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More Than Just Gnats, These Small Flies are Big Pests

Flies and gnats can be big problems.
Flies and gnats can be big problems.

House flies are a common sight in homes during the summer months, but what about those small flies that show up just about any time during the year? These tiny flies can prove to be a big problem that requires expert help from the best exterminator in Ocean County. If you have one of the following in your home, it’s time to get in touch with pest control professionals.

• Fruit flies: These flies are roughly 3 mm in length, including their wings. They have a tan thorax with a darker colored abdomen and red eyes.

• Fungus gnats: These grayish-black gnats range from 0.5 to 4 mm in length, including their wings.

• Phorid flies: These yellowish or brownish flies have small heads and a humpback-shaped thorax. They range from 1 to 3 mm in length, including their wings.

• Drain flies: These gray or tan flies look like small moths, although they only have two wings rather than four. They range from 4 to 6 mm in length, including their wings.

Removing the source of breeding can help you prevent fly or gnat infestations. Keep in mind, though, that you might have these flies living in hard-to-reach spaces, such as inside walls.

If you have a gnat or fly problem, count on the best exterminator in Ocean County for help. Contact Allison Pest Control, so we can help you rid your home of these pests.

Are Robot Makers Taking Tips on Design From Cockroaches?

The American Cockroach
Cockroach Robots

While the sight of cockroaches usually means it’s time to bring in Monmouth County pest control, these insect nuisances do serve a purpose. Researchers have been studying cockroaches in order to build new robot models.

Researchers at the University of California at Berkeley are using the American cockroach as a model for robots due to their size and speed. Two of the abilities that these researchers are paying close attention to are cockroaches’ ability to move incredibly fast and their ability to squeeze through tiny cracks. Scientists discovered that roaches have rigid plates joined by soft tissue that allow them to flatten themselves when going through small crevices and cracks.

This observation could lead to more efficient robotic designs compared to the more wormlike designs that currently exist. One of the uses that researchers envision for these robots is sending them into buildings that have been destroyed by natural disasters or war in order to look for survivors.

While it might be surprising to think of cockroaches as a source of inspiration for tools that could save humans, these insects do have some fascinating biological features that can be put to good use through continued research.

If you have a cockroach problem in your NJ home, call the Monmouth County pest control experts at Allison Pest Control. We’ll make sure your home is free of these insect pests.


Nearly 100 Species of Pest May Live in Your Home

It's Shocking How Many Pests Can Live in Your Home
It’s Shocking How Many Pests Can Live in Your Home

How many creepy crawlies are sharing your home? A recent study by of 50 houses in the Raleigh area by researchers from North Carolina State University, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and the California Academy of Sciences is amazing Monmouth County pest control experts.

What did they find?
More than 500 different kinds of arthropods, small invertebrates like flies, ants, gnats, lice, beetles, termites, and spiders. The sneaky stowaways are thought to have made their way in from outside – or accidentally introduced (cut flower, local produce) – getting overly comfy in your hospitable home.

Uncovering the undesirables…
Surprisingly, only five rooms of the 554 examined did not contain any arthropods. The remainder held a broad biodiversity, with each home hosting an average of about 100 species – though this is believed to be an under count as researchers did not check behind walls, in drawers or under heavy furniture. Entomology exposed:

  • Deptera (true flies) – 23%
  • Araneae (spiders) – 19%
  • Coleoptera (beetles) – 16%
  • Hymenoptera (bees, wasps, ants) – 15%

Future fun
The exploratory inventory, the first of its kind, is sure to spur additional studies in efforts to answer some exciting scientific questions, such as what microbes insects host that affect health, and what role pests play in the home ecosystem.

Tired of sharing your space? Give ‘em an eviction notice. Contact Allison Pest Control, your Monmouth County pest control experts, today.

Don’t Hate Insects – Some are Beneficial

A Helpful Insect
A Helpful Insect

While the arrival of spring brings great excitement, if you’re like many people, you probably aren’t relishing the thought of dealing with another season filled with insect problems. However, before you decide to get rid of all of them that are bugging you, it’s important to know which ones are beneficial, which ones are harmful, and which ones simply need to be controlled appropriately.

Beneficial Insects

When you think of beneficial insects, you probably think of some species of spiders, and ladybugs. These insects are important for the environment because they help to keep the insect population under control. Honey bees are equally important because they help you maintain your beautiful flower garden.

Harmful Insects

Harmful or annoying insects include wasps, mosquitoes, house flies, fruit flies and cockroaches. Although even some of the most harmful ones have their benefits. Wasps can help to keep the bug population under control around that vegetable garden you love so much in your back yard. While mosquitoes are a real nuisance at times, only the female mosquitoes bite. Male mosquitoes actually help bees with the pollination process. They also serve as food for bats and swallows, which are an important part of the ecosystem.

When it comes to NJ pest control, you want to work with a company who understands the importance of protecting those insects that are beneficial for the environment. Here at Allison Pest Control, we take great care in preserving the insects that are good, and getting rid of the ones that aren’t.

For more information, please contact us today.

Hitchhiking Insects Do Not Spread Holiday Cheer

For many Americans, the passing of the Thanksgiving holiday means that it is time to head to the local hardware store or roadside stand and pick out the perfect evergreen to welcome in the Christmas holiday season.  Entranced with the smell of delightfully smelling needles, not many American’s will give a second thought to the possibility of insects living inside of a newly cut or live tree report Monmouth Country NJ exterminators.

Home and business owners are often surprised to learn that there are many different types of insects that can be joining their holiday festivities once that beautiful symbol of Christmas has been brought indoors.

Once insects are brought indoors on a Christmas tree, the warmth of the interior of a home will signal to any hitchhikers or hidden insect eggs that it is the start of spring.  The development of many types of insects will then spread throughout the building, allowing the critters to be creeping around into cracks and crevices, walls, or on window sills as they look for a way to escape outdoors.

Here are some hitchhiking insect pests, and their typical hiding places within a Christmas tree…

  • Spiders
  • Ticks
  • Aphids
  • Ants
  • Mites (from bird nests)
  • Scale Insects

It is not recommended that Christmas trees be treated with any type of pesticide as it will make the plant extremely flammable once the Christmas lights are attached and operating.  If insects have found their way into your home or business on your Christmas tree, its time contact a Monmouth County NJ exterminator who will be able to eradicate any sneaky incoming pests.

Giant Wasp Nest Found

Because of the cold winter weather that occurs in New Jersey, all types of wasps and bees, cannot survive the cold winter.  Honey bees are the exception to the rule.  Wasp nests will thrive if left unchecked during the warmer months.

In New Jersey wasp and bee nests will grow depending on food sources, the health of the queen, and the combined efforts of each of the colony members.  As the end of summer arrives, food will become scarce.  Once the cold begins to set in in New Jersey, the queen will leave the nest so that she can find a safe place to overwinter.  She will remain alone until the following spring at which time she will emerge, find a new nesting spot, begin feeding, and lay her first set of eggs.  Those eggs will become her first set of workers which will serve to build the nest and groom her so that the colony will thrive once again.  In New Jersey, each year the cycle is the same.

YahooNews.com reported  on 4/11/13 that a giant wasp nest has been found in an abandoned house in the town of San Sebastián de La Gomera in the Canary Islands.  Reports are that police were called to the house by neighbors who complained of large amounts of wasps in the area.  The wasp nest is 21 foot 9 inches and covers the span of the abandoned homes hallway.  Experts believe that the invasive species of wasps migrated from Africa and are not native to the island.  It is estimated that there are millions of wasps living within the nest.

The Canary Islands does not experience the cold weather that New Jersey does which is likely why this nest has been able to reach the size that it has.  Nobody knows how long the nest has been in the abandoned house.  Hopefully the nest will not immediately be destroyed as entomologists are surely interested in studying this amazing wasp nest.