After a long, brutal winter it’s finally time to get out and do some yard work. While the grass probably needs some TLC after all the snow and cold temperatures, you may have uncovered a greater source of damage. Holes in the yard can indicate the presence of pests. The question is, which one?
Unless you catch the guilty party in the act, it’s difficult to be sure of the cause. Here are some general guidelines to to help you narrow the possibilities.
Holes that are roughly the same circumference as pencils, with no other visible damage, are usually made by birds. If the holes are accompanied by small piles of a granular texture, the culprits are most likely earthworms. Neither of these present a particular threat to the health of your lawn.
Grubs are the larvae of many species of beetles. They hatch from the eggs that adult beetles lay in the lawn. They’ll feed on the grass roots until they become fully grown, emerging from the lawn to begin the cycle again. The holes they create are approximately the size of a nickel.
Moles are probably the most commonly known pest to invade lawns. Their feeding tunnels are identified by the telltale raised ridges running across the grass. If you find tunnels without mounds of soil nearby, this usually means voles, not moles. Sometimes called field mice or meadow mice, voles feed on plants as well as grass.
If pests are raising havoc with your lawn, don’t rely on guesswork. Our Monmouth County, NJ professionals at Allison Pest Control will help you identify the source and provide efficient elimination. Please contact us to regain control of your lawn.
Spring is on the horizon which means wildlife moms are looking for safe, warm places to give birth and raise their brood. Squirrels and raccoons are common attic invaders. Your Monmouth County, NJ attic has everything animal moms are looking for: safety from predators, a warm and cozy environment, and plenty of toasty insulation for nesting. However, their destructive nature and the diseases and parasites they carry make nuisance wildlife extremely unwelcome house guests. Allison Pest Control’s professional wildlife removal experts can remove unwelcome animals safely and prevent their return.
How to Keep Animals Out
Follow these tips to keep animals from invading your Ocean County, NJ home:
• Cap your chimney to keep wildlife out.
• Replace plastic attic fan caps with metal ones.
• Don’t leave pet food outside.
• Locate bird feeders away from your house.
• Don’t store pet food or birdseed in your garage, shed or porch. If you do, keep it in critter-proof containers.
• Secure garbage in animal-proof containers. If your trash collection company requires that you use a certain type of garbage container, ask if they can provide a wildlife-proof strap or secure lid. In a pinch, placing a heavy brick on top of the lid will deter many animals.
• Secure your pet door at night to prevent raccoons from coming in.
What to Do When Animals Get In
If nuisance wildlife do gain entry to your Monmouth County home, don’t try to remove them yourself. An animal protecting its young may attack without warning. Wild animals can be vicious when frightened or cornered and are vectors for rabies and other dangerous diseases. Don’t place yourself at risk. Call Allison Pest Control’s experienced wildlife control professionals for safe and humane wildlife removal and exclusion services.
One of the more unpleasant aspects of pest control is cleaning up mouse feces. You may think it’s no more difficult than cleaning up after your dog, but there are real dangers associated with mouse droppings that you need to be aware of before attempting to deal with the situation.
A mouse will produce anywhere from 50 to 75 tiny pellets a day. Since mice spend much of the time scurrying around, their feces get deposited across a wide area, making it hard to contain the mess. Your first instinct may be to simply sweep floors and under furniture, hoping to collect it all.
However, this could potentially make the problem far worse. Mouse droppings are prime carriers for germs and viruses that can spread to humans. The most serious of these is Hantavirus which causes an intense, sometimes deadly respiratory illness. Transmission of the virus occurs when the pellets mix with dust and it becomes airborne during sweeping.
Mouse feces can also harbor the virus that causes LCM, a form of meningitis that’s not usually fatal but has painful flu-like symptoms. Food or drink that becomes contaminated by droppings can cause salmonella, resulting in digestive distress that can progress to dehydration.
If your home has been the site of a mouse infestation, don’t take any chances handling it yourself. The certified technicians of our Monmouth County, NJ exterminator service can remove the problem safely and thoroughly, giving you and your family peace of mind. Contact Allison Pest Control for more information.
It might be surprising to learn that most mice enter structures between October and February. Like other creatures big and small, mice are hungry critters that are always on the hunt for a meal source. The cold NJ winter drives mice indoors as they seek warm shelter and an easy water source for survival. It is estimated that approximately 21 million homes in the US will encounter mice this winter!
How do mice come indoors?
Mice come indoors through small openings that lead from the exterior to the interior of a structure. Utility lines that are not secured with silicone caulking or steel wool are an open door for mice. Mice have nimble bodies which allow them to squeeze into spaces as small as a dime.
Where can mice be found?
Mice tend to make their nest close to where they are able to find food. Home and business owners are advised to store pantry food products in glass or plastic containers with tightly sealed lids as mice can easily chew through plastic wrapping and cardboard packaging. Mice have small stomachs with large appetites. These pests tend to feed about 15 to 20 times per day, most of the time, never being seen by humans.
Monmouth County NJ pest control experts warn that if you have one mouse in your home or business, there is a good chance that you have more mice, or will soon have more mice. The best way to eradicate mice and eliminate the pathogens that they spread is to hire a Monmouth County NJ pest control professional like Allison Pest Control.
If you’ve dealt with rodent problems before, you were probably lucky enough to get a reprieve over the spring and summer months. However, now that winter is just around the corner, and the temperatures are beginning to drop, don’t be surprised if those furry little fiends start to show their places around your nice, warm home once more. As your Monmouth County pest control professionals, we’ve seen it all before.
An Unwelcome Family
Did you know that if you see one mouse, there are usually many more to follow. They tend to bring their friends along once they find a suitable place for them to hide. They also multiply really fast. That means it isn’t long before you have an entire family camping out in your basement, your attic, or worse – your kitchen.
You’ve probably gone to the store once you were “fortunate” enough to see of one of these rodents to pick up mouse traps. While mouse traps can be effective, quite often they’re just not. Mice can easily manipulate traps to get the treat out of them, or they are often so quick the escape the trap the minute it goes off. Even if your trap does manage to tag one of them, he can make his way back into your wall, even if he’s injured. If he dies there, the smell will soon be unbearable.
When it comes to mice, it’s best to leave it to Monmouth County pest control specialists to rid you of the problem. Contact us today!