Tag Archives: Winter Insects

What’s a Snow Flea?

The Snow Flea
The Snow Flea

You’ve heard of fleas that infest dogs and cats, but what about snow fleas? These are actually insects known as springtails that are capable of remaining active and alive throughout the winter.

Before calling in Monmouth County pest control experts, keep in mind that snow fleas aren’t fleas. Instead, they’re insects with black segmented bodies that move around by hopping or jumping. They don’t bite, and they won’t infest your pets. Snow fleas mainly live outside where they feed on decaying vegetation. You’re likely to see groups of them at the base of trees when snow melts or close to pools and outdoor air conditioning units near drain lines. Their diet mostly includes decaying logs, fungi, leaves and other plant matter.

Snow fleas aren’t usually seen indoors, since homes don’t offer them much in terms of food supplies. If you do see them in your home, you don’t have to worry about them causing any structural damage or bothering your pets. However, they can gather indoors when outside temperatures get too cold, which could lead to an infestation. Getting rid of standing water or fixing leaky pipes can reduce the risk of having them enter your house.

If you’re having a snow flea problem in your home, contact Allison Pest Control. Our Monmouth County pest control professionals can rid your home of snow fleas, as well as several other types of common household pests.

Do Bed Bugs Become Less Active in the Winter?

Bed Bugs And Winter
Bed Bugs And Winter

Though small, bedbugs are becoming a pest of gargantuan proportion, particularly in New York and surrounding areas. But don’t let the seeming winter decline of these pests put you at ease – a bedbug lull in winter weather does not mean these pests have gone packing…

Bedbugs have a little something in common with bears…
Winter brings a slowing of bedbug activity. During the coldness of the winter season and low humidity, these pests may seem to hibernate and return heavily when temperatures begin to warm in the spring. But they have not died or gone away, bedbugs appear to simply be less active.

Summer is a literal “hotbed” of bedbug activity.
In the hot summer months, particularly July and August, bedbugs appear more active as humidity warm weather send them out on a quest to quench their thirst. In addition to their drinking endeavors, bedbugs also feed and breed more frequently in the warmer temperatures.

Vigilance is key.
It is important to stay on top of your bedbug situation year-round to ensure the complete eradication of these creepy critters.

  • Install mattress, box spring, and pillow encasements.
  • Use light-colored linens to detect bedbugs.
  • Keep your bed off the floor.
  • Apply double-sided sticky tape to bed legs and the room perimeter to prevent access.
  • Use a home monitor to keep track of activity.

Sleep tight – without the bedbug bites. Say goodbye to bedbugs by saying hello to Allison today. Don’t forget we offer a free pest inspection! Not sure if you have a bed bug problem? Call the friendly and knowledgeable team at Allison Pest Control today at 1-800-564-4585 to schedule your free pest ID and inspection.

Winter-Hardy Cockroach Species Found in NYC

During the cold winter months, insect activity usually slows down in Monmouth County and Ocean County, New Jersey. Insects are still present, of course; but cold weather seems to turn many insects sluggish and sends some species, like stink bugs and Asian lady beetles, into a hibernation-like state. Insect activity gears back up in the spring; but winter offers New Jersey residents a welcome, if brief, respite from the buzzing, droning, biting and stinging these pests can inflict.

So the discovery of a winter-hardy species of cockroach living in Manhattan’s High Line Park was not good news. Never before seen in the U.S., Periplaneta japonica is a Japanese migrant common to the chilly steppes and mountain of Japan and northern Asia. Slightly smaller than the half-inch-long German cockroach, the most common cockroach species in the U.S., the Japanese roach was discovered by an exterminator in 2012 during routine pest control procedures and subsequently identified by Rutgers University entomologists. The presence of the new roach species only recently made the news when Rutgers’ findings were published in the Journal of Economic Entomology. Entomologists believe the Japanese roach may have arrived in the soil of imported plants used to landscape the park.

Unlike American cockroaches, the new Japanese roach can survive outdoors in below-freezing temperatures and can walk on ice and snow. Scientists say the new species cannot cross-breed with native species and don’t believe the new species poses any immediate threat, but give it time. Cockroaches are one of the oldest and most adaptable insect species on the planet. In time, cockroach extermination NJ could become as necessary in the winter as it is in the summer.