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Camelback Crickets Will Make You Jump

Finding camelback crickets in your basement, shed, garage, or crawlspace can make the bravest men jump out of their skin.  Who can blame them really?  They are a creepy looking insect that makes everyone squirm!

Camelback crickets receive their name from the distinctive hump that they have on their back.  They are also known as “spider crickets” because of their long legs and ability to jump extremely high and move at great speeds.  “Cave crickets” is another of their names which they have been given because of their propensity to live and breed in dark and damp environments.

Home or business owners will often notice an increase of camelback crickets when weather conditions have gone to the extreme from one way to the next.  These creepy looking critters may seek refuge indoors when there has been too much or not enough rainfall.  When it has been extremely hot Indoors, camelback crickets may head indoors as these pests require a good amount of cool and damp living conditions.

The only good thing we can say about camelback crickets is that they do not chirp like other types of crickets do; however, many people do find the chirping to be relaxing, as long as it is not inside of the walls of their home.  So maybe this trait does not make them as desirable.

Hiring a Monmouth County, NJ exterminator like Allison Pest Control to provide your home or business with an exterior barrier pest control system will keep the pests out of all types of structures.

It Is Important To Follow A Pest Control Professional Instructions

Pesticide application in a home or business should be handled with the greatest of care.  Many home and business owners have tried to take on the task of treating their own pest problems only to discover that the store bought pesticide were ineffective.  Some people who have tried pest control treatments on their own have done so incorrectly which has caused fires and have caused people and pets to become sick.  In some cases, people have released toxic fumes into the air which has made people seriously ill.

Click On Detroit reported on 5/5/12, that a resident of an apartment building called an exterminator to kill the bed bugs that were attacking each night.  Despite the instructions by the pest control expert which advised the tenant to not enter the apartment before the three hour wait time ended, the tenant did.  Entering the apartment early caused toxic gas to transfer down the hallways and into other apartment units.  Fire officials were soon called, and quickly determined the incident to be a hazmat situation!  You may read the article here.

Our “Insect Resource Guide” will provide you with valuable information and photographs of many different types of common pests that exterminators in Ocean County, NJ will be able to identify and provide professional treatment for.  Look for specific information about fleas, ants, ticks, bed bugs, cockroaches, yellow jackets, termites, stink bugs and so many more.  Our pest control technicians will be able to solve all of your pest problems by providing pest treatment to the inside and/or the outside of your home or business.  Contact us today.

Scientists Believe Global Warning Has Brought An Increase In Plant Eating Insects

The summer of 2011 brought about numerous complaints by New Jersey residents to many pest control companies throughout New Jersey about an increase of insects eating more than their normal share of a variety of outdoor plants.  Notwithstanding the voracious appetite of the pesky stink bugs that have taken over the eastern seaboard in recent years, and have damaged farmer’s crops and homeowners gardens, many residents have noticed an increase of other plant-eating insects in their gardens.  Many home gardens that were normally bursting with fruits and vegetables were hit hard by unwelcome invaders this past year report NJ pest control professionals.

Through extensive research, it is the belief of some scientists that the continuing warming of the earth is contributing to the increase in plant-eating insects.  Researchers do not believe that the plants have become tastier to insects, but they do believe that insects have a greater appetite and have become more destructive in recent years.  Planetsave reported back on February 11, 2008 that scientists from Pennsylvania State University and the Smithsonian Institution believe that “when temperature increases, the diversity of insect feeding damage on plant species also increases.”  Additionally, the study’s lead author and researcher said “our study convincingly shows that there is a link between temperature and insect feeding on leaves.” You may read the article here.

Keeping the interior and exterior of your home free from all types of unwelcome pests is easy when you hire a New Jersey pest control expert.  Allison Pest Control will be able to blanket your property with a barrier pest control treatment to keep unwanted pests out so that your gardens will grow as expected.  We provide fast and professional service to residences and businesses in Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex Counties, New Jersey.  Call us today for a free estimate and pest evaluation.

More Insects Expected for 2012…Oh No!

For most parts of the United States, it has been a strange winter thus far.  Many locations that typically are under a deep freeze for what seems like endless months have enjoyed a mild, almost non-existent winter season for 2011-2012.

The Valley Breeze Newspapers reported on February 28, 2012 that more insects should be expected this year once springtime sets in.  They reported that an entomologist stated that the previous three year acorn production boom came to a screeching decline in 2011.

Without the proper food sources, squirrels, chipmunks, and other rodents that depend on the nuts will have a difficult time surviving throughout the year.  It is expected that without a food source, many will meet their demise.  Because there will a lack of squirrels and other rodents to feed upon, it is anticipated that humans and pets will become the target for bloodsucking pests such as ticks.  Entomologists also believe that because 2012 will bring about more tick bites, 2012 will also bring about more cases of Lyme disease.

Lyme disease is transmitted to humans and pets through the bite of a deer tick, which is otherwise known as the blacklegged tick.  Although the bite may be painless the symptoms from Lyme disease are not.  Typical symptoms include headache, fatigue, fever, and a bulls-eye skin rash where the tick has delivered its bite.  Infection can spread to the nervous system, joints and heart if the disease is left untreated.

Allison Pest Control can help you keep your family safe from all types of New Jersey pests and the diseases that they cause.  We will gladly provide you with a free pest inspection and will happily answer all of your pest control questions.  Call us today for quality New Jersey pest control service in Monmouth, Ocean, and Middlesex Counties, New Jersey.

Camel Back Crickets

New Jersey pest control experts find that some people are fascinated by the camel cricket and others are quite horrified by their existence in their basement.  Camel back crickets, otherwise known as cave crickets, are considered a nuisance pest.  They prefer to live outdoors, but will enter any structure searching for the perfect cave-like environment to call home.  Dark and damp areas will suit this interesting creature well.

Camel back crickets belong to the family of crickets and the sub-family of wingless long-horned grasshoppers, so technically, they are not true crickets like the house cricket or field cricket is.

Camel back crickets are the color of a camel and have a humped back appearance of a camel.  Their long spindly legs are extremely delicate and they are without wings.  These interesting crickets won’t keep you awake all night with their songbird ways like the field and house crickets will.  They feed off of all types of organic material.

Camel back crickets do not bite, sting, or stink, so they are not so bad to have around your home in that regards.  They do however multiply very quickly and grow quite large in size.  Oddly enough, many people who encounter these strange crickets report that they actually jump toward humans instead of away from them, which is why they are often so feared.  Their ability to jump so well is likely what threatens other pests and animals from eating these critters.

New Jersey pest control experts recommend that you seal up all cracks and crevices if you have a camel back cricket infestation in your home.  Because they are attracted to cool dark damp spaces, you should keep your basement as dry as possible.  If these long-range jumpers tend to creep you out, you should call a licensed New Jersey pest control expert which will provide treatment to the inside and outside of your home.

Crickets, An Unpleasant Houseguest

In China, having a cricket in your home is a sign of good luck.  In fact, to some, crickets are so revered, once captured, they are adorned with special little cricket houses, fed well and tended to daily.  When they sing their glorious song it’s considered joyful music.

For many of us here in the United States, the sound of crickets chirping is not so bad when you are camping or enjoying the great outdoors.  Once these critters happen to make their way inside your home, the music that they make can drive you batty!
Typically living outdoors, crickets will enter buildings through small cracks around windows, foundations, in siding, and spaces under doors.  Crickets are closely related to grasshoppers and cockroaches.

There are three types of crickets that you will find in New Jersey…

• House cricket – light yellowish brown, with long thin antennae and three darker brown bands on the head.  House crickets prefer to reside in warm places such as kitchens, basement areas, and near the fireplace.  These omnivorous critters are attracted to water, are nocturnal and chirp non-stop.  Once inside, they can be destructive to silk and woolens and will eat most anything that humans eat.

• Field cricket – there are six different species in North America.  Once they invade a home, they will attack cotton, wool, silk and linen items.

• Camel crickets – these crickets have a hump-back appearance of a camel and fragile legs.  They are excellent jumpers, nocturnal, and never chirp.  Cricket populations can be reduced by hiring a licensed New Jersey pest control expert. 

Allison Pest Control will be able to provide a protective barrier treatment for your home or business to help protect you from invading crickets as well as many other types of unwanted insects.