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Learn More About Spiders Commonly Found in New Jersey

Identifying Spiders in New Jersey
Identifying Spiders in New Jersey

Spiders. They come in all shapes, sizes and colors, spin webs, and are super fast when skittering across a surface. On top of that, they look menacing and other worldly, and can make a grown person cringe.

There are around 50,000 spider types in the world and Allison Pest Control NJ takes care of handling at least 39 of these spider species that inhabit homes, sheds and surrounding properties. While spiders play their own role in nature, many pose no health threat to humans, but there are some arachnids that have a venomous bite.

New Jersey Spiders

Here’s a short list of spiders that call New Jersey home.

• Bold Jumper – one of the most common spiders in the US, these black spiders feature a colorful patch on their abdomen and like to jump.

• Carolina Wolf Spider – a larger species that prefers keeping a low profile during the day and becoming more active in the evening.

• Long-legged Sac Spider – likes to live indoors and prefers the night to search for food.

• Common House Spiders – prefer weaving webs inside your home and around exterior areas such as garages and storage buildings.

Since 1917, Allison Pest Control NJ has been serving its customers with quality service by experienced technicians. If you have a spider problem, or any other type of insect, pest, or wildlife infestation, just give us a call and we’ll take care of the rest.

Beware Of Black Widow Spiders!

The recent chill in the air that is giving us a small taste of fall is not keeping black widow spiders at bay!  This weekend while working in the yard I flipped over a trash can to fill it with yard waste and noticed a suspicious looking erratically woven web.  A quick step back to access the situation was a smart idea for certain because there in the corner where I was just about place my hand was a beautiful, yet poisonous, black widow spider.

Despite having work gloves on, I shudder to think of the problems that this spider would have caused me had it climbed up my arm or gotten inside of my gloves.  I am thankful for the knowledge that I have regarding spiders in New Jersey as I am certain that it has saved me from many unwanted bites!

The interesting thing to note about the location of this spider in this trash can is that it took up residence while the trash can was at the street, not against the house, not near a bush or tree, etc.  The can is used on a regular basis as well.  Could it be that this was just one unlucky spider that happened upon this can?  Perhaps.  Black widows typically choose their locations to spin their messy webs in more secluded safer locations.

This unlucky spider met its demise with the aid of a stick and the bottom of my boot.  For black widows around your home however, it is best to call an Ocean County, NJ pest control expert instead.

Stay tuned for more information about black widows that will help you identify their hiding places and habits.

Indoor Spiders Call For The Services Of A NJ Pest Control Professional

As the weather begins to chill in New Jersey, many different species of house spiders can be found indoors report Monmouth County, NJ pest control professionals.  Unlike some outdoor spiders which are venomous, house spiders are non-lethal to humans.  In many cases they provide assistance in keeping other insect pests down as they trap and consume them in the webs that they construct.  The problem is that most people do not care for spiders running across their floors, walls, windows, or ceilings.

The webs of a house spider can appear as funnel-shaped or erratic shaped webbing that appear at the corners of walls and ceilings, beneath or above fixtures, hidden in cabinets or closets, or on window sills.  The webbing is designed to capture insect prey that will consume.  Some species of spiders lay in wait in their webbing for their prey to arrive while others move on to spin more webs to catch additional prey.  These spiders will return frequently to the nest to see if prey is caught and consume any victims accordingly.  If the nesting spot is not working, they will eventually abandon the nest and move on to other areas until a good location is found.

House spiders do have venom, but it is not dangerous to humans.  Once an insect is caught in the webbing, the house spider will deliver a venomous bite which will kill it’s victim. Many house spiders live for about a year during which time the males and females will mate many times. The female spiders can lay as many as 3,000 spider eggs during its short lifespan.  Some female house spiders eat the male house spiders after mating.

A Monmouth County, NJ pest control professional can keep spider populations down by providing exterior perimeter pesticide treatment around your home or business.  Additional interior treatment will make your living environment an uninviting place for these spiders to reside.  Contact Allison Pest Control for expert spider control in Monmouth, Ocean, or Middlesex counties.

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It’s A Spider Bite!…Or Is It?

Big and small, spiders, more than any other type of creepy crawly make people squeamish for a variety of reasons report pest control professionals in Ocean County, NJ.  Perhaps it is because of their long legs, or the fact that they can run fast, or climb up to high places.  Maybe it’s because they seem to appear out of nowhere, or because they come in so many different sizes.  Maybe people hate spiders because once the egg sacs hatch there are so many babies to contend with.  Maybe spiders are so imposing because you can actually see their face if you take the time to look at them.  Whatever the reason, most adults and children are not very fond of them.  Personally, I don’t mind them…but I don’t want them in my bed!  I must admit, I do always keep a watchful eye out for black widows and brown recluse spiders.  Other species, it’s hit or miss (pardon the pun) whether they are allowed to live or die.

Contrary to what some people might think, spiders do not seek out people.  In fact, spiders are solitary creatures for the most part.  Spiders are often blamed for bite marks that appear on humans.  Repeated studies in the United States have shown that the majority of people who seek medical help do not actually have a spider bite, but instead are suffering from some other type of skin infection.  Doctors across the nation continue to report spider bites are indeed rare, even from the dangerous brown recluse and the black widow spiders.

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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.

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.