Category Archives: Spider

Smithsonian Loves NJ Residents’ Jumping Spider Image

Jumping Spiders
Jumping Spiders

Some pests have a photogenic and magnetic personality. So it is with jumping spiders.

Recently this tiny spider was photographed by NJ resident, Barbara Storm, who submitted a picture of the spider perched on a begonia pedal to the 13th annual Smithsonian photo contest.

According to Ms. Storm, the jumping spider lives in the backyard of her home in Tewksbury. Ms. Storm stated “some of the most magnificent and beautiful creatures can be found in your own back yard.” With so many skittering specimens making their way around, it’s easily a photographer’s dream come true for colorful and unusual photo opportunities.

Ms. Storm’s jumping spider picture became one of the finalists out of over 46,000 submitted from veteran and amateur photographers around the world.

From bees and lizards to butterflies and squirrels, insects and wildlife play a role in nature, which is important to the planet. Unfortunately, sometimes an infestation of your yard or home can lead to problems, which results in damage to your property.

Whether bee hives need removing, wildlife safely captured, or treatments for pests such as bed bugs, Allison Pest Control NJ can handle the job.

For help with a pest problem or for information about pests in and around your home, contact Allison Pest Control NJ for assistance from the experts. Our friendly and experienced staff is standing by to answer any questions you may have about pest removal.

What Would Happen to a World Without Bugs – Thought for the Day

A World Without Bugs
A World Without Bugs

Ants, flies and other bugs prompt many NJ homeowners to seek help from Monmouth County pest control experts. While these bugs can be a headache for homeowners, the world would be in much worse shape if all of them disappeared.

A world without insects would affect all life on the planet. Bugs play a crucial role in ensuring that humans and animals have steady food supplies. Many species of birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals rely on bugs for their regular diet. Without bugs around, these species wouldn’t have enough food to survive, leading to extinction. While bugs aren’t a main part of the human diet, these creatures do help support crops and other foods that we eat.

Bees, butterflies and several other insect species help pollinate plants. Without pollination by bugs, most of these plants would die out, leading to a lower number of crops for us and higher levels of starvation. We also wouldn’t have insects around to get rid of dead and decaying plant and animal matter, which could lead to higher amounts of bacteria and other germs that cause illnesses and infections.

Although bugs have their uses, some can be a threat to you and your home. Contact Allison Pest Control if you have insect pests on your property. Our Monmouth County pest control professionals will get rid of them for you.

Fun Facts: Huge Insects from Around the World

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Sorry folks, it’s no urban myth – these bugs are real! But don’t worry, they won’t become part of your NJ pest control nightmare.

  • The size of a kitten…
    The Goliath Beetle, native to Africa’s tropical forests, can weigh up to 3.5 ounces – nearly 1/4 pound! One of the biggest bugs on earth in terms of sheer mass, it sounds like a helicopter when in flight.
  • Makes a great pet…
    Only found on the Little Barrier Island of New Zealand, the Giant Weta, cousin of crickets and grasshoppers, grows up to 4 inches long – not counting legs and antennae! Residents claim these gentle giants make fabulous pets.
  • Feasts on bats and birds…
    A long drink of water, the carnivorous Peruvian Giant Centipede can grow up to 13 inches long.
  • Feels like stepping on stinging nettles…
    The South American Goliath Spider is the largest spider in the world, weighing over 3.75 pounds and reaching up to 12 inches across. Stomping with bare feet not recommended.
  • Well-known for its bad temper…
    Reaching 2 inches in length, the monstrous Asian Giant Hornet is the largest species of hornet in the world. Its 1/4 inch long stinger remains attached, injecting venom containing 8 different chemicals.

The thought of bugs keeping you up at night? The NJ pest control experts at Allison can restore your sweet dreams. Contact us to schedule your free pest inspection today.

Nearly 100 Species of Pest May Live in Your Home

It's Shocking How Many Pests Can Live in Your Home
It’s Shocking How Many Pests Can Live in Your Home

How many creepy crawlies are sharing your home? A recent study by of 50 houses in the Raleigh area by researchers from North Carolina State University, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and the California Academy of Sciences is amazing Monmouth County pest control experts.

What did they find?
More than 500 different kinds of arthropods, small invertebrates like flies, ants, gnats, lice, beetles, termites, and spiders. The sneaky stowaways are thought to have made their way in from outside – or accidentally introduced (cut flower, local produce) – getting overly comfy in your hospitable home.

Uncovering the undesirables…
Surprisingly, only five rooms of the 554 examined did not contain any arthropods. The remainder held a broad biodiversity, with each home hosting an average of about 100 species – though this is believed to be an under count as researchers did not check behind walls, in drawers or under heavy furniture. Entomology exposed:

  • Deptera (true flies) – 23%
  • Araneae (spiders) – 19%
  • Coleoptera (beetles) – 16%
  • Hymenoptera (bees, wasps, ants) – 15%

Future fun
The exploratory inventory, the first of its kind, is sure to spur additional studies in efforts to answer some exciting scientific questions, such as what microbes insects host that affect health, and what role pests play in the home ecosystem.

Tired of sharing your space? Give ‘em an eviction notice. Contact Allison Pest Control, your Monmouth County pest control experts, today.

Brown Recluse Spider Bites Need Medical Attention

Don't Get Stung
Don’t Get Bit

Brown recluses are spiders that range from light to dark brown and measure up to a half inch long. While they do some good by eating cockroaches and other pests, their bites can be serious.

Brown recluse spiders bite people when defending themselves. Both the males and females are capable of inflicting venomous bites that need prompt medical attention. In most cases, these bites aren’t painful when they occur, but they tend to cause pain and stinging up to eight hours later. If you’ve been bitten by a brown recluse, the bite typically shows up as a small blister that eventually turns into an ulcer. This results in skin damage that can quickly spread unless you seek care. You might also have a fever and restlessness. Without treatment, you can suffer serious skin and nerve damage.

These spiders are usually found outdoors, but they can enter your home and find places to hide, such as inside closets or basements. They refer to stay in dark, quiet areas where they’re not likely to be disturbed, such as clothing piles or storage boxes. If you see these spiders in your home, don’t hesitate to have Monmouth County pest control experts remove them. This helps reduce the risk of being bitten.

Keep brown recluse spiders out of your home and away from your family. Contact our Monmouth County pest control professionals to get rid of these harmful pests.

Top Winter Pests Coming Our Way in Several Months

Winter Brings All The Pests InWinter is fast approaching and it’s time to hunker down and get ready for the onslaught of the winter bug and pest invasion.

It happens every year. While some pesky pests go into hibernation, others will be scouting out new winter accommodations and your home is at the top of the list.

Be prepared and aware by keeping an eye open to some of the pests you don’t want settling in for the winter.

Rodents and Wildlife

Rats and mice like dark, undisturbed places to nest. They can fit through the smallest of openings, and once they have access, can do significant damage to wiring and drywall. Like squirrels, they love to gnaw which can lead to dangerous situations.

Raccoons are larger pests that enter a home through openings or a chimney that isn’t protected with a mesh covering. They’ll make their way to the attic where they’ll make their den.

German Cockroaches

They need food and moisture and your home has both readily available.

Brown Recluse Spiders

These creepy crawlies can live in your home in undisturbed areas like crawl spaces, stored boxes in the attic, or closets that aren’t used frequently. Their bite is venomous.

Before winter rolls in full strength, call us at Allison Pest Control and let us set up a free home inspection. We have the team and the talent to make sure you don’t have unwanted guests this winter.