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Termite Infestations May Lead To Mass Demolitions

Filed under: Horizon Pest Control,Pest Control,Termite Control — Tags: — New Jersey Pest Control @ 4:26 pm November 30, 2017

Termite Infestations May Lead To Mass Demolitions

If you have never experienced a termite infestation in your home, then you probably know someone who has. Termite infestations are common in every American state except for Alaska. If you are not a homeowner, then you can spare yourself the fear of a possible termite infestation. If you are a homeowner, then you know that a termite infestation could leave you broke if it is not detected quickly enough. This is why termite inspections are always necessary in order to save money in the long run. According to a recent survey, a whopping eighty four percent of homeowners have experienced a pest infestation within the past twelve months. The same survey found that eighty percent of homeowners are worried about a possible pest infestation, and termites were among the most feared of all pests.

In Kansas City, Missouri the roof of a house recently caved in. Once firefighters arrived on the scene it was determined that the collapse was caused by a termite infestation. This particular house is just one of many damaged houses in the city that will have to be demolished by the local government. However, the recent collapse occurred at a home made of bricks. This proves that non-wood constructed homes are also vulnerable to termite infestations, as some parts of a house made of bricks must contain wooden materials. The owner of the termite-damaged home has said that he wants to have the necessary repairs done, but the city has added the house to a long list of other damaged homes that need to be demolished. The demolition list now includes three hundred and fifty houses in Kansas City. It is not known how many of these houses have become damaged by termites. However, pest control experts have noted similarly damaged homes near the site of the recent collapse.

Do you find it hard to believe that hundreds of homes in one city could have become damaged by termites?

 

 

Some Bugs Survive The Winter By Becoming Icicles

Filed under: Horizon Pest Control,Pest Control — Tags: — New Jersey Pest Control @ 3:50 pm November 29, 2017

Some Bugs Survive The Winter By Becoming Icicles

Some people love the winter weather, while other people can barely tolerate the low temperatures. It is simply a matter of taste. But all humans can survive even the harshest of winters quite easily. All it takes is a warm coat and protective clothing. Insects, on the other hand, hate the winter weather. There is a reason why only two or three different insect species dwell in arctic regions. Most of you probably assume that, like birds, flying insects migrate south for the winter. This is true, but not all flying insects will migrate before the winter months. More than ninety one thousand insect species have been described on this planet, and this does not include arachnids. So it makes sense that there are all sorts of different methods that insects employ in order to survive the cold weather. Some insects simply die during the winter, some hibernate, some invade warm areas, such as people’s homes, and some insects simply embrace the winter season by allowing themselves to freeze, but not freeze to death.

Generally, most insects will cease to be active once they’re exposed to temperatures below forty degrees fahrenheit. An insect’s metabolic requirements differ greatly from a human’s. Some insects will prepare for the cold weather by ridding their bodies of water, then their bodies will make use of a special antifreeze substance in order to remain unharmed by the cold. Both mourning cloak butterflies and emerald ash borers use this method. This chemical is sometimes referred to as a “cryoprotectant”.

Wooly bear caterpillars simply allow themselves to freeze to death. Once the spring season rolls around, they thaw and regain activity. These caterpillars become rock solid during the winter because the water in their bodies turns to ice. There is no temperature low enough anywhere on earth that can kill these resilient caterpillars. Of course, there are also snow fleas, which are commonly found jumping around on the surface of snow. There are also insects, like cicadas, that use the ground soil as a sort of blanket during the winter. And some eusocial insects, like bees, will huddle together in order to generate warmth from collective body heat.

Have you ever found a seemingly dead insect that had become frozen in ice?

 

 

A Sculptress Puts Termites To Work For Her Own Profit

Filed under: Termite Control — Tags: , — New Jersey Pest Control @ 3:18 pm November 27, 2017

A Sculptress Puts Termites To Work For Her Own Profit

Whatever your opinion may be concerning modern art, there is no doubt that creating “meaningful” works of art is now a bit easier to pull off than it once was. Ever since somebody laid a toilet down sideways and explained how it relates to the human condition, so called “modern artists” have dominated the artworld. These artists replaced the more classical artists that were known for painting extraordinarily realistic images of humans and their surroundings. These classical pieces of art were impressive since they could not be created by just anybody. But the modern trend of profound finger-paintings has allowed for some strange artforms and practices to emerge. For example, one woman from Poland does not even build the sculptures that she displays as art; instead she outsources that skill to termites.

Most of you are aware that termites build mounds that serve as nests. These mounds have fascinated people for thousands of years on account of their complicated designs that appear time consuming. Sometimes these mounds are short and unremarkable, but some are nearly thirty feet high with multiple air conditioned structures. So why not take advantage of this interesting aspect of termite nature by taking these mounds for yourself, then adding your own spin and calling it “art”. This is exactly what Agnieszka Kurant from Poland did, and she is becoming a respected artist around the world for her idea. Agnieszka Kurant uses desert termites to build her sculptures. Kurant works with scientists and researchers with different universities, such as the University of Florida, to gather termites in order to have them create mounds for her. Kurant will add to the work by giving the termite workers interesting materials to use for mound building. These materials include artificially and naturally colored sand, gold, and crystals. The results look like colorful and/or shiny termite mounds, much like you would assume. Kurant’s work is being displayed in respectable locations like the Guggenheim. Whatever opinions you may have concerning Kurant’s art, she has certainly found a creative way of making money.

Do you consider Kurant an “artist”, or are the termites the real artists? Is their any art to termite mounds at all?

Insect-Donuts May Be Coming To A Store Near You

Filed under: Horizon Pest Control,Pest Control — Tags: — New Jersey Pest Control @ 5:07 am November 24, 2017

Insect-Donuts May Be Coming To A Store Near You

Even if you are not big on sweet-tasting foods or any types of sugary snacks, you have to love donuts. Donuts have always been a popular snack, especially when they are consumed along with a morning coffee. Donuts are already perfect, so surely there cannot be any way of improving them, right? Well, probably not, but one company based in Great Britain is convinced that donuts still stand in need of perfection. Apparently, donuts are not complete unless they contain insects. Although you may have to reread the last sentence this nightmare of a donut is now a real thing. A popular donut store in Britain has recently offered the insect-covered donuts to the public. The idea of a donut consisting of bugs seems incongruous even for the many cultures that do embrace insects as food. It is understandable that insects are being touted as alternative sources of protein since livestock breeding has become dangerous to the health of the environment. But why ruin foods that already exist, especially donuts?

The donuts have been named the “Bushtucker donuts”, and they are similar to donuts that already exist, except for the bug thing, of course. The donuts are decorated with a ring of milk chocolate glaze, cookie crumbs, shredded wheat, raspberry jam, and lastly salt and vinegar crickets. The donut sounds pretty tasty up until the last ingredient is listed. Unlike the sprinkles that cover many donuts, these donuts are made with insects in place of sprinkles.

This unthinkable donut will, luckily, only be available for purchase for one week. Anybody who enters the donut shop and consumes one of these cricket bagels in front of an employee will receive a gold star. This star can be traded for a free donut, but only for a short amount of time. That is asking a lot, even for a free donut. Let’s hope that this idea is never repeated in the United States.

Would you be willing to eat the insect-donut?

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Filed under: Horizon Pest Control — Tags: — New Jersey Pest Control @ 2:52 pm November 22, 2017

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Why Are There So Many Disease-Spreading Ticks In The Northeastern United States?

Filed under: Horizon Pest Control,Pest Control,Tick Control — Tags: — New Jersey Pest Control @ 3:23 pm November 21, 2017

Why Are There So Many Disease-Spreading Ticks In The Northeastern United States?

We all know that disease-spreading ticks are common in the northeastern region of America. There are also smaller tick populations in the upper midwest region of America. But the vast majority of lyme disease cases occur in the northeast. But why is this? Why aren’t ticks more prevalent in other areas of the United States? First of all, not all ticks transmit disease. The ticks that are of medical concern are known as black legged ticks. Black legged tick populations are at their highest in the northeast. Since the early nineties, disease spreading ticks have been becoming more and more threatening to the health of the public. However, ticks themselves are not always to blame, as there are many animals that carry diseases, such as Lyme. For example, mice are sometimes carrying Lyme disease, and ticks love burrowing into mice. This is why an abundance of mice in a particular environment can also mean an abundance of lyme-carrying ticks. If mice are noticeably abundant one year, then we can expect a large influx of lyme-carrying ticks the next year. This year, 2017, saw an increase in lyme infection rates, and researchers believe that this increase could have been caused by a surge of mice in the Hudson River Valley during the fall of 2016.

During the fall of 2016 the startlingly high amounts of mice in the northeast were of concern to entomologists and other researchers. By 2017 the mice were less numerous, but lyme disease cases were skyrocketing. Now researchers can predict lyme disease infection rates by examining the prevalence of mice. Unfortunately, this means counting the number of mice in an environment, which can be a tall order. Predicting exactly where in the northeast lyme-carrying ticks will be most abundant is too hard to tell at the moment, but anybody living there should obviously take every precaution against contracting tick-borne diseases.

Have you ever found a tick on your skin days after you had last ventured outdoors? Were you tested for tick-borne diseases?

Winter Season Still Poses Pest Infestation Risks

Filed under: Horizon Pest Control,Pest Control — Tags: — New Jersey Pest Control @ 8:05 am November 20, 2017

To help homeowners protect against a winter pest invasion, Horizon Pest Control  recommends the following prevention tips from the NPMA:

  • Look for missing roof shingles, ripped window screens and clogged gutters, all of which are entry points for pests.
  • Seal cracks and holes including entry points for utilities and pipes.
  • Replace weather-stripping and repair loose mortar around basement foundations and windows.
  • Keep basements, attics and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
  • Vacuum around doors and windows. Frequent vacuuming can catch invaders like spiders, silverfish, earwigs and beetles.
  • Inspect garages and outbuildings for rodents or signs of a rodent infestation. Organize cluttered debris, boxes and random items along the walls where mice may hide or nest.
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and brush it off before bringing it indoors.

These Insect Dinner Staples May Be On Your Menu Soon

Filed under: Horizon Pest Control,Pest Control — Tags: — New Jersey Pest Control @ 3:20 pm November 17, 2017

These Insect Dinner Staples May Be On Your Menu Soon

By now we should all know that insects are invading our meals and it is only a matter of time until this practice called entomophagy takes over the U.S. as well. Eating insects is already common in 80 percent of the countries in the world, and roughly two billion people eat insects regularly. These insect dishes loved in other parts of the world may just be your new favorite food in the years to come. Here are a few popular dishes you can expect to head your way.

Eastern Africans by Lake Victoria have a serious midge fly problem. They found a rather inventive way to solve it too. They started cooking them into burgers. Fly burgers are very popular in this area. Not only do they take care of an intense insect problem, but they are actually seven times more nutritious than traditional burgers made out of beef, much of which is good lean protein.

Another way to introduce insects into your diet without even noticing the difference is to use cricket powder in your next batch of cookies. All Things Bugs happens to be our country’s largest supplier of cricket powder just in case you were wondering. They sold a whopping 10,000 pounds of it in 2014 alone. You can add this to your recipe without having to worry about any crunchy bits and a nice added nutty flavor. Aaron Dossey, Ph.D., founder of All Things Bugs, explained, “The powder helps many people overcome their fears. A lot of people are open to it, as long as you’re not gnawing on a crunchy cricket.” What’s more, adding cricket powder increases the nutrition in our cookies by a lot, so you can sneak one without feeling guilty. I mean, heck, they’re good for you.

New Yorkers are already getting hooked on this new food craze. Everyone in the city knows that if you want good Mexican food, you have to go to Tolache. Chef Julian Medina uses insects in his signature dish, Chapulines, or grasshopper tacos. To him the key ingredient is simply “Mexican popcorn,” as grasshoppers are a snack food in Mexico, and are considered a delicacy. These grasshopper tacos seem to be getting a good review too, with one rater on TripAdvisor commenting, “I’m not usually into really weird things to eat but the grasshopper tacos on the menu intrigued me. They were fabulous! They are some very small variety of grasshopper. Delicious!”

Do you think you are brave enough to try one of these dishes? Which insect dish would you eat if you did?

 

 

 

 

A Grasshopper Is Found Preserved In A Van Gogh Painting

Filed under: Horizon Pest Control,Pest Control — Tags: — New Jersey Pest Control @ 3:40 pm November 16, 2017

A Grasshopper Is Found Preserved In A Van Gogh Painting

Even if art history is not your thing, you should still be familiar with Vincent Van Gogh. Van Gogh was a Dutch post-impressionist painter who has influenced several other famous artists. One of Van Gogh’s masterpieces named “Olive Trees” has a peculiar feature that his other works do not have–a dead grasshopper. This piece of art was created by Van Gogh more than a century ago, and the grasshopper has been lodged beneath the paint during that entire time.

Mary Schafer, a conservator at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Missouri, is responsible for finding the grasshopper in the 1889 masterpiece. Although finding an insect beneath the paint of a renowned artist’s work seems odd, it does make some sense. Van Gogh was known to paint his master works while outdoors. Any artist who has attempted to paint outdoors can probably tell you that being exposed to the elements makes painting much more frustrating. Dust, wind, dirt, and apparently insects can wind up on a painting. Even Van Gogh himself described how much he hated painting outdoors in a letter he had written to his brother, Theo. However, Van Gogh found more inspiration while painting outdoors as opposed to painting indoors. In the letter to his brother Van Gogh states that he must have “picked up a good hundred flies, and even more on the canvasses you (Theo) will be getting”.

The grasshopper that landed on Van Gogh’s painting was likely dead before it hit the canvass. This grasshopper may one day become the most famous insect in history, as the museum director has decided to leave the insect in the painting. This was decided in order to preserve the painting in its original form and to avoid damaging a beloved masterpiece. The world is full of dead bugs, but this grasshopper has the privilege of being immortalized in a work created by one of the world’s most honored artists.

Would you be curious to see if you could spot the grasshopper in Van Gogh’s painting?

If You Have Ever Found Green Worms In Your Store Bought Vegetables You Are Not Alone

Filed under: Horizon Pest Control,Pest Control — Tags: — New Jersey Pest Control @ 5:04 am November 15, 2017

If You Have Ever Found Green Worms In Your Store Bought Vegetables You Are Not Alone

The idea of purchasing a big bag of healthy, but worm-infested mixed vegetables from the frozen food aisle of your local grocery store probably makes you cringe. This sometimes happens, as there is a common insect pest that infests American crops. These insects appear to be green worms, but they are actually caterpillars. The insect pests are known as cabbage white caterpillars, to be more specific. These caterpillars are often found before infested vegetables are packaged and sent to grocery stores. However, workers at processing plants often find these caterpillars dwelling within the heads of broccoli and cauliflower. In any case, the individuals who farm these tainted vegetables end up losing thousands of dollars every year due to these highly damaging insect pests.

Cabbage white butterflies are invasive to the United States and Canada. These butterflies are native to Europe, and are most common in Spain. The butterflies were introduced in Canada and the eastern United States by the Spanish around 1860. This butterfly species quickly traveled across America. In 1883 this butterfly species was documented in California, but some experts insist that this butterfly was present in California before this time. This butterfly species is active year round and they have been spotted at elevations that exceed five thousand feet.

The cabbage white caterpillar is frequently found in people’s home gardens in addition to large crops. These caterpillars are also destructive to plant life within gardens, but exterminating them is not difficult in small settings. However, when cabbage white caterpillars infest large commercial crops, they are much more difficult to control and eradicate.

The caterpillars are commonly referred to as “green worms”, and they are impossible to remove from broccoli heads once the tainted vegetables arrive in processing plants. When processing plant workers find these caterpillar infestations, they are ordered to destroy the whole load of shipped vegetables. This is precisely why farmers hate cabbage white caterpillars more than any other invasive insect pest.

Have you ever found what looked like green worms in your broccoli or cauliflower?

 

 

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