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Got a Bee or Wasp Sting? Treat Them With These Home Remedies!

Filed under: Bee Removal & Management,Wasp Control — admin @ 3:37 pm May 27, 2016

Bee StingBeing stung by a bee or wasp can hurt and often results in inflamed, burning, swollen or itchy skin. Fortunately, you don’t have to deal with the pain. There are many things you can do to help relieve the burning and reduce the swelling. Some items can be purchased at the store while others are things you likely already have at home. Here are a few home remedies you may want to try the next time you’re stung by a bee or wasp.

Mud

If you are stung while camping, hiking or fishing, you may not have access to a lot of items. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t treat a bee or wasp sting. Mud can help to relieve some of the itchiness and pain associated with these stings. Simply mix some dirt and water to form a paste-like substance. Then rub the mud over the sting. When you get home, rinse the mud from the area and clean it well to prevent infection.

Meat Tenderizer

One of the best ways to treat bee and wasp stings is with meat tenderizer. This helps break down the protein in the venom, relieving the symptoms associated with these stings. It can also help break down a stinger stuck in your skin, so if you notice this, this is a method you want to try. Mix four parts meat tenderizer with one part water to make a paste. Rub a liberal layer over the affected area and allow it to dry. Reapply every two to three hours for best results. Meat tenderizer also works on mosquito and spider bites, so keep that in mind if you are bitten by either of those pests in the future.

Toothpaste

If your bee or wasp sting is itchy, apply a thin layer of toothpaste to the affected area. This should be a paste, not a gel toothpaste. This creates a tingly sensation on your arm which satisfies your urge to scratch the area while also reducing itchiness. The toothpaste should be rinsed off and reapplied every few hours to keep symptoms in check.

Baking Soda

The last home remedy for treating bee and wasp stings is baking soda. Mix equal parts baking soda and water to form a paste. Rub the paste over the bite to soothe itchiness and prevent swelling. Baking soda does contain salt, so if you have been scratching the area and broken the skin, this method may burn a bit at first. However, if left on, it will relieve your symptoms.

You don’t have to be uncomfortable after being stung by a bee or a wasp. There are many different ways to treat the sting and relieve the pain, itchiness and swelling associated with it. Using mud, toothpaste, meat tenderizer or baking soda can help. If you are allergic to bee stings or experience trouble breathing following a sting, seek emergency medical care immediately, rather than trying any of these home remedies.

If you need help with flying, stinging insects, contact us right  away.

How to Keep Pests Away After Ridding of Them

Filed under: Ant Control,Cockroach Control,Stink Bugs — admin @ 7:00 pm May 19, 2016

Removing pests from your home may solve the immediate problem you were facing. However, if you do not take the proper precautions, the pests can re-enter and re-infest your home, putting your right back in the same situation you thought you got rid of. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to prevent these problems from reoccurring. Here are three common pests in New Jersey and a few tips for keeping these pests away after you rid your home of them.

Ants

Food ContainerOne of the best ways to keep ants out of your home is to eliminate any food sources for them. This includes placing food in plastic bins rather than leaving it in the boxes, cleaning up crumbs, and taking out the trash every night. If ants find food in your home, they will continue to come in looking for more food. Another way to keep ants out is to find out how they are getting in and seal that off. If they are entering from small cracks in your home’s exterior, seal off the cracks. If they are finding gaps under your door, install new weatherstripping. Finding out how ants are entering and then shutting off that source helps to keep them out.

Cockroaches

PlumbingIf you have recently gotten rid of a cockroach infestation in your home, you will want to work diligently to prevent another one from happening. Just like ants, cockroaches look for food, so ensure there is no food for them to find. Additionally, cockroaches enjoy dark, damp places. Repairing plumbing leaks will help eliminate these damp places, which can help to keep these pests away. Lastly, cockroaches will die if they come into contact with diatomaceous earth. Sprinkle some of this powder in areas where cockroaches may have infested your home before, such as in the crawl space. You can also sprinkle this around door ways or windows to keep these pests from entering.

Stink Bugs

VacuumStink bugs leave behind a pungent smell. After you remove them from your home, you don’t want to have to smell this smell again. As such, you will want to vacuum regularly to keep these bugs at bay. They can hide in your carpet and quickly multiply. Regular vacuuming helps prevent this from happening. Secondly, combine a squirt of dish soap with water in a spray bottle. Regularly spray any cracks or openings that these pests may enter through. The soap sticks to their skin and kills the bugs, helping to prevent an infestation. Lastly, consider placing cat nip or garlic in your garden or outdoor space. Stink bugs hate the scent and will stay away, which deters them from your home.

After you have gotten rid of pests in your home, the last thing you want is to have another infestation. Taking the correct precautions can prevent that from happening, allowing you to live a bug-free life.

If you need help with pests, call Horizon Pest Control for effective pest control in NJ.

How to Tell the Difference Between a Carpenter Ant and a Termite

Filed under: Ant Control,Termite Control,Termites — admin @ 7:00 pm May 16, 2016

What are Carpenter Ants and Termites?

Carpenter ants, also known as sugar ants, reside in damp and decaying wood. They are mostly found in forested areas. They build their nests in woods, however, don’t consume them.

Termites, on the other hand, eat wood. The drywood kind are found in furniture and hardwood flooring. They thrive in warm humid climates and can cause moderate to severe destruction of property.

How to Spot the Difference between Carpenter Ants and Termites

Carpenter Ants vs Termites

Physical distinction between carpenter ants and termites

Carpenter ants are mostly black in color. There are some species that are red/orange and black in color as well. The wings on the front are larger than the hind ones and they measure anywhere between 1/2″ and 5’8″. The antenna is elbowed in the case of carpenter ants.

Termites have straight antenna and are either dark brown or black in color. They measure 3/8″ in length. The wings of termites are of the same size and easily breakable. The wings are longer than the body.

Where can you find carpenter ants and termites

Carpenter ants can be found on porch floors, columns and pillars. They can also be found in gardens where the wood is in contact with soil and branches of trees. They are easily found in firewood piles, stumps, window sills and sometimes even in appliances and electrical equipment.

Termites can be found on wooden floors, mud tubes and furniture. Termites can also be found in dark places of the house, for example, a dingy basement without windows, doorways, sills, porches and any surface in contact with soil. If you spot discarded wings or hollow wood around the house, it is likely that it is infested by termites.

Damage caused by carpenter ants and termites

Carpenter ants looks for decayed wood and then make their way to sound wood in homes and businesses. They chew but do not eat the wood. Once they are done chewing, the texture appears almost sandy. Damage is hard to spot, however, if you spot ants regularly around a structure you should seek professional help.

Termites cause more permanent damage to property than carpenter ants.  Homes primarily constructed of wood are not the only ones that are threatened by termites. Other materials can cause termite infestation as well since they are capable of cutting through plaster and can be found feeding on floors, ceilings, walls, cabinets and wooden furniture. It is sometimes difficult to spot the damage as it can be internal and until severe damage is done, it can go undetectable. In that case, a professional pest control company’s help should be taken to assess the situation otherwise it can lead to severe damage.

If you find a swarm of either of these insects in your house or business place, you should immediately seek professional help before the situation worsens. For effective New Jersey termite control and New Jersey carpenter ant control, trust Horizon!

Why People Find Bugs to be Scary

Filed under: Bug Control — admin @ 7:00 pm May 13, 2016

pest control njThere are many things that people fear, but fear of insects and bugs, also known as Entomophobia or Acarophobia is one that is very common. Americans spend over 168 million annually on bug repellents alone.

Bugs are known as pests and with good reason. Whether mosquitoes, flies, ants, roaches, bees, ticks, fleas or less common household and outdoor bugs – many will agree that they don’t want them around. If it’s not for the fact that many of them carry and distribute nasty diseases and infections like West Nile or lyme disease, it’s sheerly to prevent annoyance and having bugs crawling on or around food or their families.

Pests like bedbugs – which are commonly an issue in major cities – can also cause quality of life issues and lead to lengthy, costly in depth processes to ensure that the problem is eradicated. The money that can potentially get lost in having to dispose of any infested clothing, blankets or furniture is also a concern.

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Add to it that for some, a bite from a particular type of bug, like a bee can be fatal and require immediate medical attention or an EpiPen in order to prevent death or further complications. The fear of getting bitten and having to go through a near death experience can cause anxiety, fear and even trigger a more expanded version of the phobia into other bugs and situations.

Termite infestation in a home can potentially lead to a ton of damage if not caught in time and be a costly problem to fix. In tropical climates, mosquitoes are often much larger in size than in the US and they can carry life threatening diseases, like Malaria. Malaria can be very difficult to prevent as well as to treat. Bites from fleas back in the 14th century, which were carried on the backs of rats caused the devastating spread of the Black Plague, also known as the Black Death in Europe. It was as simple as fleas biting other humans and animals and cross contaminating the victims due to infected blood.

Sufficed to say of the aforementioned facts, a fear of bugs can be a very logical one. So can being proactive to prevent and treat infestation and calling in a team of professional experts if you are experiencing a problem with bugs or pests in your home.  If you need an exterminator in NJ today, call us!