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Pest Concerns Are High Across The United States

During the winter months it’s easy to believe that our homes are pest free.  The winter months are only a brief reprieve from most home invading pests.  As the spring arrives, so do a multitude of annoying and dangerous home and property invaders.  It is no surprise that the warmer winter weather has sparked an early spring arrival.  Pest control professionals in Monmouth County, NJ expect termites to swarm earlier than usual, and ant, tick, mosquito and rodent populations to be in abundance.

PRWeb reported on April 26, 2012 that a study was recently completed by the third largest residential pest control company in the United States.  The survey consisted of 1319 respondents across the US, all of which owned homes.  The goal of the study was to “uncover the current trends and beliefs related to pests and pest control.”

The study revealed that one in four homeowners are worried about termite infestations, and 13% of homeowners across the United States reported seeking treatment for termites in the past 12 months.  Close to 22% of the respondents claimed to have experienced structural damage to their homes as a result of a pest problem.

You can read more about this interesting study by reading this article.

The national study revealed that 80% of homeowners are most concerned about termites, bed bugs, cockroaches, rats, and mice. A pest control expert in Monmouth County, NJ can help keep your home pest free this spring and summer season by protecting the perimeter of your property.  Our trained technicians will use their extensive expertise to keep all types of household pests out for a more comfortable and safe living environment for your family and pets.

Here Come The Ants!

As the spring and summer months begin, one of the most common complaints to pest control experts in Monmouth County, NJ are ants.  Ants are persistent pests that are found both indoors and outdoors.  There are many different species of ants in New Jersey with different characteristics, and all craving different food sources…protein or sweets, or anything they come across.  Although not in New Jersey yet, but steadily moving that direction, one species of ant, the fire ant, will inflict horrendous stings that can be as dangerous as a bee sting in some people.

Being social creatures, ants live together and work together in harmony for the success of the colony.  Depending on the species of ant, colonies can range from hundreds to millions of individuals.  Each ant has a specific job to do within the colony.  There is always at least one queen ant, which is an egg laying machine.  In some species, there are many queens that work to develop the brood.  Queen ants are always much larger than all of the other ants in the colony and are always well taken care of by the workers.  Ants can travel a great distance away from the nest for food and water without ever getting lost because they leave an invisible pheromone trail that they can follow back and forth.  Other ants also pick up on the trail and use it to find the food and water and bring it back to the colony.

Do all ants at your home or business look the same to you?  Don’t worry, you are not alone.  Hiring a pest control professional in Monmouth County, NJ will properly identify the type or types of invading ants indoors or out so that proper control measures can be utilized.

Don’t throw good money after bad by trying to treat these nuisance, and sometimes wood destroying creatures yourself.  Hire a licensed pest control professional in Monmouth County, NJ for fast eradication of ants and all other types of annoying pests on your property.

Outdoor Ants Mean Indoor Trouble For NJ Homeowners

Pest control professionals in Monmouth County, NJ are expecting an upsurge in ant home invasions this spring and summer season.  Experts believe that because of the mild winter weather on the east coast this past winter that many pests will experience an earlier emergence than in previous years.   We can also expect that due to the earlier arrival, critters big and small will be abundant.

Various types of ants will pose a particular problem for New Jersey homeowners.  Ant species have different behaviors and food requirements so it is important for a pest control professional in Monmouth County, NJ to properly identify the type of ant species in order to provide the proper course of treatment.

The carpenter ant is a destructive pest once it invades your home or business.  Carpenter ants do not eat wood despite what some people think.  Their diet consists of consuming both living and dead insets, meat, fats, aphids, and honeydew.  Carpenter ants are large black ants that use their mouthparts to tunnel wood to make galleries.  These ants can often be found in areas where water damage has occurred to wood.  Look for carpenter ants in areas where there is or has been a:  leaking roof, leaking pipes, or water damage under window sills.  Carpenter ants are also known to occupy wall voids and burrow through wood and foam insulation.  If you see wood remnants that resemble sawdust, there is a good chance that a carpenter ant nest is located nearby.

All types of ants can be difficult to control. Using store bought pesticides will only kill ants on contact.  The remaining ants will then scatter and the colony will split causing the infestation to become worse.  It is recommended that you contact a licensed pest control expert in Monmouth County, NJ to eradicate all types of New Jersey ants on the interior and exterior of your home.

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.

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.

The Bug That Bites In The Night

There are several types of bugs that bite humans and leave their mark for all to see report NJ pest control professionals.  Mosquitos, fleas, ticks, bed bugs, spiders, ants, and even cockroaches won’t hesitate to partake in human flesh if it suits their fancy.  Bite wounds will vary for each insect depending on what type of insect is doing the biting.

Depending on the time of year that the bites occur, it could be very difficult to determine what type of insect is actually the cause of the fierce pain and intense itching that follows.

Studies have shown that about 50% of bed bug bite victims have an allergic reaction to saliva of the bed bugs.  Because only 50% of people show signs of being bitten, bed bugs often go un-noticed in homes and will multiply out of control.

For some unfortunate victims, bed bug bites are intensely itchy.  Bites can be found anywhere on your body, but bed bugs do tend to prefer to attack areas of skin that are exposed.  Legs, arms, feet, neck and the face seem to be preferred places for the little vampires.

Bed bugs are attracted to the breath that we exhale (C02) and the heat that our body emits.  Once we are in a deep sleep, usually around 3 to 5 a.m., bed bugs will slip out from their hiding spots and find their way to their intended victim.  Once they are there, they stab you with their two hollow tubes.  One tube injects anti-coagulants and anesthetics. The other tube is used to suck the blood from their victim.

It can be difficult to determine the source of a bed bug bite wound because bite marks can take up to 10 days to appear on the skin.
Bed bug infestations are a very difficult pest to control.  A New Jersey pest control expert like Allison Pest Control has the skill and knowledge to kill bed bugs no matter how extensive the infestation is.