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The Worst of the Summertime Pests Get Worse with Global Warming

Ticks and Mosquitoes Carry Diseases That Could Harm Your Kids... Be on the Lookout!
Ticks and Mosquitoes Carry Diseases That Could Harm Your Kids… Be on the Lookout!

The summer months keep pest control companies in Freehold busy, as more insect pests tend to be around causing problems for homeowners. With increasing temperatures, thanks to global warming, more and more of these bugs are expected to be out and about. There are two summer bugs that you should worry about the most as temperatures continue to warm.


Mosquito species thrive in warmer temperatures. Many of them would normally die off in colder weather, but global warming means that more of them are able to survive. Although some of these insects act as more of a nuisance with their itchy bites, others pose a serious health threat.

Some mosquito species in NJ can spread diseases, including the Zika and West Nile viruses. Mosquitoes from southern regions that carry tropical and subtropical diseases are also expected to make their way up north as temperatures continue to rise.

Deer Ticks

Deer ticks are another summer pest that can be more than a nuisance. These ticks can spread Lyme disease and other diseases when they latch onto people. Deer tick populations are on the rise due to warmer winters, and these pests are expected to spread.

Don’t handle summer pests on your own. Get help from the pest control experts in Freehold instead. Contact Allison Pest Control to learn more about how we can help you rid your home and yard of insect pests this summer.

New Disease Transmitted By Deer Tick Found In New Jersey Part 1 Of 2

Many people believe that they are safe from bloodsucking pests during the colder months in New Jersey as they are not typically creeping around waiting to bite their next victim.

Mosquitos are not typically seen during the winter or early springtime as they cannot withstand the freezing temperatures in New Jersey.  A few warm days however can bring the blood thirsty creatures to life.  The next blast of cold air will kill off any mosquitos that did happen to hatch so they will not pose a threat to mankind.  Mosquitos are known to transmit different types of encephalitis, Dengue Fever, Malaria, Yellow Fever, and most commonly…West Nile Virus.

Ticks however have a lifespan of about two years.  The tiny bloodsucking pests commonly overwinter under leaf litter or other protective areas outdoors.  All life stages of ticks lie in wait for their next victim to pass by for which they will quickly hop on board and attach themselves.  Once they have become fully engorged with blood, the ticks will drop off and find a suitable hiding place to digest their blood meal.  Ticks will follow the same behavior over and over until they reach adulthood.  Once they mate and reproduce, the ticks will die off and a new generation of ticks will follow in their ancestor’s path.  The problem with ticks lies in the diseases that they transmit to their victims.  Deer ticks are known to transmit Lyme disease to humans, pets and other animals that they bite.  In 2011, there were 24,364 confirmed cases of Lyme disease in the United States.

Please check back on Wednesday for the conclusion.

It Is Important To Follow A Pest Control Professional Instructions

Pesticide application in a home or business should be handled with the greatest of care.  Many home and business owners have tried to take on the task of treating their own pest problems only to discover that the store bought pesticide were ineffective.  Some people who have tried pest control treatments on their own have done so incorrectly which has caused fires and have caused people and pets to become sick.  In some cases, people have released toxic fumes into the air which has made people seriously ill.

Click On Detroit reported on 5/5/12, that a resident of an apartment building called an exterminator to kill the bed bugs that were attacking each night.  Despite the instructions by the pest control expert which advised the tenant to not enter the apartment before the three hour wait time ended, the tenant did.  Entering the apartment early caused toxic gas to transfer down the hallways and into other apartment units.  Fire officials were soon called, and quickly determined the incident to be a hazmat situation!  You may read the article here.

Our “Insect Resource Guide” will provide you with valuable information and photographs of many different types of common pests that exterminators in Ocean County, NJ will be able to identify and provide professional treatment for.  Look for specific information about fleas, ants, ticks, bed bugs, cockroaches, yellow jackets, termites, stink bugs and so many more.  Our pest control technicians will be able to solve all of your pest problems by providing pest treatment to the inside and/or the outside of your home or business.  Contact us today.

How to Remove A Tick

Springtime is here and in a blink of an eye the summer travel season will be among us.  Did you know that in every part of the United States there is a chance of encountering some species of tick?  In some areas, there are several species that you must keep a lookout for.

Ticks are dangerous insects because of the pathogens that they transmit to both humans and pets.  Ticks to watch out for in the United States are:

• American dog tick

• Blacklegged tick

• Brown dog tick

• Gulf Coast tick

• Lone star tick

• Rocky Mountain wood tick

• Western blacklegged tick

Adult ticks of all species are the easiest to see, especially once they are engorged.  It is important to know the proper way to remove a tick so that you can limit your chances of disease transmission.

If you find a tick attached to your skin, the CDC recommends that you use fine tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin where it is attached.  The goal is to remove the entire tick, with the mouthpart intact.  To achieve this, steadily pull the tick upward with even pressure.  Be careful not to twist the tick or you will leave the mouthpart under the skin.  After the tick is removed, place it in a jar of alcohol in case it needs testing at a later date.  Clean the bite area with alcohol or an antiseptic wash and watch for any unusual signs of illness.

It is important to keep any tick specimen that is collected for at least a month after it is dislodged from either a human or a pet.  The current recommendation is to keep the tick soaking in alcohol in a jar with a screw off lid.  Keep in mind that immature ticks may look different than adult ticks do, and males and females of the same species may also look different as well.

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.

Ticks And Lyme Disease Are Dangerous For All Ages

The black legged tick is a troublesome pest in many areas in the United States, especially the Northeast report pest control professionals in Monmouth County, NJ.  These freeloading bloodsuckers are responsible for spreading Lyme disease as they jump from host to host.  Black legged ticks, otherwise known as deer ticks, are opportunist feeders.  They lie in wait in wooded areas, in leaf litter, in grassy areas, and on leaves for the perfect moment to hitch a ride upon their next victim.  Despite being called the “deer tick”, the black legged tick is most commonly found nibbling away upon the white footed mouse.  It is at this stage that the tick becomes infected with dangerous bacterium which is then transferred to its next host, which is often a deer that is innocently passing by.  If the white footed mouse infected the black legged tick, then the tick would then infect subsequent hosts, including humans.

Ticks go through three life stages (larval, nymph and adult) in order to reach adulthood.  When they are born, the general rule of thought is that they don’t have any disease agents.  It is not until the tick attaches itself to their host that a potential disease can be contracted…typically during the nymph stage.

One fourth of all cases of Lyme disease in America are children who are age 5 to 14 years old.  They fall into a higher risk category presumably because they spend more time playing outdoors and the younger children are closer in proximity to ground level.  Seventy percent of Lyme disease cases occur when people are bitten by ticks that are in the nymph stage.

Ticks are small creatures, but they are dangerous to have lurking around your home.  It’s important to have regular perimeter pest control treatments performed by a licensed pest control professional in Monmouth County, NJ to avoid black legged tick bites on your family and pets.