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Hantaviruses – A Dangerous Encounter

Hantaviruses are a group of viruses that are carried by various rodents, specifically, rats and mice.  Unfortunately contacting a Hantavirus is quite easy for humans and should be avoided.

Hantaviruses can be found in the saliva, urine, and droppings of rodents.  Humans become exposed to these dangerous viruses by accidentally inhaling the contaminated dust that is created when rodent droppings or nests are being removed, cleaned, or accidentally disturbed.  Often times, people become infected with a virus when they are working or living in a rodent infested setting without realizing that the area has a rodent infestation problem.

There is no sure way to tell how long Hantaviruses are infectious within a particular environment as there are many different variables to take into consideration when dealing with rodent droppings.  Environmental conditions such as temperature, humidity, sun exposure, as well as whether the droppings are found indoors or are outdoors all affects the length of time that the virus is active and dangerous.  Even the rodent’s diet affects the chemistry of the urine, so all rodent droppings should always be considered unsafe to handle.  Pest control specialists are trained to deal with risky ongoing rodent infestations, rodent urine, and droppings to eliminate a person’s risk to dangerous Hantaviruses.

The best way to avoid becoming ill is to keep rodents out of your home or workplace.  Windows, doors, gaps in foundations, attic vents, and unsealed pipes are all easy places for unwanted rodents to gain access indoors. 

Exclusion of rodents should include sealing any cracks or crevices that are larger than ¼ of an inch.  The basic rule of thumb to follow is that if a rodent can fit its head into a space, it will be able to squeeze its body into the space as well.

In New Jersey, Allison Pest Control offers expert rodent monitoring, exclusion and trapping services to Monmouth, Middlesex and Ocean Counties.  Give us a call today so we can help keep your unwanted rodents away!

Got Mice?

It’s hard to imagine with the weather so nice and warm outside that in a few short weeks fall will be upon us in New Jersey and many bothersome pests will not be happy with the temperatures in the great outdoors.  Many pests big and small will be looking for a new place to hang their hat for the long winter months.  One such pest that you must keep a watchful eye out for is the dreaded house mouse.  This troublesome pest can cause all sorts of problems when it decides that your home or business is a good place to reside.  Mice can fit into a space as small as a pencil.  They can chew into any type of food source, so it is easy for them to contaminate most anything you have in your home or business. Like other rodents, their continuous need to gnaw has even caused fires.

Ridding your home or business of mice is an unpleasant task and not one for the squeamish.  Consumers have the choice of using a few different types of rodent removal products.  There are sticky traps, snap traps, and poisons.  Although still available, sticky traps are no longer recommended for consumer use because when mice die, they release their bowels and then people are subjected to dangerous pathogens which can cause serious and even life threatening illnesses.  Snap traps are the most human ways of killing mice, but for most folks, it is quite unpleasant to remove dead rodents from the traps and then reload the contraption.  Using poisons to kill rodents has its own problems as well.  Poisons should never be used where children or pets are present.  Poisons are also a problem when rodents eat it and then disappear and die in places where humans are unable locate them, such as wall voids, crawl spaces, and under kitchen cabinets, etc.

Your best alternative is to always call a licensed pest control expert who is trained in the proper treatment and removal of mice!

Taking One Last Trip This Summer? Watch Out For Household Pests! Part II Of II

Continuing from Monday…

The warm air in your temporarily vacant home is the perfect incubation grounds for many different types of troublesome insects.

Fleas can be a huge problem not only when they invade your yard, but especially when they are multiplying in your home.  Your pup might have been taken to the kennel while you are away; but any fleas/eggs left behind inside your home will continue their development.  They will be awaiting your return home, and thirsty for a blood meal.

Cockroaches won’t likely have any crumbs to nibble on, so they will be on the hunt for any other type of food source that they can contaminate.  If they cannot find any human food to eat, these resourceful creepy bugs will find other weird things in your home to feast upon.  Cockroaches will also eat newspapers, cardboard, toothpaste, and even a bar of soap if they are really hungry!  Cockroaches need water to survive so make sure that you don’t have any leaky faucets or pipes before you depart for your vacation.

Another pesky bug that you must keep a look out for when you are traveling is the dreaded bed bug.  These blood sucking parasites are popping up at alarming rates in hotels, motels, and rental properties around the United States.  Be sure to check your luggage carefully for tiny apple seed sized, brown/reddish brown colored bugs while you are unpacking after your vacation because bed bugs would love to hitch a ride home with you.  It is always wise to wash all of your clothing in hot water and dry the clothing on the hottest dryer setting to avoid bed bug infestations.  All luggage should be carefully vacuumed as well…just in case.  Bed bugs are very difficult to eradicate; so you should always contact a pest control specialist if you think that you have encountered them during your travels.

If you have any insects or mice that have been making your home, their home, while you have been away, it’s time to call in a professional pest control expert to get rid of them.  Make those disgusting home pest invaders regret that they chose your house to set up shop; give Allison Pest Control a call to wipe them out!

Taking One Last Trip This Summer? Watch Out For Household Pests! Part I Of II

The summer traveling season will soon be coming to an end, and many people in Monmouth and Ocean County, New Jersey are using these last few weeks of summer to sneak in another great family getaway before the drudgery of the school time regime returns.  When you decide to head out of town for the week, it’s not uncommon to turn the air conditioning up to 80+ to not drive up your electric bill.  Everyone locks their house up tight by closing their windows and doors to keep would-be robbers out too.  We all set off for one final jaunt to a new destination where there are no jobs to bog us down, no household chores to keep us busy, and great adventures to be discovered.  Yes, the last idle days of our summer vacation are exactly what we need to rejuvenate our mind and body…that is until we come home to unpleasant creatures that have been having a party in our home while we have been away!  They will surely snap you back into reality fast.

While you were away from your New Jersey home, perhaps the mice were at play!  Mice multiply very quickly so it not uncommon for one mouse to turn in to many in a short period of time.  Mice will not only contaminate any remaining food within your house; their presence can also be dangerous to humans because of the pathogens that their feces and urine contain.

Drain flies are always a concern for New Jersey residents as well.  These annoying pests are common household invaders.  They lay their eggs in stagnant water.  In homes they can be found around household drains such as those found in bathrooms and laundry rooms.  Toilets that have not been used for a spell can also fall victim to a dreaded drain fly invasion.  These flies won’t hurt you, and quite frankly, don’t fly well; but drain flies are a very annoying pest when they invade your home.

Please check back on Wednesday for the conclusion

Are Mice Getting You Down?

The mouse is considered one of the most troublesome furry pests in the United States.  They are very resilient pests and can live and thrive under a variety of conditions.  Mice can be found in homes, businesses and farms.

Mice are not afraid to live among humans and crave the food, water, and shelter that we provide them.  Although they prefer to eat grains, they will eat any type of food that crosses their path.  Their sharp teeth allow them to easily tear into many types of human or pet packaged food sources.  Once they gain entry into food sources, their feces and urine cause contamination as their excrement contains bacterium that causes food poisoning.

Mice constantly gnaw on surfaces to grind down their always growing incisors.  It is not uncommon for mice to gnaw through electrical wires which could cause a fire.  Their gnawing can also cause damage to structures and personal property.

A mouse has a good sense of hearing, smell, touch and taste.  Unlike a rat, they are not afraid of venturing into unknown spaces in homes and businesses.  Mice are very adept at climbing and have no trouble running up a vertical surface.  They can jump up about 13 inches from the floor to a flat surface, and can squeeze into cracks as small as a pencil diameter, so virtually no space is off limits to these pests.

Mice are prolific breeders.  One female can produce up to 10 litters of babies in her 9 to 12 months of life.  You can expect that each littler will have about 5 or 6 young, so it’s easy to see why just one mouse can cause a serious infestation problem in a short period of time.

If you have a mice infestation problem at your New Jersey home or business, contact Allison Pest Control today.  Our operators are trained in rodent trapping, rodent monitoring, and rodent exclusion services.  Give us a call today.

Camel Back Crickets Will Creep You Out

Camel back crickets are known by different names.  Sometimes called cave crickets or spider crickets, these creatures are not a pest you want to have around your house.  Reproducing very quickly, camel back crickets thrive in damp, cave like environments.  Basements and crawl spaces are perfect places for them to set up house.  Camel back crickets can live undetected in a home for a long period of time because the dark damp environment provides ample food and water for their colony to grow.  Once you have a good size infestation on your hands, camel back crickets will begin to emerge from the nest.  Homeowners in New Jersey and other parts of the United States can expect to see these scary insects invade their living quarters once the camel back cricket nest becomes overcrowded.

In basements and crawl spaces, camel back crickets feed on mold and fungus.  Left untreated in your home, they will cause considerable damage feasting on anything that is made of fabric.  Regardless of if it is synthetic or man-made fabrics, nothing is of limits to this damage causing pest.  Once your have camel back crickets living around the exterior of your home or business, you can expect them to move to the interior as the summertime heat sets in.

Many people find camel back crickets creepy and mistake them being a large spider instead of a cricket.  Camel back crickets have strange hairy looking antenna that make them intimidating looking.  Unlike every other type of bug, these crazy insects tend to jump toward you, rather than run away from you.  It is believed that they do this because of their poor vision, not because they are in attack mode.  Despite being scary to encounter, camel back crickets are actually harmless to humans as they do not bite or sting.

Leaving a camel back cricket infestation untreated is also an invitation to other unwanted household pests.  Rats and mice find camel back crickets to be a delicious treat and will pursue a New Jersey infestation.

You can put an end to your New Jersey camel back cricket infestation problem by contacting Allison Pest Control today.