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When Mice and Rats Enter Manufacturing Plants

Filed under: Commercial Pest Control,Mice Control,Rat Control,Rodent Control — Megan Howard @ 10:52 am October 14, 2014

Rodent Control

Mice and rat infestation can sometimes happen in manufacturing plants and other facilities when these pests create their nests inside these facilities. There are some ways to know if a manufacturing plant already has an infestation.

Signs of Infestation

Gnawing

Mice and rats, love to gnaw like any other rodents. They will chew doors, windows, and utility line. Gnawed packaged foods and boxes in the food storage area are a sign that rats or mice are just nearby.

Burrows

The burrows of these rodents can be found outside the plant, such as under sidewalks, ditches, under floors, and platforms. They can also create holes and dig around the foundation of a building. However, these rats can also create burrows inside a facility and may stay in dark-hidden areas of the kitchen or food storage area.

Droppings

Rats and mice continuously release fresh droppings anywhere they pass by or anywhere they gnaw. Seeing fresh droppings is an indication that a rodent infestation is already in place. Search for places that are commonly visited or even cleaned, near walls, and behind objects.

Foul odor

Rats usually leave a distinct smell that indicates their presence. When these rats live together, they create a strong foul smell that is hard to miss.

Smears

Rats usually run by rubbing their skin against the wall. They usually do this so that they can find their way, especially when it is dark. Search for possible smears along walls, and in openings where rats seen.

Protect Your Establishment

To avoid mice and rats from even entering your establishment, make sure to:

Remove their source of water

There are different ways for these rodents to gain access to water, especially in commercial places. Faucets may sometimes be left opened or there may be leaks on the pipes. Make sure that these areas are usually checked and fixed when needed.

Remove their source of food

Trash containers should always be sealed, especially at night when all the workers are gone home. It is also necessary to dispose garbage boxes, paper bags or in cans, food scraps and wrappers properly.

Remove their shelter

Trash should not be allowed to accumulate near the premises. Doors and windows should always be closed. It is also important to close all holes in walls and floors that are found. Check places that are not always checked and get rid of any items that are not necessary inside the facility. Make sure that the company also follows the right procedure in IPM or Integrated Pest Management and that the entire staff are trained to spot possible infestations to properly control and eliminate them as soon as they are found.

Protect your business from rodents. At the first sign of rats and mice in your  property, contact Horizon Pest Control for a Free Inspection. For more information, visit Commercial Rat Control.

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Identifying a Rat Infestation for Commercial Properties

Filed under: Commercial Pest Control,Pest Management,Rat Control — Megan Howard @ 3:09 pm September 27, 2013

The natural population of rats and mice grow through the summer months since they have increasing quantities of food such as fruits, nuts, and grains. However, when autumn comes, their food sources dwindle and temperatures drop. This is also becomes their opportunity to look for shelter and alternative food supplies. Homes are not just the only place they like to hang out since they can also be found infesting in offices, shops and factories. The bad part about this invasion is that most of the time, we don’t do anything to stop them until they have moved in, set up their homes and begin to infest the kitchen.

Rat infestation in a commercial facility

Rats are known to damage structures, contaminate food and transmit diseases to people. They spread more than 35 different types of diseases that can directly affect humans.  They also transmit various diseases indirectly through mites or fleas.

For commercial businesses, the presence of rodents can pause a great danger since they can contaminate human food.

Signs that a Building is Infested with rats:

Droppings.  Possible places where droppings can be found are behind the kitchen cabinets, pantries, cupboards, drawers, bins, and any place they might find food, or where they can run away from predators.

Hearing squeaks. Common sounds that they make are squeaks, rustling, and scampering sounds. Since rodents are not at all quiet, you will hear them moving about especially at night.

Urine pools. Rodents have weak bladders, and they will urinate anywhere they want to. House mice sometimes make things like “urinating pillars” that are consisted of grease, dirt and urine.

Nibble marks on food, boxes, and containers. These will also be followed by some droppings nearby.

Nests. Rats create their nests from soft, fuzzy or warm materials like fabric, furniture stuffing, shredded paper, grass and twigs. Then, they will stuff them into sheltered  boxes, cabinets and closets, walls, inside appliances, machinery, and even computer cases. Basically, they can nest anywhere they can feel comfortable and warm.

Grease marks. Mice can get inside even the smallest of openings. And, as they wedge through these small openings, they leave greasy smears that is made by their oil and dirt in their coats. If you find large greasy smears, this mean that you have a rat infestation.

Gnaw marks. All rodents love to gnaw. They do it because their incisor teeth keep growing. Rats will eat anything that they can chew on. Electrical wires are a common victim for these rats as well as wood. At most times, you will not see gnaw marks, but you will find wood chips or coarse sawdust along baseboards, door, window frames, and cabinets.

Holes in food packaging. Boxes and bags of rice, beans, pasta and grain products can attract rodents. Dog food bags can also be a prime target of rodents since they are also attracted to its meaty smell like dogs do.

 

Rat Control for Businesses

Where there is plenty of food and water, it is more likely that rats will get attracted to that area especially if the premises is not secure. To avoid having an infestation, it is necessary to limit food, water, and their access to shelter. However, different control measures should also be taken seriously since these rats can reproduce quickly.

Toxic baits. Rats can easily die when they ingest such bait. However, the location that they might die may be inaccessible, creating an unbearable smell.

Trapping. Trapping is known to be most effective and safest way to control rats. There are different types of traps and most of them are more effective than poison.

1. Snap trap. This type of trap can be used repeatedly. Trapping is less expensive than poison baits. However, snap traps need more attention. Traps can be easily set in areas where rats are commonly seen and can be left there indefinitely.

2. Electrocution traps. This type of trap is more expensive than other traps, however, this is commonly used in commercial buildings and mostly recommended by pest control companies because they provide good results.

3. Glue traps. Glue traps have the same principle as the flypaper, but they are more effective for mice than on rats. If a rat gets glued on this, it may still find a way to struggle and get out, thus sensing the danger of any glue traps. For mice or rats that will be stuck, the trap will not kill them, and you may have to kill the rat by delivering a sharp blow to the base of the skull using a rod or stick. They can also struggle and drag the trap as they escape.

Whatever type of traps you are going to use, remember to place them in secluded locations where rodents are seen. Places where the droppings, gnawing, and the rat damage are seen are the perfect areas where you can set the traps since they may be found in those places. If all else fail call a professional rat removal company since it is not a good idea to ignore a rat infestation especially if your business is on the line.

For more information on how Horizon Pest Control can help you keep rats and rodents our of your business, read more here Commercial Rat Control.

How to Identify Carpenter Ants and their Difference with Black Ants

A successful ant elimination does not just involve a simple spraying here and there or providing baits when they are seen. To eliminate the enemy it is also important to determine the species of the ant itself since their characteristic may help you understand their behavior. For professionals, the work of controlling these pests will require a five-step process such as inspection, identification, recommendation, treatment and evaluation. To better understand ant, let us discuss the one type of ant that is causing nuisance in homes, which are the carpenter ants.

Identification

Carpenter ants are one of the largest ants that can be found in North America with workers having sizes of ¼ to ½ inch long, but some species can even grow as large as a full inch. The workers can be found in variety of sizes. They have only one bulge at their narrow waist and an evenly rounded back. They come in a wide range of colors that includes black, red, brown, yellow and orange. The most common type of carpenter ants in the U.S. is the winged variety with a reddish-brown head and thorax and black body and abdomen. They are called carpenter ants because of their can create smooth tunnels and galleries on wood.

However, there is a black ant that resembles carpenter ants, which is the Allegheny mound ant. To be able to differentiate these two ants, a good eye is required just to observe these two look-alikes. These black field ants usually create large, low-profile mounds outside not like carpenter ants that like to establish their nests inside properties.

Behavior

Carpenter ants unlike its look-alike can bring total chaos to a home it is infesting. They will enter buildings in search of nesting sites or moisture and they go together with several thousands of ants. Commonly, the nests that they constructed inside a structure are an extension of a larger, parent nest just located not far away from the building it is nesting. The parent nest can be a live or dead tree, a woodpile, or landscaping materials.

Damage

The damage carpenter ants can bring to a structure is not the same as termites. Termites consume wood while leaving mud-like substance to cover the surface of the wood. Carpenter ants usually create an extensive galleries and tunnels without leaving any muddy substance. However, the galleries and tunnels that they create can compromise the structural integrity of a building, thus the need to eliminate them is necessary. Carpenter ants can also infest new buildings especially in locations where the colonies were disturbed that will cause them to move out into their old structure.

Successful Elimination

To better eliminate carpenter ants, better determine if the ants you saw are carpenter ants or just a black ant.

1. Search for them. Carpenter ants do not consume wood. They like to feed on living and dead insects. They mostly hollow out wood to build nests. Look for moist wood including dead trees, stumps, and logs that are left on the ground.

2. Search in the evening. You will not see them during the day since most foraging is done at night between sunset and midnight during spring and summer months.

3. Look for black or red ants. If possible, measure the two ants with a ruler. If this is not possible, do your best to assess the size and look if the ant has a distinct heart shaped head with huge jaws. This will indicate that you found a carpenter ant. Common fire and garden ants have ridged thoraxes.

Control

Once you have identified the right species of ant, you need to find and get rid of their nest especially if it is a carpenter ant that is now nesting inside a home structure. Getting rid of carpenter ant nest is difficult. This job should be given to experienced ant control specialist since they can easily do the five-step process of identifying the pest, providing recommendations, plans and actions for treatment and ongoing evaluation.

If you have an existing ant problem, contact Horizon Pest Control. To schedule a free appointment, go to NJ Pest Control.

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How the Local Pest Population in New Jersey is Affected by its Humid Environment

New Jersey is located nearly halfway between the equators and poles, this makes the state a battleground for air masses throughout the year. New Jersey is known for its humid climates, which makes the majority of insects to thrive in this area. During the hot, sticky summer months the insects become active and multiple more quickly while the cold, dry air of winter acts as a brake on the population of the insects. But, how are these pests affecting New Jersey as the years pass by? With the warming temperature progressing northward, insects that are not that common in New Jersey will also follow.

New Jersey - the Garden State

Three Types of Pests that are Increasing in Range

Ticks

Ticks are wingless, blood-feeding parasites that varies in color. These parasites are always looking for a host and if one is not available, they can survive up to a year even without feeding. However, female ticks need a blood meal before they can lay eggs. After the meal, she will drop off their host, then lays thousands of eggs. New Jersey commonly encounters the black legged tick also known as the deer tick, the American dog tick, and the lone star tick. According to the World Wildlife Fund, by mid-century, global warming will allow deer ticks and Lyme disease to spread over 68% of North America.

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Termite

Eastern subterranean termites are the most common type of termite found in New Jersey. They live in large colonies numbering in the millions for large infestations. They are 1/8 to ¼ inches long and have soft, white, oval-shaped, wingless bodies. They feed on cellulose from leaf litter, wood, soil and dung. They also create small mud tubes so that they can avoid exposure and the open air. In the past couple of years, the number of termite species has been increasing and has nearly doubled from 13 to 25.

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Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are long-legged insect with wings that have three pairs of slim legs. They have long proboscis that can pierce the skin. Male mosquitoes don’t suck blood since they consume nectar. In order for the female mosquitoes to lay eggs, they need to suck blood. Having mosquitoes around can be dangerous since they have the potential to create various diseases such as dengue fever, malaria and yellow fever. It is even expected by the World Wildlife Fund that as global warming increases, these diseases will also increase to up to 60%.

 

Due to certain factors such as driving insect population dynamics and effects of climate change, it can be expected that their growth will further increase. For instance, fire ants that are now found as far north as Virginia, could soon arrive in New Jersey by the end of the decade. The increase in humidity in the state is also altering the distribution, incidence and intensity of animal and plant pests and diseases. However, these changes are not just happening in New Jersey since every state is affected by the changes.

 

Protect your property and your loved ones from pests! To get professional help, go to Residential Pest Control Services.

Inspection, Exclusion and Sanitation: Cockroach Control for Businesses

Filed under: Cockroach Control,Commercial Pest Control — Megan Howard @ 5:32 pm August 26, 2013

Business establishments are not immune to cockroaches since these pests will go anywhere. They do not care if the area is new or old. What matters to them is to find a home and survive. With this in mind, owners of businesses know the importance of proper sanitation and what they should do to protect their company. However, some businesses that were not able to equip themselves against cockroaches, led them to lose profit and some even end up in bankruptcy. If your aim is to keep your company in good shape, it is also necessary to maintain the cleanliness of your establishment so as not to lose the trust of your customers and the good name that you hold.

Cockroaches will eat your food!

The Threat of Cockroaches

Cockroaches are not only unpleasant, but they also pose a threat to the surroundings they are in. They are known to transfer disease pathogens like different bacteria that can create food disorders to humans. They contaminate food, food preparation surfaces, dishes and eating utensils. Such contamination may result to gastrointestinal disorder .They can also trigger asthma to those individuals who have one. This can happen when the cockroach nymph shed its skin or their exoskeletons along with bits of cockroach feces. When inhaled by sensitive individuals this may cause allergic and asthmatic reactions.

Managing Cockroaches for Businesses

Cockroach elimination does not rely in just only using one method of control. Using pesticide may kill a few dozen cockroaches, but would still not be able to eliminate the entire colony. To get rid of all cockroaches, it is necessary to follow this with continuous inspection and treatment. The goal here is to create a long-term management or elimination, where the principles of Integrated Pest Management or IPM is applied.

Proper Inspection

A thorough inspection of an establishment will begin with inspection. The use of a flashlight and a mechanic’s mirror may be used to inspect voids that are difficult to process. You could also use probing tools and a flushing agent to inspect roach activity. Signs of roach activities will include dark speckling, cockroach consumption of foods, and the presence of egg cases and shed skins. Cockroaches normally hide just a few feet away from their food source. Look for areas that provide food, water and shelter. Keep in mind that these pests prefer natural surfaces such as wood and cardboard.

Valuable Tools for Inspection

  • Flashlight
  • Probing tools
  • Mechanic’s mirror
  • Aerosol
  • Sticky traps

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Proper Exclusion

To reduce their movement and hiding places, fill all gaps with materials such a silicone sealant or urethane foam. Roaches can also be excluded by sealing cracks, crevices and holes where roaches can easily go into. There are some cases where cockroaches live outside the structure. These places should also be inspected so that all points of entries are eliminated.

Proper Sanitation

Proper sanitation will include removing all possible food and water sources. Although these may be difficult to achieve especially in food establishments. However, every effort should be made to remove these items. While proper exclusion and sanitation  are still not a full guarantee of cockroach elimination, but these procedure will also help in enhancing the chances for cockroach removal. Proper removal of dirt, grease and moisture will result to the effectiveness of the sanitation. Two essential tools to cockroach removal are with the use of steam units and vacuums. These tools can kill and physically remove cockroach while sanitizing the area.

The Use of Pesticide

The use of pesticide is one of the easiest and practical ways to control roaches. Using these insecticides according to its label will also determine the success of cockroach control. Pesticides are now available in so many brands and formulations. These days, pesticides are not just the normal insect sprays, there are also gels that is applied by a syringe-type applicators, granular products, and so on. However, it is also important to use different products because cockroaches have the ability to avoid and resist baits over a period of time.

Cockroach Control Professionals

Although cockroach control can be done effectively even by the business owners and their employees just by the use of proper identification, exclusion and sanitation, and with continuous use of pesticides. However, for heavy infestation, getting the help of a professional will allow guaranteed result since they have unlimited number of products and the right equipment that is designed for cockroach control. If you need professional help, visit Commercial Cockroach Control.

Stinging Insect Classification: Wasps, Bees and Hornets

Filed under: Bee Removal & Management,Commercial Pest Control,Green Pest Control,Horizon Pest Control — Megan Howard @ 9:36 pm August 1, 2013

Controlling any pests starts by knowing the type of pests that are inside the premises. Stinging insects such as wasps, bees and hornets are some pest problem that can be experienced by many. However, the most common questions regarding insect classification surrounds the differences between the different types of stinging wasps, bees, and hornets.

Bees

They are fuzzy, flying insects with yellow and black stripes.

This is what a Bee looks like

 

Two Different Types of Bees

Bumble Bees. These bees are commonly seen buzzing on flowers. They help in pollinating plants and gather nectar to make honey. However, they do not make nearly as much honey as honey bees. They are also not aggressive as they go from flower to flower and they are more interested with the flowers than with the people around them. But, when it comes to their nests, they can be pretty aggressive and they will not hesitate to sting if they feel they are threatened. Bumblebees nests can be found anywhere such on dry grass clippings, piles of dried leaves, insulation, porch furniture cushions, discarded mattresses, and the like. They can also nest underground or on patios or sidewalks.

Honey bees. They are one of the most beneficial insects known to us since their role is to pollinate all different types of fruits and vegetable crops. And, because honey bees are important to our eco system, major precautions are also taken to preserve them. Honey bees that are found in a hollow tree or beekeeper’s box are alright, however, when they invade our home, this can be quite a nuisance. Their hives can create tens of thousands of workers and this can create a lot of problems when they nest inside a structure such as a home. If you find the crack or crevice that bees enter, do not seal the entrance hole shut first. Since honey bees are beneficial to man and the environment, every effort should be taken first to transport them into a suitable location. However, if this is not possible, the only last resort is to get rid of the bees and their nest.

Wasps

Wasps are about one-third inch to one inch long. All wasps are made as predator or parasite of other insects or are developed as scavengers. They also have a minor role in pollination and have much less “hairy” body than bees.

This is what a Wasp looks like

 

Categories of Wasps

Parasitic Wasps (Braconidae and Ichneumonidae). Parasitic wasps are non-aggressive creatures although they may have a long, scary looking stinger, which is used primarily to lay eggs. If they do sting however, they may just cause a little pain. They are called parasitic wasp because they lay their eggs in some insects. And, while their young develop on their host, their host will inevitably die in the process.

Solitary Hunting Wasps (Sphecidae and Pompilidae). To create a nest, the female will create rearing cells in some kind of nest, then hunts for a prey and paralyzes it and return it to the nests cell. When the cell is ready, it will lay its eggs together with the prey and seals it. Sphecid wasps hunt insects while pompilids hunt spiders. Some pompilipid wasps can create the most painful sting, while sphecid wasps have a mild sting.

Social Wasps (Vespidae). This group commonly encounters human contact and an unfortunate number of stinging incidents, with the overwhelming stinging incidents is caused by the yellow jackets. These wasps commonly creates a paper nest that is hidden to many. They also have a diverse taste and can feed on some insects, sweets and protein-rich foods. This group of wasp can be a complete nuisance in outdoor dining areas in late summer and around uncovered garbage.

Hornets

This is what a hornet looks like

Hornets commonly make paper closed nests in trees, shrubs and under eaves that may even surpass the size of a football. They create a paper-like nests out of wood fibers and their saliva. Hornets are more aggressive than wasps since they can sting anyone even without much provocation, and like wasps, they can sting anyone repeatedly. If your home has a bald-faced hornet, better call a pest control professional to remove its nest.

Horizon Pest Control can effectively remove wasp, bees and hornets in and around your home. Our qualified exterminator will make sure that these stinging insects will never go back to your place! To request a FREE initial consultation, click Yard Pest Control.

Why The Immediate Need for Cockroach Control for Businesses

Filed under: Cockroach Control,Commercial Pest Control,Horizon Pest Control — Megan Howard @ 5:01 pm July 19, 2013

Who loves to see cockroaches in kitchens? No one in their right mind would love to see cockroaches to be anywhere near their homes or establishments. For most businesses especially those in the food service industry, having cockroaches in their establishment is a big NO-NO! There is something in the structure of these creatures and the way they transmit their odor that most people find repulsive and objectionable. Besides from their odd looking appearance, these pests can transmit organisms such which can cause food poisoning. A business that is infested by cockroaches can be in danger of even closing because they are unsanitary and can possess a threat to people.

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Why Cockroaches are Pest

They carry disease. Cockroaches can carry disease-causing bacteria such as salmonella,  gastroenteritis, and dysentery. These bacteria can be deposited on food and utensils as these cockroaches feed and move about.

They can cause allergies and asthma. These pests can also trigger asthma to individuals who have one. Children and the elderly are prone to respiratory ailments once they get in contact with them or through their discarded fragments of skin.

They can adapt easily. Cockroaches are not just common in homes, but they can be found in every property. They consume organic matters, they are also great hitch-hikers and fliers, and spread rapidly.

They breed easily. There are different types of cockroaches and with each type of species are great breeders. Just a couple of cockroaches can turn into huge numbers in just a few weeks. Continually seeing adults and juvenile cockroaches are an indication that they are breeding close by.

 

When Cockroaches are in Business Establishments

  • Negative effect – any cockroach issues will reflect the business since they may contaminate the goods, food items, the health of the people around the establishment, and hygiene reputation of the place.
  • Panic – such panic can result to loss of customers and employees.
  • Damage – business profit may start to fail and may even result to temporary business closure.

Finding the Threat

Cockroaches are generally nocturnal insects, but if you find cockroaches even at daytime, it could be an indication that the infestation is getting bigger. At night when the lights are out, they can be seen scurrying along walls and crevices. Finding them during the daylight hours could mean that their nests are already overcrowded, which could also mean that your business is in trouble.

Benefits of Businesses Relying on Pest Control Services

For business that has infestation, it is most common for them to get the services of a pest control service since the quality of the business is more important than a few bucks of just doing it themselves.

  • Pest control service professionals can provide a good monitoring program that can help in identifying areas of cockroach activity and document the effectiveness of the control program.
  • Can resolve cockroach control faster than how inexperience business personnel do it.
  • Has the ability to treat and find hidden areas that cockroaches or other pests are hiding without harming its environment with the use of its different types of products.
  • Provides Integrated Pest Management or IPM that is the safest method for those who are prone to allergies or asthma attacks.
  • They know exactly where to look at and will use specialized equipment to gain access to normally not accessible parts of a building.

Immediate Actions to Control Cockroaches

  • Arrange regular night inspections by a qualified pest control professional.
  • Set up a regular cockroach control monitoring program that everyone in the company should follow.
  • Station suitable insecticides such as non-toxic insect dust, cockroach traps, and the like.

Once everything is settled and your business is properly sanitized and monitored for cockroach control, make certain to take the necessary actions not to let this happen again. Don’t give these cockroaches any reason to stay in your vicinity by not giving them food and water to survive. Make sure that your establishment is always clean and sanitized and that you always coordinate with the pest control technician as best you can.

Horizon Pest Control understands the importance of your business. We offer a comprehensive program that will protect and eliminate cockroaches from your establishment. To get help with your existing problem or to know more about our services, click Commercial Cockroach Control.

 

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Learning How to Bait Ants

Filed under: Ant Control,Carpenter Ant Control,Commercial Pest Control,Pest Control — Megan Howard @ 3:28 am July 11, 2013

We commonly see ants inside our home and at times we find it natural to see them as they get tiny portions of our sweets. However, when we commonly see a lot of them, this can be an indication that your home is infested. Leave a bit of food around for just a few seconds and you may have a lot of ants crawling to it. So what should you do if you know that ants are constantly foraging in your home? Well, you would most likely kill the ones you see. But, will this be a permanent solution? Probably after you killed the first ones, more would still come. They will continuously come and get the food that they are looking for unless you find the right solution.

Ants in your kitchen

How to Kill Ants?

Don’t just squash them, although you can do that all day. But, as said, more will just keep popping up and there is no stopping them. Naturally, those you see piled up in lines while they go near the kitchen sink or garbage cans are the foragers. They are the ones who search for food and water, then bring them back to their colony. When other foragers do not return to their nest, more ants will just go out.

To get rid of ants, better look for their nest and kill the whole colony. So, how do you do that? One way is to follow their trail. But, this can be difficult since their trail can go to areas that are difficult to be seen. You could also prepare baits for them. Baits are a combination of food that ants are attracted to and a slow-acting toxicant. It is necessary that the ants bring back these baits to their colony to eradicate them.

How to Bait Ants?

Baiting is an effective way  to destroy ants nest because the ants are bringing poison to their colony without them knowing it. The entire colony will feed on the bait and destroy them. Homemade baits are not that difficult to do. However, know that there are some ants that are attracted to sugar or sweets such as the carpenter ants and there are some ants that are attracted to protein. If one type of bait did not work and you still find them looking for other food source, change your tactics. Here are some suggestions to creating homemade baits.

  • Create sugar bait by blending two tbsp of molasses, one tbsp yeast and one tbsp sugar.
  • Create protein bait by mixing two tbsp Borax, peanut butter or bacon grease.

When using Borax, make sure that you place this type of bait to places where your kids and your pets cannot access them. Borax can be hazardous when swallowed. Better place your bait in a sealed container with some holes so ants can easily come in. To find out the type of food they like. Set the two baits and see what the ants will go after. After knowing what they like, continually serve them your homemade bait and wait a couple of days to see if they keep on coming back for more or if the number of ants are lessening.

Ants going to bait

The Goal of Your Bait

The goal of your bait is to have the forager give the food to the other workers, the queen and the entire colony.  Make certain that the poison you mix the food with is just the right amount so that they can still go back to their colony. Also, better set the baits at different places of the ant trail and leave them in places where you regularly see the ants.

You should also resist the temptation of killing them so that they can return to their colony and do their purpose. Always, prepare a new set of bait to see the result in just a few days. Make sure that you do this continuously until you find  that ants are gone.

If the ants continually ignore your bait or if you still find there is a lot of them even after continuous monitoring and baiting, it may mean that they do not like the food you are giving them. However, this does not mean that the bait is not effective. There are times that ants change their eating habits. Just find the right bait and you may be on your way to getting rid of them. However, there are still some ways to get rid of them such as with the use of an insecticide or calling the help of an exterminator. If baiting still does not work look for these alternatives.

Don’t let ants invade your home. Horizon Pest Control can help you solve your ant problem. To request an appointment, simply go to Residential Pest Control Services.

 

10 Best Tips to Bust Away Molds from Your Attic and Crawlspaces

Filed under: Commercial Pest Control,Horizon Pest Control,Mold Extermination — Megan Howard @ 4:47 pm July 1, 2013

Molds can be commonly found in spoiled food and the unused or forgotten spaces of your home- it could be the cabinet or space under your sink, the basement, the attic or crawlspace. Some people think that they are ugly, but not many realize the great danger molds can post to their health. Mold produce toxic compounds called mycotoxin, which is are poisonous and can affect the respiratory, digestive and even reproductive system. Long exposure to molds can cause serious illnesses and can even lead to fatality.

Why do molds form in attics and crawl spaces? It’s very simple- these are potential places where any small amount of moisture can enter. Given the fact that these are also hidden corners of the house and seldom used, it’s the perfect breeding place for molds. Keep in mind though that mold doesn’t grow overnight. They are like plants that grow slowly but surely grow, given the right conditions for them to do so.

Follow these easy steps and you’ll be busting away mold from your attics and crawlspace:

1.      Molds thrive in humid and moist places, be it the attic or crawl spaces.  To avoid this, make sure that the room has proper ventilation and must be kept drive at all times. Make sure that the air can properly circulate inside the room. Putting charcoal in a plastic pot and covering it with a net will help absorb moist in the air and keep the room dry.

Mold in attic

2.      For the attic, check that there is no leaking roof, especially during the rainy or winter season.  One small leak can cause molds to grow in your attic or crawlspace and you have no way of knowing immediately because they don’t just grow overnight.

3.      Stacking is good because you never know when you need something out of the pile. But then again, mare sure not stack rarely used items from the kitchen or bathroom. Anything that is likely to develop moist and thus, a potential breeding place for molds.

4.      Answering the need to keep the crawlspace moisture free, installing a vapor barrier can be a very helpful solution. Water in the ground evaporates in the air which in turn increases the level of humidity. When this happens in a crawl space, there is little or no way for the water to evaporate properly because of poor ventilation. When this happens, humidity rises and so thus moist. The solution is a vapor barrier which is done by covering the whole area with plastic sheet.

5.      Check for things that do not need to be stored anymore in the attic or crawlspace. By freeing some space in those areas, you are increasing the possibility of good ventilation and air circulation.

6.      Install good insulation sheets in the attic especially during the winter or summer when temperatures shoot up extremely or low. The added insulation can control the humidity and will later save you a lot of money.

7.      Check that the wall areas of your attic and crawlspaces must be absolutely free from any cracks. Cracks on the wall can be a potentially good entrance for water or moisture.

8.       Gutters in the roof must be cleaned at least twice a year especially the part near the attic. Any clog in gutters can be a potential passage of water to the attic.

Cleaning gutters eliminates mold

9.      Check the plumbing of both the attic and the crawl area. Make sure that there are no leaks or dents on the pipes. If the pipes are showing good measure of rust and discoloration, it’s time to change them.

10.  Do general cleaning of these places at least quarterly. Make sure to disinfect and clean every corner. When molds did form, do not clean them with bare hands. Inhaling the mycotoxin can wreak havoc to your immune system, so ask for professional services. There are pest control companies that offer them.

Attic and crawlspaces serve very important roles inside the house, so make sure you don’t take them for granted because when molds form in those areas, your family will be absolutely in danger.

Horizon Pest Control can successfully eliminate molds inside your home. Our qualified technicians only use high-quality products that will effectively solve your mold problems. To get help with your current mold issue or to learn more about our services, click New Jersey Mold Removal

 

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