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Understanding Basement Mold and How to Stop It

Filed under: Mold Control — Megan Howard @ 7:30 pm November 28, 2014

Mold Removal NJ

One of the common places where molds occur is the basement when moisture is present. When there is water, the basement will take the longest time to dry out since the basement gets no sunlight. The basement also has minimal ventilation, which makes the place humid and difficult to dry out.

The problem with mold is that it gets little notice by most homeowners. Basements are rarely visited, which will allow dusts to accumulate and helps molds grow.

Reasons Why Mold Grow

Condensation

This can occur when the basement experiences high humidity. The cold temperature can also produce a lot of condensation. It is easy to find this during a rainfall when the temperature goes up. Metal pipes and concrete basement floors will soon become cold, which will start the process of condensation.

Flooding

If the basement gets flooded, it is likely that the basement will stay wet for some time even after you have removed the water. Flooded basemenst and molds usually go hand in hand since molds flourish in moist climates.

Leaks

When a basement has leaky pipes or water seeping in through the walls, this can also result in mold growth.

How to Prevent Basement Mold

It is impossible to get rid of all mold and mold spores since mold spores are floating through the air in common house dust. They are waiting for the right moment and place to grow. However, mold will not grow if moisture is not present. Indoor mold growth can be stopped or controlled just by controlling the moisture of the home. When molds are already present, the easiest solution is to clean up the mold with soap and water, and then fix the water problem that caused the mold in the first place.

When the basement becomes flooded, it is important to clean the area immediately. The longer you wait to clean up the basement, the faster the mold will grow. In some cases, clean up or water removal may become difficult. If this is the case, hire a contractor to do the cleanup for you so that the basement can avoid the growth of mold.

To stop the growth of mold in your basement, make sure to:

  • Ventilate your basement by opening the doors, windows, or turning on a fan to allow air to get in.
  • Do not place items that can easily become wet such as clothes, books, carpets, newspapers, cardboard boxes, and so on in the basement.
  • Use insulation for your basement pipes to stop condensation.
  • Run a dehumidifier when the basement’s humidity levels go up.
  • Gutters and drainage pipes should be free of debris.

We can help you with your mold problem! To learn more about our services, visit Mold Removal NJ.

Why Choose TAP Insulation for Your Attic

Filed under: Pest Management,TAP Insulation — Megan Howard @ 7:26 pm November 25, 2014

Tap Insulation

 

Thermal Acoustical Pest (TAP) insulation is made for new homes, commercial buildings, and for attics that require new insulation. But, why should you choose TAP insulation? Well, it will mae surviving winter much more bearable. Natural gas and heating oil will always rise in price. Insulating your attic will allow you to save more money and be energy efficient.

T.A.P insulation is a new, innovative solution to insulating your attics. TAP is made from 87 percent recycled newspaper and all-natural boron compound. This new type of insulation is an all-natural, environmental, and permanent product that is safe and helps keep your home pest free. Since the material used for the insulation is a combination of all natural, low toxicity borates and recycled paper, it is more effective and even surpasses traditional types of insulation like fiberglass and foam insulation.

The thermal material has air-filled cells, or voids, and heat-reflective surfaces that slow down the transfer of temperature. The acoustical material also slows down the transmission of sound. Another advantage for this type of insulation is that it helps control and avoid infestations of pests such as cockroaches, termites, ants, booklice, crickets, centipedes, and so on, keeping your home more secure from such pests.

Benefits of TAP Insulation

It effectively eliminates pests. A great benefit to TAP is that it instantly eliminates pests that may be harboring in your attic. Ants, cockroaches, centipedes, termites, and more will not be able to survive, which will save your home thousands of dollars in maintenance and repairs. There is also no need to retreat the insulation as it lasts a lifetime.

Great for your savings

You will be able to save money and energy, especially when the summer comes, since the insulation will help keep your home cool. Even during winter, your home will be kept warmer with TAP. Your investment in this type of insulation can easily result in a return, as your heating and cooling bills are reduced.

Made as an acoustical barrier

TAP makes the perfect barrier for outside noises and indoor noise as well. With the use of this type of insulation, sounds from passing airplanes, helicopters, cars, and even lawnmowers can be reduced. Indoor sounds such as flushing toilets, loud music, and appliances can also be lessened.

To sum it up, TAP helps control pests, saves money and energy, absorbs sounds, is a perfect fit to any type of attic, environmentally friendly, provides fire resistance, made from all-natural ingredients, and is made to be a permanent insulation.

Horizon Pest Control is a certified T.A.P Pest Control Insulation installer. To learn more about our New Jersey services, visit Tap Insulation.

 

 

Clean Your Gutters and Stop Mosquitoes from Breeding

Filed under: Gutter Cleaning — Megan Howard @ 7:23 pm November 21, 2014

Clogged Gutters and Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes and Gutters

Cleaning your roof gutters is one of the most important projects that you need to do for your home, but the most ignored. When your gutters have water in it, the possibility of mosquitoes laying eggs on the stagnant water is big. You see, mosquitoes need water to breed, and your unseen stagnant water provides the perfect breeding site for them.

Clogged gutters are always a haven for mosquitoes. Most people think that it is just necessary to unclog their gutters during the spring and fall. However, the breeding season for mosquitoes is usually long and may even extend to early spring until late winter.

Why Gutters Get Clogged

The most obvious reason that your gutters get clogged is when the gutters get filled with leaves, twigs and other debris. Once the rain sets in and the debris gets wet, the debris will absorb the rain water like a sponge. Since the leaves, twigs and other items in the gutter does not have any place to go, the water from the rain may also get trapped. If you are not able to get the decaying debris outside your gutter, it will eventually invite not just mosquitoes, but other insects as well.

A clogged gutter may destroy the integrity of a home since this may cause overflowing water during a rain that may damage the paint and siding of the wall structure. Ice damming can also occur which can work its way under the shingles and destroy the wood that will create more leaks. Ice dams on the roof may also result for the water to get inside the house.

Clean Your Gutters

Although most of us do not want to do the hard work of cleaning gutters, it is a job that we should not ignore. To protect the integrity of your home, and to stop those mosquitoes from breeding above us, it is necessary to clean your gutter at least twice a year. If you have a lot of trees around the house, make sure to always check your gutters more frequently. It is also important to always check your gutters for leaks after a rain to maintain the integrity of it.

To clean the gutters, you will need a ladder, gloves, a bucket or a bag, a small hand rake, and the water hose. Cleaning your gutters usually need some patience and time especially when there are a lot of leaves to scoop and drop on the bucket. But, once the gutters are cleaned, you know that you have already eliminated the chances of having the next batch of mosquitoes to survive in your home.

Horizon Pest Control offers affordable gutter cleaning services in NJ. To learn more about our services, visit Gutter Cleaning for NJ.

 

When Wildlife Destroys Your Roof

Filed under: Nuisance Wildlife & Animal Control — Megan Howard @ 7:17 pm November 18, 2014

New Jersey Animal Control

Different types of wild animals, such as raccoons, squirrels, rats, mice, birds, and other nuisance wildlife, can get in your roof this winter. Most of these animals are great climbers, and quite secretive so they can get in without you noticing them. However, when they start creating noise, you know they are already settled in.

Although your roof may be perfect, these animals can chew their way into your roof, thus destroying it in the process. In most cases, however, these pests will take advantage of an existing hole in the roof. Other means of entry include unscreened vents, roof vents, soffit vents, and the likes. They can also enter through the bottoms of eaves that is against the roof or through the gap at the edge of the roof behind the gutter.

Different animals can get into your roof in different ways. For instance, raccoons commonly use one entry point to gain access. It may be on the roof or eaves, create a large hole to gain entry, or just remove the vent cover. Rats on the other hand can gain entry in numerous ways. All it will need is a small opening and it can get inside. Birds cannot peck their way in, but will take advantage of the architectural gaps of your roof such as the gap where eaves meet roof.

Although these nuisance animals have different means in gaining entry, their intention in invading your home, especially as the winter approaches, is to stay warm and keep safe from the cold weather outside.

Ways to know If Wildlife is Already Nesting

Squirrels

Hear noise in the daytime. Much of the noise sounds like running or scurrying, mostly in the attic, in the walls, chimney, or near the edge of the roof.

Rats and mice

Finding little brown droppings scattered in the attic, commonly in areas they frequent most. They also leave trails throughout the insulation. You may also find stains and brown fur grease stains.

Raccoons

Their presence may indicate a heavier stumping unlike squirrels. Raccoons most commonly search for a nice place to settle in during spring when they are searching for a safe place for their babies. However, they can get into your home any time of the year, especially during winter when they are searching for a warm place to stay in. When the raccoon has babies, vocal noises can also be heard. Raccoons are nocturnal so they will come out at night. When raccoons are in the roof, you may find large poop that is mostly in one secluded area. They will also destroy air ducts and even large areas of insulation.

Birds

Common indications that birds are already on the roof are when you find lots of poop, feathers, and nests.

Wildlife Control

Depending on the type of wildlife you have, you may be able to do the exclusion or get the help of wildlife control specialist. Since there are different means to getting rid of these animals, it is necessary to ask the experts when the need arise. Once the animal is gone, make sure your roof is protected and vents are sealed.

Let us help you with your wildlife problem! For more information about our New Jersey Animal Control services, call 1.888.612.2847 today.

Stink Bugs this Fall and Ways to Stop Them

Filed under: Stink Bugs — Megan Howard @ 7:09 pm November 14, 2014

New Jersey Stink Bug Control

Stink bugs commonly invade homes, farms, and gardens during the fall. As the adult stink bugs look for wintering sites, these bugs will swarm in great numbers and invade outside buildings, windowsills, near doors, and other entry points. They can also invade vegetation outdoors. When these bugs gain entry inside homes, they can stay almost anywhere, such as under sofas or beds, in attics, basements, behind baseboard, and so on.

Although they may stay near or inside homes, these bugs cannot reproduce in homes nor they will not cause structural damage to it. They do not bite people or pets, and do not transmit diseases. However, these pests can be a great nuisance as they invade in hundreds or even thousands. When these bugs are crushed, they emit a foul smell, which suits their name since they really stink.

Stink bugs come in a variety of colors. They can be found, in green, black, brown, and so on. Their shield also contains distinct markings. Most of the time, the stink bugs that you will mostly find are the ones with the brownish appearance, although the green color stink bugs can also be found. Stink bugs are between 1/3 inch and ¾ inch in length. They are also known as shield bugs since their outer shell looks like a shield. They have a triangular shape or an almost rounded shape.

Damage Made by Stink Bugs

When stink bugs invade, they will mostly need to feed on plants and fruits. They love feeding on apples, peaches, figs, mulberries, persimmons, citrus fruits, corns, soybeans, weeds, beans, and so on. This insect is becoming an agricultural pest as it can create great loses on food made for human consumption.

Stopping Stink Bugs

If your home is prone to stink bug invasion make sure that you conduct mechanical exclusion to stop them from entering your premises. Make certain that cracks around windows, doors, utility pipes, siding, and other possible openings are sealed before these bugs come. Also, doors and windows that are damaged should be replaced or fixed.

Stink bugs can be eliminated with the use of pesticides even when they have already gone inside the home. However, the problem with insecticide after they kill the bugs, is that they attract other insects such as carpet beetles. The replacing bugs will feed on the dead stink bugs, the ones that you were not able to get rid of, and will eventually feed on other items inside your home, such as dry goods, woolens, and so on. You can also vacuum these bugs, but as a fair warning, your vacuum will smell pretty bad after.

A better move is to set a trap for these stinky bugs. Since they are attracted to light, and cannot swim, use a desk lamp with a tub of soapy water underneath it, thus creating your own DIY trap. There are also available stink bag traps available in hardware stores that you can use. If all else fail, call your local pest exterminator to get rid of these stink bugs and their eggs.

If you’re dealing with stink bug invasion, let us help you. Call Horizon today for affordable and effective New Jersey Stink Bug Control.