Category Archives: Termites

Students Could Win $3,000 For Pest Public Service Announcement

Schools are now in full session, and everyone knows that school budgets are always in need of a financial boost.  New Jersey pest control experts would like to inform New Jersey schools that they now have the opportunity to win $3,000 for their school thanks to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA).

The NPMA is having their 3rd Annual National Pest PSA Contest sponsored by the Professional Pest Management Alliance, which is an educational branch of the NPMA.  Students in grades 4 through 8 from across the United States are challenged to create a public service announcement (PSA) that will be aired on television.

Contest entries must be either 30 or 60 seconds in length and must focus on the health and property risks posed by the household pests that are chosen for the public service announcement.  Students may choose to focus their attention on one specific pesky creature or focus on several pests that are plaguing American households.

Judging the PSA’s is based upon:
(#1) Originality and Creativity – 40%
(#2) Adherence to Creative Assignment and Health Messaging – 40%
(#3) Overall Appeal – 20%

The National Pest PSA Contest begins on September 6, 2011 and will end on Friday, December 23, 2011 at 11:59 PM EST.  Careful consideration will be given to the entrants and five finalists will be chosen from the entries received in January.  The five finalists and their public service announcements will be posted on the PestWorldForKids finalist page in January of 2012.  The winning entry will receive $3,000 for their school’s science department!  A complete set of instructions on how to complete the PSA, how to make your submission, and contest rules is on the NPMA’s PestWorldForKids website.

The NPMA’s PestWorldForKids offers teachers and students a vast array of information about a variety of pests.  Stop by their website and you’ll find a detailed pest guide, pest games, report writing information, science fair kits, and helpful lesson plans too.

New Jersey Pest Control Experts Warn of Subterranean Termite Activity

It’s that time of year again.  Spring has officially sprung in New Jersey…despite the slight chill that still lingers in the air.  Within the next few days or weeks, the temperature is sure to rise and when it does, hosts of creepy crawlers will be out in full force enjoying the warm springtime weather, just like we humans do.  One particularly worrisome pest for New Jersey homeowners is the Subterranean Termite.

Subterranean Termites are the most destructive wood destroying insect in the United States.  Each year, it is estimated that the Subterranean Termite causes over $5 billion in damages to homes and businesses throughout the US.  In nature, they are a beneficial species, but when they invade human structures, they often go un-noticed for a great deal of time as they are able to destroy wood while hiding behind siding, soffits, wallboards, and trim.
Termites are small white wingless insects that live underground. Over time, they develop into huge colonies.  The colony consists of soldiers, workers, swarmers, and the reproductives (kings and queens).  Once a termite colony has reached maturity, winged reproductives are then produced.

Because of their elusive behavior, most people do not realize that they have a NJ Subterranean Termite infestation until they see winged reproductive pooling in grassy areas, alongside building foundations, or in pavement cracks at their home or business.  NJ pest control experts warn that pools of swarming termites are the first indication of a serious termite problem that requires immediate extermination services.

Eliminating a New Jersey Subterranean Termite infestation can be very difficult for any homeowner or business owner.  New Jersey pest control experts use a bait system and exterior liquid barrier methods to conquer termite infestations.  For expert termite eradication services in Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex Counties, contact Allison Pest Control.

NJ Pest Control Experts Welcome Spring…And Insects!

Humans are not the only creatures that are anxious to say good-bye to the frosty temperatures and snow covered grounds of New Jersey.  The cold winter weather is great for keeping unwanted pests away…at least that is what Mother Nature would like us to think!  NJ pest control experts report that some insects die off with the onset of winter, some go deep underground where they can escape the harsh New Jersey temperatures, and some pests seek shelter inside NJ homes, waiting for the first sign of spring to make a run back outdoors.

Warmer springtime weather is the trigger for the swift reproduction of many insect species throughout New Jersey.  NJ pest control experts warn residents to be on the look-out for the Eastern Subterranean Termite. Once termite colonies have reached full capacity, termite swarmers will venture to the surface from their underground nests to pair off and form new satellite colonies.  NJ residents may notice pools of swarming termites in grassy areas, alongside pavement or near the building foundation during the months of March through May.  Swarming termites are a sign of a serious termite infestation which requires the expert services of a New Jersey pest control professional.

NJ pest control experts say that other insects will also become troublesome for NJ residents as the springtime weather arrives.  Look for an increase in stink bugs, cockroaches, houseflies, bed bugs, wasps, bees, fleas, ticks, earwigs, crickets, lady bugs, spiders, mosquitos, and ants (all types).

Allison Pest Control is ready to meet your pest control needs head on.  Each of our technicians is certified by the State of New Jersey and has current applicator license.  For expert NJ pest control services in Monmouth County, Ocean County, are parts of Middlesex County, contact Allison Pest Control.

An Integrated Pest Management Approach Is Best For NJ Pest Control Experts

Finding a good New Jersey pest control expert may seem like an overwhelming task for some folks.  There are many different companies to choose from, all of which offer different service plans.  Consumers must also have to take into consideration the cost variations that will be encountered when choosing a NJ pest control expert.  Finding a good pest control expert can be easy if you know what to look for.

A responsible New Jersey pest control expert will use an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach to when it comes to dealing with many types of pests in the home or a business.   According to the Environmental Protection Agency, “Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices. IPM programs use current, comprehensive information on the life cycles of pests and their interaction with the environment. This information, in combination with available pest control methods, is used to manage pest damage by the most economical means, and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment.”
Using an IPM approach allows pest control experts to monitor and properly identify pests before making the decision as to what type of pesticide is best for pest eradication.

Allison Pest Control has been providing expert NJ pest control services since 1917.  Our technicians are state certified and receive continuing education to keep them abreast of all types of troublesome pests in Monmouth, Ocean, and Middlesex counties.  Using the best pest control equipment available allows our pest control technicians the ability to accurately meet the needs of our customers.  We provide services for residential, commercial, institution and industrial companies using both chemical and non-chemical methods.  We hope that you consider Allison Pest Control for all of your New Jersey pest control needs.

The NJ House Mouse Versus A Pest Control Expert

The ground may be covered in glorious white snow in New Jersey and it may look peaceful and calm as the birds flitter about and the squirrels pounce up and down throughout the snow, but don’t be fooled, pesky home invaders are still trying to make their way indoors to seek shelter away from the cold chilly weather.

At times like this, despite my extensive pest management tools and experience, even a New Jersey pest control expert can fall victim to a dreaded New Jersey house mouse invasion.

The holiday time period brings about great fun for certain. We spend ample time preparing fabulous meals and baking special sugary treats to share with family and friends.  It’s at this time of year that our kitchen is turned upside down as many cooking items that lay dormant throughout the year come into play for our festive creations.

While digging through the bottom of two kitchen drawers that are not frequented very often, I discovered the unpleasant surprise of newly left house mouse fecal matter left behind among my kitchen gadgets. I must say, it’s a brave mouse that decides to take up residence in my home, especially with four cats roaming about.

All cooking had to cease of course as the entire area required immediate disinfection.  Mice feces and urine can contain dangerous pathogens like Salmonella, which can cause food poisoning and Hantavirus, which can cause a serious illness or even be fatal.  Proper and swift clean-up and removal of any New Jersey house mouse infestation is essential.

If you find that you have unwelcome houseguests this wintertime, there’s no need to fret.  Allison Pest Control provides expert pest management services for a wide variety of creepy crawlers and furry creatures.  Call us today to rid your home of mice, rats, bed bugs, cockroaches, spiders, ants, termites, stink bugs, fleas, ticks, crickets, carpenter ants and many other types of troublesome pests!

Voracious Termites Affecting New Jersey Residents Part II Of II

Continuing from Monday…

Unlike in many other countries, in the United States, most eastern subterranean termite colonies are built completely below ground level.  Because they are unseen, eastern subterranean termite colonies that are below ground often go untreated and can contain more than a million termites.  These termites can easily destroy structures causing devastating damage, especially in urban environments.

The swarmers (reproductives), can often be found swarming on a warm spring day, but in some colonies, you will see a swarm during the late summertime.  These termites cannot fly well, despite having wings.  Once they fly out of the nest, the wind will help them travel to a new location where they will discard their wings and look for a mate from another colony so that they can create a new termite colony. Swarming will occur when an existing nest is large and well established.  When a swarm occurs, thousands of termites will leave the nest. If you see swarming around your home or business, it’s time to call a pest control specialist because it is a sign of a significant underground infestation.

No structure is safe from the destruction of the eastern subterranean termite.  These pests can secretly enter your structure through a space as small as 1/8”.  They can easily eat their way through the rubber compound that is used between adjoining concrete on the ground floor of a building.  The eastern subterranean termite is always attracted to moist areas.  If you have faulty plumbing inside your walls or a leaky roof, it is an invitation to these wood destroying pests to come inside.

Eastern subterranean termites have incredible survival instincts.  If their nests are disturbed, they will quickly abandon their nest to seek protection in another location.  Once they move, they will be difficult to locate and they will quickly begin their destructive behavior in their new location.  If you discover an eastern subterranean termite nest at your New Jersey home or business, you should never disturb it.  Instead you should always contact a licensed pest control specialist who knows how to eradicate termites, like Allison Pest Control.  Give us a call today for all of your pest control needs.