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Protect Yourself from Stings with a Wasp and Hornet Control

Filed under: Bee Removal & Management,Pest Control — Megan Howard @ 4:01 pm July 26, 2013

A sting made by a wasp or a hornet can be life threatening especially to those who may be allergic to them. However, it is also possible to reduce the risk of getting stung by these insects when outdoors and this is by ensuring that their nests are properly managed. Getting rid of hornets is not that different from getting rid of yellow jackets. However, necessary precaution is important because hornets just like wasps are not predictable and are dangerous. Their nests should be removed with care and in a cautious manner.

Differences of Wasp and Hornet

  • The main difference of wasp particularly the yellow jacket and the hornet are their size. Hornets are larger with a color of ivory and black.
  • Hornets builds an aerial nest, while yellow jackets prefer to build nests underground that can usually be found in abandoned rodent burrows.
  • Yellow jackets like sugary treats such as soda and syrups. Hornets love live prey which are mostly insects.

Hornets

Hornet identification

 

 

 

 

Hornets are considered harder and dangerous to control than the paper wasps because they can attack even without provocation. Their nests may contain thousands of wasps and can be extremely aggressive when threatened or disturbed.

Yellow jackets

 

 

Yellow jackets are also dangerous when encountered and will continue to sting victims even without cause. Their nest can be found underground in locations such as old burrow of rodents, in a wall building or in a rock wall.

Locating Their Nests

  • Both wasps and hornets create their nest by chewing wood that will give their nest that distinctive papery wall.
  • During the spring, the queen wasp will build small nests and lay the first batch of eggs. After the eggs are hatched, they will become the workers and will take over the nest building for the remainder of the season.
  • During summer, the workers have finally made their nest bigger than the size of a football or even larger.
  • Common places for a wasp and hornet nest sites consist of places under the roof eaves, in sheds, or behind the screens.

Treatment Plan

For Hornets

Since their nests are in places that are not commonly reached, it is best to ask help from a pest control company. Disposing the hornet nest will require the professional to wear a suit that offers protection from stinging insects. Then, they will apply an insecticide, Sevin or Ficam dust directly in the nest opening. It is important that the nest is not broken during treatment or else this may cause more problems since the wasps may scatter and attack.

For Yellow jackets

Yellow jackets can be removed by applying an insecticide intended for wasps into the opening of the nest. Sevin ™ is also effective in getting rid of the wasps. Since the nest is located underground, handling them may be easier.

When to do it

Treatment for both hornets and yellow jackets should be done during the night when they are in their nest and not very active. However, make certain that you know where the opening of the nest is so that you can go back to their nest at night and locate the opening easily. Do not directly point the flashlight on the nest because the wasps may get startled. Both hornets and yellow jackets are vicious when disturbed.

Dealing with stinging insects can be difficult.  Save yourself the pain of getting stung! Call Horizon Pest Control to help you solve your pest problems. To request an initial inspection, click NJ Pest Control.

 

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Why The Immediate Need for Cockroach Control for Businesses

Filed under: Cockroach Control,Commercial Pest Control,Horizon Pest Control — Megan Howard @ 5:01 pm July 19, 2013

Who loves to see cockroaches in kitchens? No one in their right mind would love to see cockroaches to be anywhere near their homes or establishments. For most businesses especially those in the food service industry, having cockroaches in their establishment is a big NO-NO! There is something in the structure of these creatures and the way they transmit their odor that most people find repulsive and objectionable. Besides from their odd looking appearance, these pests can transmit organisms such which can cause food poisoning. A business that is infested by cockroaches can be in danger of even closing because they are unsanitary and can possess a threat to people.

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Why Cockroaches are Pest

They carry disease. Cockroaches can carry disease-causing bacteria such as salmonella,  gastroenteritis, and dysentery. These bacteria can be deposited on food and utensils as these cockroaches feed and move about.

They can cause allergies and asthma. These pests can also trigger asthma to individuals who have one. Children and the elderly are prone to respiratory ailments once they get in contact with them or through their discarded fragments of skin.

They can adapt easily. Cockroaches are not just common in homes, but they can be found in every property. They consume organic matters, they are also great hitch-hikers and fliers, and spread rapidly.

They breed easily. There are different types of cockroaches and with each type of species are great breeders. Just a couple of cockroaches can turn into huge numbers in just a few weeks. Continually seeing adults and juvenile cockroaches are an indication that they are breeding close by.

 

When Cockroaches are in Business Establishments

  • Negative effect – any cockroach issues will reflect the business since they may contaminate the goods, food items, the health of the people around the establishment, and hygiene reputation of the place.
  • Panic – such panic can result to loss of customers and employees.
  • Damage – business profit may start to fail and may even result to temporary business closure.

Finding the Threat

Cockroaches are generally nocturnal insects, but if you find cockroaches even at daytime, it could be an indication that the infestation is getting bigger. At night when the lights are out, they can be seen scurrying along walls and crevices. Finding them during the daylight hours could mean that their nests are already overcrowded, which could also mean that your business is in trouble.

Benefits of Businesses Relying on Pest Control Services

For business that has infestation, it is most common for them to get the services of a pest control service since the quality of the business is more important than a few bucks of just doing it themselves.

  • Pest control service professionals can provide a good monitoring program that can help in identifying areas of cockroach activity and document the effectiveness of the control program.
  • Can resolve cockroach control faster than how inexperience business personnel do it.
  • Has the ability to treat and find hidden areas that cockroaches or other pests are hiding without harming its environment with the use of its different types of products.
  • Provides Integrated Pest Management or IPM that is the safest method for those who are prone to allergies or asthma attacks.
  • They know exactly where to look at and will use specialized equipment to gain access to normally not accessible parts of a building.

Immediate Actions to Control Cockroaches

  • Arrange regular night inspections by a qualified pest control professional.
  • Set up a regular cockroach control monitoring program that everyone in the company should follow.
  • Station suitable insecticides such as non-toxic insect dust, cockroach traps, and the like.

Once everything is settled and your business is properly sanitized and monitored for cockroach control, make certain to take the necessary actions not to let this happen again. Don’t give these cockroaches any reason to stay in your vicinity by not giving them food and water to survive. Make sure that your establishment is always clean and sanitized and that you always coordinate with the pest control technician as best you can.

Horizon Pest Control understands the importance of your business. We offer a comprehensive program that will protect and eliminate cockroaches from your establishment. To get help with your existing problem or to know more about our services, click Commercial Cockroach Control.

 

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Mold Control – What You Need to Know

Filed under: Horizon Pest Control,Mold Control,Mold Extermination,Preventing Mold — Megan Howard @ 4:13 pm July 16, 2013

Mold is a collection of fungi and microorganisms that thrive in dark, damp areas. They are found pretty much anywhere you go and they serve an important purpose in nature: to help speed up the process of decay in dead or dying plants. Mold spreads through the release of airborne spores, and often end up in homes where they thrive in crawlspaces, under sinks, and in bathrooms.

There are more than 100,000 different kinds of mold, most of which are harmless to humans save for the occasional allergic reaction. The only mold known to cause serious harm to humans is the Black Mold, aka stachybotrys, but it can be identified and treated by a qualified mold control professional.

Mold on basement walls

Protection Against Mold

  • The best way to prevent mold is to prevent excess moisture.
  • Excess moisture often comes from leaking pipes and plumbing fixtures. Fix leaks as soon as you spot them; this has the benefit of saving you money on your water bill as well as preventing mold growth.
  • When building a home, make sure that the ground slopes away from the home so that water can’t pool or collect in the foundation.
  • Keep indoor humidity low. This is often a problem in basements, where the lack of ventilation coupled with the presence of plumbing fixtures, like water heaters and pipes, both contribute to high levels of humidity. Dehumidifiers are the most effective solution for these.
  • Air out and clean your basement as often as possible to reduce moisture buildup.
  • Appliances that produce moisture, like clothes dryers and stoves, should be vented outdoors whenever possible to reduce moisture buildup.
  • Air conditioners also have a dehumidifying effect. Use them to keep your home cool and and dry in the summer.
  • Be sure to wrap any cold pipes or coils in insulation so as to prevent condensation that can lead to excess moisture buildup.
  • Make sure that air conditioner drip pans are free to drain properly and are not clogged.

Why you should call a mold removal professional

  • Only a mold specialist can determine the kind of mold infesting your home. Many of the 100,000 different mold species look exactly the same, and the differences between each can only be seen with specialized equipment.
  • Professionals have access to the equipment needed to remove mold infestations safely, and without endangering themselves, others around them, or the rest of the home.
  • Professionals also have access to the substances needed to clean mold off of surfaces that can be cleaned.
  • Mold control professionals will be able to identify potential causes of mold, and advise you as to how they can be addressed.
  • Good mold removal companies can perform follow-up visits to ensure that the treatment has worked and can re apply treatments if it hasn’t.

Don’t let molds invade your home. Request an appointment today! Call us or visit New Jersey Mold Care.

 

Learning How to Bait Ants

Filed under: Ant Control,Carpenter Ant Control,Commercial Pest Control,Pest Control — Megan Howard @ 3:28 am July 11, 2013

We commonly see ants inside our home and at times we find it natural to see them as they get tiny portions of our sweets. However, when we commonly see a lot of them, this can be an indication that your home is infested. Leave a bit of food around for just a few seconds and you may have a lot of ants crawling to it. So what should you do if you know that ants are constantly foraging in your home? Well, you would most likely kill the ones you see. But, will this be a permanent solution? Probably after you killed the first ones, more would still come. They will continuously come and get the food that they are looking for unless you find the right solution.

Ants in your kitchen

How to Kill Ants?

Don’t just squash them, although you can do that all day. But, as said, more will just keep popping up and there is no stopping them. Naturally, those you see piled up in lines while they go near the kitchen sink or garbage cans are the foragers. They are the ones who search for food and water, then bring them back to their colony. When other foragers do not return to their nest, more ants will just go out.

To get rid of ants, better look for their nest and kill the whole colony. So, how do you do that? One way is to follow their trail. But, this can be difficult since their trail can go to areas that are difficult to be seen. You could also prepare baits for them. Baits are a combination of food that ants are attracted to and a slow-acting toxicant. It is necessary that the ants bring back these baits to their colony to eradicate them.

How to Bait Ants?

Baiting is an effective way  to destroy ants nest because the ants are bringing poison to their colony without them knowing it. The entire colony will feed on the bait and destroy them. Homemade baits are not that difficult to do. However, know that there are some ants that are attracted to sugar or sweets such as the carpenter ants and there are some ants that are attracted to protein. If one type of bait did not work and you still find them looking for other food source, change your tactics. Here are some suggestions to creating homemade baits.

  • Create sugar bait by blending two tbsp of molasses, one tbsp yeast and one tbsp sugar.
  • Create protein bait by mixing two tbsp Borax, peanut butter or bacon grease.

When using Borax, make sure that you place this type of bait to places where your kids and your pets cannot access them. Borax can be hazardous when swallowed. Better place your bait in a sealed container with some holes so ants can easily come in. To find out the type of food they like. Set the two baits and see what the ants will go after. After knowing what they like, continually serve them your homemade bait and wait a couple of days to see if they keep on coming back for more or if the number of ants are lessening.

Ants going to bait

The Goal of Your Bait

The goal of your bait is to have the forager give the food to the other workers, the queen and the entire colony.  Make certain that the poison you mix the food with is just the right amount so that they can still go back to their colony. Also, better set the baits at different places of the ant trail and leave them in places where you regularly see the ants.

You should also resist the temptation of killing them so that they can return to their colony and do their purpose. Always, prepare a new set of bait to see the result in just a few days. Make sure that you do this continuously until you find  that ants are gone.

If the ants continually ignore your bait or if you still find there is a lot of them even after continuous monitoring and baiting, it may mean that they do not like the food you are giving them. However, this does not mean that the bait is not effective. There are times that ants change their eating habits. Just find the right bait and you may be on your way to getting rid of them. However, there are still some ways to get rid of them such as with the use of an insecticide or calling the help of an exterminator. If baiting still does not work look for these alternatives.

Don’t let ants invade your home. Horizon Pest Control can help you solve your ant problem. To request an appointment, simply go to Residential Pest Control Services.

 

Understanding Mold Growth and What to Do with Molds

Filed under: Horizon Pest Control,Mold Extermination — Megan Howard @ 4:41 pm July 8, 2013

Why are many homeowners so concern about molds? This is because more and more people are becoming aware of the threat they possess. The devastation of a structure and the health effects it can pose to home and their owners are cause for alarm. With the growing of molds indoors and outdoors, it is just natural to have your home protected from them. It is also necessary to understand how they grow and learn how you can defend your home against them.

Mold

Molds are a type of fungi that often cause disintegration of organic matter. They play an important role in our eco system, but they can cause harm when they grow indoors. Molds are found to have over 100,000 species, but treating them is just done the same way. Controlling and eliminating their food sources can be difficult since they commonly settle where there is presence of moisture. It should also be noted that fifty to sixty percent of homes in the U.S. are affected by molds that means that they are naturally found in every home. But, it is not natural and hygienic if the amount of molds present in one are innumerable.

About Black Mold

Molds can also be found in various colors, but one color most are afraid of, is the “Black Mold. However, the information regarding this mold is somehow misleading since the color of the mold is not a determining factor to know if they are toxic or not. Black mold creates mycotoxins that can also be found different types of molds. So regardless of its color, when molds are present better eliminate them.

Block mold under a sink

Effects of Molds to Health

Potential effects of molds to health include allergic reactions such as nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, skin irritation and asthma. Other symptoms of molds include fatigue, stuffy head, allergies, headache, runny nose and dry throat. Molds can also trigger asthma attacks to sensitive individuals. People who suffer from asthma should avoid exposure to molds. Children and the elderly are also more prone to these allergic reactions made by them.

What Should You do if Molds are Present?

It is difficult to control the growth of mold especially indoors since moisture is also commonly present at home. To control mold growth inside the property, better control indoor moisture. Molds release microscopic airborne spores that can grow on almost anything like unfinished woods, drywall, but could also be found on metals, plastics and glass. Their growth depends on how they are given food, which is their water source.

To avoid mold growth:

  • Fix leaks and seepage
  • Cover dirt in crawlspaces by putting a plastic cover
  • Use exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens
  • Use dehumidifiers and air conditioners

When molds are present, clean them off. Use water and detergent and dry the surface completely. Make certain that you clean and then dry these areas within 24 to 48 hours. Absorbent materials that are already moldy, should be replaced. Also, reduce potential condensation on surfaces  by adding insulation.

 

When to Ask for Assistance?

Realize that tiny amounts of molds are always present in our surroundings. It is up to us on how we can prevent them from growing and how we can take care of our home. However, if your home has become a dwelling place to uncontrollable amounts of molds, it would be better to ask for assistance. The air quality in your home should always be taken into account. Keep in mind that mold spores, whether they are dead or alive always bring disaster to those who are constantly in contact with them.

Horizon Pest Control offers effective mold removal services in New Jersey. To get help with your mold problem, visit Mold Removal NJ and set an appointment.

 

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Filed under: Horizon Pest Control,Pest Control — Megan Howard @ 3:25 am July 3, 2013

The Invasion of Stink Bugs and How to Control Them

Filed under: Stink Bugs — Megan Howard @ 6:16 pm July 2, 2013

Stink bugs just like any other pests can be difficult to control. They like to infest on farms where they can damage plants and suck the living juices out of them. Some plants may become lucky and survive, but together with what they will leave is a big scar among farmers. Most would recognize stink bugs as an agricultural pest and the need of crop growers to control these pests is imminent to the survival of their farmland. However, it is not just farms that are infested with these bugs. Stink bugs can also be found in homes since these pests are incredible hitchhikers. Adults stink bugs are moving and looking for places to spend the winter and they can easily crawl inside purses, pants, luggage, cars, and anywhere they think they can settle in.

States that most stink bugs are commonly seen are in Pennsylvania, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Main, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and West Virginia. Although these pests originated from China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan their increase in numbers are now swarming that farmers in Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and other states are battling long and hard to save their crops and eliminate these pests.

Stink bug in its appearance can bring fear and disgust since their 6 legs, shape and shield is similar to a cockroach. They emit stink spray when they are threatened which makes more homeowners to just avoid them. Those who are sprayed with their stink may suffer nasal problems, allergies and even corneal damage. Stink bugs are indeed ugly creatures that can be an eyesore when commonly seen at home. They are like thieves  getting in without permission and leave awful marks when they are done.

Identify a Stink bug on a leave

Ways to Control Stink Bugs

Stink bugs usually find their way inside a house because they are naturally attracted to light. They also try to avoid the winter by carefully hiding inside houses. To avoid them settling in your home, use these control tricks.

1. Do not leave the lights on

Stink bugs naturally are attracted to light. They can be easily seen on light posts in considerable numbers. At home, turn off unnecessary lights to not invite them. When these bugs enter a room, they fly where the light is located and will produce a very distracting noise, which would also be disturbing especially if you want to get some sleep.

2. Seal all possible entry points

If you do not want them to get in, seal all possible entrances. These pests are so small with adults with the size of just an inch. They can easily get in without homeowners noticing them. To avoid this, seal up cracks around windows and doors with caulk or weather stripping. Check the attic for holes or gaps and close them.

3. Squish stink bugs outside the house

Squishing them outside will signal other bugs not to enter the house. Their pungent odor is their main signal.

4. Move fruit trees and vegetable gardens away from the home

If you have a garden make certain that it is not near your home since they can easily travel to the exterior of your home when they have already settled

5. Ask help

Some methods of crushing or mishandling them, may also lead them to release their foul-smelling odor. If your home or garden is heavily infested with stink bugs, better call a professional. They will inspect your property and identify how they can stop stink bugs from returning while also exterminating them  with the use of their low-impact, environmentally and people friendly materials.

Stink bugs on leaves

 Having your home, garden or crops infested with stink bugs may not bring any serious harm to people and plants. However, it could cause major damage to crops that could lead to lost in revenues. Before such infestation starts, get rid of them and ask for assistance.  

If you need help in eliminating stink bugs from your home, call us or visit New Jersey Stink Bugs Removal  to schedule and appointment.

10 Best Tips to Bust Away Molds from Your Attic and Crawlspaces

Filed under: Commercial Pest Control,Horizon Pest Control,Mold Extermination — Megan Howard @ 4:47 pm July 1, 2013

Molds can be commonly found in spoiled food and the unused or forgotten spaces of your home- it could be the cabinet or space under your sink, the basement, the attic or crawlspace. Some people think that they are ugly, but not many realize the great danger molds can post to their health. Mold produce toxic compounds called mycotoxin, which is are poisonous and can affect the respiratory, digestive and even reproductive system. Long exposure to molds can cause serious illnesses and can even lead to fatality.

Why do molds form in attics and crawl spaces? It’s very simple- these are potential places where any small amount of moisture can enter. Given the fact that these are also hidden corners of the house and seldom used, it’s the perfect breeding place for molds. Keep in mind though that mold doesn’t grow overnight. They are like plants that grow slowly but surely grow, given the right conditions for them to do so.

Follow these easy steps and you’ll be busting away mold from your attics and crawlspace:

1.      Molds thrive in humid and moist places, be it the attic or crawl spaces.  To avoid this, make sure that the room has proper ventilation and must be kept drive at all times. Make sure that the air can properly circulate inside the room. Putting charcoal in a plastic pot and covering it with a net will help absorb moist in the air and keep the room dry.

Mold in attic

2.      For the attic, check that there is no leaking roof, especially during the rainy or winter season.  One small leak can cause molds to grow in your attic or crawlspace and you have no way of knowing immediately because they don’t just grow overnight.

3.      Stacking is good because you never know when you need something out of the pile. But then again, mare sure not stack rarely used items from the kitchen or bathroom. Anything that is likely to develop moist and thus, a potential breeding place for molds.

4.      Answering the need to keep the crawlspace moisture free, installing a vapor barrier can be a very helpful solution. Water in the ground evaporates in the air which in turn increases the level of humidity. When this happens in a crawl space, there is little or no way for the water to evaporate properly because of poor ventilation. When this happens, humidity rises and so thus moist. The solution is a vapor barrier which is done by covering the whole area with plastic sheet.

5.      Check for things that do not need to be stored anymore in the attic or crawlspace. By freeing some space in those areas, you are increasing the possibility of good ventilation and air circulation.

6.      Install good insulation sheets in the attic especially during the winter or summer when temperatures shoot up extremely or low. The added insulation can control the humidity and will later save you a lot of money.

7.      Check that the wall areas of your attic and crawlspaces must be absolutely free from any cracks. Cracks on the wall can be a potentially good entrance for water or moisture.

8.       Gutters in the roof must be cleaned at least twice a year especially the part near the attic. Any clog in gutters can be a potential passage of water to the attic.

Cleaning gutters eliminates mold

9.      Check the plumbing of both the attic and the crawl area. Make sure that there are no leaks or dents on the pipes. If the pipes are showing good measure of rust and discoloration, it’s time to change them.

10.  Do general cleaning of these places at least quarterly. Make sure to disinfect and clean every corner. When molds did form, do not clean them with bare hands. Inhaling the mycotoxin can wreak havoc to your immune system, so ask for professional services. There are pest control companies that offer them.

Attic and crawlspaces serve very important roles inside the house, so make sure you don’t take them for granted because when molds form in those areas, your family will be absolutely in danger.

Horizon Pest Control can successfully eliminate molds inside your home. Our qualified technicians only use high-quality products that will effectively solve your mold problems. To get help with your current mold issue or to learn more about our services, click New Jersey Mold Removal