Interesting Factoids on Bees, Wasps, and Hornets

Hornets Sting Repeatedly, so Watch Out.
Hornets Sting Repeatedly, so Watch Out.

The summer months mean that you’re likely to come across bees, wasps or hornets from time to time. Although some of these insects don’t sting, others can deliver a painful sting that can be dangerous if you’re allergic. Learn some interesting facts about these bugs, and count on NJ pest control services for help if you run into trouble.

Africanized Bees

You don’t have to worry about these aggressive bees in NJ . . . yet, but are you aware that they’re also known as killer bees? These bees get their reputation from their tendency to attack in large numbers and for considerable distances when they feel threatened. In fact, some have chased people for over a quarter of a mile.

European Hornets

European hornets differ from other hornets, bees and wasps by coming out at night instead of during the day. These hornets can form colonies that have up to 400 members.

Wasps

Wasps are more of a problem in late summer thanks to their taste for sweet liquids, which can cause them to become aggressive around humans. In fact, some wasps even get drunk when they have fermented juice.

Yellowjackets

Yellowjackets can form huge colonies that number in the thousands. These colonies can even build nests that are large enough to completely cover a car.

If you have a bee, wasp or hornet problem, contact Allison Pest Control for 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.

Mealworms and Other Pantry Pests

Flies and Pantry Pests Can Spread Disease and Ruin Food Stores
Flies and Pantry Pests Can Spread Disease and Ruin Food Stores

Flies are often considered major nuisances in kitchen areas, but don’t forget about pantry pests. Our NJ pest control services can eliminate these bugs from your home if you have any of the following:

Mealworms

Mealworms are dark brown or black bugs that grow to be about a half-inch long as adults. They feed mainly on dried grain products that have developed mold or become damp. Mealworms lay their eggs in these products, and adults are usually seen around these areas. Although these bugs aren’t considered a health threat, they damage the products they infest.

Flour Beetles

Flour beetles are reddish-brown bugs that are roughly one-eighth of an inch in length. They lay their eggs in dry grain flours, such as cookies and cake mix. There are two different types of flour beetles: confused flour beetles don’t fly, while red flour beetles are able to fly.

Indian Meal Moths

These moths have silvery wings and a reddish body. They grow to be around a quarter of an inch long and are weak fliers. Indian meal moths lay their eggs in food materials, particularly dried foods of plant origins. They’re not a health threat, but they ruin food supplies.

If you have pests in your pantry, our NJ pest control services can help. Contact Allison Pest Control for help with mealworms, Indian meal moths and other common pantry pests.

Identification Tips for Four Types of Cockroaches

Oriental Cockroach
Oriental Cockroach

Cockroaches come in different sizes and species. Knowing which type you have around can help you determine how much of a problem they are and when it’s time to get help from NJ pest control services.

American Cockroaches

American cockroaches are large, light brown bugs that mainly prefer living outdoors in humid environments. They can be a problem if they infest garbage cans and other outdoor areas, but they’re not as much of a problem indoors.

Oriental Cockroaches

Oriental cockroaches are large, dark brown or black bugs that also prefer outdoor environments. They seldom come indoors, although they might wander into humid indoor environments from time to time.

German Cockroaches

German cockroaches, which are smaller and light brown, are the ones that are mainly a problem for homeowners. These bugs are commonly seen inside houses and other buildings looking for food, water and shelter. They can spread germs around as they move about, making them a health problem as well.

Brown-banded Cockroaches

Brown-banded cockroaches are also smaller, although they’re darker in color than German cockroaches. These striped or banded bugs are usually seen outdoors, where they run around looking for food and water.

No matter what kind of cockroaches you have in your home or yard, our NJ pest control services can help. Contact Allison Pest Control for help dealing with these pests.

Do Silverfish Bite?

Silverfish Can Destroy Books
Silverfish Can Destroy Books

When you see silverfish in your home, should you seek help from NJ pest control services? These small pests can be a nuisance and ruin your belongings, but how much of a threat are they to humans?

Silverfish Behavior

Silverfish are long, thin bugs that are covered in silvery scales. Their appetite for a wide range of materials makes them a pest when they get into residential buildings. These bugs feed on materials that have high amounts of sugar, starch or protein, but this doesn’t mean foods only. Silverfish are also known to make holes in books, paper, wallpaper and other items around homes that have these materials. Although these holes are small, they can end up damaging these items.

Silverfish and Humans

While silverfish are known for biting household items, they don’t bite humans. This means they’re not a threat to humans, although they’re still considered a nuisance. If you have silverfish around your home, such as in your basement, it’s important to have them eliminated to prevent them from damaging items. Professional exterminators can get rid of these bugs for you and lower the risk of having them come back and cause more trouble.

If you have silverfish in your home, please contact Allison Pest Control for help. Our NJ pest control services can eliminate these troublesome pests from your home.

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