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When Wildlife Enters Your Home This Winter Ticks are with Them

Filed under: Nuisance Wildlife & Animal Control,Tick Control — Megan Howard @ 9:00 am December 30, 2014

Tick Control

When wildlife enters an attic or basement during winter, it is not just the animal seeking shelter that you have to worry about, but the diseases and parasites that they bring with them. Tick and fleas are known carriers of Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tick paralysis, Lyme disease, Q-fever, tularemia and other diseases that can infect people, your pets, and wildlife. Once these ticks and fleas settle in together with the wildlife in your home, your home, your family, and your pets are going to be in danger.

Do Ticks Die during Winter?

One might say these pests will die out because it is winter. Nope! They do not! Some ticks are not just active during the fall and the winter months, such as the American dog tick. Other species, like the Blacklegged (deer) tick can also be active during the cold months, especially when they are well-sheltered away from the frost. And, if they have gained entry into your home, it is likely that these pests can survive and even multiply. And, even during the freezing months, these pests can still go out to look for their next host.

Lyme Disease and Winter

One of the biggest concerns for many homeowners when it comes to ticks is the possible transmission of Lyme disease. But, is it really possible for these ticks to transmit diseases during the frost?

Well, the feeding diapause of ticks may vary. Some may feed in the autumn while others, like the deer ticks may begin feeding during the first frost, which is during the early October and onwards. This parasite may even latch itself onto a larger host, such as a cat, dog, or even to a human once the temperature is near or above freezing.

Although the transmission of Lyme disease made by an infected adult female deer tick is 40 to 60 percent, these ticks will still need at least 48 hours to stay attached to its host before they can even transmit the disease to their host through their saliva. So, even if it is winter, it is still advisable to check yourself, your household, and your pets for possible ticks.

Wildlife and Pests

It is not just the ticks that you have to worry about entering your home with wildlife, but fleas and mites are likely to be with them too. When a wild animal comes into your home uninvited, it is important to remove that animal and put it back outdoors where it belongs. Once the animal is gone, make sure to check the vacated area for possible pests that they might have left. Carefully check your children and your pets since these pests can easily crawl up and attached themselves to their next living host. Even during winter, if you think there is a possibility that deer ticks, fleas, and/or mites have already infiltrated your home, because of the wildlife that trespassed it, be extra careful and use insect repellents on your clothing and skin whenever possible.

Attics and basements should also be checked and cleaned, if these were the areas that the wildlife entered. Once the wildlife is gone, make sure to repair and close the entry points where the animals came in. Also be sure to eliminate ways for these animals to gain entry into your home in the future to help eliminate the chances of having different pests getting inside the home.

Protect your home and your loved ones from wildlife, ticks and other pests. Call Horizon today for affordable and effective Residential Pest Control.


Ways to Know if Your House has Bed Bugs and Ways to Get Rid of Them

Filed under: Bed Bug,Pest Control — Megan Howard @ 9:00 am December 26, 2014

Bed Bug Control

Bed bugs are great at hiding and you may not even realize they are there until you find some signs of their presence. One of the most common signs of a bed bug invasion is when you find bite-marks after you have woken up from a nights rest. However, it is still difficult to say or to blame bed bugs for your bite marks since there are many different insects that can also bite you while you sleep. Mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks are just some of the insects that can also cause bite-marks. So, until you find a bed bug and have it properly identified, it can be a bit ambiguous to know if you indeed have bed bugs in the house.

Ways to Know if Your House has Bed Bugs

Rusty or reddish stains on bed sheets or mattress

Bed bugs commonly feed at night while most of us are asleep. But, while these pests feed on us, they may also get crushed as we scratch them off unintentionally. We might also crush them without knowing. Finding some rusty or reddish stains on the bed sheet or the mattress may lead you to suspect their presence.

Finding their excrement

These excrements are small, dark spots that may also bleed on the fabric like how a marker pen would.

Sweet odor

Bed bugs usually emit a musty sweet odor from their scent glands where they are usually congregated in one corner.

Having bite marks

Although your bite-marks may also be the making of other insects, there may be some ways to determine if they really came from a bed bug. You may be unaware that these bugs are crawling and biting on you in the middle of the night. As they bite you, they will inject you with an anesthetic and an anticoagulant the stops you from realizing that they are sucking your blood. Most people do not even realize that they have been bitten until they find the bite marks. The bite marks may be itchy and irritating. Some bite marks may be in a straight line while other bites may be in random position.

Seeing bed bugs

If you find a bed bug crawling on you, on your bed, or in any places where they might have an easy access to you, then you have bed bugs in the house.

How to Get Rid of Them

It is not easy to get rid of bed bugs. It will take time to totally get rid of them. Getting rid of bed bugs will depend on the type of home you have and the extremity of the infestation. If you are able to find the bed bugs early before they have created a large infestation, then your home may be saved pretty quickly. For multi-house dwellings, the infestation may get worse if the bed bugs travel from one house to the next.

Everyone is at risk of getting bed bugs since we constantly travel, and bed bugs are great travelers. To help your home and to get rid of these bugs, consult a pest control specialist. While there are some home remedies that you can do on your own, time is critical when it comes to bed bugs. They know how to travel well, and they can hide well too. In most cases, regular vacuuming, laundering and drying of suspected and even unsuspected clothes and linens on high heat, and applying pesticides directly on the bugs can help in getting rid of them.

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4 Ways to Combat Cockroaches at Home

Filed under: Cockroach Control — Megan Howard @ 10:35 pm December 2, 2014

New Jersey Cockroach Control

Eliminating the entire cockroach colony in your home may take a lot of effort. The truth is, it is going to be difficult to totally control and get rid of cockroaches since they are in great in hiding and are great at surviving. It is common for homes to have cockroaches again, months after they have eliminated a colony. So how can we get rid of these cockroaches and combat them from populating?

Well, a simple solution is to find where these roaches are hiding and eliminate them. But, that is not everything one should do in order to combat them. Eliminating these roaches is just part of the solution, another solution is to change the way you view your home and small changes that can contribute to the control of these roaches.

Find out where they live

Cockroaches are commonly present in homes, apartments, supermarkets, restaurants, food processing plants and in any places where they can shelter in moist, dark areas. These roaches may create nests in cracks and crevices, under kitchen sinks, behind baseboards, in cabinets, under kitchen appliances, in bathrooms, behind baseboards, in pantries, and wall voids.

Eliminate nesting sites

Once you are able to find where these pests live, it is time to get rid of them. There are different ways to get rid of the nest. You can either use cockroach baits that you can find in stores, create your own homemade baits, or use insecticide spray.

The process of using baits can be very effective in killing roaches that are not seen most of the day. Baits work by allowing the cockroaches to feed on the bait, then bring back the bait with them in their homes. The cockroach who ate the bait will eventually die, and even those who did not eat the bait will also die once they come in contact with the wasted material of the dead cockroach. Baiting also takes time and may need continuous baiting to eliminate the roaches for good.

Another option is to spray these roaches with insecticide or you can even use a simple solution of soap and water to spray on these insects. The use of a spray is a very effective tool in killing most of the roaches that are visible. The spray could be used in cracks and crevices and in areas where roaches may be hiding. Once the insecticide or solution is sprayed, the roaches will come out from their hiding places and will eventually die.

Deny them of their basic needs

As you eliminate these roaches, it is important to stop them from going back to their nesting sites and continue hatching their eggs. Make sure to eliminate and get rid of any of their food sources so that their population will start to decrease. It may even be possible to get rid of the roaches permanently if you deny them of their food and shelter.

To be able to deny them of their basic needs make sure to:

  • Clean your house thoroughly, especially the kitchen.
  • Food containers should always be sealed.
  • Do not leave dirty dishes out overnight.
  • Mop the floor as often as possible to get rid crumbs and sticky spots.
  • Take out the trash regularly.

 Prevent re-infestation

Re-infestation of cockroaches is common as these roaches always find ways to hide away from danger, and come back again once the smoke clears. However, there are still some ways to combat these persistent pests:

  • Make sure to move yard debris away from the house.
  • Fill and seal any cracks found on floors, doors, window moldings, kitchen cabinets, and so on.
  • Seal all openings around pipes of the kitchen or bathrooms.

Whether you have an existing cockroach infestation or want a preventive plan, Horizon can help you. Visit New Jersey Cockroach Control for more info about our services.