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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?

Insects Are Making Summers More Dangerous

Filed under: New Jersey Pest Control — Tags: — New Jersey Pest Control @ 5:24 am June 15, 2017

Insects Are Making Summers More Dangerous

The summer is here, the temperatures are rising, and everybody is cursing the heat and wishing for the cool autumn breeze, like all summers. However, you may have to worry about more than just high heat and sweat this summer as insect populations are exploding, and that includes the bad kind of insects that you don’t want anything to do with. Insects like ticks and mosquitoes are the two most troubling types of insects as far as Americans are concerned. With the Zika virus waiting to make a comeback, and the increase in disease carrying tick populations, you should be safely prepared for outdoor activities.

Obviously, a lot of people spend more time outdoors during the summer months. And every time you step outside, you are putting yourself at risk. As the summer season progresses you will only see more insects because more insects are reproducing. This year was notable too because ticks made an early appearance in the year. This year, ticks were first spotted during the month of February. Normally, the temperatures in February are far too low to sustain tick life. Experts say that this early tick appearance could be a sign of things to come as ticks have had an unusually long period of time for reproduction. Of course, this means that you will have to check your hair and clothing every time you step inside from an outdoor venture, but this mostly applies to people living on the east coast only.

The kind of diseases that mosquitoes and ticks carry depend on which region they dwell within. For example, people living on the east coast need to fear ticks because many eastern ticks are carrying Lyme disease. However, ticks located in some western regions of the US carry Rocky Mountain spotted fever, but ticks that carry Lyme disease are still around in many western states. So be careful this summer, and be sure to buy a holster for your bug-spray.

Do you carry bug-spray around with you when taking part in outdoor social events?

 

 

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

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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?

Giant Japanese Spider Is Found In A Shipping Container | New Jersey Pest Control

Filed under: New Jersey Pest Control,NJ pest control services,Pest Control — Tags: — New Jersey Pest Control @ 3:05 pm January 23, 2017

Giant Japanese Spider Is Found In A Shipping Container | New Jersey Pest Control

It seems that there has been a lot of stories in the media lately about invasive insects and spiders arriving in America through shipping containers. You would think that since invasive insect pests are so devastating shipping officials would have figured out some way of making all shipments pest-free, but apparently that is easier said than done. Recently a shipping crew found a giant spider in a container from Japan.

Word has it that not a single member of the shipping crew was willing to trap the spider or remove it from the crate where it was found on account of its very large terrifying look. So the workers contacted an expert. Eventually an animal collection officer arrived to take care of the scary spider for the dock workers.

The spider turned out to be a large huntsman spider that is normally found in Australia. This spider can reach lengths of 13 or more centimeters, and their venom is not deadly to humans. Although these creatures are huge and scary looking they are completely harmless.

Which foreign insect or spider pest do you think is most damaging to North America’s ecosystem?

A Centipede Stalks First-Class Passengers | New Jersey Pest Control

Filed under: New Jersey Pest Control,Pest Control,Pest Control New Jersey,Pest Control NJ — Tags: — New Jersey Pest Control @ 3:12 pm January 2, 2017

A Centipede Stalks First-Class Passengers | New Jersey Pest Control

A bunch of rich people riding in first class aboard an airline recently got the scare of their lifetimes when a giant, ugly centipede made its presence known. The centipede was first discovered onboard when it tried to crawl up the leg of a first class passenger. The passenger then brushed the centipede off of its leg, and it scuttled away underneath some seats, and that is when panic ensued.

The ten centimeter centipede likely found its way onto the plain via passenger carry on luggage. Once the plain arrived at its destination, it was promptly killed by quarantine inspectors. An official with border authorities took this recent scare as an opportunity to educate people on the importance of checking their bags for any foreign invaders before stepping onto an airplane. If the centipede had not been destroyed upon arrival in New Zealand, then the centipede may have proliferated and could have caused disaster to New Zealand’s agricultural industry.

Do you think that incidents like the one described in the article is the primary way that insects invade foreign soil?

 

 

The Arthropod That Is More Durable Than A Roach | New Jersey Pest Control

Filed under: New Jersey Pest Control,Pest Control,Pest Control New Jersey — New Jersey Pest Control @ 10:43 am December 26, 2016

If someone asked you which type of insect was the toughest of all insects, you might remember the cockroach as being a nearly indestructible organism. Actually roaches do not even come close to the durability of the tiny arthropod that is commonly known as a “water bear”. New Jersey Pest Control

Despite being only half a millimeter in length the water bear is generally recognized among experts as being among the most durable organisms that exists today. The water bear has been found in just about every type of environment that you could imagine. For example, these tiny bugs have been spotted thriving in freezing cold mountaintops, the rainforest, the arctic and even the deep sea. These bugs can obviously withstand extreme temperatures with no problem. In fact, the water bear can withstand temperatures ranging from -450 degrees Fahrenheit to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. If that is not impressive enough, the water bear can even survive a full ten years without food. I think it is fair to say that this bug will be around long after humans have left.

Can you think of any other animal/s that can build populations under any type of climatic condition?