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How to Identify Bed Bugs and Treat Them Properly

Filed under: Bed Bug,Bed Bug Extermination,Pest Control — admin @ 3:36 pm April 30, 2016

Bed BugBed bugs have made a resurgence in New Jersey and across all of America. While not known to transmit disease like some other bugs, bed bugs are more than just an annoyance. Anyone who has had bed bugs knows that an infestation can cause an abundance of stress and anxiety. Additionally, it can cause physical issues with painful and irritating bites and skin rashes.

Bed bugs can live anywhere that they find a live host to feed on. The cleanliness of the home or other location has nothing to do with an infestation; even the most well-kept house can become victim to these little pests. Bed bugs are small and are easily transported on clothing, luggage, used furniture, and other personal belongings without being noticed. The increase in travel, especially internationally, has also fostered the spread of bed bugs to places where they had previously been eradicated.

Bed bugs are small, flat, and oval-shaped and are brown or reddish brown – more on the reddish side if they have recently fed on a host. They are often mistaken for other insects like ticks or small cockroaches, but unlinke those bugs, bed bugs have segmented bodies. These little bugs are tricky and they are usually active at night, so you may not see them, but there is some evidence that you can look for. Bed bugs leave small red or brown spots. This is actually partially digested blood from their fecal droppings, so the spots will smear if you try to wipe them away.

If you think that you may have bed bugs, it’s important to check your bed linens, mattress and box springs, upholstered furniture, electrical outlets, and behind wallpaper and picture frames, around the site you suspect. Remember, they are small and they like crevices and folds, and can even be inside your mattress or box springs, or inside your wall.

Bed bugs are no joke. They have become resistant to many pesticides, and home remedies are not usually able to destroy them completely. In fact, some home remedies may just cause the bed bugs to move to a friendlier spot in your home. Complete extermination of bed bugs is best managed by a pest professional. Even then, it will likely take several treatments to completely eliminate the bugs.

If you suspect that you have bed bugs, or have seen evidence that you might, don’t let your problem get worse! Call the professionals at Horizon Pest Control to help you get rid of bed bugs today.

Common New Jersey Pests: When it is Time to Call an Exterminator?

Filed under: Pest Control — admin @ 4:00 pm April 22, 2016

New Jersey Pest Problems

Everyone gets the occasional spider or a few ants in their house, but when is it time to call an exterminator? If you suspect that you have a pest problem in New Jersey, Horizon Pest Control can help. Some insects and rodents can be managed with over-the-counter insecticides or traps, but at other times only an exterminator is effective. That’s because most pests reproduce at amazingly fast rates, making it difficult to eradicate them yourself. Every home or building is different, and a professional recognizes what makes one treatment more effective than another based on the built environment. If you have any of the following critters, you may want to consider hiring an exterminator:

Ants

Ants are a common nuisance, but they can get out of control if not dealt with immediately. Effectively evicting ants requires more than killing the ones you see. Ant nests house hundreds or thousands of the insects. If, after using an over-the-counter product, you still see ants in your home, it’s probably best to call an exterminator.

Termites

Termites are a much bigger problem, and you shouldn’t waste time trying to eradicate them yourself. Call an exterminator at the first sign of termites, as time is of the essence with pests that eat wood.

new jersey exterminatorBees and Wasps

If you have allergies to bee or wasp stings, you will also want to call in an expert immediately. It’s best to use a professional on hives even if you are not allergic, as all evidence of the hive and any honeycomb must be removed so that it doesn’t attract other pests, like flies or mice.

Mice and Rats

Mice are another pest that can be managed with over-the-counter traps, but if your efforts don’t seem to be working it is probably worth it to hire an exterminator, as mice and rats can be very destructive. Not only do they chew through wood and drywall, they also carry disease-causing agents such as bacteria, fleas, and viruses. They also reproduce quickly, and a problem with one or two rats or mice can quickly turn into an infestation that can’t be managed with traps alone.

Horizon Pest Control Can Help!

If you have a problem with any of the above bugs or pests, call Horizon Pest Control today! Our family-owned and operated pest-control business has been operating in New Jersey since 1970. We fight over thirty pests common in the Garden State and offer two programs to fit your needs and budget.

Stinging Insects of New Jersey

Filed under: Bee Removal & Management,Stinging Insect Control,Wasp Control — admin @ 4:00 pm April 18, 2016

Of the things the Garden State is well-known for, stinging insects are luckily not among them. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t any to worry about! There are two main kinds of stinging insects to worry about in New Jersey, namely bees and wasps. Although these insects perform important ecological functions, having them on, in, or near your house ranges from inconvenient to actively dangerous. Many people are allergic to bee or wasp stings, and even mild allergies can be life-threatening in the case of a swarm. Pets are also vulnerable to stings, especially as they may not know to leave the nest alone. If stung, be sensitive to the signs of an allergic reaction, and if you feel any swelling seek medical attention immediately!

Bees

bee controlOf the two, bees tend to be the least harmful but the most numerous. Though there are dozens of different species of bee, many are harmless to humans; male carpenter bees, for instance, don’t even have stingers. However, honey bees and bumblebees are social insects, building hives that can hold hundreds of insects, and can sting individually or in swarms. Honey bee stingers are barbed and thus are single-use weapons, but commensurately remain in the wound and exacerbate the original injury. Bumblebees can sting repeatedly and are thus substantially more dangerous in numbers. Bees generally only attack in self-defense, but have been known to attack people and pets.

Wasps

wasp controlLike bees, there are a number of different kinds of wasps; unlike bees, any kind of wasp can pose a substantial danger and should be dealt with immediately. Wasps can be easily identified by their long thin profile, shiny body surface, and yellow markings, common across the entire genus. Hornets and yellow jackets are species of wasp as well. These insects are attracted to food and beverages, can be aggressive, and have a painful, venemous sting, so if you see wasps or a hive on your property you should call Horizon Pest Control immediately. Some kinds of wasps build nests in the ground, while others build hanging hives which can be concealed in attics, hanging from eaves, or up in trees, but all of them are dangerous.

In either case, it is strongly advised that you leave removal to the professionals! All of the hive and honeycomb must be completely removed in order to prevent a recurrent infestation, and in some cases all of the inhabitants need to be killed before the hive is removed. Once your property is safe and the hive is gone, our professionals can help you bee- or wasp-proof your property by sealing off roof access and strategically placing repellent to convince new colonies to go elsewhere.  Remember, if you need help with stinging insects, contact us right away!

What You Need to Know About Stink Bugs

Filed under: Bug Control — admin @ 6:00 pm April 8, 2016

stink bugsPests come in a wide variety, but the one thing they all have in common is that you don’t want them in your home. Stink bugs are a recent addition to the list of potential problems in the U.S., but their presence is rapidly growing. While you have likely heard of stink bugs before, there is a lot you probably don’t know. Understanding a little more about the bugs can help you prevent an infestation and will better prepare you to handle one if it does occur.

They Aren’t American

Stink bugs are indigenous to Japan, Taiwan and other areas of East Asia. They didn’t first appear in North America until the late 90s. The first reported case was in Allentown, PA in 1998. Since then the population has swarmed, and they infest crops and homes in more than 40 states. American agriculture has been potent for their explosive growth, as they have access to far more farmland here than most of their native regions.

stink bugs prefer fruits and vegetablesThey Prefer Fruits and Vegetables

Stink bugs have proboscis that let them pierce the skin of their food to feed. This makes them harder to control with traditional pesticides, as they ingest far less of substances on the skin of a fruit. Their recent growth has been seen as an epidemic problem for the farming regions in the eastern half of the United States. They eat a much wider range of crops than most pests, and they are much more resilient against extreme weather, so their expansion across the country has been somewhat unprecedented. Aside from their trademark odor, they are most easily identified by the scarring they leave on the fruit they eat, often in the shape of a cat face.

They Are Inactive in Winter

Stink bugs mostly hibernate in the winter, but they will become more active through warm spells. They often hide under rocks and loose foliage, but when the opportunity exists, they enter buildings by the thousands. Crawlspaces, attics and the regions between walls are their normal homes. Preventing them from invading the building is very important, because they can be very difficult to displace once they settle. In recent years they have become resistant to many pesticides and other pest control remedies, so your best bet is to make sure your home is properly sealed. Caulking gaps, screening openings and making sure your building is generally free of openings is essential to preventing an infestation.

If you find yourself faced with a stink bug problem, there are still measures that can be taken. Professionals can remove the bugs and plan treatments that will prevent the problem for returning. For help with your pest control issues, call Horizon Pest Control today!

Pest Prevention Methods

Filed under: Pest Control — admin @ 12:50 pm April 1, 2016

Spring is coming once again, which means it is time to prepare your home for spring time pests. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best pest prevention methods so you can be ready for spring. Contact Horizon Pest Control for the most comprehensive pest control services, but in the meantime, here is a list of three common spring pests and some tips and tricks to keep pests out of your home.

TermiteTermites

The warm and damp springtime weather is a prime time for termites to swarm. There are about 41 species of termites in the United States. The National Pest Management Association estimates that termites cause $5 million in property damage each year, so you will be sure to enlist Horizon Pest Control as your main line of defense against them. In the meantime, here are a few steps you can take to defend your home against termites.

  • Termites like to live in moist soil, so keep the soil around your home as dry as possible to keep termites away.
  • Keep firewood away from your crawl space or foundation.
  • Regularly inspect wood surfaces in your home for damage.

Carpenter AntCarpenter Ants

Carpenter ants don’t eat wood like termites, but are still another nasty pest you want to keep out of your house because they will tear up wood in your home to build nests. Carpenter ants are one of the largest types of ants, and like to eat sweet foods. Take these steps to keep carpenter ants away from your home.

  • Identifying carpenter ants in your area is an important step. Carpenter ants are generally larger than normal ants, and have a curved back where normal ants have a notch.
  • Repair any damaged wood in your home. Damaged wood is easier for carpenter ants to nest in.
  • Keep shrubs and bushes well maintained, and completely remove any stumps near your home.

MosquitoMosquitoes

Mosquitoes are one of the most irritating pests that come out during the warmer months. Not only are their bites painful and itchy, they can also carry diseases. Protect your family from mosquitos by calling Horizon Pest control and taking the following steps:

  • Light citronella candles around your yard.
  • Put lavender near your windows and doors as a natural mosquito repellent.
  • Put up a bat box. Bats are generally unobtrusive and love to munch on mosquitos.

 

Horizon Pest Control is a family owned pest control business with nearly five decades of experience serving the New Jersey area. Let our family take care of your family for all of your residential and commercial pest control needs.