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Scientists Believe Global Warning Has Brought An Increase In Plant Eating Insects

The summer of 2011 brought about numerous complaints by New Jersey residents to many pest control companies throughout New Jersey about an increase of insects eating more than their normal share of a variety of outdoor plants.  Notwithstanding the voracious appetite of the pesky stink bugs that have taken over the eastern seaboard in recent years, and have damaged farmer’s crops and homeowners gardens, many residents have noticed an increase of other plant-eating insects in their gardens.  Many home gardens that were normally bursting with fruits and vegetables were hit hard by unwelcome invaders this past year report NJ pest control professionals.

Through extensive research, it is the belief of some scientists that the continuing warming of the earth is contributing to the increase in plant-eating insects.  Researchers do not believe that the plants have become tastier to insects, but they do believe that insects have a greater appetite and have become more destructive in recent years.  Planetsave reported back on February 11, 2008 that scientists from Pennsylvania State University and the Smithsonian Institution believe that “when temperature increases, the diversity of insect feeding damage on plant species also increases.”  Additionally, the study’s lead author and researcher said “our study convincingly shows that there is a link between temperature and insect feeding on leaves.” You may read the article here.

Keeping the interior and exterior of your home free from all types of unwelcome pests is easy when you hire a New Jersey pest control expert.  Allison Pest Control will be able to blanket your property with a barrier pest control treatment to keep unwanted pests out so that your gardens will grow as expected.  We provide fast and professional service to residences and businesses in Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex Counties, New Jersey.  Call us today for a free estimate and pest evaluation.

Insect With Many Legs Bugging New Jersey Residents

Many Monmouth and Ocean County, New Jersey residents are reporting that they are seeing an increase of creepy crawling bugs this summer season. While usually found enjoying the great outdoors, centipedes and millipedes are on the upswing in many parts of New Jersey homes.  These nocturnal multi-legged problem insects tend to venture inside when the New Jersey weather is too hot to handle on the outside.

The centipede, also called the “hundred-legged worm” can be an annoying pest both on the interior or exterior of your home or business.  Preferring a wet moist environment the centipede will move indoors during dry weather. You can often find centipedes indoors around sinks, drains, crawl spaces, basements, sump pumps, bathrooms or other humid dark places.  Centipedes can range in size from 1 to 12 inches.  They are a long-lived insect and sometimes can be found to live as long as 6 years.  They are typically reddish-brown in color, but subterranean species are whitish as they lack pigmentation.  Centipedes are beneficial insects as they do prey on other insects, spiders, worms, and small animals.  Their bite, although not poisonous, is painful when inflicted.  Some people do experience allergic reactions to their bites.  Centipedes are fast runners and have no trouble climbing walls.

The millipede, also called the “thousand-legged worm” typically will be found on the exterior as well, but during the late summer and fall months, will become a nuisance pest as they venture indoors to escape drought or excessive rain conditions.  Millipedes are dark reddish-brown or brownish-black with cylindrical worm-like bodies.  They grow to about ½ to 1 ½ inches long depending on the species. They crawl very slowly and secrete an unpleasant odor when threatened.  Millipedes do not bite humans.  They won’t damage structures, household possessions, or food sources, but they are an annoying pest to have in your home or business.

You can keep these and other New Jersey problem insects under control by hiring a licensed pest control specialist like Allison Pest Control.  Sign up for the Home Pest Protection Plan today, and let Allison Pest Control protect your New Jersey home from a pest invasion.