Category Archives: Nuisance Insects

Mouse, Rat, and Rodent Proofing It’s Time to Get Busy!

Watch Out for Mice, Rats and Rodents This Fall
Watch Out for Mice, Rats and Rodents This Fall

Now that the weather is getting colder, rats, mice and other rodents will be looking for warm places to stay through winter. This could end up being your NJ home if you don’t take steps to rodent proof it beforehand. Our Monmouth County pest control experts offer the following tips on protecting your home from rodents this fall and winter.

Close Gaps and Cracks

Rodents can easily squeeze through small cracks and gaps on your home’s exterior, which gives them access to the inside of your house. Check the exterior for any of these openings and seal them up with caulk. Pay close attention to areas around windows and doors, since gaps tend to form there more often. Seal up any cracks or gaps in your home’s foundation as well.

Check Pipes, Vents and Drains

Rodents can get into your home through small openings around pipes, vents and drains. Tighten the seals around these parts of your home in order to keep these rodents out of your home this winter.

Keep Debris Away

Remove garbage, weeds and other debris that’s close to your home’s exterior. This eliminates hiding places and removes food sources that could attract rodents.

If you need help rodent proofing your home or if you have an infestation this winter, contact our Monmouth County pest control company. Allison Pest Control provides safe ways to eliminate rodents from your home.

Ants Inside and Rain – There Is a Connection

Ants Actions Correlate with Weather. When it's Wet Outside, you May get Some Unwelcome Visitors!
Ants Actions Correlate with Weather. When it’s Wet Outside, you May get Some Unwelcome Visitors!

Many species of ants in NJ do just fine living outdoors and building nests in the ground or in other areas outside. However, rainy weather can force these pests to enter residential buildings. Find out more about the connection between an increase in rainy weather and a higher chance of having an indoor ant problem for our Monmouth County pest control technicians to handle.

Warmth and Shelter

Rainy weather during fall can end up destroying ant nests in the ground. In some cases, heavy rains can flood tunnels that ants have built in their colonies, which causes them to look elsewhere for a warm, dry place to stay during the winter months. One of the easiest places for ants to go is inside homes, since they can fit through even the smallest gaps and other openings in a home’s exterior.

Food Sources

An increase in rain can also make it harder for ants to find food in their usual outdoor spots. When ants have difficulty locating food, they tend to head indoors where they can easily find crumbs and other food sources in kitchens, cupboards and pantries. If they find plenty of food sources, they’re likely to settle in.

If you have an ant problem this winter, you can count on our Monmouth County pest control technicians for help. Call Allison Pest Control to get more information on our services for NJ homeowners.

What Happens to NJ Mosquitoes in the Fall and Winter?

What Happens to Mosquitoes When the Weather Turns Cold?
What Happens to Mosquitoes When the Weather Turns Cold?

With summer drawing to a close, you might think you’re done dealing with mosquitoes and the health threats they pose, such as the Zika virus. However, these pests don’t necessarily die off when the weather gets cooler. Here’s why you might end up needing NJ pest control services for mosquitoes this fall.

Mosquitoes in Fall and Winter

During the fall and winter months, you might not see as many mosquitoes around, but this doesn’t mean they’re gone for good. Certain species of mosquitoes are able to survive the colder part of the year and emerge on unseasonable warm days.

Unfortunately, one of the mosquito species that survives fall and winter is Aedes aegypti, the species that can transmit Zika virus. This species spends the colder months in egg form in a safe location. These eggs don’t develop during fall and winter, but they do develop and hatch the following spring. Keep in mind that these young mosquitoes might also be infected with Zika.

Protecting Yourself from Mosquitoes

You can reduce your risk of having mosquito bites with a few precautions. This includes dumping standing water in birdbaths and other outdoor objects, wearing insect repellent and getting rid of gutter clogs to prevent mosquitoes from laying eggs in water there.

If you’re still dealing with mosquitoes, contact Allison Pest Control. We can get rid of these pests for you with our NJ pest control services.

It’s Box Elder Bug Season – What NJ Homeowners Need to Know

What You Need to Know about Box Elder Bugs.
What You Need to Know about Box Elder Bugs.

As summer ends and fall arrives, box elder bugs become more active. These outdoor pests are ones that you might need NJ pest control services for if they become a nuisance, so it’s best to learn more about them.

Box Elder Bug Appearance

You can tell that you have box elder bugs if you see insects that are black and have orange or red markings covering their back. Box elder bugs grow to be about a half-inch long as adults, and they have a long, thin body shape.

Box Elder Bug Behavior

Box elder bugs tend to gather in large groups where it’s warm, such as in trees or sunny parts of building exteriors. They typically gather when they’re looking for a place to spend the winter months. When they find a suitable spot, they travel to it as a group and remain there throughout the winter.

Box Elder Bug Diet

Box elder bugs often feed on box elder trees, which is where they get their name from. They also lay eggs in these trees during the summer. Their diet mainly consists of developing leaves and seeds, which can affect the appearance of the trees they feed on. They also eat fruits from apple trees and other fruit trees.

If you have box elder bugs in your home, please contact Allison Pest Control to learn more about our NJ pest control services.

Keep the Bugs Away from Your Next Picnic with These Tips

Everyone Wants to Enjoy a Picnic in Peace from Bugs... Here's What to Do.
Everyone Wants to Enjoy a Picnic in Peace from Bugs… Here’s What to Do.

If you’re planning an end-of-summer picnic in your yard, don’t let bugs ruin it for you. There are several ways that you can keep insect pests at bay, so you can have a fun and enjoyable time.

Keep Food and Drinks Covered Up

Ants, wasps, flies and other bugs are attracted to the scent of foods and drinks, especially if they’re sweet. Store food in tightly sealed containers, put leftovers away and place covers on open cans. Don’t forget to clean up crumbs and other messes right away to prevent an ant problem.

Get Rid of Standing Water

Standing water provides places for mosquitoes to lay their eggs. Getting rid of these sources of water helps reduce mosquito populations. Just to be safe, apply a bug repellent in the evening, so you won’t end up with itchy welts.

Fix Screens

If you’ll have guests coming in and out of your house during your picnic, make sure your screen doors don’t have any holes or tears. They can let bugs in, which could end up causing you to seek help from NJ pest control services before summer is over. Patch them up before your picnic, and you won’t have to worry about outdoor pests becoming indoor ones.

Whether you’re having backyard trouble with wasps, ants or flies, our NJ pest control services can help. Contact Allison Pest Control for more information on what we offer.

What Should NJ Residents Know About Hornets?

Hornets Can Sting Repeatedly So Watch Out!
Hornets Can Sting Repeatedly So Watch Out!

Hornets are among the most dangerous insects that NJ pest control services deal with during the summer months. These large stinging insects have painful stings and are known for being highly aggressive if their nests are threatened. Here’s some more information you should know about hornets in NJ.

Behavior

Hornets make nests with a mix of saliva and pulp that resembles paper. These nests are where they lay their eggs, which typically hatch in spring. Hornet colonies are led by a queen, who is the only one to reproduce. Other colony members include a few males and a number of females who help make the hive, feed the queen’s offspring and protect the colony.

Female hornets gather food and feed on tree sap and other insects, such as flies. Males only mate with the queen and usually die shortly afterwards. If hornets feel threatened, they’ll sting using stingers that don’t have barbs, which allow them to sting multiple times.

Life Cycle

Hornet queens usually find somewhere safe to spend the winter months, while the rest of the colony dies. They emerge from these safe places in spring, lay their eggs and have their young help build a new colony. After producing a new colony, the queen dies and a new one takes over.

Are hornets ruining your summer? Contact Allison Pest Control for safe and reliable NJ pest control services.