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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.

Preparing the Indoor and Outdoor of Your Home from Stink Bugs

Filed under: Green Pest Control,Horizon Pest Control,Stink Bugs — Megan Howard @ 9:22 pm August 16, 2013

Stink bugs also known as shield bugs, are flying insects that can invade your house and create destruction. They are not an insect that originated from the U.S. This insect came from Taiwan, China, Korea, and Japan as an agricultural pest. Their presence brings a serious problem in the U.S. that started in the late 1990s.

Identifying Stink Bugs

This is what a stink bug looks like

To properly control stink bugs, better know how they look like first. These insects are a shield shape bugs that loves to invade gardens during the summer and then invade homes during fall. When you crush them, they will emit a stink where they got their name from. This odor also is what helps them come back from their favorite spots and let them stay there for a very long time. They lay their eggs in the garden, then find shelters at home especially during the cold months. They can hide in curtains, drawers, laundry or bedding, which makes them even difficult to eliminate. After the winter is over, these bugs will start to move around where you will finally see them coming out from the inside of your home.

Controlling stink bug is not an easy task just like controlling any other household pests. Stink bugs are just like large beetles that can range in color from brown and gray to bright green. Some individuals despise on killing them because they literally stink. Some prefer using a vacuum cleaner to remove them on walls and windows, but they will also discover that the smell can linger in the vacuum for some time, which can also be irritating.

Prevention in Your Garden

To stop stink bugs from even entering your home, better stop them from even infesting in your garden. They love to stay in your garden and they will stay there until they can. Here are some ways to stop them in your garden:

  • Protect your crops with covers so that stink bugs cannot eat them.
  • Do not plant sunflowers near your plants because stink bugs love sunflowers. You could use this flower however, to lure them in an area where they can infest on the sunflower and you can spray them with chemicals.
  • Pick as much stink bug as you can find and drown them in a can of soapy water. Although there is a chance that you will not be able to find every one of them, but this will be a good habit of just getting rid of them the safe way.

Prevention at Home

Here are a list you can do to stop stink bugs from entering your home:

  • Fill a half gallon or gallon jug with soapy water and use this to drown the bugs by putting them in.
  • Seal up all possible entries such as holes around windows and doors with caulk or weather stripping.
  • Secure screens on doors and windows. These should be replaced if it becomes damaged.
  • Hang a damp towel outside your home overnight so that these bugs will blanket the towel. Eliminate them by putting the entire blanket into a jug of soapy water or use a vacuum.
  • Squish stink bugs outdoors so that they can warn the others not to mess in your home.
  • Keep the curtains and shades drawn at night since they are also attracted to light.

Stink Bugs

 

When Using Vacuum

Since using your vacuum can effectively get rid of dead and live stink bugs, this can cause a permanent stink bug smell in it. However, vacuuming is still one of the most effective ways to get rid of stink bugs even outdoors. To avoid the stinky smell, do not use your regular vacuum for this task. If possible use a shop vac. If your shop vac has a bag, be certain to change it right after you are done vacuuming these pests. Wash the shop vac thoroughly after using it to get rid of the smell.

To successfully eliminate stink bugs from your home, contact a professional. If you need immediate help or to learn more about stink bugs, visit New Jersey Stink Bugs.

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.

How to Deal With Basement Mold

Filed under: Commercial Pest Control,Green Pest Control,Horizon Pest Control,Mold Extermination — Megan Howard @ 3:54 pm June 17, 2013

About Mold:

Simply put, mold is a collection of microorganisms and fungi that like to grow in dark, damp environments. Mold is taxonomically diverse, having over 100,000 different species each with its own unique characteristics like size, shape, and color. In nature, mold helps break decaying matter down and actually helps in the production of certain foods like cheese. In homes, however, mold is highly unappealing, and can severe mold infestations can cause allergic reactions in certain individuals.

Despite what the mainstream media likes to say about mold, most commonly encountered molds are harmless and deaths caused by mold are highly uncommon.

Facts About Basement Mold:

Basements usually have no ventilation due to the lack of windows, and are highly humid due to the large amount of plumbing that often runs through them. This combination of factors, a lack of sunlight and fresh air, and high humidity, is what makes basements more prone to mold than any other region of a house. But in spite of this, basement mold CAN be controlled, as long as you know what to do.

Undetected basement mold

 

  • Sump pump failure is the most common cause of excess moisture leading to mold growth. Investing in a good, high quality, sump pump with a battery backup and other redundancies is always cheaper than paying to have a flooded basement professionally drained, dried, and cleaned.
  • Seepage is another common cause of mold growth, often from cracks in the home’s foundation. Mold growth is usually centered around the crack, making it easy to treat provided you seal up the crack, and others like it, to prevent recurrence.
  • If you’ve got back basement stairs leading to the basement, ensure that the floor drain cover hasn’t been blocked up by leaves, or get a cover that prevents it from happening
  • Be sure to air out your basement from time to time to ensure that the air inside doesn’t go stale.
  • Excess moisture is your enemy. Moisture problems can occur at joints where two dissimilar materials, like wood and stone, meet. This occurs because the materials expand and contract at different rates.
  • Leaking pipes are another source of excess moisture. Fixing these leaks brings two benefits: first, you’ll eliminate another potential cause of excess mold, and second, you’ll save money on your monthly water bill.
  • If water enters your basement, you have 48 hours before mold growth begins to dry it out. Dehumidifiers and blower fans are the most effective tools for drying a flooded basement.
  • Basement carpeting and drywall that has been exposed to water usually has to be discarded. Their porous nature allows them to retain mold spores regardless of how well you clean them.
  • When building your basement, opt for tile flooring as opposed to wood or carpet, as tile is less prone to mold growth than the other two.
  • Don’t neglect the basement area when cleaning the house. Clean it at least once a week to air it out and get rid of excess moisture.

Horizon Pest Control provides cure for mold problems. We eliminate the source of the problem making sure that the molds will never come back. To know more about our services, click Mold Removal NJ.

How to Humanely do Squirrel Control and not Hurt Them

Filed under: Commercial Pest Control,Green Pest Control,Nuisance Wildlife & Animal Control,Pest Control — Megan Howard @ 12:24 am June 2, 2013

Hello, I'm a squirrel

 

Squirrels can be fun to watch especially if they are darting around up and down trees. But, if they are darting up and around your attic, then that is a different story. Squirrels residing in your roof or attic can cause a lot of damage to your home. Squirrels are not nocturnal like bats, rats and mice, which are up at night. They can be found rustling during the daylight hours, which can really be disturbing. The worst part is if they have already created a nest of squirrels.

Squirrels are still rodents like mice and rats, which needs their incisors to be at a manageable length. They do this by continuously chewing. So, if they are now residing in your home you may expect the unexpected.

Problems that you may have with them are:

  1. Health problems that may arise when squirrels are left unattended that includes the spread of parasites and excrement, which can also cause diseases.
  2. Urine and feces will also linger and go through vents and into the home.
  3. Chewed wires can cause electrical problems that may result to fire or expensive repairs.
  4.  PVC plumbing pipes that are chewed can create water leaks and plumbing problems.

If your aim is to remove these squirrels without hurting them there are alternatives to handling them as humanely as possible. And, since most of these squirrels are just there to nest, this means that you are dealing with a mother who just wants to protect her babies. Squirrel control may be a bit tricky, but could also be easy if you take these steps.

Steps to Squirrel Control

  1. Turn-on the radio. Creating noise can discourage such rodent from residing in your attic. Put a radio in the attic and turn it on during the day and you may not even have to trap them.
  2. A strong odor can help. Put hot chili peppers, ammonia or bleach in places where you think the mother is nesting because these can help in driving them away.
  3. Use humane animal traps. Make certain that you get the right type of trap, then place them in areas where you think the mother is nesting. Humane animal traps to choose from are the single animal live cage trap, the repeating trap, and the one-way exclusion door. Be certain that you trap the mother and all her babies because if you don’t and you release the mother, there is still a chance that she will come back for her baby, thus creating more havoc.

Once the squirrels are out, better make the necessary precautions for them not to come back.

How To Stop Squirrels from Entering Your Home

  1. Seal any holes or openings that may lead them back to your home.
  2. Make certain to trim tree branches where it is already overhanging on the roof.
  3. Chimney caps should also be installed.
  4. Refrain from feeding squirrels from now on.
  5. Place durable mesh over vents.
  6. Arrange the attic and put it in order.

If you still find yourself not being able to control them, better get the help of an expert. Catching them can be a bit tricky since they do not always stay in the attic. They may even dwell in walls or come back especially if you were not able to trap all of them, which includes her litter. The baby could also die once you release the mother, which could cause that terrible rotten smell that comes with dead animals.

Horizon Pest Control can help you trap all of the squirrels, then release them into the wild, which is far from your home. To set an appointment or to learn more about our animal control services, click Nuisance Animal Control.

Making Ant Control for Homeowners Easy

Filed under: Carpenter Ant Control,Green Pest Control,Pest Control — Megan Howard @ 12:22 am

Ants regardless of their size and color have one basic goal and that is to build a colony. To most householders, they just look alike, but they are mostly found having different species around homes and buildings. Dealing with them can be very frustrating. Just when you thought you have already exterminated them, you will still find them walking past you. So, how can you get rid of ants in your house?

Just like their normal behavior when they are outdoors, they live to forage for food or seek shelter or just both. They live in colonies, which consist of an egg-laying queen, short-lived males, and sterile female workers. The ants you mostly see in your kitchen or in your garden are the workers. During the springtime, ants will develop their wings and would fly to new homes to forage for food or create a new nest. The reason we find ants a nuisance is that they are attracted to the same types of foods we like, making them hard to get rid of.

Ant getting away with an apple

 

Why are Ants Difficult to Control?

Ants can easily enter through even the tiniest cracks to seek water, sweets, and even greasy food substance in your kitchen. Once they find their food source, they leave an invisible chemical trail that contains pheromones for others to follow. Their nest can be anywhere inside your home or  just outside your garden. They can be even found under the foundations of your home. They can number up to 300,000 to 500,000 and the entire colonies can relocate quickly once their nest is threatened. These colonies can live for a long time with the worker ants living up to seven years and the queen living as long as 15 years.

How to Get Rid of Ants?

Remove their food source

Tidy the kitchen. Wash countertops, cabinets, floors, and do not leave crumbs or garbage around. Living your kitchen even with just a little food source can attract workers, thus making their stay in your kitchen more comfortable. Also, clean your animal’s food bowl regularly. Remove objects that can also attract moisture such as flowerpots, barbecue grills, boards, large pieces of debris, bricks, sheet metal, and the like.

Find the colony

One of the most common mistakes people do, when trying to control ants is that they just spray on the ones they find. They do not realize that the ants they sprayed are just a small portion of an entire colony. The best solution to get rid of them, is to eliminate the queens and other colony members within nest. However, it is not easy finding the colony. Most of their preferred locations are spaces behind the walls, cabinets, appliances, behind window and door frames, and beneath floors or concrete slabs. Since these areas are hidden, it is mostly difficult finding where they are exactly. In most cases, insecticide baits can be the best option for homeowners.

Ant colony

 

Find the right remedy

While solutions for ant control may bring short-term remedy, there are however, long-term solutions that you can also apply. Controlling ants inside your home may be a long battle, but it is not a battle you cannot win. There are so many sources of remedies given to homeowners and you can also purchase them in stores.

If you are aiming to just remove the ants without entirely hurting them, there are also a lot of Eco-friendly products available in the market. However, if your aim is to get rid of the entire colony that is now residing in your home, there are also a lot of insecticides in the market. But, if your house is already infested by ants and controlling them may be a bit tricky, the only remedy is to get a professional ant control.

Horizon Pest Control can help protect your home from ants. If your house is already infested with ants, we also offer ant removal services. To schedule an appointment with us, visit Residential Pest Control.

Bug Bombs vs. Integrated Pest Management

Filed under: Commercial Pest Control,Green Pest Control,Horizon Pest Control,Pest Management — Megan Howard @ 9:12 pm March 8, 2013

In the realm of DIY pest control, bug spray is one of the most commonly used tools. Its effectiveness and affordability have made it the go-to tool for handling small scale infestations in small areas. But what happens when you need to cover a large area? Enter the bug bomb. This device is used when you need to fill an area with pesticide, killing every pest and insect inside it.

Bug bombs spray out concentrated pesticide as super-tiny droplets, between 20-30 micrometers large, and they operate in a way that’s similar to fog machines used by special effects technicians all around the world and, in fact, can be considered somewhat modified versions of them. When properly used, they can blanket an area in a fine mist of pesticide that’s designed to kill insects on contact.

Due to their somewhat large area-of-effect, the area to be treated has to be specially prepared to accommodate it. The location, and oftentimes its surroundings, is usually completely cleared of all furniture and belongings, and anything that isn’t easy to move is covered with tarps and plastic wrap. Residents in nearby areas are sometimes asked to leave if the treatment will affect them as well. After treatment the area has to lie dormant for a specified period of time, ranging from a few hours to a few days depending on how intense the treatment was, and then ventilated and cleaned to remove any traces of residue.

Bug bombs are highly effective pest-killers, but they are also highly dangerous. Between 2001-2006, over 450 bug bomb-related injuries were reported, with various causes ranging from entering the treated area too soon, or failure to clean and/or ventilate the area following treatment. The pesticides that are most often used in these bug bombs are, for the most part, harmless to mammals (including humans), but there are instances where people exposed to them develop allergic reactions and suffer symptoms such as abnormal skin sensations, dizziness, headache, nausea, vomiting, and seizures. Additionally, these pesticides also pose a fire risk thanks to their use of aerosol propellants to propel the are often flammable, and have even been known to cause explosions.

Integrated pest manageentFor these reasons, Horizon Pest Control doesn’t endorse the use of Bug Bombs. Rather we prefer Integrated Pest Management and very targeted treatments to eliminate pest threats. The combination of looking at pest control with a holistic approach to not just eliminating current pests, but to reduce exposure to returned pest invasions in the future reduces the need for over the top ad dangerous solutions such as Bug Bombs.

If you’re considering such an option for your home or property, please call us today for a Free Inspection for an alternative approach to help. You can also  go to Integrated Pest Management to learn more about our services.

Pesticides Over the Years

Filed under: Commercial Pest Control,Green Pest Control,Horizon Pest Control,Pest Control,Pest Management — Megan Howard @ 4:42 pm February 26, 2013

The struggles between humans and pests has raged on since the beginning of modern civilization. Whenever a community grows, there exists a need to feed that growing population, and where there are people, there are pests as well. They compete with humans for food and space, and will ultimately reduce their overall quality of life if left uncontrolled so it was necessary to take up arms against pests to protect valuable food sources. One of the oldest known weapons in this struggle is the pesticide.

Pesticides are substances and materials designed to drive away or kill pests, and people from all civilizations sought after and developed various kinds of pesticides. The earliest pesticides were naturally occurring, often found in nature as an element or a by-product of animals. One of the first known pesticides was sulfur. Farmers in ancient Mesopotamia scattered it across their crops to ward off pests, and it was effective against mildew, ringworm, ticks, and mites.

By the 15th century other natural elements were being used, such as  arsenic, mercury, and lead. It is important to note, however, that these elements are now known to be highly toxic, and should not be used on plants or humans. In addition to natural elements people developed a crude form of fumigation to control mildew growth on plants. It worked by lighting a fire, using straw, chaff, hedge clippings, or animal horns as fuel so as to create a noxious smelling smoke, and place it so that the wind would blow the smoke into the fields where the crops were.

As humans’ knowledge of chemistry grew and evolved, they began to develop “synthetic” pesticides. The first known synthetic pesticide was created in the 19th century from dried Chrysanthemum flowers. It was known as Pyrethrum, and proved itself to be a very effective pesticide. So much, in fact, that it is still being used today, often in conjunction with other chemical compounds. Pesticides based on pyrethrum and arsenic were prevalent from this time until the 1950s, where the second World War would bring about a major development in the field of pesticides: DDT.

DDT was first synthesized by a scientist named Paul Mueller, who used it on troops fighting in foreign theaters of war, where malaria was prevalent. It was highly effective against mosquitoes, and eventually went on to become the most widely used pesticide in America. For more than 40 years, DDT was used everywhere from crops to city streets, and it helped eliminate malaria and created a huge food surplus. But this widespread use didn’t last forever, and by the 70’s people began to question whether such rampant pesticide use was good for the environment, and government-sponsored research confirmed that it was not.

This resulted in a ban on DDT use across America, one that other countries around the world followed suit on, and a call from the public to seek out and develop more environmentally-friendly pest control techniques. One such technique, Integrated Pest Management, or IPM, was born from those efforts, and is the best pest control technique to use in terms of effectiveness and environmental impact. Integrated Pest Management is a practice that Horizon Pest Control has followed before the green movement was popular. Our motto to “Protect Health and Property” is 42 years old. We have families, kids and pets too and we strive to keep them safe while protecting our property, the same we strive to keep your loved ones and property safe too. To read more about our Green Pest Control solutions click on this link: http://www.horizonpestcontrol.com/greensolutions.php

For more information on Integrated Pest Management or IPM, click on this link: Integrated Pest Management.

 

Natural Pest Control

Filed under: Green Pest Control,Pest Control,Pest Management — Megan Howard @ 9:47 pm February 17, 2013

Green Pro CertifiedWhen people talk about pest control, they often talk about using pesticides, traps, IPM, fumigation, or other various artificial ways of destroying pests and their habitats. Every year Americans use a combined total of more than 136 million pounds of pesticides on their homes and gardens, and its estimated that homeowners use three times more pesticides than the average farmer. The consequences of this rampant pesticide use are chilling, but what alternative do homeowners have when faced with a stubborn pest infestation?

Natural Pest Control

Solutions to this problem can be found through natural pest control, a collection of techniques and processes that involve using naturally occurring substances and planting techniques that hamper pests’ abilities to thrive in your garden. Some of the more common natural pest control techniques include the use of seaweed mulch, crop rotation and interplanting, and debris removal.

First, is seaweed mulch. Seaweed itself contains over 70 different enzymes and minerals, all of which are beneficial to plants. When mixed in with soil as mulch, the minerals are released as it decomposes, and are absorbed by the plants, helping them become stronger and more resistant to disease, while acting as a natural slug repellant.

Next is crop rotation and interplanting. These two techniques date back to the Roman Empire, and were used to great effect to disrupt the natural cycles of crop-damaging pests. By mixing the arrangements of the plants in your garden, and changing it on a regular basis, pests are less likely to spread throughout your whole garden.

Finally, debris removal involves removing weeds and other plant trimmings, like piles of fallen leaves or branches, and cutting down tall grass. These areas are often breeding grounds and food sources for insects like ants and bees. Removing them not only forces them to look elsewhere for shelter, but it also makes your garden look better.

Natural pest control is far less expensive than traditional pest control, and less damaging to the environment as well. If you’re suffering from a pest infestation, but are concerned about the impact that standard treatments will have on the environment, contact us and ask about our natural pest control methods. We take great pride in providing green pest solutions in the New Jersey area.  To learn more please call us or click New Jersey Green Pest Control.

 

 

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