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Fall Gutter Cleaning will protect your property

Filed under: Horizon Pest Control,Pest Control — Megan Howard @ 4:47 am November 25, 2013

Horizon was recently in the news discussing how cleaning your gutters protects your property from the pests in the spring.

Read Horizon’s recent newspaper citation here: Horizon Pest Control Gutter Cleaning

 

Gutter Cleaning Pest Control

Identifying Hornet & Yellow Jacket Nests and Removing Them

Filed under: Bee Removal & Management,Pest Control,Wasp Control — Megan Howard @ 8:13 pm November 20, 2013

New Jersey Pest ControlHornets are wasps and are closely related to yellow jackets. There are about twenty different species of hornets and most of them live in tropical Asia. However, hornets are also found in Europe, Africa, and North America. They are commonly found on trees and are considered a tree-nesting wasps. They grow ¾ inch long and are recognized because of their color pattern. Their head, thorax, abdomen, and antenna are black and white and their wings smoky.

What do Hornets Nests Look Like?

The hornet’s nest is a captivating masterpiece as they can construct large, football-shaped nests that are made from wood that they strip from fence panels, garden sheds, and the like. Hornets nest are shaped like an inverted teardrop with tiny hole at the bottom. They are interwoven with branches and twigs, which makes the nest stronger and will not be destroyed by weather. The nest itself is made of hexagonal cells or cellular structures where her young ones will develop. For large nests, the walls may be two inches thick that makes a perfect protection from cold and heat.

How do They make Their Nest?

It starts with a single hornet, which is the queen. Her construction will begin during spring after she comes out from winter hibernation. She will need a suitable support that will consist of a window shutter, a tree branch, or a root for subterranean nests, and the pulp of the queen for support. Once the cellulose fibers dry, they will become a strong paper buttress that will start the creation of her nest.

Once she finds a perfect spot for a nest she will lay one egg within a cell and make her way out, constructing a comb. Queens dominate hornet hives since they are the only ones who can reproduce. The hornets that the queen reproduce are asexual female workers that perform important community duties.

After the first eggs turn into larvae, then become female adult hornets, they will take the responsibilities of nest building, gathering food, protecting the colony, and brood tending. The queen is still essential since she will still create queens and a few males. The male hornets only responsibility is to mate with queens. Once mating is done, the male will die, then  these fertilized queens will soon find a perfect place to hide for the winter. The rest of the colony together with the old queen will die also in the winter and their nest abandoned.

Nest Removal

Hornets are social insects, which means that they go together and live together in the same place. They are always protecting their hives from dangers. Once they sense any threats to their nest, they will attack any animals and humans who goes near their hive. The worse part with this attack is that they attack in hundreds. These insects are very sensitive, which makes anything unfamiliar to them as a threat to their safety. So, if you find hornet nests in your backyard, better remove them immediately especially if you have children who loves to play outside. Hornet nest removal can be a bit tricky especially if the nests are large enough, which makes the insects more dangerous. If you are allergic to wasp or bee stings, or if you do not have the right equipment to do the removal, do not attempt to get rid of the hornets’ nest yourself – call a professional instead.

Simple Steps to Removal

Have the following materials before starting the removal:

  • Prepare an insecticide or any poison that can eliminate hornets
  • Hedge clipper
  • Gloves to protect the hands
  • Goggles to protect the eyes
  • Protective suit with thick fiber to protect yourself from possible attack
  • Plastic bags or sacks

1. Wear your protective clothing before starting the removal

2. Wait until the sun sets down since hornets are lazy when the temperature is low

3. Place the sack directly below the nest or hive. Open it wide to catch the nest. It would be better if you have a partner who can help you seal the sack immediately it drops.

4. If the nest is hanging on a branch, cut the branch with the use of a hedge clippers to destroy it to fall into the sack.

5. If the hive is secured to your gutter or roof, your only choice is to break and destroy the hive. Make sure that there is smoke from where you stand so that they will not be able to see you, thus lessening the chances of attack, plus they will have a difficult time breathing.

 

Stop Them from Building

The first stages of their nest development may go unnoticed because they are mostly on trees where leaves are covering them, and it may be a bit late to recognize that they are there. The only time we may know that there is a hornet nest near our home is when the hive has grown big. The same goes with gutters and roofs. Keep in mind that hornets have habitual instincts. Those who have survived the winter may soon come back to their old  location and start building again although they will not go back to their old nest. Better change your environment by simply cutting the trees or repainting the house, which could somehow help in stopping them from nesting.

Let Horizon Pest Control help remove Hornet & Yellow Jacket Nests from your home. Click New Jersey Pest Control for more information.

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Easy Ways to Pest Proof Your Home for the Fall

Filed under: Pest Control,Pest Management — Megan Howard @ 12:05 am November 17, 2013

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Just like humans, pests like to find warmth, shelter, food, and moisture especially during the colder months. Your house provides all their needs, which is why you need to protect it from them. However, it is impossible to fully pest proof your home since these little bugs and rodents are so creative that they can find a way into your house. But, you do not have to make it easy for them. Just take some time in doing simple home maintenance  and housekeeping tasks, which would give them a hard time staying in your home.

Pest Proofing Your Home

Fill cracks. Seal all cracks around the house so mice, rats, snakes and other insects cannot squeeze in. Keep in mind that mice can get through holes no bigger than a dime and rats can fit through openings that are just 1/2“ in diameter so finding these openings are so necessary. To fill these openings, use cement, mortar or caulk since these are strong and much of a permanent fix.

Rodent holes. Make the necessary repairs in your home or garage made by rodents. Holes and other rodent damage should be covered with hardware cloth that is 1/4” squares in size. Do not cover the damage with a piece of wood since these rodents will just chew the wood again.

Door seals. Doors, windows and screens should be repaired immediately if it is not in good condition. Caulk these areas to keep pests away. Be sure to inspect all seals of doors, which includes the tops and sides.

Check for openings. Check your dryer vent and other openings to make certain that they are not used as an entry way for pests. For your ceiling, check if there are holes in the roof since holes are great entry way for any pests.

Remove moisture. Insects love a damp environment. As much as possible, eliminate areas where moisture and wet spots are present. Caulk line can fix leaks around tubs and sinks. Check your basement for stains on the ground that shows dripping pipes and inspect for cracks and loose fittings.

Eliminating Their Basic Needs

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Getting rid of harbourages. Make sure that your home is not inviting any type of pests. Pests love to find clutter since they can easily hide inside and create their home. During the fall, these mess can become their home. Inspect your home’s exterior to locate and remove potential pest habitats.

Most insects seek areas that provide moisture, food and shelter so look for areas where you think bugs might get in. Also, consider how you dispose and take care of your garbage. Do not use plastic cans because rats can easily chew on them. Use sturdy metal garbage cans instead because they are stronger and is safer from pests.

Clean up the kitchen. Since your kitchen is prone to different pests, make certain that you protect this valuable place. Keep the whole area clean by just giving a couple of minutes every day to maintain its cleanliness. Wipe down the countertops with vinegar to remove odor trails left by foraging ants. Do not leave dirty dishes overnight, sweep the floors, mop up spills, put away unused food, and empty the garbage if needed since cockroaches may go near them.

It is not possible to seal up every hole or to stop every critter you see crawling in your home. But, if you continue being vigilant, then you may just end up with having a couple of them and not a whole infestation. Put in your routine a weekly vacuuming session to suck up any crawling insects that goes indoors. Keep in mind that there are still a lot that you can do to stop so start pest proofing your home today.

Horizon Pest Control will help eliminate your existing pest problems and stop them from coming back. To set a FREE appointment with us, click Residential Pest Control Services.

Getting To Know Carpenter Ant Tunnels and Ways to Search and Control Them

Filed under: Ant Control,Termite Control,Termites — Megan Howard @ 5:33 pm November 13, 2013

Protecting your property from Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants are one of the most common indoor pests that are found in the United States. When these ants invade homes, they construct their nests in moist wood and destroy the wood. Unlike termites, these ants do not eat wood, but they create a great damage to the wood as they excavate their nest to make room for their growing colony. Although they play a big role in our ecosystem mostly by helping in the decomposition of decaying trees, but when they infiltrate homes and other buildings, these  ants become a nuisance.

carpenter ant

Facts about Carpenter Ants

  1. Carpenter ants create tunnels through wood that has a high moisture content and spit out the wood that they shaved as waste. You may easily see these wood shavings since they look like sawdust.
  2. There are about 12 species of carpenter ants.
  3. Carpenter ants devour insects and gather carbohydrate secretions or honeydew made by aphids feeding on outside vegetation.

Identifying Carpenter Ant Tunnels

Carpenter ants excavate via the wood parallel to the grain. Their galleries are free of debris and have “sandpaper-like” walls. The unfinished shreds of wood, which are called frass, are removed out from the small openings in the wood, which looks like sawdust-like piles. At times, bits and pieces of dead carpenter ants are mixed with the debris. If the galleries that they created are already close to the surface of the wood, and the colony is already large, you may hear mandibles scraping along inside the wood . And, if the nest is disturbed, most of the workers may bang their head and gaster against the sides of the galleries creating a weak vibrating sound.

carpenter ant tunnel

These ants forage mostly at night, but they can also forage during the day during the early spring and summer. During the start of the colony, most of the workers are minor workers. But, when the colony becomes bigger, both major workers and minor workers will be out foraging.

Search for the Nest

  • Search the perimeter of the house along the foundation to look for ants.
  • Search for moist wood that are under dishwashers, along gutters, under ledges of windows, under wood decks, along leaky chimney flashing, under bathtubs.
  • Search nearby trees and other vegetation for ants that are going back to their nest. Often, these returning ants take a more direct route than those that are still searching for food and water. These returning ants have expanded abdomen because of the honeydew.
  • Listen for chewing sounds. Since these ants excavate, you may hear a scrapping noise as they excavate wood to create their galleries.
  • Look for wood debris or sawdust and any parts of dead carpenter ants that are ejected from their nest.

Carpenter Ant Control

Remove and discard. Remove the damaged wood, which includes the ant colony and replace them with pressure treated wood. Then, discard the infested wood far away from your home. Fixing the source of the problem will prevent re-infestation from happening again. However, carpenter ants can easily relocate their colony once they are disturbed or when the moisture changed greatly.

Search for an effective bait control. Baits are mostly effective when they are fresh and properly located where ants commonly passed. Look for baits that contain toxicants that are slow acting and will allow time for the bait to be spread throughout the colony.

Correct the structure. A permanent solution to carpenter ant problem is to correct structural problems that will let moisture to dampen wood. Get rid of moisture and carpenter ants will not be attracted to your home.

Finding a Pest Control Service

If infestation is severe and it has already destroyed a great portion of the structure, getting the help of a pest control service may be practical. To get the right services better:

  • Get two or more estimates for control. The pest control service should be able to locate the nest or probable nest site before treatment, and see if both of them have the same location.
  • They should give you a fact sheet about carpenter ants.
  • They should also provide you with a material safety data sheet that shows hazards.
  • Ask for a guarantee that the nest will be eliminated.

Horizon Pest Control will help you defend your home and your loved ones from ants. You don’t have to worry about protecting your home from ants and the danger that they bring. For more information about our services, go to Residential Pest Control.

 

How To Keep Your Home Stinkbug Free

Filed under: Stink Bugs — Megan Howard @ 6:20 pm November 6, 2013

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Stinkbugs have devastating appetite. They’ve been a problem to a lot of farmers across the US, especially in the fall because they eat almost anything in the farm. And, guess what, these bugs can be in your garden. If you see a horde of stinkbugs in your garden, pretty soon these armored insects are going to invade your home. Although stinkbugs are not known to cause any harm to people, seeing them in and around your home can be really annoying. What can you do to keep them from invading your home?

Assessing Stink bug Damage

In its natural habitat, these pests feed on a wide variety of plants. They feed on apples, peaches, figs, mulberries, citrus fruits, persimmons, blackberry, sweet corn and field corn. They also feed on different ornamental plants such as weeds soybeans, and beans.

Life Cycle of the Stink bug

Depending on the temperatures, these bugs can create two or three generations during spring and summer. Adults will usually emerge during the spring and mate and deposit eggs during May through August. Once the eggs hatch, the nymphs will look from small black and red nymphs. Once they become adults, they will search for overwintering sites from September through the first half of October.

stink bug eggs

Stopping Stink Bugs from Entering Your Home

Crushing these bugs, is a disgusting solution because they release a stinky scent as a defense mechanism when threatened. They are called stink bugs for a reason. There is a better way to annihilate them, but first let us discuss the things you can do to prevent these clever bugs from invading your home and to stop them from getting in.

Stinkbugs are very cleaver in getting inside your home. So how do you keep these rascals out? Look for possible entry ways for these cleaver bugs.

·         Even the smallest crack is going to let these clever bugs in. Caulk up crevices around the windows and doors.

·         Your door screen may be in good shape, but if there is something wrong with the weather stripping it can be their way in. Make sure that the weather stripping is tight and aligned properly.

·         Loose utility box is an easy access for these bugs. You can use an expandable foam product to seal up the holes or gaps around the utility box.

·         Attics are common entry point for stinkbugs. Replace damaged screens and close the holes or gaps in the attic to keep them out.

·         Wall and window unit with air conditioners can really let in a lot of stinkbugs because there are a lot of gaps around it. Caulk the gaps up to keep them from getting through.

·         Buy a stinkbug trap. These traps can really eradicate a lot of stinkbugs.

Eliminating Stink Bugs

But, what if they are already inside the house? Here are some ways to get rid of them if they are already inside your home.

Capture them. Don’t worry they are completely harmless. You can make a simple stinkbug trap with a water bottle. Simply cut off the top and turn it over to make a funnel. You can easily catch the stinkbug on the wall by placing the trap under the stinkbug and it will fall right into the bottle. If they are too many to catch with a bottle, use a vacuum.

Proper disposal. Once you got them in your trap or vacuum, the next thing to do is to annihilate them. The best way to get rid of them without squashing them is to throw them in a bucket of soapy water. You may also just dump them into your compose pile.

So the next time you see stinkbugs in and around your house, you know how to get rid of them permanently! If you need professional help, get in touch with Horizon Pest Control. To schedule a FREE consultation, click New Jersey Stink Bugs Removal

 

Tips to Pest Proofing Your Home This Fall

Filed under: Pest Control,Pest Management — Megan Howard @ 2:43 pm November 1, 2013

Tips to Pest Proofing Your Home This Fall

Fall is such a beautiful season. The air becomes crisp and the night becomes longer, plus it is the time that the leaves change. But, with the change of season comes a different challenge for homeowners because it is also a peak time for pests to make their way indoors. These pests will be looking for shelter, food and warmth, which your house has. Cockroaches, lady bugs, mosquitoes, spiders, and worse – rodents will search for a place to take refuge from the cold winter ahead. Unfortunately, these pests reproduce fast that creates a great threat to a home. They are known as nuisance and they pose a serious risk to our health.

How to Pest Proof your Home this Fall

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Even during this fall, make a way to eliminate access to food, harbourage, and access to your home.

Eliminating Harbourages

Make sure that your home and your yard does not look inviting to these pests. Pests love to find clutter and stay there. During the fall, these mess can provide a nice shelter for them. Pay also close attention to your garbage can if you have one outside. Do not use a plastic cans because they can easily be chewed through. Make sure that you have sturdy metal garbage cans instead.

Pests love to find shelter in places where humans do not visit often. Your outdoor sheds and garage are also vulnerable to these pests. For instance, a garage with a lot of unused tools and boxes will have many places for different types of rodents to stay in. Click Home Pest Control now.

Make sure to:

  • Get rid of any abandoned items such as furniture and appliances
  • Store firewood of the ground and away from the home
  • Keep shrubs trimmed back from the foundation
  • Cut branches that are touching windows, doors, walls and roofs
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house

 

Get Rid of Food Access for Pests

If you have a garden, you will likely experience different types of pests such as rabbits, squirrels, and other creatures that will love the supply of food that they can get from your garden. To stop them from entering, create a fence around it. However, squirrels are great climbers so they may still be able to get in. Also, pick fruits that fall from trees. Do not leave these pieces of fruit lying on the ground because they will invite these pests to a free meal.

Also, consider these:

  • Properly place garbage in sealed containers and dispose them properly
  • Do not leave pet food outside especially during the night
  • Use sealed containers to place people and pet food
  • Do not attract birds and other wildlife by removing outdoor feeders
  • Inspect your yard for fallen fruits and nuts and be certain to always pick them up

 

Pest Proofing the Outside of Your Home

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As the warmer weather “wakes-up” numerous pests, it is necessary that homeowners spend a few hours pest-proofing the inside and outside of their homes. Even the simple mending ripped screens can go a long way in preventing pests from finding entry points into your home.

  • Seal cracks and crevices on the outside of the home including entry points for utilities and pipes
  • Place weather proof door sweeps on exterior doors
  • Screen windows and seal potential entryways and repair or replace damaged screens
  • Install hardwire mesh screens behind vents and openings on chimneys
  • Eliminate all moisture sites that includes all leaking pipes and clogged drains
  • Make sure gutters are not clogged with fallen leaves or other debris
  • Get rid of old mulch near the foundation of your home

If in the case that you suspect that you have an infestation, contact Horizon Pest Control to help you with your problem. We will identify the type of pest infestation you have and recommend possible treatment for your home. Click Home Pest Control now.