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How Can Fish Help Combat The Zika Virus?

Filed under: Mosquito Control — admin @ 10:00 am September 27, 2016

Zika VirusIf you’re like many Americans, you may be worried about the spread of Zika virus — especially if you have a pond, lake, or decorative water feature that tends to draw mosquitoes during the spring and summer months. Although most of the Zika cases diagnosed among U.S. residents so far have been travel-related, the easy transmission of this virus from person to person by mosquitoes (or sexual activity) can lay the groundwork for a latent epidemic. Read on to learn more about how ordinary fish can help you battle the Zika virus in your own neighborhood.

How can fish protect against Zika?

For certain young fish, mosquito larvae are one of the most delicious and nutritious food sources available — and by placing a few fish in standing water where mosquitoes are likely to lay eggs, you’ll be able to eliminate these pests at the larval stage and avoid the risk of mosquito-borne diseases like the Zika virus, Eastern Equine encephalitis, dengue virus, and even yellow fever. The fewer mosquitos who are able to make it to adulthood, the lower your risk of mosquito-borne diseases — and the less you need to spend on DEET spray and citronella candles in order to have a pleasant evening outside.

Although larger fish like sunfish are generally happiest in ponds or lakes (at least at the adult stage), smaller fish can be kept in birdbaths, water fountains, and other bodies of water that can often serve as a depository for mosquito eggs. As the warm summer weather turns to autumn, you’ll be able to transplant these fish to public water sources like rivers or creeks or even keep them in your own indoor aquarium so that you can use them to control the mosquito population on your property during the spring thaw and early summer.

Where can you get mosquito-eating fish?

MosquitofishMany states, including New Jersey, have engaged preventive efforts to avoid the spread of mosquito-borne diseases by handing out five free varieties of fish — the fathead minnow, freshwater killifish, pumpkinseed sunfish, bluegill sunfish, and mosquitofish. These fish are available at a number of county fairs in New Jersey, or you may be able to contact the Office of Mosquito Control Coordination directly to request some fish for your property.

If no fish are available for free in your area, you may want to consider purchasing some from an agricultural supply store or even a pet store. These fish are very low-maintenance, inexpensive, and can significantly minimize your risk of contracting the Zika virus or another potentially harmful illness.

Need help with mosquitoes? Contact Horizon Pest Control for professional NJ mosquito control. Call 888.612.2847 now!

How Hiring an Exterminator Can Make Your Life Easier

Filed under: Pest Control — admin @ 10:00 am September 20, 2016

New Jersey ExterminatorHiring an exterminator is usually not a pleasant job, typically because it means the homeowner has a pest problem. However, an exterminator can make your life much easier. It really helps to call in a pro for most pest jobs.

Pesticides that are Safer around Humans and Pets

Most people know that professional grade pesticides are more effective than those found on store shelves. What they may not know is that these products are also safer for human and pet exposure. Pest control products purchased over the counter are potentially more lethal than professional products, partly because of the chemical composition and partly because an inexperienced, untrained person is making the application.

Proper Application of Pesticides

Pesticides are poison. This is especially true of products that may be found on the shelves of home improvement stores and mass merchandiser big box stores. While professional products are safer, a trained technician knows how to properly apply the pesticide so that the home and yard remain safe for people and pets.

Expert Pesticide Use for Maximum Effect

The typical layperson will apply pesticides to the insects or pests that they see. Sometimes they will set off bug bombs in an effort to gain control of their pest situation. While this may work at first, it is not effective in eliminating an infestation. A pest control professional knows what products to use, where to use them, and how often to make applications in order to achieve the best results.

Able to Identify Source of Pest Problems

A trained pest professional can inspect a home and tell the homeowner what is causing their pest problems. They are able to do this because they can identify the pests and know their habits. From there they can often trace the insect activity to the source and let the homeowner know why they have an infestation. Sometimes this will alert the homeowner to problems with their home, like a leaky pipe or clogged drain, that they were unaware of.

Can Find Out how Pests Enter the Home

Pest control technicians are trained to not only exterminate pests that invade your home and property, but also to find the various access points into the home. Most homeowners do not have the training or knowledge necessary to know what to look for and even though they may temporarily eliminate pests in their home, if they don’t find the access points they risk a re-infestation.

If you are looking for professional, reliable pest control in New Jersey, give us a call. At Horizon Pest Control, we select the best products in the industry so that we can effectively take care of your pest problem. Give us a call or visit our website and request a free inspection. Protect you home and family with quality pest control service you can count on.

City Officials Spraying to Protect Against Mosquitoes

Filed under: Mosquito Control — admin @ 10:00 am September 13, 2016

MosquitoCombating Mosquitoes in NYC

Each mosquito season, the New York City Health Department enacts a mosquito-control plan. This year’s round of spraying is a little more extensive than usual In response to the emerging threat of the Zika virus.

Anti-Mosquito Insecticides

Throughout the summer months, city officials have been targeting a number of residential New York neighborhoods with “adulticide.” This is a liquid spray, usually applied from a truck, that kills adult mosquitoes. While largely safe, residents are cautioned to observe the following guidelines:

  • People with respiratory conditions should remain inside during spraying and for 30 minutes afterwards.
  • Pets and outdoor furniture should be brought inside during spraying.
  • Air conditioners should either be run with the vent set to the closed position or the recirculation function selected.
  • Any skin or clothing that has been exposed to adulticides should be thoroughly washed with soap and water.

The city also aerially drops “larvicide” granules that contain beneficial bacteria and a natural insecticide into local bodies of water. This substance is essentially the same as the “mosquito dunks” you can get at the hardware store. It targets the larvae of certain pest insects, including mosquitoes, and is completely safe for humans, pets, and even most beneficial insects.

If you’re curious about when spraying is scheduled for your neighborhood — or whether it’s already occurred — you can check out an official schedule hosted by the Health Department’s website.

Mosquito-Caused Health Concerns

Despite these precautions, the only cases of Zika in New York have so far been among people who have recently traveled to Zika-affected areas — and were thus most likely infected there. There is no current evidence of New York mosquitoes carrying the disease, but with hundreds of cases reported in the area that may change. Additionally, while Zika may not yet be a concern for the average New Yorker, it’s still important to guard against the other diseases they transmit. West Nile virus and eastern equine encephalitis are both potentially deadly mosquito-borne illnesses already endemic to the area.

Even when not transmitting disease, mosquitoes can still be bad for your health. While most people are mildly allergic to mosquito bites, some are especially sensitive. For them, bites can cause symptoms ranging from hives to fever to even anaphylaxis. Mosquito bites are also known to trigger flares in people with certain autoimmune conditions.

Protecting Your Home

For those wanting to be extra vigilant, our yard guard treatments can protect against mosquitoes and other outdoor pests. Whether you need a single application for a special event or are looking for protection all season long, consider contacting us at Horizon Pest Control today!

Bed Bugs Bite: How to Get Rid of Them

Filed under: Bed Bug,Bed Bug Extermination — admin @ 10:00 am September 6, 2016

Bed BugsChildren have been told countless times, “Sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite.” It is an enduring term that passes from generation to generation. Yet what happens when it isn’t true? “Sleep tight; the bed bugs may bite” just doesn’t carry the same soothing tone. Yet people throughout the United States, particularly in New Jersey, contend with this reality far too often, according to Dr. Changlu Wang and his research team at Rutgers University.

After inspecting more than 2,300 low-income apartments in Bayonne, Hackensack, Irvington, and Paterson, researchers concluded that one in eight low-income apartments had bedbugs. Surprisingly, half of the residents didn’t even realize they had an infestation. Among the buildings examined, infestation rates wavered between 3.8 to 29.5 percent, with an average rate of 12.3 percent.

Yet the problem isn’t religated to apartment complexes. In recent months, bedbugs have been found in the upholstery at the South Orange library, leading to the library’s closure. They have been discovered in hotels, motels and homes as well.

Why the rise in bedbugs

Though bedbugs were nearly non-existent in the United States up until several years ago, the pests have become resistent to pestisides, thereby causing an insurgence. With the popularity of international travel, the critters are catching a ride into the country as well. Mistakenly, many people view bedbug treatment as a costly and time consuming endeavor. As a result, they avoid pest control, often either trying to ignore the problem or moving out of the location.

How to get rid of bedbugs

Pest control company

The most effective means of getting rid of the creatures is to call a company well-versed in pest control. Technicians are experienced and specially trained to eradicate the problem. Bedbugs are resistant to commercial bombs and sprays. Moreover, most of the chemicals available to consumers at hardware stores is used incorrectly, thereby driving the pests (temporarily) to an adjacent location, only to see them reappear shortly after.

Set traps

Bed bugs survive by eating blood, so it’s useful to look under mattresses and inside the box springs to find evidence of the pests. If you’re unable to find where they are hiding, it can be effective to set pitfall traps. Traps can be found at hardware stores and prevent bugs from climbing up the legs of the bed. Another option is to use dry ice to lure the bedbugs out from hiding.

Clean and clean again

Bed bugs are narrow and like to hide in small cracks and crevices. It’s important to keep your house as clean as possible, including steam cleaning and emptying vacuums after every use.

Contact Horizon for professional New Jersey bed bug control. Call 888.612.2847 today!