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Climate Change and Wasp Colonies, What’s the Connection?

Wasp's Pack a Nasty Punch... Let Us Deal With Them so You Don't Have to.
Wasp’s Pack a Nasty Punch… Let Us Deal With Them so You Don’t Have to.

Wasps are one of the most feared stinging insects that come out during the summer months. Since they normally hibernate during the cold seasons, what does climate change mean for these pests? Can we expect to have more of them around?

Invading New Territory

Climate change is having an impact on wasps in a couple of ways. Scientists have discovered that warmer temperatures make it easier for non-native wasp species to invade new territory. For example, Asian hornets made their way to the U.K. during the heat wave of 2016. Future heat waves could make it possible for this type of wasp to come back or to end up in other countries where they normally aren’t found.

Coming Out of Hibernation

Wasps are active mainly in the summer and they spend the winter months in hibernation. Cold weather doesn’t destroy these pests. In fact, spiders are the main threat to wasps during their hibernation. Scientists believe that warmer temperatures are generally more favorable for wasps, which might be good news for pest control companies in New Jersey. However, for people the warmer climate change may lead to regular increases of these stinging pests.

When you need the help of a pest control company in New Jersey to eradicate a wasp problem, count on Allison Pest Control. We have safe and effective methods of getting rid of wasps from your NJ property.

If You Think They’re Gone, You Would Be Wrong…Stink Bugs

It’s hard to believe that the brown marmorated stink bug first invaded the US fifteen years ago.  Since then, scientists have worked to find a solution to the pest that has been nibbling its way from coast to coast, and then traveling west.  The brown marmorated stink bug has been spotted in 33 different states report Monmouth County, NJ exterminators.

Coming from Asia, this invasive pest took a $37 million bite out of the Mid-Atlantic apple crop and $15 million dollars of peaches were gobbled by the hungry beasts.  Stink bugs have a taste for tomatoes, soy beans, as well as many other types of legumes.  They are notoriously hard to kill as anyone who has tried to combat the bugs can tell you.  The brown marmorated stink bug can literally swim in a pesticide and come out unscathed.

Are scientists gaining the upper hand, ever so slightly, on the Asian invaders?  For the past few years, tests have been conducted to see if a parasitic wasp from Asia would be the solution to killing the brown marmorated stink bugs.  While endless testing and meetings were underway, one of our own native wasps developed a taste for the stink bug eggs.  When stink bugs first became a real problem in the US, it appeared that they had no natural predators here in the US. Birds that once turned away from the stinky fellows are now adding them to their diet.  All good news.

Residents should still expect to see stink bugs on the outside of their homes this coming fall though. Call Allison Pest Control for fast stink bug services.

The Never Ending Battle With NJ Fleas Part 2 Of 2

Continuing from Friday…

Fleas do not fly, but they are excellent jumpers.  They are known to jump 13 inches vertically and 7 inches horizontally.  Converting that to human terms, it is the equivalent of a human jumping 450 feet horizontally and 250 vertically.  Fleas have a limited sense of smell so they must rely on detecting the CO2 of their prey in order to feed.

The flea that is most problematic in the United States is the cat flea.  Cat fleas prefer to dine on cats and dogs, but in their absence, they will feed upon other warm blooded animals that cross their pathway, including humans.  The goal of a flea is to find a host to receive a blood meal.  A flea’s only means of food is blood.

Fleas are adaptable creatures that are able to live without a blood meal for months at a time if need be.  This is why people who have returned from holiday are besieged with tiny hungry pests awaiting their arrival back home.

Female fleas must have a blood meal in order to reproduce.  Once fed, she will lay up to 500 eggs in her lifespan.  Flea larvae can exist for up to a year in its cocoon eating skin cells, debris, and flea droppings. This is why killing these pests are most difficult.

Flea infestations cannot be controlled with store bought pesticides.  When pets are present, it takes a combination of efforts from the homeowner, the veterinarian, and a licensed Monmouth County, NJ exterminator to rid a home and yard of the bloodsucking pests.

The Never Ending Battle With NJ Fleas Part 1 Of 2

There are many types of insects that feed upon the blood of humans and animals.  One such bug is the flea.  If these pests happen to enter your home, they make eradication of the bloodsuckers extremely difficult report Monmouth County, NJ exterminators.

As many people have been returning from their summertime vacations they have been surprised to find that the interior of their homes are overrun with fleas once they have arrived back home.  A blissful night sleep in their own bed if often met with intense itching and scratching, sometimes even when pets have not been in the home.  Many wonder what could be devouring their blood.  Did they bring home bed bugs?  Did mosquitos come out of hiding or is there a more sinister creature lurking, just waiting to strike?

Homes with or without pests can be subject to a flea infestation as these insects are hitchhiking types of bugs.  Visiting a friend’s home that has fleas or performing typical tasks in the yard can bring in the tiny creatures as the pests can easily travel undetected.  The most common flea that causes problems in the United States is the cat flea.  Despite its name, the cat flea will attack dogs, humans, and other four legged wild animals as well.

There are over 1,600 different flea species throughout the world.  In the United States, there are a few hundred different types of flea species.  Most of the flea species tend to stick to attacking one type of host.  For example, the rabbit flea attacks rabbits, etc.

Please check back for the conclusion on Monday.

How To Keep Cockroaches Out Of Your Home During The Summertime Part 2 Of 2

Continuing from Friday…

The American cockroaches will invade dwellings through cracks and crevices as well. They have become quite adaptable to human environments. American cockroaches will consume all types of food that humans eat. The lack of a food source is not a problem as the American cockroach will consume hair, dander, toothpaste, soap, pet food, wallpaper glue, and paper products, to name a few.

American cockroaches also reside within the sewage systems. These pests crawl through fecal matter as they consume decaying matter. American cockroaches are known to transmit E. Coli and Salmonella as they contaminate all areas that they crawl through. Heavy rainstorms often flush these pests throughout the sewage system and deposit them in various locations.

In addition to living, breeding and eating in the sewage system, it is not uncommon for the American cockroach to travel up through the piping systems and make their way into dwellings through shower drains, sinks, and toilets holes that are exposed or ones that are mounted. This is most often common during the summer months when the weather is hot, storms are frequent, and people are traveling. Pipes that become dry from the lack of use make for an easy avenue straight up into a dwelling. If a homeowner is lucky, they will return home before the cockroaches multiply and cause a serious infestation which will require the help of an experienced Monmouth County, NJ exterminator professional.

The best way to keep them out during the summertime when you are traveling is to ask a friend or family member to run the water in the sinks, showers, and tubs each day that you are gone. Another option is to plug up all of the plumbing holes where the cockroaches are able to gain entry. If you do happen to return home to nasty American cockroaches running about, call and experienced New Jersey exterminator like Allison Pest Control.

How To Keep Cockroaches Out Of Your Home During The Summertime Part 1 Of 2

Once the air temperature reaches a steady rate of 84 degrees, cockroaches are fast at work both indoors and out report Monmouth County, NJ exterminator professionals. Cockroaches have proven to be very adaptable in all sorts of environments. Even with the multitude of pesticides that are available on the market today, cockroaches will never be fully eradicated. Cockroaches do serve a purpose in nature as they consume decaying organic matter. The problem with cockroaches is when they clash with humans and invade our homes, restaurants, hospitals, etc. as they search for food, water, and shelter.

Although there are thousands of species of cockroaches throughout the world, the most common and problematic cockroaches in New Jersey, as well as other parts of the United States, are the American cockroach, the Oriental cockroach, and the German cockroach.

While all of these varieties of cockroaches can enter a home or business at any time, many homeowners that were cockroach free are often surprised by the presence of cockroaches in their home after they have returned from their summer vacation. In most cases, this common occurrence is not due to the fact that the homeowner has a filthy home that the cockroaches are attracted to. Cockroaches are opportunistic feeders and will take advantage of any situation that presents itself.

Oriental cockroaches typically live outdoors but can find their way indoors via cracks or crevices in all types of dwellings. These types of cockroaches love to hang out in basements where it is dark, damp, and cool, as they seek out a good water source. Oriental cockroaches will rarely be found on upper level floors of a home.

Please check back on Monday for the conclusion.