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Brett Madden

Why Bed Bug Exterminator Ocean County is for You

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Many  people don’t realize how vital sleep is to their well-being – even though we hear about it constantly from health experts who hail a good night's sleep as if it's the Holy Grail. But none of us appreciate how important sleep actually is until we are faced with a situation where we can't get any at all. Only then – after putting our pants on backwards in the morning, chugging endless cups of coffee, and then mindlessly spilling one of them on a coworker – do we truly understand the effect that a lack of sleep can have on our daily lives. So what does all this sleep talk have to do with bed bug exterminators in Ocean County? Well, let’s start at the beginning first. The reason sleep is vital is because while we are sleeping, we go through different cycles that refresh and revitalize our brain and...
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Ticks

While many of us are familiar with pests such as ants and bees, many people do not know much about ticks. These pests, however, can present potentially fatal situations for pets and humans. What are Ticks? Ticks are small insects that survive by feeding off the blood of mammals, including humans. There are three families of ticks, consisting of more than 900 species. Based on fossil research, scientists believe ticks have been on the planet for more than 146 million years. Though ticks can be found around the world, they tend to favor warm and humid climates. This does not, however, mean that these pests are only found in the Caribbean. Instead, they will become active anywhere during the hot summer months. Ticks feed by piercing the skin and sucking blood. Because of this, ticks are breeding grounds for disease. Ticks & Disease Ticks survive by sucking blood from mammals....
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Termites: Detection & Prevention

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Many homeowners will recognize termites as the pests that can threaten the security of what is likely their biggest investment. Termites have been known to cause thousands of dollars in damages. In some cases, if an infestation is not detected and treated early on, the structural damage caused by termites may force a home or business to be condemned. Characteristics Termites live in colonies with a hierarchical system that divides the mass into several different ‘categories,’ including soldiers, workers and other categories. There are an estimated 4,000 species of termites. An adult queen is capable of laying up to 30,000 eggs a day. Habitat & Diet Termites live in various habitats throughout the world. They survive on cellulose in various forms. Along with wood, termites eat dead plant materials, soil, animal dung and other food sources. These pests can and will eat 24 hours a day, seven days a week,...
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Termites in New Jersey

You may have heard jokes about termites, but these pests are no laughing matter. In fact, a potential termite infestationshould be a serious concern. Alliance Pest Control can help you  eradicate termites from your home , and prevent them from causing further damage. What Are Termites? Termites (known as “white ants” in some parts of the world) are invasive insects that feed on dead plant material. They survive because of cellulose, which is a material commonly found in most plant fibers. Though termites have been known to eat leaves, soil, animal dung, and other materials, they usually feed on wood — regardless of whether it has been treated or not. Like ants, termites live in colonies that can number from a few hundred to several million insects. A 1968 study suggested that termites like rock n’ roll music, though it was later determined that the insects were actually responding to the...
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Stink Bugs in New Jersey

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Stink bugs have been referred to by some as “the new bed bugs,” most likely referring to a recent upswing in documented infestations in the United States. Alliance Pest Control can help you prevent these pests from entering your home or garden, as well as remove them, if an infestation has occurred. What Are Stink Bugs? Stink bugs  are insects in the Pentatomidae family, and are native to Asia, specifically China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. These pests were introduced into the United States around 1998. A season-long agricultural pest, stink bugs are less than an inch long and nearly as wide. Their backs resemble a shield, which is why they are often also referred to as “shield bugs.” So-named because of the odor they emit (some say it smells like cilantro), stink bugs use pungent scent as a defense mechanism to ward off birds, lizards and other predators. Stink bugs...
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Roaches in New Jersey

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Cockroaches are not only a nuisance and eye sore in your home, they are also disease-ridden insects that can cause serious health complications to you and your family. Alliance Pest Control can help you prevent these pests from entering your home, as well as remove them, if an infestation has occurred. What Are Roaches? There are more than 4,500 species of roachesin the world, of which about 30 are known to live among humans. Some of the more commonly recognized types of roaches include: ·         American cockroach ·         German cockroach ·         Asian cockroach ·         Oriental cockroach ·         and more These pests are very adaptable, but prefer warm dark areas, mostly in or around buildings. If you have ever encountered a roach, you may have noticed that they do not like light, and will typically run away in search of a dark area. Most cockroaches are about the size of an adult human thumbnail, but many...
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Pest Control in Monmouth County, New Jersey

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Many of us don’t think about pest control until it’s too late. While it is true that qualified experts are adept at ridding your home from unwanted pests, they can also assist you in pest prevention, ensuring that your family and pets will not be exposed to potentially hazardous pests. What is Pest Control? Pest control refers to the elimination of anything that can be determined to be a detriment or inconvenience to people’s lives, including nature and the economy. As long as there have been pests, there has been pest control! In agriculture, the practices is widely used to protect crops from being eaten by bugs. Today, there are many forms of pest control that are widely-used, including: ·         biological pest control ·         mechanical pest control ·         breeding ground elimination ·         bait poison ·         controlled burns ·         traps ·         pesticides ·         fumigation ·         and more Monmouth County, New Jersey Monmouth County, New Jersey is considered part of the New York...
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Pest Control in Ocean County, New Jersey

Many of us don’t think about pest control until it’s too late. While it is true that qualified experts are adept at ridding your home from unwanted pests, they can also assist you in pest prevention, ensuring that your family and pets will not be exposed to potentially hazardous pests. What is Pest Control? Pest control refers to the elimination of anything that can be determined to be a detriment or inconvenience to people’s lives, including nature and the economy. As long as there have been pests, there has been pest control! In agriculture, the practices is widely used to protect crops from being eaten by bugs. Today, there are many forms of pest control that are widely-used, including: ·         biological pest control ·         mechanical pest control ·         breeding ground elimination ·         bait poison ·         controlled burns ·         traps ·         pesticides ·         fumigation ·         and more Ocean County, New Jersey Ocean County, New Jersey sits along the Jersey Shore. It is...
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What to look for when unidentifiable noises are heard in your property.

Have you ever sat in a quiet room and suddenly heard a strange tapping or scratching noise?  Your first instinct is that there is an animal or insect creeping through the crevices of the walls, so you call someone to investigate.  The inspector arrives and searches the attic, the basement and around the outside of the house trying to find a potential entry point for any type of critter that might match the sound you have described.  After searching for thirty minutes or so, the inspector can find no evidence of any kind of wildlife invasion. You insist you are not crazy.  It’s ok, we believe you!  Here are a few potential sources for things that go bump in the night…or scratch in the day: Trees:   Sometimes a scratching sound from above is nothing more than a tree branch scraping against the roof, siding or gutters.  We recommend keeping...
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Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes have become as much a part of summer as backyard barbecues and days at the beach. Unfortunately, these pests are often more than annoying — they can transmit potentially deadly diseases. There are ways to keep your family comfortable and safe from mosquitoes this summer. What are Mosquitoes? Viewed by most people as ‘nuisance pests,’ mosquitoes feed on blood from mammals, including humans. They are found in many areas of the world, with more than 3,500 documented species. Some scientists say complete elimination of all mosquitoes from the planet would not have much of an ecological impact. Though mosquito larvae are a favorite food of fish (and other aquatic animals), as well as birds, bats, dragonflies and spiders, they are not a primary food source. Mosquitoes usually live and thrive in stagnant (sometimes called ‘standing’) water, but have also been known to frequent marshy and muddy areas. The potential...
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Mold Prevention in New Jersey

Mold is a serious concern for many New Jersey families. If untreated, mold can cause severe respiratory troubles for humans and pets, and can even lead to death in extreme cases. What is Mold? Mold is a fungal growth that can attach itself to most any surface. It is actually an essential element in the natural environment, helping to break down dead leaves and other organic materials. Once inside, however, mold spores — which are typically invisible to the naked eye — can wreak havoc on your home and family members. Inside a home, mold is typically found in damp and dark areas, such as the bathroom, kitchen, storage areas, the basement and areas with poor ventilation. Health Complications Many people who have come into contact with mold believe they are “just sick,” or experiencing stress-related symptoms. These people may experience watery and itchy eyes, rash, chronic cough, sinus trouble,...
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Mold & Homes

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Mold is a serious and dangerous health concern that has plagued thousands of homeowners, particularly following the so-called “superstorm,” Hurricane Sandy. Hurricane Sandy devastated a large portion of the Northeastern U.S. in October 2012. The Category One storm was the largest Atlantic hurricane on record. In the end, the losses from storm damage were close to $74 billion. More than 250 people were killed in the storm. Many of those who were spared were then faced with the very real threat of black  mold  in their flooded-out homes. In the weeks immediately following the storm, many homeowners reported breathing problems and other health hazards. Since mold is often invisible, these residents were often not aware of the health dangers until their conditions deteriorated. There are variety of visible mold, which can be washed away using a bleach and water mixture. This is a method that many victims of Hurricane Sandy...
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Flies

Most of us have had numerous encounters with flies — swatting them away from food at an outdoor barbecue, or trying to keep them out of our faces when we are on a nature walk. What are Flies? There are many types of flies in existence. Depending on the species, they can live from eight days to up to a year. There are more than 160,000 species of flies located worldwide. Female flies can lay more than one million eggs at a time. Flies are notorious for carrying diseases, and can spread salmonella, E. coli and other potentially deadly pathogens. They have been known to contribute in the contraction of many diseases in humans and pets, including: typhoid fever cholera hepatitis meningitis dysentery and more Because flies are full of bacteria, if they are able to land on an eating utensil for even a moment, they can cause illness such...
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Carpenter Bees: Detection & Prevention

Carpenter bees are large be es that can be found throughout the world. It is estimated there are more than 500 species of carpenter bees. These pests get their name because of their tendency to build nests in burrows of dead wood or structural materials. Characteristics Because they also pollinate flowers, carpenter bees are sometimes confused with bumblebees. While they are similar in size and color, carpenter bees have a shiny belly. Males are not able to sting. Females will typically sting only when provoked. Unlike termites, carpenter bees do not eat wood, but rather create tunnels through wood structures to build nests. Even so, these pest tend to return to the same area year after year, which means over time your home can become susceptible to hundreds of small holes. That can add up to major structural damage, or an ‘accident waiting to happen.’ Bees flying around homes are...
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Carpenter Ants: Detection & Prevention

Carpenter ants are found throughout the world. So named because of their tendency to ‘carve out’ wooden structures, these pests seek out dead, damp wood where they can build nests. Carpenter ants are similar to termites in their ability to cause massive damage to homes and businesses in a short amount of time. Characteristics Carpenter ants can live both in and outside, favoring moist, decaying or hollow wood. They are most frequently found under windows, in crevices of the roof, on decks and porches and other areas that are susceptible to moisture. These pests leave a sawdust-like material in their wake. Carpenter ants vary in size, from two to 20 millimeters in length. Colors also vary from dark black to red, brown, yellow, orange, tan and other variations. Most carpenters ants are black, or red and black. These pests build two types of nest: parent and satellite colonies. Parent colonies...
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Bed Bugs in New Jersey

You may have heard jokes about bed bugs, but they are no laughing matter. In fact, a potential bed bug infestation  should  be a serious concern. Alliance Pest Control can help you prevent these pests from entering your home, as well as remove them, if an infestation has occurred. What Are Bed Bugs? Bed bugs are parasites that are fueled by blood. This means they will actively seek out sources of fresh blood, including from pets and humans. They have a light brown or reddish-brown color, with a flat, oval-shaped back, and front (not hind) wings. They can survive in temperatures ranging from 14°-60° (Fahrenheit). How Do Bed Bugs Feed? These pests are mainly active at night, and thrive in warm, dark areas. They typically congregate near furniture, or under bedding (sheets, comforters, etc.). Humans and pets will usually be unaware they have been bitten by bed bugs until it is...
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Bed Bugs in Hotels & Motels

Not much can ruin a family vacation faster than a bed bug infestation. The bite from these pests can produce itchy, uncomfortable welts that can last for weeks. Don’t let bed bugs be one of the souvenirs you bring back from vacation! What Are Bed Bugs? Bed bugs are parasites that are fueled by blood. This means they will actively seek out sources of fresh blood, including from pets and humans. They have a light brown or reddish-brown color, with a flat, oval-shaped back, and front (not hind) wings. They can survive in temperatures ranging from 14°-60° (Fahrenheit). How to Detect Bed Bugs in Hotels Vacations are meant to be a time of fun and relaxation. It is important, however, not to let your guard down toward potential safety concerns, particularly when you first enter your hotel room. Many of us are used to checking where the nearest exit is, and...
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Bed Bugs… Getting rid of them once and for all!

Bed bugs are a real problem in parts of America like in the New Jersey and other parts of Philadelphia and thus people are trying to get rid of bed bug problems. Alliance Pest Services provides the solution for the removal and  prevention of bed bugs  from home and your business.  Our bed bug control and monitoring services are available in the entire state of New Jersey and parts of Pennsylvania.  Including Atlantic County, Bergen County, Burlington County, Camden County, Cape May County, Cumberland County, Essex County, Gloucester County, Hudson County, Hunterdon County, Mercer County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Morris County, Ocean County, Passaic County, Salem County, Somerset County, Sussex County, Union County and Warren County) as well as Pennsylvania (Philadelphia).    Our existing and new clients can easily contact us through our newly designed website.  Either for residential bed bug problems or commercial bed bug problems.  The website contains...
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Exterminators in Ocean County to the Rescue

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As the summer months approach,  exterminators in Ocean County  have a hefty task. The temperature grows warmer and the pests come to life, invading the comfortable living and working quarters of innocent residents. The thought of sleeping with a spider hanging over head or a mosquito buzzing in one’s ear is enough to make anyone’s skin crawl. Not to mention the health and safety risks that come along with the foreign invaders who can sometimes carry diseases or pose a threat to those who are allergic to certain insect bites/stings. When the pests come knocking, the solution is simple: contact the experts.  If you’re looking for exterminators in Ocean County, Alliance Pest Services has the experience and the ability to manage a number of different pest infestations within residential areas, such as: bats, carpenter ants, mosquitoes, cockroaches, stinging insects, ticks, birds, carpenter bees, rodents, stink bugs, wild life, and other...
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Busy season for NJ pest control businesses

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  It’s that time again. The birds are singing the sweet song of summer, bugs are attaching themselves to the budding leaves of residents’ freshly planted flowers, and  NJ pest control  businesses are gearing up for another busy season. As soon as the warm weather hits, annoying invaders wake up from their long winter hibernation. It’s hard to enjoy the outdoors, and even the indoors, when you’re constantly being peppered with itchy bites and creepy crawlers. That’s why it is important to contact an exterminator immediately if you believe you have an infestation so you can get back to enjoying your summer.  The most common pests that NJ pest control businesses have to deal with are ants, flies, cockroaches, rodents, food pests, termites, stinging insects, bed bugs, wildlife, and spiders. These pests can be found in homes, businesses and the surrounding areas of such structures, and can cause significant risk...
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