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Indoor and Outdoor Protection Against Mosquitoes

Filed under: Pest Control,Yard Control — Megan Howard @ 5:56 am September 9, 2014

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Mosquitoes are blood thirsty animals. They will suck the blood out of you whether you are inside your home or outside of it. Most are even scared about what mosquitoes bring since they are known for transmitting deadly diseases, and have killed millions of individuals all over the world. True, mosquitoes are the deadliest and most fearsome creature ever created.

With the dangers these mosquitoes can bring, it is just important to get rid of their habitats and to avoid being bitten by them. Here are some ways to do that:

Remove stagnant water

Mosquitoes need water to breed. Even during the winter, they are still able to lay eggs, which would be able to be active during spring. Mosquitoes can lay eggs in stagnant water, slow moving water, or on moist soil or leaf litter. At home, they can lay their eggs on roof gutters, tin cans, old tires, bird baths, or in any other places that can hold and stand water. Such places can easily invite mosquitoes, which in turn will become their habitat. And, in no time, your home will be their feeding ground.

Remove water sources by:

  • Keeping the gutters clean and unclogged.
  • Keeping swimming pools chlorinated and clean.
  • Non-chlorinated wading pools, garbage can lids, pottery, and the likes should not have water inside if they are not used.
  • Getting rid of items that can hold water
  • Keeping your property clean

Avoid exposure

Mosquitoes are great survivalist. Even the cleanest and driest house can still have mosquitoes lurking around. They can travel some distances that may expose you and your family to them.

Avoid exposures to mosquitoes by:

  • Using effective repellents.
  • Creating barriers on the windows and doors with the use of screens.
  • Applying permithrin-based products in clothing, sunshades, and screen houses.
  • Using insecticides that are effective for both adult and larval mosquitoes.
  • Using citronella candles and mosquito coils.

Reduce exposure

Mosquitoes are commonly found outdoors. If you are going outdoors, make sure you are properly protected from them. If you are at home, be wary of the dusk and dawn hours and use citronella candles or a mosquito coil. Using a mosquito coil may still not be safe for children, especially those who are sensitive to the smoke that they may inhale.

Reduce exposure by:

  • Not going outside, especially during the dusk and dawn.
  • Wearing light-colored and loose type of clothing.
  • Apply insect repellent on exposed skin.

Protect your loved ones from dangerous mosquitoes. Call us today to learn more about our New Jersey Yard Pest Control services.

Gardens and the Battle Against Japanese Beetles

Filed under: Pest Control,Yard Control — Megan Howard @ 5:28 am August 29, 2014

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Just when you are enjoying your garden, you discovered that some of your flowers have been defoliated. Roses in particular and other favored plants are in danger when the Japanese beetles arrive. Japanese beetles love to eat rosebuds and they are not shy to show their presence. They come in great numbers and will shock you with their offensive behavior at the expense of your garden.

These bugs first came to America in 1916, where they were first spotted in the East Coast. Now, these bugs are common in Maine, Alabama, and west to the Mississippi. It is also making a slow motion invasion of the West Coast at the rate of five to ten miles per year.

These Japanese beetles will come to search for a mate in early July while searching for their favorite food. Controlling these pests may become difficult since they send out a congregation pheromone to call a few hundred of their friends to dine in and do sexual orgies.

Since most homeowners want to get rid of these beetles right away, manufacturers of baits have created their own well-known scent lures with the idea that these beetles will take the scent and kill them. However, the opposite has just occured. These pheromone-baited traps are just attracting more beetles into the garden, and they are not dying. In fact, these beetles will feed on your flowers and plants, and will mate continually until they produce their eggs.

They will descend to the soil every day or every other day to lay their eggs. By mid-August, each of them would have created up to 6o eggs. Once they reach maturity, these beetles can live up to 30 to 45 days. During those days, they can travel 2 miles to locate their food. These pests can damage lawns with an average of $230 per lawn. These shiny white grubs will feast on your garden and will damage your lawn.

Control Measures for the Japanese Beetles

The best time to control these insects, is during August and September. During these months, these beetles are active and in great numbers. They will be commonly seen feeding near the surface of plants. To control these beetles, use milky spores and parasitic nematodes.

Milky spores are commonly used for new lawns that have been established for less than eight years while parasitic nematodes, which are tiny worms can be used to effectively target only these beetles. If you are going to use chemical grub poisons, you need to be careful on how you will use this since this poison can possibly affect the environment, your household, and beneficial insects.

If you do have some time, you can pick these tiny beetles, one at a time and drop them in a bucket of soapy water to die. You can also use sprays, but again, you will need to be careful with how you are going to use insecticides since there are other pollinators out there that you need to take care of.

If you really want these creatures out of your lawn, you can avoid growing the flowers that these Japanese beetles love. Stop growing roses, grapes, fruit trees, and hollyhocks. However, most gardeners will never succumb to the threat of any insects. There is no complete way to stop them from eating the flowers that you are growing. The only simple solution is to just cut the affected rose blossoms, wait for the next season when these pests have already died, and just continually grow plants.

Let us help you protect your property from beetles and other pests. Call us today and inquire about our Yard Guard Service.

Why Gypsy Moth Caterpillars are on a Decline

Filed under: Pest Control,Yard Control — Megan Howard @ 3:13 pm August 19, 2014

Outdoor Pest ControlThe gypsy moth is considered the most destructive forest insect to even infest forests. This is because they have the ability to damage the trees and even kill it. Tree damage commonly happens during the larval stage. This is when the time when these caterpillars feed on the leaves of shrubs, plants and trees.

In 2008, tree damage reached a high of 339,240 in New Jersey. But, for the past 5 years a significant decrease of tree damage has been recorded by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture. The great decrease of the damage brought about by the gypsy moth is because of the yearly aerial defoliation of gypsy moth done statewide .

The need to stop these caterpillars from damaging trees was significant. And, with the combined effort of of spray programs, the use of beneficial insects, and vigilance, the population of these gypsy moths declined.

The use of chemicals, especially if it is done every year, can kill even the healthiest tree. However, the presence of any gypsy moth feeding on a tree will make the tree more vulnerable to other damage that can eventually cause for a tree to die. The Department of Agriculture, however, will not just do an aerial moth defoliation to any area.

To be included in this program, the Department of Agriculture will first conduct an egg mass survey on a recreational forest. The area should be at least 50 acres in size and should have more than 500 egg masses per acre.

Every year the New Jersey Department of Agriculture is reporting a low number of areas needed to be defoliated. The fact that the decrease of the aerial spray program is also happening and that the presence of the gypsy moths are also declining indicates that the program is working. The key to their success is vigilance. Vigilance, not only with the decrease of gypsy moths, but also vigilance with the use of defoliation makes this program something trees will look forward to, and moths not.

Don’t let gypsy moths invade your property. Let us help you with your pest problem. Call us to inquire about our Outdoor Pest Control services.

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Everything You Need to Know About the Carpenter Bees

Filed under: Bee Removal & Management,Yard Control — admin @ 7:00 am July 25, 2014

Yard Pest ControlCarpenter bees are one of the ecosystem’s most valuable team player when it comes to pollination. These gentle giants, however, are a bit of a nuisance to property owners because they tend to create their nests on exposed, non-decayed wood structure. A single carpenter bee excavating a wood panel for its nest may cause slight damage. Unfortunately, these bees tend to use old nesting sites and branch them out quite extensively, thus resulting to massive structural damage.

How to Identify Carpenter Bees

Carpenter bees have noticeably shiny and black abdomen, with orange or bright yellow hairs on the thorax area. They are usually a quarter and half to an inch in length, with noticeably strong and full-bodied figure. Unlike those bees featured in movies where they endlessly sting people, these carpenter bees are relatively harmless. Male carpenters will not be able to sting people because they actually don’t have stingers. They can be territorial and might become aggressive in guarding their nest, but apart from being an annoyance, they simply can’t do any harm. Female carpenter bees, on the other hand, have stingers. It is very unlike for female carpenter bees to sting, unless they are being extremely provoked or they become highly agitated. These carpenter bees can chew wood and burrow flawlessly using their broad, strong jaws. Although carpenter bees reside on any suitable wood structure for their larvae, they do not eat the wood they infest; they simply hollow out the wood for their nests.

Carpenter bees vs. Bumble bees

Carpenter bees are often mistaken to be bumble bees. They may indeed look quite similar, but you can easily tell them apart by their body structure and way of living. Carpenter bees live solitarily while bumble bees live in social colonies. Carpenter bees establish a nest by burrowing on wood decks or any exposed, untreated, and thick wood panels. Bumble bees, on the other hand, live in nests that are set up in trees or in empty rodent holes; they prefer shaded areas as too much sun exposure can trap heat in the nest. Both carpenter and bumble bees feed on pollen and nectar. Both of them are great pollinators as well.

How to Identify Carpenter Bee Infestation

To determine if there is a carpenter bee infestation, there are tell-tale signs to watch out for. Examples of these would be:

– Half inch entrance holes in your wooden decks, foundations made of wood or any thick wood where they can burrow
– Yellowish to brown stains below the holes – these are bee droppings that get pushed out of the nest
– Piles of wood shavings – from the continuous burrowing of the carpenter bee queen

At times, infested wood may also have severe external damage due to birds trying to get the larvae inside.

How to Prevent Carpenter Bee Infestation

Preventing carpenter bee infestation can be quite a challenge, especially for homeowners who want to work on it first-hand, because the techniques need diligent implementation. Here are some of the techniques:

– Continuous treatment of entrance holes with insecticide or dust pesticide
– Complete eradication of larvae, eggs, and other bee remnants inside the nest, preventing young and adult carpenter bees to look for alternative exit points
– Instead of filling the holes with wood putty or other insecticide, try replacing the heavily infested wood with new and chemically treated wood materials
– Thorough inspection of exposed, unpainted, and untreated wood parts of the property
– Seal holes or nesting sites completely because carpenter bees can go back to these sites to nest in new set of larvae

Carpenter bees may be a vital part of the ecosystem since they are great pollinators, however, it can be an extreme nuisance to property owners because of the extensive damage they can cause. Seeking for professional help in order to fully eradicate these pests may prove to be more beneficial rather than executing a do-it-yourself pest control scheme.

We will help you eradicate carpenter bees on your property. Call Horizon Pest Control and inquire about our Yard Pest Control services!

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