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Stinging Pest Information | Pest Control

Filed under: Uncategorized — New Jersey Pest Control @ 3:41 pm May 10, 2017
  1. Bald-Faced Hornets: Bald-faced hornets get their common name because they are largely black in color, with a mostly white face. These social insects live in colonies that can contain between 100 and 400 members at their peak. They build nests that are at least three feet off the ground and in exposed locations such as trees, utility poles, overhangs, houses, sheds or other structures. Unlike many other stinging insects, bald-faced hornets do not reuse their nests season after season.

Prevention: Bald-faced hornets are aggressive and will attack if their space is invaded. During the summer months, walk around the exterior of your home to inspect for nests on a routine basis, paying special attention to overhangs, eaves, the underside of porches and decks.

  1. Yellowjackets: These social insects tend to build nests in trees and buildings, as well as in the ground. They are slow to sting unless their nest is threatened, in which case they will become highly aggressive. Unlike bees, yellowjackets can sting several times and inflict severe pain.

Prevention:  Yellowjackets are especially attracted to sweets and proteins, so it is important to cover food and drinks during outdoor events and promptly clean up and dispose of food and garbage in a sealed trash container.

  1. Paper Wasps: Paper wasps get their common name from the paper-like material they use to build their nests. Their nests are typically made in the shape of an umbrella. These pests build nests on twigs and in tree branches and shrubs, as well as porch ceilings, eaves and similar covered places. Wasps are capable of stinging more than once and may use alarm pheromones to call for back-up in defending their nest.

Prevention: Check for paper wasp nests before performing yard work such as shrub or hedge trimming. Treat wood fences and deck railings with a repellant oil to deter paper wasps from gathering cellulose for nest creation.

Is It True That Spiders Are Only Three Feet Away From Us At All Times? |New Jersey Spider Control

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — New Jersey Pest Control @ 5:23 am May 8, 2017

Is It True That Spiders Are Only Three Feet Away From Us At All Times? | New Jersey Spider Control

I am sure that you have heard before that spiders are always within close proximity to humans. One figure that gets thrown out a lot is “three feet”. So apparently you have a spider within a three foot radius of where you are sitting right now. This happens to be one of those myths that many experts know the origin of, and it came from a renowned arachnologist.

The bug expert, Norman Platnick, claimed in an article that he wrote back in 1995, that at any given moment, a spider is no more than a few yards away from you. After this claim was made, the saying spread like wildfire. Just one year after this supposed factoid, a major newspaper in Hawaii repeated this claim, only this time the “few yards away” became “three feet away”.

The problem is that this is technically true since we have microscopic bugs crawling all over our skin at all times, but that is hardly the same thing as a big spider. Actually, the bugs that we have crawling on us are mostly dust mites, which is a far cry from a spider.

A few years after the newspaper in Hawaii repeated an altered version of the arachnologists statements, nature writers began following suit. One nature writer claimed that spiders are always at least a meter away from us at all times. Eventually, the repeated comments that were originally spoken by Platnick became so outrageous and progressively more false that Platnick himself stepped in to correct the confusion several years after he uttered the quote. This time Platnick clarified his “few yards” statement by saying that spiders are actually around eight feet away from you at all times. However, this claim has yet to be backed with solid evidence.

Do you believe that it is really true that spiders are within eight feet from us at all times?


Little Known Facts About Skunks

Filed under: Uncategorized — New Jersey Pest Control @ 5:59 am April 19, 2017

Little Known Facts About Skunks

It is springtime and the skunks are beginning to emerge from their lairs and search for food and mates. Yep, it’s also that time of year. Now, we all know that you shouldn’t mess with skunk unless you want to get sprayed by their butt juice that is basically impossible to get rid of. You and the clothing you were wearing will smell for the rest of your life. So, that’s easy, right? Just don’t bother them. But it’s not just us humans that are curious about these striped critters. Dogs also seem to have a fascination for them. So, let’s take a look at some of the facts about skunks you didn’t know and how you might deal with them this spring.

Just to start off, you should know that it’s not just adult skunks that can spray foul odors onto their predators. Baby skunks can spray even before they can open their eyes to see. I imagine that could lead to all kinds of shenanigans for their mothers with babies accidentally spraying each other because they can’t see and they think their brother or sister is an enemy. One thing you probably don’t know is that skunks don’t usually spray a predator unless they feel threatened. Usually they will just stick up their tail in warning and let out a little sample whiff of what the predator can expect to get if they proceed further.

Another way skunks will try to scare off predators is for a mother skunk to face the danger head on and begin stamping her front paws. They may also hiss and lunge at the predator. If they are being tracked through an area with dense flora, they will also let out a cloud of their special spray to discourage the predator from continuing to stalk them. And when skunks do decide to spray a predator they specifically aim their butt towards the face so they can get them in the eyes, nose, and mouth. Pretty clever for a furry four legged animal.

Finally, what everyone really wants to know is what do you do if your dog comes homes smelling of skunk. Well, experts agree that the best thing to do is mix together four cups of hydrogen peroxide, a teaspoon of dish soap, and a quarter-cup of baking soda and wash them down good. You may have to repeat a few times to totally get rid of the smell.

Has your pet ever come home smelling like its been sprayed by a skunk? What did you do?

Can Bats See Objects With Their Eyes After All?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — New Jersey Pest Control @ 5:08 am March 27, 2017

Can Bats See Objects With Their Eyes After All?

It has long been thought that bats function entirely without the sense of sight. The phrase “blind as a bat” has immortalized bats as animals that are blind, but is this fair? Is it true that bats cannot see any objects at all with their eyes? Why do bats even have eyes?

It is becoming better known among the public that bats navigate the environment by means of an ability that is unique to bats. This ability is known as “echolocation”. The term itself is rather self-explanatory in that bats navigate by taking cues from echoes that bounce of objects. These echoes come from sounds that bats make themselves, so what else would a bat need to get around?

Despite what we have all been told since preschool, bats can indeed see. More than that, bats can also choose when to use sight or when to use sound in order to navigate their environments. For example, one study shows that bats prefer to use sight over sound when hunting prey. Some fruit bats do not use echolocation at all. Those fruit bats that rely solely on sight actually possess eyes that are far superior to the eyes of any human. For example, some fruit bats possess a power of eyesight that is so acute that they can make out ultraviolet rays.

There are over thirteen hundred different species of bat, and some species are markedly different from others. Bats are a remarkably diverse family of animals. Some bats prefer to eat insects, while other bats cannot stand insects and instead choose to feed on flowers. All three of the Latin American species of bat suck blood exclusively for sustenance. So not many bats able to see better than humans, but there also exists a wide array of adaptations among the bat family that most people are completely unaware of except for you.

Were you ever under the impression that some types of bats suck human blood?



More Raccoons May Mean Less Songbirds

Filed under: Uncategorized — New Jersey Pest Control @ 5:27 am March 21, 2017

More Raccoons May Mean Less Songbirds

Songbird populations that are native to North America are now decreasing dramatically, and it is likely the fault of raccoons. Raccoons love to chow down on eggs. Just about every type of egg you can think of would make a raccoon very happy. However, many citizens are becoming concerned about growing raccoon populations in the US and the negative effect that large raccoon populations have on songbird populations.

Older studies have already demonstrated that high raccoon populations grow in inverse proportion to songbird populations. Ever since the 1980’s, researchers have been keeping a close look on how raccoon populations affect other wildlife populations. For example, Illinois might be losing more songbirds than it produces. So do raccoons hate songbirds or something?

Raccoons do not prey on songbirds in particular, but raccoons do enjoy climbing trees, and this has proven to be a problem for songbirds that are nesting on a tree’s lower points. Raccoons rarely climb high enough to reach birds nests, but songbirds do show a tendency to build their nests where raccoons have access to the parent songbirds, as well as their eggs.

According to a study conducted by Kenneth Schmidt of Texas Tech University, raccoons began proliferating in astronomical numbers during the 80s. Since then over seventy percent of low nesting songbirds have died out. Contrast that with the fifty percent decline in high nesting songbirds. The stats are pretty close, but a twenty percent difference is significant.

Naturally, as the raccoon population increases, the diversity of lower nesting songbirds decreases, while the diversity of higher nesting songbirds increases. Researchers are only now beginning to shed some light on raccoon behavior by means of retrospective studies. Researchers believe that the sudden and dramatic increase in raccoon populations during the 80s and after was driven by the eradication of more successful carnivorous mammals.

Could raccoons cause any serious problems for humans that would result in the indirect death of humans? If yes, what sort of disasters could raccoons cause, besides outbreaks of rabies?



The Insects That Are Killing All Of America’s Maple Trees | Exterminators in New Jersey

Filed under: Exterminators in New Jersey,Uncategorized — Tags: — New Jersey Pest Control @ 1:13 am March 20, 2017

The Insects That Are Killing All Of America’s Maple Trees | Exterminators in New Jersey

Gloomy scales are insect-pests that love to feed on trees that are already stressed from abnormal environmental conditions. The GS insects don’t just feed on maple trees; they also reproduce, live and altogether, thrive on these trees. According to researchers these insect-pests have been know to reproduce in much higher numbers when the trees are already deprived of its nutrients as a result of heat and drought.

A recent study conducted by Adam Dale, an entomology professor from the University of Florida, has succeeded in shedding more light on how and why these bugs choose to feed and thrive on maple trees. Dale’s research is important as city planners will need to know where to plant maple trees in order to minimize insect-pest issues that may result from the trees presence. Maple trees are well-liked aspects of many modern parks, mostly because these trees produce a lot of shade.

To be more specific, Dr. Dale wants to figure out which factors can lead to the worsening of GS insect-pest issues, and what factors could save more maple trees from GS insects. Strangely enough, the more hot and dry a particular maple tree was, the more GS insects it had feeding on it. You would think insects would be more attracted to trees that were healthy and full of nutrients.

According to Dr. Dale, these nasty insect pests can severely damage and kill the trees that it feeds on. Also, GS insects are far more devastating to maple trees that exist in urban rather than rural areas, which clearly takes away from the benefits maple trees have to offer to the public. The negative environmental effects that result from artificial warming, and drought are far worse in the city, which makes city-dwelling maple trees the most at-risk group of trees.

Have you ever had a tree in your front yard that was eventually killed off by insect-pests?





Scientists Are Reversing Mosquito Genders To Fight Dengue Fever | Mosquito Control

Filed under: Uncategorized — New Jersey Pest Control @ 2:24 am March 7, 2017

Scientists Are Reversing Mosquito Genders To Fight Dengue Fever

You may or may not know that while mosquitos are the dastardly villains behind such horrible and possibly fatal diseases as dengue fever and yellow fever, it is only the female of the species that can actually pass them on to humans through their bite. The reason for this is that females are the ones that need to bite humans for our blood in order to provide for their baby mosquitos growing inside their eggs. Thus, male mosquitos don’t even seek out humans to provide them with the bloody meals the females go after, and aren’t a threat to humans.

One group of researchers found a way to take advantage of this different between the sexes to fight back against the tropical diseases the Aedes aegypti female mosquitos in particular inflict on millions of humans every year. This one species of mosquito is responsible for transmitting not only dengue and yellow fever, but also chikungunya and the Zika virus, the current epidemic spreading throughout the world because of these pests.

Researchers from the Fralin Life Science Institute at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg discovered the gene responsible for determining the sex of the Aedes aegypti mosquito. The study involved them injecting mosquito embryos with the gene, and seeing what happened. Amazingly, more than two thirds of the females they inject ended up developing male genitalia, including testicles. The opposite occurred in the males they injected, with them developing female genitals.

So, why are scientists so excited about this discovery? With this new technology it is now possible to change would-be dangerous female mosquitos into harmless males. This also opens up the possibility of getting rid of most of those deadly females altogether; leaving enough to still produce more mosquitos so the ecosystem isn’t irrevocably damaged, but controlling their numbers. This could possibly be the answer to all of our mosquito problems.

Do you think eliminating a large percentage of the female mosquito population could have ecological consequences that we simply haven’t thought of yet? Would an imbalance of the sexes possibly solve one problem but cause another one, and what kind?





A Blind And Orphaned Opossum Finds A New Family | Animal Removal New Jersey

Filed under: Uncategorized — New Jersey Pest Control @ 4:45 pm February 21, 2017

A Blind And Orphaned Opossum Finds A New Family | Animal Removal New Jersey

One day Georgette Renner and her husband were out walking around the neighborhood when they spotted a lone baby opossum being attacked by buzzards. Sadly, Renner had found that the baby opossum had sustained several injuries from the buzzards. The injured areas included her face, back and tail, and those were only the most severe wounds. Renner and her husband then started to treat the opossum, which they named Lucky, to baby formula, since he was still too young for more solid food, and the Renners treated Lucky’s wounds until they healed.

Later the Renner’s learned that Lucky’s mother was killed when Lucky was a newborn, so it is a miracle that lucky is alive today. The Renner’s claim that taking care of lucky is similar to taking care of a baby in that Lucky will cry for her milk formula, and she has to be fed twice an evening in order to fall asleep. Unfortunately, after Lucky’s wounds had all healed, she was still missing most of her vision, and for that reason Lucky is not safe returning to the wild. However, on the bright side, Lucky gets to spend a lot of time outside and she is probably receiving better care than she ever could have elsewhere thanks to the loving embrace of the Renners.

Have you ever spotted an injured animal outside? Did you do anything to help the animal?

Even Moles Deserve a Little Love on Valentines Day | New Jersey Wildlife removal

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — New Jersey Pest Control @ 4:54 am February 20, 2017

Even Moles Deserve a Little Love on Valentines Day

For the most part when you hear someone talking about moles, they don’t describe them in a very flattering light, painting them as terrible lawn pests. Now, it is true that moles do love to dig dozens of tunnels all around your yard, especially at this time of year, but they’re not all bad. Moles do have some good qualities and things they do that help nature and us in return. So, at this time of love and good cheer let’s give a little love to moles.

Did you know that moles are actually pretty good at helping you with pest control? Moles are really big eaters, as in they eat anywhere from 25 to 100 percent of their weight in food every day.  Most of what they are eating is grubs and earthworms they dig up while tunneling away. Many of the grubs and earthworms they eat are really bad for your garden and yard, destructive pests that can spell death to your plants.

Even their tunneling actually helps the environment. By moving tons of the soil every year, they are aerating it, which is really good for plants. They also help fertilize the ground with their mole doo doos.

Moles have even made their way into classic literature. “Mole” from the 1908 classic novel “Wind in the Willows” is the first character in a book to ever be a mole. And moles are littered throughout mythology and folklore, generally depicted as main characters in numerous folklore traditions that are strong and help protect the earth. I’d say these funny little creatures deserve a second glance. They appear to be more than simple pests.

Have you ever seen tunnels dug by moles in your yard? Did what I taught you here make you like moles just a little bit more?

New Jersey Pest Control Reviews | Pest Control New Jersey

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — New Jersey Pest Control @ 9:45 am February 6, 2017

New Jersey Pest Control Reviews | Pest Control New Jersey

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