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Ant Control in New Jersey- Do it like a Pro!!!

             Ants are a pervasive and ever present insect in temperate climates throughout the world and New Jersey is no exception.  Entomologists estimate there are approximately 20, viagra 000 ant species in the world   with over a third of that number still waiting to be identified and described. 

            As an outdoor, shop and usually beneficial insect, ants rarely achieve the kind of pest status that other insects might.  There are no ants native to New Jersey that are known for their bites or stings and are very rarely a cause for public health concern.  It is also very difficult for ants to spread disease due to their behavior and biology.  All in all, when compared to more “pestiferous” insects like mosquitoes, roaches and bedbugs, ants are small potatoes.  The largest transgression our native ant species might incur would be ruining a picnic or invading our kitchens with very few exceptions.  

            Since a small incursion of ants can be a small annual occurrence not requiring professional help for most homeowners, here are a few tips for someone trying to handle the problem on their own:   

 

a typical ant mound

           Ants come from outside, so start looking outside.  When you find ants in the home, see if you can get an idea of where they’re getting in from.  Oftentimes, if you follow an ant trail back from a food source, it’ll take you right to a foundation wall or window where the ants are making their way indoors.  Now continue your inspection on the outside, try and locate the colony itself, or at least a greater hub of activity.   Once you’ve located the colony’s nest you should be able to apply any pesticide you might be using directly to the ant nest outside the home, reducing pesticide used and exposure for anyone in the house.

            A good cleaning never hurts!  Some people will tout the repellent properties of bleach and other cleaning agents against ants and that’s just not the case.  The real reason is that ants are scavenging for food debris or residues and are highly attracted to those scents.  A good cleaning will remove those attractive odors.  It may sound like a silly or semantic distinction but it’s the truth; removing an attraction is better than adding a repellent!  Besides, they don’t call it Spring Cleaning for nothing, better you do the clean-up before the ants beat you to it!

           If you’re going to use pesticides, use real products, properly and according to directions.  People love to try out a new home-remedy they just found on the internet without any further research.  The real story is simple, the overwhelming majority of these home remedies don’t work, and some might even be more hazardous than store bought chemicals.  I remember seeing instructions on how to make a nicotine “tea” out of pipe tobacco and water to be sprayed for insect activity.  Nicotine is very toxic to pets and humans, having a quart sitting around the house in an old water bottle could lead to disastrous results.  Products purchased from a local hardware store or pest control supplier will be tested and approved by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and come in labeled packaging.  The labeling will come with instructions for use and safety precautions.  Also, don’t be afraid to try using a few different types of products, maybe use a bait and a spray instead of just one or the other.  Integrating product usage results in faster effects and less product usage in the long term. 

look out for carpenter ants around the house!

            There are a few circumstances when an ant problem would require professional control, however.   A Carpenter Ant infestation in the home would be indicative of a nest within the structure, damaging the wood in the home.  If you start finding large black ants in and around the house, it would be best to contact a professional immediately.

            If you find that after a few attempts at do-it-yourself pest control things aren’t getting better, it might be time to get professional help.  Some species of ant, like Pharaoh or Odorous House Ants have very adaptable behavior and will react to the presence of pesticides by moving to a different part of the home or even splitting up their colony to form several smaller ones.   When you spray the ants in the kitchen and the next day find ants in a few other rooms in the house, this may be the exact situation. 

            Some ant colonies are big, I mean really big.  Our native Pavement Ants easily number well over a million insects in a large colony, a number that might be difficult to control with over the counter products or without special training.  Pest professionals have access to restricted use products that are not available to homeowners or the general public and the equipment to properly apply it.  Add that to a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field and you have a pest professional.  Sometimes you need to break out the big guns to handle a problem, and the biggest “gun” is usually knowledge.

Feel free to download our FREE eBook “Winning the Battle Against Ants: 7 Things You Need to Know” here.  Its loaded with great information for anyone dealing with ants or just curious.  Share it with your friends!

If you feel you might need help with your ant problem, request a free estimate for ant control here. 

There’s no Pest Control without the Customer’s Co-operation!

We just can’t do it without you and that’s a fact!!

We’ve been trained for hours and hours, drugstore passed one test after another to become certified, viagra the company has been in operation for years, pharmacy even decades and we STILL need your help! Do you know why? Because YOU, our customer, are the most important person in the loop.

Teamwork is essential for great results!

First of all, without our customers, we wouldn’t even exist, that simple, but your involvement doesn’t end at making the phone call.  Once you’ve made the decision to involve a professional for your pest control needs your job is just getting started.

First of all, remember this: The pests got here before we did. We didn’t bring them with us, or chase them over to you from the neighbor’s house.  We are trying to be part of the solution, we want to solve your problem as much as you do.  We understand you can be upset, scared or angry, but please please please, don’t take it out on the technician, he’s trying to help you get what you want.

Secondly, we need you!! We may plan to spend a few hours at your house a day or two a month, or maybe even once a week but don’t forget, you’re there more than we are! Its your house, your home, no one knows all the nooks and crannies like you. No one knows where you had the water leak two years ago that had to be repaired.  Only you knows you went shopping at a new store for the first time and things were maybe a little TOO cheap.  Only you know that your Aunt Bessie brought her chihuahua over last weekend, (important information when diagnosing the bites on everybody’s ankles that started showing up a few days ago).

Third, there may be things to do that go beyond the scope of our work.  Infested food items may need to be sought out and discarded to finally get rid of those pesky moths.  A leaking gutter may need to be repaired so we can treat for carpenter ants.  Part of a flea treatment is seeing to your pets, or doing a few loads of laundry.  Now our technicians are trained thoroughly and extensively, but only in the field of pest control.  Deciding what to keep and not keep in your pantry, home repair and remodeling, veterinary work and laundry duty all fall beyond the scope of what our technicians can accomplish for you, and yet some of these actions are required for pest elimination to become a reality.  So what does the mean to you? and to your technician?

It means you two are a Team!!!  A problem solving, pest eliminating team with enough experience, training and know how to deal with the issues you’re seeing and hopefully make sure it doesn’t happen again.  A team that knows the pest and knows the place, a team that brings the right equipment and stays behind to watch. A team that truly is more than the sum of its parts.

Always remember that we can’t do it without you!  Teamwork is what makes successful pest control programs work. Thank you for all of your help!

 

Insect Bites in New Jersey

Mystery bug bites? Mosquitoes in the winter? Spiders biting people?

Sounds like a common enough question, for sale one that I’ll take the time to address briefly now.  To be most brief: They’re not spider bites, or mosquitoes. I’ll elaborate:

Although spiders can and do bite, the actual occurrence of a spider bite can be quite rare and is a phenomenon which most people will most likely not experience in their lives.  Another caveat worth noting: Dermatologists cannot definitively prove which species of arthropod might be biting their patients.  There are no tests, the only identification method would be visual observation of the bite wound itself and then an extrapolation of the size and shape of the mouth-parts causing said damage. Sounds difficult right? Now imagine if you had no entomological training…. Considering the thousands (if not tens of thousands) of variations in mouth designs and feeding adaptations in the insect/arthropod world, I’d say leading entomologists would be unwilling to say positively which insect caused a bite.  As a matter of fact, a leading Arachnid researcher has publicly stated, time and again, that spider bites are constantly misidentified by the medical community. See what Dr. Rick Vetter from UC Riverside has to say here.

So what can they be? An overwintering mosquito trapped in the house?  Doubtful.  Possible yet improbable, at best.  There are very few mosquito species that can successfully breed indoors in this climate.  Also, mosquitoes are not cryptic (or hiding, reclusive) insects. They rely on flight to escape their victims retribution and are attracted readily to light, so the idea of having an undiagnosed mosquito infestation in a modern dwelling is extremely unlikely.  A little more info on our local mosquitoes can be found here, courtesy of Rutgers University.

So now we’re down to the more serious pests, namely Fleas and Bed Bugs.  Both can be difficult to detect in the early stages of an infestation due to the insect’s individual biology and behavior.  It is a possibility to address, but one you need to take realistically. And I’d like to state, for the record: Mystery Bug Bites do not equal Infestation!!!

First and foremost, make sure its an actual insect bite, and not a form of contact dermatitis or some other other mechanical, non-insect related damage to the skin.  Pokes, pricks, splinted, ingrown hairs are all on the list. Some other causes are of a strictly dermatological nature: rashes, shingles, scabies and lice are all viable causes of skin irritation and can only be treated by a dermatologist, not a pest control operator.

Secondly, an actual insect bite does not mean you even got bit in your home.  One time exposure to a biting insect does not necessarily mean your home is harboring an active infestation.  Active infestations are denoted by the following issues.  Bites are recurring.  Bites will increase in number/frequency as the infestation continues and increases.  Biting insects of all kinds leave some kind of evidence as to their presence.  There are no “Invisible” bugs.  None.

Bed Bugs are a huge concern and rightfully so, hire an accredited inspection company for accurate results and peace of mind. Here’s my suggestion. Don’t work on guesses, work on facts.

Do not, repeat, do not, just “Spray Everything Anyway” or hire a company to do just that.  Non-targeted application of insecticides is one of the leading causes of dangerous chemical over-exposure in the home.  Just don’t do it.  Have a specimen or evidence of some kind in hand before beginning pest control procedures.  Try and think your way through the problem instead of relying on knee-jerk reactions or chasing one hypothesis after another without investigating each one thoroughly.

Inspections, monitoring, self education and the utilization of the appropriate professionals (Dermatologist, Pest Control Pro, Entomologist, Inspecting Canine and Handler, etc) are the safest way to handle this type of issue.

Best of luck to any of you that may find them selves in this situation.  Feel free to contact me here or through my office, advice is free and we’d love to help.  Sometimes the brightest part of my day is being the bearer of good news and telling people they DON’T have a bug problem…..

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