Continuing from Friday…
One of the reasons that bed bugs are so problematic these days is that despite being bit, not every person who encounters them has the allergic reaction to their bites. It is estimated that about 50% of humans suffer from bed bug bites. Because only 50% suffer from the bites, many people do not know that they have an infestation of the bugs until the infestation is well under way in their NJ home.
Although it is widely believed that they do not transmit disease, the bite of a bed bug can be extremely painful. Many people will develop red itchy welts on their skin or localized swelling. You can often find bite marks in a row of three or in clusters. This is often called “breakfast, lunch, and dinner”. It should be noted that that bed bugs can bite you anywhere on your skin, so simply looking for bites in a row or clusters is not an accurate diagnosis of a bed bug infestation. The arms, legs, shoulders, feet, back, neck and even your face are good targets for bed bug bites, but they will not hesitate to crawl under clothing to obtain a good meal.
Bed bug bites cause extreme itching, burning and irritation to your skin. Many people make the mistake of thinking that they have been bitten by another bloodsucking pest like a flea or mosquito before they realize that bed bugs are their real problem.
If you have not been bitten by a bed bug yet, consider yourself lucky. If you have not had a bed bug infestation yet, experts agree that you should consider yourself very lucky. If you suspect that you have bed bugs in your New Jersey home or business, call Allison Pest Control for expert bed bug eradication services.
Ticks can be a problem for the residents of New Jersey and in other areas in the United States. In New Jersey, you need to keep an eye out for the Lone Star Tick, the American Dog Tick, The Brown Dog Tick, and the Blacklegged Tick.
Each type of tick that you will find in New Jersey passes through the same four development stages…egg, larva, nymph, and the sexually differentiated adult stage. Additionally, each type of tick must find and receive a blood meal off of three different hosts in order to complete their life cycle. Each of the ticks that you will find in New Jersey, with the exception of the Brown Dog Tick, will feed on a variety of different vertebrates. New Jersey humans, mammals, reptiles and birds are all on the dinner plate of blood sucking ticks.
The Blacklegged Tick, otherwise known as the deer tick, is the most feared tick of all ticks in New Jersey because it is a known vector of Lyme’s Disease. The deer tick is found throughout the eastern section of some parts of the mid-western portions of the United States. Most cases of Lyme’s Disease are reported in the coastal northeastern and mid-Atlantic states.
In New Jersey, the life cycle of the deer tick will often take two years to complete. In fall months a female tick will lay her egg mass, which contains several thousand ticks. Unlike many other types of pests, ticks will not die off in the cold winter months. Instead they will overwinter in leaf litter waiting for a small animal or bird to become their host so they can reach the next stage of their life cycle. The Lyme’s Disease transmission risk is still a substantial problem for New Jersey residents even during the winter months.
It’s very important for New Jersey residents to keep their homes safe from ticks and the Lyme’s Disease that they carry by having a Home Service Plan in place. Allison Pest Control provides expert pest control services to Monmouth and Ocean County, New Jersey residents. Give us a call today!