With over 265 different species and living on every continent except Antarctica and Australia; squirrels are one of nature’s most ubiquitous mammals. They reside in nearly every environment available and are a common fixture throughout the US and Europe. Here are ten other fascinating facts about these clever animals. 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
The history of Groundhog Day dates back to the 18th and 19th centuries in central Pennsylvania. Folklore states that if a groundhog appears out of its burrow on February 2nd, Spring will be arriving early; six more weeks of winter is eminent if on a sunny day the groundhog emerges and retreats back to the burrow after seeing its shadow. Presently, Groundhog Day is a part of holiday festivals and celebrations of food and activities; a lot of pressure to put on a little, cute-looking rodent.
The history of Groundhog Day began with the Germans in 1886 when it was first celebrated. The German premise was that if the sun shines on Candlemas, the predecessor to Groundhog Day, the badger or groundhog sees its shadow to indicate another six weeks of winter. The first celebration of this new tradition was held in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.
Termites are capable of damaging an entire home’s structure from the inside out, often without any signs of damage from the outside. if you do not want to become a victim of expensive termite damage, there are a few ways to go about determining whether you have a growing infestation and ways to prevent an an infestation from beginning altogether. if you do have a termite problem in your home it essential to seek professional assistance from a trained New Jersey Pest Control Expert as quickly as possible so as to minimize the damage.
We all are familiar with those tiny little hard-working creatures known as ants. Some of us find them fascinating, but others struggle to eliminate their presence from their homes and businesses. Those looking for an ant exterminator in Passaic County, New Jersey will find excellent experienced help available. They can assist you in identifying the particular variety of ant with which you are plagued and can implement appropriate measures for eliminating colonies of different ant-types.
Black Carpenter Ant
The black carpenter ant will love to build its nests in any dead and wet wood forming part of your home. They will not eat the wood as will termites, but will spread out around your house seeking food and making it more their home than yours. Also their nest-building habits may further weaken already weak wooden structures. From their main “primary” next they can spread out to form “satellite” nests where they leave “frass.” Frass is a fancy name for ant feces. This frass trail provides a clue to the finding of the primary nest. If the hollowed-out wood is filled with mud you can bet it is termites. If not, it may be carpenter ants doing the damage. Professional ant exterminators will know what kinds of insecticides to use to put these carpenters’ activities to an end. They can fill in ant-hollows with dry pesticide or drip a liquid form along their foraging trails so as to spread death to the primary colony.
Termites, one of the most dreaded words you can hear as a homeowner. Such tiny little creatures, yet they can cause such extensive damage. The sooner you can get a New Jersey Termite control treatment started to get rid of them; the better the chances of eliminating them from your home with minimal damage, but hopefully, no damage.
Termites are known as detritivores, or detritus feeders. This means they feed on dead plants, trees, as well as the dead parts of a living tree. This includes the wood, and the wood in the soil. A termite’s teeth have the ability to tear through and destroy wood. This is why homeowners panic at the very thought of the word, “termite.” Termites are so destructive; they can destroy a home’s foundation, along with the property in it.
Usually when people think about pest control or removal they are reminded of the commercials on TV for residential pest control services, but commercial pest control is just as important. Pest control for the hospitality industry, commercial buildings, food processing facilities and pharmaceutical plants can be a matter of public health.
Due to the difference in products and techniques that are used, it is important to find a specialized pest control company to ensure that pests will be removed properly without doing harm to people or products. So how should you select the right commercial pest control services? Following these steps will help ensure that you are getting a quality pest control provider: