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NPMA’s Winter Pest Forecast – Brace Yourself for More of Every Pest!

NPMA's Winter Pest Forecast - Brace Yourself for More of Every Pest!
NPMA’s Winter Pest Forecast – Brace Yourself for More of Every Pest!

As it turns out, homeowners besieged by pests following the onslaught of heat and rain that’s plagued the U.S. over the course of 2017 are out of luck if they’re hoping for a winter pest respite. According to the recent National Pest Management Association’s Bug Barometer™ forecast for the upcoming season, those pests that usually disappear in the fall and winter will still be looking around for a home: Namely yours. And the NJ pest control company professionals at Allison want you to be prepared.

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The warmer weather this year, paired with heavier rainfall in many areas, is likely to have stinkbugs and ladybugs sprouting from every possible crevice into your home and automobile, particularly as temperatures drop – and rodents will join them. Until the weather cools, the tick population will continue to soar as well, as will mosquitoes, buoyed by the overly-wet weather.

Is your Home Ready for the Coming Invasion?
As heavy summer pest activity continues into the cold weather season, the creepy crawly factor isn’t the only concern: Many of these pests, such as rodents, ticks, and mosquitoes, carry diseases that put the human population at risk.

Prepare your home for the coming invasion. Manage your winter pest problems with the help of a trusted NJ pest control company. Learn more about the Ocean and Monmouth County services of Allison Pest Control today.

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.

Prevent Rodent Infestations in Your NJ Home This Winter

Are Rats In Your Home
Prevent Rodent Infestations

As cold temperatures hit the area, rats and mice look for shelter in houses and other residential buildings. These rodent pests are small enough to slip through gaps in your home’s exterior, where they can then make a nest inside your walls.

Rats and mice are known to carry some serious diseases, which makes it important keep them out of your home or call our Freehold Township pest control office if you’ve seen any. Some of the diseases they can spread include Salmonella and rat-bite fever. Rodents can also chew on wiring inside your home, increasing the risk of fires and structural damage. You can help keep these pests from getting into your home by taking the following steps:

  • Keep food sealed up in airtight containers to avoid attracting rodents.
  • Close up gaps and cracks in your home’s exterior with caulking or other materials to prevent rats and mice from getting through them.
  • Place screens on chimney openings, or check existing screens for signs of damage and replace them if needed.
  • Get rid of excess moisture in your basement and attic to keep rodents away.
  • Trim shrubs and bushes so that they’re not growing right next to your home’s exterior.

Don’t let rats or mice put your family’s health at risk. Contact our Freehold Township pest control experts for help getting rid of them. At Allison Pest Control, we offer safe and dependable rodent control services.


What to Do When Squirrels Move In with You

Squirrels Aren't The Best House Mates
Squirrels Aren’t The Best House Mates

Squirrels are known for entering houses through attics and other entry points and making themselves at home. These pests build nests inside walls or in attics, where they usually end up having a couple of litters each year.

Squirrels can cause significant damage to homes when they dig through walls and other structures. They can also cause a fire hazard by chewing on wires. Removing them is crucial, but it’s important for you to know how to do so safely.

There are several kinds of traps you can set up in order to trap squirrels as they leave your home in search of food. However, you shouldn’t attempt this if you’re not sure what to do with them once they’re caught.

Since squirrels can carry disease, it’s essential to make sure you don’t get bitten or scratched while dealing with them. You also have to consider how they got in, so you can block these areas off or seal them up. Otherwise, squirrels will be able to find their way into your home again. A professional pest control company can ensure that squirrels are removed in a safe manner and prevented from coming back.

If you have squirrels living in your home, it’s time to hire an expert NJ pest control service. Contact Allison Pest Control, and we’ll safely remove these critters from your home before they can cause damage.

You’re Not Imagining It, Black Squirrels Thrive in New Jersey

Black Squirrels Everywhere
Black Squirrels Everywhere

If you haven’t seen a black squirrel in your neck of the woods, keep your eyes peeled. They are the melanistic or “black” version of the common gray squirrel, and they are some of the prettiest, funniest acting and unique looking squirrels around.

Indigenous to the Northeast

These squirrels are fairly common to the northeastern U.S., and as such, they will be found around your neighborhood. Like all squirrels, they like nuts of all kinds, and if you have an oak tree nearby, the chances are that you’ll also have black squirrels too.

One of the main reasons they populate our neck of the woods is because black squirrels don’t lose as much heat as gray squirrels do. Consequently, in southern climates, they would generally overheat due to their heat capturing black fur. They tolerate cold better than they do heat, which makes the northeastern part of the country so appealing.

A Squirrel is Still a Squirrel

Regardless of how cute or pretty or unique black squirrels are, they still have the same habits as their gray cousins. That means they can, and will, invade your garage, attic or other outbuildings if they have the chance.

If black squirrels, or any squirrels become a problem in or around your house or home, please contact us at Allison Pest Control. We are the professionals at squirrel control. Serving Monmouth and Ocean County for nearly 100 years.

Tell Me: Why Squirrels Want to Move Into Your Attic

Squirrels In The Attic
Squirrels In The Attic

Squirrels. You picture a cute animal with a fluffy tail, carrying an acorn in it’s tiny paws. Then, you remember how many times you’ve swerved trying to miss one in the road. Or how many times dog has chased one. Or hearing a family of them in your attic. Squirrels can be a nuisance.

There are more than 200 squirrel species in the world, ranging in a variety of sizes. The African pygmy squirrel is five inches from nose to tail. That’s the height of a soda can! The Indian giant squirrel is three feet long. Think about a yardstick- that’s how long three feet is. Most of us, however, are familiar with common tree squirrels.

Squirrels are part of the rodent family. They have four front teeth that don’t wear down because they gnaw all the time. Tree squirrels are often seen scampering around or leaping from branch to branch. Ground squirrels live in tunnel systems where they hibernate during winter. They eat nuts, plants, seeds and small animals and insects. However, they have to be aware of predators, as they have a hard time fighting them off and they do make a tasty treat for a larger animal.

Squirrels may move into your attic to hibernate or to store food from other animals. If you think you have a squirrel problem in your attic, let your New Jersey pest control help you today!