Category Archives: Bed Bugs

NJ Residents Are Itching From Bed Bug Bites Part I Of II

The old saying “Sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite”, used to only be thought of as a cute nighttime saying that was told to kids as they were being tucked into bed at night.  Sadly, these nocturnal nibblers have made a huge comeback into present day life and some New Jersey residents are now experiencing fierce bites on a daily basis.

Before a full sized bed bug has eaten, it is a small flat brownish colored insect that is about the size of an apple seed.  These oval shaped bugs are sometimes mistaken for ticks or baby cockroaches.  The nymphs (young bed bugs) resemble the adults but are lighter in color and are much smaller too.

A bed bug prefers to do its dirty deed during the wee hours of the morning when humans are in a deep sleep.  Like tiny little vampires, bed bugs will insert two spikes into your skin when it’s dinner time.  First the bed bug will inject its saliva, which contains an anesthetic so you won’t feel their bite, and then an anti-coagulant so your blood will flow freely. Nice!

Each bed bug takes between five and ten minutes to receive a full blood meal.  Sometimes a bed bug will start and stop its feeding several times during this time period, often because we humans move and disrupt their feeding ritual.  Once a bed bug is done feasting on your blood, these creepy bugs will scurry away to their safe hiding place so that they can digest their “food”…ie…your blood.  Along the path to their hiding spot, you can often see a trail of excrement (digested blood) left behind in their tracks.  Yuck!

Please check back on Monday for the conclusion.

Taking One Last Trip This Summer? Watch Out For Household Pests! Part II Of II

Continuing from Monday…

The warm air in your temporarily vacant home is the perfect incubation grounds for many different types of troublesome insects.

Fleas can be a huge problem not only when they invade your yard, but especially when they are multiplying in your home.  Your pup might have been taken to the kennel while you are away; but any fleas/eggs left behind inside your home will continue their development.  They will be awaiting your return home, and thirsty for a blood meal.

Cockroaches won’t likely have any crumbs to nibble on, so they will be on the hunt for any other type of food source that they can contaminate.  If they cannot find any human food to eat, these resourceful creepy bugs will find other weird things in your home to feast upon.  Cockroaches will also eat newspapers, cardboard, toothpaste, and even a bar of soap if they are really hungry!  Cockroaches need water to survive so make sure that you don’t have any leaky faucets or pipes before you depart for your vacation.

Another pesky bug that you must keep a look out for when you are traveling is the dreaded bed bug.  These blood sucking parasites are popping up at alarming rates in hotels, motels, and rental properties around the United States.  Be sure to check your luggage carefully for tiny apple seed sized, brown/reddish brown colored bugs while you are unpacking after your vacation because bed bugs would love to hitch a ride home with you.  It is always wise to wash all of your clothing in hot water and dry the clothing on the hottest dryer setting to avoid bed bug infestations.  All luggage should be carefully vacuumed as well…just in case.  Bed bugs are very difficult to eradicate; so you should always contact a pest control specialist if you think that you have encountered them during your travels.

If you have any insects or mice that have been making your home, their home, while you have been away, it’s time to call in a professional pest control expert to get rid of them.  Make those disgusting home pest invaders regret that they chose your house to set up shop; give Allison Pest Control a call to wipe them out!

Taking One Last Trip This Summer? Watch Out For Household Pests! Part I Of II

The summer traveling season will soon be coming to an end, and many people in Monmouth and Ocean County, New Jersey are using these last few weeks of summer to sneak in another great family getaway before the drudgery of the school time regime returns.  When you decide to head out of town for the week, it’s not uncommon to turn the air conditioning up to 80+ to not drive up your electric bill.  Everyone locks their house up tight by closing their windows and doors to keep would-be robbers out too.  We all set off for one final jaunt to a new destination where there are no jobs to bog us down, no household chores to keep us busy, and great adventures to be discovered.  Yes, the last idle days of our summer vacation are exactly what we need to rejuvenate our mind and body…that is until we come home to unpleasant creatures that have been having a party in our home while we have been away!  They will surely snap you back into reality fast.

While you were away from your New Jersey home, perhaps the mice were at play!  Mice multiply very quickly so it not uncommon for one mouse to turn in to many in a short period of time.  Mice will not only contaminate any remaining food within your house; their presence can also be dangerous to humans because of the pathogens that their feces and urine contain.

Drain flies are always a concern for New Jersey residents as well.  These annoying pests are common household invaders.  They lay their eggs in stagnant water.  In homes they can be found around household drains such as those found in bathrooms and laundry rooms.  Toilets that have not been used for a spell can also fall victim to a dreaded drain fly invasion.  These flies won’t hurt you, and quite frankly, don’t fly well; but drain flies are a very annoying pest when they invade your home.

Please check back on Wednesday for the conclusion

When The Bed Bugs Are Biting, We’ll Come A Fighting! Part II Of II

Continuing from Wednesday

Bed bugs are mostly active at night, but will feed during the day, especially if the infestation is a bad one.   They are attracted to the CO2 that we exhale and the heat that our bodies emit.  You will find bed bugs most active (ready to feed) between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m.  During the daytime, bed bugs are very elusive and prefer to spend their day hiding in any crack or crevice they can fit their tiny body into.  You will typically find bed bugs within 100 feet of where a person sleeps as bed bugs don’t venture too far away from where their target sleeps.  Bed bugs do not have nest, but they do like to congregate in habitual bed bug hiding places…kind of like your neighborhood bed bug pub!

Bed bugs are considered a nuisance pest and not a public health concern because they are not known to transmit disease although they do carry pathogens.  Ask anyone who is battling bed bugs and they will tell you that they are more than just a nuisance.  Bed bugs have been known to cause a loss of sleep and psychological issues to people who have suffered through an infestation.  When bed bugs feed, they inject a numbing agent so that people cannot feel that they are being bitten.  Bed bugs will then pierce the skin with their elongated beak to withdraw blood.

Conventional bug bombs are not recommended with this creepy pest.  Bug bombs are known to send bed bugs running from room to room, instead of killing the buggers off.  Bed bugs are easily spread in a building.  They can travel from room to room, floor to floor via people, electrical wire, wall voids, piping, etc.  Bed bugs do no not discriminate. They can be found in the most expensive homes and in flea bag motels.  If people are around, there’s a chance that bed bugs can be found!

Bed bugs are not an easy pest to eradicate.  They require a professional pest control specialist who knows how to properly treat a home or business.  If you have encountered bed bugs during your summertime travels; contact Allison Pest Control before your infestation becomes out of control!

When The Bed Bugs Are Biting, We’ll Come A Fighting! Part I Of II

Bed bugs are a small blood sucking parasite that feed solely on the blood of warm blooded animals.  They prefer humans, but will feed on dogs, cats, birds, or rodents, if humans are not available.  Full grown bed bugs are about the size of an apple seed and can easily be seen with the human eye, when they are not in hiding.  They have an oval brownish colored flat body that swells and turns reddish brown after they receive their blood meal.  Bed bugs do not fly, but they are masters at hiding in any crack or crevice in a home or business.  Bed bugs are resilient buggers and can easily survive for over a year without a blood meal.

Bed bugs have been appearing in New Jersey and in most cities across the United States.  Recent reports by pest control companies show that bed bug infestations are up by 71% over the past five years.  These creepy blood suckers are hitchhikers and can be found anywhere that people are found.  People can unwittingly bring them into their homes by accidentally picking them up from a variety of sources.  Bed bugs have been found on airplane seats and luggage compartments, movie theaters, retail stores, taxis, trains, rental cars, cruise ships, hospitals, and of course hotels and motels.  Sadly you can even pick up bed bugs while visiting friends or family members homes.

Many people do not know that they have a bed bug infestation until the infestation is out of control.  It is estimated that approximately 50% of people do not suffer the allergic reaction to bed bug bites, which is the tell-tale sign that you have an infestation.  Another sign of an infestation is the excrement and blood splatters that are left by bed bugs on sheets, mattresses, and box springs.

Please check back on Friday for the conclusion.