Category Archives: Insects

Could It Be A Flea On Me?

If you have ever had a flea infestation problem or been bitten by fleas, you know how annoying these blood suckers can be. Fleas can be found on household pets and furry creatures that run through the yard.  Once an infestation occurs inside your living space, fleas will set up shop in carpets, sofas, pet beds, and even human beds.

Fleas have been around for millions of years.  Like other annoying pests, they feast on blood.  They prefer animal blood, but humans are their second choice for a good meal.

Fleas have a similar life cycle to the butterfly, but they are not so pretty and their bites will leave you scratching for days.  Female fleas lay eggs that turn into larvae.  The larvae develop into pupae and settle inside a little flea cocoon.  Fleas will wait inside their cocoon until a host (you, your pet, or other mammals) wonder by.  Once the pupae detects a warm body, they unzip their cocoon and jump onto their host.  The incredible process takes only three seconds!  A flea can jump as high as four feet to achieve this task so a kitty lounging on a couch, with a pupae in the carpet, does not stand a chance of avoiding a flea.

Female fleas can lay approximately 2,000 eggs in her lifetime, so it’s easy to see how fleas can quickly infest your home or yard.

Fleas can live 100 days without a blood meal, so packing up and running away from a flea infestation in your New Jersey home will do no good.  You must be diligent in your fight to get rid of fleas.  Fleas in all stages of their life cycle must be killed in order to rid your house of them completely. Let Allison Pest Control help you fight your flea war today!

Evil Carpenter Ants Can Strike Anytime

Business and homeowners in New Jersey have reason to worry when they see large black ants on the interior or exterior of their structure.  Large ants in most instances are carpenter ants.  Carpenter ants are the most common type of ant that you will find in the United States, and left untreated, they are a very destructive pest.

Unlike the destructive termite, carpenter ants do not “eat” wood.  Carpenter ants will however damage wood by hollowing it out while they excavate galleries for their nests, and tunnels for transportation.  These galleries have a smooth, sandpapered look to them.  In some instances, you will find piles of saw-dust like material (pieces of discarded shredded wood) nearby, but sometimes, it is hidden behind a wall void.

Carpenter ants are in constant need of water.  On the exterior, carpenter ants can be found in both dry and moist wood sources.  You can find them in wood piles, tree stumps and damaged trees.  On the interior, carpenter ants are often found around sinks and bathtubs, in baseboards, in cabinets, poorly sealed windows or door frames, wall voids, or any place where water could have, or is leaking.

Carpenter ants are not a “do it yourself” type of pest to eradicate.  Using home improvement store chemicals to spray your yard and pavement will kill some of the ants topically; but unfortunately, many ants will disperse and spread even further throughout the yard or structure.  When treating for carpenter ants, the entire colony, plus any satellite colonies, must be destroyed in order to achieve success.

Left untreated, it is not uncommon to find a carpenter ant nest with a queen and over 2000 workers.  Allison Pest Control operators can safely and efficiently locate the carpenter ant parent and satellite nests so that proper extermination can occur for the entire colony.

Cockroaches In New Jersey

Cockroaches are the most common, and one of the most feared insects, that can infest homes in New Jersey and across the United States.  There are approximately 4,500 species of cockroaches worldwide, but only a few are considered to be household pests. 

Most people find cockroaches to be repulsive housemates.  They are known to transmit diseases such as salmonella as they scurry around and in unprotected food items.  Cockroaches have also proven to be very dangerous to people who suffer from asthma or have allergies.  Children and the elderly are particularly at risk of becoming ill when there is a cockroach infestation.

The American cockroach, also known as the palmetto bug or water bug, runs quickly and will dart out of site when you enter the room.  Despite its large size, it can squeeze into very small cracks and crevices. It has over 2000 individual lenses in its eyes so it can see you coming from all angles.

The German cockroach has wings, but cannot sustain flight.  This type of cockroach is the most common type of roach found in the world.  They tend to live where humans are as we provide them with what they crave…food, water and shelter.  These roaches will emit a stinky smell when frightened.

The Oriental cockroach is also known as a water bug. They prefer dark and moist environments like sewers, drains, damp basements, crawl spaces and porches.  Not liking the cold weather, these roaches will eventually try to find a way inside.

Unlike other types of insects that die off over the winter months, cockroaches are prevalent in New Jersey homes and businesses year-round.  They can easily live up to three months without a food source and for up to a month without water.

The wasp and the centipede are the cockroach’s natural predator; but most people find having those pests hanging around the home or business quite objectionable too!  Your best bet at eliminating a cockroach infestation is to hire a licensed pest control specialist.  At Allison Pest Control, our operators have the expertise to rid your home or business of disgusting cockroaches.

Camel Back Crickets Will Creep You Out

Camel back crickets are known by different names.  Sometimes called cave crickets or spider crickets, these creatures are not a pest you want to have around your house.  Reproducing very quickly, camel back crickets thrive in damp, cave like environments.  Basements and crawl spaces are perfect places for them to set up house.  Camel back crickets can live undetected in a home for a long period of time because the dark damp environment provides ample food and water for their colony to grow.  Once you have a good size infestation on your hands, camel back crickets will begin to emerge from the nest.  Homeowners in New Jersey and other parts of the United States can expect to see these scary insects invade their living quarters once the camel back cricket nest becomes overcrowded.

In basements and crawl spaces, camel back crickets feed on mold and fungus.  Left untreated in your home, they will cause considerable damage feasting on anything that is made of fabric.  Regardless of if it is synthetic or man-made fabrics, nothing is of limits to this damage causing pest.  Once your have camel back crickets living around the exterior of your home or business, you can expect them to move to the interior as the summertime heat sets in.

Many people find camel back crickets creepy and mistake them being a large spider instead of a cricket.  Camel back crickets have strange hairy looking antenna that make them intimidating looking.  Unlike every other type of bug, these crazy insects tend to jump toward you, rather than run away from you.  It is believed that they do this because of their poor vision, not because they are in attack mode.  Despite being scary to encounter, camel back crickets are actually harmless to humans as they do not bite or sting.

Leaving a camel back cricket infestation untreated is also an invitation to other unwanted household pests.  Rats and mice find camel back crickets to be a delicious treat and will pursue a New Jersey infestation.

You can put an end to your New Jersey camel back cricket infestation problem by contacting Allison Pest Control today.