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Brett Madden

How to Deal with Termite Damage

Termite and Rot Damage 670There are many insects that can cause a lot of damage in the home. Some of them carry diseases and can make small children ill. People find wildlife roaming around the garden as well. These animals are larger and can be dangerous as well. However, termites are considered to be the insect which can cause some of the worst damage, eating into the wood of your home. Damage Termite Cause to Wood The problem with termites in the home, is that they are very difficult to spot. Most people don’t realize that these insects are eating away at their wooden furniture or wooden ceilings until it is too late. Because they work in colonies, they do damage very quickly, and the structure of the home begins to deteriorate over a short space of time. This makes it unsafe, and often families have to move out of the home for an extended p......
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Top 4 Differences Between Termite Swarmers And Winged Ants

termitevswingedantAfter the cold winter months, a lot of homeowners find themselves suddenly swarmed with termites and winged ants. The unwelcome visitors take advantage of the warm weather to reproduce and multiply, making a nuisance of themselves. It’s not surprising that with so many shared similarities many people confuse termite swarmers and winged ants. To the untrained eye, they both look eerily similar. However, both pests do have distinct differences. It is worth knowing some of these differences so you know how to best arm yourself against these little critters. 1. Morphology • Termite swarmers Termite swarmer wings (also known as antennae) are straight, of equal length and both back and front wings can be of two colors either the wings are transparent or they are milky in color. The antennae also display several veins, a lot more than in winged ants. Termite antennae are also almost twice the size of the ins......
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Winged Ants

Ants are group of animals with one of the highest level of sociality among other animals. They are known to be able to solve complex tasks due to their ability to communicate with each other (pheromones, touch and sound), and the use of division of labor. These characteristics can be likened to human community. In the scientific classification of animal kingdom, ants belong to the Phylum-Arthropoda, Class-Insecta, Order-Hymenoptera, Superfamily-Vespoidea, and Family-Formicidae. Ants are able to survive in most part of the world due to their high level of social organization which makes it easy for them to protect themselves (biting and stinging), and compete favorably in the ecosystem. Ants vary in size ranging from 0.8mm-60mm long. They also have different colors though most are black. Thousands of different species of ants have been identified. The body of an ant is divided into head, thorax (mesosoma), and abdomen (metasoma) like other insects,......
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The Termite Trouble: How To Know When Your Home Is Infested

termites 4It is hard to find someone who would have something negative to say about the amazing springtime. The weather becomes warmer, snows start melting, and flowers start showing their first buds. Springtime brings with it a relaxed cheer and a long awaited break from the frigid cold of winter. Unfortunately, with the temperatures dropping, spring also heralds the unwanted debut of termite swarms. Termites have always been a nuisance to most homeowners. A massive swarm of termites can bring all sorts of structural damage to your home. Although the common belief is that termites only come out in spring, the truth is they can be active all year round. The only difference is that termite swarms are mostly visible around springtime. Most homeowners can live entirely unaware of the fact that their homes are infested with termites until they see a swarm or notice some structural damage while remodeling. As a......
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Various Types of Pests You Can Find in New Jersey

American Roach 2It can be frustrating to find creepy crawly insects in the home, either in the pantry or somewhere in the kitchen. New Jersey is renowned for various types of pests in the home. They are often difficult to get rid of. Not only will you come across them inside the home, but you may find insects as well as larger rodents and more dangerous animals outside of the home, which need to be dealt with. It is important to be aware of this, and make sure you take action as soon as this becomes a problem. Here are a couple of pests that you come across in New Jersey Carpet Beetles – These types of beetles can do a lot of damage they dig into the wool of your carpet. They begin to eat the material. They are small enough that you don’t notice them. Some of them are black and oth......
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Tips for Preparing for Springtime Pests

termites 4Now that the spring season is almost upon us, it is time to safeguard our homes and properties against the upcoming onslaught of springtime pests. While the days of digging out from the snow and bundling up every time we head outside are soon drawing to a close, springtime presents its own unique struggles. There are a wide range of pests looking to make their way into your home once the weather starts to warm up, so be sure to read on and learn more about the following tips that are designed to help you prepare for springtime pests and safeguard all of the most crucial areas of your residence. Check Your Roof As you might have imagined, the roof of the home does not always receive the proper attention and when homeowners begin to neglect their roofing, they are leaving themselves susceptible to any number of springtime pests. Damaged roof......
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Cheap and Efficient Ways of Pest Proofing Your Home

  Even though some people are scared of pests and bugs, others may be captivated by them. But we can all agree that insects do not belong in the home. They create unsanitary living conditions, and they're just plain annoying, from a buzz of a fly to an itchy bite of the mosquitoes. Bees, scorpions, and wasps can cause excruciating stings, while fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes can carry diseases and transport same to humans or even pets. Even the common cockroaches can be a primary contributor toward asthma attacks and allergies, particularly in children. Just like humans, pests need water, food, and shelter to survive. When you eliminate their food supply and get rid of their favorite hiding spots, you’ll reduce the risk that pests will start residing in your home. The best way to pets proof is to keep pests out entirely and to do this; you must seal up t......
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Common Pests That Are Associated With Firewood

There is nothing worse than heading outside into the yard or the shed thinking you are going to come across a couple of nice logs for the fire, only to find that they are infested with pests. This is more common than one thinks and it can be hugely frustrating. People try a number of things to prevent this from happening, only to find that the pests have reappeared.  The basic fact is that there are many pests that love feeding on wood. This especially happens in the cold winter months, when they need a place to hide and to find a little warmth. You won’t only find things like beetles and certain types of wasps and bees on the surface of the wood, but they have a nasty way of climbing inside of the wood. Beetles are commonly associated with firewood. They can survive a long time in the logs. B......
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What You Need To Know About Over Wintering Pests

There is always time in the year when overwintering insects are very determined to enter the home. These are pests people contend with especially when the weather changes. The significant overwintering pest threats include multicolored Asian ladybugs, boxelder bugs, western conifer seed bugs and cluster flies. The term “overwintering” is frequently used to indicate how insects or other animals spend their time over the winter. Also, it is commonly used to refer to the act of keeping or staying alive throughout winter. This has to do with the way animals spend the winter by taking up residence in a particular place. In a bid to protect themselves from the harsh winter elements, pests often end up in homes and other available structures during their search for shelter. These damaging organisms often go unnoticed when they enter homes to overwinter. However, they reveal larger problems when the remerge and become active.  Overwintering is ......
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Signs That You May Have a Pest Problem Developing

Maintaining your home or business can be difficult and even the most well-kept structure can experience pest problems and infestations that are challenging to deal with. These nuisances can cause severe torment if they are not handled in a timely manner and unless you are willing to take the proper steps, these minor problems can cause major damage over the long haul. Even those who maintain clean homes experience pest problems, but there are many who are blissfully unaware of the most common signs that they have a pest problem developing. The most well placed efforts can be for naught and by paying attention to the following warning signs, you will know exactly when you need to contact an exterminator. 1. Increased Chill in The Air For most of us, the winter chill is taken as a sign that we need to spend more time indoors and unfortunately, all the pests......
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Wildlife Removal Services Is a Phone Call Away

When animals start roaming around the neighborhood, it's time to call wild life removal services. They will catch invading squirrels, birds, foxes, and other animals before they become a problem for homeowners. A typical animal can live in the structure of the home. This includes the roof and space underneath the house. There are several signs that an animal is living in your home including noises and smells. If you see animals running around the yard at regular intervals, they may be nesting in the house. Another sign of wild life infestation is damaged plants, missing crops, damaged roofing or siding, and droppings. Here's a list of common animals that invade neighborhoods and the damage they cause to the house. Squirrel  Squirrels are cute, but they are considered medium-sized rodents. The squirrel family includes tree squirrels, chipmunks, flying squirrels, prairie dogs, and woodchucks (also known as marmots). Squirrels mate once or......
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Seasonal Pests: What You Need to Know About Them

A lot of people work for long hours on a daily basis with the hope of having a great holiday, but a few unwelcome guests can ruin the whole experience. Ensure that all your guests and family have a great holiday by following few of this tips to ensure that no pests ruin your holiday. Problems with Pests A couple of people out there believe that there are fewer pests in the colder months. While there is some truth to this belief, you should not forget that houses are generally warm and a welcoming abode for many invaders. Many of these pests constitute just a minor nuisance, but some can constitute serious health problems to humans. They can also cause serious structural damage to buildings and houses. Some holiday pests include: Cockroaches The spread of loose packed imported foods is the major cause of an influx of cockroaches in various homes.......
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Bed Bug Bites, What Are They?

Bed Bugs are small, blackish brown, oval insects that suck blood from humans or animals leaving bites in their wake. These insects are common in homes, hotels, and pretty much anywhere that you have upholstered furniture. They like to hide in cracks in furniture, especially wood furniture, but beds are their favorite hiding spot whether its mattresses, box springs, or bed frames. Bed bugs are nocturnal so they are more active at night, and this is when the bites can and will occur.  Identifying bed bug bites can be difficult if you don’t know what to look for or you’ve never had a run in with the little blood suckers. Sometimes it can take days for you to notice that something is off, and by then they’ve made themselves pretty comfortable in your home. Unlike mosquito bites, which can be anywhere and flea bites that happen more around the ankles, bed bug b......
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How to Spot and Prevent a Rodent Infestation

As the atmosphere gets cooler many homes are an easy target for rodent infestations. This vermin can cause a lot of damages to homes, contaminate your food and spread diseases. Homeowners find themselves year after year trying to bait and trap rodents of all sizes in a never ending cycle. Rodents are known to be sneaky and cunning, so they can make their way into your home despite your best efforts to keep them away. This usually happens because you might be relying on getting rid of a rat or mouse infestation, instead of preventing them. The good news is that they don't stay hidden for long. So if you ever notice any of the following signs in your home, know that you have those unwanted guests, get rid of them fast and protect against them for good. Look Out for Rodent Grease Marks Rodents can go through small entrances like......
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Common Winter Pests and Where to Find Them

People tend to stay inside more when it gets cold. Insect and animal invaders as well as bacteria also move inside during the winter months to escape the cold and find food. The types of winter pests that can prove to be a problem depend on where you live. A home or apartment owner needs to be observant about pest invaders as soon as the weather starts turning cold. The sooner that you find a pest and deal with it the less likely you are to sustain financial loss, damage to your home, and the potential for catching a disease. The home owner must look in every nook and cranny to be certain that the common winter pests have not taken up residence in the home. The majority of winter pests are small. Some winter pests are microscopic. The attic, paper stored in the attic, crawl spaces, kitchen cabinets, the bathrooms,......
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Bed Bugs and More…..

BED BUGS!!! Just the name of these little blood sucking parasites is enough to have me running down a hallway faster then I realized I could. Unfortunately, I have had the pleasure of sharing my life with bed bugs in a professional and personal setting. The smart sensible part of my brain has come to accept that bed bugs are a part of life; they are very common in any environment where travel and sleeping occur. The emotional irrational part of my brain causes me to itch the minute I hear the word. So yes, as I write this blog about my experience with bed bugs I am itching and scratching.  I have worked in hospitality for most of my professional career, and over 20 years ago although the cases I encountered with bed bugs were rare, it did occur but it was not a regular daily complaint from the guests......
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The Difference Between Rats and Mice

To the untrained eye, it might be hard to distinguish rats and mice when dealing with pests, as these can look like similar animals. These do, however, have quite a few differences that you can identify in order to know what you’re dealing with, and what to tell the pest control company when they’re rushing in to help you deal with the problem.  The first thing one can notice is that these two rodents look a little difference. They have physical differences, but we aren’t going to focus on these, as people might get a little freaked out whenever they see rodents in their house and, as such, they won’t really be trying to look for physical traits in the animals. We’re going to focus on their behavior, food choices, and other factors.  The main difference between rats and mice we need to count on is that they behave in very, very diff......
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How to Detect and Manage Firewood Pests

Most homeowners use fireplaces as supplementary heat supply which involves burning firewood. Pests (including insects and other arthropods) can be brought into a home through firewood as most of these creatures feed on and live in wood. This article addresses what to watch out for when trying to detect these pests and how to manage the situation.  How to Detect the Common Firewood Pests Firewood pests belong to two main groups namely those that feed actively on wood and those who infest wood for shelter only. Shelter Pests  Many insects seek shelter under loose bark or hollow trees during the winter period. Some of them include the different types of beetles, overwintering wasp and wood cockroaches. Spider egg sacks and moth cocoons are also part of them. These creatures become active after they warm up indoors. They can be discarded as they appear and cannot survive for long periods indoors. They......
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Rodents Getting Inside Commercial Buildings

Rodents such as rats and mice do indeed cause terrible and serious types of damage to commercial buildings if they gain access to these properties. They damage such facilities as warehouses, far and feed storage buildings, food processing buildings, manufacturing facilities, retail business, office complexes, hotels, public utility operations and more.  When buildings are in an urban area, rodents tend to cause more damage in buildings that are older and that are poorly maintained, needing serious repairs. Also, note that when there are plants, refuse, wood piles and food that are near locations where rats are already living, then the rats and mice tend to like to take over these areas as well. The truth is that there are many sorts of water, air and land transportations systems and their various respective infrastructures that also deal with serious problems regarding infestations by rodents. There seem to be concerns particularly regarding infestations......
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Signs That You May Have a Problem with Rodents

Although there are many creatures that fall under the general term "rodents," the rodents that usually concern us are common house mice and rats. Living quiet lives and not often seen by humans, mice and rats are very common, even in urban areas. It was once said that in Manhattan, New York, there was at least one rat for every human on the island. Although hungry rats can and do create a danger in the home by actually attacking infants and other defenseless creatures, they also create a great deal of damage in general to food supplies, as do mice.  Mice, in themselves, are cute little creatures and seeing one, it's easy to dismiss it as harmless. Many dislike having to kill any living creature. Most persons don't go out of their way to kill wild creatures outside the home, even common houseflies. But having pests inside the home is intolerable......
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