
  • Hollow doors
  • Under floors
  • Shingles
  • Siding
  • Window framing and sills
  • Casings of houses and garages

 

How They Damage a Home

Carpenter ants are not the same as termites. However, these ants will excavate on their nesting site. Large colonies can create large network of tunnels or galleries that begins in a place where wood decay is present, then expand their nest into sound wood that will undermine the integrity of the structure. Such damages can also be found in wall voids, hollow doors, around and under windows, roof eaves, decks, porches and insulation.

Ways to Control Carpenter Ants

 

Eliminate high moisture conditions

Eliminating high moisture conditions can help in eliminating ants. Replace any moisture-damaged wood and make certain that wood or lumber that is stored near the house is kept dry. Also, make certain that all water leaks are inspected and fixed since not only the ants are attracted to such places, but termites as well.

Know where they are hiding

Locate their trails in the early morning or early evening when the carpenter ants are mostly foraging. Typically, you can find these ants in places where moisture is commonly seen such as the kitchen or bath areas.

  • They will mostly enter a structure when they find opening or cracks while searching for food
  • The appearance of large numbers of winged adults inside a home can be an indication that they are nesting indoors
  • Find clues of their nesting location by searching for their debris.
  • Search for them in carpets, around doors and fireplace, foundations, vegetation, ground, mulch or leaf litter

Use baits

The use of baits can be tricky since carpenter ants have a diverse diet. You may be able to bait some ant species, but may find it difficult to bait carpenter ants. However, baits can also be successful as long as you can carefully monitor if the ants keep coming back for them. Baits usually work by combining an attractive food source with a slow-acting intoxicant where they will be able to share the food to the rest of the colony.

Use pesticides

Colonies that are found within a structure can be eliminated by applying pesticide directly. There are different pesticides that you can use such as boric acid dust, cypermethrin and propoxur.

Get the services of a professional pest control

In the event that the carpenter ants is too much handle especially when they are now in wall voids where you may not be able to easily reach them, call Horizon Pest Control. We will treat inaccessible areas by doing different methods to find and search for the colony and eliminate them. To learn more about our services, go to NJ Residential Pest Control.

Rodent Control and Tips to Keep Rodent Out of Your Home

Filed under: Commercial Pest Control,Nuisance Wildlife & Animal Control,Pest Control,Pest Management — Megan Howard @ 12:37 am June 2, 2013

No one in their right mind, would want to have rodents pestering inside and outside their home. When one thinks of rodents, they immediately think about an image of a mouse quietly lurking around while everyone is sleeping. But, the truth is, rodents includes a large number of mammals such as chipmunks, squirrels and beavers. All members of the rodent family. The main identifying mark of all rodents is their tendency to grow incisors in both their lower or upper jaws, which they will need to constantly manicure by gnawing and chewing on things.

Rats and mice are commonly hated by most homeowners because of their tendency to destroy and pester the home. Once inside the home, these rodents will need to constantly chew and gnaw on everything they see such as food, walls, furniture, shoes, and many more. They are always on the lookout for food. Unsecured boxes are often ripped, fruits are also gnawed, and any food they find on the table unattended may be in trouble. After they enjoyed their snack, they will also leave rat droppings and urine, which can contain viruses and diseases that can also be spread to people, thus making rodent control an important factor in securing ones home.

Rodents nest in your home

There are many ways to secure your own home from rodents. You could choose the conventional snap traps, poisons, or humane live traps. But, the best form of controlling them is to keep them out of your home. The problem however, is that small rodents like mice, can easily fit through cracks. They can easily jump and climb as high as 12 inches. When you find that your home is now the home of a rodent even if it is a small one, better find ways to get rid of it.

Here are some ways to keep rodents out of your home:

  1. Put food away neatly and dispose remaining food properly. Make certain that all food containers are firmly sealed. Garbage and left over should be properly dispose. Any food or left over can easily attract rodents.
  2. Check all possible holes and close them. Rodents love to chew anything that they can get their teeth into that includes wood, dirt, and walls, and they also like to stay in hollow spaces. Close these holes by using cement or dirt. If this is not possible, put screens on to keep the rodents out.
  3. Always make certain that your home and your surroundings are organized. Rodents are attracted to anything that is messy. They can easily live in a place where they think they cannot be seen. If your garage is messy, it would also be difficult to see if they are already living there. However, if your surroundings are organized, they will have a difficult time finding a place where they can stay.

Useful Tools to Help You

  • Use snap traps. Snap traps is one of the most popular tools used to control rodents. They are very efficient in trapping and killing rats and mice and they also have the advantage of not allowing escapees to crawl back to where they came from because these traps are highly efficient. It is even possible for these traps to just catch the rodent’s tail or leg so better be careful when handling them since they will not hesitate to bite.
  • Use rat poisons. Rat and mouse poisons can be tricky to use since rats have very sharp senses. They can easily avoid these poisons and if they do consume them, they still need a specific amount for the poison to take effect. If they do not get the required dosage, they will just get sick and will avoid the remaining poison. Homeowners who also use rat poison should be careful since these poisons can be dangerous for pets and children. Be certain that they are put in a place where only rodents can access them and locked away the remaining poisons out from the reach of children.
  • Use humane live traps. If you do not want to kill the rodents and want to set them free once you capture them, this type of trap is much better. However, this can also be a bit tricky and would need patience because this may take time. You will have to continuously monitor the traps to know if you have already trapped any. And, if you have, you will also have to release them away from your home.

Take it seriously if you find even one rodent in your home. This should never be taken lightly since you already know the threats they can bring into your home. Take action and get rid of them especially if you care for your family.

If you have an existing rodent problem or if you are looking to protect your home from pests, Horizon Pest Control is here to help. Our goal  is to effectively solve your pest problems with our qualified technician. To schedule an appointment with one of our exterminators, go to NJ Pest Control.

Stop Termites with Termite Control Tips for Homeowners

Filed under: Commercial Pest Control,Pest Control,Termite Control,Termites — Megan Howard @ 12:34 am

Termites are not actually pests if they are just breaking dead wood in the forests and not in your home. The truth is, they play an important role in our Eco-system since they speed up the conversion of nutrients into the soil. However, when the ones they are eating through the wood in your home, then we forget the beneficial role they play in nature. Termites can be extremely destructive, and treatments and damages in the U.S. homes cost $5 billion annually. Before termites can infest your home, better learn how to prevent it from happening.

This is what a termite looks like

Protecting your home from pests is not that difficult. Even small simple steps can make a big difference. Better understand that termite prevention needs proper elimination of moisture problems, removing food sources where it is not needed, and knowing the signs where termite exists. Although termites are commonly present in older homes, termite control can also become a problem in new homes especially when termites migrate to the wood stored on the new home. Imagine termites invading a home by working their way up through the ground and through the use of very small cracks in the concrete.

So, what can be done to control termites? Controlling them of course is not that easy since these are intelligent creatures that survived thousands of years of termination and yet they remain. A better approach is to understand how they exist and how to prevent them from even spreading. The two most popular types of termites in the U.S. are drywood and subterranean. Subterranean termites must have a certain amount of moisture to survive, but drywood termites only require very limited moisture to survive. However, both types are common in homes.

Moisture plays an important role to the survival of termites. So, to control termites it is also necessary to eliminate places where moisture exist. Here are some simple termite control tips to think about:

Removing moisture conditions

  • Eliminate standing water in or around the home
  • Keep gutters and downspouts free of debris
  • Basement and attic should be properly ventilated
  • All vents should be clear and open
  • Fix leaking faucets, water pipes, and a/c units
  • Seal entry points that is around water, utility lines and pipes

Eliminating food causes

  • Get rid of wood that is in contact with the soil
  • Avoid wood or soil contact under your home
  • Do not plant trees or set up gardens that is too close to the house
  • Install screens on outside vents
  • Inspect wooden fences for damage
  • Use pressure-treated wood for decking, porches, fences, and the like

So how to know if your home is already infected?

  • Crumbling drywall
  • Sights of insect wings
  • Sagging floors or doors
  • Small holes in wood
  • Cracked or bubbling paint
  • Hollow sounds of wood when tapped
  • Appearance of thin mud tubes

 Termites will eat the wood in your house

Prevention is always better than cure. It is always best to have your home inspected once a year so that experts can diagnose your home from termites. This will also prevent expensive treatment measures such as fumigation. Also, termite control is not a home project. You will need an exterminator armed with the right tools and knowledge to help your home be safe from pests.

Don’t let termites destroy your home. For professional termite control, trust Horizon pest control. Go to NJ Termite Control and set an appointment with us.

Squirrel Control – The Best Way to Control Squirrels on your Property

Urban squirrels can be a real problem to property owners. These little furry vermin can cause damage to homes, utilities, plant life and other wildlife.

Squirrel Damage

Squirrels will seek a place to build their nests. In searching for a place, these little furry vermin will chew entryways through sidings and under the eaves. Unscreened chimneys and vents are also open ways for squirrels to build nests. The attic is also a common nesting place for them where they chew the insulation and wires for their nesting material. Damaged wires can possibly cause fire.

Utility power lines are also another target for squirrels. These bare wires and cables can cause the transformers to short out.

Squirrels love to dig for nuts, and this behavior can damage lawns. They can damage trees, plants and seeds.

Squirrels scare off birds and take their food. Squirrels invading bird feeders will damage the feeders. They will create bigger openings to get to the food from birds.

Squirrels have no fear when looking for food

 

How to control squirrels?

The best way to control squirrels is prevention. A detailed inspection of the property, proper sanitation and maintenance can solve most squirrel problems. This will prevent squirrels from getting into your home.

Cut branches that touch or close to your home.

Cover the utility lines with plastic PVC pipe to prevent the vermin from crawling. The pipes will prevent them from crossing it. However, it is best to let the professionals do the installation.

It is very important to close the possible entry holes for squirrels. You can use mesh screen to block chimneys and vents and prevent animals from climbing in. You may want to get some help from a certified pest control operator when looking for the entryways for squirrels.

You may also use a catch trap to control squirrels. You will just need to have a bait like some nuts, peanut butter and things that they are attracted to feed on. Put the bait inside the catch trap and wait for the squirrel to come inside. If you will do this trapping, be sure to know the trapping law applied in your area.4

Horizon Pest Control can help trap and remove squirrels from from your home. We can also prevent squirrels from entering your home. For more information about our services, go to New Jersey Animal Control.

Getting Rid of Bed Bugs with These Bed Bug Control Tips

Bed bugs are wingless, oval and flat with a dark chestnut color especially after feeding. They are as small as an apple seed. They are attracted by our warm bodies and the carbon dioxide we exhale. We do not usually see them when they bite us because they are nocturnal and just come out while we sleep, and then hide back from where they came once they are done with us. While bed bugs seek human blood, they still do not transmit diseases to humans. However, this does not mean that we will just ignore their presence since many people are found not enjoying a rested sleep because of itching and may even wake up early in the morning with red spots or bites on their arms and legs. Their bites can still cause discomfort, irritation and may even lead to some psychological problems for some.

These bugs can be picked up in almost any place. They are found in offices, hotels, stores, gyms, and so many other places where they can hide during the day and infest during the night. At home, they are present in beds, sofa sets, furniture and even electrical outlets. They are also in hotels because they can easily travel from one room to the next, and easily crawl to bags or other belongings where the traveler will not notice that he is already bringing a bug back with him.

Bed bug infested mattress

Although their presence may not be easily detected since they hide in cracks and crevices during the day, they can still be eliminated by following these easy bed bug control tips.

Indication of an infestation

  • Seeing the bed bugs
  • Seeing bugs case skin
  • Appearance of stains and mounds on surfaces
  • Bite marks on skin after sleeping
  • Blood smears on bedding, along with bed bug feces
  • Peculiar musty sweet odor of bed bug secretions

Getting Rid of Bed Bugs

Keep your environment clean

Although sanitizing everything is not a guarantee of a pest free home since they can clearly travel with you. But, making sure that your home is always free of unnecessary dirt will also guarantee that they will not live long. Change your bed sheets, bed spreads, and blankets regularly and always inspect your mattresses. Your mattresses are always a great hiding place for bed bugs since they always have corners you don’t normally see. Inspect your pillows and mattresses and under the bed sheets to find signs of bed bugs.

You should also vacuum the house regularly.  The pesky bugs can be eliminated through thorough vacuuming. Vacuum the floor, under furniture, as well as all the crevices that you can find.

Bed bugs in a mattress

 

Buy protective mattresses or mattress covers

Protective mattresses have a special lining or pockets that can trap bed bugs and dust mites. These encasements are made of soft material and usually have zippers that will prevent bed bugs from escaping. In most cases, the box springs are the usual dwelling place of these bugs, any bugs that are trapped inside the covers will not be able to bite and will eventually die.

Use insecticides

There are many improved and less harmful insecticides these days, read the instructions carefully and decide what suits you best. Some pesticides can be sprayed on the surface while others need a special steam spray. However, these insecticides should not be sprayed directly on bed as it can be dangerous to those who sleep on it. If still confuse about what spray to use, better ask a professional.

Get help

If all else fail and you are still infested by these bugs, call Horizon Pest Control. We will help you handle these pests until you are bug free. To set an appointment, click New Jersey Termite Control.

How to Humanely do Squirrel Control and not Hurt Them

Hello, I'm a squirrel

 

Squirrels can be fun to watch especially if they are darting around up and down trees. But, if they are darting up and around your attic, then that is a different story. Squirrels residing in your roof or attic can cause a lot of damage to your home. Squirrels are not nocturnal like bats, rats and mice, which are up at night. They can be found rustling during the daylight hours, which can really be disturbing. The worst part is if they have already created a nest of squirrels.

Squirrels are still rodents like mice and rats, which needs their incisors to be at a manageable length. They do this by continuously chewing. So, if they are now residing in your home you may expect the unexpected.

Problems that you may have with them are:

  1. Health problems that may arise when squirrels are left unattended that includes the spread of parasites and excrement, which can also cause diseases.
  2. Urine and feces will also linger and go through vents and into the home.
  3. Chewed wires can cause electrical problems that may result to fire or expensive repairs.
  4.  PVC plumbing pipes that are chewed can create water leaks and plumbing problems.

If your aim is to remove these squirrels without hurting them there are alternatives to handling them as humanely as possible. And, since most of these squirrels are just there to nest, this means that you are dealing with a mother who just wants to protect her babies. Squirrel control may be a bit tricky, but could also be easy if you take these steps.

Steps to Squirrel Control

  1. Turn-on the radio. Creating noise can discourage such rodent from residing in your attic. Put a radio in the attic and turn it on during the day and you may not even have to trap them.
  2. A strong odor can help. Put hot chili peppers, ammonia or bleach in places where you think the mother is nesting because these can help in driving them away.
  3. Use humane animal traps. Make certain that you get the right type of trap, then place them in areas where you think the mother is nesting. Humane animal traps to choose from are the single animal live cage trap, the repeating trap, and the one-way exclusion door. Be certain that you trap the mother and all her babies because if you don’t and you release the mother, there is still a chance that she will come back for her baby, thus creating more havoc.

Once the squirrels are out, better make the necessary precautions for them not to come back.

How To Stop Squirrels from Entering Your Home

  1. Seal any holes or openings that may lead them back to your home.
  2. Make certain to trim tree branches where it is already overhanging on the roof.
  3. Chimney caps should also be installed.
  4. Refrain from feeding squirrels from now on.
  5. Place durable mesh over vents.
  6. Arrange the attic and put it in order.

If you still find yourself not being able to control them, better get the help of an expert. Catching them can be a bit tricky since they do not always stay in the attic. They may even dwell in walls or come back especially if you were not able to trap all of them, which includes her litter. The baby could also die once you release the mother, which could cause that terrible rotten smell that comes with dead animals.

Horizon Pest Control can help you trap all of the squirrels, then release them into the wild, which is far from your home. To set an appointment or to learn more about our animal control services, click Nuisance Animal Control.

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