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!
As we leave the winter season behind we really want to get ready for the upcoming spring and summer pests. Many people are turning their minds toward the battle with the common cockroach, ant and spider invasions. However there is another pest you may want to think about; the Japanese beetle. Yes, these species of beetle tend to stay outside. Nonetheless they occasionally find their way indoors where they seem impossible to get out. These beetles are an outdoor pest just like flies and wasps. They too can do great damage to your yards. Merlin’s Pest Control would like to share a little more about these flying pests and how you may want to prepare for their upcoming arrival.
The Japanese beetle is a little bigger than a quarter. They are easy to identify due to their colorful green shell and copper colored wings. It is believed that these beetles came from Japan in the 1900’s and first colonized in New Jersey. They feed on bark and the leaves of many of our plants. During full adulthood they can become a devastating force. A single female can lay up to 60 eggs in her short lifetime. They dig deep into the ground and feed on the roots of any plant until the winter season puts them into hibernation. As the soil warms with the change of seasons, the larva begins to become active. They remain underground until they mature into adults where they emerge from the soil in late spring to early summer. At this time they will feed and mate until they die by the fall season.
Controlling these pests is a never ending battle. Your best defense against these pests is to reduce the population. You never know where a female will lay her eggs and that is why all that can be done to manage Japanese Beetles is reduce future generations. One method of doing this by using beetle traps. These traps are installed or placed in higher places and they use a reproductive pheromone or food as bait to lure the beetles inside. Once a trap is full, which could happen quicker than most people realize you call your pest management company to come and remove the beetles. During the summer season, literally a thousand Japanese beetles can be captured in a single day. Both baits and lures work well in capturing Japanese beetles.
The Japanese beetle often flies into buildings and homes and can also cause damage to indoor plants and gardens. To prevent their intrusion, you may want to consider checking your window screens for any weaknesses as well as gaps that they could crawl through such as window, doorways and even chimneys. Additionally, if you had a bad infestation in your lawn and garden last year, chances are you will again this year. The larva deep in the ground will emerge and once again be a problem.
Now is the time to prepare. Contact your pest management company to see what we can do to help you control and manage your Japanese beetle problem. Merlin’s Pest Control knows they can be a destructive pest to your yard. Contact us to help guard your home from these and other pests today.
Bed bugs are a year round pest problem that is always unexpected. Most often it takes a homeowner some time to even notice that their homes are any under invasion by these creepy crawlies. Once under attack by a bed bug infestation, it can become rather difficult to remove without assistance. However, there are some measures you can take to reduce your chances of being infested by bed bugs. Merlin’s Pest Control will share some of the basic methods every homeowner should do to prevent bed bugs.
Bed bugs like grainy materials such as wood and fabrics to hide in during the day. Bed bugs can’t climb smooth surfaces, so knowing what they like will help you in the fight against them. There are a number of products that help prevent bed bugs from hiding in your bedding. There are pillow and bed coverings that prevent bed bugs from crawling on or hiding in your bed alongside you. Having your bed protected will eliminate the bed bugs ability to feed on a host at night. Also avoid having your bed tight up against the walls, even if you are using bed bug bed frame protectors on the legs of your bed. If your bed is too close to the wall, you will allow the bed bugs to climb up the wall and get into the bed using that as a path.
Cleaning is a big part of bed bug control. Clutter is a breeding ground for bed bugs and also provides a place they can shelter in during the day. Clutter free homes are less likely to become infested by bed bugs. On top of removing clutter and keeping your home clean, vacuuming and carpet cleaning alongside washing your linens and curtains regularly will kill any bed bugs that may be present. Along with bedding, your mattress should be cleaned with hot water. For washable items like pillows, you can also put them in the drier with high heat to kill both eggs and bed bugs.
Once you believe you have your home safe against bed bugs, your next thought should be how you get them in the first place. Bed bugs are hitchhikers. Wherever there is a current bed bug infestation and you happen to stop by for a visit, there is a good chance you brought some of them home. Bed bugs could be anywhere. They could be at a friend’s home and public or commercial buildings; even public transportation could house bed bugs. They often climb onto people’s clothes, purses, backpacks, etc. Once you get home, they take up residency. Most wonder what can be done to prevent this problem. In truth nothing, however you can create habits that help you contain and prevent bed bugs from spreading in your home. These habits can be as simple as not placing your bags or carry items on the floor. Try to find a place to hang them. Clothes should be placed in a covered laundry basket to prevent bed bugs from roaming.
However even with our best efforts, sometimes bed bugs will infest our homes. If you have a current bed bug infestation, regardless how big or small, it is best to contact a professional pest control company. Merlin’s Pest Control can help rid your home of bed bugs along with any other pest you may have. Call us today.
Termites are a scary word for any homeowner. Often, their existence goes unnoticed because they keep to themselves within the walls of your home. No matter where you live in Northern New Jersey, what kind of house you live in, or how confident you might be that it won’t happen to you, termites can be an issue. Merlin’s Pest Control is here to share some important facts about termites that every homeowner should know.
Not only do termites live in colonies, but they are divided into social groups. There are soldiers, workers and reproductives. Only the reproductive termites fully develop which means the other two don’t ever develop eyes and are born blind. A colony can survive for several years and have up to 15,000,000 termites in one single colony!
Most people don’t realize this, but there can be several termite colonies within once structure. They don’t intermingle and will leave each other alone. If the colonies start to mix, one will destroy the other.
When speaking of the largest colonies, they only eat one pound of wood each day. That doesn’t seem like much and it really isn’t. Unfortunately, a termite nest often goes unnoticed for long periods of time and over that time, they can cause a considerable amount of damage to a structure. Termites can’t eat just eat wood. They need a single-cell organism in their stomachs that help them digest cellulose. They aren’t born with this microorganism so they have to eat the droppings of other termites in order to introduce it into their digestive system.
Termites can infest any area in a wooden structure. The areas of your home that are touching the ground are the most susceptible to termite infestation though. If your house has a slab foundation, you are at a higher risk of termite infestation as well.
Termites need three things to survive; food, water, and warmth. If you are supplying these three things for them, they will definitely come. Here are some tips to help you avoid termite infestation in your home:
1. Repair Entry Points– Seal off any cracks on the exterior of your home to avoid termites gaining access into your home.
2. Store Firewood Properly– Avoid storing firewood near your home. This is a place that termites are frequently found.
3. Have Your Home Inspected– You should have your home inspected by a professional at least once a year for any termite activity. At this time, you can request your home get treated in order to repel termites too.
If you believe you have termites anywhere near your home, it is important to act fast. The sooner you have a termite infestation treated, the better. Merlin’s Pest Control has the experience and training needed to eradicate a termite problem as soon as possible. Don’t hesitate to call and have your home treated for termites today!
There are a number of species of spider that often find their way into homes and businesses. Some may pose a health threat. Others are more of a nuisance. Whether or not these common spiders are venomous, most people still don’t like sharing their home or business with such a creepy guest. This is why it is important to keep up on a pest control management program. Merlin’s Pest Control will share some of the most common species of spider found in home and businesses, and help you fight against their intrusion.
The American house spider is one of the most common species of spider found indoors. Fortunately, house spiders are not venomous. They are considered more of a nuisance. They frequently make webs and then abandon them. In fact, house spiders often cover ceilings and corners of homes or buildings with their webs. Adult house spiders can grow as big as 5/16 of an inch long with the females being larger than the males. The house spider is yellowish brown in color, with darker chevron markings. Their abdomen is whitish in color. Their overall body shape is pretty thin and lengthy.
Wolf spiders are a larger species of spider with the female being larger than the male sex. They can reach up to 1 3/8 in length. Where these spiders can look quite large and intimidating, they are not aggressive and are rather harmless. They build their webs around their burrows where they wait and hide until their prey gets stuck in the outer web. The wolf spider is dark brown in color; with a tan or yellow striped marking on their stout-shaped body. Additionally they will have long spiny legs.
Probably one of the most misunderstood spider species is the Black Widow. They may look mean and nasty to us. Everyone knows to look for the red hour glass marking on their belly to know if it is a venomous female or not. Fortunately, black widow spiders are not an aggressive species of spider. They will only bite if they feel threatened. Most of the time a bite occurs when someone sticks their hand in a dark hole where the black widow is hiding out during the day. Black widow spider bites do hurt and can cause some serious damage to the human body. Some can recover without medical help. However when a bite does occur, it is best to get to the hospital to receive an anti-venom shot. Black widow spiders can grow up to 1 3/8 long with a distinct black greasy looking color and rounded body shape. Sometimes the males do have the red hour glass but all females have them. Female black widows are the most venomous.
Much like the Black Widow spider, the Brown Recluse spider has a bad reputation attached to their name. However, like the black widow spider that is also venomous, the Brown Recluse is not aggressive in nature. Like the black widow the brown recluse spider is designed to affect the nervous system and creates outer tissue damage. Some people don’t require medical care, while others will have severe affects from their bites. Again, these spiders will only bite if they feel threatened. Most often, they will try to run away before attacking anything they don’t eat. These spiders grow up to ½ inch in length. They are tan to dark brown in color, with a violin shape marking on the back of their head.
Most common spiders that we find in our homes and businesses don’t pose much of a problem. However, it is in our human behavior to not want any spider species around us. Instinct tells us they are dangerous. Most people shy away from any insect due to this instinct and not just because they look creepy. It is important to keep pests out of our indoor environments and to have a regular pest control management program. If you’re under invasion by spiders or any type of pest, contact Merlin’s Pest Control and start your pest management program today.