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What Are Pantry Pests and How Are They Controlled?

Are You the Only One Eating the Food in Your Pantry?
Are You the Only One Eating the Food in Your Pantry?

Pantry pests are those that go after the food that’s in your kitchen and pantry, just as their name suggests. There are different types of pantry pests that you need to look out for, but it’s important to note that sometimes these pests can be present without your awareness. It’s helpful to know that Freehold exterminators are here to help you get rid of them.

Types of Pantry Pests

There are a number of different types of pantry pests you should look out for in your kitchen and pantry. These include:

• Weevils – love flour and cereal

Indian meal moths – love chocolate, dog food, bird seed and dried fruits

• Saw-toothed grain beetles – love pasta, cereal and flour

• Cigarette and drugstore beetles – love herbs and spices

The Best Way to Control Pantry Pests

Finding the source of the infestation is the key to controlling pantry pests. This can be difficult, considering there are so many ways for them to gain entry into your home. It’s even possible for them to come in when you bring in your groceries. While it’s not always easy to spot their entry points into your home, if you think you have an infestation, Freehold exterminators can help.

At Allison Pest Control, getting rid of what’s bugging you is our specialty. We can help you learn what type of infestation you have and then eliminate it. Contact us today!

Teaching Your Kids to Explore the Crazy World of Insects

See That, Kids? That's a Japanese Beetle!
See That, Kids? That’s a Japanese Beetle!

Although finding insects such as ants and wasps inside your home requires assistance from Tom’s River pest control experts, encouraging your kids to explore the crazy life of insects outdoors can be very educational. Studying, collecting and preserving insects is inexpensive and easy.

Get the right equipment

To collect and preserve insects, your children need the right equipment including an insect net, killing jar, relaxing jar, forceps, pins, labels, spreading board, pinning block, and storage box. You can find these items at hobby stores and biological supply companies.

If your children just want to observe insects without preserving them, they only need a net, magnifying glass and a jar for holding insects temporarily.

Finding insects to watch

In warm weather, it’s easy to find insects. When your children want to find diverse insects, they should explore under rocks and logs, and on the stems, leaves and branches of plant and trees.

To collect several types of small insects quickly, sweep the insect net through tall plants in a back and forth motion. When kids examine the net, they’ll find insects they might not otherwise have seen by simply looking for them on outdoor plants.

To collect insects at night, children should look around lights to see what’s flying and crawling around.

Tom’s River pest control by the experts at Allison Pest Control eliminates insects in your home. Your children’s curiosity can help expand your knowledge of the insects outside your home.

Could Genetics Hold the Key to Beating Bedbugs?

Are Genetics The Key?
Are Genetics The Key?

Bedbugs have been on the rise in recent years, prompting many calls to our Freehold exterminators. Unfortunately, these pests are getting harder to eliminate in some cases.

Certain types of pesticides have proven ineffective at destroying these pests, which has prompted researchers to study better ways of handling them. Thanks to a group of scientists at Purdue University, safer and more effective methods of killing bedbugs might be in development soon.

Researchers at Purdue University recently succeeded in sequencing the genome of the common bedbug. This work made it possible for scientists to discover that these pests have unique antioxidant genes that could contribute to the development of better bedbug control methods.

These genes contain proteins and enzymes that allow bedbugs to detoxify pesticide chemicals that they have ingested, making these products ineffective at eliminating them. In fact, these are the same proteins and enzymes that bedbugs use to remove toxins from any human blood they ingest.

Researchers believe that the increased resistance to pesticides that has occurred in recent years could be linked to a high amount of inbreeding among these pests. With additional studies, researchers could end up developing pesticide products that bedbugs are unable to remove toxins from.

If you need help with bedbugs in your home, contact Allison Pest Control. Our Freehold exterminators use safe and effective ways to destroy bedbugs and stop other infestations from occurring.


Five Tips for Keeping Pests Out of Your Home

Keep Your Home Pest Free
Keep Your Home Pest Free

New Jersey is home to many types of pests that can invade residential buildings, including rats, ants, cockroaches and spiders. In order to protect your home from these critters, keep the following pest prevention tips in mind.

  • Determine the most common pests. Knowing which types of pests are most likely to enter your home can help you take specific measures to stop them. Getting in touch with your local NJ pest control company can help you find out what the most common pests are in your area.
  • Reduce moisture. Many pests are attracted to moisture in your home. Moisture can also cause decay, making it easy for insects and other pests to enter.
  • Block openings. Seal up any gaps, holes and cracks you have in your home to make it harder for pests to get inside.
  • Trim bushes and shrubs. Keeping these away from your home’s exterior can discourage mice and other pests from coming near your home and finding a way inside.
  • Protect inaccessible spaces. Pests prefer building nests in areas that are hard to reach, such as false ceilings and other open yet inaccessible spaces. Make sure these areas are well-protected from pests by consulting NJ pest control professionals.

If you need additional information on preventing pests in your home, contact Allison Pest Control. We provide effective NJ pest control services for homeowners with insect, rodent or wildlife problems.

The Allison Pest Control History – 98 Years Strong!

Withstanding the Test of Time
Withstanding the Test of Time

When your Monmouth County home has unwanted intruders, such as spiders, mice or bees, you can count on Allison Pest Control for help. Our pest control company has been wiping out pest infestations in and around the Monmouth County area for close to 100 years.

Allison Pest Control got its start in 1917 when the Allison family launched a local business to help homeowners deal with different types of critters. At the time, our company was a family-owned business that built a reputation for providing exceptional services throughout the area. John Daly, Sr. took over the business in 1970 and expanded services to other areas, including Ocean County and Middlesex County. To this day, the Daly family has upheld Allison Pest Control’s superior reputation for providing safe and reliable services.

Our company has managed to set itself apart from other pest control companies by offering several advantages, such as high-quality equipment, the use of non-chemical treatment methods whenever possible, low employee turnover and continuing education among our staff. When you turn to us for help with a pest problem, we’ll come out to your home at your earliest convenience and get infestations under control as quickly as possible.

If you’re having trouble with rodents, insects or other critters, give Allison Pest Control a call. Our Monmouth County pest control professionals can handle pest infestations safely and efficiently.

Insect Identification? Leave It to the Experts at Allison Pest Control

Insect ID
Insect ID

You are likely to encounter an insect every day. Comprising an estimated 80% of the Earth’s species, there are an estimated 10 quintillion individual insects and 200 million for every human. With that large quantity, they can become pests very quickly. Being able to identify, locate and exterminate them can be key in helping any problems they may be causing go away quickly. That is why we’re here.

We have put together a more extensive Insect Identification Resource Guide on our webpage. But, let’s look at some basics of identifying some ordinary insects.

  • Ants: Pollinators, scavengers, recyclers. Invade to forage for food. Pharoah ants carry infection, carpenter ants cause structural damage.
  • Bed Bugs: Feed on human blood during sleep, causing welts that itch and emotional distress.
  • Household Pests: Cockroaches- spread bacteria, contaminate food supplies, provoke allergies/asthma. Carpet Beetles- destructive. Earwigs, silverfish- annoying.
  • Nuisance Insects: Problematic when in buildings. Crickets- disrupt sleep. Spiders- painful bites. Flies, mites and lady bugs- annoying, cause minor damage; can carry disease (flies)
  • Pantry Pests: Beetles, moths and weevils- contaminate and destroy food.
  • Problem Insects: Outdoor dwellers. Box elder bugs, centipedes, pillbugs, thrips. A nuisance if they invade in numbers.
  • Stinging Insects: Bees, wasps- painful stings; can cause life-threatening anaphylactic shock
  • Wood Destroying Incsects: Termites, carpenters ants and bees, powder post beetles- damage homes and businesses

For more information or help with insects, call your New Jersey pest control today!