Have you ever been sitting outside or even in your home and happened across a big scary, hairy spider!? You may have been witness to a wolf spider. Spiders are at the top of the list concerning pests that people have a fear of. There are many species of spiders and although there are some that are venomous, many of them are a natural pest control service. The main source of food for many spiders are insects and other pests that happen across their their web or other traps. That means that spiders should not be feared so much … but their quick movement and eight eyes sparkling in the light just make them unnerving. One of the spiders that tend to be feared quite a bit is called the wolf spider. The wolf spider is thought to look very similar to a tarantula although they are not the same.
What Does A Wolf Spider Look Like: The wolf spider is a spider that is feared for their look and size. They are hairy and have thick legs and fangs. They often reach about one and a half inches in length and have shorter legs than spiders that tend to build webs. They are hairy and that is why many people think they might be looking at a tarantula. The problem is that they have the characteristics that other spiders have which are they eight legs and two segmented body. They also have fangs that are sometimes visible if the spider is large enough. They are often found in grey, brown and tan coloring and are not opposed to coming indoors.
Where Do Wolf Spiders Live: The wolf spider will live in just about any type of habitat. They are found in all kinds of areas and commonly invade homes. The interesting thing about wolf spiders is that they do not spin webs to live in or hunt for prey. They live in a burrow in the ground. They will use the burrow to live and can cover it with pebbles or sticks to block the weather. They also are very crafty and can build dams to keep flood water out of the burrow. This is where they hunt from as well.
Wolf Spider Reproduction & Babies: This is one thing that makes wolf spiders a problem for many people. If you see a mother out in the open and you happen to look close enough you may see the eyes of all her young as well. Wolf spider mothers hatch their egg sac and all the new spiderlings will cover her body and hitch a ride. When you go to smash one you may have a hoard of babies on the run.
If you want to keep spiders including wolf spiders from getting in your home you want to hire a professional pest control company that can keep your home treated for all kinds of pests. Merlin’s Pest Control offers services to meet all your pest control needs.
Mosquitoes are somewhat of a hot topic due to the expanse of diseases they carry that can be transmitted to a person. The disease of most concern currently is the Zika Virus. Although this is not a new disease it has only just started to show up in mosquitoes in the United States in the last year. The problem with mosquitoes is that most people don’t know much about them and when they they are most active. Odds are that mosquitoes are a problem much longer than you might realize and they don’t stay depending on what month it is. They thrive off the weather and that means that a hotter summer or a colder winter can have an impact on the amount of mosquitoes you will encounter.
When Does Mosquito Season Begin?: There are really several ways that mosquitoes emerge. One is from the mosquitoes that hibernated in the winter and the other is from the eggs that were laid the spring prior to winter setting in the year before. Some people are under that impression that mosquitoes will come out in a particular month and that is has to be extremely hot out. That is just not the truth. Mosquitoes actually start to come out in the spring but it depends on the steady temperature. The temperatures outside have to reach about a level 50 degrees in order for mosquitoes to start to come out. That means that it can be cooler than you might think when you start to see them swarming around. Although they start that soon to emerge they will get more and more aggressive when the temperatures get even higher. The hot summer months are what they will need in order to survive and really thrive. That is why they are more abundant in the heat of summer. This year, mosquito season in New Jersey started in late April.
When Does Mosquito Season End?: That is again a question that cannot be answered with a specific date or even a month. The mosquitoes will continue to thrive as long as the weather stays warm enough. If we have a longer summer with more months of warmth you can expect to see them all the way into the autumn months as well. A region that has colder winters as apposed to a location that has warmer winters may see a different season for mosquitoes. It all depends on where you live. You can contact a pest control company that has expertise in dealing with mosquitoes. Some areas can see several months of mosquitoes while others might see a lesser number in a shorter period of time.
The best thing you can do to prevent mosquitoes in your yard is to remove all sources of standing water and trim landscape to minimize hiding places but sometimes that isn’t enough and you can still have mosquitoes flying around your barbecues and outdoor gatherings. Merlin’s Pest Control offers pest control services to protect your family from dangerous mosquitoes and other pests. Contact us today to schedule your next appointment.
The main reason that a hornet will start a nest is to create a safe place for her eggs. She wants a home to protect her kids just like we do. Hornet nests can be found in attic beams, eaves, trees, bushes and other concealed areas. Their nests can be as large as a volleyball to as small as a golf ball and will depend on how large the colony is. Thousands of hornets can be found inside a nest so you do not want to get involved with them when they get angry. Hornets are only a threat to humans if they are provoked but the problem is that they like to build their nests where we like to spend time. Hornet removal can be difficult and if the right precautions aren’t taken, highly dangerous.
1. If you find one hornet flying around you can simply swat it with a fly-swatter but his might attract other wasps because when they are squashed they release a chemical. If there’s a single hornet in your home, you can also grab your vacuum cleaner, suck it up and throw the bag away or just wait for it to die in the canister.
2. Spray to exterminate the hornets nest. Once you locate the nest, you can use a store bought insecticide to saturate it at dawn or dusk when they are less active. Merlin’s Pest Control does NOT recommend this DIY option as it will no doubt anger the wasps and can therefore be extremely dangerous. Homeowners typically don’t have the protective gear or the knowledge and experience needed. Professional exterminators have the necessary tools at their disposal including commercial grade products that are much more effective than you can buy over the counter.
3. Bag the hornet nest. If the nest is on a low tree branch you can open a heavy-duty garbage bag below it and use hedge trimmers with long handles to cut the branch off so the nest will fall into the bag. Saturate the nest with insecticide, seal the bag and throw it away. Again, we do NOT recommend this option as your chances of getting stung are great.
4. Bucket hornet trap. Take a few buckets and fill them with sugar water, vinegar and a little bit of dish soap. This is effective in trapping single hornets and drowning them. Put the buckets in any areas that hornets are active. The problem with this method is that hornets could reproduce faster than you can drown them!
5. Vinegar hornet trap. Fill an empty 2-liter soap bottle with a cup of apple cider vinegar and a drop of dish soap. Then hang a piece of raw meat inside it and place it where you’ve seen hornets. Again, this method doesn’t stop the hornets at the source and is therefore not the most effective method of getting rid of hornets.
While traps can help in deterring hornets, there are other ways to keep them away. You can discourage hornets from nesting by keeping trees and bushes trimmed and painting or repainting areas they will nest with deterrents. You can also hang old CDs or mirrors around old nesting areas to discourage them from building a new nest nearby. Hornets can be territorial and will often not build nests in an area that may already have an established colony so try hanging a fake nest to keep them away.
The fastest and easiest way to get rid of hornets is to call in the professionals. If you or a family member are allergic to them, the results could be deadly. Professionals are experts and will make a positive identification, locate the nests and get rid of them. They will also advise you on ways to keep hornets from coming back. If you are dealing with a hornet problem contact Merlin’s Pest Control for help!
Springtails are also known as snow fleas. They are a tiny pest that most homeowners are unaware of or even know they are scurrying around inside their home and in their yards. Where these little pests may not be a direct threat to your yard and lawns and during the dry seasons, you might find them entering your home in massive numbers in search of a more suitable living condition. Merlin’s Pest Control will share a little bit more about this little pest and how you can control and prevent their intrusion as the season begins to warm up.
Springtails are not a flea however they are an insect that is active all year long. They are equipped with a special protein. Therefore they have the ability to survive the most freezing of temperatures. Another confusing trait as to why they get referred to as a flea is that they do not fly. Instead, they jump rather larger distances compared to their size much like the flea. A Springtail is only 1/16 inch of long with an oblong segmented body. At first look they will have a dark brown to black colored body; however they actually are tan with dark brown stripes going down the back.
Springtails are drawn to vegetation and damp areas. During the spring and summer they will feed on all manners of plant life and vegetation. During the fall and winter season they will feed on decaying leaves. Where springtails mostly just feed on decaying plant life and require lots of water, they don’t really cause any structural damages to homes or buildings. Additionally, as they may feed on plant life they don’t require much food. So, why are they a pest? Well when the outdoor conditions become less favorable for springtails, they will make their way inside buildings. Again springtails are drawn to moisture. You may find them in bathrooms, laundry room or the kitchen within your home. You may also find them near broken, leaky pipes or plumbing in the wall or under cabinets, such as sinks.
To prevent springtails from invading inside your home, start with repairing any leaking plumbing that might be around the premises. This means leaky faucets and broken pipes. Springtails are very small where they can fit through the tiniest of cracks so it may seem impossible to seal them out of your home. They can additionally be brought into your home by way of pets or clinging onto clothing. If your home has become infested by springtails during bad weather or dry spells, you may want to contact a pest control company.
Merlin’s Pest Control provides springtail extermination and removal services if you become infested by these little pests. If your home or business is under threat from any kind of pest, Merlin’s Pest Control can give you aid and make your home and business pest free. Contact Merlin’s Pest Control to begin your regularly scheduled pest management program today.
There are billions of species of pests that are in the world, causing mayhem, property damage, and posing a health risk. It goes without saying that there are a number of pests attracted to a variety of favorable aspects. Considering the many possibilities, it goes without saying that there are a number of pests that are attracted to your pet. Merlin’s Pest Control would like to expound on the common pests that are attracted to your pet in Northern New Jersey.
1) Common Pests. With pets, come pet food, If not properly secured, there are a number of pests that are attracted to the pet food alone in the hopes of scoring a conveniently meal. These pests include cockroaches, ants, rodents, birds, and other wildlife. No matter if you keep food outside or inside, the exposed food will draw in these pests, which could then contaminate the food or surfaces they traverse with bacteria, germs, viruses, and other health concerns. Additionally, flies in the many species prone to New Jersey are attracted to the feces left behind by your pet. To control the masses, keep pet food stored securely and maintain the poop.
2) Fleas. Fleas are a problem in most places, and New Jersey is not immune to their vampire-like ways. Fleas will cause insatiable itching and skin irritation in your pet, and if necessary people too. Not only can these pesky little blood thieves be an annoyance, they can potentially spread disease and viruses. Once fleas are introduced into your home or landscape, the rapid rate in which they multiply can quickly turn your home into an infestation.
3) Ticks. Just like fleas, ticks are found nearly everywhere in the U.S. Found in New Jersey is the Blacklegged tick AKA Deer tick, Lone Star tick, and the American dog tick. Any of these ticks will latch on to your pets, or even humans. Consuming blood, ticks have been known to transmit serious diseases and viruses, Lyme disease being one of the most common. Like fleas, their tiny stature can go unnoticed until their infestation of incredible quantities makes their presence known. As quickly as they multiply, it is best to call for professional assistance as soon as possible.
4) Stinging Insects. The fact is that bees, hornets, and wasps are not necessarily attracted to the pets wondering your yard, but officials are urging pet owners to be cautious, as your pets are susceptible to the stings these pests deliver in the event your pet is making them feel threatened.
To better protect you and your pets, apply preventative treatment and maintenance for your home, and have professionals spray for any known pests that are particularly attracted to your pet. If you come across any pests in your Northern New Jersey home, contact Merlin’s Pest Control and let us obliterate any of the pest infestation surrounding your pet. Our experts are experienced, trained, and skilled professionals that are more than capable of delivering maximum results.
When you repaint your home, it’s likely the last thing you will consider is whether your paint colors will attract pests! The problem is that color plays a huge role in the life of pests and what they are looking for. The color of your homes exterior or the paint you choose for your deck or patio could be one of the reasons that you are seeing more and more pests around your house. If you want to know what colors specific kinds of pests are attracted to you need to know more about the pests including what they feed on and where they like to hide. Although the paint is part of what could attract a pest, there is a lot more that could bring them in. You should do all that you can to deter having pests come to your home then use pest control services to take care of any pests that are already lurking.
What Colors Attract & Deter Mosquitoes?: When dealing with mosquitoes around your property, you and your family have a lot to fear. There are good reasons to want to stay away from mosquitoes because they leave itchny marks that can be irritating and more importantly they carry dangerous diseases that can be transferred to a person via a single bite. Mosquitoes are able to see colors that are darker much easier than lighter colors. That means the darker the color, the more likely a mosquito will be attracted to it. Experts suggest that you wear light colors like tan or white when you are going to be around mosquitoes as a way to deter them.
What Colors Attract & Deter Ants & Other Insects?: Insects such as ants are interested in the exact opposite colors as mosquitoes. Ants, stinging insects such as bees and wasps as well as other insects are attracted to bright colors for a really good reason. Bugs and insects see in the UV spectrum and that means they see colors in a brighter hues. If you have a home that is brightly colored, even in just some accent areas, it can be attracting pests of all kinds. Insects and bugs are on the hunt for food the majority of the time. That means colors that are the same as their food will be attractive to them. If you have yellow, orange and blue paint colors, you are likely to see an influx in these types of pests. A study was done with ants that showed colored sugar water using green, blue, yellow and red to see what attracted the most ants. They were easily attracted to the yellow water over the other colors. If you have your home painted greens and even lighter blue, this can help send insects the other way.
What Colors Are Birds Attracted to?: No one wants birds hanging around their roof and eaves. The color of your home could be the reason they are flocking to your place. Depending on the type of birds you are worried about, you need to consider the paint color. Birds that are on the hunt for food and are a bit more outgoing will be searching for bright colors that mimic berries. Birds that are more quiet and reserved will be looking for colors that look like a place to nest such as grey and brown.
Barring white, it may seem that whatever paint colors you choose, you will inadvertently be attracting some kind of pest to your home! Fortunately, Merlin’s Pest Control offers expert pest control services to treat pests of all kinds that are infesting your residence. Contact us and schedule a comprehensive pest inspection and service today!
Is your home under a cockroach invasion? Have you seen them scurrying around your bathroom or kitchen? If so, you might have a German cockroach infestation. There are many species of cockroach that invade urban homes and now that springtime has arrived, you may begin to notice an increase of cockroach activity and population. Merlin’s Pest Control will share a few facts about the German cockroach and how you can prevent and control their intrusion.
The German cockroach has the typical characteristics of any other insect. They have six legs and a pair of long antennas. They are tan to a light brownish color with two distinct dark brown or black stripes going vertically down their head and sometimes all the way down their body. Although they are equipped with a pair of wings, they don’t fly. They can reach up to 5/8 of an inch long and they can fit through a space as small as 3/8 of an inch. This is how they squeeze their way into small cracks of homes and other buildings.
The German cockroach feeds on starch and anything else that’s handy. They will feed on glues, paper, toothpaste as well as discarded food and feces. They prefer warm, humid places such as kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms. During mid-spring you might start to see nymphs and adult German cockroach activity. Often they will lay their eggs in the walls of homes where the insulation will help keep them warm.
The German cockroach can cause allergies and those with respiratory problems will suffer the most. Their feces and sloughed off skin flakes often get airborne. They also carry harmful pathogens and diseases, so if you’re seeing cockroach activity you will want to react quickly.
You may already have heard this a thousand times, but sanitation really is the key in cockroach prevention and control. This means it helps to keep your yard and home clean and free of clutter. Don’t keep discarded food around your home or buildings. Maintaining the plumbing does help reduce cockroaches. Keep in mind that even the cleanest home will still have cockroaches. The German cockroach as well as other cockroach species are drawn to buildings and homes. So yes, sanitation does help minimize cockroach infestation. However, it is not the only defense you should rely on.
Professional pest control methods use the highest quality pesticides and sprays. We will spray both the inside and outside of your home and kill any cockroaches that try to enter your premises. Additionally, we will supply your home with bait and traps, depending on the severity of your current cockroach infestation. We will often advise you of other threats your home or yard may possess when it comes to pest control. For proper pest control, it is strongly suggested that you use a professional pest management company. However for those who like to do their own pest control, make sure you spray your home once a month and change up the type of pesticides used. Cockroaches can adapt and build a tolerance to a familiar pesticide. Merlin’s Pest Control can help prevent the German cockroach and other pests from infesting your home. If you’re currently fighting off or wanting to prevent a pest infestation, contact Merlin’s Pest Control for all of your pest management needs today.
Ant infestations can be difficult to control and seem to be never ending. This is especially true if you are finding ant trails in your kitchen and around food. Luckily, there are several repellents you probably already have in your home that will help to keep ants away. Merlin’s Pest Control is here to share some natural repellents that will help you keep ants out of your home.
The biggest thing to remember when you are trying to get rid of ants, is that they aren’t fond of strong smells. These plants listed below are strong smelling plants that will help keep ants away.
2. Chili Pepper
When you buy any of these plants dried, you can sprinkle a little of the crushed plant in areas where you have noticed an ant problem. The key is consistency. If you don’t stay on top of it and reapply when needed, they won’t keep them away.
Vinegar is another ingredient found in most kitchens that repels ants. They, again, aren’t a fan of the strong smell and potency of vinegar and will avoid any contact with it. Using a spray bottle to spray vinegar in trouble areas will keep ants from visiting there again.
Ants don’t like the strong smell of cinnamon sticks and will avoid areas where they sense it. This is a good way to keep ants out of your pantry as well as giving your pantry a little bit of natural potpourri in the process.
If you are having a hard time keeping ants from entering your home, you can try using mint to get rid of them. This can be planted around the perimeter of your home as well as bringing some mint leaves inside to ensure ants won’t visit your pantry. The thing that makes mint so successful when repelling ants is its ability to completely destroy an ant’s sense of smell. That is why this plant creates such a solid barrier between ants and your home.
Ant hills forming around your property are more than a nuisance. It seems if you try to get rid of one, another one will pop up shortly after elsewhere. A great way to eliminate ant hills is with the use of boiling water. Pouring boiling water on top of an ant hill will kill the ants that come into direct contact with. However, if all of the ants aren’t killed, those left will pick up and move to another area on your property.
Sometimes, no matter how vigilant you are with natural remedies, ants will continue to be a problem. If you are having a hard time keeping them away, it is time to call a professional pest control company like Merlin’s Pest Control to get the job done right!
There are many different types of pests that we face on a daily basis. One being those that dominate the skies. Nuisance birds, mostly pigeons, create major problems for homes, commercial buildings and even parking garages. The two major problems of having pigeons and other birds hanging around are the diseases and damages that they can cause. These two reasons are why it is important to consider having a pest management plan for birds. Merlin’s Pest Control will share some of the diseases and damage that birds pose to our lives and homes, to help folks understand the importance of bird control.
Some of the known diseases that birds carry are viruses, bacteria, mycotic (or fungal) protozoal and rickettsial. These diseases are now carried from place to place with birds such as pigeons, doves, and other smaller birds such as sparrows. Birds also carry parasites that contribute to the spreading of these diseases. Fortunately, direct interactions with these birds are limited. This helps prevent humans from contracting from many of these disease. However pigeons, doves, and sparrows have adapted to living among humans very successfully. This now poses more of a health risk than ever before. Birds can spread these diseases by roosting or nesting near our HVAC units or air vents. The parasites they carry also help spread diseases, and even through their feces. Direct contact with birds and their feces can also transmit disease. This is why when cleaning up after a bird infestation you must use proper safety measures such as using gloves and breathing masks.
Roosting birds can cause major damages to roof tops, automobile surfaces, masonry, and outdoor machinery such as HVAC units. Nesting bird will leave behind small stick feathers and other forms of debris that can clog and get into your HVAC system causing damage that will need repair, not to mention the disease they are now infecting your interior air with. Now let’s talk about their feces. Most folks don’t realize that bird poop, pee, and laying their eggs with their cloaca; which means they all share the same canal which they use to leave behind their deposits. So when a bird poops they also pee which leaves behind an extremely corrosive substance. When birds leave behind their waste on your roof tops or any other place for a long period of time, their waste will begin to corrode and eat away at the contacted surface, which is why it is important to prevent birds from using your home, commercial building, or property for long term roosting or nesting.
However when it comes to controlling birds, the only way is to prevent their intrusion, meaning you use devices to ward or prevent birds from landing or roosting on ledges, roof tops or other areas birds will likely use to roost or nest. Merlin’s Pest Control can help set up these devices in the areas prone to bird intrusion. If you currently do not have bird preventive measures around your home or property, contact Merlin’s Pest Control today to prevent the damages and diseases that they may leave behind.
With the spring weather on the horizon the risk of a termite infestation will start to increase. Termites are a pest that cause a serious amount of damage to homeowners each year. Many homeowners don’t even know they have a problem until the damage and infestation is extreme. The cost to make repairs after a major infestation can be a lot of money. Most homes would be saved from this disaster if the homeowner knew what they should be looking for. Termites are a pest that chew through pieces of exposed wood and will work night and day to care for the colony. They don’t take a break and will get through a lot of wood in short span of time. Being an informed homeowner about what to look for when dealing with a termite infestation can end up saving you time, money and stress!
Check For Termite Mud Tubes: If you live in an area that has subterranean termites you need to be on the lookout for mud tubes. The subterranean termites need moisture to live and that means they will live in the soil and travel to the exposed wood for food. The path they will take is through what is called a mud tube. The mud tube is made to protect the termite while they travel so they are not exposed. They will look like a small line of dried out dirt leading from the soil line up the side of the house. The termites will find a gap that is open and make their way in your home. These are a sure sign that you have s subterranean termite infestation.
Termites Swarming Outside House: When the weather changes from the cold of winter to the nice warmth of spring, the flying termite swarmers AKA alates head out looking for a new home. The termites have been quite dormant in the winter due to the cold temperatures. When it warms up outside they start to become active and the reproductive queens and kings will be in search of a place to call home. The mature female and male termites have wings and will fly in search of the perfect nest. They travel in a huge colony called a swarm. If you see them flying around your home you want to be sure that they keep flying and don’t stop at your place. Look for discarded wings around window sills. The only real way to be sure is to call out a professional pest control company that specializes in termites. We can do a thorough inspection to determine whether the termites passed you by or if you are unlucky enough to be sharing your home with them.
Termite Damage to Wood: If you have wood around your home such as firewood or a dead tree, you are susceptible to termites. That is the first stop that a termite colony will make and easily transfer to your home when the wood they are feeding on is gone. If you want to check the wood pile around your home, you can do the knock check. That means you tap on the wood to hear for a sound of hollowness. If it sounds hollow the potential for a termite infestation is possible. The termites eat from the inside out so you may not notice it from the outside.
Merlin’s Pest Control offers expert termite services to protect your home from these destructive pests. Don’t let pest populations escalate. Contact us to schedule your next pest and/or termite inspection and custom treatment plan today!