The creepy way that spiders move across the ground leave a lot of people squirming when they see one crawl across their path. Nothing leaves you itching like walking into an unknown spider web in your home. Even though there are several spiders that don’t pose a threat to humans, nobody wants to find them in their home. Merlin’s Pest Control is here to talk about some of the common spiders you might find around your home and how to avoid a spider infestation.
Many spider species are not a threat, but are actually beneficial in that they eat other insects. Nobody wants to find spiders in their home, but these spiders truly are harmless.
• Common House Spider– This spider ranges in color from black to brown and is the common spider found in homes. They usually avoid people and find dark, cool places like a basement or other storage rooms to spin their funnel webs.
• Jumping House Spider– Seeing a little spider jump across the floor or wall can be frightening. These small spiders are, however, harmless. They are found in a variety of colors between grey and brown.
• Daddy Long Legs– The daddy long legs is one of the most common spiders you will find. They are easily distinguishable by their round bodies and incredibly long legs. They are thought to be one of the most venomous among spiders. They don’t have any venom at all though. They are simply harmless.
There are, unfortunately, some spiders that you should be aware are venomous and pose a threat to you. The symptoms range from mild to severe depending on the spider and the victim.
• Yellow Sac Spider– These spiders range in color from yellow to beige and are found hiding most of the time. They are easily distinguished by the sac they carry. Their bite is not deadly, but painful.
• Black Widow Spider– A very popular and feared spider that is known for its black body and red hourglass marking on its abdomen. They build messy, large webs and their bite can be deadly. If you are bitten by a black widow, you should seek medical attention right away.
• Brown Recluse Spider– Commonly identified by the violin shaped marking on its back, the brown recluse packs a punch when it bites. They will avoid contact with humans though, and only bite when they feel threatened.
There are a few tips to avoid spider infestations in your home.
• Store firewood outside, away from your home
• Seal up any potential entry points
• Store belongings in air tight containers that spiders can’t enter.
• Keep your yard free from debris and other potential hiding place for spiders.
• Have your home treated by a professional pest control company.
If you find that you are having a hard time staying on top of the spider population in your home and want to get rid of them, it’s time to call the professionals at Merlin’s Pest Control to help. We will help eliminate the spider population in your home. Call us today!
Whenever people hear the word termites, they shudder knowing what it entails. Termites cause millions of dollars a year in damage to homes and businesses in the United States. Their destructive nature can leave nothing but ruin in their wake after they have infested a structure. Thankfully, professionals have effective methods and techniques that can obliterate their existence to protect your home or business if you are observant enough to catch on to the red flags. But what if you suspect termites in the trees of your yard, but do not think they have reached your home yet? We at Merlin’s Pest Control would like expound on that particular scenario and share some tips and advice on the best course of action.
In one respect, termites are considered beneficial, as they will recycle fallen trees and decaying stumps. Often homeowners will discover termites upon closer inspection when they notice their trees looking unhealthy. Being closely related to cockroaches, termites have over 3,000 species throughout the world, with the exception being Antarctica. Surviving primarily on plant and cellulose materials, or wood to keep it basic, termites are active all year long and colonies can have 250,000 members. Termites, however, do seem more active during the late spring and early summer months where there mature reproductive termites will leave the colony to start new ones.
A few species of termites will infest living plants and trees, but generally the majority of termites will banquet on dead wood. Though they target dead or ailing trees, they can still overcome healthy trees. Termites leave evidence that they are devouring trees; tiny holes, and piles of wood shavings are spotted at the base of the trees. Additional signs may be the bodies of deceased termites, discarded wings, shelter tubes constructed of mud on the trunks of the trees and tiny white eggs. If you see these indicators, take a shovel and dig around the roots just below the soil line exposing the termites.
Removing the termite infestation should be on your top priority list, especially if the discovered colony is close to your home. To offer your home more protection, apply the following:
– Prune the infected limbs
– Pull out the infected stumps
– Burn or efficiently dispose of the infected wood.
– Apply termite exterminating products or for more effective approach contact Merlin’s Pest Control for extermination.
Though you may find termites in your yard, it does not automatically mean your home is also infested; however, it is in your better interest to keep an eye out for the red flags of termite infestations or to be sure, hire a professional to perform a comprehensive termite inspection. If you believe you have termites, Merlin’s Pest Control can effectively remove the termites from your home or landscaping. Call us today to get started!
When you are dealing with pests over the summer, one that is sure to cause chaos in your home are flies. They are an annoyance and even more so they can risk the health of your family. They are known to carry bacteria on their feet and as they walk along the counters in your home leaving traces of germs and bacteria behind. Then you let your kids eat and touch the same surfaces and that is how the bacteria can be spread. The other problem is that most people have no idea how to deal with them. The option that is used most often is grabbing a fly swatter and waiting for the fly to land. You are then stuck waiting to see if you can sneak up on them to swat them down. That option can take a serious amount of time and there always seems to be the few that you just can’t find. The great news is that there is a professional pest control option. Before you are go off and start dealing with them you might want to know what species of fly you have in your home. There are a few species of flies that are present all summer long.
Bottle or Blow Fly: One of the flies that seem to be a problem for people in the summer months more so than other times of the year is the bottle fly which is also known as the blow fly. The most distinguishable characteristic about a bottle fly is that they have a unique coloring. They have a metallic coloring that is often in blues and green tones. They are an annoyance to most homes because they also make a noisy buzzing sound that can keep you up at night. They tend to cling to garbage cans, walls and ceilings. The problem that you will find with a bottle fly is that they tend to reproduce quite fast. The female bottle fly will lay about 2000 eggs in her life and the biggest concern is that they can hatch in just a few short days. You can have a major infestation on your hands in a short amount of time. They also are known to land and feed on carcasses, garbage and animal feces. They carry bacteria around with them that can be a problem for your home and family.
Common House Fly: When you think of the flies that are found most commonly in your house it is of course the common house fly. This fly is known by its general grey coloring and along the thorax there is found black stripes. They are found feeding on foods, animal waste, pet food, garbage and other pests. They have an even faster breeding process than the bottle fly. The females will hatch their eggs in as little as 12 hours!
Fruit Fly: Yellow, brown or a mottled variation in color with bright red eyes, fruit flies are not surprisingly most often found infesting fruit. They can also be commonly found hovering around fermenting residues found in pubs and breweries as well. Fruit flies breed in rotten fruit, dirty drains and as disgusting as it sounds; even cleaning utensils! They can complete their development to adult in just one week!
Bed bugs have been a problem for man for centuries. Their blood pilfering eating habits have humans number one on their menu. But apart from being referenced in children’s rhymes, few know much about them. We at Merlin’s Pest Control would like to expound on bed bugs to help you better prepare for possible infestations.
Appearance of Bed Bugs: Bed bugs have flat, oval-shaped brown bodies that after a meal will become engorged and red. Adults are but the size of an apple seed, so being particularly tiny and brown gives them the advantage when it comes to hiding. The female and male bed bugs appear fairly similar at first glance. The real distinction is that the male’s abdomen comes to a point and the female’s abdomen is circular. Bed bugs are flightless but by the time the reach adulthood, they will develop wing pads.
Bed Bug Behavior: Considered nocturnal, bed bugs are far more active at night to consume their daily meals, but if the need to feed arises, they can be found during the day. Humans are often the first choice when it comes to selecting a host, mostly because bed bugs are lazy and would rather not traverse the thick hair found on dogs and cats. Because they invade your bed to ambush their prey, they are fittingly called bed bugs, although they are not exclusively found on mattresses. When their numbers are few, some might stick to the bed or in very close proximity for convenience, but as their population expands, so do the places they seek refuge in throughout the room. Bed bugs hide in secure places where they can nestle in while they slumber. They are found in a variety of nooks and crannies around the bed and mattresses as well as in other furnishings, behind picture frames, outlet covers, in alarm clocks and computer keyboards; the possibilities are endless.
How Do Bed Bugs Spread? Bed bugs are often picked up from unknowing travelers and as a result, bed bugs can be in any place open to the public such as; trains, airplanes and other public transportation as well as hotels, motels and other means of lodging are likely establishments. Additionally, bed bugs can be found in offices, medical facilities, movie theaters and anywhere that caters to the public.
Signs of Bed Bug Infestations: Noting the signs of a bed bug infestation can be a challenge unless you know what to look for. Here is a list of the red flags that suggest you have a bed bug infestation:
– Shed skin is left behind every time they evolve into the next life cycle. The remnants of the bed bugs skin can be seen and are often found on the bed or on surfaces close by.
– Fecal matter produced by bed bugs look blackish or brown. On nonporous surfaces their feces will mound up but on porous surfaces it can easily absorb and stain.
– In comparison to other insect bites, bed bugs leave bite marks in alignment on the exposed skin. More often than not, the bites are red, itchy, and sometimes inflamed depending on the person’s sensitivity.
– After bed bugs detach from their host, drops of blood spill, leaving little red dot stains on your sheets.
Ticks are a pest that many people have to deal with. They are a problem for people and pets. Ticks are known for their tiny size and the fact that they carry disease that can be dangerous for people. They often are found carrying Lyme disease that is has to be treated by a medical professional. You should know what ticks look like, when they come out and what to do if you find them to keep your loved ones from being affected.
Why Are There So Many Ticks Now?: There has been many factors that have caused the increase in how many ticks are out in the open. The wet winter we just had and the amount of acorns have contributed to an increase in tick populations. The acorns attract white footed mice. You may not realize it but the infected mice is what the ticks primarily feed on, making them a carrier for Lyme disease. That means there are more chances that the tick you are bitten by is infected.
Where Are Ticks Commonly Found Most Often?: Ticks are a problem in areas that are usually near forests, high grass and shrubbery. Does that sound just like where you live, play or hike? That means you are at risk of coming into contact with a tick this summer. The blacklegged tick or the deer tick is commonly found in the area. They tend to hide under grass, shrubs, leaves and other plant life. They can also be in the plants that are around your house.
How To Prevent Tick Bites: There are some things you can do to keep ticks from biting you and your loved ones. Start by being aware of your surroundings and understanding where ticks tend to hide. When you decide to go on a trail or walk you want to stay on the trail and not run up against the bushes that often times line the sides. You can also make sure that you have all your skin covered as much as possible. The ticks like to bite into the exposed skin of a passerby so be sure that you have long pants, long sleeves and you can even tuck your pants into your socks. That way you stop them from getting under the pant leg.
What Do Tick Bites Look Like?: After you have been outdoors, you need to do a check of your exposed skin and clothing. You want to look over your skin to see if there are any signs that you have a tick that has bitten in. If you notice a tick you need to do what you can to remove it as soon as possible to prevent the chances of Lyme disease being transferred. There are some tools that can be used but many people choose to use a fine pair of tweezers. Clean the skin after removal and use professional pest control services to prevent it from occurring again. Merlin’s Pest Control offers many pest control services including tick control.
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.