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Pest Management Professionals Wear Many Hats

NJ Pest Control professionals are called upon by customers to complete a variety of different pest control tasks.  Some pests are fairly straight forward in their treatment options and others require some creative maneuvers to get rid of them.  Some pests are so difficult to treat that NJ Pest Control professionals are often placed in the roll of a fact finding detective.  Rats, mice, cockroaches, and bed bugs all require pest control technicians to use their sleuthing expertise to find where the critters are hiding and figure out the best way to provide eradication services.

In the case of bed bug infestations, many customers call a NJ Pest Control professional in complete hysteria after discovering the bloodsuckers in their home.  Despite their small size, these little vampires that strike in our time of slumber invoke extreme fear, anxiety, and insomnia in many people who encounter the pests.  Pest control experts must convince customers NOT to panic while a plan is devised to decimate the critters.

Bed bug information is aplenty in today’s world.  Television, print, and internet sources have covered the topic in great detail.  Despite the vast amount of information that is currently available, many American’s still have misconceptions about bed bugs.  Industry experts report that bed bugs are not known to transmit diseases to humans, yet many American’s still incorrectly believe that they do.

The roll of a pest management professional is not only that of a technician who comes in a home or business to provide pest removal services.  A good pest management professional will help the customer become educated about the pest that is plaguing their home so they can help avoid infestation issues in the future.  In doing so, a good pest management professional must be well-versed in the pests that they are dealing with.  The technicians at Allison Pest Control will be able to provide ample pest education and excellent pest control services to New Jersey residents in Monmouth, Ocean, and Middlesex counties.

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

Continuing from Monday…

Mice are a problem in homes with stored boxes as well.  Mice have no trouble using their sharp teeth to rip open boxes to use as nesting sites.  Signs of shredded paper, fabric, twigs, or leaves are an indication that mice have made a home inside your storage boxes. Keep a watchful eye out for mice feces as well.  Discovery of mouse feces should be handled with extreme care because of the danger it poses to humans.  Certain types of mouse species transmit diseases and viruses through their urine, feces and saliva.  Hantavirus is transmitted to humans through airborne particles that are breathed in.  This dangerous virus mimics flu-like symptoms and requires immediate medical attention.  Without proper treatment, Hantavirus can be fatal.  Extra care should be taken when cleaning up mouse droppings.  For storage boxes, it is best to empty the contents outdoors to minimize inhalation.  Each item should be cleaned with a disinfectant while wearing a tightly fitted mask and protective gloves for the best protection from disease.

The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug is another common pest that you will find lurking in your attics and holiday storage boxes.  Spending the spring and summertime outdoors, stink bugs have migrated inside to garages, sheds and attics searching for a warm place to spend the winter months.  You will often find these pests huddled in cardboard boxes among your treasured decorations.  These pests do not bite, nor are they dangerous.  Disturbing a stink bug will alert you to their presence.  Their stench is likened to that of rotting feet and tends to stick around for about 20 minutes once they spray.

NJ pest control professionals recommend that you store all holiday decorations in plastic tubs with tight fitting lids to avoid all invading pests.

Allison Pest Control offers a free home pest inspection to people who live in Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex Counties.  Our pest control technician will be able to examine both the inside and outside of your home and provide information about how rodents or insects would be able to enter your structure.  Let Allison Pest Control help you live a pest free life!

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.

The Holidays Are Here…But NJ Pests Won’t Take A Break!

The ghosts, goblins, and witches are back in hiding and it’s time to hit the grocery store for some turkey, stuffing, cranberries, and spuds.  It’s hard to believe that in two short weeks we will be stuffing our turkeys and our belly’s with delicious Thanksgiving Day treats.  Despite the chilly temperature, falling leaves and jolly mood, New Jersey pest control professionals are on high alert for unsavory house guests this holiday season.

Humans huddle indoors to escape the cold winter temperatures and some insects and rodents will follow suit.  Once they find a warm, safe place to hang their hat, it’s not unusual for them to remain active throughout the entire winter season.

Many pests are thankful for the yummy treats we inadvertently leave accessible during the abundantly rich holiday period.  Unattended holiday candy, cakes, and crumbs invite a variety of annoying pests to a variable feast.  Rats can squeeze into a space as small as a quarter.  Mice can squeeze into a space as small as a dime.  NJ pest control professionals suggest that you seal up all holes, cracks, and crevices that mice or rats can squeeze into.  Repair damaged screens, insulation around pipes, loose doors, and any other place that rodents can gain entry.

Pests like cockroaches and ants are also attracted to a variety of food stuff that is found in homes.  Keeping all food stored in containers with tight fitting lids will help make your kitchen less inviting.  Be sure to vacuum on a regular basis, remove trash every day, store all trash outdoors with a tight fitting lid, and repair leaky faucets to eliminate water sources from these pesky bugs.

The holidays are a time to be surrounded by family and friends, not insects and rodents. Let Allison Pest Control successfully provide you with a residential pest inspection to identify problem pests and entry points into your home.  For quality NJ pest control service in Monmouth, Ocean, and Middlesex Counties, contact Allison Pest Control.

Troublesome Mice Can Invade At Any Time

The house mouse is a small furry creature that can live outdoors or indoors with great ease.  Typically gray in color, the house mouse can be a bit darker, and is not limited to living in just homes.  Restaurants, office buildings, subway stations, jails, hospitals, schools, etc. have all seen their share of these creepy critters running about report New Jersey pest control experts.

Mice will choose a place of residence based upon its ability to obtain three things…food, water, and shelter.  Mice can enter your home or business through tiny cracks or crevices that are ¼ inch or larger.  Garage doors, cables entering buildings, holes into the building, and vent screens also provide ample opportunity for mice to invade.  Because they have an excellent ability to climb great distances, mice can easily enter your home through roof vents, soffits, and even dormant chimneys.

Most of the time, unless an infestation is very bad, you won’t see actual mice running amuck, but you will see the tell-tale signs of their existence.  Mice tend to travel along the walls and will leave a trail of feces that look like small oval shaped black pellets.  Always in need to scale down their front teeth, you will often see gnaw marks on wood posts, furniture or cabinets when mice are present.  Outdoors, mice will build their nests in woodpiles, leaf piles, bricks, and stones.  Indoors, mice will build their nests in well hidden out-of-the-way places such as behind appliances, behind or under kitchen cabinets, inside closets, or even in drawers that are not often used.

Mice are scavengers and will eat most any type of food source that they can find.  Crumbs on the floor or cabinet and uneaten wet or dry pet food are easy targets for these pesky critters.  Boxed, bagged, and packaged food sources are no match for the massive strength of the teeth of mice.  Once they find their food source, they will not hesitate to rip it open eating as it chooses, and contaminating everything in their path!

You can prevent mice from entering your New Jersey home by hiring a licensed pest control expert.  Allison Pest Control offers rodent trapping, rodent monitoring and rodent exclusion services in 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.