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Plan Ahead to Termite-Proof Your NJ Home with Our Tips

Plan Ahead to Termite-Proof Your NJ Home with Our Tips
Plan Ahead to Termite-Proof Your NJ Home with Our Tips

When termites get into your home, they can cause a tremendous amount of damage that costs a lot to repair. In addition to having NJ pest control services help you prevent these pests from getting in, you should also make sure you’re not making it easier for termites to invade.

Clean Your Gutters

Having gutters that are clogged with leaves and other types of debris means that your home has poor drainage. As water builds up in your gutters instead of flowing out of them, termites can make their way into your home through your insulation.

Eliminate Rotting Wood

If you have tree stumps or other sources of dead or rotting wood on your property, it’s important to get rid of them. This type of wood attracts termites, which increases the risk of having them find their way into your home.

Keep Firewood Away from Your Home

If you have a fireplace, store wood for it away from your home’s exterior. Storing wood right next to your home provides termites with easy access to it.

Trim Trees

Termites can gain access to your home by crawling on branches and leaves that are right up against your home’s exterior. Keep trees close to your house trimmed to prevent this.

If you need NJ pest control services for termites, contact us for help. At Allison Pest Control, we offer effective termite control for NJ homeowners.

Do Centipedes Bite or Sting?

Centipedes Can Bite
Centipedes Can Bite

Centipedes are pests that are pretty common to the State of New Jersey. You may come across them in your home, but don’t be too alarmed. It is possible for centipedes to bite, but again, there isn’t much that you need to be concerned about. However, you should know what to do if you do experience one of their bites. You also need to know when to contact NJ pest control services.

Do Centipedes Bite or Sting?

An injury from a centipede isn’t really an actual bite, although almost everyone calls it one. The parts of the centipede that pierce the skin are called the forcipules. They are more like the front legs of the insect, and not parts of the mouth. Still, these appendages do inject venom.

Fortunately, in most cases, a centipede’s bite isn’t dangerous at all. You may encounter some swelling and pain, but allergic reactions are pretty rare.

Symptoms of a Centipede Bite

Symptoms of a centipede bite include:

• Pain at the bite site

• Itching at the bite site

• Redness and swelling

• A headache

• A racing pulse

If you have a centipede problem in your home, contacting NJ pest control services is a wise move. This is especially true if you have small children at home or family members with allergies. In those cases, their reactions might be worse.

At Allison Pest Control, we’re here to help you! Contact us today!

Everything You Didn’t Want to Know About the German Cockroach

German Cockroach
German Cockroach

German cockroaches are among the most common pests in New Jersey. You’ve probably seen these brown bugs running around near garbage cans outdoors, but they’re often seen inside homes as well. Keep the following facts about these pests in mind, and don’t hesitate to seek help from Monmouth County pest control experts if you see any in your home.

Problems with Cockroach Infestations

German cockroaches can crawl inside your food supplies, contaminating them and forcing you to throw them away. These pests can also spread disease, including parasitic worms, due to their habit of moving through raw sewage and other germ-infested sites. When they pick up these bacteria and other germs on their bodies, they can pass them onto your kitchen counters and other surfaces. Cockroaches can also make asthma worse, especially in kids, and cause allergic reactions.

Feeding Habits

German cockroaches feed on a variety of items, ranging from regular human food to pet food and nonfood items, such as soap and toothpaste. You’ll typically see them in your bathrooms and kitchen, where they roam around searching for food sources and water. They’re able to get inside your home by squeezing through openings that are as tiny as 3/8 inches wide.

If you’re having a problem with German cockroaches, our Monmouth County pest control experts can help. Contact Allison Pest Control for an appointment.

Worker Ants’ Secret Lives Explained

Super Ants
The Secret Life

Ant colonies exemplify an admirable social order that works with a smoothness and efficiency that is unmatched in any other species. With a mere brain the size of a poppy seed, these impressive creatures build nests, forage for food, organize scouting missions, protect and nurture their young, and do it all without the “benefit” of supervision, micro management, government laws and regulations or even the threat of punishment. How is all this possible? What’s going on in those tiny ant brains?

The answer is in the ant’s advanced sense of smell. Each ant has a specific body odor associated with its designated task. For example, when sentry ants return to the colony, their scent triggers the other ants to know it’s safe to go out and forage for food. Young ants have a particular scent, too, letting the nurturer ants know that they need extra protection. As the young ants grow, their scent changes, signaling the end of their “needy” phase.

All this helps explain why ants seem to miraculously “find” even the smallest morsel of crumb left on a countertop. It also explains why a whole army of ants will march neatly in line for what seems like miles to make a relay chain to bring back food for the colony.

It takes a specialist trained in the understanding of ants’ behaviors to rid a household of this pest. Contact us today for solution options.

Facts About Ant Colonies and Propagation by Budding

Ant Swarms
Ant Swarms

Ants are among the planet’s most successful species. Adaptable and prolific with highly evolved survival instincts, ants are a formidable foe when they invade Monmouth County, New Jersey homes and businesses.

No Such Thing as One Ant

Ants live in massive social colonies where each ant’s role in the colony is well defined. Depending on the species, colonies may have one or several egg-producing queens; but the majority of colony members are sterile female workers that care for the colony and its members. Workers forage for food, feed and groom the queen and their colony mates, care for the young, and defend and maintain the nest.

How Colonies Expand

When colonies become too large or are endangered, they may split to establish new colonies. Depending on the species, ant colonies expand either by swarming or budding.

  • Swarming. When colonies become too crowded, winged male and female reproductives are produced. After crawling from underground nests to the surface, couples fly off in mating flights. Males die after mating, but females land to begin new colonies. Carpenter ants and citronella ants expand by swarming.
  • Budding. When ant colonies expand by budding, a queen and group of workers break away from the parent nest to begin a new colony. Budding colonies are usually established close to parent nests. With multiple egg-producing queens, budding colonies can multiply ant populations exponentially. Odorous house ants and disease-spreading pharaoh ants expand by budding.

Successful Extermination

Trying to self-treat ants can cause a colony to move or bud, making it more difficult to exterminate. Allison Pest Control’s experienced ant exterminators can successfully rid your home or business of ant infestations. Call us today!

Five Fun Facts About Drug Store Beetles


Drug store beetles, also known as biscuit or bread beetles, are part of a class of pantry pests widely known for the destruction of processed and packaged goods. These tiny brown beetles, about 1/10-1/7 inch long in size, have an array of interesting features:

1. They are packed with B vitamins.
Literally. The beetles are known to harbor symbiotic yeasts that produce B vitamins. The yeasts are deposited onto eggs and consumed by larvae as they hatch, allowing young the capability to feed and survive on items of poor nutritional quality.

2. Their kids do a lot of damage.
It is the larvae – not the adults – that cause the majority of product damage. Females can lay up to 75 eggs at once in food or containers, which larvae tunnel through when grown.

3. They’ve got iron stomachs.
Drug store beetles can cause a great deal of monetary loss. They can infest a wide variety of products from pharmacological and herbal items to pasta, flour, animal food, and other packaged goods, bore through leather, books, foil, furniture – even museum specimens! They can even feed on Strychnine, a toxic herbal extract.

4. They’re escape artists.
Beetles are highly adept at chewing out of cardboard, foil, and plastic film to escape after the metamorphosis to adulthood (but less likely to eat into similar sealed containers).

5. But luckily, they don’t live very long.
Their short life cycle is typically less than 2 months, though it can survive up to 7 depending on weather and food.

Home or business fallen victim to drug store beetles? Contact Allison Pest Control today, your NJ pest control experts.