Thursday, January 30, 2014

Winter Pest Control in NJ

The winter is full of guests, some of them are unwanted. New Jersey's diverse wildlife often seeks shelter during these months, unfortunately they find it in your house sometimes. The NJ pest control experts at Alco Pest Control have these tips to prevent any furry friends from finding your furniture favorable.
  • Replace worn weatherstripping around your windows. Mice and rats can gnaw soft spots along your window frame and sill to gain entry into your home.
  • Your roof has many access points for bats and squirrels. Patching eaves and flashing joints with thin steel sheets will make it harder for the pests to enter your attic. Trimming trees that hang over your house will also prevent an easy pathway for squirrels.
  • Cover your chimney flue with a cap to keep out bats, squirrels and raccoons. A thick metal screen will also work well.
  • Check your siding for gaps and holes where mice and rats can burrow. For smaller holes caulk can be used, but for larger holes it is recommended to seal them with expanding foam.
  • Inspect firewood before bringing it inside your home. Roaches and ants nest in firewood, which could lead to an infestation in your house.

With these tips your home should be safe guarded against any unwanted intruders. If you are experiencing a pest problem, Alco Pest Control is here to help. We provide you with professional pest control in NJ and same-day pest removal.

Alco Pest Control
1285 Broad St
Bloomfield, NJ 07003

Bed Bugs Still Appear During Winter Months

Contrary to popular belief, bed bugs are not seasonal pests – they can invade homes all year round. Homeowners should be aware of this fact, and always be on the lookout for these pests.

Bed bugs do not adapt to the cold very well, so they will be more likely to seek shelter indoors. They will utilize mattresses, furniture, and cracks and holes in floors and walls as places to live to stay out of the cold.

The reason that bed bugs do not appear to be as “active” in the winter is because people are not as “active.” In the summer months, people are always traveling and staying in hotels or motels while they are away. Because people are more likely to be staying in other places in the summer, there is a greater chance of bringing bed bugs back home. In the winter time, traveling is less common; however, bed bugs can still find their way into homes.

Bed bugs do not typically make their appearance known until right before dawn, when they come out to feed. Signs of bed bugs include blood stains on bed sheets and tiny bites on people – typically three bites in a row.

It may be difficult for homeowners to identify whether or not the bites they have are from bed bugs in the summer, because other insects that feed off of blood are mosquitoes; however, mosquitoes are seasonal bugs, so the chance that the bites came from mosquitoes is eliminated in the winter.

If you find traces of bed bugs, it is very difficult to remove them on your own. To help alleviate you of your bed bug problems, you should hire a company that can do these services for you. Alco NJ Animal & Pest Control is company that provides pest control in NJ

Our experienced professionals can provide homeowners with fast, efficient and same-day bed bug removal in NJ, making your home bed bug-free once again.

Alco NJ Animal & Pest Control
1285 Broad St.
Bloomfield, NJ 07003

Monday, January 13, 2014

Rat Removal in NJ

Rats are responsible for the transmission of diseases, and some are often fatal to humans. Their feeding habits are destructive and can damage electrical systems in homes and buildings. Rats are stealth in nature, making infestation hard to detect. Rats prefer to hide, so if rats are seen in plain view, chances are there is a full-blown rat infestation. Rat droppings are a tell-tale sign that there is a healthy, feeding rat population in a building. The droppings can often be observed along the floor where the wall and floorboard meet. This calls for professional rat removal in NJ.

Rats are rodents, and one behavior all rodents share is a need to gnaw to keep their incisors at a healthy length. While this is beneficial to rodents health, this is a nightmare for the integrity of a home's structure. The damage they cause can be seen in floorboards and along walls, indicating a sure sign there is a rat population in a building. Rats' teeth leave rough marks and the holes are often large in size.

Rat traps, glue traps, etc. are only effective on an individual specimen and do not provide an adequate resolution against an infestation. They are also very smart mammals and are wary of anything that is out of the ordinary, which is why many rat infestations can only be remedied by a professional pest control company. Alco Pest Control are experts in rat removal in NJ and offer free inspection and estimates on any extermination service.

Alco Pest Control