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High Humidity Brings Out Swarms of Mosquitoes and Other Insect Pests

Protect Your Home and Family from Summer Pests.
Protect Your Home and Family from Summer Pests.

High humidity levels are ideal for breeding mosquito populations. These insects, which keep NJ pest control services busy in summer, thrive in humid environments. This puts you and your family at risk of being bitten, which can also increase your risk of West Nile virus and other serious kinds of illnesses.

Swarming Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes have swarmed in some areas that have exceptionally high levels of humidity. In fact, these bugs have been found in large groups in parts of Virginia, where they’ve been making it hard for residents to spend time outdoors and enjoy the warm weather. Some of them have even gone after residents as they get out of their cars and head inside.

Mosquito Prevention

There’s not much you can do to control humidity levels outdoors, but you can take steps to lower your risk of having large mosquito populations around. One of the best ways to do so is by making sure you don’t have standing water on your property, such as in bird baths and puddles. This gives these bugs a place to lay their eggs, resulting in much larger mosquito populations. You should also use bug spray to avoid being bitten.

If you have a mosquito problem on your property, please don’t hesitate to contact Allison Pest Control. Our NJ pest control services can get rid of these biting bugs from your yard, so you can enjoy your summer.

News Flash: Mosquitoes and the West Nile Disease

Invasive Insects Are Moving Into New Jersey
Invasive Insects Are Moving Into New Jersey

It’s that time of year when mosquitoes come out in full force and will probably require NJ pest control services to keep them under control. In addition to leaving itchy bites and welts, these pests can pose another risk. They can transmit West Nile virus to people through their bites.

Mild Cases

West Nile virus is an illness that usually doesn’t present any noticeable symptoms. Roughly one in five of those who have this illness might experience a fever, rash and flu-like symptoms, such as joint pain, headaches, vomiting and diarrhea. Most cases of West Nile virus get better on their own, although fatigue can linger for several weeks.

Serious Cases

West Nile virus isn’t always a serious illness, but it can cause neurological symptoms in some people. These symptoms include headache, a stiff neck and high fever that can develop into paralysis, coma or seizures without prompt treatment. In some cases, the effects of these symptoms can be permanent.

It’s important to lower your risk of West Nile virus by keeping mosquito populations on your property under control. Keep in mind that these insects can also carry other diseases, including Zika and heart worm disease, which can put your pets at risk.

If you have a mosquito problem on your property, Allison Pest Control can help. Our NJ pest control services can help lower your risk of West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses.

This Year’s Wet Winter Means More Summer Insects in New Jersey

This Child's Face Says What We Are All Feeling: Last Winter's Mild Temperature Will Lead to Increase in Summer Pests.
This Child’s Face Says What We Are All Feeling: Last Winter’s Mild Temperature Will Lead to Increase in Summer Pests.

The winter months are over, but all the snow and rain we had in NJ means that you can expect to see a lot more bugs this summer. If you normally deal with mosquitoes and other pests during summer, their numbers might be even higher than usual.

Effects of Weather on Bugs

Having a lot of precipitation during winter brings bugs out in full force when spring and its warmer weather roll around. Spiders, mosquitoes, ticks and other bugs tend to thrive in these types of conditions. Ants are also around in abundance after a winter full of wet weather.

Bug Problems

Spiders and ants aren’t much of a problem as long as they stay outdoors, but they can be a big problem inside homes. Some spiders bite, while ants can get into food supplies and even chew on wiring inside walls. Mosquitoes and ticks are a problem whether they’re inside or outside. In most cases, you’ll find these biting pests outdoors. Mosquitoes and ticks can spread certain diseases, including Lyme disease and West Nile virus, so it’s best to hire NJ pest control services if you have a problem with them on your property.

If mosquitoes or other bugs are giving you a problem this summer, our NJ pest control services can help. Give Allison Pest Control a call for more information on our services in Monmouth County and Ocean County.

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!