Category Archives: Pantry Pests

What Are Pantry Pests and How Are They Controlled?

Are You the Only One Eating the Food in Your Pantry?
Are You the Only One Eating the Food in Your Pantry?

Pantry pests are those that go after the food that’s in your kitchen and pantry, just as their name suggests. There are different types of pantry pests that you need to look out for, but it’s important to note that sometimes these pests can be present without your awareness. It’s helpful to know that Freehold exterminators are here to help you get rid of them.

Types of Pantry Pests

There are a number of different types of pantry pests you should look out for in your kitchen and pantry. These include:

• Weevils – love flour and cereal

Indian meal moths – love chocolate, dog food, bird seed and dried fruits

• Saw-toothed grain beetles – love pasta, cereal and flour

• Cigarette and drugstore beetles – love herbs and spices

The Best Way to Control Pantry Pests

Finding the source of the infestation is the key to controlling pantry pests. This can be difficult, considering there are so many ways for them to gain entry into your home. It’s even possible for them to come in when you bring in your groceries. While it’s not always easy to spot their entry points into your home, if you think you have an infestation, Freehold exterminators can help.

At Allison Pest Control, getting rid of what’s bugging you is our specialty. We can help you learn what type of infestation you have and then eliminate it. Contact us today!

Fall’s Cooler Weather Means Pests Are Dying to Move In with You

Pests Like to Stay Warm and Cozy in the Winter- Just Like You
Pests Like to Stay Warm and Cozy in the Winter- Just Like You

Just like you, pests like to stay warm in the winter, and if they can’t find a warm and comfortable place, they will die from the cold. The problem is that during the fall, as the season begins to cool, pests of all types are trying to find a place to feed and stay warm, and for most pests, the best place is in your home.

What Type of Pests?

The most common pests that want to be in your home are rats and mice. These warm blooded critters want nothing more than to be warm and safe in your walls, basement, attic or nooks and crannies where they are difficult to find.

But insects can be just as annoying. Box elder bugs, stink bugs, cluster flies, millipedes, even ground beetles and roaches will make an appearance if they can find a way in.

During fall, pests are going to be searching for a way to get into your home and take up residence before it gets too cold. Now is the time to stop these uninvited guests from becoming a nuisance and sharing space with you and your loved ones.

When you’re looking for pest control companies in Freehold, consider Allison Pest Control first and foremost. They have been servicing the New Jersey area for almost 100 years, and they will be there for you no matter what type of pest problem you have.

Rodent Populations Grow Astronomically in US Cities

Rats Can Spread Disease and Cause Damage to Your Home.
Rats Can Spread Disease and Cause Damage to Your Home.

After years of declines in the rat populations of major cities, it seems rodents are starting to make a comeback in a big way. Our team at Allison Pest Control has seen what rats can do first-hand and we know what needs to be done to take care of the problem.

What Causes a Population Explosion?

Rodents are notoriously fast breeders, with rats being able to get pregnant about five weeks after they’re born. In addition, litter sizes can easily reach a dozen or more. Cold weather tends to decrease fertility rates and helps keep rodent populations in check. Over the past few years, warmer weather has been experienced earlier in the year than normal, and it has stayed warm a little longer than normal.

How to Eliminate a Rat Infestation.

Professional exterminators can take care of a rat infestation within a home or business with traps, bait and repellents. Once they have been eliminated, home and business owners should take a few precautions to keep them from coming back. The best thing you can do is to keep your food stored securely. If rats and other rodents cannot eat in your home, they will not bother sticking around or breeding.

If you have a rat problem in your home or business, feel free to give Allison Pest Control a call at 1-800-564-4585 or use the contact form on our website to discuss your options.

Four Less Common Household Ants in New Jersey

Let Us Help You Rid Your Residence of Ants!
Let Us Help You Rid Your Residence of Ants!

Knowing the less common household ants in New Jersey helps you identify the right time to call for assistance for Monmouth County ant control by Allison Pest Control.

Field ants

Field ants don’t nest inside buildings, they nest in mounds outside. They can be red, black or brown and are 1/8-1/4 inch long. If they create large nests in outside living areas, you may need our proactive Monmouth County ant control.

False honey ants

False honey ants are usually dark to light brown and approximately 1/8 inch in length. They create their nests outside in shaded soil and sometimes under stones and logs. The usual time for their mating swarms is spring, but they can exist inside during the winter months.

Odorous house ants

If you’ve killed an ant and smelled something unpleasant, you may have odorous house ants. These ants are brown and 1/10 inch in length. They forage inside homes when they can’t find sweet food outside and they build their nests under boards, stones, and anything they find on the ground.

Acrobat ants

These ants are black or yellow brown and 1/8 inch in length. They usually nest outside in dead wood but they can find their way inside to nest in window frames and rotted wood. They don’t cause structural damage but they can invade cupboards.

Protect your home from carpenter ants and less common household ant varieties with Monmouth County ant control from Allison Pest Control today.

Ants March Into Local Kitchens

It's You vs. the Ants. Show Them Who's Boss!
It’s You vs. the Ants. Show Them Who’s Boss!

There are many species of ants out there, and once they get into your kitchen the only thing that matters is that they have become your pest. But one of the most common types of kitchen invaders, the little ants that always seem to follow in line, is called an Argentine ant.

From Argentina

These world travelers first showed up on coffee ships coming to the U.S. in the 1890’s. They arrived on the docks of Louisiana and have made their way northwards ever since. These sweet eating ants have been slowly pushing out the other native species, and have become the dominant form of ant that you’ll find in your kitchen.

Small but Numerous

If your kitchen becomes infested with Argentine ants, you’ll notice that they are small, compared to the common black ant, but that they are also extremely numerous. To the ant, there is safety in numbers and even if you spray them with insect killer, they’ll return. The only way to get rid of them is to kill the queen, and that’s where a NJ pest control professional comes in.

If you have any questions about Argentine, or any other species of ants that may be invading your home, please contact your NJ pest control specialists, Allison Pest Control. We offer a free pest inspection and have been proudly serving the Monmouth and Ocean Counties since 1917.

Highlight on the Indian Meal Moth – a Pantry Pest

The Pantry Pest
The Pantry Pest

When you think of pantry pests, insects like ants, gnats and fruit flies probably come to mind, but there’s another one you should be aware of. Indian meal moths can also get into your pantry and ruin some of your food supplies.

Indian meal moths are elongated bugs with a reddish-brown coloring on their wings. They’re small insects that measure up to three quarters of an inch long. These pests are drawn to pantries and other places where food is stored, such as supermarkets, especially in areas where there’s a lot of light. Indian meal moths, which got their name when they were discovered eating corn meal, feed on several types of food products, including candy, nuts, seeds, grains and chocolate.

They can also infest bags of dog food and bird seed. If you find these pests in your pantry, toss out any food supplies they’ve invaded, thoroughly clean the area and call in Monmouth County pest control experts if needed. You can prevent Indian meal moths from getting into your pantry or cupboards by throwing food out in trash cans outside and keeping food stored in airtight containers.

If you’re struggling with Indian meal moths or other pantry pests, contact Allison Pest Control for reliable service. With the help of our Monmouth County pest control professionals, you can enjoy having a pantry that’s free of pests.