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Brett Madden

Subterranean Termite Pre-Treatments

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Subterranean Termite Pre-Treatments When laying down a foundation for a new home or structure, termites are always an issue. It's always best to perform a pre-treatment before the project is fully under way. There are several layers or steps involved in the process as well as two types of subterranean termite pre-treatment that we will be looking at today. Initially, it is better to treat the soil under where a structure is to be built in order to prevent as much of an infestation as possible. A chemical barrier is formed within the soil to deter pests early. Typically this is done by a professional, as the equipment needed tends to be rather heavy-duty (Up to 100-gallon tanks, roller pumps, treating tools, etc.). Homeowners are normally not suggested to attempt the treatment themselves. You should always make the professional performing the pre-treatment is properly licensed. This is a process performed...
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Smokey Brown Roaches and Pennsylvania Wood Roaches

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Smokey Brown Roaches and Pennsylvania Wood Roaches The smokey brown roach is a roach species that is primarily found in the southeast region of the United States, mainly in eastern and central Texas. However, they can be located in northern states, such as North Carolina and in the Midwest, in Indiana or Illinois. Named smokey brown because of its brown and black coloring, an adult smokey brown roach can reach lengths as long as 33 millimeters. Pennsylvania wood roaches are a common roach species that are mostly found in the central and eastern regions of North America. Male Pennsylvania wood roaches have a distinct dark brown coloring, while their thorax and wings have a yellow coloring around their margins. Adult males can grow anywhere from 0.6 inches long to almost a full inch. Females tend to be shorter, growing from 0.5 to 0.7 inches. About Smokey Brown Roaches and Pennsylvania...
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Mosquitos - What They Are and How to Prevent Them

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Mosquitoes They're a common insect that has the ability to keep people indoors and for others to avoid getting out of the house altogether: mosquitoes. In this article, you'll learn how exactly they live, how they interact, and what you can do to prevent their bites, and even their presence, for good. Commonly recognized as one of the most nuisances of any insect, Mosquitoes is a blood-sucking pest that many have encountered and unfortunately live with.  Mosquitoes are a member of the nematocerid flies known as the Culicidae. Mosquitoes closely resemble crane flies and chironomid flies. Because of this, casual observers are hardly able to distinguish the difference. Female mosquitoes are the blood-sucking pests we're all familiar with. However, most species of mosquito don't even feed on blood. Furthermore, there are mosquitoes that do not transmit diseases, nor are they responsible for transmitting the same diseases. And, despite what we...
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Brett Madden

Using Heat to Treat For Bed Bugs

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Using Heat to Treat For Bed Bugs Bed bugs can be extremely frustrating and difficult to eliminate. Once one item gets infested, your entire house is at risk. Killing the adult bed bugs isn't enough to guarantee that your house is bed bug free. You will also need to destroy any eggs laid by the bed bugs. The problem can become so severe that you will need a professional exterminator. If you notice the first bed bugs soon enough, though, you may be able to eliminate the infestation by yourself. First, make sure that the insects you are dealing with are actually bed bugs. Other insects, such as fleas and ticks, look similar to bed bugs, but they present different risks and may need different cleaning methods. Once you are certain that you have a bed bug infestation, try to determine how much it has spread. If the bed bugs...
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The Eternal Pest: Bed Bugs

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Although many people have experienced Bed Bugs at hotels or other temporary accommodation, Bed Bug infestations in the home are becoming more and more common. Bed Bugs, tiny oval-shaped insects that live on blood sucked from people or pets, can be found anywhere in the home, not just beds; they can be found in furniture, rugs or curtains as well. They are nocturnal creatures and often bite at night, targeting any available area of skin-usually the face, neck, hands and arms. Initially, the bite is not noticeable; later, small welts on the skin may appear and lead to redness, swelling and itching. Because of these symptoms, Bed Bug bites are often mistaken for a mosquito bite, a rash or allergy-related reaction; standard rash or allergy treatments, however, do not work; usually no treatment is necessary for Bed Bug bites. If the itching becomes difficult to bear, steroid creams or antihistamines,...
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Brett Madden

Ticks

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Ticks Most ticks belong to the Ixodidae family, but they vary in color and size by species. Adult ticks range in size from smaller than a sunflower seed to over one centimeter long when engorged with blood.  The larvae of a tick can be less than one millimeter in length.  Ticks are often found in highly vegetated or wooded areas.  Some species require moisture to survive.  Males and females of most tick species feed on the blood of birds, mammals, and reptiles.  A tick’s lifecycle has four stages: an egg, a larval, a nymphal and an adult.  During their larval stage, ticks only have six legs.  Once they reach the nymphal and adult stages, the tick has eight legs.  Ticks consume blood for nourishment during all stages of their lifecycle.  A tick can carry pathogens—which cause diseases in other animals—throughout the stages of its lifecycle. Common problem ticks in the...
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Some Information about Little Brown Bats.

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Some Information about Little Brown Bats What little brown bats look like is they have a dark color, almost black on their backs and upper half of their bodies. They have small ears, their weight isn't very heavy. They are estimated at no more than half ounces which is pretty light. The little brown bats are able to live up to seven years. The things that eat them and they have to watch out for are birds and snakes. Young bats if they fall to the ground are caught by these predators. The way they've been dying off lately is purely accidental. Mostly they are killed off by flooding during the time they hibernate, causing them to drown. Little brown bats hibernate in dark places like caves or used mines. Seems like any dark place they'll hibernate in. They will hibernate up to six months. Half the year, this is...
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The Cockroach

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The Cockroach One of the most common of indoor pests is the cockroach.  There are several different species of cockroaches, including the American Cockroach (Periplaneta Americana), the Brown-Banded cockroach (Supella Longipalpa), the German cockroach (Blattella Germanica), and the Oriental Cockroach (Blatta Orientalis). Cockroaches have been known to reach lengths of over 50 cm, with those found in tropical climates tending to be the largest.  Most adults are variations of a tan or light brown color, while the young are darker, often appearing almost black.  Cockroaches are all equipped with two antennae and six legs, while some also have wings.  Male and female American winged cockroaches can fly; however, German winged cockroaches prefer to run as they cannot fly particularly well. Where Are They Found? Cockroaches are often found in the kitchen (no doubt looking for food) or near deposits of waste (also looking for food).  Cockroach infestations can also occur...
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How Bad Ticks & Lyme Disease Are Going To Be This Season

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How Bad Ticks & Lyme Disease Are Going To Be This Season First of all, what is Lyme disease? Lyme disease is an inflammatory disease, starting with a rash, and then moving on to headaches, fevers and chills. Lyme disease can also be followed by arthritis and even neurological issues and cardiac disorders. All of this is caused by ticks and be a horrid disease to be diagnosed with. The name “Lyme” actually derives from the towns of Lyme and Old Lyme, located in Connecticut. This is where several cases of diseases had been identified during the year 1975. The Significance of Ticks in relation to Lyme disease It should be noted that not all ticks carry the bacterium that transmits Lyme disease and their bite doesn't necessarily mean the development of the disease. Usually, the Deer tick (an infected one, of course) would be the insect that would most...
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About Mosquitoes

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Information About Mosquitoes Appearance and Behavior Belonging to the same group as flies (Diptera), mosquitoes have one pair of wings in addition to a prominent appendage protruding from their heads which used for feeding, and long, thin legs.  This prominent appendage is what separates mosquitoes from flies, and mosquitoes are usually larger on average.  Adult mosquitoes range in size from three to nine millimeters and have wings and bodies covered in miniature scales. Mosquito adults, both male and female, feed primarily on flower nectar.  The adult mosquito is mostly nocturnal, but will become active in shady, dark areas, or during days with significant cloud cover.  Sunshine can cause the mosquito to become desiccated and perish, which is why mosquitoes are not active during sunny periods of the day. Reproduction and Development Males locate females for mating using its feathery antennae.  Only female adult mosquitoes engage in the notorious behavior of...
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Types of Ant That Can Invade Your Home

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  Types of Ants Meet the Odorous House Ant If you want to know how Odorous House Ants earned their unfortunate name, simply crush a few and your nose will provide the answer.  This type of ant comes in various shades of brown, with worker ants of this type reaching approximately one-tenth of an inch in length.  The odorous ant is particularly fond of sweets, especially honeydew melon.  They also will dine on other insects.  If it cannot satisfy its sweet tooth outdoors, the Odorous House Ant will move indoors in search of sweets, meats, and other foods. Odorous House Ants will nest indoors or outdoors, depended on where an opportunity presents itself.  Odorous House Ants can nest indoors beneath floors, near heaters, behind water pipes, under carpets, in wall crevices, and even behind paneling.  Odorous House Ants like to build shallow nests in logs, mulch, and debris, under rocks,...
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How Bad Are Mosquitoes Going To Be This Season & What You Can Do About It

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General Overview of Mosquitoes It seems as if the sunny season has just begun, however, like many people, you have likely encountered one of the most frequent and devastating scourges of summer. Specifically, the mosquito is coming. Just like a lot of other bugs, mosquitoes have made any early entrance out upon the scene after a light winter and a wet and rain soaked spring. This coming summer could be one of the worst yet for mosquitoes, so says the NPMA (National Pest Management Association). So have your mosquito repellent at the ready. Worldwide, the disease borne by these summery pests kills more individuals than anything else on the planet. Elevating them from the status of an annoying pest to a deadly force of nature, so do not underestimate them. One of the main factors that leads to death from mosquito bite is malaria. Mosquitoes however are carriers for more...
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It's Stink Bug Season, Here's What You Need to Know

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Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs Stink bugs are pests characterized by a shield-like shape, straight antennae, and piercing, sucking mouthparts.  These bugs mostly eat fruits, vegetables, and other plant matter, although they can occasionally be predatory.  One of the most frequently encountered of this order of pest is the Halyomorpha halys, or brown marmorated stink bug.  While first recognized as an agricultural pest in China, Japan, and Korea, this Asian stink bug can now be found across the United States. An adult brown marmorated stink bug can be anywhere from 12 to 17 millimeters long.   As is common with stink bugs, the brown marmorated stink bug has a body which is nearly as wide as it is long.  As its name implies, an adult of this species has a mottled brown color, with lighter bands on its antennae and dark bands on its front wings. A nymph, or immature stink...
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Meet the Carpenter Ant

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One of the largest types of household ants in the Northeast is the carpenter ant.   Several species can be found infesting buildings and homes.  The worker ants are typically red or black.  Worker ants can be anywhere from three-eighths to one-half inch long, while the winged queen ants can be up to 1 inch in length.  However, sizes of workers and queens can vary; therefore, size alone is not a good identifier.  Unlike other types of ants, carpenter ants have one node on their waist, and their thorax has an upper surface which is evenly rounded.  Proteins such as meat and sugars such as syrup are all desirable sources of food for carpenter ants.  While they can cause damage by creating tunnels in wood, they do not actually eat it. Most often, the detectable signs of an infestation are the carpenter ant workers and swarmers (winged ants) themselves.  Carpenter...
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What You Need to Know About Bed Bugs

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What is a Bed Bug? Climex lectularius L. , commonly known as bed bugs , are flat, oval, reddish-brown insects about the size of an apple seed (up to four to five mm long).  “Bed Bug” is spelled out as two words, not one.  A member of the Cimicidae family, these nocturnal, wingless insects bugs are also known as “chinches,” “mahogany flats,” and “red coats.”  Found throughout the world and having existing since ancient times, the common bed bug can readily adapt to the human environment.  A bed bug’s diet consists only of blood.  They appear reddish and swollen immediately after consuming a blood meal.  Bed bugs have been known to survive as long as a full year in cool conditions without eating. Bed bugs can be found behind baseboards, in electrical outlet plates, in furniture, in the seams of mattresses, and even in picture frames.  They often travel from...
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A Bee's Life

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A member of the scientific order Hymenoptera, bees are winged insects found throughout the world. With more than 20,000 recorded bee species, bees range in size from less than 2 mm to 3.9 cm long.  The coloring of a bee is usually either black or brown with yellow, red, or lustrous blue stripes.  Bees can be solitary or social depending on the species.   There are three castes in a bee colony: male drones, infertile female worker bees, and the queen bee.  The queen bee will mate and lay eggs during her entire lifespan.  The lifespan for honey bee queens is up to five years, but most queens will only live two to three years.  The sole task of a male drone is to fertilize the queen; once accomplished, the male drone will die.  Female worker bees, on the other hand, perform several important tasks necessary for the colony’s survival....
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Termites on the East Coast: A Layman's Guide to Termites

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Termites on the East Coast: A Layman's Guide to Eastern Termites By far, the most common species of termite throughout the whole of North America, specifically on the Eastern Coast, is the eastern subterranean termite (Reticulitermes flavipes). Most commonly classified as a pest the eastern subterranean termite often invade the wooden apparatuses within homes most exposed to soil. They make up roughly 80 percent of the $2.2 billion spent annually on termite control alone and remain a problem because they feed on wood cellulose, destabilizing foundations and often going unnoticed for extended periods of time. Of course they aren't the only type of termite to be found on the eastern coast, all three of the most common, North American termites, the formosan, the subterranean and the drywood termite, respectively, can all be found, at some point, along the eastern coast, specifically in Florida which is very heavily populated by all...
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Strength in Numbers: Meet the Termite

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What have been around since dinosaurs roamed the Earth, are harmless when considered individually, but as a species cause approximately five billion U.S. dollars in property damage every year?  If you guessed termites, then you are correct.  An individual termite is practically harmless, but together with their extended family (which can number anywhere from a few hundred to thousands) termites can eat the value right out of your home.  Literally!   Termites may be small in size, but this species (which weighs more collectively than the entire human race) can infest your home and multiply so fast they make rabbits look like Shakers.  In the blink of an eye, your home can go from infested to condemned if the infestation is not caught early and eliminated. Termites Eat Wood, and They Don’t Ask First Cellulose, especially the cellulose found in wood, is a termite's primary and most available food source.  ...
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Safe Measures for Residential Pest Control in Monmouth County

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If you have encountered bed bugs or some other pest in your home, the primary concern may be you and your family’s safety. However, you may want to consider your options when considering the best way to get rid of the pest issues. Here at Alliance Pest Services, we provide  naturally-based residential pest control in Monmouth County . Our customers’ well-being comes first, and you can be rest assured we will do what is right for you. With the unique location of Monmouth County area, we use only the most up-to-date methods on providing pest control for your home. Our services include insect control, ant control, winged ants, termite control, bat removal, bed bug control, and wildlife removal among others. How Do We Stand Out From the rest? When you call us for residential pest control in Monmouth County, you will not only get quality services, but an assurance that...
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We Offer the Most Comprehensive Pest Control Services in Ocean County

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When pests invade your home, it can be a major headache that’s hard to get rid of. There are ways you can get rid of them yourself, but they can be time consuming and take a long time to work. Hiring a pest control company can save you all the time and hassle of doing it yourself. If you’re looking for the  best pest control services in Ocean County , look no further than Alliance Pest Services. We offer the most comprehensive line of pest control services in Ocean County, which includes termite control, pest control from bats to stink bugs and wildlife, as well as bed bug treatments, and a variety of other services ranging from gutter cleaning and installation to structural termite damage repairs and chimney capping services. One of the Best When it comes to pest control services in Ocean County, we are a one-stop-shop for all...
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