Rats are a threat to your health or the financial solvency of your business. Therefore, if you see a rat on your property, you must call for professional pest control NJ. All Stages Pest Control is a certified, reliable exterminator NJ. Even though rats are probably the most disturbing kind of pest you can find in your home or workplace, All Stages Pest Control can help you get rid of any type of animal pest. We also specialize in insect extermination NJ, and we can help you rid your home or place of business of roaches, termites, bed bugs, or any other type of insect.
A big number of the calls that All Stages Pest Control receives for rodent control NJ services have to do with people wanting to get rid of infestations of mice and rats in their homes. If you have never had a rodent infestation, you might wonder why mice and rats in your house are such a big problem. After all, some people even keep them as pets. Well, some people keep one or two mice or rats as pets, but once rodents get in your house, you never end up with just one or two. They reproduce very quickly. Every rodent also brings with it fleas, ticks, and other insects. When a mouse or rat dies in your house, it attracts even more insects and more rodents. Mice and rats tend to live in the walls and insulation of your house; you rarely see them, but you hear them scurrying around. A dead mouse or rat could be in the walls of your house, causing a stench and attracting insects for more rodents, for weeks before you find it. The best way to deal with a rodent infestation is to call a professional exterminator NJ.
Rodent Proofing and Exclusion Services in New Jersey
A quick call to a professional rodent proofing NJ company like All Stages Pest Control can get rid of your rodent infestation quickly. If you do not take any further action, however, you will soon find your house or place of business overrun with mice and rats. Rodents take up residence in houses and places of business for two reasons: food and warmth. They will venture out of the walls to eat food crumbs from the kitchen floor, and if the infestation gets bad enough, they might even eat stored food from the pantry. It is very important to have your house rodent proofed so that you do not get a new infestation of mice or rats as soon as you get rid of the old one. Rodent proofing, also known as rodent exclusion, is the process by which an exterminator NJ seals off all the places in the house where the rodents could have gotten in. These are usually not places that homeowners would think to look. Mice and rats usually get inside the walls through cracks in the exterior of the house that are big enough for a rodent to wriggle in, but not big enough to notice them.
All Stages Pest Control will perform rodent exclusion services after the mice or rats have been thoroughly removed. We will disinfect previously infested areas so that the scent of rodents does not attract more rodents. Then we will carefully locate an patch or seal any areas in the structure of the house by which the rodents could have gotten inside.
Rat Removal and Control
The people who are afraid of rats have reason to fear them. Wild rats in urban areas can carry many diseases that can be transmitted to humans. While they do not go out of their way to attack humans, rats will bite if they feel threatened. Rats are especially a nuisance to homeowners because they chew through wires, baseboards, and insulation. The damage they cause goes beyond cosmetic. Chewing by rats can cause electrical fires, or it can cause drainage pipes to leak. Trying to get rid of the rats in your house on your own, using mousetraps or rat poison, is both unpleasant and futile. Using rat poison is absolutely not recommended, because it poses so much danger to children and pets. In either case, trying to get rid of rats on your own just means that you will have to find dead rats in your house, and chances are you that you will not be able to get rid of them all, so you will also keep finding live rats. A company like All Stages Pest Control that provides rat removal NJ can get rid of both the cause and the symptoms of the rat infestation.
Mice Removal and Control
Mice cause similar problems to rats, although perhaps not as quickly, because they are smaller. Like rats, mice will always come back for a new infestation unless you seal the entry points where they can get in. When you call an exterminator NJ, specify which of New Jersey’s two types of mice you think you have in your house.
- House Mice – Small and grayish brown, house mice are cute enough to adorn greeting cards, but they reproduce at an alarmingly high rate. They reach maturity at 35 days. That means that, if one pregnant mouse gets into your house, you could have thousands of mice in your house in just a few months.
- Deer Mice – Longer and skinnier than house mice, with reddish brown backs and white bellies, deer mice live in rural parts of New Jersey. They do not reproduce as quickly as house mice, but they are dangerous because they can carry hantavirus, which can cause serious respiratory illness in humans.
Roaches have a reputation for being indestructible. A popular saying goes that roaches have been around since before the dinosaurs and that they can survive events that would cause the extinction of most of the other species on Earth. While roaches are more numerous in parts of the world that are hot all year round, they can still be a nuisance in New Jersey. German cockroaches are among the most common nuisance roach species in New Jersey. Especially in the winter, they prefer the warmth of houses to the cold of the outdoors. If you notice roaches in your kitchen or bathroom, you might try to get rid of them with bug spray or roach bait. These at home roach extermination NJ methods are not very effective, however. Besides, bug spray smells awful and is poisonous. The reason they are ineffective is that roaches reproduce very quickly, so when you kill one roach, ten others appear in its place.
Cockroaches are especially scary because they crawl through plumbing pipes. Anyone who has seen a roach crawl out of the sink will not hesitate to call a professional exterminator NJ.
Bed Bug Control
It is very easy for bed bugs to get into your house but very hard to get them out. Bed bugs have translucent bodies, and when they have bitten someone, they appear red because you can actually see the blood in their bellies. Blood is bed bugs’ only source of nutrition, so they have to stay near humans and household pets. Bed bugs like to live near seams of mattresses, pillows, car seats, and suitcases. It is easy for them to get into your house if, for example, you sit on a bed bug-infested train seat and the bed bug hitches a ride on your pants leg. They can also jump from another suitcase onto your suitcase at the airport. Even though they are called bed bugs, you can actually find them in almost any room of the house and on any piece of furniture.
Successful bed bug extermination NJ requires the services of a professional pest control NJ company like All Stages Pest Control. The bed bug extermination NJ process begins with a thorough inspection of your house. The All Stages Pest Control team will look for bed bugs, as well as their eggs, droppings, and larvae. There are no effective home treatments for getting rid of bed bugs. The only solution is to call a professional bed bug control NJ service.
Not all species of ants bite, but all of them are a nuisance to have in your house. Have you ever opened the bowl of sugar in preparation for making a cake from scratch and found that there are lots of tiny black ants crawling in the sugar? Ant infestations cause people to throw away lots of grocery items that would otherwise be perfectly good, and that is reason enough to call an exterminator NJ. Even though biting ants such as fire ants are not as common in new Jersey as they are in some other parts of the United States, they still exist here, and their bites can be quite painful.
If your house has a yard, it is almost inevitable that ants will sometimes get into the house. The best way to prevent major ant infestations is to have a professional ant control NJ service spray your house for ants and other insects several times per year. Ant infestations tend to be worse and more frequent during the summer. For many households, one exterminator NJ visit in the late spring and another one toward the end of the summer is enough to keep the ants away. If an anthill in your yard is the source of the ants getting into your house, then you might want to have All Stages Pest Control remove the anthill.
Termites are flying insects that feed on wood and wood pulp. They have straw-colored bodies and translucent wings. If there are termites in your house and you do not get rid of them promptly, they can cause serious damage to the structure of your house. Calling for pest control NJ is a much more cost effective option than having to repair all the damage that the termites can cause.
No amount of bug spray can get rid of a termite infestation, and there are no effective termite traps on the market. One of the reasons that it is not possible to get rid of a termite infestation by using do it yourself techniques is that termites usually take up residence deep inside the walls of your house. The only way to get rid of the termites is to have your house tented. Tenting a house to get rid of a termite infestation involves covering the house with a tent and filling it with chemicals that will kill the termites. Needless to say, all people and pets will have to stay away from the house during the tenting process and for several days after, to allow time for the chemicals to dissipate.
Beetles are small insects with dome-shaped bodies and shiny wings. Beetle infestations are more common in rural areas and in houses with big yards than they are in densely populated urban areas of New Jersey. They tend to feed on leaves. Beetles can be a major nuisance to your vegetable garden. They can also hitch a ride into your house on vegetables from your home garden or from one of New Jersey’s famers’ markets. Whether you are trying to get rid of beetles in your house or in your garden or yard, All Services Pest Control offers effective beetle extermination NJ.
Beetle infestations in the house can usually be controlled by having your house sprayed for insects at the beginning and end of every summer. The same routine beetle control NJ sprayings that All Stages Pest control uses to get rid of ant infestations can also be effective at keeping beetles at bay. If you are trying to get rid of the beetles that are chewing up the produce in your vegetable garden, All Stages Pest Control can provide environmentally safe insecticides that will deter the beetles while ensuring that your plants thrive and that their produce is safe to eat.
Anyone who has ever been stung by a bee knows that successful bee extermination NJ is a must when there are bees on your property. As with many other kinds of insects, bee infestations are more common in areas where the houses have big yards and where there is a lot of vegetation. This is because bees feed on the nectar of flowers. They are useful to plants because they spread pollen, therefore helping the plants reproduce. Even though they sometimes feed on the nectar of red flowers, bees cannot see the color red. They can, however, see ultraviolet. The sun reflecting off of plants attracts bees. If you are wearing shiny jewelry or clothing, bees may think that it is food, and they may chase you.
Bee extermination NJ and beehive removal are among the pest control NJ services provided by All Services Pest Control. You should never try to remove a beehive by yourself. Disturbing the beehive will give you much bigger problems than what you would have if you left it undisturbed. You will have an entire hive of bees chasing you, instead of just one or two at a time buzzing around. While a single bee sting can be painful, multiple bee stings is a serious medical emergency. It is still a better idea to get the beehive removed by a professional exterminator NJ.
Mosquito bites are virtually an inevitable part of outdoor summer recreation in New Jersey and almost everywhere else in the United States. Even when you wear protective clothing and use insect repellent, almost everyone comes back from camping or fishing trips, and even from evening barbecues, with at least a few mosquito bites. If you live in a rural area or near a place with a lot of trees, there is a very good chance that local authorities spray the area for mosquitoes in the summer.
While most mosquito bites are not dangerous, mosquito bites can transmit certain diseases. West Nile virus and St. Louis encephalitis are two mosquito-borne diseases that affected the United States in recent decades, although neither one was in New Jersey. In tropical climates, mosquitoes can transmit malaria, although this is not a problem in New Jersey, either.
The time to call a pest control NJ company about mosquitoes is if they are persistently in your yard or in your house. Insect-repelling candles can be effective at controlling small infestations of mosquitoes. If bug candles do not successfully keep the mosquitoes away, All Stages Pest Control will spray mosquito repellent in your house and yard.
Centipede and Millipede Control
Centipedes and millipedes look like caterpillars, but biologically they are very different. A caterpillar is the larva of a butterfly; when it becomes an adult, it will have six legs, like all insects. Centipedes and millipedes, however, are as closely related to crustaceans like lobsters as they are to insects. Whereas insects have three body segments (head, thorax, and abdomen) and six legs, centipedes and millipedes have many more body segments and legs. Although centipedes are named after the Latin words for “hundred” and “foot,” most centipedes only have about 30 feet, sometimes as many as 54. Millipedes are named for the Latin words for “thousand” and “foot,” and while they do tend to have several hundred legs, the world record for number of legs on a millipede is 750, not a thousand.
Although centipedes and millipedes can bite humans, and they are a menace to other invertebrates. They are the largest carnivorous invertebrate that lives on land. Centipedes have venom, which they use to kill the insects which are their food. Centipede venom makes for a painful bite, and in some people, especially children, it can cause a reaction which requires prompt medical attention.
When a place is very quiet, people often say that it is so quiet that they can hear crickets chirping. When lots of crickets are chirping at once, however, the result is anything but quiet. Anyone who has tried to sleep in a place full of chirping crickets will understand the desire to call for cricket extermination NJ by a professional pest control company.
In New Jersey, the peak season for cricket infestations in houses is in the late summer, especially in August. Crickets will eat just about anything, but certain materials in your house may attract them. They like to eat loose fibers on clothing, whether the clothing is made of plant-based or animal-based material. This means that crickets will chew up clothing made of cotton, wool, silk, or even leather. If the clothing is sweaty or stained with food, that makes it even more appealing to crickets. Crickets like damp conditions, which means that your closet full of sweaty clothes during a humid summer is an ideal environment for them.
All crickets have large back legs and long antennae. Of the two major species of crickets in New Jersey, house crickets have wings, but cave crickets do not.
Flea and Tick Control
If you have a dog or cat that goes outdoors, then you know what a nuisance fleas and ticks can be. You have probably seen your pet scratching because of flea bites. Besides being annoying to pets, fleas and ticks can also bite humans. These annoying insects do not fly, but they can jump from one host animal to another.
While flea bites itch, ticks are even more of a threat to humans and pets. Ticks can carry Lyme disease; while medicines that get rid of the microorganism that causes Lyme disease are readily available, some people who have been infected with Lyme disease continue to have residual symptoms for the rest of their lives, even after the root cause of the disease has been removed.
It is not recommended that you use flea dips to get rid of fleas and ticks on dogs and cats. These can be dangerous to pets; it is not very different from spraying bug spray on a pet, which is something you would never do. Instead, call a professional pest control NJ service like All Stages Pest Control for flea and tick extermination NJ.
As friendly as Charlotte A. Cavatica in Charlotte’s Web was, most of the spiders in New Jersey have no intention of helping you win a prize at the county fair. Some species of spiders are harmless, but some of them can cause very painful bites, which can become infected and leave major scars. Spiders can also reproduce very quickly, which means that one spider can turn into a major spider infestation in only a short amount of time.
A common misconception is that, if there are spiders in your house, you will know it because you will see the spider
dangling from its web. Most of the time, though, spider infestations in houses go unnoticed until there are many spiders in the house. Spiders like to hide in cracks and crevices, such as under floorboards. In fact, the brown recluse spider, one of the most common biting spiders in New Jersey, is named for exactly this behavior.
All Stages Pest Control knows just how to deal with spider infestations. Our spider extermination NJ experts will spray in places where spiders hide, including places that routine pest control NJ sprayings often miss because they are so far out of the way.
Stink Bug Control
Stink bugs are shield shaped, which is why they are also sometimes known by the less interesting name of shield bugs. The feature for which insects of the Pentatomidae family are most famous, however, it their stench. When something threatens them, stink bugs emit a bad smelling liquid from the thorax.
If you have a yard or live in a rural area, you are more likely to get stink bugs in your house than you would if you lived in an apartment in a big city. This is because stink bugs lay eggs outdoors. In the summer, a female stink bug lays a clutch of between 20 and 30 eggs on the bottom of a leaf. The eggs hatch several days later, and the baby stink bugs look like adult stink bugs, except smaller. As the immature stink bugs grow, they molt their outer layers and grow newer, bigger ones, until they reach adult size.
As with many other types of pests, the key to stink bug control NJ is prevention. The exterminator NJ will use caulk to seal the points through which stink bugs can get into your house. They usually enter through cracks at the edges of doors and windows. Weather stripping can also be an effective way of preventing stink bug infestations.
Bird Mites Control
Bird mites are tiny insects that get their name from the fact that they live in bird nests. If there are bird nests on your roof, then the bird mites are more likely to get into your crawl space and attic. If there are bird nests in your attic, then bird mites are only one of your many pest control NJ problems. As with so many kinds of insects, the bird mites can stay in your house and continue to reproduce even after you get rid of the bird nest. That is why it is so important to call a thorough exterminator NJ like All Stages Pest Control, that will do a complete job of bird mite extermination NJ.
The bird mite extermination NJ process will begin with the All Stages Pest Control team thoroughly searching your house and its grounds for bird nests and removing the nests it finds. Then the exterminator NJ will spray all the areas of the house that were affected by bird mites, in order to kill the bird mites. Finally, the pest control NJ will add other deodorizers that will discourage birds from building nests in or on your house in the future.
While flies have some tastes in food that humans would find questionable, such as rotting meat, they are more than happy to share any food that you would want to eat. You have probably had the experience of constantly shooing away flies at a picnic. You have probably also seen cartoons where people left a pie on a windowsill to cool and had to keep shooing away the flies that responded to the smell of the pie.
Flies are a major nuisance, because not only can they spread diseases through their saliva (which means that, if a fly takes a bite of your food, it can give you its germs), but even the bottoms of their feet carry pathogens, which means that flies can make you sick simply by walking on your food. The best way to keep your house free of flies is to keep them from getting inside in the first place. Flies tend to come into your house for two reasons: warmth and food. You can prevent them from coming in by keeping the doors and windows closed. If you prefer opening the windows in the summer to turning on the air conditioning, make sure that the screens on your windows do not have holes in them that are big enough to allow flies to get inside.
Gnats look like flies, except smaller, and sometimes a swarm of gnats contains so many individuals that it just looks like a dark cloud. You certainly would not want a cloud of gnats swarming around your house, and it is fairly easy to stop them from getting inside. If some gnats do get into your house, then routine spray treatments by a professional pest control NJ service like All Stages Pest Control is usually enough to get rid of them.
The gnats that most often affect New Jersey houses and yards are called fungus gnats. They lay their eggs in wet soil, where fungi are abundant. Then the larvae live in the soil until they undergo metamorphosis, and when the adults emerge, they start flying around, including into your house, unless you are very careful to avoid them. One of the best ways to stop fungus gnats from laying eggs near your house is to avoid over-watering your plants. In other words, do not water your plants again until the soil has dried from the previous watering. If you do this, then you will not have a permanent area of wet soil, which is the perfect environment for fungus gnats to lay their eggs.
Fruit Fly Control
Most flies are not picky about food, but fruit flies are partial to fruit. They especially like overripe fruit that has started to rot. While fruit flies prefer fruit, they will eat and lay eggs on almost any kid of organic matter. You might find them on decaying meat, as well as around the rims of garbage cans or on soda spills that have not been thoroughly cleaned.
You can stop fruit flies from infesting your house by not leaving anything out that they would find appealing. If you have fruit in a fruit bowl, be sure to only buy small amounts at a time, so that you can finish eating it before the fruit flies have a chance to get to it. Promptly and regularly clean surfaces in the kitchen, so that there are no crumbs or spills that will attract fruit flies. Wipe off the edges of your garbage cans with a surface cleaner and a paper towel. If fruit flies do get into your house, the first step to getting rid of them is to get rid of their food source. If you have overripe fruit in your fruit bowl, throw it away. Clean your kitchen counters and dining room tables with a surface cleaner to get rid of crumbs and residue that is attracting the flies.
Drain Fly Control
Drain flies look different from other types of flies that you are likely to find in your house. They are grayish brown in color, and they have tiny hairs on their bodies, making them look fuzzy. Like other kinds of flies, drain flies feed on and lay their eggs on decaying organic matter. This means that you will most likely find them in the kitchen. You might also find them in the bathroom, because they feed on sewage, so they might crawl into the drains to eat.
The reason that drain flies get their name is that they crawl in sink drains, where particles of refuse are their food. Like mosquitoes, drain flies lay eggs in standing water. That means that even if an exterminator NJ gets rid of the drain flies in your house, you will have more soon enough if there is standing water in your bathtub or sink because of a faulty drain. Therefore, the only way to get rid of your drain fly problem is to remove the standing water and fix the faucet or drain so that you do not end up with more standing water. If the drain flies do not have a place to lay their eggs in your house, they will look for a new home.
Moths are well known for being irresistibly drawn to flames and other sources of heat and warmth. They are also famous for eating holes in clothes kept in storage closets. If you have a light outside your front door, it will attract moths, especially because the light bulb generates heat. When you open the door, it is easy for some of the moths outside to fly into your house.
While moths do not bite or pose a disease risk to humans or pets, it is still annoying to have them in the house. They can infest stored food, and they are notorious for chewing holes in clothing. It is easy enough to keep moths away from your clothing by keeping moth balls in your closets or chests of drawers where you store your clothes during the season that you are not wearing them. Moth balls have a distinctive smell that some people find unpleasant, but it is better than having your clothes ruined by moths. Besides, washing your clothes after you take them out of storage is usually enough to get rid of the moth ball smell.
Silverfish are not fish at all. Instead, they are insects with a shiny, silver color. They can infest any parts of your house, but you are most likely to find them in the attic or crawl space, because these parts of the house tend to be humid, warm, and poorly ventilated. As do many other species of insects, silverfish feed on organic material. One of the reasons it is so common for silverfish infestations to center on the attic is that silverfish like to eat the wood shingles on the roof, and then they make their way into the attic. If you are thinking of replacing your roof, one reason to choose a material other than wood shingles for your new roof is that silverfish are attracted to them. Silverfish will also eat glue, wallpaper, and clothing.
You could have a silverfish infestation for a long time before you find out, because silverfish are nocturnal. They also tend to stay in parts of the house where people do not usually go. Only a professional pest control NJ company like All Stages Pest Control can do silverfish extermination NJ effectively.
Weevils and Other Stored Products Pests
The image of weevils in the popular imagination is that they infest grain silos on farms. They eat some of the grain, and their droppings contaminate the rest of it. Most people in new Jersey today do not live on farms or store grain in silos, but weevils can still cause plenty of problems. They will eat any kind of grain-based food. That means that even a box of cereal in the pantry can be a source of food for weevils.
If you find a grocery item infested with weevils, the first thing to do is to throw away the infested item in an outdoor garbage can. That might not be enough, however, to solve your weevil problem once and for all. The weevils might have laid eggs in your kitchen, and then means that a new generation of weevils will soon hatch and come after your food. The only permanent solution to a weevil infestation problem is to call a professional exterminator NJ like All Stages Pest Control. Storing foods in airtight plastic containers instead of in cardboard boxes can also prevent weevils from getting to them.
The idea of birds chirping in trees in the park is pleasant, and some people even have bird feeders in their yards to attract colorful songbirds, but it is a nuisance when birds build their nests on your roof. They are noisy and messy. The best way to keep birds from choosing your roof as a place to roost is to modify your roof in such a way that it does not seem like an appealing home for birds, or so that they cannot build their nests there.
All Stages Pest Control does not only specialize in insect extermination NJ and the other usual services you would associate with a pest control NJ company, such as spraying for ants or tenting for termites. We also help homeowners get rid of larger pests. If you have a problem with birds nesting on your roof, we will help you come up with a plan to change your roof into a place where birds will not want to take up residence. If the changes are minor, we will make them ourselves. If they require major renovations, we will refer you to a roofing contractor.
Even though bats have a scary image in the movies, they are actually a lot less of a threat to humans than most people think. Still, you do not want a colony of bats to take up residence in your chimney or attic. While bats do not attack humans, a fungus found in bat feces can cause respiratory illnesses in people, so you do not want your house to become a bat habitat. A bat infestation often begins when a pregnant bat looks for a safe place to raise her babies, and attics are similar enough to the caves and hollow trees where bats tend to nest in the wild.
Because bats tend to roost in well-hidden places, you probably will not see them in your house. You may not know they are there unless you see their droppings. If you suspect that there are bats roosting in your house, call All Stages Pest Control about our animal removal services. We will remove the bats and then seal any entrance points to keep more bats from coming in.
When squirrels are running around in the park, chasing each other up and down trees, they are adorable. When they are chasing birds away from the bird feeder in your back yard, they are somewhat less cute. If they get into your house, they are nothing but trouble. Like infestations of other types of rodents, a squirrel infestation will mostly be localized to inside the walls of your house. Like hamsters, squirrels have front teeth that never stop growing, and squirrels have the same need as hamsters to chew constantly so that their teeth remain functional for eating. Because of this, squirrels will chew on insulation and electrical wires in the house. Their wastes will also build up inside the walls of the house, creating a terrible smell that is almost impossible to get rid of because it is in such a hard to reach place. As with mice and rats, squirrels can die inside the walls of the house, leading to an awful smell and a vicious cycle of attracting more insects and more rodents.
If you have gone on a walk in the evening in a suburban neighborhood, you have probably seen a raccoon digging through a trash can. Raccoons are omnivorous, and they can find all kinds of things they like to eat in trash cans. There are, however, some steps you can take to keep raccoons from digging through your garbage. First, do not leave garbage bags on the curb or at the end of the driveway without putting them in a garbage can, even if the city allows it. The easiest garbage can for a raccoon to raid is a lightweight, flimsy one with no lid, like the garbage cans you see at picnic areas in parks. Those ones are made of out of lightweight aluminum that is little more than tin foil. The best kind of trash can for deterring raccoons is one that is made out of heavy plastic, with a heavy lid that is attached to the main body of the garbage can by a hinge. Those types of garbage cans are very difficult for raccoons to open or tip over.
If you have ever smelled skunk musk, it is not a smell you will ever forget. If a skunk sprays you directly, it will make you very ill for a short time, but just as bad is how long the residual smell of the musk lingers. Trapping an animal on your property is never easy, so the best way to avoid skunk infestations is not to let any property look and feel like a place where a skunk would want to build a den. Skunks like to live in thickets and piles of wood chips. Skunks might also burrow under your deck, so seal off any open areas under the deck with wire mesh. They have also been known to make their homes under the hoods of abandoned vehicles. If you have a car on your property and no one drives it, it is better to keep it at a storage site. If it just sits in the driveway or yard, a skunk will be tempted to move in. The peak season for skunk infestation is in the late spring, because that is when skunks give birth.
Opossums are the only type of marsupial native to North America. As marsupials, they carry their babies in a pouch on their bellies until the young opossums are mature enough to survive outside the pouch. Opossums eat a widely varied diet, and your garbage can is a feast for them. Like raccoons, opossums very frequently raid garbage cans in suburban and rural areas of New Jersey.
All Stages Pest Control can help if opossums are causing trouble on your property. We will trap that opossums and, if they have gotten into your house, we will repair the cracks and holes through which they were able to enter. If the only problem you are having with opossums is that they raid your trash can, however, then a opossum-proof trash can might be enough to solve the problem. The trash can should be made of heavy plastic, and it should have a heavy plastic lid. It will be even more difficult for opossums to remove the lid if the lid hinges onto the trash can instead of being separate from it.
Most of us only think about groundhogs on one day out of the year, but groundhogs can be found in new Jersey every day, not just on February 2. The reason that February 2 is Groundhog Day and not Raccoon Day or Squirrel Day is that groundhogs spend a lot of time hiding in their burrows, and they rarely emerge. That means that, if a groundhog makes its burrow in your yard, it is there to stay. In addition to being homebodies, groundhogs are very picky eaters. They show no interest in most of the baits that All Stages Pest Control and other animal removal services use in trapping other types of animals. The preferred bait for groundhogs varies from one groundhog to the next. If you call us about removing a groundhog from your property, the first type of bait we will use to try to lure the groundhog from its burrow will be made of cranberry. If the groundhog is not tempted by the cranberry bait, we will then try other types of bait.
Most of the snakes in new Jersey are not poisonous, and most of them are not very big, but that thought is of little comfort if you find a snake in your house. Any snake inside the house is too big; it does not matter if the folks in Florida and Arizona have worse snake problems than you do. If you find a snake in your house, you should call All Stages Pest Control immediately. No matter how small, and no matter how officially harmless, and snake can still bite, and the bites can still cause pain. Even if it is as small as the Barbados threadsnake, which holds the world record for the smallest snake species, and which can curl up its whole body on a United States quarter, you should still have professionals remove the snake.
You are more likely to find snakes in your yard than in your house. They like to curl up inside hollow logs and hollow trees. Another place on your property where you might find a snake is under the deck of your house.
Obviously, deer control is only a concern for people who live in rural areas or whose houses are near a forest. You are not going to have a deer infestation in an apartment. The biggest problem that deer cause to homeowners is by eating the plants in people’s yards. Deer get very attached to their habits very quickly, so once a deer develops a taste for the plants in your yard, it will keep coming back to your yard; it will not decide to try the neighbors’ plants on a whim.
Since deer tend to come and go from your yard instead of taking up residence there, deer control usually does not involve anything as drastic as trapping deer. Usually, spraying deer repellent in your yard. Unlike insect repellent, deer repellent does not have an odor. The deer repellent we use at All Stages Pest Control is completely safe for living things and the environment. It does not pose any danger to you and your family, your pets, or the plants in your garden or yard. It just keeps away the deer.
Animal Feces Cleanup and Sanitizing Services in New Jersey
In some cases, the animals’ feces cause more problems than the animals themselves. Besides the smell, animal feces can cause all kinds of health problems for humans. Even if you do not come into direct contact with the droppings, they can get into the air supply if animals take up residence near a vent in your house. Certain pathogens are associated with the feces of certain types of animals. Besides, animal waste attracts insects, which are another reason to call for pest control NJ.
At All Stages Pest Control, we do not simply stop at killing bugs and trapping animals. We make sure that we thoroughly clean up the area in order to prevent future infestation. That means that, not only do we seal off entry points so that no other animals can get in, but we also thoroughly disinfect and deodorize the previously infested areas. You should not attempt to do animal feces cleanup after an infestation; it requires specialized products and protective gear. It is a job for pest control NJ experts.
Animal Proofing and Exclusion Services in New Jersey
If you have to go through the trouble of getting nuisance animals removed from your house, it goes without saying that you will want to get your house animal proofed once it is free of pests. Animal proofing means finding and repairing any places in the exterior of your house that might have allowed animals to enter. They could be as small as crack around the edges of the doors and windows, where insects could have entered, or a hole at the bottom of the porch or deck, where a groundhog could have made its burrow. Caulk and wire mesh are just a few of the materials that All Stages Pest Control uses in its animal proofing and exclusion efforts.
Even if you have never had an animal infestation on your property, it is still a good idea to get your house animal proofed. An animal infestation is a lot of stress and hassle, and it is preventable. If you have just moved into a new house, have it inspected for areas where animals might be able to enter.
Why Animal Proofing Your Home Is Important
Animal proofing your home is important because, as the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Some types of insects, such as ants, cockroaches, and flies, are so common that a few of them will probably get into your house despite your best efforts, but these can be gotten rid of through routine pest control NJ sprayings. It is the bigger animals, the vertebrates, that it is much more upsetting to have in your house, and much more preventable.
It is important to get your house animal proofed because wild animals carry diseases that you would never otherwise come into contact with. Rabies from bites and fungal infections from direct or indirect contact with animal feces can be prevented if you get your house animal proofed. Animal proofing is especially important if you have a yard. You would be right to welcome the sight of squirrels and the occasional opossum in your yard but not to want them in your house. Strategically placed wire mesh can protect your house from nuisance animals.
Wildlife Trapping Services in New Jersey
One of the services that All Stages Pest Control offers is wildlife trapping services. We will trap birds, squirrels, raccoons, groundhogs, or any other kind of animal that is causing trouble on your property. We use humane traps that do not harm or kill the animals. We have been successfully trapping nuisance animals in New Jersey since 1999.
Whatever you do, you should not attempt to trap animals by yourself. You should not have any contact with wild animals at all. If an animal you are trying to trap does not seem to be putting up a fight, that probably means that it is sick. It could have rabies, and it may bite you if you try to touch it. Meanwhile, if you set a trap for a nuisance animal, especially if you use bait, you could end up trapping the wrong animal. There is even a chance that your neighbor’s dog could get caught in the trap. The best thing to do is to leave the wildlife trapping to All Stages Pest Control.
Wild Animals are Dangerous and Very Aggressive
If you think about the animals that are native to New Jersey, none of them are very scary. We have no lions, alligators, or any of the other species that frequently make headlines for their attacks on people. In fact, the only apex predators in New Jersey are humans. Despite this fact, having direct contact with wild animals, even small ones, is a lot more dangerous than you think. A wild animal that lets you get close to it might be sick with rabies. Even if the animal is not sick, it might be a host to insects that carry infectious diseases. You might also be coming into contact with the animal’s droppings, which have their own set of infectious agents. Besides, one of the reasons that a wild animal might choose to make its home in your house or yard is if it is about to give birth. Animals that are trying to protect their babies are very territorial, and they will be aggressive if you approach them. Do not risk getting bitten or sprayed; instead call for professional critter control NJ to remove the animals.
Does Green Pest Control Work?
Many of the old chemicals that were previously used in pest control New Jersey were later found to be dangerous to humans and domestic animals. In fact, most of the most commonly used insecticides from a few decades ago are no longer on the market and are not even legal to use in the United States. The regulations about which pest control New Jersey chemicals are safe and legal to use are always being updated, and we at All Stages Pest Control always comply with them. Besides safety for humans, some customers are concerned about the safety for the environment of the pest control NJ chemicals we use. We do offer “green” alternatives to many of our pest control NJ products.
Like any branch of science, green post control is a constantly evolving field. The early green pest control chemicals were far less effective than their harsher chemical counterparts, but new green pest control chemicals have since been developed which are quite effective. Whenever it is practical to do so, we offer our customers a choice of which pest control NJ they would like us to use.
What Is Integrated Pest Management (IPM)?
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is the art and science of striking a balance between which insect control NJ products and techniques will do the best and fastest job of killing bugs and germs and removing odors and which ones will do the least amount of damage to the environment. Sometimes strong chemicals are needed. If you want to get rid of termites, you can’t just spray lemon juice and vinegar.
The goal of Integrated Pest Management is to use the lowest effective dose of pest control NJ chemicals and to use the least strong chemical that will get rid of the infestation. Customers may choose to start with the greenest products, even if those products are not very strong. If the treatment with green products does not work, All Stages Pest Control would then use a somewhat stronger chemical. Some customers do not want to use traditional pest control NJ chemicals without first trying a green alternative, and All Stages Pest Control respects that choice.
Professional Pest Control vs. DIY – What Is the Advantage?
Swatting flies and spraying bugs is a never-ending project. If you buy roach bait, the best-case scenario is that you end up with a house full of dead roaches, which is not much better than a house full of live roaches. In short, do it yourself pest control is a temporary solution at best. You could end up with a house that smells like bug spray or, worse, arguing over who is going to pick up the mouse trap with the dead mouse.
The professional pest control exterminator NJ services provided by All Stages Pest Control are so thorough that you will not have a problem again with the same kind of animal that you called us to remove. We do not just trap nuisance animals; we sanitize, disinfect, and deodorize the area, and we animal proof the house in order to prevent future infestations by nuisance animals. The only exception is that routine spraying for insects must be done several times per year even in the best circumstances.
The Advantages of Using Insect Growth Regulators
Insect Growth Regulators (IGR) are an alternative to traditional pesticides. Instead of killing insects, they prevent larvae from going through metamorphosis. Therefore, the insects remain in an immature stage throughout their lives, and they do not reproduce. That means that IGRs do not make the insects in your yard go away overnight, but they gradually decrease the insect population. The adults continue to reproduce, but we come back frequently to apply IGRs to the next set of larvae. Eventually, when the adults die out, you are left only with non-reproducing larvae. When those die out, you have no more insects.
Some people consider IGRs a more humane alternative to conventional insecticides. Even people who have no problem killing insects might choose to use IGRs in certain circumstances. For example, if you have just had a cockroach infestation eradicated through pest control NJ chemicals, those chemicals will not kill eggs, so there might be some larvae. IGRs will prevent those larvae from maturing and prevent a second infestation.
All Stages Pest Control – Our Commitment to You
All Stages Pest Control has been providing the homeowners and businesses of New Jersey with high quality, individualized pest control exterminator NJ services for the past 18 years. We understand that there is not a one size fits all approach to pest control. Case in point, every groundhog has its own favorite food, and we will keep trying until we find a food that appeals to the groundhog that has taken up residence in your yard. If Phil likes cranberries, perhaps Phineas prefers blueberries, elderberries, or gooseberries; we will try them all until your property is groundhog-free. We work with our customers to strike a balance between removing pests quickly and causing as little damage as possible to property and the environment, and you can always count on our friendly service and reasonable prices. Call now at (973) 302-4144.