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Mice Eradication By A Pest Control Expert In Monmouth County, NJ

Don’t be fooled by their soft fur, big eyes, and oversized ears.  The house mouse is nothing like those cartoon or Disney characters that you love to see on television and the big screen!  Mice that infest your home or business can be a problem.

Pest control experts in Monmouth County, NJ say that there is no such thing as having just one mouse.  If breeding conditions are right, a pair of fertile mice will breed at an alarming rate.  Each pair of mice can have up to 12 babies in their litter.  Those babies are able to reproduce in about 7 weeks.  The amount of babies that just one pair of mice can produce in their lifetime is mind boggling.  If allowed to live, in a matter of months, it is not uncommon for 2 fertile mice to turn into 250 mice running throughout your home.

Mice constantly dribble urine and leave feces wherever they travel.  All rodent waste is hazardous to humans as it contains pathogens that can cause mild to severe problems.  Hantavirus is one virus that everyone should be mindful of if mice are present.  People become infected with the virus when they accidently encounter or mishandle Hantavirus infected feces, urine, or infected rodents.

Hantavirus was first recognized in the United States when it was discovered that several people from the “4 Corners” area of New Mexico died unexpectedly.  Further investigation from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention revealed that many other people had also become very ill during the same timeframe.  It was soon realized that the extensive mice population was the cause of the Hantavirus which eventually lead to Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS).  On October of 2011, FoxNews.com reported that a Wyoming man had died from HPS.

Disease causing pests should not be allowed to roam throughout your home. Don’t let mice have the opportunity to breed; contact Allison Pest Control for fast mice removal services.

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.

Year-Round Pests Continue To Plague NJ Residents


Pavement Ants
Pavement Ants

NJ Pest Control professionals encounter all types of pests during the warm summer months.  Once the weather begins to turn frigid, many once active insects die off or make their way into locations to spend the cold winter months.  Some pests are alive and well hiding under siding, wall voids, in attics, under leaf litter, or deep underground.  Unbeknownst to some New Jersey residents, different pests may even enter homes to seek shelter from the chilly temperatures.

The few warmer days on the east coast have brought some stink bugs out of their winter hiding spots.  New Jersey residents have found sporadic stink bugs basking in the warmth of the sun on window sills and walls or bouncing around light fixtures.  The first signs of spring will certainly bring these stinky pests back out in full force and residents should be prepared to call a NJ Pest Control professional to kill off the buggers.

Ants continue to be a problem pest for many New Jersey residents.  Hiding under leaf litter, these pests are easily disturbed by the blower or rake.  Once disturbed, they are often found marching into New Jersey homes looking for food and a new place to make their nests.

Mice can withstand the cold New Jersey winters in the nesting sites they make outdoors, but given the opportunity to join our human habitats is an invitation that they often cannot refuse.  Seeking warmth, shelter, food and water, mice will not leave your home once they have moved indoors.  To make matters worse, these pesky invaders leave a pheromone trail to other mice inviting them to join them in your abode.  A single pair of fertile mice will multiply out-of-control before the winters end.  Besides being dirty, mice are known to transmit various diseases to humans.  Mice infestations should be handled by a licensed pest control expert.

For expert pest eradication services in Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex Counties, New Jersey, contact Allison Pest Control.

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.

Oh No, Rats Have Empathy Too

If you have ever used a sticky type rat or mouse trap you have likely encountered a gruesome site once it has made its catch.  Once trapped on these types of torture devices, rats and mice are known for attempting to do just about anything to free themselves from the devices that will eventually lead to their demise.  New Jersey homeowners often tell tales of rodents that have chewed their feet and tales off as a means of trying to set themselves free.  It is an unpleasant site to come upon.  Rats and mice have proven to be formidable pests and many homeowners have wisely chosen to call a NJ Pest Control professional for help eradicating the filthy beasts once they have invaded their abodes.

Interesting rat news…

NewScientist reported on December 8, 2011 that a new study of rats shows that they have empathy for each other.  The study was conducted on thirty pairs of rats by the University of Chicago.  After two weeks of being paired up together, one of each pair of the rats was placed in a plastic trap that could be opened by the other rat if it chose to push on the door.

What the researchers found was that the freed rats showed signs of distress at the plight of its partner being locked up and over ¾ of the rats figured out how to open the door and free their partner.  To challenge the rats further, a candy reward was added to the control study to see which was more important…freeing the rat partner or eating the candy.  Scientists were very surprised to see that “on average, the free rats were as quick to free their cage-mate as to liberate the chocolate. In a control experiment involving the chocolate trap and an empty trap, free rats opened the chocolate trap more swiftly, on average.”  You may read the article here.

Hopefully New Jersey rats are not setting their furry friends free when they are stuck in a trap.  If you need help controlling rats in or around your New Jersey home or business, contact a licensed NJ Pest Control expert like Allison Pest Control.

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!