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How Termites Damage Homes

Filed under: Termite Control,Termites — Megan Howard @ 7:42 pm March 23, 2014

Horizon Pest Control knows the effects of what subterranean termites can do to your home. Termites + the structure of your home = TOTAL DAMAGE.

It is even estimated that an average cost of $3,750 is what you are going to shell out to repair a termite damage.  These termites will search for food and can easily travel to your home from your neighbor’s home without you even realizing it. Once these termites enter your premises, they will eat non-stop every day until you realize their presence

Horizon Pest Control acknowledge the growing termite problems made by these pests since each year, termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage. Don’t fall victim to them. Learn more about them with our Horizon Flyer and find out what we can do to protect your home!

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It’s Termite Awareness Week

Filed under: Termite Control — Megan Howard @ 11:48 pm March 18, 2014

To help protect our neighbors homes from termites, Horizon Pest Control is helping to spread the word about Termite Awareness Week! Don’t let your home become a statistic. Learn how to prevent termites below.

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The United States Stink Bug Problem

Filed under: Stink Bugs — Megan Howard @ 7:45 am March 17, 2014

Stink Bug control

What are Stink Bugs and where did they come from?

The trouble these brown marmorated stink bugs are causing are just pure destruction. They just do not smell bad, but they are causing trouble for homeowners and farmers from New Hampshire to California. Predators that are supposed to eat them, are not consuming them fast enough, which makes the situation out of control.

These stink bugs that look like a little brown shield was accidentally introduced from Asia and was first spotted in Pennsylvania in the 1990s. After that, they have spread all over the U.S. These inch-long pests can east about 100 different crops, from soybeans to apples, thus resulting to millions of dollars in crop damage. Just this 2010, U.S apple growers lost $37 million because of these stink bugs.

They don’t Just Smell Bad

Stink bugs are also regarded as a disgusting nuisance to homeowners and even for those who has been selling real estate. Stink bugs do not normally go by themselves, but they are commonly found in numbers. So imagine, if you are selling a home and the person looking at the house find one climbing the wall above the kitchen cabinet while the other was crawling by the window sill? While exterminators may claim that they can fully get rid of all the bugs, but the difficulties to fully getting rid of these bugs will really be a challenge.

Homeowners who suffer from these persistent bugs are found scooping about 300 to 400 stink bugs on just one afternoon. The worst part is getting rid of the stink that could fill the whole weekend just to clean the air out of a building. While some may get used to the pungent odor, but most find it difficult to even describe how the smells smell like. So, just imagine 400 hundred stink bugs in your home, the pungent odor may stay longer even if they are not around.

How we’re dealing with Stink Bugs

Since stink bugs are so repulsive and disgusting, those who are constantly bug by these pests are also creating ways to kill them. People are resorting to creating “death jars” that is consisted of a jar filled with soapy water. The idea is to get the bugs inside the jar and let them drawn since they will be able to get out. Death jars may be sufficient enough for homeowners, but these jars will not suffice the growing nuisance they create in orchards.

These bugs eat up apples, peaches, and pears on vineyards. The use of insecticides may not be a good option because most of these bugs will not even die. Using a stronger insecticide however, may cause more problems since this can kill predators that eat other pests. Bugs that work in orchards for free are essential, but the brown marmorated stink bugs are like bugs that are made of a little tank that is pretty tough to eradicate.

For the past three years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture scientists have been testing pheromone traps to attract and kill these stink bugs. the trap looks like a 3-foot-tall black arrowhead that is pointing up that is topped with a plastic jar placed upside down. Stink bugs will think that the structure is a tree, which in turn trap and annihilate them. USDA researcher Tracy Leskey who experimented with these traps where able to annihilate more than 60,000 stink bugs in a little more than 20 baited trees.

According to the USDA researchers, they exploited the behaviour of the marmorated stink bugs and used it to their advantage. Like many insects, these bugs have a natural tendency to climb up. So the researchers lined traps to guard the crops that resulted to killing most of them. However, these traps will not kill most of these bugs, which is why the USDA are looking for a more permanent solution.

The USDA believe that the key to winning this battle is to find a biological control, which is to bring in something that kills the bugs. USDA researchers have identified wasps from Asia that attack the eggs of the brown marmorated stink bug. Once their proposal is submitted and they are certain that these wasps will not be a cause to further damage to the environment or other native species, then they may be able to release them. And, while permanent solutions are still on the way, homeowners and farmers should still look for alternatives and fight these bugs from continuously destroying crops.

Need help in eliminating stink bugs? Contact Horizon Pest Control. Our technicians are trained to handle stink bug infestations of all sizes. Click Stink Bugs Removal to schedule an appointment today. For our commercial clients, kindly visit Commercial Pest Control.

Learn how Rodents are Effecting Everyday Americans

Filed under: Rat Control — Megan Howard @ 6:32 am March 13, 2014

Rodents invade approximately 21 million of U.S. homes each year. These pest love the fall and winter since 45% of their occurrence happen on that season, 29% during spring, and 28% during summer.

Understanding America’s Rodent Problem will help you protect your health and property

To be able to guard you and your family from rodents here are the common places where you can mostly expect them:

  • 24% attic and garage
  • 11% bathroom
  • 50% kitchen
  • 22% bedrooms
  • 25% living room
  • 27% basement
  • 9% someplace else

Statistics of where these rodents are found around the U.S.

  • 28 % in the West
  • 22 % in the Midwest
  • 30 % in the South
  • 35 % in the Northeast

 

Damages These Rodents Make

  • Can create an infestation since a female mouse can lay as 12 young every three weeks
  • Can easily spread salmonella and carry disease-causing parasites such as ticks, fleas lice
  • Capable of dropping 25,000 fecal pellets every year
  • Can chew through wood and electrical wires, which increase the risk of electrical fires

At the first sign of rats and rodents in your home, call Horizon Pest Control for an appointment. To learn more about our programs or to set up a FREE inspection, click Residential Pest Control.

Great InfoGraphic about America’s Rodent Problem!

America's Rat Problem

 

NJ Woman Dies from Rare Tick-Borne Disease

Filed under: Tick Control — Megan Howard @ 5:48 am March 6, 2014

What a tick looks like

 

The NJ Tick Threat is Real

The state Department of Health has confirmed a Warren County Woman from New Jersey died of a rare tick-borne disease. Her death in early May was caused by the Powassan virus. This disease is an uncommon illness that only eight other cases have been diagnosed this year in the United States.

The unnamed victim, had developed symptoms that include fever, headache, rashes, and encephalitis or inflammation of the brain. The physicians treating the 51-year old victim notified the state and they were able to get a tissue sample that was sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which they were able to confirmed for Powassan.

Ticks thrive in New Jersey

This disease is spreading by two kinds of ticks, which are the black-legged or deer tick that can also carry Lyme disease, and the woodchuck tick. Although Lyme disease is rarely fatal, the Powassan virus is fatal in 10 percent of cases. Those who survive, will experience neurological complications like paralysis or cognitive problems.

However, very few of the ticks in New Jersey will likely to encounter and get infected by this virus. And, although more than half of adult-stage ticks are infected with Lyme, there is only an estimated one percent acquires the Powassan virus.

Protect your property and health from tick bites

In spite of the very low tick infection rate, homeowners are still advised to protect their property and health from tick bites. There is hardly a month where we could not encounter ticks. Ticks are not commonly killed off by cold weather. They just become so sluggish from feeding that they no longer need food. We still have tick season as these ticks flourish in the summer months, where most of them are in their smallest nymphal stage, so we may not be able to notice them right away. Tick activity slows after the temperature drops below 20 degrees. However, you can expect to see them back after a few days of above-freezing weather.

The Powassan virus have been reported in the United States with about 50 cases of it over the past decade. They were found in the northern woodlands of Minnesota, Wisconsin and New York. This year, the CDC has confirmed eight other cases that include four in Wisconsin, three in New York and one in New Hampshire. According to news reports, the teenage victim in New York also died of this rare tick-borne disease.

Once infected by a tick, be meticulous about the possible symptoms that can occur. Symptoms may show one week to one month after being bitten by an infected tick. The timetable that a tick needs stay attached to a person may require 24 to 48 hours before it can transmit Lyme disease, but the timetable for the Powassan or POW virus is shorter than that, which makes it more dangerous. The CDC also confirms that there is no specific treatment for this virus. Those who suffer from a severe case may require to receive respiratory support, intravenous fluids, or medications to reduce the swelling in the brain.

Make sure to wear long-sleeved clothing and pants and carry an insect repellent while walking outdoors. Proper clothing is always a necessity especially when there is a possibility of getting in contact with nature or the animals that resides in the area.

Don’t let ticks endanger your health! Protect yourself and your loved ones from diseases transmitted by ticks by contacting Horizon Pest Control. To schedule a FREE consultation, simply visit NJ Pest Control.