Coming across an earwig infestation can be unsetting for any New Jersey resident. Their scary looking prongs at the end of their abdomen are enough to send anyone running for the hills. The name “earwigs” is basically derived from an old wives tale. It was once said that earwigs would crawl into your ears while you were sleeping and eat your brain! They were definitely a feared household pest in years past. Now we know that earwigs don’t actually eat human brains. Earwigs however can bite humans, and their bite can be a bit painful. They do not exude any poison, though the earwig’s jaws (forceps) are very strong and the pinch will make you jump if you are unfortunate enough to be bitten by one of these pests.
Earwigs are attracted to the moist areas around New Jersey homes and businesses. These insects will grow to about 5/8 inch long and are dark reddish-brown with light brown legs. Earwigs are scavengers and will eat decomposing plant materials and dead insects. They will also eat live plants and can easily damage field crops and garden plants. You will find earwig infestations in mulch, leaf litter, pine straw and other moist outdoor areas. These pests will enter homes and businesses by crawling up exterior walls and entering through window cracks, foundation crevices, or gaps in doorways. Earwigs tend to live in the same type of habitat as other types of nuisance pests. Look for earwigs if you also have sow bugs, millipedes, and centipedes too.
Earwigs prefer to establish their colonies outdoors, but will come inside your home on occasion. The key to keeping earwig infestations under control is disrupting their migration by hiring a pest control specialist like Allison Pest Control. We have been providing expert pest control services to homes and businesses in Monmouth and Ocean County, New Jersey since 1917. Give us a call today for all of your pest control needs.
Although we might have a few more good weeks of warm summertime weather to look forward to in New Jersey, Labor Day weekend typically is our good-bye to summer. Many New Jersey residents have headed to their beach houses to enjoy one last fabulous long weekend before the chilly fall weather sets in. Some residents have stayed around town for fun barbeques and outdoor games. If you have spent any time outdoors, it would be hard to not notice that the summertime pests are still lurking about and causing a ruckus!
If you have been enjoying your Labor Day weekend outdoors, you have likely noticed an increase in yellow jackets around your backyard barbeque. They are on a constant hunt for a tasty treat of sugary and protein substances. These wasps typically become more aggressive as the fall season approaches because their nest is at full capacity. The best way to control yellow jackets is to eliminate their nest completely, which is no easy task.
A yellow jacket nest can be buried deep in the ground, inside a wall void or attic of a building, or hidden inside of dense bush areas. With a little sleuthing, you can find where the entrance to a yellow jacket nest is. Unlike other types of insects, foraging yellow jackets tend to fly the same straight flight pattern from the nest to their food sources and back again. These wasps will zip past you very quickly and repeatedly race into the opening of their nest. New Jersey residents should not try to treat a yellow jacket nest on their own as their stings are not only painful, they can be very dangerous. It should be noted that yellow jackets are responsible for sending more people to hospitals than any other insect in the United States.
Some insects will be meeting their demise as the weather turns cold. Some will hide deep within the ground awaiting the warmth of next spring. Some will try to make your New Jersey home, their new home. Keep all of your unwanted pests away by contacting Allison Pest Control for expert pest management and eradication services.
It’s hard to imagine with the weather so nice and warm outside that in a few short weeks fall will be upon us in New Jersey and many bothersome pests will not be happy with the temperatures in the great outdoors. Many pests big and small will be looking for a new place to hang their hat for the long winter months. One such pest that you must keep a watchful eye out for is the dreaded house mouse. This troublesome pest can cause all sorts of problems when it decides that your home or business is a good place to reside. Mice can fit into a space as small as a pencil. They can chew into any type of food source, so it is easy for them to contaminate most anything you have in your home or business. Like other rodents, their continuous need to gnaw has even caused fires.
Ridding your home or business of mice is an unpleasant task and not one for the squeamish. Consumers have the choice of using a few different types of rodent removal products. There are sticky traps, snap traps, and poisons. Although still available, sticky traps are no longer recommended for consumer use because when mice die, they release their bowels and then people are subjected to dangerous pathogens which can cause serious and even life threatening illnesses. Snap traps are the most human ways of killing mice, but for most folks, it is quite unpleasant to remove dead rodents from the traps and then reload the contraption. Using poisons to kill rodents has its own problems as well. Poisons should never be used where children or pets are present. Poisons are also a problem when rodents eat it and then disappear and die in places where humans are unable locate them, such as wall voids, crawl spaces, and under kitchen cabinets, etc.
Your best alternative is to always call a licensed pest control expert who is trained in the proper treatment and removal of mice!
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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.
The eastern subterranean termite is thought to be the world’s best timber recycler. In being such, eastern subterranean termites are also known for the extreme damage that they can cause to your New Jersey home or business. It is estimated that at least one in every five homes in New Jersey has been, or will be, attacked by eastern subterranean termites at some point in time. Each year, these wood damaging pests cause millions of dollars worth of damage; which is never covered by insurance policies.
Within a eastern subterranean termite colony, you will find a queen termite, a king termite, soldiers, workers, and swarmers (reproductives) termites. The king termite lives with the queen and is tended to by the workers of the colony. The queen is a termite egg laying machine. She is much larger than any other termites in the colony. She can live up to 25 years and can produce more than 2,000 eggs per day!
The worker termites are the ones that are in most abundance within the colony. They are also the ones that cause the most destruction. They construct tunnels, gather food, tend to the king and queen, and groom the soldiers as well as each other. They are also the caretakers of the young nymph termites until they mature. Worker termites are soft bodied, do not have wings, and are blind. These termites spend their entire two year lifetime working for the colony…24 hours a day!
Like any good warrior, the soldier termite will defend the colony to its death. If a nest is disturbed, the soldiers are the first insect that you will see rush out of the opening. Soldier termites look different than the other termites as they have a rectangular shaped head with large pinchers that they use to crush their enemies…usually ants. When fighting, these termites emit a sticky latex substance that will quickly entrap their enemy.
Please check back on Wednesday for the conclusion.
Continuing from Wednesday…
Take a cotton ball and place a liberal amount of liquid dish soap or antibacterial soap on it. You want to cover the cotton ball with soap, but you don’t need it to be dripping with soap. Next, you place the cotton ball on top of the embedded tick. Keep the tick completely covered with the soapy cotton ball. Within a very short period of time (usually a few minutes), the tick will back itself right out of the victim and it will be stuck to the cotton ball and ready for a quick trip down the toilet! No more tears for tick removal for this New Jersey family! Be sure to apply antibiotic ointment to keep potential infection away.
Just this past week, my children found something “gross” hanging from one of my dog’s ear. It looked like a strange brown earring. I quickly determined that the QUARTER sized creature was a fully engorged dog tick! We quickly grabbed the antibacterial soap and a cotton ball and gently placed it on his ear. Within a minute or two, the tick was out and enjoying a ride through the sewer system. Yes folks, New Jersey ticks are alive and well this summertime!
Deer ticks are vectors of Lyme’s Disease, which can be very dangerous for humans. It normally takes a least a few days for the symptoms of Lyme’s Disease to rears it’s ugly head. Live ticks are able to be examined for potential diseases because a culture can be taken from the tick’s bowel to determine if it is an actual carrier of the disease. Your doctor may also choose to order a blood test to check for Lyme’s Disease. With Lyme’s Disease, if you have kept the dead tick, researchers can only determine if it is a potential carrier, but not an actual carrier.
Keep deadly deer ticks and annoying dog ticks out of your yard and inside your home this year by having a New Jersey Home Protection Plan in place by a licensed pest control company. The experienced technicians at Allison Pest Control will be able to provide you with expert services to help you reduce the risks of these disease carrying creatures invading your home!