Category Archives: Animals

The Trouble with NJ Mice

It might be surprising to learn that most mice enter structures between October and February.  Like other creatures big and small, mice are hungry critters that are always on the hunt for a meal source.  The cold NJ winter drives mice indoors as they seek warm shelter and an easy water source for survival.  It is estimated that approximately 21 million homes in the US will encounter mice this winter!

How do mice come indoors?

Mice come indoors through small openings that lead from the exterior to the interior of a structure.  Utility lines that are not secured with silicone caulking or steel wool are an open door for mice.  Mice have nimble bodies which allow them to squeeze into spaces as small as a dime.

Where can mice be found?

Mice tend to make their nest close to where they are able to find food.  Home and business owners are advised to store pantry food products in glass or plastic containers with tightly sealed lids as mice can easily chew through plastic wrapping and cardboard packaging.  Mice have small stomachs with large appetites.  These pests tend to feed about 15 to 20 times per day, most of the time, never being seen by humans.

Monmouth County NJ pest control experts warn that if you have one mouse in your home or business, there is a good chance that you have more mice, or will soon have more mice.  The best way to eradicate mice and eliminate the pathogens that they spread is to hire a Monmouth County NJ pest control professional like Allison Pest Control.

Skunks Are a Stinky Pest

In nature, certain insects and animals are given the upper hand over would-be predators because of their special coloration.  For instance, the cute looking black and red lady bug is rarely challenged by any other insect because of its coloring.  In the animal world, there is no animal that is has been blessed with a better coat saying “keep away” like the skunk.

Skunks are cute little creatures to look at…in pictures that is.  The do not typically attack other animals, but they will defend their young.  If skunks are cornered they will give several warning signs that trouble is on the way.  They are known to stomp their feet, growl, spit, puff out their fur, and shake their tail.  If those warning signs do not work, the invader will surely be blasted with a pungent liquid that smells horrific and will make you the least popular person on the block.

Skunks will travel 5-10 miles to forage for food.  They are good in that they have strong front claws that enable them to dig deep into the ground and find insects that would otherwise damage lawns and gardens.  Many homeowners do not appreciate the holes that skunks leave behind when they are foraging for food.

Dens are built in wood piles, crawl spaces, under decks, or any place that they can find a warm, dry location.  If they happen to find a trashcan loaded with goodies, these critters will not likely ever leave.

You can avoid the stench of a skunk by hiring a Monmouth County, NJ exterminator who will humanely remove the little stinker with ease.

Humane Trapping of NJ Wild Animals – Our Expertise

Raccoons are adorable to look at with their trademark black facial mask and black tipped nose. Raccoons are known as nocturnal scavengers that should not be approached during the day or night. These critters have adapted well to our human environment and will eat most anything that they can find. Their strong dexterous front paws allow them to open sealed trash cans, tear through attic vents, rip through damaged roofing material, and move soffits with ease. They are attracted to homes with bird feeders and pet food that is left outside.

As the cold weather sets in in New Jersey, raccoons will use crawl spaces and attics as a place to escape the cold harsh winter months. Once raccoons find a suitable nesting place, they will not give it up easily, and they will allow other raccoons to join them. Adult raccoons can weigh up to 20 pounds so their presence easily becomes known during the night time hours when the animals are most active.

NJ homeowners often find urine soaked insulation and piles of feces (which contain dangerous pathogens) in latrines that the raccoons create in their attics once raccoons have moved in. These critters are known to defend their nesting spots with a vicious passion, especially when babies are present. Raccoons are also known carriers of rabies.

Don’t let raccoons be a nuisance in your attic or crawl space. Allison Pest Control provides humane New Jersey Wild Animal Control Services to homes and businesses in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Call us for help now at 1-800-564-4585.

Bed Bugs Still Biting According To The NPMA

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and the University of Kentucky have three surveys of bed bugs for pest control professionals across the United States. According to more than 250 respondents, 99.6 percent have tackled the bloodsucking pests over the past year, which is an increase since the last time the survey was completed.

According to the NPMA, the majority of the pests were “found in private residences including apartments, condominiums and single family homes and the incidence of infestations in these environments is slightly higher compared to the 2011 findings.” According to the data collected “98 percent and 96 percent of respondents treating these dwellings respectively reported treating bed bugs in these types of settings” the last time the survey was completed in 2011.

Many other public locations throughout the United States continue to be in the cross-hairs for exterminators from coast to coast. Schools, day care centers, libraries, hospitals, transportation areas, Laundromats, and restaurants have seen more bed bug treatments according to the survey. Hotels, motels, college dorms, office buildings, airplanes, and movie theaters have seen a slight decline in bed bug treatments according to reports in the survey.

Despite the slight decline in some public areas, the report clearly shows the bed bugs are still biting throughout the US. These nuisance pests multiply very quickly and are easily spread in a wide variety of way thanks to their ability to hitchhike anywhere.

The best way to eliminate NJ bed bugs is to hire Monmouth County NJ exterminator with experience handling the bloodsuckers. Call Allison Pest Control today.

Keep Wild Animals Outdoor With Allison Pest Control

Watching wild animals outdoors is great fun for New Jersey residents.  They climb, forage, and frolic at will throughout all areas of the state.  Because people have moved into territory that once belonged to squirrels, raccoons, possums, snakes, and other critters, wild animals have had to adapt their living conditions to share space with humans.

As the summer months begin to pass and the weather begins to chill, many types of wild animals will begin their quest of looking for a warm location to hunker down for the upcoming winter months.  Urban sprawl has given many types of wild animals the opportunity to invade homes and businesses.

Once wild animals make their way indoors, they become a pest as they will cause serious damage to a home or business.  Squirrels, raccoons, and possums all need to constantly gnaw so that they are able to grind down their continually growing teeth.  These wild animals frequently gnaw on electrical wiring which poses a fire hazard to the structure that they have invaded.  Their continual voiding of urine and feces can transmit disease as the dried feces create dangerous airborne particles.

A Monmouth County, NJ exterminator like Allison Pest Control has trained technicians which are able to humanely trap pesky wild animals which have invaded your home or office.  We do not euthanize the animals we trap.  Instead, after trapping, all animals are relocated and released back into their natural habitat.  Call Allison Pest Control today for expert wild animal removal and exclusion services.