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Are Bed Bugs ON The Mattress or IN The Mattress? Part 1 Of 2

New Jersey pest control professionals are often asked many questions from panicked customers who have awoken with strange bite marks on their body. It’s important to remember that not all bites are the result of a bed bug infestation.  Other creatures that can leave bite marks on your body include:

• Mosquitos

• Ticks

• Fleas

• Biting Flies

• Spiders (usually an accidental occurrence)

• Gnats

• Bat Bugs

• No-See-Ums

• Mites (not visible to the naked eye)

• Cockroaches (yes, they have even been known to take a bite or two, especially on a sleeping child!)

One of the most common questions that is asked is…”Do bed bugs live ON a mattress or IN a mattress?”  The only way to know for certain (hopefully) is to perform a thorough check for the creepy bloodsuckers.  Here’s what you do…

The most likely places that bed bugs will be hiding on a mattress are the seam area of the mattress.  Look on top and under the seamed area carefully checking around the entire mattress, both top and bottom.

Another place where bed bugs like to hang out is under the patch or logo area that is sewn onto the mattress.  Because of their small size, they can easily slip between the stitching and enjoy a safe hiding place.

Once you are finished inspecting the mattress, it’s time to check for bed bugs in the box spring.  Box springs have multiple places that provide excellent places for bed bug harborage.

Just like with the mattress, check the entire seamed area of the box spring.  Then lift the box spring up to expose the bottom.  If there is a fabric covering, it’s a good idea to remove it for easy inspection and detection of bed bugs.  Thoroughly check the entire wood structure of the box spring for any evidence of bed bugs or their eggs.

Please check back on Wednesday for the conclusion.

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.

What’s Biting You On The New Jersey Shore?

The summertime is supposed to be a time of picnics, camping, swimming, playing outdoors, enjoying sporting events, and other outdoor fun.  Unfortunately for many Monmouth and Ocean County, New Jersey residents, one step outside, and blood seeking biting insects make a B-line straight for any uncovered human flesh.  These pests are annoying at best; some can even cause serious illnesses in humans!

When going to the beach, the sand flea can be a troublesome pest to deal with.  They don’t infest human homes as they prefer to hang out at the water’s edge.  Sand fleas are most active at dusk and dawn and have no problem munching on human ankles because they are closer to the ground.  The sand flea goes by many names…no-see-ums, biting midges, sand fly, punkies, and hop-a-longs.  They are common in wet areas like beaches, creeks, and wetlands.  They are not insects and instead are tiny shrimp like crustaceans that are about the size of a grain of rice.  Like other blood suckers, the females are the ones you need to fear as they will suck your blood without hesitation.  No-see-ums are about 1/3 of the size of a mosquito and its bite is known to be far more intense.

Although not known to cause infections in humans, the bite of a sand flea, or whatever you want to call it, will cause intense itchy red welts for about a week.  You will typically find no-see-um bites in big irritating bunches that are slow to deflate.  If you are unlucky enough to travel through a swarm of them in the dark, no skin is off limits to these blood suckers.  Like other blood sucking pests, everyone reacts differently to their bites.

Contact Allison Pest Control today to keep all of your troublesome pests away from your New Jersey home or business!