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Brett Madden

Bat Removal in New Jersey

Having bats around your home is not only extremely frightening but can have terrible effects on your health if not addressed immediately. It is quite common to see bats in your attic if you leave in New Jersey, but it is also quite common that you may not have had the time or bravado to get rid of bats. Bats can give you and your household a lot of headache. Not to worry, you can get rid of bats if you live in New Jersey with the help of a couple bat removal companies... In this article, we would be providing reliable information about bats and tips to removing bats from your home.  Bat removal in New Jersey  You can get the help of professionals to remove bats from your home if you do not want to do it yourself. Here are a few things you should know about bats:...
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Brett Madden

Termite Swarmers for Subterranean Termites

Termite Swarmers for Subterranean Termites  Termites cause damage yearly which runs into billions of dollars. They mainly feed on wood, but can also damage paper as well and insulation, books, and even filtration systems and swimming pool liners. These insects can destroy shrubs and living trees, but mostly are a secondary invader of plants which are already in decline. Buildings can become infested at any time and termites are of specific importance in buying or selling a property as a termite inspection and infestation report is typically a condition of the sale of a property. Aside from the monetary impact of the pests, thousands of termites entering inside an individual’s home can be an emotionally trying experience. Also, the thought of these termites silently eating up a person’s investment can be heartbreaking.  Subterranean termites specifically, are harmful pests, whose control should be best left to the professionals. Termites and management...
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Brett Madden

The Telltale Signs of a Termite Infestation

Termites are a house’s worst enemy. They come in through cracks in your home’s foundation and eat away at the wood. Although they’re small, they can cause thousands of dollars’ worth of damage to your home. It is important to keep your eye out for termite evidence or activity in your home so that you can get it taken care of right away, minimizing the damage. When homeowners do regular checks and inspections for termite activity, they protect their home and invest in the future of their house. Here are some signs of termite activity, which if spotted, should motivate homeowners to seek out professional aid.  If you begin to find dead insect wings in your basement or your foundation, there is a chance that termites are attempting to swarm, reproduce, and invade your house. Winged termites are perfect mating partners for ground termites, and the termites will use them...
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Types of Wood Destroying Insects

Insect infestation is quite common is, but they may not necessarily be harmful unless they are wood destroying insects. Wood destroying insects damage the home and even make it unsafe for habitation. The common cause of this activity may be excessive wood moisture levels. The moisture can be caused by plumbing leaks, roof leaks, and construction defects like wood-soil contact, unvented spaces, and attics. Generally, homes which have been built for long are more susceptible to infestation of wood destroying insects. However, any other house, whether old or new, is a candidate for infestation if they meet the conditions which invite wood destroying insects.   Below are the different types of wood destroying insects:  Termites   These insects are the most prevalent and also the most destructive of all wood- destroying insects. Termites are most common in warm environments, but can also be found in few localized areas as well. Termites, just...
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Brett Madden

Inspecting Your Home for Termites

It is normal to call an exterminator if you hear the sound of chewing in your walls or you discover a winged ant in your basement. Termites, after all, are destructive pests, and they are found in 49 of the 50 states in U. S with Alaska the only state that has been spared this scourge of termites. According to studies in the United States, termites cause about $50 billion damage to buildings every year.  Termites are scary as they can cause substantial damage to before an individual ever realizes he/she has a pest problem at home. Termites usually feed on wood from the inside out; that is why their presence is difficult to detect except if you know where to look and what to look for. Everything will appear sturdy and stable until your porch starts shifting to the left and collapses completely. Termites work at a relatively slowly...
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Damage Caused By Termites

Damage Caused By Termites Termites destroy wood and are capable of damaging a house’s structural timbers, including floor supports, posts, ceiling supports, wall studs, and subfloors. Termites can also damage other non-structural components such as paneling, drywall paperboard, furniture, and carpet. The most prevalent species to invade and damage houses in the United States are the drywood termites. Dampwood termites are unlikely to invade homes because of their high moisture requirements. The damage from termites may range from small superficial damage to significant structural damage which can cause floors or ceilings to collapse. And early detection of this termite infestations is necessary to minimize the cost of repairing termite damage and the risk of living in a damaged and unsafe home. Yearly inspections by a termite professional could help homeowners detect early signs of termite activity, some of which might not be readily visible or detected. Signs of Termite Damage...
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Brett Madden

How to Know You Have a Problem with Termites in Your Home

Termites are insects that can cause great devastation in the home. Many people have been affected by them, and learned the hard way.  What are Termites and How Can They Cause Damage in the Home?  You may have seen a termite or two on a hike in the forest or up in the mountain. They love burrowing in plants and woody areas. They are usually found underneath logs or plants that have rotted away. This will be their food source. However, many people don't realize that termites can also be found in the home as well as in the garden or the backyard. Once they have worked their way into these areas, it is difficult to get rid of them. Termites have a nasty habit of hiding in book cases, furniture as well as in the foundations. Many folk are not aware of what a termite looks like or the...
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Termites versus Flying Ants

Termites and flying ants are often confused for one another due to the fact that they both travel in swarms and have similar physical characteristics. It is important to recognize the differences, as depending on the pest, there are different methods of extermination. There are several important distinctions between ants and termites. In a panic, the two are often mistaken for each other, as they may congregate similarly and even look similar at a quick glance. However, there are many important differences. Termites tend to swarm in the beginning of spring, whereas flying ants are more sporadic with their swarming times. A good way to determine an insect’s species is to simply take look at the wings. The wings provide as a marker of individuality for species. Firstly, winged ants have a different body shape than termites. Firstly, termites generally have two straight antennas, wings that lay straight out, and...
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Brett Madden

Spring Approaching? So Are The Pests!

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Everyone is glad the long winter is ending. Packing away the woollies and heavy duvets, the blankets and boots and slowly reintroducing yourself, to your long-forgotten, pretty summer clothes. The swimming pool man comes in to give your pool a face-lift. The local nursery brings in a truckload of annuals and your whole garden is spruced up and looking festive. A great excuse to go shopping after putting on a few pounds eating all that warming food for five months. The shops are full of the spring fashions and Spring Sales and everyone is in a state of excitement! Everyone – including the pests that will be invading your homes for the next few months, making your lives miserable! They have been hibernating all winter, just like the bears. Their metabolism slowed down along with their reproductive systems and they are now emerging, hungry. They need to build new nests...
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When To Call Pest Control Services in New Jersey

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When pests start to take over your life, you will start to become very frustrated. This is not only unhygienic for the individual and the whole family, but it can lead to other complications, depending on the pest that you are dealing with. Some people take this into their own hands and this can mean that you have to spend a lot of money on your home. After you have sealed cracks and pipes around the house, you may still find the odd cockroach or rodent has crept in somewhere.  Rodents not only leave their germs behind, but they also have sharp claws and teeth. You will slowly find this out when your computer cables have started to be gnawed during the night. These pests also start to multiply when you are not aware of them, especially when you have a lot of boxes around or wood piles. Many people...
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The Importance of Pest Control for Educational Facilities

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While students and educators cannot always agree about most topics, there is one area where they are in concert: the importance of pest control for educational facilities. Unless students and teachers are able to enjoy an optimal learning environment, their performance will suffer over the long haul.  Common pests that are found in the school environment include rats, mice, roaches, bed bugs and head lice. Let's take a closer look at the dangers that are posed by the onset of pests in educational facilities.  Exposure When children are exposed to pests, they are in far more danger than their adult counterparts, due to their small size and the fact that they are still growing. A developing body is at great risk, which is why educational facilities must prioritize pest control and enlist professionals as often as possible. An educational facility should never make the mistake of assuming that pests aren't...
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The Importance and Process of Bed Bug Inspections

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Bed bugs can be some of the hardest creatures to find and are also one of the trickiest to permanently get rid of. If an infestation is not detected early on, bed bugs can end up destroying furniture and other areas of habitation to the point of no return. When moving in to a new home, or if you suspect that you may have bed bugs in your current home (or hotel room), it is important to get the home inspected to catch infestations in the early stages so they will be much easier to deal with. Find your Caine bed bug inspection service provider today and get the process started – it will end up saving you tons of stress in the long run!  What are Bed Bugs?  Bed bugs are small, flat, nocturnal insects. These insects grow to about the size of a small apple seed, and are...
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Everything You Need To Know About Fleas

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Fleas are external, parasitic wingless insects that can be very disturbing to anyone’s home. They attack both humans and animals. They possess mouth-parts that are structured for piecing the skin of their host and sucking its blood. Fleas can cause hazards in any home, even ones that are clean and have clean pets. The discomforts they cause to pets are very worrisome and can affect the health and overall well-being of the pets. Apart from that, flea infestation on your pets could also be dangerous to both the pets and your entire household. Research has shown that fleas are found in every continent. A flea-infested pet has certain symptoms it shows which you have to look out for.  One of the symptoms to look out for in your pet is severe itching. It is important to note that, some pets are more allergic to fleas that the others. Therefore, just...
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Effects of West Coast Weather Conditions on East Coast Pest Infestation

Countless numbers of pests migrate within and between states every year, and yet we do not know much about the immediate cause and real reasons that will explain these mass movements. Here, we suggest that perhaps the main reason for this migration is to outlive the freezing winters. By moving to warmer temperatures. We hope that as technology advances, tracking systems may enable the surveillance of pests and even give us a clear idea of why some move to the West Coast and others to the East coast. El Nino’s Effects  Are you looking forward to spending some time outdoors or opening your doors and windows to enjoy a warm breeze? You may get more than you bargained for because pest season is almost upon us. As temperatures rise throughout the United States in the midst of the effects of this last winter's El Nino -- pests will become even...
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Preventing the Over Wintering Pest

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When winter starts to creep in, you will begin to find a couple of annoying pests in the home. Some of these begin to enter the home simply because they need a little warmth and won't cause you a problem, while others will cause a huge amount of annoyance and frustration. Nobody wants things like crickets, millipedes and earwigs in their room, especially just before they go to bed. It can be hugely unhygienic and often a little frightening. Rodents can be even worse to know how to cope with.   You may even find that insects are hiding in little cracks and nooks without you being aware of it, and this can be even worse, because they can begin to breed and spread their germs. Things like mice and cockroaches will start to spread their way through the home, and you may notice droppings. In some cases, you may...
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The Signs That You May Have Pest Problems in Your Home

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What to Do If You Find Rodent Droppings in Your Home?

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When you find rodent droppings in your home, the experience can be very unnerving. Realizing that you have unwanted house guests that refuse to leave and are living with you in a manner that is undetectable can destroy a person's peace of mind and leave them wondering what steps can be taken to eradicate the issue. It is important for a homeowner to follow the correct management strategies for rodent droppings. Being able to monitor the situation and locate the parties responsible is all about adhering to the proper steps and enlisting a pest control professional when necessary. Those who are struggling with this common issue should read on to learn more. The first step? Knowing the Enemy  How do you know whether the droppings you've found belong to a rodent who is residing in your home? A rodent who has set up camp in your domicile will have droppings...
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Getting rid of insidious Mice Droppings once and for all.

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There is nothing more disgusting than knowing that mice are running around the various areas of your home depositing their thank you gifts for providing them sustenance. Thinking about mice using the quiet comfort of your home, condo, apartment and abode to go about their nightly routines can be unsettling. So what do you do to get rid of these pesky critters that will banish them and their droppings permanently? Mice are repelled and destroyed by a number of different substances ranging from chemicals used by exterminators to more natural alternatives that are disturbing to mice, but not so much to people and other animals. Whether you decide to go the poison route, or fight mice in more natural and less aggressive ways, that is your choice. Before you think about calling an exterminator, or running to the hardware store for quick fixes, the first thing you need to do...
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How to protect yourself from Insects that can be found in Firewood?

Every time we bring firewood into our home, we may also be bringing in some insect along with the firewood. There are so many insect (arthropods) that inhabit in firewood. The good news is that most of the insect are harmless insect, i.e. they don’t pose any danger to human, they feed directly from the woods or they are nesting in these woods.  The best way to avoid these insect from entering one’s home and causing a nuisance is to leave the firewood outside your home until you are ready to burn them or use them. Attempting to use insecticides or pesticides on these woods might not be effective as the insecticide would not get deeply into the wood to kill the insects. In fact, I strongly advise against the use of insecticide on woods you’d be using in your homes because by the time you burn these woods, it...
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Bed Bugs: What to Watch Out For

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Bed bugs are an insidious pest and they can make their way into your home whether you have invited them or not. But thanks to this helpful primer, you can safeguard yourself and your loved ones from their presence, by learning more about the different ways you can come into contact with them, what to look for and how to increase your overall awareness.   Knowing the Signs of a Bed Bug Problem  Everyone's heard of bed bugs, but they are typically hard pressed to tell you how their presence can be detected once they have arrived. That's why it is so important to know your enemy at all times. A bed bug is usually very small, but when they are allowed to live inside of your house for lengthy periods of time, they can grow until they have reached the size of an apple seed. Their coloration splits the...
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