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Avoid the Dangers of Fall Pests

Filed under: New Jersey Exterminator,New Jersey Pest Control — Tags: , — New Jersey Pest Control @ 3:31 pm October 6, 2017

The fall season brings with it warmer homes that will have pests seeking ways to move indoors and hunker down for the colder months ahead. Mice, rats, cockroaches and spiders are most likely to be lurking nearby in search of points of entry. Horizon Pest Control  explains that these fall pests can pose a public health and property threat, but homeowners can take action to help mitigate these risks.

Horizon Pest Control encourages homeowners to implement the following fall pest-proofing tips:

  • Screen attic vents and openings to chimneys.
  • Eliminate moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains.
  • Seal cracks and crevices on the outside of the home using caulk and steel wool. Pay close attention to where utility pipes enter the structure.
  • Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly in sealed receptacles.
  • Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows.
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house, and keep shrubbery well trimmed.
  • Install door sweeps and repair damaged screens.
  • Inspect items such as boxes of decorations and grocery bags before bringing them indoors.
  • If you suspect a pest infestation, contact a licensed pest control professional who can properly inspect and treat the problem.

Insects Are Being Used To Determine Water Quality

Filed under: New Jersey Exterminator,New Jersey Pest Control — Tags: , — New Jersey Pest Control @ 3:50 pm October 4, 2017

Insects Are Being Used To Determine Water Quality

You cannot be too careful about the water you drink these days, as pollution to freshwater regions is only becoming more problematic with each year. Most of the time, it is not easy to tell if a particular body of water has become adulterated with pollutants. Some sources of water may appear clear and free of contaminants, but who can really tell? Well, as it turns out, there are quite a few types of insects that are sensitive enough to tell if a particular source of water has become contaminated. Much of the world’s freshwater regions are located in Canada. Making sure that Canada maintains fresh natural sources of water is important for the entire world. However, during the past few decades Canada’s lakes have become polluted. Scientists need to know how polluted these lakes have become. This is why numerous concerned citizens in Canada are venturing outdoors to collect bottom-feeding insects from lakes, rivers and streams. The collected insect specimens will help researchers to determine the degree to which some lakes in Canada have become contaminated with pollutants.

Scientists in Canada have been the first to make use of a new technology that rapidly identifies an insect species and its classification. This technology was developed at Ontario’s University of Guelph. Before this technology was developed scientists were forced to use a microscope to identify one species at a time. Now, this new device can read an insect’s DNA instantly.

According to Elizabeth Hendriks, who is the vice-president of WWF-Canada’s freshwater program, these bottom feeding insects serve to “bioaccumulate” the composition of the water where they thrive. If there is an issue with the state of the water, then insects will know first. The bottom-feeding insects will react to the most subtle changes in water quality, and these physiological changes can be measured by new DNA sequencing technology. This technology has been referred to as environmental DNA, or eDNA for short.

Do you think this project focuses enough on preventing pollution? Do you think that the increased amount of people visiting the lakes to collect samples will only result in greater pollution?

Possums Are Likely More Unique Than You May Think | Animal Control Experts

Filed under: New Jersey Exterminator,New Jersey Pest Control — Tags: — New Jersey Pest Control @ 5:45 pm February 13, 2017

Possums Are Likely More Unique Than You May Think | Animal Control Experts

Nuisance Raccoon

There are plenty of wild critters that people find cute and adorable. For example, raccoons are normally thought of as endearing, especially when they are babies. However, for some reason, possums do not get the love and affection that a raccoon often gets from people, but what gives? Why do people think possums are so repulsive? And what can possums do that other mammals cannot?

For one thing, you probably should regard raccoons and other wildlife as being more dangerous than a possum. This is because possums, unlike raccoons, have an immunity to rabies. So possums do not spread diseases like rabies, or at the very least, it is highly unlikely. Even your own dog is more likely to have rabies than a possum. More specifically, possums are eight times less likely to be carrying rabies than domesticated dogs.

Amazingly, possums even have an immunity to snake bites that can cause paralysis and even death in human beings. The rattlesnake, the cottonmouth and other pit vipers possess strong venom, but not strong enough to phase a possum. So the next time you see a possum, take a closer look, because they are pretty adorable.

Have you ever spotted a possum in the wild? Were you afraid of it? How did it behave in your presence?

How A Variety Of Different Insects Prepare For Winter

This is the time of year when insects are going into chill-mode, or they just die. Some bugs hibernate over the winter, while other bugs will die, or succeed in finding a warm shelter during the winter months, such as your home. In any case, bugs tend to resort to a variety of different survival methods during the winter months, and some methods are more surprising than others.

Some insects, such as crickets, grasshoppers and praying mantises, leave their eggs behind for the winter before they die. Of course, there are many insects that succeed in migrating long distances, and into environments that are completely different from where they came from. For example, dragonflies, and the lesser-known tiny potato leafhoppers can migrate to other regions of the world with completely different and more hospitable climatic conditions.NJ pest control services

Other bugs, like the stinkbug and boxelder bugs, count on finding an indoor location in order to live out the cold winter. If these insects fail to find a warm location to chill out for four or five months, then they will certainly die as these bugs can only seem to survive in dwellings made for humans. However, many other bugs are content with the warmth that can be found underneath a rock. These are the bugs that you don’t need to worry about this winter, but keep an eye out for roaches since they prefer the comfort of your home during the winter months, and they make for bad Christmas guests.

Have you ever studied or even heard of a method of winter survival for bugs that was not mentioned in the above article? NJ pest control services

The Caterpillar That Throws Severed Heads At Its Enemies

Filed under: Exterminator Nj,New Jersey Exterminator,NJ Exterminator — New Jersey Pest Control @ 5:41 am November 2, 2016

The caterpillar of the three spot moth is a uniquely ugly life form, and there is a reason for its lack of aesthetic appeal. Researchers are under the impression that this caterpillar adorns itself with particular natural materials in order to disguise itself as bird feces. The caterpillar is not indulging in an extreme form of cosplay, rather the poop-disguise will fool potential predators into thinking…..well you get the idea.

photo: Eric Gofreedhttps://www.flickr.com/photos/egofreed/4928160733/in/photostream/ Harris’ Three Spot caterpillar butt

photo: Eric Gofreedhttps://www.flickr.com/photos/egofreed/4928160733/in/photostream/ Harris’ Three Spot caterpillar butt

This caterpillar’s tricks do not stop at improvised poop-disguises. For example, the little slimy looking objects adorning this caterpillar’s body are not actually materials of fecal composition, instead the caterpillar dresses itself in its own discarded heads. To make that clear, bugs undergo a molting process as they age into adulthood, which is similar to shedding skin. In the caterpillar’s case, it sheds its heads, and then keeps the old rotting heads for fecal related hijinks. For example, the caterpillar uses its old discarded heads as weapons in addition to making disguises out of them. The caterpillar has been known to chuck its old heads very fast at oncoming enemies as a fighting technique; presumably when their disguise fails.

Is it likely that this caterpillar uses direct confrontation with other hostile insects as a last resort because this caterpillar is still too immature to defend itself with preemptive attack techniques?