Pest Identifier (continued)
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Mosquitoes are actually a type of fly and are characterized by their thin bodies and wings as well as their long legs. Of the many mosquito species the Asian Tiger is the type most commonly encountered in our region. They appear in shades of brown and black and generally have paler bands on their bodies and legs. The threat of mosquito-borne diseases could affect your family and your pets.
There are two common mouse species that often enter structures to seek shelter from the changing weather. The house mouse and the deer mouse. While both species have physical characteristics that are unique, each have very similar behaviors and habits.
Rats are dangerous disease spreading animals who opportunistically infest homes and businesses when resources like food, shelter and water are accessible. Because rodents multiply so quickly, just a few can lead to an out-of-control infestation in a short amount of time.
Found in areas of high humidity, silverfish eat through paper and other items with high starch content.
Not only are their webs a nuisance around the house, but spiders can inflict painful, sometimes dangerous bites.
Springtails require a high level of moisture in their environments in order to survive. Wet leaf clutter or soppy grass attract them toward structures. When moisture conditions outside begin to dry, Springtails, often referred to as “snow fleas” desperately search out moisture wherever they can...sometime finding their way into your home.
Wasps, Yellow Jackets, and Hornets fall into the category known as stinging insects. They often build their nests in trees, shrubs, or under protected cover like eaves, inside wall voids, attics, or even within the ground. Wasp are very protective of their nests, they will aggressively defend against invaders with painful stings. The common bee sting, while harmless to most people, can be very painful. Many people have allergic reactions to stings.
Late-spring and early summer, homeowners often notice this large, black bees hovering around the outside of their homes. Carpenter Bees search for mates and favorable sites to construct their nests. Aggressive, yet harmless male carpenter bees hover in front of people who are around the nests. After mating, the fertilized females excavate tunnels in wood and lay their eggs, causing unsightly damage to eaves, window trim, fascia boards, siding, wooden shakes, decks and outdoor furniture.
Once unheard of in New Jersey, Stink Bugs have now become seasonal invaders we see and read about regularly. Like many other pests, Stink Bugs seek shelter in our homes from the changing weather. They readily access your home through those areas “leaking or generating” a heat source. Treating the exterior foundation does little to prevent Stink Bugs entering your home through attic fans and vents.
Termites are the most economically important wood destroying insects in the United States today. They feed on cellulose material such as the structural wood in buildings, wooden fixtures, paper, books and boxes. A mature colony can range from 20,000 workers to as high as 5 million workers with the queen laying 5,000 to 10,000 eggs per year. When termites swarm, hundreds to thousands winged insects emerge seeking a mate. More homes are damaged by termites each year than by fire.
Ticks carry many serious diseases, including Lyme disease, encephalitis and typhus. They can live for over 500 days without a blood meal. Ticks lay in wait of wild animal in the hopes of latching on to an unsuspecting host.
Most of us can appreciate the wonders of nature. It’s all around us in the beautiful Garden State. But we shouldn't allow unexpected invaders like raccoons or squirrels to move into our homes. Nuisance animals are noisy, cause extensive property damage to roofs, vents & fans and create fire hazards. They contaminate insulation, clog vents, and gnaw on live electrical wiring. Wild animals carry parasites like ticks & fleas and are capable of spreading rabies- and now they might be living in your attic.
Depending on the environment, pests such as ground beetles, pill bugs, and millipedes can invade your home seeking shelter from very wet weather or the cold. They are attracted to moist mulch and leaf cover.