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Carpenter Ants [Infographic]

Filed under: Ant Control,Infographic,Pest Control — admin @ 10:04 am September 23, 2014

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The Differences of Bees Nests, Wasps Nests, and Yellow Jackets Nests

Filed under: Pest Control — Megan Howard @ 6:00 am September 12, 2014

Bees, wasps and yellow jackets are a garden’s friend. They can be troublesome and may end up as a nuisance, especially if they create nests near your premises. But, do keep in mind that these insects provide a free service of pollination and a natural form of pest control that we should always acknowledge. The nest of bees, wasps and yellow jackets are all different. If you fear that you have them near your premises, here are some ways to know:

Bees Nest

There are different types of bees that also creates different types of nests. The bumble bee for instance, create nests in dry, concealed cavities. They prefer to stay underground. However, they cannot dig and will mostly use unused burrows made by small rodents. They can also stay above the ground, but will also use abandoned bird nests, or dead dry leaves to create their nests. To start a nest, the queen will re-use dry grass or dry moss that was previously used by the old resident and create her wax cell. Her nest will be divided into different cells where she can incubate her eggs until the larvae hatch, cells to place the nectar or pollen, and cells for the storage of honeys. Finding a bumble bee nest can be quite rare, which is why it is recommended to just leave their nest alone .

Bee Removal and ManagementHoneybees on the other hand, create natural beehives that are placed on hollowed out trees, cave, rock cavities, or they can be placed in man-made beehives. They also have the same concept of creation of hives wherein they will create hexagonal cells that are made of beeswax or honeycomb. These cells are also used to store their honey and pollen, and incubator for the eggs. If nests are found near a home, and want it removed, get in touch with a beekeeper in your area to place these bees in a more secured location.

Wasps Nest

Wasps commonly create their nest with the use of wood fibers that they are going to chew and mix them up with their own salivary secretions. Their umbrella-shaped nest is commonly found under eaves and ledges. Getting rid of the nest will require proper time. In the beginning stages of their nests, wasps can be advantageous to your garden since they will help you get rid of aphids. However, during the late summer, wasps will be more aggressive as they may not have a lot of food to eat and their nest and their population have grown bigger. Remove their nests before the summer ends or even earlier than that to avoid getting attacked by them. It is not advisable to do the removal of wasps nests yourself. Make sure to call a pest management service for this job.

Yellow Jacket Nest

Bee Removal and ManagementJust like wasps, yellow jackets create their nests from a papery paste that they chew up. They will mix their saliva and the wood fiber together to create that papery pulp that will become their nest. Their nest is made up of piled tiers in a circled comb. They create aerial nests that can easily be seen or identified. They also have an umbrella-shaped cone with a hole in the middle of it. These nests can be found during the summer. If you have found a yellow jacket’s nest, decide whether to just leave them be or get rid of them. Keep in mind that yellow jacket nests will also die during winter, which you could permanently destroy during that time. However, if their nests become a threat to you and your household, you can remove the nest yourself or call a pest management service to properly get rid of these yellow jackets for you.


Horizon Pest Control provides service in the removal and management of bees, wasps, and yellow jackets. Handling these flying insects are not for everyone since they require great handling, care, proper management and tools to effectively and safely remove them. If you want to know more about our Bee Removal and Management, call us and schedule an appointment now.

Indoor and Outdoor Protection Against Mosquitoes

Filed under: Pest Control,Yard Control — Megan Howard @ 5:56 am September 9, 2014

New Jersey Yard Pest Control

Mosquitoes are blood thirsty animals. They will suck the blood out of you whether you are inside your home or outside of it. Most are even scared about what mosquitoes bring since they are known for transmitting deadly diseases, and have killed millions of individuals all over the world. True, mosquitoes are the deadliest and most fearsome creature ever created.

With the dangers these mosquitoes can bring, it is just important to get rid of their habitats and to avoid being bitten by them. Here are some ways to do that:

Remove stagnant water

Mosquitoes need water to breed. Even during the winter, they are still able to lay eggs, which would be able to be active during spring. Mosquitoes can lay eggs in stagnant water, slow moving water, or on moist soil or leaf litter. At home, they can lay their eggs on roof gutters, tin cans, old tires, bird baths, or in any other places that can hold and stand water. Such places can easily invite mosquitoes, which in turn will become their habitat. And, in no time, your home will be their feeding ground.

Remove water sources by:

  • Keeping the gutters clean and unclogged.
  • Keeping swimming pools chlorinated and clean.
  • Non-chlorinated wading pools, garbage can lids, pottery, and the likes should not have water inside if they are not used.
  • Getting rid of items that can hold water
  • Keeping your property clean

Avoid exposure

Mosquitoes are great survivalist. Even the cleanest and driest house can still have mosquitoes lurking around. They can travel some distances that may expose you and your family to them.

Avoid exposures to mosquitoes by:

  • Using effective repellents.
  • Creating barriers on the windows and doors with the use of screens.
  • Applying permithrin-based products in clothing, sunshades, and screen houses.
  • Using insecticides that are effective for both adult and larval mosquitoes.
  • Using citronella candles and mosquito coils.

Reduce exposure

Mosquitoes are commonly found outdoors. If you are going outdoors, make sure you are properly protected from them. If you are at home, be wary of the dusk and dawn hours and use citronella candles or a mosquito coil. Using a mosquito coil may still not be safe for children, especially those who are sensitive to the smoke that they may inhale.

Reduce exposure by:

  • Not going outside, especially during the dusk and dawn.
  • Wearing light-colored and loose type of clothing.
  • Apply insect repellent on exposed skin.

Protect your loved ones from dangerous mosquitoes. Call us today to learn more about our New Jersey Yard Pest Control services.

Self-Inspection Tips from Bed Bugs

Filed under: Bed Bug — Megan Howard @ 5:56 am September 5, 2014

Bed Bug Control

We have seen the rise of bed bug infestations in recent years and it is not a joke to carry these blood-sucking creatures at home. Getting rid of these bed bugs once it settled in our homes can be quite difficult. It will mostly require the need to call a pest control professional to finally get rid of them. Some homes may just even rely on their own do-it-yourself bed bug control, which would probably fail. However, there are ways to stop these bugs from even entering our home premises and start a long cycle of problems for homeowners.

The Travelling Bed Bug

Bed bugs are great travelers. They probably travel more than we do, and because their population and their habitat range have increased significantly. It is up to us to stop them from spreading further. So, how do you stop a great traveler from travelling?

Since these bugs will travel with the help of a person, it is your task to check on yourself before you even go back home.

Where are The Bed Bugs?

If you commonly travel or you are going on a vacation, it is necessary to check on the place you are staying. Inspect your room before settling in. Do not place your luggage on the floor or bed yet. Place it down on the bathroom first. Checking your hotel room may take time and you are probably tired from your trip. But doing this safety precaution before putting your luggage on the floor or bed will avoid further headaches down the road.

Ways to Help You Find These Bugs

Check your bed

This will include your search for tiny blood spots on the sheets or mattress. Inspect the mattress carefully and pay attention to the seams. Use a flashlight to search for them on the bed frame, foot boards, and under the bed.

Check the entire bedroom

Search for bed bugs in drawers, cabinets, electronics, narrow spaces and crevices. Check drapes and wall decoration since they may just be hiding there.

Once you are satisfied and your room is cleared, then you can enjoy the rest of your vacation. However, if these bugs are present in your room, asked the hotel if you could stay on a different floor and in a different room, away from the infestation.

Don’t Let Them Get You

These bed bugs know how to travel in style and they will let you carry them with you once you decide to go home. You may be carrying them on your suitcase or on your clothes. Before you enter your home, make sure to:

Inspect your luggage

Inspect everything. From the clothes that you wore during the trip and even those that you did not use.

Wash your clothes in hot water

Wash everything that you brought with you during your trip. Bed bugs cannot stand the heat so if you are going to wash your clothes in hot water, these bugs will die. Follow this immediately with drying all of your clothes on low heat for 20 to 30 minutes to effectively kill them.

Although some may think that this is hard work and you are just being paranoid for thinking that you have brought bed bugs with you. However, cases where they easily infest homes are getting higher by the day. You definitely do not want to be part of that great number. So before you go home from that great adventure you had, better inspect yourself from bed bugs.

Horizon Pest Control knows the difficulties of continuously controlling bed bugs. We know that they have already drank too much of you and will continuously do until they are finally eradicated from your home. To stop these bed bugs from further harming you and your family, schedule an appointment with us now and learn about our Bed Bug Control.

Stop Mold Growth in the Summer and Fall

Filed under: Mold Control,Pest Control — Megan Howard @ 5:49 am September 2, 2014

Mold Care

Allergic rhinitis, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, and asthma are just three of the most common ailments for individuals during the late summer. But, why have an allergy when most are just enjoying their days at home? Well, for sensitive individuals, mold spores can create or trigger these ailments most especially during the late summer and fall. To avoid these allergies, it is necessary to get rid of mold or mold spores at home.

What is Mold

Mold is a type of fungus that is made from airborne spores. It needs a damp place to settle in and grow. When a place they are staying does not have proper ventilation and offers a humid environment, mold will grow. Mold can be found in bathrooms, basements and even walls that have plumbing leaks. Mold can also grow right after a flood. It takes about 48 hours before molds start to grow. They will spread and eventually and you will notice it.

How to Stop Mold Growth

Luckily, mold spores and mold can easily be stopped from spreading by doing to following:

  • Keeping all areas clean and dry, especially the basement.
  • Opening the windows and let air come inside your home.
  • Using an exhaust fan when cooking.
  • Creating a moisture barrier in crawl spaces.
  • Wiping possible surfaces that are affected by continuous condensation.
  • Fixing any leaks that could cause mold, such as on roofs, plumbing and walls.

There are still a lot of ways to get mold out. It is necessary to stop condensation and be aware about the possible presence of mold growth at home. If you are sensitive towards mold, it is not practical for you to clean them in the first place. You can either assign the task of cleaning the mold to a family member or a mold removal specialist to avoid getting allergies.

What to Do about Flood During the Fall

One major cause of mold growth in a basement is when the basement experiences flood. Suffering from a flood can really be devastating and the aftermath of cleaning up may take its toll to any person. However, it is necessary to act quickly when a flood occurs. The best solution to combat mold after a flood is to call a mold remediation service to get rid of the water and dehumidify the place faster.

To avoid possible flooding:

  • Divert water away from your home, such as extending rain gutter downspouts away from your house.
  • Clean rain gutters since they may help in the accumulation of water at home.
  • Re-grade the drainage away from the wall foundation.

Remember that mold growth will happen if mold spores have a dump, and even dirty places to grow on. Clean your home regularly and, always check for possible mold growth, to avoid these spores from reaching you.

Mold infestation is never safe. Horizon Pest Control offers Mold Care to homes who have mold problems. Since we value your family, and do not want them to suffer from the different allergic reactions these molds can bring, our services offer a cure to these mold spores, allowing you to breathe the real air that you should be breathing and not of the mold spores. To know more about our services and solution for mold control, call us.