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The Worst of the Summertime Pests Get Worse with Global Warming

Ticks and Mosquitoes Carry Diseases That Could Harm Your Kids... Be on the Lookout!
Ticks and Mosquitoes Carry Diseases That Could Harm Your Kids… Be on the Lookout!

The summer months keep pest control companies in Freehold busy, as more insect pests tend to be around causing problems for homeowners. With increasing temperatures, thanks to global warming, more and more of these bugs are expected to be out and about. There are two summer bugs that you should worry about the most as temperatures continue to warm.

Mosquitoes

Mosquito species thrive in warmer temperatures. Many of them would normally die off in colder weather, but global warming means that more of them are able to survive. Although some of these insects act as more of a nuisance with their itchy bites, others pose a serious health threat.

Some mosquito species in NJ can spread diseases, including the Zika and West Nile viruses. Mosquitoes from southern regions that carry tropical and subtropical diseases are also expected to make their way up north as temperatures continue to rise.

Deer Ticks

Deer ticks are another summer pest that can be more than a nuisance. These ticks can spread Lyme disease and other diseases when they latch onto people. Deer tick populations are on the rise due to warmer winters, and these pests are expected to spread.

Don’t handle summer pests on your own. Get help from the pest control experts in Freehold instead. Contact Allison Pest Control to learn more about how we can help you rid your home and yard of insect pests this summer.

NJ and the Zika Virus – What You Need to Know

Mosquito Diseases
Mosquitoes can Carry Diseases, Including the Zika Virus

Dealing with itchy mosquito bites can make your summer miserable, but now there’s something else to worry about. The type of mosquitoes that can carry the Zika virus are found in a larger part of the US, including NJ.

Here’s what you should know about the Zika virus and why you shouldn’t hesitate to call our NJ pest control experts if you have a mosquito problem:

• Two mosquito species might be a Zika risk. One species, Aedes aegypti, is known to carry this virus from person to person. The other, known as the Asian tiger mosquito, might transmit it. Both species are found in NJ.

• Zika season might extend beyond summer. The Zika virus isn’t just a concern for summer. Mosquitoes that carry this disease are expected to be active between June and October.

• Zika can cause birth defects, making it a serious threat to pregnant women. The Zika virus is known to cause microcephaly, a severe form of brain damage that causes infants’ heads to be abnormally small.

• Travel between Puerto Rico and NJ is expected to add to Zika concerns. Many people travel to and from Puerto Rico via NJ’s Newark Airport. Puerto Rico has been hit hard by the Zika virus, raising concerns that travelers could unknowingly spread the disease in NJ.

If you have a mosquito problem, contact Allison Pest Control. Our NJ pest control experts can help reduce mosquito populations on your property.

What Summer Pests Are Headed Our Way?

Less Insects from the Cold Winter
The Cold Winter Was Good And Bad

While summer brings many things we love, like warm weather, family vacation and backyard barbecues, it also brings pests out of hibernation. The extreme winter weather we saw in the 2014-15 season may have slowed bugs down, according to entomologists, but they will be out in full force just in time to enjoy summer with us.

The National Pest Management Association released their Bug Barometer in April. This separates the country into five regions and shows the pest population in each of these five regions. Using the Bug Barometer, the NPMA analyzes weather trends and predicts how the weather will affect the pest population.

What can we expect this summer in the Northeast?

  • Termite season is delayed because of the excess of cold, snow and deep ground freezing last winter. Wasp and bee queens are also affected by this.
  • Carpenter ant activity has increased due to moist conditions caused by snow and water leaks from ice dams. Ticks also thrive in these conditions and are expected to increase, too.
  • Mosquitoes may have increased because of standing water that was created after the snowfall this past season

Extreme weather conditions, hot or cold, tend to drive pests in to your house, according to the NPMA. Read the full article to see the trends in other areas of the nation.

If you have a problem with any kind of pest, call your New Jersey Pest Control experts today!

Where Mosquitos Spend The Colder Months

Have you noticed that mosquitos disappear at the first sign of a chill in the air?  A warm day or two however will cause these blood thirsty creatures to appear seemingly from nowhere.  How is it possible that mosquitoes are able to pop up just like magic?  Do they sense the heat, hatch and seek out a feeding host?

Unlike many other types of New Jersey insects, mosquitos do not succumb to death as a result of the cold temperature outdoors report Monmouth County, NJ exterminators.  Hiding out until the weather turns a bit warmer, NJ residents may not see another mosquito until the following springtime.

Many species of adult mosquitos mate during the fall months and then the female goes into hiding in well-protected places such as abandoned animal burrows and hollow trees.  Once the warm weather hits in New Jersey, female mosquitos will be out of hiding and ready for a bloodmeal so that they can lay a brood of eggs.

After the female has fed, she will look for any place where standing water exists.  Clogged gutters, children’s toys, swimming pool covers, trash can lids, old tires, swing sets, buckets, and even a fallen leaf can hold enough water for mosquitos to lay hundreds of eggs.

Mosquitos are known to transmit diseases to humans.  The best way to keep these pests away from your home is to eliminate standing water.  In addition, it is important to hire a Monmouth County, NJ exterminator to keep your home safe from these blood thirsty pests.

Why Are Mosquitos So Successful?

Spring, summer, and fall bring about many types of pests both big and small. Some are just annoying as they nibble on plant life and make a mess of prized garden areas.  Other types of seasonal insects are annoying and dangerous to deal with such as mosquitos report Monmouth County, NJ exterminators.

Here are some interesting mosquito facts…

North America is host to over 170 species of mosquitoes, many of which have come by accident from other parts of the world.

The average lifespan of an adult male mosquito ranges from 10 to 20 days.  Adult females can live for 3 to 100 days depending on many variables.

In some areas of the United States, humans are always on the menu for hungry mosquitos.  In other areas, mosquitos will bite humans if necessary, but they would prefer to bite birds and other mammals instead. These mosquitos are known for spreading encephalitis to humans if they happen to be infected.

A single female mosquito is able to lay 100 to 300 eggs at one time.  During her lifetime she will typically have between 1,000 to 3,000 offspring.

People are often surprised to learn that mosquitos need very little water to lay their eggs.  Standing water in buckets, clogged gutters, tires, and even tree holes is enough for females to lay a massive amount of eggs.

It only takes 4 to 7 days for mosquitos to reach adulthood.

Mosquitos tend to stick around close to home and live within a mile of where they were born.

Call a Monmouth County, NJ exterminator like Allison pest control for expert mosquito eradication.

Mosquitos…Fragile And Dangerous

It is hard to think of mosquitos as being fragile creatures when they are known blood suckers which leave terrible itchy welts on their victims.  In comparison to other types of insects however, mosquitos are considered to be fragile because of their small size report Monmouth Country, NJ pest control professionals.  The pesky mosquito will grow from 3/16 to ½ inch long depending on the species of mosquito.  They have three pairs of long skinny legs, slender bodies, and one pair of wings with scales on the veins of their wings. Depending on the species, adult mosquitos live on average about two or three weeks.

Like most other types of bloodsucking critters, male mosquitos do not feed off of humans or animals.  Instead, male mosquitos feed on plant nectar.  Female mosquitoes however are blood thirsty creatures.  Mosquitos are a type of fly with a long proboscis that is designed for piercing its host, and extracting blood.

Mosquito larvae can only survive in stagnant water.  Water that is moving will drown the developing larvae.  Mosquitos and their larvae cannot withstand cold temperatures.  Once a hard frost occurs, most mosquito populations will die off, although some may find harborage in a sheltered location.  In New Jersey, the mosquito breeding season begins in May and ends in September or October depending on the weather.

People should worry about the bite of a mosquito because it could be more than just an itchy welt.  Mosquitos are known to carry various types of encephalitis, malaria, and most commonly, West Nile Virus.

A Monmouth County, NJ pest control expert can help to keep mosquito as well as other problem pests under control as they begin to emerge this spring.