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Insect Identification? Leave It to the Experts at Allison Pest Control

Insect ID
Insect ID

You are likely to encounter an insect every day. Comprising an estimated 80% of the Earth’s species, there are an estimated 10 quintillion individual insects and 200 million for every human. With that large quantity, they can become pests very quickly. Being able to identify, locate and exterminate them can be key in helping any problems they may be causing go away quickly. That is why we’re here.

We have put together a more extensive Insect Identification Resource Guide on our webpage. But, let’s look at some basics of identifying some ordinary insects.

  • Ants: Pollinators, scavengers, recyclers. Invade to forage for food. Pharoah ants carry infection, carpenter ants cause structural damage.
  • Bed Bugs: Feed on human blood during sleep, causing welts that itch and emotional distress.
  • Household Pests: Cockroaches- spread bacteria, contaminate food supplies, provoke allergies/asthma. Carpet Beetles- destructive. Earwigs, silverfish- annoying.
  • Nuisance Insects: Problematic when in buildings. Crickets- disrupt sleep. Spiders- painful bites. Flies, mites and lady bugs- annoying, cause minor damage; can carry disease (flies)
  • Pantry Pests: Beetles, moths and weevils- contaminate and destroy food.
  • Problem Insects: Outdoor dwellers. Box elder bugs, centipedes, pillbugs, thrips. A nuisance if they invade in numbers.
  • Stinging Insects: Bees, wasps- painful stings; can cause life-threatening anaphylactic shock
  • Wood Destroying Incsects: Termites, carpenters ants and bees, powder post beetles- damage homes and businesses

For more information or help with insects, call your New Jersey pest control today!

What Do You Know About the Powder Post Beetle?

The Powderpost Beetle
The Powderpost Beetle

The name sums up this tiny wood-boring beetle pretty well. They are capable of turning large sections of wood to powder and undermining the structural integrity of floors, cabinets, furniture and other wood. Only the tireless termite is responsible for more damage to wood in American homes. They are more destructive than other wood-boring insects because they will re-infest the same wood in a home over several generations of beetles. Most other wood destroying insects leave after the first generation.

Identification and life cycle

They are sometimes called “furniture beetles” because some species have a fondness for the soft wood used to make chairs, tables, cabinets, and other furniture. Powder post beetles are usually a reddish brown color, but may be brown or black. They grow to a length of 1/8″ to 1/4″ and have large heads with two-jointed clubs as antennae.

Powder post beetles prefer untreated, dry wood. They will often lay their eggs in the pores of lumber while it is being stored and cured. The larvae (“woodworms”) will tunnel through the wood searching for starch and other nutrients. Their development to adulthood take months or years, depending on the environment. They emerge as adults and live long enough to breed and lay about 30 eggs.

For the most effective, non-toxic treatment of these stubborn and highly destructive pests, call the experts at Allison Pest Control. We cover Monmouth County and Ocean County.

How to Identify Tick Borne Lyme Disease

Lime Disease
Lime Disease

Lyme disease is no small problem. This condition can last a long time and have devastating effects on your well-being. Ticks bites cause Lyme disease and other conditions that need a physician’s care, so it’s important to know how to identify the symptoms.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most common symptoms of tick-borne disease include:

  • Fever/chills: Sudden hikes in your temperature, cold sweats and chills in the middle of a hot summer day can indicate Lyme disease or other tick-borne illness.
  • Aches and pains: Pain from tick bites may be difficult to distinguish from normal aches that come with activity or accident. If your symptoms include headache, fatigue and/or muscle aches, however, you should follow up with your doctor.
  • Rash: Tick bites can produce a distinctive rash pattern, including the “bullseye” rash. However, not every tick bite produces a rash, and you may be affected with Lyme disease without ever seeing a rash.

What to do if you are bitten
If you see a tick on your skin, use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick by its head next to the skin. Slowly pull backwards, giving the tick time to disengage its mouthparts so they do not detach inside the skin and cause an infection. Disinfect the bite site and apply an antibiotic, then see your doctor right away. Save the tick in a tightly sealed container and deliver it to your physician or public health department for inspection for Lyme Disease.

Keep ticks away from your home
Call on the leading pest control company in Monmouth and Ocean Counties to protect your home from ticks, bed bugs and other biting insects.