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Stink Bugs Bite – Literally and Figuratively!

Filed under: Stink Bugs — admin @ 12:16 am November 20, 2015

Stink Bug ControlStink bugs are prevalent in New Jersey during the winter. They migrate into homes to survive the extreme cold weather temperatures. Not only are the stink bugs foul smelling and scary looking, these bugs can bite humans as well. Their favorite thing to bite, however, is fruits and vegetables. Though these nasty bugs don’t often bite humans, the pain from the bite of the stink bug can be compared to that of a bee sting and may result in soreness for up to three days. The bite may produce puss and swelling, as well as cause itching. With the influx of stink bugs in New Jersey during the winter, it’s important for homeowners to know how to treat stink bug bites.

What to Do if Bitten by Stink Bugs

Fortunately there are many simple at-home treatments for stink bug bites. To combat itching and swelling, rub lavender or cedar essential oil directly onto the bite and allow the oil to absorb into the skin. Not only will the oil bring relief to the painful bite, but you’ll smell good too! If you don’t care for the scent of lavender or cedar, though, there are many other home remedies to choose from. All of the following items that you might find already in your bathroom medicine cabinet can be rubbed onto the bite to soothe the irritated skin: witch hazel, aloe vera gel, lemon juice, a paste made from crushed aspirin and water, white toothpaste, rubbing alcohol, or a cotton swab soaked in Epsom salt or calamine lotion.

Stink Bugs in Winter:  Home Remedies to Treat Bites

If you can’t find any of those items in the medicine cabinet, there is no need to rush to the store just yet. Move on to the kitchen and check for these items that can also be rubbed onto a sore stink bug bite: lemon juice, the inside of a banana peel, an onion slice, or a simple paste made with baking soda and vinegar. Taking an over-the-counter antihistamine can also combat the itching and swelling and works nicely with the home remedies. Of course, it’s always very important to monitor your body’s reaction to stink bug bites. Contact your doctor immediately if you suspect some type of allergic reaction or if your body does not respond to the at-home treatments within a few days. Most importantly, prevent stink bug bites in winter by having your home treated by a professional pest control company!

If you’re tired of dealing with stink bugs, let us help you! Call Horizon Pest Control today for effective stink bug control.

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How to Identify Different Types of Hornets

Filed under: Stinging Insect Control — admin @ 11:30 pm November 17, 2015

Two major species of hornets in New Jersey will likely require your attention as the weather gets colder. If either species of hornet gets out of control, it means a major nuisance for your household and possible danger for children, the elderly and pets. Here are the basics about the New Jersey hornets that give most people the most trouble.

Hornet ControlThe Yellowjacket

The yellowjacket is the common hornet that infests the household most often in the fall and winter seasons in New Jersey. Ranging from one to one and one-half inches, the yellowjacket is actually brown with orange stripes. When in flight, the insect can appear yellow or orange to the naked eye because of the speed.

How to Handle the Yellowjacket in the Winter and Fall Seasons

If you see one hornet, there are others close by. Hornets are very social animals, and it is likely that the yellowjacket is building or has built a nest in a cozy corner of your home with plenty of its colony members. Pay special attention to your chimneys, attics, barns and voids in the wall if you hear noise. If the nest is large, you risk losing control of the situation if you attack it without professional help.

Hornet ControlThe Bald Faced Hornet

The bald faced hornet is slightly smaller than the common yellowjacket. This type of hornet is not a true “hornet” in the sense that it is only a distant cousin of the yellowjacket. However, the similar striped markings and body shape looks like a hornet to the untrained eye. The bald faced hornet actually preys on the yellowjacket as well as other annoying pests around households. The hornet is called bald faced because of its white head markings.

How to Handle Bald Faced Hornets in Winter and Fall Seasons

The bald faced hornet infests homes much less than the yellowjacket. However, if you do see a bald faced hornet nest in your home, you should call professional help. The bald faced hornet is especially aggressive and territorial. They swarm on instinct and will sting repeatedly and without mercy. An active nest with bald faced hornets can have as many as 400 hornets. Prepare yourself with the right pest control.

Tired of dealing with hornets? Call Horizon Pest Control at 888.612.2847 today!

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How to Tell if You Have Bed Bugs

Filed under: Bed Bug — admin @ 11:03 pm November 13, 2015

If you’re waking up with red, hive-like bite marks on your body and you’re noticing dark spots on your mattress, you may have to face an unpleasant reality: bed bugs. These pests are more than just an annoyance. They can cause itchy, irritated bed bugs bites that can become infected.

By uncovering answers to the following questions, you can confirm whether you have an infestation and get help with bed bugs control.

Bed Bug ControlDo you have unexplained bites?

If you’re seeing little red bites on your skin and you can’t uncover the cause, they may well be from bed bugs. It’s rare to actually see bed bugs, since they emerge while you’re sleeping and only for short periods of time.

You’re also unlikely to feel the bite until later, making it harder to identify the culprit. And even most doctors can’t tell with certainty that a bite came from a bed bug. Bed bug bites can resemble those of other insects, including spiders and mosquitoes.

Bed bug bites will appear as red, itchy welts, typically on your upper body including shoulders and arms. The bites often appear in a straight line.

Do you have signs of an infestation?

Bed bugs are small and difficult to spot, and they’re excellent at hiding. But it is possible for your home to become infested with bed bugs in winter. With a little sleuthing, you can determine if you have them. Since bed bugs feed on mammals, you’ll want to inspect any places you use for sleeping or sitting.

Bed bugs create large amounts of waste, which will appear as dark spots on  your mattress. You also may find dark spots inside your mattress, in your box springs or in bed linens. Be sure to check everywhere the pests can hide, including inside and near the mattress, in curtains and in nearby furniture. Wall cracks, moldings and flooring also can harbor bed bugs.

Bed Bug ControlCan you catch bed bugs red-handed?

By keeping a flashlight beside your bed and turning it on an hour or so before the sun comes up, you may be able to spot bed bugs. This is the time the pests usually bite, but if you move too much, they’ll return to their hiding spots. Watch your sheets carefully for any movement indicating the presence of bed bugs.

Ridding your home of bed bugs

If you confirm that you do have an infestation of bed bugs in New Jersey, don’t attempt to eliminate them on your own. To ensure that bed bugs are gone for good, contact the professionals at Horizon Pest Control for quick and effective bed bug control.

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Attack of the bed bugs! by snowflakegirl, used under CC BY 2.0/resized from original

Bed bug by USDA, used under CC BY 2.0/resized from original

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Tips to Keep Cockroaches Out This Winter

Filed under: Cockroach Control — admin @ 10:26 pm November 10, 2015

Winter Cockroach ControlCockroaches are pesky insects that always manage to creep their way into homes. There are few things more displeasing than turning on the kitchen light one groggy morning to see a large cockroach scuttling across the countertop. Cockroaches, like all insects, need food and water to live, and maintaining a clean, dry home can help to minimize their presence. Nonetheless, somehow at least a few of these critters manage to bypass home security each year. Fortunately, there are some easy tips you can implement to avoid cockroaches in winter.

The kitchen is the area of the home most likely to attract cockroaches because they are attracted to lingering food odors and leftover crumbs. Fortunately, with a little extra effort, you can ensure you kitchen stays cockroach free.

Don’t leave dirty dishes

While we all have moments where we’d rather leave the dishes for later, this is the very behavior that invites unwanted guests into the house. Clean up all dishes as soon as possible to reduce any lingering odors in the kitchen.

Winter Cockroach ControlWipe down all counters

Even the smallest of crumbs or spills can beckon the bothersome cockroaches, so ensure you wipe down all countertops daily.

Sweep regularly

Small food particles often collect on the kitchen floor and throughout the pantry. By sweeping after every meal, you can reduce food crumbs and keep cockroaches out.

Store garbage in the garage

If possible, store garbage in the garage to reduce odors in the house. Alternatively, you can purchase a tight-lid garbage can that seals in odors.

Repair water leaks punctually

Cockroaches are attracted to wet areas, and repairing minor leaks as soon as they arise can reduce the potential for roaches.

SealedContainerStore food in sealed containers

Cockroaches will eat virtually anything, but they are particularly drawn to starchy and sweet foods. Keep all flour and sugar in sealed containers, and consider storing bread in a breadbox.

Seal all gaps and cracks

Cockroaches often hide in small cracks throughout the house. By ensuring all cracks or gaps in the flooring and walls are sealed, you can minimize the dark hiding places and create a natural cockroach deterrent.

Cockroaches are attracted to food, water, and small dark hiding places. Preventing cockroaches is as easy as eliminating these things in your home. In the event cockroaches do appear, diatomaceous earth can be sprinkled throughout cupboards to naturally repel them from the house.

For affordable, fast and effective cockroach control, trust Horizon Pest Control. Call us today and schedule your free appointment!

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