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Different Types of Stinging Insects in New Jersey

Filed under: Bee Removal & Management,Stinging Insect Control,Wasp Control — admin @ 12:47 pm March 29, 2016

The American Bumble Bee

American Bumble BeeThe bumble bee has a black body and a yellow-striped belly. Bee colonies (like that of the other stinging insects) are divided into queens, female workers, and male workers. Unlike males, females have stingers; furthermore, queens are twice as big as the males. Bees have short life cycles and become adults 21 days after they are hatched.

Bees drink flower nectar and make honey with pollen. They are usually harmless, but when their nests are disturbed, they become defensive. Worker bees can sting over and over again without dying.

The Bald-faced Hornet

Bald Faced HornetBald-faced hornets are black with white stripes; all bald-faced hornets have the same pattern of markings. Like most stinging insects, bald-faced hornets become highly aggressive if the nest is disturbed, but unlike other stinging insects, they squirt venom into a harasser’s eyes, causing temporary blindness.

The hives (also referred to as nests) of the bald-faced hornet are above ground and shaped like pears. Usually, there are about 100 to 400 hornets in a single hive.

The Common Thread Waisted Wasp

Thread Waisted WaspThe common thread waisted wasp has a many names, including caterpillar-hunter, cicada killer, and hunting wasp. They are one inch long and get their name from their extremely thin waists. They have orange stomachs, eat small insects, and drink flower nectar.

To catch its prey, the common thread waisted wasp stings the insect, immobilizes it, and then drags the insect to its lair with its jaws. Eggs are then laid on the paralyzed prey; after hatching, the wasp larvae eat the paralyzed, but alive victim.

Yellow Jackets

Yellow JacketYellow jackets are often confused with bees because they are also yellow and black; however, yellow jackets are smaller and hairless. They are half an inch long and live for only a year.

Yellow jackets love carbohydrates and sugar; they like human food such as candy, carbonated beverages, and meat. They also rob honey from bees from time to time.

Yellow jackets are some of the most aggressive stinging insects. Moreover, some people are allergic to yellow jacket venom and can die if stung. Furthermore, the venom of yellow jackets is more powerful than that of bees, and their stingers stay on, even after repeated use.

Where Are Bed Bugs Found?

Filed under: Bed Bug — admin @ 12:45 pm March 25, 2016

BedbugWhat are Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs are insects with a brown shell shape and a small head. Like other parasites that live on blood, they have adapted to the travel patterns of their food source. Places where travelers come and go have a high risk for bed bugs. Hotels, motels, and conference halls all deal with this issue. Bed bugs do not care about the rating of a hotel; they simply seek their food.

Where Are Bed Bugs Found Inside Your Property?

Bed bugs stay very close to their food source. They spend daylight hours hiding in cracks near a bed, within the mattress, and among the folds of fabrics. At night they only travel a short way to bite their victim. The bed of a hotel room is the most important place to search when checking for bed bugs. The wall and night stand close to the bed are also important. Leaving your own possessions stored in the bath tub, carefully turn back the bedding and lift up the mattress at both ends of the bed. Check all folds of material, the sewing along the edge of the mattress, and under the mattress. You are looking for beetle shaped insects or dark blood stains around the corners of the mattress. Check under the box springs, search the wall, and move any nearby furniture to search its joints and edges. Check the rest of the room as well- every piece of furniture, no matter how small. If you discover anything that concerns you, talk directly, but politely, to the manager. A different room far from the original room might work. If you find bed bugs there as well, do not stay in that hotel. The caution you practice now is far better than the trouble you face later if you carry a bed bug home in your suitcase or jacket.

What Can be Done if You Have Bed Bugs at Home?

If you discover bed bugs at home, contact New Jersey Bed Bug Control experts. You can also treat small problems yourself. First, zip all mattresses and box springs inside plastic storage bags. Second, clear the area around each bed and search every fold and corner. You can kill bed bugs by drowning them in a cup of water. Leave the beds in their bags for six months. Keep the phone number of an exterminator handy, just in case!

Carpenter Ants vs Termites: How to Tell the Difference

Filed under: Ant Control,Termite Control,Termites — admin @ 12:42 pm March 22, 2016

People often confuse carpenter ants and termites, and for good reason: both are tiny, black wood-eating insects that swarm inside of homes. However, termites can cause significantly worse problems for your home than carpenter ants. This is because carpenter ants usually isolate their activity to their nesting area, and mainly search for already damaged wood. In contrast, termites can eat through any kind of wood in any part of your house. For this reason, it is important to know the difference between carpenter ants vs termites.

How to Tell the Difference

TermiteThe main difference between the two insects is in their appearance: the insects’ wings, antennae, and bodies are distinct and therefore discernable. Both termites and carpenter ants have four wings each. However, the front set of termite wings are noticeably longer than the pair in the back, and will always be the same size on any termite you come across. The wings on carpenter ants, in contrast, come in all sizes and are evenly matched in front and back.

Another, slightly more detailed, way to dell the difference between carpenter ants vs termites is in the antennae. While carpenter ants’ antennae are crooked in the middle, termites have straight antennae that appear to be beaded. Finally, the two insects’ bodies are distinct and allow identification. Carpenter ants look similar to any other ant: they appear to have segments because of the thin waist in their middle. In contrast, termites are not narrow at all, and can be identified by their straight bodies.

Carpenter AntIf you are not able to find any of the insects, another great way to tell if you have an ant problem or a termite problem is to look at the clues around your house. Since carpenter ants do not actually eat the wood they burrow in, you should be able to find wood shavings or sawdust near their nesting area. In contrast, termites will leave trails of mud and other debris as they work to eat away the wood in their nest. If you find remains of other kinds of bugs, this is a good sign that your house is host to carpenter ants vs termites, since termites do not eat other bugs.

While the above tips are a great start to identifying carpenter ants vs termites, it is important to take care of the infestation problem regardless of which insect your house is host to. For effective NJ termite control and NJ ant control, you can rely on Horizon Pest Control. Call us today!

 

Common Spiders in New Jersey

Filed under: Spider Control — admin @ 12:39 pm March 18, 2016

Spiders are beneficial insects, acting as population control of sorts for harmful insects. Some gardeners will purposely place certain spiders in their gardens to protect their vegetation. However, once spiders begin invading the living area that becomes a game changer for the humans in the environment. Even though not all spiders are harmful, most people don’t want them in their homes. Here are four common spiders in New Jersey.

The Black Widow

Black Widow SpiderThe black widow spider is considered a poisonous spider and its bite can cause a painful, even serious, reaction in humans. Its body is shiny black with an orange or red mark on the underside of its abdomen. The mark may look like two triangles or have an hourglass shape. The female black widow can bite through human tissue and inject venom, causing a reaction that is quite painful. The male is unable to do this. While rarely fatal, the bite of the black widow can cause severe discomfort. If you are bitten, the sooner you can receive medical attention, the milder your symptoms will be – or they may be alleviated entirely.

Yellow Sac Spider

Yellow Sac SpiderThis aggressive but non-poisonous spiders are notorious for biting humans. While the bite is not poisonous or harmful, it does cause pain that is often described as an “intense sting” that is much like that of a hornet or wasp.

The body of the yellow sac spider is pale yellow and they are around a quarter of an inch. They spin papery, white sacks of silk, hence the name, and you may see them in corners, under shelves, along ceilings, or behind pictures.

American House Spider

American House SpiderThe American house spider is one of the common spiders in New Jersey. They are the polar opposite of the yellow sac spider in terms of aggression. When threatened, the American house spider prefers to play dead and rarely bites unless he is handled very roughly. They are typically small spiders, measuring about a quarter of an inch. However, they can be as long as 1 inch with their legs stretched out. This spider is usually a dull brown with an almost dappled pattern of varying shades. They are very shy and many homeowners never see the actual spiders although they do see their tangled cobwebs.

Wolf Spider

Wolf SpiderAnother common New Jersey spider species in the wolf spider. These are larger spiders, around an inch and a half, are either black or dark brown and have a hairy or fuzzy appearance. They strongly resemble the tarantula (don’t worry, wild tarantulas are not found in New Jersey, not even close) which can cause some people to be intimidated or downright afraid. Wolf spiders prefer crawl spaces, basements, sheds, and garages as opposed to cohabitating with humans (usually much to the humans’ relief). They do not spin a web, but instead live in the ground where they can pounce on their prey as it passes. Despite its appearance, the wolf spider is not aggressive and typically only bites when it is continually provoked.

Dealing with these common spiders in New Jersey?  If you have a spider problem, call the experts in NJ spider control. At Horizon our experienced, knowledgeable technicians can help you with any of your pest problems. Give us a call to schedule an inspection and let our family take care of yours.

New Jersey, Prepare Your Homes…Spring is Coming

Filed under: Pest Control,Spring Pest Control — admin @ 12:29 pm March 15, 2016

Every new season in New Jersey brings an influx of insect pests to deal with. Due to rain showers, and the resulting flowers, the warmer spring days see pest activity significantly increasing, often inside of our homes. Spring is the time of year when over-wintering pests emerge from their hiding places to reproduce. Expect to see wasps, roaches, silverfish, scorpions, spiders, mites, earwigs, millipedes and pill bugs to become more active as their populations multiply.

Common New Jersey Spring Pests

New Jersey residents love the sunshine and warmth that accompanies spring — unfortunately, many varieties of household pests enjoy the warmer springtime temperatures as well. Here is an overview of some of the most common fair-weather pests you may find yourself dealing with:

Carpenter AntCarpenter Ants

Wood-destroying insects, these pests emerge in the springtime to forage for food. They swarm to reproduce, are attracted to damp wood, and their elaborate tunnels between food sources and nests will cause damage to your home, particularly attacking areas that suffer from moisture issues.

Termites

These silent destroyers cause more home and property damage each year than all storms and fires combined. During spring months the winged alates are often seen swarming in large numbers, reproducing and starting new colonies.

Carpenter Bees

Another wood-destroying pest, Carpenter bees bore into wood surfaces such as the fascia trim of your home, causing unsightly holes and possible structural damage if not treated.

CockroachCockroaches

While roaches don’t cause structural damage to your home, they cause hygiene problems and can spread disease. These unpleasant pests love moist environments, and typically congregate in food prepping and serving areas. Visual confirmation of one roach is a good sign there are plenty more lurking.

Preventing New Jersey Spring Pests

While year round pest control service will certainly help reduce their numbers, there are a few things you can do around your house to prevent intrusive spring pests from bothering your home and family. Here are a few of our best pest prevention tips.

  • Inspect window screens around your home; repair or replace any torn screens
  • Inspect your home’s exterior foundation for openings or cracks insects can squeeze through; seal possible entry points with pest proofing or caulk
  • Trim tree branches, bushes and shrubs touching your home to remove possible pest bridges
  • Redirect water away from your home’s exterior
  • Keep appliances and dining, prepping, and serving areas clean

The best way to minimize a pest invasion this spring is by protecting your home in the fall with an outdoor treatment to reduce pests from coming back season after season. For more information about New Jersey Spring Pests, contact NJ Pest Control experts at 888.612.2847 today.

Carpenter Ants Vs Termites

Filed under: Carpenter Ant Control,Termite Control,Termites — admin @ 12:27 pm March 11, 2016

Carpenter ants and termites both can be very destructive, and they’re responsible for many pest problems each year. Both of the pests are wood destroyers, which can be devastating to a home. However, many people confuse the two, which is a problem because they must be eliminated differently. That’s why it is important to differentiate between carpenter ants vs termites.

Carpenter AntPhysical Differences

While carpenter ants and termites are very similar in appearance, there are ways to tell them apart. They both have small wings and bulbous chitin shells, which is why many people confuse the two. However, if you take a closer look, you’ll notice that carpenter ants have a head, thorax, and an abdomen, while termites only have a head and thorax. You’ll also find that ants have smaller wings, and termites have wings that are much longer than their body. Of course, if you’re unsure about their appearance, you can always have a pest control company identify the pests you have in your home.

What They Eat

Both carpenter ants and termites munch on wood, but termites actually use wood as a source of nutrition. However, carpenter ants are not able to digest the wood cellulite. They simply munch on wood to create shelters for their nests. Keep in mind, both of these pests require water access and do well in moist environments. In fact, carpenter ants require moisture to be able to eat small bits of food, since they are unable to eat solids.

Where They Live

The carpenter ants and termites both can live within the wood in a home, and they’ll chew away at wood until it becomes hollow. Carpenter ants like wood that is rotting or molding, since it offers humidity and darkness. Termites tend to make their homes in mud mounds that are below or above the ground. However, they may make do with wooden infrastructure inside homes as well.

Types of Damage

You can often tell carpenter ants apart from termites by looking at the damage that is left behind. Check out the damaged wood and you’ll notice that ants leave wood very clean. They remove wood chippings and insect remains from their nest, which means you’ll find some small piles that look like sawdust near wood that has been damaged. Termites aren’t as clean and they leave behind mud, insect parts, and remains, so wood damaged by termites has a rugged, messy look.

TermiteDifferent Treatments

Treating carpenter ant or termite infestations is essential, but these pets require specific treatments. In most cases, the pests you see are only a fraction of the pests in the home. Since these pests operate in different ways, specialized treatments and equipment is needed to eliminate them from your home. For this reason, it’s important to turn to a professional for your extermination needs.

Do you want to know more about the difference between carpenter ants vs termites? Call 888-612-2847 today for FREE consultation!

Ways Rodents Get into Your Home

Filed under: Rodent Control — admin @ 11:50 am March 8, 2016

Rodent ControlThe best way to prevent rodent infestations is by stopping these rodents from getting into your home in the first place. Unfortunately, this can be difficult, especially if you have no idea how rodents get into homes in the first place. Here are some of the many ways rodents can potentially invade your home.

Examine Your Home’s Exterior

Amazingly, rodents can squeeze themselves through the tiniest of holes. For example, a mouse can squeeze itself through a hole that is no larger than a dime. Raccoons can enter your home through 6-inch openings. Therefore, you should examine the exterior of your home for openings and close these openings and cracks as soon as possible. You should look for light coming through openings and feel for air movement to detect cracks and holes that you cannot see.

Vents

Of course, not every hole is meant to sealed up. Vents are one example of an opening that should not be plugged up. In order to keep rodents out of your home, you should place screens over the vents. Holes that should not be sealed up are pretty easy to identify, as these openings tend to be periodically spaced and uniform.

Window Screens/>Windows and Doors

Unsurprisingly, the most likely entry points for rodents are windows and doors. If you leave your doors and windows open on a regular basis, you should have screens installed. If you already have your doors and windows fit with screens, you should check these screens periodically for tears and rips. Use foam or caulk to seal cracks around the frames of your doors and windows. You can seal up the openings in the moving parts of a door with door sweeps and weatherstripping.

Watch Your Garden

Many insects and other rodents eat plants as a large part of their diet. Therefore, if you have a garden, you can expect it to be a haven for many types of rodents and insects. To prevent these rodents from entering your home, you should plant your garden as far away from your home as possible. That way, it will be difficult for rodents and insects to dart through an open window or door. It is also ideal that you weed your garden on a regular basis. Make sure you don’t let piles of junk accumulate around your home.

As you can see, there are many ways rodents and pests can enter your household. Fortunately, there are just as many ways to keep these rodents out.

For fast and effective NJ Rodent Control, trust Horizon Pest Control. Call 888-612-2847 today!