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A Mouse in the House Is Never Alone

There is no such thing as one mouse — at least not for long! Mice are prolific breeders. Mice reach maturity in just 35 days. Pregnancies last 20 days with litters averaging six pups. Since female mice can have about eight litters each year, a single mouse can increase the local rodent population by nearly 50 mice per year! It doesn’t take a math wiz to see how a couple of mice can quickly explode into a major rodent infestation.

When all its needs are met, a mouse may spend its entire life within 10 feet of its nest which means that all those mice are going to keep crowding into your home or garage. Since a single mouse drops about 70 fecal pellets a day, it doesn’t take long for these pests to make themselves known. Rodent infestations are often discovered when Ocean County, NJ homeowners notice scatterings of rice grain size black pellets on counters or shelves. Holes gnawed through bags of birdseed or pet food are another sign of rodent presence.

Mice spread salmonella and other diseases harmful to humans. They also carry disease-bearing fleas, mites, internal parasites and ticks, exposing your family to these dangerous health threats if they invade your Monmouth County home.

To the following steps to help prevent mice from invading your home:

• Keep foundation walls clear of debris and leaves.

• Trim shrubbery away from windows and doors.

• Seal holes and cracks, particularly where pipes or wires enter your home.

• Store firewood away from your house.

• Install thick weather stripping at the bottoms of garage and entry doors.

• Store pet food and bird seed in mouse-proof containers.

At the first sign of mice, call the experienced rodent exterminators NJ at Allison Pest Control.

The Dangers Of Mice And Rat Poop

Mice are somewhat adorable to look at but when they invade a home or business they can be quite problematic.  Seeking the warmth of human dwellings and the plentiful supply of food and water, mice survive and multiply easily once they have come inside report Monmouth County, NJ pest control professionals.

If you live near a forest or have wooded areas surrounding your home, mice intruders are a likely problem.  Monmouth County, NJ pest control experts warn that besides being an unsanitary houseguest, mice can cause serious problems for those who encounter them, their droppings, urine or saliva.

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) is a disease that is transmitted by mice.  Although not everyone will contract the disease through exposure, for those who do, nearly half experience fatal results.  HPS was first discovered in the United States in 1993, although it has been a problem that existed in European countries for many decades.

Most North American cases of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome occur when people are inadvertently exposed to the virus while cleaning up mice feces.  Mice droppings are black, cylinder shaped, and are about the size of a grain of rice.  The HPS disease is often transmitted when mice feces are disturbed during the clean-up process of their fecal matter.  Quick to break down when disturbed, mice feces form a fecal dust that can easily be inhaled.  Brooms, blowers and even vacuums can release unseen fecal dust particles, which when inhaled, will settle into the lungs.

The best way to avoid HPS is to hire a licensed pest control professional with experience in mice removal and clean up procedures.  The trained technicians at Allison Pest Control will be able to safely remove mice and their droppings and eliminate further exposure by helping to identify any points of entry into a home.

Pest Concerns Are High Across The United States

During the winter months it’s easy to believe that our homes are pest free.  The winter months are only a brief reprieve from most home invading pests.  As the spring arrives, so do a multitude of annoying and dangerous home and property invaders.  It is no surprise that the warmer winter weather has sparked an early spring arrival.  Pest control professionals in Monmouth County, NJ expect termites to swarm earlier than usual, and ant, tick, mosquito and rodent populations to be in abundance.

PRWeb reported on April 26, 2012 that a study was recently completed by the third largest residential pest control company in the United States.  The survey consisted of 1319 respondents across the US, all of which owned homes.  The goal of the study was to “uncover the current trends and beliefs related to pests and pest control.”

The study revealed that one in four homeowners are worried about termite infestations, and 13% of homeowners across the United States reported seeking treatment for termites in the past 12 months.  Close to 22% of the respondents claimed to have experienced structural damage to their homes as a result of a pest problem.

You can read more about this interesting study by reading this article.

The national study revealed that 80% of homeowners are most concerned about termites, bed bugs, cockroaches, rats, and mice. A pest control expert in Monmouth County, NJ can help keep your home pest free this spring and summer season by protecting the perimeter of your property.  Our trained technicians will use their extensive expertise to keep all types of household pests out for a more comfortable and safe living environment for your family and pets.

Mice Eradication By A Pest Control Expert In Monmouth County, NJ

Don’t be fooled by their soft fur, big eyes, and oversized ears.  The house mouse is nothing like those cartoon or Disney characters that you love to see on television and the big screen!  Mice that infest your home or business can be a problem.

Pest control experts in Monmouth County, NJ say that there is no such thing as having just one mouse.  If breeding conditions are right, a pair of fertile mice will breed at an alarming rate.  Each pair of mice can have up to 12 babies in their litter.  Those babies are able to reproduce in about 7 weeks.  The amount of babies that just one pair of mice can produce in their lifetime is mind boggling.  If allowed to live, in a matter of months, it is not uncommon for 2 fertile mice to turn into 250 mice running throughout your home.

Mice constantly dribble urine and leave feces wherever they travel.  All rodent waste is hazardous to humans as it contains pathogens that can cause mild to severe problems.  Hantavirus is one virus that everyone should be mindful of if mice are present.  People become infected with the virus when they accidently encounter or mishandle Hantavirus infected feces, urine, or infected rodents.

Hantavirus was first recognized in the United States when it was discovered that several people from the “4 Corners” area of New Mexico died unexpectedly.  Further investigation from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention revealed that many other people had also become very ill during the same timeframe.  It was soon realized that the extensive mice population was the cause of the Hantavirus which eventually lead to Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS).  On October of 2011, FoxNews.com reported that a Wyoming man had died from HPS.

Disease causing pests should not be allowed to roam throughout your home. Don’t let mice have the opportunity to breed; contact Allison Pest Control for fast mice removal services.

More Insects Expected for 2012…Oh No!

For most parts of the United States, it has been a strange winter thus far.  Many locations that typically are under a deep freeze for what seems like endless months have enjoyed a mild, almost non-existent winter season for 2011-2012.

The Valley Breeze Newspapers reported on February 28, 2012 that more insects should be expected this year once springtime sets in.  They reported that an entomologist stated that the previous three year acorn production boom came to a screeching decline in 2011.

Without the proper food sources, squirrels, chipmunks, and other rodents that depend on the nuts will have a difficult time surviving throughout the year.  It is expected that without a food source, many will meet their demise.  Because there will a lack of squirrels and other rodents to feed upon, it is anticipated that humans and pets will become the target for bloodsucking pests such as ticks.  Entomologists also believe that because 2012 will bring about more tick bites, 2012 will also bring about more cases of Lyme disease.

Lyme disease is transmitted to humans and pets through the bite of a deer tick, which is otherwise known as the blacklegged tick.  Although the bite may be painless the symptoms from Lyme disease are not.  Typical symptoms include headache, fatigue, fever, and a bulls-eye skin rash where the tick has delivered its bite.  Infection can spread to the nervous system, joints and heart if the disease is left untreated.

Allison Pest Control can help you keep your family safe from all types of New Jersey pests and the diseases that they cause.  We will gladly provide you with a free pest inspection and will happily answer all of your pest control questions.  Call us today for quality New Jersey pest control service in Monmouth, Ocean, and Middlesex Counties, New Jersey.

Year-Round Pests Continue To Plague NJ Residents

 

Pavement Ants
Pavement Ants

NJ Pest Control professionals encounter all types of pests during the warm summer months.  Once the weather begins to turn frigid, many once active insects die off or make their way into locations to spend the cold winter months.  Some pests are alive and well hiding under siding, wall voids, in attics, under leaf litter, or deep underground.  Unbeknownst to some New Jersey residents, different pests may even enter homes to seek shelter from the chilly temperatures.

The few warmer days on the east coast have brought some stink bugs out of their winter hiding spots.  New Jersey residents have found sporadic stink bugs basking in the warmth of the sun on window sills and walls or bouncing around light fixtures.  The first signs of spring will certainly bring these stinky pests back out in full force and residents should be prepared to call a NJ Pest Control professional to kill off the buggers.

Ants continue to be a problem pest for many New Jersey residents.  Hiding under leaf litter, these pests are easily disturbed by the blower or rake.  Once disturbed, they are often found marching into New Jersey homes looking for food and a new place to make their nests.

Mice can withstand the cold New Jersey winters in the nesting sites they make outdoors, but given the opportunity to join our human habitats is an invitation that they often cannot refuse.  Seeking warmth, shelter, food and water, mice will not leave your home once they have moved indoors.  To make matters worse, these pesky invaders leave a pheromone trail to other mice inviting them to join them in your abode.  A single pair of fertile mice will multiply out-of-control before the winters end.  Besides being dirty, mice are known to transmit various diseases to humans.  Mice infestations should be handled by a licensed pest control expert.

For expert pest eradication services in Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex Counties, New Jersey, contact Allison Pest Control.