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Getting Rid of Ants, The Most Common Home Invader | New Jersey Ant Removal

Getting Rid of Ants, The Most Common Home Invader | New Jersey Ant Removal

Horizon Pest Control reminds families that ants are more than a nuisance pest

While homeowners across the country enjoy the warm weather and the sights, smells and activities of the season, they also must contend with increased pest activity. This season, Horizon Pest Control is reminding homeowners to be on the look out for one of the most prevalent pest – ants.

Often considered the No. 1 nuisance pest, ants also pose significant health and property risk as they destroy wood and contaminate food items. And with more than 700 types of ant species in the United States, it’s not surprising that ants can quickly become a source of disgust, frustration and concern for homeowners.

Most ants thrive in warm and moist conditions, which is why it’s best to eliminate moisture or standing water near or inside the home. In some cases, the only way to completely remediate an ant infestation is to call a qualified pest professional who can locate and remove the identified species’ nests.

Horizon Pest Control reminds homeowners that the first step to remediation is to properly identify which ant species is present in the home.

Some of the most common home invaders include:

  • Odorous House Ants: These ants get their name from the unpleasant odor they give off when crushed, often described as smelling like a rotten coconut. They typically nest in wall voids and crevices and prefer sweet foods.
  • Pharaoh Ants: Pharaoh ants prefer sweets, but also consume grease and even shoe polish. They live in extremely large colonies and keep warm near artificial heating sources like baseboard heaters and ovens.
  • Carpenter Ants: This species hollows out nests in both dry and moist wood, though they prefer the latter. They can be particularly hard to remove since their nests can be more difficult to locate.
  • Fire Ants: Fire ants can cause severe allergic reactions in addition to structural damage caused by chewing through the insulation around electrical wiring.

Homeowners who suspect an ant infestation should contact a licensed pest professional who can identify ant species and recommend a course of treatment. To learn more about ants, please visit www.horizonpestcontrol.com

Spiders Could Eat Every Human Being On The Planet In No Time | Spider Exterminator New Jersey

Filed under: Spider Exterminator New Jersey — Tags: — New Jersey Pest Control @ 11:39 am March 30, 2017

Spiders Could Eat Every Human Being On The Planet In No Time | Spider Exterminator New Jersey

We all know that there are many different spiders in the world, and they far outnumber human beings. This is an unfortunate fact for arachnophobes everywhere. Thank god spiders are not as large as human beings, or we would certainly become their prey. However, a recent study has, for the first time, shed some light on how much spiders eat every year, and they eat a whole lot! In fact, there are enough spiders on this planet to consume every human being quickly, and still be hungry.

Spiders already consume rather large prey. For example, some spiders are known to consume birds, lizards and even small mammals, but luckily we human being are not on the menu thanks to our relatively gigantic size. A study conducted a couple of months ago by Klaus Birkhofer and Dr. Martin Nyffeler determined that the global spider population eats four hundred to eight hundred million tons of prey every year. That is a lot of food!

To give you some perspective this absurd amount of prey eaten by spiders every year is even greater than the meat that all seven billion humans on earth eat each year. Also, the estimated biomass of every human on the planet is around two hundred and eighty seven tons. This is a paltry amount as it is even less than half of what spiders eat each year. In other words, if spiders could eat every human being on earth, they would not survive for even a year. The researchers published their report in the Science and Nature Journal. In the report it was also determined that each year spiders consume as much as every whale on earth. The researchers are hoping that these surprising statistics lead to a greater appreciation for spiders among the public.

Have you ever been surprised to see a spider feeding on an unusually large organism? If yes, what organism was the spider feeding on?



Insect Warfare May Not Be A Matter Of Fiction

Filed under: Insect Warfare May Not Be A Matter Of Fiction — Tags: — New Jersey Pest Control @ 8:15 am March 29, 2017

Insect Warfare May Not Be A Matter Of Fiction

You may have seen a few movies or television shows that depict insects as an instrument of biological warfare, but have you ever wondered if such a thing could happen in real life? The idea is seemingly outlandish, but some experts believe that insect warfare could easily become a reality.

According to University of Wyoming Professor, Jeffrey Lockwood, during the cold war the United States government considered resorting to “entomological warfare” against Cuba. During the 1960s Cuba regularly accused the United States of attempting to spread dengue fever among Cuba’s populace. However, many experts dismiss these claims since Cuban government officials only accused the US of attempting this nefarious plot when Cuba’s crop production was less than adequate. Therefore, Cuba’s accusations should be taken with a grain of salt. Then again, Cuba is not the only country that has leveled these accusations at the US.

North Korea and China also accused the US of trying to release disease-carrying mosquitoes during the Korean War. And in 1996 Russia officially got behind Cuban accusations involving an American plot to spread disease amongst the Cuban population. This time a committee was formed to investigate that matter, but ultimately, no evidence of such a plot was ever found. Before you dismiss these claims as silly grand conspiracy theories, it must be taken into account that even if a past government had attempted biological warfare, it would have been easy to get away with as entomological warfare was, and is, difficult to prove. Making a distinction between a chance incident and a deliberate plan is next to impossible when it comes to entomological warfare. This was made clear when, during the 1980’s, Russia had exported wheat to the US that was infested with aphids.

The aphids ended up causing considerable economic damage in the US, but no foul play on the part of the Russians was proven. In the end, investigators concluded that the aphid infestation was accidental, and not deliberate. Although entomological has never been documented, you cannot help but to wonder about the origins of the Zika virus.

Do you believe that entomological warfare could be utilized in the future?






What You Should Know About Stink Bugs | Exterminator New Jersey

Filed under: Exterminator New Jersey — Tags: — New Jersey Pest Control @ 4:13 pm March 28, 2017

What You Should Know About Stink Bugs | Exterminator New Jersey

Springtime is bed bug season, and due to the relatively high temperatures during this past winter, stinkbugs may be hard to miss this summer. Many of you know two things about stinkbugs–they stink, and they are categorized as pests. If you have ever stomped on a stinkbug, then you definitely learned why they have earned their unflattering moniker. In addition to stinking up your living room, stinkbugs also feed on one hundred different types of plants and crops. These plants and crops include apples, shrubs, and numerous different vegetables. And if that is not enough to make you hate these creatures, stinkbugs are often found inside of peoples’ homes as these creepy-crawlies have a preference for indoor environments. However, there is more to the stinkbug than what has been mentioned above.

Many people are surprised to learn that stinkbugs are not native to North America. Rather stinkbugs originated in Japan, China and Korea. However, during the 1990s stinkbugs were accidently imported to Allentown, Pennsylvania. Once stinkbugs arrived in America they multiplied like crazy since they have no natural predators to fear within North America. As of 2016 stinkbugs have been confirmed to exist in at least forty six different states; while just a year prior stinkbugs were found in only forty two states. That should give you an idea as to how problematic these pests have become to American farmers and gardeners.

During the year of 2014 the mid-Atlantic region of the United States reported stinkbugs as being a “severe nuisance, and damaging to a variety of different crops”. Stinkbugs cause scabs and bruises in tomatoes, apples and corn to name a few. The damage stinkbugs cause to different plants and crops is not necessarily extensive, but the damage is nevertheless severe enough to force farmers to discard mass amounts of agricultural products ever year. So knowing more about the damage stinkbugs cause certainly wont make you appreciate stinkbugs, but now you know what American farmers are up against.

Have you ever found a stinkbug in your home? Do you think the world would be better off without these stinky critters?


Can Bats See Objects With Their Eyes After All?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — New Jersey Pest Control @ 5:08 am March 27, 2017

Can Bats See Objects With Their Eyes After All?

It has long been thought that bats function entirely without the sense of sight. The phrase “blind as a bat” has immortalized bats as animals that are blind, but is this fair? Is it true that bats cannot see any objects at all with their eyes? Why do bats even have eyes?

It is becoming better known among the public that bats navigate the environment by means of an ability that is unique to bats. This ability is known as “echolocation”. The term itself is rather self-explanatory in that bats navigate by taking cues from echoes that bounce of objects. These echoes come from sounds that bats make themselves, so what else would a bat need to get around?

Despite what we have all been told since preschool, bats can indeed see. More than that, bats can also choose when to use sight or when to use sound in order to navigate their environments. For example, one study shows that bats prefer to use sight over sound when hunting prey. Some fruit bats do not use echolocation at all. Those fruit bats that rely solely on sight actually possess eyes that are far superior to the eyes of any human. For example, some fruit bats possess a power of eyesight that is so acute that they can make out ultraviolet rays.

There are over thirteen hundred different species of bat, and some species are markedly different from others. Bats are a remarkably diverse family of animals. Some bats prefer to eat insects, while other bats cannot stand insects and instead choose to feed on flowers. All three of the Latin American species of bat suck blood exclusively for sustenance. So not many bats able to see better than humans, but there also exists a wide array of adaptations among the bat family that most people are completely unaware of except for you.

Were you ever under the impression that some types of bats suck human blood?



An Ancient Insects Courtship Ritual Has Been Well Preserved In Amber | Pest Control in New Jersey

Filed under: Pest Control in New Jersey — Tags: — New Jersey Pest Control @ 7:28 am March 24, 2017

An Ancient Insects Courtship Ritual Has Been Well Preserved In Amber | Pest Control in New Jersey

A one hundred million year old piece of amber was uncovered recently by researchers. This particular piece of ancient amber is unique in that it shows a courtship behavior with a fair amount of detail. The insect in question is known as a damselfly, and its mating dance has been immortalized within the amber. This marks the first time in history an ancient insect mating dance has been captured in amber.

The amber is extremely old as it dates back to the mid-cretaceous period, which was when dinosaurs roamed the earth. The fossil shows this extinct damselflies’ physical features with clarity, and although there are similarities between the fossilized damselfly and modern damselflies, the extinct damselflies features have caught the attention of many entomologists and insect enthusiasts around the world. For example, the fossilized damselfly shows an overtly expanded pod-like tibiae in the male. These same structures exist on the bodies of modern damselflies, and they are used to fend off predatory and attract mates. Modern damselflies mate and fight in the same way as the ancient damselfly, but the modern damselfly’s lower legs have developed to become much shorter.

Unlike modern damselflies, the ancient damselfly seemed to have eye-shaped spot on the midpoint of its hind leg. This eyespot is similar to eyespots found on butterflies. Organisms that possess these eyespots use them to intimidate vertebrate predators. The eyespot can also confuse predators by causing them to first attack the damselflies wings, which often give the damselflies enough time to escape the clutches of their confused enemy. Also, according to researchers Dr Zheng Daran and Professor Wang Bo, damselflies also, quite likely, use their eyespot to attract mates, similar to the function that eyespots serve on peacock feathers.

Have you ever seen a modern damselfly? What did it look like? Why do you think they evolved to look different from their extinct ancestors? What benefits could the modern damselfly have that its predecessor did not?


Will Robotic Insects Be The Cause Of Humanity’s Eventual Demise

Filed under: Horizon Pest Control — Tags: — New Jersey Pest Control @ 3:15 pm March 23, 2017

Will Robotic Insects Be The Cause Of Humanity’s Eventual Demise | Horizon Pest Control

We are living during times of rapid technological advancements. Much of these impressive feats of technology, which much of the public is unaware of, are being accomplished by the American military, in particular the US Air Force. Many people believe that humanity can be better served by technological advancements only when such advancements are intended to better the lives of people, or other living things. Naturally, since many new technologies, especially insect-like drone technologies, are being created under the auspices of the military, many concerned citizens don’t feel comfortable with such advancements being created under obscure circumstances.

Despite the fact that many of these new and advanced weapons are extremely tiny, they still have the power to create explosions equal to the devastation caused by hundreds of tons of TNT. These never before seen weapons, and hopefully never used, were almost exclusively modeled after insects, as well as insect flight patterns and behavior. The engineers relied on flying insects as models in developing flying drones that are capable of causing the same sort of damage as what was mentioned above. You have to wonder what insects would think of all this.

These tiny weapons are known as “Nano weapons,” and according to a world renowned physicist from America, Louis del Monte, these Nano weapons could become the cause of the next world war. In fact, del Monte goes even further with his predictions in his new book on the subject. According to del Monte’s analysis on the subject of Nano weapons, these weapons could render humans extinct by the end of the current century. From del Monte’s point of view, these new Nano weapons could turn out to be much more devastating than conventional nuclear weapons. However, this insect-like advanced technology will become even more advanced soon as several world superpowers are throwing vast amounts of funding at Nano weapon research and development, most of all the USA.

Do you believe that creating airborne technology modeled after insect physiology and flight is the most sensible approach towards engineering airborne vehicles and devices?

Are Wolf Spiders And Black Widows Similar? | New Jersey Spider Control

Filed under: New Jersey Spider Control — Tags: — New Jersey Pest Control @ 11:01 am March 22, 2017

Are Wolf Spiders And Black Widows Similar? | New Jersey Spider Control

The black widow spider is native to North America, as is the wolf spider. According to a variety of different pest control professionals from around the United States, many people call-in complaining about a black widow when, in reality, the spiders they were seeing were really just wolf spiders. So I guess the American public has a difficult time telling the difference between a wolf spider and a black widow spider. There are a lot of myths circulating about both of these spiders, which only causes more misinformation to spread about these two interesting bugs. So what makes the wolf spider different from a black widow?

Both the black widow, as well as the wolf spider, are found throughout the United States, particularly the east coast. Both of these spiders prefer similar wooded habitats, and there are many other similarities between the two, but the differences should be noticeable. For example, you will always know that you are dealing with a black widow when you spot a red or an orange hourglass shape on its abdomen. However, if you do not spot an hourglass then you may still be looking at a black widow, but it would be a male black widow. Most male black widows do have an hourglass shape on their abdomens, but the hourglass may be shaded with a more yellowish color. Sometimes male widows don’t have the hourglass shape at all, but the females always show an hourglass.

While the black widow is, well…..black, the wolf spider will be brown. The wolf spider may have obscure stripes or markings on its body. Wolf spiders are also quite a bit larger than male black widows, and they are often somewhat hairy. Seeing a wolf spider in your home, for example, should give any arachnophobe quite a scare, but black widows are not hairy at all, and with the exception of the hourglass design, black widows are completely jet black.

Wolf spiders will often prefer to avoid all contact with humans, and unless these spiders are mishandled or threatened, it is quite unlikely that they will bite. However the black widow is a different story. If you sustain a bite from a widow, you will want to go to the doctor, as its venom is particularly poisonous.

Have you ever spotted a wolf spider in your home before? If you have, was it truly hairy?

More Raccoons May Mean Less Songbirds

Filed under: Uncategorized — New Jersey Pest Control @ 5:27 am March 21, 2017

More Raccoons May Mean Less Songbirds

Songbird populations that are native to North America are now decreasing dramatically, and it is likely the fault of raccoons. Raccoons love to chow down on eggs. Just about every type of egg you can think of would make a raccoon very happy. However, many citizens are becoming concerned about growing raccoon populations in the US and the negative effect that large raccoon populations have on songbird populations.

Older studies have already demonstrated that high raccoon populations grow in inverse proportion to songbird populations. Ever since the 1980’s, researchers have been keeping a close look on how raccoon populations affect other wildlife populations. For example, Illinois might be losing more songbirds than it produces. So do raccoons hate songbirds or something?

Raccoons do not prey on songbirds in particular, but raccoons do enjoy climbing trees, and this has proven to be a problem for songbirds that are nesting on a tree’s lower points. Raccoons rarely climb high enough to reach birds nests, but songbirds do show a tendency to build their nests where raccoons have access to the parent songbirds, as well as their eggs.

According to a study conducted by Kenneth Schmidt of Texas Tech University, raccoons began proliferating in astronomical numbers during the 80s. Since then over seventy percent of low nesting songbirds have died out. Contrast that with the fifty percent decline in high nesting songbirds. The stats are pretty close, but a twenty percent difference is significant.

Naturally, as the raccoon population increases, the diversity of lower nesting songbirds decreases, while the diversity of higher nesting songbirds increases. Researchers are only now beginning to shed some light on raccoon behavior by means of retrospective studies. Researchers believe that the sudden and dramatic increase in raccoon populations during the 80s and after was driven by the eradication of more successful carnivorous mammals.

Could raccoons cause any serious problems for humans that would result in the indirect death of humans? If yes, what sort of disasters could raccoons cause, besides outbreaks of rabies?



The Insects That Are Killing All Of America’s Maple Trees | Exterminators in New Jersey

Filed under: Exterminators in New Jersey,Uncategorized — Tags: — New Jersey Pest Control @ 1:13 am March 20, 2017

The Insects That Are Killing All Of America’s Maple Trees | Exterminators in New Jersey

Gloomy scales are insect-pests that love to feed on trees that are already stressed from abnormal environmental conditions. The GS insects don’t just feed on maple trees; they also reproduce, live and altogether, thrive on these trees. According to researchers these insect-pests have been know to reproduce in much higher numbers when the trees are already deprived of its nutrients as a result of heat and drought.

A recent study conducted by Adam Dale, an entomology professor from the University of Florida, has succeeded in shedding more light on how and why these bugs choose to feed and thrive on maple trees. Dale’s research is important as city planners will need to know where to plant maple trees in order to minimize insect-pest issues that may result from the trees presence. Maple trees are well-liked aspects of many modern parks, mostly because these trees produce a lot of shade.

To be more specific, Dr. Dale wants to figure out which factors can lead to the worsening of GS insect-pest issues, and what factors could save more maple trees from GS insects. Strangely enough, the more hot and dry a particular maple tree was, the more GS insects it had feeding on it. You would think insects would be more attracted to trees that were healthy and full of nutrients.

According to Dr. Dale, these nasty insect pests can severely damage and kill the trees that it feeds on. Also, GS insects are far more devastating to maple trees that exist in urban rather than rural areas, which clearly takes away from the benefits maple trees have to offer to the public. The negative environmental effects that result from artificial warming, and drought are far worse in the city, which makes city-dwelling maple trees the most at-risk group of trees.

Have you ever had a tree in your front yard that was eventually killed off by insect-pests?





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