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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.

The Bug That Bites In The Night

There are several types of bugs that bite humans and leave their mark for all to see report NJ pest control professionals.  Mosquitos, fleas, ticks, bed bugs, spiders, ants, and even cockroaches won’t hesitate to partake in human flesh if it suits their fancy.  Bite wounds will vary for each insect depending on what type of insect is doing the biting.

Depending on the time of year that the bites occur, it could be very difficult to determine what type of insect is actually the cause of the fierce pain and intense itching that follows.

Studies have shown that about 50% of bed bug bite victims have an allergic reaction to saliva of the bed bugs.  Because only 50% of people show signs of being bitten, bed bugs often go un-noticed in homes and will multiply out of control.

For some unfortunate victims, bed bug bites are intensely itchy.  Bites can be found anywhere on your body, but bed bugs do tend to prefer to attack areas of skin that are exposed.  Legs, arms, feet, neck and the face seem to be preferred places for the little vampires.

Bed bugs are attracted to the breath that we exhale (C02) and the heat that our body emits.  Once we are in a deep sleep, usually around 3 to 5 a.m., bed bugs will slip out from their hiding spots and find their way to their intended victim.  Once they are there, they stab you with their two hollow tubes.  One tube injects anti-coagulants and anesthetics. The other tube is used to suck the blood from their victim.

It can be difficult to determine the source of a bed bug bite wound because bite marks can take up to 10 days to appear on the skin.
Bed bug infestations are a very difficult pest to control.  A New Jersey pest control expert like Allison Pest Control has the skill and knowledge to kill bed bugs no matter how extensive the infestation is.

Tis The Season To Be Jolly…And Pest Free Part 1 Of 2

The plans are all set.  Thanksgiving is quickly approaching.  Before you know it, travelers from near and far will be hitting the roads, trains, buses, and skies for the busiest travel season of the year.  Celebrating the season is super fun this time of year, but New Jersey pest control professionals want to remind all homeowners that “the most wonderful time of the year” can be spoiled by certain bothersome home invading pests.

Here are a few helpful tips to keep pests from invading your home this winter:

In New Jersey, fireplaces keep us warm and comfy throughout the wintertime.  The bad news is that many pests love the outdoor firewood pile too.  Termites find the firewood pile to be a tasty treat and carpenter ants use the wood to build their galleries.  Storing your firewood off the ground by using poles or concrete blocks will help keep hungry pests away.   Always store your firewood at least 20 feet away from your home so that destructive pests do not find your home a tasty treat as well.

Unpacking the holiday decorations is a yearly tradition which brings back nice memories of years past.  Remembering Aunt Martha’s special ornament that you had since childhood, or sweet decorations that your children made for you at school are things you anticipate finding once you open up those special boxes that you’ve had tucked away all year.  Homeowners are often surprised to find more than holiday decorations inside of their storage containers.  Keep on the lookout while you unpack for pests that devour organic materials such as paper or fabric.  Moths, carpet beetles and silver fish like to settle in storage boxes so that they can nibble away and live undisturbed.

Please check back on Wednesday for the conclusion.

Scary Real Life Vampires

Tonight is the night where little ghosts, goblins, and vampires will ring your bell in hopes of nabbing a delicious treat.  Failure to provide a treat could result in a naughty trick!

New Jersey pest control experts report that costumed kiddies are the least of the worries in comparison to the real vampires that haunt some New Jersey residents.

Deer ticks, otherwise known as the blacklegged tick or bear tick, are a troublesome pest in New Jersey.  Smaller than a dog tick, these pests lurk in the grass and wooded areas lying in wait for their next victim.  Once these bloodsuckers climb aboard, they find a warm spot where they attach themselves by burrowing their head partially under the skins surface.  Deer ticks are initially tiny but will grow quickly upon receiving their blood meal.  Deer tick bites are dangerous to humans as they transmit Lyme disease, encephalitis and meningitis.  The lifespan of a deer tick is two years.  They survive the cold winter months by hiding under leave litter and in the brush.

Bed bugs are well known for their bloodsucking ability.  Like a true vampire, bed bugs sneak up on their victim while they are in a deep sleep.  They stab them with their mouth parts, injecting a numbing agent with one tube and slurping blood with the other.  Bed bugs are difficult to eradicate because they are able hide in a variety of places, often living undetected for a great deal of time.  It is estimated that about 50% of the population suffers the allergic reaction to bed bug bites which is why bed bugs are able to proliferate.

Don’t let real life vampires play tricks on you.  Call Allison Pest Control for a free pest inspection today.  We can identify where the little bloodsuckers are hiding and design a treatment plan that will kill the critters once and for all.  We provide expert service to Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex Counties.

Students Could Win $3,000 For Pest Public Service Announcement

Schools are now in full session, and everyone knows that school budgets are always in need of a financial boost.  New Jersey pest control experts would like to inform New Jersey schools that they now have the opportunity to win $3,000 for their school thanks to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA).

The NPMA is having their 3rd Annual National Pest PSA Contest sponsored by the Professional Pest Management Alliance, which is an educational branch of the NPMA.  Students in grades 4 through 8 from across the United States are challenged to create a public service announcement (PSA) that will be aired on television.

Contest entries must be either 30 or 60 seconds in length and must focus on the health and property risks posed by the household pests that are chosen for the public service announcement.  Students may choose to focus their attention on one specific pesky creature or focus on several pests that are plaguing American households.

Judging the PSA’s is based upon:
(#1) Originality and Creativity – 40%
(#2) Adherence to Creative Assignment and Health Messaging – 40%
(#3) Overall Appeal – 20%

The National Pest PSA Contest begins on September 6, 2011 and will end on Friday, December 23, 2011 at 11:59 PM EST.  Careful consideration will be given to the entrants and five finalists will be chosen from the entries received in January.  The five finalists and their public service announcements will be posted on the PestWorldForKids finalist page in January of 2012.  The winning entry will receive $3,000 for their school’s science department!  A complete set of instructions on how to complete the PSA, how to make your submission, and contest rules is on the NPMA’s PestWorldForKids website.

The NPMA’s PestWorldForKids offers teachers and students a vast array of information about a variety of pests.  Stop by their website and you’ll find a detailed pest guide, pest games, report writing information, science fair kits, and helpful lesson plans too.