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How to Avoid Bed Bugs while Travelling

Filed under: Bed Bug — Megan Howard @ 7:07 pm February 26, 2014



Bed Bug Bites Hospitalize a Man

Bed bugs are not just your average night crawlers since they mainly use us as their source of food. We are actually their food as they suck our blood while we sleep. Bed bug infestations can be a real nightmare for some especially if these bugs are  the cause of your health to deteriorate.

Take an example of a man who was hospitalize because of bed bug bites. Robert Malcolm who stayed in a motel and suffered from continuous bed bugs bite that led him to his numerous scars and created more stress to his already weakened heart. Eventually, the situation landed him in the hospital.

Travellers Beware what you bring home

While stories such as this, are not telltales and they really do exist, getting safe while you travel should be a top priority. It is not paranoia that you want to become more conscious when you travel. Keep in mind that bed bugs are known travellers. They do not fly, but they can move quickly over floors, walls, and ceilings. They can easily enter homes undetected through luggage, clothing, used beds and couches, and the like.

How to avoid and prevent bed bugs on vacation

How to Avoid Bed Bugs while traveling

  • If your plans of travel include a hotel stay make certain that you check for complaints from previous guests in their hotel registries.
  • Search for patterns in complaints such as date of complaints, actual bed bugs and reported bed bug bites
  • Check for bed bugs at your selected hotel
  • Check them in your room
  • Use a good flashlight to check these pests around the bed area
  • Do not put your luggage on the bed until the inspection is complete
  • Check around the bed, nightstand, headboard, and bed skirt, underneath and behind the night stand
  • Search for them at the piping around the mattress
  • Look for live insects, shed bed bug skins and peppery fecal spots that are found in areas where bed bugs live
  • Search for them in furniture cracks and crevices and folds of linens and bed skirts

If bed bugs are found, do not move your clothes into dresser drawers since this will increase the chance of having your clothes infested

Once you return from your trip, keep your suitcase in a garage and unload your clothes directly into the clothes dryer for a precautionary treatment. All stages of bed bugs can be killed by letting it be heated for twenty minutes in the dryer. The heat of a clothes dryer is known to be effective at killing these bugs. If clothes are wet when placed in the dryer, the 20 minutes of heat time will begin after the clothes are dry. If possible, add 20 more minutes of heat time on your clothes even after they are dry.

Accidentally brought bed bugs home? Contact Horizon Pest Control now! Visit New Jersey Bed Bugs to schedule a FREE appointment.



Could Invasive NYC Cockroach come to Jersey?

Filed under: Cockroach Control — Megan Howard @ 10:58 pm February 21, 2014


The High Land, which is the newest tourist attraction in New York has now been found with a unique visitor and that is a cockroach. This type of cockroach is not your average cockroach since this pest can withstand harsh winter cold and they have never been seen in the U.S. before.

What most New Yorkers are worried about is not the fact that they have a new bug in town, but the fact that this bug can withstand cold weather. Well, you could say it is a new development when it comes to a creature that is mostly known for being tough and can survive the harshest conditions. It can survive outdoors and can thrive on ice. So, if it is already in New York, would it be possible that this new pest that is native in Japan, could come to Jersey?

Rutgers University identified the species Periplaneta japonica has never been confirmed in the United States until now. The two scientists  Dominic Evangelista and Jessica Ware  say that it is too early to predict the effects of these cockroaches.

Could the Invasive NYC Roach come across the River?

According to Evangelista, this species is just like other cockroach species that exist in the metro. A Purdue University professor, Michael Scharf , said that the discovery of the species Periplaneta japonica is something to monitor.

In 2012, this new cockroach was first seen by a professional who was working on  High Line. It could be possible that this species was likely a stowaway in the soil of ornamental plants that are used to adorn the park. Since many nurseries in the U.S. are composed of native and imported plants, it is not  possible that the Periplaneta japonica came from those imported plants.

It is still possible that these new roaches will come and cross the river and into New Jersey. If they are already in New York, it is probable that they will again travel. And, this is not the first time that a demographic shift in pests happened in the U.S. We are probably going to experience another shift in pests although there are still a lot of studies being conducted on them.

How to protect from this potential threat

How can we really protect ourselves from this new potential threat? We have mostly dealt well with so many different pests in the pasts and we are still dealing with new pests now. We could only hope that new effective methods made by professional exterminators are on the way so that we don’t have to find new pest infestations harbouring our homes.

Periplaneta japonica is different from the other cockroach species because it can survive in freezing cold temperature. But, the likelihood of this species mating with the local cockroaches around, thus creating a hybrid cockroach is very unlikely. According to Evangelista, genitals of these roaches fit together  perfectly and they mostly differ in species, which we can assume that they will not fit the other. With that being said, it is still necessary to be cautious when it comes to this new species. High Line says that their team of experts will continue to keep an eye on them, and we highly hope that they do.

Get help from a trusted pest control company! If you have an existing cockroach problem or if you are looking to protect your property from infestation, contact Horizon Pest Control. Click Residential Pest Control now.








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Bed Bug Continue to Plague Americans

Filed under: Bed Bug — Megan Howard @ 6:01 pm February 19, 2014

Oh boy is it Winter here on the East Coast! And for pest control, that means bed bug encounters are on the rise again. The National Pest Management Association put together this infographic to help us protect ourselves from picking up bed bugs while out and brnging them home with us.


Stay warm out there and remember to check your clothing when you get home get home. If you see any red bites on your body, visit Bed Bug Control to schedule an inspection today!

How to Inspect Your Home for Termite Damage

Filed under: Termite Control,Termites — Megan Howard @ 4:55 am February 14, 2014

Homeowners are always concerned on whether their homes are safe from termites or not. Termites are known to damage $1 billion to $2 billion in property and most of the damage that these pests make are not covered by standard insurance policies. The worst part about termite damage is that they can cause extensive damage before you even know you have them. These termites will eat the wood of your home from the inside out. Their presence is hard to see unless you know where, how and what to look for.

Termites know how to conceal themselves. Your home may look solid and sturdy until the porch starts tilting or collapsing completely. Most would not know their presence because of how they can make the wood they are consuming to look sturdy and solid. These pests work pretty slowly since most of these pests need to harbour hundreds of thousands of hungry termites every day.  So how would you know if your home is also infested with termites? Better inspect the inside and outside of your home and find out where they are hiding.

Termites love

  • Wood and other areas where wood touch
  • Ground connections
  • Poor ventilation system
  • Water leaks


Seeing Tell Tale Signs on Your Home Interior

 termites inside a home structure

Dry-wood termite mostly live in wood as long as the wood they are staying has plenty of moisture. Subterranean termites on the other hand needs to return to the soil for moisture. Both of these termites eat wood and cellulose, and both of these pests leave damage. To find out where these pests are hiding, inspectors have to inspect all accessible areas of the home. However, it is impossible to search for termites through walls.

Homes with hollow concrete block foundation walls provide an easy access for subterranean termites since they can travel up the hollow blocks and up to the wood sill plate. They can still do damage even if the wood is treated and that is by working around the treated wood to get to the softer wood of the floor joists.

There are so many hidden and inaccessible areas of a home and most termite inspectors may only see about 30 percent of these hidden areas where termites stay. Depending on their food sources and moisture condition, a colony of termites can travel anywhere. But, if the damage were in view, you will be able to see where the termites are harbouring, which could make the process of inspection easier.

Termites are commonly found inside walls or furniture. They may be seen once the colony has burrowed so deeply that it becomes apparent into an infested item that the maze-like tunnels they have created become visible.

Signs of termite damage:

  • Buckling wood
  • Traces of dust
  • Piles of wings that is similar to scales
  • Swollen floors and ceilings
  • Locations that looks to have water damage
  • Noticeable mazes within walls or furniture
  • Scent that is comparable to mildew


Seeing Tell Tale Signs on Your Home Exterior

 termites outside a home structure

Inspecting the outside of your house is also necessary since termites can easily be seen on walls, window frames, door casings and sills. To know where they are, use a hammer, and find out if the wood you are tapping has a hollow sound.

Signs of termite damage:

  • Pests that are staying around wood that contacts the ground
  • Presence of termite tubes and mud tunnels in the foundation wall, each support pier, above wood, outside headers, sub-flooring and floor joists

Don’t let termites damage your home. Contact Horizon Pest Control at the first sign of termites. Click New Jersey Termite Control to schedule an appointment.

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Get Rid of Mice Now!

Filed under: Mice Control — Megan Howard @ 8:54 pm February 4, 2014

Get Rid of Mice

Mice are intelligent creatures. They sneak in through small holes with ease, and they create nests in unused areas of your house like the attic or the basement, inside walls, or even in your kitchen. You may not notice their presence, and if you are not attentive enough, you may end up having a severe infestation inside your property.

Evidence of Current Infestation

  • Fresh droppings
  • Mice nests
  • Current gnawing
  • Sounds and strong odors
  • Grease marks
  • Tracks or footprints
  • Live or dead mice


Rodent Control Measures

If your home has an active infestation, take prompt and effective measures. Since infestations can vary to the type of mice involved, the location and condition of the structure, and other important factors, each situation may implement a different method of control.

1. Seal the house

Sealing the house will include always closing the doors of your home, sealing the windows, inspecting the foundation for cracks in the walls, specifically near windows and doors. Mice are good climbers and can sneak through these entry ways. Properly inspecting areas where rodents would come will help in avoiding them to come in.

2. Clean the home

Cleaning your house includes clearing the clutter of your home such as:

  • Cardboard boxes
  • Piles of old clothing
  • Piles of old magazines, newspapers or other papers
  • Cans, bottle or old food containers
  • Old furniture

After getting rid of the clutter, clean the floors and the carpets.

3. Remove food sources

Mouse-proof the kitchen and pantry by not providing them food.

  • Use a trashcan that has a lid
  • Use tightly-sealed food storage containers
  • Don’t store boxes of food on the floor

When it comes to cat or dog food, do not leave them sitting out all day. Mice are mostly attracted to good things that they can eat outside. So make sure to remove all food sources that they can find both indoors and outdoors.

Introduce Hindrances

1. Have a cat in the house

Get Rid of Mice

Cats are excellent mouse deterrents for both indoor and outdoor since cats are mice’s natural predators. Have one in your home and will help in keeping mice away.

2. Use traps

Traps are one of the most effective ways to get rid of mice without requiring a lot of skills and labor. Traps include snares, snap traps, cage traps, and glue boards. In most cases snap traps are preferable inside a home or business although glue boards can also be used. However, snap traps are more humane. Poison bait can also be used. But the use of poison can lead for the mouse to crawl off and die in an area where you will not be able to reach it. This will end for the mouse to finally smell very bad that would attract other pests like flies.

3. Put mouse repellent

There are certain substances that mice hate. Place mint, bay leaves, mothballs or any other known repellents in the corners of your basement, closets, doors, and other place you think these pests are hiding and they will for certain move away from your property.

For effective rodent control, trust Horizon Pest Control. To learn more about Horizon’s pest control programs or to schedule an appointment, visit Residential Pest Control.

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Protecting your Business from Pests and Preventing Unneeded Expenses

Filed under: Horizon Pest Control,Pest Management — Megan Howard @ 5:53 pm February 1, 2014


 pest control for business

Pest problems may happen from time to time since there is no full guarantee about a business being safe from them. However, the presence of pests in food production and preparation areas have always been unacceptable. The damage that they bring to your business can be big. Good to know that there are ways to stop pests from ruining thousands of profits. And one of these solutions is by stopping this nuisance from getting in and creating their own homes inside your establishment. Early preventive measures using the services of a commercial pest control services will be your main insurance against pest problems. But, how?

Pest Prevention – Insurance Against Pests

If you are running a business, you may be worrying about the possibility of different pests coming in. Rats, mice, ants, termites, bugs, cockroaches, and so many different types of pests can easily get in, and they will not easily leave. These pests love to stay where food, water are abundant and a comfortable shelter is given. These three important needs will attract them most especially if your establishment provides them.

For a business to totally succeed, it is necessary to make certain that the workplace is safe, friendly and clean. Making sure that the business has some plans when it comes to pest prevention will ensure that these nuisance will not invade your property.

Why Food Establishments Need Pest Prevention

In businesses environments that have food processing, quality pest control is necessary. A pest infestation can put your business in total jeopardy because nobody wants to find something in the product that does not belong on the label. The same goes for any kind of food establishment.

Risks posed by pests in food establishments include:

  • Spread of disease
  • Damage to property
  • Contamination of food and work surfaces
  • Loss of reputation
  • Prosecution and closure

Pest management in businesses that is involved with any kind of FDA or cleanliness regulations are very sensitive. Special precautions must be taken to keep pest control treatments from threatening food safety.

IPM is an ongoing cycle that involves these critical steps:

  • Inspection
  • Preventive action
  • Identification
  • Analysis
  • Treatment selection
  • Monitoring documentation

Save Your Food Business

Importance of having a regular inspection and a comprehensive Pest Management System in any establishment is very important since this will avoid dealing with loss of profits and the loss of your company. Pest prevention can be done just through good and proper hygiene, stock management and exclusion practices. Not including a pest management to routinely check on your establishment is like  throwing your money away.

prevent loss of profit

Other steps that can be done include:

  • Keeping the doors closed
  • Property sealing doors and windows
  • Keeping the area free from food
  • Food products should be well-sealed
  • Trash should be removed daily
  • Inspect all windows and door screens for holes
  • Inspect the area under all sinks in the structure

Include routine inspections and maintenance from a company that you trust. These professionals know where to look for pests and what to look for when it comes to possible infestations. They can easily look for signs and points out areas for pests in areas where they get in.

Protect your business from pests. Contact Horizon Pest Control for professional pest control in New Jersey. To schedule an appointment, visit Commercial Pest Control.

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