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Some Ancient Male Bugs Used Their Legs To Attract Females | Horizon Pest Control

Filed under: Horizon Pest Control,Pest Control — Tags: — New Jersey Pest Control @ 11:07 am May 24, 2017

Modern damselflies mate in many different ways. According to one expert, the various ways in which male damselflies approach females could be described as cooperative or downright hostile, depending on the situation. However, a recent archeological dig has unearthed two fossilized, and now extinct, ancient relatives of modern damselflies. And their way of mating was similar in some ways to their modern counterparts, and different in others. For example, both modern and ancient male damselflies use their legs to attract females, but ancient damselflies were far more interested in legs than modern damselflies.

Modern damselflies engage in mating rituals that involve waving their legs in front of the opposite sex. But modern damselflies sometimes bypass the ritual in order to engage in a more urgent-form of mating. The ancient male damselflies were larger than modern ones, and they also had more ornate legs.

The ancient damselflies legs are adorned with eye-like designs and strange protrusions that appear decorative. Many entomologists believe that these eye-like designs were used to fend-off predators. However, two researchers, Zheng Daran and Wang Bo from the Nanjing Institute of Geology and Paleontology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, disagree with the above stated theories, and instead they believe that the showy designs were used to attract female damselflies. Damselflies have advanced and highly acute eyesight relative to other insects. This may indicate that damselflies are designed to resort to visual cues when attempting to attract a mate.

Modern damselflies also use their legs to attract mates, but males are far less reliant on flashy legs than their ancient relatives when it comes to attracting females. Another researcher believes that male damselflies may have lost their flashy legs over time because their legs were attracting the wrong kind of attention, like dangerous predators. Also, their large legs with noticeable protrusions would not have been ideal for flying. The bulky male legs would have created a lot of drag for the airborne ancient damselfly. The factor, or factors, that are responsible for the genetic change cannot be determined with certainty, but this ancient insect is a great example of how insects evolved to become more efficient.

Have you ever spotted a damselfly with your own eyes? If you have, did you think that it was a dragonfly at first?

Raccoons: The Other New York City Residents

Filed under: Horizon Pest Control,Nuisance Wildlife & Animal Control,Pest Control — New Jersey Pest Control @ 10:21 am May 22, 2017

Raccoons: The Other New York City Residents

Have you ever lived in New York City? If you have, I am betting that you became well acquainted with raccoons. Even people visiting New York City make comments about the abundant raccoon population. Raccoons are normally tolerated by residents of New York City because the most abundant native animals in the big apple are probably cockroaches and rats. Even though raccoons are regarded as troublesome by many residents, at least raccoons are cute to look at. The raccoon populations in New York City have grown so rapidly that the Parks Department has made a video acquainting people with the fact that New York City is a raccoon’s paradise.

The video that was released by the New York City Parks Department explains how residents of New York City can safely cohabitate with raccoons. This video was not about adopting raccoons; instead the video focuses on ways for residents to protect themselves and loved ones from the raccoons that may own the city any day now.

Mitchell J. Silver, New York City’s Park Commissioner, was featured in the video asking residents of New York City to respect the wildlife that exists in the city. He also stated that New Yorkers share their city with six hundred other species of animal. The video specifically addresses the issue of feeding wild animals. The video states that feeding wildlife is unwise because feeding a raccoon only increases its chances of encountering another person. This encounter could turn out to be a violent altercation with a human. The overall message was one of respect for raccoons. This video was made as a result of a campaign known as Wildlife New York City. The campaign aims to better educate people on the nature of wildlife, and to dispel many harmful myths about wildlife that have persisted over the years. The video is easy to find on any social media outlet.

Have you ever taken note of the large raccoon population in New York City if you live there, or have ever visited the city?

Researchers Develop Holograms To Gain A New Perspective On Malaria

Filed under: Horizon Pest Control,Pest Control — Tags: — New Jersey Pest Control @ 1:05 am May 17, 2017

Mosquitoes are bad news. These flying pests are not only responsible for the severe itching that you perpetually experience during the summer, but they are also the world’s most prolific killers. Mosquitoes cause health problems in around five hundred million people every year; that is half of one billion! One mosquito-borne disease that causes a significant amount of death and suffering is malaria. Malaria alone is responsible for the deaths of, at least, 2.7 million people annually.

Here in the western part of the world, malaria is treated in a straightforward manner. In order to diagnose an individual with malaria in the west, all a doctor has to do is take some blood, and then analyze a small sample of the blood under a microscope. However, this is easer said than realized since analyzing blood in order to ascertain disease is a highly involved process that takes a lot of skill and education. The people that analyze blood samples are referred to as microscopists, and many malaria-ravaged countries in Africa are in short supply of these microscopists. This makes malaria impossible to diagnose until symptoms appear, and by then treatment options are too little too late.

However, it looks like scientists and engineers from Duke University have developed a new method of analyzing the blood samples. People living in poor countries can use holographic technology in order to diagnose the disease. The machine that creates the holographic image of the blood sample operates on an algorithm that can determine, beyond a doubt, if a blood sample is infected with malaria. Since this information has been released by the University, many private companies have developed smaller, lighter and more affordable holographic diagnostic machines. Some experts believe that this technology could mark the beginning of the end for many diseases that ravage the third world.

Have you ever cared for someone who had become ill with an insect-borne disease?

 

 

Try Something New And Take A Trip To Any One Of America’s Many Insect Museums | Insect Fun

Filed under: Horizon Pest Control,Pest Control — Tags: , — New Jersey Pest Control @ 2:32 pm May 15, 2017

Try Something New And Take A Trip To Any One Of America’s Many Insect Museums

We have all been to museums whether we wanted to go or not. But there exists a variety of different museums in the world that showcase a multitude of different and unusual aspects of the natural world. One type of museum (or zoo) that is gaining popularity fast is known as an insect zoo. These zoos exist to not only showcase unusual and remarkable insects and spiders, but they also exist as a conservatory for rare or endangered insects, and/or spiders. Although you may not know it, but there are actually many popular and renowned insectariums and insect zoos right here in the United States. In fact, the Natural History Museum in New York has recently spent three hundred and forty million dollars on an insectarium that will open at some point in the future.

One popular destination where you can learn all about the world’s diverse collection of insects and spiders would be the Los Angeles Natural History Museum. This permanent exhibition is known for having a rare species of spider that is known as the white-eyed assassin bug. This exhibition has also become popular for sponsoring the thirty first annual bug-fair. This event lasts for a period of two days from May 20th to the 21st, and it offers up cooked bugs for those interested.

On the other side of the coast there is the Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This museum has been hosting field trips for Philadelphia’s children for the past twenty five years, and its popularity reaches to all corners of the globe. This year the museum opened up the new Butterfly Pavilion, which details the different life stages of a butterfly. There are also well known, and respectable insectariums and insect zoos in many other states including Washington, Arizona, North Carolina, New Jersey and Oregon. And this is only naming a few of the most notable insectariums.

Have you ever visited an insectarium? If you have, then which insectarium did you visit?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The War Between Stink Bugs And Wasps Is About To Begin | Horizon Pest Control

Filed under: Horizon Pest Control — Tags: — New Jersey Pest Control @ 3:46 pm March 14, 2017

The War Between Stink Bugs And Wasps Is About To Begin | Horizon Pest Control

Nobody likes stinkbugs because they are literally impossible to like. These bugs, as their name would suggest, emit foul odors that the human sense of smell cannot tolerate. Not only do stink bugs inspire disgust, but they also devour plant-life as they are one of the most well known and most devastating of all insect-pests. As a result of years of taking years of abuse from stink bugs, researches have developed a creative way to rid the stink bugs from their habitats, and lawmakers have approved of this experimental extermination technique in eight different US states, including New York.

One reason why the stinkbug is one of the most damaging of all insect-pests is because it prefers a variety of different types of crops to feed on. These bugs feed on plants by inserting its mouth into the tastiest parts of a particular plant and sucking out the juices. Once this occurs nobody seems willing to eat what was being grown. In one case from 2010, mid-Atlantic apple growers blamed stink bugs for causing an eighteen percent decline in usable cropland that ended up costing a whopping thirty seven million dollars in damages.

Researches have long been aware that a particular kind of wasp enjoys destroying stinkbugs by laying its eggs inside the eggs of a stinkbug. This wasp is most commonly known as the samurai wasp. These wasps are not much of a nuisance to humans since they do not sting humans, but stinkbugs have a very different relationship with the samurai wasp.

After years of being aware of this natural stinkbug killer scientists are finally being granted permission to infect stink bugs eggs with the eggs of the samurai wasps in order to spread them about their habitat. Several state have signed on, and it is probably only a matter of a few years before we will be laughing off the existence of stink bugs as distant memories.

Have you ever taken a whiff of the supposed foul smelling odor that is emitted by the stinkbug? If you have, does it smell comparable to anything common?

Holiday Pest Prevention Tips

Filed under: Horizon Pest Control,Pest Control — Tags: — New Jersey Pest Control @ 2:53 am December 20, 2016
  • Shake off trees and garlands. Carefully inspect them for pests or eggs that can hide in branches before bringing them indoors.
  • If copying a DIY natural decoration from Pinterest or other craft site, inspect all foliage outside the home before beginning projects.
  • Store firewood on raised structures located at least 20 feet away from the home. Inspect firewood for pests and brush it off before bringing it indoors.
  • After pulling decorations from storage, unpack them outdoors to check for pests like mice. Look inside boxes for droppings or gnaw marks. Examine string lights to ensure wiring is fully intact.
  • When storing décor after the holidays, use durable, sealed containers that pests can’t chew through instead of cardboard boxes or plastic bags.

How to Identify Stink Bugs

Filed under: Bed Bug,Bed Bug Extermination,Horizon Pest Control,Pest Control,Pest Management — admin @ 10:37 pm June 3, 2016

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While stink bugs are not typically dangerous to humans or pets, they can be a nuisance inside your home, especially during the fall and spring. Most stink bug infestations occur when it starts getting cold and when it begins to warm up, since the bugs are actively looking for ways into or out of your home at these times.

How to Identify a Stink Bug.

The most common characteristic that almost every variety of stink bug shares is the wide and flat design of its exoskeleton. To most people, it appears as though there is a hard shield on the back of a stink bug, with some specimens growing up to three-fourths of an inch long and wide. A putrid odor comes from the underside of the insect when it senses it is in danger, which can be another telling sign that you are dealing with a stink bug.

When and Where are Stink Bugs Usually Seen?stink bugs

Stink bugs do not tolerate cold weather very well and will try to get to a warmer, protected area before the weather turns too cold. This results in the bugs trying to get into your house around the middle of fall, when it starts getting fairly cold at night. The bugs tend to hibernate during the winter if they haven’t completely made it inside your house, but their hibernation mechanism does not kick in if they make it inside a living area. Once it warms up outside, they will usually try to exit your home, but may end up coming right into your living space instead.

They can usually be found in areas that do not see a lot of foot traffic, especially somewhere like an attic or behind drywall in on exterior walls. During the winter, you will probably see very few stink bugs, even if you do have an infestation, but during the spring you may see a lot of them coming out from any cracks in your drywall and ceiling, as well as from older HVAC vents that are not properly sealed.

What do Stink Bugs Eat?

Stink bugs generally stick to fruits and vegetables as they are an agricultural pest. In the summer, you might see them in your garden where they can do some damage by killing any growing vegetables. In your home, they typically do not eat anything as they are just trying to get outside in order to reproduce. As with most pests, if you see one or two of them in your house, you can bet that there are many times that number hiding just out of sight, requiring the services of an exterminator to get rid of them.

Why Choose TAP Insulation for Your Attic

Filed under: Pest Management,TAP Insulation — Megan Howard @ 7:26 pm November 25, 2014

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Thermal Acoustical Pest (TAP) insulation is made for new homes, commercial buildings, and for attics that require new insulation. But, why should you choose TAP insulation? Well, it will mae surviving winter much more bearable. Natural gas and heating oil will always rise in price. Insulating your attic will allow you to save more money and be energy efficient.

T.A.P insulation is a new, innovative solution to insulating your attics. TAP is made from 87 percent recycled newspaper and all-natural boron compound. This new type of insulation is an all-natural, environmental, and permanent product that is safe and helps keep your home pest free. Since the material used for the insulation is a combination of all natural, low toxicity borates and recycled paper, it is more effective and even surpasses traditional types of insulation like fiberglass and foam insulation.

The thermal material has air-filled cells, or voids, and heat-reflective surfaces that slow down the transfer of temperature. The acoustical material also slows down the transmission of sound. Another advantage for this type of insulation is that it helps control and avoid infestations of pests such as cockroaches, termites, ants, booklice, crickets, centipedes, and so on, keeping your home more secure from such pests.

Benefits of TAP Insulation

It effectively eliminates pests. A great benefit to TAP is that it instantly eliminates pests that may be harboring in your attic. Ants, cockroaches, centipedes, termites, and more will not be able to survive, which will save your home thousands of dollars in maintenance and repairs. There is also no need to retreat the insulation as it lasts a lifetime.

Great for your savings

You will be able to save money and energy, especially when the summer comes, since the insulation will help keep your home cool. Even during winter, your home will be kept warmer with TAP. Your investment in this type of insulation can easily result in a return, as your heating and cooling bills are reduced.

Made as an acoustical barrier

TAP makes the perfect barrier for outside noises and indoor noise as well. With the use of this type of insulation, sounds from passing airplanes, helicopters, cars, and even lawnmowers can be reduced. Indoor sounds such as flushing toilets, loud music, and appliances can also be lessened.

To sum it up, TAP helps control pests, saves money and energy, absorbs sounds, is a perfect fit to any type of attic, environmentally friendly, provides fire resistance, made from all-natural ingredients, and is made to be a permanent insulation.

Horizon Pest Control is a certified T.A.P Pest Control Insulation installer. To learn more about our New Jersey services, visit Tap Insulation.

 

 

Stop Squirrels from Entering Your Home in New Jersey

Filed under: Pest Management,Rodent Control — Megan Howard @ 10:08 am October 1, 2014

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To gain access into your home, squirrels will use the trees that are touching your house, then gnaw the vinyl soffit to create their nesting site or create entry holes by gnawing into the wood. Once they gain entry into a house, they may be found in attic crawlspaces, in the chimney, on woodwork, or stuck inside the wall structure of your home.

Squirrels that have already gained entry into a home, and have already made nesting sites into the home structure may become too accustomed to their nesting site that they will not leave, even when the weather cools down. Squirrels are known as an all-year problem in New Jersey and can create extensive damage to a home structure.

For instance, the gray squirrel loves to stay in attics, and love to chew on wood, wires, ducts, pipes, and anything they can find in the attic. They run and create noises that can really be disturbing. The running part of these squirrels can still be tolerated somehow, but their ability to destroy in a short period of time can create bigger problems. The nesting material that they bring in plus the urine and feces they create can be potentially harmful to any homeowner.

The most effective way to get rid of squirrels in your property is to trap them. If you do not want to inhumanely dispose them, better set traps inside and outside potential nesting sites. It is also necessary to seal holes that they have chewed. It would be advantageous to seal possible entries with steel so that they cannot gain entry anymore. Also, tree branches that are touching the structure should be trimmed or cut. If all else fail, and squirrels are still in your home structure, call a pest control professional to do the exclusion for you.

If you see a squirrel or any nuisance animal in or around your property, call Horizon Pest Control. For more information about our services, go to New Jersey Animal Control.

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