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Reducing Mold in the Home

Filed under: Mold Control — admin @ 8:22 pm July 31, 2015

Mold ControlMold is a significant health threat. It can be found in damp, poorly ventilated areas of the home including the basement and the bathroom. Here is some basic information about mold and how to reduce it:

What is mold?

Mold is a fungus that grows in warm, humid areas both indoors and outdoors. Mold reproduces through spores that hang in the air. These spores can survive dry conditions, but in order to grow, they need dampness. It’s important to keep dark areas of the home dry in order to prevent these spores from forming mold.

What are the health hazards of mold?

Mold can cause certain health conditions including allergies, and upper and lower respiratory infections. Here are the most common health risks from mold:

SneezingAllergies

Some people are sensitive to mold spores. Exposure to large amount of mold and spores trigger allergic reactions. Common symptoms of mold allergy are:

• Sneezing
• Wheezing
• Rash
• Red, watery, and itchy eyes
• Runny nose
• Coughing

Fungal Infection

Mold can also cause fungal infections, even in otherwise healthy adults. Common symptoms of mold infection are:

• Cough
• Fever
• Chest pain
• Difficulty breathing
• Coughing up blood

How do you reduce mold?

Due to the health risks that mold carries, it is extremely important to take steps to reduce mold growth. Mold tends to grow in areas of your home like the basement and bathroom. Here are tips to reduce mold growth:

• Run exhaust fans every time you shower or cook.
• Clean your bathrooms and basement frequently with a bleach based cleaner.
• Use a dehumidifier in your basement and bathrooms, especially during the summer months.
• Clean water or liquid spills quickly.
• Wipe condensation from walls and windows.
• Use an air conditioner or open windows to keep air flowing.
• If your basement has carpet, replace it with hard flooring.
• Empty all drip pans in your home regularly. Don’t forget the dehumidifier, air conditioning, and refrigerator drip pans.
• Clean out your basement. Get rid of old paper, bedding, clothes, and upholstered furniture.
• Clean or replace air filters at least once a month. Make sure the filters you have are rated to trap mold.
• Vacuum at least once a week to prevent mold spores from embedding in carpet.
• Use a mold resistant shower curtain and liner.

These are the best ways to reduce mold growth in your home. Mold is serious and can cause health issues. It’s vital to keep mold under control. For fast and effective mold removal and remediation, call Preventive Pest Control.

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Keep Your Pets Safe This Summer from Pests

Filed under: Pest Control — admin @ 2:23 am July 28, 2015

With the warm summer weather upon us we are spending a lot more time outside – and so are our pets. While humans can often effectively dodge unwanted encounters with various insects, pets often need a little help from their humans to stay pest free.

Heartworm Medications offer Dual Protection

Mosquitoes can be a serious threat to our pets, especially dogs, but also cats. They cause heartworms, a condition that, if left untreated, can be fatal to dogs. Putting your pet on heartworm preventative will protect them from this terrible disease. As an added bonus, many heartworm medications have built in flea control. This lets you kill two birds with one stone as you keep your pet healthy.

Keep Food Tightly Sealed and Picked Up

Many insects are attracted to pet food including ants, roaches, and spiders. Store your pet’s food in an airtight container and only put out as much as he or she will eat at one time. Don’t leave pet food sitting out for long periods of time. The food will draw pests near or in your home as well as expose your pet to insects that can injure them like spiders.

Clean up your Yard

Clutter and overgrown foliage attract fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes. Flea infestations can kill a dog or cat, can cause them to become anemic and cause serious health problems. Ticks also pose a serious health risk to pets including Lyme disease (yes, both pets and humans can get this terrible disease). Remove any clutter, standing water, overgrown bushes or plants, and keep your yard mowed. This is one of the best ways to protect your pet and your home from pests. It is important to do this even if you are using heartworm preventative with flea and tick repellant.

Reduce Clutter in your Home

If your pets are inside you should keep your home clutter free and vacuum often. Make sure you pick up any food – for both humans and pets. Don’t leave water standing in the sink and check your pet’s water often (this is also a good practice for outside pets as well). By keeping the clutter in your home to a minimum you reduce the places where pests can hide.

Have your Yard Treated

Treating your yard for fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes can help keep those populations at a minimum. There are some products that you can use yourself, but a pest control professional can assess exactly what areas you need to treat and they can do it with no risk to your pets. Treating your yard for pests will keep your pet healthy and keep many pests out of your home as well.

Treat Pet Bedding

Make sure when you treat your yard that you don’t neglect the area where your pet sleeps. Use a pet safe product on all pet bedding and wash it regularly. If your dog is outside, use pest repellant bedding such as cedar shavings or specially treated outdoor bedding that is safe for pet use. Many materials used for outdoor bedding, like straw and hay, can attract spiders and ticks. Using old blankets that you wash or change out every week or so are a better option.

Know when to Call a Pro

Sometimes despite our best efforts a pest problem can spiral out of control. When you are facing an infestation it is best to call in a pest control professional for help. They will be able to advise you of your options as well as provide tips for reducing the infestation and preventing future problems. They also have pro grade products that are often more effective that the products that non-professionals have access to and they are trained in the safe application of those products.

Our pets depend on us to keep them healthy and safe. As a responsible, loving pet owner it is vital that you vaccinate your pet yearly, keep them on heartworm medication, and do your best to protect them from pests that can harm their health.

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Preventing Summer Pests in New Jersey

Filed under: Pest Control — admin @ 2:17 am July 24, 2015

There are 298 species of bugs and insects in New Jersey. There is no such thing as a good pest; however, some pests can cause damage to your home, yard, pets and family. An army of ants along the side of your driveway is harmless. A pretty ladybug that lands on the arm of your lounge chair is often a welcome sight, as they are said to bring good luck.

Annoying Pests

Now, the annoying and sometimes dangerous pests such a bees and wasps, fleas, and black flies need to go. Bee stings hurt can be life threatening if you’re allergic to them. Fleas make you itch and can carry nasty germs. Black flies hurt when they bite.

Dangerous Pests

Then we have the dangerous pests you never want to see and if you do, they usually send you running or looking for the closest object to kill them with. They would include ticks, especially deer ticks that can carry and infect their host (your pet, yourself, or a family member) with Lyme disease.

Then there are the blood-sucking mosquitoes. At one time, not long ago, mosquitoes were considered a simple nuance. If a mosquito landed on you, you slapped it, it died, you may have itched for a few hours but that was that. Of course, you may have had the fleeting thought “Hope that thing didn’t have West Nile Virus or Malaria.”

Common Tips to Get Rid of Pests

Regardless of the type of pest that is, ruining your summer there is a way to get rid of them. If you’re looking for a quick fix, you can try bee/wasp spray, a fly swatter, fly sticky paper, all natural pesticides (you don’t want the wind to pick up a toxic pesticide and dispose of it all over your lawn and flowers or anyone standing near by when you spray it.) Be sure to pick up your garbage if outside and use cups with lids so your sweet pest drawing beverages don’t spill. On the other hand, you could just put up with them until summer is over that’s probably not the best idea.

Call in the Professionals at Horizon Pest Control

The above options are all a quick temporary fixes to your pest problems. If you have a serious infestation of pests or the quick fixes just aren’t doing it, you need the help of a professional pest control company, call Horizon Pest Control.

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How To Prevent Mosquito Bites

Filed under: Mosquito Control — admin @ 2:05 am July 21, 2015

Mosquito bites—at some point in your life you will suffer from them whether you want to or not. These itchy spots can appear seemingly out of nowhere and the itching feeling is enough to drive anyone crazy. However, there are ways that you can prevent a majority of mosquito bites during the year and stop from having to deal with the inconvenience.

What Bit Me? How to Identify a Mosquito Bite

During the months that mosquitoes are most prelevant are the same times that other bug bites are also a worry. Many times you can worry yourself thinking that one bug bite is another; that is why identification is so important. Here are some tell-tale signs that your bug bite is from a mosquito.

  • You have a small raised white bump with light red around it
  • The spot is warm to the touch
  • That spot as well as surrounding sink is constantly itchy.
  • The skin a few centimeters around the area may have other types of irritation
  • You have a dark spot like a bruise that itches
  • Hives appear on a concentrated area of your body

Young children with an immune disorder may have these signs along with fever, a small headache, and swollen lymph nodes.

Tips For Preventing Mosquito Bites

Now that you know what a mosquito bite can actually look like, knowing how to prevent them is key to avoid possible viral disease such as Malaria or the West Nile Virus. Although most mosquito bites are harmless, some do carry these viruses and it is always better to be safe than sorry.

Insect Repellant

There are many brands of repellant on the market and wearing one can help seriously decrease the chance of you being bitten. Most repellents are made with a chemical known as DEET are known to be the longest lasting.

Chemical Free Repellant

Don’t want to douse yourself or your children in chemicals every day during the summer you can try natural repellents such as oil of lemon or eucalyptus. Some popular brands actually do use these safer alternatives as their main ingredients.

Time It Right

Part of avoiding mosquitoes is making sure you aren’t out during their favorite times. Avoid outings that take place at dusk and dawn as these are the times most mosquitoes are out.

Get Rid of your Kiddie Pool

This type of slightly warm, stand still water makes a great Mosquito breeding ground. Whether you have it for your children or pets, there are better ways to stay cool during the summer months.

Get Rid Of Your Perfume

Most bugs are attracted to sweet and flowery smelling scents, especially mosquitoes . If you must wear perfume while outdoors, opt for a slightly deeper scent.

Mosquitoes can be a pain and their bites are not only an inconvenience, but have the potential to make you extremely sick. Prevention is key to keeping yourself and your family safe this season.

Protect yourself and your loved ones from mosquitoes! For fast and effective mosquito control, trust Horizon Pest Control. Call us today to schedule your free appointment.

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