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Drain Flies Are Gross…Considering Where They’ve Been!

Drain flies look like a tiny unassuming flying insect that will not cause much harm if they are in your home or business.  These little flies are brownish black with a fuzzy type of hair that covers their body.  Unlike the house fly, they are not good flyers.  You won’t find drain flies zipping around your home from place to place.  Instead, drain flies tend to hang out in areas where they emerge from.  In homes, you will often find them in kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, or around basement drain areas.  Restaurants often have a problem with drain flies around improperly cleaned drainage areas.

I had my own experience with drain flies appearing while working on a bathroom renovation in my home.  Since the entire bathroom was out of commission, out of nowhere, or so it seemed, the drain flies appeared.  The toilet and sink opening directly to the sewage system was an open door for drain flies to come inside of our home.  Additionally, without water flowing down the shower drain due to a new ceramic tile being installed, more drain flies began to emerge.  Those entry points were soon sealed off, and the hunt began to kill off the pesky bugs.

Drain flies live and breed within the sewage system which means that they feed upon bacteria and human waste.  It stands to reason that these pests carry pathogens that can be dangerous for humans.  Drain flies in bathrooms will contaminate soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, hairbrushes, or anything else they land upon.  In a kitchen, food storage containers, food products, and food preparation surfaces are all subject to the transfer of pathogens from drain flies.

If you are having trouble with drain flies in your home or business, call a Monmouth County, NJ pest control professional like Allison Pest Control.

Plumbing Problems Lead To NJ Drain Flies

Drain flies, otherwise known as moth flies, are tiny flies that typically gather in or around bathrooms or kitchen areas.  Adults grow to about 1/10th of an inch long. They are black, gray, or brownish in color.  They have a fuzzy moth-like body with wings that have a dense layer of hair.

Monmouth County, NJ pest control experts report that drain flies are an annoying pest to have in your home or business.  Despite the fact that they do not consume food products, these pests do carry a multitude of pathogens on their bodies.  They are poor flyers, yet are difficult to catch as they quickly hop from place to place.  Drain flies lay their eggs in the sludge that exists within the plumbing pipes.  This decaying matter is also what they feed upon.

If you have drain flies, you will see these pests hovering on walls, floors, and plumbing fixtures, never venturing too far from their food source.  The life span of an adult drain fly is approximately one to three weeks.  Drain fly eggs take less than 48 hours to hatch so it is easy to see how these pests can quickly get out of hand.

Homeowners often have a drain fly infestation when they have plumbing issues within their home.  Commercial establishments, especially restaurants, can easily become infested when drainage systems become clogged with food or grease products.  Stagnant water and the gelatinous organic slime within the pipelines are the perfect nesting place for these pests to multiply.  Flushing the drains with boiling water, bleach, or vinegar helps to eliminate adult drain flies, but unfortunately the eggs will survive the attack.

If you have drain flies driving you nuts in your home or business, contact Allison Pest Control for expert pest control services.

The Disgusting Habits Of House Flies

HOUSE FLIES…Everyone has encountered them at some point in time.  There are over 300,000 species of flies that have currently been identified report pest control professionals in Ocean Country, NJ.  They are a common household pest both indoors and outdoors.  Flies are often just brushed away as an annoying creature that is a bother at backyard barbeques or critters that happen to get trapped inside of the home.

In comparison to some home invading insects like cockroaches, bed bugs, termites, and ants, flies may seem like a tame insect to have flying around.  Here are some interesting fly facts that will likely make you think differently about the pests…

• House flies don’t bite.  That’s about the only good news about these insects!

• House flies have a airly short lifespan…typically ranging about 30 days.

• Female flies will lay about 30,000 eggs in their short life.  Eggs will hatch in 10-14 days.

• House flies feed off of food, rotting animal carcasses, or even feces!

• Flies vomit on food before they eat it.  Yuck!

• House flies lay their eggs when they land on the food that they feed upon.  You never know where that fly that has landed on your dinner plate has been.  Are you still hungry?

• Flies defecate every four to five minutes…on any place that they land.

You can spend your time walking around your home with a fly swatter and patrolling your yard like a Nazi, yet never kill off all the nasty flies that are lurking about.  Contacting a pest control specialist in Ocean County, NJ can help keep disease ridden flies to a minimum!

NJ Fruit Fly Pest Control With Allison Pest Control

It’s that time of year when delicious summertime fruits and vegetables are available in full swing.  Peaches, plums, tomatoes, squash, melons, grapes, and bananas are all attractants for the small flies with red eyes that homeowners dread.  Fruit flies thrive in great numbers in homes, supermarkets, restaurants and other places where fruits and vegetables are in abundances claim pest control professionals in Ocean County, NJ.

Adult fruit flies grow to about 1/8 inch long with a tan front body and a rear black portion of the body.  They are on the constant hunt for fermenting foods or moist organic materials to feed and lay their eggs upon.

Fruit flies are not known to transmit disease so when the larvae is present, it is acceptable to cut away over-ripened areas which have been damaged.  Once fruit flies are present, they are very problematic no matter where their location.  It is not uncommon for fruit flies to lay about 500 eggs in a piece of fruit or vegetable which will take about 7 days for the eggs to reach adulthood.

You can help keep fruit flies in your home or business to a minimum by washing all fruit that is brought inside of the building.  It is also recommended that you call a licensed pest control professional in Ocean County, NJ for elimination of these flying pests.

Stop by our website to learn about the indoor and outdoor pests that Allison Pest Control is able to eliminate and the New Jersey pest control service areas that we provide service in.  We would be happy to provide you will our excellent knowledge and expertise in pest eradication.

Are Bed Bugs ON The Mattress or IN The Mattress? Part 1 Of 2

New Jersey pest control professionals are often asked many questions from panicked customers who have awoken with strange bite marks on their body. It’s important to remember that not all bites are the result of a bed bug infestation.  Other creatures that can leave bite marks on your body include:

• Mosquitos

• Ticks

• Fleas

• Biting Flies

• Spiders (usually an accidental occurrence)

• Gnats

• Bat Bugs

• No-See-Ums

• Mites (not visible to the naked eye)

• Cockroaches (yes, they have even been known to take a bite or two, especially on a sleeping child!)

One of the most common questions that is asked is…”Do bed bugs live ON a mattress or IN a mattress?”  The only way to know for certain (hopefully) is to perform a thorough check for the creepy bloodsuckers.  Here’s what you do…

The most likely places that bed bugs will be hiding on a mattress are the seam area of the mattress.  Look on top and under the seamed area carefully checking around the entire mattress, both top and bottom.

Another place where bed bugs like to hang out is under the patch or logo area that is sewn onto the mattress.  Because of their small size, they can easily slip between the stitching and enjoy a safe hiding place.

Once you are finished inspecting the mattress, it’s time to check for bed bugs in the box spring.  Box springs have multiple places that provide excellent places for bed bug harborage.

Just like with the mattress, check the entire seamed area of the box spring.  Then lift the box spring up to expose the bottom.  If there is a fabric covering, it’s a good idea to remove it for easy inspection and detection of bed bugs.  Thoroughly check the entire wood structure of the box spring for any evidence of bed bugs or their eggs.

Please check back on Wednesday for the conclusion.

Scientists Believe Global Warning Has Brought An Increase In Plant Eating Insects

The summer of 2011 brought about numerous complaints by New Jersey residents to many pest control companies throughout New Jersey about an increase of insects eating more than their normal share of a variety of outdoor plants.  Notwithstanding the voracious appetite of the pesky stink bugs that have taken over the eastern seaboard in recent years, and have damaged farmer’s crops and homeowners gardens, many residents have noticed an increase of other plant-eating insects in their gardens.  Many home gardens that were normally bursting with fruits and vegetables were hit hard by unwelcome invaders this past year report NJ pest control professionals.

Through extensive research, it is the belief of some scientists that the continuing warming of the earth is contributing to the increase in plant-eating insects.  Researchers do not believe that the plants have become tastier to insects, but they do believe that insects have a greater appetite and have become more destructive in recent years.  Planetsave reported back on February 11, 2008 that scientists from Pennsylvania State University and the Smithsonian Institution believe that “when temperature increases, the diversity of insect feeding damage on plant species also increases.”  Additionally, the study’s lead author and researcher said “our study convincingly shows that there is a link between temperature and insect feeding on leaves.” You may read the article here.

Keeping the interior and exterior of your home free from all types of unwelcome pests is easy when you hire a New Jersey pest control expert.  Allison Pest Control will be able to blanket your property with a barrier pest control treatment to keep unwanted pests out so that your gardens will grow as expected.  We provide fast and professional service to residences and businesses in Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex Counties, New Jersey.  Call us today for a free estimate and pest evaluation.