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Invasive Insects: The Asian Tiger Mosquito Arrives in New Jersey

Confused on What the Asian Tiger Mosquito Looks and Acts Like? We Explain Here.
Confused on What the Asian Tiger Mosquito Looks and Acts Like? We Explain Here.

Having a problem with native mosquito populations is enough to prompt homeowners to hire Ocean County pest control services. However, an invasive species could be causing even more problems for NJ homeowners this summer. This species is known as the Asian tiger mosquito.

What Do They Look Like?

Asian tiger mosquitoes have a similar build as native mosquitoes, but they also have noticeable black and white stripes on their legs and a white stripe that runs down their thorax. These mosquitoes are usually less than an inch long.

How Do They Behave?

Asian tiger mosquitoes bite humans just as native species do, but their behavior is typically much more aggressive. These mosquitoes don’t wait for it to get dark outside before they start flying around and biting. They’re also known to attack people during the day.

Are They Dangerous?

Asian tiger mosquitoes can spread illnesses through their biting behavior. These illnesses include West Nile virus, which can cause serious complications in some people. These mosquitoes are also a threat to native mosquito populations.

Prevention Tip

Homeowners can prevent Asian tiger mosquitoes from invading by getting rid of any sources of stagnant water, such as bird baths and pet dishes.

If Asian tiger mosquitoes invade your yard this summer, contact Allison Pest Control for help. We offer safe and dependable Ocean County pest control services for mosquitoes, ants, bees and other summer pests.

Traveling to the Hawaiian Islands? Watch Out for Dengue Fever.

What May Appear Pretty May Hide Harmful Bugs and Diseases.
What May Appear Pretty May Hide Harmful Bugs and Diseases.

Mosquitoes might seem more like a nuisance than a serious problem, but these pests are known for transmitting certain diseases. While the best NJ exterminator can help you get rid of mosquitoes on your property, you might have trouble avoiding them when you travel. If you plan to visit Hawaii in the near future, keep in mind that mosquitoes have been known to spread dengue fever there.

Dengue Fever in Hawaii?

This viral illness is transmitted by bites from some mosquito species. While this disease is usually found in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean, there have been more than 100 cases of dengue fever in Hawaii since September 2016. Experts state that dengue fever cases typically occur when those traveling in other parts of the world bring back the virus to Hawaii. However, the more recent cases have been considered locally acquired illnesses.

What to Know

Dengue fever symptoms develop several days after you’ve been bitten. They include headache, joint pain, sore muscles, high fever and a rash on your arms and legs. Since it’s a virus, it usually needs to run its course without medical treatment. Wearing repellent can help lower your risk of being bitten by mosquitoes carrying dengue fever.

If you have a mosquito problem on your property and need help from the best NJ exterminator, don’t hesitate to call Allison Pest Control. We can help you get rid of these pests.

What’s Biting You? Identifying Common Bug Bites

Bed Bugs Carry Disease
Whats That Bite

Bedbugs, ticks, fleas and other pests that bite are a common reason for people in NJ to turn to Tom’s River pest control professionals. If you’re being bitten in your home and aren’t sure what is causing these bites, there are a few ways to determine what type of pest you have.

Bedbugs leave tiny, red bites that can be itchy. These bites usually occur on your shoulders or arms, and you might notice them when you wake up in the morning. Bedbug bites usually don’t cause serious health problems, but these pests can be difficult to get rid of due to their high numbers.

Flea bites don’t always cause noticeable symptoms, such as itching, except in those who are allergic or sensitive to them. Flea bites are also small and red, but they can be found anywhere on your body. While these bites don’t cause serious issues, they can be a nuisance to deal with or lead to secondary infections from scratching.

Ticks leave larger, reddish bite marks and often become embedded in skin while feeding. Since ticks can spread serious diseases, such as Lyme disease, it’s crucial to seek medical treatment if you’ve been bitten.

If you have bedbugs, fleas or other biting pests in your home, contact Allison Pest Control. Our Tom’s River pest control professionals can help rid your NJ home of insects, rodents and other types of pests.


Itching at Night? It May or May Not be Bedbugs

Might Not Be Bedbugs
Might Not Be Bedbugs

One of the first things many people suffering from itching during the night consider is that they’ve being bitten by bed bugs. With the bed bug population increasing and their ability to infiltrate homes and businesses with ease, it’s a reasonable assumption.

Unfortunately, while jumping to the conclusion you’ve been bitten by a bed bug seems like the answer, there are other reasons why itching is keeping you up at night.

Biting Pests

You don’t have to have pets to have a flea infestation. Neighbors with pets, and neighborhoods with birds, squirrels, mice, rats, and other wildlife such a opossum or raccoon have traveling flea carriers. These tiny, leaping, jumping pests can inflict numerous bites in a matter of minutes with symptoms of itchy red bumps starting immediately.

With a mosquitoes range and access to a wide variety of blood donors, it is not a surprise they are carriers of disease and viruses including West Nile. Some individuals are allergic to the bite and show symptoms that include hives around the puncture, lymph nodes swelling, lesions, and large itchy areas near the bite.

Severe itching can be a medical issue. If you’re experiencing excessive itching, consult your physician. If your space has been invaded by biting insects, contact Allison Pest Control for a free inspection. Just give us a call and we’ll take care of ensuring you get a peaceful and non-itchy good night’s sleep.

Wet Summer Brings Forth a Bumper Crop of Pests

Biting Insects
Biting Insects

Summer weather creates the perfect conditions for several pest species to breed, such as gnats, black flies and mosquitoes. Each of these species experience a rapid population growth as the weather shifts back and forth between wet and hot/humid.

Why should you be concerned about these pests?

Annoying Pests Are Also Frightening Health Risks

Gnats, black flies, mosquitoes and other pests that are thriving in Monmouth and Ocean counties right now bite humans and pets, buzz in ears and around noses and mouths and take over picnics and trash cans. They are incredibly difficult to get rid of with over-the-counter insect repellents and pesticides.

Yet, the many risks they pose to human health make it essential that people look at them as more than mere annoyances:

  • Biting insects cause bleeding beneath the surface of the skin. People with blood-clotting disorders can experience larger-than-normal welts after being bitten that take longer to heal.
  • People with severe allergies to certain biting insects can also experience larger-than-normal welts. Worse yet, they can experience severe allergic reactions.
  • Welts can become infected like any other wound.
  • Some of these insects, such as mosquitoes, carry bacteria, parasites and viruses that can cause short-term and chronic long-term health problems.

If you’re looking for Rumson pest control services to deal with these insects, contact our experienced Allison Pest Control professional today to create a pest management and control plan to fit your needs.

Bed Bugs May Carry Fatal Disease

Bed Bugs Carry Disease
Bed Bugs Carry Disease

As if the red, itchy bites weren’t bad enough, now there’s another reason to turn to NJ bed bug control professionals right away when dealing with an infestation. Penn Medicine researchers found that bed bugs might transmit a parasite that carries a potentially deadly infectious disease.

Chagas disease is mainly found in Latin America, but cases of it have also shown up in the US. It’s typically transmitted through the feces of the “kissing bug,” but researchers found that these parasites are also present in bed bugs. The disease can cause serious complications, including heart failure, when it isn’t treated. In the earlier stages of Chagas disease, fever, appetite loss, nausea and swelling in the affected area sometimes occur.

Just how much of a threat bed bugs pose to humans as far as Chagas disease goes hasn’t been fully determined yet. Before this discovery, bed bugs were thought of as disease-free pests that mainly leave people with itchy bites. Now that scientists know that bed bugs can carry this infectious parasite, it’s even more important to take steps to get rid of an infestation as soon as possible. Since bed bugs can be incredibly tough to eliminate, having a professional pest control company is your best bet.

For help with a bed bug infestation, contact Allison Pest Control. Our NJ bed bug control experts will rid your home of these troublesome pests.