In cold weather areas with snow and below-freezing temperatures, animals have to seek shelter to ward off the cold. Bears hibernate in dens, rabbits and foxes retreat below ground, and citified squirrels are more than likely to invade nearby houses to set up their cozy and warm nests.
Having a family of squirrels wintering in your attic might make a charming storyline for a children’s book, but in reality, it’s a nuisance that nobody needs or wants. The troublesome pests can damage the house by gnawing on wooden boards that support the roof. Worse yet, they can chew through electrical wiring, causing sparking and short fuses that can potentially turn into a serious fire. Continue reading
As summer temperatures rise, residents of New Jersey and other parts of the Northeast will head outside to enjoy the warm weather with family and friends. Unfortunately, the summer’s arrival means that tick-borne disease season is also here.
Lyme disease is one of the most serious tick-borne illnesses and typically arises in the Northeast, mid-Atlantic region. Named after an outbreak in Lyme, Conn., in the 1970s, Lyme disease is spread by the blacklegged tick. It is the most common tick-borne disease in America, and its prevalence is growing. The current number of cases Tick per year, which is around 300,000, has tripled in the past 20 years. In fact, a recent article published on Time Magazine says that Lyme disease is becoming more prevalent in states outside of the Northeast. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that climate change is aiding in the spread of this potentially fatal disease. Ticks thrive in densely forested areas and their populations are usually kept in balance by predatory white mice who feed on them. Recent increased deforestation efforts across the country have dramatically decreased the white mice population; therefore helping tick infestations spread across the county, virtually unhindered and unchecked. Continue reading
We’d like to share some helpful tips regarding New Jersey termite control in preparation for Termite Awareness Week 3/15- 3/21! Termites have been around for more than 250 million years and are extremely resilient creatures. In the United States alone, termites exist in every state except Alaska. New Jersey termite control is no easy feat as the bugs typically feast on the cellulose found in wood and may go unnoticed for years. The termite control NJ specialists, Precise Pest Control, report that signs of invasion and colonization include visible wood damage that may appear as nothing more than small holes. Other symptoms include crumbling drywall, sagging doors and windows, piles of discarded wings, small pellets resembling mouse feces and obvious swarms of the insects. In time, wood becomes hollow with nothing left but a mere shell. Every year, the insects cost American citizens more than $5 billion. Continue reading
Roaches are perhaps the most feared household pests in the world hence the multimillion dollar roach pest control industry. Although they are most commonly associated with the warm weather months, roaches can pose a problem all year. Roaches aren’t picky; they will inhabit any place where they are capable of surviving.
Once they have established themselves in an area, roaches can be incredibly difficult to eradicate. Effective pest control is a process geared toward getting rid of existing stubborn colonies. Roaches reproduce quickly, so a small number can quickly increase into a full-fledged infestation. If you see any sign of an infestation, you should contact a specialized local NJ roach treatment company as soon as possible. Continue reading
Now that the winter season is here, the temperatures are starting to rapidly decline in New Jersey. Once the temperatures start to drop, unwanted pests start to try to enter your warm home. This makes pest control in New Jersey vitally important during the cold winter months. These are the five winter pests to look out for before they damage your home. If you see any signs of these pests, then make sure to check out our pest control services.
Ants outnumber people by an incredible number. This doesn’t mean that they should be able to wander into your home and crawl all over your belongings and yourself. You can be proactive and take several preventative measures to prevent an influx of ants in your home.
The first thing that ants do before entering your living space in full force is send some scout ants to check out the area, especially the kitchen. They’ll then return to the rest of their friends to let them know that your kitchen is ripe for eating and living. This means that you must keep your kitchen impeccably clean at all times.
If you have pests in your home, your first instinct is to kill every bug you see in any and every way possible. However, when you actually read the warning labels on insecticides, it is enough to alarm anyone. Not only are they unhealthy for the environment, they are also not the most natural solutions to have around your family and pets. In short, most pesticides create more problems than they solve.
For example, many insecticides are not only far from eco-friendly, they are not really all that effective. They may kill off a lot of pests at first, but the insects will just develop a resistance to the insecticide and come back stronger than ever. There are also the unintended side effects to consider. Many pesticides could kill other animals besides those nasty pests. Using a company that uses green pest control products can minimize the dangerous chemicals around your home but also your family as well.